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Re: The Dresden Files - Dead Heir - Session #4 - A Trip Into Faerie - Summary [Oct. 20th, 2010|01:18 pm]
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Characters Present

Drake Beasly – Apprentice Wizard – Sean
Taylor Hayworth – Emmisary of the Water Dragon Loam – Laura
Ginger Baker – Were-Form Coyote – Marie Pascale

Randall decides begin repairing his car and tells that group that he’s available should an emergency occur. Drake is waiting to be released from the hospital after being treated for the gunshot wounds he received in his fight with Anton Lokosic’s thugs. His “girlfriend” Taylor decides to call Ginger while she waits for him to be released. She calls Ginger and fills her in on everything that occurred at Randal’s house.

When Drake is released from the hospital Taylor calls Ginger to come and pick them up. The three of them go to local pub, the Firkin Strumpet, to discuss the events of the past several days. They discuss fact that to this point they suspect that Jennifer Christopher’s murder has been made to look like a suicide, that Katherine Christopher is under the influence of some kind of mind magic, that it seems that the Fae are somehow involved and that Anton Lokosic, a White Court Vampire, has just attempted to have the group killed.

Once all the facts are on the table the group goes into research and brainstorming mode. They pool their knowledge of White Court, Vampires that feed of emotion rather than blood, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of White Court Vampires. They know that White Court Vampires feed off emotion, they know that while they have supernatural physical capabilities they aren’t as powerful as the vampires of the other two courts and that these vampires can operate during the day. They also know that there three major branches – the Raith family (feeding off Lust), the Malovora family (feeding off Fear) and the Skavis family (feeding off pain and despair). They figure that Anton Lokosic must be connected to either the Malovora or Skavis families since the Raith family does not have much of a presence in Hamilton.

The group suspects that the Fae are connected with Jennifer Christopher’s death. Ginger and Taylor don’t know much about the Fae so Drake goes into lecture mode. Drake explains what he knows about the Fae which isn’t much considering…He tells that that they should never enter into the deals with the Fae since they’d likely come out ahead. He also tells that that should they ever going into the Fae controlled parts of the Nevernever that they should avoid eating or drinking anything. One thing that Drake forgot to tell them is that they should never tell the Fae their true name…

The group decides to venture into the Nevernever to see if they can gleam any further information regarding Jennifer’s death. Drake performs a ritual to open a portal to the Nevernever. They step into an emerald green field with rolling hills and flowers blooming. Drake, Taylor and Ginger see off in the distance an incredible beautiful redheaded women sitting on a blanket with a picnic spread out all around her. The woman looks at them and beckons them to come forth to talk to them.

The woman introduces herself as Anne and asks each member of the group their name. Ginger slips and gives the redheaded women her true name. Anne takes this as a good sign and offers to become Ginger’s fairy godmother. Drake is alarmed by this offer and goes his best to convince Ginger that she DOES NOT want to accept the offer. Ginger complains claiming that it would be cool to have a fairy godmother but Drake insists and eventually Anne’s offer is refused.

Eventually the group gets down to asking the redheaded faerie for information. Anne doesn’t give up the information easier and the information she does give up isn’t straight forward. The woman calling herself Anne eventually reveals that Anton Lokosic negotiated with her for rights to travel through her piece of the Nevernever. They also find out that he did not bring Jennifer through the Nevernever as they suspected. They aren’t able to get anything else out of the fairy before a blood rain starts to fall.

Ginger decides to pay a visit to Jennifer’s apartment. When she arrives there she is greeted by Jennifer’s roommate Liz. Liz looks like a punk in every sense of the word. She welcomes Ginger into the apartment where they discuss Jennifer’s death. Liz mentions that Jennifer had recently become infatuated with a guy named Anton Lokosic but despite that she had been growing more and more depressed. Ginger checks out Jennifer’s room and given all the other facts surrounding the death discovers the room of what could be a very disturbed woman. The girl’s room was filled with many things that indicated her world was full of pain, depression and darkness.

