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Shopping, Buying a Car, and Boston Pizza August 11, 2017

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It has been a long, stressful day in many ways. But with a good outcome.

Spent part of the morning shopping for supplies and stuff that I need for the trip down to GenCon Indy 2017 and was pretty tired when I got home for lunch. After lunch, I made my final decision as to the car that I wanted, and went over to the Mazda dealership, Dilawri Mazda, and bought my car.

She’s a 2014 Mazda GS, and her colour is Titanium Flash (fancy paint job, that!). 🙂

Since the car won’t be mine until the insurance is set up and new license plates and registration are established, from Mazda it was getting late so time for supper. Headed over to Boston Pizza once more, and ate a lovely meal of a small caesar salad and a Pizza Bella, washed down with a Heineken.

I couldn’t eat the whole pizza, so took the leftovers home with me for lunch or supper tomorrow night.

Just sitting back and relaxing now, about 10:35 pm, before I have to take my insulin shot. Then bed.

Long day, tiring, exhausting, but rewarding. 🙂

RPGaDay in August – August 11th: “Dead Game” Rebirth? August 11, 2017

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We continue on with #RPGaDAY in August.

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Day 11 – Which “dead game” would you like to see reborn?

For me, this is a no-brainer.

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I would dearly like to see the SkyRealms of Jorune game reborn. While the game universe doesn’t need changing too much, the game system needs to be seriously revamped somewhat.

I’d *kill* to see SoJ reborn. *sigh*

Important Subject if You’re Going to GenCon August 10, 2017

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I’ve been giving some thought to all things GenCon Indy at the moment, given the convention is just about a week away, and the fact that I’m going to the convention. Thought that I would pass along a simple piece of advice: Remember the 5/3, 2, 1 Rule of GenCon. This means that in every 24 hours, get at least 5 (or 3) hours of sleep a night, 2 meals per day (at least one of them should be hot), and take 1 shower per day. And these are minimums, folks, bare minimums (at least for some people).

Following this basic guideline will keep you alive through the convention, maximise your time for gaming, and allow for the comfort of those with whom you are gaming. Please, please, please take a shower and use deodorant, folks. Oh, and no matter what you think, cologne/perfume cannot and does not make up for the lack of showering.

And here, to put the whole showering thing into perspective, is Savage Gypsy:

My GenCon Schedule August 10, 2017

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As most folks know, GenCon Indy 2017 (GenCon 50!) begins next week. So I figured I should post something up about my itinerary for the convention. I’m set to fly to Indy on the Tuesday, 15th of August, and I’ll be coming back to Ottawa on Monday, 21st of August, during the mid- to late evening. Yes, that’s right… I’m actually going to spend the whole Sunday in Indy so I can take in a bit more of the convention and all, and use the extra day to get some rest that night. will be flying down for the convention with me, so that’s cool.

I don’t have any stuff really scheduled for the convention, other than a couple of games I’ll be running and a game I hope I’ll be able to get into. I’ll be running two Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG sessions (the same adventure) this year, and I’m looking forward to those. Here’s the listings of the games I’ll be running at the convention, for those who might be interested. While both the Friday afternoon and Saturday evening games are supposedly full, there’s always a chance as sometimes folks at GenCon don’t come out for their games, so remember those Generic tickets!

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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 – 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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I’ve got a couple of other places I have to be, notably during the Wednesday evening and during Saturday afternoon, but if folks want to meet up with me, play stuff or whatever, please get in touch with me, and we can arrange something. I’ll be staying at the Westin Indianapolis but you can leave me a message on Twitter or drop me a text message on my mobile, if necessary.

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. Oh, and do some gaming, of course! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Ian Anderson August 10, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Ian Anderson! 🙂

Ian Anderson, the lead singer of the British progressive rock group Jethro Tull, celebrates his 69th birthday today. I have long been a fan of Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson’s solo work, and am delighted that Ian is celebrating another birthday.

::singing::
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Ian,
Happy Birthday to you!
::stop singing::

Best wishes, Ian. 🙂

Oh, and for those who want to learn more about Ian’s work and Jethro Tull, just follow the link. 🙂

RPGaDay in August – August 10th: Where Do You Go for RPG Reviews? August 10, 2017

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We continue on with #RPGaDAY in August.

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Day 10 – Where do you go for RPG reviews?

Truth be told, I’ve given up a long time ago on reading rpg reviews from various websites and the like.

That said, I don’t go in for reviews, per sé, but rely more on what friends have to say on the subject. I trust their insights, and they have a pretty good idea of my taste in game settings and mechanics. (Well, I like to think so.)

A Week Until GenCon Indy Starts! August 10, 2017

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Looking at the calendar, I see that today is the 10th of August.

This means that GenCon Indy starts exactly a week today.

Eeek! Where has the time gone? I’ve got so much to do to get ready for the convention before flying down to Indy on Tuesday. Eeek!

An Exhausting Day (Cars, Haircut and Food) August 10, 2017

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Another day that was exhausting yesterday. Another night of very little sleep. *sigh*

Had a decent night’s sleep on Tuesday night, but woke up with stabbing pain in the arm and shoulder that I’m having trouble with. Not an auspicious start to the day. Tried to do a round of physio exercises, but had almost no mobility and my shoulder and upper back area were in too much pain to do a couple of the exercises.

