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Wednesday Night Session of Torg: Eternity June 22, 2017

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Had a pretty enjoyable game last night with the Wednesday night gaming group.

When the players arrived at my place, we talked for about 10 minutes and caught up with each other about life and how things have been of late. Then the four players, with Donna as their spokespeson, informed me that they were intrigued with the new Torg: Eternity, and wanted to know more about the game and perhaps play a short session of it. I was only too happy to oblige. πŸ™‚

I talked to the players 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. It was enough to intrigue them. The players decided to play, using the Torg: Eternity Free RPG Day quick little adventure. They chose their characters, and then got on with it.

CHARACTERS

Amanda Gray (Donna) – The Quasi-Celebrity
Alan Harper (DavidW) – The Petty Crook
Helen Johanssen (Kendall) – The Jaded Paramedic
Angelica Tarmullen (Crystal) – The Egghead Professor

The player characters started off several hours after the Maelstrom bridge from the Living Land crashed down in New York, and played through the short little adventure that was provided, dealing with Edeinos scouts, rescuing a mother and her daughter from a building that had feral humans wandering through it, and then dealing with another edeinos warband.

Since I still had about forty-five minutes of game time left, I continued on from there, and the player characters had another encounter with edeinos, and managed to acquire some supplies, and a small group of hangers-on who trusted them. A series of terrible decisions awaited them when some of the hangers-on transformed to fit the Living Land, and the players had to kill them before they attacked the other survivors they were protecting.

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, and told me that they can’t wait until they get to play the full game with the Drama Deck, Cosm Deck, and Destiny Deck! I have to say that I’m rather looking forward to running the game again, myself. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday, Laila Rouass! June 22, 2017

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Today is the birthday of Laila Rouass, one of my favourite British actresses of the current day.

Born of Moroccan and Indian parents, Laila’s been making a lot of tv and stuff – Footballers’ Wives, roles in British soaps Family Affairs and Hollyoaks, the ninth series of Spooks, the Holby City series, The Royals series, and most recently Stella. She also has a good resumΓ© in the movies, making films that have strong messages and meanings. Of course, I am fondest of her as Dr. Sarah Page in the Primeval tv series.

While I understand her reasons for leaving the Primeval tv series, I still love her as an actress, and watch her appearances in tv and film whenever I can.

Happy Birthday, Laila! Hope you are having a marvellous birthday today, and that you have a terrific year ahead of you!

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming June 21, 2017

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Finished supper, so I’m just getting ready for the evening.

The Wednesday night gaming group will be meeting for the first time in a bit, so I’m rather looking forward to this. Not sure what game we’ll be doing, let alone whether it’ll be a roleplaying game or a board game of some sort. Just really looking forward to getting back to gaming with the group.

In the meantime, I need to wash up the supper dishes.

Have a good evening, folks. πŸ™‚

TORG 1st Edition Package in Snail Mail June 21, 2017

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Got a nice surprise today when I got home.

A selection of the old Torg: The Possibility Wars RPG game products arrived in the snail mail today.

I received the Relics of Power trilogy (including the GM Screen), the Living Land sourcebook, the Queenswrath supplement, and the Character Collection.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found a TORG 1st Edition Boxed Set or set of Drama Deck cards yet (for a reasonable price). 😦

In the meantime, I continue to be psyched for the Torg: Eternity RPG that will hopefully be out to Kickstarter backers in October.

Happy Solstice! June 21, 2017

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Yes, summer has offically arrived! πŸ™‚

Have a Merry one, folks. πŸ™‚

Summer Solstice Today! June 21, 2017

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Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. May the Goddess bless you with happiness, health, and may a warm breeze blow at your back and take you wherever you wish to be on this day.

Sunday Afternoon Board Gaming June 18, 2017

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The Sunday gamers have left for the day, actually having departed around 4:30 pm, though stuck around for a bit afterwards as I showed him what Torg: Eternity‘s basic game mechanics are like (more on that in a bit).

Once the players arrived around 12:45 pm, we chatted for a bit, and then I gave the players the options that I had in mind for today’s gaming (see the previous post): 1) Continue the campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG; 2) Start of the renewed <SkyRealms of Jorune RPG with some character generation; 3) Play a board game of some sort; and 4) Play the Torg: Eternity Free RPG Day little adventure thingie.

They vetoed 1) because they felt that…well, never mind what they felt about the game after the hiatus they’ve had. They vetoed 2) for the moment because they were concerned with my voice. They vetoed 4) because Tammy felt that Torg without the Drama Deck just wasn’t Torg, so she’d wait for the game in October or so (assuming everything works out with the Kickstarter. So in the end, it was decided to play a board game. The two players settled on Tales of the Arabian Nights, so that is what we played.

