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The Friday evening gaming group continued on with their Living Land campaign of the Torg Eternity RPG yesterday evening. You can read about the previous session of the game by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut for those who don't want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.


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In which the Storm Knights continue to travel towards Philadelphia and experience some of what the Living Land can throw at themCollapse )

Friday night's game session of Torg Eternity was a lot of fun, and I had a pretty good time of it, enjoying how the players and their characters dealt with the New York survivors and the perils of the Living Land. The players had a good time of things, and commented afterwards that the Destiny cards seemed to be in motion most of the night. Kathy wasn't fond of the play of the Law of Decay Cosm card towards the end of the session, but she enjoyed the sense of danger in the final sequence of climbing the cliff face, and admitted that she was worried the characters would be trapped in the flash flood due to needing to rescue all the New York survivors first. Peter told me afterwards that he liked the sense of danger the Dramatic Skill Resolution rules bring to the game, but hadn't experienced anything like that in his old days of gaming. The group had a good time of it, but I was exhausted when the session was done.

That said, I'm really looking forward to next Friday night's game session of Torg Eternity, and can't wait to see what the player characters get up to! :)

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

Getting ready for Friday night gaming.

To be honest, I'm looking forward to gaming this evening with the Friday night group. They'll be continuing on with the Torg Eternity campaign set in the Living Land that we started some five sessions ago. All the players will be here this evening, so I'm looking forward to the game tonight.

I've been so buried in editing stuff for a game that I can't talk about this week that I'm a little burnt out from it all. Gaming Torg Eternity will give me back some of "balance" that I get from running games while editing other stuff. In the meantime, I need to get upstairs and make (something) for supper for the night.

Have a good evening, folks. :)
*sigh* I meant to post this blog entry on Monday (the 9th), but things got away from me and then an editing job took over the week. Anyway, I was lucky enough to be able to transcribe the notes on the game session, and am posting them here a few days late!

The Sunday afternoon gaming group continued play of their Torg Eternity RPG campaign, set in the Cyberpapacy, on Sunday (the 8th). You can read the blog entry on the previous session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut for those who don't want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.


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The Storm Knights find that Paris offers many dangers, and some may even come from withinCollapse )

Sunday's game session of Torg Eternity was an interesting one for a couple of reasons. First off, I'd had no ideas of what scenario to run the group through and figured that I'd wait to see what kind of plot ideas and stuff the players would give me. Second of all, I'd been distracted by some Real Life(tm) stuff going on and wasn't really all that focused on Sunday, to be honest, on the game. With all that said, things worked out much better than I expected them to, and using the Prologue material in Paris as a basis worked well. There's the doubt about SteveR's character, Jean, right now because of the chip business; his decision at the gendarmerie, given the events of the first scenario in Orange, gave me an opening for a sub-plot, though whether he works with it or not is another matter. I also decided to use the NPC's role as a realm runner to take the characters back to Orange and Avignon for the rest of this adventure, and then we'll see how things go from there.

Hopefully, I'll have some time today or tomorrow to jot down some stuff for the next Act or so, but we'll see. My time is at a premium this week, it seems. In any event, I'm looking forward to the next session of the scenario.
*sigh* I meant to post this blog entry on Saturday (the 7th), but things got away from me and then an editing job took over the week. Anyway, I was lucky enough to be able to transcribe the notes on the game session, and am posting them here a few days late!

The Friday evening gaming group continued on with their Living Land campaign of the Torg Eternity RPG yesterday evening (Friday the 6th). You can read about the previous session of the game by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut for those who don't want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.


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In which the Storm Knights and the survivors of New York set out for Philadelphia, and group tension proves to be a big threatCollapse )

Friday night's game session of Torg Eternity went pretty well, I thought, though I wasn't expecting the players to get so involved with the survivors in the session. I had thought the players would be more concerned with the dangers of the Living Land, so it was interesting to see the character interactions that were going on. The players are all having a good time with the characters, and Peter seems to be really enjoying playing Andar to the hilt, and Mark's character, Lucas, seems to be emerging as the Storm Knight group leader and is making some of the tough decisions. All in all, a lot of fun.

I'm rather looking forward to Friday night's game session (Gods, it's only three days away!) and seeing what the player characters get up to and all. :)

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming

Had a bit of a rough morning today, but feeling marginally better now.

I'm getting ready for the afternoon gaming session with the Sunday group. The group will be starting their second adventure for Torg Eternity today in their Cyberpapacy campaign, which I'm looking forward to, though I'll be running this on A Wing and a Prayer for the most part.

