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RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32. Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 5,658 posts (5,962 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 3 Pathfinder Society characters. 4 aliases.


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7. They are worried that Colson is going to melt down (again) and want S.H.I.E.L.D. to continue.

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Not the same without ant man. I don't see Tony making ultron, I just don't. He's not a philanthropist/scientist in the same mold.
In an interview, Whedon himself stated how he really wanted to use Pym for the Ultron origin, but Ant Man was already in development and he couldn't step on Wright's toes. Tony is smart enough—especially with J.A.R.V.I.S. established as Chekov's A.I. back in Iron Man (I)—has the resources, is an untrusting control freak, and was looking for a way to get out of the armor since IM3... he has great believable motivations for developing a robot peacekeeper(s) program. And he has an ego big enough to think he can pull it off successfully, despite a track record (starting with his dad) of inventions that turn out to dangerously malfunction and/or be misused.

Actually, with S.H.I.E.L.D. imploding, he would see a void (Global emergency response) that would need filled.

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Greylurker wrote:
and poor Rhaina. Careful what you wish for I guess. Hopefully the new guy can help her through it

I have trouble feeling sympathy for Raina.

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Acolyte of Mushu wrote:
Revan wrote:
So, my players just had their first encounter with the Kasatha skeletons. Those four claw attacks did a number on them, especially when they came from one possessed by Hetuath, thus gaining the Advanced template. Believing the skeletons to be undead Androffans, they then took the remains of one of the Kasatha back to town with them -- disassembling the bones to carry back in their packs, and then hiding the bones under loose floorboards in the warpriest's basement. Here's hoping they manage to turn the habitat back on quickly when they go back in--otherwise, they're going to find a skeleton on a rampage next time they come back to town!
I believe It's mentioned that if the light of day touches the bones, the curse is lifted and they turn to dust. So the skeleton wouldn't be running amok, it would be stuck in the basement. :P

Even in the basement, it would seek the sunlight - turning to dust anyway.

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Haladir wrote:
Runelords: Not so much a weak link, but a pitfall to avoid: In Burnt Offerings, be sure to spend as much time as possible building up Sandpoint as an interesting, quirky, nice place filled with people that the PCs care about. Because if you don't, as soon as the PCs get to Magnimar in Book 2, they'll never want to bother going back. At the start of Book 3, I got an audible groan of 'Man, here again?!" when they returned to Sandpoint, and their defense of the town against the giants was somewhat... half-hearted.

One element of Fortress of the Stone Giants that struck me wrong is that the Sandpoint Militia is totally uninvolved in the battle. One would think after the goblin invasion from Burnt Offerings that they would have tried to make the down a bit more defensible.

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IMHO These are the problems I am seeing. I am only including the APs with which I have direct experience.

Rise of the Runelords had two problems for me.

  • First is a general "disconnectedness" between modules. (The Anniversary Edition tries to help with that, but still ... )
  • Second is that The Hook Mountain Massacre grossed me out.

Curse of the Crimson Throne didn't appear to have any serious weaknesses (or I have an outstanding Game Master for that AP).

Second Darkness has one HUGE problem, and one minor one.

  • The "bait and switch" in The Armageddon Echo is very serious. The Player Characters are expected to switch between self-centered Neutrals to self-sacrificing heroes with no explanation as to why they would do so.
  • Also, A Memory of Darkness is just a weak scenario.

Council of Thieves has four weak links.

  • Bastards of Erebus: Demiurge 1138 is completely right. I also jettisoned the first half of this book.
  • The Six Fold Trial: The danger here is that the heroes might (understandably) refuse to perform in the murderplay. The GM needs to plan accordingly.
  • The Infernal Syndrome: This book adds almost nothing to the AP's main plot, though it becomes important for Book 6.
  • The Twice-Damned Prince: The actual plot of the CoT ends in Book 5 (Mother of Flies), so this book tries (lamely) to pick up on the theme introduced in the first half of Bastards of Erebus (and which had been ignored until this point). It doesn't help that it is also a weak scenario.

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Did I mention that this thread will contain spoilers?

