View Full Version : It's good to be back!

05-20-2009, 01:27 AM
Hey everyone,

Due to 'Real Life' getting in the way (some of it good and some of it not so good), I've been away the last couple of weeks (or so) from many of the message boards that I usually frequent (I actually don't frequent that many message boards but you get the idea :P). This is my post saying I'm back (until the next RL crisis shows up). It is good to be back at the Cartographers' Guild. LOL!

I've got a lot of posts to catch up on but I look forward to it. I haven't done much mapping at all during my short hiatus from the boards but I hope to change that soon. I have several projects that I need to finish and I have a few more that I hope to start but more about those later.

05-20-2009, 03:20 AM
Welcome back!

05-20-2009, 05:10 AM
Yeah, welcome back :D

Steel General
05-20-2009, 07:30 AM
I can hear the dungeon-creation machine warming up in the background. :D

05-20-2009, 02:07 PM
Thanks guys. Before I get working on more dungeons, I want to finish that Prisoner/Slaver Spaceship layout and I still have that village with the farmers' fields to finish (and to write a tutorial about how I did those fields - I haven't forgotten about that). :P

05-20-2009, 03:56 PM
Welcome back!

05-20-2009, 04:10 PM
Welcome back, Tim! Always good to see you. :)

05-20-2009, 05:38 PM
Hey, man; good to see ya back. Hope everything is ok now and getting back to normal.

05-20-2009, 06:44 PM
Thanks for the welcome back, guys. Well Ascension, all I can say is 'normal' is such a relative term - especially for me. :lol:

Just to fill you guys in, the good stuff that was keeping me busy was mostly family related stuff like birthdays and such. I don't mind that (even if I have to relax after spending so much time with my wife's family :P). I even had friends visit from out of town so that stuff takes up one's time.

The bad stuff is a complication from my diabetes (which itself is under management and under control). I have neuropathy in my feet. Basically the nerves have been damage and are sending mixed signals to my brain. The signals range anywhere from numbness to intense, chronic pain (which gets worse at night and that affects my sleeping). The neuropathy used to be much, much worse but I have been getting it slowly under control. The doctor told me that it often gets worse before it gets better - it is a matter of time. The numbness I have gotten used to and I follow a strict routine to make sure my feet stay healthy (which is a primary concern for any diabetic).

Not to close on such a downer, one of the other good things that has been keeping me busy is I'm writing again (I haven't written anything in several years - I'm usually too busy acting as editor/web host). I also spent the time setting up a Content Management System (known as Joomla) for one of my fanfic sites (DC Legends (http://paratime.ca/dcl/) - DC Comics related fanfic). Next, I plan to set up a Joomla site for my original pulp fiction site as well (Cliffhanger Case Files (http://www.cliffhangercasefiles.com/)).

05-21-2009, 08:43 AM
I wish you a fast and speedy recovery. Looking forward to reading some of your pulp fiction too! I still remember all your good stuff at Thrilling Adventures (http://paratime.ca/d20/pulp/). :)

05-21-2009, 11:43 PM
Ah yes, my Thrilling Adventures site back when I was flirting with the d20 system. ;) I enjoyed the Pulp Adventures game but the conversion to d20 Modern drained my enthusiasm for the game. I still get the odd email about the Venusian Space Vixens.

I have a bunch of RPG pages here & there. I really should collect them into one location. My latest RPG Page is a rules light Zombie RPG called Zombie Squad! (http://paratime.ca/zombie/index.html) which I'm compiling into a free PDF.

Thanks for the well wishes. I had an appointment with my Diabetes Specialist today and he was very pleased with my blood work results (my hemoglobin count was in the non-diabetic range!). We are both optimistic about getting my neuropathy under control. It's a day-by-day battle but one I'm on top of. ;)

05-22-2009, 12:42 AM
Ah yes, my Thrilling Adventures site back when I was flirting with the d20 system. ;) I enjoyed the Pulp Adventures game but the conversion to d20 Modern drained my enthusiasm for the game.

I agree. It lost something in "translation". d20 Past didn't help much either. All of which is an odd thing, as I really loved d20 Modern (and to a slightly lesser extent, d20 Future). Adamant Entertainment's Thrilling Tales for d20 Modern revived my interest in Pulp gaming. Lately, however, I've been all about True20 (and Microlite20 when I want to get my old school on). At least conversions are relatively easy between d20 Fantasy/d20 Modern and True20.

05-22-2009, 08:06 AM
Hi Turgenev!

Didn't recognize you with the new avatar on!

-Rob A>

05-22-2009, 05:56 PM
Thanks Rob. Ya, I felt it was time for a new avatar. ;)

08-09-2009, 05:05 PM
Real life has been a real pain in the arse lately so I've been away. While away I haven't done any real mapping since I was busy doing other stuff to make ends meet. To add to the hassle, my wife has been unwell (my own health has its ups & downs). She's recovering and on the mend but she's still in the hospital. Over the last couple of months, I just didn't have the inspiration or energy to accomplish anything creative (mapping or otherwise). I'm still not up to full speed yet but I hope to get some work done. I just wanted to stop by and say hi.

Steel General
08-09-2009, 05:13 PM
Good to see you're back, bummer about all the crappy stuff that's been happening though. :(

Give your wife our best wishes and hope she (and you) are back to 100% soon.

08-09-2009, 05:58 PM
I've noticed that it's been "that kind of summer" for a lot of folks here. Hope things turn out better for you in the fall big T.

08-09-2009, 07:14 PM
Thanks guys. It's been a yin-yang type of summer. Just when we thought we were getting ahead, something would happen to make things complicated. It hasn't been all bad but the bad stuff does tend to be more stressful (that's just the nature of the beast).

08-09-2009, 08:02 PM
Glad to hear things are a little better. I hope the rest of the summer treats you both better.

08-09-2009, 09:17 PM
Thanks torstan. I'm hoping that everything will get back to normal soon.