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Dec. 16th, 2014 @ 11:51 pm End of year games.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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SAGA is basically over for the year, I may be going back on Thursday night, but I'm not currently expecting to do so. I nearly left early tonight, after a meeting the only people present seemed to be inclined to play RPGs and I figured I might as well leave. I stayed due to laziness and had the opportunity to play three games.
Stray Dog gaming happened on Sunday and I played a spin-off of Pandemic where everyone plays as one of the diseases instead of trying to cure them. More of interest to me was the game of Sheriff of Nottingham, which is basically a bluffing game. I feel as though I'd get a copy for myself if I had the cash reserves.

The final lead up to Christmas has led to me getting slightly more work, although I'm not sure how much it's going to continue later. The factory is basically shutting down over the two weeks of Christmas and New Year, and I've not bothered to ask if there'll be work for casuals.

I've found the Hard difficulty of StarCraft II more manageable than I expected to. So far I've completed 15 of the 29 missions and most of those have been done with the Achievement completed as well. The timed missions are the ones I'm least likely to manage, I still haven't improved my building/upgrading/micro to the level I'll need to.

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Dec. 9th, 2014 @ 11:30 pm Games and illness
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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I had a good night at SAGA last Thursday getting to play Puerto Rico and Race for the Galaxy, winning all three games. Tonight was also good, although I only won the middle game of DC Comics, thoroughly behind in Libertalia and quickly out in most rounds of Love Letter.
I have spent a lot of my recent week playing StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, finishing the campaign on the easiest difficulty, and before I went out to SAGA today I started down the last set of missions on Normal difficulty. I expect to go back and try and get through them all on Hard difficultly (or at least try) but I'm not expecting to manage the extra achievements on most of them. At least some are timed missions, and I've barely managed the required time on the Normal difficulty.

I was supposed to have work yesterday, an odd shift from noon until 1700. I hadn't remembered to turn off the alarm I normally use and managed to sleep through it going off every ten minutes for an hour. I didn't realise early enough that it was so early and got up to have breakfast. Not long after that however I started feeling unwell and decided to go back to bed, making sure to have a bucket nearby. After an hour or so I cancelled the shift, figuring earlier that I might come right with more rest. More bed rest had me feeling better, but I still spent almost all day on this recliner, not really eating much and making use of the big TV.

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Dec. 2nd, 2014 @ 11:59 pm Last week was a terrible week for gaming
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I had a typical Monday night, and then played a single 2-player game of Race on Tuesday night, that was it. The biggest drop off is due to SAGA effectively ending after the Uni exams and people shifting away for the summer. As such I spent tonight playing StarCraft II instead of even trying to get games played at SAGA. I may be slightly more inclined to go further on Wednesday nights for a while to make up for the lack, but I doubt it.

In much happier news, I went to a wedding on Sunday afternoon, got dressed up and everything. While there I had a couple of short conversations with a couple of people I know, but don't see. One of whom I happened to be very surprised at her age, I knew her when she was starting High School and she's now finished three years of University. When she told me she knew the bride from school my first thought had been that the bride tutored her or something, they were the same year.

I kind of expect to spend much of the upcoming weeks playing StarCraft, when I don't have specific other plans.

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Nov. 25th, 2014 @ 11:53 pm Blah, again
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Tonight at SAGA was fine for those that role-play, I got a single 2-player game of Race for the Galaxy before the only other board gamer left. I wasn't really surprised to have so few show up, with the Uni year finished there's been a few of the regulars leave the city, and at least a couple of the others have stopped attending for other reasons of late as well.
Last Friday night I got to play a bunch of games at the Irregulars meeting. My first game of Hanabi in person for a while (after it came to Board Game Arena recently) and the wild cards change things significantly. It's also interesting, if potentially frustrating, to play with people that don't thing the same was as you. The Captain is Dead was played again, and for the second of three times most of the Engineering cards were out early with the Chief Engineer as a chosen role. I wondered on my walk home how many more levels of Jump Core repair we could have managed after getting through the chosen difficulty very easily.

I've spent some of the past couple of Sunday mornings at Church helping in the Crèche, mostly with the daughter of my ex. I also got to spend time with the elder boy who still seems quite happy to see me most days we're both there. On my way home this Sunday I stopped at the park and spent at least 30 minutes with the boys (and father) of another family, probably spending more time on a swing than I had all the rest of the year.

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Nov. 18th, 2014 @ 11:08 pm 48 hours of charity
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Over the long weekend that has just been I took part in what seems likely to have been the first annual charity event run by SAGA. The plan was to have people start gaming at 1000 Friday and continue playing games (board and RP) continuously until 1000 Sunday, with sponsorship for those taking part. As we started there was at least 20 people present and attendance didn't fluctuate a great deal until early Saturday evening, with about half a dozen making it until 1000 Sunday. I personally made it until mid Saturday evening before I realised I wasn't going to be able to stay awake for the full 48 hours and should leave. I had been short tempered with someone earlier during a game and decided I shouldn't keep playing as that would get worse. I figure that 35 hours of playing isn't bad for someone of my age and general sleep deprivation, but I would have liked to stay longer.
There has already been talk of a repeat for next year, possibly at a different long weekend to increase attendance. If it happens again I'll be taking part, aiming to get to at least as many hours of play, and making more effort to get sponsorship. If it does happen at a different weekend I'll probably (hopefully) be able to go along to the Gamesfest '15 weekend.

