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Gaming Is On For Tonight

It's been a cold, damp day in the Ottawa valley, and my bones are hurting quite a lot. Arthritis, combined with some of the old injuries, making my back, knees, ankles, and feet hurt today.

Fortunately, there has been soup. Chicken soup for lunch, a cup of veggie soup when I got home. So been relatively warm.

Gaming is on for this evening with the Wednesday night group. The players will be continuing with their case for the Chill 3rd Edition roleplaying game. Quite looking forward to the evening gaming tonight.

Happy Birthday, Thea Gilmore!

Happy Birthday to Thea Gilmore!! A wonderful musician with a style and feel to her music that is both interesting, fresh, and lyrically gorgeous.

And she's also got a Christmas album, Strange Communion, which is now one of my favourite Christmas albums.

Jethro Tull: Minstrel in the Gallery

One of my favourite songs by Jethro Tull, the fabulous and complex "Minstrel in the Gallery.

A live version from 1975.

It's Official, Winter Has Arrived in Ottawa

It is official. Winter has arrived in the Ottawa valley, as the first snow has fallen overnight here. Only about 4 cms of the white stuff, but still, winter is now *on*. Unfortunately.

Happy Birthday, You-Know-Who!

Today is one of those days when something remarkably good and life affirming comes along.

Today is a birthday, but not just of any one person, but of a special tv series.

On this date, November 23rd, 1963, the BBC debuted the first episode of a brand new science fiction television programme called... Doctor Who. Entitled "An Unearthly Child", that first episode (which aired when I was 8 years old, and the memories I have of it still to this day...) starred William Hartnell as the Doctor (referred to always as Dr. Who or Doctor Who) and introduced the world to this mysterious traveller and his incredible time machine known as the TARDIS.

The episode also featured Carole Ann Ford as Susan (Foreman), Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright and William Russell as Ian Chesterton. The story began when two school teachers shared their concerns about one of their pupils - Susan. She's brilliant in some subjects but bizarrely out of kilter in others. To assuage their curiosity, they follow her home, but discover 'home' is a blue police box in an old junk yard. Once they enter the box their lives, and television history, would never be the same.

I still have fond memories of the travels of William Hartnell's Doctor and his companions - the planet Skaro, and those creatures called Daleks, and then having the Daleks show up on Earth!; visiting with Marco Polo; a terrifying trip in time to visit the Aztecs; the planet Marinus, and its denizens, the Voord; the Doctor and his companions being reduced to tiny versions of themselves and having to survive in a world of giants; a visit to the Crusades, and meeting Richard the Lionheart; the planet of the Menoptera and the Animus; and so many more - and grew up with the series in those early years. I remember being shocked and startled at the regeneration of William Hartnell's Doctor into the younger Patrick Troughton, but still loved the Doctor, and revelled in the newness and different feel that Troughton brought to the role. So many good memories of the early Doctor Who series. And of the continuing history of the show with different actors taking on the persona of the Doctor over the years. This show pretty much sparked my interests in both history (some time periods more than others!) and time travel, and gave me a different view of how tv and movie science fiction could be (as did Star Trek later on).

What it comes down to is this: Doctor Who has been a part of my life for 52 years (!!), and that battered blue box is still transporting the Time Lord known as the Doctor (who's been through a few bodies!) and his various companions to worlds of wonder and adventure. And whole new generations of children are getting to discover the Doctor with the Chris Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi interpretations of the characters. But for me, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton will always be *my* Doctors. So...

Happy Birthday, Doctor, and long may you continue your travels through time and space!

Sunday Gaming Session Cancelled

Another chilly Sunday, another day of feeling somewhat under the weather.

The Sunday gaming group will not be playing today, due to Tammy having some work-related stuff on the go, so with just spross, there's no point in running the game. So the Chill 3rd Edition game session for today has been cancelled.

This gives me a chance to do some work on the two sessions of Chill 3rd Edition that I'll be running at CanGames 2016, provided some creativity starts to flow a bit more on these. The two scenario are called "The Beast of Bytown" and "Return of the Beast", so keep an eye out for those on the CanGames schedule when it becomes available in the new year.
Last night, the Friday night gamers continued to play in their Chill 3rd Edition RPG campaign. Here are the game session notes. You can read about the previous session of the campaign in this journal entry. This blog entry is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut so that folks who don't want to read any detailed rpg posts don't have to.

In which the player envoys make some strides forward, art and paintings become a concern, and a new lead surfacesCollapse )

Friday night's game session of the Chill 3rd Edition RPG campaign went very well, and I thought a good deal of progress was made with both the plot, and with getting various characters involved in the ongoing case. Both DavidM and Mark got more involved this session, largely because the other players brought them into the fold (so to speak), and because my goddaughter had to leave the game after the first hour or so and take care of some stuff. That said, the game session had some interesting revelations made, and the players got into the spirit (no pun intended!) quite nicely.

Overall, a lovely game session of Chill 3rd Edition, with some good creepy moments. I can't wait until the next session of this campaign continues. :)
These fossil mammals had some of the strangest skulls of all time.

Palaeo Profile: Pakistan's Butterfly-Faced Beast
I have to say this: I miss mastodons. Our forests have changed since we lost the ground sloths and the mastodons.

Death of Ice Age Giants Shaped Today's Landscapes

Crocodiles Are Not "Living Fossils"

It would have been awesome to see protocrocs running around on tiptoe. But, as they say...

Crocodiles Are Not "Living Fossils"


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