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Healthy Gamer: Hard Reboot

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. I’ve been struggling lately, with what feels like everything.  I’ve been spinning my wheels trying to get something, ANYTHING done. You can tell by my tone that it has been not quite as successful as I would hope. I keep getting these momentary bursts of catalyzing despair, but they don’t stay around long enough for me to get out of the rut I’ve been in. As I am a pretty action-oriented person, it’s been more than a little frustrating. Every dark cloud has a silver lining though, and due to the timeliness of several jarring life events, this is all about to change.

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Healthy Gamer: Shame on Me

“What do you regard as most humane? To spare someone shame.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Lots of stuff happened at Gen Con this year. I taught and played a bunch of games. I met a few other designers that I hold in high esteem. I experienced a weird outpouring of love from strangers. Somehow, I managed not to buy any new games. And I experienced a strange moment of shame in shaming. Well, not exactly.  Continue reading

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Healthy Gamer: Size Phantoms vs. Geek Chic

Coming soon to a torso near me.
Coming soon to a torso near me.

“Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau

I am weird when it comes to domestic chores. I don’t mind most of them. As long as I have music blaring somewhere, I’m happy to do them. They give me a sense of accomplishment, are pleasantly mindless, and I find them cathartic…save for one. Continue reading

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Healthy Gamer: Heart of Darkness

Yeah. Hilarious.
Yeah. Hilarious.

“We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.” – Jim Morrison

I’m going to take a brief departure from the Dating Misadventures of Joey FatOne for the GenCon Healthy Gamer report.

I think I did pretty decently all things considered. I managed to eat a real meal most days, and at least half of them were sensible choices. Admittedly, there was not a single night that I didn’t enjoy a few drinks, which I know isn’t exactly productive, but when in Rome…or in Indy, I suppose. I didn’t end up making it to the gym (boo! hiss!) on account of all of the Gen Con to do, and my sleep was not exactly frequent. From 7 am Wednesday to 10 pm Monday, I slept a total of 20 hours…and I wasn’t even the least rested of the people I kept company with. I did still get in a lot of walking. Continue reading