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Well, as noted in this journal entry, I received my invitation to submit games that I'd like to run at CanGames 2018 back in early January. Yesterday evening, I finally submitted the last of the games that I'm planning to run at the convention the weekend of May 18th to 20th this year.

I had already submitted games for Capharnaum - Tales of the Dragon-Marked and Torg Eternity, but I made it official last night: I'll also be running a session of the soon to be published John Carter of Mars - The Roleplaying Game. Yes, that's four game sessions I'll be running.

And I can't wait to run all four of them! :)

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled

It's Sunday afternoon, almost.

While it was snowing with some freezing accumulation last night, it's somewhat gloomy and cloudy outside. However, there's a forecast for freezing rain and snow starting mid-afternoon.

Anyway, the upshot of this is that the Sunday afternoon gaming session has been cancelled for today due to the weather. Tammy and I spoke early this morning, and decided to call the game off, so I spoke to SteveR and he pretty much felt the same way. This means the next session of the The Dark Eye RPG campaign will have to wait, but it won't be next weekend as Tammy is on-call for her work for the next two weeks.

I can't say that I'm sorry we won't be gaming today, as truth of the matter is I'm still sick with whatever this *censored!* bug is that I've caught. That said, it will allow me to keep up with the final hours of the John Carter of Mars - The Roleplaying Game Kickstarter. The Kickstarter closes at 3 pm EST, but even after it closes you'll be able to take a late pledge to the game.

Gotta go, need to make some lunch!

Friday Evening Game Session Cancelled

Another Friday night.

And another Friday night where gaming has been cancelled.

More than half of my Friday night gaming group (including myself) are down and out with a case of flu, and one of my players is so bad that he's in the hospital. I finished the antibiotic yesterday, and am not sure whether I'm partially over the bug, as I'm hacking away (cough) and still have the mental fuzzies.

I was quite looking forward to running the Friday night session of the on-going The Dark Eye campaign tonight, but such is not to be the case. Just gotta be optimistic, and look forward to next Friday night.

Happy Birthday, spross!

Today is my friend, spross's birthday!

While I'm not at liberty to say how old he is, other than the fact that he's over 40 (ah, what the heck... he actually turns 49 years old today), SteveR's been a pretty good friend to me over the years. I've known spross since the 1980s, and while we've had our ups and downs, he has always been there for me. So I want to thank him for his friendship and support over the years, and the many hours of (mostly) enjoyable gaming and the like we've spent during all this time. (Perhaps one of these days he'll do up a journal entry about how we met and all and our first gaming experience, but for now...)

Happy Birthday, Steve! :) Hope the coming year brings you happiness, health (especially after this past year!), prosperity, and warm winds at your back.

Have a great day, Steve!

Sunday Afternoon Gaming Cancelled

It's Sunday, nearly afternoon.

It's been snowing outside since last night, and is showing no signs of stopping. (10-15 cms, my butt!)

Anyway, the upshot of this is that the Sunday afternoon gaming session has been cancelled for today due to the weather. This means the next session of the The Dark Eye RPG campaign will have to wait, hopefully until next weekend.

I can't say that I'm sorry we won't be gaming today, as truth of the matter is I'm still sick with whatever this *censored!* bug is that I've caught. I'm just very, very tired. So this means another day of relative rest, little talking, and just catching up on some tv and pvr stuff.

But I am sorry that I'm not gaming today.

Friday Evening Game Session Cancelled

It's Friday night.

Normally, I'd be getting ready for gaming with the Friday players this evening, but gaming has been cancelled for tonight.

A couple of my players called to say that they were unable to make it out this evening due to feeling under the weather. I'm all right with this, knowing how they feel. While the Aunty (biotic) is starting to take effect, I think, I'm miserable today, am hacking a lot, have the mental fuzzies, and there's a chance I'm running a fever.

I was quite looking forward to running the Friday night session of the on-going The Dark Eye campaign tonight, but am just not physically up to it. Just gotta be optimistic, and look forward to next Friday night.

'Nuff said.

Book Reads in January, 2018

2018. The new year. Another year to see what my reading for the year will be like.

Thus, as is my standard usage of my blog space at or near the beginning of the month, I present the listing of my January, 2018 reads.


*****
Books Read in January, 2018

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

Theater Knights I: The White Lake by Niklas Forreiter and Daniel Hessler (RPG)

November, 2017 Locus

Little Sisters of the Apocalypse by Kit Reed (r?)

GameTek: The Math and Science of Gaming by Geoff Engelstein

Bertram of Butter Cross by Jeffrey E. Barlough (r)

Girl Genius Book One: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank by Phil & Kaja Foglio (Graphic Novel)

Myth Adventures! by Robert Asprin and Phil Foglio (Graphic Novel)

Theater Knights II: The Blue Tome by Niklas Forreiter and Daniel Hessler (RPG)

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

S.P.Q.R. IX: The Princess and the Pirates by John Maddox Roberts

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (r)
*****

And that was the start of my reading for 2018.


