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Chris Carey (in regretful tones): You can't save everyone from bad grammar.

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mechaPoet wrote:
Rather than using it because of specific events in a scenario, though, the things I'd like to X are the gross comments from my fellow players.

Is this something you feel comfortable talking with the organizer/your local VO about? :-(

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Just got back from Gen Con—it was awesome to see so many folks wearing "gaymer" or "ally" ribbons on their convention badges. Thanks for helping us LGBT and allied gamers increase our visibility and build a sense of community, Tabletop Gaymers!

[Edit: Fixed the link.]

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The amendment was defeated, unfortunately.

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Hitdice wrote:
Have you read the Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel? The plot synopsis you linked sounds . . . relevant, I guess is the best way to describe it.

I had not—hold now placed!

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A Pig of Cold Poison—lots of exciting archaic/dialectal terminology and horrifying early "medicine"!

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Usual Suspect wrote:
Who is going to make it to Gen Con this year? I look forward to actually meeting some of my fellow LGBTQA Pathfinders. I will be GMing most of the weekend (I volunteered for Tier one just to experience it once in my life).

I'll be there as part of the Paizo contingent—stop by the booth or Paizo's Diversity in Gaming panel and say hi!

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Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:

The 2015 World Cup—the most out yet—came to a close last night. The US team won, but both teams played very well and it was a lovely game to watch. And the pause just before the trophies were given out was also wonderful, especially, amid all the celebrations on the field, star player* Abby Wambach's sweet moment with her wife! (FEELINGS!!)

* She has more international goals than any other soccer player ever!!!

Which picture is that?

That's the video at the top of the article. ^_^

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The 8th Dwarf wrote:
heist movies

Inside Man

Nine Queens

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Note too that the city of Indianapolis is on the same page as Gen Con—the mayor has issued an executive order affirming that businesses that receive city funds must serve LGBT customers and calling on the state to re-add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in Indiana, and the city has had workplace protections for LGBT employees for a while.

And let's us attendees do our best to be welcoming and treat everyone with respect. ^_^

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The 2015 World Cup—the most out yet—came to a close last night. The US team won, but both teams played very well and it was a lovely game to watch. And the pause just before the trophies were given out was also wonderful, especially, amid all the celebrations on the field, star player* Abby Wambach's sweet moment with her wife! (FEELINGS!!)

* She has more international goals than any other soccer player ever!!!

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We'll be very sorry to see you go, Mike—you've done amazing work building up Pathfinder Society! Good luck in your future ventures, and all good wishes for you and your family!

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We woke up this morning even more married than we were last night. (Which seems like a good way for a marriage to go, on the whole!)

There might have been shouts of ¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOL! :P

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thejeff wrote:
Therefore, a couple with a bi member is more likely to be interested than a straight couple. Doesn't mean they are, but the lack of desire to do sex stuff with someone of the same sex isn't the factor it would be with a straight couple.

I'd maybe rephrase that as threesomes being less complicated to satisfactorily negotiate for interested couples that include one or more bi/pansexual folks than for straight couples.

Anyway, I hear your frustration, Ruik! It's creepy and gross when other people try to declare what you "really" want.

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Readerbreeder wrote:
verbosity...

Cold Comfort Farm parodies the style of Hardy et al. gloriously—the author, Stella Gibbons, even asterisks the sections she considers most "literary" to call attention to them.

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This example didn't even rate:

"Amos looked at her, as though seeing her for the first, or perhaps the second, time. His huge body, rude as a wind-tortured thorn, was printed darkly against the thin mild flame of the declining winter sun that throbbed like a sallow lemon on the westering lip of Mockuncle Hill, and sent its pale, sharp rays into the kitchen through the open door. The brittle air, on which the fans of trees were etched like aging skeletons, seemed thronged by the bright, invisible ghosts of a million dead summers. The cold beat in glassy waves against the eyelids of anybody who happened to be out in it. High up, a few chalky clouds doubtfully wavered in the pale sky that curved against the rim of the Downs like a vast inverted pot-de-chambre. Huddled in the hollow like an exhausted brute, the frosted roofs of Howling, crisp and purple as broccoli leaves, were like beasts about to spring."


But fear not! She readily drops out of such overblown prose to move the plot and dialogue along, using the contrast in styles to play up the absurdity of various situations. (In the movie, they made the main character an aspiring author, and preserved some of these excerpts as voiceovers of her writing.)

