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Last night in a dream I was playing an interesting (possibly) RPG. Again it was one of these modern-style restrictive one-off systems, designed solely for whodunnits, for a GM and one or two players. The general idea was that the players (who are detectives along the lines of Poirot etc) advance through various predefined scenes and encounters, gathering information and impressions, and then at the end they are given a multiple-choice sheet in which they have to tick the box of the NPC who they think was the culprit.

In the dream it was quite fun, although I dare say in real life it would be quite hard for the GM to generate scenarios. But that is true of any 'solving mystery' type of game, and at least this one, because of the restrictions on what the PCs can do, you know that you don't have to cover too much ground outside of the main plot.

But really first I should do a proper test of the Haunted House game, as my migraine rather knackered the first one.
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Last night in a dream I was playing an interesting (possibly) RPG. Again it was one of these modern-style restrictive one-off systems, designed solely for whodunnits, for a GM and one or two players. The general idea was that the players (who are detectives along the lines of Poirot etc) advance through various predefined scenes and encounters, gathering information and impressions, and then at the end they are given a multiple-choice sheet in which they have to tick the box of the NPC who they think was the culprit.

In the dream it was quite fun, although I dare say in real life it would be quite hard for the GM to generate scenarios. But that is true of any 'solving mystery' type of game, and at least this one, because of the restrictions on what the PCs can do, you know that you don't have to cover too much ground outside of the main plot.

But really first I should do a proper test of the Haunted House game, as my migraine rather knackered the first one.
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In my dream last night I was preparing to go to a party with a Pale Fire theme. I was uncomfortably aware of not having read the book for years, and not being up to speed on the busy world of its exegesis and explication. Also, I had no idea of what to wear as costume. My tentative plan was going to be to ask the other, more knowledgeable, guests "Are you a Shadeite or a non-Shadeite?"; and then nod in the right places, smile politely and sip my drink as they expounded their personal theories.

This is possibly the most culturally highbrow dream I've ever had – I am quite impressed with my unconscious (although I think the term for one who believes John Shade also wrote the Charles Kinbote material is actually "Shadean" rather than "Shadeite").

If you haven't read Pale Fire, by the way, you really must: it's brilliant, and also very funny. At least, I think so: but what do you think? 1 = bad, 10 = good.

[Poll #1664071]

And I should reread it, as that bit of the dream at least was true.
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In my dream last night I was preparing to go to a party with a Pale Fire theme. I was uncomfortably aware of not having read the book for years, and not being up to speed on the busy world of its exegesis and explication. Also, I had no idea of what to wear as costume. My tentative plan was going to be to ask the other, more knowledgeable, guests "Are you a Shadeite or a non-Shadeite?"; and then nod in the right places, smile politely and sip my drink as they expounded their personal theories.

This is possibly the most culturally highbrow dream I've ever had – I am quite impressed with my unconscious (although I think the term for one who believes John Shade also wrote the Charles Kinbote material is actually "Shadean" rather than "Shadeite").

If you haven't read Pale Fire, by the way, you really must: it's brilliant, and also very funny. At least, I think so: but what do you think? 1 = bad, 10 = good.

[Poll #1664071]

And I should reread it, as that bit of the dream at least was true.
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(I can't draw, so you'll have to imagine this in the style of Slow Wave.)


I am a corporate predator. I've invited my latest victim to dinner to seal the deal.


Afterwards, he's chatting about his hobby of making cider.
"You certainly know a lot about apples!" my wife says, impressed.


I interrupt "Yeah, that's why he's just had to sell his company to me for half what it's worth!"


I expect him to angrily throw his glass of wine over me, but instead he just seems sad.

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