Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Weekly Update For Sunday, August 17th, 2014 - An Update On The Missus, and The Manifesto Of Divine Deliverance

Just another day at Anch'ke...

Well, we survived this past week. The Missus' surgery appointments took all day, due to delays at the hospital, and we were out there for a good ten hours. She came through just fine, I am happy to report - sore and bruised, but doing quite well. The doctors kept her oxygen saturations well up, and she was pretty lucid after the surgery appointments.

The surgeon felt pretty confident that he got the bad tissues out, and we'll know more when the pathology reports come back later this week. She's off to radiation in the coming weeks, but we still don't know if she's going to need chemotherapy. We're keeping our fingers crossed, and hoping for the best!

And thank you all, from the both of us, for all your comments, e-mails, and messages!!! They are really appreciated!!!

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I am way behind on e-mails, due to having to be in multiple places at once all week long - I had to get Middle Daughter out to the airport the same day as The Missus' surgery, for example - but I will try to get caught up with everyone in the next few days. Thanks for your patience!!! (It has been a very long week...)

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One of the things sitting in a hospital waiting room provides is a lot of time to think. Yes, I brought a book, but at my usual 2,000 words-per-minute reading speed they just don't last very long. (Add in the worry factor, and it gets to be a very long day.) If you don't mind, Gentle Readers, I'd like to share some of my thoughts with all of you, for your considerations and comments...

It's been about a dozen years since I started the current incarnation of my gaming group, and I have been giving a lot of thought as to where we've been, what we've done, and where we might be going. The idea, back when, was to try and recreate what we had for some dozen-plus years out at Phil's where we explored his world and had a lot of fun. I don't know if we succeeded; you'll have to look at the photos and videos I've posted, and judge for yourself.

About five years go, I start to post on various gaming groups on the Internet, in an effort to do 'outreach' to people, and also to start this little blog to do the same. I also extended invitations to the local gamers, especially the local 'indie' authors, to join us and have some fun in Phil's world-setting. On balance, some five years on, I think the effort has largely been an utter failure. The style of gaming that I do, the same thing we did for years at Conflict Simulation Association meetings and at Phil's, is - from what I gather - not the right way to game. I have been described as one of those "filthy story-gamers", people who have ruined the RPG hobby for everyone else. I'm also not 'old-school' enough, as I don't play any of the modern games that are being promoted as being the best possible play experience as they properly simulate the game-play and play styles of The Great Gods of our hobby; my personal favorite Internet exchange on this was when Mike Mornard, one of Gary's original players, was criticised for not playing game 'X', as it was the best possible simulation of OD&D. The Glorious General pointed out that as he played OD&D in his group, why did he need to play one of the new 'retro-clones', and was chastised for not being 'old-school' enough by all of the 'old-school' people on the forum.

Ah, right. I play 'Tekumel', the way Phil did it, and I make no apologies about that. I still enjoy it, and I am continually startled by the people who told me over the years that I am DOING IT RONG!. Well, O.K., but I'm still going to play the games I want to play; I'll certainly be happy to look at new games, and I'm especially delighted to see how some very good people have adapted their favorite rules sets to work in Phil's world - keep them coming, folks, I really enjoy looking at your work!!! - and how they enjoy playing in his creation.

What I have not appreciated getting are e-mails like this one:

"You and your gaming group are a detriment to our business interests"

or

"You are unfit to represent our Tekumel"

or

"Why do you insist on using miniatures? Gary Gygax said that we don't use miniatures in RPGs!" (1)

or

"Why do you still use all those old rules? Why don't you use something new?"

or

"Tekumel is stupid! I don't want to play anything where I have to learn anything so complicated!"
or

"Don't talk to 'X'; they are politically incorrect, and if you do I'll boycott your games and bad-mouth you all over the place!"

I've got heaps more stuff like this in my files - I do keep everything in my archives, for later... - and every now and then I go back and read through the files to remind me why I don't do some things that I used to. Between The Missus' health issues, my own health issues after the brain bleed, and my inability to suffer fools gladly (as Mike Mornard said when somebody asked him why I am "so difficult to work with"), I don't have time for this kind of nonsense. I can either write and paint, or feed the swollen egos of some very self-important people.

You get one guess as to which one I'm picking, people.

I will be continuing to game, to write about Phil's world and the adventures we had therein, and paint up my little actors in my miniature stage productions. I will continue to keep you all informed as to what sort of hijinks I get up to in the game room, and you are welcome to come along for the ride if you like - you are not being compelled to do things The Right Way; you are being invited to have a look at what I do, and if you want to take something away for your own games, please do feel free! For me, that's what it's all about, and what I've been doing for all these years.

Have fun, and play some games, eh?

Footnote (1): What Gary said, at least to me, was "Keep your hands off my Elastolins - they break easy, and they're hard to replace!"