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D&D 2007

Photos by JaSchu
Left to right: Zargo, Jason's barbarian; the dead flying hammerhead shark thing the tiefling was riding; Rue, Brett's ranger/warrior; (d6) the tiefling dude we just downed. I think this was when we were denying him his last requests. (Half the party's Chaotic, what do you want?); Jev, Storm's rogue; a small herd of some sort of glowing giant beetles we had to herd underground to help some dwarves out; Dog, Peg's... uh, dog; Peg, Dinah's bard.
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Posted on January 25, 2007 at 12:00 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

When a dungeon level is too dangerous, do not run away to a deeper level 2007


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Posted on January 21, 2007 at 12:00 PM in games, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

2007 Kickoff Party at Chateau Chattooine 2006

Photos and captions by Ann Larie.
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Posted on December 31, 2006 at 07:30 PM in friends & family, games, holidays, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

A little gaming relaxation on a quiet Sunday 2006


Posted on December 17, 2006 at 12:00 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

a present for friends arrives 2006

Photo and caption by Striatic.
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Posted on October 30, 2006 at 12:00 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Very fun stuff coming in the world of games:

Cool videos of people trying out the Nintendo Wii controller - don't miss the sweet older Japanese couple
[thanks to Alaina for the link]

Will Wright's next project, Spore, as discussed in a great Steven Johnson article.
My favorite bit - apart from the overall concept, itching to get my hands on the game, and Eno's joke at the end - is the part about how some creatures may not be able to do certain moves because of their unusual physiques: “Our philosophy is,” Bradshaw said, “if it’s going to break, it should break funny.”
[thanks to Jason for the link]

Posted on October 14, 2006 at 01:22 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (1)

Call of Cthulhu game 2006

[10am to 5pm, according to Google Calendar]

Posted on August 20, 2006 at 10:00 AM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ricochet Robot 2006

[I know from Google calendar that this was on July 17th, but the camera says July 18th, so many of these photos (inserted at 12:00) may be off by a day.]

this game is all about the mulling over the move

Game night at Madrone



Posted on July 17, 2006 at 12:00 PM in games, San Francisco | Permalink | Comments (0)

D&D 2006

Photo and caption by Jaschu.
Big dead purple worm we passed in the tunnel. Except it had something living inside it which tried to eat Peg (Dinah) and Jev (Storm).
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Giant underground bugs we were herding through the underground, probably for no gain because, honestly, we get ourselves into these dumb situations like all the time.

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Not a crook!
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My take:
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Posted on July 12, 2006 at 06:00 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

a D&D game I missed 2006

Photos and captions by Jaschu
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Posted on May 17, 2006 at 12:00 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

D&D game at Vince's 2006

The shortest battle in the game

is what Jason said of the battle of the kobold & hobbit vs. the evil hobbit.

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With temporary placement of barbarian for scale


Reviewing the situation


Menu contemplation


It goes a lot better with another fighter 

the white paper squares are flipped over bad guys we killed

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Where things ended up


Posted on May 3, 2006 at 11:05 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

making up games at my place with Joe and Adam 2006

So true, so true

Roast Beef has so much science going on you can't even see his face in this picture.


And some photos by Adam:




Photos by Joe.


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Posted on April 24, 2006 at 09:42 PM in friends & family, games, Science | Permalink | Comments (0)

D&D at Vince's place 2006

Followed by staying over at Joe's.

[according to Google Calendar, and supported by Flickr]


Things got a bit hairy last night 

We are the KINGS of no plan!

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Posted on April 19, 2006 at 11:22 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Video game fans will not want to miss this detailed video of Will Wright's demo of the upcoming game Spore. Absolutely astounding. I will probably need to arrange for a week off when the Mac version comes out.

Posted on March 5, 2006 at 02:16 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Oh no! A wererat! 2006

In distance: red die is wererat downstairs in the mill; Jev (Storm); Ru (Brett).
Near: dog (as played this week by a bit of carrot); henchman; Zargo (Jason); Jasper (Nik), about to be unconscious; henchmen; Peg (me), unconscious.
Off board to left: understudy figurine for Zargo.

A very exciting finale to tonight's adventure.
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Posted on February 21, 2006 at 12:02 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

we play to really win 2006

When Striatic and I play Settlers we get a little bit out of control.
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Posted on February 9, 2006 at 12:00 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

D&D 2006

Photo and caption by Jaschu.


[photo notes clockwise from 9pm: "hmm, maybe flanking this guy in front wasn't such a hot idea. Where'd all these other goblins come from?"; -4hp; Storm's rogue of a rogue who can't resist ANY closed door; Dinah's barmaid/bard; Dinah's dog familiar played by rice cracker.]

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Posted on February 1, 2006 at 12:01 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

games at Casa Chattooine 2006

Photos by Courtney P.


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Posted on January 29, 2006 at 12:01 PM in friends & family, games, relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

gamin' 2006

Betrayal at the House on the Hill. Len completely blurred, foreshadowing his later demonic possession.

