May 28th, 2006

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I forgot to mention one item of interest, at least to those who live in the neighborhood.

Over the last few years, essentially all of the local game shops have disappeared. Black Forest Games and All Star Games are no more; smaller places have folded up.

Usually, I have to purchase anything I want in this genre either online (not happening), or during occasional forays into Burbank or Pasadena (rare).

However, Friday night we found a newly-opened game shop in Claremont, this one called Gameology. The interesting change from prior shops is that this one is trying to pull in a new income stream by offering "game classes"; I gather that they are offering to do what they already do, but they will charge parents for keeping the kids in the store, and playing games. Instead of babysitting for hours every day during the summer for free, they now charge $10/hour. Brilliant! Especiallly if they actually do teach the kids and manage their time.

Being supporters of the gaming community, we made a few purchases, just to help keep them open...
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More books read:

I was given the gift of a few more of the Osprey books, and read them yesterday. The first read was Osprey Men-At-Arms #376: Italian Medieval Armies 1000 - 1300, which gives me some ideas for the armed forces of city-states in my RPG campaign world. Next was Osprey Warrior #75: Comanche 1800 - 74 which I found interesting in several ways, including the knowledge of the original range of the Comanche tribe. Next was Osprey Warrior #96: Carolingian Cavalryman AD 768 - 987 which details the forces of Charlemagne, another interesting option for the campaign game. Finally, I read Osprey Warrior #101: Roman Auxiliary Cavalryman: AD 14 - 193, (do you see a theme here?) which I found interesting, as this force had no stirrups. I find it difficult to imagine staying on the bloody horse during combat without them...
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After getting my month's nursing home rounds done, forestcats and I went to a pony auction. I brought plenty to read, and read much of the material I brought. There were several nice looking ponies, miniature horses, and smaller horses for sale, but they went for somewhat inflated prices. No purchases yesterday. There's further horse auctions today; we'll see how that goes.

After we got home (post having dinner at Tamarind, an Indian place near here), I watched Constantine. I'm not deeply involved in the particular comic book, but I thought the movie was OK. Not spectacular, but OK.

Dungeonmaster tonight! Be there!