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Max’s RPG Setting

Max has been really getting into roleplaying games. So much so, that he’s started coming up with his own worlds. He wanted me to type this up and put it online:

There are two worlds: a fantasy world and a science fiction world. They are at war. They’re fighting about each other’s technology.

Part 1: Science Fiction World Information

The general of the SF world gives every one of his soldiers a mini-teleportation unit that lets them get to the fantasy world. The general of the SF world fights duels with the fantasy general in hyperspace. One wins, another wins, one wins, another wins. They use pickaxes in their duels, because they’re neither SF nor fantasy.

Part 2: Fantasy World Information

The general of the fantasy world gives his trolls and goblins one fairy each for teleporting to the SF world. The troll and goblin weapons are swords, spears, crossbows, bows and arrows. They use tools for weapons. They have very different armor from the SF world. Their armor is leather.

Part 3: SF Combat and Protection

The SF world armor is machinery. Their weapons are guns and laser guns. They have gas masks and spacesuits.

Part 4: Fantasy Creatures

Trolls, goblins, fairies, a little bit of humans, dogs, wolves, animals, griffins, a couple cyclopses.

Part 5: SF Creatures

Mostly aliens and robots plus humans.

Part 6: Fantasy Items

Magical globes, lucky rings, health rings. Potions: poison, strength, sleeping, swiftness, leaping, slowness, healing, fire resistance.

Part 7: SF Items

Medical robots, robot soldiers, spacesuits, flying cars, cigarettes, solo planes, teleportation units, jetpacks.

The Rules

You only play as a soldier, watchman, spy, or idiot.

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The Bayeaux Tapestry

I thought this looked familiar…

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A piece from the Bayeux Tapestry

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Chatting with Max and Alice #2

Flush from their first foray into podcasting, we recorded this one the very next day.

Alice talks a lot about AdventureTime and Regular Show, and what makes those shows so awesome! I tried to change the subject a couple of times, but nothing doing. (Sidenote: Alice hasn’t seen either of these shows for several months now…)

Max geeks out about Starbound, a computer game that he and play from time to time. He also talks some about his own video game ideas. The world is not ready for Coo Coo Clocks and Dynamite Falling from the Skies!

I had a lot of fun with this one, and mostly just tried to get out of their way.

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Chatting with Max and Alice #1

I can’t imagine this will have much interest to anyone who doesn’t already know Max and Alice.

Tonight, Max saw me fiddling around with a podcast app on my phone. I described what a podcast is, and then he wanted to record a podcast and put it online. I am here obliging.

Mostly, we talk about Minecraft. About 10 minutes in, Alice joins in the fun.

If you are easily offended by poop talk, best not to listen.

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A Max Dialogue

Scene: The Car, Norman

From the back seat, Max : I need to tell you something.

Mom: What?

Max: Cars don’t wear clothes.

Mom: That’s right.

Max: If they did wear clothes they couldn’t go over the wheels.

Mom : Yup.

Max: I need to tell you something.

Mom: Yes?

Max: Buses don’t wear clothes. If they did they would be very very long clothes. And where would they shop if they did wear clothes?

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Falling with a banana

Round and round the fountain he goes, barefoot and with a banana in one hand. I, feeding Alice on the grass.

It rained a lot and the puddle was deep and wide.

Round and round he goes, faster and faster.

Max come here, I say. He does. Let me roll up your pants so they don’t get wet, I say. Okay, he says, with a smile on his face.

Til whoosh! Splash! He slips and falls.

The entire back of his pants are wet.

I look over and Alice is pouring the baby food into her lap.

I take off Max’s pants, and round and round he goes.

He does slow down a bit at the puddle.

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A Tail

Max says, “Max doesn’t have a tail like a kitty cat does. Don’t need it.”

Thank goodness we cleared that up!

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Deep thoughts

Me: Max, don’t throw the car. Roll it. If you throw the car you could hurt me.

Max: Don’t throw car. Every people go cry.

Me: …

Me: Yes, Max. You’re right. It could make every people go cry.

(This from someone wearing trousers on his head just an hour earlier.)

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My Son, the Shopper

My son is a thoughtful fellow.

Today, while at the grocery store, he wondered about what I eat for “dinnder” while at work, or even if I eat at all.

What do I do all day?

He wondered if I eat alone or with other people. (I sort of wish I had been there to hear this whole exchange…)

And then he picked out some yogurt for me to eat at work. Pretty much made my day when I heard about it.

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Linguistic fun

The other night while we were reading, Max pointed to a helicopter and said “helicopter”. Then he pointed to a single propeller plane and said “mouth-copter!”

I thought it was pretty wonderful.

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