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Navior's Serpent's Skull

Game Master Navior


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Male Human Traveler / 8

I've always included coins into encumbrance and never found it to be at all unplayable. In fact, I always thought it made the game a lot more interesting and far more realistic. It's bad enough that PCs end up with so much gold all the time, but the idea of actually carrying around 75,000 gold pieces is too ridiculous to bear.

Herolab is pretty great but I use it more when playing offline. I can't set it up on my computer here at work, which is where I do most of my pbps anyway.

Good encumbrance stories, by the way. I've seen the same thing happen and decided a long time ago that I'd insist my players track encumbrance when I DM.


Wander Weir wrote:
Good encumbrance stories, by the way. I've seen the same thing happen and decided a long time ago that I'd insist my players track encumbrance when I DM.

As I recall, the straw that broke the camel's back for me was the halfling who somehow put a polearm sized for a human "in his backpack." :P


Joana wrote:
Wander Weir wrote:
Good encumbrance stories, by the way. I've seen the same thing happen and decided a long time ago that I'd insist my players track encumbrance when I DM.
As I recall, the straw that broke the camel's back for me was the halfling who somehow put a polearm sized for a human "in his backpack." :P

You should have made corridors and doors act as "confined space" for the halfling. hehehehe :D


Male Human Traveler / 8

Ha! I was thinking along the same lines. I'd have given him serious penalties to stealth and made it so that all the bad guys knew he was coming well in advance.

Shadow Lodge

I would have said he had a hole in his pack. You guys are mean. ;)


I wasn't the DM. :) But that was the point at which I decided I wasn't going to allow those kinds of shenanigans when I was DM.


This is a test post, as multiple attempts to post in the Jade Regent OOC thread have failed. I just want to see if it's happening to me in other threads.

Edit: Hmmm....


I had that happen in LoreKeeper's game several weeks ago. I could preview a Sense Motive roll but not post it. Went away after a few hours.


I can't even preview at the moment. Both preview and submit take me back to the main messageboard page. Oh well, it's late and I should be off to bed. Hopefully, it will work again in the morning.

Shadow Lodge

I've had the same happen to me on more than one occasion. Usually I just have to post later.


Male Human Traveler / 8

That's very weird. I don't think I've ever had it happen to me.

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Should I be concerned that Pezock thinks I have my priorities straight


Male Human Traveler / 8
Dax Thura wrote:
Should I be concerned that Pezock thinks I have my priorities straight

I am!


Advance notice: I'm going to be traveling for a week, starting on Wednesday. Should still be able to check in from the road most days, but next Sunday I'll be at the Grand Canyon, and my understanding is that there's no internet access there at all. Will be back to normal the following Wednesday.


Have a great trip!

But get something up for Douena before you go. :)


Navior wrote:

Okay, I'm going to go with the following watch schedule. If there are any objections, you can change it on your second night. :)

Mahjik/Ishirou
Makoa/Jask
Urza/Shokambe
Douena/Pezock
Lorenz/Sasha

Just noticed this: Doesn't matter tonight since we didn't run into any trouble during the day, but as an arcane spellcaster, Urza needs 8 hours of rest to learn spells so shouldn't take the middle watch.


Male Human Traveler / 8

Lorenz/ Sasha can swap places with Douena/ Pezock easily enough.

Have a good trip!


Presume you mean with Urza/Shokambe, but yeah, that would work. Urza just has to be able to get spells back, when he casts them. :)


Male Human Traveler / 8

Weird. I totally misread your post. But either way, I don't care. Lorenz might but he's happy as long as he's on watch with Sasha. :)


Joana wrote:
Just noticed this: Doesn't matter tonight since we didn't run into any trouble during the day, but as an arcane spellcaster, Urza needs 8 hours of rest to learn spells so shouldn't take the middle watch.

Whoops, I totally forgot about that. Urza requested a middle of the night slot, so I just went ahead and gave him one. He can easily be switched with Lorenz and Sasha from now on.


Mahjik the Flink wrote:

Mahjik staggers about in a fantastic portrayal of the walking dead. "The Fzumi Salt Mine... it doesn't sound like anything worth our while could be found there. Just the dead and those that don't realize it - as Douena described them previously."

I think that's what Douena said... :P

Douena Trestleben wrote:
Using her staff, Douena methodically prods any bone fragments she can find over the edge of the broken deck into the water. "They were just sailors once," she explains, "so they'd probably like to be buried at sea. They just got confused about being dead and didn't realize they shouldn't be walking around anymore."

Good memory! That was September of 2010. :)


You clearly have skill in finding random posts. Just don't expect Melon or Mahjik to remember the immediate things, like who's 2 miles away and shouldn't be talked to.


Male Half-Orc Barbarian(Totem Warrior/Invulnerable Rager) : 2 Druid(Wolf Shaman) : 4

Ninja'd by Douena by 3 seconds.


Hey, she was closer to the book at the time! And the one who asked for the Knowledge check. ;)


Female Gnome Cleric 4/ Rogue (burglar) 2

I'm famous! :D


Male Half-Orc Barbarian(Totem Warrior/Invulnerable Rager) : 2 Druid(Wolf Shaman) : 4

That is awesome!


