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Jul. 19th, 2016 @ 11:34 pm Huh
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Current Music: Critical Role 47
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I am apparently the reason for at least one person ceasing to attend SAGA this year.
I knew there were issues with one individual, that I've been attempting to avoid in all contexts since the first Mini-Con where I gave the situation one last attempt. I have probably been too open about how I feel about that individual with relative strangers.
I had however been unaware until this evening that I've been seen as rude, although one example from the weekend came to mind immediately. In my defence I was being asked about stuff that was Committee business, even after mentioning I wasn't committee and telling him who was. I've asked for clarification of the issues so once I get that I'll have a better idea of what I need to do.

On the topic of Mini-Con, attendance was down on what I expected, with only two simultaneous games at any point. I'm sure prior events have managed four at once multiple times through the day. Yet again the club had managed to schedule an even conflicting with a Magic: The Gathering event which kept at least one person away. I doubt that would been enough to account for more than a couple of people though. I nearly won a couple of the games I played, losing Colosseum only on tie-breaker, but was well behind in most of them.

I've worked three days over the past week, and it looked like I might get to work Thursday when I looked at the board today. Not difficult work at any point, and I was sort of left in charge of something at the end of yesterdays shift so the temp agency issues continue to seem like bad management.

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Jul. 12th, 2016 @ 11:56 pm (no subject)
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: blahblah
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I got to game with someone tonight that hasn't been making it to SAGA much for a couple of years now (other people have lives away from gaming after all) and also won each of the three games I played. My good mood because of those two things dropped somewhat, pretty much as soon as gaming finished though.
I took an early lead in Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and held it for the rest of the game. Normally I've ended up with low scoring rooms and lagged behind because of it, not sure why I did better tonight. The Agricola game went well for me, although I was of course feeling like I missed opportunities to get things done as well as I might have. My start hand of cards was synergistic to a degree that doesn't normally happen, and with more effort to get my house expanded earlier I'd probably have done better getting them played. DC Comics DBG played with a couple of Superheroes each leads to a quicker game, unsurprising with the dual bonus abilities.

In addition to watching lots more Critical Role recently I have spent a fair while playing Civ III again, getting quite a way through a map before attacking unwisely and getting much of my civilisation taken over in retribution. I need to ensure I have defensive forces, but not go attacking with them. Tropico also got played for a while, long enough after I last played that I'd forgotten some of what was going on and how it worked.

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Jul. 5th, 2016 @ 11:44 pm Change in gaming
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Played Tzolk'in tonight at SAGA, and did well enough I feel okay with my score. Had at least a couple of occasions where the move I chose to make was obviously worse than another I might have taken, but only realised after the next player took his action. The entire game played out oddly though; a bit before the halfway point I realised that almost no buildings had been built, very little of the wood/corn had been taken, and more of the Skull Track was full than normal.
I'm wondering if I'll be playing other games I'm not overly keen on, due to inexperience, in the upcoming weeks. I played Terra Mystica last week and did only a little worse than I'd have hoped at game start. Not sure what else might qualify, although Ankh-Morpork on Thursday probably would.

Appetite quickly dropped back to where I'm used to after my last post, having not worked will have had that impact. Having little in the way of junk-food also has an impact in how much I eat, if I have to make a sandwich or cook or whatever, I'm going to eat less.

I need to find a better job, problem is what's available and my near complete lack of job skills. I'm not going to interview at all well either so even if I could get a CV that seemed to indicate I'm worth hiring going further will be difficult.

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Jun. 28th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (no subject)
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If I was 20 years younger I might be thinking I was about to experience a growth spurt. My appetite seems to have increased over the past couple of weeks and I'm not sure what would have caused it. It's not like I've really been working a great deal more than I had been, or walking much further to games etc. I have been eating more fruit, with apples left over after Buckets of Dice, and me buying more last weekend, but I spend more time feeling hungry now.

My catching up with Critical Role goes in fits and spurts, I watched about half a dozen episodes over the past week, after not seeing any for the prior two (or more) weeks. Where I'm up to now is about what was new when I first remember hearing friends talk about it, I might soon be seeing things I heard mentioned specifically.

