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Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled October 8, 2017

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It’s another Sunday morning. The Thanksgiving Sunday, to be precise.

I will not be gaming with the Sunday afternoon gamers today.

Aside from the fact that Tammy is on call this week, I’m feeling somewhat blah, to be honest, having developed a cough that comes and goes, and I’m not sleeping well due to the pain in my left shoulder. More like napping than sleeping. *sigh*

That doesn’t mean I won’t be doing any gaming stuff today, however. I need to create an NPC (who will work with the Sunday players) for The Dark Eye RPG campaign, and I think that SteveR will be coming over to go over the numbers on his Dark Eye character with me, so we’ll see how things go.


Friday Night Game Report – The Dark Eye RPG Session 1 October 7, 2017

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As noted elsewhere in my LiveJournal blog, I am currently running two of the gaming groups through the start of the The Dark Eye RPG campaigns. The Friday night gamers actually started their campaign last night and are having a good time of it. For those who have not seen the write-up on their characters, check out this post with the information about the Friday night gamers TDE player characters.

What follows is the first post about the Friday night The Dark Eye RPG campaign. This blog entry may be somewhat long, but even if it’s not, I’ve put it behind a cut so that folks who don’t want to read any detailed rpg posts don’t have to.

Note: If you’re in my Sunday afternoon gaming group, you might not want to read the blog journal entries about the Friday night game. **SPOILERS AHEAD!**



Sanya Ulfaran (Kathy Bauer) – Kuslik Guildless Mage
Ernka Cornbaler (Angela Marsh) – Andergastan Lady-in-Waiting
Refarde Foxhunter (David Matchuk) – Svellter Hunter
Fiana (Silversalver) (Ellie Bauer) – Griffonsford Thief
Mantulo of Salzerhaven (Mark Williams) – Nostrian Guard Captain

Marketday 12th, Phex 1038 Fall of Bosporan (FB)

The players begin with an introduction to the world of The Dark Eye RPG (Aventuria), learn some of the basic mechanics of the game, proceed through with a basic world Glossary, and partake in several samples of combat that teach them the basic mechanics of the traditional fantasy rpg game (with a slightly different set of game mechanics). And how deadly the combat system is.

The place: The continent of Aventuria. The country of Weiden in the Middenrealm. The small town of Geres (population 200), a walled community, on the Rallian River. The time: the early spring of the year 1038 Fall of Bosporan (FB). The player characters are Sanya Ulfaran (KathyB), Ernka Cornbaler (Angela), Refarde Foxhunter (DavidM), Fiana (Ellie) and Mantulo of Salzerhaven (Mark). The world of Aventuria is one that has all sorts of tales to be told about its Heroes. And this is the start of a new group of Heroes who will make a name for themselves in this world.

The adventures begin on the forested plains of Weiden, some 50 miles from the Nine-Eye Lake. Sanya Ulfaran, a guildless mage from Kuslik in the south of the Horasian Empire, is travelling cautiously through the wooded area, ever on the lookout for orcs and other hostile creatures. This close to the Shadowlands, she knows anything is possible. Attracted by the sounds of fighting, Sanya cautiously approaches to see what’s going on. In a small copse of woods, an obvious fighter type is being attacked by three orcs. He is struggling to fight them off, even as a young woman dressed ridiculously cowers against a tree, a short sword drawn in her defense. She attempts to use her Paralysis spell on one of the orcs, and is successful, but this draws the attention of one of the other two orcs. It starts to move cautiously towards her.

Refarde (“Ref”) Foxhunter is moving cautiously through the forested region of Weiden, heading for the community of Geres in the hopes of selling some wolf furs and pelts that he has managed to obtain. Checking the ground, he spots tracks that he identifies as those of orcs. He decides to follow the coal pelts’ trail and see where it leads, arriving soon at a small clearing in some woods to see three orcs attacking a man and a woman whom he can’t identify. As one of the orcs turns to the trees after spotting something, he spots the orc’s prey – a female Mage of some kind. Leaving the pelts on the ground, he moves to intercept the orc.

