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Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming July 15, 2018

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Another morning that was a bit rough in terms of digestion issues and bowel stuff. Not sure what’s going on, but it stems from Saturday’s habits, I guess. Better now.

I’m getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The group will be continuing their Torg Eternity game in the Cyberpapacy, which I’m looking forward to.

Anyway, I need to go upstairs and see what I can make for lunch. In the hopes that I can actually keep it down. Maybe a simple sandwich? Or maybe a bowl of soup? Hmm…

Have a good afternoon (and evening), folks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s My Birthday July 3, 2018

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Well, today is my birthday.

I’m not embarrassed about my age; I turn 63 years old today. No real motto for today, but I do feel that it’s gotta be a better year than the previous one was. ๐Ÿ™‚ (But isn’t that always the case?) In a lot of ways, the previous year was one that had some good times, bad times, and saw a few health problems crop up. But like I said, there were some great moments scattered among the rough patches. I like to think that I am a bit better of a person for it and all. The year saw various ups and downs in my life, but *that is life*. That’s how it works.

So, what was 1955 like? Well, a lot of stuff happened in 1955.

The Wikipedia page on events in 1955 gives a good account of what happened during the year.

It was a terrific year for books as well, as evidenced by this list of Most Popular Books of 1955 found on the Goodreads site. So many great titles published during that year. No wonder I turned out to be an avid reader! ๐Ÿ™‚

For some of the musical stuff that was going on back in 1955, check out this good link.

Some of the movies from that year include Bad Day at Black Rock directed by John Sturges, The Blackboard Jungle directed by Richard Brooks, East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan, one of my favourite films of all-time, Kiss Me Deadly directed by Robert Aldrich, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, The Night of the Hunter directed by Charles Laughton, Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, The Rose Tattoo directed by Daniel Mann, The Seven Year Itch directed by Billy Wilder, and of course, To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, to name but a few.

Lots of good stuff the year of my birth.

I’m not planning on doing anything special to celebrate my birthday this year, although I’ll be spending some time (hopefully) with a few friends and family. I’ll likely not go out to dinner tonight somewhere, but the extent of my celebrating will involve a bit of Chinese food (maybe) and possibly some chocolate cake of some sort. Might see some Black Forest cake on the weekend to come, but that remains to be seen. No Bailey’s Irish Cream this year, but possibly a beer (or two). So I’m not going to indulge too much. (Besides, if I can’t have a bit of cake or whatever on my birthday, when can I, I ask you?)

Anyway, I hope that I’m a better person in the coming year, and I hope that I get a bit of happiness, good health, peace and prosperity for the coming year as well. Oh, and some love or romance would be nice, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday, Tammy! July 2, 2018

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One of my good friends, Tammy Powers, is celebrating her birthday today!

Tammy doesn’t have a blog here, but I know that she reads my blog from time to time, so I hope that you see this entry, m’dear. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday, Tammy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you have a terrific day today, and that you celebrate your birthday with lots of flair. May you have good health, happiness, prosperity, and love over the coming year, and may there always be a warm breeze at your back!

Last Day of June June 30, 2018

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It’s the last day of June, 2018.

And in all honesty, I can’t wait for this month to be over.

I’m not going to go into details about everything that’s gone down in June and why I’ll be happy to see the month in the rear view mirror (all you have to do is read some of the blog entries of the past month to see what’s been going on health-wise with me), but it will be good to start looking forward to the month of July. I don’t have a lot of plans for July, to be honest, and it’s not going to start off with any gaming (as both the Friday and Sunday gaming groups will be taking the long weekend off), but to be honest, I’m looking forward to a quiet beginning to the month.

That said, Ottawa and the valley are starting a massive heatwave (which began yesterday), and today is no exception to this. The temperatures for the next week (!!) or so are in the low to mid-range 30+oC range, and with the humidity in the air it’s feeling like the 40s! Ickk! Just plan to keep as cool as I can. ‘Nuff said about that.

In the meantime, I plan to go out and buy a few groceries this afternoon, so just have to remember to make it quick. Otherwise, the perishables will melt in the heat outside. That, and stay hydrated and not take too many chances with my health this week.

MRI Results and a Rough Afternoon June 26, 2018

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It has been a very long day.

I went for my doctor’s appointment at 1:15 pm, and got the results of my MRI on the left shoulder.

