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Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming September 9, 2018

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Getting myself together for this afternoon’s game session with Tammy and SteveR. Feeling under the weather, as I have been for the last week and a half or so, but I really can use the distraction of gaming today so… Just a matter of seeing how functional I’m going to be.

SteveR is going to start the campaign (I hope) of Star Trek Adventures that he’ll be running for the next little while. Not really sure what to expect in the game, so I’m going to try and roll with it and just enjoy myself as a player and not have to worry about running games or getting deep into the rules. I’ll admit there are some rules that he went over with us last week that I’m not crazy about, but I will wait and see how I feel about them when he runs the game.

For now, I’m looking forward to gaming this afternoon, but need to get upstairs and make some lunch before gaming. Something hot, I think, that will ease my throat and chest somewhat.


Sunday Afternoon Game – Star Trek Adventures September 3, 2018

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Yesterday afternoon, SteveR ran the Star Trek Adventures RPG.

Technically. Tammy and I finished off character creation for the game, and then he went through the game rules for the system and then gave us the basic background for the start of the campaign.

I have gone somewhat outside the box for the character that I’m going to play in the game. A while back, SteveR and I tested out the character generation system and I created a Roman character for the game, who’d been found in a stasis chamber of some sort on a word in the Pompeii system. I really wanted to play him, and thus Marcus Claudius Antoninus was born. He’s a Lieutenant Commander and a Conn officer. Should be interesting to see how this character shakes out, especially with the mystery of how he came to be in the Pompeii system!

The rules for the Star Trek Adventures RPG are pretty simple, as the game uses the 2d20 Momentum system, but there appear to be layers to the various rules, almost like peeling away the flesh of an onion and finding more rules beneath. I’m not sure how I feel about them, but we’ll see as the game goes on.

The basic campaign will see my character and Tammy’s doctor serving aboard Picard’s old ship, the U.S.S. Stargazer during the pre-“Generations” movie period, exploring the newly discovered Shackleton Expanse (what seems to be the default campaign area/region for the game). See how that goes.

I’m looking forward to the game, and seeing how narrative the system is. (It’ll be a good learning lesson for me when it comes time for me to get into the John Carter of Mars RPG once it comes out in print.)

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming September 2, 2018

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Tammy is not working today, having done another two weeks of on-call work, so the Sunday gaming group will be gaming this afternoon.

This means that SteveR is going to be running the Star Trek Adventures RPG this afternoon, so I’m rather looking forward to that. We started character generation the last time we gamed, so we should be able to wrap that up today, and perhaps start in on the adventure that he plans to run to start the campaign off. Should be interesting.

In the meantime, I need to shower and get functional for the day.

The Start of September, A New Month September 1, 2018

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It’s the start of September. A new month.

I’m really glad to see the back end of August. While there were a few good things that happened in August, notably gaming-wise, most of August was miserable for me and the end of the month was particularly bad with more bad news health-wise.

While the beginning of September hasn’t been all that much fun, given the heat and humidity today so far, I’m really hoping that September is a good month for me and that I get a chance to do some gaming, some reading, and that my feet and legs get a chance to rest and perhaps start to feel better. On the shoulder front, that’s just a matter of seeing what the physiotherapy does for me.

In the meantime, I’ve spent the afternoon out grocery shopping (though I also bought a set of bed sheets today), and have just taken care of and sent off a contract for a new rpg job that will challenge me for the month.

No gaming last night with the Friday group as it’s their week off, and tomorrow promises to be interesting as SteveR has Tammy and me finish up our player characters for his Star Trek Adventures game. Should be interesting.

Terraforming Mars on a Sunday Afternoon August 26, 2018

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Well, as mentioned earlier today, Tammy wasn’t able to make it for gaming as she was on-call again for work, so SteveR and I had arranged that we’d play another game of Terraforming Mars again today.


Once SteveR arrived at my house, we sat down and set up the game for play. I tried a variant of the game, in that I wanted to get ready to play with a named corporation, so rather than play the Beginner Corporation game as stated, we started with 4 Project cards that had to be bought for the regular price, rather than the 10 cards that we got for free. It made for a decent game, to be sure, and was much closer to a regular game than a beginner game.

As you can see from the two pictures above, I got off to a slow start, and by the end of the 3rd Generation, the score for Victory Points was still pretty tight, but I was losing. The Project cards in my hands were all pretty expensive ones, there was no pattern that I could discern in the cards (like I said, I’m still relatively new at playing this game), though I’d already put a city on the gamp as well as two Greeneries.

By the end of Generation 11, I needn’t have worried. Not only had SteveR and I terraformed Mars, but I pulled out a 63 to 57 point victory in the game. It was all the green tiles that I had around my cities that made the difference, and to be honest, the game was a close one all the way through. That said, the important part was that we terraformed Mars! This was the first time since I’ve played the game that we accomplished that feat before we had to stop gaming for the day, so I’m really pleased about that result.

Terraforming Mars is such a fun game, even at this still early stage of playing the game for me. I love the decisions that have to be made, I love the way things turn out, and I love how the game plays. It doesn’t feel competitive to me, even though it does have quite a few (conflict) elements to it, but it has a large, cooperative overview that one has to see. It’s a game that I really like, and I don’t see myself getting tired of it. Not that I get to play it as often as I like, but who knows what the future holds? Definitely play this board game if you get the chance. 🙂

Board Gaming for the Sunday August 26, 2018

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I won’t be gaming this afternoon, sort of.

Tammy is still on-call this weekend, so SteveR won’t be able to finish creating the player characters with her and me for the Star Trek Adventures RPG. So no roleplaying games for the day.

