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I started 2016 off well. I spent New Year's Eve with MaMEd and his family, swapping gifts and enjoying each other's company. The Attraction game (which is like playing marbles with magnets) was a big hit with Princess C. Saturday into Sunday was a lot of games. [livejournal.com profile] millari and I had a nice supper at Mulino's Saturday evening, followed by some Chrononauts at her place. Sunday was twelve hours of gaming fun at my house. M came over, as well as Suave, and folks from my Deadlands/Transhuman gaming group (until I come up with nicknames: SS, TJ, JEL, JE). We played a cute trick-taking game called Friday the 13th, then Lords of Waterdeep (as there were only five of us yet–poor M had to wait an hour for us to finish, but was very chill about it–and it was a close game to the end), and all seven of us played Shadows Over Camelot. It turned out that none of us was a traitor (only 12.5% chance of that) and we managed to find the Grail, retrieve Excalibur and Lancelot's Armor, defeat the Black Knight, and drive off an invasion of Picts. Ironically, we won by allowing an invasion of Saxons to proceed, thus filling up the Table. After that, Suave took off, so we played Unspeakable Words (the Lovecraftian word game) and more Friday 13th. Then TJ and M departed, so the four of us remaining wrapped up with an old chestnut (for me, at least), Reiner Knizia's Lord Of The Rings coop game. I got that game back in 2001, and I have played it dozens of times (according to the scoring sheet), but not since 2007. It was a bit of a roller-coaster as I tried to recall the rules, but the hobbits managed to chuck the ring into the fire all the same. Poor Stoic, who has been my houseguest for the past month as he reboots and regroups, is also recuperating from an injury, and he felt too unwell to join us. Perhaps next time.

It was enormous fun, exactly why I keep trying to have these sorts of parties. I hope to have more luck with them in the year to come.
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I had lunch today with my old flame, whom I shall refer to as Grounded henceforth. This is only the third time I have seen her since I got in touch, and I still must contain a tumult of emotions when I see her. The best word I can think of for it is "elation"--it's like my actual heart muscle is spontaneously resisting gravity. It's unsettling, unnerving, distracting, and wonderful. I'm happy just being in her presence.

Can this last? Should I place any faith in this passion? It will all end in tears, but when and why will it do so?

For now, I'm just happy that she laughed and smiled at me, (and were her eyes always so blue?) and will come to my birthday party.

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Just a bit of fluff inspired by insomnia and net surfing. These are a few songs that I just love, and no matter how many times I have heard them I want to stop and listen. Not in any particular order:

Exhausted by Foo Fighters
Sour Times by Portishead*
Strangers by Portishead*
Biscuit by Portishead*
Electioneering by Radio Head
Midnight In A Perfect World by DJ Shadow
Vital Signs by Rush
Instant Karma by John Lennon
Eleanor Rigby the Beatles
Cantara by Dead Can Dance (actually, pretty much the whole of Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun)
The Host of the Seraphim by Dead Can Dance
Truth Hits Everybody by the Police
When The Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin
That's Entertainment by the Jam
New Amsterdam by Elvis Costello
Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
Let's Go (Nothing For Me) by New Order
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

I can't name anything by REM, but I'm sure there's at least one.



*=I prefer the live version, but both are good.
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The AV Club posted an article about a sequel to Avatar The Last Airbender. This is great news. I'm disappointed that it will take place 80 years after the original series, as there were a couple of loose ends I would like them to have pulled on, but that's a quibble. If the new show is anything like as good as Avatar, then this will be a joy for years to come.

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