13 weeks to go…

You do the math… Anyways, here’s Matthew McAndrew’s Modem Problems strips for this week:

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #338 – The Trap – March 26th, 2007

Matthew McAndrews’ Modem Problems #339 – God is WHO? – March 29th, 2007

The week at large:

I don’t know. It’s been a mixed bag. Mhari got Pink Squirrel to level 48. Commander Kitty is ALMOST to level 47. And Purple Moose is level 20. Over in EQ2 land Filthi is level 49 at last! Woot! Now the hill up to level 50. In EQOA we are back into the grind after all of us made level 49. I took a look on-line at what is invloved in the level 47 side quests and decided it wasn’t worth doing yet… too much to do before Whyaylooh headed off to All Fur Fun. So we might start it next week. Or wait to level 50.

So, yes, I played EQOA, EQ2 and City of H/V. Life is good though I had some minor health issues over last weekend that cost me a day of work (though I did work from home, like on Friday, so I won’t lose pay over it or need to use sickpay). That seems to have settled. Now I am back to the normal back and shoulder pains and just general mood-swings from blood sugar levels over the course of the day. (My blood sugar is acting a little strange… it seems to be staying under control rather than heading into ‘highsville’ after meals… this is Supposed to be a good thing. So why don’t I feel so great??)

Didn’t play Wow. And I am almost ready to uninstall Vanguard from my computer, like I already did with that adult MMO thingie I mentioned from last week. I did spend more time on Second Life. It’s something I can do while working from home while babysitting the mainframe as it runs the jobs I am testing. Just wandering the world seeing the sights. Checked out City of Lost Angels. It looks like a fun project. There are LOTS of people almost always in the sim. It’s an interesting idea. If you are interested in actual role-play on SL, do check CoLA out.

About the only TV I watched was the news during dinner for the weather, and a little bit of Good Eats. Went to bed earlier and got a little bit better rest. Though something about my resting seems to be making it not seem to ‘stick’. I keep wanting to go back to bed for ‘just a few hours more’.

The pen and paper roleplaying I did last Saturday was okay. I can’t remember a lot about it. I’m in a ‘down’ phase where I feel like my characters are just numbers on paper and not roles I am playing. I think I am going to need to take a break from the games for a while. I suppose I could do like some of my friends do and write up some new characters for the game and get the GMs to allow me to switch characters. But one of them is really written into the story that the GM is telling quite closely. (My present feeling about him is that I would be just as happy if he walked off into the sunset with his mate and raised a family and formed a clan, rather than me play him.) The other game is a little too new. And so is the character. But I am just not ‘connecting’ or ‘resonating’ with her right now at all.

Of course, part of the problem in both these games is they are set in ‘Fantasy worlds’ (D&D style in one case). And I don’t resonate with the standard fantasy world roles of fighters, mages, clerics, and rogues. And I don’t do all that great in games where things are ‘grand quests’ and the like. What I prefer is to play in games revolving around smaller things – Like crime in the city, or travelling in space to see what’s around the next star.

But right now, I’m not so interested in living someone else’s life (except online, sort of – my SL character in CoLA for example). I want to live the one I have. With the woman I love. I want those hours I spend every other week doing the pen and paper roleplaying back to do other things with. Though I wouldn’t mind spending half the day with those friends, doing movies, shooting the breeze… things like that. But the gaming is starting to feel… old… and distant.

And that usually means I need to take a break. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

13 weeks and counting…