Mann-ing Up!

The life and times of Hida Mann, RPGG's Crabbiest resident.
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Jaime Lawrence
New South Wales
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Jingle Bells, Cthanta Smells, I will kick his ass
Because I am an awesome Crab with style, charm and class, oh!
A bit of a 'where I'm at' update today - a good opportunity for me to take stock as a number of things draw to a head.

My house is being auctioned tomorrow. Think expensive thoughts for me! My family and I need to go somewhere bigger and closer to my parents, who mind the kids frequently. The house-sale journey has been a stressful one, and still isn't done with, as we need to find a good place for ourselves still. There are a few options, but nothing has yet leapt out and yelled 'buy me!' at us. I'll keep looking, I'm confident that something will come along. Exciting times. Of course, I was laying awake at 1am last night thinking of all the good times I've had in my house over the last 7 years and how much I love the place. It's amazing how regrets can tack themselves to even the most wonderful events in our lives. Still, life marches on and I look forward to finding a new house and making some wonderful new memories.

Lately, I've been putting a lot of effort into my local Legend of the Five Rings community and I'm starting to see some return; I ran an 11 player tournament last week (with 3 regulars absent) and a 6 person demo of the RPG. It's satisfying to see and I quite enjoy organising (and coordinating with the other community organisers around Australia), but I really want to get the push that takes me over 15 and towards 20 in the community. I can only keep working away. Huge props to Good Games Burwood for their continued support of us and the game.

I recently completed a small personal quest; obtaining and playing The Great Fire of London 1666, which was wonderful fun and comes highly recommended. My gaming group has been a little depleted lately, as one member makes his way in the world and finds free fridays increasingly scarce and another has been plagued by sickness. With any luck, tonight will see us settle in to play a few fun things - I'd like to try out Reef Encounter, or maybe Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game – Fame and Fortune, but would be equally happy with just tossing some Tribbles Customizable Card Game or Nightfall cards and drinking a little wine. I need to destress.

The school term is coming to an end and I'm feeling ready for the holidays. Avery and I have a Lego set or two to complete and I've gotten him into painting the many miniatures laying about the house, which he greatly enjoys (and I have a rainbow-coloured Lizardman as a consequence), so we should be able to work around his computer/TV addiction. Should be fun.

Coming up on the 'Geek for me, an April Fools' jape, a Star Trek PbF,The Greatest RPGs Battle and more Iron Reviews (when will those other guys just give up and crown me champion of RPGG Stadium?). I also grabbed an Ipad and I'm looking for good uses for it, so if anyone has suggestions or wants to find me on Game Centre, go ahead.

So, all in all, I'm doing well. Life is kind to me and I'm giving it the big thumbs up, or at least looking away from the sad corners of it that had been empty for so long. Hope this post finds all of you coping well also - let's sit down and have a game some time soon.
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