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A Board Gaming Wednesday Night February 2, 2017

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Gaming last night with the Wednesday night crew was interesting.

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry, the Wednesday night players had already decided they weren’t going to play any more of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet time travel rpg, as the time travel elements were making their head spin somewhat.

Once the four players of the group arrived at my place around 7:10 pm, we sat down and discussed what we were going to play for the evening. The players are all eager to get down to some play of Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, but since the game is not available to me yet (but will be soon, I hope), they decided to wait on it and play some board games for a few weeks (as necessary).

We started off last night by playing a pair of games of Ticket to Ride: Europe that were a lot of fun, though I came in third in both games due to some poor ticket choice decisions on my part, and bad luck with a couple of blocked routes and a few “contested” spots. Ah, well.

With only a couple of hours left for the evening’s play, we set up the Dragonriders of Pern game from Mayfair Games, and had a good time of it. Donna and Kendall got a bit too involved in the making deals with Holders and other Weyr personnel to the detriment of their fighting Thread, but we managed to hold our own (no pun intended), and agreed that there was no clear cut winner by the end of the two hours or so of gaming.

Overall, a fun evening of gaming that went by rather quickly (or so it seemed), and David and Donna told me when the evening was over that it was a fun time compared to the last couple of rpg sessions that we had done. Kendall kept her own counsel on the evening’s play, but Crystal said that she’d had a lot of fun (though lost badly in one of the TtR: Europe games).

No idea what we’ll do gaming-wise in a couple of weeks. I guess that depends on snail mail. 🙂

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Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming February 1, 2017

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It’s Wednesday night, so time for some regularly scheduled gaming on this second alternate week.

This is the first Wednesday night of gaming for the group since they made the unanimous decision that they didn’t want to continue on with the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet campaign that I was running. I’m not sure what we’ll be doing gaming-wise this evening, as I’m not really ready to run anything…and the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game books haven’t shipped out yet. So we’ll see what the players want to do for gaming this evening.

In the meantime, I need to head upstairs and make some supper. Not sure what I’ll be eating this evening yet.

Have a good night, folks.

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Gaming Is Off For Tonight (Wednesday) January 18, 2017

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The roads outside today are pretty slippery and slick, due to the freezing rain and drizzle that’s been going on here in Ottawa on and off for the last few days.

As a result, the Wednesday night gaming group has decided that they’ll be foregoing tonight’s game session since they just don’t want to risk driving out there this evening. I can understand that.

While I’m sad that we’re not gaming this evening, it’s a blessing in another way. The Wednesday night players informed me that while they’re enjoying the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet game, they don’t want to play it any longer due to the headaches that the time travel elements are giving them. I’m okay with this, since the game is not for everyone. Just means having to figure out what to run in its place, or whether to play board games, while waiting for the Coriolis – The Third Horizon to ship and then arrive.

Wednesday Night Game Report – Continuum RPG Session 3 January 5, 2017

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Last night, the Wednesday night gaming group met up for their regularly scheduled game session. This was the first game session of the new year. They continued on with the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet RPG. Here are the game session notes. You can read about the previous session of the game by following the link. This blog entry is relatively long, so I’ve decided to put it behind a cut so that folks who don’t want to read any detailed rpg posts don’t have to do so.

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CHARACTERS:

Kiera Marshall (Donna Winston) – Registered Nurse
Michael Randolph (David Winston) – Archaeology Professor
Samantha Aridanes (Kendall Scott) – Language Student
Maureen (Minnie) Bronstein (Crystal White) – Bookstore Clerk

Thursday, May 10th, 2001 AD (Level)

At Giuseppe’s, Samantha Aridanes is the last to arrive, and therefore she ends up footing the bill for supper. Simon Jesser, their chrony, comments that it’s ironic that the poor language student is the one who has to pay for supper this night, and Michael Randolph tells the others that he’ll foot the bill. Jaana informs him that he will not, as it’s Samantha’s “duty” to do so. Samantha agrees, as she was the last to arrive at Giuseppe’s, and her mentor nods approvingly.

Over the course of dinner, being careful about being heard discussing the subject, the spanners discuss the nature of Frag(mentation) to the limits that Span Ones can understand the term, and Jaana explains that the frag in this case can only be remove through the use of hypnosis, which she will take care of when they return to the Corner. The player characters and their chronies enjoy the rest of the meal in peace, although Kiera has the strangest feeling that they’re being observed. Jaana tells her that they are, but doesn’t elaborate on the point. After dinner, the characters head back for the corner so that Jaana can take care of the matter of Samantha and Maureen’s frag. The various characters retired for the night.

The next morning dawned bright and clear, though the threat of snow was in the air. Maureen joked about spanning Up to find out how much snow would fall and then report back to the characters, but Simon admonished her desire as being “petty”. Jaana chided him, and told Maureen that she could do so if she wished. She did, spanning Up, and then returned to inform the chronies that there was going to be 10 centimeters of snow. At Jaana’s look, she jotted down some notes in her spanbook. The player chronies who needed to head to work and their day routines did so, and as Kiera grabbed her clean nurse’s uniform to take with her to work, she noticed that there was a second nurse’s uniform, also hers, in the cupboard – but this one had blood on it. A small piece of paper was in the jacket pocket, and the curious Kiera took the note out and read it:

“A taste of what’s to come, sad to say. You’ll thank me for it, later. Now put the note back!” -K.

