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Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled December 10, 2017

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Gaming with the Sunday afternoon group is off for this afternoon once more.

SteveR is still recovering from what he’s been going through this past month (long story, and not mine to tell), and while Tammy’s available to play this weekend she’d rather not game without SteveR. This isn’t a bad thing, to be perfectly honest, as my health problems with the pain in the shoulder, arm, hand, neck, and head are still extremely bad, so we won’t be playing this afternoon.

I am sorry that I’m not going to be able to actually start the The Dark Eye campaign with the first scenario with the Sunday group again, but things are what they are.

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The Human Need December 10, 2017

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Yesterday was a strange day.

I woke up feeling relatively all right, as the term “relatively” is used about myself these days. Frankly, it meant that I didn’t scream from the pain in the hand/arm/shoulder/neck/back when I got out of bed.

I went about the morning stuff, and took it fairly easy and didn’t feel all that bad. Since I’ve had some cabin fever of late and really did feel a bit better, I decided to go out and find some companionship. (No, not that way, silly readers! I’m not up for that at the moment, to be honest. But thanks for thinking it.

I risked taking a drive (given my current health state and the medication for pain I’m taking) over to Billings Bridge Centre, as I needed to pick up a 2018 calendar and just wanted some time among the (human) herd, so to speak. So where better than a shopping centre during the Christmas season?

I went up to the food court and had some lunch, and then headed over and picked up the calendar, though not the one I was looking for, before thinking of heading home. But I was quite relaxed and enjoying my time among the human herd. So I went and sat down at a nice, comfy bench with a good cushion on it, and sat and people watched for a couple of hours, and just…absorbed all the human (inter)action around me. By the time I left the shopping mall and got home, I was feeling somewhat more human again…though I did feel very pained in the body parts that are bothering me these days.

Woke up this morning very early, due to the bad pain in the hand/arm/shoulder/neck/back areas, and while I feel I know that I’m paying for the afternoon out, I’m feeling somewhat better about myself and a bit more human again. And that’s all that counts.

In the meantime, I feel like having pancakes for my late breakfast, and that’s what I’m going to do.

Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled December 8, 2017

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Once more, it pains me (no pun intended) to say this…

Gaming is off for tonight, as I’m just in too much pain in the neck, back, shoulder, and arm(s) to game tonight, as I’m really unable to focus on stuff very clearly. Kathy and the other gamers were quite disappointed at the news, but completely understand. Kathy also told me that Ellie is down with some sort of cold or virus (they hope it’s not the flu or anything like that), so she and Ellie would not be gaming tonight, regardless.

I’m sad that we’re not going to continue on with the The Dark Eye RPG campaign this evening, but such is my life at the moment. Heck, I’m lucky if I can stand at all. Going to lie down now for a while before having to get up and make supper.

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled December 3, 2017

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Gaming with the Sunday afternoon group is off for this afternoon.

Due to various things going on with Tammy and , gaming for this afternoon is off. Tammy is on-call for her job, but I can’t speak for SteveR’s reasons for not gaming (it’s a long story, and he’s the only one who can explain what’s going on), so both players are unavailable for the afternoon.

I am sorry that I’m not going to be able to actually start the The Dark Eye campaign with the first scenario with the Sunday group, but things are what they are.

The Capharnaüm RPG Kickstarter December 2, 2017

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*sigh*

I had promised myself that I wasn’t going to do it, but then it came along… For those who are roleplaying gamers and interested in such things, there’s a new fantasy roleplaying game on the horizon that’s currently being Kickstarted. At least new to the English speaking market.

Capharnaüm is a French roleplaying game that’s been out for over 10 years now. More properly called Capharnaüm: The Tales of the Dragon-Marked is a fantasy roleplaying game of Arabian Nights adventure that is being published in English by Mindjammer Press and will be distributed by the folks at Modiphius Entertainment. The game rules look really simple, the artwork is lavish and fantastic and has that Arabian Nights feel to it, and the game has some rather neat conceits and conceptions. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter itself:

Capharnaüm: The Tales of the Dragon-Marked Kickstarter Page

Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked is a fantasy roleplaying game set in an imaginary Arabia-like world. It borrows from the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights, as well as semitic legends and the ancient and mediaeval epics. Capharnaüm doesn’t aim to be a historical game, but a heroic one, a flamboyant refraction of historical, cultural, and mythical themes, filled with light and thrilling adventure!

In Capharna¨m, you play the Dragon-Marked, heroic individuals with a special destiny, born with a birthmark on their backs in the shape of a dragon’s claw. The Dragon-Mark announces to the world that you are capable of astonishing feats, for good or evil. Chosen by mystical dragons in accordance with an unknown divine will, you are offered a place in the great game of the gods. You’ll be cast into colourful adventures, political, military, and magical intrigues, and much more.

