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Fire and Cat

Having completed various runnings around today, we sat down, and since it was a truly manky day here, lit the fire. shandri_cat came to sit on me, and sabayone took some pictures, of which this one is my favourite.


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Jun. 6th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
You're just missing a pipe, slippers and a smoking jacket.

It reminds me of the intro to Jackanory or perhaps Tales of the Unexpected with Roald Dahl :)
Jun. 7th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I have something very like a smoking jacket - and plans to acquire a pipe. Never got the hang of slippers, though.
Jun. 7th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
That looks like a seriously contented cat. Hope it was as warm and cozy as it looks!
Jun. 7th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
I very much enjoy reading the cats' journals. Please encourage them to continue blogging.
Jun. 7th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I always miss you guys, and pictures like this make me -really- miss you guys.
Jun. 7th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Interested in a Kickass AD&D session?

If you have just read the title and decided that AD&D still holds some interest for you (or indeed if this you think you know a person to whom this notice would appeal) and that you would like to once again don the mantle of Weavus Entwickle, 10th level thief or Lord William Tanner 12th level Paladin, or if you have actually advanced any player character to these lofty levels then maybe this message is for you………

To be honest with you I am looking to recruit two new players who have played with some experience using AD&D rules 1 and also second edition rules. If you have played before it will be a major plus. My games are based on characters from 8th to 10th level experience, so you can imagine the types of adversaries the players run into.
I personally put a great deal of time and effort making the game challenging for the players on both the mental and the character physicality level. Not only do players have to contend with the cruel landscapes, native dangers and random encounters; they also have to deal with cryptic hints and puzzles, word games and ciphers.
I do not consider myself the greatest DM ever to play the game, but those who have played in my sessions will all tell you that I am a good DM, perhaps even above average. I do not mention this as a self congratulatory statement; rather I like to mention this point to allow you to understand my humble nature.

Its not all mind slog though; if you play well you get handsomely rewarded in terms of experience points and occasionally a nice shiny weapon or some such thing.
I pull no punches, in a game ruled by the law of the dice, anything can happen.

As DM I actively encourage any player to adopt or act in a way, such that they portray a character of their liking. e.g.;

Sulphous or "Grey Mouser” as he preferred to be called, purposely conserved his energy by doing nothing, to the vexation of other party members; so that he could more effectively repel an enemy attack, should one occur. His lethargic behavior created an air of friction in the camp until one night the party was unexpectedly set upon by a group of wandering brigands. Sulphous got to demonstrate his unique and deadly qualities. His languor was from then on more widely accepted by his fellow adventurers.

O.K, so the point is slightly labored by my example, but you get the message. I tolerate and promote individuality.

What else can I tell you? Our sessions usually play out on Saturday nights about once a month (notionally I want to increase the frequency of these sessions up to three times every two months). We play in Rathfarnham, in Dublin (Ireland) in a private residence. Our group is extensively Irish, and at the moment all the players are male. We recently lost one player who had to return to Germany with his company. A sore loss as he was an excellent and very entertaining player. Now there are six left in the group, but I want to increase the number of players up to eight with seven active players and one DM. At the moment there are no girls in the group but it doesn't bother anyone if the new players are female or male as long as they can get stuck in.

The players range in age from 26 to 36 years old. Occupations range from Engineers to lawyers to cameramen to builders. The guys are really friendly and welcoming as the newest member of the group will tell you. Players come from all over the county and beyond to play.

So, let me know what you think. If you feel that this all sounds like too much work and too little fun, I can only tell you that honestly, when you have your character and you are sitting in on one of our sessions you will be testing every ounce of your mental sinew just to keep your character alive. And when you end the session you will really feel like you have had a mental workout. Plus there is all the real imaginative fun you get and also the laughs you get when you hear suggestions and jokes from the other players.

First you need to decide. Do you really want to have fun?

If you are interested then send me an email:


Cheers for now,

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