Today, I used this guy’s instructions to make a wet palette. I’m kind of a sucker for painting “tricks.” (I use Magic Wash made from floor cleaner; I dip with MinWax, etc.) So the idea of using a wet palette and keeping my paint more liquid while I was painting seemed like a fun, new trick. But, oh, it’s so much more than a trick. Before using the wet palette, I thought its main advantage might be helping to keep the color I was painting flowing. But once I started painting with it, I realized its bigger advantage: it keeps all of my other paints nice and liquid. That means when I accidentally paint a little bit of silver on top of my dude’s skin, I can just get a little bit of that flesh color and paint over my mistake. No more remembering which color I was using; no more re-shaking paint bottles and re-mixing paint and flow enhancer. That stuff I used 30 minutes ago? It’s still nice and fresh. I painted a whole mouse (for Mice & Mystics) without having to re-open a paint container! (Well, that’s not entirely true; I still have some left-over GW paints that I refuse to pour out of their stupid, little pots, and I had to re-open them when I needed just a bit more bronze.) In any case, this simple trick made my painting a lot more fun today.
On the gaming front, things have been mostly routine for the Manglers. We continue to play Pendragon, and we will be resuming FFG’s Warhammer next month.
Last night, we were without two Manglers, so I dragged out some card games from my college days and inflicted them upon Billy and Paul. We played a couple of games of Guillotine and three games of Chez Geek (although this link goes to some new, fancy version of the game–I have the old one, with the typos and mismatched colors, and job-back errors, and such).
Guillotine is a pretty straight-forward game that was made by WotC back in the late ’90s. You have a hand of action cards, and each turn you play one, and then drop the blade on the first noble in line. You collect the noble for points, and the winner is the person with the most valuable noble heads. A good game to play with Les Miserables coming out on DVD soon. The action cards let you shift who is in the front of the line, make some types of nobles worth more points, etc. It’s a beer-and-pretzels game that’s pretty light on strategy, but fills time nicely. I love the artwork on the cards, and it’s just fun having to decide whether you want to off the annoying priest or the piss boy.
Chez Geek is another light, filler game. (The art in this one is also cool, being done by executive geek in charge of art John Kovalic). In this game, each player is a slacker living in one room of a shared apartment. Your goal is to do the least with your life, whiling away your time with booze, nookie and . . . cats. Everyone gets a “job” which dictates how much free time you have, how much you can buy each turn, and just how slack you have to be (points) to win the game. Each turn, you play cards from your hand to call your friends over to hang out, to inflict obnoxious people on your roommates, to buy stuff, and to partake in inane activities (stupid TV shows, blowing bubbles, attending sci-fi cons, etc.). Whoever reaches their slack goal first, wins. Like Guillotine, the game is quite luck dependent. If you have a job with a lot of income and a starting hand filled with things to buy, you’re in good shape. If you have a job that doesn’t give you much free time and a hand full of activities, you probably aren’t going to win. But the fun thing about Chez Geek isn’t the gameplay as much as it is the story that you weave. By the end of each session, you’ve really determined a lot about your fictional roomies. In a way, I could see this game being the prelude to a crazy, college-based game of Fiasco:
“Ok, so at the end of the card game, Billy was a booze-loving drummer with cat allergies. Paul was a straight-edge teaching assistant with a fondness for pets. And I was a down-on-his luck web designer with no money and a friend who kept drinking my booze and eating my food. You wake up one morning, and (Fiasco set-up) the cops are at the door and there’s a dead body in the shower. Go!”
Hmm…. wonder if the Manglers are up for Fiasco again….