January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish each and every one of my LiveJournal friends (and all my friends in other media who might be reading this) a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. May the Goddess bless you with health, prosperity, safety, and good cheer for the coming year.

Happy New Year, one and all! :)

A Thought for the New Year

January 1st, 2015. A new year. Also a time for contemplation, a time for New Year's resolutions and thoughts, and a time when we discard the destructive, old habits for healthy, new ones. Supposedly. Back when, a good friend of mine, Janet Wilson, suggested that I journal today the New Year's resolutions that she makes every year, based on her time in Alcoholics Anonymous. She got this list from the column that Dear Abby wrote way back when. So here's some thoughts for folks to think about as we get ready to head into a New Year...

Just for today: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

Just for today: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct, and accept those I cannot.

Just for today: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today: I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully - if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block.

Just for today: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

Wednesday Night Game Report - a|state Session 2

Ah, the first gaming blog post that I'm writing for 2015. :)

As noted in last year's journal entry (haha, I had to write that line, didn't I?) :) elsewhere, I gamed with the Wednesday night group last night, as they started their a|state RPG campaign finally. You can read about the previous game session in this journal entry. Since this post is quite long, I've put it behind a cut for those who don't want to read about the roleplaying game campaigns that I'm running.

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One of the things I wanted for the Wednesday night gamers was an a|state plot that was relatively simple, that would show a certain side of The City and its underworld, and that would "involve" the characters right off. I've done the disappearing children plot in various game systems before, but... Several of the folks reading my LiveJournal may recognise the basic framework of this plot, and that's no lie. I borrowed the plot from one of the basic blog entries that a friend knightbane posted up about playing in a game, but have added a few details to it, and fleshed some elements of it out. As they say, using plots that others post is the best form of flattery in roleplaying gamer circles! :)

I can't tell you how happy I was to get to run this game session of a|state on New Year's Eve. :) The Wednesday night gamers hadn't really gotten to start the a|state campaign, though they had played through the samples of combat session that I usually run, and all three players were chomping at the bit to start the a|state game in earnest. The game session went pretty well I thought, and the players are interested and intrigued by the plot that I've got them involved in. Kendall and Donna are thrilled to be involved in something with such social and moral aspects to it, and David told me that he's surprised at how easy he "fell into" the storyline, coming to Kendall's character's aid. All three are looking forward to more a|state goodness in 2015, and so am I!