This is the update for September, October, and November. I started it back in September, didn't have it finished when October rolled around, so I started adding October, and then didn't have it done when November hit, and ... yeah. Better late than never?
Wrote 8 LJ entries
Bard's T'kresh Pyramid PBEM
Bradley's X-Men PBEM
Bradley's Babylon 5 PBEM
Started World Tree game on FurryMUCK
Bard and I also started exchanging emails in an impromptu 'let's play dragons!' roleplay-ish thing, where either neither of us is GMing, or we both are. Surprisingly, still going, three months later.
9 LJ entries
Wrote a bit of fiction, which I didn't post anywhere.
All the PBEMs from September were still going in October, except the X-Men game, which went on hiatus and which the B5 game replaced.
Ran six sessions of the World Tree MUCK game
10 LJ entries
I wrote about my trip to Raleigh for Halloween, but never got around to posting it.
Bradley's Babylon 5 PBEM
Ran four sessions of the World Tree MUCK game
1 entry in Unfinished Tales.
September: did a portrait of Kijji, one of terrycloth
's characters. Also did a full-color map of part of the Denetheia branch, which is where my World Tree campaign takes place. It is not that impressive as art or even maps go, but I was happy about it.
October: Finished a marker-picture I'd been working on, off and on, for over a year. Or at least, finally pronounced it 'done'. Oh yeah, I should post that. I tried to give it to Terrycloth as a birthday present, but it ended up in my luggage and went home with me. Oops.
November: I drew a small portraits of all the PCs in the World Tree Game, partly because I felt like it and partly to make little icons for the battlemaps I use.
Wow, I actually got art points all three months.
I've done a great job of playing the last few months! One of the main reasons I decided to do the World Tree game is that I was pretty bored of all my computer games and figured that I wouldn't mind devoting one night a week to doing roleplay instead.
The World Tree game has been surprisingly successful. I haven't missed a scheduled session yet, and in fact I scheduled an extra one to finish up a combat, and did some light RP unscheduled before the game's official launch. The game has six players, which is HUGE for a MUCK game, and the combats run slow in part because of that, which is a downside.
But the upside of the combats being slow is that, for the first time in literally years, I am running a game that I do not feel chronically under-prepared for. The sessions had been lagging consistently behind my prepared material, to the point that I could do silly non-essential things like "make little icons of all the characters to use on battlemaps that I'd upload". Alas, last week (well, 12/10; by the time I actually finish this it may not be last week any more), the PCs finally caught up to my preparations, and I'm starting to feel GMing anxiety again. Rats. We'll see how it goes. I love the players and the characters in this game, so I'm hoping to keep going with it for a while.
In addition to the MUCK and PBEM roleplaying games, I've been playing lots of boardgames, mostly over the Internet. Which technically means they're not board games, but they play exactly like the boardgames they're based on. Including:
* Race for the Galaxy at http://genie.game-host.org/
(hattip to circuit_four
for letting me know it existed, a few months back).
* Toulouse (at http://games.asobrain.com/
), or !Carcassonne
* Xplorers (also at http://games.asobrain.com/
), or !Settlers of Catan
I also discovered that I do not love the Cities and Knights expansion for Settlers of Catan. I thought I did. I remember enjoying it when I played it in person the handful of times that I had a chance to. Then I played it several times on Asobrain and ZOMG THE PAIN. Possibly the game just does not play that well online. Online doesn't imitate the back-and-forth on negotiating trades that you get in person, and the online games I've played have generally involved much less trading than in person ones.
In addition, still playing Dominion-by-phone sometimes. And I still have a City of Heroes account, though I really should cancel it because I'm down to playing maybe once every two weeks.
Eat: Still eating. While melon was in season, I was eating a lot of melon instead of junk food. Now that melon is not in season, and Thanksgiving leftovers, Christmas cookies, and Christmas chocolates are, I am eating a lot of junk food again. My weight is around 155, which is where it's been most of this year. At least I'm not losing ground again like I was last year.
September: 22 workouts (out of 22)
October: 17 workouts (out of 22)
November: 21 workouts (out of 20)
Which is pretty good! Especially since I had two separate trips in October, and the schedule disruption from that resulted in all the missed workouts for that month.
September: I actually visited my parents. For my birthday. My mother baked me a cake. It was awesome. :9
October: Two visits! I went to visit terrycloth
(who very kindly let us stay at his apartment because evil evil bedbugs had just invaded Terry's) in mid-October, and then for Halloween I visited minor_architect
, along with boingdragon
who'd also come down for the occasion.
November: I didn't go out of town in November, but I did spend a day at a local convention.
I don't think I've gotten anything new off of the List of Doom in the last few months. :( On the other hand, I have been keeping up with the yardwork, and -- more importantly! -- I have not been grimly depressed or even particularly aggravated about doing it. Even ten hours of blowing, vaccuuming, and bagging leaves didn't get me down. Since one of the items on the List of Doom is "hire someone to deal with yardwork because I hate it", having me not hate yardwork any more is close enough to getting that item off the list.
It has been a good few months, really.