Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reason for Massive Delay

I know that it has been a year and a half since I've posted here . . . and I'm sorry for that.

For those who don't know, not long after the previous post, I started hemorrhaging and after a number of tests and procedures it was eventually determined that I had a cancer.   Radiation followed, then eight hours of surgery and 20 days in hospital followed by six months of chemotherapy (ending in February).

The latter left me with extreme fatigue and no stamina.  I am feeling much better now . . . but nowhere near what I was prior to over a year of being a complete invalid. 

On top of that, I had 17 teeth removed about a month ago and am waiting for cataract surgery for both eyes because my vision has deteriorated greatly. 

All-in-all it has been a rough year and a half . . . but as I wrote above, I am feeling much better.  Still it will be some time yet before I will be up to resuming this Colonial campaign . . . but I do intend to do so, hopefully later this year or early next year.

-- Jeff

Monday, November 14, 2011

Newsflash -- Peter out of Surgery

Good news . . . I just heard that Peter has successfully come out of quadruple bypass heart surgery and is now resting in the hospital's CVU* recovery.

UPDATE -- Peter will still be unconscious likely for another 8 hours or more. He will likely be in the CVU* post operative ward until Wednesday, then if he is breathing well he will be moved to the Patient Care Center for some days depending upon his condition.

A sincere "Thank You" to all who sent prayers or other forms of positive energy.

-- Jeff

* CVU stands for Cardio-Vascular Unit

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pete's Surgery -- Time Corrected

Gentlemen,

While Pete (one of the players in my Afristan Campaign) is scheduled to have heart surgery on Monday, November 11, I had the time wrong.

He will be going into his surgical pre-op at 10:00 am PST . . . but the actual surgery won't begin until about 1:00 pm PST.

So please send your prayers and positive energy to Pete and his surgical team in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada at that time on Monday.

-- Jeff

Monday, November 7, 2011

Campaign on Hiatus

We have had a series of "real life" interruptions to my Afristan Campaign. And while up until now they have not been too serious (family visits and some ill health); we are now going to have to put our campaign on the shelf for a bit.

One of our players, Pete, is now scheduled for a heart bypass next Monday, November 14 at 10am Pacific Standard Time in Victoria, BC, Canada. The operation is expected to last four to five hours . . . and under the circumstances I think it best to place the campaign on hiatus until Pete is back on his feet and feels up to continuing.

Now while this sort of operation has become fairly routine, it is still serious. So any prayers or healing energy, etc. that you can send toward Pete and the surgical team doing the operation will be most welcome.

-- Jeff

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More Delay

We had family visiting which threw a spanner into the works as far as gaming went. And their visit was very nice . . . but I did have to delay the two games which were to be played.

Yesterday my wife started feeling funny things about her heartbeat, so I planned to take her to Emergency . . . but then she got a dizzy spell so we had to call an ambulance. While we ended up spending several hours in the hospital, she was sent home after many tests.

She's okay now. She was suffering from PVCs (premature vascular contractions) . . . meaning that her heart was beating too soon (before it had filled with blood) so it felt like it was missing beats . . . it wasn't, it was having some too early. So she is to see her regular doctor (who, of course, is on vacation right now).

Anyway, while I had planned on painting troops necessary for the next games last night, I most obviously did not get to do so . . . and I'm sort of keeping an eye on my bride (which isn't conducive to painting either). I suspect that I will have to put the games off yet again . . . *sigh* . . . I hate it when "real life" gets in the way of gaming . . . don't you?

But at least my wife is okay despite yesterday's scare.

-- Jeff

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A First Look at May

Everyone has their May moves in and the dice have been rolled . . . and we have two battles to fight. One in the Cango River District of Derf; and one in the Tyger District of Ta'ish. In addition there are reports of dangerous levels of rebellion building in some outlying districts. (As always, click on map to see larger image):


Please note that due to visiting house guests we probably won't get to play these this coming weekend . . . so stay tuned for future scheduling.


Following are the current Rebellion Index for the various districts:Link
  • Alex's Cango River districts are in red
  • Pete's Tyger River districts are in green
  • Murdock's Vile River districts are in purple
  • Jeff's Wazu River districts are in blue
The following "codes" will be in effect -- and the die roll in parentheses indicate how many points the Rebellion Index will rise each month if not visited:
  • Home Districts are marked with * (d6-4)
  • Mission Districts are marked # (d6-2)
  • Trading Post Districts have a $ (d8-4)
  • Normal Districts are unmarked (d6-3)
  • "Beja" Districts are marked -- (B)
  • "Dervish" Districts are marked -- (D)
  • "Egyptian" Districts are marked -- (E)
  • "Pathan" Districts are marked -- (P)
  • "Zulu" Districts are marked -- (Z)

