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Happy Birthday, britgeekgrrl!


Happy Birthday, britgeekgrrl!

May the Goddess bless you, Johanna, with good health, fortune, happiness, prosperity, and may a warm breeze always blow at your back. Here's hoping that the new year is full of all great things.

Sunday Afternoon's Atlantis Gaming, Part 2


I spent yesterday afternoon playing Atlantis: The Second Age with spross and Tammy. You can read about the previous session of the game in this blog entry.

Rest of game session stuff below the cutCollapse )

High tech paleo offers new insights into how infant mammoths Lyuba and Khroma lived and died.

Baby Mammoths Yield Hi-Res Details for Palaeontologists

The Smoking Gun


Like I said, light morning of work so far. Been catching up on a few things on-line, and saw this just now.

The Smoking Gun - Harper's Plan to Privatize Canada Post

What a bloody bad idea this is. :(

Early Morning at the Office


Monday morning. The start of another week. I have arrived in the office for the day's work.

I absolutely love the state of the office at this time of the morning. Most of the rest of my co-workers and others start arriving at 7:30 or so, the majority getting here around 8:15 or thereabouts, and so the office is very quiet around the time that I get in, the hum of the computers and the like just starting up, and the sound of the coffee maker and the aromatic scent of the coffee filtering through the office, as the break room door is open at this time.

Judging by the pile of papers on my desk this a.m., the morning work load should be relatively light, though things may pick up as the morning goes on.

For now, time to get down to it.

Hope folks have a good Monday, and that the rest of the week goes by satisfactorily.

Atlantis: The Second Age Character Creation - Green Bodhan


Since I'm currently playing in a game of Atlantis: The Second Age being run by spross for the month of July, I thought that I would post up the character that I created for his game. Somewhat in detail. So here he is.


Game: Atlantis: The Second Age Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Khepera Publishing
Degree of Familiarity: I've been running the current version of the game for a while now. You could say that I'm familiar with it. :)
Books Required: Atlantis: The Second Age.

Please note that this post is extremely long, as I've gone into the game mechanics a bit in terms of character creation, and have provided background on the character and the choices. Hence the majority of this post is behind the cut. That said, there is some of the game mechanics and descriptions of game world elements that I've skimped on in this write-up, so if you want to know more, just drop me a line in the Comments.

Green Bodhan, an atypical Oggian archer with some guiltCollapse )

And there's the character I created for spross's Atlantis: The Second Age Roleplaying Game. The character has additional equipment that I picked up and asked for, but I've not included that here.

Comments and feedback are welcome. :)

R.I.P. James Garner (1928-2014)


Sad news out of Hollywood. Actor James Garner has died.

Actor James Garner Dead at 86

I can't say I was a huge fan of his work, but I really enjoyed several of his roles. I liked his work in Murphy's Romance (1985) and The Great Escape (1963), but it was his tv roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files (in the 1970s) that were my favourites of his work that I've seen.

Sad loss.

Rest In Peace, James Garner.

A Quiet Sunday?


A somewhat gloomy Sunday morning, though the temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s Celsius, and somewhat muggy.

I managed to get a good night's sleep for a change, and feel somewhat refreshed and ready to face the world today.

My afternoon will be taken up with playing in spross's game of Atlantis: The Second Age, and I'm somewhat looking forward to that.

No real plans for the evening hours, though I'll be watching tonight's new episode of Unforgettable, and likely doing a bit of reading that I'm looking forward to.

Hopefully, it will be a quiet, relaxing Sunday. :)

Poisonous vs. Venomous


The difference between "poisonous" and "venomous" animals, as shown in a marvellous comic by Rosemary Mosco.

Toxic

Great stuff! :)

Friday Night's HEX Gaming, Part 2


I had another very enjoyable evening of gaming with the Friday night group last night.

Nick continued to run the Hollow Earth Expedition adventure that he's running for all of July, and I had a really good time playing in the game again, and seeing the GM Screen from the other side for a change. You can read about the previous game session in this blog entry.

Everyone arrived and had made themselves comfortable by about 7:20 pm, so Nick got down to gaming once he had set himself up, and away we went.

My character, Archibald ("Archie") Weatherby and Joanne's character, Frances (I call her "Frannie"), continue to have an interesting relationship, and the other characters are trying to figure out what we are/were to each other. We all managed to survive the climb back up to the top of the waterfall, though I had a tough time (and needed to spend a Style point to do so), and the story continued from there. We allied ourselves with a renegade faction among the hostile tribe, and learned there are Nazis controlling their headman/shaman, and that they're seeking something for evil purposes. My character's mechanics/engineering knowledge allowed me to figure out that it's some sort of energy device or weapon, and so the player characters vowed to stop the Nazis, and Nick wrapped up the session with the player characters preparing to sneak into the Nazi base, and naturally the most slow-footed character in the group gave us all away when he failed a Stealth roll. Oops!

Anyway, as mentioned, I had a great time playing Archie and just sitting with the players and interacting with their characters through just one character (*mine*!). The give and take between us has been really enjoyable, and I'm just having fun with the game as a player. Nick's really quite good at running the Pulp adventure style and genre, and that is making it even more fun for me.

I'm really looking forward to next Friday night's game session, and seeing what Nick's got in store for us! :)

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