I can’t help it. I gotta create.
I sat around decidedly NOT creating all of Saturday. Which meant being bored a lot. True, I played some video games, read some web pages, but… there’s only so much of that you can do. Since my friends were busy or not around, it basically left me dead bored.
So I gave up on not creating. But what I am doing is NOT creating UE or ReRolled. I’m trying a little side project first, something involved but something that won’t burn me out. I hope.
There’s a united series of campaign worlds that’s being crafted by the Fleet Street DM group at Neverwinter Connections, and they’ve allocated me a virtual neck of the woods. So, I’m going to make some totally plotless areas and NPCs that comprise my little country (The Aggregated Territories of the Haupage Convention, or ‘HodgePodge’ for short). That way it’ll be flexible enough for me to run dang near any adventure I could want to run, since I just drop in some NPCs and monsters from my palette and go to town.
Why do all this work? Because the most fun I’ve had with NWN to date has been with the Fleet Street guys, doing things like this. Taking a flexible ‘world’ mod and just whipping up an adventure on the fly. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a lot like MU* RP, only with doubleheaded throwing axes. Rock.
Guess I can’t resist the urge to create after all. I just need to learn how to BALANCE it with other urges so I don’t feel like I’m under a constant time crunch. Although I’ve said that before and have yet to figure out HOW to achieve this.
In other news, I saw two movies this weekend…
Harry Potter, first. This one felt a little more awkward than the first; I think the problem is that in cutting out book scenes to keep the run-length down, they snipped out *ALL* non-plot scenes after the first attack. That means we get the dark, dangerous, action and mystery based scenes… but none of the more light and cheerful slice of life material that was transpiring DURING the dark mystery plot. Without that counterbalance it just feels kinda dreary and miserable. And as before, Chris Columbus’s direction is basically just serviceable, failing to capture a lot of emotion in the process. I enjoyed the movie, don’t get me wrong, but we’re starting to see the limits of what can be done with these books.
Powerpuff Girls Movie. My only fault with this? The DVD was FULLSCREEN, not Widescreen, and I could SEE the MPEG jaggies. Argh! And the movie was so crisp and clean otherwise, with great extras and good director’s commentary, it’s a shame to give it this crappy transfer. Well, as for the movie itself, it was pretty good, albeit awkward at times. They did some experiments with more dramatic presentation and pacing changes which were great on an artistic level, but made the film feel very abstract and surreal at times when the core of PPG is sugary fun action. I LIKE abstract and surreal and could appreciate it, but the contrast was kinda freaky.
I think I’ll watch RAW tonight. It’s been awhile since I saw a full episode, and we do get HBK vs RVD in the BOTA. (Battle Of The Acronyms.)