Monday, January 3, 2011

Paris!

Hello all. I'm not dead or banished to another dimension, just busy. The wife and I recently returned from a honeymoon in Paris, and the day job remains hectic as ever. Work continues apace on the first Calific product.

In the meantime, Paris! We stayed in a nice hotel in the Marais district, an area once frequented by the Knights Templar. The place was brimming with historical architecture and Z and I had quite the time. In addition to all the usual stuff—Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower—we did our own brand of fun stuff, including checking out St. Gervais et St. Protais Church, Église Saint-Sulpice, and Pierre Hermé. The medieval churches were very cool. The first was used by Templars in the middle ages and is home to an urban monastic order today. The second was featured in The Da Vinci Code. As for Pierre Hermé, you haven't lived until you have consumed one too many macarons!

While walking what seemed like hundreds and hundreds of kilometers, I managed to steer us into a couple of game shops. Z picked up a new set of dice at StarPlayer: pink and black, her favorite color combination. It did not hurt that these were official Call of Cthulhu dice, and therefore covered with snaking tentacles (something she really can't get enough of):


I tried to find something to buy at StarPlayer, but all I found was mainstream stuff: lots of Games Workshop, Pathfinder®, miniatures, etc. I couldn't even find any special dice. This should not be construed as a diss on StarPlayer, for they were easily the best game shop we experienced in Paris. I just wish they had a shelf of more eclectic offerings hidden in a niche in the far back. A little later in the day we stopped in at Descartes Ecoles, where I finally managed to find the right sort of purple dice to round out my sickly purple dice collection.

2 comments:

Creative Coquette said...

hee ~ my first mention as wife on teh internets <3

Paul (aka 'bittermind') said...

Glad you guys enjoyed my home city. Yeah, we don't have so many RPG retailers. We have museums and Haussmannian architecture and really, really small cups of coffee. But if you're after gaming products, then yeah, Starplayer is probably your best bet.

RPG stuff aside, that whole area around Saint Michel is a treasure trove of comic book shops, second hand DVD and book shops, English-language bookshops and whatnot.

Plus you can find many of the shooting locations for the Paris-based episodes of the Highlander TV series within a 5-minute walk of that spot. If that's your cup of tea.