Capharnaüm is a simple yet profound game. We all know the tales of Sinbad, of Ali Baba, of Aladdin and Scheherezade – we grew up with them, they form part of our personal culture. The world of Capharnaüm is familiar, easy to pick up and play. And yet – scratch the surface, and a whole world opens up. Meticulously researched, the game aims to provide fantastic takes on real-world Mediterranean cultures, from ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt and Sumeria, right through to the crusader kingdoms, dark age and mediaeval Europe, the kingdoms of Africa, India, and the distant East. Uniquely, Capharna¨m is centred upon a fantastic version of the Middle-East, where all these cultures meet, clash, come into conflict with the profound cultures of the peninsula of Jazirat, and where something new is being born.

As the Dragon-Marked, you transcend cultural differences. You’re united by an unknown, mystical, yet common destiny. Side-by-side with people who would otherwise be your foes, you adventure in this vibrant, chaotic land, where the fate of the future is at play, and where you are destined to change the world…

For some interesting aspects of the game, I recommend the following link:

Dan Davenport’s Q&A with Sarah Newton

There are several other places that you can learn more information about the game, but there are only 14 days (as of this writing) left for the Kickstarter, so if you’re interested in supporting the game, pledge around the Kickstarter and help out with getting this roleplaying game produced.

Overall, Capharnaüm looks to be a really neat, fascinating fantasy roleplaying game, and I finally caved in and pledged around it today. Part of that was due to the fact that I’m a sucker for Arabian Nights games, but also the fact that it’s being done by Sarah Newton and the folks at Mindjammer Press. I hope this post gives you some interest in the game, and perhaps motivates you to take a peek at the Kickstarter, and perhaps pledge around the game.

Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled December 1, 2017

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It has been a hell of a day.

I spent part of the day going to the physiotherapy clinic to give her the recommendations made by the orthopedic surgeon, but will have to wait for an appointment until my insurance is handled properly on this. Didn’t find a decent wall calendar for 2018 at Chapters. Had to take my mom out for shopping.

The pain is very bad in the shoulder, arm, neck, and– never mind.

Gaming is off for tonight, as I just can’t focus on stuff very clearly and the pain is quite severe. Kathy and the other gamers were quite disappointed at the news, but completely understand.

I’m sad that we’re not going to continue on with the The Dark Eye RPG campaign this evening, but such is my life at the moment. Heck, I’m lucky if I can stand at all. Going to lie down now for a while before having to get up and make supper. See how that goes.

Start of December, A New Month December 1, 2017

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It’s December 1st. A new month.

And I’m glad that November is over, though I am dreading the true coming of winter this month, but given how last month went, just happy December has arrived.

Being Jewish and a singleton, December tends to be a depressing month for me, though I do have some family and a few friends that will try to lighten the mood. That said, there’s all kinds of other stuff that December brings, so we’ll see how the month goes.

Medically, I’m hoping that the month will be a quiet one, but I doubt it. I;m currently in severe pain for reasons that I’ve discussed elewhere (sort of) in the blog. I’ve got an appointment with the regular doctor as well as my Footcare appointment to deal with, but there’s other stuff going on as well. And possibly a visit or two to the hospital… As for the rest of December, I’m hoping it passes quietly, there’s not a lot of snow ::knock on wood::, and that someone buys me a Christmas present of some sort! 🙂

The real trick for me in December (well, most of the winter, really) is to manage to keep warm. The arthritis that I have is one thing, but the neuropathy damage from the diabetes that I do have makes winter tough on my keeping the extremities warm.

Wednesday Night Gaming Cancelled November 29, 2017

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Gaming for this evening, Wednesday night, has been cancelled.

It has been a horrible day, to be honest, and the appointment with the specialist, a sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon, did not go well. Very badly, to be honest, and the diagnosis and prognosis are not good. Add to that the pain that I’m currently in (on a 0 to 10 scale, I’m at 11 or so), and I just don’t feel up to gaming.

So gaming is off.

Personally, I’m sorry that I had to cancel gaming tonight, as I was rather looking forward to continuing work with the Wednesday night gamers on the The Dark Eye RPG characters and campaign with them, but such is life. Real, that is.

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled November 26, 2017

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Gaming with the Sunday afternoon group is off for this afternoon.

Due to various things going on with Tammy and SteveR, gaming for this afternoon is off. Tammy is on-call for her job, but I can’t speak for SteveR’s reasons for not gaming (it’s a long story, and he’s the only one who can explain what’s going on), so both players are unavailable for the afternoon.

While I could use the distraction, I’m not in any physical shape at the moment to run the game this afternoon, so I’m not going to complain here. I am sorry that I’m not going to be able to actually start the The Dark Eye campaign with the first scenario with the Sunday group, but things are what they are.

Friday Evening Gaming Session Cancelled November 24, 2017

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Gaming with the Friday night group is off for this evening.

I spoke to the players in the middle of the afternoon, and learned that three of my five players are going out today for Black Friday shopping so won’t be available for gaming tonight. The other two players decided they didn’t want to play without the three players, so that’s it for tonight.

Add to this the fact that I’m absolutely miserable, the pain on my left side (shoulder, neck, arm, and back of head) getting worse and the meds not really doing much, and I can’t say that I’m sorry not to be gaming tonight.

This means that the current session of the The Dark Eye campaign scenario will have to wait until next week, assuming I’m even capable of gaming next week.

One step (or in this case, movement) at a time.