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What We Do in the Shadows: A delightfully awkward and oddly adorable mockumentary about a group of vampire flatmates in Wellington, NZ, with a bunch of the people from Flight of the Conchords and Eagle vs. Shark. As special bonuses, it explains all the weird medieval art of animals with human faces, and includes a coming-out-as-a-vampire scene between two people who're terrible at having feelings in public!
The answer depends on whether the characters are still in combat. If they're in combat, where you're tracking turns carefully, then.. maybe. (See page 54 of the Hero's Handbook for actions in combat.)
Quickly ransacking of a body is a standard action (not specified in the Beginner Box rules, but the devs reckon that's what it works out to), and picking up an item is a move action, so doing both would use up a character's entire turn—you couldn't do both during the same round you killed the creature. However, picking up the weapon that falls from your dead foe's hand is only a move action, so your character could strike a creature dead with its standard action and then grab the creature's weapon as its move action.
Unlocking a chest requires a full-round action (Hero's Handbook 36), so unlocking and looting a chest in the same turn is out. (Characters probably shouldn't be unlocking chests in combat for this reason—it's dangerously slow!) Opening an unlocked chest is a move action, though, so you could still grab an item from inside during the same turn.
BUT! If the characters are NOT in combat, you don't have to be tracking turns, and the players can just work out who takes what through roleplaying and negotiation. Normally they should wait to loot until after combat, since it's much safer.
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Have you seen Legend of the Tsunami Warrior (also known as Queens of Langkasuka)? It's a Thai pirate film set in 1580s Malaysia, and features an international pirate coalition, colonialism, and heroes and villains with quasi-druidic (in the Pathfinder sense) powers. Recommended! (Esp. if you're playing through Skull & Shackles...)
For women that do play tabletop games without the encouragement of their significant other, what got them to the table?
Back in jr high, when I found out that friends played, I asked to join their game. (My dad had a lot of D&D books, though, so even though I'd never played before I had basic knowledge of RPGs.) I got hooked, and when each group eventually dissolved, I kept seeking out more. Since then I've had wonderful experiences gaming with strangers who treated me like any other gamer, but I've also had enough bad experiences with people who talked over me/talked down to me/decided we were dating because I'd made small talk with them/tried to flirt with my through sexual violence against my character/etc. that I strongly prefer to play with people I know.
When recruiting players, I've generally invited friends who I know enjoy board games to try one-offs like We Be Goblins!; a couple who I thought were long shots have loved it, and some who were initially excited tried and decided they weren't—often because they're used to computer games, and find the slower speed of play frustrating.
It may also help to bring in more than one new player start at a time—being the one newcomer in a group that's been playing together for years can be pretty awkward, even as an experienced gamer.
So an idea. What if there was an Amazon River/Rainforest type thing, only the rainforest was a singular living organism? Something that was geniunely alive. Or even better, a genus loci that covers a massive part of the continent?
I'm late to the forest-as-entity party, but you might also want to take a look at Le Guin's "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow."
Caught an excellent film Saturday called In the Turn about an international cross-team queer roller derby organization. Local roller derby players were handing out tissues beforehand—wish I'd grabbed a few! The movie's showing at festivals for now while they try to arrange distro (they only finished editing on Oct. 5), so hopefully it'll see theaters soon, keep an eye out for it!
Appropriate Behaviour - USA, Comedy (suspect comedy drama, but the site just says comedy)
Just saw this, and enjoyed it a lot! There's some drama, but it's kept pretty light by how tactless and awkward the main character is. It's not exactly the same characters as in the director's web series The Slope, but some are similar, so it'll give you a decent sense of things.
Saw Pride and enjoyed the heck out of it. Premise: during the 1984–1985 coal miner strike in Wales , LGBT activists in London realized they were being harassed less by the police—then made the jump in logic that someone else must be the new target, and decided to help the targeted community with both donations and resistance techniques. Spoiler: solidarity and being an ally can be hard work, but are super valuable.
(Also, historical films set in the mid-1980s = me feeling old.)
So glad you like them! They're now up on Ravelry as well. ^_^
Yay bad ideas to feed robots! 010001000101001001001111010100000010000001010100010000010100001001001100010 001010010000001110000011000010111010001101000011001100110100101101110011001 00011001010111001001110011
As a side note, in several countries, authors get royalties whenever their books are checked out of libraries (not sure how this plays out with e-book lending; everything I read suggests it's complicated and something authors need to look for in their contracts). Sadly, this isn't the case in the US—there's just a one-shot royalty payment when the book is acquired.
Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:
SIFF just emailed me about this—it's showing in Seattle on October 2nd at the Harvard Exit theater!
Finished The Death of King Arthur; or, Knights of the Round Table Make Terrible Decisions Despite Copious Good Advice, Including from Angels, and Then Die Full of Regrets. It was pleasant to trade the extreme gore of The Song of Roland for laments about love and the cruelty of fate, but in the interest of trimming down my meat books, off to the library book sale it goes. Now on to The Ecclesiastical History of the English People!
Only move it to a Tibetan/Himalayan locale and incorporate legends like tunnels underneath Tibetan monasteries that link them below ground.
We've said that there are tunnels through the Darklands that emerge in Jinin.
That's how the elves got to Tian Xia, after Earthfall.
Jinin is right next to Zi Ha, so it seems plausible to assume passages extend under Zi Ha, too; monasteries could well cap their exits to protect the surface world.
