Yes, it's been that long since my last blog post. That's because my life has been up-ended dramatically.
Let me explain... No, there is too much: let me sum up. Back in March I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. The tumour was removed surgically a couple of weeks later (though I'm still recovering from the operation). I am now in my first cycle of adjuvant chemotherapy (luckily with very minor side effects).
There's a more detailed account of all this in TWJO 213 and I don't intend to repeat that here - check it out if you want to, but you may find it's too much information (I would).
Anyway, the good news is that I am recovering - though I'm finding everything I do takes longer - and feeling the urge to start writing again.
I will need to find things to write about, though - I've not played many games in recent months. However, I've just returned to playing online on Wednesday evenings with the Swiggers gang - old favourites mainly. And I'm getting in plenty of Commands & Colors games: both Memoir '44, through the app, and Commands & Colors: Napoleonics, on Vassal. These games have been real ding-dongs with my two regular opponents and great fun.
So, expect a mixture of after-action-reports, reminiscences of old favourites and accounts of solitaire play. Oh, and first impressions of the odd new (to me) game...
This was the title of my board games column in Flagship magazine, so I thought I'd resurrect it, 8 years after Flagship's demise. The idea is to get down my musings in a more contemporaneous way - expect things to appear later in To Win Just Once (www.pevans.co.uk/TWJO) in a more considered form. Now, can I manage a less formal style?
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