The main thing I remember was me thinking “Dang I was just getting into Summer!” and feeling a succession of jolts as the ambient energy dropped (that’s seasonal downturn to all you people in normalsville).
Life progressed as normal. Kids where settled back in School. Work continued to be vaguely annoying and indecisive, but I kept my cool and played along.
Henry had an ace small boy birthday, full of toys, meals out with family, a party at a local play place, and the realisation is that he’s now beyond his littlely years and growing up fast!
Big personal news for me was that the final proofs of Crypts and Things landed, and I had it my hands after spending a good two years developing it. That was a feeling you can’t beat! 🙂
Most of July was us just kicking back enjoying the summer and gettnig ready for the camping trip to Glastonbury that was coming up in August. Weather was pretty meh, occasional sun, a bit of rain (but not very much for our neck of the woods) but mainly overcast. Lots of quality home time though including games and a new barbeque.
This was the second time that I’ve been to Games Expo, hiring a stand to trade as D101 Games with my trusty wingman Guy Milner. It was Expo’s 10th Anniversary and they celebrated by breaking out the trade hall of the nearby NEC Hilton Hotel and into the NEC Exhibition centre proper. There were minor teething problems but on the whole it was impeccably run 🙂 I was less than organised, to be honest I won’t have been there if various folk hadn’t reminded me, poked me and generally helped me over a serious feeling of doubt. Despite having no big release, I made enough money to cover costs and make a couple of hundred. Oh and fun I had lots of fun at this show talking to folk who have just discovered what I do as well as existing customers 🙂 Its at events like this that D101 really comes to life. I’m booked in to do Dragonmeet 2016 in London on Saturday Dec 3rd as a result 🙂
Spring finally gets here, garden goes beserk in response 🙂 Nice to have some ‘normal’ weather for a change.
Evie turns nine, we go bowling and lazerquesting with her friends. Parents some how survive the experience of the small girls screaming and squealing. Touching moment when they all broke into song singing five or so songs from Joseph’s Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat which they are doing with school soon.
A day out in Manchester with the family, travelling via the tram (which was a big success) and then pottering about town centre. Surprisingly this is something we’ve never done before.
First off our Rach is getting used to be being nearly full time now that she’s taken up a position as Research Midwife two days a week. Currently she still has to do two days of clinical practice, and its that which is the tiring stressful bit. We are hoping she goes full time with the Research job if a position comes available. She’s doing well at it and is a lot happier. Plus it seems to have opened up our weekends. Which meant a couple of weekends we could…
Go camping!!! First trip out this year, due to a combination of me being away at 7 Hills and it being feckin’ freezing, and we went to a campsite just five miles south of Chester on a farm These pictures of the meadow next to the site, were the kids all went to play don’t do it justice.
We drove down Friday straight after school, and spent the Saturday in Chester (because we needed to do a quick shop, something we won’t do again). Sunday we went to the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre which was a nice walk in the countryside and finally Monday we had a nice pack up and drive home. Very hard work, and a bit more stress full due to our disorganisation. Next time everything in boxes and no shopping trips for things we’ve forgotten.
Couple of days at work then it was time to me to go to UK Games Expo at the NEC Hilton Metropole to run a stall for D101 Games. Been wanting to go to this when it started 7 years ago, and various family things kept on getting in the way. But not this year! Went with my mate Guy, who drove me and the stock down. We had a fun time working 5-7 hour days selling on the stall 🙂 Overall it was awesome. We did well on sales, saw lots of our mates (it was nice to be next to Nabil, Steve and the rest of the Traveling Man crew) and get a huge sense of achievement for D101 Games. Full of Awesome and Win. Already planning next year 🙂
Seriously we sat down this Sunday to play a Fate game that I’m working on, and our Henry (5 1/2 years) comes in to say hi to the gang. He looked at all the maps, dice and other cool stuff on the table and asked to join in. He was geninuely creastfallen when I said no (the game was a grown up game of monster hunting in ancient Alexandria not U by any stretch of the imagination). So this comes at the right time for both him and his sister, who although she’s 8 the game is designed so older children can have move involved characters and play along side younger siblings 🙂