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RPG Superstar 6 Season Marathon Voter, 7 Season Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 19,736 posts (26,555 including aliases). 13 reviews. 4 lists. 1 wishlist. 130 aliases.


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Don't forget there's a FAWTL Steam Group =) I'll send invites to anyone who wants them.

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Tacticslion wrote:
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!

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
TL should add me on Steam.

Sure!

Question: hhhhhhhhoooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww...?

EDIT: Friend request sent!

Ditto =)

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The Doomkitten wrote:
Plus, I don't plan on consuming any substance that alters my brain activity other than sugar. That includes caffeine.

I miss caffeine but have to avoid it for health reasons. Otherwise 100% agreed.

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lynora wrote:
I've never really gotten what people get out of drinking in the first place.

+1 =)

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Now that COTCT has been announced...

None.

None of the others interest me enough. I have the 3.5 versions and am fine with them. COTCT was the only one I liked enough to really want a redo of.

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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.

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Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:

Why do children of alcoholics, who grow up seeing how their parents' lives are ruined by alcohol, start drinking? Especially when they have an older brother who constantly warns them that alcoholism is strongly genetic?

In other news, I sometimes really hate my brother.

Because some people simply will not take "no" for an answer until they come to the conclusion personally, which they may never reach.

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captain yesterday wrote:
You can't go wrong with anywhere directly on the west coast. :-)

Yeah, I'll just... leave this conversation now.

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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.

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Aranna wrote:
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. =)

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Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:

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

So...

Is that a "no" on visiting New York?

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".

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Yep.

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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?

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Tacticslion wrote:
Orthos wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

... and also with you.

/religious-nerd-joke

Oh good, I'm not the only one to have that urge.
I don't but Scint tells me all the time that she has this problem.
In truth, as a Baptist, I don't have the actual urge (to say such)... but I have enough people in my life that do (notably my wife and all my in-laws on her side) that I do automatically hear it. :D

Yeah Scint is Catholic so it's reactionary for her.

Though she tells me that the wording has changed slightly in some recent years.

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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.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

... and also with you.

/religious-nerd-joke

Oh good, I'm not the only one to have that urge.

I don't but Scint tells me all the time that she has this problem.

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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.

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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

^Gotcha

One of more successful mental hacks this year has been overcoming my fear of crowds/cities. I just need to work on my perma-writer's block next.

Crowds I understand. But cities? How? Everything is so wonderful here!!!! And open 24 hours!
I grew up in rural areas. I had some bad experiences in cities early on and I decided I didn't like them. It was just a useless phobia I have managed to shed. Now I can appreciate the particular allure of urban areas.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Does the script work on iOS I wonder? I also should see if I can get Firefox on it too.

I have no idea, my phone's an Android. I don't like using the forums on mobile anyway.

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Ah gotcha. Yeah I use Firefox regardless of my location so I always have the script.

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You probably have your hidden threads set as visible. There's a toggle at the top of each page next to New Thread and Focus that says something like "show hidden" and "hide hidden".

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Yeah, looking at my list there are exactly zero people on it that I have any interest in ever seeing their input or opinions again. My life is infinitely less stressed and less frustrating thanks to their absence.

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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.

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Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
Orthos wrote:
May be getting about time to triangle up yet another set of forums.
I have more closed than open and that's with 20+ trolls posters on my blacklist

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.

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May be getting about time to triangle up yet another set of forums.

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The Doomkitten wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
You made it further then me when I was a quality control inspector at the cheese factory. Good luck!

...that sounds like a good way to gain weight.

*takes notes*

Or, depending on the score, lose it very very quickly.

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Cole Deschain wrote:

Our group tends to go with "roll 4d6, drop lowest, arrange as you see fit."

With an additional house rule that rolling four 6's gets you a 19, and rolling four 1's gets you a 2- and you can always claim a lower number than you rolled, if you're so inclined.

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."

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Jiggy wrote:
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.

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Neriathale wrote:
I assume no one uses Method V...?

Might help if you actually explained what that is.

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That can't end well with all the pointy bits.

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Tormsskull wrote:

In that method, rolling an 18 was very rare. Even when it switched to 4d6b3, an 18 was still fairly rare. So having an 18 put a character in an imaginary little elite club.

When people started using PB and buying an 18, that imaginary little elite club became a free-for-all that anyone and everyone could enter.

People use to tell stories about that one time Bob rolled an 18 - it was an event. No one tells stories about that time Bob bought an 18.

My players reminisce about the time they played a ranger who became a city vigilante. They talk about the time their Bard became Baron of a small wilderness country. They talk about fighting dragons, old ones, and beholders. They never ever talk about their stats. Ever.

This.

This so so so so so much.

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thejeff wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
thejeff wrote:

My preference for that is everyone rolls a set and then every one uses whichever of those sets they like.

Keeps some of the randomness, but also the balance.

Help me understand - you're saying "6 players, 6 suites, pool and distribute?"

If I'm not mistaken, that does seem a little like the sort of setup that can lead to players bidding Quatloos against each other....

Nah. they can all use the same one if they want. That was actually the original approach - six sets, pick the best for everyone to use. Then we decided someone might want a more MAD array and someone else might want the SAD one.

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".

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SilentMonk wrote:
Sorry I just came across this thread I don't know if the issue has been solved or not but im gonna go ahead and throw in my two cents.

Check the date next time.

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We can clearly no longer be friends.

Nah, I'm just kiddin'. More for me!

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Conveniently-timed snide anti-vegan/vegetarian comment.

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Snide commentary rhetorically speculating on how much longer the thread has until it's locked.

Popcorn is mentioned.

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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.

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Tacticslion wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Ph-phhhhhhrasing.
Celestial Healer wrote:
Maybe you could give him a hand with it?
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Nope.

Definitely nope. Not even for healing purposes*.

No, I didn't go for that one - I went for the less-obvious choice, though I can't find the actual quote I was looking for, alas...

captain yesterday wrote:
I can...[*snicker*] hand-le [*snicker*] things on my own, or with assistance from the general.
Aaaaannnnnd scene.

[Yakko Warner]Goodnight everybody![/Yakko Warner]

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Double No.

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Treppa wrote:
Prince was 57. That's a bit too close for comfort!

Yikes, that makes him only a couple of years older than my parents =(

I thought he was older than that.

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A lot of that probably has to do with those people coming of age in the 60s-80s and making their mark then. Even the ones that die naturally are dying at a reasonable age - if they're in their 20s/30s in the 60s, that puts them in their 70s/80s now.

The clock is simply running out.

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=/

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Don't start it again here, man. You don't wanna go down that road.

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Every class gets their skill points per level upped by two from the game's base.

Every other house rule my group uses is either pulled from an older edition or is fairly complex and would take some time to integrate into a new group. So going for the simple one. Gimme gimme gimme skill points.

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John Kretzer wrote:
Orthos wrote:
I blame Cosmo for my tax headaches this year... >_<
I Blame Cosmo that I am still waiting on my Fed. Tax Return Check.

At least you get a return... I owe about $2000 between Fed and State.

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