A blog wherein I scribble about various role-playing games (Classic Dungeons and Dragons, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons [1e], Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, Mythras, Call of Cthulhu, Middle-earth Role-playing [MERP], Adventures in Middle-Earth, Against the Darkmaster, Swords and Wizardry, Crypts and Things, Stormbringer, etc.). I also write about fantasy and science-fiction films, novels, art, TV shows, and the like.
I am starting to think that serving as Chair of my Department during a pandemic is highly suboptimal with respect to my ongoing happiness and wellbeing.
Since my university closed all of its physical buildings and switched everything online in mid-March, my life has been consumed by work (learning how to use new online tools; managing the transition online for my own teaching as well as helping my colleagues; frequent meetings with other Chairs, Deans, and so forth to address the endless problems caused by the shut down; more meetings since the end of term to figure out what to do in the autumn; and—unrelated to the pandemic—trying to finish my obscenely overdue book).
Consequently, blogging here has been quite minimal. I also haven’t done any gaming at all.
It’s been a grind. The only thing that has kept me sane was hiding from the world with my wife in my parents’ cabin on Lake Huron. Alas, that’s over now.
I’m in the midst of moving right now, but hopefully things will settle down in July and I can return to at least a bit of gaming and somewhat more frequent blogging.
Most readers of this blog no doubt will be familiar with Holm’s role as the android “Ash” in the original (and best) Alien film, as well as his portrayal of “Bilbo Baggins” in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth films (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). He was perfect in both roles. He also superbly played “Napoleon” in Time Bandits. I’ve long been a fan of his work in general, including his portrayal of “Fluellen” in Kenneth Branagh’s version of Henry V.