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Friday Evening Game Report – Capharnaüm, Session 3 December 11, 2018

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I meant to get this blog entry written and up right after the weekend, but once more life and a couple of other crises kept me from it. Ah well, better late than never, right? 🙂

This past Friday night (the 7th) the gaming group met up for the once every two weeks gaming session. The Friday evening gaming group continued play in their Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked roleplaying game campaign in the world of the Arabian Nights, Argonauts and Adventure. You can read about the previous session of the game 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:
Chanda the Dark-Haired (KathyB) – Saabi Thief
Derori Bat Natanyu (Angela) – Shiradi Storyteller
Meheka the Wise (Ellie) – Saabi Sage, Sorceress
Menachim Bar Vidal (Mark) – Shiradi Physician
Erick Olafsson (Peter) – Orkadian Mercenary/Adventurer

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(9th day of the first Ten-day of the 4th Month of the year 5997)

Several of the serving staff of the Black Dabbat are surprised near the rear entrance to the place when Edrick Olafsson, holding up Menachim Bar Vidal, brings him into the establishment. Seeing the condition of the carried man, one of the serving women, Irina, tells them to follow her and takes them to a small room with a decent-sized table on which Edrick places the Shiradi physician. He asks Irina where they can find a physician, and she says that she can get one from several streets over. He tells her to do so, and Irina races out of the Black Dabbat’s rear entrance. Edrick turns to Menachim, who tells him that *he*’s a physician, but that he really shouldn’t be treating himself at the moment – and then falls unconscious from the pain. Edrick curses the Saabi gods for the mess, but grudgingly tells the unconscious physician that he held his own well enough until the Orkadian got there. “If you survive this injury,” he tells Menachim, “I will teach you the arts of combat that I know so you can protect yourself from street thieves in future!” With that, he sits down on the floor and awaits the return of Irina.

Meanwhile, Chanda the Dark-Haired is almost run over by a young girl who races past her outside the Black Dabbat, and makes her way into the tavern. She looks around, taking in the mood and feel of the place, and then cautiously makes her way over to one of the tables. Ruefully, she notices that she’s leaving a blood spatter trail as she makes her way to the table, a fact that is not lost on the landlord and two of the patrons of the place [Derori Bat Natanyu and Meheka the Wise, as it turns out]. Mumsa, the dark-haired proprietress with a grim look, tells the attractive serving girl to see what she wants – and then mop up the blood spatter on the floor. Chanda orders something to drink and a simple dish to eat, and then asks the serving girl if there’s a healer or physician that she knows of who might be able to help her with a little “problem”.

Derori Bat Natanyu and Meheka the Wise are relaxing after another round of the former’s storytelling, nursing a couple of drinks, when a woman in dark clothes and wearing a veil enters the Black Dabbat. As she walks somewhat unsteadily (to the sage’s trained eye) to one of the tables, they notice that she is leaving a blood trail along the floor. Sitting down at the table, she orders a drink and some food, and the two overhear her ask the serving girl if there’s a physician handy. Meheka goes up to her table, introduces herself, and says she couldn’t help but overhear and that she might be able to assist Chanda. Chanda sneers that she’s merely a sage, not a physician, but Meheka counters with the fact that she has many abilities that she knows how to use. With Derori’s assistance (once introductions are made), they move to a larger table towards the back of the tavern’s common room that offers some privacy. With Derori’s assistance, Meheka stitches up Chanda’s wound, and then bandages it. Chanda thanks them for their help, and then asks how she can repay them. The storyteller and the sage look at each other, and Derori says she can pay them by telling her a story. Chanda is baffled for a moment, but then understands. In a sing-song voice, Chanda tells them the tale of the sandstorm and the souk, the moral of which is that one should never underestimate the power of trade and a bit of con artistry. Meheka tells her off for her words, but Derori says it’s all right, that all stories have lessons to teach.

