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I couldn't think of any American jokes about Americans - we need some! There are plenty of jokes about specific areas of America. I searched for some jokes about Americans but most of the ones I found were probably derived in another country. They were really funny though. I liked this one:
That is pretty much how I felt. I finished my doctorate at 33.
Josh M. wrote:
You must be playing with people who have been your friends externally to the game for some time - your tolerance is more understandable if that is the case. The people I play with I have met through gaming. The ones I have now are my friends because they weren't inconsiderate jerks who repeatedly canceled on our group - we weeded those people out.
Also, the medium for the social activity may simply be a game, however, the preparations to GM it and host it equal time and in some cases money. Additionally, the GM and other players may have had opportunities to do something else the night of the game and are now left sitting at home without plans if the game falls through.
Actually I meant replacing them using a hit man. There is a lake near my house that is full of the bodies of inconsiderate tabletop gamers :D
Ellis Mirari wrote:
Pretty much. Though I am not GMing in a store the structure is similar. I met my current group by throwing up an advert for players. I live in the DC area so there were lots of responses. We became friends through the regularly scheduled game.
Josh M. wrote:
Well I am pretty flexible about which "circumstances warrant it". However, I have allotted my very limited time to planning the session as well as turned down other social activities so that I could be available to GM. If people aren't turning up for petty reasons and potentially ruining games I would look for people who are more reliable and get rid of those who consider the game to be "something to do if nothing better comes along".
Also, I have done this with friends and we are still friends. I just tell them that I am going to replace them with someone who wants to play more frequently and maybe they can play every now and then if someone is unable to make it or I think and extra player works for that session. Typically players who are flaky aren't really devastated by losing their permanent spot.
Justin Rocket wrote:
If it is me you are referring to than I apologize for asserting that. It wasn't what I meant. You were implying that the PPACA was part of the resolution that failed Monday. We were trying to tell you that it wasn't and I mentioned that this move was unprecedented and was not a failure on the Democrats part to not negotiate. From your posts you seem to believe that the PPACA was funded through the resolution and that the house was simply removing it. I said that what the GOP was doing was unprecedented, meaning to make it clear that laws have not been defunded prior to implementation on financial resolutions that they are not part of. Looking back at it what I said was much more muddled.
Can you give an example of one that was defunded before it was implemented and failed?
Yes government programs whose cost exceeds what is available in appropriations or funds. The PPACA is funded through its own tax.
Justin Rocket wrote:
Congress already passed the PPACA. It has to be funded until it is repealed. Laws cannot be repealed by refusing to sign funding bills. Additionally, concessions and negotiations were already made 3 years ago to such an extent that Obama is criticized heavily for compromising too much with conservatives. I am sorry but you clearly just do not understand what is going on here.
Justin Rocket wrote:
So do you support creating a new legislative mechanism to repeal laws by attaching provisions to funding bills that defund what was democratically agreed upon? Regardless of how you feel about the PPACA - doesn't that strike you as undemocratic and a step in the wrong direction for your big picture goals discussed above? Imagine if it worked. The democrats will use it on the republicans. It would be chaos.
Justin Rocket wrote:
They weren't negotiating on the PPAC. It was enacted 3 years ago and became law. It has to be funded unless it can be repealed. That is the process. What is happening now, to my knowledge, has never happened before. It is a political pathway that bypasses the democratic process. It cannot be allowed to work regardless of what it is about.
Justin Rocket wrote:
But the PPACA was already enacted by both chambers of congress 3 years ago after heavy compromise from the left. There is a legislative process to challenge established laws - the Republicans have failed 41 times (I think?) to repeal the PPACA via this process. The next step would be to win future elections and to continue to challenge it.
The PPACA was not part of the spending bill. The spending bill is being used as a last attempt to stop the PPACA through unprecedented strategy based on extortion.
Damn that sucks.
Justin Rocket wrote:
I am not sure I follow this whole "both parties are to blame" rhetoric. The PPACA was enacted by congress after much compromise from both parties. The current spending bill has nothing to do with the PPACA other than the fact that some conservatives have used it as a hostage to defund the PPACA.
Yes I guess it depends on what kind of contractor you are. I am a postdoctoral researcher so things are definitely different for me.
I am a contractor at a government lab. We are still open, however, it is uncertain whether or not we will be during the duration of the shutdown - it depends on how long it is shut down. I still get paid even if I am told not to come to work (one of the few perks of being a contractor vs. government employee). I have been told that I am to work at home but I am not allowed to use my personal computer (security reasons) even though 99% of my work involves a computer. Brilliant.
Licensing. To get a license you must undergo an extensive background check that includes your mental health history and the mental health histories of those living with you. Also, it includes a criminal background check. If the automated process catches something it should be flagged and reported to a person who can decide to decline, pass, or bring in for an interview. If you are declined a detailed report should be sent to your and you should be allowed to request an appeal.
I finally got in touch with someone at the USPS Recovery center. They told me that since I was mailed the label that was on my box she was sure that the box and the books became separated (box busted open). If that was the case, the books would be grouped together and sent to the Mail Recovery Center to be processed. However, that particular department is still working on received items from June. So there is still hope that they will find my items when they get to them. It just might take awhile.
