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Friday Night Gaming Session Cancelled June 30, 2017

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Gaming is off for this evening.

I have been informed in no uncertain terms that gaming for this evening is off, as the Friday night group and I are going out to dinner and a movie. Not sure what movie they have planned, but should be an interesting evening all around.

Can’t wait! 🙂

Last Day of June June 30, 2017

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It’s the last day of June, 2017.

And in all honesty, I can’t wait for this month to be over.

I’m not going to go into details about why I’ll be happy to see June in the rear view mirror (all you have to do is read some of the blog entries of the past month to see what’s been going on health-wise with me), but it will be good to start looking forward to the month of July and all the stuff that’s happening in it. July will hopefully start off with some gaming, so I’m looking forward to that.

Work today is as busy as I expected it to be, given that it’s an abbreviated work week due to Canada Day tomorrow, but this is good as it’s keeping me distracted from the thought that this is my last day on the job, as I retire effective July 1st.

Wonder what I’ll do next week to keep my mind off the ultrasound results and worrying about all sorts of stuff. Anyway, back to work.

Wednesday Night Gaming Off for Summer June 28, 2017

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Just thought that I would let folks know that you won’t be seeing any more gaming reports and session blogs for the Wednesday gaming group for the rest of the summer.

The Wednesday night players told me that they would all be taking the summer off gaming, as it’s that time of year when one wants to do other things besides gaming. A couple of the players expressed an interest in possibly doing some board gaming during the summer months, but for the most part Wednesday nights until mid-August or early September will be gaming free.

Such is life.

Sunday Afternoon Session of Torg: Eternity June 27, 2017

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Had a very enjoyable game session on Sunday afternoon (the 25th) with the normal Sunday gamers.

Once the players reached my place, the three of us talked about the possible games for the afternoon, and SteveR was able to convince Tammy to play a game session of the new Torg: Eternity RPG, even though we’re still using the Free RPG Day booklet, no cards of any kind, and so forth.
So with no further ado, we got into the Torg: Eternity game…

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I started off chatting with the players (both of whom have fond memories of the original TORG: The Possibility Wars) a little about the game, explaining about the game universe (Cosms, Realms, The High Lords, how Reality works in the game and the Axioms, the Torg, and Storm Knights) and then a quick overview of the basic rules. They chose their characters, and then got on with it.

CHARACTERS

Bill Henderson (SteveR) – The Wannabe Athlete
Jade “The Blade” Anderson (Tammy) – Petty Crook

The player characters (called Storm Knights in the game) started the adventure separate from each other [as is usually the case with these two player characters] in the Battery Park area. Jade Anderson’s more mercenary desires took a backseat when she helped a woman out of a car wreck that was being menaced by a tri-horned dinosaur, while Bill Henderson’s interest was peaked by some lizardmen (the edeinos) digging furrows in the ground. He discovered that the edeinos were putting dead humans into the ground, and…something was growing there in their place. Encountering an edeinos patrol, he was forced to run and managed to outsmart his pursuers and eventually met up with Jade.

The two of them helped rescue the woman’s son from an ancient looking apartment building, but in the process Bill got captured by the group of feral humans – and (in a change of pace) discovered they were working with a group of edeinos, including a Stormer! The two Storm Knights were able to save the son of the woman, who turned out to be a Realm Runner (and her son a potential one with a great deal of power). She sacrificed herself fighting the edeinos shaman Stormer in reality combat, and in an act of foolish heroism, Bill tried to help her, dying in the reality storm as it tore him to pieces.

As Jade takes charge of the young man, in light of his mother’s death, she leads him off into the Living Land searching for a safe haven for the young man. Several of the feral humans follow them…

Sunday afternoon’s session of the Torg: Eternity RPG went really well, and I was quite pleased with how the game came out. The players had a good time of it, and really liked the game rules and mechanics, though it took Tammy a bit of time to get used to the Bonus Chart again. 🙂 Since I don’t have the three card Decks (Drama, Destiny or Cosm), or one of the original Drama Decks from 1st Edition, I was forced to be generous with the Possibilities, but that worked out well, as the players realised very quickly that it was a “use them or lose them” kind of approach that I took with them. SteveR played the Wannabe Athlete pretty well, and was much more active in the game than he’s been in a few years. Still, he played a follower to some extent, but not as much as Tammy and I had expected. Tammy played the Petty Crook pretty much as I expected her to, grabbing “free” stuff that she could, but her humane side came out early on, and she played her as being somewhat conflicted in that regard.