CANGO RIVER:

Tewfiq * -- (E) ---- 3
Derf # -- (B) ------- 9 => ?
Jadu $ -- (P) ------- 2
Zirak $ -- (P) ------ 3
Anwak -- (D) ------8
Bele -- (Z) ---------- 10
Noair -- (D) -------3
Quett -- (P) -------- 4
W'tut -- (Z) -------- 2

TYGER RIVER:

Nukar * -- (E) ---- 4
Ta'ish # -- (D) ---- 8 => ?
Afridi $ -- (P) ---- 6
Swati $ -- (P) ----- 2
Dendoa -- (B) ---- 12
G'umb -- (Z) ------ 2
Luni -- (P) --------- 2
M'wez -- (Z) ------ 5
Umma -- (D) ----- 8

VILE RIVER:

Urabbi * -- (E) --- 2
M'tubel # -- (Z) -- 5
Bejj $ -- (B) -------- 5
Dinqa $ -- (D) ---- 10 @ 16 => 2
Alghaz -- (D) ----- 7
Ghilz -- (P) -------- 6
Tarqa -- (P) -------- 8
J'ele -- (Z) ---------- 3
Z'ooli -- (Z) -------- 3

WAZU RIVER:
Kamel * -- (E) ----- 4
Baqqar # -- (D) --- 7
Fuziwa $ -- (B) ---- 3
Shluk $ -- (D) ----- 9
Dwari -- (P) ------- 5
Likaz -- (Z) -------- 9 @ 16 => 2
Mazood -- (P) ---- 2
Ngoon -- (Z) ------ 8
Wazri -- (P) ------- 2

Reinforcements:

All commands got 7 Sowars (lancer cavalrymen) delivered to their home ports. These have been added to your permanent records.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Situation -- end of April, 1876

Well, April is now at an end and it is time to let me know where you are headed next. Here is our "end of April" map (click for larger image):


Murdock's Field Force is "on the river" so that it can go to any District that the river touches. Everyone else can move to an adjacent District from their current position OR move through on hex of an intervening District into another district (without pacifying the District whose hex they passed through).

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Following are the current Rebellion Index for the various districts:Link
  • Alex's Cango River districts are in red
  • Pete's Tyger River districts are in green
  • Murdock's Vile River districts are in purple
  • Jeff's Wazu River districts are in blue
The following "codes" will be in effect -- and the die roll in parentheses indicate how many points the Rebellion Index will rise each month if not visited:
  • Home Districts are marked with * (d6-4)
  • Mission Districts are marked # (d6-2)
  • Trading Post Districts have a $ (d8-4)
  • Normal Districts are unmarked (d6-3)
  • "Beja" Districts are marked -- (B)
  • "Dervish" Districts are marked -- (D)
  • "Egyptian" Districts are marked -- (E)
  • "Pathan" Districts are marked -- (P)
  • "Zulu" Districts are marked -- (Z)

CANGO RIVER:

Tewfiq * -- (E) ---- 3
Derf # -- (B) ------- 9
Jadu $ -- (P) ------- 2
Zirak $ -- (P) ------ 3
Anwak -- (D) ------6
Bele -- (Z) ---------- 8
Noair -- (D) -------3
Quett -- (P) -------- 4
W'tut -- (Z) -------- 2

TYGER RIVER:

Nukar * -- (E) ---- 4
Ta'ish # -- (D) ---- 8
Afridi $ -- (P) ---- 5
Swati $ -- (P) ----- 2
Dendoa -- (B) ---- 9
G'umb -- (Z) ------ 2
Luni -- (P) --------- 2
M'wez -- (Z) ------ 5
Umma -- (D) ----- 8

VILE RIVER:

Urabbi * -- (E) --- 2
M'tubel # -- (Z) -- 2
Bejj $ -- (B) -------- 5
Dinqa $ -- (D) ---- 10
Alghaz -- (D) ----- 6
Ghilz -- (P) -------- 6
Tarqa -- (P) -------- 5
J'ele -- (Z) ---------- 3
Z'ooli -- (Z) -------- 2

WAZU RIVER:
Kamel * -- (E) ----- 4
Baqqar # -- (D) --- 4
Fuziwa $ -- (B) ---- 3
Shluk $ -- (D) ----- 9
Dwari -- (P) ------- 5
Likaz -- (Z) -------- 9
Mazood -- (P) ---- 2
Ngoon -- (Z) ------ 5
Wazri -- (P) ------- 2

Reinforcements:

All commands got 7 Sowars (lancer cavalrymen) delivered to their home ports. These have been added to your permanent records.