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Apr. 26th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Organisation
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Eight weeks ago I shifted most of my stuff out of my room with the intention of shifting the furniture around and cleaning everywhere that was hard to get to. The only thing to not get moved was the large bookcase I have and a lot of stuff was actually moved out of my room. Up until yesterday I had my bed in the corner of my room that is by the two big windows and while that was okay to start with temperatures have dropped enough that I wasn't wanting to keep sleeping there. So as of yesterday afternoon my bed is back where it was three years ago when I shifted it because I felt that here was going to be cold over winter. The mass of stuff that still hasn't made it back into my room is a problem though, I've barely managed to sort through any of it to reduce my stuff count.
I did find the photos that I took during my last years of high school and time at polytech, that I'm no longer able to scan, although most had been already. I'm unsure why I stopped scanning them as I got them developed but there certainly isn't any that I noticed that I'm really wanting to be able to show people.

I managed to get to church again this weekend just been (even it was an hour late), and upon walking into the creche was met by the youngest of my ex. I spent most of the rest of the morning with him and the other two children monopolising my time.

After spending a short portion of the time at the beginning of each recent SAGA session reading the rules to Rococo I finally taught three others how to play tonight. Each of them managed 60+ points and I had 51. I haven't yet read through the rules again to find what I taught wrong (and there's probably something) but the game seemed to work together well enough, even if it wasn't particularly interesting.

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Apr. 19th, 2016 @ 11:58 pm (no subject)
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Another week has passed where I was not asked about working at all, I'm going back tomorrow for another later start like the only shift I got last week. Not needing to be up at 5 is a welcome change especially with how late I tend to stay up after a few days of not working.

After the service on Sunday morning I stuck around, as I typically still do when I go along, and had about 30 minutes of a 5-year old climbing on me, trying to push me over, and wanting me to play tag. I'm starting to feel a little more inclined to pay attention to the service itself, but if certain of the youngest children are in crèche I'm likely to go there instead.

Me getting through Critical Role is going much slower than the others I've heard mention it. Not quite managing an episode a day, although I have also been watching a lot of Let's Play videos of Factorio and a few other games. It's probably just as well I don't have a copy of Factorio myself, it seems like a game I'd spend a lot of time playing, maybe even more than I spent with Skyrim when I first got it.

My room doesn't look a lot tidier than it did a month ago, but I have finally put five of the boxes of books under my bed with the others under the table, leaving me with a lot of empty floor space compared to what there was. I've also put an extension cord around the wall so that I'm much less likely to trip as I get up from my bed.

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Apr. 12th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Played a new game tonight.
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SAGA recently acquired a few new games, three of which I had already played, two of which I was already sort of familiar with and one which I have no particular interest in. Tonight, in addition to teaching a few how to play one I had played before (after teaching another on Thursday), I managed to get through the rules for another game and teach a couple of the other people. We all agreed it was good, and I think that a second game now we know how it works together will be easier. The mass of cards we didn't see means I'm not sure how much I'll come to have preferred strategy, and that probably won't really work anyway when only five of the eight decks are involved in any particular game.
Still haven't got around to trying the Dress Making game, although I've now read through the rules a couple of times. I don't know that I'm going to be able to teach others anytime soon though, I'm still working through things in my head. I should probably just watch the YouTube video I remember seeing a fair while back.

Over the past week I've had a couple of conversations I wouldn't have expected to have, even with there being precedent for each. One with a former partner and how I managed to do certain things well, she misses my hugs, which I've gathered a number of other people do as well. And another friend and I continued to discuss similar topics, with at least one of the things I wrote surprising her due to not expecting it from me.
Yet another friend is moving back to the city within the month and I'm looking forward to seeing her again, and meeting her cat. I don't expect that we'll really spend a lot of time together, neither of us socialises all that much, but when it's been more than a year even just once every few months would be a lot better.



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Apr. 5th, 2016 @ 11:58 pm (no subject)
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I started watching Critical Role a couple of days ago, after hearing from many friends that it was great. I'm not as into it as they seem to be, but I'm enjoying it enough that I fall behind on other things so as to watch more.

Work isn't better, yesterday had about half a dozen casuals in according to one of the fulltime staff today, and I wasn't asked about working it at all. There's also probably at least a couple in tomorrow and I wasn't asked to work then either. If anyone knows of a job going that doesn't require talking to people, driving at all, or any qualifications, and that wouldn't impact the hours I want to be gaming, I'd like to know.

Sleep patterns are completely out of whack at the moment, I wonder how much of my apathy of late is due to that.

