Well, I’ve gone and done something rather naughty but also quite satisfying. Behave not that! But as you know, I’m a huge fan of Oliver McNeil’s The Storymaster’s Tales RPG. Players are usually represented by little glass counters, and although Ironrat Mini’s started a line in making miniatures for the different classes, this ceased due to lockdown or brexit or Katie Hopkins or other frightful things. Last night, I browsed eBay and discovered Reaper Miniatures did models of all the 16 classes I needed for a complete set. For generic effect I’ve even purchased the three covered by Ironrat.
My royalties for Literally Immersive Gamebooks have paid for these, I think it’s a job well done. Some of the detail is lovely.
It’s my proud boast that I’ve managed to do a lot of fundraising for various charities this year. One charity I have joined on a permanent basis it BulliesOut. I hate bullying. I don’t mind the odd tease, or practical joke, but there are lines to draw where it becomes unacceptable. I was victim when young. Yet bullying is kind of vampiric. Once you’ve suffered it, you immediately look for a safe zone, usually striking downwards and becoming the bullying to kids perhaps younger and smaller. I’m ashamed to say I did this before. But knew it was wrong, and stopped virtually right away.
When you’re bullied to a point of fear, you don’t feel you can tell anyone. You worry about ridicule from those you need help from, or bad repercussions from the bullies. When I was at school, this inevitably held me back. The final year in school I finally stood up for myself, but the damage had already been done by this point. I merely endee any further hassle. However, in this day and age, we have incredible people to turn to such as BulliesOut. They’re not just about getting bullies to stop; they support victims and bystanders as well. I would urge anybody in the UK to check them out, and come forward if you are suffering. You could even become an ambassador for them at your school, empowered with the ability to do something for all victims in your school or workplace.