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It's odd you should say that. A friend of mine asked the same question yesterday, and he doesn't game anymore.

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Thanks to all who've expressed concern about my buddy Jerry.

He began having a lot of trouble breathing and checked himself into the hospital. Then his kidneys began to fail. The other day they drained nearly six liters of fluid from his lungs and from around his heart.

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Found out Saturday a long time friend and sometimes gamer in my group admitted himself to the doctor a week ago with pneumonia, COPD, and failing kidneys. He's on a breathing tube and is constantly under sedation. They plan to do a tracheotomy on him today to remove the tube. His cousin contacted me and asked me to pass along the news to the rest of our group. He's in pretty bad shape and the doctor is not really optimistic about things. He did say that if he lives his life will probably not be a good one. So all positive energy and prayers for Jerry are appreciated.

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I live on a tiny fixed disability income, and a friend came to visit bringing me a couple hundred dollars worth of groceries over the weekend. I was really moved by that.

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*hugs his dogs*

I've not been able to work since 2007, but I still look forward to weekends and dread Mondays. Years of working and college are totally ingrained into my behavior so I still react the same way where those things are concerned.

I also recommend the cranberry juice option. It's worked for everyone I know to help get rid of UTIs.

Firstly, the Call of Cthulhu game I'm playing in.

Secondly, I got a Cthulhu Yahtzee game as a gift from a friend the other day. The Dread One is the cup you roll the dice from.

lynora wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
My air conditioner has been acting wonky, so sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's cool, and sometimes it never shuts off. My next power bill is going to be redonkulous.

Yeah, we had a similar problem with the AC unit in the master bedroom. It had three settings at the end: won't turn on no matter what, on but blowing hot air into the room and won't turn off, and arctic blast. These would alternate at random regardless of how we set the controls. Thankfully the apartment complex replaced the unit for us.

Edit: have you cleaned the filter recently? Sometimes AC units can get wonky when the filter is clogged. Sometimes you just need a new one. But it's usually at least worth trying the filter first

I recently replaced the filter, though as soon as I can get to the hardware store I'll get a new one just in case that's part of the problem.

G'night, John.

My air conditioner has been acting wonky, so sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's cool, and sometimes it never shuts off. My next power bill is going to be redonkulous.

CrystalSeas wrote:
Kjeldorn wrote:

*Waves from behind his shower curtain*
So glad *someone* in this thread is taking showers!

I'll have you know I took one this morning. Under duress, but I took one.

Jim Steinman wrote the soundtrack to my teen age years... lol

SmiloDan wrote:
samerandomhero wrote:

cat mummies!!!!

What are you trying to do? Kill commoners? ;-)

Someone's gotta do it. Might as well use cat mummies.

I have no songs that I could rate as guilty pleasures. I have no regrets about anything I listen to.

Ok, there's one: Bay City Rollers - I Only Wanna Be With You

Bilbo Bang-Bang wrote:
Anything on Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell album.

That album's a masterpiece!

I think as kids we're all roleplayers. It's when we become older we're told to grow up and stop the pretending by the societies we live in. Fortunately, there are those of us who don't listen.

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.....I found dozens of notebooks with adventure ideas and notes going back over 20 years. I'm not a hoarder (really) but I never threw these notebooks away. So now I have games I can fall back on that either may have already been played or have lain in secret for 2 decades awaiting the light of day.

I also noticed that over the last 20 years my handwriting has degenerated terribly. I never had good penmanship, but boy oh boy has it gotten worse. It's gone from completely cursive to a weird mix of both, with printing becoming more and more prevalent as time has passed.

Anyway, thought I'd share the story of how I found some long lost treasures. Anyone else ever find old games they ran or wrote and never had the chance to?

Ed Reppert wrote:
My favorite cereal was Grape Nuts. With milk and a liberal sprinkling of sugar. Been at least twenty years since I had any, and I'm not inclined to go looking now. I stay out of the cereal aisle. :-)

I remember seeing this as a commercial in the 80s -- take a bowl of Grape Nuts, pour milk and some sugar on them, then add a bit of butter then microwave them. After the butter melts stir it all up. It's delicious and really filling on a cold day.

Celestial Healer wrote:
I can remember running an experiment in grade school where we let a bowl of Total get really soggy in milk and then stirred a strong magnet through it. It actually pulled a clump if iron out of the cereal. Cool stuff.

THAT is cool.

I have never found a cereal that I don't like. This includes both the kid stuff and the grownup good for you stuff.

Oh, that's good stuff right there.

There's also the Dread Mummy Template you can add to an existing creature, such as a magic using humanoid:

Dread Mummy Template

This might be higher than you're comfortable with considering you're working with an APL of 5 as far as PCs are concerned, but here's a drake that does something like Lady-J suggested:

Sand Drake

There's always the cursed item the Scarab of Death:

Scarab of Death

Aura strong abjuration; CL 19th

Slot neck; Weight —

If this small scarab brooch is held for more than 1 round or carried in a living creature’s possessions for 1 minute, it changes into a horrible burrowing beetle-like creature. The thing tears through any leather or cloth, burrows into flesh, and reaches the victim’s heart in 1 round, causing death. A DC 25 Reflex save allows the wearer to tear the scarab away before it burrows out of sight, but he still takes 3d6 points of damage. The beetle then returns to its scarab form. Placing the scarab in a container of wood, ceramic, bone, ivory, or metal prevents it from coming to life and allows for long-term storage of the item.

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No one in my family could be around for Father's Day due to jobs, so I was just given some cash and told to order whatever I wanted for dinner as a consolation prize.. lol. I ordered pizza, which I finished off today.