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Mar. 30th, 2016 @ 12:00 am I had a weekend.
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It was a month ago that I shifted all the furniture in my room (barring the big bookcase) and made sure my books were where I thought they were. I had expected/intended to continue sorting things the following week so that I would be able to pare down the accumulated stuff after nine years living here. Very little happened along those lines.
With four days of no work and very little planned for Easter weekend I had thought I would spend much of my time from getting home from the short Good Friday service until heading to games on Monday night sorting things in my room. I spent almost all my waking hours with YouTube videos playing on the secondary monitor and apart from emptying the large box and bag I had things in I didn't do anything to clear the mess. That emptying happened yesterday afternoon and I found a bag I had forgotten, purchased early on in my time at polytech.

If I'd been inclined to actually do things, I could have gamed for most of each day besides Sunday. I didn't feel inclined enough to leave the house, let alone walk far enough to go gaming at any of the locations I might have though.

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Mar. 22nd, 2016 @ 10:55 pm 1,104,913,445 (or so) and counting
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Had a birthday last week. About a week earlier I hid the relevant facebook details and, after a couple of people posted to my wall, prevented those comments. I just didn't want a mass of comments about it. I've never seen the appeal in having a multitude of friends posting simple Happy Birthday messages because Facebook reminds them to do so. In the early afternoon I headed to the Community Lunch at RBC and had a moments surprise when I saw a cake being brought out, until it became obvious it was for someone else. Near the end of my time there I was asked if my birthday was soon and got the expected response of surprise when I said now.

I missed work today after not seeing the message until mid evening, because my phone had turned off at some point between me getting home and taking a shower. Still getting to work tomorrow though and I was there yesterday so maybe things are better again.

I was gifted a copy of Q.U.B.E. Directors edition on STEAM for my birthday (thanks Michael) and played through what is apparently half the levels in about 90 minutes. Portal sort of game with silent, unseen, protagonist in a puzzle world. So far at least I've not been needing to react quickly for the puzzles, with them being far more "work out how this works" than do this quickly.

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Mar. 15th, 2016 @ 10:56 pm Blech
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I've finally been back to work a decent amount this past week, more than I want to be working in fact. Problem is I feel I have to keep working most of what I'm offered because I know that it won't likely last. Last Thursday I got a shift and have been back each work day since, including having a shift scheduled tomorrow. Yesterday I was informed by the boss that he'd specifically asked for me to be in today instead of just asking for a number of people and I'm wondering if that will be enough for me to keep getting work. I have no confidence that I won't be passed over if he doesn't persist in asking for me. There's been another batch of casuals start recently, at least some of whom were getting work during the two weeks I didn't get offered any (and was later informed it had been a slow couple of weeks).

For all that SAGA has started up again with good numbers wanting to boardgame, it is still not entertaining me the way it used to. I don't feel as interested in the games I've played recently (either at SAGA or elsewhere) and the number of people I don't know is probably a part of that. Having certain people not present this year, or less so, is also going to be some of what's got me down. I may be feeling the effects of weather change just recently, but I doubt that alone is enough.

More realisations about failed friendships and how little effort I've made to maintain a bunch over the years may be impacting my general mental state. The problem remains that I never have anything to say that seems worthwhile bringing up and so I just don't get involved in conversations. My persistent feeling that asking questions about personal things is rude also impacts how easy it is to have conversations with people.

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Mar. 8th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Games, cleaning, games, chat
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I started playing Skyrim again this afternoon, after months not spending any time playing it. Got another achievement not long into the couple of hours I spent playing, and am currently off in the mountains needing to kill a dragon before I can go home. The time I spend playing for a while is likely to be spent on the main campaign instead of side quests. Before I took the long break I'd been thinking that I'd finish the main quest, and then remove all (8?) the mods I've added so I can use the proper mod manager. If I actually feel like playing through again I will do that, but I'm not going to be surprised if I don't bother going back.

The room rearrangement and tidy etc. got a little further on Wednesday last week as I spent much of my waking hours checking the locations of all my books and resorting many of them into better boxes. I had thought I would spend much of Thursday afternoon continuing on with the sort/clear of miscellaneous stuff and have done nothing since. I should put all the boxes of books at one end of my room and then start making piles of things I can get rid of from among the many other boxes and bags I have at the moment. It would also be useful to take all my clothing out of the draws and wardrobe and sort that.

Gaming of late has been disappointing for me. I've just started playing even more often than I was, and I'm doing (what feels like) far worse and not enjoying it as much. The way I felt on Saturday for the day of gaming SAGA held didn't help in my general feeling though, after breakfast and shower I started feeling unwell. I still headed out at the expected time, figuring it was probably nerves and thus not likely to last, only to spend more than an hour after arriving still feeling ill and not playing anything. In the latter portion of the afternoon I played a game with one of my regular opponents and an individual I've mentioned here previously as being someone I don't want to play with (I'd figured it would be over quick because the game is simple and she knows it). He and I seemed to be taking our turns much quicker than she did, maybe even quick enough that we could each have had two turns in the time she was taking for one.
Tonight at SAGA I got to play a couple of games I enjoy with people I enjoy spending time with, and still felt like I could have done other things and had about as much fun. The count of attendees was down on last week, but still about 15.

