Sum Sum Summer

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I would have written hello everyone, but my hand melted off.

It’s hot. Wow is it getting hot lately. Maybe it’s me, but it feels much hotter at 100 than it used to feel at 100. Like, much hotter. Like so hot that this is actually what happened to me while I was walking from the car earlier:

Okay, so just imagine the melting ice-cream was me and you’ll understand. What, it’s not like I have an actual image of a person melting. That would be disgusting!

Honestly, what are you thinking?!

So anyway… I’ll stop whining and move on.

In our efforts to find an old copy of Heroquest around, we instead found this other game, Dungeonquest. It’s not quite as story heavy, and doesn’t have anywhere near as many neat little miniatures and furniture, but it’s an interesting game. Hard. Very, very hard. Not difficult to learn, it’s just that you die a lot.

Actually, scratch that; you die constantly.

We have tried playing it with modified rules that let you continue even after you die, you just fall back to half health and lose some of your treasure, and we still haven’t even had one of us make it out alive in three games. Reviews online tell me this is actually really normal, that somewhere in the neighborhood of %10 of games end with someone living.

Ouch!

And yet it is still really fun!

Not as much story as Heroquest, and it will never take the place of that one, but it is a lot of fun and we got a great deal on it at a Half Price Books store, so it was definitely worth it for us.

Oh yeah, and I didn’t get a chance to post last week. Sorry about that. I went out of town on the 4th, then had family visit here the 6th and 7th, and this kind of threw me off. But the plus side was that I got to have a nice time with my family on the 4th, and we grilled and had some really good food. The 6th we took my wife’s family out to dinner, then on the 7th we visited a museum with them, and it was a really good time as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Interesting Old Game

Hello!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about an old board game I played sometimes in my youthful innocence, back around *year censored:)*. It is called HeroQuest.

As anyone who ever played it will know, it was massive. A game system, rather than a game. It’s very much Dungeon & Dragons like, all goblins and orcs, barbarian and wizard. I just really remember liking it better than I liked Dungeon & Dragons, which I actually didn’t play until later on.

What I think I liked about it was that there was at least some limitation with it. There is a board, which immediately limits things a bit, and a smaller amount of enemies and spells possible. It also was quick to play, in comparison. At least in my experience, anyway.

I think what I liked best about it is that in the back of the game manual there was a blank quest map, where you could design your own quests. Using that, you could create a quest, and this game came with a MASSIVE amount of miniature figures, furniture, and assorted spell and artifact cards for you to use. I always enjoyed creating quests with an intricate story line and puzzles for the heroes to solve. Sometimes I would end up making it too intricate, or would not consider that someone may take a shortcut to the bad guy and not gather the necessary item to beat him along the way, but I enjoyed it a lot.

With this all in mind, I have looked around lately for a copy of this old game. I was floored by what people are getting out of this thing now. I mean wow! Go ahead, take a look on ebay, you’ll see. It’s crazy! I used to own this game and basically gave it away. How insane was I?

Oh well.

But I guess those quests I created back then were sort of indicative of how much I love creating stories and writing. That actually was probably the best part, to me. So yeah, the nostalgia hit. I’m not spending that kind of money to get another copy of the game, though.

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I’m about two thirds of the way through my current work. It’s going well, but slower than it was before. I always slow down in the summer because I’m off doing things outside and enjoying extra time with my wife. I’m still making progress, though, so that’s good. And once I finish the first draft of this one, I’ll edit the previous one and possibly publish that one, which will be the third and last book of the Non-Vampire series.

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Justice Kennedy retired. Egads! This is terrible. I wasn’t the hugest fan of the guy, but at least he could be trusted more than most of the other conservative justices. Now we know that our current president will appoint someone who dislikes anyone different (lgbt, immigrants, etc.), and who supports businesses over us little peons. And the second he appoints them, the Senate with have completely farcical confirmation hearings, pretending like they are actually doing anything other than rubber-stamping the appointment.

So yeah, that happened.

Please Justice Ginsburg, please take care of yourself for a little while longer. We can’t let an extreme conservative take your place.

Everyone have a good weekend!

Wait, There’s More

Hello!

So, the thing is the promised 7-8000 words away from finishing this current book turned out to not be true. I’m still going. And still thinking I’m nearly done. It’s not so much that I get too wordy as it is a case of me being an awful, terrible, really bad estimator of remaining words. But I’m very close to done.

Here in Kansas City it’s sunny outside right now. For those of you who don’t remember what that looks like, here ya go:

Sun Clipart

Oh wait, that isn’t quite right. Maybe this:

Clipart of sun

No, that’s still not it. Closer, but not quite. Maybe this:

clipart of beach

Well that one is just wishful thinking. Anyway, you get the idea.

The thing is, it’s still fairly chilly. As in below freezing this morning. When is spring going to come, I ask you!

So back to writing…

I had a sort of almost end yesterday, but it turned out this story had more in it. A couple of unexpected scenes came up. And then, of course, a wrap up scene that I already knew I wanted to add needs to be finished as well. I’m close, but it turns out some of the bad guys weren’t quite done with our heroes yet. I have a bad feeling that this could turn ugly for our heroes. I’ll keep you all posted.

Have a happy Easter!