Oh, I DID get a cool set of dice for a gift. That's the same day the rain burst through the ceiling of my back porch/storage area, so Father's Day was anything but dull... lol

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John Napier 698 wrote:

Hi, everyone. Sorry I couldn't post on Monday, but my hotspot ran out of time, and I couldn't buy more until today. Monday night, I was released from the Hospital. All in all, it was a pleasant experience, save for one incident. Some blood work needed done, and the nurses assigned to get them couldn't find the proper vein. So, they went digging for it.

The pain was excruciating. I was nearly in tears. It was the closest thing to actual torture that I ever experienced. But, I'm home now. The head Neurosurgeon has decided that I'm not currently fit to resume my duties. Having a Security Guard with near-constant double-vision is an OSHA incident waiting to happen.

I once yelled at a nurse who was digging for a vein in my arm for a pre-op procedure that she should just slit my wrist, pour the blood in a cup, and then sew it back it up. She couldn't be hurting me anymore than she was at the time.

She got mad and left. The actual director of nursing was standing nearby, came over, found the vein in less than 5 seconds, and then went and yelled A LOT at the other nurse.

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I'm truly sorry you're having to go through all this. I believe I speak for most of us that if you need an ear or a shoulder all you have to do is just send up a flair.

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While going through some of the boxes that were damaged in the flooding of my storage room Sunday I found a set of dice that had never been opened. I have no recollection of buying them (the stuff had been in storage for years) but yay! New dice! Coupled with the set I got for Father's Day I'm ready to tackle the next things my PCs throw at me!

How did the interview go, Patrick? I'm dyin' here!

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It truly was a grand sight to behold; the delicate wing back chairs and the mighty La-Z-Boy recliners in their untold numbers.

Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad I was able to help you out! You'll find a lot of pretty helpful people here on the boards. And welcome to the forums!

No, it applies. I had already planned to toss some similar things into the mix. But it's going to be a few more days before we roleplay it out; she got pretty banged up in the canoeing accident yesterday and is feeling pretty miserable.

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You just make the adjustments described in the template. Here's a link to the Dire template. It's very easy to do. As for how they interact with animal companions, I can't say. And whether or not they're allowed or not depends on your GM or if you're playing Pathfinder Society. I'm the GM in my games and we don't play PFS, so I allow them with no problem.

Dire Template


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I awoke to my enclosed back porch (which is also a storage area for my house) flooded because the roofers the landlord hired stopped work Friday and didn't come back yesterday. I don't think I've lost anything of value, but the entire carpet had to be torn out and thrown away immediately. That involved moving everything I had out there into the kitchen. Now I can barely open my fridge door and my dryer has been moved to a spot where there is no standing water which means I can't do any laundry until all the standing water is gone. It's still raining so there's not much point in using the shop vacuum as it just continues to drip and pour onto the floor. My landlord is a great guy and he's really going to rip into those roofers for not working yesterday when the weather was perfect for it.

So that's my Father's Day surprise... LOL. Though my son did bring me some new dice and a funny card.

Heh, when I find out I'll try to remember and post what her plans are.

It's never been really clear to me why she wants to monopolize the stoneworks in the region. Normally she's the best roleplayer I have and we do solo things to keep her part of the campaign fresh, but she's been pretty hushed about her intentions. We were supposed to get together via Skype tonight about this very thing but she had a pretty bad accident while canoeing today and is too banged up to feel like playing. I guess when we get down to the actual game she'll reveal why she wants to.

Well, you certainly wasn't today! :)

There's some really good advice here. Thanks, everyone! I now have some figures I can work with. I looked at the rules in Ultimate Campaign and my head nearly spun off my neck. I couldn't make heads or tails of them. You guys have really helped. Now I can pass this along to my player. I'm not even clear why she wants to monopolize the quarries; she's never really given me a clear reason.

I'll have to go the PRD and dig around in it, then! Thanks!

Ah, ok. Thanks very much!

Well, that does help a bit. It's more than I had to go on, for sure. Just have one question; what's BP? I never play any of the official APs so a lot of what goes on in them is completely foreign to me.

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Over time, players accumulate wealth. One of mine has quite a pile of loot (not sure exactly how much. I'd have to look at her character sheet again but I can't find my copy of it).

At any rate, she wants to buy the three different major stone quarries in the region, a slate quarry, a marble quarry, and a limestone quarry. How on earth do I go about pricing such things? All suggestions are welcome.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:

But how do cats play RPGs?

I can't see them having enough focus, attention, or energy to be able to sit at a table for four-five hours?

But they'll lay in the middle of the gaming table swatting rolling dice for that long.

I've always been more of a cat person than a dog person, but I have two pooches I rescued and they are the loves of my life. I wish I could have a cat so bad, though. But one of the dogs really doesn't like cats and I don't want it to be hurt. But if I outlive my dogs I'll not replace them with more dogs but with a cat or two.

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I can only listen to two versions of "Phantom of the Opera" -- Iron Maiden's song from their first LP and the version of the main title song by Nightwish. Beyond that I'm like you. I got so burned out listening to the Weber's version.

Don't get me wrong, the guy has talent. He's a great songwriter and his music can be quite poignant. But night after night.... oy vey.

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Ugh... good luck, bud. I'm thinking about ya, for whatever that's worth.

I see. Well, do what you can. There's no point in suffering if you can get help for it, which I hope you're able to do! Take care of yourself. You are the only you you have!

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Bats are Chiroptera and Rodents are Rodentia and ne'er the twain shall meet.

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