The holidays have hit me like a ton of bricks. Between a million errands to run, chores to do, and illnesses to avoid, I'm downright exhausted. Funny thing is, my internal clock is hitting on all cylinders as I'm waking up on my own at 5am.
No rest for the wicked?
Despite some logistical issues with my presents (my wife needed to run out at 4pm Christmas Eve to pick them up at the FLGS), and the majority of the relatives showing up any other day than Christmas Eve, I feel the normal post-holiday relief, but also a sense of peace.
Even though my non-gamer wife had a cryptic Amazon wish list to work with, she pulled off a coup, with three items I wouldn't have ordered anytime soon, if ever.
Call of Cthulhu: Cold Harvest - Nothing like investigating during Stalin's Purges of the 30's. Azathoth, Shub-Niggurath, and Cthulhu could have a non-Euclidian tea party in the Kremlin, and they wouldn't meet the dread and horror created by normal humans. I'll be reviewing it in the new year.
Call of Cthulhu: New Orleans Guidebook - Haven't gotten to it yet, but it should be an awesome accompaniment to Tales of the Crescent City.
Battletech Introductory Boxed Set: By God, you can still get a complete miniatures game for $60.00! TWENTY-SIX Battlemechs are included, and the hex maps are printed on thick, sturdy boards. This throws my painting board in my war roomin complete disarray.
My sister sent me The Complete Annotated H.P. Lovecraft. It's almost as heavy as the B'Tech box and is full of amusing references.
Even though they are still the brunt of gamer hatred, the only reason I got angry at Hasbro this week is their absolute incompetence in manufacturing parts and writing instructions for my kids' My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Princess Palace. No uniform parts, ill fitting grooves, and instructions requiring 2 1/2 adults to hold it together between steps. Ultimately I worked backwards and got it together, only for Millie to tear it down an hour later. Next time I'm using super glue.
My daughter Maja got a copy of Don't Rock the Boat, a balancing game. The pirate penguins and the ship are just the right size to tempt me to snag a few copies and set up a scenario.