Happy New Year!

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Greetings and good wishes to you all for the coming new year!

I have put the blog on the back burner to simmer for awhile. I imagine many of us do this with projects they’ve started. It’s not for a lack of gaming that I’ve been silent, but on the contrary I’ve been gaming once a week on average.

My roll20 group, we call ourselves the Fatbeards, has been a wellspring of joy and relief from the soul sucking grind of real life. Actually, life is not that bad, but it gets stressful and escape into the world of table top gaming is a true respite.

With the new year, I find myself contemplating my direction in life and how to maximize my happiness and contentment. My son recently married a wonderful girl and we are so very happy he has found the love of his life. They are true soul mates and meant for each other. When I see them together, I know they are just right.

In the new year, all I can hope for is continued health and happiness for my family. As I’ve grown older, I’ve made a decision to limit my hobbies to music and roleplaying games. Both are going just fine. I have a life’s work ahead of me in gaming and am looking forward to more time playing and running games.

Recently, I’ve been working on a Frankenstein’s monster type of creation with rules. I’m calling it Fatbeards Style Rpg. I’ve discovered the Youtube channel DungeonCraft with Professor Dungeonmaster. If you get a chance, you will enjoy the videos he is making on DIY crafting of terrain and also rules that he uses at his table. So much of it really speaks to me. I like the usefulness and rules lite method he employs. There is something about rules lite gaming that I really enjoy.

My rules are a combination of Whitebox Dnd (Charlie Mason) mixed in with Index Card Rpg, Five Torches Deep, Pits and Perils (James and Robyn George), Helmets and Halberds (Alex Schroeder) and other houserules (such as luck points and rolling with advantage). My goal is to distill the rules down to just a few pages (including spells and monsters). I’d rather not even have to look at the rules when the game is on.

In addition to this, I’ve been running a Whitebox play by post on the Smoldering Wizard Forum. It is set in a new campaign world of my own creation called Thaerene. I’ll be working on this more in the new year.

The Perils on the Borderlands posting that I’ve done on this site had been on hold, but I will try to play and post more adventures of Arden and Company. This and the Roll20 sessions with my Fatbeard pals give me much to look forward to.

Here’s hoping all the best for each of you in the New Year!

John

As a sidenote, after publishing this post I learned that this is my 100th post. That is kind of a fitting way to end the year. Hope to have many more posts in the year’s to come.

Day 5 of my coding life…

I put in a lot of time tonight. I understand some of the pieces of the puzzle, but it always feels like someone took one piece away when I wasn’t looking.

I read a great article about the fallacy of motivation. It seems that motivation will only get you so far. The thing that gets you there is persistence…setting good habits and digging in when you don’t feel like doing anything.

I’m really happy with the amount of time I’m able to put into study. If I get up just a wee bit early tomorrow to code, I am starting a new habit that will pay off. Slowly I want to increase this time from 15min at the keyboard to 1 hour each morning. This combined with another evening session will get me in shape to do this thing.

I’m still hitting a brick wall on some parts of the lessons. I had to check out the forums for advice and managed to see my errors. Today I went back and rewrote the code from scratch for a quiz and it worked out just fine.

More later…

Things accomplished today….

  1. I made a new gmail account (much more professional sounding than the yahoo mail account I’ve had forever. Evidently yahoo extensions tag you as old and out of the loop!
  2. Join GitHub
  3. Worked on Udacity tutorials (JavaScript)
  4. Joined freecodecamp (Thanks, Paul for the tip. My son reminded me that he had given me the same advice! I’m glad I have smart people in my life…

My Coding Journey ~ The First Day

Today I began the first step on a new adventure. I’m making a commitment to 100 Days of Code. I’ll need to code at least one hour per day and tweet my progress. I will document my progress here with posts every few days. But first a little about me.

I’m a teacher, middle school math and computers. I’ve done this for about 20 years, but I’m exploring a new career in programming. Can a 53 year old school teacher turn the page and become a programmer?

My coding skills are minimal, but I am familiar with computers, especially in education. This is my chance to take my technical skills to a new level. Today I finished my application for LaunchCode, a non-profit coding class based in St. Louis, MO. It will be several weeks before I learn if I am accepted. Meanwhile, I am working through a free course in HTML through Codecademy.

If anyone out there has a similar story or advice to share, I’d love to hear it.

Thanks,

John