February 27th, 2005

Bishoujo squad!

Utrecht

We've been to Utrecht twice in as many saturdays. Last week, we went to Utrecht to meet up with Onno. I had seen him semi-regularly during the D&D-campaigns, but klik hadn't seen him for quite some time now. Also, he turned out to have a girlfriend -- I have known him since '91 when we both started Computer Science in Nijmegen, and he had never had a partner. Naturally, we were very curious...
His girlfriend turned out to be a very friendly and charming woman -- of course, we hadn't expected any different from Onno! We spent a very enjoyable day in Utrecht, and we had tapas for dinner at the Nachtrestaurant. The food was certainly delicious, but the service was somewhat lacking towards the end of our dinner -- the staff, that seemed to consist mainly of students, seemed ill-equipment to handle the rush of a full house. We did see the lounge corner, and we decided that that is what we want on the attic!

Yesterday, we went to see xaviar_nl and gertvr (babarage was there too) to hang out -- in Utrecht. We played two games, both of which were OK but not really my thing. Later on the evening, we went to Oudaen for a theatre-sport contest. xaviar_nl's club Badmutz played against Bruin Tapijt. We sat on the balcony (after almost being too late because we missed the bus). I had never been at a theatre-sport contest before, but it was lots of fun. It was a pity xaviar_nl didn't get to play, but I'm sure we'll see him in action before long. I hadn't expected to have as much fun as I did -- there was some really good stuff in there.
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King of the world!

That Amber thing

Today, we had another session in Astrid's Amber Campaign -- the first in a long, long time. Due to various circumstances, we couldn't get all the players in one room for a whole afternoon. Normally this wouldn't have been such a big issue, but we were beginning with the climax of the current story arc. So it was important that everyone was present!
Lots of stuff happened -- but it seems that Arin (my character) is going to be wedded with Elvira, the crown princess of Sargante. They had been close for quite some time (Arin was in Sargante with Martin during the civil war), and Alixa, her mother, had made herself impossible by hiring the Moon Riders of Genesh to exert her influence across the borders...

The situation was defused, but not after some serious legwork. It was actually pretty exciting: it wasn't at all clear that we would be able to 'rescue' princess Elvira before the Count of Valaxa could forcefully marry her to his good-for-nothing son. Taron and Philip took them to the castle with under the pretense of negotiations -- only to throw him in jail on charges of treason. That'll teach him, the scheming bastard!

Elvira had been injected with a Chaosian sleep poison. Nikolai pulled some strings, but Caine's men couldn't produce a precise antidote. They did have a generic antidote that 'sort of' worked, but could produce some irregular heart rythms. I asked Nikolai to talk to Helga, and she produced a syringe with a precise antidote. However, she specified that this was a single dose -- and that all of it should be used. Which means we couldn't analyse it -- that produced a risk. We trusted Helga until now, so why change plans now? But it does mean that I now owe her a favour... This could come back to bite me in the ass later on...

At least the situation is now defused. Alixa will retire, Elvira will become queen, I will marry her and become her 'consort', and Corduna will ally itself with us, against Talavar. I'm quite pleased with how it all worked out!
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