November 14th, 2015

Horror in Paris

I'm sure by now that everyone has heard the news.

The bombing and gunfire attacks in Paris (I'm not going to use the "t" word here, but we all know what they were) are heinous, and absolutely awful. With over 140+ people dead and lots seriously injured, this is the worst attack on the city of Paris in a long time.

While I understand the outrage (and feels some of it myself), there is a desire and need to do *something*, *anything*, at this point to stop them. But as a CTV news reporter said late last night (Ottawa time), we really can't engage in force and violence on the enemy and win in this situation because that is their goal - to coerce us, to force us, to resort to violence.

My mind is still reeling from these events, but... Having been to the City of Light just a few years back, I grieve and mourn with the people of Paris and with those around the world sympathising with them over this tragedy and set of horrific events.

John Scalzi's thoughts on the matter today put things somewhat into perspective.

'Nuff said.

Edited to add the link to John Scalzi's comments above.

Friday Night Game Report - Chill 3rd Edition Session 4

Last night, the Friday night gamers continued to play in their Chill 3rd Edition RPG campaign. Here are the game session notes. You can read about the previous session of the campaign in this journal entry. This blog entry 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 game session of the Chill 3rd Edition campaign was a pretty satisfying one for me. The plot was somewhat developed, several interesting things came to light during the course of the investigation(s), and there was a fair modicum of roleplaying on the part of the player characters. All of the players told me that they had a pretty good time of it, though Mark mentioned that he wants a bit more involvement on the part of his character in stuff. The problem at the moment is I don't really have a lot to give him in this regard, as Jason Harris is more a medical man than anything else and his devotion to the cause makes him a bit tricky to work other stuff around. Ah well, we'll see what I can come up with for his character.

Overall, a good game session last night of Chill 3rd Edition, and I'm rather looking forward to the next gaming session coming up on Friday night.