Made some breakfast and then checked e-mail and the like. Nothing of importance there, and no one’s beating down my door to meet up with me at GenCon Indy. Took as hot a shower as I could, and that helped somewhat with my shoulder though not as much as I would have liked.

Another round of car shopping ensued for a couple of hours. The morning saw me going to Kia to check their cars out, but I didn’t see anything I really liked and I wasn’t enamoured of the test drive of a second-had Forte.

From there, it was off to my Footcare appointment. Things went better than I expected, and my feet felt much better afterwards. Lunch in the building consisted of some hamburger and veggie soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Satisfying. After lunch it was over to First Choice Haircutters to get my haircut, though by then it was around 2:30 pm and I hoped I wouldn’t have to wait too long for the haircut, as I needed to get in some more car shopping during the late afternoon. I needn’t have worried, as the haircut place was pretty empty and got taken right away by my favourite hairstylist. I’d left it almost two months, quite late, as I’d wanted to get the hair cut right before GenCon, and the hairstylist cut off some 1-1/2 inches of hair. Felt several pounds lighter after the haircut. 🙂

From there, it was back to car shopping. Went to Subaru and Ford, but didn’t find anything affordable, and didn’t like the test drive I did of a Honda something-or-other (not a Civic, since there were none available second-hand at the dealer with the parameters I had in mind). Then stopped at Mitsubishi and ended up with a rookie salesman (he’d only been there for three months) and just about walked out with his lack of knowledge and pushy salesmanship. They had some good second hand cars, but Mitsubishi is also having a sale, and I took a look at a new Mirage once I got a veteran salesperson. The Mirage handled like a dream, and I may go back there again today (Thursday) to see it again.

By this time, it was quite late. Had to go home and relax for a bit, as my shoulder and arm were hurting pretty bad. Mom and my sister went to do a bit of shopping, and then picked me up around 7:30 pm or so, and we went and had a very late supper at Swiss Chalet. A side salad, roast beef and mashed potatoes with mixed vegetables. Didn’t eat the whole meal, as it was getting really late. And then it happened. As we were getting out of the booth, mom cracked my left ankle with her cane.

Suffice it to say, I wasn’t walking well when we came out of Swiss Chalet, and after they dropped me off at the house, I saw that my left ankle had a laceration from the cane and a deep, red indentation from where it hit me. I put my foot up, put an ice pack on it, and took it easy for the rest of the night.

Not a lot of sleep, as I tossed and turned last night due to the shoulder pain and some throbbing from the left ankle. Woke up way too early (if I slept at all), and have been ambling around for a while. Decided to post this blog entry.

Anyway, another physiotherapy session this afternoon, more car shopping, and preparations to make for GenCon. Going to be another exhausting day. Feel like a chicken without a head, and just running around.

*sigh*

RPGaDay in August – August 9th: What Is A Good RPG to Play for About 10 Sessions? August 9, 2017

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We continue on with #RPGaDAY in August.

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Day 9 – What is a good RPG to play to play for about 10 sessions?

This one’s easy…

Pretty much any roleplaying game out with, with maybe one or two exceptions (in my opinion), are suitable to running for around 10 sessions. No-brainer, to be honest.

An Exhausting Day (Cars, Physio, and Food) August 8, 2017

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An exhausting day.

The day started off with almost no sleep last night due to foot pain (nerve spasms) and the terrible shoulder pain the exercising has caused.

The morning consisted of a round of car shopping. Went to the local Toyota dealer and looked for a second-hand car, but didn’t see anything I really liked. Took a second-hand 2015 Corolla around for a spin and while it handled all right, the seats weren’t comfortable and I wasn’t crazy about the feel for the road. The price was good, though.

From there, went for my physiotherapy appointment and got put through the wringer. The pain in the shoulder was pretty bad, so we tried acupuncture but that didn’t work, and made the neck muscles on that side hurt. Some deep massage helped, and after some electro-stimulation, I felt almost pain-free again. Went to the little restaurant in the building with the physiotherapist for lunch, and had a terrific potato and parmesan soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. Very tasty, and quite satisfying.

After that, it was back to car shopping. Went into Mazda and found they had some good second-hand vehicles. Wanted a Mazda 3 from 2015, but that one had already been sold, but got to look at a decent Mazda 3 from 2014 that was fully equipped and decently priced. Took that vehicle out for a test drive, and it was smooth and sleek and handled like a dream. Could even drive it right-handed, which made things easy and rested my left arm and shoulder. From there, it was over to Hyundi and checked out the cars there. Thought about the Accent but it was too small, and then drove for test with the 2014 Elantra they had. There was a lot of terrible things about the car, the worst being that I had to drive two-handed – and guess what, my left shoulder pain got very bad.

By that time, it was supper time. After stopping at home for pills and meds, my mom, sister and I went over to Boston Pizza for supper again. Terrific meal, including a side salad, hummus and flatbread chips, and spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs and mozzarella for supper. There was enough Bolognese for three people on that plate! So I took the rest of it home with me. Also had a Heineken with supper, and that helped with the shoulder pain somewhat. 🙂

Am now home. And get to do some of this all over again tomorrow.

Totally exhausted.