Yes, that truly is awesome!

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We are definitely in the presence of greatness.


Male Human Traveler / 8

And to think I knew Douena way back when!

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Hipster Adventurers: "We knew Douena before it was cool!"


hahaha epic! Make sure to get an interview with the Wizkids so you can properly impress upon them the appropriate pose and energy for the model!

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Desna really doesn't like it when her clerics are underground...


The irony is that it's still a better option than attacking and doing 1d3-1 of damage if she hits. :P


Male Human Traveler / 8

There really must be something to this superstition about Douena being underground.


Personally I'm in favor of experimentation: maybe Douena should be under water when she channels. There may be unaccounted for factors! Be wise - hypothesize!


Male Human Traveler / 8

So it turns out that I'm going to be in Texas the weekend after this coming one and I'll be free to go anywhere I want. Having never been to Texas I'm not sure where I should go or where I should not go. Joana, you're in Texas, aren't you? Any advice/ suggestions? I'm just traveling alone, checking places out for curiosity/ wanderlust sake.

If anyone else has been/ lived out there, I'd appreciate the same.

Shadow Lodge

LoreKeeper has an excellent point. Douena's Channel's above ground can be the 'control group' for this experiment.


What part of Texas? It's really big, you know. When we went to the Grand Canyon, we drove 6 hours just to get to the state border, and we started in the middle! It would help to know your point of origin. :)


Male Human Traveler / 8

I can go anywhere. :)

I'm a big fan of long road trips and I'm planning to drive for pretty much three days. I'm flying in to Dallas on Friday morning and flying out again on Monday evening. From there I'm just tossing around ideas.

One thought I had was of driving up to the Amarillo area, then down toward the center; Odessa or San Angelo on Saturday. Sunday I'd head down to San Antonio and then back up to Dallas Monday morning.

But then I was wondering if I shouldn't spend more time along the coast. I could go down to Houston or San Antonio on Friday, and then maybe to Corpus Christi at some point. I'm fine with driving 6 or 7 hours at a shot, I just want to try and keep the trip a little shorter on Monday so I don't have to worry about getting back to the airport on time.

I just like to see stuff and wander around. And, of course, try some of the famous Texas BBQ I'm always hearing about.


So, when you say you're flying into Dallas, do you mean DFW or Love Field? DFW isn't even in Dallas County. It's over here on the less-pretentious side of the Metroplex where Cliff Lee's wife was too good to live. ;)

It's really late tonight, and today was crazy. I'm hoping tomorrow won't be so busy, and I'll post some tips, with the caveat that I'm not Texas Chamber of Commerce and haven't been everywhere in the state.


Male Human Traveler / 8

I understand. It's been crazy for me too.

I don't have high expectations or anything. Just any general thoughts or advice you might have, especially since everything I know about Texas either came from books (fiction) or TV/ Movies and politics. I'm admittedly ignorant.

Quote:
So, when you say you're flying into Dallas, do you mean DFW or Love Field? DFW isn't even in Dallas County. It's over here on the less-pretentious side of the Metroplex where Cliff Lee's wife was too good to live. ;)

Ha! I know how that is...most airports are the same: SFO (San Francisco) isn't in San Fran, Denver International is way outside of town and Detroit Metro is almost closer to Ohio than it is to Detroit. For that matter, both JFK and La Guardia are so far from NYC that it's almost as expensive to get to the airport as it is to fly anywhere. And that's to say nothing of Charles De Gaulle in Paris or Heathrow in London. People just don't like to have airports in their cities.

Anyway, I'm arriving in DFW.


Wander Weir wrote:
People just don't like to have airports in their cities.

That's generally with good reason. First off, you need to have low buildings in the area around an airport. The tall skyscrapers of big cities make landing a plane rather difficult. :)

Also, planes landing are very noisy. People who live near airports tend not to live there very long because of the noise.


Seriously, don't call us Dallas :) :
Dallas and Fort Worth have a rivalry that goes back to the post-Civil War era. As far back as 1875, the more-industrialized city of Dallas was making fun of the cow-town on the Chisholm Trail that was Fort Worth. Amon Carter, who founded the newspaper in Fort Worth, hated Dallas to the extent that, when he was forced to go there for some reason, he carried a sack lunch so that he wouldn't have to spend any money there and support its businesses. When Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was built in the open land between the two cities, they both agreed to end passenger traffic at their respective city airports to support the new venture. Fort Worth followed through, but Dallas and Southwest Airlines reneged, which is why Love Field still handles passenger traffic today. Thus, to call DFW "the Dallas airport" is to rub salt into our wounds. ;)

The other main point of contention is the Dallas Cowboys, who haven't actually played in Dallas since 1971. The old Texas Stadium was in Irving, which was at least in Dallas County, but Jerryworld is in Arlington, part of the so-called Mid-Cities, in Tarrant County. And yet, at least once every football season, it seems, some broadcaster opens coverage with "Welcome to Dallas," which leads to many angry letters to the editor and complaints to the network, mostly from the Arlington residents who paid for the stadium because Dallas was too cheap.

