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Dublin Diary (Seattle Edition) – What is home, anyway?

We arrived back in Dublin more than four weeks ago.  I still don’t feel quite settled.  Since December 12th, I have slept in 8 different beds.  Constantly moving like that is surprisingly stressful, and mentally tiring.  And it has robbed me of the “coming home” sense that I felt entitled to after nearly three years away. […]

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Dublin Diary – Christmas Music

Coming home around the holidays, it’s been hard not to focus on the holidays themselves. These are always emotional times, driven by nostalgia, and I have disadvantage on Nostalgia (WIS) saves.  But there is one thing that has stuck out this year against other years: usually by this time of year, I am sick and […]

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Dublin Diary – Breakfast

This is the second post that I’ve written, and a pattern is starting to emerge; see if you can spot it. This morning, we woke up at 03.30, and when 06.15 rolled around, we decided that there was not point in trying to go back to sleep, so we should instead, get up and go […]

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Dublin Diary – The Sandwich

We arrived back in Dublin yesterday, after living in the US for close to three years.  It’s a strange feeling to come home, and given how hectic things were in the last couple of weeks before we moved, I don’t think I’ve really processed it yet.  I promised a whole lot of people that I’d keep […]

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Right, well…

Here are a couple of facts about me: I don’t like conflict.  By which I mean I don’t like people yelling at each other and not coming closer to a mutual understanding.  I don’t like it when people talk at cross-purposes and don’t take the time to understand the other person’s position. In times of […]

A Flash of Annoyance

We’ve started watching The Flash this evening. It’s my first foray into the DC live-action multi-verse. 1) The DC Multiverse is very confusing. Meta humans are a thing. Or might be a thing. At least, Green Lantern is a thing. Or not. The quality of Marvel’s integration between all of their properties isn’t always great, […]

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Comic Con

I’m just in the door from Emerald City Comic Con.  Although my feet are aching, my eyes are sore and my head feels a little too tight, I had an absolutely stupendous time.  Comic Con is a lot of fun!  I saw some fantastic costumes, and I took part in some really great conversations.  I […]

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Encounter Balance in 5e

There is a rule in 5e which is applied when creating encounters: when you’re creating an encounter, you scale the total XP budget by a certain factor depending on the number of monsters. So if you have a single monster with an XP value of 100, then the encounter’s adjusted XP value is 100, but […]

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Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

We arrived in Seattle yesterday. We’re going to be here for the foreseeable future. I’ve decided to keep a half-assed journal of my thoughts about the move for myself, and for anyone who’s interested to read. We landed late on Thursday night; our travel time wasn’t particularly long, but from the time we left the […]

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The Weirdest Letter I’ve Ever Received

I received a letter yesterday from Time magazine inviting me to subscribe. I was briefly subscribed to the Economist, and I’m currently subscribed to the National Geographic Magazine, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility that I might be interested in subscribing. However, the letter inviting me to subscribe is a work of such […]