Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas in NYC

So, for something a little different and fun this weekend, we took a day-trip to NYC to get in a little shopping and culture.  It was a great little get-away from the day to day here in Central New York.  My wife and older daughter took the opportunity to hit SoHo and Chelsea Market and get their shop on.

My younger daughter and I took a few hours to see Tutankhamen and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs.  It was actually our second time, since we saw it when it was the Field Museum in Chicago.  It was absolutely awe-inspiring to see the amazing quality and detail of the artifacts even ignoring the gold everywhere.  It just boggles the mind to think that these things were made 3300 years ago.  Just gorgeous.  Walking through the exhibit, one can't help filing away little gaming ideas.  I did the same thing last spring when we went to see the National Geographic's exhibit on the Chinese terra cotta soldiers.  I love museums.

That's about it for now.  Hope everyone's gearing up for a happy holidays!

After the exhibition, we hopped on the subway and went to visit The Compleat Strategist.  I've been to NYC a number of time, but had never gotten down to this gem of a game store. It was just fantastic to see real honest-to-goodness old school gaming materials on the shelf of a real store.  They had multiple copies of the Swords & Wizardry Core Rules, as well as a single copy of Labyrinth Lord and the Advanced Edition Companion.  I didn't pick those up since I have my home-printed copies, but I did grab the last copy of Michael Curtis' Dungeon Alphabet.  It's gotten such great reviews on the web that for $10, I couldn't pass it up. It's on the nightstand now for bed time reading.  Woo Hoo!

Finally, I picked up a copy of Savage Worlds, also for $10.  I've read so much about it and if I had to play a non-D&D game system, SW seems like it could be the one.  Simple and quick to set up and play, elegant, it fits the bill for how I like to roll.  I'll be reading through it and I hope it reads as well as I expect.