Small update

Wow, I haven’t posted in over a month here. And yet I still don’t feel like I have much to say. Let’s see…
– The government response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an absolute shitshow. We’re getting furiously rawdogged by the delta variant over here — a predictable result of restrictions being lifted two weeks ago. For now, I continue to social distance and wear my mask.
– The whole thing about getting a vaccination really hits differently when you read the entry on your employer’s intranet about how we bought the four last oxygen compressors in the Netherlands and sent those to our office in India for use by our colleagues and their family members struck by COVID… And then a photo from a former Indian colleague who died of COVID was shared on Teams. My relief at getting the shots is overshadowed by my anger at the global response to the pandemic. We’re not out of the woods by a long shot.
– Speaking of employers, I work there now over one year. It’s customary here to get a contract for one year when you start somewhere, and now I have a permanent contract. Good to have that in the pocket!
– With the pandemic (supposedly) abating in the Netherlands and elsewhere where vaccination programs are ramped up, some employers are forcing their workers to once again do all of their work at the office. I am convinced that this is a bad move for any organization that values productivity, and together with a few people I’m drafting up a ‘hybrid manifesto’ on how teams should be able to choose their own settings for specific work.
– A few weeks back, I released International Waters, an RPG scenario for the cyberpunk RPG The Sprawl. It’s ‘based on a true story’, but with a bit more cyber. I ran it two times for different groups and it was great fun. I had quite a few sales too — I think even more than my D&D scenarios. There’s a niche there, that I might want to explore further…
– Speaking of which: I got my first royalty cheque for my RPG sales! At first I thought it was a spam message (“We deposited X amount in your Paypal Account…”) but it was really there! That made me feel like a real author — now only $150 to go to recoup the costs of commissioning the illustrations in my first scenario…
– My next project, which is in full swing, is a full RPG! I’m not that good in designing mechanics, so I’m using the LUMEN system that is open for use. My project is inspired by Dauntless, a free-to-play giant monster hunting game that I play a lot with two friends. I released a draft (I needed something to submit for a game jam that was running out!) but there is still quite a bit of work to do. In the meantime, you can check out the draft of “Fearless!” here.

2 thoughts on “Small update

  1. You feel like you “don’t have a lot to say”, yet your post is action-packed with loads of things!

    I’m really impressed that you’ve been publishing so much. It’s not something that just anybody does, and to have the creativity to do it not just the once but several times, that’s just amazing.

    I share your concerns regarding the government’s response, by the way. Almost nobody here followed guidelines (not during the pandemic, and especially not know). With Tracy in a risk group, we’re being exceptionally cautious. As you can imagine, I’ve had my share of being laughed at and mocked for still wearing a mask and keeping distance. Work is gearing up to have people back in the office in September, though fortunately at a 50% rate. Still, with the surge of the Delta variant, I’m really concerned whether we’re going to be anywhere near a safe situation any time soon.

  2. Publishing my stuff is slow going, but it’s fun to do. I don’t really have a ‘niche’, but it’s fun to see people engage with what you’ve created. I don’t think I’ve ever had an ‘audience’ like that with anything else.

    Yeah, it’s been a shit-show. Better keep your head down and make sure you don’t end up as a statistic. You can’t trust that following the government advice will keep you safe.

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