May 31st, 2013

Life on a Friday

Woke up this morning to another hot, summer day though it's finally the end of May.

The temperature is expected to hit a high of 32oC today with a humidex of around 37oC. Absolutely sizzling for the end of the month of May, though I'll be indoors at the office in relatively air conditioning while at work.

I've been feeling somewhat under the weather the last couple of days due to the weather. My asthma (which is not bad the rest of the year), allergies, and sinuses aren't all that comfy in this hot weather, and my body just doesn't take the heat all that well. The house is extremely uncomfortable at the moment, since the window air conditioner seems to be labouring somewhat with keeping the house cool. Perhaps the investment in the ductless air conditioner is a good move at this point for the long term.

In the meantime, work proceeds apace and the boss is happy with the progress I've made with my team on the current translation job. I'll be leaving the office around 1:30 pm today to get home for the appointment with the sales rep from Reliance to deal with the ductless a/c evaluation again, and then will have to get ready for the evening gaming session with the Friday night gaming group.

As for the weather... So, what does this mean that the summer is going to be like? Holy cow.

Ductless Air Conditioning, Round Trois

Just finished the meeting with the Installation Manager from Reliance about an alternate way of installing the ductless air conditioning system in my home on this hot last day of May.

The news is good in this respect. The ductless a/c system can be installed in the new configuration that we've been able to work out, but it may be a bit more expensive due to a "complication" that's come up, although he'll be examining this problem and will get back to me on it either on Monday or Tuesday.

The neat thing is that this ductless a/c system is more efficient than a window air conditioner, and also saves a good 30% in terms of the electrical bills. There's just a minor decision to be made about how to go through the wall to the exterior of the building, and some electrical concerns. Granted, it's not going to be cheap, but it does help in terms of the resaleable nature of the house later on, if I decide to move.

In the meantime, on to other things for the day.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming

Getting ready for tonight's gaming session with the Friday night group.

The players for the Friday night group will be starting the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG campaign this evening, and I'm quite looking forward to it. This is a sword & sorcery fantasy roleplaying game set in the Antediluvian world. It's a world filled with savage warriors, powerful magic, and cosmic horrors, and is a sword & sorcery fantasy game in the vein of the old Tor and DAW books, owing a lot to Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Fritz Leiber.

Tonight's gaming session will involve player character generation, and possibly some other stuff as well, but I won't know until I see how long the process takes the players. I'll be blogging about tonight's game session some time tomorrow or Sunday, depending on time constraints and how I feel.

In the meantime, I've got a pleasant surprise for those of you interested in the game in the next post. :)

Atlantis: The Second Age Character Creation - Nadaria of Cimmeria

Since I'm about to start running the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG that will be forthcoming from Khepera Publishing on both my Friday night and Sunday afternoon gaming group, I thought I would post up here a detailed example of character creation for the Atlantis: The Second Age Roleplaying Game.

Game: Atlantis: The Second Age Roleplaying Game
Publisher: Khepera Publishing
Degree of Familiarity: Somewhat familiar. I've run both the original Atlantean Trilogy RPG published back in 1985 or so from Bard Games, and the Atlantis: The Second Age RPG published in 2005 by Morrigan Press. Haven't run it in a few years, but I'm familiar with it, and just doing the best I can.
Books Required: Atlantis: The Second Age.

Please note that this post is extremely long, as I've gone into the game mechanics a bit in terms of character creation, and have provided background on the character and the choices. Hence the majority of this post is behind the cut. That said, there is some of the game mechanics and descriptions of game world elements that I've skimped on in this write-up, so if you want to know more, just drop me a line in the Comments.

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And there you have the character that I created for the Atlantis: The Second Age Roleplaying Game. This character took me about 25 minutes, plus I would say another half-hour of leafing through the Races and world bits. Character generation in Atlantis can definitely take a while, as there are some choices that need to be made in character creation that require information about the game world to be given to the player. If one has an idea of what one wants in the player character, the process can definitely take less time, but to be honest, this is a game system that is extremely fun to work with and gives an incredibly wide variation on characters.

Anyway, time for some supper, and then gaming in Atlantis! :)

Comments and feedback are welcome. :)