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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. ๐Ÿ‘

Had lunch at the garden centre. Returned with 2x Scotch Bonnet, 3x Hinnonmaki Red Gooseberry bushes, some Rosemary, an Astrantia, a Sambucus and a huge Choisya. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Eeek. Playtesting and Session Zero today for Perihelion. Stacks of character sheets, notepaper, giant bag of D10s, pencils, printed rulebook, Deezer playlist downloaded and nibbles all packed. Nervous!

Now what have I forgotten...

And the winner isโ€ฆ Ukraine!

Congratulations to the Kalush Orchestra for their emotive winning song โ€˜Stefaniaโ€™, which captured the hearts of Europeans tonight.

Europe stands with you tonight and always.

#Eurovision #StandWithUkraine

I usually despise but having it playing in the background this evening has been pleasant. Probably because something...something... unity and positivity during a geopolitical shit-show... something.

It's still a trippy pile of psychedelic nonsense, though.

Finished my first playthrough of Citizen Sleeper. That was really enjoyable. Great writing, lovely art and music, and the RPG mechanics (clocks and dice pool) worked really well. Highly recommended if you want to immerse yourself in a deep, character-driven, cyberpunk/posthuman narrative RPG.

Ordered plug plants for the next 12 months, supplementing what we're growing from seed. The season is well underway. Our strawberries are growing WAY too fast in this warm, wet UK weather. Onions and garlic are doing well. We have spuds planted out and a dozen tomato plants I'm acclimatising slowly.

Snuck some lemongrass, habaneros and cayenne into the order as well. We have shelves of pickles still from last year, so I think this year I'm going to make lots of chilli jam.

217 incomplete pages off to the printers. TODOs, spelling mistakes, blank pages and all. I'll treat it as an exercise in imperfection.

Rough breakdown (excl. padding):

- 64 pages for the rulebook introduction, basic world setting and background, and character creation
- 100 pages for rules (everything from core mechanics through combat to hacking and AI)
- 33 pages of gear and toys

The fluff is still being written.

Playtesting starts this weekend!

Covered in bitumen and hoping that the (second attempt at a) summer house roof I just finished putting on is going to survive the night.

The felt is nailed in with 15mm clout nails and stuck on with bitumen, blood, pain and anger, so it fucking better. I'll get some battens tomorrow.

@Jo weeded and bedded in the spuds I've been chitting for the last six weeks. All in all, a productive day.

Staying away from feathers until I can get in the bath for a soak. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I've been doing a journal of my Elden Ring playthrough. Not going to post all the previous pages (they're all on twitter), but will start posting the new pages here as I complete them. Here are the latest two pages.

Good morning, good people. If you're new around here, allow me a suggestion: please don't make this your Twitter copy dump!

Meaning: I know it's easy to do, but please don't just auto-crosspost your tweets here hoping for the best, because one unfortunate side effect is that you pay less attention to your Masto account than your Twitter account which never works out.

So, if you're really interested in this here construct, give it some respect and more than just second-hand energy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks!

>>> Day 1351, 03:54
>>> RECORDING...

Nomad #647 logging in. I've just entered a new planet's orbit. I'm going to name this one Abori IV. So far, the atmosphere seems OK, but I'll need to land to collect more data.

#BreathlessJam #NomadicRPG

Some screen dumps from my in-development free Perihelion, laid out with Affinity Publisher and with thanks to all the lovely people who mark their amazing artwork as .

Not TOO bad for a fella with very little artistic skill, even if I do say so myself.

It's been a shit day. Self medicating with take out kebab while trying not to piss myself laughing at the mental health jokes being made by Taylor Tomlinson on Netflix. ๐Ÿ˜‚

@Gina Gotta see how hot the compost is! You can buy specialist thermometers with long probes and the dials look a bit like that.

Oh my, things are busying up aren't they? I should probably spend a little time refreshing the mentalhealth.social info page and stuff like that.

Grumble, grumble. All you lovely new folks coming into my federated timeline and tooting your amusing and heartwarming messages. I remember when things were quiet 'round here!

Writing really helps my mental health. I'd forgotten how much.

I love world-building and creating headspaces for people to explore. Since rediscovering my energy and applying myself to my latest project (linked), properly, for the first time in decades I've written almost every night.

I've just hit 200 pages. This feels like a milestone. I suspect once "finished", I'll be looking at ~300 pages PDF. This feels good. Next month: playtesting

dozywolf.itch.io/perihelion

Given the influx of new uses to the fediverse (even if not really many are signing up at our li'l instance) this is now done. From orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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After eight years (albeit two of them COVID), we've finally finished our D&D 5e campaign and succeeded against Tiamat.

The finale included a hand-built scale model of her on a scale map that filled the hall we game in. Cuz that's how we roll (role?)

Next month we start playtesting my hard sci-fi starting with session zero ๐Ÿ˜Ž

A slow, four hour wander in the Peaks. We walked the Dragon's Back, a set of bizarre limestone "spines" the stand out and are often cited as the only true peaks in the Peak District. They're also rather steep and require a proper climber's scramble, especially if you go off piste as we did. Good fun. Exhausted. In pain. Going for a bath now. It's hard being almost-fifty. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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