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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.

Ambrosia RPG Quickstart Has Arrived June 7, 2017

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Been waiting for it for a while, but have finally received my copy of the hardcover Ambrosia: A Gathering of Souls, the English Quickstart book for the Ambrosia RPG. (The link above is to a YouTube video review of the book.)

Deep in our collective memory, hidden by mistakes of forgetfulness, lies a world that balances on that fine edge between sleep and awakening. A world that appears to come from a painting by Jheronimus Bosch or Pieter Brueghel, a world of gods and monsters. This is the world of Ambrosia, a unique role-playing game inspired by the history and folklore of the Low Countries. Ambrosia is based on a relatively low fantasy setting. The game offers a combination of political game and classical adventures, where conflicts in the court can be as deadly as a direct confrontation with a monster-like creature of forgotten times.

The hardcover Quickstart book (it’s available in other formats at DriveThruRPG by following the link) is a beautiful book that is 78 pages in length, and has solid, but manageable, cardstock paper, beautiful art (as seen above), and is about half preview of the rules and a little over half the adventure itself, “A Gathering of Souls”. I’m not going to spoil the adventure for would-be players, but will say that it’s highly evocative of the setting, the writing and editing are pretty good (though there are a few glitches to my editorial eye), but overall this is one snappy looking, well thought out Quickstarter book.

If what I’ve said and the two graphics above intrigue you, take a look at the game through the link I’ve posted above.

Leave Your World Behind, Again June 4, 2017

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“The time has come,” the walrus said, or something like that.

Once upon a time, in something like late 1982 or perhaps the 1984/1985 period (I can barely remember some of that time, and in my weakened state right now, well…) there was a really cool science fantasy (though I preferred to think of it as science fiction) roleplaying game called SkyRealms of Jorune. It was a very alien world, and had a great motto for the time: Leave Your World Behind.

Well, it’s time for me to Leave My World Behind, Again (to paraphrase somewhat). While I dearly love the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, I’ve had a hankering for a while to go back to Jorune, to experience some of that sheer alien-ness again, and while I’ll continue to run Coriolis as well, I think SkyRealms of Jorune is that “other” science fiction rpg that I want to run.

So with the help of SteveR today, I have taken all the Jorune goodness out of my gaming/books storage cupboard, and have now but to peruse them again.

Can’t wait to revisit Jorune…soon.

Dice to Go, Version 2 May 17, 2017

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As a general rule, when I go to the local gaming convention here in Ottawa, CanGames, I try to take dice and provide for the folks playing in any of the games I run. Well, this year is no exception.

I have one of these very nice wooden, 10″ dice trays that I purchased years ago from Koplow Games (which they still sell, though not on-line), and that’s what I take with me every year for CanGames.

And well… it’s ready to go for this year. Dice to go! 🙂

Book Stacks Arrived (and a CD) March 7, 2017

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One of the things I’ve always said is that I’m quite likely to die with a stack of books that I won’t have read left behind.

Here’s proof of this. This load of books arrived in snail mail yesterday, Monday the 6th.

And here’s the second batch of books that was waiting at my door when I got home this afternoon. (There was also a Delta Goodrem CD with this package, but you can’t make that one out too well.)

I’m glad to have received the books, now just gotta find time to read them all. 🙂

Icon Deck for Coriolis RPG February 12, 2017

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For those who are interested, here is a photo of the unpacked Icon Deck for the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG.

Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Goodies Arrive! February 10, 2017

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It has been an interesting day.

But today (Friday) has been made much better by the arrival of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Kickstarter pledge materials via courier. It is everything I could have hoped for, and some more.

There is a Darkness coming to my roleplaying game table soon, a Darkness Between the Stars…and it’s coming for you. ::evil g::

A Wintery Monday December 12, 2016

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It’s a very snowy day here in Ottawa.

The snow started last night around 5:00 pm or so, but wasn’t too heavy, though that intensified over the course of the night. A lot of snow on the ground now, and more is expected between now and the lunch hour. Here’s the view outside my window about 10 minutes ago.

I took one look out the window, and decided that I was going to work from home today. Since I had heard about the potential for this weathery set of events on Friday, I had planned for this. Turns out to be a good decision, as a lot of folks at the office called in sick today.

So I’m nice and toasty here at home, and am working away diligently on office stuff. I’ve also got a couple of loads of laundry I need to do as well, and have to change the bed linens. Also trying to figure out how I’m going to get the garbage out tonight, though.

