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In Honour of Kate’s Birthday July 30, 2017

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In honour of her birthday…

Happy Birthday, Kate! πŸ™‚

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Sunday Gaming Is On July 30, 2017

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Just spoke to SteveR this morning, and he’s decided that he’s coming out to my place for the afternoon.

We’re not going to do any roleplaying today, but we are going to do some board gaming today. Not sure what yet, but we’ll see when he gets here.

In the meantime, I need to shower. And hopefully work some of the kinks out of my back and shoulder.

Happy Birthday, Kate Bush! July 30, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Kate Bush!

One of my favourite musicians of all-time, Kate Bush, celebrates her birthday today!

I first started listening to the music of Kate Bush back in 1978 or 1979, with her first album, The Kick Inside (1978), a brilliant progressive rock album, with tracks such as “Wuthering Heights”, “James and the Cold Gun”, “Oh, To Be in Love”, “Them Heavy People” (a track I adore), and the title track. I can’t explain what it was about the album and her voice that made me fall for the singer and want to hear more of her work. The follow-up album, Lionheart (1978) (though I don’t think I heard this album until a year later, being in Canada as I was), was…remarkable, superb, and even better than her first one. “Symphony in Blue”, “In Search of Peter Pan”, “Kashka From Baghdad”, “Coffee Homeground” still resonate with me.

Anyway, I’ve been listening to Kate’s music since she started, and am still a huge fan. I was also lucky enough to see her in concert back in the mid-1980s, and she is even better live. Enough already.

Here’s wishing Kate Bush a very Happy Birthday! May she have a healthy, happy, prosperous, and blessed year ahead, and may a warm breeze always blow at her back.

Friday Testing of Torg Eternity Scenario Material July 29, 2017

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I spent last night having a really good evening with the Friday night gaming group.

I wasn’t sure whether we’d be playing a board game or a roleplaying game last night, to be honest. When the Friday night players arrived at around 7:00 pm, we chatted a bit for around 10 minutes and caught up on life and the world at large, and then got down to business. The players told me that they had decided they wanted to play some Torg Eternity, and we talked about various options. They said they wanted to playtest the scenario that I was writing that I’d mentioned in my blog last week, and so that’s what we did.

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The players took about half an hour to create some player characters for the evening (yes, the character generation system is really that simple!, other than making some choices in terms of Skills and Perks), and once they’d finished that, we got down to it. The player characters were:

Dr. Andrea Jones (KathyB) – An ER Doctor
Helena Cross (Angela) – Roller Derby Girl
Maggie Armstrong (Ellie) – Runaway
Sgt. Jonathan Harper (DavidM) – NYPD Cop
Alexander Copeland (Mark) – Artist

As mentioned in the previous post about this, adventures for the Torg Eternity RPG are divided down into Acts and then Scenes. The adventure is one that I’m working on, with the tentative title “A Day at the Zoo” and is set on Day 1 of the invasion in New York City.

Suffice it to say that the players had a terrific time, though we were missing the Drama Deck, Destiny Deck, and Cosm Deck, but I compromised for that element in certain ways, giving out extra Possibilities and at times giving the players the equivalent of the cards. DavidM (unsurprisingly with the cop) and Angela (surprisingly with tools that she snatched up) were the combat saviours for the group, while Mark’s artist surprised the others with his martial arts flair. I thought that Ellie might be at a bit of a disadvantage with her runaway, but she proved to be the most adept in the final Act bits, and the characters were really quite solid in how they got together at the zoo and worked well when they had to.

The way things stand right now, the Act One material needs a bit of additional text here and there, and I may have to weaken the opposition a bit, but overall is pretty solid. The Act Two material is still much rougher, and needs to be tidied up, have a couple of scenes re-written, and the final two scenes tidied up with some game mechanics added and specified.

The players were pretty happy with the way the playtest of the scenario for Torg Eternity went, and so was I. DavidM and Mark, who have never played Torg in any incarnation, were really thrilled with the game, and loved the simpleness of the game mechanics, though it did take them a bit of time to adjust to the idea of consulting the Bonus Table after rolling the d20.

