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Sunday Afternoon Game Report – Torg Eternity, Session 4 June 18, 2018

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The Sunday afternoon gaming group continued play of their Torg Eternity RPG campaign, set in the Cyberpapacy, yesterday. You can read the blog entry on the previous 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:
Jean André Bernard (SteveR) – Unstoppable Cop (Gendarme)
Celeste Dubois (Tammy) – Cyberwitch
Jacques Dumont (GM/NPC) – Realm Runner

April 3rd, 2017

The diesel locomotive departs the Orange train station, the Storm Knights and the prisoners (including their family members) in the prison car, while engineer Fredric Mercier steers them down the track as the train heads for the storm front that borders Paris. The Storm Knights congratulate themselves on their escape, and the saving of their family members, but Jacques Dumont tells them not to be so overconfident – they haven’t escaped quite yet. Jean Andre Bernard pokes his head out of the entrance to the train they used, and spots what appears to be a blue streak of light in the sky, seemingly moving towards them and the car. He is more alarmed to see the cybertrain following after them, several Church Police streetbeaters hanging from the outside of the locomotive and what he thinks might be the troop car. He pops back into the car, and alerts the others to the potential problems outside.

Jacques decides to remain near the prisoners and protect them, while Jean heads for the front of the train car, to make his way through and speak to the engineer. Celeste Dubois comforts her sister, Francine, somewhat, but then prepares to defend the train car. The characters hear the wind rushing around the speeding train, and then an awful crack of a whip that is mixed with lighting sparks, and the area near the car door to the ground is surrounded by a nimbus of blue, crackling energy. A second crack of energy is heard, and once more the train car entry point is filled with the blue, arcing energy. Jacques keeps an eye on the former prisoners, including his wife and son, and then tells the prisoners that he will protect them. Jean continues to make his way towards the front end of the train car. Celeste pokes her head out of the car, and spots what seems to be a glowing blue war angel closing on the car. She fires her Godmeeter at it, but this has no effect, and she thinks it is the range. She decides to wait for it to get closer.

She goes back into the car, just as the creature [called a Host] reaches the train car. There is a rending sound from the front of the car, and what appears to be blue laser or lightsaber light can be seen cutting its way into the roof of the car, the angel of war using its hands to tear into the car. Jacques fires up at the creature with his pistol, but it has no effect as it seems to bounce off the war angel’s crystal-like armour. Celeste decides to try and shoot it with the GodMeeter again, but changes her mind at the last moment. Instead, she casts a spell that is able to reduce the creature’s Dexterity (and all related skills) [she rolled really well, and spent a Hero Card, for a Good success]. The war angel continues its task, and tears open the roof using the hole it made, like a can opener with a can of sardines. As it attempts to strike down into the train car, Jean (nearing the front of the car) is almost struck, but dodges away just in time. Jacques moves back to guard the Ord prisoners, since his gun will have no effect on the war angel. Celeste takes a shot at the creature with her Godmeeter, but the shot strikes wide, hitting the train car roof near the creature.

And at that moment, the train passes into the [Reality] storm front. The reality switches from the Cyberpapacy to that of Core Earth, and unsupported by the Axioms, the war angel disconnects and must flee back into the storm to escape. Returning to the car entrance, Jean sees that the cybertrain has stopped in the storm (perhaps it has disconnected?), leaving the Church Police frantically pounding the air with their fists in frustration. As the diesel train continues on its way, a ghostly, musical voice [that of the Host war angel] is heard by them all:

“We know who you are. We do not forget. As the Church spreads, we shall find you. The storm knows your name.”

A couple of hours later, the diesel train pulls into Paris. A Paris which seems to still retain the reality of Core Earth. [It’s a hardpoint]. Word of the heroes’ actions spread, and the people treat the player characters as heroes for their actions this day.

Sunday afternoon’s game session of the Torg Eternity campaign wrapped up the first adventure for the players, and I thought it went very well. The game session only lasted about 1-1/2 hours, since it was the final scene of the adventure. The players decided not to start a new adventure, since Tammy is going to be on-call for work for the next two weeks. We spent the last couple of hours of the gaming session playing some board games, specifically Ticket to Ride Legendary Asia, and that was fun (I won the second game after coming in a dismal third in the first game). Since I had to eat an early supper prior to going to the hospital for an MRI that night, SteveR and Tammy didn’t stick around for too long. Tammy told me she’d had a lot of fun with the adventure, as there was a lot of action and “I got to shoot things” (her words). SteveR wasn’t all that commital, but did say that he enjoyed himself, so I guess that’s a good thing. 🙂

As mentioned, I won’t be playing with the Sunday afternoon group for around two or three weeks, so I just have to be patient before I can continue the campaign with SteveR and Tammy in the Cyberpapacy. 🙂

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It Shall Be Mine Again! June 18, 2018

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It shall be mine again!

