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Monday, December 25th, 2017
1:52 am - Big Post o' Threads
Stealing an idea from various players, but most specifically Glinda! That is, I've seen people doing things to keep track of all threads. Considering that four of my six characters have been here for over a year, these lists are obviously not going to be complete, but I can at least make an effort to keep track of threads from now on. So.

Let the organization begin!Collapse )

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
9:15 pm
Maaaaan, Bioware is my forevergirl.

They're back on the Star Wars scene.Collapse )

I can only hope that my computer is compatible because hot damn if any game will get me to try an MMO...

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
2:21 am
Because it's been a while since I hurt people's minds with the Baldur's Gate novelization. Context: The party's just escaped from the Underdark, which means that Abdel's off to kill Bodhi, but Athans wanted an excuse to have him go it alone like Athans always has him do, so Imoen gets on the crazytrain. Also note that for some reason, Yoshimo lacks his lethal geas, letting Athans play favorites and have him die "heroically." As opposed to all the other characters that Athans just outright punks.

There is no Imoen, only ZUULCollapse )

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
10:23 pm - January 2010 Vacation
[There are buildings as far as the eye can see, some poor-looking, some rich-looking, and some even grandly designed in marble. People crowd the streets; traders, running children, even animals. Listening to the city bustle, Imoen looks content with nostalgia. For a brief moment, she also looks unsteady on her feet, but she simply leans on her companion for a moment and whispers into her ear:]

Welcome to Baldur's Gate.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2008
7:24 pm
Game canon is beautiful.Collapse )

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Friday, June 13th, 2008
1:28 am
So, Father's Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate than by turning into your father? Right? IF YOU LIKE BOSSFIGHTS IT IS.

Long story short Irenicus steals Abdel and Imoen's souls which causes their nature as godchildren to go all wonky and it gets this real "I GET TO TAKE OVER NOW" attitude. In Imoen this is largely manifest in her random obsessions with blood and killing things. In Abdel, it manifests in turning into the Slayer, one of Bhaal's avatars. For a fun event, this will be happening to Imoen. (Unlike Abdel, I do not intend for the Slayer transformation to become one of her actual abilities. This is just for a bit of camp fun.)

So this post is to serve two purposes: first, heads up. This is why Imoen is acting kind of weird lately. And second, to explain how the Slayer is going to work.

Kind of rambly.Collapse )

And that's all that comes to mind? The Slayer is not invincible, but should be a Good Challenge. A-although since I have to work during prime hours both days this weekend, the actual post will be on Monday. But time is a piddly little detail, yes?

I am, of course, open to thoughts, suggestions, and objections, especially if said objections are posed with appropriate Pheonix Wright-style pointing.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008
10:16 am
A lot of people are making tributes to the passing of Gary Gyax, one of the co-creators of D&D. Imoen's not meta enough for one, but I thought I'd just say that once again, Aaron Williams knows just how to handle it.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2008
9:55 am - Challenge of the Day
Icon related. Anyway, I found something of a masochistic challenge: Reading fifteen pages of srs discussion about whether or not 4th edition D&D Dragonborn should have boobs.

I wasn't even halfway through the first page before I had to resort to skimming. W-what the hell is this madness. XD Does this count as canon/fandom gone wild?

This blog provides an amusing, and generally less brain-hurty analysis of the...debate. If we can call it such.

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Monday, December 10th, 2007
4:28 pm - Post idea development/info dump
BG 'Deck of Many Things'Collapse )

AD&D 3.5 DM's Guide 'Deck of Many Things'Collapse )

Essentially, the Deck of Many Things is the Jemanji of D&D, except that in Jemanji you roll because you have to finish the game before this stuff kills you, and with the Deck of Many Things, you're just...drawing cards because you're a gambling risk-taker. In BG2/ToB, Abdel and a demon gamble against each other, the idea being that each would draw three cards, suffer through the effects, and the person who got the better cards wins.

My thought: "each Deck of Many Things is different," so it might be fun to do a post with a crack version--people participating make up their own cards and effects, which will be confined to the post/however long they want, through the magic of CAMP SPACE/TIME WARP because the Deck canonically screws with the very fabric of reality anyway. XD

A person might draw a card and be thrown into a CRAB BATTLE, or another person might draw a card and get a small snow fort, etc.

So. Those who read this journal: good idea, annoying and bad idea, Imoen just go jump off a cliff?

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
1:12 am - [IC, Girl's Cabin 9. Night.]

I'm gettin' kinda sleepy.

