Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everyone!

2011 was a year of many ups and downs.

I spent the first 6 months unemployed. Then I got a great job with a local IT company. The pay wasn’t as much as I made before, but I am really happy with the working conditions.

In February, we found out we were going to have a baby. We had been trying for just a little while. Violet is amazing. She joined us on Halloween. Everyone says how much it will change your life, but you really can’t understand until it happens to you. I love her so much it makes my heart hurt when I don’t get to see her for a while.

It seems that this was the year to have a baby. Kristen’s sister had a little boy in April, her cousin had a girl just before we had Violet, and our good friends Patrick & Lindsay had Stella about 2 weeks after Violet arrived.  Yay babies!

Our gaming sessions have been interrupted a bit because of the babies, but it was a great year for games. We started playing Pathfinder and have been working through one of their huge adventure paths. Collin introduced us to some more Steve Jackson games. It seems that every week we get some games in. I’m hoping we can get back to a regular schedule.

All in all, there were a lot of ups and downs in 2011, but it ended on an upswing. We closed out the year with Erin, Billy, & Robbie over to play games and watch the Dick Clark special.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2012!

Red Box Game Day

Today Collin and I went to 2D10 Games in Fort Myers to play D&D for the release of the new D&D Essentials line. I ran an adventure for 4 people that had pre-made characters. It was a lot of fun. We probably took a bit longer to get through the adventure than we should have, but a good time was had by all. I am really looking forward to doing this again in the future.

Roll them dice!

Gaming!!! The last few weeks have had some great gaming sessions.

Billy has got Kris and I involved in a Mutants & Masterminds game that he is running on vent. M&M is a True20 game (you only use a d20) that is based on comic book style heroes. My character is a mystic that I based on Dr Orpheus from ‘The Venture Bros.’, Kristen is playing Anger Girl from City of Heroes, and Charlie is playing a character based on one of his toons from Champions Online. I liked my first play sessions so much that I ordered the main book and the magic sourcebook. Ok, I really don’t need an excuse to buy more gaming books, but it really is a lot of fun. We ran through all that Billy had for us (the basic adventure in the back of the book), so we have to wait until he can come up with more for us.

We have taken a bit of a break from my Mage game. We have been wanting to play, but it’s been hard to get everyone together. One of the problems of having a big group is trying to work out everyone’s schedule so we can all get together. I hope that I can get most of the people together soon. At least 4 or 5 out of the 7 that are currently playing it. We have had a few one on one sessions that have gone well. Billy’s character went on a seeking and raised his arete.

A few weeks ago Erik had mentioned that he would run a D&D game so that I could play in it. We had our first session this week and it was fantastic. Kris, Ashley, Matt and I are playing various classes and it is going well. Kristen and I rehashed our old 3rd edition characters Kendyll and Shreeve. 4th edition is a lot different. I used to be more a smooth talker sort of rogue, but 4e kind of forces you to be a certain way. I am more of a kill kill kill rogue now. Which isn’t that bad because I used to be something of a pussy. 🙂