The ProjectFromHell is nearly, nearly complete. Well, my bits of it are, anyway. The internal library I'm using is still giving spurious, bizarre errors, and the people I'm handing it off to still have some serious unanswered questions, but my part is 95% done, and the last bits should be done this week. I get my weekends back (actually, I had last weekend back), and I'm starting to get the rest of my life back. Fucking yay.
In even more joyful news, Monday of this week was over 9000 kinds of awesome, because my brother and I finally got to redeem our purchase at last year's Child's Play
auction: four hours with the creators of Penny Arcade
. Yes, we had a grand tour of the office, and got to hang out and play games with Mike and Jerry, not to mention Robert, Kiko, Porkfry, and all the rest of the office staff. It was a blast! I played some Dominion-like game which uses tokens (like wooden poker chips) instead of cards with Jerry, Kiko, and my brother; lost twice, but had fun doing it. Was blown away by some of the goings on, much of which is sadly covered by NDA; a real shame, because there are some serious projects in the works!
AND, as prophesied, yesterday was the re-release of Betrayal at House on the Hill
. I have my copy, yesiree. This game was originally released on 2004, to a complete lack of critical acclaim (largely due to entirely inept marketing), and languished on the shelves. It also had *lots* of problems; it was basically unplayable without access to the extensive set of errata. But it is AMAZING! And its awesomeness slowly spread by word-of-mouth. But being out of print, it was extremely hard to find, with used copies going for over $100 on eBay. Nearly a year ago, Wizards (nee Hasbro) finally announced the remake. Of course, they could have easily screwed this up; the original was very high quality in a number of ways. Fortunately, it looks like they didn't! They fixed all the problems, added a few new things, and left the rest alone! YAY for corporate restraint! I can't wait to play it. I might have time in a few weeks...