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Monday, 10 October 2016

Alive and....

Well?
Having taken in the Shildon Show last year, I am intending to once more brave the wilds of the Southern wastelands to visit this great show. I'm also looking forward to meeting  fellow blogger Roy Williamson of the blog Never mind the Jankers.
 For once, I have a few things on my list which I'd like to purchase and have some limited funds (advanced Xmas money) with which to do so (unlike the Gateshead show I recently attended on a shoe-string).
In other news:
I have had an enforced absence from all things blogging realted recently due to a resurgence of an illness I've had over the last few years. Whilst this is is bad enough I lost two days to being bed-ridden by flue (though mostly unaware of what was going on around me.
Of course this has left me with the job of trying to clear the back-log of blogs I regularly like to both visit and comment upon, but I've been trying to make the effort. Apologies to daGobbo though, whose blog seemed to have vacated itself from my reading list! (All OK now though.
In addition to the several carrier-bags of meds I have to take over the coming weeks, I also have two imminent hospital visits, having already had two and just for good measure a couple of optical test too -just to discover I now have a least one other problem in its infancy and one pending!
Take it from me people, getting old sucks big time - don't do it!

I'd also like to thanks the two bloggers that showed such consideration after my fortnight's absence from the blogging front - that's two more than when I disappeared from the interweb for two months a year or so ago!

In yet more news, some of you may be aware, I lost someone, about two years ago, whom I thought would be regular gaming opponent but a southern friend has recently moved North and now lives a mere five minute walk from my house. Even though he is  mainly a fantasy player (I know, I know) he has expressed interest in gaming with me in some of the projects, so things could be on the up!

Thanks for visiting and if you've taken the time to read to read through all of the above drivel - you're a braver man than I.

All comments of course are welcomed and appreciated.

34 comments:

  1. Good to have you back Joe - hope life picks up for you!

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    1. Thanks Colin, I'm already feeling 100% better than I was and lately other real-life has had some very nice surprises.

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    1. Thanksyou Michal, much appreciated

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  3. Sorry to hear you're having such a rough trot recently mate, it's terrible when these impact your day to day life let alone any hobby time that you have. No worries about dropping off your blog roll but I'm glad you came back for more as I appreciate your frank comments that often give me such food for thought.

    I hope you're at least moving on the upward trend now and would continue to do so.
    Good to hear you might be getting some gaming in too, that should make you feel a bit better too :-)

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    1. Thansk dGG, ithas been a very rough time lately, but I've emerged into the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. I think the next few months may even see me playing some games too - which will give me something to blog about!
      Though maybe not orange, the future it bright!

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  4. Sorry to hear you've had a bad time of things lately, but good to see you back :)

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    1. Thanks you so much Tamsin, it's just as well I don't have a monopoly on the illness front.

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  5. Good to see you posting Joe, and sorry to hear things have been a little wearisome health-wise. Hopefully a good show, great company and a few inspirational buys will put you on the road to recover. That and the well-wishes of those visiting your tip=top blog :-)

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    1. Thanks Blaxx, reading my replies to the comments above should tell you that I am indeed in good spirits and thankfully fairly inspired hobby-wise. All you mention above is having a very beneficial and positive effect on my outlook, to both life and gaming.

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  6. Hope you are better and nice to see you are back Joe!

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    1. Thanks HW, I'm feeling good and appreciate all the sentiments shown by those following my blog.

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  7. Glad you are recovering mate. So stop your mopping and get blogging we have missed our regular fix!

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    1. Thanks for th encouragement Clint, when I've finished the mopping and the vacuuming I'll get straight on with it.
      (yes I know it's a cheap shot).


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  8. Glad you're still alive Joe, get well old boy!

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    1. Thanks AL, I'm a little more than glad and I am feeling a lot better

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  9. I only hope I can live up to your expectations :)

    Though if I don't there's Dave Docherty's Sudan, and the Redcar chap's WW2 Desert games to play/view instead.

