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Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming June 21, 2017

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Finished supper, so I’m just getting ready for the evening.

The Wednesday night gaming group will be meeting for the first time in a bit, so I’m rather looking forward to this. Not sure what game we’ll be doing, let alone whether it’ll be a roleplaying game or a board game of some sort. Just really looking forward to getting back to gaming with the group.

In the meantime, I need to wash up the supper dishes.

Have a good evening, folks. 🙂

Sunday Afternoon Board Gaming June 18, 2017

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The Sunday gamers have left for the day, actually having departed around 4:30 pm, though stuck around for a bit afterwards as I showed him what Torg: Eternity‘s basic game mechanics are like (more on that in a bit).

Once the players arrived around 12:45 pm, we chatted for a bit, and then I gave the players the options that I had in mind for today’s gaming (see the previous post): 1) Continue the campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG; 2) Start of the renewed <SkyRealms of Jorune RPG with some character generation; 3) Play a board game of some sort; and 4) Play the Torg: Eternity Free RPG Day little adventure thingie.

They vetoed 1) because they felt that…well, never mind what they felt about the game after the hiatus they’ve had. They vetoed 2) for the moment because they were concerned with my voice. They vetoed 4) because Tammy felt that Torg without the Drama Deck just wasn’t Torg, so she’d wait for the game in October or so (assuming everything works out with the Kickstarter. So in the end, it was decided to play a board game. The two players settled on Tales of the Arabian Nights, so that is what we played.

To be honest, I wasn’t feeling it for most of the afternoon and while I guess the game went all right (well, at least for Tammy it did, as well as for SteveR), I was somewhat…bored…with it. Absolutely nothing was happening for me, playing Ali Baba, other than getting Scorned and then being Enslaved towards the end of the game. Here’s a photo, not a great one, that I took of the game board and the surrounding area at one point late in the game.

We wrapped up the game around 4:30 pm, and it was clear that SteveR was the winner, based on the fact that he’d completed 2 Quests to Tammy’s 1 (and I hadn’t even finished my first one). After SteveR helped me pack up the game, I grabbed the Torg: Eternity Free RPG Day material, and for 15 minutes he went through a couple of encounters for the game using the Celebrity player character. He rather enjoyed it, and I think he regretted not playing the Torg: Eternity game this afternoon.

Once SteveR took off, I collapsed on the couch and had a cup of hot tea and half a bagel with vegetables for snack.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming June 18, 2017

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Haven’t said that in a while.

Getting ready to game with the Sunday group. I’ve got four options in mind for gaming this afternoon, and while I know what I’d like the players to decide to do, I’m not sure which option they’ll choose. So we’ll see which way things shape up.

I’m just starting to make lunch here at Casa Kahane, and am rather looking forward to these hot dogs in buns. Better get on with it.

Free RPG Day Torg: Eternity Stuff June 17, 2017

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I actually managed to get into the local rpg and hobby shoppe, Fandom II, today for Free RPG Day, and lucked out.

It is *miine!*! hehe

The Storm really does have a name now…

I also bought a whackload of 20-sided dice (well, not a whackload, but 15 of ’em), since I didn’t want to just grab free stuff. Gotta make your local FLAGS feel good about this stuff, since the Free RPG Day stuff costs the retail store money.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming June 16, 2017

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Well, there’s something I haven’t said in a while, huh? 🙂

As per my post this morning, I’ve decided to game with the Friday night gaming group this evening. The players are delighted to be able to get back to gaming this evening, though what we’re playing is still up in the air. My voice is all right, but it’s not 100%, so I’ll let the players decide what we play this evening.

Basically, they have several options. We can do some board games this evening, or if they prefer and I think my voice is good to go, we can continue the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign. So we’ll see. The shoulder is very bad this evening, so whatever we play, the gamers will have to bring the gaming stuff upstairs for me.

In the meantime, I need to get upstairs and clean the supper dishes, and take care of cleaning off the dining room table.

Friday Morning, and Gaming Thoughts June 16, 2017

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Yes, it’s been a few days since I posted anything to the blog.

To be honest, I’ve not had a lot to say. And have not been feeling up to snuff.

It’s Friday, so I’m at work as I’m usually supposed to be. Been a very busy day, but as they say, another day, another dollar.

I’m feeling somewhat better, though I’ve still got the cough and I would say that my voice is around 75%. But it still comes and goes.

I’m thinking that I’ll game this evening with the Friday gaming group, but am not sure yet what I’ll run. That’ll depend on how my voice is doing. Might play a board game, but if I’m up to it, I’ll continue the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game that the Friday nighters are in the middle of. Like I said, I’ll wait ’til the gamers arrive for the evening to decide on this, but I’ve informed them of this decision.

Looking forward to this evening. 🙂

Friday Night Game Session Cancelled June 9, 2017

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I will not be gaming with the Friday night gamers this evening.

While I am feeling somewhat better, I’m still coughing pretty badly at times, and my voice is still hoarse and a bit croak-y. So no point really trying to run a game or even board game tonight.

I had really hoped to be able to game tonight, and was frankly looking forward to getting back into the Friday campaign of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, but such is not the case. Hopefully, the
Icons will smile down on me somewhat soon, like next week. Please. 🙂

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled June 4, 2017

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‘Tis another Sunday morning.