After waiting about 10 minutes to see the doctor, he came in and we discussed my general health (I would rate it fair to middling at this point), then got down to business. The MRI came back as normal, with the exception of some inflammation in a couple of places, but nothing that would account for the pain that I’ve experienced the last two years or so. He told me that he’s going to make an appointment with a specialist (one that’s already in the works, but could take a maximum of 18 months to get, as they’re very much in demand these days), but that in the meantime I should go back and continue my physiotherapy. So that’s what I’ll be working towards this week, but with the long weekend coming up and Canada Day and everything ahead, might not be ’til some time next week.

From the doctor’s office, I went and had some lunch at Tim Horton’s, and then went to do some grocery shopping for some veggies and a few other necessities. And, of course, wouldn’t you know it but I moved the left arm the wrong way or lifted something too heavy with it or whatever, and *SNAP!* just like that, I had excruciating pain in the left shoulder and down the arm, and my neck started hurting. I drove the car and got home from the shopping, and managed to put things away, and then lay back for a bit and took some pain killers.

Time to start thinking of supper now, though I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stand in the kitchen and make the food. Some water to drink first before anything else, though.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! June 24, 2018

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Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Today is my goddaughter, Ellie’s, birthday. I’m not allowed to say how old she is, but speaking as a godfather, I have to say they grow up so fast!

You’re growing into a great young woman, and I am so proud of you and happy for you on this, your birthday. I hope you have a terrific day on this, your special day. May the Goddess bless you with happiness, good health, fortune, may you always have a warm breeze at your back! – and may your presents today be those that you want.

Happy Birthday, Ellie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday Afternoon Game Report – Torg Eternity, Session 4 June 18, 2018

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The Sunday afternoon gaming group continued play of their Torg Eternity RPG campaign, set in the Cyberpapacy, yesterday. You can read the blog entry on the previous 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:
Jean André Bernard (SteveR) โ€“ Unstoppable Cop (Gendarme)
Celeste Dubois (Tammy) โ€“ Cyberwitch
Jacques Dumont (GM/NPC) โ€“ Realm Runner

April 3rd, 2017

The diesel locomotive departs the Orange train station, the Storm Knights and the prisoners (including their family members) in the prison car, while engineer Fredric Mercier steers them down the track as the train heads for the storm front that borders Paris. The Storm Knights congratulate themselves on their escape, and the saving of their family members, but Jacques Dumont tells them not to be so overconfident – they havenโ€™t escaped quite yet. Jean Andre Bernard pokes his head out of the entrance to the train they used, and spots what appears to be a blue streak of light in the sky, seemingly moving towards them and the car. He is more alarmed to see the cybertrain following after them, several Church Police streetbeaters hanging from the outside of the locomotive and what he thinks might be the troop car. He pops back into the car, and alerts the others to the potential problems outside.

Jacques decides to remain near the prisoners and protect them, while Jean heads for the front of the train car, to make his way through and speak to the engineer. Celeste Dubois comforts her sister, Francine, somewhat, but then prepares to defend the train car. The characters hear the wind rushing around the speeding train, and then an awful crack of a whip that is mixed with lighting sparks, and the area near the car door to the ground is surrounded by a nimbus of blue, crackling energy. A second crack of energy is heard, and once more the train car entry point is filled with the blue, arcing energy. Jacques keeps an eye on the former prisoners, including his wife and son, and then tells the prisoners that he will protect them. Jean continues to make his way towards the front end of the train car. Celeste pokes her head out of the car, and spots what seems to be a glowing blue war angel closing on the car. She fires her Godmeeter at it, but this has no effect, and she thinks it is the range. She decides to wait for it to get closer.

She goes back into the car, just as the creature [called a Host] reaches the train car. There is a rending sound from the front of the car, and what appears to be blue laser or lightsaber light can be seen cutting its way into the roof of the car, the angel of war using its hands to tear into the car. Jacques fires up at the creature with his pistol, but it has no effect as it seems to bounce off the war angelโ€™s crystal-like armour. Celeste decides to try and shoot it with the GodMeeter again, but changes her mind at the last moment. Instead, she casts a spell that is able to reduce the creatureโ€™s Dexterity (and all related skills) [she rolled really well, and spent a Hero Card, for a Good success]. The war angel continues its task, and tears open the roof using the hole it made, like a can opener with a can of sardines. As it attempts to strike down into the train car, Jean (nearing the front of the car) is almost struck, but dodges away just in time. Jacques moves back to guard the Ord prisoners, since his gun will have no effect on the war angel. Celeste takes a shot at the creature with her Godmeeter, but the shot strikes wide, hitting the train car roof near the creature.

