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Ambercon 2013 Game Selections [Feb. 20th, 2013|04:40 am]
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This should be familiar to some.

Slot 1
1. A Company of Wolves - Kit Kindred

2. ShadowWorld Mainline Thursday Night - Edwin Voskamp

3. When Worlds Collide: A Whedonverse Adventure - Sean McCabe

Slot 2
1. Drink Life to the Lees - Sol Foster

2. My Lady is the Sea - Kit Kindred

3. Hand of Glory: Ritual of Death - Michael Kucharski

Slot 3
1. I am GMing this slot

2. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Irene Voskamp

3. Shattered Judgment - Jeremy Zimmerman

Slot 4
1. ShadowWorld Mainline Friday Night - Edwin Voskamp

2. A Song That's Never Been Sung - Simone Cooper, Eric Todd, Jack Schleick, Kat Nyborg

3. Ice - Darrell Butler

Slot 5
1. "When the Queen Says, 'Go and Die'.." A Dream of Lace and Death - Kit Kindred

2. Fallen Amber - Jeremy Zimmerman

3. Agents of Blackmoor - Dark Harvest - Kat Lemmer, Christopher Midyette

Slot 6
1. Under Endless Starlight - Kat Nyborg

2. Morpheus Calling - James Arnoldi

3. Lords of Gossamer and Shadow - Kit Kindred

Slot 7
1. The Long Winter in the Dreaming City - James Arnoldi

2. ShadowWorld Mainline Sunday Day - Edwin Voskamp

3 Seven Kingdoms of Amber - Dawn Vogel

Slot 8
1. ShadowWorld WWII - Edwin Voskamp

2. Any game

3. Any game

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Where Amberites go to play [Feb. 4th, 2013|09:48 am]
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Another year, another Ambercon, another good time had by all
And so beginnith my journey to Ambercon.

Wednesday, March 28th, went out to see Hunger Games and then to dinner with my friend, Dave. (Good movie and good food made for good times.) Dave then dropped me off at the Ottawa downtown bus station at 11 pm.

Thurdsday, March 29th, boarded my bus to Toronto at 12:45 AM, en route by 1 am. Napped for an hour and a half, probably shouldn't have had that large Iced Cap from the Tim's at about 3 am, kept me up all day. Arrived in TO at about 5 minutes to 6 am. Craig picked me at 6:20 and after one stop at his place, we were on our way.

At 10 am stopped for lunch at Subway, in some small Ontario town I forget the name of. Food was good , it had been 12 hours since I ate solid food last. Arrived at the border at about 11:30, we were stopped and checked for about 20 minutes. No issues, we were then sent on our way. Onwards to Detroit, the Embassy Suites and Ambercon.

Arrived at the Hotel at 1:00 am, too early for check in. Sat in the comfy chairs and waited awhile, Watched the Gem Show set-up. Much better neighbours than the Amway people last year. Met up with some folks as they checked in. (I'm sorry I forget who, although I think I hung out with Trish and Tim, Joe, Erik, and Christopher, plus I'm sure some others.)

Then we finally checked in. Craig picked up some sandwhich fixin's for our lunches and then we went to the Bar for our Con opening. Where Joe wore his Unicorn mask and we joked about riding Joe like a Unicorn. (Nice Ambercon North call back.) Snack foods were eaten and now, let the games begin.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 7pm to midnight

The Razor-Edge of Fate -
Kit and John's Greek Demi-Gods game. Had a lot of fun playing Constantine Greganovitch, the favoured son of Artemis, former Spetnatz/KGB and all around bad -ass. Staked out the goats (my allies/fellow Demi-Gods). Hunted a Dragon as my mother would have wanted me too. Had a great time.
Favourite Quote:
Trish: If you kneecap your friends, what do you do to the people you don't like?
Tymen: I aim higher.
(Fun Story - The only game I've ever played where a what might have been scenario became a story to tell. It involves character death and kneecapping Bridgette's character to keep her alive (not kidding). Ask for the full story at next Ambercon.)

