We are at Disney Florida.

It's day 2, and since I have been here so many times, I'm really not interested in getting it all done.

I just want to go at a more leisurely pace this time.

Just happy to have the family together for another family trip.

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So far in 2017 there are three purchases that I like the most.

  1.  a little window air conditioner in our bedroom.  We make the room so nice and cozy, and I didn’t see the electric bill go up at all.
  2. airpods – I have wanted blutooth headphones for a long time, and these, by Apple, are amazing!
  3. A second monitor for my computer.  This has been an amazing change, so invaluable, I will never go back.  I can play and watch and surf all at the same time.  Highly recommended.

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Harry Potter

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I got a nice package of glow in the dark dice today.

Also a Goodman Games catalog 🙂

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DCC

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The family tried 5E , Lost Mines of Phandelver, but it wasn’t a hit.

so we back to DCC.  Last night we made characters, and tonight I finally get to run the iconic Sailors module.  Hopefully it will be well received.

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About 18 years ago I borrowed the Swords Trilogy book(s) from Peter Melman.  I’m just now getting around to reading it.  Although I bought it for the Kindle.  So I’m not even reading the copy that I borrowed all those years ago.  I’m not sure how I will get this book back to Peter.

Anyway it’s good stuff.  It was written before the Elric stuff, and I can see the seeds of Elric and those works in these books.

Nice to be reading again.

Don’t ever loan me anything.

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I got some AirPods a couple of months ago and after a couple of months I have completed my evaluation.  I love these things.

Pluses:

  1.  charge super fast.
  2. charge lasts a pretty long time
  3. super convenient.  No wires, and not having to carry phone is amazing.
  4. stay in and feel just like the old EarPods.  Which some like, others don’t.  I do like them.
  5. the charging case holds a good charge.
  6. sound is the same as EarPods.

Minuses:

  1.  $150
  2. software / connecting inconsistent.   Feels a little ‘buggy.’
  3. I liked the volume control on the old wires.  Yes, you can tap the AirPod and Siri will let you tell her to turn it down but that’s a pain.  Or you can turn it down on the phone itself of course.

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Last night we finished our DCC campaign.  It ended well – the party summoned a horrible demon into the realm and threw in with him, so the realm is now conquered and oppressed.  And everyone was satisfied.  Geez.

The campaign lasted about 8 months with us playing most Fridays.  It was wonderful having my family at the table, and I think everyone had a good time, even Patti!  The characters made it to level 5, which is pretty impressive for DCC.

Usually I have some kind of music playing.  Last night I played Manilla Road, which was recommended in the DCC G+ community.  It’s 80’s heavy metal, and I must say just as some wines pair well with certain food, this music paired very well with DCC.  Just look at the crazy art on the album cover.  Three of the songs are just fantastic, really amazing, with the others fitting in quite nicely with the edgy nature of DCC.

It appears we will be doing another campaign starting next week.  We are eyeing straight up D&D, and I wonder how they will like it compared to the more flavorful DCC.

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So I have a few updates on my 2017 resolution progress.  Some good.  Some not so much.

2.  Control Kickstarter spending.  Only 6 for 2017 will be the goal.

I’m on track here.  I have only funded one so far, How to Write Adventure Modules That Don’t Suck.

At the moment, anything Goodman Games does I’m going all in.  I expect they will have at least 2 more and maybe three more this year.  So they are hogging up half my Kickstarter selections, but I’m good with that.

8.  Read a dozen more books.  One per month.

I’m behind.  I have only read most of one single book; The Handsmaid’s Tale.  Hulu is making an adaption of this.  But I have stalled out and honestly nothing is grabbing me like Appendix N did in 2016.

14.  find creative endeavor……  (I don’t know what this means.  I try things and they go away.  but I must have an outlet and this blog isn’t it)

Ok, so Treknologic is a podcast that I had a big part in creating but left after a year or so due to burnout.  They are going on a hiatus of sorts; so I am stepping in for a year or so while some members get some real life stuff done.  We recorded one episode a week ago or so and it was fun.  I’m rusty; at one point I was pretty good at this but it’s been years and keeping a good flow can be a challenge.  Also I know nothing about microphone technique.

 

So 2017 is mixed so far.  I’m doing some things right but need to keep some focus on what it is I want to accomplish in 2017.

 

 

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