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Happy Birthday, Jason Flemyng!

There's a birthday in the Primeval tv series family today.

Happy Birthday to Jason Flemyng today!

Jason is the talented actor who played Danny Quinn in Series 3 of the Primeval tv series, and who reprised the role in Series 4 a couple of times. Jason, who turns 50 years of age today, has a pretty impressive CV in movies and tv, appearing in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), Rob Roy (1995), From Hell (2001), and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). He's done some prominent work in both theatre and television in the UK (check out the link above). He also speaks fluent French. A lot of tv and science fiction fans remember him for his work on Primeval UK, though he's done a lot of other work, too. One of his more memorable turns of recent years was as the villainous Vadim in The Musketeers (2014).

I can't say that Danny Quinn was one of my favourite characters in Primeval, but I certainly warmed to him by the end of Series 3, and was sorry to see him depart. His reappearance in Series 4 came as quite a surprise, a pleasant one.

So here's wishing Jason Flemyng a terrific birthday today!

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

Getting ready for this evening's game session with the Friday night group.

This evening the Friday night players are going to get into The Dark Eye RPG, starting with character creation. It's a rather involved process in the game, sort of a Life Path kind of affair, but set in a world (Aventuria) that has a very detailed, long history and background to it, so I'm looking foward to how they do with this. And am totally scared to death, for some reason.

Anyway, supper is done and the dishes await before the players arrive.

Have a good night, folks.

It's H.G. Wells's Birthday

For those who are unaware of such things or just plain don't necessarily care about them, today is H.G. Wells's birthday. Well, would have been, if he were still alive.

An outspoken socialist and pacifist, Wells is considered one of the two "Fathers of Science Fiction" (the other being Jules Verne). He led a remarkable life, wrote some fascinating books that were and still are considered science fiction romances, but had other claims to fame as well.

While I first read Asimov's Foundation as my introduction to science fiction when I was 9 or so, it was Wells's The Time Machine that may well have cemented my love of the genre, and taught me that "modern" sf in 1965 or thereabouts had predecessors that were just as important to read and know about.

Rest well, George Herbert Wells. You earned it.

Happy Jewish New Year!

Today at sundown marks the start of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

So I would like to wish all my Jewish friends and followers l'shana tova, and best wishes for the New Year. May it be filled with happiness, health, prosperity, joy, love, and everything else that you would wish from the New Year.

And for all my goyim friends out there, a good (Jewish) new year to you, as well. You're welcome. :)

Arrrrr, Mateys!

Soo, as p'r the usual, 'tis the annual Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Therefore, me hearties and mateys, this be the day when ye all haf ta talk like the scurvy dogs and wenches, pirates though ye be, that ye are!!

Good wishes an' raisin' a mug o' froth to all me LJ salty sea dogs and lovely, briny wenches!

Arrrrrrrrr!! :)

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming

Getting ready for an afternoon of gaming with the Sunday gaming group.

My feet are bothering me pretty badly, a lot of pain in the left foot where the blisters haven't broken (but I feel like I'm walking on a small pocket of fluid or whatever), and my left shoulder is bothering me a lot. Here's hoping the gaming will distract me from the pain that's going on and focus on something else (i.e., the gaming).

The Sunday gamers and I will be wrapping up the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG scenario that they're doing for the moment, and if time permits we're going to start in on stuff for the The Dark Eye campaign that I'm planning to run, though probably won't get to character creation until next weekend.

Meanwhile, it's time to head into the shower, and then hobble upstairs to make some lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

Well, it's Friday evening.

Time to get some Friday night gaming in with the regular players. It's been a while since we gamed for a period of time on a Friday night. I've spent the afternoon reading some of The Dark Eye RPG gaming materials, but am not ready to run the system just yet. So tonight's game will be another session of the Coriolis - The Third Horizon RPG campaign.

I'm looking forward to gaming this evening.

In the meantime, I need to make some supper.

Have a good evening, folks.

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming

Getting ready for an evening of gaming with the Wednesday night group.

This will be the first time that the Wednesday night players have gamed in some time (since the middle of June, in fact), as they took the summer off. I don't know what we'll be playing this evening, but I suspect they'll want to play a board game of some sort, rather than rpgs, so as to transition back into gaming somewhat. I do know that Donna has expressed an interest in seeing some of The Dark Eye RPG gaming materials, so that will likely happen after gaming tonight.

Looking forward to playing with the Wednesday nighters once again! :)

In the meantime, I need to make some supper.

Have a good evening, folks.

A Terrible Anniversary

Sixteen years ago today, a terrible series of events occurred. We call it 9/11.

Once more, it occurred to me today that I was at the sf bookstore I owned and ran back in those days, Basilisk Dreams Books, getting paperwork done for the morning and getting ready to open the door, when the kind lady who owned the store next door (a video store that also sold tvs, vcrs, and dvd players) knocked on the door, and said that I needed to come to her store and see the terrible tragedy that had occurred and was still ongoing.

Needless to say, the complexion of the rest of that day was forever changed. And the world changed that day forever as well.

I want to once more offer my condolences to those who lost loved ones on that day, and my heartfelt thanks for those who toiled and struggled and bravely survived that day.

On this day, take the time to remember where you were on 9/11. And how your life was affected by the terrible, tragic events of that day.
Last night, the Friday night gaming group continued playing in the Coriolis - The Third Horizon campaign that they've got going on. You can read about the previous game 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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In which the player characters arrive on Mira, and encounter more mysteries and inconsistenciesCollapse )

Last night's gaming session of the Coriolis - The Third Horizon Friday night game campaign was quite a lot of fun, and to be honest, very relaxing for me. The players did some excellent roleplaying that put them on the right track (with a couple of red herrings thrown in for good measure), and I was pretty happy with the Darkness Points expenditures balance throughout the session. The next game session will likely be the wrap-up of the Coriolis - The Third Horizon game for a bit on Friday nights, as the players are quite eager to play The Dark Eye after we wrap up the Coriolis scenario.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to next week's game session.

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