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Australian, straight, leftist, atheist, male, in my 40's... My sports teams are the Waratahs, St George Illawarra Dragons, The Swans, the Wollongong Hawks, and Sydney FC.*
I prefer Rolemaster, Shadowrun and GURPS to D&D/Pathfinder. The character making formula is just too visible in D&D, there is a sameness and predictability in the art of character crafting. Paizo have done a good job in providing more options and I enjoy the game almost as much as the others.
I have a rule - I don't play the same race, gender, class, age bracket twice in a row.
My current character is Bruanathos Von Castalan a half elf Grenadier/Pistolero he was a dashing highwayman before joining up with a bunch of mournful boring self flagellating Pharasmites, in the Carrion Crown AP.
My previous character for CotCT Lavinia (witch) was a 35 year old Galtian widowed and exiled noble woman who had a daughter. She was a cross between Coco Chanel and Glenn Close's character from dangerous liaisons. She was very attractive and designed perfumes and haut couture, she turned to adventuring to supplement her income, find a good match for her daughter and get a Korvosan title.
The character before that was a for a GURPS Western/Zombie apocalypse game. He was a young Chinese Cook/martial artist called Lu Tze or just Lou by his employers the McEwans. We didn't know there was going to be a Zombie element to the campaign and we were playing farmers protecting their farm from outlaws and rival families. My character turned out to be a very effective Zombie dispatcher.
I like it so far...
The simplest explanation I have heard is gravity effects time like a bowling ball on a trampoline. The larger the gravity the object possess the slower the object moves through time.
So time where there is zero gravity time would be faster and therefore not constant through the universe.
In an infinite multiverse there would be infinite possibilities.
Computer games, RPGs, Boardgames I have Countries of preference. Often that means I am aligned with the US but I avoid playing the US if possible.
Modern 21st Century and beyond.
World War II
The US moves to 5. Germany Italy and Japan move to the bottom of my list.
World War I
Germany, Austria move to the bottom of my list Japan moves up Turkey sits above Germany.
Renaissance, Medieval, ancient - what ever looks cool... Except in ancient Carthage will always be bad guys.
Nothing more satisfying then crushing the US when it pops up in Empire Total War and even better is crushing the US with the Maharata after I have captured London.
Some Australian bush poetry - Australians always believe there is a disaster around the corner.
"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan
"It’s lookin’ crook," said Daniel Croke;
"It’s dry, all right," said young O’Neil,
And so around the chorus ran
"The crops are done; ye’ll have your work
"They’re singin’ out for rain," he said,
"There won’t be grass, in any case,
"If rain don’t come this month," said Dan,
A heavy silence seemed to steal
"We want an inch of rain, we do,"
"If we don’t get three inches, man,
And through the night it pattered still,
It pelted, pelted all day long,
And every creek a banker ran,
And stop it did, in God’s good time:
And days went by on dancing feet,
And, oh, the smiles on every face,
While round the church in clothes genteel
"There’ll be bush-fires for sure, me man,
They haven't chased me away either... I am amazed and thankful at how tolerant and inclusive people can be, especially when they are often the targets of exclusion and hate.
Matt Thomason wrote:
Bloody hell mate I just snorted Chai all over my iPad. Please post a warning before writing hilarious posts.
Australian who grew up outside the big city here and seeing snakes is just a normal thing.
These are the rules that a drummed into you (for both snakes and spiders).
Rule one: If you see a snake do not go near the snake, If you go near it and it bites you, it's your fault and you are a d!$~&ead.
Rule two: Do not prod, poke or in any way antagonise a snake if it kills you its your fault and you are a d&@$*ead.
Rule three: Leave snakes alone if you can as they do a job killing rats and other feral animals.
Rule four: If a snake is in an area where it is a threat and you don't have time to call in the Rangers or local council to remove it then you will need to kill it. Do it quickly and as humanely as possible.
I am thinking budgies... My father in law breeds them and they are low maintenance - As I will end up being the one that does the feeding and looking after.
Lots of cool insects and arachnids - I used to have a Saint Andrews Cross spider when I was a lad.
We used to get your crap cultural fads about 10 years after it was fashionable but now with globalization its instantaneous..Yay for the intarwebz.
First time I heard of a Valley Girl was in the early 90's on the Shadowrun Dumpshock Forum... Same sort of thing.
I think the 8th Dwarf was my handle on that one as well.
long time ago....
