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I use ... myself.


Well my nails are short now but at least they all match again.


Treppa wrote:
Halp.

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Do I get a drink?


Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Ok I was posing in a corset and dress with a rapier and I got kind of playful and started shadow dueling with it. I observed two things. That the corset keeps your chest from expanding making it impossible to draw full deep breaths and also that if you ever tried to swashbuckle in one you end up panting like a dog... Which is neither ladylike OR intimidating. So much for the outfit I always pictured myself in when playing such games. Now I have to dream up something far more practical.
interesting....

Isn't it. You definitely should try fighting in a corset, it is a wild experience. Easy to see why someone could pass out in one if they don't think to or want to pant and need to exert themselves climbing a lot of stairs quickly or something similar like fighting.


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Ok I was posing in a corset and dress with a rapier and I got kind of playful and started shadow dueling with it. I observed two things. That the corset keeps your chest from expanding making it impossible to draw full deep breaths and also that if you ever tried to swashbuckle in one you end up panting like a dog... Which is neither ladylike OR intimidating. So much for the outfit I always pictured myself in when playing such games. Now I have to dream up something far more practical.


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Aargh!
Ever pick up a heavy box... Like this one full of coin... And have it slip as you do so and fall? Oh and did I mention it caught on my nails as it slipped and shattered half of them. So now I have to walk around like a freak with some nice long nails and some shattered messes. Oh and I don't get out of work till 11pm tonight...


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Freehold DM wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
And enough with the white 'n' frozen stuff, Freehold. Snow is so last season.
I'll turn it down a bit. It's almost may.

I am descended from Olympic skiers and I have always wanted to ski in the middle of summer... Maybe I can convince you to crank it to blizzard in July just to cross that off my bucket list.


thejeff wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Aranna wrote:

I always give three options.

-elite stat array
-4d6 drop lowest arranged in the order rolled
-15 point buy (no points given for buy downs)

There are a few who prefer rolled stats. Certain people tend to be afraid of rolling poorly and stay away from rolls. But in the end everyone has fun. Rolled in order is like opening a surprise gift sometimes you get a brand new game console other times you get socks. But if getting socks doesn't send you into a RAGE of "why can't I be the best" and you can have fun with the poor rolls as much as you can with the awesome ones then this IS the best method for you.

Rolling 4d6, drop the lowest, any order, averages out to a 20 pt. buy much of the time. Only a fool would take option 1. or 3. if they understood that. ;-)

Except that you don't play an average roll.

Nor will that 4d6 in order always give you something you're interested in playing.

Even not in order, rolled stats that come out to X point buy tend to be worth less than an actual X point buy, since you can't optimize them.

Exactly this.

Take it from my resident lovable munchkin, the best option is always 1. But then power gamers leave nothing to chance.


Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Should we start a "we love Freehold DM" fan club?

I did have a weird and impossible dream about Freehold.
~I was being chased by the CIA through NYC and Freehold came to my rescue and let me crash on his sofa. Later we watched Serenity and Gundam Unicorn. I woke up after the CIA caught up to us and demanded I turn over the working Haro robot I built.~

See if you can guess which part or parts of that are impossible.

no true Freehold would allow serenity to be watched!

#notruefreeholdfallacy

plays with the Haro aranna built and left at my place

Is that where I left that? It is supposed to follow me...


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I always give three options.
-elite stat array
-4d6 drop lowest arranged in the order rolled
-15 point buy (no points given for buy downs)

There are a few who prefer rolled stats. Certain people tend to be afraid of rolling poorly and stay away from rolls. But in the end everyone has fun. Rolled in order is like opening a surprise gift sometimes you get a brand new game console other times you get socks. But if getting socks doesn't send you into a RAGE of "why can't I be the best" and you can have fun with the poor rolls as much as you can with the awesome ones then this IS the best method for you.


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We are supposed to start a thread when we are new? No one told me... that was years ago. It's like I missed my childhood.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Incidentally, I have just drunk four cans of Dr. Pepper and am practically bouncing off the walls, but what I want to know is why it describes itself as a 'fruit flavour beverage' on the side. I do not believe that any fruit exists that tastes remotely similar to Dr. Pepper.

Dr Pepper's flavor is a blend of fruit syrups giving it a unique flavor.


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Should we start a "we love Freehold DM" fan club?

