thessalian: (content)
I could almost understand if they wanted to turn the Intrepid Fox into just another trendy bar. Almost. Note how I say almost. But no. They want to turn it into a block of flats. Who the almighty fuck wants to live that close to Soho? I mean, there is a block of council flats overlooking Berwick Street Market, but everything else in the area is ... well, hookers, mainly. It's the red light district, for crying out loud; what kind of investment is it to put a bunch of newly-developed overpriced flats in an area mainly full of council housing and prostitution? Are these people insane? Or, more worryingly, are they riding the crest of a trend towards ... well, trendy? I do not believe this. And while I desperately want to go over to the Expensive for one last drink before the place closes down for good (because while it would be nice if we could make a difference, I don't think Ken Livingstone is going to listen to a small but die-hard bunch of rock fans over the siren call of increased tax revenues), I know full well that the place is going to be packed to the fucking gills and I'll probably be squished. But of course, I'm gonna go anyway because hell, I have to have one last drink in there. Probably two, actually - one for me and one for [livejournal.com profile] leopard_lady, who loved that place half to death when she was here.

In other news, we have a nice day yesterday. Well, evening for the most part - as [livejournal.com profile] dodgyhoodoo puts it, I kicked him out of the flat for a few hours. Well, it did give me some more time for deathgnoming, and it does mean that I don't have to listen to him whinge about yet another wasted weekend, but for the most part I find that he's happiest when he's actually accomplished something and I like my hoodoo happy. So he went out and I deathgnomed and then we met up and had dinner, which was nice and everything but I wish the bloody waitresses had left us alone instead of randomly dumping things into our soup pot at random. Well, I know they were trying to help, but it was irritating. I also decided, on one of my usual whims, to pick up some random J-pop while we were in Chinatown. It turned out to be K-pop in the end (BoA) and it's ... something I'd have to be in the mood for but definitely fits in with my occasional cravings for cheesy electronica. Also went for more oriental sweeties - Pocky, gummies in various flavours, those cherry-flavoured chewy things I like and tiramisu-flavoured wafer biscuits, which are proving popular at home.

And things are moving along apace at the two online RPs I actually give a crap about. We've actually started interacting with NPCs at moot over in Hollow City, and my pack's Philodox is getting rude and uppity at a Shadow Lord after taking exception to said Shadow Lord's tone. There's no damn patience anymore. So I had my Galliard step in, step between and make nice. What else can I do? As for Charleston, we're on our way to the Hill, and things between Nina and the Verditian seem reasonably friendly, as he made comment on Nina's outfit. Given that I expect the most trouble from the totally up herself Flambeau child (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] courtcat), I'll be glad when the whole damn thing is over, but I can breathe a little easier at the minute, as can the character, who I think still expects to be pilloried.

At work and I don't wanna be here. Oh well. At least there was a long weekend, no?

Submissive

Jun. 16th, 2006 11:54 am
thessalian: (Default)
Well, whaddya know? My Hollow City vampire was approved. Maybe I'll find some merits to playing a Camarilla vamp that weren't obvious to me previously. *shrug* Of course, neither of the people I online-game with on a regular basis play vamps, so I'm going to have to edge my way into things all over again. But then again, the vamp ST has a vested interest in keeping me interested, as I rolled up that character specifically because he was whimpering about needing more social vamps, so yay.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] leopard_lady poked me last night and sent me a link to The Kensington Leopard" in what I think was a subtle, fly-by hint to write something for submission to this gallery of geekiosity. Which, you know, sure. The Games section looks kinda empty, and I've had a few essay ideas limping around in my brain for awhile now so it's probably about time I got something going on this.

In other news, office stuff. Some guy who I think might be on our editorial board has sent us in a paper with 87 references on it. Our limit is 25. Surely he should know better? So I've had to tell him 'no way in hell' as nicely as I can. Watch me get a bollocking. Just watch.

Online WoD

Jun. 15th, 2006 05:15 pm
thessalian: (cool)
Well, the good news is that things are picking up on the online RPG front. My Dreamspeaker's about to become a team rep for her Tradition from the looks of things, my Corax is trying to get to a corpse to drink its eyes and see how the man died, and Grace ... well, Grace is having an interesting time generally.