This plug could go in the board games forum, but this game seems relevant to a lot of our interests, so I wanted to post about it here: Slash: Romance without Boundaries—a card game of creating One True Pairings for people and characters from many fandoms. Pair Elizabeth Bathory and Margaret Thatcher! Edward Cullen and all the Golden Girls! Tetris line block and the 2001 obelisk! So much glee!
Skaldi the Tallest wrote:
Also, knitting at the table is fine. My girlfriend does it regularly. She's even done it while GMing and performed perfectly up to snuff.
Whoa. Whoa. As lots of others have mentioned, knitting as a player is generally unproblematic given a simple enough pattern (esp. in big groups where there's lots of waiting), but knitting while GMing?! Impressive! Ok, new goal to work toward...
Limey, are you familiar with the work of Benjamin Bagby? He just released a recording of the Edda that's an attempt to recreate the original performance style. I've been listening to it while I edit to keep my cube extra heroic.
In other news, just finished The Glass Sentence (the world's timeline breaks, sending different eras into different time periods, some of them magical). It's a fun read, but I really need to go back through the end when life is less frantic to make sure it holds together. But for now, on to The Death of King Arthur!
Finished Heidi! So much clash of classes, Comrade Anklebiter!
The Sesemans casually throw around their money, and when Peter (impoverished Swiss lad used to living with hunger) bravely asks for a whole DIME as a reward, they laugh at his narrow dreams, throw him a handful of change, and promise him a dime each week for LIFE! He's overwhelmed; his (also impoverished) mom is terrified at where the money is coming from until Heidi explains it's legit.
Also, Heidi gets yelled at for duzening the servants—using informal language with them as though they were friends.
Now, on to Nnendi Okorafor-Mbachu's The Shadow Speaker!
I've apparently gotten into a string of novels about hungry children—followed up Hearts of Horses with Burial Rites (aftermath of a murder in 1820s impoverished northern Iceland) and Heidi (didn't register the extent of the poverty afflicting Peter's family when I read it as a kid—his grandmother was slowly starving because her teeth were no longer up to the hard brown bread that was all they could afford). All Men Kill, 1930s sci fi from Project Gutenberg... mostly counts, too, except that was due to vampirism, not poverty. <_<
Just finished Molly Gloss's The Hearts of Horses, the story of a young woman broncobuster in the Elwha valley (local!). I mostly enjoyed it, except that the author seemed a little too anxious to establish the main character's heterosexuality. Also, trigger warning for
abuse of animals, allusions to child abuse, and untreated cancer (set during WW1, not much they could do then but a punch in the gut nonetheless).
On to A Princess of Mars! (Thanks, Project Gutenburg!)
Magically avoided spoilers on Argentina vs. Netherlands and watched the game last night. Exhausting and stressful! Vamos Argentina! (This is also a bit of a sanity-saver for me, since Wesley Schneider going up against Qadira doesn't sound like a relaxing post-PaizoCon weekend.)
Any word whether Silva will be back for the third-place game tomorrow? I'd love to see Brazil win back some pride there.
Not even having a horse in that race, it was heartbreaking to watch. I didn't expect Brazil to win with Neymar and Silva out, but would never have predicted that disaster.
Dear Argentina: Please take that to heart! However it goes, make us proud!
Begins carefully avoiding all social media until tonight, and bribes Stephen to stop cruelly spoilering us. :S
Those were so cool! She showed us how she makes them at Crafting Circle—she folds the paper up like an accordion, sketches something on the first panel, cuts out the white space, unfolds it, and then fills in the rest of the panels, all different and usually using the cut-out spaces as part of the design (teapot in one panel, breastplate in another, partly furled banner in another.
Drop in on a seminar if you have unexpected free time—they usually have space, and they're full of unexpected info.
Carry hand sanitizer, use it often, and share it freely!
Stay hydrated, and you won't feel as tired.
Walkable food options are limited, so the hotel restaurant can get pretty backed up. But! The hotel front desk has a sheaf of delivery menus.
I almost forgot Puzzle Break! If you're a fan of puzzle hunts like DASH, you should really try this—you're locked into a room with 1 hr to figure out the clues that will let you escape. It goes better with a bigger group (the success rate with a full team is 20%), but I think they sometimes combine smaller groups to get up to critical mass, so you can try for that option.
Other misc. geekery in Seattle:
Museum of Flight: I'm not a plane geek, but the WWI wing won me over—pilot weapons (e.g., pistol, grappling hook, HALF-BRICK!), writing samples from pilots with varying degrees of oxygen deprivation, and horrifyingly fragile fabric-and-wood planes. And now they have a trainer shuttle! I hear the flight simulator is rad, but haven't tried it.
pres man wrote:
My suggestion, watch it on the Spanish channel. The English speaking channels are so dry and boring. Even if you have no idea what they are saying, you can still feel the excitement. Listening to people talk about a game they are not really excited about is bound to make the game unexciting.
We've been alternating between Univision for live games and ESPN for replays. Univision is defs more exciting; it's radio-style broadcast where you don't need to be looking to feel the excitement. The ESPN coverage has been fun too, though—the announcers know their stuff and are super scathing when players are phoning it in or taking dives.
Taking a break from The Decameron to read The Song of Roland. I picked Dorothy L. Sayers's translation because I'm a fangirl; while the intro was helpful (and credited numerous female scholars!), I wish the translation were prose. Sayers' dedication to recreating the original meter and rhyme scheme is admirable but distracting.
One more, after yesterday's Beginner Box-related aquatheosis...