Rousing Myself to Write

I haven’t been in a blogging frame of mind lately. Not sure why. I’ll think that I should write about something, and then put it off until the next day. Ten days later I got nothing. Part of it likely has to do with GTS prep. I’ll be leaving in 8 days for Vegas to do that whole dog and pony show and there was a lot of stuff to sort out beforehand (including our new catalog; yay!). It should be a good show for us and it certainly couldn’t be worse than last year. And hey, it’s Vegas, so there’s that. This is Dr. Evil’s first GTS so we’re trying to make him feel welcome.

Yesterday I had a fun day off. I got up early and went down to the Sci-Fi Museum, where Wizkids was having a preview event for their Battlestar Galactica trading card game. I got a demo of the game and caught up with some ex-WotC staffers I hadn’t seen in awhile. After that I went to Bellevue to the Wizkids’ offices, where Jon Leitheusser had organized a six-player game of History of the World, a boardgame from the early 90s. We played the latter day Avalon Hill edition, which is beautifully put together and has hundreds of plastic playing pieces. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the time or opportunity to sit down for a big boardgame afternoon and History of the World did not disappoint. It’s a very good game, only slightly more complicated than Risk but so much more interesting to play. We played to conclusion in about four and a half hours and everyone had a good time. Definitely worth the trip.

Afterwards Rick and Sasha were nice enough to take me back to Seattle and drop me at Ray and Christine’s place. Nicole and Kate were already there and dinner was in progress when I arrived. Mitch and Robin had brought their brood so Kate had other kids to play with, which was nice. There was eating, drinking, and general merriment. When we got home, Nik and Kate fell asleep immediately. I stayed up, watching late night TV and sorting some of the Pirates ships I had traded for earlier that day. SNL was generally meh, but Natalie Portman’s gangsta rap was awesome. Mmmm, smart girls.

Today it’s back to work, and perhaps a bit of cleaning. Tonight I’ve got an interview scheduled for a gaming podcast. Getting me to blab for an hour about games should not be too challenging.

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