Cursing herself, Fiana realises that she’s out of her depth in the forested plains of Weiden. She figures that when she gets to Geres, not if!, she’ll hired a guide to take her the rest of the way north into the Bornland. Surely they won’t pursue her all that way! She’s so engrossed in her musings that she literally stumbles over a woman hunched on the ground by a tree, a weapon of some sort drawn. As she turns, trying to get up, the woman above her hisses, “Don’t move!” and she feels the cold metal of a short sword against the back of her neck.

Friday night’s game, the first campaign session of the The Dark Eye RPG campaign went very well, and I really enjoyed myself. The players told me they had a pretty good time of it as well, and really liked the game system once they got into it and were able to get used to the dice mechanics of the game. They liked the set-up that I used for the game (a bit railroad-y, I guess), and like the way the character interactions are starting off.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to running the next session of the game, but we’ll see how that goes down, as I seem to have caught a bit of a cold as well. Throat a bit raspy for the moment.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming October 6, 2017

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Getting ready for this evening’s game session with the Friday night group.

Tonight, the Friday night gamers will be starting their The Dark Eye RPG campaign. We’ll be starting with a bit more about the game world in terms of how the various characters see it, get into the basics of the rules (including combat), go through some sample combats, and if there’s enough time start off with a basic little scenario that I’ve got in mind. hehe

I’m looking forward to tonight’s session, as this is actually the start of game play. Hopefully, it won’t be too difficult and will take as little time to get to the action as possible. I suspect the players may have some problems with the basic dice mechanics to start with, but we’ll see how things shape up.

And there’s the doorbell ringing. Let the games begin. 🙂

Have a good night, folks.

Hockey’s Back! October 4, 2017

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And so the start of the 2017-2018 NHL hockey season is upon us.

The Ottawa Senators will not be playing until tomorrow (Thursday), and that’s a game that I’m looking forward to as the Sens will home to play the Washington Capitals. But…

Hockey’s back!

I will say that I’m not thrilled about how little off-season changes the Ottawa Senators made to their line-up. I’m a die-hard Senators fan, and I like to think (as all hockey fans do at this stage of the season) that the Sens will make the playoffs, though I don’t know how deep they’ll go and whether they’ll be able to drink from Lord Stanley’s cup. The Sens surprised everyone last year by not only making the playoffs, but also by coming within one goal of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins to go the finals. There’s a few rule changes this year that should make the game better, notably the slash to the hands penalty being enforced, but we’ll see how that shakes out. I still wish the league had gotten rid of the shootout and overtime business in regular season games, as overtime should be reserved for the playoffs, but 3-on-3 overtime was exciting last year, to say the least! While there’s a good crop of rookies this year, the focus will be on the Sidney Crosby-Connor McDavid rivalry and the Austen Matthews-Patrick Laine rivalry that’s starting to brew.

From the pov of the Ottawa Senators, the keys are Erik Karlsson (who won’t be in the starting line-up for a bit), Craig Anderson and Bobby Ryan. While Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman have to repeat the success they had last year, those three are the big factors. Craig Anderson has to have another terrific year in goal. Eric Karlsson needs to have another Norris Award-winning season, and he has to make it last the whole year, without Marc Methot (now a Dallas Star). And finally, Bobby Ryan needs to get back on track and be the goal scorer that Ottawa dealt for in the trade with Anaheim.


Go, Sens, Go! 🙂

Books Read in September, 2017 October 2, 2017

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As is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my September, 2017 reads.

