April 1st, 2008

grumpy carebear

Henry! Fight-o!

I think I've just about decided to go and fight the ticket, pleading not guilty and going to court over the whole parking mess. Why the hell not? I mean, it's not as if my time is valuable and all the pain, discomfort, and irritation I experience will no doubt just hone my misanthropy. That's probably about as close as it gets to a win-win.

I'm more than a little motivated by the fact that I've ran some google searches and it seems that in a lot of jurisdictions, if you get the ticket dismissed you can sometimes get your towing fee refunded too. I would really really like to get that $120 back. Not to mention I would rather not have to pay the additional parking ticket either. The downside, other than the other listed aggravations, is that if I'm still found guilty I'll probably have to end up not only paying the ticket but additional court costs as well. I searched around but couldn't find anything about how much that would be in Elizabeth. Other jurisdictions around the country seem to have the amount pegged at anywhere between $25 and $100.

In the end, I guess it's just all a gamble. It's like being asked to go double or nothing. The fact that I think I'm in the right doesn't even enter into the equation here. I have no real clue what the law will say about things. Things would be a lot easier if the city's website wasn't complete useless crap. I can't find any of the information I need on there yet I'm repeatedly informed that the fucking Teen Anime Club is meeting on Thursday.

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I'd like to thank the academy and all those who made this possible

Yay! I just got an email from Curt of Smirk and Dagger letting me know that one of my monster entries placed in the Cutthroat Caverns contest. I had always meant to get around to submitting more entries for it, but it just slipped my mind over time. The one that got picked was the 'Muck Monster' and you can see the contest results listed here.

In the original contest rules, there were only supposed to be two levels of prizes, a grand prize and then a bunch of first prizes. I guess there were enough entries that they decided to add another level and that's where I managed to slip in. To be honest, this was all so long ago that I didn't even remember exactly what the monster I created was supposed to do. I searched back through my email and here was the entry:

Encounter Name: Muck Monster

Each player targeted by Muck Monster gains a Muck Token. Any player
with a token takes damage equal to 10 points times the number of
rounds you've been battling the Muck Monster.

3: 160 (Mucks player #1) 4: 200 (Mucks player #1 and #2) 5: 240 (Mucks
player #1, #2, #3) 6: 280 (Mucks player #1, #2, #3, #4)

Looking at it now, I wonder if it's too tough and deals too much damage. Maybe I should have made the points multiple a 5x rather than 10x. That would give people some more leeway to collect muck tokens before they start getting whacked for obscene amounts of damage. Curt said they ended up playtesting all the various entries so maybe they noticed the same thing and self-adjusted it.

This'll be the first time my name has actually made it into print in any game. I sorta feel like I should frame it or pin it to the fridge when it finally gets printed. Maybe next time I'll come up with something better and snag a grand prize.