BTW When I talk about a time waster—it usually means that I can’t believe how much time I’m spending on something creative, like web pages or rpgs.
Sometimes you end up with something to show for it—but the rest of the world hardly appreciates it regardless. How could they? You did it because it was absorbing and fun, not for anyone else. To me, for example, TV is not a time waster, because I either enjoy watching (so there is no waste) or I don’t watch at all (which is normal, I have way too many other things to do that are more fun). So that’s the creative eccentricities of time wasting per my own definition.
Hi and welcome back.
Sorry for those of you who might have dropped by while I wasn’t here—and I do hope to pick up the rhythm I had going before the holidays.
I’ve been captured by a strange fancy—the Sims. For those of you who don’t know about this time waster it seems the people who brought you the excellent Sim City and such have for some time been manufacturing people and neighborhoods.
Now, I’ll admit that I saw these programs in the stores and didn’t think too much about it. Gaming software generally leaves me tepid. But this darn game is a cultural phenom. And you can build castles. You can create families. I’ve spent the last week trying to see if I could get the program to create a “Llewella” person. And did it.
An example of the lengths that some people will go to with Sims is this very nice site. Welcome To Roman Sims—Carpe Simulos! This person has put HOURS of life into this production. It is almost like being storyteller, director, stage construction, and wardrobe person all at once. Other excellent links will be found at The Sims!.
The range of expression goes from historical parallels to SCA and RenFaire sites, to recreation of Fav TV shows, comic book characters, and other homages. I picked up a model of ‘Supercar‘, a show from so long ago only Moses and God know what I’m talking about.
But I warn you— if you love dollhouses, paperdolls, GI Joe doll adventures, or spending time staring at pixels, don’t buy this game.
Got a load of merry merry during the gift giving. I’m a happy guy. Most of all, I give thanks for my friends.
Back to work Monday.
The SF Site Featured Review: The Chronicles of Amber As part of the Masterworks Series—in which the quite civilized idea presents of keeping brilliant fiction in print— and a review. I think this is a European operation. Nothing new to the review here—just the idea of looking for out-of-print goodies.
Palm software exists for putting info about D&D npc’s and characters on a PDA. So is there anybody doing this for Amber? Or better yet—a generic database for holding character ideas or word sketches. That would be cool.
Elfwood: ‘The Seer’ by Victoria S. Griffin is a playful bit of fey otherness.
Might make a nice signature piece to ShadowThriller.