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Thursday, June 9th, 2005
8:56 pm
Session 3

Not much happened this session.

Due to clues leading to Dr Tachyon and Dr Travnicek, the party decided to head to New York, a move that Agent Carlisle vetoed. It turns out that her father was an ace named Cyclone and he was killed about 15 years ago by joker terrorists trying to occupy Ellis Island and claim it as a joker homeland. Although she had previously enjoyed her career as high-flying ace Mistral, that loss forced her to reconsider her priorities. She settled into the backwaters of the Justice Department, largely forgotten. (Cyclone died in book 11, but I haven’t read beyond that. Mistral’s life may have taken a different turn due to events in
later books, but I thought it was a neat idea to have a kinda secret ace among the party. I was hoping it would come at a more dramatic moment, but players are unpredictable things.) She ultimately decided that 15 years was enough and let the plan proceed.

Chris ultimately decides that freedom isn't worth putting up with this bunch of freaks, and is taken away for the law to sort out. Thankfully, he wasn't one of the people going around obliterating people. He'll be out is a few weeks, tops. (This does means that Chris' player is backing out of the game, for largely the same reason as the character.)

Experimenting with the “bowling ball” reveals it to be an alien device for manipulating space/time. Among other things, it can teleport over long distances. That’s what it was being used for by the people who came to kidnap Golden Boy. After a few false starts (mostLy involving IHOP restaurants) and several hours (Lumberjack is psychologically addicted to pancakes and must have malpe syrup on a regular basis or he begins to waste away) the party arrives in an IHOP in Brooklyn, New York.
Monday, May 16th, 2005
12:10 pm
Brand New Wild Cards Game
This year, we open at a club (Not the One-Winged Angel. It appears that Angelo's player will not be joining us this year) giving a benefit for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. They buy run-down buildings and renovate them and rent them out cheap to people who need it. (These guys really exist. www.tndc.com)

Everything is going fine until a young gang of aces calling themselves "The Specials" arrive. (If you haven't seen the movie "The Specials", it is very funny. I based the gang on characters from that movie)

Victoria (she was one of the characters from last year) got in the first KO, putting the leader of the gang, Strobe, to sleep.

The second in command of the gang, Weevil, took over and the onslaught continued. GI Bill of the Specials faced off against our hero Lumberjack (Superstrong, burly, and gay). Weevil went for Lucifer, the ace who was hosting the event. Lucifer took a good bit of damage from Weevil before managing to incinerate him.

J-pop, a cyborg built in emulation of MegaMan (Don't ask me why) incinerated Power Chick, even though she was morphed into metal at the time. Melted her, is more accurate actually.

Amok faced off with Chris (no ace name at this time), bouncing antimatter off of Chris's telekinetic shield. A few punches were all it took to take him down.

Ms Indestructible was not as indestructible as I would have liked, going down in one blast of J-pop's Flame sword.

Of course, with all the zapping and melting going on, by the time the police show up, everybody gets arrested. Assault with a deadly weapon being the least of their problems. Manslaughter with ace powers is what it looks like in a couple of cases. At least until Federal Agent Helene Carlyle shows up.

More later.
Sunday, June 20th, 2004
11:51 pm
Session #3 report
I know it's been a while, but don't worry, you haven't missed anything. It turns out that my gaming location is far away from my home and I need transportation back and forth. That transportation has developed troubles, so I've had to improvise. However, last week, I wasn't sure how successful my improvising would be. Very few people showed up; certainly not enough for a quorum. Thankfully, one of them brought his Munchkin game and we all had fun.

This week, enough people figured out that they missed something last week and showed up. A good time was had by all.

It seems the party is broken into two segments that interact. It's been a challenge keeping them in roughly the same line.

Angelo (owner of the bar), is attempting to get a vibrosword made. One of the other characters is a cyborg created by an ace gadgeteer (he hasn't gotten much focus time, so don't worry if you missed him). The cyborg calls himself Jehuty or something like that (I think it's the name of a mecha from some videogame or anime). The gadgeteer is Dr. Kane.

It seems that Dr Kane has been visited by our Killer Geek friends and they smashed his lab. He offers to make Angelo's sword if Angelo can keep the Killer Geeks away.

Angelo first talks to his contacts in the underworld. This turns out to be a smuggler named Louis who talks like a French bum. He tell him that someone is bolstering the Killer Geeks, making them bolder. All he knows is that this benefactor is from New York and that nobody's ever seen him. (Clue anyone?)