She dutifully put the note back in the pocket, made a quick note in her spanbook, and then headed for the hospital.

The day proceeded uneventfully for the most part for the player chronies. Samantha is going about her business at Carleton University, spending some time in the MacOdrum Library doing research on some ancient dialect of Latin that her supervising professor has referred her to. She is interrupted by the appearance of a dark-haired, 20-something young man wearing casual campus clothes, though she notes that he’s wearing a pair of loafers that don’t seem to fit his wardrobe though she’s not sure why. He asks if she’s Samantha Aridanes, and when she confirms that she is, says that he has a message for her. As he proffers her an envelope, she asks him his name, but he says that’s not important; she refuses to take the note until he tells her his name, and he says that he’s Edward Leftworth. She doesn’t recognise the name[, but he mutters that, “You will.”] When she refuses to take the note until he tells her more, he says that it’s her loss, and steps back around the stacks. She tells him to wait, but when he doesn’t reappear, she goes around the stacks to find he’s not there.

Maureen is going about her normal work day business at Taraquin Books, and heads back to the stockroom at the rear of the structure to get some books to restock the shelves. She is interrupted by the appearance of a dark-haired, 20-something young man wearing casual clothes [but she doesn’t notice he’s wearing a pair of loafers that don’t seem to fit his wardrobe] at the door to the stock room. She tells him he’s not supposed to be there, but he ignores her and asks of she Minnie Bronstein. When she asks who wants to know, and repeats that he’s not supposed to be there, he tells her that he’s got a message for her, and proffers her an envelope. She asks who it’s from, but he ignores her. Her boss, Carol Hayes, calls to her, asking if she’s got the book that the customer is waiting for, and the man, obviously startled, moves out of the storeroom. Grabbing the book, and heading towards the shopfront, Maureen calls out to him, but as she re-enters the shop area proper, there’s no sign of the man or his envelope.

Thursday, May 11th, 2001 AD 3:20:19 pm (Up): Kiera’s work shift at the hospital runs the gamut of the everyday life of a nurse, and is a relatively calm day, without a lot of trauma cases involved. However, at the end of her duty shift, Kiera ran with the others to greet an EMT vehicle that had brought in a shooting victim. She realised immediately who the victim was: Violet Jones, and she was definitely dead…but it was an *older* version of the character! One of the EMTs, Harrison Davis, told her that the woman had been found at the University of Ottawa Archaeology Department’s storeroom around 3:00 pm that afternoon, but that she died on route to the hospital. Kiera notices on the EMT’s log that the Time of Death (ToD) is listed as 05/11/2001/3:16:42.

Thursday, May 11th, 2001 AD 2:58:16 pm (Down): Michael Randolph is having a rough day of it at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Angela Poirier, head of the Archaeology Department, has discovered that someone has stolen two bones of an Ankylosaurus that is being used to teach students the rudiments of fossil structure, and she’s not happy about it. Since it seems that Michael was the last to access the two bones on May 9th, 2001 at 10:45 pm (something that he denies doing), she wants to know what he’s done with them, and is incensed when he tells her he’s got no idea what she’s talking about. They are interrupted by one of the security guards, who tells them that there’s been a shooting in one of the labs of the department. The EMTs are on their way. Angela tells Michael to come with her, and directs the security guard to wait for the EMTs and bring them along when they arrive, and Michael grabs a first aid kit. When they reach the lab, Michael is shocked to recognise the woman lying in a pool of blood in the lab – it is Violet Jones, but an older version of her! As Michael quickly scans about the lab before jotting down a note in his spanbook, he is surprised to see several figures skulking around the corner of one of the lab cabinets – and recognises both Samantha and Kiera [and he makes another note in his spanbook, though it may or may not be relevant]….

Last night’s game session of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet campaign was a lot of fun for me, and highlighted some of the elements of the time travel roleplaying game, although the player characters may not know it (Yet). 🙂 While there was no combat of any kind in this session, the players were dealing with both level (mundane) and temporal issues, the main one of which they realise. There were also some interesting little sub-plots going on as well, and both Donna and Kendall are really curious as to what’s going on with a couple of these elements.

Overall, it was a pleasant and highly enjoyable game session of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet RPG, and a nice way to start gaming for 2017. I’m quite looking forward to the next session of this one.

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming January 4, 2017

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It’s Wednesday night, so time for some gaming on this second alternate week of gaming.

This is the first gaming session of 2017 that I’ll be running, and I’m hoping that this is a sign of good things to come in my gaming this new year. I’ll be continuing the campaign of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet with the Wednesday night gamers this evening. I’m quite looking forward to the game this evening, as per usual, I have no idea what the player characters with the abilities of Gods will do in tonight’s session. 🙂

In the meantime, I need to head upstairs and make some supper. A steak, some basmati rice with green beans, and a small salad, methinks.