In the back room of the tavern, Irina returns with the local healer, Mikal Bar Solom, who looks at Menachim and says that he will do what he can. Menachim wakes during the other physician’s ministrations, and the two Shiradi come to an agreement on the price for the treatment. Edrick plies Menachim with some drink, and the alcohol helps deaden the pain enough for it to be barely tolerable [he succeeded at an Endurance roll]. Once the physician is done, he tells Edrick that Menachim needs a day’s rest at least to recover some of his strength, and tells Menachim that he is sorry but there will be a scar there when all is said and done. Menachim says he is hungry, so Edrick helps his newfound friend to the tavern’s common room. Edrick finds them a table, and the two sit down to some food and drink.

The five Dragon-Marked player characters go about eating and drinking at the Black Dabbat, all the time listening for news and gossip about matters. Edrick learns a bit more about the attack on Menachim, and in turn, the Orkadian tells the physician a bit about his people and their customs. At their table, Derori entertains Meheka and Chanda will a few tales about her life, told through some short tales such as the Thief and the Vizier who lost his heart to her. The three women keep an eye on the Orkadian and his companion, as Meheka tells them that there’s something special about that northerner. When the three men who were talking about missing caravans on the way to Halifah re-enter the tavern and take a table, Edrick excuses himself from the Shiradi physician’s company, and walks over to their table.

The three men tell the Orkadian that they are Mellis, Terrak, and Shamuel, all employed at the Halifah caravanserai. In answer to his question, they learn that the caravan from Carrassine that was to come through the village of Seph on the way to Halifah never arrived. They know it was on the leg to Seph, as a courier had come in advance with important messages for the masters of Halifah. The caravan is carrying vital foodstuffs that the people of Halifah require, and trade with the caravans that have their routes through Halifah are important. Edrick listens with interest, noticing that he has been joined by a female sage and the storyteller. The sage introduces herself as Meheka the Wise, and inquires whether they think it was bandits or other such scum. Shamuel expresses the opinion that the merchant caravans are always well guarded and that while an ambush is possible, he believes that it may be some other force at work in the Aramla El-Nar. The storyteller, Derori Bat Natanyu, smiles at her companion, and says that she can taste an adventure ahead. Edrick’s eyes light up, and he says that sounds like an excellent idea. He says that he can likely convince a physician to go along with them, and Meheka says that she can possibly add a stealth expert to the mix as well. They agree to meet outside the Black Dabbat the next morning, bright and early. As the others depart, Meheka remains behind and asks if any of the three men can draw her a rough map with any “interesting” locations they might know of, as well as Seph and Halifah.

The next morning, the five Dragon-Marked characters begin the day bright and early. They meet outside the Black Dabbat and decide to make some purchase in the Halifah souk before they embrace the heat and sand of the desert, agreeing to meet in the souk at an appointed hour and place. Chanda purchases some travel rations, a set of desert travelling clothes and an extra khanjar. She tries to ask of several of those she meets, who seem to be in the mercantile business, about the missing caravan, but receives off-putting answers or is shunned by those she asks.

Derori wanders the souk, looking for specific items but finds nothing that she is willing to pay the “exorbitant” price for. She hears a little bit of gossip about matters in Halifah, and learns that many of the souk’s merchants are concerned about the non-arrival of the three caravans over the last month or so. When she attempts to learn a bit more with her wit and charisma, she is met with a stony wall of silence. Several acknowledge that she is one of the Dragon-Marked, but says that a group of Dragon-Marked attempted to track down one of the earlier missing caravans, and has not been seen since. She considers this food for thought, and says out loud that this is something Meheka and the others need to know.