I did have a weird and impossible dream about Freehold.
~I was being chased by the CIA through NYC and Freehold came to my rescue and let me crash on his sofa. Later we watched Serenity and Gundam Unicorn. I woke up after the CIA caught up to us and demanded I turn over the working Haro robot I built.~

See if you can guess which part or parts of that are impossible.


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Kazuka wrote:
Molten Dragon wrote:
I think we scared the OP away. Anyway, welcome to the nuthouse. Watch out for scary clowns....
I was busy with life. But, I'm still here. Not going to be rid of me that easily!

Well... welcome to the madhouse.

Some of us are sane... mostly.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Are you really sure you should drive a school bus with no sleep. :-(
It's practice in a p-lot. No passengers or other vehicles involved
As long as it wasn't the school bus the CIA left an explosive device on by accident you should be fine.
Would he have to keep the bus over 50 miles per hour?
Do I get a young Sandra Bullock as my love interest?

I don't know.. Is your love interest a young Sandra Bullock?

:)
Sorry I listen to a show that features weird news...
Like the CIA accidentally leaving an explosive device on a school bus then returning it to the school. Or the science report that salmon in Seattle is laced with cocaine and anti depressants. Or the new breakthrough were scientists successfully created a kale and cannabis cross breed.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Are you really sure you should drive a school bus with no sleep. :-(
It's practice in a p-lot. No passengers or other vehicles involved

As long as it wasn't the school bus the CIA left an explosive device on by accident you should be fine.


Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Aranna wrote:
I am confused... an MMO war? Is there some tangible benefit to claiming areas?
Presumably the same benefit for any successful war of conquest...economic gain by control of resources. Go to any war in Human history, and you'll find economics as the root driver once you get past the propaganda.

Sorry if I confused anyone. I didn't know there were in game benefits economic or not to controlling an area. Other MMOs typically just have bragging rights only to controlling an area.


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Steve Geddes wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:
Tormsskull wrote:
I have a question for women - do you want to be singled out for your gender, as in, the ad for the game says something like "Women welcome" or perhaps there's a code of conduct that says "Women will be treated with respect", or would you prefer that the prospective gender of the players is not addressed in anyway?
Personally, unless maybe the event is specifically aimed at women (e.g., Raygun Lounge's women's game night), I'd rather see a more general variant on "All gamers are welcome" and a code of conduct statement about not tolerating harassment or "harassment based on X, Y, Z."

Do you think this should spill over into how a man should deal with behaviour which isn't making women feel welcome?

What I mean is: suppose I'm running a game and some guy is making lewd suggestions regarding a woman's PC all the time (or one of the other "typical" behaviours that people talk about which would make women feel unwelcome/uncomfortable/bored-to-tears/whatever) - would you prefer I approach it from a "don't be a juvenile jerk" perspective or a "don't be a sexist jerk" perspective?

The latter is presumably more likely to actually educate, but it seems to me it might also create pressure/unwanted attention of its own.

Say it either way you want... just SAY it.


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Also I totally agree that we are NOT a monolith. One of my bad experiences at a game table was from the only other girl at the table... so yeah we aren't ALL the same at all.

Edit: I mean to say she was ALL "Kill everyone! Rarrrr!!!" even to the point of killing important NPCs... or even my character when I spoke up. Where I prefer roleplay in front of my numbers.


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Judy Bauer wrote:
Tormsskull wrote:
I have a question for women - do you want to be singled out for your gender, as in, the ad for the game says something like "Women welcome" or perhaps there's a code of conduct that says "Women will be treated with respect", or would you prefer that the prospective gender of the players is not addressed in anyway?
Personally, unless maybe the event is specifically aimed at women (e.g., Raygun Lounge's women's game night), I'd rather see a more general variant on "All gamers are welcome" and a code of conduct statement about not tolerating harassment or "harassment based on X, Y, Z."

This and one step further; ENFORCE the rules against harassment. To many just turn a blind eye even on the rare time they do believe her.


Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Because we've evolved beyond our primal instincts. We're also naturally ingrained to mount every female we find attractive whether they want it or not, but it doesn't make it a good idea.

Did you just somehow relate people's habit of evaluating things on surface appearances... With rape!?


thegreenteagamer wrote:

What Aranna said is true if you're into consumerism. I haven't given a crap what people thought about my vehicle. When I was young enough to care what people thought (high school) people were just impressed if you had a car and would give them a ride. In college EVERYONE was broke as hell and understood if you have a beater. From post-college on, I just give zero f&@*s.

