Yesterday’s rant and 2018 and 2019

Today I will rant about age discrimination in the online gaming world.  I mean seriously, who gives a flying fart how old a person is when they go to play a game.  Older players have more experience and can share that experience with the group.  This rant which isn’t going to be much of a rant (I don’t think) stems from yesterday and my jumping the gun.  Today I get to be downright angry cuz I passed the DMs check but failed the party’s check because I was too old.   Bah, yeah, I’ve been playing games longer than those punks have been alive.  They should have respect for what I have been through gaming wise.  But no, they are gonna pick the 20something year old who has 1 or 2 years of experience.

I’m gonna start to lie on the applications when they ask age.  I am 31 years old, been playing 5e for 2 years.  Yeah, that is what I am going to do.  I just want to play, I am not picky.  It will not hurt anyone, it’ll be our little white lie.

Not running Sunday’s day game until January 20th and not running Tuesday night’s game until the 22nd.  One player is going out of town and then my family is coming to visit for a week.  The good news is we will be running the Elite Monster Killer Squad (they still haven’t come up with a better name) starting this Sunday evening.

I’m trying to decide if they are going after a CR13 or a CR15 monster as the first thing they fight.  Any way I do it, it should be a really fun series of fights.  The party is pretty well balanced, and they got really good gear so I should go with the CR15 monsters if not CR 17.

Watching the end of Rampage, the movie.  Not surprised it didn’t do well in the theater, but it’s a pretty good on demand cable movie.  Lots of not surprising action.  Dwayne Johnson is actually a fairly decent actor, especially in action movies.

I listened to Amazon Unlimited Pop Hits today and realized I had no clue who any of these artists were.  Furthermore, in the hour or so I listened to it, almost every song sounded the same or close.  I was disappointed in what I heard.  So I went back to the Rancid playlist.  Much more entertaining to me.

Teresa isn’t cooking dinner tonight.  Tonight will be Lou Malnati’s Pepperoni Pizza.  Tomorrow we are celebrating New Years with Tex-Mex.  I don’t know if she is cooking anything tomorrow either or just unfreezing stuff, either way it’s all good.


2018 For the first 2/3 of it sucked big time.  I found out I had MDS in January and had to get a transplant if there was any hope of surviving.  It took til May 17th to actually get the transplant that we were in a hurry to get.  And the chemo before the transplant failed.  Thereby the transplant as a whole failed.  It took until July to find this out.  I won’t bore you with the technical medical jumbo, but about a third of what was supposed to be fixed wasn’t.  And Dr. Alkhateeb said there was a slim chance that I would survive.  I had to google slim for an exact measurement, and it said between 5-20%.   Not good odds.  Basically he told me I was going to die.

Time passed and my blood counts normalized out.  Normal for a regular person, not just for a cancer patient.  Which is confusing.  Thus I get to have yet another bone marrow biopsy soon (cover that in 2019 preview).

The last 1/3 of 2018 was actually ok if not pretty good.  I made a handful of really good friends online.  DMing a lot of D&D for them.  Got to play a little bit (3 sessions) of someone else’s DMing.

Kept the blog here going all year, except when I was really sick and was too delirious to continue it.  But that was just a couple months in the middle.

And finally I gave Twitter another try and really am enjoying myself there.  Got hooked into D&D circles.  I need to post more, but I don’t have much to say right now.  Heh.

2019 is starting out pretty good.  More D&D.  Maybe adding another game if people are up for it.

I have the most important bone marrow biopsy scheduled for Feb 3rd.  This one, more than any other, tells whether I am gonna live or die.

Either way, the next 5 months I get chemo again.  Supposedly not horrible chemo (which I won’t discuss) again, nice simple chemo which doesn’t make me lose my hair and doesn’t give mouth sores, according to Dr. Alkhateeb.

One way or the other, my brother and I are going to Scotland in October.  The only thing that can stop me from going is if I get really sick.  But screw the cancer, I want to go.

Don’t know what else will be happening in 2019 after October.

But thru all this, I plan to continue running my games (except while in Scotland, of course).

Teresa has banned me from trying to work or from trying to go to school.  So all I really have now is gaming.  It’s kind of sad when I think about it.  But hey, I am disabled because I have bipolar.  Been disabled for 25 years, not gonna change anytime soon.  So, if gaming is what I got, gaming is what I’m gonna do.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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