That said, SteveR is coming over this afternoon, and we’ll be playing some more Terraforming Mars today, so looking forward to that.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming August 12, 2018

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And so another morning that was a bit rough in terms of digestion issues and bowel stuff. So, what else is new these days? *sigh*

I’m getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The group will be continuing their Torg Eternity game in the Cyberpapacy, which I’m looking forward to. The players will be wrapping up their second adventure of the game, and then SteveR will be starting Tammy and me into character generation for the Star Trek Adventures game system. Looking forward to it – ’cause I get to play! Yay! – though I hope SteveR runs more than just the character creation session of a game this time.

Anyway, I need to go upstairs and see what I can make for lunch. Possibly a sandwich and some soup (yes, regardless of the heat outside).

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

Sunday Board Gaming – Terraforming Mars July 29, 2018

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As mentioned earlier today, Tammy couldn’t make it out for gaming as she was on-call this weekend for her day job, so SteveR and I had decided we were going to play another game of Terraforming Mars this afternoon.


SteveR came over in the early afternoon, and after a bit of snackage (okay, I had a late lunch!) we got down to gaming Terraforming Mars. Set-up for the game today was a bit easier, since all the components were more familiar to us, and we got started. Still played as newbies with Beginner Corporations, but I’d had a chance to read the rules booklet through a couple of times this week, and we started in on the game using the proper rules for certain things this time around.

Anyway, we played a 2-player 3+ hours game of Terraforming Mars today. Right off the bat, I couldn’t get into a decent strategy as the cards I was getting just didn’t give me any type of personal goals that I could work towards or common themes that I could see. (Obviously, need to play more games of this!) I did my best to play to the energy sector (since that was where my strength seemed to lie), but soon realised that wasn’t going to help me in terms of furthering plans to terraform Mars (other than heat production, thereby raising planetary temperature) and get some steel and titanium into decent production. I managed a few things through the middle of our game, and started to make some headway in terms of plants and the like, but by then the game wrapped up.

We didn’t finish the game, but it did have some good moments. We managed to play 9 or 10 Generations of the game. We didn’t succeed at planetary objectives (though came close with oxygen), but had 15 steps on temperature to go and 5 ocean tiles to lay. I lost on Victory Points 46 to 43, so didn’t have a bad game, but I was sorry that we didn’t manage to terraform Mars. 😦

Overall, though, a fun game, but one that I felt very frustrated about for most of the afternoon in some ways.

Sunday Board Gaming – Terraforming Mars July 23, 2018

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Well, as I mentioned yesterday, since Tammy was off working on-call for her job, there was no roleplaying game session. Instead, SteveR came over and we played a game of Terraforming Mars. I’ve only played a game or two of the game, and have never cracked open the game box that I had bought around a year or so (maybe? Can’t remember when I bought it. Too much else on the go.).

Learning a new game is always somewhat tough, so SteveR and I went through the basic set-up of the game and then learned the mechanics through actual play and consulting the little book of rules. We each started with a Beginner Corporation and played from there, managing three Generations of the game before time was up for the afternoon. Here are some pics from the day’s gaming:

Overall, had a lot of fun learning the game, though it was also frustrating at times. Lots of cards in play, and as you can see, even with a 2-player game there just wasn’t enough room at the game table. On top of that, learned we got at least 2 of the rules wrong. One of them is pretty obvious from the table of play, so can you spot it? The other rule had to do with Actions during the Generations.

Still, a fun afternoon and can’t wait to play the game again. 🙂

Seven Days to CanGames 2018 – Come and Play! :) May 11, 2018

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Geez, it’s the Friday before CanGames already.

This means that the 2018 edition of CanGames, the local Ottawa gaming convention being held at the Rideau Curling Club, is merely seven (7) (!!) days away, as it begins on Friday (the 18th of May). Hope to see folks from Ottawa and the surroundings, as well as folks from farther away, attending the convention.

And here’s just a reminder of what I’ll be running this year at CanGames.

Day 1: The Living Land
Game: Torg Eternity RPG
Time: Friday, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: Six innocent strangers are transformed into heroes as an invading reality crashes down around them. They must work together to survive the strange and terrifying world that now surrounds them; a world of dinosaurs & death where once reliable machines no longer function. A Storm is coming…and it has a name!

The Diplomats of Mars
Game: John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game
Time: Saturday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: A simple, diplomatic mission to the small Red Martian kingdom of Voninka turns into a matter of survival and getting back to Helium alive! You’ll have to abandon fine words and the arts of diplomacy for a sword and a radium pistol. Are you up to the challenge? An adventure for the new John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game.

The Tears of Ampharool
Game: Capharnaum – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG
Time: Saturday, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: While travelling through the Desert of Fire, your caravan is surrounded by a great sandstorm and attacked by mysterious, perhaps ghostly assailants… After the storm, the characters see a fabulous palace above the sands, and the promise of adventure. And that’s just the beginning! Capharnaum – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked is a fantasy rpg set in an imaginary Arabia-like world, that borrows from the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights, as well as semitic legends and the ancient and mediaeval epics. Flamboyant and mythical, filled with light and thrilling adventure!

The Burden of Glory
Game: Torg Eternity RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: The Delphi Council has located a stela and dispatched Storm Knights to uproot it and restore a zone to Core Earth. Along the way, a new opportunity tempts your team. Could anything be more important than pushing back the High Lords? (Note that this is an Infiniverse event; the choices players make here impact how the Possibility Wars unfold in the future.)

Hope to see some of my LJ, WordPress, and Twitter friends and others (even some newbies, of course) at some of the games I’ll be running next weekend. 🙂