I’m looking forward to running Torg Eternity when the game comes out, but have to say that I’m looking forward to next week. The players suggested we get back to the Coriolis – The Third Horizon scenario! πŸ™‚

A Meme of 40+ Questions July 29, 2017

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July 29th, 2016
A Meme of 40+ Qs

Jul. 29th, 2016 at 11:49 AM

It’s time for a meme. Haven’t done one of these in age. I grabbed this one off my friend, last year, and thought I’d see if any of my answers have changed over the year.

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Yes, but I don’t eat it a lot.

2. Have you ever smoked?
Yes, yes I have.

3. Do you own a gun?
No, thank Goddess.

4. What is your favorite flavour?
Cherry.

5. Do you get nervous before Doctor visits?
Pretty much always, but some times less nervous than others. Hate dentists most of all.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
I like ’em, especially in wurst salad. πŸ™‚

7. Favorite Movie?
Kiss Me Deadly. Surprised, huh? πŸ™‚

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Water.

9. Do you do push ups?
Push-ups? Haven’t done push-ups since I developed serious arthritis. With my left shoulder the mess that it is now, not likely today.

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
Don’t have one.

11. Favorite hobby?
Reading. Roleplaying games. Music, both listening to and playing guitar. In no particular order.

12. Do you have A.D.D.?
Nope.

13. What’s the one thing you dislike about yourself?
My somewhat bad temper (inherited from my dad, I hear).

14. What is your middle name?
Michael.

15. Name three thoughts at this moment…
So many books to read, so little time, Why am I doing this meme again?, What to do for lunch today?

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Water, herbal tea (mint or chai), and decaf coffee.

17. Current worry?
Health concern that I’m not going to discuss here.

18. Current annoyance right now?
Finding money to fix the ceiling fan in my bedroom. Still.

19. Favorite place to be?
At home.

20. How do you ring in the new year?
I have friends over (or go over to friends), socialise, maybe do some roleplaying, go home, hit the bed.

21. Where would you like to go?
Two places in particular: Thailand, Australia.

22. Name three people who will complete this?
I really don’t have a clue.

23. Do you own slippers?
I used to. Not now.

24. What colour shirt are you wearing right now?
I’m not. Still in my pyjamas. πŸ™‚

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Never having slept on satin sheets, I can’t say.

26. Can you whistle?
Yep.

27. What are your favorite colours?
Sunset orange, light brown or beige.

28. Would you be a pirate?
While I’d love to be a pirate, I don’t think I’m cut out for it. So, no, I don’t think so.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Mostly Jethro Tull stuff. πŸ™‚

30. Favorite girls name?
Isabella.

31. Favorite boys name?
Alexander.

32. What’s in your pocket right now?
Nothing. I’m in my pyjamas, like I said.

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
A joke about Donald Trump’s current political situation.

34. Best toy as a child?
Some Fireball XL-5 toys. πŸ™‚

35. Worst injury you ever had?
Smashed left ankle (playing hockey; required surgery).

36. Where would you love to live?
Definitely Paris. Maybe Seattle. But Ottawa’s a pretty decent city to live in as well.

37. How many TVs do you have?
One. Isn’t that enough?

38. Who is your loudest friend?
Not something I want to answer here.

39. How many dogs do you have?
None. I’m allergic to them.

40. Does someone trust you?
Yes.

41. What book are you reading at the moment?
Crashland by Sean Williams.

42. What’s your favorite candy?
Toffee. (Don’t eat it much, though. Diabetes and bad for the teeth.)

43. What’s your favorite sports team?
Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Also love the Arsenal Gunners of the English Premier League. πŸ™‚

44. Favourite month? May.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming July 28, 2017

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Another Friday, another gaming night. πŸ™‚

I spoke to the Friday night players last night, and they said they really want to play a game this evening, but they weren’t picky as to whether it would be a roleplaying game or a board game. Since I’m feeling all right, except for the arm and shoulder business and some pains and problems with my feet, I told them this morning in e-mail that gaming was on for tonight.

