Date: 20 March 2022

Topics: Gaming & Life

Gaming: Well, I've been able to do some. Three sessions, two games of Mordheim on 21 & 28 Feb against my regular sparring partner Richard, and an RPG session last night with all four of the group being able to attend for the first time in about a year and a half due to the pandemic. New characters were generated for a warhammer fantasy-esque world with the first session being an emphasis on decision making rather than combat. It was rather enjoyable, more so seeing I was able to unwind after all the stress of searching for a place to live.

Life: My moods have definitely been all over the place. It feels that I've been on one hell of an emotional roller-coaster ride, which thankfully has ended on a positive note. Yesterday, prior to the gaming session, I paid a deposit, a second week's rent and the bond for a clean unit over in Woy Woy, not far from where I used to live 17 years ago. I really don't know how it happened, but as you can imagine I'm very happy that it has, so I'm moving next week. This morning, after putting what could well be a last load of laundry on the line, I walked around with the camera and took a few artistic shots. There's plenty I'll miss about this place, but there's plenty I won't. I'll update the blog when I can.

Date: 17 February 2022

Topics: Life

Life: As if being in the middle of a pandemic isn't bad enough, last week on Feb 8 I was notified by the real estate that my lease was being ended with a 90 day 'no grounds' termination. As you can imagine, this has come at quite a shock seeing I've been at this address in East Gosford for nearly 16.5 years. So now I'm in a packing and hunting phase and really haven't had so much luck so far. I haven't really done much else, apart from a sanity boosting visit to the stadium for some soccer last Thursday (Feb 10) with the camera getting a good workout with a double header that evening. A shame the Mariners were unable to secure a win that night or again on Sunday, with draws in both games against MacArthur Rams and Perth Glory. Feel free to peruse the latest blog post for further details on the enforced move.

Date: 27 January 2022

Topics: Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl: A rare opportunity for a league match last Thursday (Jan 20) at Gametraders in Hornsby, a day short of eight months since the previous one. The Lake Munmorah Mercenaries II took on Luis V's new Khemri side and just held on to win 1-0 despite running short of players. Casualty count was 1-3 in favour of the undead side.

Date: 5 December 2021

Topics: Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl: Attended Nuffle's Beach Bash today at Sylvania Heights Community Youth Centre. Persisted with my snotling roster, making some amendments to allow me additional scoring options. Fielded Hakflem Skuttlespike and Akhorne the Squirrel, with the former obliging with my first point of the tournament in a 3-0 win over an undead roster. Despite being on the top table for round two, things fell apart at a rather steady rate, with the side being beaten 0-2 by wood elves, then royally butchered 0-3 by goblins in the last match by the eventual runner-up Clay M. The event was won again by Rabid.

Date: 29 October 2021

Topics: Blood Bowl & Photography

Blood Bowl: An extremely rare opportunity arose last Tuesday for a trial match for the upcoming Nuffle's Beach Bash, which has been confirmed for Dec 5 at Sylvania Heights Community Youth Centre, the regular venue for MOAB. Local player Tupi obliged for the impromptu trial match, which saw his vampires run rings around my snotling side 1-4. Obviously that roster will need some serious fine tuning before I use that anywhere.

Photography: The Mental Health Art Works! exhibition was postponed and shifted to a new venue. The event will now take place at The Entrance Gallery on Noberta Street at The Entrance, starting November 20 and finishing November 28. Entries have to be dropped off on November 16. With restrictions easing considerably, there'll be no problems getting there and back for the event.

Date: 16 September 2021

Topics: Writing

Writing: Continuing with some editing on Feudball 3 to help pass the time during lockdown, which is now in its twelfth week. Currently up to Chapter 17, the match in Morrunsia against Tallin's side. Most of the work done is correcting spelling and grammar, but it still needed a little extra. Also working on a supplementary document which goes into plenty of detail about where the inspiration for the series came from, as well all the little references and homages that are scattered throughout the series.