NaNoWriMo basically died days after it started for me. I haven't even opened the file over the past week. My word count got to not quite 1500 words and I've not felt inclined to write more instead of playing games, or watching YouTube, or reading blogs.

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Nov. 11th, 2014 @ 11:36 pm (no subject)
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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I did what I consider a full week of work last week, and was offered shifts for the other three days as well. I'm hopeful that I'll continue to get offered shifts for the rest of the year. I get the feeling I may be able to do more handwork shifts as well, meaning I won't need to be up as early and probably won't feel as weary.

The wireless connection in my flat seems intermittent of late. I've been able to do things online, but nothing that requires staying connected for any length of time. Obviously it's difficult to play games against strangers, which I've taken to doing a couple of times a day. Sites heavy on images aren't even getting fully loaded when I try and go to them, there's no chance at all of getting YouTube videos to play. Of course there is a possibility that it's actually my laptop that is having trouble with things and I'll need to investigate some sort of replacement.

I'll be spending almost all of this coming weekend gaming, until I fall asleep at least. Unlike the past six years I'm not heading away to Hanmer Springs (and that feels weird) but will instead be gaming at the University with others from SAGA. Someone had the idea to spend 48 hours attempting to game continuously and raise money by doing so.

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Nov. 4th, 2014 @ 11:22 pm NaNoWriMo take 11
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I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo again this year, after failing for the prior three attempts. An idea was had on Wednesday or Thursday that should, in theory, be able to allow me to write at least as much as I did last year (half target). I have written 162 words so far, all on Saturday. I've had a couple of realisations about me failing over the past years. SAGA has been running throughout the Novembers I've failed, the last year I won was my first year in SAGA but by the time November came around the earthquakes had ended the weekly meetings. I was also ML (municipal liaison) for the last couple of years I won, and decided that I might stop taking part so stood down as ML and probably had less motive to win because of that.

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Oct. 28th, 2014 @ 11:59 pm Relationship ramblings
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I've recently been informed by a fourth party that had I dated a particular friend last year at least one member of her immediate family would not have objected, even with a 10 year age difference. Not actually all that surprising when I'd been a part of the particular social group for a couple of years at that point and most of them are 5+ years younger than me. With how old my most recent ex is compared to me the difference was about the same as well. On one level I regret not taking any steps to see if a relationship with her would have worked, the woman in question is someone I enjoyed spending time with since I stopped being quite so passive and withdrawn around her. After I started talking a little more the two of us spent a fair amount of time hugging when we were at the same place and I wasn't distracted with games. If the two of us had dated it would also have meant I didn't get into the relationship with my ex that ended so quickly and left me depressed for a couple of months. On the other hand though, us getting together and then breaking up (which I expect would have happened as she'd likely have started to find me boring) would probably have led to her not getting into the relationship she is in now and from what I've seen the two of them are a much better match than she and I would have been.
My ex got engaged recently, shocking me when I first saw mention of it on Facebook, as I'd not realised that the two of them were that serious. Me not knowing isn't particularly surprising though, considering how little contact I've had with her over the past year. From everything I've seen though it seems that things are very good between them and I wish her well.

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Oct. 26th, 2014 @ 03:50 pm Gaming for charity
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Three weeks from today I'm going to be very tired, even compared to the normal tired state that I almost always happen to be in.
Each of the prior six years I have spent Canterbury Anniversary weekend in Hanmer Springs with a portion of the Wednesday night game group I've been a part of since a year after shifting into this flat. We'd head up on the Thursday (Wednesday last year) and spend most of the weekend until noon Sunday playing board games. This year I'm not going on that trip, mainly as my work situation was not what I wanted it to be for the past year and I don't feel I can afford the expense. Also keeping me from attending is the thing that I'll be at over that weekend instead.
Minicon III: 48 hours of Charity where those of us attending are aiming to get sponsorships to play games for as many hours as possible over a 48 hour period. All raised money is going to go the Christchurch City Mission.
As I'm now old and mature (cough), I won't be attempting to stay awake for all 48 hours of the event, but I do expect to manage 40 hours of gaming during it. Largely based on the past years in Hanmer Springs and how most of those trips I've had 3 or 4 hours sleep on the first night and little more the second. So far there isn't a lot of certainty about what specific games are going to be played but I have a few things I'll want to get played and I expect there are a number of others with specific things they want to play as well.

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Oct. 14th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm Meh
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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I've been feeling somewhat down again just recently, and actually angry about a couple of things as well. Most of which is all my own fault . I need to make an effort to keep in contact with someone but I struggle to feel I wouldn't be annoying. I haven't been to church in a month or so and don't yet know if I'm missing it or not. There's other issues I'm not so comfortable writing about here.

One of the games we've played a bit recently at SAGA is Tsuro, where the aim is to be the last player with a piece on the board. Place a tile beside the edge your piece is on and move all pieces along the paths they now touch, if your piece goes back off the board or touches another piece you lose. There's been a few interesting games at SAGA, but none have ended the way this game did.

Something else I came across during the week was this limerick. (Clicking the picture explains it.)


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