I'm Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sam-I-Am and I played a Fun-N-Fluffy game earlier this week, where I took an Eldar Warhost against his Chaos Space Marines.  Frankly, it was nice to play a game where the result didn't matter.  

As I look back on this past year, I realize it's been among the best I've had.  My brother is back safe from war, I graduated with honors, and I'm still blessed with a strong marriage.

I'm a big believer in stress-relief, in taking care of yourself by investing in yourself.  My hobbies are a big part of that.  On that end, too, this last year has been pretty incredible.  Besides Strictly Average, I've been privileged to write for Blood of Kittens, House of Paincakes, and of course Bell of Lost Souls.  My stuff has appeared in Yes The Truth Hurts, which I always got a kick out of, and I've had to turn down offers to write for some really great blogs, time being what it is.

That's all great, but community is what it's about for me.  I value the people I've met through this medium, and I consider many of them friends, for all that I've not had the honor of meeting them in person just yet.  That will happen.

Where would I be without the locals?  I probably don't say it nearly enough, but my favorite local gamestore is home to numerous personalities - many of whom I've saddled with a nickname and written about online - who bring a passion and a depth of experience others can only envy.  Over the past year, I've grown as a player and as a painter by leaning on these dudes... and in some cases stealing their ideas outright.

I steal all of my best ideas.  I wasn't kidding.

I can't say enough about 'em.  They're great guys.

On the hobby front, my brother introduced me to the latest gig.  Many of you aren't aware of the podcast I'm involved in, which is fine.  I like to keep things separate, so while there's a link here I haven't really talked about it.  Episode 4 is going up today, after a long hiatus, and I think they keep getting better and better.  My brother moved to a new home, along with his wife and two Black Labradors, so we had to take a breather... but the new home has an Off Topical studio now - expect bad things to come of that!

These last five years have been a huge transition for me.  I wrote up a paragraph only to delete it: it doesn't matter: the future is what's important.

I've got great family, great friends, and an awesome - if evil - cat.  I've got a new job to look forward to, working in the trenches of mental illness.

You folks have been good practice! :)



Porky said...

Great post, Brent!

Glad to hear so much is going so well. Even in the tough times there's hope and things are always on the up. There's a lot to be thankful for, not least having you firing on all cylinders and radiating positivity. Cheers for what you do and long may it go on!

Black Blow Fly said...

Always enjoy the good times bro !

: )


Bigred said...

We're all thankful for you too Brent.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Big Whit said...

Thanks for all the beatings, I've enjoyed getting you geared up for the boyz. It's great to have you around, you always bring a positive attitude to the store. The only problem is that when you leave the store then there is nothing but negativity left behind.
Thanks Brother

The_King_Elessar said...

A good and moving post. I am totally stealing this idea.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.


I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

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