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Grievance:

So, I rarely get to be a player, but every few months we play this strange mashup of Vampire: The Masquerade and Call of Cthulhu d20 where I get to sit on the other side of the screen for a few hours.

Well, that game is about to wrap up, so we decided to go back about 20 years and drag out our old DC Heroes stuff to replace it. My rules are a crude photocopy set that is falling apart, so I go a-huntin' on eBay. Sure enough, I find a near mint boxed set for about $15. I put in a bid. Check it the next day, someone's bid another $.50. I respond in kind. I go up to as high as $25 then decide to stop because I'm getting outbid and it didn't cost that much new, as I recall. Then I noticed IMMEDIATELY after I made my bid and it was entered it showed I was outbid by a dollar. So I bid again, just to be sure. Yep, I'm bidding against a bot. And to double check my theory (and I'd have paid this just for the nostalgia) I bid $30. Sure enough, as soon as I bid it says I'm outbid by a dollar.

I. Hate. Bots.


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dot.


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Oh my, those look good.


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I'm the opposite. I've run maybe 5 modules my whole 30+ years of gaming. I have a devil of a time following the script, and improv and being able to instantly respond to when the players go off track is a skill I've developed pretty well. But, there's no wrong way to play the game, so if modules are what you like to run, then run 'em! :)


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I have a bad habit of waking up in the middle of the night, and then getting game ideas and working on them. Then I'm up for a lot longer than I mean to. However, I think I've finally finished my house rules compilation. Tomorrow, however, I'll be exhausted. But to quote the immortal band Led Zeppelin, "It's nobody's fault but mine".


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The Usual Suspect wrote:

I think we need to create an award for players who insist that their character concept is so good that it must be accepted against all logic.

I herby grand unto the Evil Wizard;

The Order of the Snowflake.

I'm so glad I have players who don't do this.


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I've never had a problem with either live calls or emails. CS has always been absolutely excellent.


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Sweet dreams. I just got up from resting awhile, myself.


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Kileanna wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
All this makes the pimento cheese sandwich I just ate sound pretty inadequate.
There's NOTHING inadeaquate with peppers and cheese sandwiches. NEVER.

Thanks! (he said as he took a bit of another such sandwich).


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All this makes the pimento cheese sandwich I just ate sound pretty inadequate.


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Kileanna wrote:

DM Cal- Tapas are small versions of a dish that are served for free with a drink or paying a reduced price ( here in my town they are free).

Popular tapas are smalls amount of paella, chorizo cooked in wine, pasta salad, fried potatos with garlic sauce, etc. But they can be very creative (there are competitions to create the best and more original tapas), and they can be any kind of dish served in small amounts.
Pinchos in the other way are even smaller, a small trait that is served always for free with the drink and you can eat in a bite or two. Depending on the time of the day it can be a small piece of sponge cake, a bite of tortilla, a cut of a sandwich, etc. The waiter often comes with a variety of them on a tray and you can choose the one you want.

Those sound wonderful... *drools*


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Orville Redenbacher wrote:
sounds like heaven for you but it would be hell for me :)

Nah, not really heavenly. I just don't care for noisy places full of strangers anymore. They're just not my scene.


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But with "Book of the Damned" coming out this fall doesn't that make this cover a little redundant? I'm not saying it's not a great cover and reminds me of half of my 80s LP collection, but I hope the final cover of BotD is a *little* different, at least.


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There are 3 colleges in my smallish town. But no actual 'stand alone" bars. They're all part of some of the restaurants. And no liquor stores.


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WAAAY back in the day I played a little bit of Vampire: The Masquerade. Not much, because my schedule didn't allow me time for it, and my friends always played it on Sundays which I sat aside for my wife and then infant son. But there was this guy who played a 9 year old girl who was a Malkavian, if I recall correctly. He really overplayed the cute little aspect until feeding time came around... yeesh. It was like the movie "Let The Right One In" long before it came out.


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Blue laws are strange and vary so much from state to state. I can remember when Walmart was closed on Sundays here. Not they're all 24 hour "super centers" or what not.

Anyway, back to pancakes! LOL


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Kileanna wrote:
Here people live in bars. Not that people drink a lot, but they are the main meeting place. I hate them because most are very noisy, not the best place to play a game.

Bars here are full of televisions turned to full blast with sports on them, or in my county (which is dry, meaning you can't buy liquor in stores) you can only drink in restaurants that have special permits. There are no "stand alone" bars in my county. Even the one live music venue in my city has to serve food as part of the deal. So, to just go hang out at a bar you have to go to one that serves food, too. You don't have to buy food, but the place has to offer it. It's not like that in every county of my state (Arkansas), but I don't want to drive the 30 minutes to the next county just to sit in a noisy, smoky bar to play my games. My state is fairly backwards compared to many others, and with the current state legislature it's getting worse, I think.

I live in large city for my state (63 thousand people) and it's got just about the most churches per capita than any other county. I have no problem with religion or the practice of it, but when they first announced that restaurants could serve alcohol some churches picketed them or put ads in the newspaper saying they would never eat at those places again.


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GM_Beernorg wrote:

hamies are good at...making more hamies...

I miss my hamster that ended up super jacked from running on his wheel for like 10 hours a day. He was an odd fellow.

I had one that would climb up the sides of his cage to then hang upside down from one of the little cage bars at the top. He'd do that for hours.


