Thursday, 30 December 2010

Is there anyone out there?

Hello world. How have you been these past few days? It's nice to see that you're still around and that you waited for me to return from my vacation at a different place.

For Christmas I got LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 for DS and since December 27th I've done nothing but playing. Yesterday I cleared 100% and came back from my virtual vacation. Coming back meant cleaning up the place. As Love said: One notices when you get hooked on something because then this place turns messy. Quite true :P

Today bid on an adventure. Love and I went to Ikea to get ourselves a new wardrobe and ended up with lots of stuff for the kitchen and two chests of drawers :P I'm becoming a homemaker here. Something I thought I'd end up doing alone the first time, but I like the company. I thought I'd be older than this when I started making a home for two. I've never been happy about kitchenware before xD I like it! So now I've spent the evening building two chests of drawers and it looks good :) I'm proud of it!

I really need to start using my camera...

And now I'll return to my DS and another new game. This one doesn't have me extremely hooked, but it's entertaining. Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes. Since I fell in love with playing Heroes of Might and Magic V on the computer I decided to buy this game as soon as I found it. And it didn't leave me disappointed!

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Up-side-down Christmas

Still at my parents place trying to fix a kind of messed up Christmas. Totally up-side-down. Since Christmas is celebrated at Christmas Eve in Sweden everything was set up and ready yesterday, until we found out that both pairs of grandparents couldn't make it due to the snow. 1m of snow and no snow plough kept them inside their houses and made them unable to come. Fantastic. That kind of ruined the mood, but as to not have this year's Christmas totally ruined by the snow (when we just for once get a white Christmas the weather goes and overdoes it :/) we decided to switch the days.

So yesterday we celebrated Christmas Day. That day is always spent with the whole family playing games together. So yesterday we played the classics Mah Jong and Svea Rike as well as the new addition; Ticket to Ride Europe, all the while eating lots and lots of Christmas sweets. All the presents were saved for today and even the main Christmas dish in my family (which I totally despise, friggin' yearly torture) were saved up for today.  Now my dad and my boyfriend are off together to help Dad's mom get out of her house and Mom's parents have hired a snow plough so hopefully they will all be here in a few hours. And then there will be Christmas. Finally.e.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Call of Cthulhu RPG #2

Sorry for the total lack of blogging lately. I'll try to change that  for now :P

A week ago Love lead his second Call of Cthulhu RPG. The first was on Halloween and it was a great success. But at the second he failed a little at the sensations. However, still being a horror RPG I was sitting at the edge of my seat in the end, and it was thrilling and cosy all at the same time - just the way a good horror story is supposed to be.

The story of this RPG picked up where the last one ended, although only the priest (I) and the occult professor were kept as characters. All the others had made new ones. The story starts with the priest and the professor examining the journals found in the last house.

Then the new story kicks off and we are in a hospital room with an old dying man called Rupert Merryweather. He asks everyone  (even his stupid son) to leave the room and then tells us his story. When he was a youth he was part of a Brotherhood that experimented with the occult. He tells us how the last experiment goes terribly wrong and they conjure something that only wants to kill. The creature is bound to the house, but will be let free when all the conjurers are dead and Merryweather is the last one still alive. We are given a box and then asked to leave. When we leave the room everyone is introduced. It's ofc the priest and the occult professor from before, two private detectives; Nunez and Cover, a librarian called Fog and a psychologist.

We all gather at the professor's office, which is really small and we can't really fit all of us in there. In the box we were given there's a small black nothebook and a small golden box shaped as a sarcophagus with hieroglyphs on it. The notebooks is a list of all members of the Brotherhood and journals from the meetings of the Brotherhood. Cover opens the sarcophagus, but it's empty. The psychologist tells us that the signs inside of the sarcophagus are said to originate from a vanished continent called Mu. The notebook tells us that the Brotherhood bought a house outside Ross's Corner to perform their experiments in peace. The leader carved protective runes all around the doors and windows of the house. It says that in 1882 (this is 1920) the leader bought the golden sarcophagus and inside it was a big amber with some kind of creature trapped inside. The perform the experiment to conjure the creature and it's described in the notebook as a great black hole with lots of claws and mouths. One member instantly got mad and one instantly got killed. The others fled the site and the mad one was placed at an institution. There are years written next to the members' names; which turns out to be the years they died. There's only one member left with no number and that's Merryweather who also seems to be the one who's been writing in the notebook. In that moment we get a phone call saying that Merryweather just passed away. A book is mentioned in the notebook but nothing more.

The priest, Fog and the occult professor heads out to the library and to the library's occult division. The professor remembers that she has heard of that book before and knows that she will need the key to a locked room to get it. The chief of the library has it and while the professor tries to persuade the chief to give her the key, Fog and the priest try to force their way into the room by picking the lock. They get the door open and the alarm sounds. Both of them manage to hide themselves, but no book and they return to the office. At the office the professor examines the sarcophagus and Fog tries to translate the hieroglyphs, which proves impossible. The three others, who have been out doing research on their own, shows up later and tells us that the powder used to make the pentagram needed to perform the ritual to conjure the creature vaporates when it leaves the house. The priest remembers that it has been mentioned in the journals from the other house and that it's called Powder of Ibn-ghazn. It's used to conjure or dispel creatures in rituals. They have found out the cause of death for all of the members except two and the priest calls all the communities in the city asking for the cause of death of those two members. One of them died of a falling piano and the other of natural causes.

We meet up again on the morning the day after av leave for the house. In Ross's Corner we stop to ask about the house. The children think it's an exciting haunted house and there have been children dared to go there. No one seems to remember anyone coming to visit the house. We find out that a middle-aged woman has disappeard during the night. The house is situated on a hill and it's only one floor, but seems to have an attic. The professor, the priest and Cover recognises the protective runes, and after examining the house on the outside and the grounds we enter through the back door, which happens to be open.

