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Settling in well enough. The local Target and I are becoming good friends, and all the stuff I brought with me in the car is more-or-less stashed appropriately, so just waiting for the truck to arrive. And my broadband.

Local CCG shop is about two miles from my apartment, which is nice; they pretty much only do CCGs and comics, but there's an RPG/board games place about eight miles out I haven't visited yet. Went there last night for a scheduled WOW draft, but turnout was... low. WOW Nationals is this weekend in Vegas, but it seems unlikely that people would be there already. Will give that another few weeks and see if there's some pickup. Instead did an MtG (Eldrazi) draft, which got some of the players who were just hanging out there.

I got curb-stomped (0-2, 0-2, and 2-0 against someone even worse than I was), but hey, it's my first competitive MTG event in like eight years.
Draft report lurks below. )
Local interest in MTG seemed reasonably high, with some side games of what sounded like Pokemon, which... whatever. There's another Eldrazi draft tonight that I'll probably head to, not having much else to do in the evenings.
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Welcome to the new Casa Vogel.


PS: There be nerds here.

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LJ ate this last time. Shall we try again?

Anyway, I'm here. Not moving in today on account of exhausted. Besides, after last night's clusterfuck, I reserved a reasonably palatial hotel room for tonight, and damned if I'm wasting it.

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Motel was such a shithole I booked it at 4am. On the home stretch.

Southern Utah is very pretty in a desolate sort of way.

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Oops.

May. 28th, 2010 09:32 pm
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Badly miscalculated: failed to call ahead and had a hell of a time finding a hotel room. Bloody holiday.

Nebraska sucked. Never been so happy to see a mountain.

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Made it to Omaha in a shade under 12 hrs and docked for the night. Headed pubwards.

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Fin.

This concludes the final season of James: The Cleveland Years. We'd like to thank you for joining us, and invite you to tune in for the upcoming premier of James vs. Disneyland, featuring new adventures and new villains. And possibly fire and earthquakes, but hopefully not.
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MtG Online: Meh. Interface was manageable, but it's not so much fun I'm going to pay actual dollars for virtual cards so I can play against strangers I can't even make fun of in person.

Magic Workstation: Benefit is that it's free, until it gets C&D'd out of existence. But most of the games I saw online had comments that amounted to either "Srs T2 practice, no noobs" or "No blue, no land destruction, no decks I don't like." Also, again, strangers + online = not fun.

WoW CCG: I wish the heroes with alternate deckbuilding rules were more tournament viable. They definitely add some flavor and options to the game, but mostly they're strictly casual. Apparently MtG is going to release an Archenemy rules variant for 1 vs many multiplayer, which is slightly similar to the raid decks WoW has. I still think the WOW raid decks got more support, they're the most interesting element of the game.

Goals for Sunday: Donate the rest of the books I'm getting rid of (that I couldn't pawn off on friends), dump my heavily damaged old table, dump or donate the TV console, bug the friend who wants it into picking up the spare bed, and throw out another few garbage bags full of crap.

Goals for Tuesday: Charge the emergency car-jumper pack. Get a spare gasoline container, fill it, and trunk it. Get the TV and computer cabling taken down and packed, pack the fragile/expensive/irreplaceable stuff into the car, then fill the car with as many books as it will hold.

Goals for Wednesday: Leave.
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Better Than Expected: Starcraft 2. Many of the cripplingly stupid UI elements have been fixed. There is much howling that some of the micro is gone, but most of it is from people who want/expect it to behave exactly like SC1 in every way, except better, but not so much better that they have to learn anything new. And fuck those guys.

Pretty Okay I Guess: BattleTech. Kind of annoyed with the scenario book we're using right now. There's a game-in-progress on my table at home where I'm stuck trying to come up with stupid ways to destroy one mech without actually damaging it, because the withdrawal rules in this particular scenario let it flee the board once it's taken a certain amount of damage. If I kill it, I get roughly ALL THE POINTS, and if it successfully flees the board, I get NO POINTS. This, despite fairly well obliterating the rest of the opposing force. Stupid objectives are stupid.

Gone: My television. One fewer thing to move.

Games I Am Not Playing For A Few Weeks: Anything that requires a television.

Moving Update: May 25th is my last day in Cleveland. On that day, carnies will put everything I own into a truck and drive it straight into Lake Erie. The computer, the liquor, and the firesafe with all the proof that I am not a number, I am a human being will be in my trunk.

People Whose Fault It Is That I Still Want To Play Magic: The Gathering: [livejournal.com profile] montoya and Kenneth of Cleveland (not to be confused with any other Kenneths).
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Think I'm going to go with the place I looked at last night. Their 1 bedroom is a bit bigger than the previous cheap option for about the same rent, and the complex and management have a fantastic reputation. Erring on the side of cash -- $200/month in extra money is not a trivial amount. Besides, their laundry machines are, if still coin-operated, at least very, very large.

And I have an unnecessarily large television to buy.

Task when I get home: Toss out unreadably damaged paperbacks and winnow book collection for things to donate, in the service of a moving estimate that's sub-$2000. Because JFAM, moving people are all "Oh, books are so heavy." Wimps.