Okay, the situation goes as follows: there are two mechanics on the Hollow City board. One's Grace. The other is Alexei Korolev, kinfolk to one of the city's alphas. Grace is cute, dizzy, forthright and sweet, with a reasonably wide gamut of interests and a certain amiable charm. Alexei is also cute, kind of sweet in his own distracted way, and very, very focused on his truest love - auto repair and customisation. And of course, he's Kin and she's Garou. This sounded like it could be an interesting matchup however the relationship turned out, so we did some plot tweaking and made it so that Grace had to turn up at Alexei's garage for a job interview. She got said job, but throughout the interview and test process, neither of them had any idea what the other was, so were expecting to have to keep certain aspects of their lives quiet. However, when Grace went back to the flat she's now sharing with another Garou (who happens to work in the free health clinic that serves as a central meeting point for the Garou in SF) and mentioned Alexei's name, the flatmate pulled out a contact list and pointed out that Alexei was Kin. This amused Grace, but it also seemed providential, since in this game, Kinfolk are currently being sacrificed to demons.

So Grace went to work the next morning and started inching around to the subject and wound up getting him to blurt out another Kinfolk's identity before he twigged that she knew things she shouldn't. So he turned around and threatened her with a wrench, asking what side she was on, and Grace said all the right things and dropped all the right names (in typical ditzy style) and off they went to pick up his poor dead car from the clinic (so finally, Grace gets to go there). And as they're driving along in the tow truck, Grace mentions that she thinks he's cute. So now there's a date in the offing and it's looking pretty good for them because now they're sharing reminiscences about Pittsburgh, where he grew up and where Grace spent two months doing a total rebuild and custom job on a '83 DeVille.

So we have fun, and I get to game in Hollow City again, and I think I may have enough posts to point at to justify an increase in Grace's Perception soon. Which would be nice, because she is so thick sometimes... I completely blew a 'Getting to know the Urban Parent Spirit' thing by botching just one Perception + Empathy roll, and it sucks. Wah.

Right. Now off to do cheap but nice Japanese food with [livejournal.com profile] dodgyhoodoo. Then maybe blowing up Worms.

RP Blips

Jun. 9th, 2006 12:04 pm
thessalian: (bored)
So far, in the games I actually play in (albeit online):

Grace: My Glass Walker Galliard Garou is screwing up an attempt to make nice with San Francisco. I mean abysmally. On the plus side, despite it being about half past one in the morning, managed to make $3.82 busking on a street corner. Not quite what she had in mind, but still. I like the new co-lead Werewolf ST on Hollow City. Must make a point to thank him/her for the chance to do something once this thread is wrapped (don't want to look like I'm sucking up).

Nina: My Dreamspeaker isn't up to much beyond meeting up with the new boy in Charleston (Jericho Hobbes) and, after having spent hours making a peace pipe for the bloody Hermetic yammerer heading up the Spirit seminar, left it on a table in the open chantry (in a spaghetti box) so that he would eventually come by and pick it up. So far he hasn't, and it's been moved from table to kitchen drawer, from kitchen drawer to bottom shelf of the fridge and from bottom shelf of the fridge back to table again by a Verbena fighting the temptation to open it, a stoned Ecstatic and a confused Dreamspeaker respectively. Soon there will be Dreamspeaker confab. Don't know what that's about but will soon find out.

Lorrie: My Corax has just had to explain the White Howlers to an uneducated hick without using any Garou terms or vocabulary above third-grade level, because said uneducated hick was born to Black Spiral Dancer kin and is pretty-shiny-white-pelted while in Crinos. And the Wyrm whispers to him. Lorrie has also told the Wyrm, "You're weak, you're pathetic, you're all mouth and your mother dresses you funny". Yeah, nice to see I'm following a grand and noble tradition of insulting the Wyrm to its face and probably getting squished. But c'mon; she's a Corax and this is what they do. Laugh in the face of evil, peck out one of its eyes and fly like buggery.

I am so bored. I don't want to be here. This is not a day when people should be working. This should be a holiday. It's too damn bright, hot and sunny for work! There ought to be laws against this sort of thing. I suppose I'm just a little narked because some lucky bitches get to go off to MoCCA this weekend while I'm in London sweltering and either building houses or blowing up worms, depending on mood Saturday. Then again, one lucky bitch did offer to get me a sketch of Faye from Questionable Content (J Jacques, Jennie Breeden, John Allison ... and I'm missing it. Why are there never cons in England? Oh, right, because no one comes from here and no one wants to come here. Bah), so it could be worse. Plus Mage on Sunday (extra sessions yay). Still ... comic con...

Right. Back to some work, I suppose.
thessalian: (cynical)
So awhile ago, one of the gents from Hollow City said, "Argh we need new vampires! Anyone wanting to play Malk, Toreador, Nos or Ventrue gets more freebies! Please send in social vampires!" So on that basis, and since Hollow City really does not demand that much of my time, I decided to finally submit my manipulative fashionista Toreador. This, IIRC, was Tuesday afternoon. Thursday morning, I get email from the head ST saying, "Cheers, dear, same old saga, these things take time, we'll let you know".

