Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Taking Stock, Three Years Later - September 15th, 2015

Back View. And it still itches, too.

Front View. Phil: "Take a twenty-sider of damage..."

Well, here we are. Three years ago tonight, I was having my brain vacuumed out. I am, as you can see from the date of this post, still here, and dang glad to be so. I am doing pretty well; I am finally getting used to my new work schedule, having been on a third shift / overnight shift since 2008, and it's been pretty exhausting. Still, though, I have hopes that this will give me more time to write, and more time to run some games.

I have been in the 'human normal' range now for about two and a half years; getting rid of the mahor stress-inducer in my life has been a huge part of that, as have the fistfuls of medications that I take very day an ten in the morning and ten at night. My life revolves around my medication schedule, which is a pretty small price to pay for staying alive.

So, let's briefly take stock of where we are and what we're doing, shall we?

I am finally getting back to large-scale painting production, hurrah! I have a number of large projects in hand, and I'll start shooting photos for you to ponder at as soon as I can; I am in football season at work, which means that time is very limited until January.

I am not planning on running any large games at exterior venues for the next three months; just too much going on, what with work and taking care of The Missus.

I have canceled some large and difficult projects, in order to save time and stamina. Lots of raw materials that I have been keeping in stock for years have been recycled or reused, so we're able to move ahead on the things that I really want to do.

"To Serve The Petal Thorne" continues to advance, bit by bit. I'm enjoying writing this, and I hope you'll be amused by the result. Word counts when I have them; I haven't looked, lately.

Let's see; nothing else comes to mind; I'm just home from work, so with your indulgence I shall be off to bed. More later, and thank you all for your kind wishes!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

And Now, The Good News!

Ral Partha 'Chaos" soldiers, from Iron Wind Metals

 And we're back.

Let's have some good news, shall we? As previously reported in these pages, Ral Partha, the miniatures company that I grew up with and which set the tone and look for our game sessions out at prof. barker's for years, is back. I don't know if I gave the link to their new website, so I'll do it again:

having had a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the boys and girls behind this effort are adding some new packages that will interest both miniatures and RPG gamers; they've introduced sets of these classic figures to the webstore, and these sets give a nice assortment of figures - and a very good price. You can now get a selection of good figures, what will work very well for either RPGs, skirmishes, or the big battles, and all with the same figures. Much more 'bang for your buck', and in a good solid metal that's nice and durable.

There are seven sets up  the webstore now, with a lot more on the way. Ral Partha had one of the most diverse and well-sculpted lines of figures in the industry, and they're all on the way back. Bookmark the site; you'll want to keep looking in on them!

And I can say that I am very, very pleases with the figures I've gotten from them; I am in the process of rebuilding my units, getting them up to full strength, and the newly-cast figures look just as good as the old ones. Crisper, too; the new metal they are using, plus the advances in modeling and casting technology, have combined to make these figures some of the very best in the business.

Ral Partha is also committed to staying in touch with us gamers, too. Here's another link I think you'll find useful:

Take a really good look at this, if you would. A bunch of really cool and talented people are reaching out to all you equally cool and talented people out there in the world to come and participate in what they are doing. Give them a shout - I don't think you'll be disappointed with the response you get...

And am I excited about all this? You bet I am; this is some of the best news I've had this year, and it's been keeping me going through some pretty trying times. Ral Partha was a huge part of what we did, back in the day, and I am simply delighted to see them back with all of us.

First, The Bad News...

The Missus, in better days...
Right. Let's get this over with, so I can get to the good news in the nest post. There is some good news, I am happy to report.

 I've been asked - politely - why I haven't been posting on this blog lately. Well, here's the deal:

I try very hard to keep the personal stuff out of this blog, but sometimes it's really hard to do so. At the moment, it's impossible. My beloved Missus, she who has supported Tekumel for nearly three decades with her time, money and energy, has suffered some sort of neurological 'incident'. The motor controls on the left side of her face no longer work. The doctors says it's not a stroke; they checked, and did a CAT scan. Nothing; they are baffled. In the meantime, The Missus's health has been declining for the past three months, and so I've been a little distracted.

On top of this, I am no longer on third shift; my department at work has been reorganized, and I now work a 3:30 pm to midnight shift. I have been on third shift (10:00 pm to 6:00 am, more or less) for almost a decade, and it's odd to be back out in the sunlight. I've been exhausted, and as a result not a lot has been getting done here at the Workbench. I've had to adjust my own medications schedule and thus my sleeping and eating ones as well, and it's been tough. From what my doctors tell me, I seem to have suffered minor damage to the 'lizard brain' at the base of my skull during the brain bleed I had three years ago, and I am having difficulty with extremes of temperature. As I work outdoors, the recent high-heat-index days have been very tough, and have added to my exhaustion.

We'll survive; she and I have had worse. Let's move on, shall we? And thank you all for all your good wishes and patience!

- The Management

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

25 Years of Patience

The Missus loved this;
I think Mr. Frazetta would have, too.

This is a post that actually does have something to do with gaming, but you'll have to be patient.

Today marks the twenty-fifth year The Missus and I have been married.

The Missus has survived a lot, over the years. Surgery, cancer, my brain bleed, a fire, some tornadoes, and all of the slings and arrows that life delivers. Through it all, she's been my anchor, helping me navigate life's adventures.

She's also been the one who's supported me and my love of Tekumel, and also been the one who's brought you so many of the products and publications that we did over the decades. She first came to me and to Tekumel when she came to work for us at the old office, where she transcribed all of my copies of Phil's index cards onto our first-generation computers. She's been the one to do all the nasty little jobs that nobody else wanted, like transcribing all of the Professor's articles to create the anthology of them that we published. her most recent publication was for the Tekumel Foundation, the side-by-side edition of the 'mimeo' play-test version of EPT.

Throughout all these years we've been together, her patience and her support have been crucial to keeping Tekumel alive. if it hadn't been for her unstinting support and help, we would never have been able to keep things going, and have a wonderful time adventuring in Phil's wonderful creation.

She's taken a lot of crap and abuse from some 'big name Tekumel people' for doing that, sad to say. She's risen above it all, and kept on supporting Phil and his work - she was instrumental in making his last months comfortable, helping his wife navigate the mazes of the health care system and getting Ambereen and Phil all the help that she could. She took a lot more crap and abuse for doing so, but she did it anyway along with two of her five adopted daughters because it was the right thing to do.

We're hoping to have twenty-five more years, and maybe something after that. We'll see how it goes, and we'll keep you posted.

Here's to my Missus; all my love, and all my best!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Back From Vacation, and More Changes Hereabouts

From the archives...

I am now back at work after a very nice vacation; it's a little hard to go back to a night shift, but it's only for a month - I am being moved to a day shift in August, which means some very big changes to my and The Missus' life. I will be working afternoons and evenings, which means I will have mornings free for writing, painting, and gaming.

In the meantime, things are going to be a little chaotic; I will most likely not be doing the Sunday updates, and instead doing an update a week when I have something interesting to say. there will also be lots of other posts as well, as this blog becomes more of a campaign newsletter. Expect to see more 'how to' articles on how I make and do things, with references back to how we played back in Ye Olden Dayes. More photos, as well, as I get all of the backlog of photos in the archives up on the Photobucket page, and more figures in the collection photographed. It's a bit of an effort, but I hope you'll think it's worth it.

So, lost of changes, lots of new stuff, and lots of new activity on the way!!!