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Palaeo Profile: Mexico's Mystery Dinosaur

Palaeontologists have found a new mystery dinosaur in Mexico.

Palaeo Profile: Mexico's Mystery Dinosaur

Palaeo Profile: The Dawn Rough Tooth

A (relatively) new dinosaur reveals the dawn of the duckbills.

Palaeo Profile: The Dawn Rough Tooth
Death by caterpillar, and other ideas for non-avian dinosaur extinction.

What Killed the Dinosaurs? Science Has Had Some Wild Ideas

Ankylosaurus Fight Club

What exactly did ankylosaurs fight?

Ankylosaurus Fight Club
This is one of those fossils that makes you go, "What the heck??". The American west used to be home to bone-crushing weasels the size of jaguars.

Palaeo Profile: The Giant, Bone-Crushing Weasel
Truthfully, bear-dogs are terrifying.

Amphicyon: The Miocene's All-Terrain Predator

Book Reads in April, 2016

It's another month, and relatively early in the month. Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my April, 2016 reads.

Books Read in April, 2016

The Door Into Fire by Diane Duane (r)

Polaris Roleplaying Game Quickstart Guide and Adventure by Philippe Tessier, Raphael Bombayl, Francois Menneteau & David Burckle (PDF) (RPG)

And Again by Jessica Chiarella

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds

Teen Titans Annual 2012 #1 - Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #23 (Comics) (r)

Ghosts by Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers

S.P.Q.R. V: Saturnalia by John Maddox Roberts

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds

House of Lost Worlds by Richard Conniff

April, 2016 Reader's Digest

Blueheart by Alison Sinclair (r)

The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross

Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds

S.P.Q.R. VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion by John Maddox Roberts

The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

April, 2016 Locus

And that's how my reading for 2016 continued in the fourth month of the year. Truthfully, I was a bit surprised how much reading I got done in April, but for a chunk of the month I was pretty ill and had a lot of time to read, and I was rather pleased at the variety of the reading that I did during the month. It also reminded me that when I don't read a lot of roleplaying game stuff, I do actually read quite a few other books during the course of the month. :) Yes, there's a lot of Alastair Reynolds books in the month, but I needed to make a dent in that queue of books. My favourite books for the month were The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, a witty book that is well written and had some fascinating subject matter; S.P.Q.R. V: Saturnalia by John Maddox Roberts, which kept his Roman investigator occupied, and had some wonderful material about Roman witches and their deeds; House of Lost Worlds by Richard Conniff, a fascinating work that tells the story of how one museum changed ideas about dinosaurs, dynasties, and even the story of life on earth; and The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross, in which the authors explores vampires in the context of his Laundry Files series, and Bob Howard's life takes a turn for the worse. Good books, and recommended all of them. Overall, I managed to read 13 novels, 1 RPG and RPG products, 2 magazines, 30 comics, and 0 graphic novels in March. This brings the year total in 2016 to a set of numbers that look like this: 41 books, 5 RPGs and RPG products, 9 magazines, 140 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)
Yesterday, I managed to finish the work that I had to do to get ready for this year's edition of CanGames, to be held May 20th-23rd at the Rideau Curling Club as usual.

I'll be running four game sessions at the convention this year, one session of the Primeval RPG on Friday night, a session of the DragonQuest RPG on Saturday afternoon and another one on Sunday afternoon, and a session of the Chill 3rd Edition RPG on Saturday night.

While the writing of the three adventures for the convention were all finished during late October or early November of 2015, creating the player characters took me somewhat longer, marred by a bit of procrastination and some illness in both March and April. Six characters for the Primeval adventure, "The Devil and Mr. Sutton", six characters (one provisional) for the Chill 3rd Edition adventure, "The Beast of Bytown", and six characters for the DragonQuest adventure, "Herbquest". (Now I just hope the folks playing the games can read my handwriting, except for the Primeval adventure, where everything is typed up!) :)

Other than doing the photocopying of the player character sheets and handouts for the games, the work on stuff for CanGames is now done, and I can rest, relax, and just enjoy some regular campaign gaming over the next few weeks before the convention. Might do a bit of scenario writing for some stuff that I've got ideas for, and see where that takes me.

But the best point in all of this is that the work is done! Huzzah!. ::pat self on back::

Monday, Monday

It's the 2nd of May, and a Monday morning to boot.

That means it's a work day. I'm in the office today, and having a relatively easy time of it so far, as the work load isn't too heavy at the moment. I've got a meeting for 9:45 am with some of the folks on the current translation we're working on, but that shouldn't be too difficult to handle.

I had a somewhat rough night of it last night, tossing and turning most of the night, so while I did sleep, I feel tired and worn-out somewhat this morning. When I get home this afternoon, I will probably take a nap and then either watch a bit of DVD stuff (the second series of The Musketeers) or do some work on a scenario idea that I've had recently for one of the rpgs that I own.

For now, back to work. And a cup of herbal tea.

No Sunday Gaming Today

Due to circumstances beyond my control, the Sunday gaming group will not be playing today. Tammy is on-call for work, so as a result spross decided that he didn't want to play today, and so that makes the call easier.

Thus, I will not be continuing on with the DragonQuest RPG fantasy campaign this afternoon with the Sunday players.

I can't say that I'm terribly heartbroken about this, as it will give me a chance today to finish up the work on the Primeval RPG player characters and some creature stats that I need to get done for CanGames (which happens in about three weeks!).

For now, a cup of tea.


John Kahane

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