I threw my back out a week or so ago. It's not something I usually comment on, because it's not unusual for me and it's completely unrelated to my gaming most of the time.
But I apparently threw it out worse than usual. To the point where it's impacting my ability to sit upright for more than a few minutes at a time, which makes gaming and blogging both difficult.
This means that this week's post may be a bit more scattered and/or disjointed than usual, as I'm writing a sentence or two, and then lying back down for my back.
This is the second year in a row I've served as a double-blind for someone's Secret Santa. Basically, he tells me what to buy his target, and then I make the appropriate arrangements and he sends me the money. It works pretty well, and I enjoy it. I am actually considering setting myself up as a double-blind for all comers.
I can't believe it's the holiday season already! Time to start the New Year's Eve planning ...
I've also been asked by Asmodee to write an article for Game Trade Magazine. It's a new one for me, because I'm used to setting my own deadlines and policing my own word count. Which, admittedly, has led to some mediocre posts from time to time and some long rambling posts from time to time. Even better: I was asked to write about a game that won't be out in the US until February. So they had to ship a copy to me. From France.
It's a huge deal for me - I've always been connected to Asmodee in a more-or-less unofficial manner. I help them out with their translations, and, in exchange, I get trips to GenCon and free games. This is a task that normally a full-time employee of the company would handle. So it's very strange for me to be writing it. Thankfully, I have a solid support network, including one friend who has written things for GTM previously and has agreed to look over my article before I send it in. Which is a HUGE relief.
And I keep getting translation projects. Mostly info sheets. You know those one-page "here's info about this game!" things? Someone has to write those. And translate those. And clean up the translations.
I've seen some other interesting things, too. But I don't know if I can discuss them, yet. All I'm going to say is that Good Things Are In Sight. And 2013 is going to be a good year for gaming.