Sunday, April 15, 2018

On Hold - Weekly Update - April 15th, 2018

Yep; that time of year again...


The local situation, this morning...


Everything is on hold, this weekend. We've had about 14" of snow over the past day, and the van refused to start due to blowing snow getting under the poor old thing and getting the wiring wet. We've been putting a tarp ober it to help with this, and it worked fin during the last storm we had. It didn't save the day this time around, so the van is off to the shop to get dried out.

Fifth Daughter's move into her new home has also been delayed, but she's only got one load left so things will be clear by the weekend. I have gotten the game room clear of debris, the workshop and laundry sorted, and we're on track to have our first guests in the game room (in several years) at the end of this month.

Life goes on, just wetter and slower...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Hoist By My Own Petard - The Belated Weekly Update - Monday, April 9th, 2018

Temptation, on the hoof (as it were)

Pandemonium reigns, here at The Workbench; Fifth Daughter is moving out, into her new townhouse with her fiance. It's been a long process, as the poor old van has not been running reliably; it will start just fine if the weather is dry, but gets sulky if it's wet. At 338,600 miles, it probably has every right to be, and our mechanics (who have been looking after the old beast for over a decade, now) have advised us to not put any mode money into the van and advised us to simply get a tarp to throw over the van when it looks like rain.

So, we did, and it works just fine. Had some snow the past couple of days, and wrapping the van up worked perfectly.

Anyway, there's one last load due to go out the door, and then The Missus and I get our house all to ourselves for the first time in over a decade. All of the boxes and tubs that we've been living out of now will go back into what used to be 'the spare room' and we're going to be able to do a lot more with our live sin very short order. And, to be honest, a college student is a pretty large expense; our annual disposable income is going to effectively triple, which means that we can do a lot of the things that we've always wanted to do - but didn't have the money for.

TRE Games, for example, now has some very useful wagon kits, which I saw at the FLGS; they are not yet up on the TRE website, but I'm sure he'll be happy to sell them to you. (Tell him Chirine sent you.)

And, also to be honest, the timing of all this could not be better. Due to an event being run at the FLGS, the D&D 5E group that I play in / co-GM is going to be held here at the house in our game room the end of this month. Aside from the usual 'panic factor' of getting everything ready, this will be a historic moment - it will actually be the very first time a real D&D game will be played here since we moved in over thirty years ago.

I'm sort of assuming that we'll still be in the midst of the D20 "Redwood Scar", so I shall dig out a nice forest for the game table and set out the scene the way I usually do. We'll see how it goes; I will admit that I'm looking forward to it.

And I got an interesting question in over the transom, with a request to do an essay on my game style. So, that's up next, as soon as I proofread all the typos... :)