Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016: Getting The Voices OUT Of My Head

Next year dead ahead, through the metal detectors.
A new year and I greet it at home with the grandsons and the sniffles. No problem, Day/Nyquil will get me through.

Reflecting back over 2015 I see highs and lows, fortunately, more of the former. Got more DVDs and game books, the tornadoes missed us again and got to do a show I never thought I'd get the chance to do. That show was Of Mice and Men – at one time I wanted to play Lennie but no one ever did it. When I was cast at OKC Theater Company I was totally flabbergasted – it thought I was past my prime for the role. But I soldiered on, had a good time and got some real friendships out of it. I thank OKCTC, Linda MacDonald and the rest of the cast and crew for giving me the chance to be part of an outstanding group.

On the game front, the Saturday game kind of fell apart a bit but I'm thinking we can still keep it together come this next year. Did some Savage Worlds and Castles and Crusades but now Eric's running Oriental Adventures and it looks to be a lot of fun. Otherwise, I'm going to be running the Monday night game for a while, giving my buddy Jimbo a break and got involved in a nice B/X game at Game HQ here in OKC. Fun times.

AND the top game purchase this year (which was backed on Kickstarter in 2013) is the hardback copy of Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls that landed on my doorstep late in the year.  All that and a bag of chips - it was better than I expected and well worth the wait.  Kudos again to Ken St. Andre and the Flying Buffalo team.  I GOTTA get a game going with this!

Professionally, I've decided to pursue voice acting full-time – I got together with Rachel Messer, actor, voice actor and sweet gal, to cut a demo reel. Soon as I get it back from her I'll be sending it out to see if I can get work. As it stands now I don't have a home recording studio but I'll be looking to get that set up this next year, fingers crossed.

Podcast-wise, the Brainstorm didn't work out as a spinoff but THAC0's Hammer keeps going as strong as ever. One of our hosts, FulOn Gamer was deployed overseas so he joins us from Bahgdad. We worry about him but he does what he needs to do, being full-time Army. All of us at Wild Games Productions are proud of what he's doing too.

Another thing I'm proud of is my oldest step-son hit bottom, realized what he was doing and went to Oregon to a rehab facility. From what I hear he's getting himself together and starting to thrive out there. It's a 3 to possibly 6 month program and he wants to stay the full 6. There are a lot of folks here who want to see him succeed in the life-changing event and we're rooting for him all the way.

The only big downside that happened to me was trying to move a couch and dropping it on my leg. That was about 3 months ago, it's pretty much healed now, with nothing broken.

I'm not big on resolutions but if I did two things I'd do; resolve to follow through on the voice acting and pay more attention and shower more love and tenderness on my wife Becky. She works hard and always thinks of me and the family. She deserves it.

2015...Done. Time to fly face-first into – The FUTURE!