...

Is it really uncharitable of me to want to fly to where this ST is, grab her by the lapels, shake her vigorously and explain that the other two boards I'm on have approved my characters (complete with necessary tweaks because I suck with numbers) in the time it took her to get me confirmation that she'd even seen the application?

I mean, seriously. For Charleston, it took a total of a day and a half to get my character approved, and that only because I'd done the maths wrong and accidentally given myself too much in the way of freebies. For Chicago, it took even less time because the head ST for Chicago happened to be online and was happy enough to simply say, "You didn't take enough freebies, where do you want that last two points? Then we can each amend the character sheets we have and you're ready to go". And yet over on Hollow City, it takes weeks to get approval, even without things like the Dex 5 Debate.

I don't get that lot at all.
thessalian: (shy)
When the calendar flipped over to 6/6/06, about half the Christian population decided that the End was Nigh, and a fair few of the rest told everyone to "be careful on that day". Apparently, some heavily pregnant women have been going to great lengths to keep from giving birth to their children on that date. And I'm sure various nuts have been watching the skies for rains of toads and such.

However, I say bollocks to rains of toads and other conventional signs of Armageddon. Apocalypse may well be coming, but its signs came, to me at least, in a form that no one expected.

Someone actually paid some attention to me in my Hollow City game.

That's right; after months of ST-free living, I finally have something that might represent plot in that game. On the one hand, I say "woo-hoo!" and celebrate the fact that I'm not just completely ignored on that board. On the other hand, given that I submitted my application in late February, the suddenness of my reintegration as a character in San Fran is ... well, kinda creepy. I really am starting to think I should be looking for rains of toads.

(Oh, and I don't have the heart to tell the evident East Coaster that he's not going to find a CVS in San Francisco and should instead be looking for a Walgreens. Do your research, people; do I play in RPs set in the US and expect to find a Boots?)

In other news, I finished the Dark Tower series at long last. I suppose the LotR comparison's been made before, given that they have similar themes and such, but while it has that epic sense, DT also has similar problems to LotR. Needlessly long descriptive passages, for one. Sometimes, no matter how good a story is, it really does just flounder under its own weight. Still, there are moments (Callahan in the Dixie Pig, the outcome of Susannah's last door) where my heart just sort of fluttered and, as I do with many books, I fell in love a little.

Then, of course, I read the ending. The worst part about reading these things on public transport is that you can't yell, "Oh, you've got to be fucking kidding me" at the book you're reading for fear of being considered a loony. Not that it was bad; not even that it was unexpected, per se. Just that it wasn't fair. He can say what he likes about it being "the right ending"; it felt like a cheat. Much like King's own role in the series felt like a cheat. I suppose a bit of disappointment after an undertaking of that size is only natural, but this is just ... hate to admit it, but this is me saying, "Yeah, it really is time you hang up your jock, Mr King. I love your work but take a vacation, huh?"

*sigh* Anyway. Work. Feh.
thessalian: (inspired)
Last night, I gamed in Charleston by Night again. It's been a few days, so I had fun. Nina was not-so-formally introduced to the Barons of Suburbia (a cabal of three Ecstatics and a Verbena); there were some paranoia issues from them, which were nicely assuaged when she offered to let them read her mind, which landed in suggestive territory (but Ecstatics, duh), and Nina brought out the stock of booze that generally comes with a somewhat out-there WoD voodoo woman, and pretty plus well-stocked-with-booze plus open-minded equalled at least two Ecstatics deciding, "Gods, yes" and the next thing I know, Nina's in the middle of this menage a trois makeout session with said two Ecstatics. Which would have gone further if the Fem!Ecstatic's boyfriend hadn't walked into the middle of it and spoiled the mood (which was a good thing from a player POV because it was one in the morning and I had to go to bed). Still, do you know how hard it is extricating yourself from an Ecstatic sandwich of that type?

Also chat with one of the Hollow City people, who's looking forward to the clock ticking forward to in-game tomorrow (doing the maths, early July in real time) so that Grace and Alexei can have 'That Conversation', to wit: "You're Kinfolk and I know it. I'm Garou. Hi." This should be amusing. When it ever happens.

And now I have to go to work. Ham-Fisted Editor showed up at 5 pm yesterday and proceeded to make my life hell for an hour, and today both of the editors are in and I don't want to go to work because it's just going to be endless hours of Not Fun and people giving me shit. But I guess I have to because the savings account wants feeding and I have to earn my Frankenbox improvements.

