September 29th, 2012

Friday Night RPG Derailment

Well, that was interesting...

Gaming last night did not go as planned.

Originally, I was going to continue the campaign game of Broken Rooms last night with the Friday night gaming group. However, just as I was literally gettting ready to head out the door to Kathy's house in the west end, the phone rang. Good thing I picked it up, too.

Kathy informed me that she and the other players from the Friday night group had been talking, and had come to a decision. While they really like Broken Rooms, the group has been missing a fantasy roleplaying game for quite some time, and they want to do Shadows of Esteren. Apparently, some of them have been looking at various sites on the 'net and the information available about the game, and they want to do Shadows of Esteren sooner rather than later, and they'd rather play it at the moment than Broken Rooms. So the upshot of it was that Kathy asked me to bring the stuff that I had for Shadows of Esteren with me, and to pick a board game from the collection, and we would play that for the evening while talking all this Esteren and perhaps getting to the start of character generation. Talk about a gaming group giving the orders and making decisions! :)

Anyway, I went down into the den, and picked both Britannia and Pandemic to take with me as board games for the evening, and grabbed up the Shadows of Esteren material that I have.

The long and short of it was that we spent the evening playing first a couple of games of Pandemic (so that my goddaughter could play) and then a 2-1/2 hour long game of Britannia (I had a terrible night as the Jutes and Danes, among others, getting smoked by the Angles and Norwegians!), talking about various aspects of Shadows of Esteren throughout the evening, and getting into a serious discussion of the game around 10:30 pm or so until I left for home around 12:25 pm.

Looks like I'll be starting Shadows of Esteren character generation proper with the Friday night group next weekend. :)

R.I.P. Michael O'Hare (1952-2012)

I am in shock.

I just came across this while surfing the internet a bit this morning. Damn.

Actor Michael O'Hare, famous for his role in Babylon 5 as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair (and later the revelation that he was Valen), has died at the age of 60.

R.I.P. Michael O'Hare

While primarily known for his work on Babylon 5, the actor appeared on several other tv series, including One Life to Live, Trapper John, M.D., The Equalizer, Law & Order, L.A. Law, and Tales From the Darkside. O'Hare was also an accomplished performer on Broadway, and he originated the role of Colonel Jessup in the stage version of A Few Good Men before Jack Nicholson took the part in the film adaptation.

Terribly shocked and disheartened by this death.

Nothing else to say.

Shadows of Esteren Mailing List on Yahoo Groups

Just thought I should mention, for those fans of the English version of the rpg, that I've started up a Shadows of Esteren RPG mailing list over on Yahoogroups.

Shadows of Esteren RPG Discussion

Note that membership is required for participating in this group, and all potential members who wish to join the mailing list must be approved by the Moderator. However, the Archives of this mailing list are open to the public.

The list is for anyone, English- or French-speaking (or other, of course) fans of the game who might want to chat about the game and discuss all subjects and aspects of the game. The mailing list is not intended to supercede or take the place of the official Esteren forums, it is meant to supplement them and serve as somewhere the English community of the game's fans can get a fresh start.

So welcome to the shadows...

Hope to see some of you there. :)

Not Much Ado on a Saturday

Today was a day that was spent pretty much relaxing and taking it as easy as I could.

I spent a part of the day reading some more of the Shadows of Esteren Book 1 - Universe rulebook, and just puttering around the house, doing a bit of laundry, and vacuuming the downstairs part of the house.

Took a break during the afternoon when spross dropped over after work, and we went out to do a bit of grocery shopping. Didn't find the turkey pepperette sticks that I was looking for, but managed to buy some Claussen pickles. We went into Chapters, and I managed to pick up three books that I've been waiting for - Jack McDevitt's Firebird in paperback, Lauren Beukes's Zoo City, and the Gareth Roberts book Doctor Who - Shada: The Lost Adventure of Douglas Adams based on the scripts for the tv serial that never got made. So, a good day of book purchases. :)

I watched the two episodes on PBS of the old English series 'Allo!, 'Allo!</i>, and followed that up with the (half)season finale of Doctor Who, which I shall blog about separately.

Good day, for the most part, but feel like I didn't accomplish much today. Which maybe was the point of it all. :)