This is the face of a Game Changer

2011 May 20
by Dante

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the face of our personal Game Changer.  In March, Stupid Ranger and I welcomed into our adventuring party a little girl named Eve.  The last two months have been filled with the machinations of learning to care for a sleep-eating, cuteness-oozing little bundle of joy, so our regular gaming efforts have been largely on pause and so goes our blogging inspiration.

The good news: we have taken a few opportunities in our own way to continue to game.  We have had our D&D group together for a session just recently, which also coincided with Free Comic Book Day and an outing to see Thor (which was much better than I expected).  This day of epic nerdity helped to restoke the fires.  Stupid Ranger has been spending her spare time diving headlong into Dragon Age 2, and she has mentioned more than a few times that she wants to write a review up on that to tell you all of her experiences in Ferelden.  The point of mentioning all this is that you might see a bit of variety to our posts, reflecting the type of nerdy behavior that we’re able to participate in.

The bad news: I had to use most of my vacation time this year to welcome our new addition, so Stupid Ranger and I will not be able to attend Gen-Con this year.  But fear not!  Our very own Vanir will be attending and will be sure to bring his ultra-special roleplaying expertise to the convention center and the surrounding three mile radius.  We will be sure to share liberally his event schedule so you can meet up with him and receive your own free hair trimming to improve your gaming fortune.

Finally, I’d like to thank our loyal readers who have stuck around during this sabbatical.  With any luck we will return to a more frequent blogging schedule as things return to normal and our gaming resumes in earnest.  More soon!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. Spiralbound permalink
    May 20, 2011

    Perhaps in time you’ll be able to give some pointers on gaming with baby. How to raise an infant and still manage to slay orcs with dice.

  2. May 20, 2011

    Congratulations, and welcome to the world Eve.

    The good news is that there is Gaming after Children, but you are going to acknowledge that your time is more limited and that your gaming is going to have to fit into, in part, to Eve’s schedule. I will give your a few random pieces of advice:

    1. Game at night. Eventually Eve will sleep through the night, if she is not yet, and when she is down, you can turn your attention to gaming. Trying to juggle a little one, especially a Toddler, and trying to game, will result in poor results. After much analysis my group games 7-11 on Sunday nights. That time is a dead zone for just about every activity.

    2. Talk to your group about evolving your gaming. Not everyone in my group has kids, but they all respect that I now have this added responsibility and the things that come with it: 4hr sessions, gaming at night, random cancelations for colds, etc.

    3. Don’t Do Everything. Before kids, I liked every type of gaming activity under the sun, but once I had kids, I had to decide what activities were the most important and could fit into my new lifestyle. I no longer play video games any more, I passed on learning 40K, and avoid card games. My free time is dedicated to RPG’s and blogging. It wont be easy, and may not be enjoyable, but neither will be the frustration of trying to do it all.

    Congrats again, and happy gaming.

  3. June 6, 2011

    First off, congratulations! We’ll be expecting our second child (a girl!) any day now, so we won’t be at GenCon this year either.

    I can’t agree more with Phil. When our first was tiny, we played only at night (still do). It’s going to be a bit different now, but doesn’t have to be bad. Our time is cut down to just two hours, after 8:30 PM on Fridays or Saturdays.

    Have fun!

  4. Randall Newnham permalink
    August 8, 2011

    Congratulations! What a cutie! I am an avid gamer and a father of two, and yes, gaming with kids can be a challenge sometime. On my family’s gaming blog, I recently wrote a post about gaming while being a parent. Here is a link:

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