Date: 25 August 2021

Topics: Blood Bowl & Photography

Blood Bowl: Not much to add in this department. I was looking forward to the Blood Bowl tournament at the annual MOAB games convention, and had not only registered and paid nearly a month ago but had ordered extra black orcs to create a Black Orc BB team for the event. Unfortunately, MOAB has been cancelled, with my registration fee already refunded, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic which has really hit Sydney rather bad over the last two months. Seeing NSW is still in lockdown, I have been passing my time constructively by painting miniatures, creating storage cases and experimenting with unusual line-ups on the BB2 PC game amongst other things.

Photography: Haven't been going too far due to the lockdown restrictions, but have been able to get a few decent snaps locally. Thankfully the birds aren't aware that there's a pandemic on and are still doing what they normally do at this time of the year. I have put in an entry for the annual Mental Health Art Works! exhibition in October at the regional gallery in East Gosford (provided that it isn't canceled due to the pandemic), but seeing a walk to the framers isn't really an essential reason to be out and about, I entered one of my older works instead, which had already been displayed in exhibitions in Sydney and the Gosford Regional Show.

Date: 11 June 2021

Topics: Writing

Writing: Feudball 3, the bare bones edition created using the Kindle app, is now available on Amazon Kindle. I have also updated the Feudball download files as well to include new items, including the vastly updated map.

Date: 8 June 2021

Topics: Blood Bowl, Photography & Writing

Blood Bowl: A bit quiet league-wise, with only one match to report on. My BMBBL Old World Alliance team, The Lake Munmorah Mercenaries 2, took on a halfling outfit back on May 21 at Good Games Gosford (my first visit to the store in two years) and suffered an embarrassing defeat, losing 1-2. Thankfully the side was spared any serious injuries.

Photography: Have had a few opportunities to get out and give the camera a workout. On April 30 I ventured up to Long Jetty for an hour long walk around the waterfront, with a shot or two I felt being good enough to get framed for this year's Art Works! exhibition. On May 22 & 23 I spent the weekend at the Central Coast Air Show at Warnervale airport, and was able to take hundreds of photographs (and some video footage) of vintage warbirds in action. 'Monet' was also taken to the Mariners vs Western United match on June 5, which resulted in a 2-0 win for the locals and a third-place finish in the regular season.

Writing: Have prepared and uploaded a 'bare bones' version of book three of the Feudball series on Amazon Kindle to replace the faulty version that was up there. This particular version contains no images (map, field diagram, logo, Gordon's blackboards and me) which are currently in the PDF version of the book on Drive Thru Fiction. Just waiting on approval.

Date: 22 April 2021

Topics: Blood Bowl & Writing

Blood Bowl: In terms of victories, it wasn't a very good weekend at Eucalyptus Bowl on April 10 & 11. The Guns for Hire Old World Alliance team had a shocking first day, going winless, but recovered to get two wins on the second day and finish 32nd out of 40 with a 2-0-4 record. There was an added bonus of scoring 12 touchdowns for the event (eight of them on the second day), and picking up the most TDs prize on a countback, after being in a three-way tie. Oddly enough, overall winner Tribal Sinner and runner-up Gnome also fielded Old World Alliance rosters at the event.

Writing: Feudball 3: On the Road has been uploaded to Amazon Kindle, however there has been a few problems with the formatting, so I'll need to sit down and try and rectify the issues. It's still available on Drive Through Fiction in PDF format though, and you can pick a copy of it up for $3 AUD.

Date: 5 April 2021

Topics: Website & Writing

Website: Updated the home and feudball pages seeing a third feudball book is on the market now. :)

Writing: Feudball 3: On the Road, is now up on Drive Through Fiction! I finally knuckled down today and got it done, then realised that the website needed to be updated as well. Still have to format the book for Kindle, but it should be done this week. The PDF version of the third book will retail for $3 AUD.

Date: 26 March 2021

Topics: Blood Bowl & Writing

Blood Bowl: Again, very poor of me to not update this in a timely fashion. Back on March 11 I played my first league game for the new season of the Blue Mountains Blood Bowl League, and my first game with the new 2020 rules. The Lake Munmorah Mercenaries II, an Old World Alliance franchise, traveled to Hornsby where they played against the Commish's Underworld side, and defeated them 3-2, achieving a 6-0 casualty count in the process. More games will be scheduled in the upcoming school holidays, with the annual Eucalyptus Bowl tournament going ahead as well on April 10 & 11.

