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Had a player leave rabbit entrails lying on a rock in the sun to attract more game for them to eat. Well, all it attracted were vultures and a hunting party of wemics (lion centaurs) who promptly attacked the party. The rest of the party was all like, "What sort of game were you trying to attract with smelly guts, anyway?"

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Apologies for the thread necromancy, but this popped into my head today.

Way back in the early days of 2e, I was playing a wizard who, when the party ran out of rations, went hunting for food. Using Magic Missile, he bagged 2 squirrels and 2 rabbits. The rest of the party was appalled that he used it kill harmless animals, but they ate them, anyway.

Set wrote:
In my homebrew setting, their kingdoms are the substitute for the Asian themed settings, since the 1e Monster Manual had them dressed in Samurai-like armor.
Another cool way to twist them, although I would be wary of replacing entire human ethnicities with 'monsters.' Even replacing Scotsmen with dwarves can sometimes rub the wrong way.

Long before the LotR movies, my brother played Dwarves a lot, and they all had Scottish accents. I remember when we saw the movie he was like, "They ripped me off!" lol

As far as replacing other ethnicities with monsters, it doesn't seem to be a problem for my group. In fact, they rather like the idea of the Hobgoblins being the Oriental faction of our setting.

Ugh, hope you're feeling better.

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If you don't want to call the Avariel (which was the 2e Forgotten Realms name for them) you could use the 1e name for them (they were introduced in a Dragon Magazine). They were called the Al-Kharak Elam.

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I might make him take a couple points of damage. Fire bad.

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Since I first began playing the game in 1985 I imagined Hobgoblins as being more like Klingons (even slightly resembling them) than anything else. That was the immediate image that came to my mind when my character encountered them for the first time. In my homebrew setting, their kingdoms are the substitute for the Asian themed settings, since the 1e Monster Manual had them dressed in Samurai like armor.

I do what I can!

Wrong John Silver wrote:
But what about Breakfast at Tiffany's?

As I recall, we both kind of liked it...

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Kileanna, here is the direct link to Rock Radio 1

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Kileanna wrote:

Today's grievance:

What happened to you, radio, my old friend, my only company when working?

You used to be cool, but today you're making my brain melt and flow out from my ears...

The only station that plays rock plays the same songs over and over again. And the other stations just make me want to throw the radio from a window.

I'm sure there are a lot of new cool songs, but what I'm getting today in all dials just sucks!

I used to be a radio dj (announcer, if you're not sure of the term). I worked in radio for 10 years. Today I can't even listen to commercial radio, especially pop or "classic rock" radio without hearing the same songs over and over. It drives me crazy. If what I'm hearing on the radio is in my LP collection, I really don't care to hear it.

When I listen to music I listen to to streaming stations, both playing hard rock or heavy metal. One is and the other is Rock Radio 1 on

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Saw one of the topics pop up on the boards today that really grinds my gears, but because I try to be a nice guy and not offend folks, I'll keep this grievance to myself.

grumble..then play a different game..grumble grumble...

My Self wrote:
Digitalelf wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I. Hate. Bots.

Ebay bids for you incrementally when you place a bid amount that is higher than the current bidding price.

For example, if the current bid on an item is $2.00, and you place a $50.00 bid, Ebay sets your bid at only $2.00 (or a little bit more in some cases), as that is the current bid; when someone else places a bid after you, the price goes up a small fraction, and then ebay, acting as your proxy, places another bid for you (in the appropriate amount), and does this for you right up to the maximum bid you set (which for this example, was $50.00). If the other person bidding against you set his maximum bid at $25.00, there would be an automatic back and forth as ebay, acting as proxy for the both of you, placed small bids, until you, having bid a maximum of $50.00, come up as the highest bidder.

So in your situation, you were out-bid in both auctions by someone that was willing to pay more money for the item than you were by entering a higher maximum bid. Ebay was simply acting as their proxy.

The process may be automatic, but the maximum bids are set by real people.

If Ebay is everybody's proxy, that sort of process sounds like it could be made smarter by just having Ebay automatically make the lower bids go all-in (because Ebay knows it's the lower bid), then have the highest bid beat that by an increment. So you bid up to $50.00 on a $2.00 item, so Ebay would set your bid to $2.01. Once someone else offers a max of $25.00, it should automatically bid all $25.00 because it knows you have $50.00, then it should respond by putting up $25.01 for you. Saves a lot of steps that way. That's probably how it's actually done, given the way DungeonmasterCal described the situation. In that case, it's a human bidding against a bot, and while Ebay has perfect information on what everyone is initially willing to bid, the human keeps changing that information, so the bot has to keep changing.

I don't think it's the existence...

So, eBay is the bot, then. Gotcha.

Yes it is. And I don't like it... lol

I used to love raisins, but now I don't care for them much at all. UNLESS they're in oatmeal raisin cookies. Then as long as I have a glass of milk to go with them I can handle them.

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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.

Dire Elf wrote:
The player was very unhappy about this, not because he claimed his remarks were out-of-character, but because he thought if his Diplomacy and Sense Motive skills were high enough he should be able to sway the dragon to a friendly...

Sometimes the rule of Common Sense overrides the Rules as Written (or Intended). I'm totally on the GM's side with this.