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 9am to 1pm

Last Best Hope of Earth: "A Sad and Terrible Day."
Kit and John's Civil War era game. I played Kane Falcon Royall, a lieutenant in the Confederate Army.
Our mission with the Ring was hunting for an evil travelling show that was trying to raise an Evil Snake God
while the battle of Bull Run happened around us. Kane went down killing the Evil Snake God, honourable to the end.
(He may return as a Revenant, next time we play.)

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 2pm to 6pm

You are on the Global Frequency
I ran this with Andy R, Craig S, Kris F, and Seth B. Based upon the Warren Ellis maxi-series of the same name.
It was fun to run and all my players seemed to have a good time. I'm running it again this year.

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8pm to midnight

ShadowWorld Mainline Friday Night
Edwin Voskamp's ShadowWorld Mainline, played Johann Barth again, always fun and always way to hard to explain what happened to those who don't play in the ShadowWorld games.
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 10am to 5pm

"When the Queen Says, 'Go and Die,'..": The Queen's Blades
Kit's Musketeers game. Armande Berenger de la Valencouer, Jesuit Priest and Musketeer rode once again with his brothers (and sisters) in the name of the Queen. We defeated a cult and almost bit off more than we could chew by going up against noble man in league with Devil. (I also believe that Armande now knows (in character) who all the women masquerading as men are in the Musketeers.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 7pm to midnight

STAR WARS (Episode: Rogue Jedi)
Patrick, Kristen an Jack's Star Wars game. Played Jager Kuro-Moyo, Blind Jedi Hunter. (Some may remember this character from Arref's pbem Sith game.) A cool take on what actually happened during the attack on the Death Star, and what it was and why it was created. Had fun, faced off against my nemesis, Darth Vader and in the end in true Star Wars fashion, we saved the day.
Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 11am to 4pm

Devils and Details in the Dreaming City

James' Dreaming City game. Always fun. Played Fenris "The Hunter", as always. Great scene between Gunivere/Morrigan (Kat) and Kieran (Seth), Fenris took a Sidhe off his Dragon by slicing through his saddle and sending him falling. Great game. Looking forward to this years. Fenris is now the "Master of the Hunt".

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 7pm to midnight
ShadowWorld WWII
Edwin's ShadowWorld WWII two game is always dark and disturbing. I play Markus A. Hauser. Jesuit Priest and Healer.
Lots of fun, we stopped the Nazis. Looking forward to the next installment.

Last year, John Lees' passed on. I will miss my conversations with him at the con. Always with a smile and a laugh, always full of stories. I will miss him.

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Ambercon Here I Come, soonish [Feb. 20th, 2012|12:14 pm]
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Ambercon Game selection achievement unlocked.

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Global Frequency Ambercon Write-Up [Jan. 25th, 2012|02:44 am]
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Here is my write-up for the Ambercon Game I am running. Any suggestions?

Global Frequency - You are on the Global Frequency

Tymen VanDyk

Are you on the Global Frequency?

What is the Global Frequency? Some call it an Urban Myth, some say it’s a Faerie Tale and some call it a world conspiracy. What it is, is a world-wide independent intelligence organization, a rapid emergency response team and a private defense force all rolled into one. They deal with the threats that the world’s governments don’t want you to know about and can't handle themselves. They know troubles coming before anyone else does.

There are 1001 operatives on the Global Frequency, Intelligence Operatives, former Special Ops soldiers, ex-Cops, Scientists, Athletes. If you are an expert in your field, whatever it may be, you could be called on by the Global Frequency.

Wait, hear that. That special ring-tone, you’d better answer it, their calling you.

You are on the Global Frequency.

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The Game's the Thing [Nov. 16th, 2011|04:46 pm]
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So, after having read the Smallville RPG and found it a game I really want to play, Not for it's Smallvilleness, but because the drive and relationship centered mechanics interest me.

So, I have a question for all of you, my friends, out in internet land.
What game are you desperately wanting to play? Why?
What has got your creative juices flowing?