And thus started my year of reading for 2017. I have to say that I was quite pleased at the number of books and other stuff that I read in January, as it seemed to be a slow reading month to start off the new year, though I obviously read more than I expected to. The books I enjoyed the most were:

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin - Oh, come on! Do I really have to write a review of this book that has something that's not been said about the book before? I will say that every re-read of the book allows me to see different nuances, and this time was no exception. Superb novel, can't recommend it enough.

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty - I always find it difficult to review mystery novels, for fear of giving away too much. One of the things I maintain about good sf is that it's not about space ships, aliens, and lasers (or whatever). It's about humanity (or lack/differences thereof) and how people react to changes in society (be they tech, social, or environmental). One of the large can 'o worms in sf is cloning, and Six Wakes deals with a lot of the issues surrounding cloning, from a hindsight point of view. Set on a spaceship that is delivering colonists to a new world, the book opens with the clone crew being awoke into a literal house of blood and death, as their former selves' have been murdered. Add the loss of 25 years of memories (their mind maps being those from the day before the ship set out), and the basic whodunnit is set. The book has an atmosphere of paranoia as the clones try to figure out what happened and why. The book's current time is interspersed with the history of the clones, and are very relevant to what happened. This is top-notch science fiction and a heck of a good mystery, and I really liked this book.

S.P.Q.R. IX: The Princess and the Pirates by John Maddox Roberts - This book is the ninth book in the S.P.Q.R. series, a murder mystery series that follows the career of Decius Caecilius Metellus during the last days of the Roman Republic (this particular book occurs in 50 B.C., or as Roberts notes at the end of the book: the 703rd year of the city of Rome). The Metellus family are a prominent family, though on the decline. After spending two years as an aedile, Decius is tasked by his family (actually by the Senate, but it's a long story!) to go off to fight the pirates springing up in the Eastern Mediterranean. Needless to say, there is foul murder that occurs, and Decius encounters Cleopatra once more, now a precocious 16-year-old, who thinks she can help with the pirate matters. The story has some neat twists and the pirates are only part of what Decius finds. I love this series for its historical detail, and recommend this book (though it is a weaker one, despite the excellent plot, in the series overall to this point).

The rest of the books that I read in January, 2018 were all pretty good, and certainly enjoyed the two graphic novels as well, but the three above were the stand-outs for the month.

Overall, I managed to read 7 novels, 2 RPGs and RPG products, 1 magazines, 0 comics, and 2 graphic novels in January. Since this is the start of the year, it brings the year total in 2018 to a set of numbers that look like this: 7 books, 2 RPGs and RPG products, 1 magazines, 0 comics, and 2 graphic novels.

Anyway, thoughts and comments are always welcome. :)

The Start of February

It's Thursday morning. The first of February. A new month.

I'm just hoping that this month is better than last month, especially health-wise. The early part of January was pretty decent, but the rest of the month wasn't all that great for multiple reasons.

I don't have much to say today as I'm feeling pretty ill, to be honest. Am planning to go out later as I've got a footcare appointment. Probably not the smartest idea I've had, but I need to go for that appointment.

Not Going to GenCon 2018

For the past few days (well, a bit longer than that, but that's neither here nor there), I've been receiving e-mails from the folks at GenCon to let me know the sequence of events leading up to the opening of registration and the like for GenCon 2018.

It was with a somewhat heavy heart that I decided, right when the first e-mails started rolling in, that I'm not going to GenCon 2018 this year. Part of this has to do with what happened to me at GenCon in 2017 (which I'm not going into here) as I came face-to-face with the state of my diabetes and my age. I'm not a spring chicken any more, again neither here nor there. The other part is the money aspects of the convention. The airfare and hotel costs keep going up, and I need to put some money into my home this year. That said, I will miss the friends and game designers I have at GenCon, both old and new, but there are just various factors that will keep me from going to the convention this year.

I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders, to be honest, every time I've received one of the e-mails. This is because my thought when I see one is that I don't have to stress out over booking airfares, hotel accommodations, and the like and the fact that I'm saving money by not going this year.

But yes, I will miss it. (Hopefully I'll be able to get a friend of mine to pick up some stuff for me at the convention.)

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming

It's almost Sunday afternoon.

And that means it's time for Sunday afternoon gaming.

Truth be told, I'm feeling somewhat under the weather. Got a bad headache, some chills, sinus congestion, lots of phlegm, and a moderate cough. (And that's aside from the cervical spine issues on the left side of my body.) However, I spoke to both Tammy and spross, and both agreed they were willing to play this afternoon and take their chances on my health not being contagious.

We'll be playing some The Dark Eye RPG this afternoon, as I actually manage to start the game campaign, so I'm quite looking forward to this. That said, gonna have to take decent notes on stuff today, as I'm sure I won't remember much of the game session come the beginning of the week given the state of my head.

Like I said, looking forward to gaming. In the meantime, I need to figure out something light to eat for lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

*cough, cough*

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