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Ada Lovelace Day October 17, 2017

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Today, we celebrate Ada Lovelace Day.

It is actually a celebration of all women in all fields of science.

I’m very glad there’s a site like Trowelblazers, that reminds us of all the brilliant women in archaeology, palaeontology, and geology.

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Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming October 15, 2017

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I’m in the process of getting ready for gaming with the Sunday group.

I didn’t wake up until about 15 minutes ago, and that only because mom called to see how I’m doing today. I still have this nasty head cold/flu thing going on, but since my voice is relatively intact I’ve decided to game today and both SteveR and Tammy are willing (since the latter will be on-call for work again next week).

The players will hopefully wrap up their The Dark Eye RPG character creation, and we’ll see if we get to do some samples of combat and the like today.

Anyway, gotta get going and shower, and see what else I have to do in the next short while.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 13, 2017

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‘Tis Friday, and that means it’s time for another Friday night gaming session.

So, I’m getting ready for this evening’s game session with the Friday night group.

I’ve got a terrible head cold (or maybe it’s the flu), but the Friday night group decided that they are willing to take the risk, and really want to game this evening. The Friday night gamers will be continuing on with The Dark Eye RPG this evening, and will actually continue the play of their first scenario (though I didn’t get that far into it last session).

I’m looking forward to tonight’s session, though I hope the meds I’m taking for the cold/flu/whatever don’t make me overly “creative” tonight.

In the meantime, supper (of some form) needs to be made, and eaten. Then gaming.

Have a good night, folks.

Wednesday Night Gaming Cancelled October 11, 2017

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Heard from the Wednesday night players this afternoon.

Gaming for this evening has been cancelled. Three of my four players are down with illness (possibly the flu, but maybe just a bad cold). That said, their GM isn’t feeling all that good at the moment, either.

I was looking forward to gaming this evening with the Wednesday night crew, as I was thinking we might bring the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game to a conclusion for now, but I guess such is not to be.

Perhaps next week.

National Fossil Day October 11, 2017

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Today is National Fossil Day.

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

So check out some fossils at some point today. And even if you couldn’t visit a museum or park this National Fossil Day, ancient creatures will be glad to see you whenever you can meet them at a museum or other venue of your choice.

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada! October 9, 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

Woke up to a relatively chilly day here in the Ottawa valley (around 11oC, about 51oF), actually weather that’s about normal for this time of year.

I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very good day, and one that is filled with all sorts of reasons for being thankful.

To honour this day, I thought I would just share a bit of Canadian music from Nova Scotia musician Melanie Doane…

To all my Canadian friends and peeps, here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled October 8, 2017

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It’s another Sunday morning. The Thanksgiving Sunday, to be precise.

I will not be gaming with the Sunday afternoon gamers today.

Aside from the fact that Tammy is on call this week, I’m feeling somewhat blah, to be honest, having developed a cough that comes and goes, and I’m not sleeping well due to the pain in my left shoulder. More like napping than sleeping. *sigh*

That doesn’t mean I won’t be doing any gaming stuff today, however. I need to create an NPC (who will work with the Sunday players) for The Dark Eye RPG campaign, and I think that SteveR will be coming over to go over the numbers on his Dark Eye character with me, so we’ll see how things go.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 6, 2017

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Getting ready for this evening’s game session with the Friday night group.

Tonight, the Friday night gamers will be starting their The Dark Eye RPG campaign. We’ll be starting with a bit more about the game world in terms of how the various characters see it, get into the basics of the rules (including combat), go through some sample combats, and if there’s enough time start off with a basic little scenario that I’ve got in mind. hehe

I’m looking forward to tonight’s session, as this is actually the start of game play. Hopefully, it won’t be too difficult and will take as little time to get to the action as possible. I suspect the players may have some problems with the basic dice mechanics to start with, but we’ll see how things shape up.

And there’s the doorbell ringing. Let the games begin. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good night, folks.

Hockey’s Back! October 4, 2017

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And so the start of the 2017-2018 NHL hockey season is upon us.

The Ottawa Senators will not be playing until tomorrow (Thursday), and that’s a game that I’m looking forward to as the Sens will home to play the Washington Capitals. But…

Hockey’s back!

I will say that I’m not thrilled about how little off-season changes the Ottawa Senators made to their line-up. I’m a die-hard Senators fan, and I like to think (as all hockey fans do at this stage of the season) that the Sens will make the playoffs, though I don’t know how deep they’ll go and whether they’ll be able to drink from Lord Stanley’s cup. The Sens surprised everyone last year by not only making the playoffs, but also by coming within one goal of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins to go the finals. There’s a few rule changes this year that should make the game better, notably the slash to the hands penalty being enforced, but we’ll see how that shakes out. I still wish the league had gotten rid of the shootout and overtime business in regular season games, as overtime should be reserved for the playoffs, but 3-on-3 overtime was exciting last year, to say the least! While there’s a good crop of rookies this year, the focus will be on the Sidney Crosby-Connor McDavid rivalry and the Austen Matthews-Patrick Laine rivalry that’s starting to brew.

