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Spent a relatively enjoyable game with the Sunday gaming group yesterday afternoon.

The Sunday afternoon gaming group decided they were ready to start their Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG campaign yesterday, and started in on the character creation process.

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Once the players showed up at my place around 1:00 pm or so yesterday afternoon, we chatted for around 10 minutes or so, and caught up a bit on each other's personal lives. When enough time had passed, I told everyone that it was time, and we sat down and started creating player characters. I started off the session by giving the players a very brief overview of the universe of the Third Horizon, and they liked what they heard, and were eager to get playing. We talked about the basic rules and the mechanics, and then got into some of the sub-systems that they wanted to know about. Then we got to talking about the basics of character generation, I answered some of their questions, and then we started in on the process in earnest.

The first thing the players had to do was decide what their Group Concept was going to be, and they decided on Free Traders. There's no plan yet for whom they work, though I'm leaning towards the Free Traders or perhaps the Consortium, but at times take jobs for other interested parties. The player characters that the Sunday gamers created are an interesting bunch, and to be honest, appear to offer a nice degree of variety and good sub-plot material. Furthermore, the players decided that the three NPCs would be fully fleshed out characters, rather than ship AI entities, so that will add another layer to the campaign.

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spross - SteveR was originally leaning towards an archaeologist type, but Tammy convinced him not to play one. He's settled instead on Dalal al (something-or-other), the Technicna aboard the ship, but I don't know anything else about him. Other than he was born on Algol. His buddy is TBD.

Tammy - Tammy would have played the pilot, but decided to go instead with a trader. She's playing (Nameless Character), the Diplomat daughter of a Dar who has left Dabaran for reasons I don't yet know. Her buddy is TBD.

NPC 1 - Deva Kalarash is a Pilot (Freighter Pilot). Don't know anything about her yet, as I've not yet created her. Her buddy is TBD.

NPC 2 - Palan Mumrabh is a Soldier (Mercenary) who has been hired by Tammy's character's father to protect his daughter (and the ship and its cargo is secondary). His buddy is TBD.

NPC 3 - Skot Habibar is the Ship Worker (Dock worker) who handles the cargo and other stuff for the characters on their vessel. Don't know anything else about him yet. His buddy is TBD.
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Sunday afternoon's game session of character geneation for the Coriolis - The Third Horizon went relatively well, though the players have not yet bought their additional equipment nor have they created their ship for the campaign. I'm not sure why the session went as long as it did, but I enjoyed myself for the most part and I thought both Tammy and SteveR had a good time of it. While Tammy may not know a lot about the Arabian Nights or Arabic culture, she seemed to enjoy herself, and admitted that the Coriolis graphics that I've been sending her and some of the links I've given her on Arabic stuff have helped to give her a sense of the game and some of the cultural flavour.

I'm hoping to get their personal equipment and the ship done up with them next session, and maybe have some time to do some samples of combat. We'll see how things shake out next Sunday.

Happy Family Day

Happy Family Day!

Well, at least if you live in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan (and on a different date in British Columbia). :)

I don't really have anything planned this year for Family Day. Just going to take it easy, do a bit of reading (if possible) and maybe watch some DVD stuff.

In the meantime, folks, I hope that everyone has a good Monday. :)

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming

Just spent part of the morning getting ready for this afternoon's gaming session.

The Sunday players are going to be showing up in about an hour or so, and we'll be starting the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG campaign. The players will be creating their characters for the game, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with. With just the two players, Coriolis will be a bit more difficult to run (as the game is more oriented to occupation specific characters), but I'm looking forward to the challenge of doing so.

In the meantime, I need to head upstairs and make some lunch.

Have a good day, folks. :)
I had a very nice gaming session with the Friday night players last night.

The Friday night gaming group decided last night that if I was ready for it, we would start the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG campaign. Since I had created the player characters with the Wednesday night group, and been getting ready to run the game for the last week and a half, I decided "what the heck". :)

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Once the (Friday) players showed up at my place around 7:00 pm or so last night, we chatted for around 10 minutes or so and caught up on the weekend. When enough time had passed, I told everyone that it was time, and we sat down and started creating player characters. I started off the night by giving the players a very brief overview of the universe of the Third Horizon, and they were highly intrigued by the idea, especially the "Arabian Nights in space" pitch. Eager to play, for sure. We talked about the basic rules of the mechanics, and then got into some of the sub-systems that they wanted to know about. Then we got to talking about the basics of character generation, I answered some of their questions, and then we started in on the process in earnest.

The first thing the players had to do was decide what their Group Concept was going to be, and they decided on Explorers. They work part-time for the Foundation, the scientific institute of the Consortium, but at times take jobs for other interested parties. The player characters that the Friday nighters created are an interesting bunch, and to be honest, appear to offer a nice degree of variety and good sub-plot material.

