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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! 🙂

A Friday Night of (Board) Gaming IV October 15, 2016

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Last night (Friday night), was spent having an enjoyable evening of board gaming with the Friday night gaming group.

The players all arrived around 7:10 pm for the evening’s gaming. We sat around chatting for a good 20 minutes, since the group has not gotten together in a few weeks, and caught up on life and the world, and then settled in for an evening of board games.

It was decided that we would start out with the new board game that I received in snail mail earlier this week, The Great Dinosaur Rush, and see how things went with that. So that’s what we did.

Started with setting up the gaming table for the evening. Since the board is so small, compared to most other board games that we’ve played recently, it was decided not to open the table up with another leaf or two. Here’s a picture of the game components for The Great Dinosaur Rush. (Sorry for the slightly blurry photo.)

Once set-up of the game was finished, which took a bit of time due to the placing of three (3) dinosaur bones in each hex of the dig site,

we proceeded to get ready to play and went over the game rules. The game was quite a lot of fun, and we all had a pretty good time. Since the game is set for between 2 and 5 players and there were six (6) of us, Ellie teamed up with Mark to play one of the player positions for the game.

I’m not going to go over the game rules here, or any of the stuff that specifically happened in the game, other than to say that my goddaughter played a somewhat explosive game (Dynamiting a couple of times, and thus gaining Notoriety) :), but she lost in the end; the Notoriety cost her points at the end of the game, allowing Angela to take the win. Suffice to say that a good time was had playing the game, though I did lose of course (coming in 3rd overall), and it was quite remarkable to see how things came out in terms of the building of the dinosaurs (which is the really cool part of the game).

We played a second game of The Great Dinosaur Rush before the players decided they wanted to do something else as well, and played a couple of games of Pandemic as well for the night, and a good time was had with that as well.

Overall, it was a nice social evening of board gaming with the Friday night gaming group, and a relaxing evening for the most part. Just what I needed, to be honest.

Some Dominant Species on a Sunday October 10, 2016

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I spent a somewhat relaxing day yesterday.

SteveR came over during the afternoon, and we played a bit of a “test” of the Dominant Species board game. I say “test” in this case, as a two-player game of Dominant Species is possible, but it can be a rather tedious affair at times due to the nature of being a game meant for five or six being played by two players. That said, it was also an opportunity for me to delve into the tactical aspects of the game, and try and see how certain things would work. It’s not like I’ve not played Dominant Species before, but every time I play the game, I often feel like I’ve no idea what I’m doing and no idea what kind of strategy (if any) I’m trying to employ in the game.

I took on the role of the Amphibians (playing Red) and SteveR took on the role of the Birds (playing Black). Here’s how the board started out. (SteveR took all the photos.)

The game went pretty well, and I seemed to be doing better than SteveR for a good chunk of time, but things eventually caught up with me, and he started taking over.

And this is how the final board shaped up after five (iirc) Turns. SteveR beat me, Victory Points wise, by a score of 71 to 65.

Overall, a fun afternoon (if a bit tiring for me), and I got to see some strategy for the game and play around with a few things.

Artwork, Folk Tales, Faerie Tales, Novels, Oh My! October 4, 2016

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Most folks know how fond of books I am.

Well, I received a rather large, heavy load of books in the mail from Amazon today.

In addition to Fran Wilde‘s Cloudbound, I also received the massive art porfolio by Mark Schultz, a book of Swedish folk tales, a book of Swedish faerie tales, a book of Norwegian folk tales, two books of Swedish faerie tales and mythology, a book of Norwedian faerie tales and stories, Garth Nix‘s latest book, Goldenhand, and a copy of Beowulf with annotations.

That should all keep me busy until my shipment of the Trudvang Chronicles RPG arrives sometime in May, huh? NOT! 🙂

Sunday Morning and Duvet Thoughts September 25, 2016

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Had a relatively difficult last couple of days due to stomach and bowel problems, so I spent a relatively quiet afternoon yesterday, and did some reading and working on a couple of gaming ideas I’ve got.

I also managed to pick up a new duvet for those “between seasons” periods of the year, and put that on my bed last night. Here’s a picture of it on the bed. Just the right length on all sides, and quite colourful.

Went to bed last night, and slept like a baby. Toasty warm in the bed. Woke up this morning feeling a lot better, and ready to take on whatever the world has to throw at me today.