Yesterday, I posted a quick note letting everyone know that I had to push back the release of this week’s Feature Article and Megadungeon post by a day. So you were probably expecting a new article today. It was a simple delay due to some job interviews and general chaos and the need to give the Feature a second rewrite because I wasn’t happy with the original and I don’t like to release crap. If you follow me on Twitter, though, you probably already know something pretty awful happened shortly after I put that post up.
Firstly, yesterday, I offered up a crappy Unity game I had done as part of my coursework for an online course I had been taking casually. I thought people might find it funny and I was proud of my work, so I figured I’d give it away. But I f$&%ed up the links. The PC link didn’t work and the Mac link had the file structure screwed up. So here are the links again. They work now. I would have fixed them yesterday, but disaster kind of struck. I’ll get to that.
I got robbed. That’s not a metaphor for anything. Someone broke into my apartment and took a bunch of stuff. If you don’t care about the whole story – and why should you – I’ll skip to the end. I’m going to get the damned Monster Building Article up between tonight and tomorrow sometime. It’s going to happen. Because I made a f$&%ing promise and you people have pledged a lot of money in return for at least one good article a week. I believe in that promise. And the support everyone has shown me has been invaluable. It’ll be here. Megadungeon has been pushed off a week. I can’t help that.
The Angry GM Live Show is postponed. Unfortunately, I a bunch of electronic equipment, including my AV stuff that allows me to record that s$&%. Once I can replace it, we’ll get that back online. But I’m also cash-strapped right now and I’m doing my best. Same with the online game. In addition to my AV equipment, I also lost a portable hard drive with a LOT of data archived on it. Nothing sensitive or useful to anyone. It was mostly just gaming related. But that was a crippling loss. For the same reason, I won’t be Livestreaming video games anytime soon. Not even PC stuff. In the end, though, the articles will keep flowing. And they, thankfully, didn’t get my laptop because I had it with me.
So that’s it. That’s where we are at right now. But, if you’re curious what happened, because the Twitter Tweets were confusing and disjointed and may have ended up with me wandering the streets homeless in the middle of the night depending on what you saw, I’ll share the story.
Yesterday, I went to the local coffee shop in my neighborhood as I do almost every morning. I posted the update I mentioned and then worked on finishing the rewrite for the Monster Building article. But the WiFi there was being an a$& and I was having trouble hitting my Google Drive. When I came home to finish the work and format it so I could post it, I discovered someone had broken into my apartment.
I’m on the ground floor. Someone managed to dislodge and shove aside my window air conditioner and work their way in through the small gap. They grabbed my backpack and filled it up with all of my game consoles and video games, a bunch of computer peripherals and equipment, what cash I had in the apartment, the chargers for all of my electronic devices, and a bunch of other odds and ends. In the end, I kind of count myself lucky because most of what they got was just entertainment and luxuries. Nothing I’ll die without. Nothing that I can’t eventually replace. Someday. Because, right now, I’m still struggling to find work here in the city. The Patreon is keeping me alive and fed, but I need part-time income to supplement that. They did manage to ruin a couple of things that did hurt. Break some stuff. And they got a few things by accident that they didn’t want because they were in the backpack. And they grabbed a checkbook, but I froze my account immediately. I’ll have to get my finances squared away. Fortunately, I had my cellphone and laptop with me and they didn’t take the TV, the printer/scanner, or anything else bulky. They also rooted through a few private, personal items. And that made me feel sick and ashamed and violated.
The police were polite and made a report, but the evidence tech was a massive asshole who lectured me about the state of my apartment, how easy I had made it for the criminal, and how hard the fact that I didn’t clean the exterior windows or dust my entertainment unit recently made it for him to get fingerprints. Fuck him.
It took eight hours for the evidence tech to show up after the robbery, and during that time I couldn’t touch or disturb the apartment, so I was pretty much unable to do anything. Not that I wanted to do much anyway. So it was a lot of sitting around and assuring friends and family over the phone that everything was all right.
After I sorted things with the police, I knew that, at minimum, I would need to be able to charge my iPhone immediately so I set out to buy a replacement charger. But not before removing the window air conditioners and screwing the bars back into my windows. I left the apartment and discovered I was locked out of the building.
See, the day before, the exterior side door that I use (along with one another tenant) had been replaced. And new locks were installed. But the new locks were supposed to be keyed to the old keys. Well, turns out they weren’t. And I discovered it first. The other tenant was nowhere around – he comes and goes and keeps an odd schedule – and the landlord doesn’t live onsite. And she’s not reachable outside of normal business hours.
Fortunately, two friends who live in the city let me crash on their couch for the night. This morning, I still could not reach the landlord (turns out she had a new phone number and I only had the old one), so I eventually had to shell out for a locksmith to break me into the apartment. The irony of course is that, had I not replaced the bars on the windows, I could have broken in myself.
There are a few other minor screwjobs mixed into all of this and a few personal details about some of what was damaged and lost that I’m omitting. But that’s what happened. That’s the whole story, for the most part. Which is why my article is late. I like to think it’s a pretty damned good excuse all told. But I am still sorry that it’s getting held up. I hate not living up to my promises, no matter the reason.
In the end, though, I am okay. And what was lost was just stuff. Yeah, it really kills me to lose my entire collection of consoles and video games. And a few other things that got wrecked really hurt. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s nothing I can’t live without. Losing some of my computer setup is harder. That stuff, I will have to replace. But that’s going to be as I can afford it. But I am okay. I’m not hurt. I have a roof over my head and electricity and food and gas and water. And I have all my tabletop RPG stuff because the idiot thieves had no idea how valuable all of that stuff is. So, while I appreciate all of the offers of support I’ve gotten, in the end, all I really lost was a bunch of toys. And no one needs toys. If you have extra cash and want to help out, winter is coming, the holidays are coming, and there’s a lot of people in the world who need a lot of the things that I take for granted. Think about making a cash donation to a local charity.
If you want to support me, just keep reading. And commenting. And talking. And having great games. That’s honestly more important to me. I know how many people read my site. And I read all the comments and threads that grow up around everything I post. That keeps me going. And have patience with me. I really want to get all the Patreon rewards off the ground and keep the stretch goals going, but it has been way harder to start a new life in a new city than I ever thought possible. I will make good on every promise I’ve made. And, most importantly, you will get a Feature Article every week.