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KathyB - Kathy wanted to play a scout type of character, and that's what she did. She created Naima Saab, the daughter of a Kuan peasant who aspired to more and joined the scout service. Her buddy is Zouma Abid-Arif.

Angela - Angela liked the idea of creating a Pilot as her character, and so created Hafisa darRouash. A freighter pilot with a bit of a shady past, she's worked with Tafik a bit in the past, and has not-so-fond memories of doing so. Her buddy is Naima Saab.

DavidM - DavidM like the idea of playing a mercantile type of character, and created Moustafa Harouz, the group's buyer/seller, who's got knowledge about some subjects that he shouldn't have. His buddy is Tafik Sharoun.

Ellie - She decided to go outside the norm, and is playing a stowaway, Zouma Abid-Arif, who has a knack for sensors and some technology-related stuff. They don't know much about her. Her buddy is Hafisa darRouash.

Mark - He thought about matters for a bit, and then created Tafik Sharoun, a scientist (archaeologist) whose interest isn't purely academic, and who seems competent with firearms. His buddy is seems to be Moustafa Harouz.
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Friday night's session of character creation for the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG was a lot of fun, and lasted just over 4-1/2 hours. The players created their exploration vessel, the Ruby Slipper, after character creation was complete, and the process didn't take all that long. Everyone had a lot of fun creating the characters, including Ellie, who's generally not a fan of the mechanical process, and they found the character generation system painless.

The players are looking forward to getting their Coriolis campaign under way next week, and I'm quite looking forward to this myself.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

I've just finished eating some supper for this Friday night, and am getting ready for the Friday night gaming session.

The Friday night players are pretty jazzed to get started with their Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG campaign, DavidM most of all (I suspect, after his running for 11 weeks or so). As I mentioned in the note about the Wednesday night group, I've not finished reading the physical copy of the game yet, but I did read it during the Beta phase and during the editing/proofing process, so I'm quite familiar (as my memory will allow me to be) with the game. I'll wait and see what the players decide they want to do once they arrive for the night's gaming, but am pretty sure I'll be running Coriolis tonight.

Meantime, I need to finish washing the dishes from supper.

Have a good evening, folks. :)
Last night, the Wednesday night gaming group came out to play their usual bi-weekly game session. The players decided they wanted to start the campaign of the Coriolis - The Third Horizon science fantasy RPG, and since I was pretty much as ready as I'll ever be to get going with it, we started the game. Well, more correctly, we spent the evening creating characters for the game.



Once the Wednesday night players showed up around 7:10 pm, we sat around for about 10 minutes and discussed all manner of what had gone on during the week, and once we were all caught up, we got down to the nuts and bolts of creating the player characters for the Coriolis - The Third Horizon game. I started off the night of character generation by giving the players a very brief overview of the universe of the Third Horizon, and the players were highly intrigued and eager to play. We talked about the basic rules of the mechanics, and then got into some of the sub-systems that they wanted to know about. Then we got to talking about the basics of character generation, the players asked me a few questions, and then we started in on the process in earnest.

The first thing the players had to do was decide what their Group Concept was going to be, and they decided on smugglers. They operate in a small sector of the Third Horizon, and are not fond of portal travel if they can avoid it. The individual player characters that the Wednesday nighters created are an interesting bunch, and to be honest, appear to offer a good degree of variety and good sub-plot material.

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Donna - Donna didn't give the character a lot of thought. She created Adila Farouzham, a Diplomat from one of the outlying worlds in the Horizon, who needed a change of occupation. She snuck aboard the characters' ship, and after being discovered, was found to have other useful abilities. Her buddy is Saliha Twarafat.

DavidW - David liked the idea of playing the smuggler, but he settled on a scientist (actually, a medicurg) named Ridwan Omakht. With strong convictions and beliefs, the character's role in life is to help others. He's also looking for his missing sister, Awarma. At the same time, there's a bit of...Darkness within as well. His buddy is Mumtaz Mahali.

Kendall - Kendall made an interesting choice in her character, creating Saliha Twarafat, a dock worker from Dabaran who joined the crew of the ship for a bit of adventure and a lot of lust (she's hot for Ridwan). The character's name is ironic, as Saliha means "virtuous" and the character is anything but. Her buddy is Ridwan Omakht.

Crystal - Crystal wanted something "traditional" for the genre, and she created Mumtaz Mahali, the pilot of the character's ship. She's an oddball, however, in that she's fascinated with the Emissaries, likes nothing but a good bar brawl, and has a fondness for ywalgo (a stiff drink made from cacti on Kua). Her buddy is Abewel al Mendikat.

