Mother... seriously, I tried contacting you two different ways on your birthday and no dice. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY again. Hopefully you get that one.
I'm still LotRO-ing, but I'm also taking part in an Alpha/Beta project that I can't talk about. No, seriously, I can't. Lets just say the company behind this product I was Alpha testing, and now Beta testing, has so much money that they could squash me like a bug if I break the non-disclosure agreement.
So you're stuck hearing about LotRO.
Our little family kinship had a goal this past week to max out everyone's crafting skills, and it was amazing how the three of us pulled together and got it mostly done. There was a lot of running around, gathering ore and hides, and a lot of standing at workbenches and forges. A few characters didn't complete their Supreme tiers, but we got a lot accomplished, despite the fact that Monkey Pants had band camp (and yes, there was a lot of eye rolling in the house about that) for two hours a day all last week.
This week's goal is to choose one character and increase their reputation with one of the in-game factions, whether it's the Elves of Rivendell, the Men of Bree, or what-have-you. The gang seems less enthusiastic about this goal. Personally, all my characters that needed to get into places that required reputation have maxed theirs already, but I was willing to gather mathoms and sashes to help my guys out. MP is in a "don't feel like playing" mood this week, and Barronius likes doing his own thing, so we're pretty much just doing free-play anyway.
Edited to add: I just heard a ridiculous statistic... over 500 games are scheduled for release between now and the end of the year. AUGH! Game companies are dooming themselves, trying to grab a piece of the Christmas dollar. KNOCK IT OFF! Really, you think anyone can pick *your* game out in that insane amount of noise? Get real.