A Happy Thursday to You All. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thursday morning, here in the US and I’m sitting on my couch with a beer in hand and the official MST3K Turkey Day stream playing on my laptop.

I woke up late this morning. I was able to sleep in to 0830 today. I say “able” but I spent last night in the Emergency Room at the Los Angeles General Hospital. I’m okay! I promise.

See, one of my friends (who rents a room from me) jumped in his truck yesterday afternoon to go to Las Vegas to spend the holiday with his wife. But before he got out of LA, he was involved in a five car accident. And as he was walking back to his truck from talking with the police, someone jumped out of lanes and hit him doing 35 mph.

I didn’t know any of this until about 2100 when I received a call from his wife, absolutely frantic. As she told me that he was in hospital, I put down my controller (I was playing Never Alone), put on pants and was out the door and on the road before I even knew which hospital he was at.

Fortunately, he’s okay. Stiff and sore as hell. No broken bones or brain injury. Some minor scrapes and a bruised hip. He’s really fucking lucky to be alive today.

His wife is driving out here to my place this morning to be with him.

So, what the fuck does this have to do with Indie Game Riot and indie games?

Well, I don’t think it has anything to do with it in a literal sense.

But I sit here watching an indie dev streaming his work on his game, listening to MST3K, smelling amazing food being cooked, with a good beer, a house full of friends, and plans to play a slew of indie games today with said friends and all I can really think about is how thankful I am that we’re alive.

There’s a lot of bad in the world. But there’s a lot of awesome and good to balance it out. And I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone that there really is good in the world and I wanted to write down the jumble of thoughts in my head.

I’m thankful I’ve got some great friends that I work with for the show. I’m grateful for all of the awesome people (and not-so-awesome people) who make awesome games. I’m thankful that we have an awesome audience and community that supports our projects.

And I’m thankful to you, dear reader, for being you and what you bring into our lives.

Speaking of awesome games… The Steam sale started (check out Crypt of the Necrodancer for $9USD!!), I signed up for the IndieBox (3 month subscription at theindiebox.com), and if you haven’t already done so, you should totally check out Never Alone.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I’ll see you in-game.