A Sunday Afternoon of The Great Dinosaur Rush October 24, 2016

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Had a decent afternoon yesterday, playing board games with the Sunday gaming group. Didn’t have a lot of success playing yesterday, but such is life.

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and Tammy arrived at my place around 12:45 pm. We sat around and chatted for about 20 minutes or so, and then got down to some board gaming. It was decided that we would play some more The Great Dinosaur Rush for the afternoon. (I took some photos of some the dinosaur creations during the Build Phase, so you can check those out below.)

Once we set up the game board and sorted all the materials for the game, we got down to it. The first game finished up with the following scores.

Tammy 140
SteveR 131
JohnK 78

I played the first Turn’s Field Phases pretty badly, making the mistake of thinking I could take Tammy on in a hunt for the blue dinosaur bones, but she completely outmanoeuvered me in this respect (and the fact that she went first at the start of the game didn’t help me). I couldn’t finish off the Triceratops Dinosaur Bonus card, and finished off with too much Notoriety when all was said and done.

The second game of the afternoon, saw the following scores.

Tammy 139
SteveR 92
JohnK 158

In this second game, I went first at the start of the game, and did a good job all through the game, managing to complete 5 Dinosaur Bonus cards, getting 42 points for those, and also managing to have the second most Notoriety points. Played a decent game, all around.

The third game scores were as follows.

Tammy 99
SteveR 89
JohnK 49

A disastrous game for me. I screwed up completely on the second Turn, and couldn’t finish 3 of the 5 Dinosaur Bonus cards I took because of conflicting limbs or heads in each Build Phase, and couldn’t get enough of the yellow or red dinosaur bones. Add to that I finished with 11 Notoriety points, and that spelled disaster.

Still, I had a fun afternoon of gaming, and really enjoyed myself for the most part. The Great Dinosaur Rush is a board game with a simple set of rules, and is really enjoyable to play. Look forward to gaming this one again, to be sure.

Sunday Afternoon at the Dig Site (Gaming Post) October 17, 2016

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Yesterday afternoon, I spent a rather pleasant session of gaming with the Sunday gaming group.

Since I wasn’t feeling up to running a roleplaying game, it was decided that we would play some board games, although I had specific plans. hehe

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Once the Sunday gaming group showed up, Tammy, and I decided that we’d take the new game that I received, The Great Dinosaur Rush from APE Games, for a play. It was a good decision, and a fun afternoon of gaming. We set up the board game on the table, and got ready to play as I explained the basic rules of the game to the players.

I’m not going to go into the rules here – you can read about them over on the APE Games website – but they’re quite simple, though the most complex (and fun!) part of the game is dinosaur building to mark the close of each game Turn. Suffice it to say that we played a couple of games, and had loads of fun. Here’s some photos that I took during the course of the games. (Sorry for the occasional blurry photo here.)

A humanoid dinosaur, sort of. Or maybe an alien:

One of SteveR’s mistakes early in the first game. An attempt at Monosaurus. He forgot that each dinosaur built had to have two limbs (the red bones):

My first dinosaur build of the game. Rather nice, but a bit wonky in the limbs area:

Here’s the game board near the end of the first Game Turn. Lots of dinosaur bones claimed during the Turn, and the Publicity of the museums got a good workout. :):

A fishy kind of dinosaur, don’t you think:

A winged dinosaur or bird/reptile thing, though I’m not sure it’s by the book and adheres to the dinosaur building rules. Still, fun:

And last, my favourite beastie of the afternoon, Hopalongasaurus!:

There were a couple of glitches with the rules that we had, but those will be easily resolved with the help of the folks at <a href="APE Games. Nothing that interfered with our enjoyment of the game, though.

Oh, and for the record… Tammy won the first game with a wide margin, at 134 points, while I came in second with a somewhat distant 114 points, and SteveR finished with a respectable 93 points. The second game was much tighter, SteveR winning out with a score of 99, Tammy finishing second with a score of 88, and I finished with a tally of 82.

Still, as I said, a really fun and enjoyable afternoon of board gaming and a relaxing time as well. <a href="APE Games has a real winner on their hands with The Great Dinosaur Rush. I’m looking forward to playing many more games of this one!

Oh, and for the (second) record… I *looooooooooooooooovvvvve* meeples! 🙂