That's awesome... LOL

I have like the simplest slow cooker recipe ever for pork chops or boneless chicken breasts. Put in the meat of your choice, sprinkle a package of ranch dressing mix over it, and then pour a can of cream of chicken soup over it. Let it cook on low for about 4 hours. Tasty AND easy!

That's a small thing to fix. Just because the books says what they look like doesn't mean you have to stick to it. I gave out a Headband of Vast Intellect to a player and described it as a simple silver circlet. As long as it gives the benefits it's designed for there's no reason to stick with the static descriptions in the books.

Kileanna wrote:

That's the magic of GMing. You have set that something has to happen but you get them to perceive it as something that came naturally or even because of something they did.

Or when you decide that they have to do something but you trick them into thinking it's all their own plan xD

Yes. I've been doing it for decades.. lol

Kileanna wrote:

Milk. Or eating anything that is rich in fat. The spicy things dissolve in fat so it helps. Not too much in my experience, but at least a bit.

I had to wash my eyes with milk once.

Wow...that's pretty severe!

captain yesterday wrote:

I make the best Buttermilk Chess Pie ever. :-)

It's basically a lemon curd pie.

I've never had chess pie. Always wanted to try it.

Kileanna wrote:
Chef Yesterday wrote:

You haven't felt pain until you zest and juice enough key limes for four pies. After a week of working in landscaping.

They were damn good pies though.

You haven't felt pain until you forget you have been touching cayennes and you wipe your tears (from cutting onions) with your hands!

Many years ago I worked in a pizza restaurant. My very first task was to slice onions. We had this wall mounted device where you placed the onions on a bed of sharp blades arranged in tiny squares, then pulled a lever that pushed the onion through, slicing the whole thing at once. First time I used it a stream of onion juice hit me squarely in the eye. I thought I was going to die.. lol

The French recipe sounds great. I'm not much of a fan of raisins, though. I've never had an empanada before, so I might love it.. lol

My favorite pies are key lime, lemon, pumpkin, and apple. I've never had the German version of apple pie. What makes it different from the American version?

How do you like making pies? I like pie more than cake, with a few exceptions.

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It's happening on my account, too.

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Oh my, those look good.

Yeah, if I have something planned for them to do/encounter/bash it's going to happen, no matter what they do. It may not be in the location or at the instant I want it to, but it's going to happen and they won't know that I moved it to the new location. They just think that's where it was going to take place.

I like trying new foods, too. I've only found a few things I just absolutely don't like.

Kileanna wrote:

I have the Turisas cover in my playlist.

I really like Turisas. The first song I ever heard by them was "Stand Up and Fight". When my depression is really heavy I listen to that song for inspiration to keep going.

I can see where that would be very frustrating. Invisibility has spoiled many a plot point for my games, but I'm usually able to free form things until I get what I them back on track.

Kileanna wrote:
I had an uncle who was a hunter. It is something infrequent here as you need a lot of licenses and tests to get a firearm. I tasted boar thanks to him.

I had boar in a fancy restaurant once. I liked it. I've also eaten ostrich, which wasn't bad. A friend of mine has some bear meat he'll bring me if I want. I'm still trying to decide if I want to try it. He also brings me venison when he has a good hunting year.

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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! :)

Be patient. She'll get there! Which advancement speed are you using?

Up until I was 15 I was a hunter, as are most people who live in the southern US, it seems. I hunted and ate rabbit, squirrel, quail, duck. All of them pretty good. But I decided at 15 that hunting was just too much effort and not enough return, so I quit. Not for ethical reasons, mind you. I was just too lazy.. lol

I always forget about that site. I have it bookmarked, but it rarely comes to mind. It's a shame, because it's a good site.

Sounds delightful. ;)

Kileanna wrote:
It's not wasted time. Probably not healthy either but as a person who has suffered from insomnia I'd rather do something productive than rolling in the bed for hours, unable to sleep.

My dogs must have sensed how tired I was. They let me sleep until 11 this morning before we went for our first walk of the day. I'm really glad they did.

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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".

I have a player who plays a bard. He's level 14 or 15 (I forget which at the moment) and Mythic Tier 5. But he insists on using his damned wand of Magic Missiles every fight though it's becoming increasingly useless as they fight more and more very powerful foes. He's very good at buffing the party but uses only 2 or 3 low level spells ever (Sound Burst, Flaming Sphere, and Searing Light). He's useless in a fight except for the buffs and he just doesn't get it. And he's been playing RPGs for 30 years.

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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.

This one is pretty much it, but once in a great while I'll check the Pathfinder Subreddit or ENWorld, but when the latter became mostly a 4e and 5e site I lost interest.

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

captain yesterday wrote:

In case you want a full body workout.

Walk two beagles.

They're constantly pulling at the end of their respective leashes, sniffing. And refuse to follow the same trail, except every fifty feet or so when they insist on criss crossing, preferably while also wrapping me around two sign posts and a tree tree.

I have a pitbull mix and a Plott hound mix. Both about 75 pounds. One always walks in front pulling (the Plott hound) and the pibble walks behind stopping without warning to sniff at things. And because he's behind me I never see him in time to get a second to prepare for the sudden stop. And they crisscross the leads, too. I know your pain.

*sits here munching on Cheez-its because he can't get anyone to give him a ride to the store to buy actual food.*

I had a Swamp Thing Number One when I was a kid. I didn't keep it, because I didn't collect comics. I bought them to read and trade with other kids.

I'd starve without my microwave.

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