Games at the weekend went well for me, very narrow wins in a couple of the games. More important was getting to spend time with the hosts, after they've been unable to attend the gaming sessions I'm used to seeing them at. I was also informed that it could be possible for me to spend the night there if I do want to go visit someone else the following day. Not something that I'll likely take them up on, but the offer was nice. Didn't get to spend time with the cat though. :(

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Jun. 21st, 2016 @ 11:52 pm Shortest day, longest night.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Shortest span of sleep I've had for a while as well, not getting to sleep until about 0130 this morning before waking up at 0500 for work. And my intention to sleep during the lunch break didn't pan out, I spent much of it talking with one of the forklift drivers.

The solstice has arrived and for most of the rest of the year the days will be getting longer again, which I hope means that I'm going to see more sun. I've been aware for a while now that I barely ever leave the house during daylight hours, with work early in the morning and sundown well before gaming starts.

I ended up spending longer at church on Sunday than I have for quite some time, even after arriving an hour late. The children's church leaders and helpers had some sort of meeting and I ended up with some of their children watching videos as a responsible adult. The youngest of those that was present spent much of the time sitting on me, and on a few occasions offered me food from the plate that was present. It sometimes seems that even children realise I could probably do with eating more.

I'm going to spend a large portion of this coming Saturday afternoon gaming, unless problems develop, and if it was going to be evening as well I'd probably be considering asking to spend the night again, so I could again go visit the friend I saw two weekends ago. It was good to just spend a few hours sitting together, watching TV and talking.

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Jun. 14th, 2016 @ 11:39 pm A better weekend
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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I'm not sure the weekend I just had wasn't better than the Bucket's of Dice weekend at the start of the month. I didn't play anywhere near as many games but I feel like I might have had a better time. I only spent 24 hours away from my flat instead of the better part of 72 involved in Buckets stuff or sleeping between days.

Saturday night I walked to the new home of a couple of friends for their housewarming (missing one turn that cost me a couple of minutes). While there I got to spend a little while interacting with someone I've been friends with on-line for a few years, as well as limited interaction with others besides the friends I went to see. Once most of the attendees had left there was some limited conversation between the hosts and myself, where I talked about a couple of things I likely wouldn't have a few months ago. Fairly soon after I arrived the nerves I feel in such situations were pretty much gone, still not wanting to eat but I did snack for the rest of the evening.

With another friend I hadn't seen in person for a couple of years moving back to the city recently and the housewarming being sort of half way there I had asked earlier in the week if she wanted company on the Sunday. I ended up spending the night on the couch and apart from waking due to cat standing on my chest slept quite well considering. I waited around a while after waking properly to make sure I could say goodbye to both of the couple, and learnt a bit more about D&D stuff as everyone else was discussing the game. My walk to the other house ended up being nowhere near as direct as it should have been due to me missing a turn and not being familiar with the area, about 25 minutes more walking than I had intended. Thankfully the rain that had been forecast didn't eventuate although it was colder than I'd have preferred.

Once I got there however the two of us quickly settled back to the comfortable hugging and general closeness that was normal when we saw each other often. I got to meet her cat Luna, and we were both surprised with Luna eventually allowing me to stroke her head while she sat off to my side. I also got to see some "old" TV due to her flat having netflix(?), including a few episodes of Buffy, that I really should get around to watching again after not really seeing it for a decade (besides the four(?) episodes I watched with my most recent ex). I also had conversations with her that I'd likely not have had months ago, especially back when we were seeing a lot of each other. I don't know when we'll arrange to spend more time together, distance is enough that I'm not wanting to walk that far often, and she's still getting used to the new place. I have however arranged to take over a video game that she hadn't been aware of and am now thinking I might find a couple of books as well.

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Jun. 7th, 2016 @ 11:54 pm Buckets of Dice 2016
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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As expected my weekend was largely full of gaming and not enough sleep. I only played a few games each day through the weekend but some of them were a significant length. A small number of people I'd have like to game with either didn't make it at all or were distracted by the mass of RPGs and LARPs on offer. Two new games over the course of the weekend although I'd had some idea about each beforehand, one being a development of a nearly 10 year old game and the other being one I saw video play through on YouTube.