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The Dresden Files - Dead Heir - Session #3 - Suburban Combat - Summary [Oct. 6th, 2010|12:50 pm]
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[Current Location |home]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

Characters Present

Drake Beasly - Apprentice Wizard - Sean
Taylor Hayworth - Emissary of the Water Dragon Loam - Laura
Randall Carter - Half-Yeti Changeling - Mike

After Drake, Taylor and Ginger discover that the person who killed Jennifer Christopher came from or escaped to the Nevernever they decide to split up.  Ginger decides that she needs to do a few things on her own.  Drake and Taylor decide to seek out Randall for his knowledge of the Fae. 

Taylor attempts to contact Randall by phone but gets no answer.  Drake looks up Canter, R in the phone book and gets three addresses.  Rather than taking the time to investigate each of the addresses Randall calls upon magic.  He casts a tracking spell to help them find where Randal lives.  He and Taylor hop on her bike speeding towards Randall's home.  Taylor has a difficult time staying on the road with Drake trying to keep control of his spell and touch her inappropriately at the same time.  They soon make it to the quiet lower middle class neighbourhood that Randall lives in. 

The two pull up to Randall house, with his truck parked in the driveway, without noticing that they're being followed.  Just as they're walking up Randall's drive way they're fired upon by a couple of thugs.  The thugs miss with their first shot and Drake manages to put up a mystical shield deflecting a second bullet into the tire of Randall's truck.  Taylor calls upon the powers granted to her by Loam to hyper boil the liquids in the thugs’ car making a quick getaway impossible.  Drake's shield drops and thugs capitalize shooting him in the leg leaving a nasty wound.  Using his body as a shield Drake attempts to drag Taylor to the safety of Randall's backyard. 

Up until this now Randall has been watching the fight from the window of his home.  He now wades into the fray by grabbing a sledge hammer from the back of his truck and pins the two thugs to the ground.  Then Taylor manages to blind one of the thugs by freezing his eyes shut.  At this point in time the thugs surrender realizing they can't win the fight. 

Realizing that the police are probably on this way Drake takes the time to investigate the thugs’ car.  In the car he finds a bag containing a roll of money, a knife and some clothes.  A while after Randall looks at the contents of the bag discovering a piece of paper with the names Taylor Hayworth, Randall Carter, Ginger Baker and Drake Beasly written on it.   

Randall takes the opportunity to interrogate his captive thugs.  He uses all his powers of intimidation to wring information out of the thugs.  He uses all his strength to slam the sledgehammer down beside their head in hopes that it will loosen their tongues.  He manages to discover that the thugs’ names are John Korman and Roger Donne.  Randall's interrogation also reveals that they were sent by Anton Lokosic to get rid of them. 

At this point the police arrive and take the thugs into the custody.  They question the Randall, Drake and Taylor who manage to convince them that they're innocent bystanders.  The police then take Drake and his "girlfriend" Taylor to the hospital to have his leg looked after.  While there he almost kills a man by short circuiting the life supporting keeping him alive.  It isn't until the next afternoon that Drake is released from hospital. 

The group decides that once they've had time to rest the four of them need to talk...
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The Dresden Files - Dead Heir - Session #2 - Timbits of Information - Summary [Oct. 6th, 2010|12:48 pm]
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Characters Present

Drake Beasly – Apprentice Wizard – Sean
Taylor Hayworth – Emissary of the Water Dragon Loam – Laura
Randall Carter – Half-Yeti Changeling – Mike
Ginger Baker – Were-Form Coyote – Marie Pascal

The police tell the group that they have no further questions for them and that they’re free to go. The Christopher’s are still distraught over the death of their only daughter. As most of the group goes to leave, a priest whom the group assumes is from the church the Christopher’s go to, arrives to console the family. Ginger who has lingered longer than the rest of the group happens overhears the priest dodging the question of burying Jennifer on holy ground.

