Squeeeeeeeaaak Post 3
Hmm... been a while since I last went Squeeeeeeee at everything so here we go.
First up, some music: Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues - oh hell, what a good album. And so so pretty in it's blue and white tie-dye style vinyl. I actually picked this up from the record store because it was there and, other than knowing the Laura Jane Grace had recently come out as a Transwoman, knew very little. I tried to listen to the stream when it was available but was distracted. Listening to the thing on vinyl though... oh yes!
In completely different music news - Everything is AWESOME in The LEGO Movie.
Next up, a board game responsible for much Squeeeeeaking - Mice and Mystics from Plaid Hat Games. Playing Descent I discovered andenjoyed the co-operative story-driven style of board games which led me to Mice and Mystics. An evening without enough players for the normal RPG and some store credit to soften the blow to my wallet I became the proud owner of this cool little game where you play Prince Collin and his friends who are turned into anthropomorphic mices in order to escape and, hopefully, fight against the evil Vanestra who is trying to take over the kingdom. We played Chapter 1 that night and we all seemed to fall in love with it, enjoying the chance to be silly and fight against rats, roaches and Brodie... Thank god we had some Catnip is all I can say there really...
Anyway, the game is brilliant and the art work is beautiful - I especially love the cover for the first expansion, Heart of Glorm. So beautiful, in fact, that my miniatures are now painted (not badly for my first painting in a long time even if I do say so myself) and we've since played Chapter 2 where Lily was almost killed by a pesky roach who kept avoiding her arrows. Tense stuff.
Anyway, this stirred memories and desires. For some, Redwall may be at the end of Memory Lane, but for me it was Deptford and The Deptford Mice Trilogy - The Dark Portal, The Crystal Prison and The Final Reckoning - children's books by Robin Jarvis which I loved as a kid (so much that when I found I no longer had them as an adult I went scouring eBay for the ones with my covers rather than the newer covers. The stories of Arthur, Audry, Picadilly, Twit, Oswald, Thomas Triton and all the other mices was too tempting a draw and so down Nostalgia Avenue I trekked clutching my bookish Mousebrass.
Partly, I was reading to see if I could turn them into a storyline for Mice and Mystics, but while reading I found people split up far too much and obvious scenes would not work well for other reasons to be able to be particularly faithful. However an RPG was a strong possibility.
And so this leads into Mouse Guard - David Petersen's gorgeous comic about, you guessed it, anthropomorphic mice which you should definitely check out. It also happens to come with an RPG I can more easily adapt. This is looking like it'll be a project to run at Easter...
Anyway, that little side wuest cost me the opportunity to finish The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker for the Warrington SciFi group. About halfway through and I am really enjoying it. It's got a lot of praise but probably, sadly, all coming too late for it to get onto some of the awards shortlists.
As there are only a few hours left on the Heroes Wanted Kickstarter and I want it to get to the second game upgrade ($150,000) I guess I ought to promote this too. They've done a fantastic kickstarter campaign for what looks like a really fun game (Quirks will not be an "optional" part of the game at all). The campaign has been engaging, in character and full of useful design tidbits. I really hope they keep the communication up through the final production and shipping (OK, maybe not daily) 8-)
Edit to add: This little squeeee is not so much for a product (although Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book is definitely worthy of squeeeee). A colleague's son is 9 and enjoys reading. I managed to get Neil Gaiman's Fortunately The Milk signed by Neil and Illustrator Chris Riddell before christmas for her to give to him (I'm a nice guy me). He liked it but was a tad young for him really. So I lent them The Graveyard Book. His mum reads it first then passes it on to him. He reads it and, as she thought, he found it a bit scary (Neil has talked about this) to read at bedtime. A few days later I find out he has persevered with it because he wanted to know what happened (yes!) and his mum found him reading it in bed: "but there's only one more chapter". And yesterday I found out that for a "Favourite Bedtime Story" themed World Book Day event at his school he didn't take the bedtime story he loved when he was younger and which was a bedtime story, he took The Graveyard Book - a book that scared him at bedtime only a couple of weeks previously.
All together now: Awwwwwww...
Edit to add, again: I've finally gotten round to another Nine Worlds recommendation - Elementary, the US version of a modern Sherlock Holmes starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui. It's much more traditionally structured than Sherlock but oh wow is it so much better. I really fell out with Sherlock S3, but Elementary is wonderful - "You named a species of bee after me?
So yeah, lots of stuff, lots of squeeeeee and even more squeeeeeeeeeak!