Writing: Feudball 3: On the Road, is nearing completion. I'm currently tying up a few loose ends, which includes a final check to see if I've missed anything and formatting the book for PDF and Kindle versions.The map has been completed and a cover picture has been added.

Date: 31 December 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl & Writing

Blood Bowl: Very poor of me to not update this in a timely fashion. The Outback Cup Sevens on Nov 21 had a tight finish, with three coaches in the running to win the event (including yours truly) going into the last round. Unfortunately, it was to be my only loss for the tournament, which saw me finish in third place with my Section 9 Bretonnians with a 2-2-1 record. In front of them were a Chaos Dwarf side (run by Gnome, whose only lost was to the winner) and a Skaven team run by SSS, which the Brets drew against in the fourth round. They went through undefeated to win the event. I finished the year in the black, not just for the W/D/L record, but in touchdowns and casualties as well. Hopefully 2021 will see an increase in tournaments in NSW, as well as a resumption of the Blue Mountains Blood Bowl League. COVID-19 permitting of course.

Writing: Roughly half-way through the third draft of Feudball 3. With so many distractions locally, I was unable to get the book finished in time for a December launch. So far an extra 15 pages pages has been added, as well as nearly 12,000 words. A couple of sections in particular needed some reworking, including the team arriving in neutral territory, and the start of a tournament in Iberia, where I had the opening ceremony of the event before their trial match instead of the other way around. The map is practically complete, though it will need a couple of little alterations before I can declare it finished. I would like to say that January will be the target month for the launch, though a February release will be more realistic.

Date: 16 October 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl, Photography & Writing

Blood Bowl: Though MOAB was cancelled, another BB tournament was scheduled instead for last Saturday (Oct 10) at the same venue, the community centre in Sylvania Heights.The substitute event was Nuffle's Bash at the Beach, a one day, four game resurrection event which was contested by eight coaches, whilst adhering (as best we could) to social distancing and hygiene recommendations. Yours truly played the recently approved Old World Alliance roster, and finished runner-up with a record of 3-0-1. My only loss was in the first round to the overall winner, Rabid (current NAF vice-president), who played Vampires and won all four matches. The Outback Cup Sevens is still going ahead, but has been rescheduled to November 21 to allow the games store hosting the event to move to a new location in Windsor.

Photography: Naturally Isolated is currently on display at the annual Art Works! exhibition at the Gosford Regional Gallery in East Gosford until October 20.

Writing: The second draft of Feudball 3 was completed yesterday.The project has grown somewhat to 302 pages, and is just under 212,700 words. Still think it needs some more work but it's looking much better. Apart from cleaning up grammatical and consistency errors, the biggest part of the edit was three chapters, all from the Iberian section in the book, needing a complete overall.

Date: 1 September 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl, Photography & Writing

Blood Bowl: Unfortunately, the next tournament that I had registered to play in is not going ahead. Due to restrictions and regulations imposed on indoor events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual MOAB games convention, which was due to commence on October 3, was cancelled. The second running of the sevens tournament, the Outback Cup, at this stage is still set for October 31.

Photography: Though I've been quite reclusive of late with all the drama of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have had a couple of occasions where I've been able to take the camera out and see what I could find. During August, on a rare date, I wandered around Point Frederick (maybe for the seventh time) whilst the weather was good, and on an outing with my mental health support group, visited Woy Woy, where I got some nice shots of the wildlife and the water. On weekly shopping excursions into Gosford, I've also been utilising my mobile phone's camera to record demolition work in the centre of town, where a new tower complex will be constructed. The annual Art Works! exhibition is still going ahead in October, and I have submitted an entry, a piece entitled Naturally Isolated, which spent some time on display at the Casa del Sol gallery and was one of my entries at the Gosford Regional Show several years ago. You can see it on the Featured page in the Photography section of the website.