I shouldn't wish for a Tube derailment just so I can get out of going to work...
thessalian: (fed up)
Hmmkay. I got news on board XP expenditure.

First thing I asked about was Primal Urge, which I somehow neglected to buy at character creation. Generally speaking, you need to have a thread on the boards showing where you'd practiced to learn whatever the hell it is you're learning, but they'll make exceptions if it's an obvious background hole. Now here, I had both bases covered; while it wasn't my first XP session, I had at least two threads where Primal Urge had kicked in to detect Garou, which I figured might count as practice. I was right, and can have a dot in Primal Urge shortly.

Then I asked about Spirit Speech, a level 1 Werewolf Gift that lets you talk to spirits and address them on their own level -- good for summonings and such. Now, you can learn this from any spirit, so I thought that the easiest way to learn this was to find a friendly spirit and learn from them. This is actually fairly simple, because the character learning this has a little merit called Machine Affinity. According to the merits listing, this not only gives bonuses when dealing with any technological spirit but means that the spirits of machines tend to spontaneously awaken in the character's presence. The character, being a dancer and a lover of music (Galliard), has a battered old discman that she's been carrying around on her travels and such for the last six years or so. You'd figure that, after six years and more, the spirit of that machine will be a) well and truly awake and b) rather kindly disposed towards my character. So a great spirit to ask for that sort of Gift; after all, she gave it life, in a sense, and has been feeding it batteries and good music and generally keeping it in as much repair as possible for six years, so teaching her to talk and listen to it properly seems a small enough boon.

However, the head ST decided that the call on that one should be made by the Werewolf ST. I have spoken of the Werewolf ST in previous rants. She has decreed that the character must travel to the Umbra (okay...) and deal with the spirit directly (well, duh) and barter goods or services, which apparently will involve some kind of quest.

...Okay. Say what? Look, I get that in general, you don't want to make this shit too easy to learn, but it's a Level 1 Gift that, quite frankly, guarantees nothing. Just because you can talk to them doesn't necessarily mean they're going to listen, after all. If I was asking for Control Complex Machine or Paw of the Newborn Cub, I would understand, but this? Seems overkill. But even still, okay, fine ... if it was anybody else STing. However, I'm not seeing where the ST in question is going to be particularly helpful in running a quest, frankly. The last thread I was involved in with her was with her as that bloody kid mage, and I spent over a week trapped in that thread, waiting for time to tick on so I could actually game at all. And that was when she wasn't doing anything else on the boards at the time. Now, though, she's got three characters involved in two separate threads, one of which is particularly traffic-heavy and important, so given the circumstances and following on trends at this point, I'm thinking I'll pencil my 'quest' in for a three-week time slot somewhere around half-past 2008.

Seriously, come on. No, it shouldn't be phenomenally easy to get Gifts etc all the time. However, if someone wants to spend their XP on one of the simpler Gifts and has a good story to back it up (which you have already stated will result in a good bit of business in a thread somewhere), why not bloody well let them get on with it? What's the point of having XP if you won't let your characters bloody well spend it without going through gods-know-what to even get something simple? Why is there no flexibility here? *sigh* If it weren't for the fact that my Caregiver-natured character is currently associated with an emotionally scarred eclipse-born Ahroun who'd go mental and/or harano if the first real friend she's made in four years went AWOL, I'd be gone like a cool breeze. As it is, I don't know what I'm going to do. If Spirit Speech is this hard to get, requesting answers from the City Father? Probably not gonna happen. Shit.
thessalian: (Sims)
This is something of a GIP, but I figure, hey, if I'm going to grump about my Sims, I may as well have the icon to suit. And yes, I have done this. Except with a buyable fire mod. Heeheehee.

With regard to that, we at least now know what memory my computer runs, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nightskywarlock. Of course, I had a previous version of the thing he suggested, but it's always good to have the upgrade. Anyway, we now know that the Frankenbox runs the same kind of memory that [livejournal.com profile] dodgyhoodoo runs in Zim, and we also know that, despite assertions by [livejournal.com profile] cholten99, my mobo is not exactly hot shit. Zim runs faster, and [livejournal.com profile] dodgyhoodoo keeps bitching about Zim (though that may be software, I dunno). But I've got two free slots for memory and can't really afford to get a mobo bundle right now, so I'll have to make do. As long as it runs my damn Sims, I don't care. Frankly, I'd also like a new case because I hate the beige, but my money would honestly be better spent on a flat screen monitor that doesn't take up pretty much the entire vanity table. I should be able to get away from that experience with less than a £130 expenditure if I buy online (I've seen some pretty good bargains on TFT monitors, and have my eye on this one) or find a good deal on Tottenham Court Road (more likely than you'd think, plus a decided lack of delivery charges). Either way, it'd be nice to have the room. Though of course, my cash would probably be better spent on a few summer clothing odds and sods, but I really can't be arsed.

