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Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2017

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Happy Earth Day, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today is the day when we celebrate Gaia, Mother Nature, and all that goes along with that. While it’s fine to celebrate today and all that, please remember to treat the planet right. It’s the only one we’ve got.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 6 April 20, 2017

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As mentioned in a post earlier this week, Kathy accidentally took my notes about last Friday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign, so I’ve not been able to post up said blog report. Well, Kathy dropped off the notes for me on her way home from work yesterday (Wednesday), so I’ve got them. The Friday night group continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of Arabian Nights in space last week (April 14th). You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS

Naima Saab (KathyB) – Trailblazer (Scout)
Hafisa darRouash (Angela) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Zouma Abid-Arif (Ellie) – Stowaway/Ship Worker (Engineer)
Moustafa Harouz (DavidM) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Tafik Sharoun (Mark) – Scientist (Archaeologist)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 11, CC 58

Naima Saab regards Blake Harold and asks him what he thinks of the person who’s been following them. He tells her that he can’t get a good look at the figure; whoever it is is adept at clandestine activities, and is using the crowds to good advantage. Hafisa darRouash says that they’re either working for the people behind what happened to Tafik (Sharoun)’s colleague, or perhaps just some locals keeping an eye on the characters. Naima snorts with mirth at this, but doesn’t say more. The characters and Blake go to the house of Sumala Fadros, and after talking to her daughter, Halima, are permitted to visit her. Naima can see that the woman is still in bad shape after the attack, and they approach her with gentleness, explaining they’re friends of Professor Sharoun. Halima stays in the small room as Sumala tells them what happened, to the best of her recollection. She was returning home from the souk after making some food purchases when a man with a hooded caftan (so she couldn’t see his face) approached her, and threatened her family if she didn’t stop working for Professor ibn Salumar. Naima interrupts to ask if she got a look at his face at any point, and she says that she did; she couldn’t make out a lot of detail, but he had the tattoo of the Messenger on his left cheek. He didn’t threaten her at all physically, but did say that if she didn’t heed his warning, “she would be next”. She didn’t know what that meant until after she learned that the Professor was missing; she believes him to be dead. Te next thing she knew all Darkness broke loose as the gunfight erupted and the last thing she remembers was two bad stings and then the pain before she blacked out. When Naima and Hafisa both comment that she was caught in the crossfire of an attack by two rival faction gangs in the city’s slums, not as she describes it, Sumala says that she has no idea what they’re talking about. They try to talk to her about the discrepancies in her story, but Sumala is obviously not healthy enough for them to press her, and Halima asks them to leave. They do so, reluctantly, and once outside the Fadros home, discuss the matter and realise that something very wrong and odd is going on here, with all sorts of possible reasons for what Sumala Fadros told them, including the fact that she’s lying to them.

Moustafa Harouz and Zouma Abid-Arif reach Bastak’s, and find that it lives up to its reputation, in all respects. The two note that they still have their tail, and Moustafa comments that he wonders how long it will be before the tail takes action. Bastik the Giant is a fair merchant, and offers the characters some decent trinkets and the like; in addition to the purchase of the trinkets, Moustafa also purchases some 2,000 birr worth of spare parts for the Ruby Flower. Bastak agrees to have the spare parts and the trinkets transported over to the Ruby Flower, for a modest fee, and because he likes them offers the characters a bit of advice: He’s heard rumours that someone is buying up all kinds of tools and equipment for an expedition down to Mira’s surface. Rumour has it that whoever it is has connections to the Colonial Agency. Zouma recalls that the Colonial Agency has a facility down on Mira; she tells Moustafa the information. The two bid farewell to Bastak, and step out back into the somewhat boisterous market area.

In Darisa Marakis’s office, Tafik Sharoun looks over the information that is available about matters on Mira pertaining to Professor Darfal ibn Salumar. He learns the professor was exploring and working in a new supposed Portal Builder set of ruins recently uncovered on the relatively unexplored southern continent. Early indications are that the ruins were subterranean, but Professor ibn Salumar was quite secretive about matters (understandably, from Tafik’s perspective), and very little information has gotten out. Tafik is able to determine that the professor’s expedition sponsors were the Foundation, something that grates on Tafik given that he is Firstcome. He wonders whether his personal nemesis, Rostami Haroum, might be involved, but doubts it; Rostami has now reason to be here, now. For more information on the expedition, he learns that the Foundation representative, Sariha Milmasine, should be contacted. He checks on her location, and is surprised to learn that she works out of the Foundation’s office on Mira. He decides a visit to M. Milmasine may be appropriate, but wants to talk to Darisa Marakis again, to see what light she can shed on the Foundation’s presence on Mira.