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

Aside from the fact that Tammy is on call this week (and next), I’m still somewhat sick, having the cough that comes and goes, and my voice is raspy and rather frog-like. I had hoped to be able to game by today, and was looking forward to getting back into the Sunday campaign of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, but such is not to be the case.

*sigh*

I *have* mentioned how much I hate con crud, haven’t it? 😦

Friday Night Gaming Session Cancelled June 2, 2017

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I will not be gaming with the Friday night gamers this evening.

I’m still sick with whatever bug it is that I have (I’m suspecting now that the con crud turned into pneumonia or perhaps bronchitis), and am just not up to gaming tonight. Add to that the fact that I’m still voiceless pretty much, and well, no point trying to run a game or even board game.

I had hoped to be able to game tonight, and was frankly looking forward to getting back into the Friday campaign of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, but such is not the case. Hopefully, the
Icons will smile down on me somewhat soon. Please. 🙂

Final Thoughts on CanGames 2017 May 29, 2017

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After the conclusion of the convention, I usually write a “Final Thoughts” post about the convention. I wasn’t going to do so this year, for a variety of reasons, but in the end the words seemed to come to me.

While I normally walk around the convention a lot, watch various games (or play a board game or two), and chat with people (friends, acquaintances, and people I’ve never met before), this year that was impossible for me. I spent most of the convention with a hoarse, at times squeaky, voice that eventually turned into a whisper more than anything else, and was feeling completely out of sorts for most of the convention. With the noise levels on the main floor, I couldn’t talk to folks and be understood for the most part. Not being able to talk to people, makes for a poor dialogue experience. I didn’t spend a lot of time on the second floor, so can’t really comment on how it would have been up there. Truth be told, I don’t remember parts of the convention experience regardless. I just didn’t see a lot of it. 😦

I do, however, want to say that without the assistance and help of , I don’t think I could have done half of what I did do at the convention this year, and am not sure that I would have gone to the convention at all. Between the allergies/asthma attack/loss of voice, the terrible left shoulder pain and some of the shakiness that I was wracked with, I could not have managed at the convention without his help. So I’m just grateful that SteveR was willing and able to give me a hand with everything he did for me at the convention. Thanks, mate. 🙂

I also want to thank the CanGames 2017 convention committee and staff for all their hard work and dedication in bringing us this installment of Ottawa’s gaming convention. These folks work hard every year to make sure that the convention runs as smoothly as possible, and while there may have been a few glitches here and there (there always are at conventions, it’s inevitable), this year’s convention seemed to go pretty smoothly. (From what I saw of it.)

This year, despite how I was feeling and my vocal limitations, I went to the convention to run the four games that I was supposed to. Once I commit to running games at a convention such as CanGames, I do my best to honour said committment. People have paid upfront in some cases to play in the games that I’m supposed to run, but what it comes down to for me is the committment business. I will say that I had a decent time of it running the four games that I did at CanGames. Friday night’s “The Statuette of Zhar Bagra” for the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game went very well. My only regret with the scenario was that I ran the game on the main floor where the players couldn’t hear me at times because of my croaking voice. That said, the players had a good time from what I could tell and comments after, so I was pleased. Saturday afternoon’s Primeval scenario, “The Dixmude Affair”, was one that I’ve been looking forward to running for a couple of years now, as it took that long to get it into decent shape. The players loved it, though they were confused at times about the timelines, but that was a good thing! 🙂 Saturday night’s Tales from the Loop adventure, “Summer Break and Killer Birds”, was the most enjoyable game of the weekend for me. This rpg about Kids in a 1980s that never was brought back the joy in gaming in some ways, and to see the players playing the Kids and having such a neat gaming experience was terrific for me. Sunday afternoon’s Coriolis – The Third Horizon scenario, “Dark Flowers”, was a tough one for me to run, mainly from the complex nature of the adventure and some of its themes, but also because health-wise I felt like I was on my last legs. The game was made interesting, however, the the presence of the two very young players, and they kept me on my toes but also had some good roleplaying going on. I don’t know what I’ll be running at CanGames 2018 yet, though I do have some initial thoughts on that. We’ll see what we shall see. After all, it’s still another year or thereabouts until the next incarnation of CanGames.

Other than the usual food gripe that I have about CanGames 2017 and the Rideau Curling Club‘s offerings for food, which I’m not going to write about here, I didn’t really notice anything else problematic about the convention this year. (State of health likely had something to do with that.)

Overall, I can’t say that I had a great weekend at CanGames 2017 this year, mainly due to my health issues and my vocal limitations. I did see a few friends and acquaintances, and hope I made a few new friends (and people who will continue to game in the stuff that I run at the convention). I didn’t talk to as many people as I would have liked, and didn’t have any long chats with folks, other than during the four games that I ran. Definitely had fun running the games, but in retrospect it might have been a better idea had I not gone to the convention this year. (Chalk it up to stubbornness and stupidity on my part.)

That said, I’m already looking forward to CanGames 2018! 🙂 And I hope that some of the folks reading this journal are already planning for the convention, and I’ll see you there! 🙂

And that’s it. The final post about this year’s CanGames gaming convention in Ottawa. Hope everyone enjoyed these four journal entries about the convention, and please remember that comments are welcome. 🙂