Cut for Hollow City rant )

Sorry about that. Needed a rant. And now, I'll go and do something else.
thessalian: (wtf)
Those of you on my friends list who know Werewolf are gonna have to help me out here, because I have to admit to being a little stumped on something that's come up recently in the Hollow City game. (Admittedly, it doesn't touch on my character and may never do, given, but I'm soliciting opinions anyway.)

LJ-cut for your skimming convenience. )

That said, I'm still waiting for some godsdamned plot. [livejournal.com profile] dodgyhoodoo is working on his character background, though, so at least there'll be a third person in Grace's little pack at some point, provided he gets accepted.

It's a slow day and I am so bored. Someone save meeeee...
thessalian: (writer rage)
Okay. The situation on Hollow City is as follows:

It generally takes a week or so to move from one time of day to the next. So, for example, it'll be a couple of weeks to tick between 'Afternoon' and 'Sunset', because you tick through 'Approaching Sunset' on the way. You would think, wouldn't you, that this would generally be enough time to resolve a godsdamned thread.

Apparently not, no. There are people on the board still doing shit timestamped about 3 pm. Which wouldn't be a problem, usually; their thread goes on, some threads go on hold if the slowpoke thread needs to be resolved before those other threads can continue but mostly people just carry on as normal.

Until someone decides that she's going to go out and, ignoring everything else that may have happened between 3 and 7 pm to the rest of these people, do something that affects half the godsdamned Garou threads on the boards, including mine. The message from Grand High Poobah Alpha Garou Lady Thing, going out to every Garou and Kin she has a number for, was that all Garou -- that means all Garou -- should turn up at the 5 pm meeting because shit has just gone down. Fine. Okay. That's understandable. But you couldn't have done that two weeks ago, when the character first found out that shit was going down? Really?

I wouldn't mind this so much if I could ignore it. But my character's soon-to-be flatmate, sole packmate and good friend is one of Grand High Poobah Alpha Garou Lady Thing's EMTs. Therefore, said friend and packmate is on GHPAGLT's contact list, if for no other reason than that her contact details are on the insurance forms she filled out in a thread weeks ago. My character and this EMT have been hanging out together all damn day, except for a brief stint (at quarter to six, gods help me) where she went on job interview. Which Defender-nature EMT lady would not have let my character go to alone, as we've actually played thus far, since the orders were that no one, Garou or Kin, goes anywhere alone. And instead of my job interview thread, my character would have been at stupid meeting at five.

Now, we've established that the EMT has a mobile, but even if we said that GHPAGLT only had the EMT's home number (unlikely, but possible), it still fucks with me. When my character went to the job interview thing, the EMT went home and unpacked things ... and would have checked her messages. So when my character came in, dumped her luggage, told her tale, made her excuses and voomed for her one last night of solitude, the EMT would have heard of the "No one goes anywhere alone" decree. And would not have let my character go. Would, in fact, have locked her in a closet or something to keep her in. (Defender nature Ahrouns. Oh dear gods.) Which negates the entire godsdamned plot we've been doing for the last several days, and totally fucks with my plans for just before sunrise. And all this after so much has already been settled.

How the fuck dare she? Did she even think about the other posts that had, of necessity, gone on while she was dallying over Garou grief? Or did she just not bloody well care?

I will calm down eventually. But now I have to talk to at least one other player about how the hell we retcon something laid out that comprehensively that long ago that, by the way, is on a forum upon which you cannot delete your posts.

ARGH.

Games

Apr. 30th, 2006 04:30 pm
thessalian: (big damn heroes)
So far, it's been a nice relaxing weekend. Mostly I've spent it watching Buffy DVDs and doing the Hollow City thing. However, we did go out to see Silent Hill again, which was fun, particularly since it was as good as it was the first time. It's always nice to hear, for example, the loud buggers sitting behind you in the audience start shutting up as things get creepy. Though a fair few of the teens / young adults who came out of the cinema were basically saying, "It was really good, but I didn't understand very much of it..." *sigh* It really means nothing to the general populace unless it's the dramatic equivalent of a big neon sign, doesn't it?

