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Friday Night Game Cancelled March 31, 2017

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Once again, gaming for this evening is not going to happen.

First of all, it’s snowing outside and pretty messy. Kathy did call to let me know that they might not be able to make it out this evening. Secondly, whatever this bug is, I am definitely as sick as can be. Barely functional, if I’m even that.

So due to my illness, and the weather (I guess), we will not be gaming this evening. I was looking forward to running Coriolis – The Third Horizon this evening, but that just can’t *cough, cough, cough* happen tonight.

I’m going back to bed now. Hopefully to get some sleep and much needed rest. And maybe the coughing will stop for a while.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to run the game next Friday night. ::fingers crossed::

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Wednesday Night Gaming Cancelled March 29, 2017

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Gaming for this evening is not going to happen.

Whatever this bug is, I am sick as can be. Barely functional.

Due to my illness, we will not be gaming this evening. I was looking forward to running Coriolis – The Third Horizon this evening, but that just can’t *cough, cough, cough* happen tonight.

I’m going back to bed now. Rest, and sleep.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to run the game next Wednesday night. ::fingers crossed::

Sick at Home March 27, 2017

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Definitely feeling ill today.

Woke up around 3:11 am with a case of mild acid reflux. The stuff must have started causing problems with my air passages, because when I woke up again at 5:45 am, I was hacking and coughing away, and was having definite problems breathing.

At 7:00 am, I called the office and told them that I wasn’t coming in to work for the day. Donna told me she barely recognised my voice, so that wasn’t a good sign.

Suffice to say, I’ve got left shoulder pain, arm pain, neck pain, and head pain. I’m hacking away, and there’s lots of discoloured phlegm, my chest hurts something fierce, and I’m feverish. Taking the rest of the day off, and going to try and sleep and relax.

Good thing I’ve got a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow.

Back to bed. Going to take some Ricola throat drops, and have a cup of tea. Then bed.

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled March 26, 2017

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Sad to report that gaming for today is off.

Tammy has come down with a very bad head cold, and there is freezing rain in the forecast for this afternoon, so we will not be gaming. I was looking forward to getting the Coriolis – The Third Horizon Sunday campaign moving into full gear, but alas such will not happen this weekend.

Hopefully, everyone will be able to play next weekend.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 5 March 25, 2017

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Despite the nasty weather conditions on Friday night, the Friday night gaming group played last night and continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of 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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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)

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Naima Saab is shocked, then surprised, to see Blake Harold. She explains to the others that she and Blake go way back, to when she first became part of the Foundation Scout service, and they served aboard the same ship, the Flower of Darouz. Zouma Abid-Arif starts to ask her something, but Blake interrupts, telling the others that Naima is understating their relationship. She asks what he’s doing working as security chief on Mira station, but he merely says that he might tell her over dinner. The Governor informs Harold of why she’s requested his presence, and he informs the player characters that Sumala Fadros is afraid for her life, given what has seemingly occurred down on Mira. Sumala insisted that, after being treated, she be taken back to her quarters in the Market Plaza of the station, and the medicurgs didn’t have room for her, since others were also injured during the shootout, so they complied with her request.

Naima says that it would be good idea for him to go with her to see Sumala. Moustafa Harouz says that since they will have to plan to go down to Mira shortly, perhaps he should check out the Market Plaza, and see what goods they might be able to pick up for a few birr. “Never know when we might need some trade goods,” he adds. He says that he’ll take Zouma with him, since he’ll be able to teach her a little bit while in the Plaza. She’s not keen on going with him, but reluctantly agrees to do so. Hafisa darRouash says that she’ll go with Naima and Harold, as perhaps she might be able to find out from some of the people in the area what’s going on. Blake Harold says he doubts that, but she’s welcome to come with them. Naima glowers at her and shakes her head, but Hafisa ignores her. Tafik Sharoun says that he’ll do a bit of digging into the state of things on Mira, and see what he can learn. Governor Demorna din Soubar says that she can offer the assistance of her personal assistant, Darisa Marakis, in this regard, and he’s pleased to accept the young woman’s help. The Governor tells the player characters that while she’s happy to help them any way she can, she will not tolerate any problems on the station, nor interference with the Miran government’s handling of the “situation” on Mira itself.

Leaving the Governor’s office, Naima goes and checks a station directory for information on where to find Sumala Fadros’s dwelling, but finds access to the information is now limited. Blake tells her that it’s for her own protection, and tells Naima and Harisa that he can lead the way. Harisa asks him to tell her more about how he met Naima, but a look from the scout quells anything he might say. Instead, he tells the two of them that Sumala and several other civilians were caught in the crosshairs between two rival gangs on the station, the Haddar and the Kamallah families. There were some thirty-five people injured in the confrontation near the Semazil Souk in the Market Plaza, and it’s lucky the violence didn’t escalate as station security arrived on the scene relatively quickly. Hafisa asks the scout if she wants to talk to people in the area where the attack occurred, but Naima says that’ll depend on what Sumala Fadros can tell them. Blake leads them quickly to the Fadros dwelling in the residential area to the “north” side of the main marketplace. The smells, noise, and sights in the Market are typical, but not as pronounced as on Coriolis station. The residences are small, three-story homes at best, and the Fadros home appears to be typical. Blake regards the two women, and asks them if they’ve noticed the cloaked figure that’s been following them most of the way. Naima smiles, and says she’s been wondering when he was going to say something about it.

