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  1. Are we playing Saturday? That's tomorrow my time! or is it Sunday this week?
  2. Hi chaps, another week has flown by. I need to get some emails responded to, but looking forward toseeing you all tomorrow when I will be playing I hope
  3. I'll play, and yes sounds good. I think I might play the monk cj x
  4. Incidentally logically and philosophically YEC claims are coherent and unfalsifiable - because all empirical evidence to the contrary could have been created with the cosmos. The same applies to if the universe was created yesterday, complete with all our memories. While I don't personally think this is the case, my disbelief of this is a faith claim too - and i simply mention this because we should be humble when dealing with others ideas and accept the underlying axioms that inform our own concepts may be incorrect. As our culture (in the UK) overwhelmingly decries Creationists as stupid, I would like to point out that there are many Creationists who are anything but, and our own (meaning my own) smugness may be based as much upon our cultural conditioning as any real coherent philosophical position. cj x
  5. Nah, YEC largely dates from the 1960's and teachings of Henry Morris. Origen had written in the 3rd Century - "For who that has understanding will suppose that the first, and second, and third day, and the evening and the morning, existed without a sun, and moon, and stars? And that the first day was, as it were, also without a sky? And who is so foolish as to suppose that God, after the manner of a husbandman, planted a paradise in Eden, towards the east, and placed in it a tree of life, visible and palpable, so that one tasting of the fruit by the bodily teeth obtained life? And again, that one was a partaker of good and evil by masticating what was taken from the tree? And if God is said to walk in the paradise in the evening, and Adam to hide himself under a tree, I do not suppose that anyone doubts that these things figuratively indicate certain mysteries, the history having taken place in appearance, and not literally." However his opinion does not count for much, given his later dubious ideas in the eyes of the Church - we need to turn to the Doctor, St. Augustine of Hippo "But simultaneously with time the world was made, if in the world's creation change and motion were created, as seems evident from the order of the first six or seven days. For in these days the morning and evening are counted, until, on the sixth day, all things which God then made were finished, and on the seventh the rest of God was mysteriously and sublimely signalized. What kind of days these were it is extremely difficult, or perhaps impossible for us to conceive, and how much more to say" Augustine did not believe the days were literal days. I love this quote, from Augustine -- "It not infrequently happens that something about the earth, about the sky, about other elements of this world, about the motion and rotation or even the magnitude and distances of the stars, about definite eclipses of the sun and moon, about the passage of years and seasons, about the nature of animals, of fruits, of stones, and of other such things, may be known with the greatest certainty by reasoning or by experience, even by one who is not a Christian. It is too disgraceful and ruinous, though, and greatly to be avoided, that he [the non-Christian] should hear a Christian speaking so idiotically on these matters, and as if in accord with Christian writings, that he might say that he could scarcely keep from laughing when he saw how totally in error they are. In view of this and in keeping it in mind constantly while dealing with the book of Genesis, I have, insofar as I was able, explained in detail and set forth for consideration the meanings of obscure passages, taking care not to affirm rashly some one meaning to the prejudice of another and perhaps better explanation." Essay by me on myths about Darwin and YEC here -- http://jerome23.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/damning-darwin-the-perils-of-myth-making-in-the-history-of-science/ We are in a (just) pre-Aquinas period, and as Freespace points out creation is not ex nihilo - the universe is in the Hebrew formed from chaos as I recall: the contemporary position for our characters the world is very old, and perhaps 3-5,000 years old, but there is no need to believe in a literal seven day Creation and the concept of YEC is alien, because no one has reason to doubt the Earth is young. And indeed in the Ars Magica setting it is: how young I can't trell you without going downstairs and looking it up, but I can if anyone interested cj x
  6. I hope so, it was a great deal of fun to write. Unfortunately we can't say anything about it until AFTER it hits the shops, though there may be some sneak peeks and Grand Tribunal UK and USA conventions in August! cj x
  7. This may interest some of you - http://www.atlas-games.com/product_tables/AG0305.php
  8. The adventure has sort of ended. Do people ant to spend the season studying, or take Adventure xp? As the adventure xp will be only 5xp, and you were only away for a day or less, studying may be the way to go. I'll give 2 confidence to everyone who went on the boat trip, including Calpurnia, for a very short little story. I have fired off some more emails now, do email me on chrisjensenromer@hotmail.com with questions. cj x
  9. Hi chaps, I have replied to a couple of emails. I'll be pretty flat out on the pC all day, so if you want to email me questions I'll try and answer in my breaks cj x
  10. Excellent. See you tomorrow. Am I running is Schwarzbart? cj x
  11. I'm GMT, but currently we are in British Summer Time which I think is +1. I live in the Stonehenge Tribunal. cj x
  12. OK I'm back in action. The op is scheduled for April 23rd. I can do this Saturday or Sunday. Now just to play catch up! cj x
  13. Thanks guys. Feeling slightly better tonight, and will hopefully be able to return to normal next week. This is CJ btw. I have just started to look at emails and will try to reply over next couple of days as I can. cj x
  14. Message from CJ: Owing to continuing illness Chris can't get to a computer tomorrow, but hopes to be back up and about next week. Can you chaps organise something in meantime? He sends apologies for disappearing, and promises to be back in touch soon. He is at home and recovering well, but still woozy and only one more minor op on his teeth to go, when he is well enough from the other issues. He sends best wishes and Easter greetings to all! He feels awful about being away so long he says, but has been unfortunately quite unwell.