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Posted on January 15, 2006 at 12:06 PM in friends & family, games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Anyone want to come over and play games today? 2006


[This picture and question posted to Flickr is significant for the reply thread, leading to the game party at Jason and George's where I first met Mr. Joseph Gratz]

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Posted on January 15, 2006 at 12:04 PM in games, relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Games at my house! 2006

Noon to 6pm today. [Note from user on Flickr "Carcassonne is excellent"]
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(Not pictured: Encore, The Big Idea, Unexploded Cow, Chrononauts and Fluxx)

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Posted on January 1, 2006 at 12:00 PM in games | Permalink | Comments (0)

Not According To Plan 2004

It's a beautiful day and perfect for the activity I'd intended to do - a motorcycle ride with a friend, a little shopping, and then in the evening, a potluck and party. And such a party too, with a theme of Drag, it's bound to be a good time. Hard to go wrong with a room full of giggling boys in dresses and girls with false moustaches.

Alas, it is not to be. Wednesday evening I came down with a head cold and it's been plaguing me since. Achy muscles and head, sneezing, coughing, just general snorkiness all through. So I'm resting, drinking the first of many cups of hot herbal tea, and gazing wistfully at the lovely weather outside.

To distract myself I thought "what better than a big time-consuming game?" and I have a couple for the PC which I haven't played for years, having made the switch to Mac. I thought "well, they're old games, not 3-D shooters or anything, surely they wouldn't be that taxing to the system..." and so laid down my $220+ for VirtualPC. Alas, though they run, they don't run well. Pharoah is terribly slow to respond to mouse-clicks and Grim Fandango has stuttering sound, which is a damned shame because the sound is the best part of the game. I think I probably would need a faster CPU to handle this (I have a 700 MHz PowerPC G4), though maybe more than my 512MB of memory would help too. Can the Mac be made into a decent gaming machine?

Posted on May 29, 2004 at 01:32 PM in games, health, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (8)

Distraction 2003

Okay, so I could say "Oh, I had to work on the weekend last weekend" or "I'm so distracted by the excitement of my first column appearing in the San Francisco Bay Guardian" or "I'm being a good grrrl and taking a walk every night" and that's all true, but really, what distracts me from posting?

  1. Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane (two DVDs of the fantastic BBC production with Edward Petherbridge & Harriet Walter)
  2. Tropico, the Mucho Macho Edition (a game on the Mac which is of my favorite genre which I like to call "project manager games")
  3. Party Monster: The Shockumentary (which is very interesting to see after seeing the fictionalized version with Mac Culkin and Seth Green (yum))


For archive purposes, here is that column from October 22, 2003:

Being There

Beaches to books

MY GUESS IS that even without the recent election or international events, you've probably got some things on your mind. Need some time to get out of the house and think while you stretch your legs? Want to do it somewhere other than a stinky gym? I recommend a day trip walking in our beautiful city.

Begin at Ocean Beach. Walk out to the waterline and look out to sea until you feel the rhythm of your thinking change. Imagine that you've never been to this place before. You've just come upon the beach here. Turn around and look. Look at people. Look at the place. Smell the air. Turn left and start walking.

Walk north along the beach toward the Cliff House. When you run out of beach (or if you don't like sand), walk on the sidewalk on the ocean side of the street. Enjoy the variety of people. Note that it is considered gauche to stare too openly at the surfers changing in and out of their wet suits; I advocate the discreet but appreciative glance.

Follow the road up past the Cliff House and Louis' until you reach the parking lot, also known as Merrie Way. Enter the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, leaving cars and buildings behind you. Follow the coastal trail among the trees, past lovely views of the cliffs of Marin and the Golden Gate Bridge, until you come to a sign reading, "El Camino del Mar Trail." There will be a set of steps to your right. Climb them and turn left on the trail at the top.

When you come out on the small service road, stifle your disappointment at the sight of cars and walk up to the large building at the other end of the road; this is the Palace of the Legion of Honor (34th Ave. and Clement, S.F. 415-863-3330). If you're in the mood and it's not a Monday, go in and see art (current special exhibits: Degas sculptures and 19th-century photographs of India). Otherwise, after you take in the great view of the city, continue down the road (to the right as you leave the museum) through the golf course. Marvel at this bizarre use of land and time. When you reach the small restaurant at the entry to Lincoln Park, go around the north side of it and follow the narrow road until you see the big steps at the end of California Street. These are an ideal place to sit, rest, and survey the way ahead of you.

Stroll along this gentle downhill stretch of California Street, enjoying the clean, quiet neighborhood in which almost every era of San Francisco architecture is represented. The superb Angelina's deli at 22nd Avenue (6000 California, S.F. 415-221-7801) is a great place to stop for a snack or for picnic supplies.

