Thursday, December 27, 2018

Out With The New! In With The Old! - 3

Yes, this is all a lot of work, and one heck of a way to spend my much-needed vacation. But, the way I look at it, it's a return to what I like in gaming, and the way we used to game back in Ye Olden Dayes when somebody would announce that they we're hosting a game at their (usually long-suffering parents') house or apartment, invite people to play, and we'd all get together for an afternoon and evening of (literally) fun and games.

I miss that 'social aspect' of gaming. I've been seeing a lot of games at the FLGS or conventions where people come in, sit down, play The Game, and then leave right afterwards.

Hospitality is also an apparently lost art. I was asked, quite seriously, at some friends' game event why I'd be handing out snacks and refreshment if a) I wasn't playing, and b) wasn't part of the group. I replied "Because this is what friends do for friends" and got a very baffled look.

So, I am very deliberately turning back the clock to a very different time and place. I'm also turning the clock forward, with the new Windows 10 machine and Skype, to bring more friends into the game room for more fun. And games. Lots and lots of games. :)


Out With The New! In With The Old! - 2

It looks pretty bad, this morning, but we're about to tip over into the easy part. And I'm on vacation for another week and a half, too!

Out With The New! In With The Old! - 1

This is what happens when you've been gaming for over forty years, and never did get around to throwing stuff out.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Third Goal Met!

My other birthday present

It's up and running. Now, The Missus will load Skype and I'll hook up the 42" screen, and we'll be on our way. This is going to be a very interesting journey.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Invisible Fat Woman, or , How Not To Make A Sale In Retail

The Missus likes 'em.

I like 'em, too.

Regular readers of this little confection may recall that my birthday comes around at this time of the year. I am now 62 years old; still alive, thankfully, after The Incident although I do have to be careful - I managed to get pretty dehydrated earlier in the week and I really suffered for it. I got back on my water rations, though, and I'm feeling a lot better this weekend.

Every year, about this time, The Missus likes to do a little shopping to get me a surprise foe my birthday. She has a little saving account that she puts money into all year, to pay for gifts over the holidays. She also keeps her eyes open for things that would be useful in our games and which might amuse our friends. This year, she's gotten me some very nifty LED lights with a remote control that will see a lot of use in our games, and she's also looking at some of the pictured buildings for our adventures in Barsoom with Dejah Thoris and John Carter.

This time of the year also sees the annual 'Jubilee Sale' at The Source Comics and Games, and for over a decade The Missus has simply loaded me up with cash and tells me to "Go Forth And Conquer!" at which I smartly mount up, ride forth, and return some hours later laden with loot and treasure. Coincidentally, or not so coincidentally, today's the day of that sale.

And, for the first time in over a decade, I won't be there supporting my FLGS like everyone says I'm supposed to. Part of it are the issues that the store is dealing with:

An even bigger part of it is the treatment that my Missus gets when she goes into game stores; she's commented more then once that she's got superpowers - she's The Invisible Fat Woman. None of the store  staff pay any attention to her, or even seem to notice her presence; which is a pity, as she's the one who makes the purchasing decisions around these parts. I proposes, she disposes, to turn a phrase. She's also noted that none of the denizens of the store, all those 'geek culture' people who are playing games or hanging out in the place, notice her either. She, perhaps unfairly, contrasts this with the outreach and engagement that she's gotten from the rare groups like the Shieldmaidens who take a moment away from their game to say hello.

And her question is: "Why should I spend my money in a place where nobody cares about me?"

The net result is that she's moving away from making her purchases at the local brick and mortar stores, and making them on-line from the people that we've dealt with over time and who have always been very supportive of her and her gaming.

I have no idea if anyone who works for or games at The Source, Dreamer's Vault, or Tower Games will ever read this blog post; I doubt it, frankly. But if you do, maybe say hello to that person who comes in your door or is standing next to your game table; you might make a sale, or get a new player for your favorite game.

EDIT / UPDATE: And an update. The manager at the Dreamer's Vault game store near where we live stepped up and dealt with my Missus yesterday in a very welcoming, polite, and intelligent manner. She was very happy with that, and he got the sale.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Second Goal Met!

The big Mac in action...

A major goal for us has now been met; the One True manuscript of "To Serve The Petal Throne" is now resident in the big 'billboard' Mac. Automatic back-up software in place, and we're on the way to finishing the book.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Dragon And The Flame - My Campaign Is Up and Running

A work in progress...

Things are starting to return to what passes for normal around here. The new furnace is working fine, all the permits and inspections are done, and I'm finally getting back to all the various projects that have been hanging fire around the house. The Missus has even worked out how to get the van running when she needs is, with a hair-dryer and a jump-start pack. She did slip and fall the other day, bashing up her face on the sidewalk, but she's doing all right. (I was scared witless, myself.)

We are embarking on some very major changes around here, centered around my on-going Tekumel campaign. Named the "Dragon and the Flame", it now has two sections of players running on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, with a possible third section in the works. I am very pleased at the respinse I've gotten from people about playing in phil's world, and I'm having an immense amount of fun running and playing in the campaign. More on this can be found on my forum,

I've been hearing all about how the Google+ platform is being closed by Google, and I am not sure that it will affect me or my gaming much if at all. If Blogger, the platform that this blog is on, also is closed, I suspect I may move over to either Wordpress or entirely to the forum. Either way, I will try to keep people posted.

However, I suspect I'll be putting more effort into what's going on here at the Workbench. We've taken delivery of a new Windows 10 machine, that will give us access to Skype and other on-line video platforms. The game room and lounge are being torn apart and redone, partly to improve the place, but also to allow for better teleconference facilities. Besides the Skype equipment, which will be on-line in less then two months (after I move all the furniture) we'll also have the video shoot built with will give us better upgrades and programming for my YouTube channel.

So, this blog will continue, but we'll have a lot more going on for everyone to see and participate in.

My goal, which is already happening, is to be 'open' for people every Sunday; either to come and play, or to call in and talk to me and whomever might be here. We should be able to have our goal of 'remote gaming' happen, too, and I'm really looking forward to that happening as well. I'll keep everyone posted, of course.

So, lots and lots of changes happening over the holidays, and lots of possibilities coming to pass!