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Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming November 30, 2016

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It’s Wednesday night, so time for some gaming on this second alternate week of gaming.

I’ll be starting the campaign of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet with the Wednesday night gamers this evening. Normal folks with the ability to time travel at will (though not very far in the when at the low levels of Span ability). I’m quite looking forward to the game this evening! 🙂

In the meantime, I need to head upstairs and eat some food. I ordered Chinese food for this evening’s meal, and am also looking forward to that.

Have a good night, folks.

Creating a Character for Sunday Thousand Suns RPG Campaign, Part Deux November 28, 2016

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Yesterday afternoon, the Sunday gaming group met up for its (relatively) regular game session.

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SteveR is getting us ready to play in his Thousand Suns RPG campaign (or what I hope will be a campaign, at any rate), but we still had a few things to do before we’re ready for the start of the game.

After SteveR and Tammy arrived at my place, we chatted for a bit, and then SteveR and his players got down to business. Oh, before I forget… my character now has a name: Marko Rojas. And I have a homeworld as well, but we’ll come to that momentarily.

Tammy and I started out by purchasing equipment with our money. Due to my Benefits (rolled at character creation last week (in this post), I started with 10,000 Sols to spend. I found the prices on gear a bit wonky, with stuff that I expected to be expensive cheap and other gear the reverse, but ours is not to question why and all that. Once gear was purchased, SteveR needed to go through the ship stuff with Tammy, since her character has a ship. I found the details of the ship to be somewhat interesting, but too technical, so didn’t have a lot to do at this point. SteveR also had us roll up our homeworlds. I come from a homeworld called Isabella, though have no idea what star system or what sector of space I’m from, that’s quite interesting in its own way. We’ll see whether it’s needed, as I’m not sure SteveR will have us going to our home planets.

After that, it was on to samples of the combat system. I can’t say that I’m overly thrilled with the combat system. The game mechanics themselves are easy enough, but the combat system seems very generic, there’s no examples of the combat system in that chapter of the book, and SteveR freely admitted that he’s going to need some house rules to run the game in this regard. All I can really say here is that…I died. Multiple times. But then I’m a xenoarchaeologist, and don’t actually have any combat skills.

Overall, it was a good gaming session, and we’ve finally finished up the characters for the game. SteveR visibly struggled with a few elements of the game material that we were dealing with, but handled himself well on the afternoon. I don’t know how he’ll solve some of the problems he’s got regarding the mechanics of the game, but we’ll see how that tree shakes out.

I’m looking forward to playing the game this Sunday.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon of Thousand Suns November 27, 2016

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Getting ready for gaming on this Sunday afternoon.

I don’t know whether SteveR will actually get us to the point of playing the Thousand Suns RPG game today or not, as we still have some stuff to go over for the game, but I’m looking forward to it.

In the meantime, lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

Friday Night Game – Sixcess Core Fantasy, Session 3 November 26, 2016

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Had a good night of gaming last night with the Friday gaming group.

Last night, the Friday gaming group met up for its regular, weekly roleplaying game session. DavidM continued on with his Sixcess Core fantasy game, and it was a lot of fun. You can read the report on the second session by following the link.

The players and DavidM showed up at my place around 7:10 pm, and after we chatted for a bit while everyone was getting set up for the evening, DavidM called us to order, and the evening’s gaming session began.

CHARACTERS

Herna of Morspell (Kathy) – Swordswoman
Safira Markas (Angela) – Sorceress?
Adara Theniss (Ellie) – Thief
Barak Thar (Mark) – Caravan guard
Haven Randar (JohnK) – Forester

I woke up some three days later, to find myself lying on a make-shift bed, pain wracking my body, and my entire chest area bandaged up. “He’s awake,” a female voice said. I looked up to see a young girl of no more than six years watching me, even as a figure from the shadows moved forward and was revealed as Herna of Morspell. Accompanying her was a dark-haired man of indeterminate age wearing what I took to be a tunic with a healer’s symbol on it. Herna introduced him as Javrikiss, and she told met that we were at one of the healing halls in Karakoram.

Javrikiss said I was lucky to be alive, and Herna told me what had happened. The forest troll had attacked me with the tree (I remembered that much!), and almost caved in my chest, breaking at least two of my ribs. The rest of the characters would have also perished, had not a Karakoram patrol chanced on the scene, and the two groups were able together to defeat and kill the creature. They had gotten me to Karakoram as quickly as possible after that, and Barak Thar knew of this particular healer.

I tried to get up, but the body just wasn’t able, and coming to sit by my side, Herna told me that I’d be all right, but I’d just need to rest and recover. In answer to my question, she said that my belongs were all accounted for, in the large chest that lay against the nearby wall. Except for my bow… She told me that it had been broken in two by the massive fall I’d taken striking the tree after the troll had hit me. I lamented the destruction of my bow, which had been with me for a good 20 years, but she said, “What is a bow, compared to the life of a…friend?”. She gave me a knowing look, but I fell back against the bed, and was sad. I slept again.

