March 25th, 2013

Monday Morning, Still Sick

Monday morning. The start of another (work) week.

Woke up this morning feeling somewhat worn out and tired, but that's no surprise since I tossed and turned all night, and felt somewhat worse than I had most of the day and evening.

I am still somewhat sick, my left ear and the left side of my neck and throat extremely painful and aching, and when I got out of bed I actually lost my balance and fell over. My head feels a bit stuffy as well, and there's still some chest pain.

I had thought I was going to go in to work this morning, but to be honest, still feeling too dizzy at times so don't want to risk driving and all. However, I called work and the boss agreed to let me work from home for today and possibly part of the week, depending on how I'm doing.

In the meantime, I have three more days of antibiotic and then we'll see what we shall see.

Gaming Session with the Sunday Group Yesterday

As noted in one of the posts of yesterday, I decided that I could function well enough to game with the Sunday gaming group and run a game.

After spross and Tammy came over for the afternoon, we talked about what they wanted to do for the afternoon, and it came down to how I felt. Since I wanted to run something with relatively easy rules, it was decided that we would play the Primeval RPG for the afternoon.

I started off the afternoon with no real idea of what to run for the game, since I hadn't prepared anything (for obvious reasons), but the nice thing about the Primeval RPG is that scenario ideas can come from anywhere, and in the end, I continued one of the adventures that I had started back in late 2011 when only spross and Tammy had been available one Sunday.

After a bit of a refresher course, most of the game session was spent with the two players learning more information about the situation at hand, finding some interesting evidence about what was going on (even if they haven't put it together yet), and having a few red herrings (maybe) thrown their way.

Overall, I thought the game session of the Primeval RPG went pretty well, and was relatively enjoyable, though I found myself feeling a bit dizzy and out of my depth at times, although I don't think Tammy or spross noticed this. I didn't throw in any combat scenes in this adventure just yet, as I don't really feel up to running that kind of scene just yet health-wise. I'm just hoping that the plot and continuity of the adventure session that I ran yesterday made sense.

The Primeval Writing Process

Just doing some catching up on the stuff on the web in my breaks as I'm working today, my heading feeling somewhat better as the morning has gone on.

For those who are fans of the Primeval tv series, James Moran, the writer who introduced Danny Quinn's character in Series 3, posted a blog about writing his episode and how the episode changed over the course of the various drafts. Interesting stuff.

James Moran on the Primeval Writing Process

CanGames Schedule Updated and Corrected

Just saw that the gaming schedule of events at CanGames 2013 has been updated once more, and I was pleased to see that the four game events that I'll be running at the convention are now correct.

For those interested in what I'm running at CanGames this year, here's the list:

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The Infection Factor
Game: Primeval RPG
Time: Friday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: Portals in time, called Anomalies, have been appearing across the world for some time now. Your team works for the Anomaly Research Centre (ARC), dealing with these Anomalies and the creatures and people that come out of them. But sometimes it's not the creature that comes from the past that you have to deal with, but something else...


Dangers on a Train
Game: a|state RPG
Time: Saturday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: Due to illness and absenteeism, you have been taken from your normal duties in the Transit Militia to perform ordinary foot patrol. Will your own personal agendas and the paranoia that goes along with the job allow you to do your duty, or will you face the danger that is routine on this job and possibly pay the ultimate price? An adventure for a|state, the post-apocalyptic Dickensian dystopian science fiction rpg set in The City.


Earth Serpent
Game: Primeval RPG
Time: Saturday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: When an impossible fossil is discovered at an excavation, along with a mysterious metallic pillar, your Anomaly Research Centre (ARC) team must contend with the Ministry of Defense. Things get complicated when an Anomaly opens as well, but that means it's just another day in the PRIMEVALverse!


Dangers on a Train
Game: a|state RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: Due to illness and absenteeism, you have been taken from your normal duties in the Transit Militia to perform ordinary foot patrol. Will your own personal agendas and the paranoia that goes along with the job allow you to do your duty, or will you face the danger that is routine on this job and possibly pay the ultimate price? An adventure for a|state, the post-apocalyptic Dickensian dystopian science fiction rpg set in The City.
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So, if you're considering playing in any of the four game events that I'm running at the convention this year, please don't hesitate to pre-register for the convention and sign up early for the games you'd like to play in. Looking forward to seeing friends and acquaintainces, old and new, at the gaming tables there this year. :)

Happy Birthday, Patrick Troughton

For those who are fans of Doctor Who, today is the anniversary of the birth of actor Patrick Troughton.

Born March 25th, 1920, Patrick Troughton was the Second Doctor on the acclaimed tv series, and the first actor to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, and is thus the first regeneration of the Time Lord. It was a bold move on the part of the production team to replace the actor in the title role, and Doctor Who could have been a disaster from that point on. But it wasn't, and Patrick Troughton was the reason. His Doctor was unofficially known later on as "the cosmic hobo" due to the mannerisms that Troughton imbued the character with, but he could be as serious as needed when called upon. And when Troughton's Doctor was being serious, you knew that serious trouble was afoot.

Patrick Troughton's Doctor was my favourite in the role, though I also loved the William Hartnell Doctor. Sadly, much of Troughton's serials from the series no longer exist, and he is the most under-represented of the incarnations of the Time Lord on DVD.

So raise a glass today for the Second Doctor and the man who portrayed him so brilliantly, Patrick Troughton.