From the pov of the Ottawa Senators, the keys are Erik Karlsson (who won’t be in the starting line-up for a bit), Craig Anderson and Bobby Ryan. While Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman have to repeat the success they had last year, those three are the big factors. Craig Anderson has to have another terrific year in goal. Eric Karlsson needs to have another Norris Award-winning season, and he has to make it last the whole year, without Marc Methot (now a Dallas Star). And finally, Bobby Ryan needs to get back on track and be the goal scorer that Ottawa dealt for in the trade with Anaheim.

Meantime…

Go, Sens, Go! ๐Ÿ™‚

Books Read in September, 2017 October 2, 2017

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As is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my September, 2017 reads.

*****
Books Read in September, 2017

The Dying Ship by Nils Karlen and Kosta Kostulas (RPG)

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

TORG: The Cassandra Files by Christopher Kubasik (RPG) (r)

The Dark Eye Quick-Start Rules by Unknown (RPG)

Monsters by Matthew McFarland with Jonathan McFarland (RPG)

August, 2017 Locus

Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn From Them by Carl Abbott

Wizard’s Funeral by Kim Hunter (r)

September, 2017 Reader’s Digest

Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss (r)

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

The Cyberpapacy Sourcebook by Jim Bambra (RPG) (r)

Jail Bait by Marilyn Todd

The Dark Eye (Roleplaying Game) Core Rules by Alex Spohr and Jens Ullrich (RPG)

Heroic Works 1: Witch’s Dance by Dominic Hladek (RPG)

Heroic Works 2: A Goblin More or Less by Gudrun Schurer (RPG)
*****

And those were my reads in the month of September. This was a decent month of reading, though I did read a lot of roleplaying games and rpg material in the month, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got read in September.

The books I enjoyed the most were:

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron – I’ve always liked good historical work, usually the older the better. But with this novel, I have to say that I also enjoy pre-historic books. ๐Ÿ™‚ This novel bounces back and forth between the story of Girl, the book’s Neanderthal protagonist, and Rosamund Gale, an archaeologist excavating a groundbreaking site. While I love science, and there’s some accurate (as far as I know) stuff here, the author made me appreciate my Neanderthal ancestors, but I also felt like I was being given an insight of actual events from 40,000 years ago. The parallels between Girl and Rose made the story feel more real, as through Rose, Girl became real. This is a novel that has a captivating story, that I think a lot of people will enjoy. Recommended.

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn – First up, the basics. Polly Newton has a straightforward personal career goal: she wants to become a starship pilot, preferably as an intergalactic pilot, and take advantage of the new M Class drives being developed. However, her immediate plans are interrupted when her mother, the Mars Colony One director, announces that Polly and her twin brother, Charles, have been enrolled at the prestigious Earth-based Galileo Academy. Polly, having been born and raised on Mars as the third generation, post-colonization, has never stepped foot off-planet so moving to Earth for three years is a dreadful prospect, even if it might help her chances of getting into a pilot training program.

This stand-alone novel reminded me a lot of the Robert Heinlein juveniles; this is a good thing, ’cause I enjoyed reading those books. Told from Pollyโ€™s first person point of view as she struggles to adapt to her new environment on Earth. Iโ€™ve read a lot of science fiction where people living on Earth have to adjust to life in space, other planets, asteroid mining colonies, etc., but this is was a neat book that takes that concept and spins it on its head. (A notable exception being Heinlein’s own Stranger in a Strange Land.) Polly must not only struggle with things we take for granted (such as the relatively high gravity of Earth, the concept of โ€œoutdoorsโ€, the vastness of the oceans, etc.) but she must also cope with the prejudices of fellow students and teachers who regard Polly and Charles as outsiders and lesser people. She’s an enjoyable character to read about, but the other main characters in the book are also fun to read about, and are more detailed than I expected them to be. While this is a stand-alone novel, it just screams for a sequel or two. I really hope that Carrie Vaughn considers writing more about Polly’s and Charles’s adventures. Highly recommended.

Those were the highlight reads among the books this past month, though I also enjoyed reading Jail Bait by Marilyn Todd and The Dark Eye (RPG) Core Rules book (that was a densely written work at 400+ pages) and the other books that I read this past month.

Overall, I managed to read 6 novels, 6 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in September. This brings the year total for 2017 to a set of numbers that look like this: 73 books, 19 RPGs and RPG products, 64 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