Welcome to the website of Robert M. Schroeck, gamer, author, husband and a few other things, established 1997 and maintained continuously since. While there's no small amount of self-promotion and personal ego gratification to be found here, the major reasons for this website are firstly to provide support and information for many of the gameworlds that I have had published or in which I currently run games, and secondly, to host the for-fun writing I do on the side when not writing for pay. I maintain an Amazon.com Associate bookstore on this site for those who are interested in buying my or others' books.
Thank you for visiting my site, and I hope you have fun and find whatever it is you're looking for!
And now, the news...
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Latest Update: 21 July 2017
Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends...
Okay, two years between updates. That's not as bad as it's been in the past, but certainly nowhere near as good as it's been, either. Not that it really matters, does it? If you want up-to-date news or info from me, you're probably already visiting my forums regularly. They've turned out to be more like a blog for me than this page has. But I still make a token effort at putting news here. Don't ask me why.
Speaking of the Drunkard's Walk Forums, Crowdgather (which bought Yuku, which bought ezBoard, which is where I first signed up for a board) got bought itself some months back by an outfit called Tapatalk. Tapatalk just ported the forums over to their software and the result is pretty damned ugly. And despite the fact that I'm the board owner, it's two weeks and counting on my actually getting access to administer or even just post on my board.
So far I am less than impressed with Tapatalk. So much so that as I type this I am in the process of arranging a new home for the Drunkard's Walk Forums. Watch this space — and the existing forums — for more news.
Let's see, what else is new?
Oh, right. I parted ways with the big international consulting firm a year ago, and I'm now back at the place I was before them, Kamine Technology Group. In the year and a half that I was away, not only did the budget crunch that caused my layoff ease up, they actually started turning a serious profit. This let them expand the programming team, giving me an opportunity to come right back to the stuff I'd been doing (and loving).
My muse has been irritatingly erratic. Drunkard's Walk VIII remains stalled halfway through chapter 5, as it has been for more than a year. Meanwhile, Drunkard's Walk S, the all-but-mythical Sailor Moon Step, leapt into my forebrain, seized me by my metaphorical lapels and demanded to be written. So I did. With the update of this page comes the release of chapter one.
And four months ago, my mother passed away, leaving me the executor of her estate. To my surprise, I have not been as strongly affected by her death as I was by my father's in 2009 — you can probably find the page I wrote on that over at the Wayback Machine, if it hasn't been offlined yet — but I suspect it's because for most of my teen and adult years my relationship with my mother varied between cordial and cool, but never really was anything close to filial love. I suspect that my sister Nancy was more affected by Mom's passing than I was.