(Speaking of which, if anyone has had staggeringly good or bad experiences with moving companies, I could use some advice there. Most of the websites I've found are pretty panic-inducing, in a "you will never see your stuff again" way.)
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I would rather eat a grilled razorwire sandwich than make that commute every day. So much for that.

The other place I looked at today was pretty awesome. So, down to three, all in Costa Mesa. Just need to decide the relative priorities of price, size, laundry convenience, and management/maintanence reputation.

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It even rained.

Lunch was In-n-Out Burger, which I was informed I couldn't pass up as it is some kind of local cultural icon. Dinner was Traditions, an Indian place Yelp pointed me at, with very tasty lamb vindaloo and garlic naan. Looked at three places in Costa Mesa and two in Newport Beach, two cities adjacent to Irvine. Looking at one more in Costa Mesa tonight, then driving out to Corona to see about that.

Details follow. )
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Dispatches from California.

Food -- Thank you, Yelp. Found the Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor for brunch on Sunday, and Thai Spice for dinner last night. Both very good.

Apartments -- Ah, yes, the reason I'm out here. Currently looking at apartments in Irvine, which is the ur-suburb); Costa Mesa, fairly nearby, a little more active and interesting, and slightly cheaper; and Corona, to which I'm driving out tomorrow. Corona is a much longer commute and offers a choice between a highway best described as a parking lot with road signs and one that charges me a buck each way. The advantage is massively cheaper rent. Will have to actually check the drive and see if it's worth it, especially after factoring in gas and tolls (and frustration).

Looked at three places yesterday, one in Costa Mesa, two in Irvine. Both the Irvine ones lacked in-unit laundry, which is very nearly a dealbreaker for me. One of them had a floor plan with a loft that would be worth it, except none of the units are available or coming up any time soon. The Costa Mesa one is in about the right price range, has in-unit laundry, is close to several useful places, and the complex grounds are very nice. Apartment's a little small and the floorplan's a little awkward, but between the three, it's the one I like. Will be looking at more Costa Mesa complexes today, and driving out to Corona tomorrow.

Final thought: There is a tipping point where additional lanes on a freeway stop being more efficient. I think that point is probably well shy of fourteen. Still, it's a very impressive freeway.

(EDIT: Fixed city name. Coronada is not a city.)
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Back from Japan. Full details will follow when I'm conscious and literate.

Meh.

Mar. 13th, 2010 07:44 pm
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"Uncluttering" can bite me. Stuff rules.
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Odds are good that someone who reads this knows where I should look for the State Of Modern Televisions. Being as I'm going to need a new one after I move.

BattleTech: Still fun! Even more fun when your best medium mech doesn't fall down on turn one moving into water. Grr. Also forgot that it plays a lot faster when you're not juggling some of the 3050+ tech like C3, Artemis IV FCS, and similar.
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I hadn't processed that the Dragonage expansion was coming out any time soon. Interesting. Will await reviews.

Games I am not buying: God of War III. I still haven't forgiven the franchise for quick-time events.
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I hadn't planned to buy it, at least not until it was on discount, but I am a weak and foolish person who habitually spends money on poor lifestyle decisions.

So:

Final Fantasy XIII had better get balls-out brilliant sometime in the next 4-6 play hours to justify the reviews and impressions of it I've read.

The first two hours are literally and I am not inventing this: run forward, watch cutscene, press A until everything's dead, repeat. After that it starts adding actual things to do in combat (with laborious tutorials) and left and right turns (thankfully, no tutorials for those).

I should note this was not unexpected. I am not surprised. I am disappointed, but I knew what I was getting into. I'm just warning anyone who hasn't bought it yet and may be thinking that it was just game reviewer hyperbole: it is not.

I have read reviews from people I trust that the combat system eventually becomes an awesome thing, and I will admit, in the following 3 hours, fights got significantly more engaging as more options opened up. We shall see. As FFs go, right now it is not leading any races. Though, and I will give them this, there is the scene where the Squall hauls off and punches Zell in the face. I guess they have different names in this one? The point is, I think everyone who ever played FF8 wanted to do that and at last it has happened.

Seriously, though, whatever story they're telling, the first two hours are borderline unforgivable from a gameplay perspective.

PS: I guess there is a plot and some characters? It seems to be playing with the standard FF tropes a bit, but I'm too much of a pessimist to believe that they're actually going to do any real subversion of them. If the combat system continues to get better, I won't care that much.
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Spoke with the VTI HR person today, looks like I'll be flying out to find somewhere to live after I get back from Japan (so, mid-April-ish), and moving towards the end of April/beginning of May. I have a few apartment complexes in mind to look at. I should probably stop buying stuff at this point.

Getting rid of the TV (have two prospective takers). Probably keeping 90% of the books and getting rid of a some damaged paperbacks. May try to get rid of the Wal-Mart particle-board bookshelves (anyone in Cleveland need some?) and get nicer ones after the move.

Probably should get rid of the table. It's ancient, it's a bit crooked, and it makes ominous noises when anyone leans on it.
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Today's Shadowrun game featured:
  • Cutting the hardline.

  • Bob Marley's "Jammin'".

  • Shooting a dude so hard he flew down an elevator shaft.

  • "Armed people are interesting. Unarmed people are boring. Be boring."

  • Needless taunting of aerial surveillance.

  • The Read or Die theme song.

I love it when a plan comes together.
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