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Oh! RPG! is on sale on Steam right now, and, having played the first chapter alone, I can tell you all: it's worth it, if you can get it! It's... surprisingly good! There are funy parts, and intriguing parts, and compelling parts, too. I've only done the first cahpter, but it's definitely worth the (current) two-dollar price tag.
Even I can afford that!
I honestly could not tell you a whole lot, since as I said I don't tend to go sightseeing. =)
Lookout Mountain is probably the big one, and the attached Civil War battlefields. So if you're a big history or Civil War buff, I hear it's a must-see.
There's the Chattanooga ChooChoo and Ruby Falls (which isn't technically in Chattanooga but fairly close) of the other commonly-advertised attractions.
Beyond that, despite living here I am not the right person to ask. I've been to Lookout Mountain all of once in the five-plus years I've been here, and never visited either of the others.
Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Because some people simply will not take "no" for an answer until they come to the conclusion personally, which they may never reach.
captain yesterday wrote:
NY is the only city on that list I've never been. Yet.
I had an opportunity to go to Chicago a couple years ago, a family reunion on my dad's side was being held there. Would've been completely covered by my parents as far as travel, hotel, food, and other necessities.
Still turned it down. In part was because of wanting to stay and work and earn money so I could move out and get an apartment on my own again and didn't want to miss a week or so of income (didn't qualify for paid vacation at the time), but mostly it was because I had no desire to be in Chicago whatsoever and a great desire to avoid it.
It isn't that you HAVE to have a car. It's that you GET to have a car. The greatest moment of freedom in my life was when I got my first car and the world was open to me.
The thing was, when I was growing up, I didn't have anywhere to go in a car.
I lived in a small town in southern Texas. It was an hour drive to any place that a teenager would theoretically want to go - you had to go to the larger cities around if you wanted to go see a movie, go to most restaurants, or do most other "social" events. And since I had no interest in most "social" activities, I never wanted/needed to go to them (which probably influenced and continues to influence my lack of interest in what most bigger cities have to offer, even now twelve to fifteen years later).
Most of the kids in my school who had cars would just "cruise", which as far as I could tell was just "go and drive around with no destination in mind". Which I had no interest in.
I had no desire to get a job, so that motivation was out.
So when your greatest goal in life after getting home from school is to sit in your room and read or play video games, what's the point of having to deal with the expense and upkeep of having a vehicle?
Things are different now, but now also includes having to go to and from work - often at late or unpredictable hours - as well as make cross-state or cross-country trips to visit friends and family. Things that were neither desires nor problems when I was in high school.
Honestly I think it took having to endure eight years of public transit to convince me that I needed a car if I ever wanted to be able to operate on my own schedule. =)
Freehold DM wrote:
Very much so.
New York is on the short list with LA, SanFran, and Chicago as the "US cities I hope I never have to visit".
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
That could potentially be pretty cool - just so long as they stick to toys. I don't understand why there need to be all these LEGO-fied computer games and movies. It's like they think the distinctive "LEGO man" physique somehow adds something to Batman, Harry Potter, Darth Vader, Iron Man, etc etc etc in intangible media where they don't NEED to be given stumpy legs, rigid crescents for hands, and heads shaped like Yankee Candles. <--- Oh, THERE'S your next joint-marketing venture!
The fact that the games are just plain silly fun?
Yeah Scint is Catholic so it's reactionary for her.
Though she tells me that the wording has changed slightly in some recent years.
I like suburbs but it's more of a tolerance than a preference. As much as I would love to live in a smaller town area, it'd be pretty impossible to keep doing the jobs I know how to do in a strictly more-rural locale. So a suburb on the edge of some place more urban becomes the compromise.
That said, even that has its limits. I don't think I will ever be able to live comfortably in any place much bigger than Chattanooga. I'm certainly never going to go somewhere as big as the Phoenix valley to live again.
Also never going to go back to relying on busses for travel. I may not have cared much about driving as a teenager, but at this point in my life I am never, ever wanting to be slave to someone else's transit schedule if I can do anything at all to prevent it. I simply cannot stand the idea of losing the flexibility and independence of being able to drive my own damn vehicle.
The rest of the "issues" of rural living aren't problems for me. All my friends are online anyway so not having people locally to do hobbies with is irrelevant. I'm very much not interested in people-watching on any level. I'm not a shopper, almost all my entertainment is - again - online, and - yet again - I'm not interested in forming groups with people locally, that's what the internet is for.
I guess it's less "rural" that I'm personally interested in and more "small-town". I just will likely never understand the appeal of having so many people so close together. And more to the point, it's not something I want to understand.
Yeah, I guess if I put forth the effort I could get over most of these complaints and adapt. But I don't want to, I have no interest or intent to visit a big city unless I absolutely must and even then for no longer than completely necessary, and I'd rather expend my very limited time and energy on things I actually want to do.
Patrick Curtin wrote:
And you can feel uncomfortable in a Podunk rural place should you be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I don't doubt it. It's just never happened to me.