Anyway, I need to go upstairs and see what I can make for lunch. In the hopes that I can actually keep it down. Maybe a simple sandwich? Or maybe a bowl of soup? Hmm...

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

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

Gaming is happening with the Friday gaming group tonight.

And to be honest, I'm looking forward to gaming this evening with the Friday night group. They'll be continuing on with the Torg Eternity campaign set in the Living Land that we started some four sessions ago. All the players will be here this evening, so I'm looking forward to the game tonight.

I've got the material that I'll be using ready for the game this evening. In the meantime, I need to get upstairs and make (something) for supper for the night.

Have a good evening, folks. :)

ENnie Awards Nominees for 2018

Since GenCon 2018 is just around the bend, so to speak, the ENnie Awards have announced the nominees for this year.

ENnie Award Nominees for 2018

I was very pleased to see that Torg Eternity is up as a nominee in the Best Rules category. It's up against some tough opposition to be sure, but I really hope that it will win the award. I was sad to see that it wasn't nominated in a couple of other categories, but such are the ENnies and the voters.

Anyway, best of luck to Torg Eternity in the Best Rules category!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

I would like to wish all the folks in the United States of America, and all of my American LJ friends a very Happy Independence Day this Fourth of July.

The United States is a mess at the moment, with a President who-- well, we'll not go into any of that here on this day. This day is about enjoying life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and I hope that each of you is doing so today, and every day, in your own way and with your own passion.

Enjoy the fireworks and other 4th of July celebrations. And remember, alcohol and fireworks don't mix. Be safe, and be happy. :)

Books Read in June, 2018

As is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my June, 2018 reads.

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Books Read in June, 2018

Caliban’s War by James S.A Corey

The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (r)

John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood by Michael D. Sellers

Hollowgirl by Sean Williams

May, 2018 Reader’s Digest

Mind Merchants of Zodanga by Jack Norris (PDF) (RPG)

Myths of Artol by Keith Johnson (PDF) (RPG)

To Sail Once More Into the Valley of Dor by Vicki Lalonde (PDF) (RPG)

Torg: Aysle by Greg Farshtey, Greg Gordon et. al. (RPG) (r)

Seeds of Destruction by David Dolph (PDF) (RPG)

Queenswrath by Greg Farshtey and Jennifer Williams (RPG) (r)

Binary System by Eric Brown

High Lord of Earth by Greg Farshtey and Paul Murphy (RPG) (r)

Operation: Hard Sell by Ed Stark (RPG) (r)

Torg: Orrorsh by Christopher Kubasik (RPG (r)

June, 2018 Reader’s Digest

The Malice by Peter Newman

Torg: The Land Below by Stewart and Stephan Wieck (RPG) (r)

Crucible of Pain by Dan Greenberg (RPG) (r)

Torg: Space Gods by Greg Farshtey, Greg Gorden, Ed Stark and Jim Bambra (RPG) (r)

A Delusion of Satan by Frances Hill

Cylent Scream and Other Tales by Paul Balsamo, Patrick Flanagan, Robin Jaskow, Scott Mitchell, Mike Nystul and Lou Prosperi (RPG) (r)

The Storm Knights’ Guide to the Possibility Wars by Lou Prosperi (RPG) (r)

The Temple of Rec Stalek by Shane Lacy Hensley (RPG) (r)

Infiniverse Campaign Game Update Volume I by Greg Farshtey (RPG) (r)

The Delphi Council Worldbook Volume I by Robert Maxwell and Bill Smith (RPG) (r)
*****

And those were my reads in the month of June. Whew! I managed to read quite a few books, when considered around the old Torg roleplaying books that I read in June, and there was a lot of good non-fiction in my reading as well. Given that I hadn't read any roleplaying game material in May, I guess I more than made up for it in June! :) A good month of reads with some entertaining and pleasantly surprising books.

The books I enjoyed the most were:

The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs - The second book in the original Barsoom trilogy by ERB, The Gods of Mars is the story of John Carter's return to Barsoom - but a part of Barsoom that is shrouded in myth and legend. This second novel is one that deals with religion, belief, life, love, death, and other themes that may have surprised readers back when it was written, but are now themes found quite commonly in fiction and other media. However, this book was the first to do so. While Dejah Thoris doesn't make an appearance until near the end of the book, which wraps up on a delightful cliffhanger, the themes of the book and how they affect the protagonist and those around him, whether friends or foes, makes it such an interesting read. Certain plot elements are somewhat obvious to the modern reader, but that doesn't prevent the enjoyment of this novel.

