Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Work stuff, X-Wing and Armada...

Kind of in a holding pattern on work…  Waiting to see what, if anything comes of the Madigan Combine trying to get all pay to State workers stopped while we are without budget.  Should be thrown out, but of course IANAL per usual…  Seems odd that she’d do this as presumably it is part of her job to protect the State from lawsuits and there would be a number of fairly powerful Unions asking the hard questions about Federal labor laws and the requirement to be paid, etc…  But who knows I guess.  But in any case it does seem to be driving a wedge into the budget talks.  Seems very unlikely that we’ll have a budget for the State for another year.  Since I now have a theoretical budget and I know where the cuts will have to be made…  Well, drawing up the list of things we do so that the Department can decide what we stop doing.  Also seems to have scuttled my plans to refill the line of one of my people who is leaving.  He WAS retiring in November, but I was able to convince him to stay on a bit longer.  Hate to see that much talent and institutional knowledge walk out the  door, but…  Does seem to be the way things go at the University unfortunately.  At this point cuts are pretty much going to have to be in the salary lines.  In theory we were going to have a mid-year raise…  Well, I say “we” in the general term, not me.  Not really a big deal I guess as I got a raise when they corrected my title.  So, that ALMOST made up for the far below average raise I got last time when I was stuck between Departments…  ‘course that would be why I am so dead set against making “agreements” between units at the University.  It leaves the people affected in the middle with neither side really covering them when something goes wrong or when something HR related needs to happen.  Having been caught between like that I can say it sucks.  Eh, enough of that, all a bit negative and nothing can be done about it at this point.

Gaming…  I picked up the new captured Rebel TIE…  Looking forward to running that.  Should be interesting at least.  I think there are a fair number of things I can do with it…  Running with the Ghost for a Lothal Rebel theme just feels right at least J…  Otherwise I am playing with some Mindlink builds…  I REALLY want Cobrabane to work, so I have one with him, Fenn Rau and Manaroo…  Fun and a win quick or die trying sort of build.  The TIE Defender/Bomber build was successful, but…  Frankly boring to me.  And since I’d rather have fun than worry too much about placing in the top 4 of the event…  Well, the fun builds I think are where I go back to.


Armada…  Had a game this evening.  Have to say it was the most frustrating one I’ve had.  Boring as hell too…  No fire between ships at all, just a few fighter stands dying, mostly mine.  Mind, my opponent did NOTHING illegal, it just felt like the rule interactions were just bad…  Escort meaning I could only fire at that, but if I did I took damage from the fighter it was protecting due to its special rule (named pilot).  And the Intel to make my Fighter Heavy and moving the one that was Engaged a millimeter to cause the damage that the Pilot ability causes…  Nothing to be done really J  The Rebels do have some tricks I suppose, but when the game is won or lost on technicalities it is just a lot less fun for me…  Why I think X-Wing is where I’d be placing my focus into…