Writing: Editing has been progressing steadily on Feudball 3 after a couple of relaxing weeks doing very little. I'm about a third of the way through a second draft, with the project creeping towards the 200k word mark. I've also been taking notes and checking that I've been consistent with characters, place names, teams, organisations, etc. which will come in handy when I update other associated files.

Date: 31 July 2020

Topics: Writing

Writing: The remaining unfinished chapters were a lot tougher to complete than I thought they were. However, yesterday, after a few distractions and the obligatory period of procrastination, I succeeded in finally finishing the first draft of Feudball 3. 197,500 words (give or take fifty), 280 pages. The last chapter finished was Chapter 2, the opening match in the book. I think I've earned a break for the time being, before settling in to do other stuff for the book like Gordon's blackboards, editing (oh, boy does it need some) and creating maps. I might even add some jersey illustrations as well.

Date: 21 June 2020

Topics: Writing

Writing: The fortnight just finished has been quite good, despite some personal dramas and some health concerns. Three chapters of Feudball 3 were completed, with two of them being ones that had already been started, with another just needing a few extra paragraphs. One was the semi-final in the Iberian tournament, one a friendly match in Morrunsia (when Tallin returns home) and the other a match in the Brython Cup. This leaves just four chapters to complete to finish off the first draft, with the tome having reached 258 pages and containing just over 180,000 words.

Date: 14 May 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl & Writing

Blood Bowl: Whilst all four of my online teams have had two matches each, the last game I've played was on April 20, with my Heavy Tank Brigade losing a tight match to a lizardman team, with only one TD scored in the game. Despite a 7-3 casualty count in my favour (my highest since August 2017), the skinks just kept on finding ways through to sack the ball carrier. All four teams have wins, with only my Gosford Goblin side having recorded two wins from two starts.

Writing: A very productive fortnight, where I completed two chapters for Feudball 3, both of them being part of a tournament on the main continent. They were two of five chapters that only had a few notes recorded under the chapter heading. The first draft has expanded to 217 (A4) pages, and is now just over 150,000 words.

Date: 13 April 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl & Writing

Blood Bowl: All four of my teams have played a match in the NSW Super League or its Stunty associate. Doing the best out of the group is the Gosford Goblins with a pair of 2-0 wins. My other stunty team, the Heavy Tank Brigade (Ogres) registered a 3-0 victory in their first outing, with the Chaotic Flowers (Chaos) bouncing back from a 0-4 defeat to win their second match 3-0, and my Kislev side, the Soldiers of Stalin, losing their only game 1-3.

Writing: Chapter 25 (which features the last game in the Feudball 3 book) just keeps on growing. There's a lot to cover, more so considering it's one of the main character's last match as a player. By itself, its at 19 (A4) pages with around 14,000 words. The entire book now has nearly 128,000 words.

Date: 3 April 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl: Played my first ever online game last Friday (March 27). The NSW Super League, made up of players (at the moment) from the BMBBL, has been set up utilizing the BB2 PC game. We have two seperate leagues, one for normal teams, and one for stunties, with coaches allowed to enter two teams in each. In the regular competition, I'll be fielding Chaos and Kislev Circus, and in the stunty it'll be Goblins and Ogres. My goblin side, the Gosford Goblins (yeah, I know, very unimaginative) took on a halfling side and won 2-0 in the first match of the league. Very pleased to get through without suffering a casualty and doing four in return.

Writing: I should be doing more, but my varied sleeping patterns (significantly inspired as it were by my increased online activity) means I've either been too tired, asleep, or distracted with a game to actually do any serious work. Feudball 3 though has progressed (in size) to just over 122,000 words, 183 pages.

Date: 24 March 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl

Blood Bowl: So much can happen in six days. With Australia in lockdown mode, with only essential services running, and extensive social distancing laws in place, league matches in the BMBBL have almost stopped completely, with upcoming Sydney tournaments, Mountain Bowl and Australia's major, the Eucalyptus Bowl, having been cancelled or postponed. Thankfully, there are online options, which I'm now sorely tempted to try, so the gap should be filled shortly, though all of us would prefer to be out there rolling dice physically rather electronically.

