Sunday, August 20, 2017

Green Day Was a Freaking Amazing Concert

So I just go back from seeing Green Day live, and holy cow they were the best band I've ever seen live and that's not an exaggeration. I cried 5 times. Two of those were because I was laughing so hard and the other three I was just moved.

Here is a list of things that I want to get down before I go to sleep and forget some of them:

1. Wow I am not as young as I used to be. I'm not 16 years old anymore and am already feeling the impact of four hours of jumping around on my knees. I don't want to imagine how that is going to feel in the morning, whew I am out of shape.

2. I just love that Green Day tours when the country needs them. With everything that's going on right now, being there in all that positive energy with a crowd of people who were just as sick of this nazi bullshit as I was, really helped refresh my hope for this country. Dissent looks like hundreds of hyped up people singing along with American Idiot.

3. They were just /so good/. There was no part of that concert that wasn't high energy and amazing.

I'm feeling pretty good right now, let's hope that sticks throughout the week. And there's an eclipse tomorrow! ^_^ That's gonna be great. Mom and I have the glasses for it and everything and we're super looking forward to watching it.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

DM's Log: The Catch Up Game

Okay I did just say I'm going to try to get myself all caught up with what's been happening in my D&D game. So here I go.

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Stalkurn XVII - Patrick - Back in the underdark after so many generations out, and wanted by Lolth, this is going to be an extra interesting adventure for him.

Maris - Josh - A trident wielding triton with mad net skills, he was taken as a slave by the drow while looking for a subterrenean kraken. He still hasn't found it yet.

Pipilouise [ABSENT] - Richie - A gnome in heavy armor with an attitude as bad as the bite of her weapon, she is arguably the most responsible member of the party.

Neko & Lunch - Cody - As far as the party knows, an incredibly intelligent mouse with a halfling familiar.

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Alright we've had a couple of sessions since the last time I wrote about this. There was a mystery game that we played that I'm not at liberty to talk much about because we were basically play testing the plot to a module I've been working on with some other people and I don't want to give too much away about that out of respect to them, but picking back up after that session...

We had a huge fight with way too many spiders involved and at the end of it right before she died the drow priestess the party was fighting got off a curse at Stalkurn that's left him slowly turning into a drider. He is not about that spider life at all and is going well out of his way to fix himself and the rest of the party seems to be down with that.

Baroness of Bedlam, Sleeve C. Daelan, showed up and sent the party to a forest of silver trees to capture the spirit of an owl to aid Stalkurn in defeating the spider within him. This led them to taking on a goblin in a deforestation machine and heading up to this factory the goblins had made in the deeper woods. There was a moat, a squid creature trapped in it that the party nearly killed before someone just told it that they were meaning to take on the goblins at which point it was totally on board with them.

I do believe that was Cody's first ever bonobo roll and he nat 1'd it so Neko just charged forward at this tower with the moat around it. Cue tentacle combat and then they went into the goblin factory. And I was expecting them to engage the goblins in combat but instead Stalkurn called out to ask which one the boss was and told him he was a travelling salesman and tried to sell him his broom of flying and quietly whispered his trigger word so the goblin could fly on it.

The goblin then said "We have to try this on the roof".

Several rolls later the goblin jumps off the roof on a broom and Stalkurn doesn't say the trigger word and he just falls to his death. And then Neko cast a wind spell and knocked half the other goblins off the roof after him. The rest of that combat was very quick and easily done and they went after the boss goblin who surrendered immediately and wrote down the locations of his valuables in exchange for being allowed to walk.

The party's thinking "The tentacle monster will take care of him" but the goblin had a plan for that. So now this nameless goblin I made up on the fly is now a named goblin. He's Lucky, and he's a planner alright. I'm probably going to use him again in a future campaign with some other goblin scam.

Oh, and at one point Maris decided to take a job for the assassin's guild and killed a drug dealer and took his lizard dog and then they gave the lizard dog to elven orphan Briia that they picked up the session before last.

June gets back in three weeks so I'm thinking we'll start wrapping this one up soon. It's been great being back in the DM's seat but I am so excited to launch into Storm King's Thunder when June returns. I'll be playing Nicophel's twin sister that he kept writing too all last campaign.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller

Let's Get Personal for a Second

Salutations, nerds,

I know I haven't been as good about updating this thing as I should be. I try to keep up with my campaign journals and I've been meaning to do an update on our current game (I plan on writing that after I'm done with this one), but I've been pretty all over the place and given this is my personal blog there is no more appropriate place to talk about this than here so that's what I'm going to do.

So, typical warning, this entry is going to be a lot of personal boost.

Anyway, I'm just riding a week long anxiety spike and at the risk of a potential TMI right now as we speak Shark Week isn't helping. That was a euphamism for my period not in reference to actual shark week that is happening this week, although to be fair large things in the ocean simultaneously fascinate and scare the crap out of me.

I took a couple of days off from the internet just to get away from the crippling existential dread of it, and that was good. Like, I was still online sort of just not on social media and I can honestly say that was really good for me while it lasted, like coming up for air from this toxic cloud that is the internet half the time. Most of the time I can just shrug it off, it's just been hard lately. I don't really want to dwell on it, but then my mind picks itself raw and I keep thinking 'what if I did this wrong' and the anticipate of all that nastiness is so much worse than the real thing.

I'm really lucky to have good friends to talk me through it when this stuff happens, though. Like honestly they're the best for listening to me gripe and knowing the right thing to say every time. I'm alright, it's not as bad as it could be, it's just a thing that's there.

Like, getting stung by a wasp. It's probably about a 2 but it's a constantly present 2 and it builds up after a while. Or, you know, for those of you that haven't been stung by a wasp kind of like being poked over and over again until it starts to hurt really badly? That's the best way I can describe it.

But honestly if I'm going to let something slip this blog is always the first thing and it's becoming something that I just feel really guilty about not keeping updated. I did say 'with some regularity' though. If that regularity is once or twice a month that's not so bad I think.

I'll keep smiling, like always, but it's got to give somewhere, sometime. And like I said, my personal blog seems like the right place to do that. Sometimes smiling doesn't work. And when that fails, being honest helps a little so that's what I'm doing. Giving myself about 10 minutes of self pity time and then it's time to get back up and try again.

That's really all I got.

Fortune Favors,
Megan R. Miller