Angelo goes to see Mucus Boy in the local lockup. He is becoming friendly with one of the members of the SWAT team that arrived in response to the initial battle. Her name is Officer Angela Claybourne. Angelo promises a visit from Peregrine (who's 50 by now, but probably has still "got it", and is likely still on TV) in exchange for information on how to join the Killer Geeks.

The PI, Longarm, in the meantime has recieved calls from 3 business owners in the area requesting protection from the Killer Geeks protection racket.

They are:

Fing Fang Foom (Charles Takahashi) is a joker who looks like a Chinese dragon and runs a dry cleaning business.

Clint Archer is a nat who runs the local Baskin Robbins. He has anti-joker leanings, but keeps them private.

Joan Simpson is a nat who runs an adult bookstore with her husband.

He decides to gather them together to deal with them as a group since they're all after the same thing. I don't recall much of what was resolved at this meeting, but it's where the session ended, so maybe the meeting isn't over yet.

The one player who was providing my transportation but isn't right now did not show (it was his ride too). Unfortunately, he's the one who plays Nastryth, so I haven't had the chance to do a scene with Father Icky. This will hopefully change soon.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2004
11:21 pm
Qit is my hero!
For those of you who haven't figured it out, qitelremel and I are something of an item.

Yesterday being right about the 6th anniversary of when we first had sex (It's the only date from that early on that we can pin down in any reasonable fashion), we decided to get a hotel room and have some fun. We also watched the new Harry Potter movie and had a romantic dinner. All in all, a very good anniversary.

This morning, we decided to try out the pool (No, not like that! Get your mind out of the gutter!). Although I can't swim, I can still hang out in the water. Qit, however, is a very good swimmer (and looks damn hot in a bikini, too). After a little while in the 3-foot end, I decided to try some of the deeper water. I'm 6 feet tall, so I can be comfortable in up to about 5 feet of water.

Unfortunately, the pool floor angled steeply once it decided to get deeper. As soon as I stepped out of the 3-foot section, I lost my footing and submerged. I was able to hop to the surface, but unable to get a stable purchase, I was only able to stay up long enough to gasp for air.

Even though she was clearly panicked, Qit jumped out of the pool and grabbed a flotation device, which she threw to me. I clung to it for dear life as she used the attached rope to pull me back to safety. Which is quite a feat since she weighs about half as much as I do and is about a foot shorter.

I'm not sure if I owe her my life, since she does love me and could be said to be just doing her job keeping me safe, but she is definitely my hero and I love her madly for that and many other things.
Sunday, May 9th, 2004
12:26 am
Life is pretty darn good
I never thought I would say this, but I just had my first threesome today.

Technically, I am in an open relationship. However, I can't help but think monogamy. When I conspired with a coworker to have sex, I got really nervous. I was totally honest about it with my primary partner, but it still rattled me. "I'm going to have sex with someone who is not my primary." So I requested that my primary be there, at least to meet her and make sure she was okay with it.

Needless to say, it wound up a bit more interesting than that. It turns out that both of them are interested in women, and wound up playing with each other, as well as me.

I hope I was able to satisfy both of them (they were both pretty positive about everything, but if you can't tell, I'm kinda a worrywart). My main concern now is that I'll have to train myself to work with another woman's sexual style.
Thursday, April 8th, 2004
12:01 am
Hello. I sell fast food.

I've been working at the same fast food place for 4 and a half years. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I should probably get out soon, or I'll start making a career of this.

The place I work is called Arctic Circle. There are about 80 of them throughout the Midwest, mostly in Utah. Yes, the home of the Mormons. I'm not Mormon. It is located right next to a motel. And not just a motel, a "no-tell motel." Yup, it's full of hookers and druggies. This would only be a minor problem if it weren't for the fact that "business" of various kinds keeps finding it's way into our bathrooms. Since our bathrooms are located outside the building, we can't really control this. This means that there's very little we can do about the blood stains from people shooting up or the used condoms that are left in varying places. How we manage to have any kind of human clientele, I'll never know. Maybe it's the fry sauce.
Sunday, March 21st, 2004
10:49 pm
GURPS 4th Edition
I have recently learned that GURPS is going into a 4th edition, being released in August. As I stated in my previous entry, I'm not one to jump on bandwagons. I'm going to outline my reasons for and against and if anyone cares to comment one way or the other, I'm certainly listening.

