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Okay. Yesterday was my birthday, and a bunch of people were nice enough to throw me a nice little party. We had sirloin steak on the grill, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli for the meal, and I got some beer for myself because dammit, its my birthday and I wanted a beer or two. :)

[livejournal.com profile] joshuwain was the prime mover behind the party, with [livejournal.com profile] foeclan, [livejournal.com profile] phineus and our friend Todd supplying food and labor. [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn were also in attendance. Thanks to you all!

A few more details about my campaign were hammered out, and the creation of characters has begun. Some of the players and I will be getting together on Friday, and whomever is left I'll work with on (probably) Monday to get things squared. Mostly it will be me approving builds and back-stories. Once I have all that information, I'll go back into the adventure and tailor some of the bits, and I'll also distribute the goodies to the characters- additional cash and the ever-popular magic items.

As once again I didn't sleep well yesterday, I've taken a couple of cold-caps to make certain I get at least some sleep today. I'll finish covering my windows later this week, when I can get together with the folks and get the black foamboard and brads (teeny nails) to put it up with. The lack of light will definitely help. I'm also stripping my bed and remaking it before I crash this morning with fresh bedding and such. That sometimes helps as well.
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First, I still think the best Charlie Daniel's Band song is 'Uneasy Rider'. ;)

On to other things. Tomorrow we return to the Horror Campaign, and the terrors and travails of Our Heroes. I'm WAY behind on writeups, but at least I'm only back one for Horror. I'll be loaning my Dresden Files gamebooks to Scotty so he can look 'em over, and I suspect that we might get a game-shift out of this- time will tell.

As to my OWN game, work continues. I've gotten the basics down for the adventure, and all of the city NPC's that I needed roughed out. I should have a vague map of the city, but I can fake that. In the adventure I've started the sorting out of what monsters are where and what they all have, as well as getting the experience listings set. I need a printer badly, soon.

Other than that, life continues. I cheated today for sleep, taking a couple of cold caps- I DID sleep, but I dislike the aftereffects- muzziness and waking even slower than I usually do. But I did sleep. Woot!

Now all that remains is actually finding my way to Scotty's new place in Eagan. ;)
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Still having trouble sleeping when I should unfortunately. I couldn't sleep today during the day, and ended up sleeping in the afternoon and evening uneasily. I did get a bit more campaign work done- I have a timeline of events from -25,000 years back to the starting point of the game! I'll probably post it as a .doc on my FA site, and link it here as I'll lose the tabs that give it the Date/Event format.

More and more I miss being able to type at work. It would help if I could get a printout of the stuff I've done so far, because then I could still build on things... O well. Maybe this week I'll see what I can do about new ink cartridges for the printer.

That's about it. I get to get ready to go to work shortly.
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This was both an eventful and uneventful period. I probably should have posted a few times in there, but one of the things I'll mention here really ruined my desire to do so. The 21st was a Monday, and marked the start of a bit of drama with a friend. That's been totally worked out to my knowledge, and the matter is settled. However, Monday the 21st was ALSO the start of my latest bout of insomnia. It was one of my longer bouts, and it finally 'broke' yesterday. 14 days of getting 2 to 4 hours of fitful sleep really, really sucks.

The 27th was supposed to be the next Sunday Group meeting, but one of the players was sick so we elected to skip rather than spread the plague.

On the 1st, my dad went into the hospital. He had an intestinal blockage, and was having some pretty severe pain. They checked him out thoroughly, and he went into surgery on the third. It went very well, and while it had been scheduled to last three to four hours he was out in less than one. As it turns out, the blockage was a sort-of skin flap- damage left from when he had a burst appendix as a little kid. So this problem has been around for more than sixty years, and just finally became dangerous.

