July 2nd, 2016

Happy Birthday, Tammy!

One of my good friends, Tammy Powers, is celebrating her birthday today!

Tammy doesn't have a blog here, but I know that she reads my blog from time to time, so I hope that you see this entry, m'dear. :)

Happy Birthday, Tammy! :)

Hope you have a terrific day today, and that you celebrate your birthday with lots of flair. May you have good health, happiness, prosperity, and love over the coming year, and may there always be a warm breeze at your back!
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My Canada Day, 2016

Yesterday was Canada Day, for those who missed it.

When it comes right down to it, I didn't miss it so much as I decided that I was going to take the day relatively easy and relax at home. That, and catching up with a few things.

My left ankle and leg were hurting pretty badly when I woke up, so I started the day off on a relatively slow note, and did a bit of house cleaning that needed to be done. I'm currently reading Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold and rather enjoying the book, as well as some gaming material that I can't talk about. I had a relatively light lunch, a bowl of vegetable soup and a cheese sandwich. Yummy!

The early part of the afternoon saw the start of NHL Free Agency and so I tuned in to TSN for decent coverage of that. July 1st is the start of the NHL Free Agency period, and there were a ton of signings in the first hour, but things gradually tapered off after that. I was disappointed that the Ottawa Senators didn't make a move during this time, but I am hoping that they're biding their time to make a trade or two once all the dust settles and other clubs see how they're either tight to or over the NHL salary cap.

I also sat down and did some gaming stuff for the afternoon; I created a Maroc (no, I'm not going to explain the term here!) for the original version of the Promised Sands RPG. Suffice to say, the creation of the Maroc was time consuming as well as frustrating, due to how the rules for character creation deal with them, and the fact that the material on them is organised atrociously. I firmly believe that Promised Sands Sixcess (or 2nd Edition, as I like to think of it) will do a much better job all around, and am looking forward to that. I plan to convert this character (and a couple of others that I've created) over to the new version of the game when it comes out, but egads!, what a gnarly session of character creation that was for me!

After making a simple supper of pasta, meat sauce, and a simple salad with some green beans added, I sat down and waited for the Friday night gamers to arrive, putting my left leg (and ankle) up for a while. I'm not going into details here about the gaming session, other than to say I had a pleasant (birthday) surprise, but I'll blog about the evening more when I get a chance. Terrific night of gaming though. :)

Finally, after taking my insulin injection for the evening, I went to bed, read for about 20 minutes, and turned off the light.

All in all, a decent Canada day with nothing really exciting going on. A simple, relatively peaceful day where I could just relax and take it easy.

Books Read in June, 2016

It's another month, and relatively early in the month. Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my June, 2016 reads.

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Books Read in May, 2016

Sword-Dancer by Jennifer Roberson (r)

A Tragedy in 5 Acts by Michelle Lyons-McFarland (RPG)

Nefertiti Overdrive by Fraser Ronald (RPG)

Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold

The Wood Wife by Terri Windling (r)

May, 2016 Locus

The Grimm Future edited by Erin Underwood

The Geek Feminist Revolution: Essays by Kameron Hurley

Outriders by Jay Posey

Lords of Olympus Roleplaying Game by The RPGPundit (RPG)

The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story by Greg Long

June, 2016 Reader's Digest

Primeval Roleplaying Game by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan (RPG) (r)

June, 2016 Locus

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
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As per usual during the summer months, my reading tends to be slightly less than what I accomplish book-wise during the non-summer months, though I also had the disadvantage (if one can call it that) of not being all that mobile this past month. Hence reading was a good option. :) My favourite books for the month were The Grimm Future edited by Erin Underwood, which took an interesting look at takes on the various Grimm's faerie tales, among other things. The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story by Greg Long was an really good book, and had an interesting perspective about Bigfoot. And I also enjoyed the re-read of the Primeval RPG by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan (can't recall how many times I've read the rulebook), but it's always a good read.

Overall, I managed to read 9 novels, 4 RPG and RPG products, 3 magazines, 0 comics, and 0 graphic novels in June. This brings the year total in 2016 to a set of numbers that look like this: 60 books, 14 RPGs and RPG products, 13 magazines, 140 comics, and 0 graphic novels.

Friday Night Game - Sixcess Core!

As mentioned yesterday, the Friday night gaming group met last night for gaming, but I was told that there was a surprise in store for me (though I did know that I wasn't going to run anything).

Anyway, so... I ate supper last night, and then waited for the players to show up for the evening's gaming, and to find out what was going on for the night. DavidM announced that he was going to be running the game for the night. I was kind of pleased at this, to be honest, since I knew that he was keen to try his hand at being on the other side of the GM Screen, but I got a huge surprise when DavidM reached into his rucksack and pulled out a copy of - Sixcess Core!

Once everyone settled down at the table, DavidM talked to us about the game a bit (he got a lot of the schpiel from me, when I had them create characters for the game system some time back!), and asked us four players to decide what we wanted to do with it. It didn't take long for the four of us (Kathy, Ellie, Mark, and myself) to decide that we'd do some science fiction gaming. DavidM said that was fine with him, and said that we'd play some good old-fashioned science fiction a la Isaac Asimov's Foundation stuff. I was intrigued to see what DavidM had in mind, and so we set to with character creation. It took us about an hour or so to create the characters for the game, and DavidM was quite pleased with what we came up with. While it's not for me to say what Kathy, Ellie, and Mark created, I came up with Dr. Henry Gooderson, a social scientist with an interest in what causes the fall of previous civilisations. The rest of the players created characters that I thought were rather equally old school in their style and feel. After taking about 15 minutes to sketch out what he wanted to do for the night, DavidM got us into the adventure...

The basic plot was that we were on a remote planet investigating a series of possibly alien ruins when our expedition was attacked. After a few harrowing escapes (during one of which I came close to losing Henry's life, I might add), we stumbled upon a facility that seemed to be of alien origins. Some other stuff happened along the way, but overall it was a good evening of gaming, though I had to help DavidM a bit with a couple of the game mechanics of the Sixcess Core system.

In addition, to celebrate my birthday (which is on Sunday), Kathy had made some sugar-free chocolate and cherry jam macaroons! We had some hot tea with the 'roons, and though I only ate two of them, they were delicious and quite chocolate-y! Had just the right tartness, being sugar-free. Yummm!

Overall, it was a great evening of gaming with friends, and relaxing and celebrating my birthday a couple of days early, and I had a nice, relaxed time of it. DavidM's running the game was a pleasant surprise, to be honest, and I had a fun evening with friends.