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Sunday Afternoon Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon, Session 4 April 18, 2017

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The Sunday afternoon gaming group played on Sunday (the 16th of April), and continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of the Arabian Nights in space. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS
Dalal al Yousfana (SteveR) – Scientist (Technician)
Ziva dariBoukhari (Tammy) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Ithara Kalarash (NPC1) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Palan Mumrabh (NPC2) – Soldier (Mercenary)
Skot Habibar (NPC3) – Ship Worker (Dock Worker)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 10, CC 58

Dalal al Yousfana is resting near the loader when a man in a green kameez, Haram, approaches him, and asks if he’s all right. Dalal replies that he was atttacked by the ekilibri, and suffered some claw and bite wounds. Haram asks for his injured limb, and Dalal gives him his arm, and Haram injects him with an m-dose [that cures 1 Damage point]. Haram tells Dalal that he works in the “below docks” and that the ekilibri is his servant. Dalal asks what happened to the ekilibri, and Haram says that Medicurg Falan will find out. He asks if any of Dalal’s friends was hurt, and the technician says that Palan may have been injured. Dalal points out Palan Mumrabh and Ziva dariBoukhari to him, but Haram says it will have to wait – several Coriolis Guards are approaching them.

Ziva is looking over and checking on Palan. His seeming allergy to the powder (flour) from the loader seems to be abating, but he’s somewhat teary-eyed and rather down on himself. He tells Ziva that he’s recovering, and asks her what happened with the loader. She tells him what happened, and Palan is surprised that Dalal stopped the loader. They are about to continue talking as Ziva helps Palan to his feet, when they are approached by Coriolis Guards, and the two are questioned about what’s happened in the incident. Palan is unable to shed any light on the matter, other than seeing the grav loader coming towards them, due to his incapacitation from the flour. Ziva tells her side of the story, and what she saw, and about the state of the ekilibri as well as the danger the loader represented, and how Dalal risked his life for all of them. The Guard are satisfied, but still suspicious about the events.

The Coriolis Guards who question Dalal recognise him from their questioning of the player characters earlier, and are moderately suspicious. They ask Dalal what happened, and he tells them about the rogue loader, how the creature attacked but that there was something wrong with it, and then describes what it did – the maniacal chittering etc. – for the Coriolis Guard lieutenant. The lieutenant says that if Dalal injured the ekilibri, then he could be charged under the Semi-Intelligences Act of CC 32. They discuss this some more, and Haram [Merifal] says if his ekilibri can’t work, then he will demand compensation of Dalal, much to the latter’s horror. The Coriolis Guard bar Dalal from leaving the station, and he agrees to the limitation, wondering if Ziva will stay on station to take him away when his barring is lifted.

After the Coriolis Guard have departed, Ziva and Palan have a chat. Ziva receives a notification on her tabula that Dalal is barred by the Coriolis Guard and the Coriolis authorities from departing the station. (A notice is also delivered to Ahlima’s Hope and to Dalal’s own device.) Ziva is displeased about this, as it means that the Ahlima’s Hope will have to remain on station longer than planned, and that will cut into profits and her own agenda.

It takes roughly half-an-hour for the loader to be taken away and for the area to be cleaned. During that time several people (a mother and daughter, several others who were in the area) come up to Dalal and thank him for what he did [he gets +1 to Reputation]. In addition to the area being cleaned, all the evidence is cleared away as well. Ziva talks to Dalal, trying to learn what happened in the loader cab, but to no avail, and says that it’s a good thing he did what he did. She asks why he’s been barred, and he tells her of the Semi-Intelligences Act possible violation. Dalal says he didn’t think the ekilibri had been hurt, and Ziva questions that in terms of its possible outrageous behaviour. Dalal says he wants to go check on the ekilibri’s condition, and that he’s going to see Medicurg Falan, but Ziva points out that it makes more sense to go and see the ekilibri’s owner, Haram, so ask to return the concern that Haram had for him earlier on. He agrees to this.

As the characters talk, they are approached by Bulletin News reporter Delila Delion, who starts to question Dalal, the whole thing being recorded on the news’ recording drone. He tries to mislead her somewhat, but still maintains the story that he’s told others to this point. She can tell he’s not telling her the whole story, and he says there’s a question of whether he tried to kill it and how badly it’s been hurt. Delion turns to Ziva, and asks when she knows of Dalal’s rebel connections on Algol that are part of the public record? She says that she does, and after deflecting the journalist’s questions and she starts talking to Dalal again, Ziva checks the ‘Net. She sees the public record confirms that Dalal is said to have connections to the Algol rebels, and was written by one Hamida Farouz. Checking up on the woman, she learns that Hamida works for the Colonial Agency as a “fact finder”, but also has connections to the Lyceum of Propaganda on Coriolis. Delion brings the subject back to the Algolan rebels, but Ziva dismisses Dalal’s potential connections to them.