Taylor drives her motorcycle around the corner from the Christopher’s estate, parking it where she thinks it will draw the attention of the others. She does not think that four people who all have connections to the supernal were brought together by mere happenstance so she wants to discuss the evidence she’s discovered with the others. Randall takes no notices of Taylor where she’s stationed and heads back to his shop to tend his garden. Drake on the other hand decides to pull over and in the process his car manages to stall. They talk briefly and agree that something is up. Drake tells Taylor to call him if anything pops up.

Drake goes to report what he’s seen to his mentor Leland Merriweather. During the conversation Leland seems somewhat distracted but he is known for that. He does chide his apprentice for spending so much time viewing the world through is third eye and not enough time looking for other clues. When Drake tells Leland that he noticed about Catherine Christopher, the two begin a discussion around who might have committed the crimes. Drake suggests that William Christopher could have used mind magic on his wife. Leland disagrees and is more suspicious of Randall because of his ties to the courts of Faerie. The two continue their discussion, coming up with a few suspects but no firm conclusions.

Ginger is still convinced that her friend Jennifer Christopher did not commit suicide. She decides to sneak back onto the Christopher’s property and take another look around where Jennifer’s body was found. She remembers finding a trail of footsteps that suddenly disappeared and hopes to determine what happened. Ginger again finds the tracks and this time at the end she finds one of the small folks. She and the small faerie get off on the wrong foot and Ginger manages to capture it. She calls Taylor hoping that the young mechanic knows what the creature she captured is. She holds the poor young faerie until Taylor arrives. She manages to find out that the creatures name is Pin and gives him her name.

Upon arrival, Taylor is able to figure out that the faerie is a pixie. When they first attempt to question the faerie, he is reluctant to talk but they’re soon able to bribe the pixie with Timbits. It seems that the pixie is fond of the sugary treats. They are able to find out that the pixie was waiting to see if anything comes out what he believes is a portal to the Nevernever (which leads to place near the territory of the Winter Court). He doesn’t know what opened the portal to the Nevernever but was able to sense the portal’s opening. Ginger and Taylor realize that they need more information so they leave Pin watching (for 24 hours) the location of the portal while they go to meet up with Drake. While chatting in a coffee shop waiting for Drake, Taylor and Ginger realize that they have both had an encounter with the Church of Alientology. They begin to suspect that Jennifer may have had an encounter with them at all. Jennifer was the one who dragged Ginger to a rave involving the cult and had a pamphlet about it in her car.

They meet up with Drake at a park not far from the Christopher’s estate. They fill Drake in on what they have discovered and drag him back to where Pin is waiting to investigate further.

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The Dresden Files - Dead Heir - Session #1 - Yard Work - Summary [Sep. 20th, 2010|12:57 pm]
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Characters Present
Randal Carter (Changeling - Half-Yeti)
Taylor Hayworth (Emissary of Power - The Water Dragon Loam)
Drake Beasley (White Council Wizard in Training)
Ginger Baker (Were-Form - Coyote)

Several of the characters have business at the home of Will Christopher.   Will Christopher is a lawyer with a conscience, a devout Catholic and is well known for his good works in the city of Hamilton. He's supports environmental, social and religious causes with both time and money.  The Christopher family has been a costumer of Randall Carter's Verdant Landscaping for some time and has called in the company to do some work.  The old Chevy belonging to Jennifer Christopher, the only child of the Christopher’s, has broken down and Taylor has been called in to fix it.   Ginger and Jennifer have plans to go the mall shopping.  Drake's mentor Leland Merriweather has asked him to drop off a package to the Christopher's.  They all happen to arrive at the Christopher estate at around the same time.  

