Friday, November 26, 2010

Harry Potter

The first three Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were a delight and a sin. A delight for the fun and a sin for the enjoyment of such trivial fare. Then came Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Up to the twist at the end, still a delight and a sin. But at the end of Goblet of Fire, a character we have been primed to love and admire dies, suddenly and without preparation the stories turned down a darker road. Instead of reading and then rereading with sinful delight, I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with bated breath and my heart in my throat waiting for the death of someone I had grown to care about. Then I put them aside and never went back to them, so I never grew to know the stories like I knew the first three. And I didn't get to see the characters I cared about grow into adults the way I knew them as children. So, today, I am watching the last three movies and this weekend we will go to see the Deathly Hallows, Part I.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Desolation Con - November 20, 2010

Desolation Con 2010 has to rate as a general success. Lots of gamers had lots of fun, many playing new things. Gamemasters had new gamers and their tables were filled with joy.

Here's some pictures from the basement of the Richland Odd Fellows Lodge.

A crowdshot from the last session of the day.

Gearing up for Hordes of the Things. I ended up with eight players on four battle fields, some of them entirely new to even the notion of miniatures battles....

Best plane photo of the day....

Space: 1889 RPG "Rescue the Princess"

War Eagles presents Wooden Ships and Iron Men