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I do not aknowledge the day

I have been at work for longer than an hour and a half for the first time in five days. So far, everybody I don't want to deal with has stayed clear of me. Lab work is still dicey at best, although I may have worked out the actual problem which was giving me grief - the problem is, the only may to fix it properly will take time. I have devised some 'band-aid' fixes for the time being, and I am hoping things keep together until the real problems can be solved.

I am giving a presntation on my crazy results on wednesday to the microbial pathogenesis people in the department on wednesday. I've finished the slides for it, but I am a bit concerned about the "what I am going to do now" section as this still hasn't been reloved between the powers that be.

I am also thinking about an evil plan. Do not think that I, a sweet-natured and considerate creature at the best of times, am not capable of diabolical schemes. I'm thinking about making back-ups of all of my data to date before wiping it from the uni servers. My theory is that if things get pointy (not very likely, but I am paranoid enough to entertain the possibility), I use my data as a bargaining chip. Likewise I will take any room-temperature storage samples (like all of the jaws from all of my mice from all of my experiments to date) and put them somewhere safe and off campus. Yeah, they may have intellectual property rights to the work I've done, but they can't stop me from hoarding the data - just from publishing it. And my theory is, like a good spoilt child, if I can't have it then no-one can. I have not yet begun to fight.

I've been playing Knight of the Old Republic II. I am enjoying it, but the whole Light/Dark Side point system is a little distracting. I find myself not thinking about how the character will act, but about what the game designers think is good or evil. It is nice that you have a choice, and that your characters actions obviously change the outcome, but I think it would be a better system if they didn't flash up on the screen when you had gained points to either side - that way, the progression would feel more natural. In my opinion, anyway.

And, just like when I was playing KOTOR I, I am left with a burging desire to run a Star Wars game. I'd love to give Star Wars D20 a whirl (seeing as how KOTOR uses these rules just like Neverwinter Nights uses D&D 3rd Ed), but the game is just so damn expensive that it doesn't seem particularly viable. That and I'm already running a long term campaign. Maybe if I took a break from my D&D game to run a short Star Wars game (like between Acts 2 and 3)? Thoughts on this are welcome.


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Feb. 14th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
Do not think that I, a sweet-natured and considerate creature at the best of times, am not capable of diabolical schemes.

I wasn't planning to start thinking that, but as you insist, I will make more strenuous efforts to avoid thinking it.
Feb. 14th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
If you were planning to run a Jedi centric campaign, you might want to consider Blue Rose, and some of the second hand SW supplements I have seen in Mind Games.

My reasoning is, SW d20, while I like more than DnD, still has a few things that I don't like. Also, as you mentioned the core book is rather expensive. Another thing is that the sourcebooks have this thing where stuff like the Dark Side sourcebook is written for the original printing, yet Revised is rather different (and better).
Feb. 14th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)

Apart from this morning, I don't really fuss about the Lightside/Darkside points. Which was because I wanted to get my light mastery back after sacrificing it to get influence with Kreia.

Honestly, influence is the big deal for me. It's rammed in your face by how they show when you fail an influence check (for me, especicially with Kreia, because I've been playing a lightside crusader) and if you don't have it, the storytree is pruned, which is sad. It just demonstrates a certain flaw in the storyline development, because in my opinion, there should always be multiple avenues to achieve storylines/get info and they should allow dark and light characters to get there, since neutral has it easy and can just choose whatever suits the character best. It shouldn't be "almost everything which gains you influence with Kreia is Darkside" although, I can see why they made -that- specific design decision. I just think it's not a thoroughly developed system.

Even so, I'm having some fun with the game. Just got my lightsaber today, silver! ^_^. How are you going along? I really have been wanting to play more, but work and gaming commitments have sort of taken up a lot of time.

Feb. 14th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
I've got a copy of the revised d20 SW Core rules that I'm not using and probably won't use for a while yet. If you want I can pass it too you at easter once I'm back in the country so you can have a gander if you wish.
Feb. 14th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
As much as I love(d) Starwars, I think I love the concepts in the old movies better than the jedi-fest that it's become. Even if I do enjoy playing KotOR. Which is why I am looking at playing a firefly-esque space western/border worlds game, rather than an actual Starwars game.

You know, more scoundrels/scouts/soldiers than actual jedi shenannigans.

If you're interested in that, lemme know. We haven't gamed in too long.

Feb. 14th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Also...
You know, I have to agree to a certain extent. For a longer term campaign I'd want to run someting grittier and more 'sneaky' for want of a better word. Scoundrels all the way. But then again, I've always been biased towards the rogue/bard end of the scale. :)

For a short campaign though, even just a one or two session job, I think a mostly jedi game would be more fun. I mean, when you're playing a short game the character progression and intrigue is less of the point, in my opinion - you just want to play a cool character.

And while I *am* interested in your game, time is my enemy at the moment. Which is sighful.
Feb. 14th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Also...

It probably wouldn't surprise you that I have exactly the opposite tastes - I'd love to play in a Firefly game (if I'm real lucky I might get into an online playtest of the Serenity game), but I'd go stark friggin' crazy playing a Star Wars game with some normal human, knowing I was missing out of the Jedi fun :)
Feb. 14th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
I have the Star wars books, well some of them, the players book, gms book, and some jedi books if ur interested
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