I am fairly surprised that the box busted open. The box I used was from my work and is used to ship scientific equipment with - very thick and sturdy. Additionally, I used tons of tape. The whole box was pretty much covered with tape that wrapped several times around each length. Since it was media mail I am inclined to think that they opened it to make sure that it was books and then did a s#&@ job taping it back up.
I can see how you would think that. However, she plays in my group frequently. Additionally, I landed a job and we had to move in 2 weeks so we were both stressed out with all of the packing and cleaning we had to do. We have the ability to weigh packages and print labels from home so we sat there and did it together. We had a few at the end that were media mail and she just didn't click the button for insurance when we were on the last one. To be honest it was a bit my fault too because she didn't ask about the value and I didn't notice (even though she had for all the other boxes).
Who says I didn't cry like and ugly, ugly baby? My wife feels really bad because she is the one who absent mindlessly forgot to add insurance when she printed off the label (it was the last package). I told her not to worry about it and then secretly locked it away in the vault inside my head to use the next time I do something bad.
Thanks for the sympathy. I am still calling around and trying to figure out what happened. They tell me that the box was probably shipped off to the mail recovery center in Atlanta. I had to put in a request for them to look for it and described the box and its contents. However, I have read that they typically never recover the mail at the recovery center. I will keep trying.
I did pay for the shipping with a credit card. I will definitely look into the credit card insurance.
Not asking for replacements. I am already buying some of them again. Additionally I have a good job so replacing them will not be the end of the world. I am thinking about getting the new yoga 2 that comes out in October and going digital. It was a learning experience. The Tome is the only one that really gets me.
I recently moved and we decided that we should ship everything that we wanted to keep and sell off our furniture because the cost to move the furniture exceeded what we felt it was worth. We shipped close to 20 boxes. 1 box had my entire Pathfinder collection (including the Tome of Horrors book). For some reason we insured every other box but somehow missed that one - and it was lost. I got a notification that they found the label but couldn't find the box. I taped that sucker on with what seemed like a full roll of tape. I am pretty bummed out about it.
I am starting a new group now. We play in downtown Silver Spring, MD and my house is only a few blocks from the metro (5 min walk). We would love to have you. If you are interested I can send you a PM with my email and phone number. I think we will try and meet tomorrow to make characters but I can meet with you later if that is not enough time. We are still trying to nail down a game time.
This kickstarter has become incredibly awesome. The stretch goal rewards now include extra basic pieces to help make a huge dungeon, curved walls, diagonal walls, narrow doors, demon doors, pillars, and coming soon walls with windows and dungeon dressing such as barrels and treasure piles! Jump on the bandwagon while you still can!
Well with the stretch goals increasing the number of pieces maybe the shipping would be more bearable? I feel you though.
For me, Hirst Arts provides me with the ability to create custom pieces to use in tandem with my DF stuff. The idea of casting everything needed for a massive multi-game dungeon and then putting it all together seems so tedious and boring. Making custom pieces takes way less time and is a lot of fun. I just can't spend the time making full dungeons with Hirst Arts due to family and work.
I am pledging for 5 painted sets with the current stretch goals nets me almost 7 full painted sets. I will never need any more than that.
This kickstarter allows me to bulk up on room space for a super cheap price (I am in the states so I don't have to consider shipping). I can't wait to get the new Hirst Inn molds though. I am going to order them in May and go nuts. I think I will use them to build some static buildings (I have some roof molds) like a lumber mill, alchemical shop, magic shop, and maybe the inn he has shown.
Yeah if you already have some sets this is a great way to bulk them up. I have two rooms & passage sets, 1 wicked additions 1&2 sets, and the advanced builder set. I am always having problems adding large rooms though (plenty of passages). I pledged for 5 sets so I can add huge rooms and fill in a lot of gaps on the table with secret areas and what not. This kickstarter rocks!
That is awesome. That happened to me too. I forgot which tile came from the ruins set and had to force my players to avert their eyes while I went around trying to lift each tile up to check.
I agree Aberzombie you do need a lot of this stuff to make it work right. I have several sets and it is often not enough. But with this KS, I may have enough to be very functional going forward. So if you already have some of this stuff this is a great opportunity to expand. And truthfully, even if you don't have any, this KS is a great opportunity to get started with the best terrain options available in the marketplace.
Yeah but if you go in for 5 sets there is a possibility that you will wind up with 10 sets after the stretch goals are met. I am in for 3 right now and already with the stretch goals I am getting an extra set and then some. I may up it to 5 because with what I already have and with stretch goals I could build a massive dungeon.
This is what I tell my wife when I go to spend money like this: If I had a different hobby I would probably spend way more. If I restored cars think about what that would cost. Playing golf get expensive super fast. Hiking can get really really expensive. Drinking fine Scotches would be a hobby that would dwarf my dwarven forge addiction (pun intended). So I made her choose: Cheap whiskey + dwarven forge or expensive scotch.
Remember you can do more than just make dungeons. You can make buildings too! Check out my recent blog update for some examples (I made some roofs from Hirst Molds, hobby sticks, or just grass flock). Just a warning - this is from a ROTRL module so don't look if you are worried about spoilers.
Edit: Here is a link to some DF roofs made with hirst arts molds over at the DF forum. This is where I got the idea.