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A Saturday Night of Board Gaming April 30, 2017

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As noted elsewhere, yesterday (Saturday) was International Tabletop Day.

In order to honour all manner of gaming, spending time together, and having fun, I managed to get the Friday gaming group together for the evening, and we played some board games. Yay! πŸ™‚

Once the players arrived at my place, we started the evening off in fine fettle with a game of Dragonriders of Pern, a board game that I never tire of. I ended up playing Telgar Weyr, and had a good game of it (relatively speaking). We spent the first few Turns making some quick deals here and there with Lord Holders, and fighting Thread (of course). Several flights of dragons got seriously injured in a couple of Threadfalls, but we managed to hang on, though a couple of people got greedy and tried to change the loyalty of some of the Lord Holders. This led to a flurry of Duels between Weyrleaders, and a few weyrs (such as Telgar, I might add) that had to take on some extra load during subsequent Threadfalls. We ended up stopping the game after 2-1/2 hours, but were managing to hold our own against Threadfall. So that’s a win! πŸ™‚

The players decided to finish up the night with a game of Tales of the Arabian Nights. As usual, this was a fun game. Needless to say, we didn’t finish the game, though Angela was found at the end of the game time to have come the closest to victory. I’m not going to go into detail about the game, but will say that I had a blast playing the game, and had fun watching my character suffer the slings and arrows of Fate. Even caught Kathy mumbling about wishing she had an Icon to pray to for help! πŸ™‚ I only got Lost once during the play of the game and didn’t get shape-shifted, so I can’t complain. πŸ™‚

Overall, I had a fun night of board gaming with the Friday night group, and it was a lovely way to spend a good Saturday evening with friends and to celebrate International Tabletop Day.

Waterworld Evidence April 30, 2017

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Oh my Goddess.

Blue Planet got it right!

Bayesian Evidence for the Presence of Waterworlds

Neat. πŸ™‚

Friday Night’s Game Session – Playtesting for CanGames, 2017, Part Two April 29, 2017

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, the Friday night gamers had agreed to forego their regular gaming session in favour of playtesting one of the scenarios that I’ll be running at CanGames 2017.

The players arrived at my place around 7:00 pm, and we chatted for around 10 minutes about the past week and Real Life(tm). Once I was ready to game, the players agreed to playtest one of the two Coriolis – The Third Horizon scenarios, and I was happy doing that (to be honest).

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I won’t discuss any of the details of the playtest session here, other than to say that the scenario, “Dark Flowers”, went pretty well, though I may need to add another scene or two near the beginning of the adventure to flesh it out to the 3-3/4 hours time slot that I have available to me at CanGames. There were a couple of hiccups that I made notes about, and will probably see how I can work around these over the next week or two. The players made a couple of suggestions about some of the scenes in the adventure, and a couple of my descriptive “efforts” that need to be shortened. That’s what I really love about the Friday night players – they’re…opinionated. πŸ™‚

So a good playtest of one of the two Coriolis – The Third Horizon adventures I’ll be running at CanGames in a little under three weeks. Can’t wait for next week’s game session. πŸ™‚

International Tabletop Day April 29, 2017

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Today is International Tabletop Day.

International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun.

While I have no plans to run any games today at the local gaming store or the comic shoppes that I frequent, I would like to encourage all my gamer friends to get out there today and run and/or play some tabletop games, be they board games, miniature games, or roleplaying games.

Have a great gaming day today! πŸ™‚

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming April 28, 2017

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Feel quite refreshed. Had a good nap, and have done some work this afternoon on a couple of the scenarios I’ll be running at CanGames 2017 in just three (!!!) weeks.

Spoke to the Friday night players, and they’ve decided to humour me and playtest one of the scenarios that I need to wrap up for CanGames. They have decided that they’ll let me know which scenario they want to playtest when I see them this evening. Looking forward to this…I think. πŸ™‚

This means the Friday night crew won’t be continuing the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game campaign this evening.

In the meantime, I need to get to the kitchen and put something on for supper.

Have a good evening, folks. πŸ™‚

Thoughts of Friday and the Weekend April 28, 2017

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Had a long, somewhat tiring day at work today. Friday usually means work meetings and the like, and this morning meant several of those. Add to that the fact that I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. The thunderstorms around 1:00 am woke me up, and kept me awake until around 3 o’clock. So definitely didn’t feel rested when I woke up to get ready for work.

