Been attending a super seekret meeting all week on endangered species at work all week; of which you might potentially  hear about it on CBC next week.  The intellectual rigour of this group is astounding and I am inspired by their efforts.

I have also heard that my noble deed, volunteering to help a friend of the family move on Saturday, is unnecessary.   This will free up my Saturday in attending a very local board-game convention just across the river from my apartment.   It is rare to have a convention within walking distance of my place, so I will be happy to attend.  

How about yourselves?  Any great events taking place either during this week or during the upcoming weekend?
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( Nov. 20th, 2010 09:31 pm)
Now that was a most excellent day.   At around noon, [ profile] trippingpossum came on over to my place and we started up a game of Horus Heresy.   It's a bit of a monster of a game physically, but it turns into a compelling tactical romp.   Heavy but fulfilling, great for a rainy day.  It is nice to have a beefy 2-player tactical game, though I am also glad that I didn't pay the full sticker price for that one.   Oh, and he slaughtered me in the game due to my failure to keep token units occupying terrain.   Oh well, ya live and you learn.

Turns out that [ profile] nascent_dreams was able to join us and much socialization was had.  They were patient with me as I whipped up a shrimp and spicy sausage Jambalaya which worked out relatively well.  While I did a lousy job in shelling the shrimp and the brown rice was a little firm, it was still an overall success.  They seemed to appreciate the dish so I will claim that the meal was objectively good.  A few hours more kibitzing and they departed for the evening.  It has been a long while since I have had the pleasure of having good friends over for game, a home cooked meal and conversation.  

Oh, and I am also quite pleased at the level of discussion I have been having online (Twitter and Google Buzz) with regards to my game design work.  A few friends have asked pertinant questions and even better, I had decent answers on hand.  Apparently the design isn't as bad as I feared thus far. :)

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( Nov. 5th, 2010 08:39 pm)
Good news: Very productive day at work where I felt I contributed in a meaningful way.    I also managed to reach the most important weekend and my illness has abated a bit.

Bad news: 
I am still somewhat sick which has led to me feeling more then a little tired.  I am very much in a "curl up with someone" kind of mood but alas, it's not in the cards.  The whole listless and lonely combination still sucks to some extent, but I have no real right to complain.  These are relatively ephemeral concerns in the long run.


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( Nov. 4th, 2010 03:58 pm)
I have been slapped around by a particularly nasty little cold over the last few days.  Enough that I took a couple days off work and spent a ridiculous amount of time sleeping.  Someone has been wonderfully kind and took care of me, and I am grateful.  

I will hopefully be recovered enough that I will be productive at work tomorrow.   I have a number of files that I need to work on and I will feel much better when those are resolved. 
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( Oct. 24th, 2010 10:47 am)
So my little, baby sister?  Not only is she getting married this summer, but the pair of lovebirds just bought a brand new 300k house yesterday.    Gods, I expect her to have kids sometime soon at this rate....

I am very happy for them, even if I am feeling a little dumbstruck at how quickly my little sis is growing up. 
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( Oct. 11th, 2010 11:02 am)
Following controversy on the non-use of Creative Commons music on CBC, I have been able to discover an absolutely lovely little site. Check out

It is a place chock full of almost 40k albums of creative commons music which you can download and play for free. Check it out!

I am pleased to announce that I have managed to complete a playable game for Game Chef 2010. In the spirit of the competition and my personal whims, I am releasing the work to the Public Domain. Use it for absolutely anything, any where, any time. Love to hear if you play the game or are inspired by it but even that is at your discretion.

A Sojourn in Alexandria concerns both physical voyages and ethical journeys. The characters try to walk the knife's edge between the deprivation of the harsh Desert and the excess of the opulent City. Walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great!

Get it here and have fun!

A Sojourn in Alexandria

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( Sep. 18th, 2010 11:45 am)
Pruning the friend's list so as to catch up more easily. No offense intended if I unfriend anyone.
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( Sep. 18th, 2010 10:47 am)
So, I lost my dial tone and internet access at home at 5:30pm on Wednesday. I just got it back so I am trying to excavate, in addition to producing my RPG for the Game Chef contest. Saturday will be devoted to edits and content and I may start the layout. Seeing as I must submit the thing by tomorrow, it should be an interesting challenge.

So as to bring an elevated level of discourse to this blog, I offer a question. What would you do, should you be deprived of the internet and landline entirely for a week during your normal life? How would you contact people? How would your daily lives change?
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( Aug. 31st, 2010 05:50 pm)
"Ben Castanie's new Koreatown café, at 600 Bloor Street West, just east of Palmerston Avenue, will emphatically not have free Wi-Fi. In fact, laptops and their attendant air of isolation are completely counter to what Castanie is trying to do. "I just don't want people sitting staring at their screens," he says. Then he starts explaining the system of categorization he'd used to organize his café's library of 1,500-plus board games.

Snakes and Lattes, as the café is (pretty cleverly) known, opened for business earlier today. "
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( Aug. 28th, 2010 06:31 pm)
My friends are far too good for me, and I thank you for it. After my emo post, a host of good friends were there for me. I spent time socializing and seeing friends, some of which I hadn't seen for months.

