Small Steps Back

I believe I am starting to recover from an episode of double depression, which can happen when someone with chronic depression, or dysthymia, dips into what most folks would consider being deeply depressed. Since I choose to deal with this illness without medication, I rely on my own cognitive awareness of where I am and how I’m feeling to take steps to deal with what’s going on with me. I’m not always aware of when things start to go badly, at least when it happens; however, I’m usually able to later say to myself, “Okay, this is where it all started to break down, and this is when it started to get better.” I am starting to do what needs to be done so that I feel better. Yay me.

Playing boardgames is a big part of my enjoyment of life right now, and it is something I’ve been doing very little of for the last few months. Last night, a friend came over and we played Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943, which is a very good war game set during World War 2. Now first off, I am not much of a wargamer. I will almost always choose a Eurogame over a war game. I figure I can play three or four Eurogames in the time it takes to play one scenario in a war game. If you see me playing a war game, I must really like my opponent. While this was certainly the case with Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943, I must admit that it’s a very good game. The game mechanics are clean and pretty simple in comparison to a lot of other war games, so the flow of the game moves quickly enough for even a Eurogamer. The game has some high quality components as well, which always makes a good game even better. We played a pretty simple scenario that used only infantry squads, so I next time I would like to give a tank scenario a try.

My goals for the next couple of weeks are to play more games, get back to the gym, return emails and phone calls, and blow up some tanks.

4 Comments

  1. middleclassjoe

    I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better, or at least moving in that direction. And while I’m certainly not qualified to help in any clinical or direct way, I’m up for games more often than not.

    Speaking of which, I really want to play Conflict of Heroes, but the only person I know that will play that with me is Mike. And well, we’ve got a mental list of games that I need to play with Mike that’s growing by the day so I’m not sure when that’s going to happen.

    Let’s play some Brazil/Portugal Power Grid soon.

  2. Glad to hear the day went well… did you manage to blow Mike off the map? šŸ™‚

    I’m praying for you. Like Joe, not sure I’m any kind of major help in a “professional” way, but I’m your friend & I’m not going anywhere.

    Ra Dice, anyone!?

  3. I hope we can get some serious gaming in over the holiday break. I would really like to play Power Grid again, Joe.

    @Mark: I did manage to defeat Mike in the scenario, but we made a few mistakes along the way that might have changed the final outcome. I’m not sure I would ever be able to blow Mike off a map. He’s pretty clever, you know. Ra dice is a sure thing. John did not care for it, but I knew that would be the case. I think Will and Joe would really enjoy it, however.

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