Overall, a good session of the Torg: Eternity RPG and one that I had a lot of fun with. Really had forgotten how much *fun* running Torg is, but also the fact that I *can* run an action/adventure (cinematic) rpg when it’s one like this. Looking forward to running the Torg: Eternity campaign(s) when the game comes out! 🙂

Friday Night Session of Torg: Eternity June 26, 2017

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Had a very enjoyable game session on Friday night (the 23rd) with the normal Friday night gamers.

It had been decided during the early part of the week that the Friday night group would play a session of the Torg: Eternity RPG, since they’d heard something about it through some of my blog entries and some searching on the internet. In particular, Kathy, who had played the original TORG: The Possibility Wars RPG, was quite eager to see what the new version of the game involved and how it had changed. Besides, she still wants to play her original character again on this different Earth. 🙂

When the players arrived at my place, we talked for about 10 minutes and caught up with each other about life during the past week. Then we sat down, and got down to the Torg: Eternity game.

I talked to the players a little about the game (since most of them had never heard of the game in either incarnation!), explaining about the game universe (Cosms, Realms, The High Lords, how Reality works in the game and the Axioms, the Torg, and Storm Knights) and then a quick overview of the basic rules. It was enough to intrigue them. They chose their characters, and then got on with it.

CHARACTERS

Helen Archer (Kathy) – The Wannabe Athlete
Dr. Sarah Rappaport (Angela) – The Egghead Professor
Halle Clarke (Ellie) – The Quasi Celebrity
Randall Crane (DavidM) – The Jaded Paramedic
Jimmy (“Gears”) Williams (Mark) – The Petty Crook

The Storm Knights all started the adventure in the Battery Park area, Helen Archer saving a couple of children from falling rubble and debris and befriended Randall Crane when he came over to check on the children. Jimmy was searching through the debris near Battery Park for stuff to steal, and this became a common theme throughout the evening’s game session. Helen, Randall, and Jimmy all joined forces to track a group of the lizard-like edeinos when they saw they had a young blond woman whom Helen recognised as quasi celebrity Halle Clarke. They were able to free Halle, and rather than thanking them she played the wounded actress, and the characters saw how vain she was.

Attracted by the sound of gunfire, they came upon Dr. Sarah Rappaport, who was watching a tri-horned dinosaur much on plants. It was Helen who realised the dinosaur had trapped a woman in a car, and after rescuing her, the characters all agreed to help her find her son. Meanwhile, Halle kept going on about her adoring fans, and where were they all? She soon got her answer, as in the rescue attempt on the son from the home inside the apartment building, the group had to fight some feral humans, and it was only through some luck, skill [and a few Possibilities] that they defeated the feral humans (Dr. Rappaport refusing to let them kill them).

The group continued on to the site where they had heard gunfire, and after taking up some weapons and armour (in the case of Helen), the group was attacked by some of the edeinos. The characters handled themselves well, suffering some injuries [and narrowly avoiding a Disconnection in one instance], but were able to defeat the edeinos and claim some of their weapons (the so-called Hrocht shoot spears) for themselves.

The Storm Knights then came upon some survivors of the initial attack, several of which didn’t seem quite “human” any longer, and agreed to escort them to a local hospital that was inside a somewhat “safe zone” (whatever that meant; the man who mentioned it died shortly thereafter of his wounds, no matter what Randall Crane attempted to do).

The player characters and the surviving humans made their way to the hospital, but had to fend off an attack by edeinos (led by a Stormer shaman), some natural dangers, and finally the attack by the transformed humans into ferals, but eventually reached the safety of the hospital, and the soldiers there.

