21 April 2010: Byron's visit — food, games, and fun

Stargate SG1

Friends, I hope that you had a good weekend. Byron V.O., a former member of the Boston-area social/role-playing groups, visited from St. Louis this past weekend. He arrived on Friday, 16 April 2010, and Thomas K.Y. met us for a late dinner at Bertucci's in Needham, Massachusetts.

Our conversations throughout the weekend focused on work and travel, family and
relationships, history and politics, and of course, genre entertainment and gaming. The next day, Byron and I went to the Museum of Fine Arts for the "Secrets of Tomb 10A" exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts, which Janice and I had first seen a month ago. We grabbed lunch at Qdoba before catching a commuter rail train back in time for a Pathfinder"Holy Steel" teleconferencing session.

Beruk A. and Thomas joined us for burgers at Wild Willy's, and Dexter V.H. in Brooklyn and Robert A.S. in North Carolina called in at various points in the evening. Their Player Characters reunited in the city of Hesolin in my "Vanished Lands" fantasy campaign setting. The heroes compared notes after their mission to the distant empire of Khemet (New Kingdom Egypt) and began considering strategy for the ongoing war against the dreaded ghost fleet.

We also talked about starting a new adventuring party that would have ties to previous teams, such as the "Dragonslayers" and "Holy Steel." Fellow Game Master Brian W. stopped by to chat with Byron, a former cohort in the "Seekers of Lore" and "Broken Chains." The face-to-face group has been playing one-shots and miniseries in a variety of genres and rules systems since we wrapped up a Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition game, and I'm preparing to run my "Vortex" space opera, but our schedule will be disrupted in the coming months because of travel.

After a few hours' sleep, Byron and I drove out to the Minado sushi buffet in Natick, Mass., for brunch with Thomas and Paul J. While we were disappointed that half of our gang didn't show up, we had a good meal. Thomas went to screen superhero satire Kick-Ass, while Byron and I saw the remake of Clash of the Titans at the AMC Framingham multiplex.

The sword-and-sandals fantasy movie was fairly entertaining, if not particularly
faithful to Greek mythology
or even its predecessor. The computer-generated
monsters
paid homage to Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion masterpieces, and the
humor and action were well-balanced. I'd give Clash of the Titans, which was rated PG-13 for violence, three stars, a solid B, or a 7 out of 10.

Paul and Thomas came for Janice's soup and homemade rolls at dinner, and we resumed our "Holy Steel" logistics discussion on Sunday night. Dexter wasn't able
to log in, but Beruk did. I was disappointed that more of the local group didn't attend, but it worked out fine. The next day, I drove Byron to Logan Airport after lunch at Acapulco's Mexican restaurant. Speaking of food (again), I enjoyed lunch today with some co-workers at Bison County on Waltham's Moody Street.

Coming soon: Catching up on SFTV and the crowded calendar!

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