Randall and his crew get to work on the Christopher’s yard while Taylor hauls out her tools to work on the Chevy.  After an hour or two working Randall notices something lying between the newly painted gazebo and a bush just starting to bloom.  Upon further examination Randall discovers that it is the body of Jennifer Christopher.  Despite his initial panic Randall manages to keep his head and doesn't immediately examine the body.  He calls the authorities sending out one of his men to wait for them.  As all of this is happening Ginger comes on the scene looking for her friend.  She seems the body and immediately freaks out.  She rushes over to the body to check for pulse and loses her cool even further when she doesn't detect one.  She notices a typed note in the pocket of Jennifer's shirt that reads, "I feel him calling.  The desire to live is slowly going.  The Angel of Death is Calls".   Meanwhile Drake is introducing himself to Will Christopher's wife, Catherine.  He politely inquires about how the Christopher's know Leland Merriweather.  She explains that they know Merriweather through several of their charitable causes.  As he shakes her hand he notices the touch of magic upon her.   She open's the package Drake has been tasked with delivering revealing that it contains a book on Catholics Saints that Will had loaned Merriweather from his private library.   At this point in time overwhelmed as his curiosity regarding the magic that touches Catherine he opens his Third Eye.  When Drake glances upon her with The Sight he sees an abused woman who has had her eyes torn out.  This tells him that she's been affected with some kind of mind magic which is a clear violation of the Fourth Law.  

Taylor notices Randal's man as he waits by the end of the driveway for the authorities.  After discover what has transpired she rushes to investigate matters for herself.  She discovers Randall and Ginger discussing the body with Ginger holding the apparent suicide note in her hand.  She reads the note and suspects that some kind of monster is behind the killing compelling her to investigate the matter further. 

Police, paramedics and firemen finally arrive on the scene.  The paramedics immediately tend to the body and declare Jennifer Christopher dead.  The police inform Catherine Christopher about her daughter's death and their suspicion that she has committed suicide.  She claims that while her daughter had been a bit troublesome as of late that she was not the kind of person to commit suicide.  A short time later, after being called by the family’s butler, the patriarch of the Christopher family arrives home and quickly becomes distraught over the death of his daughter.  When told of the theory that his daughter has committed suicide he too claims that it is not something his daughter would do.

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I Kissed a Nerd [Jul. 8th, 2010|12:27 pm]
This is a parody of the song 'I Kissed A Girl' www.youtube.com/watch.

I don't date guys from marching band
Or Trek Conventions
But you showed me your "vulcan hand"
Made an impression
Jocks are what I'm used to
Just want your big neurons
One interface with you
Caused my defection

I kissed a nerd and I liked it
The taste of his acne-chapped lips
I kissed a nerd, can't describe it
I told my boyfriend to hike it
Taped-glasses on
Plaid pants so tight
I think I'm in love tonight
I kissed a nerd and I liked it
I liked it

No, I don't know all of the names
For antimatter
For you I'll do roleplaying games
And learn to factor
It's not what cool girls do
I'll be your Leia slave
Leet skillz make me want to
Ride your sine wave

I kissed a nerd and I liked him
The face of a mathlete mavrick
I kissed a nerd, just for science
Now my boyfriend is a Tri-Lam
Starcraft archons
And Counterstrike
We'll be doing it all night
I kissed a nerd and I liked it
I liked it

I thought nerds were detestable
Chess-playing, pale, bespectacled
Hard to believe they're sexual
Now I can't deny it
Ain't no way we'll be abstinent

I kissed a nerd and I liked it
The taste of his [RADIO EDIT]
I kissed a nerd, you should try it
Can't dance but he can grind it
It was so long
It felt so right
He'll access my hub tonight
I kissed a nerd and I liked it
I liked it
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Puns...- [Dec. 4th, 2008|03:54 pm]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, 'I'll serve you, but don't start anything.'

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says 'A beer please, and
one for the road.'

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: 'Does this taste funny to you?'

7. 'Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home.' 'That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.' 'Is it common?' Well, 'It's Not Unusual.'

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, 'I was artificially inseminated this morning.' 'I don't believe you,' says Dolly. 'It's true; no bull!' exclaims Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn't find any.

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted, 'Doctor, doctor, I can't
feel my legs!'  The doctor replied, 'I know you can't - I've cut off your arms!'

13. I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, 'Dam!'

16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it
sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too!

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse. 'But why,' they asked, as they moved off. 'Because,' he said, 'I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.'

18. A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt , and is named 'Ahmal.' The other goes to a family in Spain ; they name him 'Juan.' Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, 'They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal.'

