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New Year’s Eve Thoughts December 31, 2016

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So, here we are, once again. New Year’s Eve.

I haven’t planned to do much this New Year’s Eve, other than to relax and have a relatively quiet evening, and I don’t expect that to change. I’m just looking forward to ringing in the new year as quietly as I can, and it seems fitting that I’ll be doing so on my own with a bottle of shandy.

Not even sure that I’ll be awake at the stroke of midnight, depending on how I feel and all.

In any event, I would like to wish all my friends a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and I’ll catch you here again in 2017. 🙂

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Final Day of 2016 December 31, 2016

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It’s the last day of 2016.

Thank Goddess this year is coming to an end. Sure, there have been some good moments in time this past year, but 2016 saw too many deaths of beloved figures in both music and entertainment, a change in U.S. politics whose ramifications will be felt most strongly in 2017, and the senseless slaughter of too many people world-wide in acts of terrorism and sheer evil. Add to that the rough times I’ve had this year health-wise and in other regards that I’ve not discussed this year, and… Well, to reiterate, good riddance to 2016.

It’s a Saturday morning, so I’m sitting here at home taking it relatively easy. The weather outside is cold, and the snow is coming down (there’s supposed to be another 15-20 centimeters of the white stuff today and tonight), and I feel as if I’ve not really slept all that well last night. I don’t intend to do a lot of stuff today, and I’ll see how I feel later in the day.

Time to clean the dishes, and take a nice, hot shower. Hopefully the latter will make me feel somewhat better.

12 Days of Christmas (Meme) December 29, 2016

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Just because I felt like something silly today. (And forgot to do this earlier in the year.) 🙂

On the twelfth day of Christmas, jkahane sent to me…

Twelve cladistics drumming
Eleven guitars piping
Ten romans a-cooking
Nine aztecs reading
Eight diabetes a-writing
Seven linguistics editing
Six musketeers a-gaming
Five otta-a-a-awa senators
Four board games
Three xenozoic tales
Two feathered dinosaurs
…and a chill in a zoology.

Get your own Twelve Days:

Monday (Boxing Day) Game Session: A Continuum RPG Christmas December 27, 2016

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As mentioned in a couple of other LJ posts, I ran a Christmas themeed game session of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet game with the Friday night gamers yesterday.

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I didn’t run the game as part of any campaign or the like, but rather as a stand-alone Christmas-based game for the players on Boxing Day afternoon. So rather than playing their own player characters, the players played a set of pre-generated characters that fit the scenario, called “Plum Pudding and Other Such…”.

The players arrived at my place relatively on time, due to the inclement weather (freezing rain and rain, with a bit of snow mixed in), and Kathy, Ellie, Angela, DavidM, and Mark were all pretty eager to game on Boxing Day and were looking forward to it. They were joined by Crystal, who also wanted to play (and spend a bit of time with Ellie), but got the surprise of their lives when Nick (Roberts) (!!) joined them as well. He’s in Ottawa visiting family over Christmas, and called me to ask if he’d be able to get into a game, so I was able to oblige him, and it was a nice surprise for the other players. Once everyone renewed their friendships and we’d talked and had a bit of Christmas-y food that Kathy and Angela had brought with them, we got down to gaming.

I’m not going to go into any detail on the plot at all, other than to say the adventure kicked off with Charles Dickens arriving at the player characters’ Victorian era corner on Christmas Eve, asking for help in dealing with a ghost that seems to be haunting him, and that the players loved the adventure itself.

Once I’d gone over the basic rules, explained the Maxims, and refreshed several players on some of the fine points of Continuum RPG play, the players got into their roles as the characters, and had a fine time of it, eventually solving the main problem facing Dickens and ensuring that history followed its proper course insofar as the man and his writing were concerned. Kathy and Nick played their characters, working together and just having fun, as if Nick had never been away, and the characters had some Spanning mishaps along the way that they used to their advantage.

Overall, I had a terrific and fun afternoon’s worth of gaming, and a fun time of running the Christmas scenario for Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet. It was a good time for everyone concerned, and a lovely way to end the gaming year of 2016.

In Memory of Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia December 27, 2016

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This needs to be posted today, at this moment.

Seems…fitting.

R.I.P. Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016) December 27, 2016

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Terribly sad news today in the movie, writing, and life biz.

Carrie Fisher, the actress world famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films, and who later penned award-winning books that included touching on her battles with addiction, has died at age 60.

Star Wars Actress, Bestselling Author Carrie Fisher Dead at 60

Words cannot express my sentiments at the moment, but the death of Carrie Fisher has hit me relatively hard in some ways, especially in light of the deaths of various other artists this year (and the ones that have struck in December so far, George Michael just a day or so ago). When the first (well, actually the fourth) Star Wars movie came out, my 20-plus-year-old self fell in love with Princess Leia, and while I can’t say that I followed her film career all that much, I did enjoy some of the other films that she’s been in (you can see the film list in the link above).

One of my favourite lines from the actress is…

I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.” — Carrie Fisher

May the force be with you Princess Leia, Queen Leia Organa, General Organa… Carrie. You will be truly missed.

Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. *sigh*

I really hate 2016.

Bit Like a Saber Cat, Crunched Like a Bear December 27, 2016

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Kolponomos, the not-quite-a-bear that crunched shellfish for a living. This marine mammal’s mouth was the perfect multi-tool for crunching shellfish.

Prehistoric Mammal Bit Like a Saber Cat, Crunched Like a Bear

Palaeo Profile: North America’s Pangolin December 27, 2016

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A post about a fossil pangolin.

Palaeo Profile: North America’s Pangolin

Palaeo Profile: The Armoured Fish King December 27, 2016

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Newly discovered species of armoured fish was a giant. Not T. rex… B. rex.

Palaeo Profile: The Armoured Fish King

Boxing Day Gaming December 26, 2016

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Seeing as it is the Christmas weekend, the Friday night group doesn’t usually game this weekend, but they like the new tradition that I’ve started the last few years of running Christmas themed game on Boxing Day.

This afternoon, I’ll be running a session of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet. I’m quite looking forward to gaming this afternoon, and am looking forward to spending some time with friends as well.

Hopefully, I’ll be gaming this this afternoon, as there’s been freezing rain for awhile (and may be continuing as I speak), and the roads are slippery as snot. Haven’t heard from the Friday players yet, so I assume that gaming is one, but have to wait and see.