With Owlcon just around the corner, I've decided I really need a new demo game. I'm going for a sci-fi game this year I think. I already got the plot sketched out but I figured I needed to make it a little more complicated to finish - so I decided it needed maps. Cool maps. Cool maps made in Illustrator. I've always been more comfortable working in Photoshop. I've even gotten pretty darn good with Indesign in the past few years. So I thought, why the hell not? I should beef up my Illustrator skills. So when my friend pulled out a pencil drawn map that looked like it was photocopied about a thousand times before he downloaded it for our RPG game, I thought that would be a great place to practice. With that done, I quickly moved onto my Heroes Die map for my main RPG game. I have to say, I really love the program and wish I had worked in it more often before. I'm more than a little disappointed Owlcon didn't hold their annual logo contest. I was really looking forward to the challenge and thought I had a good shot. I don't know if my win from last year would make me ineligible but I was gonna try. So with my Illustrator skills beefed up, I'll eventually get around to making my new sci-fi GURPS demo for Owlcon. Eventually. I still have the Shadowrun game to start writing (we start in two weeks now!).
When I don't have RPG gaming on the brain, we've been running around a lot from Jiu-Jitsu class to Jiu-Jitsu class. What happens when you have a family with OCD tendencies and an activity they all enjoy? Massive consumption of said activity or at least as much as the body will take before screaming out in mercy. We've only just hit our two month mark but our love for the sport is only intensifying. Lana hasn't tried getting me in a rear naked choke in her sleep yet but I don't sleep with my back to her anymore either. You never know. I still remember our poker days and her raising me in her sleep. Without sounding too hokey, it's become something of a lifestyle change. We're eating better, we're active constantly, we've found the motivation to walk and run often in the mornings, and have even purchased mats to bring our habit home. We've been moving towards a healthier lifestyle and the Jiu-Jitsu has been the thing we all love enough to move in the right direction together. If you've never tried it, you should come by and at least watch a class. Tell Mr. Henderson we sent ya. Hey, you even get a free trial period. ;)
So what else did you miss while I was M.I.A.? Quite a bit actually. The kids had their birthdays. We did the double birthday party and all their friends made it out. It was a pretty darn good time and I even got a few pictures of the kids throwing down a game of Zombies!!! For Halloween, Marcel decided to go as a mobster. This year will always be remembered as,
"Hey, you remember that Halloween we had to force Livie into costume? Man, she kicked and screamed like we were making her eat a hamburger!"
(My child gags at the smell of meat in case you were unaware of that.)
Once she was in the costume though, she loved it. She played the cute card at every door and even got more candy by just standing there longer nearly every time. Marcel looked heart-breakingly handsome and too grown up in his suite.
So other than that, we're just having fun. Lots of time at parks walking and running. Lots of time rolling around on mats getting sweaty, grinning around our mouthpieces. Lots of gi washing and rushing from class to class. There's been lots of impromptu park picnics. I have to say, it's been lots of fun lately. I hope my kiddos remember this time together as fondly as I do now.
Well, I'm out for now. I got some Black Ops to play. I gotta get online before all the kids get home from school. I hate being destroyed by trash talking nine year olds.