Now that I’m home from work, I can start thinking about the weekend and all. I need to get some work done on some of the characters for the scenarios I’ll be running at CanGames 2017. This evening, I’ll be playtesting one of those scenarios with the Friday night gaming group. Look forward to that.

For now, a bit of a nap after lunch, and then some gaming work.

Added a Tales From the Loop Session to CanGames, 2017 April 27, 2017

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Just thought I should mention here, and in a couple of other places, that I’ve added a fourth game slot at CanGames 2017, to be held at the Rideau Curling Club the long Victoria Day weekend here in Ottawa (May 19th to the 21st).

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Here’s the listing of the additional game I’ll be running. This is the full listing for the game.

*****
Summer Break and Killer Birds
Game: Tales From the Loop RPG
Time: Saturday,7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 4
Description: Summertime in Sweden. Boredom and bliss in equal measure. But something’s wrong. It all starts with a talking bird, and soon you’re involved in a nefarious plot. Can you solve the Mystery before it’s too late? Tales From the Loop is a game of roleplaying in the β€˜80s that never was, based on artist Simon Stalenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts. You play teenagers solving Mysteries connected to the Loop.
*****

The listing for the game will not be found in the physical convention booklet since I didn’t add it to the schedule in time for that, but will appear (hopefully soon) in the on-line schedule at the CanGames website. You can pre-register for the game on-line, and there will be a sign-up sheet for the game at the convention, made available 1/2 an hour before the game is due to start.

I’m looking forward to running this terrific RPG at the convention, and hope that some of you will sign up to play Tales From the Loop with me at the convention. Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

Wednesday Night’s Game Session – Playtesting for CanGames, 2017, Part One April 27, 2017

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As mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, the Wednesday night gamers had agreed to forego their regular gaming session in favour of playtesting one of the scenarios that I’ll be running at CanGames 2017.

The players arrived at my place around 7:00 pm, and we chatted for about 10 minutes about how things have been and the week’s events. Once I was ready to game, we talked about which of the three systems they wanted to playtest – Coriolis – The Third Horizon, <Primeval, or Tales From the Loop – and I was completely unsurprised when the group chose to playtest the Primeval scenario that I’ll be running at the convention.

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I won’t discuss any of the details of the playtest session here, other than to say that the scenario, “The Dixmude Affair”, played out pretty well, and the events of the scenario fit nicely into the time slot for the convention (roughly), with just a hiccup or two here and there. The scenario has a little bit of everything in it, and the players made a few suggestions here and there where stuff could be tightened up, but overall the game session went really well and was quite enjoyable.

Not sure what we’ll doing gaming-wise in two weeks time, but I’m hoping the group will playtest another of the game systems and scenarios I’ll be running at CanGames the week or so after that session.

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming April 26, 2017

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Been a long, somewhat tiring day today. Various reasons, nothing I’m going into here, other than to say I had tests done at the hospital this afternoon.

Came home, took a nap, and woke up feeling pretty good. Spoke to the players of the Wednesday night group, and they’ve decided they’re not only up for gaming, but they’ve agreed to playtest one of the CanGames (2017) scenarios tonight.

This means the Wednesday night crew won’t be continuing the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game campaign this evening.

In the meantime, I need to get to the kitchen and put something on for supper.

Have a good evening, folks. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday, Peter Jurasik! April 26, 2017

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Today is actor Peter Jurasik’s birthday.

Peter Jurasik is an American actor who is known for his role as Sid the Snitch on the 1980s series Hill Street Blues and its short-lived spinoff Beverly Hills Buntz, but is best known and loved for his role as Londo Mollari in the science fiction hit series, Babylon 5 (or this site).

The actor, who turns 67 today, is one of my favourite actors for his distinctive looks (in whatever role he plays) and his sheer character-driven performances. While Peter Jurasik has a good resumΓ© in the field, his performance as Londo Mollari on Babylon 5 was a joy to watch, and I have very pronounced, strong memories of his role in the series.

Here’s wishing Peter Jurasik a very Happy Birthday today!

And he still *does* look stunning in purple! πŸ™‚