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By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Wednesday, January 04, 2023 - 04:04 am: Edit

A day of non-work. I rested and did a few things around the house.

Officially the office was closed for the New Year's Day holiday. I cooked ham and eggs breakfast for Leanna; Odin got half of it. I snuck into the office long enough to make the fixes to the gunboat cards and try (and fail) to find my copy of C3A to do the Adder. I took Leanna out to dinner and we discussed our plans for 2023.

We had a major staff meeting to update and complete the four different "lists of things SVC needs to do" so I can be sure to do at least one thing from each list each day. (The four lists are SVC errands, SPP errands, game design, running the company.) I told the staff that they could give me all the input they wanted over which item needed to be done next but that they were to stop pestering me about low-priority items that I set aside so I can do high-priority items.
GAME DESIGN LIST: After Mike Sparks (the warehouse guy) showed me a copy of C3A and I knew what to look for, I found my copy of C3A and did the Adder. Steve Petrick checked all 16 gunboats and I sent them to Mike West for the next round of checks.
Tony Thomas sent me the fixes for ACTA REINFORCMENTS ONE so I scheduled tomorrow to get that done, giving Mike an extra day on the gunboat cards.
Steve P worked on Module R1. I did the five scenario graphics and put them on his desk for him to check tomorrow.
SPP ERRAND LIST: I arranged to get one thing done and another started for Steve P's errand list.
SVC ERRAND LIST: I got something ready but forgot and left it on the conference table instead of actually doing it.
RUNNING ADB LIST: I called the realtor handling the closed bar next door and told him to get the bar's junk off of my property before I call the city to clear it and attach a lien on their building to force them to pay for the clearing. I pointed out that the (ahem) addition to the bar they had built [on my property!] was not done with a building permit and was falling down and if it wasn't dismantled SOON then City Code Enforcement was going to fine the @#$% out of them.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Wednesday, January 04, 2023 - 05:47 pm: Edit

GAME DESIGN: I did all of Tony's revisions to ACTASF-R1 and gave them to Jean to check.
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RUNNING ADB: I didn't do anything here as I lost an hour when getting sick after lunch.
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S V C ERRANDS: I wrote out a bank deposit that I made on the way home. (I have had the check several days.)
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S P P ERRANDS: I asked Al to take care of picking up something for Steve which saved me almost an hour.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Thursday, January 05, 2023 - 05:09 pm: Edit

GAME DESIGN: Made Mike West's fixes to gunboats and gave them to Jean. Took his suggestion to do 50 standard Banshee's on the back of card 16 and save the extra-galactic ones for another product.
Sent Tony Thomas the fixed pages for ACTASF-Rein1.
Sent Simone most of the stuff for the newsletter.
RUNNING ADB: Consulted with printing company on paper shortage vs. reprint of F&E maps.
Discussed minis production issues with Jean and told her to buy all of the stand bases she can find in this crazy market.
SVC ERRANDS: Made a bank deposit.
Scheduled a medical procedure.
SPP ERRANDS: Made a bank deposit.
Format for future use

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Sunday, January 08, 2023 - 08:52 pm: Edit

FRIDAY 6 JAN: I spent the entire day on GUNBOATS ATTACK, making more corrections to the cards, doing the back of the Tholian card (with one PF3 and one PFW), and doing the first draft of the first half of the rulebook. I did nothing on the other three lists because I just ran out of time. The time scheduled for the other three lists was taken up by an unexpected round of gunboat card reports that I wasn't expecting but which had to be done before Jean could proofread the cards. She did that, by the way.

SATURDAY: I rested and made an emergency run when Thor ate an entire two-pound bag of shrimp (three days of rations) in a single day.

SUNDAY: I rested, Got my 4000 steps, and repaired two loose boards on the back fence. Any further repairs will require a ladder, finding where I put the brackets I bought over a year ago, and hiring a handyman to do the work for me as my ancient carcass cannot risk the injuries that might come from a fall off the ladder.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 01:46 am: Edit


We had a staff meeting. Discussed were:
1. priorities on to various TO DO lists
2. dealing with higher metal costs for minis. The prices of fighters will go up because we have to buy three separate metal parts all of which tripled in price.
3. Discussing the current OGL crisis. We're going to wait and see how it plays out.
4. production schedule. We will release the hard copy of ACTASF-Rein1 in a few days and will have one or two products in early February.

