March 14th, 2011

Macbeth the Usurper

Weekend Ahoy

So we had a weekend.

The bonus material for Doctor Who did not come in. Instead, we watched "Coco Before Chanel", a bio-pic and costume drama about Coco Chanel. It's a costume drama because the protagonist becomes a fashion designer. Clothing is very important in the film. I found the film entertaining, and I found the beautiful Audrey Tautou as engaging as ever.

My sister paid for photos of herself, and since she had the photographer, invited us out to photos, too. The photographer had mighty nice lenses. (50mm and 85mm primes, to be exact.) I got grumpy most of the way through.

Curse you pirates that invented Daylight Savings Time. I'll see you hang yet.

Run a Gamma World game on Sunday. Had to pull a few punches in the boss battle because they were heading for a TPK. (Recall, I have sub-optimizers. If they can make something sub-optimal, they will.)

I finally did get Fallout 3 to run under Linux. It had issues, but was mostly playable. Now that I've accomplished that, I can move onto my next challenge.

I'm shopping for the next free MMO. I tried Battlestar Galactica Online. I do not find it to may taste. My hands will never forgive me for flying spacecraft with the WASD keys. That's a short flight to a repetitive strain injury.

I might go back to LotRO for a while, but I'm not really feeling the love for button-bar RPG's right now. I may play one, but odds are, I'll play a different one. I've downloaded Champions Online and I might give that one a tour.
Macbeth the Usurper

On Naming the Bad Guys

In my novel, naming the bad guys has been tough. All the really easy stuff has been taken by others. I keep making stuff up and not quite liking it. Most of that dislike centers around the blandness of what I create. Let's face it, I can take a dictionary generator and make more evilish words rather easily, but they merely exist to differentiate my dark/shadow/black badguys from your dim/dark/ebon bad guys. Let's face it, having bad guys called the Midnight Bad-Asses just doesn't tell you anything.

But how to break out?

I've settled on two names for the bad guys: the older ones and the newer ones.

The oldest ones are Oathbreakers. You can tell what they do in one word. You can also tell something about their priorities, and the priorities of those who oppose them.

The newer bad guys are Bloodletters. They believe in human sacrifice. Again, it's pretty easy to tell what they stand for. It's pretty easy to tell what their opponents don't like.

The cool thing is that I break out of the fantasy namespace that is so overcrowded. You won't confuse them with the next book over. Of course, that assumes that you read my book, which is a mighty rare deed indeed.