World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2016

I don’t care how bouncy you are when you arrive at work on a Monday morning, or how grumpy you are in the face of relentless positivity. To me, that’s not a mental health thing. That’s a personality thing. Neither am I going to rant about NHS provision. That’s not a mental health thing. That’s a finance and training thing.

But resilience is absolutely a mental health thing. I find that my own mental health has been most at risk when I have had no strategies and support to prevent the outside world dictating terms. If you are working with, living with, or think you are a person whose resilience is below par, start working now on ways to keep them/yourself healthy between the ears. And for goodness’ sake, speak to someone. Here’s a handy link to The Samaritans if you need it. If you’re not in the UK, go and pester your local health team until they tell you how to find someone similar. Because it’s a damned complex world out there and only a small amount of grey matter serves to pilot us through it. The real miracle is that so many people seem to do it effortlessly.


Defining Success

September 9, 2016

This is not an inspirational post. Or at least, not intended to be. I’m hardly disadvantaged by my own estimation.

But I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate a little milestone. I had an e-mail from Kickstarter this week congratulating me because exactly a year ago I’d successfully concluded the campaign for No Dice, and it was fully funded.

No Dice Logo

Bear in mind the average Kickstarter project might take months or years to set up, run for a month and then take another few months to even get off the ground properly let alone send out all the rewards and so forth. Read the rest of this entry »

Love Your Neighbour in Walsall

September 3, 2016

I’m playing a gig in a couple of weeks in Walsall Town Centre. It’s only a short appearance on a stage I’m happy to share with a whole host of local performers, speakers and dignitaries. Love Your Neighbour is an initiative started in Birmingham and spreading across the country.

It would be great to see a whole crowd of people supporting their local community.


Getting back in the groove

September 3, 2016

Today, after some time away from running, I returned to Parkrun at Walsall Arboretum. My attempt was somewhere between slow and not bad for BMI.

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Coincidentally, I haven’t been blogging for a little while and it’s nice to be back doing that too.

Welcome to September.

Shipping and Selling

June 15, 2016

Nearly all the 60 decks have shipped now. Two to the Antipodes, nearly a dozen to the land of the free and the home of the brave. A familiar chap from my previous Kickstarter in Denmark and a couple of Dutch backers, and the obligatory UK crowd. Over thirty backers in total, ranging from a gent who just wanted a postcard to one backer who ordered four decks.

I’m very happy to say that I had some extra decks from the Kickstarter left, and I’ve put a few in Asgard Games at the standard Kickstarter price of £15. They are the last of the first edition. Get them while they’re in stock!


A case of Claustrophobic Gearbox

June 8, 2016

This morning I had to rush over to the guys who fitted our front door for a replacement letterbox. The flap failed first thing this morning as the lads were getting off the school and with rain forecast I was intent on replacing it before getting in to work.

Tragically, my car had other ideas. Specifically, the gearbox developed a taste for the outdoors life and made a bid for freedom. A gentle pop signalled the failure of the housing and a rhythmic splurging noise the rapid exit of very warm and dirty oil. I didn’t know this at the time, I just recognised the sounds of something very very wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

UK Games Expo 2016

June 3, 2016

What a day! My first ever visit to the UK Games Expo at the NEC. It was much larger than I’d anticipated, filled with traders, retailers and gamers trying out new or unpublished games, discussing game design and promoting their wares. Read the rest of this entry »

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