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12 to Midnight, Family and Friends, Movies and TV

Where to Begin?

12.14.05 | 1 Comment

Don’t take the lack of entries over the last few days as a sign of my having nothing to say. Just the opposite, in fact. I have an overwhelming amount of ground to cover. So much that it’s daunting.

Mrs. Flametoad and I got a babysitter for Friday night and saw The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on opening night. It was quite an enjoyable movie. Not as good as the Lord of the Rings trilogy as some claimed, but quite fine enough. I was underwhelmed with some of the acting on the part of the kids, but what do you expect? The most disappointing part was about 7 minutes of missing sound while the movie kept playing near the (well, one) climax of the movie. I immediately had flashbacks to The Two Towers, which I also saw on opening weekend and which missed about 10-15 minutes of sound. (Interestingly, today I spoke with someone who saw the midnight showing of King Kong at the same theater. The film broke at the end as Kong was falling off the Empire State building. How much does THAT suck?) Many, many people here are looking forward to the opening of the new theater currently under construction.

On Saturday the tadpole got to visit the local Children’s Museum for the first time, which was quite a treat. We’ll be taking many more trips there, methinks. That afternoon we prepared for a Christmas party which we hosted. I counted a surprising number of adults–16–in attendance. All of us were there because of gaming in some form or fashion. Either you were a gamer, family of a gamer, or dating a gamer. Despite some unintentional excitement, I think we had a fun time. Hopefully it becomes a yearly tradition.

Bloodlines cover, depicting a ghost in a cemetaryOn Sunday afternoon I took the tadpole to a local nature preserve while Mrs. Flametoad went to work. We tried a new trail, where we encountered a gentleman on horseback, leading a second horse. He stopped and let us pet the horse, then invited us to join him on a ride. (That’s the short version of the story, anyway.) This person was a super-nice fellow. I rode with the tadpole sitting in front of me while he rode bareback on the horse he’d been leading. I haven’t ridden a horse in many years, so that was a real treat. It was an even bigger treat for the tadpole, who had never even touched a horse before. The biggest treat was the enjoyable company from our generous new friend. At the end we swapped phone numbers, and I hope we get to visit again soon.

Monday I got the pleasure of announcing a new distribution deal that will put print copies of Bloodlines in game stores nationwide. Am I exicted? Heck yeah! 2006 is going to be a good year for us. A busy year, but a good year. We have several titles in queue in the production cycle, and we’re revamping our system to make the cycle more efficient. Now if I can only find time to work on our setting book, life will be golden.

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Comment by Jerry
2005-12-15 10:46:17

Hope you can take the lad to the Houston Children’s Museum. My kids loved that during those golden years. So much to see and try out.

Enjoyed Saturday too. Hope it does become a regular event. Next time I hope my boy is not grounded so the whole family can attend. Really enjoyed not playing with everyone. haha Thats sounds wrong, but I’m a goof. I did enjoy the company for sure.

The horse guy sounds way cool. Don’t meet a lot of folks like that any more.

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