I'm a gamer. D&D -- dice, battle map, minis. (OK, we usually use LEGO minifigs instead of minis.) I've been on gaming hiatus for a few months because I was feeling kind of burnt out. I'm still on hiatus, actually, at least until January.
But there was one thing I said I'd make an exception for: the all-girl game a friend was trying to get together. We had that last night.
A DM and six players, all women of various ages. All playing female characters. No men in the house, just booze. We roleplayed a lot -- I think I rolled a d20 maybe three times the whole night. And one of those times was arm-wrestling one of the other PCs over who was going to buy drinks. We laughed a lot and got drunk and made many, many suggestive remarks. It was the most fun I've had in months.
It was kind of like fandom, only with dice.
I picked up Series 1 of Cracker on DVD and I've been watching that this weekend. If you've never seen it, you really should. It's a British crime drama starring Robbie Coltrane as Fitz, a psychologist who assists the police with various horrible crimes.
Robbie Coltrane is brilliant as Fitz. If you're used to seeing him play comic characters, you'll be stunned by his nuanced performance here. The supporting cast is all excellent as well. What makes this show so powerful for me is the way it deals with Fitz's rather dreadful personal life as well as the crimes. Fitz drinks, smokes, and gambles to excess. His marriage is in tatters. And we can't help but love him.
I'd forgotten how much in love with DS Jane Penhaligon I used to be. I wanted to make an icon but I can hardly find any good pics of Geraldine Somerville at all, let alone as Penhaligon. Watching her and Fitz together is a beautiful thing.
Cracker is such a real feeling show. I recall convo back on an XF list where people said they'd contemplated writing an XF/Cracker crossover, but realised it would never work for just that reason. Cracker could happen. Maybe it is happening.
And I would highly recommend it.