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We interrupt…

gnomestewlogo… your regularly scheduled programming with this breaking news!

I’ve already let slip (in subtle ways) here and on social media that I’m now part of the Gnome Stew Crew! John Arcadian generously invited me to join the new team he was forming. After getting over my flabbergastedness, we had a great exchange of emails about what would be expected. At the end of the conversation, I humbly accepted a new position as a writer over at the great site.

I can’t wait to see what John does with the site, and I’m super excited to be part of the new Gnome Stew Crew!

Of course, I can’t make a post without throwing up some links. 🙂

You can see Walt’s retirement message and Martin’s as well.

John’s announcement is also up and running for your reading pleasure.

Of course, I’ll still be including Gnome Stew articles in my Sporadic Saturday Sweetness posts. This is not because I’m now a biased party, but because they’ve always rocked and deserve the attention I shine on them.

Turning The Lights Back On

*flicks lights on*

*watches cockroaches scurry for cover*

I’m back!

Miss me?

As of last night, I’ve finally cleared my plate of some projects and handed things off to others for them to run with. Man, it feels good to be free and clear of things.

I probably still have too many projects going on (by mere mortal standards), but I’m back to to the point where I can handle it. I can already feel the stress reducing as I type this because somehow the words hitting the screen make things more real.

I’ve already collected five links for the week, and am about to crank out the comments (early *gasp*) on them here in a few minutes.

I’ve also got some new things cooking for this site.

I’ve also got some things cooking for something else I was just invited to. We’ll see how that goes.

Thanks to everyone for their patience as the site went dark for a while. I knew, deep down, that I’d be back. I just wasn’t sure when. Now is that good time for me.

Going Dark… For a While

Hey all,

I’ve been overwhelmed with too many projects, tasks, ideas, and needs for myself and my family for about a month now. That’s resulted me in going dark in a few different venues. I just hit my RSS reader where I had 100+ RPG-related articles to read. With great sadness, I had to scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Mark All Read.”

I need to learn to stop volunteering for tasks and projects. I need to learn to say “no” to certain things.

Until I build up those skills, I have commitments outside RavenousRPG to fulfill. There are quite a few things I’m cutting out of my life. Some of them are temporary. Some them are permanent.

This blog is one of those things I’m “going dark” on.

Will I return? I don’t know just yet. I need to see how things evolve in my life between now and several months from now. I’ll know by the end of April for sure, maybe sooner.

Thanks to everyone out there that’s read and supported me. I feel like complete shit-beast for letting everyone down, but it’s gotta be done for now.

If you don’t mind, please leave the blog in your RSS feeds. You never know when I’m going to come out of the darkness.

I hope everyone stays well and happy while I’m stepping away from RPG blogging for a while.

Reset

I always get down this time of year. My seasonal affective disorder is hitting me especially hard and is pushing me toward clinical depression. Don’t worry. I’m aware of what’s going on. So is my health care professional. We’re keeping close tabs on things and adjusting medication as needed.

The point of me telling you that is this: I haven’t posted here this year because of the depression. I’ve collected the links. I’ve read the stories. I’ve thought about comments, but when it comes time for me to actually put together a post, I can’t seem to gather the mental energy necessary to do so. It’s part of the depression.

I’ve also been stressing out over not posting, which leads to more ill thoughts.

All of this is has led me to reset things. I just deleted over 20 bookmarks for articles I wanted to link to from here. I’m resetting back to a baseline where I can hopefully keep up with things. I’m not promising anything at the moment. Things here might be on hiatus until March. It depends on my mood, which is largely out of my control at the moment because of how my brain works.

Don’t worry, though. I’m not suicidal from the depression. I just can’t seem to shake the “down in the dumps” and lack of energy I’m feeling lately. For those of you that know me on Twitter, Facebook, or in real life know that I’m struggling with things, but still keeping fairly busy. This helps me mood, but I’ve come to realize some things need to give, and this blog always seems to be the “giving point” in my life.

If I get a chance, I’ll see about doing a Saturday post… honestly, it won’t happen until Sunday at the earliest. I have a Friday night Pathfinder game I’m running this week and a local con is going this weekend, so I’ll be at the con all of Saturday.

Thanks for your understanding and sticking with me.

Backlog and Announcement

First, a note about the link backlog:

I’ve been busy prepping for a budget meeting for a non-profit I’m president of. That meeting happened last night. Things went well. We have money. We’re going to spend it on educating people. Life is good.

Unfortunately, this meant that for the past 2-3 weeks, I’ve not really had time to throw together a post. I’ve been saving links, though! At current count, I have 13 links to write up comments for. I hope to get that ball rolling today and get a post out on Saturday. From the looks of my calendar, I’ll be able to hit that target. From there, I’ll be able to stay on top of things until the next something or other rears its ugly head to consume my life.

