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CanGames 2017 Day 2 Report May 25, 2017

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Here’s my report and write-up on the second day of CanGames 2017. You can read the report on CanGames 2017 Day 1 by following the link. This report on the second day of CanGames 2017 is quite long, since I ran two games on this day, but there are no photos of the games or the Saturday at the convention. Naturally, it’s behind the cut for those who aren’t interested.

May 20th, 2017

I woke up on Saturday morning around 8:00 am feeling…sick to my stomach. I didn’t eat enough food on Friday night, and the lack of a balanced diet probably didn’t help. Not to mention the phlegm from my allergies dripping down my throat. When I got out of bed, I was also a bit shaky and still quite tired. Not enough sleep. I tested out my voice, and realized that I was absolutely hoarse and almost at a whispering level. This didn’t augur well for the day, given that I was supposed to run two games at CanGames this day. After breakfast, I felt somewhat better, though I was coughing a bit, the hot food and coffee making me have nasal drip, but the coffee definitely soothed the throat somewhat.

I went downstairs, and continued packing the rest of the gaming stuff up for the day, as well as started on the personal bag, and made a decision for the day: If I couldn’t get the folks at Game Registration to move the Primeval and Tales From the Loop games that I was supposed to run from the main area near Registration (F2) and the kids’ section on the curling sheet (C3) down to the basement level (S1 or S2), where it was relatively quiet, I was going to cancel both games for the day. After finishing most of the packing, I had my shower, luxuriating in the hot water, and that made me feel a bit better, though the allergies/asthma were still very bad. At least my spirits were somewhat better as well. After dressing, I started in on some of the snack food, cutting up some cheese cubes, restocking some of the crackers, and made sure that I added a couple of extra teabags to my tote bag for personal belongings.

SteveR arrived at my place around 11:45 am, and I was feeling rather good at that point, though my voice was ragged, and was looking forward to the games of the day. We packed the car with the gaming stuff and took the food in the decent size cooler that I had recently bought, and then headed over to Subway. About 10 minutes into the drive, I realized I’d forgotten my diabetes pills that I had put in the little pill box that I use, and we went back to the house so I could grab that. Once at Subway, I picked up a turkey sub as per usual with a bottle of water, then it was off to the convention. We arrived at the Rideau Curling Club somewhat later than planned, close to 1 pm. We were both surprised when SteveR was able to find a parking space right across the street from the Rideau Curling Club entrance. The Gods were obviously cracking a smile on us this afternoon! 🙂

SteveR and I unpacked the car, took everything into the Rideau Curling Club venue, and put all the food and gaming stuff into one of the storage lockers on the lower level of the club. While SteveR went to the loo, I went upstairs and checked on the number of gamers for the two games I was running this day. There were no surprises – I still had only two players for the Primeval game in the afternoon, but a second player had signed up for the Tales From the Loop game that I was running that evening. I spoke (such as I could, among all the noise) to the Gaming Registration folks, and was able to change the table assignments for the last three games (I also had Coriolis – The Third Horizon to run on Sunday) from the main floor and curling sheet down to one of the rooms in the basement (nicknamed “The Dungeon”). I saw Tim, and he came over to talk for a couple of minutes, but after I told him that I had lost/was losing my voice, we cut the conversation short.

Since it was now a quarter past one, and I was supposed to run my game of Primeval at 2:00 pm, we sat down on the main level at one of the tables and ate our Subway lunches. I made sure to hydrate myself adequately this time. SteveR helped me get the gaming stuff out of the locker downstairs, and prop it against the wall, since the room I was gaming in (S1) was the Ladies Room (see the previous entry) where the lockers were!! I did a bit of basic set-up for the game, and then headed up at around 1:35 pm to see if I had any more players on the sign-up sheet that the CanGames folks had put out. SteveR also needed to find himself a game to play in. I managed to talk a couple of other folks into playing the game, using the fact that the scenario has the nickname “Dinos On a Zeppelin” as the hook. Worked like a charm, but by close to 2:00 pm, I coudn’t get a sixth player to join in. I was a bit annoyed, but nothing to do but soldier on. I found all the players, and told them that the game had been moved down to the basement level from the assigned table due to my voice.

I descended back down to “The Dungeon”, and most of the players were already there and waiting. The room was pretty small, what with the lockers, but relatively comfortable, though it didn’t have a lot of ventilation and was somewhat dusty. The heat and the dust had me coughing more as phlegm dripped down my throat, and the dry air didn’t help that much, either. This was to plague me for the rest of the convention running the games in the room, but it *was* quiet (though there was some noise always from the game(s) in S2, so that more than made up for things. As I started the Primeval game, it was very warm, but as the evening went on, it became like an oven (at least it felt like that to me).