Reasons for:

Keep up with new releases: Once G4 comes out, all subsequent GURPS books will be written with it in mind.

Need replacements anyway: My current Basic Set and Compendiums are suffering wear from all the loving use. I could buy replacement copies of the current edition, but see reason #1.

Big gorgeous books: With G4, all books will be hard cover and contain full color art on top of an exessive amount of high quality GURPS material.

Reasons against:

Expense: The Basic Set will be divided into 2 books totalling $75. Subsequent books will be more expensive due to the size, art, and hardcover.

3rd Edition is not broken: It took them 15 years to find enough material worth revising to be worth a completely new edition. The new edition may be more an attempt to compete with the presentation of D&D books. And D&D has also proven that people actually will pay $40 for an RPG book.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
12:55 am
Welcome to my blog
This is actually the first time I've done this sort of thing. Nothing much tends to happen to me, really. But my SO insisted that I share in the blogging fun, so here goes.

For starters, let me explain the name. Konrad the Barbarian was a D&D character I played once. And actually, no, I didn't name him Konrad the Barbarian. I just named him Konrad, and he was a barbarian. As soon as people picked up on Konrad the Barbarian, I was thoroughly chagrined. He was a good character, and if there is interest, I may tell some of his "war stories."

Since the release of D&D 3.5, there has been much discussion about it's merits, particularly in comparison with 3rd Edition (I'm not calling it 3.0. The whole decimal thing drives me batty). My opinion on the issue is thus: 3.5 is an improvement over previous editions of the D&D game. However, it is not worth $90 to have access to the updated material if you already have 3rd edition. To gain access to these improvements, I have chosen the cheap (and legal) way: I have downloaded the SRD.

I haven't played D&D in quite some time. In my opinion, there are all sorts of better games. D&D does what it does very well, I admit, but that seems to consist largely of "kill the monsters, get their treasure." I have a tendency to demand more from a roleplaying experience. I have found many other games that do a wider variety of things rather well.

My two major games right now are GURPS and Exalted. I am running a GURPS Technomancer (modern magic, wide open) game on one night and an Exalted game the next day. You may wonder how I can manage to run two games at once. It's really not too hard. It takes me about a week to come up with a new scenario that takes the players multiple sessions to work through. My only hope is that both groups never complete a scenario in the same week, or my system is shot to hell.

I just looked on the Steve Jackson Games website and discovered that GURPS 4th edition is in the works. I shouldn't be too surprised, considering that the 3rd edition has been in production for about 15 years. That's surprisingly stable for a game system. I'm still going to be looking at it with a critical eye. I try not to be someone who jumps onto bandwagons.

After wasting all of that space on RPGs and stuff, I think I'll move on to my other interests, Star Trek and sex.

I am a Star Trek fan, but not a terribly rabid one. I can still hold conversations on other subjects and have never tried to pick up women with my Kirk impression. Actually, I haven't watched any Star Trek show (or much of anything else) on TV in quite some time. Most of my fan participation lately has come from RPGs (I own every official Trek game ever made) and the Internet (downloading fan-produced episodes).

I don't really consider myself a sexual person. I mean I don't attempt to seduce every woman I see, I don't compare penis size with other men, and I can actually look at a woman's face when I'm talking to her. But on the other hand, I do masturbate at least twice a day, cruise the internet for porn fairly often, seduce my SO as often as she'll let me, and she tells me I'm a pretty good lay.

As near as I can tell, I'm one of the few men who actually cares if the woman enjoys herself during sex. In fact, my biggest thrill during sex is watching her enjoy herself. Just the look on her face and the extra effort she puts into grinding into me just makes the whole thing worthwhile.

Lately, I find myself involved with a polyamorous woman. At least that's what she calls herself. I think she's a swinger. She acts insulted when I say that, but all I really mean is that all of her outside contacts have been purely sexual, with no real exchange of "love." Of course, the upside to this is that I get to have other partners, too. I haven't actually acted on this (partly because I'm madly in love with my primary partner), but it is an option I have and I may end up using one of these days. My only rule is: I have to respect the other person in the morning. Even if it's just a one night stand or what have you, and I never see the person again, I could never treat anyone as a "disposable vagina."

It is very late for me and I think I have rambled on enough about myself. Especially with me this tired and having such loose lips (typing fingers, whatever).

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