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I have a question for women - do you want to be singled out for your gender, as in, the ad for the game says something like "Women welcome" or perhaps there's a code of conduct that says "Women will be treated with respect", or would you prefer that the prospective gender of the players is not addressed in anyway?
Personally, unless maybe the event is specifically aimed at women (e.g., Raygun Lounge's women's game night), I'd rather see a more general variant on "All gamers are welcome" and a code of conduct statement about not tolerating harassment or "harassment based on X, Y, Z."
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Well that just enlarged my reading list. ^_^
I just finished Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story by Megan Chance and The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. In the latter, I particularly enjoyed
Gemma's trip to Iceland to find her family, where even pre-internet she is able to do go in just a few days because it's such a small and intimate place.
But overall both kept making me think how much lots of historical romance plots and sideplots depend on women having limited access to good employment. Blar.
Now on to Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, which is good but harrowing (deals with Nigerian Civil War and anti-LGBT oppression).
General advice: Check the weather and make sure you have warm enough clothes! Spring here may have started in January/February, but summer doesn't really start until the 4th of July. It could be 70s and sunny... or it could be 50s and rainy.
Also, if you bring an umbrella to downtown, be prepared for local pedestrians to be very bad at navigating around it. :P (Use of umbrellas here is mostly confined to tourists and transplants.)
Vic Wertz wrote:
My recommendation for sushi is Mashiko in West Seattle. (My followup to that recommendation is that, awesome as the sushi is, if you're limiting yourself to just the sushi there, you're making a mistake.)
Oh, that's the all-sustainable one! It's on my list, too. (it's just a pain to get to sans car.) Kappo Tamura at the north end of Eastlake, is also very good, and is mostly sustainable.
For distilled water... one of the grocery stores near the hotel? I think there are a couple within about 1/2 mile.
If you can get a reservation and are in the mood to splurge, I hear Sushi Kashiba at Pike Place Market is amazing. The chef, Shiro Kashiba, trained under Chef Jiro of Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Unrelated to sushi, Memorial Day Weekend is also the Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center: three days of music, dance, and other types of performances from the US and around the world. And it's free!
Apostrophes in names are supposed to be indicative of a glottal stop (a little pause/skip in the middle of the word), but a lot of fantasy of yore just kinda tossed them in wherever like sprinkles on a cupcake. Pathfinder has mercifully avoided that. I think.
We do our best, though some snuck in during the early days. Starting in 2011, each developer was allocated one (1) new name with an apostrophe—subject to editorial approval, so we can verify that the glottal stop is in a reasonable place. ;-)
I can allay at least some of your concerns. There aren't long waits for panels at PaizoCon because they rarely, if ever, fill up entirely—especially now that we have a much bigger space. People normally start to gather 10 or 15 minutes early, and you can often dart in at the last minute if you're not particular about where you sit.
There's also now a one-day badge so you can hit up your top priority panels and get all the autographs possible (Paizo folks can help you track down key people you're looking for) for a smaller time and $$ investment.
This is something the Beginner Box mostly abstracts over. The GM could simply decree basic cooking doesn't require a roll and move on. If folks want to roll to see how well their cooking went (my GM had us all roll to see who was responsible for meals on the road—never me!) or players are cooking under adverse conditions, there are a few ways to work that. For example, if the players scavenging for food in the wilderness, you could use Knowledge (nature) to identify edibles and how to prepare them. Otherwise, I'd use either a straight-up Intelligence check (if someone taught you to cook) or Wisdom check (if you're winging it/cooking "to taste"), but with a lower difficulty since players can't modify those rolls as much. And probably people can think of a few more.
On the other hand, selectively integrating rules like the skills mentioned above from the Core Rulebook is a great way to bridge between the Beginner Box and the full Pathfinder rules! In which case, the folks above have it covered. ^_^
Orfamay Quest wrote:
I'd be interested to see whether there's been any change in the 19 years since that study was published, given how much more time people now spend reading online content, which is much more "they"-friendly.
Not per se, but it will be written in alliterative verse. (The editing will also be epic!)
Flynn Greywalker wrote:
Where does it connect to Avistan? North of Iobaria or is the connection to Irrisen and the Linnornm Kingdoms? I lean towards Iobaria
It's connected to Avistan from the Lands of the Linnorm Kings to the Lake of Mists and Veils. The main route across it from Tian Xia to Avistan—the Path of Aganhei—branches at the Rimethirst Mountains, with one branch leading southwest to Kalsgard in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings and the other southeast to Icestair in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords.