Walk a few more blocks down California until you pass an unusual church with a blue minaret on the right (near 19th Avenue) and then go a block south and continue eastward along Clement Street. This district perfectly illustrates both the reality and the myth of the California melting pot. In barely a mile and a half, you'll encounter no less than 17 different cultures represented in the restaurants and shops of Clement Street. It's a wonderfully diverse mix, but watch the groups of people working and shopping here and you may begin to question whether there's much melting going on.

Still, mingling is a fine thing, too, and one can hardly complain when faced with the dizzying array of good food choices. Recommended spots for further snacking: Good Luck Dim Sum (736 Clement, S.F. 415-386-3388) and, a few blocks farther east, Le Soleil (133 Clement, S.F. 415-668-4848), where the spring rolls are lovely and bold hikers can restore themselves with salty plum sodas. Those who prefer the sweet to the savory treat should visit Toy Boat Dessert Cafe (401 Clement, S.F. 415-751-7505), which boasts a fabulous collection of nostalgia-inducing toys, or I Love Chocolate, a tiny café just around the corner from the end of Clement Street (397 Arguello, S.F. 415-750-9460), which will happily cater to your sugary needs.

One of the great pleasures of walking is the lack of parking hassle, and Clement Street is definitely better reached without a car. Take all the time you didn't spend driving in circles waiting for a space to open up and use it to wander in my favorite San Francisco bookstore, Green Apple Books (506 Clement, S.F. 415-387-2272). If you can't find something to please you in the main store or the annex, you're clearly still not relaxed enough. Return to Ocean Beach and start over.

MetaGrrrl is the nom de plume of Dinah Sanders, who is well along in her project to walk every block of every street of San Francisco. Chart her progress at

Posted on October 23, 2003 at 10:35 PM in games, movies & tv, San Francisco, the big room with the blue ceiling | Permalink | Comments (4)

SXSW: Kickball and good meals 2002

[Not sure who took this picture.]

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Photos by Brad.


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Photos by Kristin Garrity (or someone with Kristin's camera).




Photos by James McNally.
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Dinah Sanders, Kevin Smokler, ???, Dan Budiac, Brad Graham, Ben Trott (hiding), Mena Trott, Jay Allen, Timo Thompson

And two more from Brad:



And a photo from Jason Levine.


Posted on March 9, 2002 at 12:00 PM in creativity, friends & family, games, SXSW | Permalink | Comments (0)

7/30 San Jose CA tourney & live auction! 1995

From Usenet in

Sunday July 30th
Parkside Hall, San Jose Civic Auditorium
at the corner of Park & Market, near San Carlos St.,
in downtown San Jose.
Doors open at 9am. $10 pre-reg, $15 at door.
Magic, Rage, Illuminati, Jyhad, On the Edge, & Ultimate Combat!
Live card auction including complete set of Arabian Nights auctioned off card by card!
Ice Age: The Thaw Sealed Deck, Ante-sweetened tournament referee: Anton Dovydaitis. Bring your own factory-sealed deck. 45 minutes trading, trading permitted between rounds. Single elimination, but non-winners continue to play for sweetened ante. Begins at 10am.

Mad Melee Mayhem: mini-tourneys of a variety of games. (Yes, if you are a non-winner in The Thaw, you will be able to check your deck and play in the Mad Melee Mayhem and then return to the non-winners area for The Thaw).

20-32 renown, no more than 4 of any card, only 1 past life & 1 Gaia's Vengence per deck. 4 person games. Winner receives promo kit including huge werewolf.

Ultimate Combat
Sealed deck (provided). Round Robin for first 3 rounds, single elimination thereafter, with a playoff for third place. Winner receives actual UC black belt, signed prototype cards and more!

Illuminati ($5 extra, you'll get lots of cards!)
Sealed decks (2). Trading only during game. Rule of Possession (you control at the end of the game, it's yours). Winner receives prototype cards, signed cards, & limited edition cards.

Also Jyhad and On The Edge, standard rules.

Live Auction beginning at about 6pm.
A complete set of Arabian Nights auctioned off card by card, very low starting bids! Complete sets, sealed boxes, promo items, boxed games, more! Come join the fun!

Quetzlcon ends at 9:30pm. 12 big hours of fun!
Call Inkspot at 408-297-7768 or email us at to preregister with Visa or Mastercard.
Pre-reg ends Friday at 8pm.
If you have items you wish to auction, email Dinah at
325 South First Street
San Jose CA 95113

Open Tuesday thru Saturday
Noon until 8pm

Inkspot sells Magic and other collectible card games, role-playing games, other games, books, magazines, and related weird sidelines.
We trade collectible trading cards by appointment and give 90% of our trade price in credit usable on single cards from any of the games we carry. Our prices are basically Scrye median price.  Trade price is about 1/3 above Scrye median price. Trade credit does not expire and you can leave a wishlist of cards you want.

Inkspot Games at or in the meatsuit world Inkspot is at 325 South First Street in San Jose, CA 95113 and is open Tuesday thru Saturday, noon until 8pm."

Posted on July 27, 1995 at 12:00 PM in games, Inkspot, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

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