A Book With A Number In The Title

I just happen to be a fan of Lee Child’s since he put out the first Jack Reacher novel back in 1998 and I read them as soon as I can find them. The novels reminded of the Gold Eagles book I read; The Executioner, Stony Man, Mack Bolan, Heathlands, etc.,

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One Shot by Lee Child is the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series.  Written in 2005 and since then has been turned into a movie called Jack Reacher and starring Tom Cruise as the lead character.

One Shot is taken from the motto “One shot, one kill” . A sniper fires six shots, kills six and one shot is a deliberate miss. The clues to the sniper is found due to a seemingly perfect trail of evidence left behind.

Once apprehended the sniper, James Barr, declares that “The got the wrong man” and then “Get Jack Reacher for me.”

The novel is a solid read and I couldn’t put it down, once Jack Reacher enters the scene bound and determine to crucify Barr, since the sniper had done something similar a few years ago during the war. But then he begins to investigate and is drawn into a conspiracy.

The movie kept the premise of the novel but strayed away in a few places, omitted a very important person and then changed the villain a bit and drastically the ending as well. Im glad that I got to read the book first before seeing the movie adaption (which I enjoyed for what it was). Then I went back and gave the book a re-read to refresh myself in the tale told in the book.

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A Book With A Name In The Title

I know I’m a couple weeks behind in posting my reads for this year’s challenge and I’m playing catch up at the moment.  So the book I picked for this particular week was a classic.

Oliver Twist.

It’s the name of the main character and it’s been a long, long, long time since I had read it. So, I figured I’d give it a re-read due to nostalgia as well.  I was in a high school production of the musical adaption of this tale.

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I played Mr. Bumble when our high school had put on the play Oliver! I still remember the song I had to sing as well, it was one of my biggest moments to shine on stage. It was early enough in the play that I got to go and change and become a member of Fagin’s street gang.

Nostalgia aside though, once I began to read the story. It was all just song and dance and a light hearted tale of an orphan boy.  Charles Dickens dives in on the issues of the time;  child labour, criminals and their sordid lives, street urchins and a very seemingly underbelly of the city.  A not so romantic tale of a life of an orphan and street urchin.

I’m glad that I got to read it again. I had forgotten what a magnificent story Dickens had wrote.

 

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A Book Set In Your Hometown/Region

A book set in your region?

I’m going with the novella; Jack the Giant-Killer by Charles de Lint. It’s set in Ottawa and surrounding areas to reveal a very mystical urban fantasy realm. A world where the Wild Hunt roams as bikers, a world of fae and magic. Her eyes are indeed opened to the other world and she can never go back to like it was before.

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Jack The Giant Killer is the story of Jacky Rowan, living in Ottawa, On. She breaks up with her boyfriend and discovers a very mysterious world that basically hides in plain sight in the world we live in.

One evening Jacky witnesses a group of faceless bikers tormenting an old fellow. Though, she discovers that all is not what it seems. In fact, this encounter leads her down a path where she discovers a whole new world.

Jacky Rowan becomes know as Jack of Kinrowan and is task with rescuing a young child from the Unseelie Court. It’s a fascinating tale with references to areas that I have been and some that I want to see if imagine the scenes unfolding with my minds eye. Sort of a walking tour of the story.

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Yikes!

I know, I know, I’ve been slacking with the blog post these past couple of weeks. So, I’m going to have a day of catching up on stuff. I have some game scenarios to blog up and a few other things to get caught up on as well; for instance my 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge posts too.

pexels-photo-952594.jpegIt’s been a busy few weeks for me.

I had to take a step up from being simply an assistant director, and into the directors chair for a couple of weeks, since there is circumstances beyond our control that is happening. For me, it’s a learning process and I’m learning as I go along and it’s good to have a producer there who knows what she is doing.

For me it’s like being a deer in headlights, since I’m scared and I really don’t know what to do. I’ve been in so many productions and have seen many directors and their styles of directing, and when push comes to shove it’s one of the scariest things that I have to do.

I was planning on watching and learning how it’s done with a seasoned director, but due to a personal matter she had to take a break for a couple of weeks, and will hopefully be back to take over the reigns in a bit.

The play is coming along nicely and the actors are getting into their characters, a partial set has been built and needs to be finished, and the tech crew is learning as they go. This is a whole new ballgame for me that’s for sure.

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A Book Published In the 20th Century

I Heard The Owl Call My Name is written by Magaret Craven was written in 1967 and was first published by Clarke Irwin and Co. Ltd in Toronto, ON. The edition I picked up is a Totem edition published in 1975 by Pan Books Ltd.