[Suffice it to say, my character, Haven Randar, was seriously injured, but didn’t die after the fight with the forest troll. For the rest of the game session, I got to play a character named Chell Franden, a city courier and something of a scout, in a little adventure that took the characters into the underbelly of Karakoram. Several days went by, and at the end of that time, my character appears to have been healed enough to get out and about.]

Overall, I had an enjoyable night of gaming, and felt that DavidM did justice to the game. He ran a variant of an Atlantis: The Second Age scenario that I had run back when (based on his own notes, and the fertile creativity he seems to have), and though I didn’t get to play my own character, Haven, he had Chell Franden ready to go for me to play (since he expected Haven’s injuries to keep him out of the action on Friday night). So I’m looking forward to the next session of David’s game, to say the least.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming November 25, 2016

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It’s the 25th of November, the last gaming Friday of the month (judging by the calendar on the wall).

I’m getting ready (actually more psyched up than anything else) for an evening of gaming with the Friday night group.

DavidM will continue running his Sixcess Core fantasy gaming campaign this evening, and I’m rather looking forward to this. Just finished browsing through my notes of the last game session, and looking forward to seeing whether my character lives or dies tonight.

Anyway, time to head upstairs and make myself something for supper.

Have a good night, folks.

Happy Birthday, Thea Gilmore! November 25, 2016

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Happy Birthday to Thea Gilmore!! A wonderful musician with a style and feel to her music that is both interesting, fresh, and lyrically gorgeous.

And she’s also got a Christmas album, Strange Communion, which is now one of my favourite Christmas albums.

Current Mood: awake awake
Current Music:Thea Gilmore – “Mainstream”

Happy U.S. Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my friends and everyone down in the United States today.

Turkey Day means you’re all going to get stuffed with roast bird and all, but it’s also a day for being thankful for all the things in life that you have – family, friends, and other stuff.

Enjoy, all! 🙂

Music for Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG November 23, 2016

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As mentioned, one of the roleplaying games that I’m excited about and can’t wait to run is the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG from the folks at Fria Ligan/Free League Publishing.

One of the pieces of mood music that I really am fond of for the game is this piece by George Abdo and His Flames of Araby Orchestra. Enjoy! 🙂

Happy Birthday, You-Know-Who! November 23, 2016

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Today is one of those days when something remarkably good and life affirming comes along.

Today is a birthday, but not just of any one person, but of a special tv series.

On this date, November 23rd, 1963, the BBC debuted the first episode of a brand new science fiction television programme called… Doctor Who. Entitled “An Unearthly Child”, that first episode (which aired when I was 8 years old, and the memories I have of it still to this day…) starred William Hartnell as the Doctor (referred to always as Dr. Who or Doctor Who) and introduced the world to this mysterious traveller and his incredible time machine known as the TARDIS.

The episode also featured Carole Ann Ford as Susan (Foreman), Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and William Russell as Ian Chesterton. The story began when two school teachers shared their concerns about one of their pupils – Susan. She’s brilliant in some subjects but bizarrely out of kilter in others. To assuage their curiosity, they follow her home, but discover ‘home’ is a blue police box in an old junk yard. Once they enter the box their lives, and television history, would never be the same.

I still have fond memories of the travels of William Hartnell’s Doctor and his companions – the planet Skaro, and those creatures called Daleks, and then having the Daleks show up on Earth!; visiting with Marco Polo; a terrifying trip in time to visit the Aztecs; the planet Marinus, and its denizens, the Voord; the Doctor and his companions being reduced to tiny versions of themselves and having to survive in a world of giants; a visit to the Crusades, and meeting Richard the Lionheart; the planet of the Menoptera and the Animus; and so many more – and grew up with the series in those early years. I remember being shocked and startled at the regeneration of William Hartnell’s Doctor into the younger Patrick Troughton, but still loved the Doctor, and revelled in the newness and different feel that Troughton brought to the role. So many good memories of the early Doctor Who series. And of the continuing history of the show with different actors taking on the persona of the Doctor over the years. This show pretty much sparked my interests in both history (some time periods more than others!) and time travel, and gave me a different view of how tv and movie science fiction could be (as did Star Trek later on).

What it comes down to is this: Doctor Who has been a part of my life for 53 years (!!), and that battered blue box is still transporting the Time Lord known as the Doctor (who’s been through a few bodies!) and his various companions to worlds of wonder and adventure. And whole new generations of children are getting to discover the Doctor with the Chris Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi interpretations of the characters. But for me, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton will always be *my* Doctors. So…

Happy Birthday, Doctor, and long may you continue your travels through time and space!

Palaeo Profile: The Paradoxical Mega Shark November 22, 2016

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