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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. 🙂

Ambrosia RPG Quickstart Has Arrived June 7, 2017

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Been waiting for it for a while, but have finally received my copy of the hardcover Ambrosia: A Gathering of Souls, the English Quickstart book for the Ambrosia RPG. (The link above is to a YouTube video review of the book.)

Deep in our collective memory, hidden by mistakes of forgetfulness, lies a world that balances on that fine edge between sleep and awakening. A world that appears to come from a painting by Jheronimus Bosch or Pieter Brueghel, a world of gods and monsters. This is the world of Ambrosia, a unique role-playing game inspired by the history and folklore of the Low Countries. Ambrosia is based on a relatively low fantasy setting. The game offers a combination of political game and classical adventures, where conflicts in the court can be as deadly as a direct confrontation with a monster-like creature of forgotten times.

The hardcover Quickstart book (it’s available in other formats at DriveThruRPG by following the link) is a beautiful book that is 78 pages in length, and has solid, but manageable, cardstock paper, beautiful art (as seen above), and is about half preview of the rules and a little over half the adventure itself, “A Gathering of Souls”. I’m not going to spoil the adventure for would-be players, but will say that it’s highly evocative of the setting, the writing and editing are pretty good (though there are a few glitches to my editorial eye), but overall this is one snappy looking, well thought out Quickstarter book.

If what I’ve said and the two graphics above intrigue you, take a look at the game through the link I’ve posted above.

Leave Your World Behind, Again June 4, 2017

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“The time has come,” the walrus said, or something like that.

Once upon a time, in something like late 1982 or perhaps the 1984/1985 period (I can barely remember some of that time, and in my weakened state right now, well…) there was a really cool science fantasy (though I preferred to think of it as science fiction) roleplaying game called SkyRealms of Jorune. It was a very alien world, and had a great motto for the time: Leave Your World Behind.

Well, it’s time for me to Leave My World Behind, Again (to paraphrase somewhat). While I dearly love the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, I’ve had a hankering for a while to go back to Jorune, to experience some of that sheer alien-ness again, and while I’ll continue to run Coriolis as well, I think SkyRealms of Jorune is that “other” science fiction rpg that I want to run.

So with the help of SteveR today, I have taken all the Jorune goodness out of my gaming/books storage cupboard, and have now but to peruse them again.

Can’t wait to revisit Jorune…soon.

Dice to Go, Version 2 May 17, 2017

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As a general rule, when I go to the local gaming convention here in Ottawa, CanGames, I try to take dice and provide for the folks playing in any of the games I run. Well, this year is no exception.

I have one of these very nice wooden, 10″ dice trays that I purchased years ago from Koplow Games (which they still sell, though not on-line), and that’s what I take with me every year for CanGames.

And well… it’s ready to go for this year. Dice to go! 🙂

Book Stacks Arrived (and a CD) March 7, 2017

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One of the things I’ve always said is that I’m quite likely to die with a stack of books that I won’t have read left behind.

Here’s proof of this. This load of books arrived in snail mail yesterday, Monday the 6th.

And here’s the second batch of books that was waiting at my door when I got home this afternoon. (There was also a Delta Goodrem CD with this package, but you can’t make that one out too well.)

I’m glad to have received the books, now just gotta find time to read them all. 🙂

Icon Deck for Coriolis RPG February 12, 2017

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For those who are interested, here is a photo of the unpacked Icon Deck for the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG.

Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Goodies Arrive! February 10, 2017

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It has been an interesting day.

But today (Friday) has been made much better by the arrival of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Kickstarter pledge materials via courier. It is everything I could have hoped for, and some more.

There is a Darkness coming to my roleplaying game table soon, a Darkness Between the Stars…and it’s coming for you. ::evil g::

A Wintery Monday December 12, 2016

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It’s a very snowy day here in Ottawa.

The snow started last night around 5:00 pm or so, but wasn’t too heavy, though that intensified over the course of the night. A lot of snow on the ground now, and more is expected between now and the lunch hour. Here’s the view outside my window about 10 minutes ago.

I took one look out the window, and decided that I was going to work from home today. Since I had heard about the potential for this weathery set of events on Friday, I had planned for this. Turns out to be a good decision, as a lot of folks at the office called in sick today.