Dalal asks Delila Delion if she knows what happened to the ekilibri. Delion says that Susha, the ekilibri, was suffering from a dose of Substance O, the new drug that comes from Algol, which is more powerful than opor, overdoses of which are said to cause death. Fortunately, Susha received the antidote for the drug on time, though it seemed the ekilibri’s metabolism may have caused a different reaction than that found normally in humans. She doesn’t know if Susha will recover, she’s not a medicurg, but there’s a good chance she believes. The characters also learn from her that the loader was an older model, and belongs to Farad’s Baked Confections which is located in the main section of the Market Plaza.

Sunday afternoon’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign went pretty well, better than I expected. While the session had no physical combat, there was definitely some conflict, and the situation the player characters are in currently are messy and have some serious ramifications. That said, I was quite annoyed at SteveR‘s play, as to be honest, he wasn’t all that emotionally involved, hadn’t really considered the consequences of what he did to the ekilibri, and plays with a “nothing is going to kill me” attitude, as witnessed when he let the man give him the injection without even questioning it. I’m used to this with SteveR, but nevertheless I find it discouraging somewhat. That said, the session went pretty well, though I know that Tammy feels like she’s in over her head because it seems that SteveR will be depending on her to figure things out and protect him.

In any event, an entertaining game session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, and I’m looking forward to the next session of the game.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming April 16, 2017

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It’s Easter Sunday. I’m feeling quite good and pretty chipper this morning (almost afternoon), and am ready for gaming.

I’m getting ready for this afternoon’s game session with SteveR and Tammy. I’m quite looking forward to continuing on with the Sunday Coriolis – The Third Horizon game campaign.

In the meantime, I need to go upstairs and make some lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks. 🙂

Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson! April 16, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Belinda Stewart-Wilson!

Today is Belinda Stewart-Wilson’s birthday. The actress grew up on military bases in the UK, Germany, and Austria before the family finally settled down in London. Best known for her role as Polly McKenzie in The Inbetweeners, Belinda played the role of the doomed Christine Johnson in the third season of ITV’s Primeval tv series.

Here’s wishing Belinda Stewart-Wilson a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Game Session Blog of Friday Night’s Coriolis Game Delay April 15, 2017

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Had a good evening of gaming last night with the Friday night players.

I would have posted up the game session notes on the journal just now, but as I discovered when Kathy called me this morning, she seems to have taken my game notes on last night’s Coriolis – The Third Horizon game session with her when she left. Accidentally.

Anyway, she said she would try to get them back to me as soon as she can. What this means is that for those who want to know what happened in the session of Coriolis, you’ll have to wait until I get them back and transcribe them.

So have some patience, my fellow gamers. 🙂

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming April 14, 2017

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It’s Friday, and it’s been a few weeks, but…

I’m gaming this evening! 🙂

The Friday night players are eager to play tonight, and called to make sure that gaming was on for this evening (the 14th), and that they’ll be coming out as per the usual time tonight for their weekly gaming session. I’m looking forward to running some Coriolis – The Third Horizon this evening.

In the meantime, supper awaits.

Have a good evening, folks, and be safe.

Happy Easter, All! April 14, 2017

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Happy Easter (weekend), everyone!

I would like to wish all my LJ friends, and for that matter all my friends who aren’t on LJ (so aren’t reading this!), a very Happy Easter.

May you all have a really great weekend, eat plenty of food, and indulge in those chocolate Easter bunny eggs! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Peter Capaldi! April 14, 2017

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For those who might be interested, or who are just plain Doctor Who fans…

Peter Capaldi, the actor who is portraying the current, Twelfth (or Thirteenth, depending) Doctor in the Doctor Who series celebrates his birthday today.

While I can’t say that I’m a great fan of New Who, I’ve absolutely adored Mr. Capaldi’s acting in everything I’ve seen him in. I’ve actually come to like him in the role of the Doctor so far, and find him to have elements of my favourite Doctors over the Classic years of the show. Sad to say, the forthcoming series of the show (which starts tomorrow) will be Mr. Capaldi’s last.

So here’s wishing Peter Capaldi a happy 58th! 🙂

Good Friday Morning April 14, 2017

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Woke up this morning, Good Friday, feeling somewhat tired, and somewhat sick. I tossed and turned most of the night, my feet hurting me after yesterday’s Footcare session/appointment. On top of that, I’m coughing again with a bit of chest pain. Not sure whether the warmer weather has contributed to that, or I’m just not over the illness/bug that I seem to have had forever now.

