My Wind down from Winter Fantasy #DnD #TTRPG #RPG @BryanCPSteele

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Winter Fantasy is over, and today is still a day off from work for me. I need this day to wind down a bit, but I’ll be very happy to get back into my routine.

I tried to run three slots of 1st Edition Dungeons & Dragons (S2: White Plume Mountain), but none of the tables went off. I sold only a single ticket for one slot. Nevertheless, I go my fix. I ran it for most of the van ride home (Winter Vantasy). This meant that the days could be spent the way I wanted to spend them.

Much of my time was spent completing my 1st Edition character builder. The game exposed some bugs in the character sheet (already fixed), and there’s one more thing (non-weapon and weapon proficiencies) that I have to finish (will be finished this week), but after that, everything that remains is monster species data entry. I’ve gotten through lizard king in the Fiend Folio, then have to deal with Monster Manual II and Oriental Adventures, but that’s it. Nothing hard; just tedious. I can then upload it to GitHub where someone else can do a much better job with the front-end if they’re so inclined. I’ll try to shore up my own front end first, but there’s only so much you can do with MS Access.

My “man cave” now has an addition to the wall of badges.

So, what now? Well, I always come away from vacations feeling like I’ve had enough. Like everyone else, I complain when I get up in the morning, I’m annoyed by tough cases, etc. However, in the end, I need a purpose. I need a job for more than just paying the bills, and relatively speaking, I have a really good job. I don’t need another vacation for a while, and after speaking with Bryan CP Steele at Winter Fantasy, I’m seriously considering replacing my Vegas trip with Gamehole Con this year. If I do so, I’ll still take off a week from work, but I’ll be home for most of those days relaxing. I don’t think I need anything as intense as Vegas.

Time to return to the grind, and I’m 100% cool with that.

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