    And anyway, I thought Zombies counted as Modern Fantasy! :D

    Take care, and I'll see you on Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Roy, I guess, no-one lives up to anyone's expectations, but being the northerners we are, we take people as they are. I'm 99% sure I'll be there along with #1 son and my Southern mate.
      I've always thought that if you took away the zed elemnt from a game, you should have a serviceable modern skirmish game (or whatever the setting is for the zed game).

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    2. If anything the addition of Zombies to a Moderns game makes gaming the contemporary subject more acceptable to many gamers, I'd say.

      Allowing that distancing from today's politics or religion, and giving those that want to play Moderns but are afraid to for those very reasons, the license to do so, and have fun with the idea of a zombie apocalypse at the same time.

      I'd be interested in the results of a wargaming poll, if there ever was one, asking the question of people who wouldn't touch Moderns because of the various reasons they don't, 'Would they play a Zombie game set in the modern period?'

      No worries if you can't make it on Sunday. I'll obviously understand and have a good idea on the reason why, should I not see you.

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    3. Good comment Roy. "In my day" it was loooked down upon playing Vietnam games, though it was still in vogue. As for 'modern' games (I always think it as contemporary gaming) the route into is is through imaginations (hate the word but it does what it says on the tin).
      I'm looking forward to Sunday btw and 99'9% certain I'll be there.

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  10. Good to see you back and at it, Zab.

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    1. Thank you Jay, much appreciated; something about "keeping old dogs down" springs to mind.

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  11. I am sorry to read of your pains Joe, but good to have you back amongst us.

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    1. Thanks Michael, I think I'll be still caching up on missed posts though for a while. Suddenly my life got all the more hectic as my health has improved!

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  12. It is great to hear you feel better Joe - I quite envy you the new coplayer!

    And even you probably can't deny blogging even a wall of text brings some good feelings out!

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    1. Thanks Mattyoo, I'm feeling a lot better and if my potential opponent pans out then I'll be feeling a lot better a lot quicker!
      I am finding blogging a chore atm as I haven't any real enhusiasm for it, but as you say, "a wall of texr" does cheer me up no-end.

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  13. Wow, being ill really sucks. I'm so sorry for your developing and continuing problems.

    You never know, you might get a taste for fantasy gaming :-) ! After all, all wargames are really just a form of fantasy anyway...

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    1. Thanks for the kind words C6; my enthusiasm for this hobby is up and fown like a bride's nightie, but atm it's on a high!
      I don't mind fantasy at all, I agree with you that most games are a fantasy in one way or another no matter the period. I don't mind magic, monsters, space creatures etc. but have little interest in garnering large armies for them - so no 'units' of goblins etc. for me.

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  14. Sorry to hear you've been unwell Joe. Good luck for your appointments thats are coming up! Have had several trips X-rays, CT scans for the wife and youngest daughter the past week.

    Enjoy the show! I have neglected to get to any this year so far!

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    1. Thanks Brummie, I'm much better now, with just a few minor complaints. I've been through the same procedures I'm booked in for, before so I know what the del here is too.
      Hospitals, I now just treat as part of my everyday life, hope all your problems are sorted satosfactorily.
      I'm sure I'llenjoy the show, thhough I'm probably overexcited about going!

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  15. Very nice to read that you are back and kicking.I have missed your reports.Illness "sucks" big time.Have a nice weekend my friend.

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    1. Thanks Ptr, it's good to be feeling well enough to be able to post about anything (even beeing il!).
      I'm now resigned to the fact that as I get older I'l be finding new things wrong with me almost daily!
      Strangely enoughnow I'm recovering, my enthusiasm for gaming and projects is on a high!

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  16. Good to hear that you are getting better. And now with a regular gaming buddy? Sweet!

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    1. Thanks LS, getting better by the day and the regular gaming buddy is really a work in progress!

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