In Hollow City news, my character has just become the alpha of her own brand new, very small pack. Which is going to be very interesting, given that she's just been made aware of a rather serious Litany violation in the form of two Garou having a romantic relationship. (Shadow Lord and Bone Gnawer, if you know Werewolf; someone's slumming it...) We can blame Windy for this. We love the kiddie-mage, really. Of course, if Grace hadn't got used to the way Windy talks, she would have missed the whole thing, like Karyn did. White didn't miss it, but that's not really something Grace knows. All Grace knows is that most tribes take that part of the Litany as seriously as she does and she personally doesn't seem like it matters. "Garou shall not mate with Garou" was meant to be a preventative measure against metis, and now we have birth control. Its a Glass Walker thing. So now Grace is a pack alpha with a total stranger's secret, and a whole other pack is talking about silencing her. Possibly by force. Of course, her enforcer is a Uktena Ahroun, so that's helpful. Plus a Dodge pool of seven.

Anyway, tonight I'm cooking prime rib, and then tomorrow is Changeling. I need to sit down and at least give a bit of a think about what's next. I've been too busy trying to sort out a way to get Mage sorted out to really give it a lot of thought. But that, I guess, is what writeups are for. Whee.
thessalian: (need a hug)
Spent yesterday in bed due to migraine. Return email I got from Michael indicated that I was desperately needed today due to Editorial Board Meeting. I slept, I rested, I dosed myself with painkillers and hoped I would be well enough to take on my responsibilities today.

Today, the headache is still there, nausea has intensified and, just to add to the fun, my wrists feel like someone's dumped hot coals in them. And yet I am still contemplating going to work, because they need me so. Then again, I must face the fact that this chair already feels like a torture chamber after less than half an hour of sitting in it and I may not even survive public transport, much less work. *sigh* I don't want to let people down...

In other news, got really bored while dosed up on painkillers yesterday and found another thread to be a part of, as still not king. Which both my roleplaying buddy and I thought was great. Two members of the thread were like, "New people! Hi there" ... but then the thread got put on hold for a minute while another character came back and when she did, it was like, "Oh, pfft. New people. Never mind you, it's all about me." Never mind that she's been connected to Threads of Massive Plot while the rest of us have been cooling our heels for two weeks; it's not like the rest of us want to roleplay or anything...

Changeling is on the Bank Holiday Monday this weekend, same time as usual. The following weekend ... well, stay tuned.

And on that note, I am going back to bed. Gods, I hurt.
thessalian: (rant)
Things we are expecting from Amazon soon:

1) Firefly OST
2) Serenity OST
3) Carnivale OST
4) Movies in Fifteen Minutes, by the ever-talented [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda. Samples can be found on [livejournal.com profile] m15m

And I say *squee*!

Still not king. This is getting irritating. Though Windy/"Dodges Traffic" (OTP) just keeps getting funnier.

Also, I might have found a way to save Mage. Note I said "might". It will involve going back to the three-player setup, but it worked out well enough that way, I guess. But nothing firm, so ... yeah.

There's something I'm not understanding. Gross incompetence in the workplace, particularly where it affects people's safety, generally results in a grand old sacking. So why the hell is it that, when over 1000 foreign prisoners were being released from prison and not deported when they were supposed to be (and, in 16% of cases, were recommended for deportation on release), Clarke's not quitting because Blair told him not to? Good morning, Mr Blair! This is your alarm call! Gross negligence and incompetence calls for a sacking! 20% of those released and not deported were released into society after Clarke was aware of the problem, so he let all those people out on the street when they should have been deported by the government's own rules why? BECAUSE HE IS SCREWING UP. I understand that Blair needs loyal people by him right now, as he's basically hanging on to the last tattered vestiges of his credibility at the moment, but this? Not helping.

Oh, yeah, and his NHS 'reforms'. 'Deforms', more like. I remember a few years ago how I wanted to retrain to be a nurse. Any idea how glad I am I didn't do so now? Seriously; a few years ago, it was all, "We need more nurses. Desperately need more nurses. Let's give them free training and throw money at them because frankly, the Service doesn't run without them. At all." Now it's redundancies a-go-go and hiring freezes, so all these lovely, highly-trained people are now stuck stacking shelves at Tesco. What happened to, "The Service cannot run without the nurses"? News flash, people: it still can't run without the nurses. The only people more indispensible in hospitals are the admin staff, and it's a very narrow margin. The doctors? They barge in once in awhile, prod at people, make diagnoses and occasionally actual administer treatment. Then they go away. Nurses are there all the time. They monitor the patient, ensure their daily needs are met and administer a lot of basic treatment. More to the point, because they're there all the time, patients talk to them more readily than they will a doctor about the little things, and that information is indispensible to a doctor later on when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