Have a good night, folks.

The Afternoon, and Evening Gaming January 4, 2017

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Came home from work, and took it relatively easy, enjoying a leisurely lunch of beef & barley soup, some crackers, and a grilled cheese sandwich with coleslaw.

Watched a couple of episodes of pvr stuff, and then did some vacuuming.

Have spent the latter part of the afternoon reading up on and working out some timeline stuff for this evening’s game of Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet with the Wednesday night group. First roleplaying session of 2017, so really looking forward to that. 🙂

Monday (Boxing Day) Game Session: A Continuum RPG Christmas December 27, 2016

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As mentioned in a couple of other LJ posts, I ran a Christmas themeed game session of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet game with the Friday night gamers yesterday.

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I didn’t run the game as part of any campaign or the like, but rather as a stand-alone Christmas-based game for the players on Boxing Day afternoon. So rather than playing their own player characters, the players played a set of pre-generated characters that fit the scenario, called “Plum Pudding and Other Such…”.

The players arrived at my place relatively on time, due to the inclement weather (freezing rain and rain, with a bit of snow mixed in), and Kathy, Ellie, Angela, DavidM, and Mark were all pretty eager to game on Boxing Day and were looking forward to it. They were joined by Crystal, who also wanted to play (and spend a bit of time with Ellie), but got the surprise of their lives when Nick (Roberts) (!!) joined them as well. He’s in Ottawa visiting family over Christmas, and called me to ask if he’d be able to get into a game, so I was able to oblige him, and it was a nice surprise for the other players. Once everyone renewed their friendships and we’d talked and had a bit of Christmas-y food that Kathy and Angela had brought with them, we got down to gaming.

I’m not going to go into any detail on the plot at all, other than to say the adventure kicked off with Charles Dickens arriving at the player characters’ Victorian era corner on Christmas Eve, asking for help in dealing with a ghost that seems to be haunting him, and that the players loved the adventure itself.

Once I’d gone over the basic rules, explained the Maxims, and refreshed several players on some of the fine points of Continuum RPG play, the players got into their roles as the characters, and had a fine time of it, eventually solving the main problem facing Dickens and ensuring that history followed its proper course insofar as the man and his writing were concerned. Kathy and Nick played their characters, working together and just having fun, as if Nick had never been away, and the characters had some Spanning mishaps along the way that they used to their advantage.

Overall, I had a terrific and fun afternoon’s worth of gaming, and a fun time of running the Christmas scenario for Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet. It was a good time for everyone concerned, and a lovely way to end the gaming year of 2016.

Boxing Day Gaming December 26, 2016

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Seeing as it is the Christmas weekend, the Friday night group doesn’t usually game this weekend, but they like the new tradition that I’ve started the last few years of running Christmas themed game on Boxing Day.

This afternoon, I’ll be running a session of the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet. I’m quite looking forward to gaming this afternoon, and am looking forward to spending some time with friends as well.

Hopefully, I’ll be gaming this this afternoon, as there’s been freezing rain for awhile (and may be continuing as I speak), and the roads are slippery as snot. Haven’t heard from the Friday players yet, so I assume that gaming is one, but have to wait and see.

Gaming Set for Boxing Day December 21, 2016

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Heard some good news from the Friday night gaming group.

I had discussed with the gamers for the Friday night group whether they’d be interested in playing something this year on Boxing Day. The players informed me that they were certainly interested in doing so, since we won’t be doing any other gaming over the holiday season, but they’d let me know this week. Well, I’ve heard from the gaming group.

They will indeed be joining me to play a Christmas-oriented game on Monday, December 26th, 2016. Since I was looking to run a game with a Christmas theme, but I didn’t want to write one for the year, I’ve settled on the game, and the scenario. You’ll find out more about this when I’ve actually run the game (on or around the 27th or so), so be patient! 🙂

However, I’m really looking forward to the game, and hope it’s not snowed out or some such.

Friday Morning Thoughts…Brrrrr!!! December 16, 2016

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Friday morning.

Last day of the work week, and the Friday before the Christmas weekend. It’s a brutally cold day here in the Ottawa valley. As I write this, the temperature outside is a frigid -24oC (that’s -11.2oF for my American friends), and that’s without the wind chill factor.

To add insult to injury, there’s been a problem with the heating system here at work for the last day or so, and I’m sitting here at my desk wearing a sweater and my indoors hoodie. And have already had a hot cup of cinnamon tea already here at the office.

There’s almost no one here today at the office, only around 6 to 10 of my fellow workers, and the Christmas party is at noon today. Should be interesting, to be sure.

The weather forecast for the weekend is pretty dreadful, with a lot of snow and freezing rain over the course of Saturday and Sunday, so I’m not sure how much gaming I’ll be getting in this weekend. That said, I’ve got some stuff I’m working on for the Continuum: Roleplaying in the Yet RPG campaign that I’m running on Wednesday nights, there’s some editing that I’m doing (though I hope for the weekend off from that), and I’m supposed to game with the Friday night group tonight.

Here’s hoping for a calm, relaxed weekend. 🙂