January 31st, 2013

california - freeway

LA Weekend

So I never did report on my weekend in Los Angeles! The reason for the trip: my friend A currently has a student membership to The Magic Castle, which is a magician's club in Hollywood. She's been talking the place up for years, so I jumped on this chance to go, roadtripping down with a few other friends (S, E, and DK) for the weekend, and we did some other stuff while we were there, including a Warner Brothers studio tour (highly recommended if you have even the slightest interest in television or film-making -- look, Stars' Hollow! and Central Perk! ) and Disneyland, where I hadn't been for over a decade.

The Castle was pretty awesome -- we watched four shows, including two in the Close-up Gallery, which were the best since it only seats 30 and so no one is more than a few feet from the stage. So you get a great view of what's happening, but both magicians were so good that the closer view didn't give the game away. Also awesome: two magicians were in line with us for a show, and they did a bunch of card tricks while we waited. A says that kind of thing happens a lot.

Then Disneyland, which I love. Non-ironically, even. Yeah, it's all fake, but so what? It's still brilliantly designed, and the rides are fun, and it's neat to see all the kids -- big and small alike -- walking around with a bit of wonder on their faces. Maybe I'd burn out if I went more often, but I go rarely enough that I can still get excited, every time. I hope I get back sooner than 10 years from now.

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30 Day Warden Challenge: Day One

Over on Tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] fearliath created a "30 Day Grey Warden Challenge" that I've been meaning to do for awhile, and February seemed like a good time to do it, and since it's a short month I've decided to start early.

The first question, question zero if you will, is: which Grey Warden? I have five now, every origin except for Tabris (and Amell, if you want to count it separately from Surana, and I do want to play it eventually to see how it feeds into DA2), although my Mahariel game is in very early stages. After some thought, and some polling the masses on Tumblr, I decided to go for Kasia Brosca, since she's one of my more interesting characters, and I haven't done anything large-scale for her character development yet. So here goes!

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