What are the weakest books in each of the published adventure paths? (If you know of a fix, please link it.)

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Lord Snow wrote:
Greylurker wrote:

how frustrating it must be to be Howard. The man clearly wants to creat things that help people, that make the world better. But every time he tries to put something together it turns out to be some kind of death ray.

The only thing in his life that he is truely proud of is Captain America and he was only helping on someone elses project there.

In some senses he also made Iron Man, so there's that to be proud of, too. I mean, the man is responsible for like a third of the avengers. Plus it was discovered in Iron Man 2 that he also discovered a new element, which was definitely used for good.

Used for good ... but not by him.

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Set wrote:

I am amused that this poster at least doesn't Scarlet charging butt-first into a gunfight.

Have patience.

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archmagi1 wrote:

I would say no. When you kill a gnome, his corpse doesn't automatically bleach, and an undead is simply a foul animation of said corpse. Gnomes die and goto the Boneyard like everything else. If their soul is yanked back to their body as a sentient undead, I see it functioning just like if it were trapped in a magic jar or trap the soul. Since the body doesn't bleach when killed, magic jarred or trapped the soul, it shouldn't when reanimated as a zombie either.

Also, barring 9th level magics, that body is completely unfit to house a mortal soul again in the fashion of living. Unless you're running around with the capability to Miracle/Wish/True Res the zombie back into your buddy, its not really something that would come into play.

Actually, I was looking at how to describe a Gnomish Vampire.

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When a gnome is "killed" and made into an undead creature, does that sever his/her connection to the First World?

If so, does this also cause the gnome to bleach?

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GM Facepalm wrote:

I made a tech vehicle since book 3 suggested it. Made a hover cycle. Used two in the arena. Working on Dusklight.

Technological Artifact

Graviton Cycle
Slot none; Weight 425 lbs.; Capacity -; Usage -
The graviton cycle is a technological vehicle comprised of little more than a sturdy metal frame, a power source, a seat, and no wheels. The graviton cycle hovers just above the ground and is not affected by difficult terrain. The cycle is remarkably sturdy and well suited to the rigors of Numeria’s barren wastelands. Due to its size, the vehicle is only considered a Medium object when not in use.

Large Land Vehicle
Squares 2 (5 ft. by 10 ft.; 5 ft. high)
AC 13 (+4 armor, -1 size); Hardness 15
Hit Points 116 (57)
Base Save +2
Maximum Speed 120 ft.
Acceleration 60 ft.
Attack ram 1d8
CMB 1; CMD 11
Propulsion Graviton Drive (1 square of energy drive; hardness 10, hp 60; extreme device); graviton drive located within the driving space, beneath the driver
Driving Check Acrobatics or Knowledge (engineering)
Forward Facing the vehicle’s forward
Driving Device steering bar, throttle and brake
Driving Space a single 5-ft.-by-5-ft. square that contains the steering bar, throttle and brake that serve as the cycles’ driving device; the driving space is located directly in the middle of the vehicle’s space, and shares this space with the vehicle’s energy drive.
Passengers 1 (a single medium passenger may share the driving space, just behind the driver, however, this causes the space to become cramped, imposing a -4 penalty to the driver’s driving checks.)
There is ample room along the rear of the vehicle, in which 2 backpacks may be mounted for storage utility.
Glaucite Armor (light): The vehicle gains a +4 armor bonus to AC from a lightweight polymer resembling glaucite.
Illuminators: A pair of bright technological lights are mounted on the vehicle. These give off normal light in a 60 foot cone in front of the vehicle and increase the light level...

What is the "drive" skill for this?

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Drejk wrote:

- Very good, that will be...

- Money!

Haley is right though, dead people have problems spending money.

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Damon Griffin wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
But he didn't, right? Sousa was just pretending to hear him.

His experience with his own abilities evidently suggested to him that he should have been able to do it; this in turn suggests he has done similar things before.

We weren't shown how he whammied the black cop, or Stark, but in general it all seemed much too quick and easy for "Ivchenko" and it bugged me a lot. (I have similar issues on other shows with talented hackers being able to access a secure database they've never visited before with four keystrokes, etc.) Perhaps I should learn to accept these things, but somehow I don't.

