First Friday Five of 2021

What was the best thing about 2020?
Undoubtedly my new job. The circumstances were ideal, and it’s very inspiring and rewarding.

What lessons from 2020 will you carry into 2021?
There is a structural rot in the way our society enables the wealthy to extract value from others, and that needs to change. I am reminded by the wise words of Ursula LeGuin: “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”
(She had a lot of wise words, by the way.)

How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?
Together with klik on our couch, mostly gaming. Just before midnight I opened our island on Animal Crossing for visitors, and our friend Len came over for the final countdown of 2020.

Legend says what you did at midnight on New Year’s Eve/Day is what you’ll do all year. So what did you do?
Play Animal Crossing. So far, I haven’t skipped a single day in maintaining our island and doing the rounds, and I think I’ll keep that up for a while to come. So it’s not really wrong.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Releasing my second module, “The Forest Shrine”. I released “The Secret of Cedar Peak” on Jan 2 2020, and I want to pick up the pace. I also want to diversify from D&D into Ryuutama and Against the Darkmaster — mostly by making variants of the D&D modules. I also have a scenario for The Sprawl kicking around. There’s enough to write, and I hope that I will be in a better mental state so that I can actually create stuff.

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