My #introduction toot!
I'm Andy and I'm the admin of mentalhealth.social.
My interests are covered in my profile. On #mentalhealth I've briefly known the Black Dog in the past and work hard to keep him on a leash. My wife lives with #BPD bundled with #anxiety and #depression (though has a grip on all of them) and her illnesses are one of the things that drive me to be so passionate about #MH support and care. Which is why I set up this Masto instance; a safe place to socialise and chat. 👍
Ehhhh. 👌🏻 #AlcoholFree
Working on learning to make sourdough now. Made a starter over a week or so ago and utterly failed on my first attempt other than on the taste. Tried again today. Amazing structure, flavour and crust but still a pretty pathetic rise. I'll try a longer prove I think, probably overnight in the fridge. #baking #bread
Day 60 #AlcoholFree and I'm really enjoying it. More clarity and moments of self-awareness, especially regarding my relationship with alcohol. I'm listening to Annie Grace's "This Naked Mind" as well, which is reinforcing many of the conclusions I'm coming to, as well as some things I've known for longer than I would normally admit. It's a weird combination of metaprogramming, NLP and liminal thinking but I'm enjoying it.
I've been playing Generation Zero most of the day with a friend. It's a buggy gem of a game and it's really sucking me in. Great gear customisation, solid AI and firefights that genuinely require planning and team communication. It feels threatening being stuck on an island full of robotic killers, more than Breakpoint ever did. The Rival system is a lot of fun too. Recommended for a tenner on Xbox and probably our gaming group's new weekly game.
Just hit 71 pages and 22,000 words and I've barely started work on introducing the world itself outside of mechanics and character creation (not started Skills and Professions yet either...) At least the social system is vastly more detailed than combat and stands apart from it (which is what I wanted - violence is a last resort).
"Early Playtest Document" is probably a better title than "Quick Start Rules" though. 😆
We need to finish watching Beth playing at the Albert Hall this evening. Until then, enjoy my favourite tune of hers (smouldering doesn't even begin to describe it). The version with Joe Bonamassa is equally fantastic.
Joe Bonamassa on Sky Arts, though I've missed most of the concert. Hopefully it'll be in catch up. But...
...followed by Beth Hart. ❤️
The Satanic Temple ritualises abortions, thus ensuring that they and the rights of the individual are protected in the US under the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. The ritual essentially involves affirming that compassion is essential and one's own body is inviolable. Awesome group of folks.
I shit you not, I set up a Twitter account yesterday to start getting some visibility for my #RPG, followed a bunch of reputable game designers and writers I know, and the first thing I see when I open it this morning is a genuine, overt, in-your-face Nazi fuck preaching free speech and tolerance for the intolerant.
This is why I quit Twitter in the first place. Fuck me. At least its cemented my decision to put a foreword in the rulebook about gender, politics and inclusivity. Fuck all Nazis.
Dev. AppSec/InfoSec guy. Writer. Hubs. Dad. Punk of Many Colours. Mental Health First Aider & Advocate. Middle-aged Northern Brit. Sweary. Simplifying life. Lert.
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