About a week ago I started getting "Interrogated" by a friend on another website. I answered a number of questions and eventually ended up admitting to something that I'm normally not wanting to talk about with people. It's amazing how much certain people can engender conversation.

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Mar. 1st, 2016 @ 11:52 pm (no subject)
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Saturday was another game day with friends, that I missed the start of due to feeling off. I played Cranium again, after more than a decade, reinforcing my lack of desire to play it more, even with the win. After an even longer time frame, more than 20 years I think, I also got to play Scotland Yard, the fourth highest rated game at BGG from those I remember my family owning as I was growing up. The Captain is Dead has become almost trivial for us as a group now. I've lost only 2 of the 13 games I've been a part of and the difficulty has been ramped up more and more as time's gone by.

On Sunday I went along to church again, for the third time this year and met the 10 week old son of a couple I've known for a few years now. I did not get pooped on, or spit up on, or any of that; a few minutes longer with him on my lap and that might have been different. I'm thinking I might start going back a little more often now, a few people commented about me not having been for a while.

Early yesterday afternoon I started shifting a bunch of stuff out of my room so I could rearrange the furniture and vacuum the areas that had been blocked off from access. The only thing that didn't get shifted was the big bookcase, and I'm probably going to be shifting my bed again in a few months so it's not right by the windows. My count of boxes went up by two in the evening as well, I appropriated a couple of boxes that friends had used when they shifted a couple of weeks prior. So far there isn't much change due to that, but I'm going to be resorting to try and get certain books together, like I managed with Star Trek books this afternoon.

Tonight was the first Intro Night for SAGA and there was, at peak, nearly 30 people in the boardgame room. I didn't spend a lot of time playing, with very little of what was taken along being involved enough for me to want to play, especially with people I don't know. I have very little idea about how many will be coming back regularly but it seems like a fair few of them will be.
Thursday night is likely to be less populated going by my past half decade of attendance. I do expect one person to be there that wasn't tonight, and realistically I'd rather game with her than most of the others that might be there.

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Feb. 23rd, 2016 @ 11:54 pm Gaming, in many places
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Tonight was hopefully the last Tuesday night I won't be gaming until some point in November. SAGA starts back properly next week which also means this Thursday night will hopefully be the last with only a handful of us there playing board games. With me still not inclined to go out most Wednesday nights that will leave me gaming three nights a week for most of the year, with occasional weekend sessions. Not as much time as four years ago but still a lot more than a decade ago.

There was an event at the weekend for Military gaming, the second that SAGA has run, and somewhat better attended than the previous one was from what I heard. I went along on Saturday to make sure a friend would have someone to play with (not knowing how many would actually be there) and we ended up playing a game that she chose to play based solely on the fact it had elephants, that could panic. An interesting experience for me, that I'm in no hurry to repeat as long as I have opportunities for the Euro/Strategy games I prefer. I read through the rules for another game before she arrived and was thinking it might be interesting to play so there's a reasonable chance I could entertain myself with others if I wanted to.

A little after noon on Sunday I got invited to game at the home of a couple that I'd first gamed at near the end of November. Three of the four games I played while there are going to show up as first plays on BGG although I wasn't really learning any of them completely. The version of RISK that got played has been simplified in the past 20 years, with game length reduced by sticking a card in the reinforcement deck that causes Cease Fire. A good reminder of why other games are better, too much luck in the combat rolls. I also had my first plays of 10 Days in Asia and Machi Koro which I'd seen on YouTube and picked up how to play previously. I believe Machi Koro has been mentioned as a Catan replacement by a couple of the podcasts I listen to and I see why, turns are as simple as roll a die (or two after buying a particular building), gain money if the die roll and your buildings allow it, spend money if you want to buy a building. Several of the buildings grant money on any players turn, some steal from the rolling player, mostly they're dependant on what the player rolls for themself.

When I got home on Sunday night I saw that Cities: Skylines was free-to-play on Steam and somewhat unsurprisingly didn't turn out my light or turn off my laptop until about 0530 Monday morning. I don't know how much I'd play if I purchased a copy but I can definitely see myself losing another chunk of time if it goes free-to-play again in the future.

New Monday night location was big enough for four separate tables to be used at one point through the night. I'm not sure how often there will be that many people present due to the normal ebb and flow but there are enough regulars that it seems likely to be enough for a couple of games at a time.

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