How little of a f$+& do I give what people think?

I own and occasionally wear Hawaiian shirts, even though I recognize how dorky they are. It's HOT in Florida and rayon is the most glorious material ever created by man. It feels like nothing is trapping heat in at all.

I publicly admit to liking Phil Collins music. He was a talented man.

I give zero craps. I drive a PT cruiser I bought for 1K. It's a dorky mom vehicle. It runs. The AC works. It was 1K!

It isn't just consumerism. Humans are trained all their life to evaluate everything based on appearances so why not use that to our advantage? Want to be seen as sporty, wear sporty clothes, drive a sporty car, and talk with sporty slang and everyone will think how amazingly sporty you are whether you play sports or not.


I take the "water off a duck's back" approach with my mom. And it works ... Except for the holidays when I just have my panic attack. I mean she went through hell to raise us, the least I can do is listen and not get upset. Even if I conveniently ignore a lot of her old fashioned advice.


Vehicle's are like clothing. They are ALL about style and showing off who you want to be perceived as... My car is too boring. I need something flashier I think.


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I am reminded of a conversation I had with Mr Perfect after being invited to Munchkin GMs friend's 1st edition Challenge the gods game.

Mr Perfect: "You need to remake your character... she is full of drama and angst; and hasn't got enough raw power"
Aranna: "What?! She is interesting and full of depth... and she is one sickly powerful wizard!"
Mr Perfect: "This is a GM who will toss the world at us and gleefully try to TPK the party with every well crafted fight." he sighed "Yes in a normal game this spell selection would send a GM out of the room screaming "Power Gamer!" he smiled at me "And stuff like this may have gotten you the invitation in the first place. BUT we need to be crafted as a flawless team working together. If we show ANY weakness the adventure will kill us all without any remorse. So drop the drama and make a team player... and here let me show you some new tricks on how to REALLY abuse the rules and make the level of character we will need."

As usual Mr Perfect was right. My munchkinized power wizard was no stronger than the rest of them. And in the opening fight I died twice. I quickly learned to fight as one with the rest of them. Covering any weakness they show and letting them shield mine. This WASN'T the game to be a drama queen in. I would have gotten us all killed.

When a group engages in PvP they ramp the adventure difficulty up geometrically. In a game like Pathfinder where combat balance is calculated all the way down to the value of your combat gear it isn't wise to make things easy for the group's enemies. So IF you are going to be doing PvP make absolutely sure the GM is on the same page and has lowered the difficulty to easy first or it may well be your last adventure.


Treppa wrote:
You're obviously a druid.

Well animals DO love me.

But I made some weird skill choices as a druid.


Hmmm... I am also Immune to Bee and Wasp stings... and I suspect spider venom as well. Maybe I have an Immunity to Toxins? Well I still get drunk and spiders and wasps do leave a welt... it just has no other lasting effect. So maybe not FULL immunity.


Treppa wrote:
Eating before drinking is bad for your hangover!

Not my problem. No really :) I have a weird super power 'Immunity to Hangovers'. I can't even imagine them as I have never had one.


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Yeah some of my younger workers have the same attitude (that the weekly schedule is merely a suggestion). Was there a thing for a certain group of parents to do everything they could to shelter their children from responsibility? If so they weren't doing their kids any favors as nobody is going to promote a person who can't be bothered to show up as scheduled. That is if they don't just fire them outright. I wonder if that is a part of the statistic showing a large number of children living at home after school is finished.


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captain yesterday wrote:

I thought that said "message bard" I was gonna make a crack about it inducing Rage...

I'm gonna have to switch gears there...

The most interesting bard I've seen was a Coyote Ugly bard who would dance and serve drinks to the Drunken Master she partnered with.


Treppa wrote:
So bored with my hair. Should I go black/blue/purple or red/gold/black?

Tri colored hair? Way too crazy for me.


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Sharoth wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Also finding ANYONE that plays Pathfinder in my part of Madison is not easy. It's all Dungeons and Dragons or bust up here. Any edition, even 4th edition is easier to find people playing.

People here, DO NOT like change at all.

~shakes my cane at you~ You young whipper snappers have no idea how good you have it! Why in my day 1 st edition AD & D was the NEW kid on the block! We had to take our THACO and like it! Now get off my lawn!

Memory is the first thing to go...

THACO was from 2nd edition.


