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Would being gay considered a “self injury” situation.

Yeah, work is killing me. Literally. 4 nights on, 3 nights off, and then 3 nights on and four nights off. Repeat.

The biggest news is that we made it. Iron Man Mode has made it to December, and I’m finishing up the season with a play-through of the indie game called DEFCON. Nothing like a little Global Thermal Nuclear War for Chershmersh.

Next year, I plan to tackle even more ridiculous, horrible games. I am starting off with Magical Diary, which is a Japanese Life Simulation game about a girl going through magical school with all the drama and romance and bleh of a Japanese Life/Dating Sim game. Seriously – it hurts me phyiscally to play that game. Just about as much as playing Hatoful Boyfriend (someone else should so play that game for Iron Man Mode, because it’s unGodly weird) and Kanon. I have no idea what I’m going to play for the rest of 2013, but your suggestions are welcome! Just make sure it fits the idea of Iron Man Mode and that it’s terribly painful for someone like me to play.

Have a great holiday, in case I don’t post again until 2013. Love you guys.

I’ve been super-duper busy. I work the 12 hour night shift, Wednesday through Friday and every other Saturday. Again, the pay is great, the work isn’t that hard, but the people … wow.

Yeah. That bad.
So Obama won the election. I pretty much predicted that back in July, when Romney failed to bypass Obama in the polls. People just couldn’t get behind Romney enough to help him win it. Fox News with Karl Rove had a literal meltdown on live TV, which was fantastic. We also got our very first openly lesbian Congress person. And Colorado, Washington and Oregon legalized possession of weed. It was a fun election. Thank God it’s all over.

Kickstarter: Story Realms

Most of you know that I supported Serpent’s Tongue on Kickstarter a few months ago, and I’ve contributed my writing and design skills to the Gabrielsons so that they can get their game off the ground. I really enjoy helping companies – such as Fantasy Flight Games and WorldWork Games – complete playtests and come up with new ideas for their initial game designs. So I keep an eye on Kickstarter, because some really good games are coming out through that site, and it’s great to get in on the ground level to help new game designers get their product to market. It’s win-win.

Which brings me to my new fascination – Story Realms. Here’s their Kickstarter. Story Realms is a new role-playing game that goes back to the basics in terms of playing games, in that it completely relies on players working together to tell a great story. It’s very family friendly and works with children at young ages. I find the system intriguing and the art breath-taking. The designers keep everyone up to-date using YouTube and emails. Their blog (which I linked you to first) is a great way to learn about their background and their love of gaming.

Most of you know I own about 70+ board and role-playing games, and I continuously look for new ways to spin out fun to people I play games with. I’m also the father of a three year-old that hopes that one day, my son will play games with me. Story Realms may be that one way I can connect with him and teach him the thrill and fun of role-playing. My wife will probably also play – she loves games that tap into the imagination. Being centered on the story-telling world itself, it has a lot of great potential for campaigns and adventures.

So if you’re looking for a game that is simplistic but full of potential, you still have a few days to invest. You might want to drop $100 on it so you can get everything they are offering – they have reached the $60k goal and are working towards getting $70k to make everything hardcover. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

New Job, New Priorities

With my new night job that requires complete concentration and Zeke getting married, I have little time or will to post. Don’t worry – I’ll be back as soon as I adjust to the night life again.

Soon.

Last Day of Days

So I’m returning to my old corporation on Wednesday, and today is the last day I work for West slash AT&T.

Not everyone I worked with was God-awful bad. In fact, most of the engineers I worked with were great people. They are the best team I’ve ever worked with, honestly. However, this place is slow death – little pay for a ton of responsibility; clients and our bosses being completely uncooperative; and basically the worst work environment ever (bad access, terrible machines, shitty cubicles).

But I’m going to a place where – when I worked there – my team sucked. The environment was awesome, the pay was awesome, but the people were literally making me pull my hair out.  I hope that I enjoy my new team more and that this team hasn’t raised my expectations too high as far as personalities and fun go.

I won’t miss Raymond, though. Of that I am certain, LOL

Mitt Romney made another huge gaff on the podium. He brought up the fact that Big Business is doing fine, with all it’s tax loopholes and off-shore accounts. Which then brings attention back to his Bain connections and how out-of-touch rich he is. And Ryan’s sexist comments are not going away (nor is his connections with the Missouri dude who used “legitimate rape” and bad science in a speech).

I just downloaded every turnover I’ve ever done for this company and the State of Kentucky. The final result was over 78 Mb of notepad files. That’s over 300 sites in two years.

Holy freaking crap!

My replacement will know everything work-related I’ve done when he uploads the files to his drive space. I’d say that I’ve left him in good shape. But that’s what I do – I never leave a job with shit to be done and no one knowing how to do it. Corey shall be forever blessed with my previous knowledge (until either the contract runs out or he leaves or he deletes stuff LOL).

 

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