The Primeval adventure I ran on Saturday afternoon is called “The Dixmude Affair” (though it has a nickname, which is “Dinos On a Zeppelin”), and revolves around the player characters returning from the past through an Anomaly to an altered timeline that seems to hinge on something that occurred in 1923 with the airship Dixmude. The player characters for this scenario are a somewhat slightly altered mix of characters from the early part of the second series of the UK series – Professor Nick Cutter, palaeontologist; Stephen Hart, survival expert and guide; Abby Maitland, animal specialist (herpetologist); Connor Temple, technology geek; Claudia Brown, civil servant; and Captain Tom Ryan, Home Office/SAS man. This scenario is a homegrown one; I’m not going into detail about the plot here (because I’d like to run the adventure at a few other conventions and the like). I will say that the adventure went very well, though I modified a couple of the encounters to better meet the time requirements that I had. Since there were only five players at the table, one of the characters didn’t get played. That was Abby Maitland, which hindered the roleplaying on the part of the Connor Temple player, though I did make sure he got to interact with her several times by mobile phone (and in the final sequence).

Overall, the players had a good time with the adventure, though I was surprised that none of them had seen the Primeval UK tv series, so they really had little grasp of how to play the characters from the show. That worked out all right, since with the write-ups I provided them on the characters, it gave them a bit of leeway in how they played their characters. The fellow playing Nick did a nice job of playing the team leader, and he clashed a couple of times with the “kill the creatures” attitude of the Captain Ryan character, whose player did a great job interacting with the other players and their characters. The fellow playing Connor did his best with the technology aspects of the scenario, and managed to get a few good laughs at times with some of his more humourous comments. The fellow playing Claudia hadn’t seen the series, but he understood her role in the group very well, and kept telling them not to make too much of a mess of the situation they were in. Gary, a friend of mine from past CanGames, played Stephen Hart, and did a good job with him, using his tracking skills, mocking Nick’s approach to dealing with the creatures and the public knowledge of them, and used his combat skills effectively (more so than the fellow playing Captain Ryan). Highlights of the game session included: The look on the faces of the players when they realized the time period of the (standard style of Primeval UK series) Prologue. When the player characters returned to the ARC and were attacked by neo-Nazis with advanced technology. Chasing them saw them encounter the same characters, but French revolutionaries in appearance. My favourite lines of the night were, “I thought she was a neo-Nazi, not a French revolutionary.” – Tom Ryan “That was in the *other* timeline.” – Nick Cutter. The attack by the *censored!* at the *censored!* museum was a lot of fun, and the players experienced Threat markers for the first time. ::evil grin:: The player characters’ encounter with an alternate Helen Cutter, and the Nick player’s reaction to that was priceless. The fight on the airship with the *censored! dinosaurs* that saw a pitched battle on the catwalks and pylons and beams in the upper part of the airship near the rear gasbags was a blast (pun intended!), and just marvellous.

For the most part, I had a good time running the adventure, but felt drained by the end of the session. My voice was whispery and soft by the time we finished up, even with the cups of hot tea and bottles of water I drank. I was out of gas and out of breath at the end. The characters racked up 8 Temporal Damage and 5 Exposure points when it was all done, but that didn’t matter due to the nature of the outcome of the scenario (and no, I’m not explaining what I mean by that!). The players felt very accomplished at the end of the session, and told me that they had really enjoyed the adventure, even if they were confused by some of the plot twists and turns, not to mention the alternate reality elements, but the confusion was good! 🙂 The players told me that they could hear me relatively well, as the room we were in was pretty quiet, so the change in room/table assignments was a good one on my part. The heat and dryness, however, was another matter. I chatted with only a couple of the players after we finished, while I was packing up the game and materials, despite how I was barely talking. One of the players asked me about the Threat rules, and I gave him the basics on those, while Gary talked to me about the time travel elements of the plot, and got the skinny on a couple of the issues pertaining to that.

By the time I finished packing up and all, it was just before 6:00 pm, and SteveR had returned with our supper, a Chinese beef with veggies (actually all bok choy) and (egg) noodles dish. He’d actually finished running his game, “The Chabuli Conspiracy” for the Thousand Suns RPG just before 5:00 pm!!, and had then headed out to get the food for us after relaxing for a few minutes. (You can read about his running of the game from one of the players’ perspectives by reading ‘s blog entry.) I packed the Primeval stuff in the locker in the room and took the stuff out for the game of Tales From the Loop that I would be running that evening. I needed to get out of the hot and dry S1 room for a while, and since I needed to go upstairs and hand in the Primeval game sign-in sheet with the winners of the trophies/certificates anyway, suggested to SteveR that we go upstairs and eat supper at the table where I would have originally run the Tales From the Loop game. He was agreeable, so off and upstairs we went.

