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On Friday morning I went to the Doctor's and found out that I have asthma. This is actually very good news! I have this semi-persistant cold which is probably the result of virus triggered asthma. I also have a very high lung capacity (almost twice Paula's for example) which means that I don't wheeze or get out of breath much. I just get viruses that never get better. So I'm on ventolin and we'll see what happens.

It doesn't help that I'm hyper-sensitive to ventolin, I get the shakes and my teeth chatter, and sometime my fingers ache, but after 4 days of it, I seem to be feeling the side-effects less.

On Saturday, I got up at 4am to go to Paris for SteveCon Paris IV. I didn't have to leave quite so early, except it was much cheaper that way. It would be even cheaper if I could buy my tickets in France but the Eurostar website doesn't allow that. This seems like a restriction of trade so maybe I should write to someone. I imagine that the basic price is the same but that the special offers are different, making always cheaper in France. Antonius, a Greek living in Brussels also came on Eurostar for €68. It cost me £99.

I had some time to go shopping on the Left Bank and picked up an interesting book called "La Rue dans le Moyen Age". It doesn't quite seem to have the rigour that I'd expect from a history book but it's interesting nonetheless.

Stevecon took place at the usual venues La Fourmie Ailée and le Mayflower. The first is a small restaurant whose signature dish is canard a la croute de sel. This is half a duck in a very salty pastry crust. I haven't had it yet but maybe next time. The food is excellent though and the massive pear sorbet went down very well. They also do apfel strudel with cepes, apparently it's not bad although our Greek conventioner didn't notice the cepes at all.

I ran a vanilla game of My Life with Master which seemed to work pretty well. To reinforce the bureaucratic nature of the master, Graf von Ordnung, I wrote all the orders on little paper slips with boxes for pass/fail and a mark out of 20. It seemed to work pretty well, even with newbie (to MLwM) players although Antonius didn't make it easy for me by writing his character sheet in Greek (more than human is superanthropos, less than hypoanthropos).

Antonius is translating Steve Darlington's History of Roleplaying into Greek. This is quite hard because they're aren't many Greek roleplayers and they haven't really developed a vocabulary. It's even harder for the theory because metagaming means something quite different to them.

In the evening, Eric ran the first ever session of his new game. There are 4 archetypal characters, the seducer, the master, the apprentice and the guide and a GM. We chose a pulp search for Eldorado as a setting. Each turn players add a new detail to their character and the GM does the same to the scenario sheet he has. Then after each, sheets rotate left. The dice mechanic is pretty and good and although there are some kinks to be ironed out, it's a nifty little storytelling game.

Ben and I were quite tired so we left the others who felt they needed another game and went back to Ben's place to chat with Nathalie his wife and watch a new French show, Kamelott. Ben got the DVD too. It's about 100 shorts about King Arthur, the breton version, very knowing, self-referential and very very funny.

Yesterday, I did pretty much nothing except come home and sleep.


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Jul. 24th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
I weep with longing.

We're about to start organising SteveCon Brisbane 2006 down here. We're gonna have a panel and I'm toying with the idea of a charity auction. We do NOT have a west bank or canard ala croute de sel. :(

Cool that you caught up with Antonius! Hi to all and sundry!
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Panel and charity auction is a nice touch, do you accept email bids?
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Sure, what would you like to bid on?
Jul. 24th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
What you got?
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun. I really will have to attend a Stevecon again at some point, though I suspect that this will be no easier with two children than it has been with one.

Query: is Kamelott worth getting? I've seen in advertised on amazon.fr and fnac.com, but never been quite sure what it was ...
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
The format for Kaamelott is weird. You get 5 secs of titles - just production names, and 30 sec intro, 10 secs of graphics titles and then about 4 minutes of programme and that's it. I think it runs just before the news, a bit like the Magic Roundabout used to.

The website is here: http://kaamelott.m6.fr/html/series/kaamelott/home.shtml. It has a few episodes and scripts.

There are also episodes on YouTube which google will find.

I really enjoyed it. I can lend you mine if you're not sure.
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
Also one of the guys on the Casus NO forum plays a herald in some of the episodes and apparently many of the crew are gamers too.
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
Also: bad news (mostly - I appreciate that it's usually better to know what's going on) about the asthma. You do get used to Ventolin, though the side-effects differ from person to person. It no longer gives me the shakes or makes my heart race excessively, but it does have ... other effects.
Jul. 24th, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
Hey WR!

Our Irish visitors are about to sod off back home, and it has reminded us why we were so keen to look after them: because of how nice everyone was to us. So I've been missing y'all of late. Just hanging out with all you guys were some of the best experiences of my life!

Also, bummer about the asthma. Seems like everyone I know is developing it later in life (sister, a cousin, a friend)...and people say there's no environmental problems...
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)

It's true that my first Stevecon (your Straya Slaya game, meeting whatserface (northern lass, long dark hair), Patrick and others) was probably my favourite of the 2 Stevecons I've attended. Then there was the Jack the Ripper IRC game, the only one I've successfully run (later distractions, such as children, having put paid to any ability for me to reliably commit to a fixed evening slot for the time being) which was fun ...

Jul. 24th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
:) Both GREAT games, and great times.

I have the memories of that Jack game burned into my head. I can see the characters and scenery clearer than half my trip...
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
While you're here: congrats on the writing - I intend to pick up Children of the Horned Rat at some point in the nearish future (I'm currently playing in a WFRP2 game and loving it). What are you writing for Vampire?

Other Steve: sorry for the postjack.
Jul. 24th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
No worries. I'm interested too.
Jul. 25th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Not FOR Vampire. ABOUT Vampires. For WFRP. Complete guide to the Vampire Counts, due out 2007 sometime.
Jul. 31st, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
(open sesame)One vampire, heh. Two vampires, heh, Three vampires...(close sesame)

*waves at Steve*
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