Actually, since they had been thumping so hard on the (period appropriate) sexism angle, I am surprised that they had a black police officer.

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Hama wrote:
I hope that Zola is not gone. That he got copied to an external drive and transferred to a body that, for some inscrutable reason, has a screen on the stomach :D

You mean one that he had purpose built before Captain America arrived at the bunker?

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Ms. Pleiades wrote:
laraqua wrote:

Oh, so very true, but impressions matter more than reality in places like Cheliax. Just because you *say* you were spontaneously affected, doesn't mean the other Chelish will believe it. Either it occurred further down the lineage or you dallied with a tiefling and are now trying to cover it up....

After all, spontaneous tiefling births indicate that Hell has an unsavoury influence over the unborn and that runs counter to Chelish propaganda, so I imagine there'd be a lot of folks saying it could never happen ... even if it they knew it had.

Exactly, so for rulers of Cheliax, a tiefling is very much a sign that they don't have things under control, and for commoners that they have no control, there is no precaution that can be taken. And people like to feel in control, because it's all part of the plan...

Oh man, I so want to make a Joker tiefling now for my homebrew.

It's also a wonderful example of "Victim Blaming".

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John Kretzer wrote:
When I said take your time...I did not mean this amount of time. ;)

Sorry, Real Life is interfering.

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lemeres wrote:

Well, they are immune to fear, exhaustion, fatigue, sleep, and disease, and they have the ability to add 4-23 to any d20 roll 1/day. They also get a rather large +4 bonus against mind affecting effects.

The only downsides is that they cannot get morale bonuses and they are bad at sense motive. So no savy barbarians, and a few buff spells do not work on you. It still sounds like a good deal overall.

I know. And there is now a feat of page 7 of People of the Stars that gets the access to Morale bonuses.

Emotionless can be difficult to role-play, but I doubt that is enough of a hindrance.

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Is the Android race from People of the Stars more powerful then the Core PC races?

We know from the Inner Sea Bestiary (p. 3), that they weigh in at 16 race points, but we know that the ARG's race builder doesn't tell the whole story?

So, people who have seen one in play, how powerful are they?

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Caineach wrote:
Edit: with that said, I personally do not like the Peggy-Sousa match up. It is a little too Mary Sue to me, despite how much I love that actor for his performance in Dollhouse.

I personally don't like a Peggy Carter match up. There are too few episodes to waste time on this.

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I was able to resolve the issue by separating the two items.

Spices and Flesh was a gift.
Trial by Machine was not.

Because I attempted to do this as one order, the system was confused. Would adding an error message explaining the problem be helpful?

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Dear Paizo,

I am attempting to make a purchase of two Digital items, but I find my efforts completely blocked.

I get to the "Payment Method" page, but I am unable to progress beyond that point.
The shown payment method - my credit card - is current and correct.

When I force the issue by selecting "Confirm Your Order" that page does come up, but while [Continue Shopping] is active, [Place Your Order] is grayed out, so I cannot proceed.

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Would this scenario work as a "pre"-Fires of Creation adventure?

Since the campaign presumes that the heroes start as a party, I was wondering if this would be a good intro.

It has a couple of advantages over the normal PFS use, that ...

  • One of more of the characters is MUCH more likely to have the technologist feat.
  • The technological treasures found in this adventure are much less likely to be unbalancing to the campaign.

Since the campaign presumes that the heroes start as a party, I was wondering if this would be a good intro.

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It's a pity that it doesn't include options from the APG, etc.

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John Kretzer wrote:
Well there are...

These are not easy questions, so I will need to answer in parts.

John Kretzer wrote:

TV shows:

-What are current shows you watch?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Carter
The Librarians
Dancing With The Stars

… And Until recently
Politics Nation
The Ed Show
All In with Chris Hayes

John Kretzer wrote:
-What are your all time favorite TV shows?

