A Happy New Year and Other News (blog status)
Greetings Triumvirate! (aka the three people who read this, aka my pet name for my fanbase) I realize I gave no warning or reason for my two week absence, and for that I apologize. The short version is that I was simply on vacation. I had two weeks off from work and I extended that into this, my other job so to speak. But I'm back now and ready to share some of the stuff I've been working on/experiencing during my two week hiatus.
On the creative side, I've been working on a few things. I convinced my interim director to let me run a Tabletop and Trading Cards Club. Which means I have a handful of minis to paint this week,
and a box full of cards to sort into usable decks.
All of this in the hopes of fostering in the next generation of gamers . Ideally I'll have fourteen kids in my club, or two parties of seven. While one party plays D&D with me as the DM, the other party will be entertaining themselves with TCG tournaments (Yugioh, Magic, and Pokemon, I will train them all!) So yea, it should be a good time.
Of course, I've also started developing my OWN board game with my younger brother. The working name so far is Bloodlines and the game has you follow specific families or "tribes" of heroes for a few generations as they ready for The Grand Tournament. We've hammered down a lot of the details, namely mechanics, rules, and numbers. I even went as far a using my spiffy photoshop skills to make a mock-up of what a Quest Card might look like. But the game is far from complete.
For fans of things I've built, I haven't been ignoring my inner prop artist either. I'm in the middle of crafting my very own Mah'alleinir from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series.
I'm not entirely sure why I decided to make the less known and possibly not recognizable hammer I'm making now, rather than the the more common one everyone has seen Chris Hemsworth toss around, but I'm enjoying the process. There's no deadline on this, so I'll be able to give it the time it deserves.
Finally, I've made a bit of progress with the Mercurial Chronicles. In the sense that I'm getting a better sense of how I can insure it isn't just a rehash of Season of Darkness. You see, SoD was originally just a fun way of recording what had happened in my regular Dungeons and Dragons game...and it shows. Because each session had at least one combat encounter, a lot of what I had written down were fight scenes and brief character interactions. I glossed over how people might actually respond to being in the predicaments our characters got into and I mean to remedy that. I've also made some world building choices that differ greatly from the D&D world. What does all this mean? You'll have to read the next installment to find out. =P
Great, that's what I've been creating- now let's get to what I've been experiencing lately and then what I've been implementing into my daily life.
In a nutshell, I've been looking for good stories and finding them in interesting places. This is big for me because for a long time I wasn't interested in new stories, I just wanted to work on mine. (terrible thing for a writer to do, I know, but I had my reasons) Anyway, I have finally gotten around to listening to a few audio books and it's been feeding my muse a bit. Good Omens and The Iron Druid Chronicles have been entertaining and I'm going to be adding audiobooks to my diet from here on in. (more on why later)
Aside from good books, I've played some great games lately. Namely, Never Alone and The Wolf Among Us. The one thing all of the above have in common is just good story telling. The writing isn't necessarily the most compelling or emotionally captivating, but you want to keep listening, keep learning, keep experiencing the journey these characters are all on. They've been good examples/reminders of what I want my own stories to do for people.
Okay, now for the New Year, New Me spiel. I'm not doing it. I'm not trying to change my personality or be a better anything, I just want to be a tad more efficient so I've gotten organized with my schedule. I include time for play, for chores, for creating, for work, and most importantly for my wife. It's been a solid week of this new, daily routine, and I've been loving it. I no longer waste my days, I SPEND them, and it feels good. Best of all, I can listen to books while I do most of the things in my schedule. I can have my cake and eat it too. Anyway, if you've stuck around long enough to read this, thank you. Let me know which of my pet projects interests you the most, and I'll be sure to update on that one ASAP.