JohnRamblingsInternational House of Updates. Or: I’M ON FREAKING TABLETOP NEXT WEEK! AIEEE!

A couple of heads-ups, for folks who follow my stuff:

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HEADS-UP THE First: I am going to be on next week’s episode of TableTop.

By which I mean: I AM FREAKING GOING TO BE ON NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE OF TABLETOP! HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS! I AM LOSING IT HERE! I GOT TO BE ON FREAKING TABLETOP!!!! I’M TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!!!! WHEEEEEE!!!!!!

Ahem. Sorry. Sorry. Pulling myself together, here…

ANY-hoo, the episode includes Wil (obviously), his charming, brilliant, and hilarious wife, Anne, along with the also-charming and also- brilliant and also-LETHAL Emma Caulfield (Buffy, et al). Long story short: OMG, they were all so fracking brutal! Like, “Joss Whedon is in a bad mood and feels like killing off your favorite character” brutal!

Emma, Anne and I, being given a run-through of Ticket to Ride Europe BEFORE THE BLOOSHED BEGAN!

Emma, Anne and I, being given a run-through of Ticket to Ride Europe BEFORE THE BLOOSHED BEGAN!

We played “Ticket to Ride: Europe,” for which I prepared by coming in dead last with a group of friends the week before, in a practice game. It couldn’t even come close to preparing me for what turned out to be the single most intense game I’ve played all year. Not gonna lie here: I’m still suffering PTSD from it. Also? My “pal” Wil Wheaton, and his whole “Don’t be a dick” schtick? APPARENTLY IT DOESN’T APPLY WHEN YOU’RE TRYING TO BUILD A VERY VERY VERY VERY IMPORTANT RAIL LINE THROUGH THE BALKANS!

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DO NOT PICK UP A DICK IN A DUNGEON!

Ahem. Sorry. Sorry. Sorry again. Sorry.

Breathe deeply. Breathe DEEPLY…

Anne laughs because she most likely did something VERY VERY VERY mean. Very.

The delightful Anne cackles because she most likely did something VERY VERY VERY mean. Very.

“Brutality, Intensity, and Dickery” is not just the name of my ex-wife’s law firm (NOTE: I do not have an ex-wife. I  just like that line), it was also pretty much how the night went. But (and here’s the important bit), it was an utter, awesome blast, and it was such a pleasure and an honor to be there. I’m huge fan of the show, as you all know, and the care and dedication with which it’s created was astounding. I’ll blog about the experience once the episode goes live, and the results are known.

Emma is a very, very, very, very  good gamer. Plus: brutal.

Emma is a very, very, very, very
good gamer. That’s code for “brutal.”

Maybe, one day, I may even feel like talking to the others, again.

Maybe.

Once the Night Terror goes  away.

Daughter, Age 5, sent Salty Bear along with me, for comfort.  He was needed.

Daughter, Age 5, sent Salty Bear along with me,
for comfort. He was needed.

WHEATONNNNNNNNN(s)!

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HEADS-UP THE SECOND: The unfeasibly talented Len Peralta is running a Kickstarter for the fifth “season” of Geek A Week, the terrifically fun trading cards based on big-league nerds.

Well, big-league nerds, AND ME!

Yup! After years of staring with murderous envyrage at anyone lucky enough to have their own card, I will be a Geek A Week geek!

Right now, Len is well over 25% funded, but every little bit helps! So to help fight the good fight – and to ensure I get my card – I created coolest, nerdiest thing I could think of, for Geek A Week Kickstarter exclusive.

Here it is! The DINOSAUR ZOMBIE NINJA ROBOT PIRATE ALIEN FAIRY MAGIC-USER RAAAAAAARW print! Available at the special $75 EXCLUSIVE KOVALIC PRINT pledge level, or as a $20 add-on to any other pledge level.

This EXCLUSIVE print could be yours, by backing a worthy Kickstarter. BUT I MAY BE BIASED.

This EXCLUSIVE print could be yours, by backing a worthy Kickstarter. BUT I MAY BE BIASED.

Anyway, Len is great, Geek A Week is great, and I’m really excited about the DINOSAUR ZOMBIE NINJA ROBOT PIRATE ALIEN FAIRY MAGIC-USER RAAAAAAARW print! I want one myself!

Please consider a pledge. I want to say “to help Len,” but really I mean “to make me a Geek A Week geek!”

RAAAAAAARW

- John

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