Friday, January 31, 2014

January 2014 Updates

This is one of those updates where I just lump everything together: role-playing, wargaming, zine-ing, etc.
    A scene from a favorite song on Adventure Time
    It has nothing to do with this post.
  • Of late, I've been working on issue #2 of 6 Iron Spikes & a Small Hammer as often as possible. I'm deep in editing and revising - I seriously feel that I have to step up my game to accompany the amazing artwork I received.
  • The majority of my hobby time not spend on the zine has been spent on finishing a mere six Swedish infantry for the Great Northern War by 11:59 PM tonight. Clearly, there's no consequence if I don't, it's just something I want to do. As it is, I've had to revise my original painting plan, and allot 3 months for every 2 months of GNW painting goals.
  • Inking in of the Ever Expanding Dungeon map continues. It's tedious, not difficult. Once done, I'll scan it and post it with each session summary and indicate where the action is taking place.
  • I've tentatively scheduled the first game of an ongoing open table dungeon crawl campaign for my local meetup group for later in February. The dungeon is not one of my own design, but I still have prep work to do.
  • Finally, the budget tally:
January Budget: $15.00
YTD Budget: $15.00
January Actual:  $37.35
    • BMC Iwo-Jima 32 Piece Set 
    • Britain's Kublewagen
YTD Actual: $37.35

So, as you can see, not a great start on the budget .On the other hand, if I don't buy anything in February (not counting any birthday funds I might receive), I'll be back on pace in March.

It looks like I have 28 really long days coming up!


  1. John,

    I hate to point out that you've also already spent half of your March budget as well . . . but you have.

    I presume that you've still got the articles I submitted for the 'zine . . . if you can use them, fine; if not, well that's okay too.

    Finally I hope that you've enjoyed my dungeon crawls . . . I finished the eighth session last night although it isn't posted yet:

    -- Jeff

    1. I've only blown through a touch over half of my March budget by my calculations. So, while I won't be able to access the full amount in March, at least I'll have money to spend again.

      I do have your articles and they are key to my reaching the desired page count!

      I'm really enjoying your crawls - and I'm wishing I had made my map electronic from the get go.


  2. If you'd revise your budget to a mere $1 a day, you'd be caught up by next weekend.

    Simple fact is, budgets are useless if they aren't even close to being realistic.

    1. Hi Stu Rat,
      Yeah, $15 a month from $50 a month does seem a bit unrealistic. But, on the other hand, I went several years where I spent less than $20 the whole year on my hobby. I'm trying to rind that happy medium. I do like the sound of a $1 a day - there's always the risk in an extreme diet that one will break it in a big way when the restraint is too much to bear.
      Something I'll have to consider further.