Archive for April, 2010

Returning to the Forgotten Realms

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Dungeons & Dragons Encounters, which started this spring, is a program started by Wizards of the Coast in cooperation with local game stores that organizes people to play Dungeons & Dragons. My local game store, Blue Highway Games, is participating in this program. Every other Wednesday, from 6:30-9:30 PM, a bunch of Dungeon Masters go to the store to run the module Halaster’s Lost Apprentice for any players who want to drop by. One of the DMs at Blue Highway Games is none other than Erik Scott de Bie, the author of the module himself. Yesterday, April 28, was the fourth session of the program.

Having bought the core rulebooks back in 2008 when they first came out, I was unable to find a group to play with… that is, until now. Of course, my current hell schedule prevented me from attending yesterday’s session, which kind of puts me behind in experience points. I wonder how they deal with the sudden absence of a character? The four-person party that I was in was not DM’d by Scott de Bie, but by one of the Blue Highway staff, Max Reichlin. In Halaster’s Lost Apprentice, a group of adventurers is recruited by a wealthy noblewoman whose uncle, a noted wizard, wants to retrieve ritual components from the recently discovered underground workshop of another wizard, who was supposedly an apprentice of the mysterious archmage, Halaster.

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Suspended

Saturday, April 24th, 2010


Illustration: Iwai Harusaki

So the incident I have been fearing ever since I started school has arrived: when a large school project coincides with overtime season at the office. All blogging operations are suspended.

In the meantime, here’s something for you to puzzle over. Can you guess who my favorite Magic card girl is? Here are three hints:

1. She’s a green creature.

2. She’s old-school.

3. Just because I like lolis in my anime and games does not mean that I prefer real life or realistically drawn women that way.

See you in summer, hopefully earlier. I have to go to work now.

Induce Despair

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

The angels of Emrakul wear their halos in an unconventional way.

Then again, Emrakul is an unconventional goddess.

Flight #9

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

So it turned out that the Rise of the Eldrazi pre-release was on the same day as the Cherry Blossom Festival. So in between rounds I looked around the Seattle Center to find taiko drummers, people wearing carp-patterned headbands, and all sorts of Japan-related exhibits. There were no cherry blossoms in sight, so this picture I took last month is all you get.

I tried to register for a Sealed Deck tournament and found to my horror that they took cash only. I had to go to the bank to get money, and when I got back eight flights had already filled up, so I registered for Flight #9.


Image source here

Now as you know, 9 is a lucky number and the number of fools, so I had a feeling that because I was a fool, I was going to luck out.

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Be of good cheer

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Be of good cheer (Easy acoustic guitar arrange)
Orin’s theme from Subterranean Animism
Composed by Team Shanghai Alice
Performed by me
Music sheet here
MP3 here

The shojo break is OVER

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

So I was prodded into doing this by Author, and I would like Hinano to see this too, because this is TOTALLY HER KIND OF SHOW, just like Toradora.

What is the light novel, Okami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi (The Wolf and her Seven Friends), all about? Seen on MyAnimeList:

Synopsis: A love comedy parodying fairy tales such as “Little Red Cap”, “The Ant and the Grasshopper” etc. Okami Ryoko (Okami-san) is a spunky high school girl. She is a member of a “fixer” club so called Otogi High School Bank. She runs about to fix the problems of the school with her partner Akai Ringo (Akazukin-chan).

So it seems like the cast consists of characters representing various fairy tales. Ryoko and Ringo are the Big Bad Wolf and the Little Red Riding Hood, although Ringo seems to be more like B.B.Hood from Darkstalkers than the canonical Red Riding Hood.

Other characters seem to be modeled after Taro Urashima and Otohime (actually where the names of some Love Hina characters came from), and the school they go to, Otogi High School, is named after Otogi-zoshi, a book containing Japanese folktales. And there’s an Alice in Wonderland Ant and Grasshopper, a Morgan le Fay, and so on.

The novel is published by Dengeki Bunko, and the manga runs in Dengeki Daioh, much like Railgun, Toradora, and Shana did before it. Why do I bring this up? Because Ryoko, the titular Big Bad Wolf, is yet another face in the long line of Dengeki tsundere heroines.

And finally we have our male lead, Ryoshi. No idea what fairy tale he comes from. Kimikiss maybe? Edit: I should have seen this, but he’s the hunter from Little Red Riding Hood.

Trailers always look good, and this one is the tsunderiffic, lolitastic stuff that people didn’t find in Maid-sama and Uraboku this season.

Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki, known for Hayate the Combat Butler, The Familiar of Zero, Skygirls, Bottle Fairy, and, didn’t we mention Urashima and Otohime? Love Hina.

Studio:

Why don’t you take a wild guess?

Scheduled for August, this will be the show of the summer!

Maid-sama 01

Friday, April 9th, 2010

If you were J.C.Staff, and you wanted to adapt a shojo manga into a show, why not pick one where the female lead is a tsundere maid? Sounds like a good idea to me.

“I spent most of yesterday thinking of why I hate you.”

Yes, this may be a shojo show, but it has the authentic J.C.Staff tsundere flavor.

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Giant Swing

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The problem with Stage 3 of Subterranean Animism is that it feels like Stage 5 of Mountain of Faith in terms of difficulty, and without the generous power item drops of Mountain of Faith.

This is the end of the demo, but I don’t think I can get much farther when I get the real game. If SA Stage 3 feels like Stage 5 of another game, I don’t even want to think of what SA Stage 5 feels like.

Angel Beats

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

No, not the anime series from Key Visual Arts’ Jun Maeda. To today’s Magic players, “Angel Beats” is about attacking with Baneslayer (or occasionally, Iona).

As a moe parody Magic comic, Lotus Cobra is Evil doesn’t follow the source material closely, but you have to admit, the way Serra Angel is depicted in the following strip is pretty much…

…canon.

Lotus Cobra is still evil

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Since I had it sketched out already, I didn’t think it would be too much trouble to complete.