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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

The weather outside is pretty pleasant for February, with some sunshine peeking through the clouds, though it seems to be clearing up. The temperature is somewhat cold, but not too bad for February (especially considering the weather and temperatures for much of January).

I'm getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The players will be continuing their Capharnaüm - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG campaign... well, starting to actually play the game, though I do have to go over magic with spross, who is playing a sephir in the game. Hopefully, that won't take too long.

I still feel somewhat ill, but am dealing with that. Tea will help later on today. For now, I'm just waiting for SteveR to show up with some lunch from Subway, and then we'll be good to go.

Have a good afternoon (and evening), folks. :)

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

Came in from grocery shopping less than an hour ago, and have just managed to put the groceries away and take something out for tonight's supper. The weather seems to be holding outside, relatively cold but warm enough for actual rain (!!), and while I'm somewhat tired from grocery shopping and the errands, life goes on. The Friday night gamers are coming out this evening to play, so I'm looking forward to gaming with them this evening.

The Friday night gamers will be continuing their campaign of the Capharnaüm - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG this evening. I'm looking forward to the game, and seeing how the players and their characters approach tonight's situations and sessions.

Expecting the gaming group any time around 7:00 pm or so, so better make some supper.

Have a good evening, folks. :)

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! :)

Happy Cupid Day

I just want to wish everyone who is celebrating Valentine's Day today a very Happy, Happy. Be good and especially kind to your loved one today, and make the day special and something to remember for the both of you. Not that you shouldn't be doing that for your special and loved one every day, of course. As experience has taught me in the past, sometimes one may end up with just the memories of a good Valentine's Day to remember.

Ah, well, such is life... *sigh*

Happy Birthday, Lucy Brown!

Happy Birthday, Lucy Brown!

Today is actress Lucy Brown's birthday. A truly lovely and gifted actress, Lucy Brown played Claudia Brown in Series One, and then Jenny Lewis in Series Two and Three of the Primeval UK tv series. Lucy has appeared in several other shows and series, and here's hoping we see a lot more of her on Canadian television in future.

Here's wishing Lucy Brown a very Happy Birthday, and a terrific year ahead!

Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming

It's a somewhat overcast day, but relatively cold outside. Feels like it's the calm before the storm of another Ottawa winter storm on the way. Ah, well...

I'm getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The players will be finally getting back to their Capharnaüm - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG campaign... well, actually getting ready to start the campaign, as the players finished their characters and did a couple of sample combats in the last session. (To be honest, that was so long ago that I don't actually remember where we are, but I'm sure Tammy's notes will bring me up to speed).

My health is still not up to snuff, but I hope that if I take it relatively easy today and don't overdo things too much I'll be fine. That, and a cup or three of tea. For now, I'm just waiting for SteveR to show up with some lunch from Subway, and then we'll be good to go. I hope.

Have a good afternoon (and evening), folks. :)

Happy Birthday, spross!

Today is my friend, spross's birthday!

While I'm not at liberty to say how old he is, other than the fact that he's over 40 (ah, what the heck... he actually turns the big 50 years old today), SteveR's been a pretty good friend to me over the years. I've known spross since the 1980s, and while we've had our ups and downs, he has always been there for me. So I want to thank him for his friendship and support over the years, and the many hours of (mostly) enjoyable gaming and the like we've spent during all this time. (Perhaps one of these days he'll do up a journal entry about how we met and all and our first gaming experience, but for now...)

Happy Birthday, Steve! :) Hope the coming year brings you happiness, health, prosperity, and warm winds at your back.

Have a great day, Steve!

Books Read in January, 2019

2019. The new year. Another year to see what my reading for the year will be like.

Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my January, 2019 reads.

Books Read in January, 2019

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

The Living Land by Ross Watson (RPG)

The Living Land GM Screen by Various (RPG)

Legion of Super-Heroes Comics (r)

Color by Victoria Finlay

Scion of the Fox by S.M. Belko

January/February, 2019 Reader’s Digest

December, 2018 Locus

Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

And that was the start of my reading for 2019. I have to say that this was my slowest month of book reading ever since I started blogging my book reads up to both LiveJournal and WordPress, and an extremely poor showing for any January of reading. In large part this was due to the fact that I was feeling seriously under the weather for most of January and book reading was giving me headaches and vertigo, but also because I read a good chunk of old Legion of Super-Heroes comics during the first two or so weeks of the month. Hopefully, this won't be a trend for 2019, as my book shelves are stacked with a pretty large To Read Queue (TRQ). The books I enjoyed the most were:

Central Station by Lavie Tidhar - Another work by transplanted to England Israeli author Lavie Tidhar, Central Station is not a novel, but a collection of intertwined short stories, stitched together to form a sort of mosaic novel about the residents of the titular far-future Tel Aviv spaceport. The story follows a group of loosely connected characters in a heck of a good setting (more on that in a moment). We have a robot priest, a cyborg family matriarch, a prodigal son returning with a Martian parasite, post-Singularity AIs called Others, a data vampire, a cyborg super soldier falling in love and children who may or may not be in the process of transcendence. Add to that the setting of the story, the lovingly detailed Central Station spaceport, as well as the background elements of a settled solar system and a virtual fabric of reality where things done in immersive MMO based worlds can be legitimate jobs, and well... Truly fabulous. Of note is that the author pays homage to pretty much every Golden Age/Pulp era science fiction writer, but the tone is mostly that of Clifford Simak, especially his novel City. This book is really a unique experience that should not be missed. Highly recommended.

None of the other books that I read in January, 2019 really left an impression on me, other than Color by Victoria Finlay, though I have to say that I really enjoyed the nostalgic warmth brought back to me by re-reading the classic Legion Of Super-Heroes comics of the late mid-1960s. Part of how I'm feeling about this may well be due to the fact that I was running a fever during parts of January, too...

Overall, I managed to read 4 novels, 2 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 45 comics, and 0 graphic novels in January. Since this is the start of the year, it brings the year total in 2019 to a set of numbers that look like this: 4 books, 2 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 45 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled

It's Sunday, nearly afternoon.

It's been snowing on and off since I got up this morning, and looks like there was another 10 to 15 cms of the white stuff overnight as well.

That said, I'm feeling sick still and am just not well enough to game today.

The upshot of this is that the Sunday afternoon gaming session has been cancelled for today due to my illness and partially the weather. This means that today's game session of the Capharnaüm - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked Sunday campaign is cancelled and will have to wait until next weekend, health and weather permitting.

Whatever this damned bug that I've caught is, I'm still sick with it and to be honest, I'm very, very tired. But I am sorry that I'm not gaming today.


John Kahane

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