So I’m nice and toasty here at home, and am working away diligently on office stuff. I’ve also got a couple of loads of laundry I need to do as well, and have to change the bed linens. Also trying to figure out how I’m going to get the garbage out tonight, though.

A Sunday Afternoon of The Great Dinosaur Rush October 24, 2016

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Had a decent afternoon yesterday, playing board games with the Sunday gaming group. Didn’t have a lot of success playing yesterday, but such is life.

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and Tammy arrived at my place around 12:45 pm. We sat around and chatted for about 20 minutes or so, and then got down to some board gaming. It was decided that we would play some more The Great Dinosaur Rush for the afternoon. (I took some photos of some the dinosaur creations during the Build Phase, so you can check those out below.)

Once we set up the game board and sorted all the materials for the game, we got down to it. The first game finished up with the following scores.

Tammy 140
SteveR 131
JohnK 78

I played the first Turn’s Field Phases pretty badly, making the mistake of thinking I could take Tammy on in a hunt for the blue dinosaur bones, but she completely outmanoeuvered me in this respect (and the fact that she went first at the start of the game didn’t help me). I couldn’t finish off the Triceratops Dinosaur Bonus card, and finished off with too much Notoriety when all was said and done.

The second game of the afternoon, saw the following scores.

Tammy 139
SteveR 92
JohnK 158

In this second game, I went first at the start of the game, and did a good job all through the game, managing to complete 5 Dinosaur Bonus cards, getting 42 points for those, and also managing to have the second most Notoriety points. Played a decent game, all around.

The third game scores were as follows.

Tammy 99
SteveR 89
JohnK 49

A disastrous game for me. I screwed up completely on the second Turn, and couldn’t finish 3 of the 5 Dinosaur Bonus cards I took because of conflicting limbs or heads in each Build Phase, and couldn’t get enough of the yellow or red dinosaur bones. Add to that I finished with 11 Notoriety points, and that spelled disaster.

Still, I had a fun afternoon of gaming, and really enjoyed myself for the most part. The Great Dinosaur Rush is a board game with a simple set of rules, and is really enjoyable to play. Look forward to gaming this one again, to be sure.

A Friday Night of (Board) Gaming IV October 15, 2016

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Last night (Friday night), was spent having an enjoyable evening of board gaming with the Friday night gaming group.

The players all arrived around 7:10 pm for the evening’s gaming. We sat around chatting for a good 20 minutes, since the group has not gotten together in a few weeks, and caught up on life and the world, and then settled in for an evening of board games.

It was decided that we would start out with the new board game that I received in snail mail earlier this week, The Great Dinosaur Rush, and see how things went with that. So that’s what we did.

Started with setting up the gaming table for the evening. Since the board is so small, compared to most other board games that we’ve played recently, it was decided not to open the table up with another leaf or two. Here’s a picture of the game components for The Great Dinosaur Rush. (Sorry for the slightly blurry photo.)

Once set-up of the game was finished, which took a bit of time due to the placing of three (3) dinosaur bones in each hex of the dig site,

we proceeded to get ready to play and went over the game rules. The game was quite a lot of fun, and we all had a pretty good time. Since the game is set for between 2 and 5 players and there were six (6) of us, Ellie teamed up with Mark to play one of the player positions for the game.

I’m not going to go over the game rules here, or any of the stuff that specifically happened in the game, other than to say that my goddaughter played a somewhat explosive game (Dynamiting a couple of times, and thus gaining Notoriety) :), but she lost in the end; the Notoriety cost her points at the end of the game, allowing Angela to take the win. Suffice to say that a good time was had playing the game, though I did lose of course (coming in 3rd overall), and it was quite remarkable to see how things came out in terms of the building of the dinosaurs (which is the really cool part of the game).

We played a second game of The Great Dinosaur Rush before the players decided they wanted to do something else as well, and played a couple of games of Pandemic as well for the night, and a good time was had with that as well.

Overall, it was a nice social evening of board gaming with the Friday night gaming group, and a relaxing evening for the most part. Just what I needed, to be honest.