  15. The temperatures appear ok, and I have been playing a lot of games recently -- but old ones, like Heroes of Might & magic and Cossacks etc I bought from gog. However the good news is my family are giving me a much more modern laptop this weekend, and I will finally be able to play the game! I'm just posting this update because I'm really excited, and will I'm sure be a regular with questions on the forum, and able to write a review. (And if any of the Ars players are reading this, that is why I am not able to play next weekend, I'm collecting the laptop and celebrating my father's birthday!) cj x
  16. Yes, sincere apologies for my absence but I'm not needed anyway next week luckily so you can finish Nurnberg. I think we should all take turns to run stories, and I am happy to disclose my ideas for thinsg like parts of the city for people running there, but ultimately you may have better ideas! It's lovely that as a group we can all run stories and be part of making the saga - what Ars Magica is about. I'm actually quite unwell right now - but determined to get better - so feel free to email me as always on chrisjensenromer@hotmail.com cj x
  17. Nah, damage dice are Simple Dice not Stress so don't double cj x
  18. Apologies to everyone for my absence this weekend, and hope Nurnberg went well. We lost power on Saturday morning, go that fixed by mid-afternoon to late for the session, but did not get internet nack until late yesterday evening/early today. I'm OK, and will catch up later, but thought I'd better explain why been so bloody quiet. We are just having repairs done in the house, so I'll back later to see what happened. Unfortunately I'm away next week as well when I will be travelling to my father's birthday celebration. At least that is a happy event! cj x
  19. Well I was thinking we can deal with it on the forum if you prefer. The key question is what you are going to do with Anna, Arabella and Gui. The journey home will be uneventful, (assuming you are not eaten by a drake) but will involve landing near the coast as Dawn to wait for Class to return to normal size? Do people want to play out the return and conversation with Arabella and Anna about what they know, or just handle it on the forum? Either can work for me
  20. OK, you fly home with one monk (Brother Gui), two nuns on the run (Sister Arabella and Sister Anna). Once you get back to the covenant what arranges are you making fort them? Any questions you want to ask them? cj x
  21. Getting better and then I put my back out! I really am appallingly unhealthy at moment. OK, so what do I need to be working on? cj x
  22. No as given. The magus is responsible for supplying 15 seasons of teaching. They do not have to do all of them themselves though. You were right, I'm just confused as to what said before that gave you the other impression!
  23. Huh? I thought I was fairly clear. The rule is simple - you are responsible for training your apprentice for 15 seasons, normally one per year. You do NOT have to do all the training yourself, and it is possible though difficult to train multiple apprentices together - actually more than difficult - dangerous - owing to something called Turbulence. Unfortunately this is only discussed in the Ars mini-book Apprentices which is not as far as I know available as a pdf yet and is very short, and really not that important just yet. When people get apprentices, I'll run through the rules on it properly. Before you can start training an Apprentice you should have a score of 5 in each of the 15 Arts. You should also have thre ability Teaching, and a Parma Magica of at least 3 so you can wrap your Parma round them when teaching. Hope clarifies. cj x
  24. Yes I can do that. Need to finish story. I then plan to have Autumn and Winter 1215 as downtime, and resume the story in Spring 1216, maybe with someone else running? I can run a story then, or Summer 1216. Don't mind. cj x
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