And at that moment, the train passes into the [Reality] storm front. The reality switches from the Cyberpapacy to that of Core Earth, and unsupported by the Axioms, the war angel disconnects and must flee back into the storm to escape. Returning to the car entrance, Jean sees that the cybertrain has stopped in the storm (perhaps it has disconnected?), leaving the Church Police frantically pounding the air with their fists in frustration. As the diesel train continues on its way, a ghostly, musical voice [that of the Host war angel] is heard by them all:

โ€œWe know who you are. We do not forget. As the Church spreads, we shall find you. The storm knows your name.โ€

A couple of hours later, the diesel train pulls into Paris. A Paris which seems to still retain the reality of Core Earth. [Itโ€™s a hardpoint]. Word of the heroesโ€™ actions spread, and the people treat the player characters as heroes for their actions this day.

Sunday afternoon’s game session of the Torg Eternity campaign wrapped up the first adventure for the players, and I thought it went very well. The game session only lasted about 1-1/2 hours, since it was the final scene of the adventure. The players decided not to start a new adventure, since Tammy is going to be on-call for work for the next two weeks. We spent the last couple of hours of the gaming session playing some board games, specifically Ticket to Ride Legendary Asia, and that was fun (I won the second game after coming in a dismal third in the first game). Since I had to eat an early supper prior to going to the hospital for an MRI that night, SteveR and Tammy didn’t stick around for too long. Tammy told me she’d had a lot of fun with the adventure, as there was a lot of action and “I got to shoot things” (her words). SteveR wasn’t all that commital, but did say that he enjoyed himself, so I guess that’s a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

As mentioned, I won’t be playing with the Sunday afternoon group for around two or three weeks, so I just have to be patient before I can continue the campaign with SteveR and Tammy in the Cyberpapacy. ๐Ÿ™‚

It Shall Be Mine Again! June 18, 2018

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It shall be mine again!

One of the games that I lost during the fire my dwelling suffered back in the early 1990s was the copy of SPI’s John Carter: Warlord of Mars. The game first came out in 1979, and being the John Carter fan that I was, I snagged the game as soon as I got my hands on it at the local gaming store in Montreal.

I played the game whenever I could, but there weren’t a lot of John Carter/Barsoom fans that I knew of back in those days, so I didn’t get to play the game all that often. Then came the fire, and the loss of the game. I looked for it after the fire over the years in various places, but the costs and the condition of the game discouraged me from buying it again, and I despaired of ever finding the game again at a decent price. So imagine my surprise when I got a notice from Noble Knight Games, saying they had a couple of copies of the game come in.

Anyway, long story short: My credit card is hurting bad right now, but I’ve ordered one of the two copies of the game! Soon, the incomparable Dejah Thoris will be– ah, never mind. Suffice to say, I’m really looking forward to getting the copy of the game again, though I’ve got to hope that the game is really complete (as the NK blurb said it was). Will report back on this when the game is mine again.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming, and MRI Stuff June 17, 2018

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Had a bit of a rough morning today, but feeling much better now.

I’m getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The plan is that they’ll wrap up the first, introductory adventure for Torg Eternity today, which should take between 10 minutes and 2 hours, but rather than starting another adventure (since Tammy is going on call for the next two weeks) we’ll wrap up the afternoon with some board games, probably Ticket To Ride of some sort.

I’ve got my MRI of the left shoulder scheduled for this evening at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) around 8:15 pm, so the early evening will be spent relaxing and having an early supper (for me, anyway).

Have a good afternoon (and evening), folks. ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming, Sort Of June 8, 2018

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The Friday night gaming group will be playing this evening, sort of.

I heard from Kathy this afternoon that she and my goddaughter will be heading out to Burlington, Ontario for the weekend to stay with friends. (The trip was organised about six months ago, so…)

In the meantime, the other three players (Angela, Mark, and Peter) have decided they want to play this evening. Since I won’t be running Torg Eternity with them tonight, as they don’t want to play that without Kathy and Ellie, they said they were game to play something else. So I figure that I’ll run the group through a quick and dirty scenario I have in mind for John Carter of Mars – The Roleplaying Game, using the pre-generated characters from the Quickstart scenario I ran at CanGames.

Should be a good evening of gaming, and I can use the distraction, to be honest. (And no, I’m not saying why.)

Have a good evening, folks. ๐Ÿ™‚