Stupid fucking short-sighted middle management arseholes who don't understand that cuts cannot be made in the perceived "lower rungs" of the NHS because frankly, they're the only people who know what the fuck they're doing! Cut nurses, and you lose a valuable source of information and patient treatment options. Cut admin, and the entire place falls apart in a flurry of missed appointments, unpaid invoices and patient complaint forms. Here's another wake-up call for Tony Blair. If you want to save the NHS some money, and thus save the NHS? Cut the middle management! Or at least make sure it works properly! Let's have fewer of these white-collar arseholes who do little more than run around doing disruptive inspections of staff practice and then setting all kinds of targets that no one can meet because the money they need to meet the targets is being sucked up by this white-collar arsehole's salary. Let's have Health and Safety departments that, rather than flagging up piddling health problems in the staff and hand out bitty pamphlets about how to deal with them in the workplace, ensures that the working environment is safe for everyone. No sitting temps or newbies at ergonomic nightmare desks next to photocopiers, no making secretaries do their typing shtick in darkened rooms for more than an hour at a stretch just because the department got caught off-guard by the long-planned building works in the admin office, no persecuting staff for having previously suffered psychiatric problems. And please, please let's have Human Resources departments who provide for their staff rather than ignoring them until they feel the need to persecute, demote or outright sack them. Honestly, with everything I've seen in the last five years or so, I am not in the least surprised that the NHS is tanking, and I could probably solve the problem a lot better than these government bods. Of course, that's assuming that Blair's not running the NHS into the ground so that private becomes not only the better option but the only option.

Did I mention I want to live in a sane country again?
thessalian: (meep)
In other news, Windy the Kiddy Mage has just approached yet another Glass Walker minding their own business. This time, however, she said something to the effect of "I want ice cream and I know it's not polite to just ask but because you are what you are you'll get me sweets and we can talk about why I'm not supposed to talk about the things I'm not supposed to talk about".

This convoluted paragraph-sentence-thing basically translates to "Here's how it seems to work. I run into adults who are like you (read: werewolves). The adult in question takes me somewhere where we can sit down and get treats. And then they tell me about how I should keep my mouth shut about werewolves and vampires and such. So let's avoid the ducking and diving and get straight to the lecture so I can have ice cream."

Which is blackmail, and an encouragement of bribery. Which would be fine, if I hadn't read through the threads and discovered that the only person who combined treats with lecture (and therefore gave her the ammo for this recent way of dealing with the world) was my damn character.

I think my poor hapless Caregiver has just corrupted the young.
thessalian: (caffeine)
We got a phone call from the agency that got me this job. They asked to speak to Michael. The bit of the conversation I heard after that was essentially, "No, we're all fine here. No, settled in well. No, we really don't need anyone else right now." I think this means that I have 'improved' (read: got better at navigating Ham-Fisted Editor's bullshit) and I can keep my job. Good. We couldn't afford me being unemployed.

I went out shopping for more herbs yesterday. I haven't organised or even thought about how to use 'em yet, but I've got 'em. Whee. Incidentally, Golden Seal? A total bitch, thank you. Over £17 for 25g! Ack!

STILL NOT KING. Talon and I wound up amusing ourselves (due to extraordinary lack of RP opportunity, as still not king) by having our respective characters having something of a meta-bit of IM RP. It ended up with a pillow fight in which we were using our Gifts to cheat (both Garou). It basically went like this:

KARYN: I could so totally cheat.
GRACE: Yeah, I know. So could I.
KARYN: How?
GRACE: Persuasion. "Stand still a minute..." *tickle* *whump*
KARYN: ACK! Oof! *drops shroud* (which means to drop isolated bit of darkness to which the caster is immune on the scene) *whump*
GRACE: Ah. It's all gone--OOF! [[Mindspeak]] ...you dirty little cheat.

Which is why, I suppose, you don't get into a fight with a Garou. Any kind of fight. Particularly not with dizzy Galliard bimbos and Uktena Ahrouns who are learning how to do the fun goofball thing.
thessalian: (too cute)
Having read and reread the available characters at Hollow City, I realise that one cannot roll up a Sabbat character at this stage. Like, at all. So no Maklie with Dementate. Which is a pity, because I was thinking of a cross between Drusilla and the Scarecrow from Batman. Someone needs to run me a Sabbat game. I'll have to read through my Toreador book again. I'm sure I'll come up with something. The vamp threads move so much bloody faster (unless they're Elysium. Elysium just takes for-fucking-ever).

[Edit: Actually, Sabbat aren't banned. They're just restricted. I'm not sure if I can roll up a character that's going to kick enough arse to get around that restriction, though...]

However, there are things that make up for this. Big honking huge ones.

1) Payday is the 23rd ... or the first weekday before the 23rd. Which means that today is payday. Payday! Yay! My bank account is a radioactive chia pet once again! Of course, much of this money will be going towards a haircut and a new pair of shoes, but still, money!