However, despite the surgery itself going well, the recovery was NOT so good. He had a fairly severe reaction to some of the drugs used, and was disoriented and hallucinating to the point of violence. Now my dad is in his late seventies, but he's STILL a big guy- it took multiple orderlies to restrain him. To make it worse, he couldn't wear his C-Pap machine, so he basically wasn't sleeping for days on end. Fortunately, by Saturday the 5th he was fine, though wobbly. He actually looks better than he has for some time. I expect he'll be released in the next few days.

Saturday was the second run of the Dresden game, and that went well. I think it'll be a fun game, even though I have to agree that the rules at times are overwritten and are badly organized. His comment was that 'they read like stereo instructions!' For the food, I made from-scratch pancakes which were actually pretty good, other than the fact that I made easily twice as much batter as I needed. I think I still have one meal's worth left.

Sunday I saw Dad again in the morning, and other than getting REAL sick of the hospital he was fine. The insomnia finally broke, and I slept pretty well after I got home. Of course, it was also the anniversary of my losing Luna; never a good day for me.

I've got a bunch of writing for the various games to do- two Old West runs and the Horror run for the Sunday Group, and I'm going to try and turn my notes from the Dresden game into something readable as well. On top of that I've started a new series of short stories called 'The Believers'. They're urban fantasy effectively, and I think I might have something publishable in these. :)

That's about it for recent events.
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Today I return, likely temporarily, to the Saturday Gaming Group. The game will be a short-run of the Dresden Files RPG, with an indefinite number of actual meets. I'm both looking forward to this and feeling some trepidation, if not paranoia. I'm hoping that I've changed enough for things to work out, but I'm afraid that I'm going to be treated differently than everyone else. I expect added scrutiny, but part of me worries that it'll be an 'if I blink I'll fail' kind of thing. Most of this is paranoia. I hope. But time will tell. It doesn't help that I couldn't sleep worth crap.

On a happier note, I watched the entire first season of True Blood over the last few days- I like it enough that I want my own copy of the season collection, and I want to watch the second and successive seasons. It is NOT exactly like the original, which is disappointing, but its STILL a very good series. I definitely question some of the changes (Tara being black and an almost rabidly outspoken 'wild girl'), some of the alterations to what the vampires are like (they're being portrayed as more evil and nasty overall culturally which IS a problem), and a few other little problems. I LOVE the casting of Sookie, Bill and Jason. Lafayette was PERFECT (tho they made changes to him that I dislike), and both Sam and Eric were VERY close to what I was hoping for. I'm definitely looking forward to the further episodes.

Less happy is my monetary situation. I'm VERY tight right now. I'm probably going to stoop to talking to the folks for some petty cash and help with some medical stuff (pay a small bill and get a new inhaler- it might be months before I can afford it, depending). I hate doing it, but I've little recourse. Fortunately, I'm not in any kind of danger financially, its just uncomfortable. And I'll be flat broke til my next paycheck, and immediately after too. And my debts don't rise to the level of being terrifying, just really, really annoying.

I think that's enough rambling. I don't really feel comfortable posting all this, but I'm thinking that by actually doing so some of the stress might be lessened.
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I got woke up again after being asleep for 2 hours by the company that's trying to sell me windows for the house again. To say that they use aggressive, hard-sell tactics is kinda like saying that radiation is 'kinda bad'. Most companies, if you say no twice, give up. These assholes hear me say 'no' and immediately try to get me to explain why! Its not their fucking business!

The next time they call, and they will, I'm telling them to A) never call again, and B)threaten to file harassment charges if they ever bother me in the future. Needless to say, no matter how good the product they're NOT getting my money.


Other than that, its been quiet. I'll prolly try to nap a bit before work.
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In an attempt to address every possible reason why I might not be sleeping well, I remade my bed with clean sheets, coverlet and quilts, and put clean, doubled and de-linted cases on the pillows. Hopefully it'll help, but it leaves me with a stack of laundry that I have to go to a laundromat with. Bleah.

I have three presents to get left- one is the re-do of the card and gift-card that got lost inside another gift, and two I simply have no idea what to get. I'll try to get ideas from both people tonight, as I REALLY wanna be done with the shopping before the end of the 10th. All the stuff that's here at this point is wrapped and under the tree, and as soon as the rest arrives it'll be done too. Woot.

