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Alex in December

Ahh, last day of work today!
December has been exhausting. Having a weekend at the end of NaNoWriMo is good from the point of view of reaching 50000 words, but rather less good from the point of view of recovering afterwards. Combine the post-NaNo exhaustion with a terrifyingly busy first couple of weeks of December, partly with catching up on all the social engagements that got deferred from November, to result with Rachael and me being very very tired for the first half of the month.

I've completely failed to get any more writing of my novel done so far (well, 200 words in 19 days). I think perhaps, like with Horizons in 2005, I just needed a bit of a break from the story. I'm definitely going to finish it sometime, though.

Instead, I've been working on Foundation of a Nation, my building game, now with extra theme. Some of the details of the theme are, shall we say, still being worked out - for instance, ilanin pointed out that if the nation hasn't yet got a king, it's unclear quite how the Nobles got enNobled. Suggestions for alternate interpretations are welcomed. Some of the rules are continually being tweaked, as well, in an effort to find the combination between keeping game balance, letting each play be different, and allowing strategy.

This Sunday is the Carol Service at City Church Cambridge, and Rachael and I are singing in the choir :) 7pm-8pm, all welcome, and there's free mince pies and mulled wine.

Then shortly after that, we're off to see family for Christmas, which will be lots of fun. I'm looking forward to it, as I haven't seen them for ages. It's a little sad to be leaving Pepsi and Tango behind, so we'll be hurrying back to Cambridge for New Year's Eve.


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Dec. 19th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I've completely failed to get any more writing of my novel done so far

Oh, I'm glad it's not just me. I was planning just to keep going, but I hadn't reckoned on all the catching up with the rest of life that needed doing :-) NaNovember and a holiday and a retreat and Christmas jumping out at me is all a bit much.

I wrote about 2000 extra words, but it's not finished by any means. Am giving up until January at least.
Dec. 20th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
There's a straightforward (well, IMO) answer to how the nobles were ennobled: a previous king did it. Then he died intestate and heirless. To anticipate complaints that this is about the foundation of a nation: suppose that Ruritania invested its money into an expedition to colonise the recently discovered New World, leaving its army underfunded; its neighbour took advantage, betrayed a long-standing treaty, and easily took the country. The king and half of the Court were killed or captured, but a number of nobles (the players included) escaped to the fledgling colony.

While there are plenty of differences, this can be seen as inspired by Portugal in the Napoleonic Wars. When Spain signed a treaty with France allowing 30,000 French troops to pass through Spain and invade Portugal the Portuguese Court (including the monarchs) fled to Brazil. (Napoleon then used the troops to force both claimants to the Spanish throne to abdicate in his favour and then handed it to one of his brothers).
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