In other news, sailed through White As Snow, now working on When Women Were Warriors.

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Judy Bauer wrote:
Just started What We Left Behind. Not bad so far, but I think I've been spoiled by Mira Grant.

Final verdict: Not as good as Mira Grant, better than the terrible Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (see spoiler). There are some clumsy moments that I suspect a content editor might have nipped in the bud, but overall enjoyable and surprised me at times.

But now, oh yes! I have As White As Snow from the library! Read the first 84 pages on the bus ride in this morning. Must work on book-rationing. <_<

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a friend is turned by zombie squirrel because author didn't understand that outside of Seattle windows have screens, yet zombie wildlife is never an issue in all their subsequent roadtrip/camping; people blog about the zombie apocalypse but inexplicably don't try to organize online, just post comments; token lesbian PoC sidekick inexplicably doesn't know what a blog is 2008; all religious people are violent cultists; author believes the life of someone unskilled and self-centered would be way more important for the survivor cause than a surgeon...

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Lilith wrote:
What I think about when I hear the words "gay agenda..."

*checks list* Laundry, sweep deck, weeding, cook food for the week...

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Judy Bauer wrote:
At the same time, women's soccer faces many challenges, and Fifa remains a super problematic organization.

1. Whoops, the swearing filter broke the link on "many"—the article I linked to was "At the World Cup, FIFA's Sexism is in the Spotlight," but a search on "sexism FIFA" is also plenty productive.

2. Sundhage's on the list!

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There are 17 publicly out* players competing at this year's World Cup!
* And probably more who are out in their lives but hadn't announced that to the media. (Abby Wambach, for example, made such an announcement only recently, reportedly because it didn't occurred to her that her queer identity wasn't totally obvious.)

At the same time, women's soccer faces many challenges, and Fifa remains a super problematic organization.

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Just started What We Left Behind. Not bad so far, but I think I've been spoiled by Mira Grant. Improbable narrative dumps and heavy-handed foreshadowing; the transmission vectors aren't yet clear, but maybe that'll be explained later. We shall see.

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Blew through As Red As Blood—Finnish YA crime fiction with fairy tale allusions. Loved the moment where the anti-feelings heroine is forced to accept a grateful hug and is horrified that her life might become a nightmare pit of friendly hugs from then on. My only aviso is that it includes constant references to how cold it is—have extra blankets handy if that sort of thing bothers you.

Now I'm reading Skim while I wait for my hold on As White As Snow to come through.

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This was answered much earlier in another thread, but by all means, stop on by regardless of materials, crafty people! We'd love to see a finished sample of your projects—or photos, if your luggage is full of game books or your craft is space-intensive, like building art cars or cozying whole rooms.

At the same time, for those with more room in their luggage/car trunks, is anyone interested in a yarn swap? If your stash has lots of lovely yarn you know in your heart you'll never use, bring some to trade or give away! (I'm lookin' at you, sari silk. And you, mohair. And some of you handspuns, too!)

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My wife's go-to foods are quesadillas and Japanese curry (hamburger + chopped veg + packaged sauce); mine's chili (hamburger + cans of beans, corn, tomatoes, etc.) or tomato soup + cheese toasties. And now that it's warming up, noodles with shredded/julienned veg and nuoc mam or a vinegar-soy dressing.

M-i-l makes big batches of empanadas and then freezes them, so if she needs food fast she can just reheat a few. It's a good idea that we keep forgetting to implement.

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The Seattle International Film Festival's linup is live!

And if you're going to visit EMP, check out the Folk Life Festival, which has tons of free performances at Seattle Center over Memorial Day weekend: bluegrass, hip hop, brass bands, klezmer, bollywood dance, Hawaiian music, Celtic music—you name it.

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Ross Byers wrote:
Likewise, you can't really have an eBook autographed.

My wife gets around that by having authors autograph bookplates that she applies to her Kindle. (Of course, the maximum number of autographs a Kindle can hold is limited compared to the number of books, but for casual fans it may be enough.)

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Seamstress_Druid wrote:
Also Question on the Crafting Circle: My Embroidery is done with a Machine not a hand needle and thread. I don't think I want to bring my Embroidery Machine there as it's expensive so what else can I bring if most of my Craftyness is done with the Embroidery and Sewing Machine? I can't knit or crochet.