So later today and probably tomorrow morning early will be laundry and general cleaning about the house. The quilts and such are the morning job. Once that's done, who knows- I might even work on getting my room excavated! It really needs it.

Also on the agenda for tonight is working some on the novel. I need to determine just what area the Great Desert covers- I'm thinking it actually covers all of Israel, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea and merges with the other deserts of the area. I also think that the seas are still there, WAY down under the sands and locked away from mankind. I think an inkling of a future story could be there. :)

Oh, and lastly, the menu for the party- Several party subs from cousins- Italian, Turkey, Beef and one other will be the main course, with some kind of chicken soup from [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and maybe my chili as sides. Of course the usual munchies will be there as well, and if people wanna volunteer to bring stuff like the pop, chips, cheeses and such that would be VERY cool, And [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn is bringing cookies. There may be other cookies as well! Once again, the date is Friday, January 7, 2011 for the party. Until then, Happy Holidays!
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FOUR left. Two I know what to get, two I don't. Aagh. I'll pick the two I can get tomorrow after work, and cogitate on the possibilities for the other two. And consider a baseball bat or crowbar to pry loose some suggestions!

I woke after two hours again today, but I'm not real sure why. I might be just restless. Or all this shopping has my head spinning. ;)

I've decided something about the editing- I'm keeping a copy of the first draft untouched; that way, if I totally eff it up, I have something to fall back to and restart. I've this terror that I'll over-write it... Not in the write-over-the-file-and-lose-it sense, but in the overdo it sense. Bleh. But I do have to learn how to do this.

And seeing as the gifts are starting to pile up, I think I'll start wrapping tomorrow. In the evening, or during the day if I wake up early again. It'll be nice to get stuff under the tree. Even if the tree looks kinda evil.

Maybe I should kinda plan the tree for next year early- get the lights right after Xmas when they're cheap, and the new decorations I want too. I've got a lot, but some of the ornaments I have are starting to look kinda scrungy. And GOD I want a tree-star that lights, that DOESN'T look like cheesy crap. :P
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Bleah. I got about 2 hours and woke up. Oh well. In any case, all my orders have started showing up, and I kinda feel sorry for the mailman, who is gonna have a TON of books to get to me this coming week. My brother FINALLY got me a thin-and-pathetic list, but it'll help me with him and Sam- she wants a tea strainer for loose tea, so I'm gonna get her that, and a teapot, and a selection of loose teas. Hah! For Maggie I'll get the one thing he listed for her, and bug the hell out of him til he gives me more so I can keep the gifts even- they're sisters after all.

With those three dealt with, I have four left. One is a stop tomorrow and quick, and the other three... Yeesh. I've no idea really. I'll figure it out though. I hope.

As I think I mentioned before, the Xmas party is going to be on the 7th of January. I'm currently thinking some sub sandwiches from Cousins as the food- prolly a beef, italian combo and turkey for the selection. I may bother someone to bring soup, and I may also make chili to round things out. Of course the usual snackage will be available, and [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn has offered cookies. Who am I to refuse? ;)

In other matters, I've seriously started on the editing process of the novel. Simply put, this is gonna be a pain, and I'm going to have to do some pride-swallowing (like sword-swallowing, but it hurts more), to get things right. I have a final target of 100,000 words or more, and I'm currently at 67,400. A ways to go, I know. Especially since there's one entire chapter that has to be rewritten.

I've already got about 3 or 4 new paragraphs for the first chapter, so woot there. Later today I have gaming, and as far as I know its the Desert World AD&D game- Of course, given that what I got done for the writeups was for the Western game, and even THAT isn't done. It'll be a fun night either way.
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I crashed last night around 3, and woke up at about 6:30. There's a fair bit of snow out there, and in a few hours (when people here are awake) I'll go out and use the blower to clear the back. After that, I'll either shovel out the front or see if I can't recruit someone to do it for me. In the meantime, I've started on the first editing pass of the novel; mostly I'm making some notes on the printout and thinking about how to expand things. There are a LOT of little bugs and odd bits that fail to precisely fit, so this is going to take a while.

