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'Twas the Day After CanGames

Hope everyone is having a good day. :)

CanGames 2018 is pretty much a done deal for me, though the folks who organised and put on this year's edition of the convention are probably dealing with the aftermath of the convention and hopefully getting in some rest today as well.

I made the decision to go to the convention this year even with the diabetic ulcer on my left leg, my stomach and bowels suffering the effects of a high dose of antibiotic, and with the shoulder pain that I've been dealing with for over a year. I won't say it was the smartest decision (see below) to game pm the weekend (I was running four (4) game sessions of stuff), I managed to survive CanGames in pretty good shape or so I thought. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a cough, the latter having gotten steadily worse as the day has gone on, though otherwise I'm feeling somewhat all right. I suspect I have the dreaded con crud - and how the heck have I come down with a bacterial infection while on an antibiotic and keeping my hands as clean as I could at the convention?? - but I have to say I had a pretty good time running my games at CanGames 2018 and catching up with a few friends, but I'll admit that most of Saturday passed in something of a blur. The convention had a little bit of something for everyone - from children's games, through board games, miniature games, roleplaying games, and I think there may have been a LARP event that I may have heard about - but I'll admit that I missed most of it. I managed to do what I set out to do at the convention, but didn't actually take all that many photos at the convention this year. (If folks who did take photos at the convention would care to share them, I'd be more than happy to see any pics and the like!)

On this holiday Monday, I've been taking it very easy, doing a bit of reading and catching up on some PVR stuff, drinking hot liquids and taking some cough drops (sugar-free, of course!). Haven't managed to put away some of the gaming stuff yet. I haven't jotted down any notes about the gaming that I did this weekend yet, but will take care of some of that now. After I have a hot cup of tea.

I just hope the rest of this month is relatively calm and quiet in terms of everything, that I can recover quickly from this darned con crud I'm dealing with now, and that I can sort out some of the diabetes problems I'm currently dealing with.

Happy Victoria Day!

Happy Victoria Day!

Today is Monday, Victoria Day.

I would like to wish all my fellow Canadians and all my Canadian LJ friends a very Happy and safe Victoria Day.

Have a good day, get some rest in preparation for the (albeit shorter) week to come, and if you're around any fireworks tonight, be safe and enjoy!
I have returned home.

I came, I gamed, I survived. (I think.)

I'm home from CanGames 2018 (well, about an hour or so ago, iirc), and have come through the convention in pretty good shape, I think. There were some really excellent moments, a couple of not-so-great moments, but I think I enjoyed my weekend of gaming immensely for the most part. I will be posting up three or four journal entries during the next week or so about the convention, but for now I'm just glad CanGames is over for 2018.

I don't remember exactly when I got back to the house, but have not unpacked any of the gaming stuff and am about to go relax before tonight's insulin injection, then hopefully get some sleep. I've got my diabetic leg lesion (and the massive dose of antibiotics that I'm on) as well as the shoulder problems, and I hope I haven't picked up con crud at the convention. Remarkably, my voice actually survived the convention this year, though it's a bit raspy.

Good night, all.

On This Day...

On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off and became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Also on this date in 1996, Jon Pertwee, the British actor best known for his roles as the third Doctor on the series Doctor Who and Worzel Gummidge, died at the age of 79.

Heading Out to CanGames

It has been a very long day so far, and I've got kilometres to go before I sleep (so to speak). Have had something of a rough morning with my allergies/asthma, as well as the ramifications for my stomach and bowels from the massive dose of the antibiotic I'm taking for the infected diabetic lelsion on my leg. I'm just waiting for spross to arrive here before he and I head out for this year's installment of Ottawa's gaming convention, CanGames.

I'm looking forward to the convention, and hope to see some folks from the interwebs there this year. If you see me, please pop by and say "Hi." Or better yet, join in one of the four games that I'll be running this year!

In the meantime, hope everyone has a good Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, and that my American friends have a good weekend, too. :)

Game on!

CanGames 2018 Begins Today

Well, today is the start of CanGames, the local gaming convention here in Ottawa. While I'm not working a day job these days, I've managed to spend a bit of time since I got up putting together some of the stuff that I need for the convention.

Once more, for those who are going to the convention or who might be interested, here's the listing of the games that I'm running with times and descriptions included...

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Day 1: The Living Land
Game: Torg Eternity RPG
Time: Friday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: Six innocent strangers are transformed into heroes as an invading reality crashes down around them. They must work together to survive the strange and terrifying world that now surrounds them; a world of dinosaurs & death where once reliable machines no longer function. A Storm is coming...and it has a name!


The Diplomats of Mars
Game: John Carter of Mars - The Roleplaying Game
Time: Saturday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: A simple, diplomatic mission to the small Red Martian kingdom of Voninka turns into a matter of survival and getting back to Helium alive! You’ll have to abandon fine words and the arts of diplomacy for a sword and a radium pistol. Are you up to the challenge? An adventure for the new John Carter of Mars Roleplaying Game.


