Sunday, October 15, 2006

Games of All Kinds

Friday night I went to a charity poker tournament that my company was running. We all pitched in $20 to a local charity that helps people with mental handicaps, and then we got 50 chips to play in the tournament. I lived up to my standard, being the 7th guy out at my table of 10. I didn't make it to the championship round, but I made a good showing for myself, which is really all I can expect to do, considering that some of my coworkers play at least once a month at the local casinos and know poker strategies way better than I do. It was a good time, though.

Saturday morning my Dad came over and helped me work on my garage door, which had gotten out of whack. That is one of the benefits of living in the same area as the rest of your family; you can get your Dad to come over and use his experience to help you fix your problems. It turns out that I probably need to have part of my garage door replaced. This helps explain why I haven't saved much money this year: my car repair ($1,500), my dental work ($750), fixing the A/C unit ($375), and who knows how much the door will cost. But as my financial advisor told me, at least I didn't have to put it all on my credit card, as I have the money to pay for it.

I then spent Saturday afternoon playing Dawn of War: Dark Crusade, the latest expansion for the Warhammer 40K RTS computer game. It is great, but the original game was great, so I wasn't expecting much different. They did add a new campaign game that is fun, though, so I have been enjoying playing the game again. Definitely one of the best RTS games ever. Saturday evening was another Shadowrun session. I didn't do too well, to be honest with you. I think my character isn't quite up to snuff. He is the first character I have ever designed for the system, though, so I didn't know all the ways to properly bend the rules to make him super powerful. I'll eventually get him there, if he lives. For now, though, I get to watch everyone else do cool stuff while my guy gets shot. Yeah! So much fun!

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