I know it’s been a long time since my last post, and I know this mostly because my friends keep reminding me. So much has happened since March 14th.
We are about ten days until Enfilade. This convention is special for a several reasons, but I see this as a turning point in my life.
One reason it’s important is because I’m cutting my ties to NHMGS leadership. I’ve been pretty involved with conventions and events or the presidency and decision-making for more than twenty years. While I’ve enjoyed my time in these roles, I’m just willing to let it go. I hate to leave my colleagues in the lurch, but I’ve given plenty of notice, and I just feel the need to simplify my life. Of course, I wish everybody well, but this is an episode in my life I need to close.
One very good reason for making this change is I recently learned I have prostate cancer. It’s a little more aggressive and wandering than the disease most men get at some point, content to be inert and grow fat and happy. No, mine has to come out and on June 16th I’ll have surgery. The mortality from prostate cancer is low. The cure rate is 80-85%. That doesn’t mean it’s without risk, and the collateral damage is real, though hopefully temporary. Clearly, I need to make some changes in my life. I want to get more exercise. In a perfect world I’d like to take on walking, working to jogging and running. A bunch of my colleagues at school just ran the Tacoma half marathon, and I would love to see me be among them next year. I’ve also got to do a better job on diet, and lose weight. I just want to live a more healthy lifestyle.
What does this change in my gaming life? I’d say little. I’d like to play more games than I do now, not less. But there are some changes I will make:
- No new projects, period the end. I have so many periods in so many different scales that I don’t play it’s silly. That means lots of painting of things I may or may not ever play with and enjoy on the game table. If anything I need to cut back what I have and let go of the things I’ve been hanging on to for no clear reason. I see a big lot of stuff heading out to the Bring and Buy at Enfilade 2015.
- No crash painting campaigns. Each year I try to plan well ahead for what I’m doing at the convention. Never again. I’m going to paint what I want, when I want, and when convention planning comes around I’ll build scenarios with what I have.
- Have fun. Play more games. Truth be told, it’s more difficult for me to get together during the school year on a week night. But occasionally I’d like to do that. There’s no excuse for not playing on NHMGS days, third Saturday of the month, none, zilch, zero.
Throughout the six week trial that has accompanied my biopsy, diagnosis and preparation for surgery I’ve painted most days. I hope to have pictures this weekend of some of my completed work. All the items I’ve completed go with my Louisiana project. 24 figures of Spanish infantry, 10 figures of American Dragoons, 22 figures of Comanche cavalry, 10 figures of Spanish Cuera militia cavalry. Lots of horses. I’m down to having only five figures left to paint for the convention–all leader figures, all mounted. I should have pictures of painted miniatures ready to post this weekend.
I also made a decision not to run Bladensburg at the convention this year. The Burr game requires more preparation, and honestly is more interesting to me, so that’s where my focus is. Had a great meeting with Dave Schueler this weekend, going over rules and options, so I’m ready to sit down and start banging everything out.
In closing, I’d simply like to say thanks to all the folks I’ve worked with along the way. There are too many to name without the risk of creating a list that runs the risk of leaving folks out. But from Portland to British Columbia, from Aberdeen to Washington, D.C., I’ve had a tremendous opportunity to meet lots of great folks who do this hobby, mostly for fun, and a few for a living. I can truly say I’ve enjoyed 99.9% of my interactions, learned a lot from most, taught a little bit to others. I have few regrets. See you all soon.