One of the games that I lost during the fire my dwelling suffered back in the early 1990s was the copy of SPI’s John Carter: Warlord of Mars. The game first came out in 1979, and being the John Carter fan that I was, I snagged the game as soon as I got my hands on it at the local gaming store in Montreal.

I played the game whenever I could, but there weren’t a lot of John Carter/Barsoom fans that I knew of back in those days, so I didn’t get to play the game all that often. Then came the fire, and the loss of the game. I looked for it after the fire over the years in various places, but the costs and the condition of the game discouraged me from buying it again, and I despaired of ever finding the game again at a decent price. So imagine my surprise when I got a notice from Noble Knight Games, saying they had a couple of copies of the game come in.

Anyway, long story short: My credit card is hurting bad right now, but I’ve ordered one of the two copies of the game! Soon, the incomparable Dejah Thoris will be– ah, never mind. Suffice to say, I’m really looking forward to getting the copy of the game again, though I’ve got to hope that the game is really complete (as the NK blurb said it was). Will report back on this when the game is mine again.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming, and MRI Stuff June 17, 2018

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Had a bit of a rough morning today, but feeling much better now.

I’m getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The plan is that they’ll wrap up the first, introductory adventure for Torg Eternity today, which should take between 10 minutes and 2 hours, but rather than starting another adventure (since Tammy is going on call for the next two weeks) we’ll wrap up the afternoon with some board games, probably Ticket To Ride of some sort.

I’ve got my MRI of the left shoulder scheduled for this evening at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) around 8:15 pm, so the early evening will be spent relaxing and having an early supper (for me, anyway).

Have a good afternoon (and evening), folks. 🙂

International Tabletop Day April 28, 2018

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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! 🙂

Friday Gaming Session, Sort of March 2, 2018

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I’m gaming tonight, sort of.

The Friday gaming group is taking some time off to deal with the death of DavidM, but I spoke to Kathy today and she said that she and Ellie would like to come over this evening and do some gaming. Ellie needs a distraction from DavidM’s death, and gaming is a good “therapy” for all concerned.

Since I know that Ellie’s been jonesing to play some Torg Eternity RPG, that’s what we’ll probably do a bit of this evening. I’ve got a couple of scenario basics that I want to test out and see whether the premises that I’ve come up with work, but we’ll see what happens tonight.

In any event, I’m looking forward to seeing them, and hopefully doing some gaming with them this evening.

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming September 13, 2017

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Getting ready for an evening of gaming with the Wednesday night group.

This will be the first time that the Wednesday night players have gamed in some time (since the middle of June, in fact), as they took the summer off. I don’t know what we’ll be playing this evening, but I suspect they’ll want to play a board game of some sort, rather than rpgs, so as to transition back into gaming somewhat. I do know that Donna has expressed an interest in seeing some of The Dark Eye RPG gaming materials, so that will likely happen after gaming tonight.

Looking forward to playing with the Wednesday nighters once again! 🙂

In the meantime, I need to make some supper.

Have a good evening, folks.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming September 8, 2017

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Getting ready for an evening of gaming with the Friday night group.

Not sure what the players want to do yet tonight, but there’s a strong interest in the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign, as they were having quite a bit of fun with it. So I’ve spent a bit of the afternoon refreshing myself on the system and the campaign scenario they’re playing to this point.

Looking forward to whatever the players decide to play this evening.

In the meantime, I need to figure out what to do for supper tonight.

Have a good evening, folks.

GenCon 2017, The Loot! September 6, 2017

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Finally, as promised, here are some thoughts with lots of photos of the stuff that I bought down at GenCon Indy (what is affectionately called “the loot”). Lots of photos in this one. 🙂 To read the report on my final thoughts of GenCon 2017, check out this journal entry.

September 4th, 2017

In terms of the stuff that I bought at GenCon, well… I went down to GenCon hoping to find certain products in the Exhibit Hall. I’ve not posted an overview photo of all the stuff that I purchased in Indy, because that wouldn’t do it justice, to be honest. So let’s start in on this stuff…

One of the first things I wanted to pick up at GenCon 2017 was a new set of dice to use with the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG. I was looking for something Arabian Nights themed or something with a scarab on them (since the game uses scarabs in a very interesting way in the rulebook and the various supplements). I was pretty pleased with these six-sided beauties. And the scarab glows in the dark!


6-sided scarab dice

Something else that I wanted to pick up at GenCon, well, I needed to since I was going to be running “The Dying Ship” scenario for Coriolis – The Third Horizon there twice, was the adventure itself and Fria Ligan/Free League Publishing kindly agreed to supply me with a rulebook and GM Screen for my use as well, through the good folks at Modiphius Entertainment. Here’s a photo of that game material.