The cool air of the upstairs (though also somewhat dry) felt good after being down in “The Dungeon”, and we sat and relaxed over supper which was quite good. But SteveR and I could have split one of those dishes between us, and there would have been a batch of it left over! I managed to scarf down my diabetes meds with some water during supper, and actually drank a whole bottle of water with the meal, just taking the noisy atmosphere of the upstairs area in. I did my best to preserve my voice for the evening session (the food helped a bit with that), but was feeling like a bit of social outcast since I couldn’t really talk casually with my friends and acquaintances during the con, and Saturday at supper was no exception. We finished eating around 6:30 pm or so, and while SteveR took the excess food out to the car, I checked how the sign-up sheet for the game looked and was pleased that I had managed to fill all but one of the five spots for the game. I went back downstairs and started setting up the table for the evening’s game, and once that was done, went back upstairs. I still only had four players for the Tales From the Loop game, but was able to convince a young lady, Heather, to play after I showed her the game blurb (since this game wasn’t in the convention booklet).

Heading back down to “The Dungeon”, I saw that all of the players had arrived for the Tales From the Loop game, and Heather arrived shortly thereafter. I finished the set-up I needed to do, waited until 7:00 pm, and then got the game underway. As for the scenario, well… First off, Tales From the Loop is a roleplaying game based on the artwork of Simon Stalenhag of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts that have arisen because of the Loop. The player characters are Kids aged 9-15 who investigate and solve Mysteries that are connected to the Loop. The game uses the same ruleset as those found in Mutant Year Zero and Coriolis – The Third Horizon, but that are simpler in style and feel. The scenario that I ran for the game, “Summer Break and Killer Birds”, is the first of the adventures found in the main rulebook for the game, and concerns a boring Swedish summer in which a talking bird (or three) leads the Kids into a mystery of sorts and a nefarious plot. The player characters for this adventure include Olof “Olle” Svensson, a sports jock; Anita “Ani” Carlgren, the serious popular girl; Dennis “Turtle” Dahlstrom, a shy computer nerd; Sara Dahlstrom, Turtle’s younger sister and a curious weirdo; and a fifth character of my own creation, Lars “Muscles” Herkusson, a lonely hick. I’m not going into detail about the plot here (because others might run the adventure down the line, and I’d like to run the scenario again sometime!), but will say that the adventure played out really well, and the players seemed to have a fun time of it.

Overall, I did a pretty good job with the adventure despite my voice problems and the fact that I had to dash out of the gaming room at one point because the heat and dust made me feel like I was going to retch. The players commented that they could hear me fine, due to the nice and relatively peaceful quiet despite the game going on in the next room over. The players commented they loved the game setting, the simplicity of the Tales From the Loop game rules and mechanics (“even a child could learn these rules!” as one player put it), and had a good time with the intriguing plot. The players each did a great job playing their Kid characters, Heather doing a superb job with “Muscles” Herkusson, and focusing on his wisdom and knowledge of the outdoors. Gary, again, did a great job with the sports jock, “Olle” Svensson, and got to use his cricket bat at one point during the final sequence. The other players were equally inspired, “Turtle” Dahlstrom’s player playing the computer nerd/geek to a “T” and the player playing his sister, Sara, played her as a 9-year-old for all he was worth. Finally, the fellow playing “Ani” Carlgren was terrific as the popular kid vying for the attention of one of the other characters, while also seeking popularity and doing what it took to get that. Highlights of the adventure were many, but some of the stand-outs included: The Kids tried to track down the *censored*(s), but couldn’t do so. They got distracted by some of the ruins of intriguing items and creations, including a rusted robot head. Facing the mad ornithologist, Mats Tingblad, the characters all took the Scared Condition when they first encountered him chasing birds with an axe. From that point on, they called him “Mad Mats”. Searching the home of another scientist, they encountered his niece, and the debate started by the famous line, “Brother, what does “making whoopie” mean?” felt almost like a whole Abbott and Costello routine. Lots of fun. The final showdown with *censored!* that gave the players a “winner takes all” vibe, and that they ran with, using Luck Points like crazy to accomplish their goals.

By the time we wrapped up for the night, I was feeling down to my last ounce of strength, and to be honest, almost voiceless. While SteveR, who had played in a game during the evening, helped me pack up the gaming materials and foodstuffs for the evening, I answered a few questions from a couple of the players about the Tales From the Loop game. They had enjoyed the game, but were curious about a couple of aspects of the game and some of the artwork intrigued them as well. After the players had all departed, I went about assigning the rankings on the sign-up sheet, which I took up to the Game Registration Desk, and collected my second $5 GM reward token of the convention. I took my blood glucose reading, and it was around 12.9 (again, a sure sign that I had an infection), and I took my insulin shot and then once more had a small, plastic bowl of Cheerios. Packed up and ready to go, SteveR and I took all the bags and the cooler out to the car.