I’ve been around for a while, so this list could get very long …

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Star Trek: T.O.S.I.M.H.O. still the best Star Trek series.
Lois & Clark
The DCAUIn its entirety.
Doctor Whospecifically Tom Baker and Peter David
Battlestar Galactica: T.O.S.But, I’ve nothing against the reboot series.
Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century
Alien Nation
Space 1999
Planet of the Apes
Dungeons & Dragons
Conan the Adventurer
The Dukes of Hazzard - Catherine Bach's legs were AMAZING!

... and more that I can't think of right now.

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John Kretzer wrote:
So what are your other interest other than RPGs?

Beyond RPGs?

Is there anything beyond RPGs?

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snickersimba wrote:
Is your corgi still adorable?

Need you ask such a question?

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John Kretzer wrote:

I noticed you came in top 32 of the RPG Superstar 2009. What was your entries? What did you think of it?

I am kinda thinking of entering myself on of these years so any thing you can share about your experience?

My entry was the Lordly Pavilion.

My failing Second Round entry was Bricius.

One thing I did learn is that they are not as strict in the "rules adherence" as they claim. You can make it through even with errors if your entry has enough panache.

However, my experience may not be that helpful. The way that first round judging is done has changed radically. When I was in, your entries were judged by a panel of Game Designers, but now it is done by votes of the Paizo community.

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John Kretzer wrote:
How was your first day at work?


1 - shortly after I get there I get another job offer. (A year of nothing, and then twice in one week.)
2 - they weren't quite ready for me, so did not have database access to do my job.
3 - I called my wife during my lunch break, and we decide not to take the other offer (It would have involved an extended drive each way).

So it was eventful, and boring at the same time.

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Interesting Question:

What would be the best Sorcerer bloodline for an Ifrit?

Fire or Efreeti would be obvious, but the energy resistance they gain at 3rd level overwrites the racial bonus.

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John Kretzer wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
Why don't you ask me any questions anymore?

To much real life.

For example, I start a new job tomorrow.

Congrats on the new job. Hope it works out for you.

So do I. I have been out of work for too long.

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John Kretzer wrote:
Why don't you ask me any questions anymore?

To much real life.

For example, I start a new job tomorrow.

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Murdock Mudeater wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
Yet another reason to ban Summoners.
Seems like a popular line of thought, but I've not seen any summoners that struck me as that overpowered. Maybe too much for pregenerated campaigns?

I wasn't talking "overpowered."

I was talking about this perversion.

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Yet another reason to ban Summoners.

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John Kretzer wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
John Kretzer wrote:
Is it safe to dance?
Yes. And I would encourage you to do so!
Don't you know Kretzer Men don't dance?

I am aware. I merely reject it.

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Kajehase wrote:

No. Pint!

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John Kretzer wrote:
Is it safe to dance?

Yes. And I would encourage you to do so!

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The Fox wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:
How are you getting 6d8 in melee - especially at Level 6?
Magic. ;)

What spell?

I think you need to post this build.

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snickersimba wrote:
Why are you, ashiel and JJ the most amazing people I have met?

If I am on that short list, your life must be pretty pathetic.

snickersimba wrote:
What do you think of treating psychic mages being treated as g*$+~$n lunatics that should be locked away and experimented on?

I'll let you know when they let me out ...

snickersimba wrote:

Also, what would be the best class for these races:

Because thats the list I gave my players for our next adventure and the response was wtf???

I'm with your players on this one.

snickersimba wrote:
They have never seen these races in action before, so far we have a hobgoblin brawler and a drow alchemist

The best classes? That is always a debate. What does "best" class mean.

  • svirgeblin - Check your spelling
  • svirfneblin - Like the Duergar below, this race would be a good divine caster, except for the Charisma penalty. I'd suggest a Druid with an appropriate archetype.
  • duegar - Check your spelling
  • duergar - All dwarves make good Wisdom based casters, but the extreme Charisma penalty means that Cleric should be avoided. I'd go with Warpriest.
  • kolbold - Kobolds have no reason to desire close combat, but their skill bonuses make Alchemist an interesting choice.
  • drow - The Sorcerer (if male) or the Cleric (if female) would be culturally appropriate and both build on the Dark Elf's racial abilities.
  • strix - With their flight ability, I would go with an archery focused Ranger.
  • goblin - You will want something that takes advantage of the HUGE dexterity bonus, so I would suggest Rogue. (If the GM allows it, check out Gunslinger.)
  • hobgoblin - The player's choice of Brawler is both culturally appropriate and quite strong.
  • orc - The large penalties to Mental stats does mean that the stereotypical Barbarian really is the best choice.

