Sunday Afternoon Game Report - DragonQuest RPG, Session 3

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday), the Sunday afternoon gaming group came out and continued to play in the new campaign of the DragonQuest RPG fantasy roleplaying game. You can read about the previous session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut so that folks who don't want to read any detailed rpg posts don't have to.





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Sunday afternoon's session of the DragonQuest RPG was a pretty decent session, and the start of a new adventure. The first hour of play or so consisted of catching up on paperwork from the previous adventure, purchasing new supplies and the like, and so the actual play part of the session didn't get as far as I'd hoped. As noted, the players and their characters were presented with three different adventure options by means of the job opportunities board at the Adventurers' Guild, and chose the adventure route they wanted to take. Needless to say, there's more going on with this "simple" plot than meets the eye. The players told me they all had a good time, so I thought it went pretty well. The players talked about potentially making Faversham their home base, but I'm not sure that Tammy agrees with that, as it would limit her Messenger capabilities somewhat being so isolated from the rest of the Barony for now.

Overall, a very nice, relatively quiet game session of the DragonQuest RPG campaign and the second scenario. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next, whenever the players get together for the next game session.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming

I'll be gaming this afternoon shortly with the Sunday gaming group, and am rather looking forward to it. We'll still be taking health precautions this afternoon, of course, as while everyone wants to game but knows we have to play it safe in this time of COVID-19.

The players will be continuing on with the Sunday DragonQuest RPG campaign today, starting their second adventure finally today, and I'm quite looking forward to it as I hope are the players as well.

In the meantime, I need to get my act together and tidy up the living room a bit. Then relax for a few moments.

Have a good day, folks. :)

Friday Night Game Report - DragonQuest RPG, Session 5

Two nights ago (October 15th), the Friday night gaming group came out to continue their current campaign of the DragonQuest RPG fantasy roleplaying game. You can read about the previous session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut so that folks who don't want to read any detailed rpg posts don't have to.





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Friday night's session of the DragonQuest RPG scenario was a pretty good one, and quite intense for the most part. This game session was pretty combat intensive, notably te fight with the hobgoblins followed up by the fight with the troll, and the player characters had a pretty tough time of it. The tactics used by Peter (Harvis) and Mark (Jayden) to allow the player characters to escape the troll and flee to the south side of the river were pretty smart (and they'll get a bonus to their Experience Awards at the end of the adventure). The players told me they had a terrific time in the session, but both Angela and Ellie actually wondered at one point if they were going to escape this one alive and intact. Angela also commented that she knows where some of her Experience Points will go, as her Spell of Healing is getting a real work-out in this adventure! The players joked about possibly recruiting an NPC Healer into their group for the next adventure! Aside from the combat sequences, everyone is quite looking forward to the next session of the game.

Overall, it was a lovely gaming session with the Friday night group, and I look forward to their next DragonQuest RPG game session in a couple of weeks.

Free RPG Day

Today is Free RPG Day.

While today's Free RPG Day is somewhat different than those in the past, due to the coronavirus pandemic, don't forget to go down to your local rpg or hobby shoppe and see if they're giving away the various Free RPG Day quick-start rules and adventures for any of your favourite games.

And don't forget to pass the word on Free RPG Day to folks. This is the perfect opportunity to get some of those non-gamer friends and loved ones involved with the hobby, and to introduce them to some great rpg systems out there. With all the on-line gaming that's going on out there, this is even easier than it's ever been before, though if you prefer face-to-face gaming and are able and willing to do so (well, all the gamers concerned), today is what it's all about.

And a Happy Free RPG Day to all! :)

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

It's been another relatively warm day for October, the temperature hitting 21oC here today, with a bit of rain and a somewhat muggy feel to it. Been quite uncomfortable.

In good news, the side effects from my flu shot have abated, though they've left me somewhat tired and a bit worn out. That said, still having shoulder pain and there's pain in the area where I had the flu shot. Just another day in the health life of JohnK, folks. :)

Anyway, I'll be gaming with the Friday night gaming group this evening; the players should be arriving within the next hour or so. Looking forward to it. Given the state of COVID-19 currently, we'll be taking the appropriate health precautions tonight as the group decides on when they get here, as per usual. Everyone wants to game, but knows we have to play safe in this time of the continuing pandemic.

Tonight, I'll be continuing on with the Friday night group's second adventure for the current DragonQuest RPG campaign, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the players and their characters deal with scenario material that I've got planned for them.

In the meantime, I need to go upstairs and make some supper.

Have a good evening, folks. :)

The NHL Hockey Season Is On!