Outside the Fadros home, Naima and Hafisa decide what to do, while a somewhat bemused Blake waits for some answers. As they talk to Blake, Naima casually mentions that their follower is still watching them. Trying to get a closer glimpse at him or her, Naima spots that he’s got the tattoo of the Messenger on the left side of his face [she rolled 5 successes, including spending a Darkness Point!]. The characters realise this is the same man that threatened Sumala Fadros! The two women decide they want to chat with this man, and both of them race off in the direction of the fellow. The man sees the two women running towards him, and draws an accelerator pistol. When they see him aiming it at them, Naima and Hafisa shout a warning to other passersby in the neighbourhood, and split up as they seek cover. What follows is a mad dash and chase through the residential area, the man firing several shots at them (to no effect, fortunately). As they reach the market area, the man is able to disappear into the crowds and then narrow alleyways of the souk before they can catch him. Both women are panting, and Naima says to Hafisa, “Remind me to do so physical training and exercise, ’cause I’m out of shape for sure!” Hafisa just remarks that it seems they both are. Blake comes up to them with two Miran security guards, and says that he wants to talk to them about the complaints that have just been registered against them. Hafisa and Naima regard one another, and burst out giggling.

In the marketplace of the station, Moustafa and Zouma decide that they can still undertake some supplies (and a bit of cargo) acquisition. Zouma says they also need to make arrangements in the spaceport for some of the ship repairs to be made, and they need some of those replacement parts as well. Moustafa says that their tail is still watching them, and Zouma cheekily waves at him; the man vanishes among the crowded stalls. About an hour later, the two emerge from Chapitra’s, one of the better retailer of starship parts, pleased with their deal for 8,000 birr for engine parts that will be delivered to the Ruby Flower within the hour. As the two head back towards the docks, they are attacked in one of the quieter sections by a pair of ruffians wearing simple station clothes, and using dura knives. Moustafa, armed with a mercurium dagger, and Zouma, armed with a dura knife, take on the pair of thugs, who are obviously out for a quick birr, and manage to dispatch them [although they use 5 Darkness Points!]. The station guards arrive on the scene, and after the events are quickly determined (after the testimony of two witnesses), Zouma and Moustafa are let go, while the two thugs are taken into custody. Arriving at the docks finally, it is with sighs of relief that both characters spot the Ruby Flower at its berth.

Last Friday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign was an interesting one for me, as well as being quite enjoyable. There were a couple of physical combats that went pretty quickly (for combat sessions in rpgs) as well as some good roleplaying amongst the player characters and between them and several of the NPCs in the adventure, and this had me quite happy during the evening. The players seemed to enjoy themselves quite a lot, and rather liked some of the events that went on, Angela admitting to me that she’s baffled where the plot’s going and who those “shadowy pursuers” are. Excellent! ::rubbing of hands together::

Overall, a good session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon last Friday night, and I’m rather looking forward to tomorrow night’s game session.

CanGames is One Month Away! April 19, 2017

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It’s April 19th, and do you know what that means?

If you’re in the Ottawa area, and planning to attend the game convention, CanGames 2017 is exactly one month away!

Eeek! ๐Ÿ™‚

So I thought I’d re-post up a listing of the game sessions I’ll be running at CanGames this year.

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The Statuette of Zhar Bagra
Game: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Time: Friday, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: While on Coriolis Station, your player characters are asked by a scholar to help him retrieve an artefact that needs to be returned to the planet Kua, below. Why do so many people want the artefact, and what sort of intrigue have you got yourselves into this time? Try out this new, unique science fiction rpg that is basically โ€œArabian Nights in spaceโ€. Crew a starship and explore the ancient mysteries of The Third Horizon!

The Dixmude Affair
Game: Primeval RPG
Time: Saturday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: After returning to the present through an Anomaly to find the timeline terribly wrong, you and the other player characters learn that history changed in 1923 with the fate of the airship Dixmude being altered. Can you fix the timeline, or is it too late?

Dark Flowers
Game: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm – 6 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: While passing through the Dabaran system on a routine trade mission, your characters are contacted by The Foundation, and asked to proceed to a set of coordinates and investigate the disappearance of a missing ship carrying one of its researchers, a professor Siyab Dahiljaba. What will you find? Try out this new, unique science fiction rpg that is basically โ€œArabian Nights in spaceโ€. Crew a starship and explore the ancient mysteries of The Third Horizon!
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There are still plenty of spots for folks to play in both the Friday evening and Sunday afternoon sessions of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, and the Saturday afternoon session of Primeval, so I hope to see some of you at the convention and playing in these games. And even if you’re not playing in my games, come and see me and say “Hi!” at this year’s CanGames.