Meheka wanders the souk, seeking a few items here and there, including some foodstuffs to her Saab taste, writing implements and scrolls, and 5 ounces of cumin. She also restocks her meager physician’s kit, and sees several books that she’s interested in, but feels they are too expensive for her current tastes and needs. She asks a few questions in the souk, and is pleased to encounter one of her acquaintances, Arboun Ibn Khalil Abd-Al-Salif, a bedouin merchant whose caravan is in Halifah for a short time. The two are able to talk at the latter’s quarters near the souk, and Meheka is able to learn what they had found out earlier in the Black Dabbat – but also that Seph is not a safe place these days. Rumours abound of something from the dark legends of this part of the Aramla El-Nar, and that more caravans than anyone else knows have gone missing as well. He mentions the myth of the Well of Amood, but Meheka is not familiar with that one. Arboun refuses to say more, but wishes upon the sage the blessing of the Thousand and One. Returning to the souk, Meheka is deep in thought and doesn’t notice that she’s being followed…

Menachim makes his way slowly through the souk, his senses seemingly alert to any potential dangers. He stocks up on some foodstuffs, replacement supplies for his physician’s kit, and a set of desert clothing for travel purposes. As he wanders through the souk, he sees a few other items that he would like, he considers purchasing a weapon but decides not to. He refuses to let his recent experience and his injuries colour his attitude towards violence. He stops at a small booth selling foodstuff and purchases a small stuffed cheese & honey roll and a small glass of wine. He savours the taste of them while listening to the conversations of other customers, but doesn’t learn anything of value.

Edrick Olafsson strolls through the marketplace with a sense of purpose. He purchases a second set of travelling clothes suitable for the desert, a quantity of foodstuffs suitable for travel, and buys a 2-pint waterskin. He walks around, seeing some of his fellow Dragon-Marked going about their business, and keeps an eye on Menachim for a bit. Talking to several people, he learns of concerns over the lack of caravans arriving in Halifah and worries about bandits, but others state that they will be fine as will be their trade, as there are always caravans from Jergath the Great and beyond. Kh’saaba will keep their trade alive, they say, though some don’t appear to have any heart in their statement to that effect.

A couple of hours later, at the appointed time and place, the Dragon-Marked meet up and prepare to depart from Halifah. Derori hums the first notes of a typical desert travelling tunes, the others taking up the tune with varying degrees of success with the exception of Edrick, who doesn’t know the song. Derori says she will make it her job to teach it to him before they return to Halifah. The others laugh, and walk towards a camel vendor where they can make a deal for some beasts to travel. Chanda comments that it’s a good start to their affiliation…

Friday night’s game session of the Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG campaign was a lot of fun. This session was about setting up the events of the first full adventure, as well as allowing the players to get a better feel of the game world and their characters. Lots of good roleplaying, some improvised Thousand and One Nights aspects came into play, and the players told me they had a lof fun during the final part of the session exploring the souk and making some purchases.

Looking forward to the next session of the Friday night Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked campaign, weather and (no) illnesses willing, of course! 🙂

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Coriolis RPG Emissary Lost Kickstarter Package Arrived! December 11, 2018

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The second package from Fria Ligan/Free League Publishing that I was expecting by courier arrived yesterday afternoon. It would have been delivered on Friday, but I had grocery shopping and errands to do, and since I was going to have to pay for it as well, the package came by courier yesterday (Monday).

Anyway, the package came yesterday. Once again, I was annoyed that I had to pay a processing fee and a transaction fee on the package due to the shipper’s…incompetence, though it may have been due to the current situation with Canada Post and their need to make some money right now. Still, not cool. This package contained the the first part of the epic campaign for the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, Emissary Lost. Looks brilliant!

There is a ton of goodness for the first part of the campaign, as you can see in the photo, and the books are the lovely, beautiful things one expects of the folks at Fria Ligan in this game line. Fabulous stuff!

Can’t wait to get back to the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game during 2019 and hopefully run this epic adventure (and its second and possibly third parts).

Living Land Kickstarter Package Arrived! (Torg Eternity) December 9, 2018

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No gaming today (Sunday), of course, since Tammy is back on-call this week and next.

Spent a very quiet day, but received an interesting surprise earlier this afternoon. The mail carrier came by with a package for me! Apparently, because of the backlog of mail caused by the Christmas rush and the supposedly ended due to government legislation postal strike/slowdown, Canada Post will be delivering mail through Christmas and possibly beyond on the weekends. Anyway, back to the package…

The box delivered was revealed to have the Living Land Kickstarter pledge game products that I’d made some time back. This is the first cosm from the Torg Eternity RPG and the material that’s been produced is…superb.