Date: 18 March 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl & Photography

Blood Bowl: Despite the threat of COVID-19, the Blue Mountains Blood Bowl League has kicked off with several games having already been played. On March 14, I ventured down to Gametraders Hornsby to face two opponents in league matches, with the Second Legion of Brian starting very badly, losing both to chaos dwarves and khemri, and suffering seven casualties all up and conceding three touchdowns as well. With three tournaments scheduled over the next six weeks, it remains to be seen if any of them are going to go ahead, with the Eucalyptus Bowl, Australia's major tournament, being the one most affected.

Photography: With recent bans on public gatherings having been put in place, dozens of events (sport, leisure, entertainment, etc.) have been cancelled. One of them was the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show, where I was going to put two entries into the photographic competition.

Date: 20 February 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl & Writing

Blood Bowl: After some time away from regular league play, I'll be rejoining the BMBBL for their next season, starting in March. I'll be fielding a Roman Dwarven team.

Writing: Finished another chapter of the first draft of Feudball 3 today, which makes 16 out of the proposed 27 chapters completed. Was quite happy to break the 100,000 word barrier as well.

Date: 15 February 2020

Topics: Blood Bowl & Website

Blood Bowl: Despite the terribly wet and windy conditions, I attended the first of five scheduled Sydney Bowl Sevens tournaments at the Games Cube in Parramatta on February 9. Eleven coaches were present, and I took Norse, along with two others. The winner however was Josh M (from the Blue Mountains BB League), fielding Skaven. Yours truly finished 8th overall, with a record of 1-2-2. Not a particularly good start for the year, with the games being mostly frustrating.

Website: Got busy after lunch and attempted to convert the first Heavy Metal Special that I recorded at 2 YOU FM way back in December 1992. Unfortunately, the tape with the first two hours was not co-operating, but despite a couple of hiccups, I was able to convert the second half of the show into MP3 files. You'll find them on the Broadcasts page.

Date: 27 January 2020

Topics: Photography & Writing

Photography: Finally did it. Put two entries in for this year's Royal Easter Show. Entered my two favourite and most popular pieces, Chillin' on the Jetty in the Rural Subject (Section 10) and At Rest in the Open Section (Section 13).

Writing: Work has stalled for a couple of weeks due to various various, but estimate that I have finished at least half of the first draft of Feudball 3: On the Road.

Date: 25 November, 2019

Topics: Blood Bowl & Photography

Blood Bowl: Participated in the first NAF approved sevens tournament in NSW. It was a long day (up around 6am and back around 8.30pm) and a lenghty trip to Windsor to play in the five game event. The Shieldmaidens, my Amazon side, faired well, giving me my best record at a tournament this year, going W-L-W-L-W. The two losses were to the runner up (Georgiechristo, with Skaven) and the winner Antonio91 (Necromantic). The pair were seperated on a countback, with the necro team having slightly better Net TDs. Apart from the Central Coast, players also traveled from Mudgee and Lithgow to attend.

Photography: Despite a lot of positive feedback in regards to Midnight Architecture, it didn't sell, and failed to receive a prize. I was also unsuccessful in the annual Bird Life Australia photography competition.

Date: 15 October, 2019

Topics: Blood Bowl & Photography

Blood Bowl: Took a Elven roster, the Holgate Hornets, to MOAB for the BB tournament over the long weekend (October 5-7) at Sylvania Heights. Between the elven curse and plenty of injured players, they could not really get going, finishing 12th overall with a 2-0-4 record. The tournament was won by Redcard, playing Necromantic. One good thing for the weekend was that I played my 400th match at a NAF event, regardless if my opponent was a registered player or not.

Photography: The annual Artworks! mental health art exhibition is on at the Gosford regional gallery in East Gosford. 140 entries this year, and Midnight Architecture (entry #21), a piece that had spent time on the gallery wall at Casa del Sol and was entered in the Gosford show as well, is on display until Sunday Oct 20.

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