Also... I think that my cough might not be my asthma. It was STARTED by the cold and the asthma, but I think I've got a touch of acid reflux. I have a slight burning sensation at the top of my stomach, and the coughing happens even if my breathing is utterly clear. So I may go to the doctor about it, after maybe trying the over-the-counter version of prevacid. I'm not throwing up in my sleep or anything, so it might be just some damage from all the coughing... Which causes more coughing. Biology sucks, sometimes.

Other than digging out and editing and such, I may do a little housecleaning as well. Plus I really need to get some actual sleep- I do work tonight after all.
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I DID get rid of the headache, finally. All it took was more Ibuprofin, food and about 8 cups of strong tea. The incredible steak sandwich I had certainly didn't hurt! In the sports bar they have here, called 'Red', they have a small menu but what's on it... OhmyfuckingGod is it good. The steak sandwich was easily worth the $16. Oh- While the service was slow to get to me (there was a mixed mob of Furries and businesspeople almost to standing-room-only), once they DID get the order it got to me fast. The kitchen area is just off to the side, and if you wanted to you could watch the prep. The bar is well-stocked, and I'm highly tempted to try a few less common things... At least less common to me, like various mixed drinks.

While I feel fine now, I didn't sleep worth a damn. I did get SOME sleep, just... Fitful. Not too-much-caffeine fitful, but brain-won't-shut-up fitful. I think I'll be writing today at some point. :)

Right now I'm waiting on [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain, whom I'm splitting the room with ([livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn is here too), and we'll probably get breakfast.


Nov. 1st, 2010 01:24 pm
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I'd PLANNED to start writing last night after the party, after I finished some reading. Ah, the best laid plans and all that...

My desire to write vanished when I found that I'd dropped my book when I fell asleep! I gave up and went to bed, and I didn't wake up til noon. A solid ten hours out cold. So I'm finishing my reading now, just had lunch (leftovers!!) and I'll make with the writing shortly. I have just under half the day to do my 3000 word goal. :)
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Well, I think I'm through the insomnia for the most part. I'm still not sleeping quite as long as I'd like, but at least I'm sleeping. Other than that, things have been quiet for the most part both here in Plague House and at work. I've been working on my short story, 'Thief of Luck', but its still not finished- and by finished I've not gotten the first draft done. I'm REAL close. I thought I'd have it done last night, but stuff went on that slowed me down. I think I have three or four chapters or so left to go. The climax of the tale will be in two chapters- One leadup, then the climax. There there will be one of two more after that. I've still not decided the fate of one of the characters, though at this point I think he'll live to reappear in the second or third novel, where he'll probably be pivotal.

Speaking of the novel, due to several conversations the world has changed drastically, and I may rethink exactly what I'm doing. I'm having second thoughts about the whole prison thing (don't worry if you don't know what I mean here), and might scrap the idea as potentially unwieldy. I'm liking the conspiratorial angle that's developing. As it looks now I have a month to work up the rough outline, and then I'll be writing it on NaNoWriMo in November. It's gonna be tough- while I CAN write 2-3 thousand words at a sitting pretty easily, if I hit blocks like I have with the short it'll get dicey as to whether I can finish in the allotted time of a month. We'll see though. I'll keep plugging at it.

