I am still here. I was just… uhm… so there’s this global pandemic going on and… well there’s this site called twitter, you might have heard about it.
So yes, the last few months I have been tweeting a lot. And I didn’t really have much time to do much else. Tweets are just nicely short and easy to fire off. Poland went into lock-down mode pretty early on, my company moved everybody to home office within a week, and I spent a few months trying to work with my kids running around. We managed to do one more session of my Keep on the Borderlands campaign via Discord. It worked, somewhat, but it made it clear to me that having this session from home and doing game prep wasn’t going to be something I was doing with two toddlers around. I actually did like using Discord for it. I don’t use minis in my campaign anyway, so just a few overview sketches were enough. I had great success just showing them an illustration of a Gelatinous Cube in a hallway and having them work from there.
The last few days I joined a German Discord server, managed to get the owner to create a channel for tabletop games, and now we are in talks of doing a small beginner session for some of the people on there. A lot of the people on there seem to have wanted to join a game beforehand, but had bad experiences due to various stuff.
So lets hope that works out.
I got more interested in painting miniatures, but I might have painted maybe a dozen or so in these last few months. Way less than the amount of minis and paints I ordered in the meantime. By the way, did you know that some of the companies from the ads in Dragon magazine in the 90s still exist?
Oh. I can maybe mention: I got into a new position at work, and the reason I got there was my Labyrinth Lord campaign. Turns out two of my Greyhawk players were looking for someone and for some reason I was the one they were thinking about. That was pre-Covid though, and I didn’t hear anything about the position until one of my players from the brief Harn-campaign tried to canoodle me into joining her project. All of a sudden I was transferred to that first position I didn’t hear anything about since January.
Writing this I just realized that I can describe my whole career advancement lately as based on my skills as a DM. I also realized again that all my players work in my company. Maybe I should find some that don’t.
Uhm… we bought a garden plot in a local community garden colony. After the worst restrictions of the pandemic were loosened already. We were going insane sitting at home with two hyperactive toddlers, and the government went a bit crazy banning access to all public forests.
So now I have a place to grow some herbs and barbecue, and maybe even do some RPG sessions there. Well, lets see what the neighbors are like. I have the bad suspicion they will think of us as devil worshipers or something.
Other than that… not much was happening to me personally. I noticed I am way better suited to deal with self-isolation psychologically than my wife. Not being able to go out didn’t faze me that much. Physically was another issue though. Four months of sedentary work, no proper rest, and unhealthy food have taken their toll, and I right now am trying to cut down on a lot of stuff.