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Merry Christmas – Joel

In 2013 I decided to have the best year ever. It may seem like a ridiculous concept, and that it’s not just a choice to be made, and that fate inevitably gets in the way of such things, assuming finances don’t stop you in the first place. I had just lost the first job I’d had since dropping out of university for personal reasons, and it was a job that I’d really been enjoying. A lot of things seemed to be falling apart around me, and I stood amongst the wreckage and decided to rise above it.

As it turns out, it worked, and by the end of the year – in spite of a hell of a lot of drama and assorted hardship – I felt like I could conquer the world. I decided I’d start working on that in 2014…

Amidst all of this, here’s this minor irritation in the form of someone I’d foolishly “friended” on Steam after a raucous night at Ayacon messaging me three times a week to talk about whatever random stuff was on his mind. Now don’t get me wrong, he’d seemed pretty cool at the time, but after a few weeks of this he was really starting to grind me down. Imagine my dismay when I found out he was planning to go to Kitacon too.

Tim and I share one thing (actually a bunch of stuff, but this is the important one): We want to make the world a nerdier place.tumblr_ngokdzAzSV1s5gxnlo3_r1_500

We may disagree on what that means at times, and what constitutes geek culture, especially in this changing landscape with so many new fandoms rising to take their place amongst the old stalwarts, and shouting their passions as loudly as the rest of us. GeekOut does not discriminate, we accept, we love and we embrace.

This year, writing with Tim on so many subjects that matter to me – especially my surprisingly well received DMing 101 series – has been one hell of a motivation to do more, fight harder and achieve more than ever on 2015. I’m reluctant to share the world that I’ll ultimately rule with a baleful tyranny but I suppose Tim has helped, and more than a little…

He can have Ecuador or something.

I also want to thank all of you for making me feel so welcome, and for joining the discussions, making yourselves heard alongside us. We’d love for you all to join us next year for a wealth of new content, new ideas, and more events than ever. If you’re attending AmeChibi, Kitacon, a GeekOut Meet-Up or e-Collectica Games Day, or any other event that we’re at come and talk to us.

And y’know…

Christmas whatevers

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