NPC - The players decided they wanted an NPC as the "fifth member" of the crew of their ship, and asked me to create a Soldier type, rather than have an AI NPC. Abewel ("Abe") al Mendikat is a former soldier of the Consortium who decided that his Vulcan carbine would be better served making a bit of money smuggling foodstuffs and goods to people who really need them. His buddy is Adila Farouzham.
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The game session went for a period of just about 3-1/4 hours (a little over 15-20 minutes longer than usual), and the players and I had a lovely time creating the characters for the game. The "Arabian Nights in space" premise really appealed to them, and I was pretty pleased with the characters they each created. There was some interesting discussion after we were done about the game system and its mechanics, but they all agreed that it's a really good, simple-to-learn, flexible game system. And they're dying to play the campaign I've got in mind now! :)

Overall, it was a good night of character creation. Coriolis - The Third Horizon promises to be a fun, interesting game system, and I'm looking forward to running the game (in the near future).

Diabetes Clinic Appointment Results

As mentioned in one of my blog posts yesterday, I had my appointment with the endocrinologist at the Diabetes Centre yesterday afternoon.

I managed to take a taxi to the Riverside Hospital, and arrived there about 10 minutes early for the appointment. The nurse and technician took me in relatively quickly, and weighed me (I'm holding pretty steady these days, and that's all I'm saying) and then took my blood pressure (it was up slightly, but not too high). The nurse commented that given how much pain I'm in, it's not surprising. We went through my list of medications, and then it was back to the waiting room before seeing the doctor.

The endo was about half-an-hour behind on his stuff. So my 3:20 pm appointment didn't happen until 4:05 pm. We went over my blood test results, and things were pretty much as I expected. My a1C result was down somewhat, but still higher than the doctor would like. The triglycerides are very high, but my cholesterol levels seem to be doing better. The PSA test results were down slightly from the previous, but he told me that he'll make sure that my family doctor keeps alert and up-to-date on the PSA stuff (for obvious reasons, at least if you're a man over 50 years old!). He decides to tweak my medication by increasing the dose of Diamicron slightly, and switched me off the Invokana and back onto the Forxiga, and then we talked about a few other medical concerns that I have.

After making the next appointment and setting up the blood tests and the like for the next time, I was able to get a cab back home relatively quickly, and got home around 5:00 pm. Had a hot cup of tea, and half a bagel with lox, and then sat back with my feet up and did a bit of reading.

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming

Just finished eating supper this Wednesday night, so it's time to get ready...

It's Wednesday night, so time for some regularly scheduled gaming on this second alternate week.

I'm not sure whether the Wednesday night players will be playing some board games this evening or whether they'll want to start in on a new roleplaying game campaign. I've not finished reading the physical copy of Coriolis - The Third Horizon, but I did read it during the Beta phase and during the editing/proofing process, so I'm quite...familiar...with the game. I'll wait and see what the players decide they want to do once they arrive this evening, and in the meantime, I am preparing for my options.

After I finish washing the dishes from supper, that is.

Have a good evening, folks. :)

Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Had a pretty rough night. I started getting nerve spasms again in my left foot around 10:00 pm last night, and they were very...strong. I took a couple of Tylenol, but that didn't help, though I guess it made me feel sleepy (they always do). I went to bed, but slept very little and to be honest, I felt like I was losing my mind somewhat around 3:30 am. Suffice it to say, I managed a few cat naps here and there overnight, but woke up feeling woozy and tired, and the spasms haven't stopped.

At about the right time for leaving for work, took one look outside at the falling snow (we've had about 15cms more of the white stuff overnight), and decided that I would work from home. The office was fine about this, so that was good. Besides, the way I was feeling at the time, it would not have been a good idea to go anywhere. And I think that taxis were at a premium around that time. So have been working from home, despite the fatigue and exhaustion.

Regardless, I still have to go out this afternoon. I have my regular, 6-month appointment with my endo at the Diabetes Clinic in mid-afternoon (not a good time of the day, 'cause he always falls behind), and I have to say that I'm not looking forward to that at all. I don't think my diabetes numbers are good, and I'm also worried somewhat about my PSA blood test results (though I know they're not as accurate as having an actual biopsy done); I just have to wait and see what he says.

Gaming-wise, the Wednesday night gamers are supposed to be playing this evening, though Donna told me that she'd get back to me later in the day about this. While they want to start playing the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG, I'm not sure whether I'm ready to do so. They still need to do up their characters for the game, and I can manage that I suspect, but we'll see whether we game tonight or not. There's a lot of snow to clean up everywhere, and I'm not sure if it's supposed to snow some more today or not.

Happy Birthday fredbassett!

Here's wishing another of my Primeval (and The Musketeers) friends, fredbassett, a very Happy Birthday! :)

May the Goddess bless you with good health, happiness, fortune and prosperity for the coming year, and may a warm breeze always blow at your back. And, of course, may any Anomalies that open nearby have nothing but cute, lovable beasties come through! :)

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