Since today is Easter Friday, I am not obliged to work today. That said, given that I’ve been off for a while due to illness, other than working at home for most of last week, I’ve (wisely) decided to work today, and it’s been a quiet day at the office, as expected, with only a handful of people in the office (including Donna). That said, I will be taking Monday off, and have a long weekend so to speak. In the meantime, I plan to take it easy for the rest of the day after I leave the office, and will be running the Coriolis – The Third Horizon this evening with my Friday gaming group, as per usual on Easter Friday. I may spend a bit of time this afternoon going over some old Atomic Highway gaming stuff; see how I feel when I get home from the office.

Right now, however, I’m going to make myself a cup of good, hot tea.

Wednesday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon Session 3 April 13, 2017

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Last night’s gaming session with the Wednesday night quartet was a lot of fun. The Wednesday night gamers came out for their regularly scheduled bi-weekly session. The players and I continued on with their just started Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. I’ve put this post behind a cut so that folks who don’t want to read any detailed rpg posts don’t have to.

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CHARACTERS

Adila Farouzham (Donna) – Negotiator (Diplomat)
Ridwan Omakht (DavidW) – Scientist (Medicurg)
Saliha Twarafat (Kendall) – Ship Worker (Dock Worker)
Mumtaz Mahali (Crystal) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Abewel (“Abe”) al Mendikat (NPC) – Soldier (Mercenary)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 23, CC 58

Onboard the Eye of Jemtallah, Adila Farouzham goes about some of the post-landing work, and catching up on some of the ship’s paperwork. The ship’s AI, Allawa, interrupts her, and says there’s an incoming communication. She’s surprised to learn that it’s from her! Opening communications, Adila pretends to be Saliha (Twarafat), and learns that the caller is Sadomas al Farrizan, who says he’s interested in some of the cargo that is being off-loaded. Adila checks, and finds that all the cargo has been unloaded, and is on the way to the various destinations, except for the illegal cargo they have onboard the Eye. She asks what cargo he’s interested in, and Sadomas tells her that it’s a series of plaques that were recovered on Menkar. She says that he’s mistaken about the cargo, that the Eye isn’t carrying that cargo, but he becomes angry and tells her that the manifest obtained from the station’s Docking Registry states they are. Adila asks if Sadomas wants to meet up to discuss the matter, but he abruptly ends the communication. Adila has Allawa check the ship’s cargo manifests for the Menkaran plaques, but there’s no sign of them. She does the check separately herself, but comes up blank.

Mumtaz Mahali and Ridwan Omakht emerge, somewhat breathless, into the livestock area after making their way through the crowds at one of the shopping areas in the Spice Market, and determine they are on the starboard side of the Ring, with the Spice Plaza to their right. Ridwan spots the two thugs still on their tail, the crowd parting around them at the sight of the weapons they’re carrying. Looking for cover, the two determine there isn’t a lot, unless they go for the livestock enclosures. The two decide they’re not going to risk that unless they have to, but both are surprised as an accelerator pistol round strikes near them. Giving Ridwan her baton, Mumtaz draws her accelerator pistol, and fires at one of the attackers [spends a Darkness Point]. She strikes him, and he pauses for a moment. Ridwan draws her attention to the two drones that are now floating above them. “Could be in trouble with the local authorities,” Mumtaz mutters. The second thug fires at them, missing again barely, and the two decide the livestock pens are a good choice now. Entering the first building, they find themselves engulfed in the musty smell of various animals. Mumtaz recognises several of the animals – dromedons, saphirs, and exotic birds – but they are interrupted by a stablehand with a shock whip asking what they are doing there. They explain to him what’s going on, and he tells them that that’s fine and all, but they can’t stay there. Before they can reply, the second rough-looking fellow enters, pointing an accelerator pistol at the three.

Emerging into the Spice Plaza, Saliha Twarafat and Abewel (“Abe”) al Mendicat are met with the sounds and scents of the area. They also hear the sound of shooting, but assume another “incident” is occurring on the Spice Plaza edges, as is usual for Coriolis station. Getting their bearings, the two are approached by a beggar child, who begs them for some money. Saliha is about to dismiss the child, but Abe takes pity on the youngster, and gives him 5 birr. The thankless child snatches the birr, and dashes into the crowds. Saliha tells him that he’s a softie, but he tells her gruffly to mind her own business. The two move into the Spice Market, and stop to eat some food at one of the vendors. The characters head deeper into the Spice Market after their meal, Saliha checking on one of the ship’s tabulas for any deals on offer in the marketplace. There are a couple of merchants looking to shift spices, and the two head for Tawafa’s Spicemart. Tawafa is a genial, somewhat rotund man with a hint of ginger in his grey hair, and after chatting with the merchant for some quarter of an hour, Saliha is content to make a deal for the shipment of 100 tonnes of spices and assorted foodstuffs to the cities on Awahdi, and his brother, Hafiz’s, Emporium there. The price is a fair one, and the characters look to earn a healthy profit on the shipment of the materiels. Saliha makes the arrangements to have the cargo delivered to the Eye of Jemtallah, and she and Abe head to their next destination, a dealer of technical parts and supplies, Terram Harafo, whose business is located in the Ozone Plaza.