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Thanks, everyone. It means a lot to me.


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Here in the States I bet people would be asked to leave most bars. People here are still so backwards sometimes for a "first world" country.


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I went to see my family physician today for a regular checkup. After going over the blood work and its results (which for a guy my size and age amazes him at how textbook perfect they always are) he asks about my depression. I told him it'd been pretty bad as of late. So he then asks if I have any hobbies to distract me. I told him I play Pathfinder, a variant of D&D. He looks at sort of incredulously and asks, "With dice and not a computer version?"

I said, "Yes, lots and lots of dice".

He asked who the DM was, and I said I was. 99% of the time. He kind of laughed and said he hadn't played since before medical school (he and I are the same age). He then told me he bet I was a really good DM. That me feel pretty good the rest of the day.


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Kileanna wrote:
Now I have remembered a player I had. She brought cupcakes everyday. One day she complained about one of the other players not hugging her, and she said she was going to stop bringing cupcakes until he gave her hugs. We all laughed, thinking she was kidding. She never brought cupcakes again. It was weird.

We used to play at a fairly large-ish FLGS in a town near where I live. One weekend we were laughing and having a really good time during our game (like we always did) and a woman from a nearby table comes over and lays a dish of strawberry cupcakes on our table. She told us that she was hoping we'd be there that night because any group that was having that much fun deserved cupcakes... lol


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Kileanna wrote:

Hmmmmm...Brownies.

Next on my to do list: darkest chocolate brownie with berries and white chocolate chips! Personal favorite and it's been a long time since I baked my last brownie.

Good grief those sound good.


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Kileanna wrote:
Today I'll bake a blueberry spongecake.

I'll bring ice cream.


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Yeah, I guess so. Consultants...bah.


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I figured IHOPs would be everywhere! What we DON'T have here in Arkansas (and it makes me sad) are Jack in the Box and Five Guys Burgers.


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I went to IHOP last weekend and ate a lot of pancakes.


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Thanks, Joana! So it looks like I've given 'em the Big Six already. Wait, that sounds.. umm.. er.. yeah, that have those things.


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Your headline says you came here to say this, then you say you came here to flag it. I'm so confused.. lol


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I used to work for Heifer International (www.heifer.org) and we were partners with Green Mountain.


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We run a Mythic campaign, with the average Tier being about 4th. Last night they were fighting a Mother of Oblivion and one of the fighters was winding up to attack it. They were getting their butts handed to them and she said, "OMG, I hope I hit this thing!"

The party Psionicist shoots back, "Yeah, don't mythic!".


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When you can take in another friend, do consider an older dog. So many get abandoned because of their age.


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Oh yeah, I know. I have a 4 volume set of books from the 90s that have every D&D magic items in them up until the year 1998 (or 96, I forget off the top of my head). There are so many neat little trinkets in them. Sometimes I update one that I find useful or just fun to PF and leave it for players to find in treasure piles.


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I loved the magic items in 1e and 2e. MANY had no combat buffs or things like that, but were just cool and fun. I miss having those.


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A Youtube playlist I put together of slower tempo heavy rock songs.


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I've already bumped the sling to 1d6. I made one as a kid and while playing with I accidentally hit a grown cow (I grew up on a farm) and knocked her to her knees. She recovered, thankfully, or my dad would probably have killed me.


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Just tell them you're hungry and it's your stomach rumbling.


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I just had someone tell me the rhomphaia was not a sword. If not, what is it? A pole arm?


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I houserule a spear can be used as a double weapon like a quarterstaff, one end blunt and the other end piercing. Makes it a little more useful.


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Another company with excellent customer service is Dreamscarred Press. I've never dealt with any other companies besides Paizo and DSP, but I can say they're all very courteous and professional.


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Yeah, I was directed to that right after I asked the question. It's a serious process for a character, for sure.


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Yes!


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I saw an illustration somewhere of a character with ioun stones implanted onto their skin, and thought it looked cool, as well as being less obvious than being your own miniature solar system.


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dragonhunterq wrote:
Don't fear the orbiting stones, embrace the madness

Good Lord!


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Mechanical Pear wrote:

Yeah, found the rules. You can implant an Ioun Stone, but it takes a higher heal check, and a Knowledge (arcana). The person who it's implanted in has to succeed a DC 20 Charisma check, but can get +5 to it by fasted 8 days.

If it works, the Ioun Stone can't be targed or anything, sits in your flesh.

Yeah, I found the rules. I like them. Nothing says "Target me" like a whirling swarm of rocks. Having them hidden under clothing just helps the user.


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Wolin wrote:
Hasn't been mentioned yet, but the Torc of Innocuous Gems from the Spymaster's Handbook also keeps Ioun Stones out of the way, albeit at the cost of the neck slot.

I'd not heard of that. I'll check it out. Thanks!


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Someone once asked to see all the years of notebooks I must have full of details about my world. Sadly, they're nearly all in my head. I have notebooks full of adventures we've run, but when it comes to details about the world, we don't even currently have a map! I just store it all upstairs in the Cerebral Attic.


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Mark Thomas 66 wrote:
YUP. The super cool Ioun Wyrd

Very interesting. Thanks!


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GM Rednal wrote:
Pathfinder Chronicles: Seekers of Secrets has rules for implanting them. They're available online right here.

That's what I was looking for. Thanks!

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