Of the areas you've mentioned, I can tell you this:

We just came through Amarillo on our way back from the Canyon a few weeks ago. To me, anyway, it's not much of a "destination," just a place you drive through on I-40. It's flat, which I guess is a novelty to some, but so is the DFW area. They have Cadillac Ranch, which is described as "art" but is more a kitschy thing to stop by the side of the interstate and take a picture of. And there's a steakhouse that will give you a free 72-ounce steak dinner if you can eat it and all the trimmings in one sitting. That's what Amarillo's known for.

West Texas I'm not overly familiar with. Sweetwater and the surrounding region is the wind farm capital of the Western Hemisphere so you can see all the turbines amassed on the horizon like approaching alien tripods. They have the world's largest Rattlesnake Round-Up, but you missed that in March. The Possum Kingdom area in the Palo Pinto Mountains is pretty, although it all burned last summer and has yet to fully revegetate.

San Antonio has the River Walk and, obviously, the Alamo. Personally, if you've seen one old Revolutionary or Civil War Fort, you've seen them all, imo, but it is THE big Texas holy site to say you've seen.

Houston I don't like. It's big and trafficky and crazy humid. Haven't been there since my cousin's wedding more than a decade ago. Haven't been to Corpus since I was a kid, but it was fun. Nice beach, lots of seafood.

Closer by, Dallas has Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository and Sixth Floor Museum, of course. I try not to drive in Dallas because the traffic is crazy (though not as bad as Houston's). In the Midcities, you've got the aforementioned Jerryworld right next door to Rangers Ballpark, where the defending AL champs will be playing the LA Angels next weekend; the other side of the ballpark is Six Flags, so you can imagine the traffic on weekend game days -- one reason I'd never live in Arlington. :P

Here in Fort Worth, we have the Stockyards -- lots of restaurants and businesses and they have a daily cattle drive of the Fort Worth herd of longhorn cows. (I think I read that we're the only city to have working cowboys on the city payroll.) Los Vaqueros in the Stockyards has excellent Tex-Mex; we had our rehearsal dinner there. Beef fajitas + strawberry sopaipillas for dessert = win.

Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival is running in April and May in Waxahachie. If you're into that kind of thing, it's a pretty big deal. I've never been, but I always hear about it.

East Texas you didn't mention, but the Texas State Railroad runs a scenic passenger train behind a steam engine from Rusk to Palestine and back. There's a good Tex-Mex restaurant called Papacita's in Longview.

If you're not dead-set on nothing but Texas, as a native Okie, I'd be remiss not to point out that the Oklahoma City National Memorial is just over 3 hours north of DFW and well worth the visit. They also have Bricktown, their answer to San Antonio's River Walk, and the Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge, which is pretty cool. Also, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, which houses a huge casting of End of the Trail by James Earle Fraser. If you're in OKC and like burgers, you have to go to Johnnie's; they rock.

Barbecue: Riscky's is well-known for barbecue, and they have one in the Stockyards. The only barbecue place I go to, however, is Cousin's. They actually have two locations in the terminals at DFW, although I personally wouldn't trust airport barbecue.


Male Human Traveler / 8

Wow. I'll be sure not to call DFW Dallas in the future, then! Fascinating to read about the rivalry though.

Thanks for all your info! It's definitely given me a lot to think about. I was already planning to go into Oklahoma on my way north from Fort Worth so I can add it to my list of States Visited. I wasn't planning on going as far north as Oklahoma City but now I'm wondering if I should go up there instead of stopping in Amarillo. I just had the latter city on my list of places to visit so I could say I'd been to the Panhandle.

Perhaps now I'll just drove up to Oklahoma City and stay the night there and then just pass through Amarillo on the way back down. I don't know, I'll have to investigate.

I definitely want to go to the Stockyards and try out Los Vaqueros. I've been dying for a decent sopaipilla since I moved east and it's on my list of things to get. A strawberry sopaipilla sounds right up my alley!

I regret that I can't eat more often. I'd love to try Cousin's too but I don't think I'll have enough time.

Anyway, I'm definitely seeing San Antonio, the Riverwalk and the Alamo since everyone I've ever known who has been to Texas is always talking about it. But I might not spend a lot of time there.

I was sort of planning to skip Houston and wondering if that was a mistake but now I feel better about the decision. Thanks!

I'm probably going to do Dealey Plaza and all that Monday before heading to the airport. I don't intend to spend a lot of time there, but I do want to see it.

Hmmm. Lots to think about. Too bad I only have a long weekend instead of a whole week! Thanks again for your input! It's always handy to have a native/ local to talk to before a big road trip like this.

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I have learned a little bit more today! Rivalries can be interesting to say the least.


Urza Sha'rahad wrote:
Urza moves as far as he can in a single move (I'm not sure how far I can go) and casts Scorching Rat at one of the salt wights.

Douena totally wants Scorching Rat on her spell list. :)

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You can't have it. It's proprietary.

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Just dip a rat in Alchemist's Fire and throw it, no spell slot needed.


Male Human Traveler / 8

Just for the record, I'm at los vaqueros [i] right [i] now!

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Had to look that up, but cool! How's the food?

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