I’m not sure whether I want to play a board game or do some roleplaying game stuff tonight, but I’ll see what the players’ tastes are for the evening when they arrive, and we’ll roll from there.

In the meantime, I need to make some supper. Not sure what to eat either, but it will involve some pasta as the grain.

Have a good night, folks.

Physiotherapy Appointment Snafu July 27, 2017

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I was scheduled to have my physiotherapy assessment appointment today.

The appointment has been cancelled, but the good news is that it’s been rescheduled for next Thursday. No reason given for the re-scheduling other than they’re very busy with clients today.

The bad news is that my shoulder is just getting worse.

Three Weeks Away July 25, 2017

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Oh. My. Goddess.

It’s July 25th. I’ve just realised that I leave for GenCon Indy in exactly three weeks!!! Goddess, where does the time fly??? So much stuff to do and get done before leaving for Indy.

Eeek!!

Winter of the World RPG Book Has Finally Arrived! July 24, 2017

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Morvan Morlanhal! (Morvan shall rise!)

Hail, hail, my copy of Michael Scott Rohan’s The Winter of the World RPG book has finally arrived! πŸ™‚

This ice age fantasy RPG based on author Michael Scott Rohan‘s six book series (starting with The Anvil of Ice) is a roleplaying game I’ve been waiting forever for, and the good folks at Cakebread & Walton (sold through DriveThruRPG in PoD format) have finally delivered on the game.

I placed my order with DriveThru a while back, and was actually wondering if I was going to have to find a copy of the game at this year’s GenCon 50, but the copy of the book is here in my hot hands at last!! Hooray!!

The one regret that I have with the game is that the game stats use the One Dice system developed by C&W, but is also dual-statted for D&D v5 (boo! hiss!) Waste of paper space, if you ask me.

Sunday Testing of Torg Eternity Scenario Material July 24, 2017

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Spent a relatively good afternoon doing some gaming in relation to the Torg Eternity RPG (yes, there’s no colon between the two words as I’ve been typing it all this time).

SteveR told me that he would come over on Sunday to just “do stuff” (and likely get away from his folks and all), but I didn’t really have a plan about what I wanted to do for the afternoon. He arrived at my place, and talked about seeing a movie, but I compromised and said that I’d like to do a quick playtest of a basic scenario idea I’ve got for an adventure for the Torg Eternity game. He was agreeable to that, so that’s what we did.

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Adventures for the Torg Eternity game (and the previous TORG: The Possibility Wars) are divided down into Acts, and then Scenes (but scenes can have other stuff contained within them, and no, I’m not going into this subject here; maybe another blog entry some time). The adventure in question is on Day 1 of the invasion by the various High Lords, and is set at…a zoo. πŸ™‚ I’ve got the basic Act structure and the Scene breakdown for the scenario, but needed to fine tune things a bit.

Anyway, SteveR played one of the characters he’d created with me the week before, and I took the adventure through its paces, making notes here and there about changes that need to be made. Suffice it to say that SteveR had a lot of fun with it, but the Act Two material will need to be somewhat altered from what I’ve got, and there are some minor changes that need to be incorporated into several of the Scenes. The one element that I couldn’t really take into account for the scenario were the Drama, Destiny, and Cosm cards, since I don’t have the Decks as of yet. (I do have the cards in PDF, so have some familiarity with them, and was able to make some notes about using several of the cards in different circumstances and the impact the cards may have on some of the Scenes.)

Overall, it was a really good afternoon of working on some of the kinks in the Torg Eternity scenario that I’m working on. I need to do some re-writing and restructuring of the Act One material first, and then see how the Act Two material shakes out. SteveR seemed to enjoy himself, and I really am finding that I’ve missed running the Torg system in any shape or form. Can’t wait for the new version of the game to come out!