I only have one more xmas present to buy.
Of course, none have arrived yet, but...almost there!
Then I start making holiday treats. Current plans include:
Home made hard candy
Lemon Meringue is the bomb.
No, cheesecake must be made in a springform pan!
It's official. The royal family of FAWTL demands pumpkin pie. Since I have to brave the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving anyway, I will also procure some whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.
Celestial Healer wrote:
This afternoon I have to make apple-cranberry stuffing and glazed butternut squash to reheat tomorrow as my contributions.
I started the turkey brining last night. I will turn it over tonight.
I also need to peel 5 lbs of potatos, 2 lbs of carrots, and I'm debating whether I do the apple crisp tonight or tomorrow morning. I think tonight is wiser, which means I also have to peel 3 lbs of apples.
that leave the baking of the turkey and making of gravy for tomorrow. I suppose you can include cooking and mashing the potatoes and cooking the carrots for tomorrow too, but those don't take too much.
I hope LPM knows how to carve a turkey. I just hack at the thing with a knife until I get the meat I want and call it good. @_@
Crim J: Yup! He wanted to get some gaming in with the babies, and we thought this was the best way to balance everything he's go going on.
Looks like we've got four players in our second WotR game. I've room for up to 2 more, if anyone's interested. Probbaly start this weekend. :)
there's sure to be tons more, but...it's a start.
John Ringo is now officially a favorite author. First a Libertarian manifesto / space alien invasion apocalypse involving maple syrup and asteroid balloons, now a zombie apocalypse sea pirate adventure, where the pirate commodore's main enforcer is his 13 year old daughter. IMprobable, ridiculous, and fun!!!! Whee!
shh! Can't you see I'm reading?!?
My grandpa getting calls trying to sell him new siding for his house. He would say he wasn't interested and they would ask him what he had on his house currently.
Finally he got sick of it.
"What kind of siding do you have now, sir?"
"...er, excuse me?"
"Fur. Great with the snow. Warm, quite insulating. It kinda smells funny when it rains, though."
"*#&$@*&%" * click *
My grandpa considers that a win.
I always focus on letting a new player create the character they want to play. You want to hook them on the game, so let them play their favorite character type. I would steer a player from there toward something that was easier to play, but first and foremost I want to excite the player's imagination.
It's because rainbow skittles come out of your a$*, duh.
Pig #1 wrote:
I personally am far less annoyed with Seoni's outfit than I am with any character wearing boobplate. Seoni is a sorceress whose class features do encourage drawing her with a lack of armor. Though she is a "Ms. Fanservice" character, it doesn't come off as mind-numbingly stupid as putting a fighter in boobplate.
One note on Seoni - she needs better support for the girls, there. I mean, everyday walking is going to get pretty uncomfortable with her just hanging there, and she's not doing herself any favors for her future - they will begin sag without some support. It's the one thing I just can't avoid thinking everytime I see a drawing of Seoni's outfit. Even prestidigitation isn't an explanation - those things definitely weigh more than a pound total!
Well, here it is. Sorry it took so long! Let's get character creation going.
I know there was interest from Freehold, Crimson Jester, possibly DSX. I also have another friend coming to the website to try out play by post to get his gaming fix in. Twins is tough on your gaming schedule!
Did I miss anything?
Yeah, no, the health "insurance" we have isn't catastrophic. It's like buying car insurance that will fill up your tank, change your oil, replace your windshield wipers, and pay you the value of the car in the case of a total loss. Also, every time you change jobs, you have to get your insurance through your employer to get a reasonable rate, or pay through the nose for a private plan you can take with you.
Health care insurance, before and after Obamacare, is the problem. Insurance in other economic sectors isn't for basic maintenance, it's for big things 98% (all numbers are totally made up) of people can't really save for.
If car insurance worked the way health insurance did, the people with expensive gas guzzlers and expensive foreign made parts would love it. It would save them tons of money - subsidized by everyone else. The responsible car owners start to go "Why the hell am I trying? I'm still paying for that jerk's 10 mi/gallon gasoline bill. Hell, I'll get one of those next!" Pretty soon everyone getting inefficient cars, because the cost is hidden behind the insurance bill. Everyone starts charging more for gas - because as far as the customer at the point of sale is concerned, it's free!
the problem isn't the profit motive - the problem is a hybrid system where part of the system uses the profit motive (hospitals have to pay doctors. Pharmaceutical companies want to show a profit. doctors have to be paid enough to pay off their schooling debt.), and part of the system doesn't (customer doesn't shop for health care with an eye to efficiency / cost / benefit analysis, because they don't see the effect of bad decisions).
If everyone owned their own health insurance policy for life, rather than having it tied to a job, it would probably help too. Your rates stay lower over your lifetime if you grab insurance young, because you're paying over your life. Grabbing it late in life, when you think you are more likely to need it, makes it more expensive then. It would free a lot of workers and give them more power in the employment marketplace too.
If insurance was personally owned rather than tied to employment, and covered catastrophic care instead of basic maintenance, consumers of health care would be more efficient in the health care they purchased. This would force prices down as some companies try to attract price conscious consumers with slightly lower prices, and the injection of actual cost / benefit analysis into the point of sale health care industry would force some sanity throughout pricing in the system.
We would still have the problem of those with pre-existing conditions that may not rise to the level of "catastrophic care" - but getting the entire health care system's pricing back into whack with economic reality can only help prices come down there. Maybe that's where gov't assistance should step in.
I don't know. All I know is Obamacare is not an improvement in health care. It's looking like it's not even an improvement in health care access. It's mandated insurance purchase - on the individual level only, at this point, as company enforcement has been delayed. I think it will exacerbate the problems in the system, rather than improve them.
Freehold DM wrote:
Yes! A way out! It didn't happen!
Tordek Rumnaheim wrote:
We missed you, TR. Had nearly the entire Houston contingent of FAWTL on hand! :D
Bitter Thorn wrote:
That is hard, Bitterthorn. You and your family are in my prayers.
The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
I think it will be a really cool experiment! Will I get better as I run alternate versions? Will I get confused? Go insane? Burn out?
The possibilities are limitless!
You trust the GM to give you advice on your build?
::rubs hands together::
My goal is to run four concurrent games of it.
Interested in playing? :D
Singing along to songs at the top of your lungs is what ipods in cars are for. You're doing it right.