A few items this time around.

  • Still working on the third Players of the Game book.  I'm currently working on a section with an unstable character who wants to be better, but fears she'll regress to a spree killer as she was in a previous incarnation.  She's a life force parasite, who gains strength by feeding on others.  Her powers can be unbalancing, so I need to ensure that challenges before her aren't too easy, and also dial back her powers a bit.  At least while she's on the side of the protagonists.  Down the road, if she reverts to a maniac, her powers will increase.  Bad guys should always have the upper hand in pretty much any fiction.  It's boring the other way around.

  • Check out Storium.com if your looking for some cool pen and paper role playing without the pen, paper, and dice.  My cousin Nick pointed me to it recently.  It's all story with the GM/DM as the "narrator" and the other players as characters.  I'm batting around a side project that I might use on that site.  I'll post any updates I have on that front.

  • My friend Sam got me into a new PC video game called Bastion.  It's truly unique.  The game is made much more interesting by the ongoing, smooth drawl of the Stranger who recounts the trials of the Kid.  Give it a try if you're into that kind of thing.

  • I love the Dinobots.  From the 80's.  Every kid loved Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Swoop, and Snarl.  My wife will let me know if they're cool in the new movie.  They lost me on the second movie with the Devastator testicle "joke".  I'm glad others enjoy the modern movies.  They could get me back if they inserted a gun-toting raccoon, I suppose.  Any franchise could get me back with that.

  • Still doing the Malazan Book of the Fallen series on Audible.  Almost done with the second book.  Coltaine's march is most grim, harrowing, and compelling.

That's all for now.  I recently celebrated a birthday by going out for tea.  A taste sensation that only gets better with age.