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Friday, March 16th, 2007
11:24 am
the downfall of your fandom
by skuldchan
How it happened:Your fandom was angsted to death

...For some reason, this explains so much.

the downfall of your fandom
by skuldchan
How it happened:The constant influx of bad fanart caused everyone to slit their wrists

And again.

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Thursday, March 8th, 2007
2:19 am
If you like Imoen, then this is going to piss you off. Note that in bookverse, for some reason Imoen has lost her Bhaalspawn abilities, rather than gaining them, as she should be. Also note that if bookverse had let Imoen become a mage, like she was supposed to, this whole thing would've been resolved by Imoen casting Dimension Door and getting out of there. SCREW YOU, BOOKVERSE.

In which Sendai is so discreet that she draws attention to herself. That's pretty damn discreet.Collapse )

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
7:25 pm
The Abdel portrayed in the Baldur's Gate bookverse should not be confused with the character from the games. In fact, everyone is different in the books. That said, here is Abdel and Balthazar's nude Ultimate Battle of Ultimate Destiny, because wow Abdel bottoms to his brother so much.

In which Abdel's phallic symbol is useless.Collapse )

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
5:53 pm
BG1 intro movie.
Notes: For the time it was made, this was probably good animation. It's a rather cliche intro, with the heavily armored evil man laughing maniacly with glowy eyes...I think it's more interesting once you know the context, though.

BG1 ending movie--Sarevok's death.
Notes: This video is from the same time, but it feels better because they aren't failing at human movements. One might note that Abdel has a tendency to die in a similar fashion. Bhaal has a lot of children.

BG2 Shadows of Amn intro.
Notes: This is much improved on the videos from the first game. Interesting art, and it does an excellent job of summarizing the plot of the first game and leading into the plot of the second. Lookit Abdel's sillouette, isn't he just the cutest Bhaalspawn ever?

Shadows of Amn ending.
Notes: Bioware is still failing a little at human movement, but this is still better animated than the original game's intro. Note that there are seven men gathered at the table; I have an inclination to think this is foreshadowing to the plot of Throne of Bhaal, but ToB ended up with the Bhaalspawn Five, and they certainly aren't generic men.

I wasn't able to find the Throne of Bhaal movies, but I wasn't overly impressed with the introduction for it anyway.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
4:23 pm
A gmail chat log, because I'm a sucker for generational parallels:Collapse )

Conclusion: I am such a dork. But I still think it's pretty neat.

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
4:23 pm - Analysis of Abdel Adrian and why someone should app him immediately.
Okay, so basically. As most of the people who have played Baldur's Gate are already aware, BG dialogue tends to have options to choose from. Which is why something occurred to me. Observe.

This is a typical BG1 dialogue between Angelo and Abdel. Now, Bioware goes to great lengths to make it so that the player defines the protagonist, not them. But! The system of dialogue means that because of the options to choose from, Abdel is inevitably definable. Since the protagonist's name and gender is already established because of me filling in that hole with knowledge from the book canon, we could go ahead and fill in the last major definable area with book canon and say that Abdel is a fighter. This fits in with some of the things Imoen says about him in the games anyway; the fact that Abdel slept through lessons back in Candlekeep, for instance, makes it a little difficult picturing him as one of the more intellectual classes.

Interestingly enough, Bioware's "undefined" character features character development. In the very beginning of the game, he is a sheltered boy whose dialogue options after an assassin tries to kill him is this:
Parda: Abdel, you cut yourself above the brow, there. What is wrong, child? Something in your eyes tells me that something is very wrong indeed.
Abdel: 1) Oh Parda! There was a man in there, he smelled like the stables, and he… and he tried to kill me, it was horrible…
2) It’s… It’s nothing Parda. One of the cats didn’t like me petting it. I’m alright, really…
Parda: Mm, yes, well… Get what you need from the Inn, then, for Gorion is desperate for you to be off.
[End Dialogue]

In the year between BG1 and BG2 Abdel spends with bounty hunters trying to kill him and various insane gnomes, rangers, and their hamsters helping him, Abdel actually becomes a competent adventurer and an effective party leader with something of a sarcastic sense of humor:

Or, for Clever Outwitting Action:
Larze: Huurm, I be Larze. You be Abdel. Don't try to deny it. You should not have come to Baldur's Gate. You given many warnings before, but you ignore them. Now you must pay. Sorry, but Larze must kill.
Abdel: Wait one moment you big oaf. Why would you think that I'm Abdel? Do I look like I could be that kind of hero? Abdel is a juggernaut of destruction, with flaming eyes, and a roaring voice. My companions and I, we're just normal folks.
Larze: Huh? But you must be Abdel. Me see picture, and it look like you. It had no fire eyes or big voice, though pictures don't have voices. Hmmmmm. I confused.
Abdel: Larze, my poor confused ogre. There is only one thing for you to do. You have to go back and take a closer look at the picture. I'm sure once you've had a second look, you'll know what a big mistake you've made. Now run along, we'll be waiting right here.
Larze: Yes! Good idea. Larze will find picture and see for sure. You will wait here until Larze gets back.

