Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Tag: Oasis Games SLC

Splurge Purchase!

Dice! In a Tray!

Dice! In a Tray! A splurge purchase.

It’s still dark out, so I say I can still say I’m making this post on the 1st, even though it’s written and posted on the 2nd. LOL

After rising at 09:50, I spent some time online chatting with long-distance friends. At around 13:30 or so, I decided to head out to Oasis, and asked Daz if he wanted to join me, JJ, and Cayden for MTG at Oasis, and he said he’d like to. We took our time getting there, and when we arrived, he offered to get me some KFC via Door Dash. As we waited for our food to arrive, Cayden showed up, and we sat chatting for the next while as they ate a sandwich from the shop. Eventually, we moved ourselves to one of the private rooms in the back of the store, and JJ joined us shortly thereafter. The food arrived after that, and Daz and I ate while we chatted.

We played one round of MTG. About midway through the round, JJ abruptly packed up and left, stunning all three of us. Cayden and Daz thought they’d been doing something wrong—they were advising him on how to play—and I thought maybe JJ didn’t like Daz for giving him advice. Neither of us had a chance to chat with him though, and my phone wouldn’t send or receive texts for some reason, so I couldn’t get anything through. After that, we finished up our round, and Daz helped Cayden resleeve their deck, because the penny sleeves on their cards were rather beaten. While they did that, I finished double-sleeving one of my decks.

We packed the MTG stuff up at around 17:30 and somehow Cayden and Daz had come around to an agreement that Cayden would join the Pathfinder game he runs. So, as the other gamers—Phil, Dave, Dan, and Kit—arrived for that, Daz and Cayden created their character. The rest of us chatted, and I did a little shopping. We finally got going in the game at around 19:30 or so, I think. I’m not sure. Didn’t check the time. Since Cayden’s character wasn’t with us at the moment, we had them keep “score”—adding the hit points we took out of the centipedes our characters were fighting. We had our initiative up on the whiteboard the room we were in happened to have, and after we finished the session, Daz, Kit, and I added fates to a few of our characters just to amuse ourselves and possibly the next people to see the board.

I walked home with Daz. On the way, he mentioned having to sew some of his trousers, so I offered the use of my sewing kit. He stopped by on our way in to get it from me, and I checked to make sure it had hand-stitching needles and suggested we hang out for a bit. So he took all his Pathfinder GM stuff down to his place with my sewing kit and came back up. We chatted for a while, and he ended up staying past midnight, playing some Mexican Train dominoes and a round of MTG Commander. Over the course of that MTG game, I learned he’s pretty much an expert with the rules.

Daz left around 03:30 and I got online because my mind was too active for sleep and I needed to eat before I could take my night meds anyway. When I got to MeWe, I discovered JJ had left a message there apologizing for leaving so abruptly. Essentially, he had a massive brain fart and his reaction was just to leave the situation. I told him Daz is an expert in the rules, relieved none of the rest of us had upset JJ. After that, I got into a chat with Kit until he went to bed at about 04:30.

I did finally manage to eat, and I took my night meds, but I’m apparently not sleeping at all tonight.

First Session as DM!

D&D shtuff

D&D shtuff.

Well, today was pretty good. I actually woke up sometime after 03:00, but I stayed in bed until I think 05:00 or so. Actually did doze off a few times, and finally got out of bed feeling well-rested.

Spent the morning doing D&D prep. Cut the last floor plan I drew from the roll of paper it was attached to. I also did some spell cards, typing some up for one of my players and finishing up those for my primary NPC. Went over the encounter notes to make sure I had everything I needed for this session. Loaded everything into my backpack and a reusable store bag. Wanted to eat lunch at home, but stomach was too iffy, so I decided to go to Oasis and eat there to see if the walk would help. When I got there, I bought a soda for myself and a muffin for dessert, and actually succeeded in getting everything into my belly despite the continued (though milder) nervous upset.

When I realized the one open room wasn’t being used, I went to go pay my rental on the space and then went in early and set up. Yeah, I was a good hour or so early, but I used that time well. When Greg showed up at 13:15, I was still setting things up. I gave him the set of dice I’d told him I’d give him—I mean, I’ve got five other sets, and that’s not including the app on my Fire tablet for dice rolling, what do I need another set for? LOL

Trish arrived next, and she set up her stuff. Shortly after, the rest arrived—Dan, Dave, and Phil. Once everyone was situated, I took them through the intro process where they met Unara and were offered the job and all. After that, getting them to the dungeon was a simple matter of having them all take a walk outside of town.

Now I’ll be honest here. I kind of led them around the first part of the dungeon. And there are two reasons for that. First, I wanted to make sure I could actually handle being DM. Second, I only had the first third or so of the dungeon finished—encounter notes, loot notes, challenge ratings, and floor plans, all of it. And that was because I dawdled on the work and didn’t get even as much as I managed to finish before this past week. So that’s all on me. I’m owning it.

So now I have a number of things to finish this week for next Saturday’s D&D session: I need to finish up the encounter notes; I need to do challenge rating stuff for the remainder of the dungeon; I need to draw about five or six floor plans of various sizes; and I need to finish up my loot notes. There’s not a lot of loot, but what there is needs to be figured out before my players encounter it all. One of the things I decided a month or two ago when I started outlining the loot was that the place had been pretty much cleaned out by invading forces, so there wouldn’t be much loot aside from what they got off of living creatures who’d brought it in. So, with that in mind, I decided that the Sisters of Sefele are paying each member of the team a (probably more than) reasonable fee to go in and do this job, since none of the Sisters are able to—they’re all healing-centered mages and clerics.

I cut off the 3 hour session a little early because I didn’t think we’d get very much further in the last 15 mins, and I wanted to make sure we cleared out before any other people who may have rented the room wouldn’t be breathing down our necks as we packed up. Either way, it took that time for us (me) to pack up and we all left Oasis at the same time.

And that is all I’ve done today, aside from making tea to sip and calling my mom for a chat and chatting with my friend Anita on the phone.

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