I worked on:
Gunboats attack (Mike West fixes to rulebook, round 1)
ACTASF reinforcements 1: Made Tony & Jean fixes.
Did the North Polar freighter for SFB and send it and a new FC ship to be checked.

Steve Petrick worked on R1 revision

I had an interesting phone call from an old friend.

Lou Zocchi was promoted to Brigadier General in the State Guard.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 04:52 pm: Edit


GAME DESIGN: Made Ken Kazinski's changes to the North Polar freighter SSD.
Made Jean's changes to North Polar Freighter and Federation FFD.
Made Tony Thomas's last fixes to ACTASR1-HC.
For gunboats, I did the back of the Thunderbolt, Centurion, StarHawk, and Needle. I inserted the option mount rules that Mike West wrote into the rulebook and formatted them.
For Steve Petrick's R1 rulebook revision, I exported the graphics and sent them to him.

I arranged for the reprinting of the F&E boxed game maps.

I made a medical appointment for him later this month.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 05:01 pm: Edit

GAME DESIGN: I did the two-up backs of the gunboat cards for Gorns, Orions, Hydrans, Andros.
RUNNING ADB: Requested a quote for the ACTASFR1 cover.
Went to office depot and bought calendars.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Friday, January 13, 2023 - 01:34 am: Edit

GAME DESIGN: I finished the last of the GUNBOAT ATTACKS cards although there are many rounds of check/fix left.
Steve Petrick continued to push on R1.
RUNNING ADB: We continued to hold the newsletter waiting for the ACTASFR1 covers.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Friday, January 13, 2023 - 05:33 pm: Edit

FRIDAY 13 JAN 2023
Running ADB: Reviewed financial documents for the week.
Steve Petrick Errands: Got his address changed on his bank account.
Steve Cole Errands: Grocery store run.
Game design: updated 32 gunboat cards and sent them to Mike West.
Steve Petrick worked on R1.
Jean had an idea for the cover of Gunboats Attack.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 03:43 am: Edit

Plans for a fun weekend were destroyed by a @#$% cold.

SUNDAY 15 JAN 2023
The cold continues, I wander about in a fog.

MONDAY 16 JAN 2023
Did not go to work, unable to drive, brain fog, unable to stay awake.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 04:48 pm: Edit

Jean called in sick, Petrick stayed home, and I made it to the office (even though sick) for an hour to check email. I sent Tony the files he wanted for ACTASFR1 but that was about all I had the energy for.

On the way home, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up medicine for Leanna. I had a low-blood pressure incident of some kind, almost fainting. The people there were very nice, having me sit down and posting someone to watch me for a few minutes until I was better. It passed quickly but I dread to think of it happening a few minutes earlier or later when I was driving.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Friday, January 20, 2023 - 04:15 am: Edit

Stayed home, still sick.

Stayed home, still sick.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Saturday, January 21, 2023 - 10:26 am: Edit

FRIDAY 20 JAN 2023
Stayed home, sick.

Getting over it, plan to return to work Monday and finish ACTASFR1 and the newsletter, then get Gunboats ready for next month. Today is 33F outside and I don't want to be cold.

SUNDAY 22 JAN 2023
I plan to stay home.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 06:21 am: Edit

MONDAY 23 JAN 2023
I spent the day running errands and going to a doctor appointment and got nothing done.
Steve Petrick worked on the Module R1 revision.

I woke up at 5am to see several inches of snow on the ground. Jean, Steve P, and I had previously agreed that if it snowed we would all stay home.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Friday, February 03, 2023 - 03:36 pm: Edit

Tuesday 31 Jan
I did a bunch of scenarios for gunboats attack.

Wednesday 1 Feb
I did one scenario for gunboats attack, but suffered some kind of knee injury and went home due to extreme pain.

Thursday 2 Feb
Al had hip surgery. Jean took the day off. I took the day off, still unable to walk.

Friday 3 Feb
Al still in hospital, Jean with him, I am at home due to painful knee injury, unable to walk or drive.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Sunday, February 05, 2023 - 02:37 am: Edit

4 JAN 2023
My knee is not better, but less bad. I can stagger a few steps, with pain.
Al finally got out of the hospital but a fire at Walmart kept him from getting his pain meds and he is fairly miserable. Prayers and messages of support for Jean would show her she is not alone.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Tuesday, February 07, 2023 - 07:09 pm: Edit

I reinjured my knee and spent a miserable day in bed.

