Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So...it's been a while...

How've you been? Long time no see etc. Yeah, I know I said I'd blog more regularly but you know...life gets in the way.

Or rather it doesn't. I haven't blogged mostly because I've had nothing to blog about. Gaming took a hiatus and we've been playing Betrayal at House on the Hill instead, which we got for our anniversary. Yeah, we had an anniversary - eight years me and the SO have been together now. We didn't get to go out and celebrate due to her having an infection which resulted in a tooth out - antibiotics meaning no alcohol and eating being slightly painful. Maybe one day we'll get a babysitter in so we can go and celebrate a bit later.

Then there was the boy's birthday. He's seven now. Meep. Presents and party and all that - he mostly seems to have got Lego which is cool and has kept me busy the last few days "helping" him build them. He's more interested in the mini-figures, at least with the Star Wars stuff. Now it's half term and I'm trying not to just let him play computer games all the time but, ugh. Rain. Cold. Don't want to go out. Etc.

Job hunting is still being a pain as there aren't that many jobs. Got one letter sent off and another written for when I get round to printing it out. Not sure if I'll hear anything. Trying not to get too panicky about long term prospects - got a while yet before SO's studentship runs out.

Back on sertraline. Was getting far too depressed and unable to do much. Too early to tell if it's really working - I'm mostly running on placebo effect and sheer willpower now. If I don't collapse again before Christmas then I guess that means they're doing some good.

In a moment of madness I agreed to speak at a trans event next week. Have been fretting far too much about what I'm going to say. At some point I'll just have to sit down and start writing, then ask SO and friend(s) for help editing. At this rate I'm going to be worrying too much about what to say that I won't get to start worrying about the actual talking in front of people thing until it's too late. Maybe that's a good thing actually...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Campaign With No Name - Oct 6th

After defeating the vampires that interrupted their drinking, the party had a good night's sleep. The following morning, they talked to the innkeeper who informed them the vampires were believed to have a lair in an old tomb in the very centre of the forest. After a long, wet, walk, the party found the stone stairs down into the tomb and entered.

Inside were several townspeople who seemed to worship "the master" and attacked them, despite the Warlord's efforts to get them to worship him instead. The cultists were easily dealt with, but the three snake constructs that guarded the corridor leading to the main chamber of the tomb provided more of a problem. Eventually, the Warlord had to actually get down from the steps and engage in the fight, rather than leave everything to the others.

The next room was a large one, containing two towering zombie hulks and several vampires. Chuck immediately divided the room in two with a Wall of Fire, so they only had to deal with a few vampires and one zombie to start with. The vampires were once again easily dispatched, and the zombie destroyed by being pushed into the wall of fire. However, once the wall was dropped, they discovered the zombie could get up again...This time, the two zombies caused some problems as they could hit quite hard, while the vampire minions were still mostly ineffectual. The vampire lord that they had defeated the previous night hung back until the zombies were nearly defeated, and then rushed forward and dominated the Warlord before charging at Chuck. The Drow was able to finish off the zombie and deal a large amount of damage to the vampire lord. The mind-controlled Warlord then charged him before being able to shake off the effect, and Chuck rushed toward him to help him recover from the aftereffects of the vampire being inside his head. The vampire lord took this opportunity to turn into mist and flee through another door, deeper into the tomb.....