Monday, February 21, 2011

Natural Twenties

So I've delved into the world of Dungeons & Dragons and I'm already very superstitious about my Dice.
I know, I know. "Explain".

So since I've moved here, I've made some friend at the local Comic Bookstore in Lindenhurst Village. It started when I went a couple weeks back on a Friday, magic night.
I picked up Magic the Gathering in one night and Jay taught me the basics, gave me a slew of cards. I also bought a start deck to get some lands (Plains). So I'm working out my white deck, which I'm aiming for pro-black/rebel.
I'm pretty proud of myself, I'm a fast learner. I've collected a slew of cards that people have just thrown at me and this previous friday I won a few games in the tournament. I think.... Hank kept track of all that.
My first friday I also played a guy named John. John recruited me for D&D on Sunday afternoons. So that Sunday I showed up to create my character for the new campaign. He gave me some dice as well, but they were cursed. I rolled Amanda's instead, they were elven. She's an elf ranger, I'm a half-elf druid. More on that later.
Anyway, the campaign started on that day and the second sunday was yesterday. Essentially we started with a group of six (including John who's the Dungeon Master) and one bailed yesterday, but a ninth grader joined the game. She'll likely take the roll of a sorcerer or arcana type. I dunno. Anyway, the group consisted currently of....
Jay (that guy from magic who named me as his apprentice. He's creating a monster), who is the Dwarf by the name of Geroin. His roll is strategic command. He is the son of Brahn, fully armored and a force to be messed with. He's the tank and a powerful one at that. He took the very blow of a giant golem.
His wife Amanda is an elven ranger named Ellarinda. Raised by humans, but lived among the elves with a druid master Adorali. She rained hell upon the enemies with her archery. Imagine if you will, when we were in a war, a cloud of arrows casting a shadow upon our enemy, as Jay so quaintly described it.
Then there is me, the half-elf druid reformed, I'm allowed to pray at bushes and worship fraser adies. My name is Alfons. I'm a selfish type who cares only about what and who matter to him. My friend Ellarinda brought to me this contract. I also rain hell with my natural magic. Background note, I was trained by Adorali.
Katrina, our ninth grader, was there yesterday using one of Sean's canned characters. A sorcerer. She hasn't established a character yet, but she seemed good. Also she's good luck. I had her blow on my dice I got a great hand.
Sean is... well, I'm not sure what exactly he is. He's human and he's strong and magical as well...... Funny in person.
Talon doesn't matter.
Anyway, John createda fun campaign where the members of our party (Sean, Talon, Geroin, Ella, Katrina) were all asked by some Lord to be his army for hire. Ella, knowing Alfons, brought me to it as well.

Anyway, I also got some great comic books yesterday in a grab bag for a few quarters from like the nineties. Love this stuff. Also got a set of matching dice from Amanda. They are green and sparkly. I also went ahead got an extra matching D10 (ten sided die). I call them elven dice. I also got a wood looking D20 and a pair of wood looking gold D10s which I'm referring to as my druid dice.
Don't worry, I'm not obsessed. I'm just filling you in since this blog post is called Natural Twenties.

In other news, I finally got a beautiful square bookshelf with three large cubbies for different sections. I got all my Manga out and packed it it and I filled a sci-fi novel section, fantasy novel section, old journals, school books mixed in with manuals and my manga on the top shelves. I also got to unpack my old Shonen Jump collection from when it was good. Back in 2004-2006. That was what got me hooked on Manga and it's been packed in boxes for two years, untouched.So I stuck it on top of the unit is filing containers. Looks good, even has my american comic books in with them. I'll stick a picture in here. somewhere.
Anyway, I'm excited about getting them and read them again.
So today is monday which means slow day. I'm just kicking back, reading, talk to friends and listening to music.
I've been in an indie mood again recently. Listening to a lot of Brie Stoner, David Vandervelde and The War On Drugs.
I recently discovered The War On Drugs while hanging out of the Secretly Canadian website, because I was checking out Vandervelde's newest single, "Checkin' Out My Baby" which is really different from his almost bluegrass influenced psychedelic 60s sound. The and EP still sounds great! Just more rock than before. And the other some from "Summer Time Hits" (the EP) called "Learn How to Hang" is very much his style. Very nice.
Anyway, War On Drugs is very good. Kind of reminded me of really really old folk country from it's origins in some songs, which was a nice contrast to there very indie sound which is mellow but kind of uplifting. I got the album Future Weather which includes some unique instrumental and some great mellow work. Surreal would be how describe it. Check them out.
I also found out about a great indie music station on the radio. It's the third radio HD channel on 90.7 WFUV in the city. it's called The Alternate Side and it play all sorts of eclectic and indie music across the New York area and beyond. Though I can't pick it up on the radio, they stream the broadcast online so I have the stream in my radio playlist on iTunes so I listen to that a lot. It's all music and so far no commercials... I think. I also like to listen to the AM station 1100 when in the car. Lot's of older music from like the Sinatra era. It's awesome.

Well, thank you for reading and sorry for the longer post than normal.

May God bless and peace be with you,
Brent Matthew Lillard

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