I made it to the office but between pain and errands got nothing done.

Stayed home to rest.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Friday, February 17, 2023 - 05:22 pm: Edit

Steady recovery from knee injury but it still hurts.
Al is still recovering, Jean not in office much due to helping him.
Petrick working on R1 for next release.
===========TO DO=====================
Fix whatever Jean finds in the GA rulebook whenever I get it back from her.
Find source for 1/2 inch counters.
Buy or lease a new Kyocera
Make somebody remove that trash next door, dismantle the illegal shed on ADB land.
Employee retention credit
Stuff for newsletter (freebies F111, K1, big news)

========In Progress========
Discuss Tholian project with Mike West (waiting for reply)
Reply to CL business deal. (waiting for reply)
Reply to Tripartite business deal (waiting for reply)

Python project given go-ahead on BBS
A+ Countersheet PDFs given to Jean for upload.
Art for Gunboats Attack Cover sent to Simone.
Sent Simone the textual stuff for the newsletter
Counters for Gunboats Attack done and checked.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 10:53 pm: Edit

FEB 18, Saturday
I went to the office and did the gunboat cards for the Romulan K1 and the Fed F111 and send them to Mike West.

I plan to stay home and rest my knee. Which I did.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Monday, February 20, 2023 - 02:47 pm: Edit

We received word that Jonathan Thompson, who did our D20 books, passed away from an infection that could not be cured. His contributions to the SFU will be missed.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 - 12:15 am: Edit

I made Jean's proofreading fixes to GUNBOATS ATTACK and gave her the revised pages to check.
I make the changes Mike West and Steve Petrick wanted to the cards for Hailing Frequencies.

Leanna and I took the day off to do some things and finish binging Orville-3.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 06:19 am: Edit

Monday I saw my orthopedic surgeon who showed me the scans of my spine. The only thing he could find was very minor and decades old and not the cause of the current problems. I haven't had "pain" per se in days but my leg is sore as heck and stiff, making it difficult to sleep or walk. It's hard to concentrate on getting things done.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 12:02 am: Edit

I finished the PDF for GUNBOATS ATTACK and gave a printout to Jean and Al so they could check for font anomalies before it is uploaded.

There was a meeting on R1 with Steve Petrick (who said all reports are finished and he is just chasing down annexes), Al Beddow (who is doing the final page layout), and Stephen V Cole (who was given a list of the art he needs to round up and send to Al). This product will be the next release.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 02:50 pm: Edit

I sent Al all of t he art he will need for module R1.

I worked with Jean on inventory, reprints, and costs of goods sold.

I went by the office to make all of the corrections to GUNBOATS ATTACK.

I took the day off to rest my leg. I actually spent a good bit of it sitting in the dark as the high winds disrupted the power network and about ten square miles of this area was in a black out for five hours.

By Steve Cole (Stevecole) on Thursday, March 02, 2023 - 11:38 pm: Edit

Catching up on office stuff, errands.
Catching up on office stuff, errands.
Catching up on office stuff, errands.
Discussed Mongoose-Traveller with Al and Jean.
Family dinner with office staff.
That evening I had a significant pain my my left abdomen but it did not seem to be serious.
Catching up on office stuff, errands.
Met with Al and Steve regarding the status of R1.
The discomfort in my left side continued.
Catching up on office stuff, errands.
Staff meeting to pick the next projects.
I wasted most of the day trying to find out about the pain in my left side. My primary doctor didn't have an opening so I went to the clinic where the nurse practitioner said I needed a cat scan and to go to the hospital where she had made all of the arrangements. I went and after two hours of poking, prodding, and meaningless tests, I asked what the heck was going on. The nurses said that I was being admitted to the hospital and did I want to see a dinner menu. I respectfully said they were most definitely NOT admitting me to the hospital and I was leaving to get home for dinner. Hours later I spoke with someone on the phone who said that the NP had no authority to order a cata scan so instead she told them to admit me and do the cat scan on their own hook. I pointed out that no one discussed this monumentally stupid plan with me and that they could call me Monday to schedule a cat scan on Tuesday or Wednesday. They said I could leave but they could not schedule a cat scan unless a doctor ordered it, so my choices were to wait over night for their doctor to see me Saturday or go home and call my own doctor on Monday. Which is what I did. I think they were defaulting to the "safest" course of action which also happened to be the most profitable course of action for them.

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