I think the difference, at least speaking personally, is that everywhere in large cities feels like "wrong place wrong time" to me. I lived in the Phoenix Valley for eight years and there wasn't a day that I didn't feel wary or uncomfortable sitting waiting for the bus, even in the quiet parts of Tempe and Scottsdale; the entire time of my life there was just one "hurry up and get to the office/apartment" after another, as those were the only places I felt at all safe.
I've never had that feeling in a smaller town.
Patrick Curtin wrote:
I sympathize pretty strongly, except I wouldn't really call it a phobia, just a generalized dislike. I lived long enough in a big city in Phoenix to learn where I was comfortable and where I'd rather avoid, and given I'm not one for socializing, there's almost zero reason for me to ever spend time in a downtown urban area.
That and I have yet to find something I could only get in a city that I can't get (usually cheaper) elsewhere, or that I just don't want at all.
So last night I had what has to be one of the most surreal yet awesome experiences I've ever had in NWN.
My Dragonborn Paladin and ex-Blackguard of Tiamat finally traveled back home to see her birth family for the first time since her change of faiths, after a rather insistent invitation from her priestess mother and assassin brother that included a vague but pointed threat toward one of her closest friends' children. Upon arriving she was greeted in a semi-friendly manner by her father and sister and invited to dinner, but as soon as her mother showed up, the sniping began.
And for clarification, this is the 3.5 version of Dragonborn, where they're adopted children of Bahamut literally reborn in his image (the would-be petitioner actually builds a ceramic egg filled with incense and alchemical fluids and seals themselves inside for the metamorphosis) and sworn to fight on his side in his endless war against Tiamat, rather than simply a draconic-descended race of humanoids as they are in 4 and 5e.
So you have a devoted servant of Bahamut trading passive-aggressive barbs with a high-level cleric of Tiamat about how the former needs to come home and rejoin the clan and had so much potential, while their father/husband and sister/daughter are having a perfectly normal conversation about "where have you been", "heard you got married", "what would you like to drink", "does anyone wants some potatoes", "you haven't touched your asparagus" at the same time.
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
But seriously: My understanding's always been that "..." is for the middle of a statement, while "...." is when it's at the end (essentially, one of them is the period).
This. The ellipsis, regardless of location, is simply three dots. Other punctuation is added as is appropriate for its place in the sentence. So if the ellipsis comes before a break, ..., or ...; would be appropriate, depending on the type of break. At the end, .... (ellipsis plus period) is appropriate.
On the one hand, I wouldn't have met or have maintained contact with almost all of my friends without the Internet.
On the other, 90% of my frustrations in life come with dealing with certain people who I would never have encountered if it weren't for the Internet.
On the gripping hand, I would be incredibly, incredibly bored without it. So advantage, Internet. But just barely.
captain yesterday wrote:
I just ignore them as is. Having a bunch of brothers I've gotten good at ignoring helps I think. :-)
This is not a talent I possess. I recognize this and have developed other strategies to compensate. Like taking advantage of the numerous offered mechanical aids to keep troublemakers from getting my attention.
The funny thing is, when I've gotten pulled into closed forums via links or other ways, I too find the place exactly as I remember it.
And that's all the reminder I need to keep them closed.
I don't have the time these days to waste on people who ruin my mood, so rather than attempt to debate with them I simply choose to put them on ignore and remove the effect they have on my experience. I have better things to do with my life these days than let my mood be soured by some idiot on the internet.
Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
Yeah I've got about ten on mine. Never counted up how many forums I have closed, but at this point I'm pretty tempted to close everything except OTD and the individual AP forums.
Cole Deschain wrote:
I always thought "reroll 1s" was implied in any roll-stats option but apparently that's not a default assumption?
So I guess I need to append that to my group's thing.
"Roll 4d6, reroll all 1s, drop lowest; all arrays are then collected and each person can choose the array they like most from the pool, and arranges the six numbers as they prefer."
Wait, so someone says "My players tell stories about XYZ, not about what stats they rolled", and Fake Healer and Tormsskull have categorized that as labeling rolled stats as criminal badwrongfun? That's... wow.
Yeah, I don't have words. I've seen some terrible misreadings of posts on this forum, but that reaction to those comments is easily in the top three.
Especially after I just said that my own group uses the "everyone rolls an array, then everyone picks the one they like most from the pool of arrays" method.
PT.B=The Devil wrote:
This so so so so so much.
Yep, this is how my group does it as well. It eliminates the worry about ending up with a poorly-rolled array that prevents you from playing the concept you want, but has a bit more variability to it than just "use the elite array".
More to the point, as I stated in the last thread you brought this up in Froggy, Paizo's developers have always had a strong anti-Epic stance ever since the 3.5 days, and have been quite adamant and consistent in saying that Mythic is how they intend to handle all post-CR 20 challenges and advancement.
It would be extremely, extremely, extremely unlikely for them to take years of that declaration and stance back and put out an Epic book now.
[Yakko Warner]Goodnight everybody![/Yakko Warner]