I got back to the house around 11:45 pm, and SteveR helped me bring in the stuff from the gaming day, and then swapped some of the snack food that was left from my new cooler back into his. The adrenalin for the day was gone by this time, and I just had nothing left to give for the night. I made a cup of tea, unpacked one of the three game bags, and then headed for bed. My voice was definitely gone, and I was feeling somewhat sick and thought that I might have gotten the con crud that I was seeing at the convention in my weakened condition. After the tea, I went to bed, but was up for a while with some coughing fits and bad allergy symptoms. I think I fell asleep around 3:00 am or so.

And that’s the wrap-up of Saturday at CanGames 2017. As you can see this entry was a long one, and had a only a couple of photos (and those from the convention program booklet) for the enjoyment of those reading the blog entry. Hope folks enjoyed this journal entry, and if so, please comment with any thoughts you might have on the entry. All I know is I’m just tired from typing this up! 🙂

Wednesday Night Gaming Cancelled May 24, 2017

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In the interest of continuity and all that, I just thought I should point out that I will not be gaming with the Wednesday night group this evening.

In addition to not having much of a voice (just call me the Whispering GM!), the allergies, and the asthma going on at the moment, I’ve also contracted a case of con crud it seems. Will be starting an antibiotic tomorrow, and some recommended other stuff, but for now… Bleh.

I was looking forward to getting back to the Wednesday game campaign of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, but such is not to be the case. I guess the Icons are not smiling down on me for the moment. *sigh*

CanGames 2017 Day 1 Report May 23, 2017

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Since the convention is already one day day over (as I write this blog entry), I figured that I should start posting up the reports on the weekend that was at CanGames 2017 today, while I have the chance. I don’t really know how long and detailed these reports will be, given how ill (see below) I was, the fact that I didn’t see all that much of the convention this year, and I didn’t take all that many notes about the convention events as I usually do. So lots of this stuff is from memory alone. Unfortunately, there are no photos included with these blog entries, as I didn’t take any photos at the convention, sadly enough. Other things on my mind. So this is a very small slice of perspective about the convention, if nothing else. This post, and the rest covering the events of each day at CanGames 2017, is behind the cut.

May 19th, 2017

I had a very poor night’s sleep, my allergies bothering me terribly, but since I didn’t have to work on the Friday, I woke up somewhat later than usual, about 8:45 am. Felt somewhat odd in the neck and throat area, but attributed that to the allergies and asthma attack that I had started to suffer from the day before, and my voice was a bit hoarse. Once I was up and about, I started to take care of packing my personal belongings bag and stuff that I would need, and made some foodstuffs ready for when SteveR would arrive at my place around 11:35 am or so. Forgot to check the weather, but didn’t worry about that at the time.

SteveR and I left my house around noon, and I realized that the one bag with the Coriolis – The Third Horizon rulebook and GM Screen was pretty heavy. Given my left shoulder problem, I didn’t think I’d be able to carry that bag, but SteveR was kind enough to tote that one for me. We stopped at the local Tim Horton’s for lunch, as I’d hoped to relax in the restaurant and eat, but I was feeling ill and not that hungry so figured I’d only have the soup. They didn’t have a soup I wanted, so I convinced SteveR to go to the Subway at Bronson and Argyle (??) on the way to the convention venue, and we picked up lunch to take with us. I grabbed a 6-inch turkey on whole wheat sub with some fixings, and then we headed downtown for the Rideau Curling Club and the gaming venue.

We arrived at the Rideau Curling Club close to 1:15 pm, and as per usual, it was difficult to find a parking spot near the venue. This is typical of CanGames, and is one of those things that they need to get a better handle on. There’s just not enough parking near the curling club for a convention of the size that it is. SteveR was actually able to find a parking space within about four blocks of the Curling Club, and we unpacked the car and walked to the venue. Since he had brought a dolly to take the two boxes of games he and I had brought to sell at the convention, SteveR was able to place all the gaming bags on the dolly as well, except for my personal bag (which also had my diabetic supplies/insulin in it). Even so, my left hip was cramping somewhat when we arrived at the place.

On entering the “>Rideau Curling Club, we saw that it was already busy, with folks involved in set-up, and gamers lounging about here and there. There was still a good 75 to 100 people present, so it wasn’t too bad, and it was unpleasantly cool on the main floor. I was glad I’d brought my jacket and hoodie. SteveR and I collected our registration packages at the Registration Desks, and then went downstairs and found a pair of lockers to put our stuff in. The Curling Club shut off most of the areas with lockers, no doubt reserved for the curlers who regularly frequent the Club, so we ended up putting our gear in lockers in the Ladies Room (which turned out to be one of the approved areas for the convention goers). It was much warmer downstairs, something that would come back to bite me sort of the next day and Sunday. Once back upstairs, I went to the Game Registration area, and checked to see how many players I had signed up for games. I was disappointed but not surprised to see there was only one player for tonight’s (Friday) game of Coriolis (but it was Roddy Turner, so that perked me up), two players for Saturday afternoon’s Primeval game, one player (!!) for the Tales From the Loop Saturday night game (which was only in the on-line schedule), and much to my surprise, a full house of five pre-registered players for Sunday’s Coriolis game! Wow!! I said “Hello” to some of the folks I knew at the convention, and everyone noticed that my voice was absolutely hoarse. And my head was blocked again from the allergies.