Abdel is a hero unfazed by enemies even Link, the hero of Hyrule cannot defeat:
Enna Hendrick: Shoo! Them aren't yer chickens! Erlin! Erlin, someone's after the chickens!
Abdel: This is between us and the chickens, Ma'am, and I'm going to ask real nicely that you stay out of it.

The fact that everyone thinks Abdel wants a golden sword:
Nalia: (after Abdel gives a beggar gold) That was a nice thing to do. Although I'm sure you could spare a lot more...what are you saving up for? A golden sword?
Jan: Now, now, Nalia. A golden sword wouldn't be so bad...except maybe for the weight. And the softness. Pretty much only good for one swing, actually. Hmmm...tell me, just why are you planning on buying a golden sword, anyway? Sounds pretty useless to me.
Abdel: I never said I was going to--
Jan: Oh, don't go and tell me you don't want one. I've heard you mumbling in your sleep, you chatty little man. But never mind...I'd like to see you try and fight with one.

And, of course, Abdel keeps a meticulous journal of all the things that go on throughout the games. This wouldn't be noteworthy, since they're long games and it's good to have something to check what you've done with, but look at these entries:

Journal entry for returning Phlydia’s book:
“Poor, absent-minded Phlydia gave me a gem for returning her lost book. Candlekeep, it seems, continues to defy all laws of economics: the more books it holds, the more valuable they become to those who read them. The greater the supply, the greater the demand… Bah, all this thinking is making my head hurt. Time to pawn this gem and get something useful for it.”

Journal entry for rat exterminating:
“Reevor has once again pressed me into service in his storehouse. All reports suggest that our feline forces have turned traitor and that the rats are on the offensive. It appears that I am our last hope in the face of such an awesome display of power. Farewell, dear Journal… Farewell.”

On completion of the ratextermination quest:
“Mental Note: Don’t join the armed forces. They never inform you of the full danger when you enter and they always pay you squat when you leave… Reevor gave me all of five gold pieces for putting my life on the line in there… Isn’t there a Candlekeep People’s Revolutionary Front I can join, somewhere???”

Essentially, Abdel is a clever, sarcastic, dorky hero who is always a step behind everyone else, takes a passive approach to almost everything in life, always reacting instead of initiating...and frankly, he's entirely appable. When I first picked Imoen up, I figured that he wasn't, but now that I've considered all of this, he's much more appable than any game's Silent Hero, like Ness or Link--and we've had a Ness in camp, and we've had plenty of Link apps. (...Ness is a Silent Hero, isn't he?) The other big thought behind leaving Abdel as undefined as possible was that this wouldn't limit what BG characters could be apped, should anyone wish to do so. But thinking about this, I've been playing Abdel and Imoen as having basically spent at least some time with every party member...and that doesn't really affect anything.

Basically, someone app Abdel Adrian immediately, before I do something stupid and try apping him myself. Also don't let worrying about something like icons keep you from apping him--just talk to me, I can hook you up with some possibilities.

Besides, you know you want to be able to use an icon like this:

Or even name his journal main_char. You know you want to.

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Monday, January 15th, 2007
7:28 pm
I typed up some more stuff from the Baldur's Gate books because it is amusingly painful to read.

Two more Imoen scenes from bookverse.Collapse )

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Thursday, January 11th, 2007
9:11 pm - Imoen and Glinda AU
*In the last hours of the evening, a quiet thief makes her way across camp. She finally ducks into one of the cabins, sneaking up to the person she's looking for.*

Psst, Glinda.

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Monday, January 8th, 2007
2:52 am
According to the Bhaalspawn template, a Bhaalspawn is a creature "that is infused with a spark of the Diety of Murder's evil;" they carry a piece of his essence, and the final part of the series is basically all about how gathering this essence by killing all the Bhaalspawn is the method through which the new god will be created. The template is 3rd Edition D&D rules, though, whereas BG uses 2nd, which makes applying the knowledge there somewhat difficult to begin with. So let's take a look at this, because this surprised me a little bit. And Francescu and I had a fun little conversation that makes me think that maybe this isn't entirely out of the question.

What the hell IS Imoen, anyway?Collapse )

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
2:51 am
Fantasy meme for Russel, Nokoru, Izumi, Imoen, and Billy.

current mood: mischievous

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