The loaned strimmer is due to arrive shortly and with it, I shall do valiant battle against the knee-high grass that's sprung up overnight. All is very well in the garden. Everything is growing rather aggressively as a result of weeks and weeks of rain followed by a week of uninterrupted sunshine. I would be very happy about this if I didn't feel a bit intimidated. Having spent a couple of days last week attempting to use an actual lawn mower and largely failing, the strimmer is now essential. Once the excess is off, the mower will probably work. Please. I swear I can see the brambles growing before my very eyes.
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Being a firm believer in carrot and stick, the carrot will be twofold. The return of the menfolk from Birmingham, laden hunter-gatherer like with stuff and the arrival in my inbox of the D&DNext playtest materials.
For those less au fait with this seismic event in the world of RPGs, 5e (or D&DNext as it is officially known) is the next iteration of D&D. This is hardly a new process as the game has been reinventing itself consistently over the last 30 years or so, but this is very big news. Wizards of the Coast have declared an open playtest on the new stuff and the aim is apparantly to win back the old guard as well as enthralling a new generation.
Depending on your viewpoint, 4e is regarded either as a brave tangent or a money-grabbing excercise in cynicism. What kind of reception D&DNext gets may well have some impact on whether Wizards (or, more importantly their parent company, Hasbro) continue to support it. Calling on the players to test drive the thing makes as much sense as anything. It at least implies some level of desired ownership and this was a major failing in the 4e marketing scheme. There the professed aim, admirable as it was, gave the distinct impression that we'd been playing it wrong before. Now, I really doubt that Wizards brought out 4e with the intention of pissing off the gamer community, so any bridge building exercise should be taken in good faith.
At the most cynical level, it means free stuff to play with and I see no bad in that.
Besides, I've been promised new dice. They'll need an outing.