July 29th, 2017

A Meme of 40+ Questions

July 29th, 2016
A Meme of 40+ Qs

Jul. 29th, 2016 at 11:49 AM


It's time for a meme. Haven't done one of these in age. I grabbed this one off my friend, aearwen2 last year, and thought I'd see if any of my answers have changed over the year.

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Yes, but I don't eat it a lot.

2. Have you ever smoked?
Yes, yes I have.

3. Do you own a gun?
No, thank Goddess.

4. What is your favorite flavour?
Cherry.

5. Do you get nervous before Doctor visits?
Pretty much always, but some times less nervous than others. Hate dentists most of all.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
I like 'em, especially in wurst salad. :)

7. Favorite Movie?
Kiss Me Deadly. Surprised, huh? :)

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Water.

9. Do you do push ups?
Push-ups? Haven't done push-ups since I developed serious arthritis. With my left shoulder the mess that it is now, not likely today.

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
Don't have one.

11. Favorite hobby?
Reading. Roleplaying games. Music, both listening to and playing guitar. In no particular order.

12. Do you have A.D.D.?
Nope.

13. What’s the one thing you dislike about yourself?
My somewhat bad temper (inherited from my dad, I hear).

14. What is your middle name?
Michael.

15. Name three thoughts at this moment...
So many books to read, so little time, Why am I doing this meme again?, What to do for lunch today?

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Water, herbal tea (mint or chai), and decaf coffee.

17. Current worry?
Health concern that I'm not going to discuss here.

18. Current annoyance right now?
Finding money to fix the ceiling fan in my bedroom. Still.

19. Favorite place to be?
At home.

20. How do you ring in the new year?
I have friends over (or go over to friends), socialise, maybe do some roleplaying, go home, hit the bed.

21. Where would you like to go?
Two places in particular: Thailand, Australia.

22. Name three people who will complete this?
I really don't have a clue.

23. Do you own slippers?
I used to. Not now.

24. What colour shirt are you wearing right now?
I'm not. Still in my pyjamas. :)

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Never having slept on satin sheets, I can't say.

26. Can you whistle?
Yep.

27. What are your favorite colours?
Sunset orange, light brown or beige.

28. Would you be a pirate?
While I'd love to be a pirate, I don't think I'm cut out for it. So, no, I don't think so.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Mostly Jethro Tull stuff. :)

30. Favorite girls name?
Isabella.

31. Favorite boys name?
Alexander.

32. What’s in your pocket right now?
Nothing. I'm in my pyjamas, like I said.

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
A joke about Donald Trump's current political situation.

34. Best toy as a child?
Some Fireball XL-5 toys. :)

35. Worst injury you ever had?
Smashed left ankle (playing hockey; required surgery).

36. Where would you love to live?
Definitely Paris. Maybe Seattle. But Ottawa's a pretty decent city to live in as well.

37. How many TVs do you have?
One. Isn't that enough?

38. Who is your loudest friend?
Not something I want to answer here.

39. How many dogs do you have?
None. I'm allergic to them.

40. Does someone trust you?
Yes.

41. What book are you reading at the moment?
Crashland by Sean Williams.

42. What’s your favorite candy?
Toffee. (Don't eat it much, though. Diabetes and bad for the teeth.)

43. What’s your favorite sports team?
Ottawa Senators of the NHL. Also love the Arsenal Gunners of the English Premier League. :)

44. Favourite month? May.
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Friday Testing of Torg Eternity Scenario Material

I spent last night having a really good evening with the Friday night gaming group.

I wasn't sure whether we'd be playing a board game or a roleplaying game last night, to be honest. When the Friday night players arrived at around 7:00 pm, we chatted a bit for around 10 minutes and caught up on life and the world at large, and then got down to business. The players told me that they had decided they wanted to play some Torg Eternity, and we talked about various options. They said they wanted to playtest the scenario that I was writing that I'd mentioned in my blog last week, and so that's what we did.


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The players took about half an hour to create some player characters for the evening (yes, the character generation system is really that simple!, other than making some choices in terms of Skills and Perks), and once they'd finished that, we got down to it. The player characters were:

Dr. Andrea Jones (KathyB) - An ER Doctor
Helena Cross (Angela) - Roller Derby Girl
Maggie Armstrong (Ellie) - Runaway
Sgt. Jonathan Harper (DavidM) - NYPD Cop
Alexander Copeland (Mark) - Artist

As mentioned in the previous post about this, adventures for the Torg Eternity RPG are divided down into Acts and then Scenes. The adventure is one that I'm working on, with the tentative title "A Day at the Zoo" and is set on Day 1 of the invasion in New York City.

Suffice it to say that the players had a terrific time, though we were missing the Drama Deck, Destiny Deck, and Cosm Deck, but I compromised for that element in certain ways, giving out extra Possibilities and at times giving the players the equivalent of the cards. DavidM (unsurprisingly with the cop) and Angela (surprisingly with tools that she snatched up) were the combat saviours for the group, while Mark's artist surprised the others with his martial arts flair. I thought that Ellie might be at a bit of a disadvantage with her runaway, but she proved to be the most adept in the final Act bits, and the characters were really quite solid in how they got together at the zoo and worked well when they had to.

The way things stand right now, the Act One material needs a bit of additional text here and there, and I may have to weaken the opposition a bit, but overall is pretty solid. The Act Two material is still much rougher, and needs to be tidied up, have a couple of scenes re-written, and the final two scenes tidied up with some game mechanics added and specified.

The players were pretty happy with the way the playtest of the scenario for Torg Eternity went, and so was I. DavidM and Mark, who have never played Torg in any incarnation, were really thrilled with the game, and loved the simpleness of the game mechanics, though it did take them a bit of time to adjust to the idea of consulting the Bonus Table after rolling the d20.

I'm looking forward to running Torg Eternity when the game comes out, but have to say that I'm looking forward to next week. The players suggested we get back to the Coriolis - The Third Horizon scenario! :)