I have uploaded to scribd what I hope will be the final version of my Character Library spreadsheet. All it is lacking is an XP box. As it will take quite a bit of work to squeeze that in, I will only be adding if there is demand for it. In the meantime just list the character’s XP in the “Character Background and Other Notes” box.
If you follow me on facebook then you may know that an ongoing family crisis has just kicked into high gear, and that the floors of our house could collapse completely if we don’t get some help. Naturally, that has left me with little time for crafting character sheets, but I have still managed to finish most of the final touches on my D&D 5e sheets and Character Library spreadsheet.
Despite the near-total failure of our plumbing, impending death of our van, and my wife nearing the end of her second year with steady employment (she had one day of work in all of 2014), I still expect to get the D&D stuff done in the next couple of days. Being creative, especially when I get to exercise both sides of my brain at the same time (even though that idea is a fallacy; both sides of the brain do both), is simultaneously relaxing and invigorating, so any time I spend making game aids is a wonderful respite from the everyday stresses of the rest of my life.
Because of that I’m also hoping to finish my GURPS Character Creator spreadsheet as well as Character Libraries for GURPS and D&D in the near future. The GURPS CC is mechanically complete but the layout of some parts of it are making my artist side unhappy. That will hopefully not take more than a couple of hours to fix. I think the D&D Library may be finished – I just want to try it out with a few more different types of characters to make sure.
In the meantime, any small amount you can offer towards our house repairs will be greatly appreciated.
My parents raised the four of us to be fully independent. My brother and I do housework, and my younger sister helped Dad with car repairs after the crash made me unable to. That’s why it’s so hard for me to ask for help when I need it. Even after 16 years together, I still sometimes push myself beyond my limits rather than asking my wife Lura for help when I should – not nearly as often as I used to, but it does still happen.
I have finally admitted to myself that now is one of those times. Our surprisingly durable Kia Sedona mini-van has finally had it. Since Lura has been out of work for nearly two years, we can’t afford to replace it – not even with a cheap car. My meager Disability payments only go so far. Without a new vehicle, and fast, we will be unable to continue running our Pokémon League, nor will Lura ever be able to find a job. Currently friends are taking us to Hillside for League and D&D Adventurers’ League, but we can’t bum rides forever.
Once I finally get the new starter installed the van will run again, but we will have to put oil in it every time we want to go anywhere – in the driveway before we leave, and in whatever parking lot before heading home. Even that is only a temporary solution. It could finishing dying at any moment, leaving us stranded by the side of the road.
The situation is further complicated by my chronic pain issues. Because of them I can’t comfortably climb in and out of cars or SUVs, so mini-vans and small trucks (like my beloved late Ranger) are our only choice. Unfortunately, as we have learned from our Sedona, used mini-vans come in two flavors: expensive and lemon. Like tattoos, good ones aren’t cheap, and cheap ones aren’t good.
Thankfully, my parents have offered part of their share of the sale of my late maternal grandmother’s house, but that only gets us most of the way to a decent van and halfway to a good one. That’s where we need your help. If you can offer even a couple of dollars it will go a long way towards getting us back safely on the road. Even if all you have to offer are your prayers, we are grateful.