The February 2023 Review

A pile of calendars and a pencil. The text says "The February Review".

For a short month, February was unexpectedly busy.


Work picked up. A friend and occasional client asked if I could write down a story for him. He had an idea but didn’t know how to flesh it out. I stopped by his new studio, listened to his pitch and was able to elaborate on it from there. A week later, I had a full story. Last I heard, they were off to pitch it to some potential funders. If all goes well, I might have a film project by the third quarter of this year.

Aunties versus…

The Aunties together with our game master Eric (centre).

Back before MCO hit, I finally got around to playing Dungeons & Dragons, and it was a good time. However, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s a very male-dominated community and women generally stay away from it because it sounds like something pimply teenage males play. Should I elaborate on this one of these days? Perhaps. But for now, here’s a podcast episode I made about my first game, including some live plays. (Available wherever you listen to podcasts.)

At some point, I commented to the only other woman in my group that I would expect a D&D game to be different if a female DM ran it. She agreed. There are no female DMs in Kuching (that I know of). D&D is too complicated for my two brain cells, and after WotC’s misstep with the OGL, I found even less reason to attempt it.

However, the seed was sown. I gathered together my girlfriends who are interested in trying out TTRPGs with the intention of teaching myself an easy indie system. Eric, who is in some of my other local interest groups, happened to be a game master interested in various systems. After attending one of his games, I told him what I was trying to do and he offered to run a game for us.

We met at The Chop Shop to play an Index Card RPG adventure. We had a blast and are definitely doing it again. I have tentatively named our group “Aunties versus” because we certainly qualify for the title based on our age. Interested to try out TTRPG and can spare a weekend afternoon one of these days? Email is on the main page.

Site Matters

I received news in mid-February that my webhosting will no longer be continuing the service I’m on and their cloud hosting is far beyond my budget. I have until the end of the year to migrate, so I’m currently investigating options. I’ve had Shinjuru and Exabytes recommended to me on Malaysia reddit, so I need to find some time to sit down and make decisions.

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