When SteveR was ready, he and I (along with the dolly) headed for the back of the curling sheet part of the venue so that we both could take care of the selling of the games we had with us at the CanGames booth in the Marketplace (which had just a few people setting up). Once more, the Marketplace was no longer at the back of the curling sheet, instead being along the length of the right hand wall (as one comes onto the curling sheet). I still rather like this change, as it makes the booths more accessible and gives folks a bigger area to spread out across, but it also makes the area somewhat noisier. Jeff Black was in charge of the CanGames booth as usual, and he made the process relatively easy and efficient, the whole thing taking about 20 minutes. Once SteveR and I finished up there, we head back to the main section, but stopped for a few minutes to chat with Emily Griggs while she was setting up her Sweet Ingenuity booth area, one of the few dealers who was there at that point. The Sweet Ingenuity booth was going to have some good stuff again this year, and I hope that Emily continues to attend the convention. We chatted for just a bit, and then SteveR and I headed back to the main area on the ground floor.

We found one of the empty tables, and then sat down and had a late lunch, courtesy of our Subway purchases earlier, and I noticed that I was losing my voice even more. I’ll admit that I started to worry about whether I’d be able to run any games, but SteveR convinced that I just needed to roll with the flow – and he knows my reasons for why I’d try, even with my voice in terrible shape. After lunch, we wandered around and checked out some of the games that were running by that time (it being after 2:00 pm). I chatted minimally with a few friends and acquaintances again, and also managed to incline a couple of folks to consider playing in the Coriolis game that night. I wandered around a bit, and checked out some of the miniatures games on the curling sheet that were being played, and made one trip up to the second floor where the board gaming events take place and where the Curling Club cafeteria is. Gods, but it was hot up there!! and I was glad that I didn’t have to run up there. (And it stayed warm up there for the duration of the convention.) I also checked out the Open Gaming area out on the curling sheet, and they had some great board games, so the afternoon didn’t lack for games for folks to play.

Around 4:00 pm or so, Shannon and Raymond Dickson, arrived at the venue, and we talked a little bit about the fact that she was running Hollow Earth Expedition several times at the con (including Friday night). She told me that Ray was going to be her “rules GM” as she really didn’t “get” the game mechanics stuff too well. We talked a bit about that, and I told her that I’ve always felt that if one can’t come to grips with or really like the game mechanics, one shouldn’t run that game. Shannon told me she likes the game, and besides with Ray as her “rules ref”, that it worked for her. Didn’t argue the point, so… Given the upstairs cafeteria’s poor menu (and I use that term sarcastically), full of hamburgers and fries, though there was a garden salad as well – but the prices! Oy vey! – SteveR and I decided to order out. Around 5:00 pm, SteveR called out for some supper – we decided to have Swiss Chalet for the evening meal, and we almost didn’t get the order in let alone get the food, through a comedy of mobile phone errors and other stuff that I won’t bore you with. Supper showed up around a quarter to six, so SteveR and I dug into the food. I had a 1/4 chicken meal with baked potato (donating my roll to feed SteveR’s needs), and remembered that we had celery and carrots with us, so had that as the vegetables with the meal. I had made the mistake of talking too much during the afternoon, and my asthma was feeling worse and my voice was sounding very bad.

After eating supper, SteveR went downstairs to grab the pair of gaming bags (one of them quite heavy, remember?) with the Coriolis – The Third Horizon stuff for me, while I cleaned up the gaming table somewhat. I also started setting up for the game as well. Once the sign-up sheets were put out for potential players to find games to play in at 6:30 pm, I went over to the sign-up table, and using my dying voice to recruit a few players to join Roddy at the table. I managed to convince four other players to join him for the game, the last just around 7:00 pm, so I had a full table of gamers, and SteveR didn’t have to sit in and play in the game. I went and joined the players at the table, and completed setting up for the game for the evening.