I do know two real Valley Girls - people who grew up in the Valley both of them professional working women and nothing like the stereotype.
Its funny when I asked them where they were from they both sighed and said the Valley... For the first one I said what Silicon Valley and she laughed then she did the Valley Girl thing...I went ah that movie with Alicia Silverstone...
We mash monsters up all the time, we have been playing for over 30 years so we need to spice things up. That being said you have to be consistent with the rules if you are going to change monsters. Don't break the rules unless you can use the "rule of cool" to justify it.
One of our group writes for Raging Swan he likes to test monsters and evil ideas on us.
As for the other stuff talk in a friendly way post game - "hey mate I think you made a bit of a ruling that I don't think matched the rules in the book, can we talk about it?" After your chat if it goes well say "how do you want me to approach you if I disagree with a ruling next game - let you know straight away, pass you a note, wait until the session is over?"
Of course you should establish a procedure for rules disputes before you begin a campaign.
Ours is we role with it and discuss it at the end of the session, unless the character or party is endangered by the ruling... We have 5 mins to find the rule read it and come to a consensus so it doesn't bog the game down.
Why replace one foreigner with another...
Minimal Minimalist position.... We get a royal, Harry for example make them an Australian citizen then tell them they are King or Queen of Oz and they have to give up citizenship of pommy land and they and their descendants assume the role and powers of the GG.
Minimalist position (mine)..... We change the title GG to Prez and and the Prez is selected by 2/3rds majority of parliament - avoids US style presidential circus.
Populist position - US style circus.
We had a pure white cat called Daisy - she passed away last year she was very very old. She was my wife's cat. Even though don't think we should have cats as pets in Australia as they devastate native animal populations, I did love Daisy and much to my wife's annoyance Daisy had designated me as her human.
My daughters have been asking for a new pet, we have just had a baby so we are going to wait a year or two.
Chubbs McGee - is not allowed to play an Aboleth paladin called Pete.
Way to be dismissive of another human....
You are very blunt and lack tact.
It's kind of like saying reverse backwards, ATM machine, propelling the ball forward... It's a redundant word... Like the s you Yanks add to the words sport and Lego.....
I am sitting with the 11th dwarf now, she is in one arm sleeping while I type with one hand. 1:30 is the next feed and my shift ends and I can go to sleep. She won't go to sleep in her cot until 2 am for some reason but she will sleep if I am holding her.
My internet is slow... I would normally be watching Black Adder on iVew :-(
Have to call my internet provider tomorrow.
I am on line at random times OSW. Mrs The8thDwarf (she did all the hard work, I held her hand mostly) and I had a baby a week ago today, so between feeds, nappies and the witching hour (8:30pm to 3:30 am) I jump on and read and post if I am not cat napping.
It's funny I was thinking of starting a thread called "please hijack this thread and talk about American politics".
Did you go on the March in March... I was planning to go and protest our right wing nut job, but somebody far more wonderful and important altered my plans.
It shouldn't matter how any group plays as long as everybody at the table is having fun, because that's how you win the game.
The benefit of having a diversity of players and DM on the boards is the sharing of knowledge and ideas. More knowledge leads to an improvement in play and growth as a player or DM.
You don't have to agree with people, just be respectful when you do. I have had one or two disagreements with several of the people above, I always try and approach the disagreement with the attitude that neither the person I am disagreeing with or their idea is stupid or abnormal - it's just not to my taste.
Or the ship could pull in to re provision and find a guide or pilot to take them around the fog shrouded reef.
When the "thing" happens the ship can be run aground and 2/3rds of the crew be taken. The village promises to help re-float the ship if they go to the island.
You have 4 motivations for your players, get your crew back, get your ship re-floated, investigate the mystery and make the sea-way safe for other ships.
Several of us aren't fat (I am unfortunately) but we usually have, crackers, good cheese, beer, wine and port at the table.
The girdle is about making you something you are not.... What if for trans people it either did nothing or made you look more masculine or feminine than before. Then the item still retains it's curse.
Also note you are wearing something you can't take off.... It's going to get crusty, smelly, blood and gore splattered, and you are going to be made to walk down wind of the party.
Different States in Australia have different dates this is for NSW, I haven't included Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Day as they are included in the summer/Christmas break.
Good Friday 18 Apr 2014
School Holidays 12 Apr 2014 - 27 Apr 2014 Autumn break end of first term
Remember that the Northern hemisphere is at the bottom of the planet and your seasons are back to front.