by Catriona Mills

Worst. Blogger. Ever.

Posted 31 March 2009 in by Catriona

I know. I know. And I don’t have anyone to blame but myself.

Well, myself and a combination of the following:

  • my parents visiting this week, which necessitates scrubbing out the spare room: it hasn’t been slept in since they visited last December for my graduation, and the dust levels were fairly bad—as you’d expect from a largely unoccupied room containing some thousand-odd books. It also contained the entire contents of the office that I had to give up last semester, so cleaning it wasn’t just cleaning it, but also involved finding space for eight years’ worth of office clutter. But I succeeded! Mostly. I still need to dust and vacuum.
  • a hideous cold, which I suspect I caught from either the wizard or the other ranger at last weekend’s Dungeons and Dragons session—I don’t know which, so shall mutter mild imprecations directed at both of them until I feel better. [Slight update: the wizard blames the halfling, but I have my suspicions about the veracity of that.] In the between-mutter spaces, I shall panic about how I’m going to lecture tomorrow, and what the chances of infecting my students are.
  • technically, the weekend’s Dungeons and Dragons session was another interruption to ordinary blogging activity, but it was such excellent fun that it doesn’t count.
  • interrupted sleep patterns. I think I know, largely, what’s causing them, but last night’s bad night (I didn’t get to sleep until well after three a.m.) was down to this hideous cold’s first symptom, a sore throat beyond any that I have previously experienced. After spending hours trying to beat it into submission with hot tea and my other favourite sore throat remedy (hot water and honey with a tablespoon or two of vinegar), I eventually had to take Panadol—Panadol! for a sore throat!—so I could snatch some sleep.

So now I’m snuffling, feeling sorry for myself, and drinking enormous quantities of tea, but the tidying of the spare room has at least turned up some odd stuff on the shelves.

I see a real post in the future . . .

Share your thoughts [9]

1

Tim wrote at Mar 31, 04:45 AM

> [Slight update: the wizard blames the halfling, but I have my suspicions about the veracity of that.]

Interesting that you refer to the wizard and the ranger by class but to the halfling by race. ;)

Get well soon!

2

Catriona wrote at Mar 31, 05:10 AM

Yes: I have a long-standing antipathy to halflings.

No, I just borrowed the wizard’s terminology without thinking. You know Eladrin: pompous creatures with an over-developed sense of superiority.

I blame the wizard. For my illness and for my accidental racism.

3

Nick Caldwell wrote at Mar 31, 07:40 AM

I believe there are some game systems where, for instance, the Dwarf is both a character class (doughty fighter) and a race. Pretty simple game systems, come to think of it.

4

Catriona wrote at Mar 31, 07:51 AM

I don’t think that’s true of Dungeon and Dragons, though, is it?

5

Nick Caldwell wrote at Mar 31, 08:10 AM

No, true. I’m actually starting to think it might have been a board game. An older version of Talisman maybe?

6

Tim wrote at Apr 1, 01:03 AM

Yep, Talisman has always had a smattering of racially identified characters (e.g. Dwarf, Elf and Troll). This was probably at least partially inspired by D&D; most obviously, Basic D&D had racial classes (Dwarf, Elf and Halfling) alongside the four classes for human adventurers (Cleric, Fighter, Thief, Magic User).

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heretic wrote at Apr 1, 03:39 AM

Hmm, but did you ever see a halfling character that wasn’t a thief/rogue? D&D’s stats system push some races firmly into some classes over others, it’s a numbers thing.

And anyway, you can always blame the cleric. Even if the cleric is an NPC the GM had to tack on to keep every else alive, when there were no convenient noobs to sucker into actually playing a cleric.

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Catriona wrote at Apr 1, 06:53 AM

Unfortunately, Heretic, neither of our two clerics were ill: it was definitely either the wizard, the rogue, the other ranger, or the paladin.

(Also, Nick is one of the noobs playing a cleric: best hope he doesn’t see this!)

9

Nick Caldwell wrote at Apr 1, 06:57 AM

Hah!

Clerics have some nice abilities in 4th Edition. This ain’t your grandpa’s D&D.

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