The adventure I ran on Friday night is called “The Statuette of Zhar Bagra”, and revolves around the players characters being hired to find an object that is somewhere on Coriolis station that their client wishes to purchase from its current owner. Needless to say, the plot is a bit more convoluted than that, and has a very Arabian Nights feel to it in terms of the setting. This scenario is part of the content of the main Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG rulebook, and there are no set characters for it, so I had created five player characters for the adventure. The five characters are all Explorers with their own ship, The Eye of Shamtar. The player characters are: Maysama (“May”) Hamradan, an independent and stubborn scout who serves as the ship’s Pilot; Aqilah Mamrudh, a dutiful meercenary who serves as the ship’s Gunner; Shakir al Mazouras, a doubting spy who serves as the ship’s Sensor Operator; Omran Padaris, a righteous archaeologist, who serves as the ship’s Engineer; and Havim Sajhiran, a manipulative courtesan who serves as the ship’s Captain. I’m not going into detail about the plot here (because others might run the adventure down the line, and I’d like to run the scenario again sometime!), but suffice to say that the adventure went very well, though I did alter a couple of the plot’s aspects to make it fit with the characters and their backgrounds better.

Overall, I think the players had a good time of it though my voice faded to an almost hoarse whisper in the four hours at Table F5 where I’d been assigned on the main floor across from the Registration Desk, trying to make myself heard over the cacophony of noise from the other tables. They enjoyed that they were all part of a crew (thus having a reason to be together), though their motivations and personal relationships were “varied” (as one player put it). They also found the rules extremely easy to comprehend, and didn’t have any problems with the dice mechanics; while they were a bit leery of the Darkness Point mechanics, they came to really enjoy them and how I chose to use them during the course of the adventure. I thought the players did a good job playing the various characters, and was surprised when the other players deferred to Nicholas who was playing Havim, the captain. He did a subtle job of manipulating the other characters, willingly and unknowingly, but he let the others do their jobs. Highlights of the game session for me include a bit in the Spice Plaza where the characters were trying to find out where their target was staying, and they had an encounter with an old, crone-like woman who gave them a dark prophecy about their future, and that freaked out the player characters. The final sequence at the bridge across the Promenade was a lovely showdown scene, the player characters making use of the cables and ropes below, though it could have been a much more dangerous bit of play.

For the most part, I had a good time running the scenario, but was feeling pretty ill, both vocally and with a bad headache by the time we finished up for the night. The players managed to accomplish their (real) goal, and in true Arabian Nights fashion did what they realized they might have to do at the very beginning of the adventure. I chatted with several of the players a bit after finishing the adventure with about 10 to 15 minutes to spare, despite how I was feeling. Several of the players commented they were surprised how much they enjoyed the game and the mechanics, as they came into it without any expections other than the “Arabian Nights in space” angle, and that it really did live up to that. I expressed the fact that I hoped my voice problems didn’t prevent them enjoying the game, but several of them reassured me on that score. Roddy flattered me once again about my gaming style, about how he loves how I run games, and about how much fun this game of Coriolis – The Third Horizon had been. I was chuffed, but still feeling ill. After chatting with the players for a bit longer, I gulped down half a bottle of water. Part of the problem was that I’d not drank enough water during the course of the game session (especially given the heat on the main floor), though I did have a cup of tea at one point.

After packing up the game materials, SteveR (who had played a game during the course of the evening as well) and I took the gaming stuff down to the lower level and the locker rooms, and I took my blood glucose. It was somewhat high, around 12.2 (a sure sign that I was feeling off), and I took my insulin shot and then had a small plastic bowl of Cheerios. SteveR gathered up the stuff from the lockers while I went about assigning the rankings on the sign-up sheet, which I took up to the Game Registration Desk, and collected my first $5 GM reward tokens. When that was done, we headed out with the gaming stuff for the car. That was a very long walk for me, on this night.

I don’t remember most of the trip back to my place, and I was pretty quiet in the car as my voice was barely above a whisper by that point. SteveR helped me unpack, and it must have been close to 11:45 pm by this time. I had some water to rehydrate, and then made a cup of tea to soothe the throat (I hoped), then managed to unpack the gaming stuff and the personal materials tote bag. By that time, around 12:25 pm, I was on my last legs for the night, and went to bed. I remember falling asleep rather quickly, and also making a decision about the rest of the weekend.

And there you have the write-up for the Friday of CanGames 2017. I hope it wasn’t too long for folks, and those who’ve read this day’s write-up enjoyed it. The write-up for Saturday at CanGames will get posted as soon as I have a chance to do so.

‘Twas the Day After CanGames May 22, 2017

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Hope everyone is having a good day. 🙂

CanGames is pretty much a done deal for me, though the folks who organised and put on this year’s edition of the convention are probably dealing with the aftermath of the convention and hopefully getting in some rest today as well.

