2018 In The Can!

I’ll be honest with you, I’m writing this at the end of November. It seems like I always do it this time of year, and then tweak it a little bit each time I want to add something.

The word that could describe my online presence this year is a sobering one: inconsequential. It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t written anything published since April; I’ve not been myself, or someone that at the beginning of 2018 I would call myself. But perhaps that isn’t a bad thing.

I’m a different man at the end of this year than I was at the beginning of it. I got a promotion for starters; took me from three days a week to five with a raise to match (even after tax!). Still in retail, but in a peripheral role as opposed to a central one. I’m always cagey about talking about work here, so I’m sorry for the vagueries.

But more important than that, I found God.

The fact that I even hesitate to write that for fear of ridicule is a reminder of how I used to be in regards to religion, but there it is. I rediscovered Christianity over two decades after walking away from it. I’m not going to change what I write about here; I want to keep that conversation in it’s own area for my sanity as well the perceived freedom. I’m sure I will crosspost or fold the two together eventually, but one step at a time.

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Welcome to the D&D World!

One of the few purchases that I made during the last Steam Sale was Chronicles of Mystara. After watching ProJared’s video on one of the games in the bundle, I figured it would be fun to play it with Julia and her room-mate. That and I like D&D, though I am definitely new to the game as I only started playing during 5e, the latest rule set.

I played it for a little on my own on the normal setting, got beaten enough times to put me in a bad mood on it (mood swings plus a harsh difficulty curve does not a happy Allan make) on both Tower of Doom and Shadows of Mystara, and quit it. Then Julia and I had little else to do one evening, so we sat down and played it. She picked Elf (both games run on D&D First Edition), and I picked Magic User.

And I couldn’t have been more wrong on my opinion of the games.

We tweaked down the difficulty because it was midnight and I was in a half-awake stupor, and while we ran through the game dying along the way, we had fun. The spells we saved for the boss’ and when we were about to die, and just played it like over-excitable kids with quarters galore. It was great, until Steam decided to bring down it’s Friends system for routine maintenance.

I have every intention of playing it again, though this time perhaps with a couple of friends alongside to boot. Maybe we can actually finish it. Though, I’m sure we’ll still joke how the ‘Shadow Elves’ throws more slaves than warriors at us; they had grey/purple skin, they were Drow, dammit!

If you want to pick it up to play with friends, I’d wait for it to go on sale, as it’s £12 for a single copy and £36 (WTF?!) for a four-pack and the four-pack is what you really want. Trust me, you will want to play it with friends; playing alone is not fun at all.