Post Beerkips, Post Lan, Post sleeplessness.

Well it has been a long and sleepless past week.

First I turned 27 as I already posted. I managed to get a Boost for my birthday and all, so kinda special.

Then over the next few days I had issues with getting up late and stuff, eventually staying up from 9:30pm on wednesday night all the way till thursday night when I crashed out totally.

Friday it was when the Beerkips struck. Suffice to say the turnout was larger than expected.

The following attended, in no particular order, and well I probably forgot a few people, but if you let me know I’ll add you in to the listing just because I can edit this thing.

  • Bruno
  • Mr. Vos
  • Lawrence
  • Linda
  • R4N|307|
  • Mang
  • Ithuriel
  • Sando
  • Wolfmother
  • Sparks
  • Luke
  • Chris
  • z_brutalis

As I said, I’ve most likely left some people off the list, don’t get offended, just let me know and I’ll add you in later.

Let’s see, that night a had around 3 vodka and Vs, a sip of peppermint vodka (that stuff is hideously vile, transmission fluid would be better) and of course a Jager Bomb.
Not exactly a heavy night of drinking, but then I don’t usually touch alcohol.

A good night indeed.
Not to mention it was fun watching the normals start to walk in to the bar (270 Russell Street, So Bar, go there) and then walk out when they realised the roleplaying/lanning/channing crowd alongside the metal backing tracks.

There was also fire.

Of course I only got around 3 hours sleep that night as brutalis crashed at my house on the spare bed before wanting to try and get to his fiance’s place by 11… then of course I went to help run my Mage: The Awakening game at the same bar that evening, before heading to the Requiem game before piking out.

I crashed early that night due to a headache and got around 12 hours sleep prior to packing my gear on sunday morning and driving to south gippsland for a lan.

I’m not really sure what the lan was called, other than it was in Leongatha with a bunch of people I haven’t really seen in years, but it was awesome.

I will expand further on things when I need to, but that’s good coverage methinks.

Also R4N is good at spilling drinks over everybody, and Wolfmother is good at not holding his alcohol within himself.

Mage The Metalling pt. 2

This is just a small reminder for people, and to let anyone else who might be interested know.
Basically we’re once again running weekly mini-games at our usual mage venue.
Sparks is now available for them, and well it gives people a chance to get together and hang out as well.

Now surprise surprise, unlike usual, some of the others and I agreed on a bit of a premise for tonight.
Usually the characters end up doing a simple bar crawl looking for trouble, but for a change we have something different.
A set bar, location and host of sorts.

Awhile back there was this wonderful metal club hosted over on Exhibition street on Thursday nights called Ragnarok.
Despite the fact that it’s essentially something else somewhere else in the real-world, I figured this could work quite nicely.
As for a reason why your character might be compelled to visit this location on such a night, think of it as a twist of Fate.

OOC premise is basically we get together, take care of whatever needs to be taken care of, downtime stuff etc.
Kicks off sometime after 6pm (depends really when people get to the venue) at 270 Russell in the CBD.

And unlike usual, the music should be significantly different to your standard bar scene.
I hope you can stand it.

Or just come along anyway, mage player or not, and hang out with good people.

Mage: The Metalling

Well been awhile since last post but I’ll try to put things in perspective in a way you can understand.

The local Mage game now has sessions on Thursday nights where people can take care of stuff once more.
Metalocalypse is Awesome
I am creating a mage inspired by Dethklok to host this Thursday’s session for fun.
The session requires a backdrop of brutal music to provide ambiance and set the mood.
It must be Brutal.

So with those things in mind, I present the following playlist for your critical inspection.
It’s far from confirmed or finish, and if it was just a matter of using my iPod, that’d be easy and not brutal.

See what you think and possibly make some suggestions, though I can’t promise I’ll pay attention or even add them.