A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials by Frances Hill - Another one of the non-fiction books that I enjoyed this month. One of the founding precepts of the United States is the freedom to practice religion as one sees fit. I won't go into the details of the history of this practice in the U.S. (you can read about that in all sorts of places), but suffice to say the atmosphere of colonial Massachusetts demanded conformity in attitudes, dress, behaviour and piousness. This led to the situation of a feeling of repression and oppression, especially among the disenfranchised. In this book, Frances Hill examines the political and social circumstances extant at that time and leads the reader through the most notorious witch hunt in history. Hill posits that the social conditions led directly to the accusations that led to the deaths of 20 probably innocent people. She investigates the reality of the accusers and the actual physical manifestations that they experienced. However, the political machinations between two of the families of Salem (behind the scenes) led to many of the accusations as enemies of one family against the other. There is a lot more to this book that, though I question Hill's conjectures about psychological conclusions, is an excellent, no-nonsense account of the weird year of 1692 in Salem. I recommend this one.

John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood by Michael D. Sellers - This non-fiction work is the author's inside look at why the 2012 John Carter movie failed at the box office and how Disney completely botched the marketing of the film, ensuring poor viewing numbers and that no sequel(s) would be made. The author is somewhat biased about the events, but the behind-the-scenes look, based on a lot of internet material, at what went on makes for an interesting read and the tale of how some Hollywood dreams have bitter tastes to them.

Queenswrath by Greg Farshtey and Jennifer Williams - This collection of short scenario ideas for the old Torg: The Possibility Wars RPG is quite nice, being a series of edicts from Pella Ardinay, the ruler of Aysle (the fantasy cosm) on (Core) Earth, for Storm Knights to deal with various problems that have arisen in her realm. Nice collection of scenario ideas, not really fleshed out but ready to be helped along by a good GM. Wonderful stuff.

Binary System by Eric Brown - Established writer Brown has written a superb novel that is part space exploration, part first contact, and completely engrossing. This is the story of Cordelia "Delia" Kemp who, after a catastrophic accident and explosion on her spaceship, ends up in a remote, strange and unexplored part of space with only the Imp (her internal AI) as her companion. Delia finds herself on the ice planet of Valinda with unknowable aliens and has to find a way to survive under challenging circumstances, with seemingly no means of getting home. The characterisation and dialogue is top-notch, and Delia is a well crafted, three-dimensional character whose anguish and desperation over being stranded on an alien planet is vividly brought to life with realistic descriptions. Haunted by what happened to the man she finally declared her love for just before the starship was destroyed, her feelings are explored very nicely, and her interactions with her Imp, and the two alien species (the Fahran and the Skelt) she finds on Valinda are handled exceptionally well. What makes this novel truly stand out, however, is the worldbuilding that Brown engages in. Valinda's geography and its inhabitants are lovingly revealed through the eyes of Delia, and I'm not going to spoil the potential reader's enjoyment of this major element of the book. Suffice to say this is space opera at its finest, and I highly recommend it.


Overall, I managed to read 7 novels, 14 RPGs and RPG products, 2 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in June. This brings the year total in 2018 to a set of numbers that look like this: 43 books, 24 RPGs and RPG products, 12 magazines, 0 comics, and 2 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)

My LJ Anniversary

While today is my birthday, there's also something else...

Today, this LiveJournal is twelve years old. Yes, I started this LiveJournal on my birthday in 2006, and so it's got a bit of history to it now. To be honest, I never really thought that I would have all that much to say in the Journal, and yet, I guess things occur that one wants to write down for posterity, that one wants to be able to re-read at some time down the road, just to see how one has changed over time... hopefully for the better.

Frankly, I've never thought of myself as being a supremely interesting person, and feel myself to be quite mundane for the most part. As such, I never really expected folks to read the Journal, let alone comment on some of the entries (and to be truthful, there aren't a lot of comments on my Journal, at least not as many compared to some others I've seen), so it is good to know and see that someone actually reads the oft-times drivel that I write here. Add to that the fact that most folks who used to be on LJ have abandoned it for other blogging sites, and well...

So I want to take this time to thank everyone who reads these Musings and Ravings for doing so, for commenting sometimes on the thoughts that I jot down here, and for being my friends, even only in a virtual sense (although there are some of you that I know outside the virtual environment).

So on to the thirteenth year's worth of journal entries...

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