1/30/2015

Published on 1/30/2015 Written by 2 comments

Time Keeps On Slippin' Slippin' Slippin'...

Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog (there are at least 2 or 3 of you, right??) will notice a distinct lack of posts over the last 3 months or so.  If I were getting paid for this, I'm sure I would have been fired by now.  Between the holidays, work, and some other hobbies, I haven't had time to write.  In fact I haven't even had time to play any games.  So this brings up the point of this post: How do you find time to play?

A couple of posts ago I talked about my new PBEM game.  It fell apart soon after that post.  I take a
huge part of the blame for it, as I  tried to build intrigue and world events before I built any reason for the players to care for their characters.  I also didn't introduce the combat mechanics soon enough, so I think the players weren't sure how to react to events as they didn't know how easily they could die.  Beyond these issues though, was also just a lack of time on everyone's part.  At first everyone posted a response once a day, or occasionally within 48 hours.  By the time I gave up, I was getting one or two responses a week.  I may try again with a simplified introduction in a little while.
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In my board-game group things have fallen apart as well.  Other than the wedding I posted about here, there has only been 1 or 2 get togethers of that group, and I missed them due to work.  Actually, thinking about it, work has been the reason I've missed a lot of social engagements lately.  I'm at work right now, typing up this post... (don't tell da boss!).

Even my online RPG dates have fallen by the wayside.  To paraphrase quote another of our players / GM's:


How it feels trying to organize
a game night.
"I want to play a game but honestly I don't even have the time to organize it. If someone else can herd people to a time and place, then I will do my best to be there. ... If we don't have a regular schedule, someone needs to be the cheerleader to organize the game. ... I don't know if I have the drive to overcome the inertia to say 'so when are we playing?' every two or three weeks. Please, someone else take over that responsibility."

As much as we all want to play, none of us has stepped up to organize it yet, and I think it's because we're all just as busy. 

So here's the question of the day: How do YOU make time for gaming?  Do you have a regularly scheduled session? Is there a single person who is the driving force?  Do you cut something else out of your life to fit it in?

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1/09/2015

Published on 1/09/2015 Written by 2 comments

Touching Can Also Be Funny.

Hmmm, that title doesn't quite sound right.  Oh well.
     Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of Alex and Emily, two of the people in my current table top gaming group.  They play with us a lot less often than I'd like, but that's only because they currently live in the UK and can only play when they come back to Canada for a visit. Ironically, the first visit back from England that we played at, they introduced us to Great Fire of London:1666.  At the wedding, another from our group, the brilliant Kathryn K gave one of the most impressive wedding speeches I've ever heard.  Here it is in all of its unabashed glory:

Kathryn and the Astronaut
"Friends and family, 3 years ago I met Alex and Emily working at St. Michael's College School and it was the greatest things about working there.... that and meeting Chris Hadfield, that was pretty great- Alex and Emily are a very close second to Chris Hadfield.
            They've asked me to say something today and I'm honoured to do so but I think is a real roll of the dice, they're playing with fire asking me to do this, but Alex and Emily have always enjoyed playing games and make a great team.
      Im so pleased youve decided to play The Game of Life together, I know it will only be one of many games you will play. Alex you have a Monopoly over Emilys heart, as Emily, you rule Dominion over his. Marriage is a Risk: Keeping your partner happy can be a delicate Operation, but it is also a Candy Land of opportunity. Don't let any of the Ghost Stories people tell about marriage scare you,  although marriage does take work. You must learn to say youre Sorry when you get into Trouble, let nothing become Taboo and love each others little Qwirkles. Stepping through the Portal into married life, it brings with it a kind of Evolution. From this point onward you will share everything. What is mine will be yours, and what is yours will be Mine. Craft your relationship so that none may shake it, and when you have no Clue what to do, Diplomacy will be the answer. Let commitment, compassion and a sense of adventure be your Ticket to Ride wherever life may take you.
Photo by Jennifer Xu Photography
            You will not be alone in this- We are all here for you.   To all those here today. This is a moment of Magic. The Gathering of this group of family and friends has the power to do wonderful things. This is a Smash Up of so many different ideals and experiences that together we have everything it takes to support Alex and Emily on their Journey. We must offer no Resistance, but instead give our unwavering support for their goals, and Guess Who is going to be there on the darker days when a Gloom falls. And if they should decide to add their own little Munchkin to the world, it will be welcome into the hearts of everyone present here today. Wherever you two find yourself in this Small WorldPuerto Rico, Waterdeep or in grand Citadels, you will always have friends near.
            Alex and Emily have custom made each other's rings, may they be a Talisman of their love for each other. May each one of us Scrabble to be the first by their side in times of need and celebration. And may I be only one of many to tell you both how happy am I for you, how much I love you both and what a wonderful team you make... Settlers of Catan."
Alex & Emily. Photo by Jennifer Xu Photography

As you can guess, we were all in stitches by the end of this.  So this post is dedicated to Alex and Emily, and brought to you by the letter K.
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