October 17th, 2005

Macbeth the Usurper

D&D

The D&D game will be going onto haiatus for a bit. The group is moving onto a different DM for 6-8 sessions. Then, we'll talk this over again. The next game will be Victorian Horror. GUPRS 4ed.

This session ran well. They took out a General, who was the servant of Mephistopholes. They also fought a barbed devil, which really pushed them. We had some great, completely unexpected rolls that change the flow of combat. The players pulled off some clever use of spells. By the end of the night, they were out of healing and happy to have victory.

Nothing makes a good game like the credible prospect of death hinged against the necessity of victory.

All in all, I am fairly happy with this game. My ability to create encounters has greatly improved. I am get better at gearing challenges. My theories of game design, which got revamped over the last few years, have held up fairly well. The players respond well to a story oriented game, though too much detail is a killer. Mostly, I put alot of faith in my players to solve the challenges on their own.
Macbeth the Usurper

From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, on Baltimore:

The Great Baltimore Fire on February 7, 1904 destroyed over 1,500 buildings in 30 hours and forced most of the city to rebuild. Immediately afterward, Mayor Robert McLane was quoted in the Baltimore News as saying, "To suppose that the spirit of our people will not rise to the occasion is to suppose that our people are not genuine Americans. We shall make the fire of 1904 a landmark not of decline but of progress." He then refused assistance, stating "As head of this municipality, I cannot help but feel gratified by the sympathy and the offers of practical assistance which have been tendered to us. To them I have in general terms replied, 'Baltimore will take care of its own, thank you.'" Two years later, on September 10, 1906, the Baltimore-American reported that the city had risen from the ashes and "One of the great disasters of modern time had been converted into a blessing."
Macbeth the Usurper

Fiscal Conservatives

The fiscal conservatives are flexing their muscles. Good. It's about time that Congress does what it is supposed to. I may neither like nor agree with the cuts that they make, but I do agree with the principal that drives them. In the long run, a well balanced budget and good monetary policy is good for progressive policy.

Our programs always need their "bang for the buck" assessed. We will never have enough money to cover all of our priorities all of the time. We will always wrestle with the question of which worthy program stays, and which ones goes. That's life. Sometimes programs that I like will get cut. That may include my job. I accept that. Nobody said Democracy was easy or perfect. Nobody promised us happy choices.