Meanwhile, Moustafa and Zouma head for the main Market. Zouma is all excited about the prospect, but Moustafa tells her this is ship’s business. They need to make a smart, savvy deal for some goods, but Zouma asks if they’re going to do some restock for the ship as well. Mosutafa says he’s not sure yet, depends on the prices, but Zouma says she can help. He tells her he knows she comes from the system, and she seems disappointed in him. Before she can say more, as they are assaulted by the sounds, smells, and sights of the Market Plaza, he tells her that they’re being followed. Passing some birr around, Moustafa learns of a trader, Bastak the Giant, who sells trinkets and spare parts at one of the stalls on the south side of the market. They head in that direction, but Zouma points out a couple of other vendors that she thinks would be worth approaching as well. Half an hour later, Zouma says “I told you so!” to Moustafa, after he’s completed a deal for around 2,000 Birr worth of foodstuffs for the ship’s stores. They then continue on, headed for Bastak’s. Moustafa notes that their snake’s tail is still with them.

Darisa Marakis takes Tafik in hand, and leads him for her office on the same floor as that of Governor din Soubar. The two talk amiably as they walk, and he asks Daris what she can tell him of the attack on Mira involving Professor Darfal ibn Salumar. She tells him that the information she currently has is scant, but that it appears that the Professor has disappeared from the dig site he was at on the southern continent. Details are sketchy, but some reports indicate he was taken prisoner by some of the Miran rebels affiliated with the local mob, the Okra Darma, and others are reporting that the Professor has gone into hiding due to something he found during the dig. Tafik asks if this latter might have something to do with why Professor ibn Salumar asked for his presence on the planet. Darisa merely shrugs, and then says they’ve arrived. The two enter her office, and she accesses the files on what’s known about the situation on Mira. He learns that the rebels are something new on Mira, and that there’s a good many possibilities for what accounted for Professor ibn Salumar’s disappearance. Including the legend of something called “the Ensnarer”. Darisa scoffs at that, saying that it’s a myth among the pilgrims, but Tafik says that there’s usually some truth in various myths, so it may bear keeping in mind. Darisa leaves him to go over the files, but says she’ll be readily accessible if he needs to talk to her.

Friday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign went pretty well, and I had a pretty good time. Given that the weather wasn’t cooperating, I was surprised the players wanted to play at all, so that was a good sign. Because the weather seemed to get worse, the snow falling heavily as the evening went on, the players decided to stop play just after 10 pm, so the game session lasted for only about 2-1/2 hours. I managed to give the players a good feel for Mira station, and there was some fun roleplaying between the characters during the course of the evening as well. Angela and DavidM told me that the plot is intriguing as heck, and they’re looking forward to seeing what happens.

Overall, a fun session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, and I’m looking forward to next Friday night’s game, weather and health willing.

Earth Hour March 25, 2017

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Folks should not forget that today we celebrate Earth Hour.

Tonight’s the night that we switch off the lights between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

Earth Hour is designed to raise awareness of climate change, and was initiated by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney, Australia in 2007. It is observed by at least 4,000 cities in 88 countries of the world (including the city of Ottawa).

So, remember, turn off the lights for an hour tonight and honour Earth Hour.

Happy Birthday, Patrick Troughton! March 25, 2017

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For those who are fans of Doctor Who, today is the anniversary of the birth of actor Patrick Troughton.

Born March 25th, 1920, Patrick Troughton was the Second Doctor on the acclaimed tv series, and the first actor to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, and is thus the first regeneration of the Time Lord. It was a bold move on the part of the production team to replace the actor in the title role, and Doctor Who could have been a disaster from that point on. But it wasn’t, and Patrick Troughton was the reason. His Doctor was unofficially known later on as “the cosmic hobo” due to the mannerisms that Troughton imbued the character with, but he could be as serious as needed when called upon. And when Troughton’s Doctor was being serious, you knew that serious trouble was afoot.

Patrick Troughton’s Doctor was my favourite in the role, though I also loved the William Hartnell Doctor. Sadly, much of Troughton’s serials from the series no longer exist, and he is the most under-represented of the incarnations of the Time Lord on DVD.

So raise a glass today for the Second Doctor and the man who portrayed him so brilliantly, Patrick Troughton.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming March 24, 2017

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It has been snowing on and off (mostly on) for most of the day, and there’s a good amount of accumulation out there as I write this.

The Friday night players called and surprised me by letting me know that they’ll be coming out as per the usual time tonight for their weekly gaming session. My three sick players are back in action tonight, so I’m looking forward to running some Coriolis – The Third Horizon this evening, though I’m not sure how long the game session will go, depending on the weather.

In the meantime, supper awaits.

Have a good evening, folks, and be safe.

Home From the Lab March 21, 2017

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Just got back from the Dynacare lab.

Still feel ill with whatever bug I’ve currently got going, and am still having trouble with the seriously pained shoulder.

In preparation for my doctor’s appointment next Tuesday (the 28th), I’ve gone and had the tests done that the doctor wanted. They did the various tests, taking quite a bit of blood and all, and now I just have to wait until the appointment next week.

In the meantime, I’m going to lie down and take a nap. After I ingest a bit of protein (not sure what I’m going to have).

First Day of Spring March 20, 2017

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Good morning, everyone!

Today is the first day of Spring. Not sure what the weather is going to be like today (haven’t checked the forecast yet), but I’m hoping for a nice day. This is Ottawa, so one expects whatever weather one expects. 🙂

I just want to wish everyone a very good, very happy First Day of Spring!

Hope the weather wherever you are is balmy, the skies are clear, and that you get outside and spend the day in the fresh, Spring air!