Today is my last day at my present employment and as I have wound up many of my duties it means that today should be relatively painless. It has however, afforded me the opportunity to make a few calls and to sort out some domestic issues. I have a problem with my PC which means it will need to go into dry dock - luckily I shall be away and it will be ready for my return - as it seems to get itself into a flat spin when switching between accounts and obstinately refuses to do anything. Even a hard reboot has little effect. The PC is nearly two years old and we have been very pleased with it thus far so I cannot really complain.
I was fortunate in that I was able to post to the blog yesterday and to be able to print off the red label sheet for use with the blocks before the PC expired. As a fall back I have my netbook and my daughter has our old Windows XP machine with Office 2003 so we should be OK in the short term.
As far as my short break is concerned I have a number of plans for things to do and see and needless to say they will reported in the blog upon my return. The 'cerebral' part of the holiday will revolve around the planned block based rules I am drafting and also the Jutlandised naval rules. Now that the long awaited magazine has arrived (the Boardgamer - see yesterday's post for details) I shall be able to make some good progress with the naval rules which were fairly close to being finished in any event. I have a number of ideas for the land based rules and hope to be in the position whereby I shall be able to run a play test upon my return.
The mention of light brown coloured blocks for use with Colonial and Middle Eastern WW1 troops was quite intentional as I have a hankering for some Arab Revolt or Palestine type actions. With this in the back of my mind it is somehow appropriate that part of visit to Devon will involve a run into Dorset to Bovington and the scene of many T.E. Lawrence sites of interest.
I can almost hear the soaring opening to the soundtrack to David Lean's epic masterpiece….;-)