19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him. (Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good) .. A super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.

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My Work History [Nov. 21st, 2008|08:47 am]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Yoda - Weird Al]

My Work History

My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned.
I couldn't concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack
it, so they gave me the axe.

After that, I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it -
mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

Next, I tried working in a muffler factory, but that was too exhausting.

Then, I tried to be a chef - figured it would add a little spice to my
life, but I just didn't have the thyme.

I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it I couldn't
cut the mustard.

My best job was a musician, but eventually I found I wasn't noteworthy.

I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn't have any

Next, was a job in a shoe factory. I tried but I just didn't fit in.

I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn't live
on my net income.

I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company,
but the work was just too draining.

So then I got a job in a workout center, but they said I wasn't fit
for the job.

After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as
a historian - until I realized there was no future in it.

My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was
always the same old grind.

So, I tried retirement and found that I'm perfect for the job!
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My Head and My Heart fighting a battle... [Nov. 12th, 2008|11:26 pm]
...and I let my heart win again.  I should think with my heart because it only leads to bad things.  It leads me down paths I've been before and bad things have happened when I went down those paths.  I guess going down those paths really isn't a bad thing.  The only one that ends up getting hurt is me.  
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Cover Songs [Oct. 29th, 2008|10:25 am]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |The Last Kiss - Wendesday]

I have been thinking a lot today about artist/groups covering other artists/groups' songs.  Some covers are good and some covers are bad.  Sometimes people don't even realize that a particular recording is a cover of another artist/group's song.  This is often the case when the artist/group's doing the cover records the song in a music style different then the original version.  For example I know a lot of people who don't know that Marilyn Manson's song Sweet Dreams was originally recorded by the Eurythmics. 

Why did I start thinking about cover songs today?  Well I heard the band Wednesday's cover of Wayne Chocran's song The Last Kiss this morning and thought it twas a really good cover.  I then starting thinking about all of the other covers I'd heard over the years and started to compare them to the originals.

Some covers are hard to compare because they're recorded in a style different then the original recording.  Johnny Cash's Hurt is a good example of this.  It also happens to be one of the few covers I think is better then the original.  Another cover along this line is Marilyn Manson's cover of the Eurthymics song Sweet Dreams.  

Some covers are bad because the artis/group doing the cover just doesn't have the voice (or in some cases musical talent) to do the song justice.  For instance William Shatner's cover of the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds is terrible.  The Counting Crow's just butchered Joni Mitchell's The Big Yellow Taxi.  Hillary Duff just can't do justice to The Who's My Generation.  Neither can Madonna's version of American Pie hold up to Don McClean's.  Brittany Spears doing The Rolling Stone's Satisfaction just makes me shutter.  

They say emulation is the highest form of flattery.  Some cover songs are a pretty good tribute to their originals but aren't as good.  Some of these include Smashmouth's cover of The Monkey's I'm a Believer.  Two examples of this are Peter, Paul and Mary's and Chantal Kreviazuk's cover of John Denver's Leaving on a Jetplane.  

What do you think of covers?  Know any good ones?  Know any bad ones?

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Gaming - Pirates vs Ninjas... [Sep. 18th, 2008|10:21 pm]
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[Current Mood |creative]
[Current Music |Weird Al - Trigger Happy]

I've been on the Storytelling team for Waterloo by Night for some time now.  I enjoy running the game but I've been thinking about starting up a table top game again.  The question of course is what kind of game to I want to run?

I've been thinking of running either a Legend of the 5 Rings game or a 7th Sea game.  I've been reading a little about both of the settings and they have some appeal to me.  They're both fantasy settings based on the real world.   Legend of the 5 Rings is a fantasy version of feudal Japan and 7th Sea is a fantasy version of 17th century Europe.  Both settings seem to be ripe for telling interesting stories in.  Both setting's quasi historical bent appeals to the historian in me. 

The question is which of the two settings to I want to use.  I haven't decided that yet....Though I must say if I choose Legend of the 5 Rings I know I'd have trouble pronouncing those Japanese names. 
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