Is it really shifting usage when it has been used that way for literally centuries?
Such shifts sometimes reflect changes in what is perceived as being prestigious or "correct" (which aligns strongly with the language used in media and taught in school) more than changes in what people actually say on the ground.
My instructions say to apply moist heat to it but I'm not sure how to do that. I tried running a small towel under hot water but it cools off too fast. Any ideas?
If you have a hot/cold pack (one of the ones you can both freeze and microwave), heat that up and wrap it in a damp cloth—it should keep its heat for a good while.
Avoid anything with tiny seeds (even strawberry or raspberry jam) until your gums are all healed up—those seeds are insidious, and while they won't hurt, they will slow your healing. Feel better soon!
Chris, that was my first surgery too. I had all four out when I was 20 and opted to be under general. They had me count down from 10; I got to 8 and then woke up trying to say 7 around the gauze. :P The first day I felt sick from the anesthesia (will avoid that again if possible), but pain-wise I was fortunately able to get by on just ibuprofen. My wife only ever had one wisdom tooth, and had it out with just local in under 15 minutes—they were stitching her up before she even realized it was out. mileage varies depending on how many you're having out at once, how snarly the roots of your teeth are, and whether the teeth are impacted, but if you've ever had a cavity treated, it's not wholly different from that.
Judy Bauer wrote:
I'm about halfway through Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon, which is about first contact with aliens [...] I'm really enjoying it, but caveat: some of the dialogue is in Nigerian Pidgin English. It's not too hard to get the gist (mostly English vocabulary, but the pronouns and grammar are different), but could be off-putting for some.
Good news! There's a glossary in the back!Bad news! As with Hild, I found it only after the fact. I always forget to check with ebooks, alas.
I'm about halfway through Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon, which is about first contact with aliens... in Lagos, Nigeria. (Characters joke about assuming it surely would happen in the US instead.) The main characters are a marine biologist, a soldier on the run from his unit, and a Ghanian rapper, who the aliens have decided to make their emissaries, but there are a lot of great supporting characters, too.
I'm really enjoying it, but caveat: some of the dialogue is in Nigerian Pidgin English. It's not too hard to get the gist (mostly English vocabulary, but the pronouns and grammar are different), but could be off-putting for some.
Start by looking online—for example, here's a website that gives standard market rates for editing/proofreading. The exact amount will depend on how much heavy lifting the freelancer has to do (most people ask for a sample so they can gauge that), how experienced the freelancer is, etc.
And in this case, I definitely don't know how things will play out for the fictional main character! And the material culture culture is fascinating. And Bede nicely prepared me for the notion of British and English as separate peoples. (My long-ago medieval lit classes covered very little history.)
These are actually issues we can address pretty immediately (going forward, though, not changing existing products)—I'll add them to the check list. And could you PM me examples of products with insufficient contrast in B&W? It'd be helpful to have some specific examples.
Celestial Healer wrote:
Lucky for her they're apparently no longer available. ;-)
And onya, Masked Maiden—good luck with your journey!
Freehold DM wrote:
1. I love me some happy endings! I just hadn't realized that was a requirement to be considered a romance instead of fiction. :-)
2. You CAN do these things in the Northeast! Or rather, YOU can! Tracy Timmons-Gray, the organizer, put this together herself from scratch in her free time after reading local writers' wistful comments about wanting to meet all their online writer-friends—canvassed people to gauge interest, found a time and a venue, and spread the word. Just have to get out there behind the idea and PUSH! (Of course, it helps to have someone like Tracy, who does event planning as part of her day job, doing part of the pushing.)
Brief aside form this convo: I want to put in a plug for the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, which has events in Seattle next Friday (Hugo House) and Saturday (Central Library, Hotel Monaco, Neighbors). It's for both readers and writers, and includes writers and stories with happy endings* that span the QUILTBAG spectrum. The Central Library portion of the programming costs $25, but is free to volunteers (I can put you in contact with the organizers); the other readings, the bookfair, and about everything else is free (except maybe the Banned Books drag show?).
Even if you can't attend, the lists of attending authors on the site may give you new people to read. :-)
* Apparently this is a requirement to be considered romance—the ending has to be happy, or at least happy for now.
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.]
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!
Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
That's the video at the top of the article. ^_^
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. ^_^
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!!!
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.