Well, the 2021-2022 National Hockey League (NHL) season started a couple of days ago, but tonight the Ottawa Senators begin their season with a game here in Ottawa against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The news broke this morning that Brady Tkachuk has finally signed a deal, 7 years worth an average of $8.21M or some such, but he won't be in the line-up for at least 10 days to two weeks, given that he missed all of training camp. So he's not going to be a factor early on. The Senators also announced that four players - Thomas Chabot, Nick Paul, Nikita Zaitsev, and Connor Brown - will wear the "A" on their sweaters, with Tkachuk getting an "A" as well when he gets on the ice. (I don't think he deserves a letter on his jersey, but I'm not the one who makes these decisions.) The team says they'll name a Captain later on in the season, but we'll see how that shakes out.

So what to expect from the Senators this season? I don't know for sure, but I'm of the opinion that they won't make the playoffs this season, though they'll come pretty close. Sure, they could surprise everyone (and I really hope they do!), but the team hasn't really made enough changes to make a real difference, given they're playing in such a strong Division. They added Michael Del Zotto and Nick Holden to bolster the defense, also reducing Chabot's ice time which will hopefully make him better, and that will help some, but haven't really added any scoring depth up front, though Zach Sanford (acquired from STL) will help a little. Still, with the injuries the team is dealing with (notably the loss of centres Clark Bishop and Colin White), the Sens don't have anything to write home about down the middle, and the forwards they've got don't have any 30 to 40 goal scorers on it. The team's power play is anaemic, which showed in the pre-season games and most of last season, and that problem hasn't been addressed. The Senators need to add another centre, preferably a veteran with a bit of scoring ability and face-off ability, as well as another winger with some power play credentials. Until they do so, this team isn't going to challenge for a Stanley Cup yet.

One area where the Senators are going to have to be better is in goal. Matt Murray had a terrible season after coming over from Pittsburgh, but there were extenuating circumstances to that, and he showed some of what he's capable of towards the end of the season, but the Sens will have to have solid goaltending out of the gate this year. Anton Forsberg, his back-up, wasn't very good in the pre-season, but it's only the games now that count. Because this Senators team is going to be low scoring, both Murray and Forsberg (and whoever else plays goal during the course of the season) are going to have to stand on their heads each night to give the Senators a chance to win.

Anyway, the new NHL season starts for the Senators tonight at home against the Maple Leafs, and I can't wait to see how things shape up.

Go Sens, Go! :)

Had My Flu Shot

Well, I went to the pharmacy this afternoon and had my flu shot for the season/year.

The flu shot is something that I get every year and have done so for at least the last ten years that I can recall. Given that I'm 66 years old these days, have diabetes, and am considered immuno-compromised, I need to protect myself against the flu every year, and the flu shot is the way to do it. And given that COVID-19 is still in a pandemic form, I don't want to take the chance of getting sick in any way, shape, or form this year. My doctor's office won't be getting the flu vaccine until some time in November, likely the middle of the month, and he told me yesterday to get the flu shot as soon as I could. Since I am now considered a senior (well, I have been since I turned 65 years old), I got the high potency shot which is considered the recommended dose for seniors.

Of course, naturally I'm one of the folks who gets a reaction to the flu shot every year. I tend to get a bit of a sore throat, a runny/stuffed up nose, headache, fatigue/tiredness, and a mild fever. It's been around 7 hours since I had my shot, and guess what? I've started running a mild fever, am feeling fatigued, and have a bit of a sore throat now. Hopefully, this is the worst I'll feel during the next couple of days.

Anyway, I think I'll be taking it easy over the next few days, and treat the symptoms of the flu vaccine shot appropriately.

Anyway, time for bed.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

It's a somewhat warm day (for October) outside at the moment here for Thanksgiving Day in the Ottawa valley. Warmer than what's usual for this time of year. I want to wish all my Canadian friends a very good day, and one that is filled with all sorts of reasons for being thankful. To honour this day, I thought I would just share a bit of Canadian music from Nova Scotia musician Melanie Doane...





To all my Canadian friends and peeps, here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. :)

Sunday Gaming Session Cancelled

Today is Sunday.

I was supposed to game this afternoon with the Sunday players today.

That isn't going to happen. This weekend being the Thanksgiving Day weekend in Canada, both of my players have family commitments that need to be attended to. So there will be no gaming this afternoon with the Sunday group.

I'm kind of sad about this as I was looking forward to starting the second adventure for the DragonQuest RPG campaign with the Sunday players today. And some gaming today would have been nice, given the gloominess of the weather and all.

Oh, well.

Friday Night Gaming Session Postponed

Today is Friday.

I was supposed to game with the Friday night players this evening.

That isn't going to happen. This weekend being the Thanksgiving Day weekend in Canada, two of my five players have family commitments that need to be attended to. So there will be no gaming this evening with the Friday group.

I'm kind of sad about this as I was looking forward to continuing on with the Friday night DragonQuest RPG campaign this evening. That said, the game session has not been cancelled, per sé, but merely postponed to next Friday night. So there is that to look forward to. :)