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I'm Andy and I'm the admin of mentalhealth.social.

My interests are covered in my profile. On I've briefly known the Black Dog in the past and work hard to keep him on a leash. My wife lives with bundled with and (though has a grip on all of them) and her illnesses are one of the things that drive me to be so passionate about support and care. Which is why I set up this Masto instance; a safe place to socialise and chat. πŸ‘

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. πŸ˜†

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.

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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. ❀️

Received a random invite to Cyph.com ("jump the beta queue, we reserved your username") as a replacement to Keybase.io since I burned my account after the Zoom acquisition.

Anyone know anything about it?

Abortion 

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.

announcement.thesatanictemple.

I shit you not, I set up a Twitter account yesterday to start getting some visibility for my , 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.

Pet peeve of the day: not understanding what a depressant is and authoritatively stating to others that it means that it makes you depressed.

Yes, alcohol is a depressant. Yes, depression can be comorbid with alcohol abuse. But...

Virgin Media catch up appears to have a small selection of episodes of Robin of Sherwood available, including the fantastic Swords of Wayland two-parter. Gives me an excuse to introduce youngest to a series that shaped me significantly when I was younger. πŸ™

Three huge bin bags full of crap chucked in the skip on the drive as a part of the ongoing purge and life improvement. Cleared out an old toybox (now knitting storage box) and emptied all the crap from the Welsh dresser, before polishing plates and stuff and putting them back like a grown up. Slow and steady improvements.

I wish the weather would improve though, so I can Glyphosate the fuck out of everything green, ready to start again.

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Snap. That is the sound of my core mechanic, core loop and theme suddenly all clicking into place nicely. I might even get this one published (for the first time in 35 years of writing games). Playtesting soon!

I've been polishing the combat rules for my Georgian/Victorian 'punk RPG. So I'm treating myself to some bloody, bastard, buggering Sharpe!

Seriously, fuck Java. Such a frustrating language (though I am working with a legacy API that is really badly written).

Day 16 . I'm not finding it particularly challenging so far. Differences this time:

⭐ Cut out caffeine at the same time and have been drinking green tea instead.

⭐ Focusing inwardly on myself and my feelings.

⭐ A fantastic support network via a sobriety app that encourages...

⭐ ...pledging to take it one day at a time.

⭐ Acknowledging alcohol and myself are a problem, a coping strategy and have been for a long time.

Everything feels net positive. This is a good place to be. πŸ™

Coronavirus (poll for people in England) 

In England, from this Friday 24th July shoppers will be required to wear masks in shops, but staff will not.

People living or shopping in England, what are your plans regarding shops where staff are *not* wearing masks?

[ #coronavirus #COVID19 #poll ]

Happy birthday mate. Enjoy it, it only gets better in your 40s. πŸ˜‰

Everybody trying to figure this out, but only a few voices asking the real question.

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I'm loving . Seeing all these rich, capitalist shitbags get hacked and jacked in real time is funny as fuck. It's gotta be a 0day or compromised admin account. SigRed even maybe? Dunno?

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MentalHealth.Social

A safe, social, virtual space for anyone interested in mental health and its issues. Whether you're a service user, someone with lived or living experience or a mental health professional, feel free to join, hang out and chat about anything.