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Monday, March 1, 2010

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In between writing e-mails to the Kelzsyn's Bluff & Environs project team members, re-writing the Players' Manual, reading your blogs, and having a life away from the computer, I have completed everything but the equipping and 'hook' for the ten pre-generated characters for the product.
--A few of the characters are pretty far afield for the Riverland Peninsula, but that'll be part of the fun for me in writing their hooks. I take it that if the dice gave me those characters, those are the ones I was supposed to have, and it'll all work out in the end. :)

My girlfriend has exposed me to a few (non-RPG) games lately, and I've really taken to the very laid-back Aquarius card game, but sadly, the game is apparently no longer in production. :( --Guillotine, too, is fun, but a bit too fiddly for my tastes in an non-RP game. Red Dragon Inn is still in deliberation, as it was only the two of us playing, and I definitely got the feeling it would show its 'worth' in a multi-player session, so I'll give that a try before giving it a rating.

Off to watch the Coen Bros. A Serious Man.

See you on the flip-side.


  1. A Serious Man was pretty amazing.

    The Coen Brothers quest for Meaning has never been so straightforwardly wrought in their films as in this one, and I would say it rivals works of Boorman, Kubrick and Polanski, but infinitely more subtle in its genius.

    I'd say more, but I think I need to see it again before being able to properly articulate the elements I find particularly wonderful.
    --In short, it was a cinematic spiritual experience.

  2. What did you make of the prologue? Do you think it had any connection to the events of the rest of the film?

  3. @GB: I watched the Pro twice, as I was so taken with it.
    --I see the film as a role-reversal of the prologue, with the invading lover as the dyybuk. Even the cart-accident in the prologue has a strange parallel in the film. Apparently the Yiddish song is referencing 'the wheels are turning', as heard by my mother.

    The reduction to: 'It doesn't have to make sense.' 'HaShem owes us no explanation.' 'He's the boss.' is difficult to use as a selling point (especially to Gentiles), but I would paint in a broad brush stroke and say that that is a defining aspect of the faith.
    --It is expected, perhaps even necessary/encouraged of the Jew to argue with HaShem, because that very process is the one in which one grows.

    I am still so struck by 'the Goy's Teeth' sequence. I'm wet-eyed by the brilliance of it, still.

    I'd say that there is a lot of Job in the film, as well, especially the ending.

    In short, I'd say that it was very much in resonance with my own experience(s) and subsequent belief, as witnessed in my Eleventh Hour of the Soul novella.

    'could go on and on about it. :D

    Thanks for commenting, and are you a re-subscriber? I've seen your name around a lot lately, if not here before. :D

    Best to you,

  4. Just subscribed! I've been lurking around your blog for a while though, anxious to get my hands on a final version of URUTSK.

    Thanks for your insights on the film. I'm pretty fascinated by it, especially the opening sequence. When I watched it the first time, I kept waiting for the dyybuk to retaliate. There's definitely that tension there, which made me wonder if the 'wrath' of the dyybuk played out in the rest of the film as a sort of curse.

    (Incidentally, my mom's husband's nephew [whew!] Bac Delorme was an assistant producer on this one.)

  5. GB: I am flattered that you've been lurking in wait to pounce upon UWoM. :D
    --The re-write promises to be at once more streamlined and unified, as well as far more immersive in regards to the setting; the system being re-built around the world.

    'Blessed be the L-rd. Good riddance to evil.'
    --While I think there is room for the characters to be directly related, I think they are more thematically related.

    Wow, that is an interesting chain of relation (no doubt Kevin Bacon has been in a film Bac has worked on. ;) )
    --Cool. Thanks for that extra bit of connection.