March 26th, 2007

highway

all in all

  • It was a fun weekend, starting with Thursday night. Thursday night, Collapse )
  • Friday morning, driving off to ConnCon, picking up friend Jim on the way, in Cambridge. Not a bad little drive, my off-the-cuff estimates (one hour to the 84 exit, one hour from there to New Haven, and one hour from there to Stamford) turned out a little on the pessimistic side, and we got to the con in plenty of time to find tables and stuff... though the table a couple of friends and I tried to make happen failed to gel, since we were the only 3 that wanted that mod. Nearly walked away without playing a game in slot 1, when I got tapped to fill out a table for Collapse )
  • Then, in the evening, I played in a very similar mod, and some amusing things happened with marshalling that I won't go into detail on... I got to play my low-level sorceror, though, which was nice, since it meant he leveled at the con. (Time to spend some gold on the new retraining rules, and get rid of that damn "Negotiator" feat. What was I thinking???) But the mod was a kind of mystery, and some of the random people I ended up at the table with were really obnoxious about their character quirks, and just being willing to stomp on other players at the other table, while they're talking, while their questions are being answered, or whenever they felt like yelling out jokes, really. It made me really quite angry at one point. Enough so that I decided I probably wasn't interested in playing the morning mod...
  • In the morning, I had maxplaysgames turn in that game ticket for me, so I could get my money back... and putzed around the room, playing WoW on the hotel wireless for a bit. Around 11 I decided the weather was nice, and I was free for the rest of the day (having decided to turn in the evening's ticket as well), and I would venture out on foot into Stamford, to seek a train station into New York City.

    Well, that didn't quite work out the way I planned... took a wrong turn somewhere, and ended up walking around town a bit. Which, in the end, was just fine. Next time, if I do this, I'll plan ahead better and get an earlier start on a wacky NYC day plan.

  • Got back in the evening and played more WoW in the hotel. It was really nice, actually, low-stress day, a chance to do whatever I felt like. Collapse )
  • Today (Sunday) was the Living Greyhawk interactive event, which was actually pretty fun. To rewind a little to Saturday, on the way out the door, I actually did end up getting sidetracked to play a little D&D, in the form of Collapse )
  • The second part of the interactive was more in the traditional format. LG interactives are generally half LARP, half D&D. You spend the first couple hours walking around, talking to folks, schmoozing... and the GMs come in in the form of NPCs, saying things like "did you hear about the murder that happened right here in this clearing? two soldiers were attacked by a woman who shot beams out of her eyes and killed them instantly!" and get hooks into more things to do (go interrogate the suspect, go to the suspicious cabin in the woods, finish the puzzle)... Then at the end, when the steps there are done (and for once, I got to play a somewhat central role in a puzzle solution, basically being the one reading off the solution to the puzzle as we figured them out!) we got formed into tables of six and got to play a little D&D module (1 hour or so of action). Collapse ) At the end, we found out that our optional performance in the first interactive got us some benefit in the rewards for the second interactive. I got some nice item access out of those two runs on Saturday.
  • After that was done, and I said my goodbyes, I was off to a nice lunch with srakkt in New Haven. Caught up on old times, and saw a tiny bit of the area, a taste of what a college town can be like outside the Big City. Interesting.
  • The drive back was uneventful, and then I spent the evening playing more WoW. We went to Karazhan and beat the Curator, a boss that we've been having trouble with for some time. Got healy shoulders.
  • After the Curator, we got to move on through the place and find some neat books (with some intriguing excerpts that make me wonder if we ever get to read the whole thing, or even just more pages...) and eventually made our way to the "Chess event". Fun puzzle that was simultaneously very WoW, and very different from the usual WoW fight. Lots and lots of fun to see the creativity that went into this thing.
  • So all in all, the last four days have been very lucrative for me in WoW, and relaxing for me in real life.