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling it for most of the afternoon and while I guess the game went all right (well, at least for Tammy it did, as well as for SteveR), I was somewhat…bored…with it. Absolutely nothing was happening for me, playing Ali Baba, other than getting Scorned and then being Enslaved towards the end of the game. Here’s a photo, not a great one, that I took of the game board and the surrounding area at one point late in the game.

We wrapped up the game around 4:30 pm, and it was clear that SteveR was the winner, based on the fact that he’d completed 2 Quests to Tammy’s 1 (and I hadn’t even finished my first one). After SteveR helped me pack up the game, I grabbed the Torg: Eternity Free RPG Day material, and for 15 minutes he went through a couple of encounters for the game using the Celebrity player character. He rather enjoyed it, and I think he regretted not playing the Torg: Eternity game this afternoon.

Once SteveR took off, I collapsed on the couch and had a cup of hot tea and half a bagel with vegetables for snack.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming June 18, 2017

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Haven’t said that in a while.

Getting ready to game with the Sunday group. I’ve got four options in mind for gaming this afternoon, and while I know what I’d like the players to decide to do, I’m not sure which option they’ll choose. So we’ll see which way things shape up.

I’m just starting to make lunch here at Casa Kahane, and am rather looking forward to these hot dogs in buns. Better get on with it.

Happy Father’s Day June 18, 2017

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Today is Father’s Day.

My own dad died when I was pretty young (around 13 or so), so I can’t really celebrate today, of course.

However, I want to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day, and to take the time to be with your father today if possible, and to at least talk to your dad today by phone if you can’t be in the same house with your dad. Treasure the time and the moments that you have with your father, because for some of us, well…the memories are all that we have left.

My best wishes to all the Fathers out there.

Now be good to your dad today. That is all.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 7 June 17, 2017

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Last night, the Friday night gaming group finally returned to their play of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign play. I’ve been looking forward to posting up this blog entry since I finished writing it up this morning. 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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CHARACTERS

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)

June 16th, 2017
Seventh Session
First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 11, CC 58

Blake Harold asks Naima Saab and Hafisa darRouash what’s so funny, but before they can react, he adds that this is just a routine questioning, as there were shots fired. Naima tells him what happened, interrupted only by Hafisa when she has something to add, and with an admonishment about gunfire and weapons on the station, says he’s letting them off with a warning. He says that he has to tell Governor din Soubar of what occurred, and then adds, off the record, that he’ll meet them back at their ship before the Evening cycle begins. Naima and Hafisa move off through the crowds, checking to see if anything suspicious might be happening, and then decide to go back and see Sumala Fadros. They return to her residential area…

Tafik Sharoun makes his way back to the offices of the governor, and learns that her assistant, Darisa Marakis, is still there. She invites him up to her office. Once there, she makes a play for Tafik, and he succumbs to her allure and charms. He breaks their kiss when he realises that she’s trying to manipulate him [he uses a Darkness Point on the roll], and asks her what she can tell him of the Foundation’s presence on Mira. She tells him what she knows of the Foundation’s presence on Mira, and that it is mostly concerned with some of the various ruins there, but that the Firstcome are somewhat…opposed…to their presence on the planet. He asks her if what’s happened to Professor Darfal ibn Salumar had anything to do with the Foundation’s relationship to the Mira government, but she says that she doubts it. Darisa says it’s more likely due to the actions of the Miran rebels affiliated with the local mob, that were mentioned earlier. He says that he needs to talk to the Foundation representative, Sariha Milmasine, but after checking the records, Darisa says that she’s currently at the Foundation offices on Mira itself. She tells him that she’ll call ahead and make arrangements for a meeting once he lets her know when he and his crewmates are heading for the surface. He thanks her for her time and help, and then kisses her on the cheek before he leaves the office.

Moustafa Harouz and Zouma Abid-Arif approach the Ruby Flower cautiously, so they are not surprised when a pair of individuals dressed in rags step out from the shadows of the landing struts. Zouma recognises them as deckhands who work the ship docks on the station; she remembers seeing one of them earlier when they arrived on the station. One of the deckhands approaches them, and tells them his name is Sayid. He says he’s heard they’re interested in the fate of the archaeologist, Professor ibn Salumar. When Moustafa cautiously says they might be, Sayid says he knows of Professor Sharoun’s interest in the matter. When Moustafa asks how he knows, Sayid says that he and his brother, Pakor (gesturing at the other deckhand) were both part of the stevedore team as cargo handlers attached to the Professor’s expedition to Mira. When asked by Moustafa about what they can tell him of the expedition [he uses a Darkness Point], they tell him and Zouma that the Professor was excited about the expedition, as he believed he’d found some previously unknown Portal Builder ruins. However, they do remember hearing that there were Miran rebels also in the area where the ruins were located. They were said to be searching for something, but they don’t know what. Moustafa and Zouma look at one another, but say nothing. Sayid says there was also another archaeologist interested in Professor ibn Salumar’s research, but they don’t recall his name (no matter how much pleading Zouma does to think hard about it). When asked why they came forward to tell them what they know, Pakor says that Sayid thinks that Zouma is cute; Sayid blushes. Zouma tosses them some 2 birr (in cash), and the two deckhands vanish into the shadows. Moustafa tells Zouma they have a lot to consider, but they’ve got to get their purchases aboard the ship.

