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Why I Shuffle My Cards Backwards

I have many fond memories of card games as a child, but in every one of those memories, I’m shuffling the cards wrong.  I have no intention of learning how to do it ‘right’ either.

My mother taught me how to play my first card games: Go Fish and Slap Jack.  I was 3-4 years old when I sat across the kitchen table from her, learning how to shuffle cards.  Despite being severely right-handed, I shuffle left-handed due to my attempts to mirror my mother’s hands as she shuffled.  When I was a little older, she taught me how to play Pinochle and Solitaire.  Pinochle was difficult because of the ‘meld’ phase and figuring out the score after each hand.  I felt ‘grown up’ when we played Pinochle though. Continue reading Why I Shuffle My Cards Backwards

Sergeant Riley Morgan – Spider Cop

My gaming group was very excited to get to playtest Beast: The Primordial for Onxy Path. Here’s the information about my character.

Character Sheet PDF

Sergeant Riley Morgan

  • How has life changed/remained the same since you became a Beast?
    • Riley’s career has greatly benefited from her improved confidence and sense of power. She has earned a place in the community policing program – a practice in which an officer builds relationships with the citizens of local neighborhoods and mobilizes the public to help fight crime.  This has actually helped Riley to feel more like she fits in and gives her a sense of purpose.

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The Contingent – Cases

Energy to Spare – The high school kids are raving about a new energy drink, Ümph. However the teachers and administrators have banned the drink from all school property in the district. They’re claiming Ümph makes some kids act out and cause trouble. Security will be tight at tonight’s homecoming game. Let’s hope nothing terrible happens.

Dark Science – Hidden beneath the prosperous downtown of Red Wing, sinister experiments have been conducted on unwilling test subjects. The resulting supernatural side-effects have spread quietly throughout the town. Who conducted this research and why? What exactly was done to the people trapped in these dank cells? Who covered-up the entire project? This game will focus on research, exploration and investigation.

Red Wire or Blue Wire? – Ümph the energy drink’s unintended side effects are considered well within corporate safety parameters. Three more trucks are scheduled to leave the bottling plant this week. Chester needs your help. The shipments must be stopped to protect innocent consumers. The test product is only being produced from one location. Destroy the facility and the secret recipe.

Another Letter from Dr. Josephus Belle

Using their vast library and considerable connections, our partners in The Royal Society of Enquiry have tracked down a cache of ancient relics. Roman pagans fleeing persecution from early Christians built a secret temple to house their treasures in Constantinople. Some exciting documents revealing the location of this valuable horde of artifacts have been translated by Chancellor Neville Welke himself. This mission is of the utmost importance to both The Miskatonic Society and The ROSE.

You will board a steamer to Paris, meet up with the ROSE expedition team and travel together on The Orient Express to Istanbul. There, under the streets of the most eclectic city in the world, you will find items of wealth, power and knowledge that have no equal on this earth!

-Dr. Josephus Belle

Spiders, Frogs and Alliance Ships. Oh My!

A Doctor’s Recollections:

  • Dropped off medical supplies for a contact in North Hampshire, the capitol and space port of a border planet, New Luxor (near Santo).
  • Noticed at the local pub, The Short Straw, that we were being watched. Alliance men in uniforms appear to have been on duty for a while. I love a man with just a little scruff.
  • Went to “Play Doctor” with a friend. He tells me that Lt. D’Lacie is a prick who has been giving everyone a hard time. For some reason Kobayashi Maru’s captain, Xie, keeps interrupting our role-playing. Is it role-playing if I am actually a doctor? I convince my friend to forget to lock my shuttle so that I can escape before the crew gets busted by The Alliance. Apparently they have gotten themselves into trouble. I need to stay off the local radar. Thanked my friend for his patronage.

  • The crew has apparently decided to attract the attention of The Alliance on purpose. I think they’re being played by two different internal factions of blue-bellies. How do they get themselves into these situations?
  • Despite the fact that I have made it clear to The Captain that all contraband needs to be moved to The Cure, none of the work has been done. Claude and I get to work. I keep thinking to myself, “Damn it, Jim! I’m a doctor, not a fork-lift operator!” Where is he?
  • Claude and I flee the planet in The Cure. He’s helping me with my English. It’s pretty boring up here. I write him a prescription for hashish. Then I realize that is not a good idea. The fucking spider keeps staring at our ship. Claude sees a damn bird. Man, he is high. Fortunately a space toad eats the spider. Then later I write Claude a prescription for whiskey and chocolate to be used immediately with his doctor. Shortly thereafter he passes out. I realize that we may be up here for a while, since the crew is bound and determined to get caught. I sedate the chimp to save on oxygen.
  • I do some gardening before I realize that I’m also using too much oxygen. Time to shoot up. Hopefully they don’t need me for anything for a while. I keep hearing bits of conversations. Seems like the girls are having fun. Not sure where the engineer has gotten off to.
  • Don’t remember much after that. Suddenly Heather is yelling at me to wake the monkey. I briefly wonder if that is a euphemism before I realize she is angry and in a panic. Stab Claude with an adrenaline syringe. Claude is having fun, but he confirms that The Alliance ship that I saw earlier is very real and very close by. We make it out of the system. I think there was an explosion?
  • All in all, a good visit. I got paid for my physician’s skills, we ended up with some alliance prisoner on board (that the crew is releasing for some reason), Claude and I bonded a bit and no one got shot this time.