You don't have to bring anything—much of the fun is having a relaxing time to hang out with other crafty folks, see what kinds of things they do, and maybe show off a current project you're working on or a finished object are particularly proud of.

Life permitting, though, we may also have stamping materials for people to try, and potentially spinning materials. And any number of people would be happy to teach you to knit or crochet and recruit you to the cause. :D

Edit: Ninja'd!

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Also, the EMP is very close to one of the venues for the Seattle International Film Festival, which runs from 5/14–6/7—consider taking in a film while you're there (schedule TBA)!

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D6Veteran wrote:
Do not take the bus from Seatac to downtown.

This, 100%. Take the light rail. Once you get into Seattle, bus coverage is decent, but from the surrounding cities to Seattle is not great.

For those planning to take the monorail, it's cash only and doesn't interface with the Orca card system, so plan accordingly!

And for those planning to sight-see on Monday, also be aware that the transit schedule is different on holidays! (Light rail will be on Sunday schedule, still every 10–15 minutes, monorail will be unaffected.)

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Diego Valdez wrote:

Ernest,

I am a bit late to this discussion, but I wanted to say that in our home game my group has given the Varisian people a lot of our own cultural nuances (I'm from the Santa Fe area of New Mexico, and most of my group is northern New Mexican hispanic). This has worked very nicely for us and we have all really enjoyed creating this sort of New Mexican nomadic culture. I know that is not an official thing, but if you would like I can send you what we have created.

Diego

Can I get a copy too, pls? ^_^

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Welcome aboard, Amanda! \o/

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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!

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Welcome aboard, Jason! We're so glad to have you on our side of the cubarricades! \o/

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Not paladins specifically, but my favorite part of Pathfinder Adventure Path #63: The Asylum Stone:

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There's an NPC who uses a zone of truth to untangle her feelings about her relationships and general situation. Golarion-style therapy.

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Google maps has very good coverage of Seattle-area transit; you can use that or Metro's Trip Planner to calculate routes. I also recommend One Bus Away, which has real-time arrival info for transit stops.

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Crystal Frasier wrote:
j b 200 wrote:
Congrats! Does that mean that you will not be writing any more AP? Because I feel that will be a loss.
I certainly HOPE I'm going to be writing more APs. I love writing!

I hope so too! Welcome back!!!

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Hm, Pathfinder Adventure Path #9 introduced us to the fine sport of blood pig. That's the only original sport that comes to mind at the moment, but you could probably come up with some fun ideas by browsing wikipedia's list of team sports (surely they'd have some form of pato, for example...).

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Welcome to the team, Linda! (We linguistics nerds are becoming legion!)

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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.

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Also watched some pirate movies over the past couple of months that I don't think I listed:

Captain Blood
The Sea Hawk
The Black Pirate

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...)

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bdub wrote:
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.

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bdub wrote:
Let me clarify. I'm not counting wives, girlfriends, or daughters of existing gamers.

Speaking as the wife of one gamer and the daughter of another, you should count us, because if we're gaming, then we're gamers, too. (Excluding us feels dismissive.)

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Odraude wrote:
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."

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Sutter: I really think the way to go is a bucket and a brick.

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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!

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Tinkergoth wrote:
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.

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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.)

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So glad you like them! They're now up on Ravelry as well. ^_^

Spoiler:
Yay bad ideas to feed robots! 010001000101001001001111010100000010000001010100010000010100001001001100010 001010010000001110000011000010111010001101000011001100110100101101110011001 00011001010111001001110011

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houstonderek wrote:
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:

[library card]

[Library use.]

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.

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Chief Cook and Bottlewasher wrote:

Pride released in the UK 2 weeks ago.

I don't know if it's likely to be available outside the UK, the history is very UK-specific. The miner's strike in 1984 was incredibly divisive in the UK, and even now, thirty years on, there's bitterness. I never heard about a "Gays and Lesbians support the miners" group at the time though

SIFF just emailed me about this—it's showing in Seattle on October 2nd at the Harvard Exit theater!

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For anyone in the Seattle area, the LGBT film fest just released its schedule: link! Have now penciled "watch all relevant trailers" in on our agenda for tonight.

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