Back aboard the Eye of Jemtallah, Adila does some research to see what she can learn about Menkaran plaques. The plaques are items that have been found in various digs in the ruins on Menkar, and are quite valuable; Adila actually gapes at the screen in shock at the sheer number of birr each one is worth intact. She’s learns a bit about the history of the Menkaran plaques that have been found so far, and then is surprised to learn that the crew’s patron, Mukhtar Sawalla, currently has several of them in one of his warehouses on the station. Adila places a call to the Hyperion Logistics’ offices on Coriolis, and is told that Mr. Sawalla is in a meeting, but will get back to her as soon as possible. Adila debates what she can do to get Sawalla to part with some of the plaques, and perhaps make a deal for them somewhere. She turns her attention to Sadomas al Farrizan, and does an information search about him. She learns that al Farrizan works for the Agilar Reclamation Agency, a group devoted to returning as many of the Firstcome and Portal Builder artefacts and relics to their rightful homeworlds (preferably museums and the like). al Farrizan is a frontman and troubleshooter for the company, and she wonders if he knows about Mukhtar Sawalla’s possession of the Menkaran artefacts.

Over in the livestock area, Mumtaz and Ridwan, with the stablehand, confront the rough-looking fellow with the accelerator pistol. The stablehand demands to know what’s going on, but the thug says that it doesn’t concern him. The stablehand says it does concern the Mered’s Animals business, and therefore him. The thug raises his weapon to fire at the fellow, but Mumtaz is too fast for him [she spends a DP], and wounds him with her pistol. He raises his weapon to fire again, and this time the stablehand takes him down with his shock whip. With the thug down, Mumtaz tells Ridwan to tie the thug up using some of the rope found in the livestock stables. He does so, while Mumtaz talks to the stablehand, Mered, about what’s happened. Mered says that has to wait, as several of the nearby animals have started to panic. Mumtaz says she’d help him if she could, but her expertise doesn’t include animals. After some time, with the animals once more secure and with Mered taking a shine to Mumtaz, they confront the attacker. He refuses to talk at first, but several more hard slaps from Ridwan (which take Mumtaz by surprise), he admits that he and his friend work for Aldair Jubal’s people. They (and some others) were hired by Jubal’s Imports & Exports to keep an eye out for the player characters, and to “scare them a little”. Before they can get more answers, they are interrupted by the arrival of some of the Coriolis Guard.

Meanwhile, Saliha and Abewel make their way slowly towards the Ozone Plaza, and are met with the sights and smells of the place. Saliha adores the smell of oil and the sights and smells of technology, however muffled they are, but Abewel wrinkles his nose at the odours and says he wish he had a filter mask. They stop for some food at a small kiosk near the main tube station of Ozone Plaza, and Saliha inquires of the vendor if Terram Harafo’s business is still in Torpor Way; the vendor confirms that it is. Saliha and Abe set off towards Torpor Way (Saliha having checked a station map to make sure of the way) and are approached by several shady con men and some beggars and urchins. They turn them down each time, though Abe gives several birr to a couple of the urchins that approach them. Saliha chides him for it, but he tells her that he’s just got a big heart. As they continue on their route, they reach a corner where they are confronted by Menell Farouz and his men. Farouz says he represents a small group on Coriolis whose business the crew of the Eye of Jemtallah have been interfering with. They’ve come to warn the characters off, starting with their unofficial “gatherer of materiels”. The six-on-two odds do not look good…

As mentioned at the top of this post, Wednesday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign was a fun one, and I quite enjoyed myself. The players and their characters got to deal with several different situations, each of which had some form of conflict, some physical and some not, but the players commented to me after the game session that they had had fun with the situations and that they seemed to be suited towards their characters, other than Kendall who felt that the situation she was in doesn’t augur well for next session. The fact that she has to wait two weeks to see how things turn out frustrated her no end, but…c’est la vie. 🙂

Ovverall, a good game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game, and I’m looking forward to the next Wednesday night session.

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming April 12, 2017

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Feeling much better today.

Spoke to the players of the Wednesday night group, and they’ve decided they’re up to playing this evening.

This means the Wednesday night crew will be continuing on with their Coriolis – The Third Horizon game campaign this evening. Rather looking forward to that.

In the meantime, I need to get to the kitchen and put something on for supper.

Have a good evening, folks.