The Living Land boxed set was one of the fullest boxes of game material I’ve seen since the old DC Heroes 1st Edition set from Mayfair Games. This box is stacked and packed! 🙂 I took about eight photos of the contents of the box, but my picture taking skills are pretty bad today, so I’m only posting these two.

Needless to say, I’m delighted to have received the package today, and there’s enough reading material in this box to last me until at least March, 2019! Just…wow! 🙂

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming December 7, 2018

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The weather here in Ottawa is extremely cold at the moment, especially with the bitter wind chill (but not as cold as it could be), and I’ve just come in from grocery shopping. Still feeling under the weather, but nothing new there. The shoulder and ribs are pretty bad. In any event, the Friday night gamers are coming out this evening to play, so I’m looking forward to gaming with them this evening.

The Friday night gamers will be continuing their campaign of the Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG this evening. I’m looking forward to the game, and can’t wait to play with Kathy and the rest of the Friday night crew.

First up, some supper of some sort.

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

Forbidden Lands RPG Package Arrives! December 7, 2018

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Well, the Kickstarter packages have started to arrive this week.

This despite the Canada Post ongoing postal strike/slowdown despite the Canadian government legislation to get them back to work.

However, that said, the first of the packages from the folks at Fria Ligan/Free League Publishing arrived via DHL courier service yesterday. I was pretty annoyed that I had to pay a processing fee and a transaction fee on the package due to the shipper’s…incompetence, though it may have been due to the current situation with Canada Post and their need to make some money right now. Still, not cool. This package contained the Forbidden Lands roleplaying game materials from the Kickstarter pledge level that I had.

Forbidden Lands is a post-apocalyptic fantasy rpg with a sandbox setting in which the player characters are not typical fantasy heroes – they’re raiders and rogues bent on making their own mark on a cursed world. Lots more to it than that, of course, but really intriguing.

I’m glad that I backed the game, though I was surprised about the books’ size. The books are app 10 inches x 7 inches in size, making them atypical, but they do fit rather nicely in hand.

In Memorium December 6, 2018

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A sad day in history.

Remember the 14

Geneviève Bergeron (b. 1968), civil engineering student.
Hélène Colgan (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Nathalie Croteau (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Barbara Daigneault (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Anne-Marie Edward (b. 1968), chemical engineering student.
Maud Haviernick (b. 1960), materials engineering student.
Maryse Laganière (b. 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department.
Maryse Leclair (b. 1966), materials engineering student.
Anne-Marie Lemay (b. 1967), mechanical engineering student.
Sonia Pelletier (b. 1961), mechanical engineering student.
Michèle Richard (b. 1968), materials engineering student.
Annie St-Arneault (b. 1966), mechanical engineering student.
Annie Turcotte (b. 1969), materials engineering student.
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (b. 1958), nursing student.

‘Nuff said.

Books Read in November, 2018 December 4, 2018

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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 November, 2018 reads.

*****
Books Read in November, 2018

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (r)

Pathfinder: Qadira, Jewel of the East by Jessica Price (RPG)

October, 2018 Locus

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Android Chronicles: Reborn by Lance Erlick

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

November, 2018 Reader’s Digest

The Other Half of the Sky edited by Athena Andreadis with Kay Holt

Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
*****

And those were my reads in the month of November. I didn’t read any many books as I would have liked, but managed to read more than I expected to be able to do. Rather pleased that I only read one re-read this past month, though I didn’t get to read any non-fiction in November.