The Tears of Ampharool
Game: Capharnaum - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked RPG
Time: Saturday, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: While travelling through the Desert of Fire, your caravan is surrounded by a great sandstorm and attacked by mysterious, perhaps ghostly assailants... After the storm, the characters see a fabulous palace above the sands, and the promise of adventure. And that's just the beginning! Capharnaum – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked is a fantasy rpg set in an imaginary Arabia-like world, that borrows from the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights, as well as semitic legends and the ancient and mediaeval epics. Flamboyant and mythical, filled with light and thrilling adventure!


The Burden of Glory
Game: Torg Eternity RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: The Delphi Council has located a stela and dispatched Storm Knights to uproot it and restore a zone to Core Earth. Along the way, a new opportunity tempts your team. Could anything be more important than pushing back the High Lords? (Note that this is an Infiniverse event; the choices players make here impact how the Possibility Wars unfold in the future.)
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I've also got a bunch of stuff that I'll be selling at the convention this year (you can see the list of games for sale in this blog entry, and hopefully I can sell this stuff for some reasonable sums, as I could use a bit of money for later in the year.

Health-wise, I have a couple of problems that I've gone into in other posts, so won't dwell on here. Since I am have walking problems because of the diabetes, don't be surprised if I take off my shoes at times during the course of the convention. The weekend should be interesting, to say the least.

I won't be posting any blog entries during the weekend, so folks will have to wait for when I've got time at the start of next week and into the week itself for reports and the like (not to mention any photos I do take) about CanGames 2018. I may tweet from the convention on my mobile phone over the weekend, and will hopefully take a few photos as well of stuff for posting here and elsewhere.

In any event, I hope I'll see some of you at the convention. Since you've seen the photo of me here on my blog, you'll know who to look for. The hair's a bit more gray, and there's a bit less of it, that's all. :)

Packing for Friday's Session at CanGames

I've been suffering somewhat today with a bout of allergies combined with some other stuff that's been going on for some time (though some basic meds and good old hot peppermint tea have done much to help), and have a bit of a sore/irritated throat.

I finally felt well enough in the late afternoon and early evening to start doing the packing of gaming stuff that I need to do for CanGames, which begins tomorrow. Well, at least the gaming stuff for the Torg Eternity RPG session that I'm scheduled to run on Friday night. Scenario, dice, paper & pencils, the three card Decks, Possibility tokens, character sheets for the players (though they won't be able to keep them), and so forth. Started assembling and putting together some of the stuff that I need to take with me vis a vis medications, toiletry stuff (you never know), and some of the foodstuffs for snacking and the like, but that won't get packed until I am getting ready to hit the road late tomorrow morning or early afternoon. Most of the rest of the gaming stuff for the weekend is "assembled" and virtually ready to go, just needing to be packed the night before the running of the games.

I'm looking forward to CanGames this year somewhat more so than in past years, since I've not panicked about the convention or stuff because, I suspect, I've been far more occupied with health concerns that have arisen over the month. That said, I find bringing all the meds and stuff that I need, as well as the gaming stuff itself, a pain in the neck. (I could resolve the latter part by not running any games at the convention, but truth be told, I do like offering some of the more eclectic and/or indie games that I run for folks to play in.)

CanGames Begins Tomorrow

It is just one more sleep until CanGames 2018 here in Ottawa.

I'm really looking forward to going to this convention for the most part, despite some health stuff that's going on. It's a chance to meet old friends and acquaintances, chat with new folks and the like and doing the gaming thing, of course. I'm looking forward to running the two Torg Eternity, one John Carter of Mars - The Roleplaying Game, and one Capharnaum - The Tales of the Dragon-Marked games, naturally, though I do really hope that I actually get some players for the four games.

Once more, please note that the Sunday Torg Eternity game has changed from the listed scenario, "Day 1: The Living Land" to "The Burden of Glory", though it won't be listed as such in the schedules. Here's the write-up on the scenario that I'll be running at the convention:

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The Burden of Glory
Game: Torg Eternity RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: The Delphi Council has located a stela and dispatched Storm Knights to uproot it and restore a zone to Core Earth. Along the way, a new opportunity tempts your team. Could anything be more important than pushing back the High Lords? (Note that this is an Infiniverse event; the choices players make here impact how the Possibility Wars unfold in the future.)
*****

My only real concern about the convention isn't so much about walking this year (though there is a bit of concern there, too), so much as it is about carrying. Whatever is wrong with my left shoulder and cervical spine area has gotten somewhat worse, and it's making carrying and lifting stuff with that arm extremely painful (among other things). And, of course, I've got to watch my blood sugars carefully and take my insulin dose at night during the convention, so that bears some more forethought as well. We'll see how things go.

Dice to Go, Version 3

As a general rule, when I go to the local gaming convention here in Ottawa, CanGames, I try to take dice and provide for the folks playing in any of the games I run. Well, this year is no exception.

I have one of these very nice wooden, 10" dice trays that I purchased years ago from Koplow Games (which they still sell, though not on-line), and that's what I take with me every year for CanGames.

And well... it's ready to go for this year. Dice to go! :)



Happy Birthday, angusabranson

Today is angusabranson's birthday!

Happy birthday, Angus! :)

May the Goddess bless with you with good health, happiness, good cheer, prosperity, and love over the course of the coming year, and may you always have a warm breeze at your back. And, of course, best wishes for the success of your gaming endeavours!

Have a terrific day, mate, and raise a mug or two for me in celebration! :)

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