Like I said, one month away! Hooray! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday Afternoon Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon, Session 4 April 18, 2017

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The Sunday afternoon gaming group played on Sunday (the 16th of April), and continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of the Arabian Nights in space. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS
Dalal al Yousfana (SteveR) – Scientist (Technician)
Ziva dariBoukhari (Tammy) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Ithara Kalarash (NPC1) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Palan Mumrabh (NPC2) – Soldier (Mercenary)
Skot Habibar (NPC3) – Ship Worker (Dock Worker)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 10, CC 58

Dalal al Yousfana is resting near the loader when a man in a green kameez, Haram, approaches him, and asks if he’s all right. Dalal replies that he was atttacked by the ekilibri, and suffered some claw and bite wounds. Haram asks for his injured limb, and Dalal gives him his arm, and Haram injects him with an m-dose [that cures 1 Damage point]. Haram tells Dalal that he works in the “below docks” and that the ekilibri is his servant. Dalal asks what happened to the ekilibri, and Haram says that Medicurg Falan will find out. He asks if any of Dalal’s friends was hurt, and the technician says that Palan may have been injured. Dalal points out Palan Mumrabh and Ziva dariBoukhari to him, but Haram says it will have to wait – several Coriolis Guards are approaching them.

Ziva is looking over and checking on Palan. His seeming allergy to the powder (flour) from the loader seems to be abating, but he’s somewhat teary-eyed and rather down on himself. He tells Ziva that he’s recovering, and asks her what happened with the loader. She tells him what happened, and Palan is surprised that Dalal stopped the loader. They are about to continue talking as Ziva helps Palan to his feet, when they are approached by Coriolis Guards, and the two are questioned about what’s happened in the incident. Palan is unable to shed any light on the matter, other than seeing the grav loader coming towards them, due to his incapacitation from the flour. Ziva tells her side of the story, and what she saw, and about the state of the ekilibri as well as the danger the loader represented, and how Dalal risked his life for all of them. The Guard are satisfied, but still suspicious about the events.

The Coriolis Guards who question Dalal recognise him from their questioning of the player characters earlier, and are moderately suspicious. They ask Dalal what happened, and he tells them about the rogue loader, how the creature attacked but that there was something wrong with it, and then describes what it did – the maniacal chittering etc. – for the Coriolis Guard lieutenant. The lieutenant says that if Dalal injured the ekilibri, then he could be charged under the Semi-Intelligences Act of CC 32. They discuss this some more, and Haram [Merifal] says if his ekilibri can’t work, then he will demand compensation of Dalal, much to the latter’s horror. The Coriolis Guard bar Dalal from leaving the station, and he agrees to the limitation, wondering if Ziva will stay on station to take him away when his barring is lifted.

After the Coriolis Guard have departed, Ziva and Palan have a chat. Ziva receives a notification on her tabula that Dalal is barred by the Coriolis Guard and the Coriolis authorities from departing the station. (A notice is also delivered to Ahlima’s Hope and to Dalal’s own device.) Ziva is displeased about this, as it means that the Ahlima’s Hope will have to remain on station longer than planned, and that will cut into profits and her own agenda.

It takes roughly half-an-hour for the loader to be taken away and for the area to be cleaned. During that time several people (a mother and daughter, several others who were in the area) come up to Dalal and thank him for what he did [he gets +1 to Reputation]. In addition to the area being cleaned, all the evidence is cleared away as well. Ziva talks to Dalal, trying to learn what happened in the loader cab, but to no avail, and says that it’s a good thing he did what he did. She asks why he’s been barred, and he tells her of the Semi-Intelligences Act possible violation. Dalal says he didn’t think the ekilibri had been hurt, and Ziva questions that in terms of its possible outrageous behaviour. Dalal says he wants to go check on the ekilibri’s condition, and that he’s going to see Medicurg Falan, but Ziva points out that it makes more sense to go and see the ekilibri’s owner, Haram, so ask to return the concern that Haram had for him earlier on. He agrees to this.

