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Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming February 21, 2018

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It’s Wednesday night, the third Wednesday in February.

And that means it’s time for gaming with my Wednesday night gaming group.

I’m still suffering from the back/neck/head/shoulder complaints and serious pain, and still have remnants of the cough that I’ve had for a while, but I spoke to the Wednesday night players, and we’re on for this evening.

With character creation pretty much wrapped up, I’m hoping to get into the first actual session of play in the The Dark Eye RPG campaign tonight, but we’ll see how things go with sample combats and the like.

Looking forward to the game tonight.

Have a good evening, folks.

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Torg Eternity RPG Kickstarter Backer Package Arrived! February 21, 2018

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Got the surprise of my life this morning.

While I was eating breakfast, there was a ring at the door. Looking out the window, I saw the mailman was delivering somewhat early today. I went to the door, and he had a (large) package for me, and there was a Customs charge on it. I wasn’t happy paying the $30+ fee (actually GST and Handling), but because it was postmarked from Seattle, I knew what it was. My Cargo Box of the Torg Eternity RPG material.

After paying the mailman, I lifted the box in…barely. The whole package weighed some 18 lbs. (8.165 kilos)! With my back and shoulder problems, it was a chore to bring all the material in. I had to do things gradually, taking them into the living room, where I took everything out and sorted it. Here’s the picture that I took of the gaming material.

That’s a lot of Torg Eternity stuff, and doesn’t include the extra copy of the rulebook, the Drama/etc. cards, and the Possibility tokens.

I can’t wait to run Torg Eternity with my gaming groups, and I can’t wait to run the game at CanGames, 2018 this year. Follow this link to my blog entry with the various games I’m running at CanGames, including the two Torg Eternity RPG game sessions.

Games I’ll Be Running at CanGames, 2018 February 21, 2018

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For those who are interested, the early(bird) version of the gaming schedule for this year’s CanGames, to be held May 18th – 20th at the Rideau Curling Club here in Ottawa, has been posted up to the website. (You can find the schedule here, as they’re using the on-line schedule manager Sched once again this year.) Note that early Registration for CanGames 2018 is due to open on February 24th, so that’s a good thing.

Now that they’ve been confirmed, without further ado, here’s the schedule of games that I’ll be running at the convention. Since CanGames is using a piece of software that limits the blurb to thirty (30) words, I’ve included here the full blurb about each scenario. 🙂

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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!

Day 1: The Living Land
Game: Torg Eternity RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 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!
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For those interested in playing in any of these games, there are six (6) player spots each open for the two Torg Eternity RPG sessions, and five (5) player spots open for the John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game game session and Capharnaum – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG session. So if you’re interested in playing in one of the games I’m running at CanGames 2018 this year, please sign up early for the games, as slots may not be available at the convention itself.

Hope to see folks at the convention! 🙂

Sunday Playtest of John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game February 19, 2018

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Had a good day of stuff yesterday (Sunday).

I woke up Sunday morning feeling tired and unrested, as I do every morning these days for reasons I’ve made clear in my blog entries before, but had a nice pancake breakfast and then took an early shower. Did some cleaning up downstairs before going up for lunch.

SteveR had agreed to come over and game, sort of. We went through the mechanics of the forthcoming John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game, and he used the character of Kantos Kan. We went through basic mechanics, some samples of how the game might run using a few test “encounters” that I set up, and finally some combat sequences (just to see how those worked).

The game mechanics (especially those for combat) for the John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game are…smooth. Nothing feels forced, the lack of skills makes the game run really well as the GM tells the player the Difficulty of the task and what Attributes to use, though the GM and player can negotiate as desired over which Attributes should be used for a task. There were a couple of glitches that I encountered using the Quickstart rules (which are all I have until some time in March supposedly), but nothing that I couldn’t deal with/interpret for myself.

Had a good time, and it was nice to get some gaming in once more.

Getting Some Sunday Gaming In, Sort Of February 18, 2018

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It’s Sunday morning, the Sunday of the long weekend (Family Day is tomorrow in certain parts of Canada).

While I won’t be gaming in the traditional sense today, as Tammy is on-call for her work, SteveR has decided that he wants to come out today and do some (play)testing and see how the game mechanics for the John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game shape up and shake out. This is largely due to the fact that he’ll be running the Star Trek Adventures game from the same company, and wants to see what the basic game mechanics are like before he tries to run the game.

Should be an interesting afternoon, and I’m looking forward to getting some gaming in.

Friday Evening Game Session Cancelled February 16, 2018

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In the aftermath of the events of yesterday (see the blog entry about that, and no I’m not linking to it as the memory is too painful just now), I will not be gaming with the Friday gaming group this evening.

We’re all in a state of shock still somewhat, not to mention somewhat depressed and feeling down about the matter. I’m not sure when we’ll get back to gaming, or even if we’ll get back to gaming for that matter, but for now just… No.

That’s all I’ve got to say for this evening, folks.

Last Submission of Games for CanGames, 2018 February 12, 2018

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Well, as noted in this journal entry, I received my invitation to submit games that I’d like to run at CanGames 2018 back in early January. Yesterday evening, I finally submitted the last of the games that I’m planning to run at the convention the weekend of May 18th to 20th this year.

I had already submitted games for Capharnaum – Tales of the Dragon-Marked and Torg Eternity, but I made it official last night: I’ll also be running a session of the soon to be published John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game. Yes, that’s four game sessions I’ll be running.

And I can’t wait to run all four of them! 🙂

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled February 11, 2018

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It’s Sunday afternoon, almost.

While it was snowing with some freezing accumulation last night, it’s somewhat gloomy and cloudy outside. However, there’s a forecast for freezing rain and snow starting mid-afternoon.

Anyway, the upshot of this is that the Sunday afternoon gaming session has been cancelled for today due to the weather. Tammy and I spoke early this morning, and decided to call the game off, so I spoke to SteveR and he pretty much felt the same way. This means the next session of the The Dark Eye RPG campaign will have to wait, but it won’t be next weekend as Tammy is on-call for her work for the next two weeks.

I can’t say that I’m sorry we won’t be gaming today, as truth of the matter is I’m still sick with whatever this *censored!* bug is that I’ve caught. That said, it will allow me to keep up with the final hours of the John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game Kickstarter. The Kickstarter closes at 3 pm EST, but even after it closes you’ll be able to take a late pledge to the game.

Gotta go, need to make some lunch!

Friday Evening Game Session Cancelled February 9, 2018

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Another Friday night.

And another Friday night where gaming has been cancelled.

More than half of my Friday night gaming group (including myself) are down and out with a case of flu, and one of my players is so bad that he’s in the hospital. I finished the antibiotic yesterday, and am not sure whether I’m partially over the bug, as I’m hacking away (cough) and still have the mental fuzzies.

I was quite looking forward to running the Friday night session of the on-going The Dark Eye campaign tonight, but such is not to be the case. Just gotta be optimistic, and look forward to next Friday night.

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled February 4, 2018

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It’s Sunday, nearly afternoon.

It’s been snowing outside since last night, and is showing no signs of stopping. (10-15 cms, my butt!)

Anyway, the upshot of this is that the Sunday afternoon gaming session has been cancelled for today due to the weather. This means the next session of the The Dark Eye RPG campaign will have to wait, hopefully until next weekend.

I can’t say that I’m sorry we won’t be gaming today, as truth of the matter is I’m still sick with whatever this *censored!* bug is that I’ve caught. I’m just very, very tired. So this means another day of relative rest, little talking, and just catching up on some tv and pvr stuff.

But I am sorry that I’m not gaming today.