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This happened to me at a radio station I once worked at. I worked the over night shift and was reading Lovecraft for the first time and a storm knocked out the power. Every creak and bump and moaning of the wind kept me very, very alert.
I enjoy the silence and darkness. I'm something of a nyctophiliac and love the night and darkness, so it's actually quite relaxing for me. I have LED flashlights at different places in my house, so I just use the cellphone to find and keep one of those handy so that I don't use up cellphone battery lighting the area if necessary.
I suffer from major social anxiety, bipolar depression type 2, and treatment resistant clinical depression. All of this started only a few years ago, and it's made me unable to hold a job (so I draw a gubment check) and do Pathfinder stuff all the time.
I'm ok around my friends (most of the time) but can no longer go to cons or large gatherings. I can manage a concert if I'm so tranked up on Xanax it would stop a rhino, and even going to the movies is hard (usually a lesser dose of Xanax). It helps that at a concert or a movie there is some singular thing to concentrate on, like the band or the movie. But something like a con, with so many people moving about and bumping into me, would send me into either a panic or a rage. There's a small con near my home town in a couple of weeks and I was asked to run a game there, but had to decline. I felt bad turning my friend down but it would really be for the best.
My group usually plays it pretty sharp, but the last session they just turned off the light bulb. They were fighting a group of Blast Shadows, which explode for 5d6 points of fire damage upon being slain. After the second one exploded, that left 3 more and instead of retreating they just kept fighting them. No one died, but they were brought down so low in hitpoints that Cleric couldn't bring them back up to a decent amount so they had to leave the lich's lair, rest up a day, then come back.
(That show was WAY smarter than it appeared to be at first glance!)
That's for sure. I recently received the series on DVD as a gift and after watching it again there is some real science going on in some of the episodes. Many of the episodes were well written, and head and shoulders above the other Sid and Marty Krofft kids' shows.
Too bad more GMs don't get that.
When I finish this current campaign, I'm really thinking about a classic "European" style campaign world. But even now I don't allow anthropomorphic animal races, so I'm already partially there. Of course, it'll be at least another year before this current campaign ends, so I have time to think about it.
There was one several years ago nearby where the guy who owned was just a rude bastard. I went in more than once and had to wait for him to stop farting around on AOL chat before he'd pay me or any of the other customers any attention. When "The Book of Vile Darkness" came out I went in to buy 2 copies (one for me and a friend). He didn't even look up from his chat and told me the boxes had just arrived and I could open them myself and look for the books on my own. I left and never went back.
Sounds like so many of my games!
Molten Dragon wrote:
Ack, that's terrible Cal. I feel your pain. I have a ton of stuff on my DVR. That would suck to lose. Anything AT&T can do to help?
No, there's nothing they can do. I even called them this morning, spoke with a guy who had a barely legible Eastern European accent, and the end result is they're sending me a new set top box. But Sundakan has a good idea. Hulu Plus free trial, here I come!
I enjoy the story telling and world building. I do homebrew campaigns only, and along with the help of my players we build wonderful, imaginative worlds.
I don't always care for the game prep, as I've been the GM/DM for 95% of the time for 30 years now, but it turns out to be worth it if my players have a good time and look forward to the next session. Sure, I'd love to be a player much more often, but as long as we keep having fun I'll keep doing what I'm doing.
My DVR went belly up last night and when I got it working again this morning I'd discovered I'd lost over 30 hours of recordings. "Arrow", "Agents of SHIELD", "Legends of Tomorrow", "Jurassic World" and other movies...all gone. I am NOT happy with AT&T Uverse and their diabolic devices at the moment.