As the characters talk, they are approached by Bulletin News reporter Delila Delion, who starts to question Dalal, the whole thing being recorded on the news’ recording drone. He tries to mislead her somewhat, but still maintains the story that he’s told others to this point. She can tell he’s not telling her the whole story, and he says there’s a question of whether he tried to kill it and how badly it’s been hurt. Delion turns to Ziva, and asks when she knows of Dalal’s rebel connections on Algol that are part of the public record? She says that she does, and after deflecting the journalist’s questions and she starts talking to Dalal again, Ziva checks the ‘Net. She sees the public record confirms that Dalal is said to have connections to the Algol rebels, and was written by one Hamida Farouz. Checking up on the woman, she learns that Hamida works for the Colonial Agency as a “fact finder”, but also has connections to the Lyceum of Propaganda on Coriolis. Delion brings the subject back to the Algolan rebels, but Ziva dismisses Dalal’s potential connections to them.

Dalal asks Delila Delion if she knows what happened to the ekilibri. Delion says that Susha, the ekilibri, was suffering from a dose of Substance O, the new drug that comes from Algol, which is more powerful than opor, overdoses of which are said to cause death. Fortunately, Susha received the antidote for the drug on time, though it seemed the ekilibri’s metabolism may have caused a different reaction than that found normally in humans. She doesn’t know if Susha will recover, she’s not a medicurg, but there’s a good chance she believes. The characters also learn from her that the loader was an older model, and belongs to Farad’s Baked Confections which is located in the main section of the Market Plaza.

Sunday afternoon’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign went pretty well, better than I expected. While the session had no physical combat, there was definitely some conflict, and the situation the player characters are in currently are messy and have some serious ramifications. That said, I was quite annoyed at SteveR‘s play, as to be honest, he wasn’t all that emotionally involved, hadn’t really considered the consequences of what he did to the ekilibri, and plays with a “nothing is going to kill me” attitude, as witnessed when he let the man give him the injection without even questioning it. I’m used to this with SteveR, but nevertheless I find it discouraging somewhat. That said, the session went pretty well, though I know that Tammy feels like she’s in over her head because it seems that SteveR will be depending on her to figure things out and protect him.

In any event, an entertaining game session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, and I’m looking forward to the next session of the game.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming April 16, 2017

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It’s Easter Sunday. I’m feeling quite good and pretty chipper this morning (almost afternoon), and am ready for gaming.

I’m getting ready for this afternoon’s game session with SteveR and Tammy. I’m quite looking forward to continuing on with the Sunday Coriolis – The Third Horizon game campaign.

In the meantime, I need to go upstairs and make some lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson! April 16, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson!

Today is Belinda Stewart-Wilson’s birthday. The actress grew up on military bases in the UK, Germany, and Austria before the family finally settled down in London. Best known for her role as Polly McKenzie in The Inbetweeners, Belinda played the role of the doomed Christine Johnson in the third season of ITV’s Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Belinda Stewart-Wilson a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Game Session Blog of Friday Night’s Coriolis Game Delay April 15, 2017

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Had a good evening of gaming last night with the Friday night players.

I would have posted up the game session notes on the journal just now, but as I discovered when Kathy called me this morning, she seems to have taken my game notes on last night’s Coriolis – The Third Horizon game session with her when she left. Accidentally.

Anyway, she said she would try to get them back to me as soon as she can. What this means is that for those who want to know what happened in the session of Coriolis, you’ll have to wait until I get them back and transcribe them.

So have some patience, my fellow gamers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming April 14, 2017

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It’s Friday, and it’s been a few weeks, but…

I’m gaming this evening! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Friday night players are eager to play tonight, and called to make sure that gaming was on for this evening (the 14th), and that they’ll be coming out as per the usual time tonight for their weekly gaming session. I’m looking forward to running some Coriolis – The Third Horizon this evening.

In the meantime, supper awaits.

Have a good evening, folks, and be safe.

Happy Easter, All! April 14, 2017

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Happy Easter (weekend), everyone!

I would like to wish all my LJ friends, and for that matter all my friends who aren’t on LJ (so aren’t reading this!), a very Happy Easter.

May you all have a really great weekend, eat plenty of food, and indulge in those chocolate Easter bunny eggs! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi! April 14, 2017

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For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans…

Peter Capaldi, the actor who is portraying the current, Twelfth (or Thirteenth, depending) Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his birthday today.

While I can’t say that I’m a great fan of New Who, I’ve absolutely adored Mr. Capaldi’s acting in everything I’ve seen him in. I’ve actually come to like him in the role of the Doctor so far, and find him to have elements of my favourite Doctors over the Classic years of the show. Sad to say, the forthcoming series of the show (which starts tomorrow) will be Mr. Capaldi’s last.

So here’s wishing Peter Capaldi a happy 58th! ๐Ÿ™‚