I’m in Toronto right now, staying with friends. It’s 7am as I write this, they’re asleep, and I’m up getting some work done. It’s been a great weekend that’s included some fun games, movies, and a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum so far, with more games to come. I head home tonight, I have a Hopespring training session tomorrow, as well as a barbeque with the students of the UW Classics department. I just wanted to take a minute to talk about something weird I noticed on the bus on the way here. 

I don’t know when it happened, but I’m an extrovert. I wasn’t always, or not so you’d notice. I’ve always tended to live in my own head and spend a lot of time alone. It’s practically the only way I can get any writing done. But where I have the most energy and come up with the best ideas is when I’m working with a small group of people, somewhere between one and eight. I’m not sure why, but it seems to be true. I’m not sure that counts as extroversion, but it’s certainly food for thought. I’m learning the skills to work with and manage those kinds of groups, but I always used to think I was at my best when working on my own, but it’s simply not true. People are stronger together. We can better fill in each other’s gaps that way.

I’m doing more work with groups now, but sitting on the bus on the way to Toronto was, for a few minutes, like some kind of mad torture. I don’t normally travel alone, and I was filled with this urge to tell stories and create things, like I would when travelling anywhere else, but there was no one to chat with. Even my phone was dying. I turned myself loose on my notebook, writing all manner of weirdness, some of which I’ll share here eventually, and read a great book. It’s not insurmountable, just interesting. What do you do on long trips?

There’s twenty questions on TPK this week for character backgrounds, and a wiki update on the old gods that I’ve been meaning to finish for a while. At Concept Crucible this week I talked about moral relevance, and created an index of all the logical rules we’ve learned. Finally, at Labyrinth, I reviewed the game Titan Quest, in preparation for a project I’ll be doing there in the next few weeks.

My second paper of my thesis project is at 11 pages out of 25, and I expect to have the draft finished by next Sunday, which has me utterly stoked. See you next week!

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