    1. Meshuggah – Personae Non Gratae (1:47)
    2. In Flames – Coerced Coexistence (4:14)
    3. Dark Tranquillity – Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive) (4:24)
    4. Opeth – Heir Apparent (8:50)
    5. Dark Tranquillity – Lost To Apathy (4:36)
    6. Children Of Bodom – Northern Comfort (3:50)
    7. Suffocation – souls to deny (5:43)
    8. Opeth – The Grand Conjuration (10:21)
    9. Therion – Morbid Reality (6:04)
    10. Opeth – The Lotus Eater (8:50)
    11. Heaven Shall Burn – The Weapon They Fear (4:38)
    12. Dethklok – Awaken (3:37)
    13. Therion – Time Shall Tell (5:07)
    14. Children Of Bodom – Blooddrunk (4:05)
    15. Meshuggah – Terminal Illusions (3:47)
    16. In Flames – I’m The Highway (3:41)
    17. Dew-scented – Slaughtervain (4:19)
    18. Opeth – Beneath the Mire (7:57)
    19. Therion – Cthulhu
    20. Opeth – The Amen Corner (8:43)
    21. Dethklok – Dethharmonic (4:30)
    22. Dark Tranquillity – The New Build (4:06)
    23. Opeth – Blackwater Park (12:08)
    24. Dethklok – Into the Water (4:20)
    25. Suffocation – Immortally Condemned (6:02)
    26. Dethklok – Thunderhorse (2:45)
    27. Mnemic – dreamstate emergency (5:18)
    28. Opeth – Wreath (11:10)
    29. Dethklok – Fansong (2:52)
    30. Soilwork – Stabbing The Drama (4:31)
    31. Kataklysm – As I Slither (2:56)
    32. In Flames – F(R)Iend (3:27)
    33. Devildriver – Hold Back The Day (4:14)
    34. In Flames – My Sweet Shadow (4:38)
    35. Therion – The Return (5:13)

Watershed… I must have it!

Well I’ve just sat here for near on an hour with my speakers cranked listening to Opeth’s latest offering of sonic delights, Watershed, and I have only one thing to say to sum it up: I will be buying this album.

Now in this day and age of fast internet, huge quotas and excessive CD prices, there isn’t really much of an incentive to shell out for music.

See if the bands actually got much of the money being raked in from physical sales, then maybe I might be interested, but to be honest that’s just not the case.

So like the majority of people I take alternative methods in order to encounter new music, and for awhile it was Pandora, before the record companies complained they weren’t getting enough revenue from international users and blocked it off.

So when I say I will buy an album at the overly inflated prices we have to deal with these days, to put it in perspective it’s a big thing.

These days when I buy a cd, I’m almost certainly going to take it straight home and rip it to FLAC and then stash it away on a shelf or something, as truth be told I do all my listening digitally such as via FOOBAR2k or my iPod (Rockbox FTW). So utilising such a fragile medium like CD isn’t in my best interests.

So whilst I may have obtained this album without going through the appropriate channels, I will be buying a copy this Thursday when my pay goes through.

So about the album itself.
It’s the kind you need to listen to at a decent volume through decent equipment and not some shitty little iPod earbuds. Get yourself some good headphones at the least with a respectable bass response and all that.

Then make sure you have some snacks and drinks on hand, turn off your phone and so on, queue the album up, and then unleash it.

I mean I’m considering it their best release to date.

To put things in perspective, I first heard Damnation, before going back to such things as Blackwater Park.
This influenced my opinion of them.

Ghost Reveries was all very well and good, but I don’t feel it was anywhere near as on the mark.

So if you like Opeth, get your hands on Watershed ASAP and decide for yourself, it is the real stuff of gods.

And a message to you folks at the RIAA and MPAA and other such leeches, whilst CD Single sales may be down (funny, selling a cd with one main track on it plus a bunch of shit remixes and half-arsed b-sides for half the price of an album isn’t worth our time,) compare that to album sales.
Then realise that bands are shifting to alternative distribution methods as most recently demonstrated by Nine Inch Nails on Ghosts.

Jacking up the prices and gouging the artists doesn’t sell CDs.
Placing copy protection on things we’ve paid good money for doesn’t sell CDs.
Such methods have been proven time and again to not work.

I don’t have fuckloads of disposable income, so I have to be a bit more select about what I buy.

Watershed is an example of the quality you should aspire to, people will buy it.

And now I should probably go and wait for the men in suits to come to my door demanding PC.

I believe in quality.