Second, a note about my identity:

When I first started RavenousRPG in 2009, I had a tyrannical director who did her best to micro-manage the 40+ people under her umbrella. This included tracking their online activities, accounts, and (more or less) stalking her employees online to ensure they put in their 65-90 hours a week (not a joke) without being distracted by non-work concerns… even during their minimal off hours.

This meant I went under the name “Hungry” when I launched the site to attempt to hide my gaming efforts from her prying eyes. Yeah. Anyone with access to “whois” information on domains (which is anyone with half a brain) can find out my real name, address, etc..

To make a long story short, I fell into the habit of using “Hungry” with regards to my RPG online presence. My days with that job are long over, so I’m dropping back to using my name for this site, and pretty much everything else I do. I’m not going to go back and edit posts. That’s insanity. However, you’ll see me using my name, “J.T. Evans” from here on out.

Feel free to track me down on Facebook or Twitter if you’re so inclined. You can also find out more about me and my writing on my personal site. For a brief moment, I was tempted to merge my personal site and RavenousRPG, but I don’t think I have the time/energy to do that. This means my writing stuff will remain at the personal site, and the role playing stuff will stay here.

For those of you sticking with me through the lack of posts and the poor content, I thank you. I’m hoping to shift some things around in my life to make more time for reviewing games, not just blog posts.

We’ll see how that turns out, eh?

New Theme

Because of Google limiting search results on web sites that are not responsive in nature, I had to change my theme. I’ll be customizing it over the next week or so, but this is what the site will look like for a while. If you spot anything broken or just completely out of whack, drop me a line.

My Comments Runneth Over

Mike over at Campaign Mastery is having some issues with his comment system on his web site. I tried to post a rather lengthy response to his Table Runneth Over post, and we realized that his comment system is broken. While he’s working on getting that issue resolved, I emailed him my comments, just so he could see my more in-depth feedback. While Mike’s working on restoring full operation to his site, he put my comments up as a post of its own over at his site. You can check out what I had to say over on his site.

Many thanks to Mike for taking the time to put my comments up on the his site, and we all wish him the best of luck at conquering the evil technology goblins that have infested Campaign Mastery’s comment system.

Colorado Flood Relief Bundle

I’m not sure how I missed this until now, but there is a Colorado Flood Relief Bundle over at DriveThruRPG. While I’m in Colorado, the floods barely affected me (some landscaping damage, big whoop). Many people are now homeless, have massive property damage, or have lost loved ones due to the flooding that happened recently.

The bundle runs $20, and you’ll land almost $300 worth of goodies. It’s a good cause and you get some really great stuff in there. I just read through the list of stuff in the bundle, and there are tons of great titles in there. I think the thing I’m most looking forward to reading after downloading everything is the ICONS stuff.

Late Watching Wednesday

This post is a few hours late because what I’ve been watching is the Black Forest Fire just outside Colorado Springs, CO. The fire started roughly 9 miles south of my house. It’s now roughly 3-4 miles from my house. It’s close enough and moving fast enough and moving erratically enough that my house is in the mandatory evacuation zone.

That’s right.

I’m out of my house at the moment.

That’s right.

I might never return to the same house I left.

In the rush of the evacuation (even though we were prepared and knew it could most likely arrive), I had no time to pack my books. Carting my books requires a large truck (which we don’t have) and many hours of packing them, even when doing so quickly.

This means my lifetime of almost 40 years of collecting novels (which started when I was 7) and my lifetime of collecting RPGs (which started when I was 10) and my career of collecting technical book (which started when I was 23) are at a high risk of turning to ash.

Forever.

That’s okay.

Somehow, I’m at peace with this thought. Obviously, I don’t want to lose everything I have spent so many decades putting together.

Why does this not bother me?

Because all of the important things in my life have been evacuated with me. My wife, son, pets, photos, yearbooks, hand-written RPG notes, computers, backups (hard drives, CDs and flash drives), and family memorabilia are all away from the fire and safe with me at a friend’s house.

We’re in good shape. Many others are not.

Please send out your prayers, good thoughts, positive karmic vibes, or whatever else you believe in to those who have already lost so much, and those that are certain to lose everything. Most importantly, please take a moment of your time to send good will and prayers to the brave first responders that are battling this blaze around the clock. They need it more than anyone else right now since they’re the folks that are charging headlong into situations a sane person would flee from.

I’ve already collected four links for the Friday Five, and I figure at least one more great post will pop up between now and Friday night. I should have a Friday Five for everyone out there in the RPG blogosphere.

Thanks for taking the time to read this brief interlude in our normal RPG talk.

Always starving,

 Hungry

No Posts This Week

Heya folks. I have a huge conference hitting this week. I’m doing quite a bit of volunteering, presenting, moderating, hosting and other duties at the conference. This means I won’t have time to collect links for the Friday Five. During the times that I normally do my posts for Watching Wednesday or the Friday Five, I’ll either be driving people around town to get them from the airport to the hotel, or I’ll be in the hotel bar having a few drinks.

Regular programming will resume next week.

Have a great week!