Birthday Runup

What better way to start the run up to my birthday than a weekend basically on the sofa with games and food while the storm batters at the outside world? Well, with presents of course – our tradition of giving small presents each day leading up to the event continues – and somehow is still a surprise each time.

And so Lady M asked me the fateful question as to how many presents I wanted on the day and I picked a lower number, and before long I was presented with a mysterious gift – in this case the vampire teddy and duck from Nightmare Before Christmas, in Funko form.

One minor reshuffle later, I’ve put all the existing NBC Funkos together, and it’s made my fingers itch to swap them all around for a bit of variety, so I may indulge myself with that later.

Costume Preparations


This weekend, we’re all off to a birthday party at the other end of the country, and it’s all hands to the pumps to get costumes sorted out. As you might have worked out, we’re not the sort of people who groan when they see an invitation to dress up, but rather embrace the challenge.

Our host is the delightful Lady Pixie, owner of the Phoenixxrising store, and the general theme of the party is one of the 80s/general costumes. Well, what’s the worst that could happen? It’ll be our first big outing together, so the cries of “Road Trip!” are already filling the air.

For my costume I’ve been revisiting my Death Eater; largely because of the urbanely gothic tastes of our host. Rather than borrowing kit from people, I’ve been investing time and a little bit of money this time, and I’ll do a trial run tomorrow. A new survoat and cloak have been added to the repainted mask and of course the wands and cane. I’m aiming to be stylishly sinister, but suspect I need to tweak it for practical concerns like eating and drinking. There may even be facepainting.

Lady M is probably going as a version of Poison Ivy, and Lady P is probably going as a Disney Princess of some description, but they’re both playing their cards close to their chests – probably so I don’t blab about it here on the blog. I suspect shenanigans, and am looking forward to the mayhem.

In addition, with Friday being Lady P’s last day at the library before starting a new job at Game, I’ve been tasked by the powers that be with arranging suitable leaving presents from the library. There may have to be flowers and a parting shot to people that we’re eloping for the weekend, but probably only if it’s the right audience.

Oh well, back to the grindstone, and a prayer that the next time I look up our country isn’t bombing anyone new.

Preparations Under Way

Next week Lady M undergoes a version point release upgrade. On Tuesday we will see Jo 4.0 and celebrate the ongoing joy of her weirdness. So, I’ve spent today running around securing supplies for the first of her celebrations due to take place over the coming week.

The plan is to have a gentle gathering tomorrow, with another on Tuesday, and a grander Event next Saturday. How gentle those gatherings will be is, of course, open to debate but that’s half the fun. We’ll be catching up with friends and family around the country, and spending some overdue quality time with Lady P too. I’m looking forward to it all, even if Lady M is looking a little bemused at the moment.

So let’s see what adventures we get up to this week.

Drowned Rat Mode: Engage

Keep Calm and Use the Konami Code

So who ordered a whole month’s rain and forgot to space it out over more than one day? I knew I was going to have a busy day, but didn’t anticipate that I’d be spending most of it doing a reasonable impression of a water fowl.

In theory it’s been a day off, but I was up with the larks – or at least Lady M – to get down to the GP for a blood pressure test. Then it was a grind of renewing prescriptions (how is it I can fill a rucksack with my 3 month meds supply?), refuelling the car, and then heading out to get a birthday present for the ex-Lady M.

Now that part was easy, although the expression on the shopkeeper’s face was carefully neutral when I engaged him to ask for advice. The real difficulty was finding a suitable birthday card. I imagine it isn’t something that many people have contemplated, but look at the messages and humour and imagery available on your next pass through a card shop or aisle in the local supermarket.

I was looking for something tasteful but not twee, and a message inside that was either a blank, or generic, rather than a protestation of eternal fluffy gooeyness, or a straight up insult, or accusation of alcoholism. Jokes about old age aren’t my thing either, so that eliminated a whole host of options. As I looked at each option I had a voice in my head going “nope, nope, way inappropriate, nope, hmmm nope”. You get the idea.

Basically there seems to be a default assumption that cards are bought by family members, ardent suitors, or work colleagues with a suspect sense of humour. There’s not really anything for the “We used to think the world of each other, then it went wrong, and now after a few years hard work and tears we can be friendly again but never forget” crowd.

At least, with Charleesi having finished school, I was able to pick her up early for the weekend. It was just as well, because we both made the observation that the heavier the rainfall, the more other drivers’ IQ seems to drop. It was raining very, very hard. Did I mention that?

More maps, general tinkering


I had planned to do this week’s game write up today, but preparations for the Charleesi’s birthday got in the way a little more. A simple request for contributions to something I can’t yet describe because Charleesi reads this blog turned into a five hour marathon activity that almost certainly won’t seem epic when revealed, but has had an impact I’ll talk about after the event.

In the meantime, two new maps have been uploaded to the Notable Locations tab under the Wartorn campaign, and may or may not be of use or inspiration to people looking for Roll20 map resources.

Have fun…