I hope your day has been peaceful, your people kind, your sustenance plentiful, and that you are now sinking into a celebratory relaxation
Lady M and I have spent the day with boy s and Lady W and the cub, and caught up with my parents and brothers by way of a Google Meet so we’ve been blessed with laughter, silliness, and no particular urgency along the way.
Plans have been laid to visit my parents some time in the next couple of months, and I need to track the Charleesi down to pass presents to her as well.
Lady M and I have a quiet day planned tomorrow, with a few gifts between us as we mostly focused on giving things to other people and opened things from the rest of the family.
I do have one piece of loot from Lady M that I’ve opened today:
She’s had this hidden away for the best part of a year following a Kickstarter and I love it. The open framed dice have a rough iron feel that along with the skulls suggests a dice set suitable for a villain in one of my games. The case itself has a good heft and solidity too that has a good tactile feel.
I shall now have to find a suitable way to display it
It’s a bit of a busy week, so I’ve been finding it quite relaxing to arrange and shift around the various dice – especially as I may have succumbed to temptation and bought another couple of sets via Wish a couple of weeks ago.
They just happened to arrive this afternoon, so of course this prompted another rethink about how to store and display them. I’d been talking to a colleague this morning about all the dice and she suggested a glass bowl might be a nice way to do so.
Quite by chance we do have some glassware that doesn’t really get used – and one is a decorated mason jar style container that is just big enough to contain all the partial sets and single dice that I’ve accumulated. Well, it would be rude not to use it, wouldn’t it?
So, making the most of still not being able to get everyone around a physical table, I can at least do something aesthetically pleasing with the tools of my trade.
We didn’t get up to much on this rainy Bank Holiday Monday, but while Lady M worked on editing her latest podcast episode I started looking over the various dice sets that I have and stacked them in a dice tray I recently bought.
I’ve only really started buying dice again over the last year or two, and the vast majority of what I have are partial sets accumulated over nearly 40 years of playing tabletop games. They include spherical dice, outsized dice, metal and resin sets, even some wood dice.
And there’s a lovely tactile and auditory element to playing with dice that can be very calming. I’ve left some of the sets and miscellaneous dice out in the tray for that very purpose, while others have been returned to their protective bags – if only so they don’t damage or get damaged by anything.
Lady B has been secretly assembling a range of gifts to distribute among the DDC – literally, as she has a 3D printer. Today a care package arrived.
Both Lady M and I received a prison for misbehaving dice, a pedestal for favoured dice, and a nameplate. The vox also contained a dice-rolling tray, an Eberron DM shield, a card game, and a glass bottle with four red dice in it, representing a potion of healing. Our geekery levels just jumped significantly.
We really are very lucky, and its been a lovely bonus as we head into the weekend.