We see one staircase leading up and one leading down, a fireplace, open cans and a blanket. Someone has spent the night there. The professor and Cover hear something from the basement and Cover starts heading downstairs with the only torch available. The professor stays upstairs to guard the door and the rest of us follows Cover downstairs. When we have almost arrived down a bum tries to hit Cover with a table-leg. We all try to hit him but all of us miss and the bum manages to hit some of us. Finally Nunez hits the bum and he falls down unconscious. Cover puts first aid on him and he wakes up. His name is Jake and he keeps talking about some darkness that wants to kill him. We bind him and enters the next room where we find a cigar box full of Powder of Ibn-ghazn. We also find 10 papers turned slightly yellow. 6 of them are copies of a chant. 3 seems to come from the book we couldn't get a hold of and the 10th paper show the symbol. It's not the same handwriting as in the notebook.

Nunez hears something from the attic and while Cover, the priest, Fog and the professor stays in the room to prepare the ritual, Nunez and the psychologist leaves to examine the attic. We hear screams and rushes out into the hallway just in time to see Nunez's body getting dragged up to the attic. Then we hear sounds as of eating. The psychologist falls down the stairs and can't stop laughing. He stops when Cover hits him in the face. We all leave for the room with the ritual and lock the door. When the sounds of eating stop Cover opens the door a little and sticks out his head to take a look. Then he quickly pulls back and we see claws where his head would have been. We close and barricade the door with furniture and explosives and then we wait for midnight to perform the ritual.

The story fast-forwards to midnight. The priest, the professor and Fog are chanting. The other two keep a look-out. The first 20 minutes go by without trouble and then we hear something move upstairs. After 10 minutes it becomes more violent and the house starts to sway. The the creature starts screaming and the walls starts leaking some weird fluid. Then everything suddenly becomes very quiet. We hear someone pounding on the door and a voice says that it's Nunez and he wants to come in. We don't open the door. We see Nunez pounding the windows but it's not the real Nunez. He has a hole where his heart should be. We continue chanting. There's goo coming out of the walls. Everyone steps away from the goo. The Nunez-zombie can't get inside. The ritual continues and the psychologist falls down shaking. A female zombie shows up next to Nunez. Fog starts running towards the door and Cover beat her down. When there's only five minutes to go the creature appear in the middle of the symbol on the floor. It can't move outside the symbol. Finally it disappears but we continue chanting for 10 more minutes. There is no trace of the creature. We put the powder in the sarcophagus. Cover opens the door. We run to the cars. And there's a dead Jake in Nunez's car. We drive back to Boston in the other car and walk to the closest police station. On the way Cover leaves his explosives, the psychologist and Fog at his place. The police station is closed and no one is there. We go back to Cover's flat and the professor calls the police who won't listen. We all fall asleep and the psychologist calms down.

The next morning the professor discovers that the sarcophagus has vanished. Merryweather's son comes knocking with a lawyer and asks for the box his father gave us. Cover slams the door in his face. Half an hour later the police knocks on the door. The police take us all down to the station where the professor leaves with the son to give him the box (empty). The others convince the police of their story that they had nothing to do with the dead bodies at the house (because the police have already been there) and that we had left the place when Nunez was dragged up to the attic.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

X-masy weekend

Love and I spent four days at my parents place. Originally we were only supposed to be there for three days, but dad called on Thursday asking if we wanted to come over on Friday and have a fancy dinner with them :) Ofc we wanted to.

On Saturday the X-mas stuff started. Love, I and my little sister made ginger bread and Xmas sweets together, all the while listening to Xmas songs :) The day ended with Love and I driving to Staffanstorp for the first RPG since October ^_^ The journey homewards later was both fun and interesting, I'm not very used to driving in blizzards yet :P But except for that small skid at the end everything went perfectly :)

On Sunday the baking continued with the whole family + Love making saffron buns, almond cakes, crullers, toffee and rosettes. All along with the same old Xmas songs. In the evening we (minus little sister) taught Love how to play Mah Jong since we do that every year on Christmas Day.

Monday was Lucia. Finally. On this day my family always gets up just before 7 am to watch the Lucia prossesion on TV while having hot chocolate and breakfast. After that we either go back to sleep for an hour or two or get ready to go to work or school. This day both Love and I had the day off and thus we went to Malmö to finish our Xmas shopping. So now we're all set except for three more gifts :)

And now I should stop blogging and study for my final exam in Spanish tomorrow.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Gaming

I'm back after a ridiculously nerdy weekend. It all started on Friday when I asked to be taught to play Heroes of Might and Magic 5, because I had seen Will and Love play it and thought it seemed fun. So they taught me and now I can't stop. I wanna keep playing all the time because it's so funny xD

So when it turned out we neither had work nor RPG on Saturday we went back from my parents house to our flat and on the way we met up with Will and had lunch at the best hamburger restaurant in town (you all know which one). When we got back to the flat they called up Lars, another friend, and later he showed up. I suggested we could start playing Heroes together and they all agreed. So we started up a mission and while waiting for it to be their turn at the game the guys played Borderlands on the PS3 and I played Fruit Ninja on Love's iPhone (another game I can't get enough of). That way the whole Saturday and the whole Sunday continued.

When Will and Lars left on Sunday evening Love helped me install Windows 7 on my laptop (finally!) and while the computer installed it we watched some more episodes of Grey's Anatomy :P

Today, on the other hand, has been a busy study day. I just finished a rather big assignment in Spanish, due today and in a two hours I'll hand it in. Love is still not back from school and I'm getting rather bored... Maybe... Play some Heroes...?