I made the decision to go to the convention this year after suffering a major case of allergies which led to a massive bout of asthma this weekend, and on Friday my voice was already down and dwindling. While it was not the smartest decision to go and game on the weekend (I was running four (4) game sessions of stuff), I managed to survive CanGames (barely). While I’m feeling extremely fatigued and exhausted, and the allergies/asthma attack are completely overwhelming my body right now (and I may have caught the dreaded con crud, on top of all that), I have to say I had a pretty good time running my games at CanGames 2017 and catching up with a few friends, but most of it has passed in a blur. The convention had a little bit for everyone – from children’s games, through board games, miniature games, roleplaying games, and I think there were a couple of LARP events that I may have heard about – but I’ll admit that I missed most of it. I was feeling under the weather (to put it mildly!), so I didn’t actually take any photos or the like at the convention this year. (If folks who did take photos at the convention would care to share them, I’d be more than happy to see any pics and the like!)

On this holiday Monday, I’m just taking it easy, puttering around somewhat, having lots of hot liquids, Tylenol when I need it, watching some PVR stuff, and have managed to put away some of the gaming stuff. ve been trying to take it somewhat easy. Haven’t jotted down any notes about the gaming that I did this weekend yet, but will take care of some of that now. After I have a hot cup of tea.

I just hope the rest of this month is relatively calm and quiet in terms of everything, that I can recover quickly from this sickness I’m dealing with now, and that I can sort out some of the diabetes problems I’m currently dealing with.

Heading Out to CanGames May 19, 2017

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It has been a very long day so far, and I’ve got kilometres to go before I sleep (so to speak). Have had something of a rough morning as the allergies and asthma have gotten to me somewhat. I’m just waiting for to arrive here before he and I head out for this year’s installment of Ottawa’s gaming convention, CanGames.

I’m looking forward to the convention, and hope to see some folks from the interwebs there this year. If you see me, please pop by and say “Hi.” Or better yet, join in one of the four games that I’ll be running this year!

In the meantime, hope everyone has a good Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, and that my American friends have a good weekend, too. 🙂

Game on!

CanGames 2017 Begins Today May 19, 2017

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Well, today is the start of CanGames, the local gaming convention here in Ottawa. I’m not working today, thank Goddess, so will be spending part of the morning putting together some of the stuff that I’ll need for the con, among other things.

Once more, for those who are going to the convention or who might be interested, here’s the listing of the games that I’m running with times and descriptions included…

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The Statuette of Zhar Bagra
Game: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Time: Friday, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: While on Coriolis Station, your player characters are asked by a scholar to help him retrieve an artefact that needs to be returned to the planet Kua, below. Why do so many people want the artefact, and what sort of intrigue have you got yourselves into this time? Try out this new, unique science fiction rpg that is basically “Arabian Nights in space”. Crew a starship and explore the ancient mysteries of The Third Horizon!

The Dixmude Affair
Game: Primeval RPG
Time: Saturday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: After returning to the present through an Anomaly to find the timeline terribly wrong, you and the other player characters learn that history changed in 1923 with the fate of the airship Dixmude being altered. Can you fix the timeline, or is it too late?

Summer Break and Killer Birds
Game: Tales From the Loop RPG
Time: Saturday,7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 4
Description: Summertime in Sweden. Boredom and bliss in equal measure. But something’s wrong. It all starts with a talking bird, and soon you’re involved in a nefarious plot. Can you solve the Mystery before it’s too late? Tales From the Loop is a game of roleplaying in the ‘80s that never was, based on artist Simon Stalenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts. You play teenagers solving Mysteries connected to the Loop.

Dark Flowers
Game: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm – 6 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: While passing through the Dabaran system on a routine trade mission, your characters are contacted by The Foundation, and asked to proceed to a set of coordinates and investigate the disappearance of a missing ship carrying one of its researchers, a professor Siyab Dahiljaba. What will you find? Try out this new, unique science fiction rpg that is basically “Arabian Nights in space”. Crew a starship and explore the ancient mysteries of The Third Horizon!
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I’ve also got a bunch of stuff that I’ll be selling at the convention this year (you can see the list of games for sale in this blog entry), and hopefully I can sell this stuff for some reasonable sums, as I could use a bit of money for later in the year.

Health-wise, I have a couple of problems that I’ve gone into in other posts, so won’t dwell on here. Since I do have walking problems because of the diabetes, don’t be surprised if I take off my shoes at times during the course of the convention. The weekend should be interesting, to say the least.

I won’t be posting any blog entries during the weekend, so folks will have to wait for when I’ve got time at the start of next week and into the week itself for reports and the like (not to mention any photos I do take) about CanGames 2017. I may tweet from the convention on my mobile phone over the weekend, and will hopefully take a few photos as well of stuff for posting here and elsewhere.

In any event, I hope I’ll see some of you at the convention. Since you’ve seen the photo of me here on my blog, you’ll know who to look for. The hair’s a bit more gray, and there’s a bit less of it, that’s all. 🙂

Packing for Friday’s Session at CanGames May 18, 2017

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I’ve been suffering from the bout of allergies combined with an asthma attack for most of the day (though some basic meds and good old hot tea have done much to help), and have a bit of a sore/irritated throat.

