Saturday, March 21, 2020

Day 1: The 100 Days Offensive

I have to confess, we were caught flat-footed. Though we received the first warnings in early January, we failed to prepare ourselves well enough. Now we are in the middle of a fight. And make no mistake, it is a real fight though the enemy is not visible.

I am seasoned five star armchair general and been steeled in endless sessions of Warhammer, Command & Conquer, Heroes of Might & Magic, Panzercorps and Age of Empires. With that vast amount of experience I can say with all authority: we need to regain the initiative. Luckily, there is a well proven method for this: to conduct an offensive.

But this one will need a long breath, it will not be one overnight or even within a week or a month. Therefore I hereby announce:

The 100 Days Offensive

Though I have the strong tendency to know everything better, even I have to concede that I am no virologist. It is extremely unlikely that I will have anything to do with the cure, even though my PC is folding molecules like crazy. This implies I will need to attack from a different front. So I have decided to launch my attack at the home front. That has the advantage that I can utilize my well proven tools: Mouse & Keyboard.

Every offensive does need a plan. I have to confess: I don't have one yet, it is just a rough sketch at this moment. But plans can and will grow. My intentions so far are:

  • We are not alone in this fight, so getting information flowing going needs to be step one. I will organize virtual rounds of Kaffeeklatsch. We must not allow the virus to disrupt our lines of communication. This will help us to preserve sanity and calm. 

    Luckily we have a lot of technology to do that. But not everyone knows or can use those technologies yet. So I will try to spread knowledge here. We also can build on a foundation that @akareilly has already started.
  • Core of the offensive will be one blog post a day for the next 100 days. Please accept no excuses from my side!
  • I will use every mean and method I have at hands to stay connected to friends and family. There is no experiment (e.g. How to play Midgard online? Which board games works well with WebEx?) I will shy away from.
  • Cooking and baking will be heavily intensified as it does not fight well with an empty stomach. I intend to launch a carpet bombing with food porn and recipes.

Further measures will be announced through my blog.

This is a free-for-all offensive. Conduct your own raids and share stories about it.

There are already inspiring examples all around already. The kids in our street started their own newspaper and have just delivered the third issue within that many days.

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