This is the edition that I remember reading back in elementary school back in the mid 70’s. If I recall correctly it was one of four books to choose from to write a book report on. I Heard The Owl Call My Name intrigued me because it was about an indigenous tribe in British Columbia.

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The story is about a young Anglican priest who is dying, but he is sent to a native village int he wilds of British Columbia.

Mark Brian, is the priests name and he has an experience that really changes his outlook on life in general. Hunting and fishing, celebrating in festivals and experience a funeral which transpires his own understanding of his upcoming death.

The title refers to an Indian legend of upon hearing an owl call your name it’s a warning of imminent death. Mark knows his time has come but it’s a sudden surprise that effects the villagers in this remote community in British Columbia.

It was good to read a novel that I haven’t read in over four decades. Back then it was just an assignment book report and I remember I got 83% grade for it because I misspelled the name of the tribe twice in it. Now, re-reading after all these years it’s a great Canadian classic and it stills stirs emotional feeling at the end of it.

If you should ever run across a copy of it, you should give it a read.

I recommend it.

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The Best Laid Plans of Dice & GM

… often go awry.

For the past three Game Night events being held in town it’s been a wash for me, after promoting it on social media and urging some friends to come out and give it a whirl, and also gives someone a chance to take a seat at my game table and see how I run my games.  But, alas it wasn’t in the cards to be doing so.

The January Game Night saw me continue on with the second Unknown Armies adventure that I had done.  The December Game Night  had a few new players at the table and playing some UA. That night we were hit by a ton of snowfall and that played a factor on people showing up to do some gaming. Only one player arrived for the session and we decided not to continue on and ended up playing some Munchkin. Munchkin is a very cool card game by Steve Jackson Games and illustrated by John Kovalic. We played a couple of rounds and it was a pretty battle going on.

February Game Night I had written up a D&D 5e adventure.  A few people inquired about it and I thought it was a good thing to do and get some people playing. And also there was some interest expressed on the social media and I thought there might be a little turnout for that one. But, I thought wrong thanks to Mother Nature who decided to freeze rain on my parade.

The most recent March Game Night event I had prepped a classic TSR RPG set in the Conan The Barbarian world.  The problem was that I slept in from a nap. I got up and contacted the fellow who was running the Game Night event and he informed me that no one had shown up for the role playing but the 40K guys were there and playing a battle. Which was pretty good to know.

I was thinking of heading over and just hanging around a bit, but I decided to do some work on a Roll20 Gamma World 1e scenario. I got some players interested in doing a VTT game in that setting and I’m looking forward to running it.

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ROLL FOR INITIATIVE

This weekend was TimCon 2018.

I decided to hold a one day convention in honour of GaryCon that was going on over the weekend. What better way to celebrate a convention you couldn’t get to by holding a convention in honour of that convention?

Eeek, I think that I better lay off the coffee.

With an attendance of two (myself and my dog, Rory). I ran a panel on dungeon designing 101. Basically drawing up a map of a tavern for my TSR Conan Role Playing Game adventure that I have been working on. Rory couldn’t even be bothered to pay attention so he spent the morning snoozing at my feet as I drew up a multi-level pyramid style dungeon.

After working out a few ideas and making a couple of levels for an underground complex, it all began to come together and with an even more epic story arc than I originally started out with. I do hope to run it either at a convention or even onto a VTT setting.

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After a little break of playing “Angry Birds – Friends” it was back to convention business.

I went on line to Roll20 to work on my “The Lost Starport” adventure for the 1st edition Gamma World Science Fantasy Role Playing Game.  I have a crew of players ready to explore a re-working of the mini-module that can be found in the original GM screen for the RPG.

As you can tell I do love me some Gamma World. Once the Starport was done and the overland map nearly finished. It was time to take a break. Well, a nap break. Because as you get older you appreciate nap time.

In the afternoon the attendance was still two, I worked on some ideas to flesh out the Queen of the Dragon Hoard and a possible of juicy plot hooks to get the characters entangled up in. Rory meanwhile moved into the living room and onto his bed. This time he was serious about his napping! No cold floor for him.

As the afternoon waned on, it was time to tidy up and prepare for the regularly scheduled game night.

TimCon wrapped up with an epic adventure as a few players showed up to continue on the D&D 5e quest “Hoard of the Dragon Queen” and they made the trek from Greenest to Elturel with a little stops in between. This will be blogged later.

Maybe next year TimCon will be a little bigger.

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