Share with me.
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Misspent Youth [Nov. 9th, 2011|04:52 am]
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[Current Music |The Walking - Misspent Youth Actual Play]

I want to play Misspent Youth with a Western bent using the back drop of the Lincoln County War; Billy the Kid and his buddies against the Authority.
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More Games I want to play [Oct. 13th, 2011|04:18 am]
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I've thought of more games that I want to play.

Ribbon Drive - Joe McDaldno's cool rpg of Road Trips and mixed tapes. Which relies on Mixed CDs to drive the play.

Burning Wheel - Luke Crane's piece de resistance. With Instincts and Beliefs that drive your character forward, it makes me want to play.

Mouse Guard - Luke Crane's game based upon David Peter's comics. Sounds cool and I want to try it.

Fiasco - Jason Morningstar's fantastic game of Coen Brother's story role-playing. I totally want to play this.

These all look fun and I want to play.
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Games I want to play [Oct. 12th, 2011|05:49 pm]
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Last Sunday (October 9th), I played in a Shadowworld game via conference call, run by Edwin and with eight of my Ambercon friends. It was an extremely good time. And it got me to thinking about gaming and games I would like to play.

So, here are a selection of the games I want to play in no particular order.

1. The Dresden Files RPG - Evil Hats awesome game. Firstly because the Dresden Files rocks. Also because I love the way the mechanics emulate the source material and pay respect to the source material.
(I am playing in a Fate based hack of Scion pbem right now, run by princejvstin, so this itch is close to being scratched. I am enjoying that immensely.)

2. Apocalypse World - Vincent D. Baker's awesome game. Because Post-Apocalyptic role-playing scratches a certain itch and I want to wallow in it for a while.

3. Smallville RPG - Margaret Weis Productions most excellent game. Because the group character creation, the use of values and relationships, and the emphasis on drama and conflict make me want to try it.

4. Leverage RPG - Another Margaret Weis Productions awesome game. Another one that emulates the source material extremely well and makes me want to play in that sandbox.

5. Spirit of the Century - Evil Hats other awesome Fate game. Pulp role-playing sounds like it would be fun and I want to try it.

6. Dogs in the Vineyard - Vincent Baker's awesome game. Because who doesn't want to play Mormon Paladins in a mythical version of the Old West.

There are more, but I can't think of any right now.

So, tell me, what do you want to play?
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5ive Questions [May. 21st, 2011|03:37 pm]
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From corwin77 

Check it:
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going.

1.) Favourite RPG (if it's Amber then fave non-Amber RPG)?

My Favourite RPG (that is not Amber), that's a tough question, so I'll answer it in three parts.
The RPG I'm currently really interested in is the Smallville RPG because I'm really grooving on the drive and relationship based mechanics.
I really want to play or run this game.

The RPG I'm enjoying playing the most at this point is actually nuadha_prime 's The Dreaming Cities game using his The Key 2.0 system. A simple diceless system which use playing cards and moves quickly around the group. It works great for convention games.

My favourite system to run is Dust Devils because I love the collaborative play that comes out of it, plus Western.

2.) Can you make a cake?

Yes, and when I was younger I even made a cake from scratch. "It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake."

3.) Last music you bought?

8in8 (Amanda Palmer)  - Nighty Night

4.) What would be your theme song?

Meat Loaf - Rock´N´Roll Dreams Come Through

There’s always something magic
There’s always something new
And when you really, really need it the most
That’s when rock and roll dreams come through
The beat is yours forever
The beat is always true
And when you really, really need it the most
That’s when rock and roll dreams come through...for you...

5.) Did you ever shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die?

No, but bumped into somebody accidentally on the streets of Ottawa once. Does that count?
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Modern Day Faerie Tale [May. 12th, 2011|11:26 pm]
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Just saw Hanna at the movies.

I thought it was great, love the Faerie tale quality of the film.
Saoirse Ronan was incredible as the girl who begins her journey into world.
Eric Bana as the ex-CIA father was excellent and Cate Blanchett played the wicked CIA agent
with menace and subtlety. All in all an excellent movie that thrilled and moved me.

Best line from the movie.

Rachel: What did your mother die of Hanna?
Hanna: Three bullets.
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