Saturday morning I woke three hours earlier than I intended to for some reason and spent most of that time lying in bed trying to sleep again. I got to the event shortly before the spiel about RPGs that would happen along with LARPs etc, before having a very short attempt to get people interested in Quantum Werewolf. I spent the normal amount of time waiting around through the day with no clear idea of what game to play but at least some of the time I wasn't playing was to avoid an individual or a game I wasn't interested in.
Sunday I managed to sleep in longer and showed up after whatever speech might have happened. I also ended up playing everything with someone I spent a lot of the day hugging as well. Even though this day was the one I played the most games I went and got food at one point, which would have taken a while.
Monday was a later start than I'd have wanted due to people needing to sleep and many of the attendees wanting to eat breakfast at a group event. The trickle in was perhaps worse than last year but that's always going to be an issue, especially on day three. Clean up was almost completely dealt with well before I'd expected it to start, perhaps due to there being very little in the way of RPGs so only one room was in use for most of the day.

My walk to games on Monday night was little more than half the normal length due to relative locations, and attended by only one other aside from myself and the host. I got to play my second game of Samurai, doing quite poorly, and another game of St Petersburg where I actually felt I might be competitive from early on.

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May. 31st, 2016 @ 11:49 pm Wearing out
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Over the past two weeks I've worked as much as I ever expect I'll want to. It also means that I probably worked more over the last half of May than in almost any full month for the past two and a half years. Presuming things continue on with me getting asked about shifts as often as it seems I may now be, I could be dropping back to working only three days a week in a couple of months with monetary reserves back where I want them. The specific jobs I've been doing have mostly been at the place I prefer to work now as well which has been good. The only downside is that when I'm working where there isn't a machine I don't get reading time during the work portion of the shift. Many days when I'm working at a machine there'll be some problem that stops the machine and I'm left with a short span of time in which I can read at least a paragraph of the book I have with me.

This weekend is Bucket's of Dice and I'm going to be occupied for much of a 72 hour span either gaming at the Uni, sleeping, or moving between those two activities. Contrary to the past few years I have no responsibilities regarding the organisation/running of the event and will be able to just play whatever I feel inclined to play (presuming I can find opponents). Some point on Monday that may change however, I've received indication that Quantum Werewolf will interest enough people to make running a game worthwhile. My issue is going to be getting the night actions from people without everyone knowing and being certain the program I found runs right, something I've been meaning to check for at least a couple of weeks.

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May. 24th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (no subject)
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I was at work on Friday, and shortly after the lunch break got sent a text message asking if I wanted to work Monday. When I headed home I replied to that message in the affirmative and before I got home received another message basically saying "don't bother, the shift was full". I chose to let the shift supervisor know, as he'd asked if I'd be in on the Monday and I'd indicated I would if asked. He let me know I should go in anyway so I was at work yesterday, and today after getting asked before lunch. I also became aware of some of the business details that would definitely be considered corporately sensitive if I went into it all. The big thing I came away with was even more certainty that management makes bad decisions.

ETA (2016-05-26) One of the other casuals (who has started back last week) didn't get paid last night like the rest of us. Because the pay was put into an account with a suffix of 04 instead of 01(?) even though she has never had an account using that suffix and her resigning with the agency mostly being a case of "this is correct from last time" more than filling it all out anew. So the previous account should have been uses.

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May. 17th, 2016 @ 11:54 pm I don't really feel like writing about anything ...
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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... besides things I'm not willing to write about.

The shift supervisor at work seemed to agree with my general feeling that the temp agency (representative) is causing problems for more than just me by bringing in new casuals instead of offering me work. After all the machine operators have to train and monitor the new people while they can just point me at a part of the machine and know I can do the work.

I went out to the Wednesday night game group last week for the first time in what felt like months (and probably was), learning how to play Porta Nigra where I managed to plan ahead on a few occasions. I might do better in further games but I'm not "eager" to play again and see how much better I can do. Was told that getting a game of Asgard some weekend could be managed without great planning so once Buckets of Dice is done I might see about that.

At the Long Board Game day I managed a narrow win at Die Macher with three of us having only a 9 point spread (the new guy wasn't quite 70 behind my score but did well for a first game). Eclipse ended up being similarly close (proportionally) between three of us although one of the new guys was second in it.

I watched the three Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies today between getting up and heading out to SAGA. I'm probably going to watch more of my DVDs tomorrow afternoon, it's been quite a while since I saw some of them. The Magnificent Seven seems like a good choice for one.

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