…and Naima and Hafisa are surprised to find there are station security guards all over the area, seemingly focused on Sumala Fadros’s home. They go up to one of the guards, Illar, and ask him what’s going on. He tells them that it’s none of their business, but Hafisa is able to wheedle out of him that there’s been a second attack on the woman, this time in her home [she used a Darkness Point on the task]. He says that it was the station mob, the Cariofos family, that carried out the attack. Naima says that they are friends of the Fadros family [spending a Darkness Point to convince him], and he lets them through, signalling ahead that they are coming through. Reaching the home after passing several more guards on duty, they are horrifed to see a woman who looks like Sumala lying on the ground, covered in blood. A forensic medicurg is examining her. It is Naima who realises first that the woman is not Sumala. Blake Harold comes out of the residence, and sees Naima and Hafisa there. He beckons them to join him, and the two women are seemingly not surprised to see him there. Blake tells them that the dead woman is Sarali Fadros, Sumala’s sister. He has no idea what she’s doing there, but the attackers obviously thought she was Sumala. She died of standard slugthrower wounds, but he says as they can see, whoever did this wanted to be thorough. Naima notes the outside walls of the home near where Sarali was found are peppered with slugthrower round holes. Blake grimaces, and says whoever did this was a professional. They learn that Sumala’s belongings are missing; she has obviously gone on the run.

Leaving the station governor’s office, Tafik Sharoun decides to wander the station until he’s due back at the ship. He goes into the Marketplace, and makes several purchases for himself, stuff that he plans to take down to the surface of Mira with him when the group heads down to the planet’s surface. He arranges to have his purchases delivered to the Ruby Flower, and then continues his meanderings as he makes his way back to the ship. As he makes his way to the docks, he hears the shuffling steps of someone in the dock backways ahead of him. Moving forward with caution, he draws his dura blade, but is somewhat surprised to see a woman carrying a small satchel of belongings who spots him. She asks if he is “Professor Sharoun”, and when he confirms that he is, she says her name is Sumala Fadros. Before they can exchange further pleasantries, a shot rings out, and he sees the impact on the dock alley wall behind her. He tackles Sumala, and the two dive for cover. A voice echoes through the area, telling Fadros to come out and they’ll make her death an easy one. Sumala asks him if he knows of the Ruby Flower, and he tells her that’s his ship. She asks if he can get her safely to the ship, as she needs their help. Two more shots ring out, and Tafik is concerned the shots have gotten closer to them. He thinks their enemy is pincering them, and closing off their exit strategy.

Back at the docks, Moustafa and Zouma are going about packing the cargo bay with their new acquisitions of food and other supplies and spare parts. The ship’s artificial intelligence, Scherza, informs them that there is gunfire out on the docks, but she has localised it to several alleyways into the docks, approximately 200 metres from the Ruby Flower. Moustafa says that it’s none of their business, but Zouma persuades him to at least go and look and see what’s happening on the docks. He does so, and sees that the docks have become suddenly deserted, other than the data djinns (and robots) going about their business. Both Moustafa and Zouma arm up (he with a mercurium sword, she with a dura knife and power glove), and cautiously make their way out of the ship. They reach a section of the docks near some alleyways, and see several figures moving towards a focus point. Taking three of the attackers by surprise, they finish them off [with the help of 3 Darkness Points], and Zouma is able to identify them as part of the local resistance on planet. They are even more surprised when they come upon Tafik and his companion, whom he introduces as Sumala, sneaking along a corridor, and after some initial moments of distrust, make it back to the Ruby Flower. They learn some of what Tafik has learned about matters on planet, and await the return to the ship of Naima and Hafisa.

Friday night’s session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign was a pretty good session, and quite enjoyable to run. The players and their characters were kept hopping on their feet for most of the session, though it did take them a bit of time to get their feet wet with the game system again after a bit of an absence from it (having not played since April). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the game, though my voice did crack a couple of times, and I had a few problems with being heard late in the game.

That said, overall a fine evening of gaming the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, and I’m looking forward to continuing the adventure.