Kind of quiet around Stollen Central the last couple of days as far as our Battle of Doltz game goes. School begins for everyone in two weeks during the week of the 29th, so we have been involved with several preparatory meetings with new teachers and related staff at his school for the Young Master as well as our own stuff on campus. Summers are always relatively carefree, but then you come crashing down to earth like Icarus every mid-August!
Now, the uninitiated might say something like, "Quit your complaining! It must be nice having 3.5 months off each summer and month at Christmas and New Years." And that is true. Yes, it is. But things have a way of evening out. We pay for those chunks of what seem like totally free time once a new semester starts when life gets very, very busy. We also reliably bring work home with us in the evenings, there are classes to plan four or five days a week, and we are always reading in our respective areas of (ahem) expertise with the aim of publishing articles and books to help advance the thinking in those areas. That's not even taking service to the institution into consideration which is not only time consuming, but sometimes dealing with petty, neurotic colleagues is not exactly easy either. I wouldn't trade the academic life for anything however as it has made things extremely interesting, brought about all kinds of new opportunities, and, in some ways, made working life rewarding even in view of the occasional frustrations.
Anyway, I plan to return to the Battle of Doltz this evening and carry on with Turn Four.
In the meantime, the mail lady delivered a small package from Eric Hotz, proprietor of Hotz Artworks, earlier this afternoon. It contained four felt and flock 25mm fields and four of the same but in 15mm size. See for yourselves, but I think they will help to break up the broad, golf course like expanse of the Woodland Scenics Ready Grass mats. The felt fields not only add considerable visual interest to the tabletop, but they conform nicely to the slopes beneath. You can also cut them into odd shapes like American gamer Bruce Weigle has done for his 1866 games. There are many examples of his stunning terrain on the Hotz Mats website by the way. Now, if only my additional two packages of fields would just arrive.
Ok, back to syllabi revision or me. Still a few hours of work let this afternoon.