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Yes, yes good credit is awesome isn't it. Well at least till the shopping spree shows up on the statement. And congrats on standing up for yourself.


I tried the pacifist cleric once, but I got bored with it.

A player in our group I call the hound likes to make weird characters. He was going to do the one level of everything till I talked him out of it. But then the hound actually played a commoner in another GMs game.


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Kajehase wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Oh my all this talk of breeding makes me think of my mother and her nagging me to give her grand children...

Next time she visits, make sure to have borrowed eight cats.

Yes that would definitely make me the crazy aunt to my niece and nephew.


Oh my all this talk of breeding makes me think of my mother and her nagging me to give her grand children...


Can I cry now? I am stuck doing a double shift again... Curse these lazy millenials.


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It is NOT too hot. I don't even need to turn on the air conditioning.


My dad has some good pictures of hail after it has fallen but then that's his job. I was only caught in a hail storm twice in my life once was during cheer practice and the pieces were small but they stung when they hit us. The other time I was driving north of Chicago and I was worried they would smash my windows so I pulled over. But that video is way worse then anything I have seen.


At least it's just snow...
Someone filmed this recently. Wow.


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The fat squirrel in the tree outside my front window must have had babies cause now there are a bunch of mini-squirrels running all over my yard. They are TOO cute.


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My pick me up song.


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Ragadolf wrote:
Sleeping behind the wheel? Yeah,... that never ends well. O_o

It could end well... if I crashed into some rich and handsome single guy who is amazing and pays for everything while sweeping me off my feet and... yeah I know I read too many fairy tales...

(or romance novels)


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Just watched ep 2 of the Unicorn remake and it reminds me why UC is the best Gundam timeline no contest.


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Is it weird places we have slept today?

-Slept standing up at work (hey I was working like 80+ hours that week)
-Slept curled up in a cat bed... I must have been super tired when I went to pet my mom's cats.
-Slept on my computer keyboard... when I was too tired to realize I needed sleep not internet.
-Slept behind the wheel of my car... this doesn't end well when it happens.


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Actually Motoko has a history of swapping into other races, genders, and nationalities. Her preferred body is a Japanese female but she has been a male Hispanic terrorist from Central America, a Japanese male, and a blonde woman at other times either off camera or briefly.


The only thing that pleases me about CBS right now is their decision to toss away the poorly made Abramsverse. May it rest in peace.


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I like the decisions being made so far... BUT I dislike CBS and their iron handed approach to the IP across the board.


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Fabius Maximus wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Why are people so upset about ScarJo? She is a HUGE action star. Her name alone will fill seats in the theater. I would much rather they keep ScarJo and have a big success with this franchise than use a less known asian actress and risk the movie having a bad launch dooming the franchise.

People are upset because they took a thoroughly Japanese story set in Japan told through Japanese characters and mainly cast non-Japanese actors without even bothering to change the characters' names. They could have adapted the Laughing Man story by setting it in an alternate universe. There even is precedent within Ghost in the Shell lore, as the series and movies only share characters and themes.

There is also the question that if the filmakers can't even be arsed to remain faithful to the original in casting, how can they faithfully adapt the rest of the material in its complexity to a live-action version?

Nothing against Johansson; she's good, as are a lot of the other actors. But this white-washing nonsense has to stop. I'm getting tired of always seeing the same type of face on the screen. Rinko Kikuchi would have been a better choice for the role of Major Kusanagi, for example.

As for financial success: I couldn't care less. The franchise is not doomed; Arise just came out last year. It wasn't as good as Stand Alone Complex, but good enough.

Arise unfortunately WASN'T good enough. Arise was supposed to be a 6 episode OVA but failed to get enough funding to make more than 4 episodes. Talk was that the setting of GitS was dead and soon to be buried. Then out of the blue the American's start a live action movie project and suddenly funding is restored Arise got completed as a TV show instead of an OVA and the setting is once again on people's minds. THIS is why it is important that the live action movie succeed because interest in IT is what is keeping the entire setting alive right now. If a major actress like ScarJo can do the role justice (and I believe she is one of the best people out there who CAN... certainly not Ming Na who we have seen in Agents of SHIELD.) In fact if ANYONE can elevate this production from obscurity it is Scarlett Johansson.

BUT it's whitewashing! So what. I would rather the better actor or actress fill a role than the one with the approved race. Just look at what amazing work Samuel Jackson did as Nick Fury (a white part played by a black actor).

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