I like books: the smell, the touch, the torn pages. Seeing notes scribbled in a book is the best.1. Do you correctly prefer your RPG materials to be in real, book form, or are you one of those .pdf lovers?
Huey is one of the few bands from that era that gets turned off every time he comes on the radio. No bizarre association or girlfriend breakups related. It is just awful, contrived, garbage that belongs in the category of - this should have never existed. Right up there with racism, bigotry, and bullying.2. Relatedly, if you're a .pdf lover, how do you like Huey Lewis and the News? I mean, their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. Huey Lewis has been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
PS - Elvis Costello fits in the same category. True Story: He is the only person I really couldn't stand, but I wanted to give him a try, because, you know, of all the adulations. I went and saw him at the Chicago theater. Alright Mr. Rockstar, let's see what you are bringing to the table. Maybe I'm wrong. Lynn Bramer, the nicest and best radio show host of all time comes out and introduced him. (It's Lynn's birthday and he is a huge fan.) Elvis comes out and bashed the crap out of him. Like a full minute of what a D%@*, A$@H*&^%, and yes, Mother$#@!%^& that guy is. Ok, Mr. Rockstar, I will try and give you a pass. Then he plays a song, and starts to tell the audience that if they are there to hear Veronica (his big hit song) that they can go F*&^ themselves. Ok, Mr. Rockstar, I already didn't like you, but now I'm starting to really dislike you. The next ten songs was him just standing there, singing like a lifeless puppet, and yawning at one point. Mr. Rockstar, you are a tool. I left.
So the point of the story is Elvis Costello is worse than Huey, but not by much.
Some tables I play at do, others don't. I prefer ones that do not. In my experience, the sense of engagement improves when electronics are removed.3. Do you use electronic devices at your table when you are gaming in person (assuming this will ever happen again as it used to in the BEFORE TIMES)?
PS - As always, I enjoy your writing. Thanks for the fun questions, even if they did dredge up the memory of seeing Elvis Costello.