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The Dying Ship adventure


The Coriolis – The Third Horizon stuff gifted me

As mentioned, I went by the Ulisses Spiele NA booth in the hopes of finding some material for the Torg Eternity RPG, but they had nothing available on the Thursday, though I was told that some dice and some t-shirts would be in on the Friday and Saturday. However, the other thing I went looking for at the convention was The Dark Eye RPG, since it actually sounded very cool and I’d heard some good things about it. The lovely Mhàire Stritter at the Ulisses Spiele NA booth told me some of the strengths and weaknesses of The Dark Eye RPG, and I was sold on the game, and bought a whole stack of stuff.


The Dark Eye RPG haul of books

For those interested, I’ve got the Quick-Start Rules, the Core Rules, the GM Screen (with the Inns and Taverns book), the Aventuria Almanac, the Aventuria Bestiary, Arivor’s Doom (scenario), The White Lake (scenario), Witch’s Dance and The Thorwal Drum (both Heroic Works scenarios), and several issues of the Aventurian Herald (not pictured). So much The Dark Eye goodness, but there were other things there at the booth I would have picked up if I’d been more up on my game knowledge of what was available. *sigh*

As it turned out, the folks at Ulisses Spiele NA got the Torg Eternity dice and the new t-shirt both on the Friday, so I was able to pick up a set of the dice (one to a customer) and the t-shirt. They’re both beautiful.

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Torg Eternity dice set


Torg Eternity t-shirt, front


Torg Eternity t-shirt, back

I also bought a whole bunch of old TORG supplements, as these will give me some additional material to use when running the new Torg Eternity RPG. I was rather pleased to have picked these up, though I worried that the weight would get me in the suitcases, though I needn’t have worried about that.


Old TORG RPG supplements

The filk band (at least I still think of them that way) Water Street Bridge was performing live at the convention, in one of the ICC hallways, and I saw some of their performance there and picked up three of their CDs. Wish I’d picked up the rest.


Three Water Street Bridge CDs

Over at the Stronghold Games booth, I managed to snag a copy of Terraforming Mars and also the supplement for the game, Hellas & Elysium. Lovely stuff.


Terraforming Mars and Hellas & Elysium

Phil Foglio was in the the Exhibit Hall selling stuff in the Author’s area, and I picked up a couple of books from him, the Myth Adventures graphic novel and the first volume of Girl Genius. He was kind enough to sign them for me.


Phil Foglio’s Myth Adventures and Girl Genius, Volume 1

Over at the Third Eye Games booth, I spoke for a bit with Eloy Lasanta, and also picked up the Pip System Core Rules and the Mermaid Adventures game (which uses the same rules). Both of the copies are signed.


Pip System and Mermaid Adventures from Third Eye Games

Also in the Author’s area of the Exhibit Hall, I stopped by Doug Bedwell’s booth and picked up a copy of his humourous sf novel, Robot Captain.


Robot Captain by Doug Bedwell

I also picked up a couple of dice bags that I couldn’t resist, and these will be holding my current gaming dice and some other stuff.


New dice bags and dice purchases

I also picked up a batch of t-shirts and several buttons at GenCon 50 but am not posting pics of them for various reasons.

For the most part, none of the purchases were actually impulse buys, other than a couple of t-shirts, the Phil Foglio books, and maybe one of the dice bags. Overall, I was pretty pleased with my purchases at GenCon 2017 though there were a few things that I wanted to purchase and/or forgot to purchase that I had wanted. But no use crying over spilt milk, as they say. My real regret here was that the folks from Fria Ligan/Free League Publishing (makers of Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis – The Third Horizon and Tales From the Loop) weren’t at the convention this year, so I didn’t get to see them and the fact that there was no Torg Eternity merchandise (other than the dice and t-shirts) available at the convention. No real mock-ups of the game rulebook, though I did see one that Darrell Hayhurst brought to the Ulisses Spiele NA booth to show to people. And I should have picked up a couple of the other things available for The Dark Eye RPG, but didn’t know better. I did ship the initial purchase of The Dark Eye game materials home via FedEx, at what I feel was exorbitant prices, but if I’d waited another day, I could easy have shipped more stuff (though I’m glad I didn’t, given what the charges for the stuff that I did ship home cost).

And that’s it. The last post about GenCon 2017.

Time to get down to some of the reading of all this loot that I got down there. 🙂

As always, thoughts and comments are welcome.

GenCon Blog Posts August 25, 2017

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Folks may have noticed that I’ve not started blogging up my experiences at GenCon 2017 yet this year.

The reason for this is very simple: I didn’t really write any notes about the convention while there, instead tweeting my experiences going to the convention, with various photos of my time there. I had planned to post up the GenCon 2017 blog entries here after I got back from the convention, but the injury I sustained while in Indianapolis has caused some changes in plans since I got back, but be reassured that those blog entries will go up.

All I wanted to say about that in this blog entry.

A Week Until GenCon Indy Starts! August 10, 2017

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Looking at the calendar, I see that today is the 10th of August.

This means that GenCon Indy starts exactly a week today.

Eeek! Where has the time gone? I’ve got so much to do to get ready for the convention before flying down to Indy on Tuesday. Eeek!