Hein (fub) wrote,

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Small update

Wow, I haven’t posted in over a month here. And yet I still don’t feel like I have much to say. Let’s see…
– The government response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an absolute shitshow. We’re getting furiously rawdogged by the delta variant over here — a predictable result of restrictions being lifted two weeks ago. For now, I continue to social distance and wear my mask.
– The whole thing about getting a vaccination really hits differently when you read the entry on your employer’s intranet about how we bought the four last oxygen compressors in the Netherlands and sent those to our office in India for use by our colleagues and their family members struck by COVID… And then a photo from a former Indian colleague who died of COVID was shared on Teams. My relief at getting the shots is overshadowed by my anger at the global response to the pandemic. We’re not out of the woods by a long shot.
– Speaking of employers, I work there now over one year. It’s customary here to get a contract for one year when you start somewhere, and now I have a permanent contract. Good to have that in the pocket!
– With the pandemic (supposedly) abating in the Netherlands and elsewhere where vaccination programs are ramped up, some employers are forcing their workers to once again do all of their work at the office. I am convinced that this is a bad move for any organization that values productivity, and together with a few people I’m drafting up a ‘hybrid manifesto’ on how teams should be able to choose their own settings for specific work.
– A few weeks back, I released International Waters, an RPG scenario for the cyberpunk RPG The Sprawl. It’s ‘based on a true story’, but with a bit more cyber. I ran it two times for different groups and it was great fun. I had quite a few sales too — I think even more than my D&D scenarios. There’s a niche there, that I might want to explore further…
– Speaking of which: I got my first royalty cheque for my RPG sales! At first I thought it was a spam message (“We deposited X amount in your Paypal Account…”) but it was really there! That made me feel like a real author — now only $150 to go to recoup the costs of commissioning the illustrations in my first scenario…
– My next project, which is in full swing, is a full RPG! I’m not that good in designing mechanics, so I’m using the LUMEN system that is open for use. My project is inspired by Dauntless, a free-to-play giant monster hunting game that I play a lot with two friends. I released a draft (I needed something to submit for a game jam that was running out!) but there is still quite a bit of work to do. In the meantime, you can check out the draft of “Fearless!” here.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.

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