I've also expanded my diet a little. I'm going to start keeping lettuce on hand for use in sandwiches- breaded chicken breast on toast with lettuce and mayo is really good, and I'm going to pick up some summer sausage sandwich meat for more sandwich options. Who knows- Maybe I'll actually be able to pretend that I'm eating healthier. :P

And that's about it. I'll post the short story here and on my FA site when I get the first draft done. Hopefully tomorrow, but... We;ll see.
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I'll be back. Really. I've just been... Just not in the mood for MUCKing. Its not Champions Online- I MUCKed and played City of Heroes easily enough, I've just felt out of place and out of sorts on the MUCKs recently. I honestly think that a lot of this stems from my completely SCREWED sleep schedule. I don't seem to be able to top four restless hours asleep currently. It'll eventually pass (I hope), and I'll be back. I have all of next week off, so I have a shot at getting straightened out, and on top of that a lot of MUCKing time available. See you all soon!
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And Lady's back from the vet, and is just fine. I, however, feel dizzy and blah. Yay allergies and lack of sleep! :P

O well...

Apr. 11th, 2009 12:22 pm
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No chance on the new laptop from extra cash from previous year's returns. My old preparer apparently left such a cluster-fuck that my new preparer considers it a challenge to try and figure out exactly WHAT he did. O.o

So, unless the property refund gets me something for last year, what I've got is what I get. No biggie. At least next year'll be better.

On other topics, I've screwed up my sleep schedule, so I'm going to have to try and get straightened out again. Its partly my fault this time, and partly just circumstance- I had to stay up late for the tax-preparation, then stayed up later playing City of Heroes while I waited for him to give me a call. Once again, no biggie. This isn't insomnia, as I AM sleeping- just not when I SHOULD.

Today I got groceries, and I may get some people together for home-made malts here this evening. I have chocolate syrup and strawberries, so I'd need someone to bring vanilla ice cream and maybe malt powder... And any other flavorings/toppings needed. :)

Party Stuff

Jan. 4th, 2009 05:18 am
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Well, I think the party went quite well, other than a few snafu's (I ran out of flour for the dredge for the chicken, and needed to get salt for the walk and had to run out to get both, and several people didn't show up)- I think a good time was had by all, and I made WAY too much chicken! I foisted some off on attendees and the rest I've been eating along with the leftover mashed potatoes. Giftage was distributed and received, and much appreciated- I did get a couple doubles of things I already had, but that was entirely MY fault- I checked the lists I put out and sure enough I'd listed them. I won't say which were doubles tho! So, I'll head over to the stores, maybe today, and exchange them for stuff I don't have. But I STILL appreciate what I got, a lot. :) Thanks to all who showed up, and I hope you had as good a time as I did- I might not have looked it, but I DID enjoy the night. I was just REAL fried from lack of sleep, which condition was rectified afterwards, BIG time.

What happened is this. After the party I dozed in my new chair, crashing HARD for about 3 hours. I then got up and MUCKed about a bit, finally going to bed at about 5:30. I finally woke at 6 PM, having been utterly dead to the world for 12 1/2 hours! I MUCKed a bit more, then ended up napping for a few more hours before work, which is where I am now. So sleep is NOT something I'm low on now!

Anyway, it was a good party, though I don't think I ever wanna do that much chicken again! Next year... Something else!

One last thing- I'm now five or six pages into the latest Buffy Horror writeup! It'll be done prolly tomorrow night. :)

Oh, [livejournal.com profile] brellchild, [livejournal.com profile] danshrugs, Mike T and Ian H.- There are gifts waiting for you!
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Not much is going on right now, really. I've had a touch of insomnia the last few days, probably due to me trying to figure out what causes it- Caffeine may or may not have a part in it, but the bed definitely might be part of the problem. So, someone (I can't recall who) mentioned that queen-sized mattress pads of that memory foam stuff were on sale, so I'll maybe look into getting one. Now THAT'S exciting. ;)

On other matters, I've finally gotten around to working on an update for my website. Its gonna be a LOT different, and a lot bigger too- hopefully I'll be able to keep it on visi, but if the storage costs are too much I'll look at going to google, who have a hosting thingie.

Dad has decided for the painting of the house that we're hiring someone to do it. Yay! He's paying, but when the house finally does go on the market, I get to pay him back. This won't be for a year at the earliest as far as I can tell... The selling that is. The painting may happen as soon as next week!