2) I have plans tonight. Cinema-going plans. Date-movie plans. Silent Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiill!

*does the happydance and SQUEE!*

Okay. Now, Melpomene (Greek Muse of Tragedy, as would seem to be appropriate for a film of this type) grant that this is the two-odd hours of sheer glory and fear that the trailers seem to indicate, and not the unwatchable tripe that so many video game adaptations turn into. Let this be Resident Evil and more, and not ... I dunno, Doom. You and Thren seem to have worked on many projects together, Melpomene, and I couldn't take another disappointment like Hostel, so... Frankly, if this one kills my faith in horror entirely, Thren will come and kick your arse, so please? I know it's already made and everything, but there's no harm in a little internet prayer anyway. There's Pick n Mix sweeties in it for you...
thessalian: (confident)
It's been another one of those days where there's been next to nothing to do except sort out stuff and take shit from people. Then I go home and cook dinner (but fajitas, yay). I am so. Unbelievably. BORED.

I have discovered that the Hollow City is all booked up with Ravnos. So no Ravnos-bitch. HOWEVER. They are having a serious shortage of Nosferatu, Toreador, Ventrue and, unless things have changed, Malkavians. In fact, they haven't rescinded this yet, so you actually get five extra freebies if you play a Malk, Toreador or Nos. I don't really want to play a Nos, Ventrue would bore me to death and my favourite Toreador concept is too close to my Glass Walker Galliard. So I'm thinking, Malkavian. I think I'll wait until I get home and have the books in front of me to properly roll it up, but I do have something in mind...

Moo. Hoo. Ha. Ha.

The fun I could have with Dementation.

Bad Girl

Apr. 18th, 2006 01:37 pm
thessalian: (cheeky)
Possibly this came up because I am tired and cranky, but I've been thinking about expanding my involvement in Hollow City somewhat. I was thinking of rolling up something really, truly, unspeakably nasty, then running around and wreaking havoc for awhile until some of the PCs came along and killed my character's arse. You know -- disposable character, but oh so much fun.

So far my thoughts on that one are either Sabbat (I'm thinking Ravnos or Lasombra: devious, nasty, hyper-controlling little bitch whose sadistic idea of 'fun' probably inspires loyalty among her fellows as much as the whole 'iron fist' rule thing) ... or a fomor of, at present, unspecified gifts, lineage or purpose. I'd probably prefer the Lasombra, to start with, but when she goes ... hee. That's if they'll let me play a fomor, and if I ever decide to do it in the first place. It just seems like being evil bitch villainess would be fun for awhile.

In other news, I am bored, tired and fed up with today already. Actually, I was fed up hours ago. Help meeee.
thessalian: (big damn heroes)
I have been having a genuinely good time on Hollow City thus far. Not only did that one stupid Coffeeshop Mindscape Juvie Marauder thing (okay, not really, but it sounds cool) actually move a bit, but my character has actually got to know people yay! Fine, helping someone unload a U-Haul does not generally make for the most exciting roleplaying in the world, but for the "getting-to-know-you" bit, it's quite fun. I've been talking to the character's mun for awhile now, and we'd mentioned how it'd be neat if our characters met up; I just took the opportunity as it was presented. So now our characters have done the full-on 'formal introductions' deal ("Grace Curran. One Ragabash in DC refuses to call me anything but 'Dances-Skyclad-for-Singles', but I don't think that counts. Galliard. Glasswalker. Homid, or Monkey, depending on who you're hanging out with. And pretty much bottom of the totem pole, rank-wise" meets "Karyn Oliver Whispering Inferno, Cliath Ahroun Uktena". Guess who takes their life more seriously...) and are hauling a sofa with Grace asking how Karyn feels about cheesy 80s romantic comedies as an aside to 'do you have any hobbies?' Well, it's better than, while asking for directions to where the pack hangs out, adding an aside to the effect of, "Oh, and I'm also looking for a good ballet studio, a dojo and a reasonably upmarket strip club..."

Well, she is.

On the subject of roleplaying, looks like we're giving Changeling a miss this weekend. It's a small enough group that we can't really afford to lose anyone, and the set-up means that [livejournal.com profile] neonchameleon's character would be rather missed if [livejournal.com profile] neonchameleon was absent. I know the rule is generally, "One player down, we're still on" but I think that only works for a) really well established groups or set-ups and/or b) set-ups with more than three players in them. Oh well. Lie-in on Sunday.

I'm so glad this is a short week. I don't want to go to work today. I want to stay home in bed. Having to come back to work for the full five days after all that holiday would just be too cruel.

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