Books Read in September, 2017

The Dying Ship by Nils Karlen and Kosta Kostulas (RPG)

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron

TORG: The Cassandra Files by Christopher Kubasik (RPG) (r)

The Dark Eye Quick-Start Rules by Unknown (RPG)

Monsters by Matthew McFarland with Jonathan McFarland (RPG)

August, 2017 Locus

Imagining Urban Futures: Cities in Science Fiction and What We Might Learn From Them by Carl Abbott

Wizard’s Funeral by Kim Hunter (r)

September, 2017 Reader’s Digest

Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss (r)

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

The Cyberpapacy Sourcebook by Jim Bambra (RPG) (r)

Jail Bait by Marilyn Todd

The Dark Eye (Roleplaying Game) Core Rules by Alex Spohr and Jens Ullrich (RPG)

Heroic Works 1: Witch’s Dance by Dominic Hladek (RPG)

Heroic Works 2: A Goblin More or Less by Gudrun Schurer (RPG)

And those were my reads in the month of September. This was a decent month of reading, though I did read a lot of roleplaying games and rpg material in the month, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got read in September.

The books I enjoyed the most were:

The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron – I’ve always liked good historical work, usually the older the better. But with this novel, I have to say that I also enjoy pre-historic books. 🙂 This novel bounces back and forth between the story of Girl, the book’s Neanderthal protagonist, and Rosamund Gale, an archaeologist excavating a groundbreaking site. While I love science, and there’s some accurate (as far as I know) stuff here, the author made me appreciate my Neanderthal ancestors, but I also felt like I was being given an insight of actual events from 40,000 years ago. The parallels between Girl and Rose made the story feel more real, as through Rose, Girl became real. This is a novel that has a captivating story, that I think a lot of people will enjoy. Recommended.

Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn – First up, the basics. Polly Newton has a straightforward personal career goal: she wants to become a starship pilot, preferably as an intergalactic pilot, and take advantage of the new M Class drives being developed. However, her immediate plans are interrupted when her mother, the Mars Colony One director, announces that Polly and her twin brother, Charles, have been enrolled at the prestigious Earth-based Galileo Academy. Polly, having been born and raised on Mars as the third generation, post-colonization, has never stepped foot off-planet so moving to Earth for three years is a dreadful prospect, even if it might help her chances of getting into a pilot training program.

This stand-alone novel reminded me a lot of the Robert Heinlein juveniles; this is a good thing, ’cause I enjoyed reading those books. Told from Polly’s first person point of view as she struggles to adapt to her new environment on Earth. I’ve read a lot of science fiction where people living on Earth have to adjust to life in space, other planets, asteroid mining colonies, etc., but this is was a neat book that takes that concept and spins it on its head. (A notable exception being Heinlein’s own Stranger in a Strange Land.) Polly must not only struggle with things we take for granted (such as the relatively high gravity of Earth, the concept of “outdoors”, the vastness of the oceans, etc.) but she must also cope with the prejudices of fellow students and teachers who regard Polly and Charles as outsiders and lesser people. She’s an enjoyable character to read about, but the other main characters in the book are also fun to read about, and are more detailed than I expected them to be. While this is a stand-alone novel, it just screams for a sequel or two. I really hope that Carrie Vaughn considers writing more about Polly’s and Charles’s adventures. Highly recommended.

Those were the highlight reads among the books this past month, though I also enjoyed reading Jail Bait by Marilyn Todd and The Dark Eye (RPG) Core Rules book (that was a densely written work at 400+ pages) and the other books that I read this past month.

Overall, I managed to read 6 novels, 6 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in September. This brings the year total for 2017 to a set of numbers that look like this: 73 books, 19 RPGs and RPG products, 64 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. 🙂

Happy Birthday, Ciarán McMenamin October 1, 2017

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There’s a birthday in the Primeval tv series family today.

Happy Birthday to Ciarán McMenamin today!

Ciarán is the talented actor who played Matt Anderson in Series 4 and 5 of the Primeval tv series. Ciarán, who turns 41 years of age today, has a pretty decent set of credits in both television and film (see the link above).

It took me a few episodes of watching Primeval UK Series 4 to come to like the character of Matt, who had all manner of secrets (but don’t most of the characters in the series?), and the last moment of Series 5 made me desperately want to see more of Matt (both of him). Sorry that the series is gone, to be honest, as I’d really come to like his character.

So here’s wishing Ciarán McMenamin a terrific birthday today!