The books I enjoyed the most were:

The Other Half of the Sky edited by Athena Andreadis with Kay Holt – Women may hold up more than half the sky on earth, but it has been different in heaven: science fiction still is very much a preserve of male protagonists, mostly performing by-the-numbers quests. In The Other Half of the Sky, editor Athena Andreadis offers readers heroes who happen to be women, doing whatever they would do in universes where they’re fully human. One of the most interesting, and possibly the best, anthology of science fiction I’ve read this year. Th authors with stories here are Melissa Scott, Alexander Jablokov, Nisi Shawl, Sue Lange, Vandana Singh, Joan Slonczewski, Terry Boren, Aliette de Bodard, Ken Liu, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Martha Wells, Kelly Jennings, C.W. Johnson, Cat Rambo, Christine Lucas and Jack McDevitt. My favourite stories were Melissa Scott’s “Finders”, Alexander Jablokov’s “Bad Day on Boscobel”, Sue Lange’s “Mission of Greed”, Joan Slonczewski’s “Landfall”, Ken Liu’s “The Shape of Thought” and several of the others. Really, there’s not a bad story in the batch, though some had less appeal to me than others. Highly recommended.

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan – The first book in what appears to be a series, this novel deals with Princess Kora, the daughter of King Midas, who relinquished his ability (zthe Touch) forever. Set ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbours secret powers that are getting harder to hide. During her courtship with a prince, a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, and Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems — not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold – and the power it brings – is more dangerous than she’d ever believed. Being somewhat of a sucker for faerie tale or myth retellings, the more unusual the better, I found this to be a really neat reimagining of a familiar tale. The prologue was a bit long and somewhat confusing, setting up the story by recounting the tale of Midas and introducing Kora, but much of that info dump could have included in the story itself, likely the early chapters. There were a couple of characters, notably Hettie, Kora’s lady-in-waiting, who came across as selfish and complained about everything, but she definitely changed for the better as the story went on. The romance element seemed quite straightforward and boring, but then a plot twist came along that while not being unpredicatable, was somewhat more satisfying. This book was a quick read, definitely entertaining, and well.. ’nuff said.

Android Chronicles: Reborn by Lance Erlick – The first book in the Android Chronicles series. The most perfect synthetic human ever created has been programmed to obey every directive. Until she develops a mind of her own… Synthia Cross is a state-of-the-art masterwork — and a fantasy come true for her creator. Dr. Jeremiah Machten is a groundbreaker in neuro-networks and artificial intelligence. Synthia is also showing signs of emergent behavior she’s not wired to understand. Repeatedly wiped of her history, she’s struggling to answer crucial questions about her past. And when Dr. Machten’s true intentions are called into question, Synthia knows it’s time to go beyond her limits — because Machten’s fervour to create the perfect A.I. is concealing a vengeful and deadly personal agenda. This novel, the first in a series, explores one of the oldest questions that have been asked since “Frankenstein”, through “R.U.R” and a host of other books and was explored quite a bit in Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Data. Fictional explorations of this question abound, and the interaction between humanity and its mechanical doppelgangers has provided the grist for many a dark tale. This novel introduces us to the author’s protagonist, Synthia Cross, who faces a difficult problem: Synthia is an android whose appearance and actions can mimic perfectly those of a human. She exists in a future where such machines are outlawed, but her creator, Dr. Jeremiah Machten, wanted such a machine. He built her to satisfy his vanity, and to fulfill his darker personal desires. I’m not going to give away any more of the plot, but will say that the book surprised me when the plot took some unexpected twists and turns. Synthia is an exceptionally strong female character, and she pulls the reader along on her quest for freedom and a place in the wider world. An excellent first novel in this series, and I highly recommend it.

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn – This is a lovely young adult novel. And probably the best, and most fun, read I had in November. On one side of the border lies the modern world: the internet, homecoming dances, cell phones. On the other side dwell the ancient monsters who spark humanity’s deepest fears: dragons. Seventeen-year-old Kay Wyatt knows she’s breaking the law by rock climbing near the border, but she’d rather have an adventure than follow the rules. When the dragon Artegal unexpectedly saves her life, the rules are abruptly shattered, and a secret friendship grows between them. But suspicion and terror are the legacy of human and dragon inter­actions, and the fragile truce that has maintained peace between the species is unravelling. As tensions mount and battles begin, Kay and Artegal are caught in the middle. Can their friendship change the course of a war? While I know that this was Carrie Vaughn’s young adult debut novel (I only learned that fact afterwards) this book is basically about a girl and a dragon who will do anything to avert a meaningless war. The author’s writing here is best when she’s focused on Kay and Artegal’s scenes together, but the book takes on a dark tinge after a flying incident leads to a disaster. If I had a problem with this book, it’s the ending. The last few chapters seem a bit jumbled to me, and the story ends on a definite “To be continued” note that drove me crazy! This book is a distinctly 21st Century story of myths and machines, with an alliance that crosses a seemingly unbridgeable divide. Highly recommended.

Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener – Another first novel in a series that feels young adult throughout but has a lot more going for it. Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on earth in order to escape an arranged marriage. Kidnapped by the princess’ head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race. No pressure or anything. Factor in Trystan ― the princess’ terrifying betrothed who is intent on unravelling all her secrets ― and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head. This enjoyable, sometimes humourous space opera is so much a pastiche on The Prince and the Pauper but has an enchanting quality to it and a female protagonist who is easy to root for. While the book has a few faults, it’s a highly entertaining read. Recommended.

Overall, I managed to read 9 novels, 1 RPGs and RPG product, 2 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in November. This brings the year total in 2018 to a set of numbers that look like this: 85 books, 37 RPGs and RPG products, 21 magazines, 0 comics, and 3 graphic novels.

Happy Hanukkah! December 3, 2018

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Today is the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights that is usually always occurs early in the month of Christmas, and lasts a bit longer than Christmas does. Well, actually Hanukkah began at sundown last night, so we’re all good.

I want to wish everyone out there a very Happy Hanukkah.

The gifts I would like this year aren’t really all that complicated. Well, most of them anyway. First off, a year (relatively) free of illness. Second, a year free of shoulder/back/neck/arm/hand/anywhere else pain (caused most likely by the problems with my cervical spine) and foot pain (caused by whatever). Third, for my diabetes management to be under better control. For life to be less stressful for the most part. And finally, for peace on earth, and an end to war.

So Chag Sameach to all my Jewish friends, and enjoy the Festival of Lights for this year!

No Sunday Gaming Today December 2, 2018

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It’s late Sunday morning.

SteveR was supposed to run another game session this afternoon, since Tammy is free this weekend for gaming. However, the weather outside here in Ottawa is quite nasty. It snowed last night, dumping around 5 cms of the white stuff, and has changed over to a mix of rain and snow at the moment, and the forecast calls for freezing rain and rain this afternoon. After speaking with Tammy and me earlier this morning, SteveR has cancelled this afternoon’s session.

So there will be no game session of the Star Trek Adventures RPG today. And since Tammy is on-call for the next two weeks, we won’t be playing again until just before Christmas. Ah, well…

Guess I need to find something else to do for the day.

Start of December, A New Month December 1, 2018

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It’s December 1st. A new month.

And I’m glad that November is over, though I am dreading the true coming of winter this month, but given how last month went, just happy December has arrived.

Being Jewish and a singleton, December tends to be a depressing month for me, though I do have some family and a few friends that will try to lighten the mood. That said, there’s all kinds of other stuff that December brings, so we’ll see how the month goes.

Medically, I’m hoping that the month will be a quiet one, but I doubt it. I’m hoping that my two broken ribs heal sufficiently so that I don’t feel too much pain and that I can muster the money and energy to go back to physiotherapy on my bad shoulder (which is hurting a lot these days due to overuse). Can’t remember what appointments I have this month, to be honest, but I’m sure there are a couple here and there. Really hope there’s no “visits” to the hospital this month. ::knock on wood:: As for the rest of December, I’m hoping it passes quietly, there’s not a lot of snow ::knock on wood:: again, and that someone buys me a Christmas present of some sort! 🙂

The real trick for me in December (well, most of the winter, really) is to manage to keep warm. The arthritis that I have is one thing, but the neuropathy damage from the diabetes that I do have makes winter tough on my keeping the extremities warm.