Friday we did some NWN; I got to play a halfling tax attorney / part time wedding singer (bard). That was considerable fun. We had a player who clearly had never done NWN online before, though, wandering off and getting killed and babbling a bit… he left mid-session. I’m sure he can improve with time, but maybe it’s selfish of me to say — I’d rather deal with people who can play the game, you know? Also had a player who was pretty quiet throughout (compared to my mile a minute typing) and only complained at the end of the session that we were ignoring him and shutting him out of RP. Alls I can say is: I woulda made more effort if you pointed this out WHILE we were playing, not at the point where nothing could be done about it… but I’m not too bitter. Honestly! It was a fun run and we have a nice plot branch into the Haupage which can be exploited nicely.
Saturday my grandmother showed up and whooped Jenny’s ass at pool. I swear, even at eighty, she’s a shark; cleaned up, only giving Jen two rounds and leaving her with three balls in play after all her solids were sunk. Amazing stuff. Aunt played skeeball, uncle and dad also gave some classic gaming a shot, frogger and pacman and the like; the ‘game room apartment’ was generally a big hit. My investments have paid off, as everybody who walks down here invariably ends up glued to one or more gaming sources. Sweet!
I spent the rest of the afternoon waiting for an RP appointment which didn’t show until six hours later… but I got some stuff done in the meanwhile. Put a dent in my Outlaw Star DVD box sets, past the awkward first four eps and into the meat of the series. Nice stuff. I avoided EE2… I dunno, something feels wrong here. Maybe it’s TOO extreme. Some of the characters have gone through Sailor Nothing style life situations and I’m not sure that fits the mood of an NWN game, you know? Think what happened to Ami, only extended over a decade. It’s a little too much for a mainstream gaming audience to swallow… or maybe I’m just overreacting. Either way I think I’ll obfuscate and imply a bit more, because being blunt about stuff like that just doesn’t feel stylish enough. Not Hitchcockian enough. I wanna be disturbing without being explicit.
As for UE12, I’m almost done outlining Lorelei’s part. But I have two key problems. It centers around a karaoke competition, hence:
1. How do I do this without lyrics? You know I suck as a poet, and that goes the same for song lyrics. My plan is to describe how they’re moving on stage and what it FEELS like, rather than what the words are. I hope that’s enough.
2. It’s the perfect opportunity for an American Idol parody, but to do that, I’d have to … .ugh… WATCH American Idol. I pride myself on having never seen one of those Vote You Off The Island type shows, ranging from the survivalist wannabes and the star searchers, but I just know I’m gonna miss humor potential if I don’t hit specific funnybones here… dunno.
That’s enough uncertainty and listless doubt for one day, and one posting.