Friday night’s session of the Torg: Eternity game using the Free RPG Day booklet scenario was a lot of fun. It had a bit of everything in it, and reminded me how much fun I used to have with the game system. While the card decks (Drama, Destiny, Cosm) weren’t available for this (and I don’t have an old Drama Deck from the 1st Edition), I managed to evoke the feeling the game had/has with the cards, and was generous with the Possibilities. The players did a good job with the characters and the limited backgrounds they had. Kathy played the Wannabe Athlete nicely, and used her baseball bat effectively. Angela played the professor nicely, rather more science/knowledge oriented than people oriented, and gave the other players some good laughs. The hit of the night was Ellie’s Quasi Celebrity, as she just annoyed the other characters no end with her vanity, but her Helper Perk was quite useful. DavidM played his Jaded Paramedic, Randall Crane, very well as the underpaid, overworked guy, who found himself in the middle of this mess with lots of injured people and not enough time or equipment to handle it all, but his medical training was useful. And finally Mark’s “Gears”, the Petty Crook, just insinuated himself among the others, and they took the help he offered, his sneaking abilities (not to mention pistol and switchblade) being quite useful in their own way.

Overall, it was a fun evening of roleplaying, and I had a good time running the Torg: Eternity Free RPG Day scenario, and adding a bit more to it. The players absolutely *loved* the game, especially DavidM, who hadn’t experienced a game quite like this. I just know I’m looking forward to the full game and running it! 🙂

Home From the Ultrasound Tests June 26, 2017

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I have just got home from the lab where I had the ultrasound tests done.

Suffice it to say, I’m not doing well at the moment, can barely move my left arm and shoulder, and the pain is…very bad.

The tests lasted for just under twenty minutes, but I actually passed out from the pain during the movement of the shoulder at one point for around 30 seconds.

Anyway, I’m home now, alternating ice and heat on my shoulder, and have taken some pain medication and will lie down for about an hour now.

OUCHIE!!!

Scared About Today June 26, 2017

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It’s been a very long day, and I’m pretty scared about something.

I have an appointment at one of the labs attached to the hospital early this afternoon to have the ultrasound done on my left shoulder.

The problem is that I am in absolute pain (think 12 on a scale of 1 to 10) every time I move the shoulder, and the fact of the matter is that I want to scream in pain when I touch the shoulder. This should go really well when he presses the ultrasound device onto the shoulder area, right?

Oh, Gods…

Anyway, time to leave work and head over to the clinic. Wish me luck.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! June 24, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Today is my goddaughter, Ellie’s, birthday. I’m not allowed to say how old she is, but speaking as a godfather, I have to say they grow up so fast!

You’re growing into a great young woman, and I am so proud of you and happy for you on this, your birthday. I hope you have a terrific day on this, your special day. May the Goddess bless you with happiness, good health, fortune, may you always have a warm breeze at your back! – and may your presents today be those that you want.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! 🙂

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming June 23, 2017

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Getting ready for this evening’s game with the Friday night gaming group.

Not really sure what I’m running yet, as I thought that we were going to continue on with the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game this evening, but they’ve expressed an interest in playing some Torg: Eternity. We’ll see what they decide to do when they show up this evening, but in the meantime stuff to do.

I need to get some supper on the stove, as well as figure out how to keep cool at the moment. The house is uncomfortably warm at the moment.

7 or 6 Days to Go on Torg: Eternity Kickstarter June 23, 2017

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For those who are interested, the Torg: Eternity Kickstarter has only seven (7) or so days left before it ends, and we need *you* to join us as a Storm Knight and help take on the High Lords! Here’s the link to the KS page.

Torg: Eternity Kickstarter

There’s a lot of good pledge levels on the KS page, so hope you find something that intrigues you enough to back the game. 🙂

And to whet your appetite a bit more, the Q & A session with one of the designers, Darrell Hayhurst, on Dan Davenport’s The Hardboiled GMshoe’s Office website last night was quite long, and highly informative. Check it out at the link below…

[Q&A] Darrell Hayhurst (Torg: Eternity)

Perhaps that will inspire you or encourage you even more to back the game. 🙂