Monday, 6 June 2016

UK Games Expo

This weekend I volunteered in the family zone at the UK Games Expo http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/
I had an excellent but tiring time. here is a brief account of the day in a written log.

Friday
5.00am alarm went off
shower dress to Mitchs for 5.35
Grab toby at 5.50ish near the motorway drive to Birminham.
8.15 Get to expo and park up.
8.30 get into NEC start setting up team brief and Sneaky cards (https://sneakycards.com/) missions given
10.15 first sneaky card mission complete - Stealth Drop
11am doors open public rush in. The day starts with a mad race to the bring and buy section. 
11.05 I play my first game I think it was Burger Time. 
11.15 I leave the family playing after 10mins explaining rule and watching a couple of rounds. 
11.16 start next game repeat for 4 hours solid. With brief breaks including Sneaky card 2nd drop at a "landmark"

It remained on the front of the bus for 2 days before it was removed the card was last seen in Manchester. It will be interesting to see how it travels. 
3.30pm thing start to calm down I have a quick walk around the hall. Then play a prototype party game. 
5pm show closes
5.30pm people actually leave the hall 
5.50pm leave the hall 
6pm go check into the hotel. Drop bags 
6.20 go eat and drink in the carpark of the hilton. I had an amazing South Africa curry with some beer. 
8.30pm leave the car park grab games find a space play games drink a bottle of wine with Mitch.
once drunk out come cards against humanity
12am stop playing games head to the bar.
12.30 am realise I am done and head to bed. 

Saturday
5.30 Wake up cant get back to sleep
6.30 shower dressed 
7am breakfast
8am enter all play DC deck builder. 
8.50 set up and hangover kicking in
9.30am it opens ...
9.45 Argh!!!
11.30 ...
2.30 ... er
3.30 Little girl want to play the giant castle panic so I go talk to her while her dad sorts his bags. Turns out she actually wants to play catch with the giant dice. I relax and juggle some giant dice for 10mins and throw the dice to the small child she is really happy excpet if I get distracted then she says boy till I turn round for her to throw me the dice. A real high light after the manic times. 
4.30 it starts to quieten down. 
5.00 close 
5.15 free to tidy up and get sorted.
6pm leave the hall get changed head down for food and beer. get the last pint from the beer bus and the last deep fried chilli from the vegetarian bhaji place. 
7.30 more beer turns up.
8.00 sit down to play games 
11.30 head to bed and pass out instantly.

Sunday
6.45 wake up.
7.30 breakfast
8.00 check out + pack the car
8.50 get to the hall set up tidy up.
9.30 opens I cover the big games. 
11.00 get told its my break time but its busy and I am not ready for a break so I stay on. 
12.00 busy
1.00 get chance to play a game in full well sort of as I missed half the game swapping with someone to teach another game :)
2.00 not as busy
3.00 calming down start tidying ready for shutting
3.50 shown a game and explained the expansion
4.00 show closes
4.15 packing down photo taken.
5.30 leave hall
5.45 set off home. 
7.25 arrive at IQ drop toby off for unpacking say hi to people
7.50 drop mitch off
8.05 sit down on sofa and breath

Manic weekend but I would totally do it again. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

January 23rd 2016

I actually went climbing.
I went to Burbage North repeated a VDiff as a high ball.
I fell off Cleos Edge a lot
I got cold
I did some easy slabs.

It met up with Simon and Becky

I went for food in Sheff.

Twas a good day
Bex keeping warm

Bex and Simon

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Some of my models I built and painted

Here are some of my models I have painted in the last 6 months. After I have learned how to paint
Tyranid - Mawloc

Tyranid - Hive Tyrants

Tyranid - Hive Tyrant

Eldar - Wraithknight

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

plans based on the earths position realitive to the sun

The earth takes 365 ¼ rotations around its axis to travel around the sun. As everyone should know this is in English called a year. the Chinese consider a year based on the number of ties the moon rotates around the earth.

What difference does it make? not a lot really other than as time goes on our bodies start to decline and weaken.
In June this year the earth will have rotated around the sun 30 times since I was born. This is a fact I can not change as much as I would like to.

My life feels it has been on hold for the past 12 months or so due to issues I am slowly dealing with and accepting. However compared to this time last year I am significantly happier.

I have mentioned in my last two blog posts my life has changed. I now have other hobbies than climbing and I struggle to find climbing motivation. I am also climbing very badly at the moment and my body is not doing what I want and expect it to do. This is really frustrating and I lose motivation very fast. I am not very fit either so my session are short.
I am really struggling for a proper training partner. James and Simon are both now not around so I can't rely on then to help me which sucks. Haydn was never much for training but he meant I focused on fitness and strength with long games of plus one on a bouldering wall however he is locked in parenthood and climbing is a long forgotten memory.
I very rarely speak to Alex any more so I do not climb with him.
Bex and Simon are probably m best hope for training partners but living in sheff and Notts its a mission just to see them and training is not really the focus more catching up.
The depot crew are still there but its a trek in an evening due to traffic and Tom is also a dad so training time can be limited.

I miss the times when me and James were house mates and we would wake up hung over go on some epic drive and have a day out on the boulders. This was probably when I was happiest climbing (other than squamish - that trip was by far the best time of my life and 2013 probably the best year of my life in general).

Everyone else's life seems to have moved on and I am here getting fat, fighting depression, struggling for motivation looking for an adventure.

That brings me to 2016. 30 years since I was born. I want to get my life going again. I really want to climb again. I think that sport is where my motivation is. However I find more joy in bouldering. Trad is a funny one I love dangerous trad easy plodding is fun and all but the danger is where I find my joy. However after some near misses and lucky escapes (I am not called flukas for nothing) I am not willing to push the boat out as far any more so I get less pleasure out of it.

I want an adventure however my original plans have fallen through. I was hoping to return to squamish and climb the chief on my birthday. however I have some issue with my house which means I can't afford the flights. So instead I am going on a road trip.
font is part of the trip, hopefully so is magic woods. Its still in the drafting stage but will be planned shortly.

So heres to a better year. I hope if anyone reads this you have a good year too.