May 16th, 2016

Monday Morning Thoughts

Well, it's Monday morning. The long, Victoria Day weekend is ahead (though I'll be working Friday morning, as I couldn't get it off because of some of the sick leave I've already taken), and CanGames 2016 is starting in four days (eeek!!). I'll blog more about that in a separate post today, but it's not likely that it will be seen before the convention.

I did not sleep all that well last night, tossing and turning and having some of the nightmares that I've started having the last couple of months. (They pertain to my health, specifically my feet, and are quite gruesome, so I'm not going into any details here.) Felt somewhat groggy this morning when I woke up, but managed to get myself together and head out to work.

Work this morning has been somewhat busy, and I've not had a lot of time to think (which is probably a good thing.) Because of a new policy that's in place here at work, due to some hacking of the servers here, we're no longer allowed to use the work machines for anything personal or to go on-line other than for business-related stuff. So without the computer at home now (see previous entries for more on this), I'm cut off from the internet for the moment. Boo, hiss!

On the other hand, I've already managed to finish reading a book during this enforced hiatus from the internet at home, so there is an upside to all of this. Additionally, since I'm not spending (too much) time on the computer at home, my headaches have all but disappeared, so perhaps there is a good side to all of this.

In the meantime, back to work. And a cup of hot chai tea.

Happy Birthday, xnbach!

Today is xnbach's birthday!

Happy birthday, Thom! :)

May the Goddess bless with you with good health, happiness, good cheer, prosperity, and love over the course of the coming year, and may you always have a warm breeze at your back.

Have a terrific day, mate! :)

Happy Birthday, angusabranson

Today is angusabranson's birthday!

Happy birthday, Angus! :)

May the Goddess bless with you with good health, happiness, good cheer, prosperity, and love over the course of the coming year, and may you always have a warm breeze at your back. And, of course, best wishes for the success of your gaming endeavours!

Have a terrific day, mate, and raise a mug or two for me in celebration! :)

Four Days to CanGames 2016 - Come and Play! :)

Geez, it's the Monday before CanGames already.

This means that the 2016 edition of CanGames, the local Ottawa gaming convention being held at the Rideau Curling Club, is merely four (4) (!!) days away, as it begins on Friday (the 20th of May). Hope to see folks from Ottawa and the surroundings, as well as folks from farther away, attending the convention.

And here's just a reminder of what I'll be running this year at CanGames.

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The Devil and Mr. Sutton
Game: Primeval RPG
Time: Friday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: Working on Peter Capaldi's "Believe It or Not" tv series has always involved strange things...but this time, it's-- a ghost train? Come on! And what the heck is an Anomaly? What the heck have we gotten ourselves into??


Herbquest
Game: DragonQuest, 2nd Edition RPG (with home rules)
Time: Saturday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 5/6
Description: An attack on a small community near a dreaded forest leaves several villagers dying of a terrible moredhel poison. Can your player characters retrieve the herbal cure for the toxin before it's too late?


The Beast of Bytown
Game: Chill 3rd Edition RPG
Time: Saturday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 5
Description: An accident at a construction site in what will become Bell's Corners seems to have unleashed some sort of evil. With SAVE in its infancy, can a group of concerned citizens (the player envoys) figure out what's going on, and stop the beast(s) of Bytown?


Herbquest II
A second running of the same scenario
Game: DragonQuest, 2nd Edition RPG (with home rules)
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 5/6
Description: An attack on a small community near a dreaded forest leaves several villagers dying of a terrible moredhel poison. Can your player characters retrieve the herbal cure for the toxin before it's too late?
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Hope to see some of my LJ and Twitter friends and others (of course) at some of the games I'll be running this weekend. :)

A Sunday Afternoon of Britannia

Yesterday's gaming session with the Sunday gaming group was a pretty good one, and a good distraction from the ongoing home computer problems and glitches at the moment.

spross and Tammy arrived around 1:00 pm, and we decided to play something that I was surprised that Tammy agreed to: Britannia. I haven't played the game since some time last year, so it was nice to get back to this, and I needed to exorcise a bit of anger in a relatively non-threatening way, though Tammy was concerned that I might play the game too aggressively. :)

We're using the first edition of the game, not the new version of the game, but it still plays very well. I played the blue (taking on the Belgae, Picts, Angles, and Normans), and I had a good game of it and enjoyed myself. With only the three players for the game, we decided to play the purple (Romans/Romano-British, Scots, Dubliners, and Norwegians) as a group. We didn't complete the game, only reaching Turn 10, the Dubliners, Norwegians, Danes, Norsemen, and Normans never got into the game, but it was a satisfying afternoon of board gaming for me. I'm not going into details on the game here, but the final scores were as follows...

Purple (Group) 54
Green (SteveR) 49.5
Red (Tammy) 67
Blue (JohnK) 57

I had a couple of good moves during the game, and did relatively well with the Angles, but I couldn't roll "5"s or "6"s to save my life, which is what you need to successfully win an attack. That cost me with the Belgae, as I couldn't even kill any of the Roman soldiers and wasn't around to attack their limes. That said, Tammy used a good strategy with her Saxons, and kept my Angles pretty much at bay. spross, on the other hand, just collected points for killing some Romans and then kept his Welsh and Caledonians in their home territories, and saw his Jutes eliminated relatively early.

Still, it was a fun afternoon of board gaming that kept me from thinking about other things. And I am looking forward to getting back to roleplaying games after the convention.

Computer Problems II

Just got home from the computer shoppe I mentioned in an earlier post, having taken in the laptop for diagnosis (and possibly repair). So this LJ post is being written in retrospective, as will be all of the other LJ posts from this point on until I have a functional, wireless capable computer once more.

I'm somewhat tired, as it's been a long day, and I'm a bit stressed out on account of the computer business (since I spent a good chunk of Sunday night backing up the most important stuff off the computer to a flash drive).

The fellow at the computer shoppe was pretty kind about matters, and told me that he'd get back to me as soon as he could do so, but didn't figure it would be until Wednesday or so, so patience is a virtue and all that. Hopefully, the diagnosis on the laptop won't cost me too much money, so we'll see how that shakes out. (I'm a bit short on cash at the moment, what with CanGames coming up and all.) I'm not holding out too much hope that he'll be able to fix the problem, as I use Linux Ubuntu on the system, and not too many folks in the computer repair business know that operating system too well (or so it seems to me).

Anyway, I plan to spend the evening sorting out some of the paperwork for this weekend's CanGames stuff, maybe watch a couple of episodes of something on the PVR, and read a couple of chapters of my current read (which I can't remember at the moment, so it's obviously not noteworthy stuff). Amazing how much other stuff I'm getting done when I'm not able to spend time on the laptop at home!