Thank you all.
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( Aug. 14th, 2010 07:27 pm)
While I am putting up a happy facade (and legitimately getting a lot accomplished) I am emotionally screwed up. That, plus my very poor communication skills may lead to difficulties.

Please bear with me.
jagash: Colour Spark (Spark)
( Aug. 9th, 2010 11:16 pm)
I must declare my first GenCon an unbridled success. My pilgrimage to gamer Mecca was fulfilling in more ways then one. I was able to learn a great deal from seminars and workshops, play new games and spend far too much money in the dealer’s hall. Above and beyond that, I was able to meet most of the luminaries of game design.

Because of GenCon, I will be making a few changes to the Spark RPG. The first will be that the game will be designed to be understood by other people. I know how radical this may sound, but the experts claim this is important for some reason and I bow to their judgement. I am likely going to move away from my innovative insane print format for my game. I have been inspired with a new method of creating settings, which promises to be a ton of fun for all involved. Look for new great things in the future.

I also got an interview on Saturday afternoon on the NeonCon livestreaming coverage of GenCon. This led me to foolishly declare that I will be releasing Spark next GenCon. I will aspire to release the player content of the Spark RPG at that point and to run a series of games. I will try to prepare a limited number of print copies of the player’s content and the demo scenario and sell them during the con as the Unpolished Edition. If you have the unpolished edition, you will get the full print version at a discount.

A massive pile of indie RPG's

Awesome Game Designers I Met

I met a ton of excellent game designers who I need to give a shout out to. These include Jeff Tidball, Ryan Macklin (From the Internet), Brennan Taylor, Paul Tevis, David A Hill Jr., Filamena Young, Jeremy Keller and more. Go to their sites and buy their stuff people; you can clearly see that I have.

Recordings of a few seminars and an announcement will follow in subsequent posts.
I will be at GenCon this year and would love to meet and greet anyone possible. If you see a very pale blond gentleman with a black Genesis of Legend Publishing t-shirt, feel free to say hello! I will be attending a series of game design seminars, wandering around the marketplace and attending the Ennies award ceremony with the talented Jeff Tidball. I must admit this will be my first GenCon but it should be great fun.

If you met me at the convention and came to visit the site, welcome! I encourage you to leave a comment here so I can associate the faces with the internet persona. I would also love to hear what you would be interested in seeing here on (my) site. Your wish is my command...

See you at GenCon!

Jason Pitre, aka Jagash
Having the lovely Switterbeet over here this weekend, from Friday morning to sunday afternoon. It should be a great deal of fun, showing both herself and her beau around the city. Beyond the mandatory Parliament tour, I plan on taking them to Zen Kitchen (, a museum or two and perhaps Gatineau Park.

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( Jul. 10th, 2010 12:24 pm)
It's for another episode of Jagash's crazy mixology.

The Orange Cake (may or may not be a lie)

3 oz orange juice
1/2 oz Kirsch Cherry Cordial
1/2 oz Butteripple Schnapps
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
3 drops of pure vanilla extract

Stir and enjoy this mellow yet surprisingly flavourful drink.

Further Information
Sir Terry Pratchett had this to say:

Anywhere but here, anywhen but now. Which means we are after stories set on Earth, although it may be an Earth that might have been, or might yet be, one that has gone down a different leg of the famous trousers of time (see the illustration in almost every book about quantum theory).

We will be looking for books set at any time, perhaps today, perhaps in the Rome of today but in a world where 2000 years ago the crowd shouted for Jesus Christ to be spared, or where in 1962, John F Kennedy's game of chicken with the Russians went horribly wrong. It might be one day in the life of an ordinary person. It could be a love story, an old story, a war story, a story set in a world where Leonardo da Vinci turned out to be a lot better at Aeronautics. But it won't be a story about being in an alternate Earth because the people in an alternate Earth don't know that they are; after all, you don't.

But this might just be the start. The wonderful Peter Dickinson once wrote a book that could convince you that flying dragons might have existed on Earth. Perhaps in the seething mass of alternate worlds humanity didn't survive, or never evolved -- but other things did, and they would have seen the world in a different way. The possibilities are literally endless, but remember, it's all on Earth. Maybe the continents will be different and the climate unfamiliar, but the physics will be the same as ours. What goes up must come down, ants are ant-sized because if they were any bigger their legs wouldn't carry them. In short, the story must be theoretically possible on some version of the past, present or future of a planet Earth.
Last week was hellish to put it mildly.  Everything was going pear-shaped and I worked 9-12 hour days every day.  The entire team was depending on me and I was trying to get the essential infrastructure functional.  Gotta love it when you know 300+ organizations and communities + most of your colleagues are counting on you to conquer the unconquerable.    Add in a rather uncomfortable if necessary relationship talk....   Yeah..  I am glad last week is over, and I shall fly out to Vancouver tomorrow for a week-long national meeting.   I shall bring both coffee and maple whiskey to bribe me collegues / family into submission and I will finally be back at the Pacific Ocean.  I miss it.   

More enlightening posts worthy of prolonged discussion shall follow in the near future, or so I hope.  Thanks for reading.
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( Jun. 14th, 2010 10:01 pm)
Tired after a 12 hour day, but I got an extension of my current position until the end of September.  This helps me a great deal in terms of workplanning, getting necessary stuff done around the office and not going back to counting chairs.

I am utterly exhausted though.  Ick.