I finally felt well enough in the late afternoon and early evening to start doing the packing of gaming stuff that I need to do for CanGames, which begins tomorrow. Well, at least the gaming stuff for the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG session that I’m scheduled to run on Friday night. Scenario, dice, paper & pencils, Darkness Point markers, character sheets for the players, and so forth. Started assembling and putting together some of the stuff that I need to take with me vis a vis medications, toiletry stuff (you never know), and some of the foodstuffs for snacking and the like, but that won’t get packed until I am getting ready to hit the road late tomorrow morning. Most of the rest of the gaming stuff for the weekend is “assembled” and virtually ready to go, just needing to be packed the night before the running of the games.

I’m looking forward to CanGames this year moreso than in past years, since I’ve not panicked about the convention or stuff because, I suspect, I’ve been far more occupied with health concerns that have arisen over the month. That said, I find bringing all the meds and stuff that I need, as well as the gaming stuff itself, a pain in the neck. (I could resolve the latter part by not running any games at the convention, but truth be told, I do like offering some of the more eclectic and/or indie games that I run for folks to play in.)

CanGames Begins Tomorrow May 18, 2017

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It is just one more sleep until CanGames 2017 here in Ottawa.

I’m really looking forward to going to this convention, even though I’m also going to GenCon 50 in August. It’s a chance to meet old friends and acquaintances, chat with new folks and the like, and doing the gaming thing, of course. I’m looking forward to running the two Coriolis – The Third Horizon, one Primeval, and one Tales From the Loop games, naturally, though I do really hope that I actually get some players for the four games.

Once more, please note that the Tales From the Loop game won’t be on Saturday night’s schedule for various reasons (notably that I submitted it too late). Here’s the write-up on the Tales From the Loop RPG scenario that I’ll be running at the convention:

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Summer Break and Killer Birds
Game: Tales From the Loop RPG
Time: Saturday,7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 4
Description: Summertime in Sweden. Boredom and bliss in equal measure. But something’s wrong. It all starts with a talking bird, and soon you’re involved in a nefarious plot. Can you solve the Mystery before it’s too late? Tales From the Loop is a game of roleplaying in the ‘80s that never was, based on artist Simon Stalenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts. You play teenagers solving Mysteries connected to the Loop.
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My only real concern about the convention isn’t so much about walking this year, so much as it is about carrying. The doctor diagnosed me as having a bad case of frozen shoulder in my left arm, and it’s making carrying and lifting stuff with that arm extremely painful (among other things). And of course I’ve got to watch my blood sugars carefully and take my insulin dose at night during the convention, so that bears some more forethought as well. We’ll see how things go.

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! 🙂

Coriolis – The Third Horizon Games at GenCon Indy 2017 May 14, 2017

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ll be running some a couple of times, I’ll be running some Coriolis – The Third Horizon scenarios at this year’s GenCon Indy. Today, the initial gaming schedule for GenCon 50 will go on-line in about 15 minutes, and I was pleased to learn in an e-mail yesterday (Saturday) that the two games I’ll be running were finally confirmed as being on the schedule, so today potential players can sign up to play in the games.

So here’s the listings on the games that I’ll be running for those that might be interested. I don’t know how quickly the games will fill with players once the game registration process opens at the end of May, but if you’d like to play “Arabian Nights in space” with me, please consider adding the games to your wish list and signing up for them.

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The Dying Ship
Game System: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Game ID: RPG17110627
Time: Friday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: Hyatt: Directors 2: 2
Number of Players: 5
Description: The ice hauler Orun II has stopped responding to hails, and has changed course towards a deadly asteroid cloud. The player characters are tasked with intercepting the heavy freighter to find out what has happened onboard and bring it back to Coriolis safely. What is hiding aboard the silent hauler and what has happened to her crew? Come and play in CORIOLIS – THE THIRD HORIZON, a science fantasy rpg of the Arabian Nights in space, and learn what lies in the Dark Between the Stars.

The Dying Ship
Game System: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Game ID: RPG17110628
Time: Saturday, August 19th, 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnight
Place: Hyatt: Directors 1: 1
Number of Players: 5
Description: The ice hauler Orun II has stopped responding to hails, and has changed course towards a deadly asteroid cloud. The player characters are tasked with intercepting the heavy freighter to find out what has happened onboard and bring it back to Coriolis safely. What is hiding aboard the silent hauler and what has happened to her crew? Come and play in CORIOLIS – THE THIRD HORIZON, a science fantasy rpg of the Arabian Nights in space, and learn what lies in the Dark Between the Stars.
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In any event, I’m looking forward to seeing folks at the convention. Hope to meet up with old friends, and make some new friends. Hope to see some of my LJ, WordPress and Twitter friends playing in the games. Oh, and I hope to do some gaming, of course! 🙂