I’ve won the lottery!

Oops, sorry I forgot to add the ‘if’ in the title – I do apologise :). Now that I have your attention, I recently received an email from the National Lottery! Eager to see my winnings I quickly accessed my emails, just to find that I have gained a lucky dip somewhere or other. I still don’t actually know what this means, but it got me wondering, what would I do if I won the lottery!

I need to establish some important points before you continue to read this blog. Firstly I am talking about winning a significant amount of money, not the usual ten pounds that comes my way – I’m talking MILLIONS!. Secondly, I am going to be completely selfish. What I mean by this is that I am not going to discuss the usual giving to charity, helping my family etc. etc. etc. Consider these as given so we can get down to the fun stuff. Not that giving money to my family isn’t fun…it’s just, well you know.

  • Studio time! – As some of you might be aware, I am a very small scale/time streamer and radio broadcaster. I say small scale, since it reflects the number of viewers/listeners I have rather than the amount of time I actually put into the project. I often say on the radio that listeners can call/tweet into the studio which always sounds grand until you actually see my studio. In essence it is a corner of my bedroom! Buying or creating a dedicate space for this would definitely be on the lottery shopping list. A purpose built building would be great, maybe even with a reception space? Coupled with this would be a green screen wall for videoing and a phone/text line for both my listeners to call/text in and chat throughout the shows. If the money allowed it, something like the TwitTV studios would be excellent, with tricasters and control desks providing efficient and effective broadcasting across a range of mediums.It would be excellent to actually get my bedroom back for just sleeping in.

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  • Provide Opportunities – I am lucky to have a full time job which I enjoy. As well as providing me with enjoyment, it also provides me with some limited money in order to finance my internet projects. I’m afraid, if I won enough, I would stop my current job and start to put more time and effort into my streaming and radio – not to make more money with them but more because I enjoy doing them. Money often brings opportunities. Starting out in any business you need to get yourself known and then work harder to get yourself established and then even work harder to bring in enough money to actually finance your life. I understand that ‘big stars’ on the internet probably actually need contracts, free gifts and ‘breaks’ in order to continue to progress and live. However, I want to put some time and effort into the ‘underdogs’ of the internet. Those people who are working so hard but need something whether that be air time, a streaming slot or even just some advice/technical support. Although I would really like the studio, this would not be entirely for me, it would be more as a place that hard working people can come and practise skills and make their first steps into broadcasting or even make some of the ‘vision’ I have for websites, jingles and shows actually become reality. Sometimes I think the world doesn’t actually reward people who want to work hard and I feel that I would like to provide opportunities for this to happen.

  • Employ Staff – This final section is going to make me seem very pompous and snobby – but I’m going for it in any case. There are several things that I don’t do very well at all. These include, but are not limited to, driving, cooking, gardening and being creative. You probably remember how anxious I get with parking spaces, well thinking about where to park when I go places is even worse – sometimes it is so bad that I would actually end up not going! I love the idea of having a garden to walk around and enjoy, but hate getting my hands dirty – this is not relating to hard work – I can literally freak out if I get dirty hands! And cooking – well, you know how it is, once you get home it’s easier to make cheese on toast or a cucumber thin than to cook anything. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably remember my attempt at a tofu burger – probably more apt to call it scrambled egg! So yes, I would like to have a driver, a chef, gardener and personal shopper. I’m assuming that I will have a huge house etc of course! I just feel that with assistance I would be able to ‘spread my wings’ more, venture out more and maybe even get healthier. This is probably very selfish – but I did warn you at the start of this section.

  • So that’s it! my selfish, purely personal thoughts on how I would spend my millions if I won the lottery. I know it is not likely to happen, but it is nice to dream and think about the future. Of course, I am always working towards some of these aims all the time. If I ever do buy a Tricaster, I will probably be sleeping on top of the wardrobe! on second thoughts, it would probably be better to sleep in it.

    What would you spend your millions on? Do you have any great projects which are just awaiting that million pound to arrive so you can achieve them? Why not let me know by adding them in the comments below or sending them to me through any of the social networks which I frequent.

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    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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