And finally, I'm about to start work on the next 7th Sea writeup. Scotty G. at last was able to join us, but as his character doesn't share a language with ANY of us, we don't know his name! For that matter, its been 'amusing' trying to communicate... Someone has to learn someone else's language, methinks. Or several of us. ;)
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Well, on Wednesday I talked to the folks on the phone and was informed that dad and my brother were coming out today (Friday the 4th) to work on my garage doors. I hadn't expected this, and while I DO appreciate the volunteered labor I don't like them just working on stuff for me. Between my work-hours and being tired a lot, and frankly being lazy, I don't get nearly enough done around the house as I should... And I feel bad enough about it without them coming and doing it for me. So, I kinda resolved to be up when they got here to at least pull some of the load.

Of course, I slept like crap. They got here at the crack of 9 AM, which was about 2 1/2 hours after I crashed. I'd been figuring noon or later! Anyway, as I'd not really been asleep anyway I heard their arrival and went down to help. We got both doors stripped of the old paint, vacuumed up the dust, swept out the garage, tossed out a TON of crap from the garage and made a lot of progress.

Now... As I'd totally spaced warning [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae and [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn about this, and I didn't do anything myself about it before we got started, Mirr's car and Khir's motorcycle got dusty. REAL dusty in the case of Mirr's car. I put the cover over the motorcycle before it got as bad as the car. With pretty much everything else done, I'll be hosing it down later today to get the worst of the dust off, and I'll give each of them $10 or so for the trouble; it WAS my fault that I didnt' warn them, after all.

And now, its almost 3 PM. I'll paint tonight sometime, either before or after fireworks. Its a quiet job, so I can do it when I damn well please. :) The tentative plan is for me and [livejournal.com profile] ataramos to head to Keegan's Pub, hang out there for a while then walk to the Stone Arch Bridge for the fireworks, then head home after. Possibly we'll catch a midnight show of 'Hancock' but that's in the air.

The garage is (compared to the way it USUALLY is) SCARY clean. I also got my brother his birthday gift, and dad took my car home to look at whatever is making the horrible grinding sound. Likely its bad bearings.

The trash bin is FULL, too... This is bad, cos we still have trash upstairs. I'll try to mash it down later.
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Here's a little update.

I'm felling better these days, aside from a self-induced bout of sleeplessness; I stayed up WAY too late several days in a row and messed up my schedule. I think I've gotten it squared around, because I did sleep today. Several good things have happened of late as well, the biggest of which is that I now have a new(er) car- Its a white 2001 Buick LeSabre, formerly my brother's car.

As I posted a while back, my old burgundy LeSabre had a major mechanical problem where the support spring on the front wheel beoke loose and was resting on the tire. Dad took it to work on, and I was driving his car (white 1999 LeSabre) while this was happening. He found a LOT more to fix while he was working on it...

Anyway, while this was going on, my brother found a steal on a Olds minivan- given he has kids, this was a better vehicle for him and he got it. This created a situation where he now had a spare vehicle he didn't need. Also, a friend of his at work turned out to be looking for a cheap, reliable car.

So it went down like this: his friend is buying my old car, I'm getting HIS car, he's got the minivan and dad has his car once again. Yay!

In other news, I'm FINALLY getting caught up on the bills- Yay reduced stress! I've dealt with the electric bill and made a serious dent in the gas and water bills; I should have one of those two totally caught up after I get paid this week, and while the credit debts are still a problem, things are improving there too, slowly. When the Bush-Bullshit-Bucks come I'll be paying off the computer loan, and that'll leave just the two credit cards, which I may consolidate to make easier to deal with.

Inch by inch...

I have still a LOT of cleaning to do; I wanna get it done before the arrival of the new roomie and before the arrival of the new cats late in May, around my birthday- Hopefully, I can get that done.


But thats most of it. This weekend is the Vanguard campaign and the start of the next Traveller set on Sunday- I'm looking forward to both, tho my character Goblin ISN'T looking forward... ;)


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