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming October 1, 2017

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Getting ready for this afternoon’s game session with the Sunday players.

The Sunday afternoon gamers will be continuing on with The Dark Eye RPG this afternoon, hopefully wrapping up character creation (that they started last Sunday) and possibly getting into some basic mechanics examples and some sample combats.

I’m looking forward to this afternoon’s session, but at the same time am somewhat intimidated and nervous. (Not sure why.)

In the meantime, lunch needs to be eaten. Then gaming.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

October Is A New Month October 1, 2017

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

To be honest, I’m really happy to see the rear end of September.

While there were a few good moments in the month, September was a month that I will remember because of the pain.

The blisters on my feet are still healing, and I expected this to take a while as being diabetic, the healing process is slowed down somewhat. What I wasn’t expecting was the pain that goes along with it, and there have been days where I’ve been in absolute agony trying to walk.

Anyway, here’s hoping that October is a comfortable month, and that winter doesn’t strike too early or too hard at all. ::knock on wood::

I’ll be gaming this afternoon with the Sunday players, as they’ll continue on with character creation for The Dark Eye. In some ways, it’s a pain in the neck, but it’s a very detailed character creation system that has some fun elements to it.

Friday Night Game Report – The Dark Eye Character Creation, Part Two September 30, 2017

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Had a pretty decent game session with the Friday night players last night.

As noted in this previous blog entry, the Friday night was in the process of creating their characters for the The Dark Eye RPG campaign that I plan to run, so we continued the process last night.

After the players had arrived, we chatted about the week for about 10 minutes or so and when I was read to get started again, we started off where we’d left off the week before. Suffice it to say, the players were all pretty pleased with their characters once the evening was wrapped up, and it looks like they’ve got a good group of players. Once we finished dealing with the game mechanics and wrapped up character creation, the players sat back for a bit and chatted about what they saw the character group as being like. Suffice to say, an interesting group of player characters.

KathyB – KathyB Angela discussed who would play the magic user in the group, and Kathy won that bet. She created Sanya Ulfaran, a Guildless Mage native to the city of Kuslik in the Horasian Empire.

Angela – As mentioned, Angela and KathyB decided on who would be the magic user, and Kathy won this time out. After some debate on the matter, she decided to create Ernka Cornbaler, an Andergastan Lady-in-Waiting, who fled the city of Joborn after her liaison with Nostrian guard captain Mantulo of Salzerhaven was discovered.

DavidM – DavidM was fond of several concepts for a character that he had, but eventually settled on Refarde Foxhunter (“Ref” for short), a Hunter from Lowangen in Svellter, who is on a quest of some sort, and who has a positive attitude about orcs.

Ellie – Ellie decided that she wanted to play a bit of a “bad” person. After looking over the Professions, Ellie decided to play Fiana (Silversalver), a Thief from the Margravate of Griffonsford who saw her family slaughtered during an orcish attack and has now taken to the life of a travelling thief, never staying in the same place for long…until now.

Mark – Mark and Angela came up with a good concept, and he settled on Mantulo of Salzerhaven, a Guard Captain from the city of Salzerhaven in Nostria who fell in love with a Lady-in-Waiting, Ernka Cornbaler, whom he met in Joborn. The two have fled the city, and are heading for more…tolerant climes.

This session of character creation for The Dark Eye RPG went pretty well, and the players wrapped up their characters for the game. We didn’t get to any basics about the rules or some sample combats, but I was very pleased with their characters. I definitely like the Romeo and Juliet feel of the plots for Angela’s and Mark’s characters, and there’s something I can do with each of the other characters, so I’m looking forward to running the game (hopefully) next week.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming September 29, 2017

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Getting ready for this evening’s game session with the Friday night group.

The Friday night gamers will be continuing on with The Dark Eye RPG this evening, hopefully wrapping up character creation (that they started last Friday night) and possibly getting into some basic mechanics examples and some sample combats.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s session, but at the same time am scared silly. (Not sure why.)

In the meantime, supper is ready to be eaten. Then gaming.

Have a good night, folks.