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    John Kretzer wrote:

    Well let me know when you get tired of them....and here is a classic one...

    What is love?

    Baby don't hurt me.

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    John Kretzer wrote:
    What color should we paint that red door?


    John Kretzer wrote:
    Do you like these questions?

    Not sure.

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    snickersimba wrote:
    What would happen if your corgi learned how to duplicate himself?

    With the amount he sheds, I'm not sure he hasn't.

    Fortunately, he has been altered, so duplicating himself is unlikely.

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    John Kretzer wrote:
    How many miles do you have to walk to be the man who falls down at your door?

    1,000 miles. (500 and 500 more)

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    John Kretzer wrote:
    How many miles must a man walk?

    The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind.

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    The Fox wrote:
    Feral wrote:

    By stacked initiative I mean Reactionary, Improved Init, and Cracked Dusty Rose Ioun stone.

    I recall during one special half the party got one-shot by the monster's opening move (not me) and I still didn't get to act before the monsters were all dead. Viva la Core!

    I'm not sure Core is going to fix that. Here are some characters built with Core that you might still be racing against in initiative. Both are level 6 (halfway through the normal level range of PFS scenarios) and have less than the expected wealth by level. (I will spare you the builds, but suffice it to say that I gave each of them Reactionary and Improved Initiative.)

    Character A
    Initiative +10
    Ranged +13 (2d8+28), +13 (1d8+14), and +8 (1d8+14)

    Character B
    Initiative +8
    Melee +15 (6d8+24)

    Core might eliminate many options, but there are still plenty of powerful builds to be had for those that want them.

    How are you getting 6d8 in melee - especially at Level 6?

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    snickersimba wrote:

    True, those are always fun. However, this one introduces a fighter that uses massive weapons and a weapon that TRIPLES your reach.

    Yes, it triples your reach, but you can only make attacks in a cone.

    its just as absurd and silly as it should be.

    I love it.

    That is one of the things that I did not like.

    If fact, the more I read Paizo supplements, the more I like the Core game.

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    snickersimba wrote:
    What do you think of the giant slayers handbook?

    Meh. I prefer the more location or race focused handbooks.

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    Disk Elemental wrote:


    Teleportation Wizards.
    Kitsune Fey Enchanters.
    Kitsunes in general.
    Zen Archers.
    Pouncing Barbarians.
    Superstitious Barbarians.
    Other random bullcrap Empyreal Lords that people pick for its favored weapon, with no understanding of the actual philosophy/flavor of the religion.
    Vicious Stomp.
    Burst of Radiance
    Rulership Variant Channel.
    Spirit's Gift.

    Had problems with Summoners?

    KestlerGunner wrote:
    Disk Elemental wrote:

    No more Emergency Force Sphere. Rot in pit you unnecessary piece of rules bloat. You are the worst designed spell in all of PF, and that's an accomplishment. Arcane casters DO NOT need a get out of jail free as an immediate action.
    *Thousands of men rise to their feet in applause. The sound is deafening.*

    Not just men.

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    snickersimba wrote:
    im still dealing with the fact my party has an antipaladin who can't get it through his head that yes, you fell because you adopted a kitten and instead of murdering it, fed it and loved it.

    I disagree.

    Cats are evil. By adopting a cat, he is only furthering the cause of evil.

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    snickersimba wrote:

    Well, I have a few questions.

    How is your adorable corgi?

    The fact that you know that I have a corgi means that you know me in real life. :)

    He is fine, though we were mad at him this morning for messing the carpet when he knows better.

    snickersimba wrote:
    Second is what would you do if I offered you cookies.

    Though I should avoid them (I'm diabetic), I would take them and eat.

    snickersimba wrote:
    Last is would you like another corgi?

    Not at this time. We are still having enough trouble with one.

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