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Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
I think my sides left orbit.

Hey hey, let's go, getting in a fight...


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Freehold is a lot shorter than I thought he'd be...


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Band member 1: "Aren't you a vegan, dude?"
Band member 2: "I'm really more of a Freegan."
Band member 1: "Yeah, Freegan idiot, maybe..."


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Just gonna put this here.


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captain yesterday wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

In other news, finally got around to watching all three "Hobbit" films. While not technically *bad* movies, they've been... disappointing. Especially given that the original three "Lord of the Rings" films were to me what the original "Star Wars" trilogy was to a lot of people.

This story did not need a weird interspecies love triangle.

Also, Legolas looks like a Ken doll and has no business being in these movies.

My daughter actually has a Legolas Barbie Doll from when my wife worked at Mattel during the first trilogy.

He is her favorite Man Doll and always gets first choice* of the drama, you should see the intricate relationships these dolls are in!

*Second Choice you ask? Mace Windu, with Jack Sparrow third:-) needless to say our son also loves playing with Barbie Dolls:-)

of course my daughter has for the last few years heavily invested in Monster High Dolls (well i guess technically we as parents did, but they are pretty cool as far as dolls go, certainly better then Bratz)

*drama bomb*


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Galadriel, Saruman, and Elrond do not show up to save Gandalf from the Ringwraiths and do their Tekken s!!%.


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Smells like something that starts with a "B" and ends in "trail."


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In other news, finally got around to watching all three "Hobbit" films. While not technically *bad* movies, they've been... disappointing. Especially given that the original three "Lord of the Rings" films were to me what the original "Star Wars" trilogy was to a lot of people.

This story did not need a weird interspecies love triangle.

Also, Legolas looks like a Ken doll and has no business being in these movies.


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Ceaser Slaad wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
In Orson Welles' 1941 film "Citizen Kane," unused footage from the 1933 film "The Son of Kong" was used as a rear-projected background for a scene of a Florida beach picnic. Unfortunately, Welles forgot to get rid of the pterodactyls.
Obviously you haven't been to Florida. Those were the mosquitoes. :-p

And here I was, thinking that they only had mosquitoes like that in Canada.


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In Orson Welles' 1941 film "Citizen Kane," unused footage from the 1933 film "The Son of Kong" was used as a rear-projected background for a scene of a Florida beach picnic. Unfortunately, Welles forgot to get rid of the pterodactyls.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Going on another short tour with the band I play in starting on Thursday. First show is in Brooklyn, then somewhere near Philly, then Connecticut, and then back in CNY on Sunday.

...

You know what this means...

Freehold and David's A Night at the Museum 2 reenactment?

that would be...even better.

But no, I really want to go see David play.

Facebook event page

For all you Luddites out there:

Operation Hennessey (Syracuse), Department (Syracuse), Living Room (Brooklyn), and Strange Herd (Brooklyn) @ Don Pedro (90 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY)

Thursday, March 26; doors at 8:30, show at 9; $5 at the door


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Going on another short tour with the band I play in starting on Thursday. First show is in Brooklyn, then somewhere near Philly, then Connecticut, and then back in CNY on Sunday.


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So a friend of mine ran into a goat and a llama at work and blew up the internet for two hours...


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Good to know that I'm able to make as much of an ass of myself when I'm sober as I can when I'm drunk.


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Freehold DM wrote:

No it doesn't.

well, to put it another way, dragon age doesn't do well with other types of fantasy.

What do you mean? To clarify my original point, I don't want the trend to go away-- I mean, I absolutely love 'Game of Thrones'-- I just with folks would stop equating "dark/gritty/bleak" with "good." Stories can be all of those things and still be awesome (re: 'Game of Thrones'), but when there are few if any hopeful moments in the darkness, I feel that it often takes something away from what the story could potentially be. If I wanted things to be that bleak all the time, I'd just go outside.


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As much as I'm enjoying my first playthrough of the Dragon Age series, this trend towards "darker, grittier, edgier" fantasy has got to f#$@ing stop...


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Dr. Strangegnome wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Wonder how long I can keep up this update rate.
"I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you."

There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?


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LazarX wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Jaelithe wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Jaelithe wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Alexis Denisof was considered for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale.
He'd have been a better choice than Danny Craig.
nonsense. Craig is wonderful as bond, it's the storyline that needs help.
Ridiculous. He's adequate at best, lagging behind Connery, Brosnan and even Dalton, outpointing only Moore and Lazenby.
behind Connery I'll buy(although I maintain Connery was essentially playing himself), but Brosnan and Dalton? Thems fightin words. According to the original novels, bond was supposed to be scary, not suave - and Craig fits that bill perfectly.

Connery & Brosnan - the suave Bonds

Craig & Dalton - the scary Bonds
Moore & Lazenby - the campy Bonds
Nelson, Niven, & Sellers - the non-canon Bonds
Hammermill - Bond Paper available in 500 sheet packs.

More of an Accent Opaque guy myself, but I can dig it.


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Movie idea: "Ghost Ninja: The Pierre Kirby Story," starring Tom Hiddleston as Pierre Kirby and Chow Yun-Fat as Godfrey Ho.


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Couldn't find DA: Awakening at the store, so I picked up a used copy of DA2 for around $12. So far, I'm extremely pleased with my decision.


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Dear internet: James Gunn, Peter Gunn, and Tim Gunn are three separate people who have the same last name.


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Trying to get musicians to respond to e-mail messages is like trying to herd cats on meth.


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Zaboom! wrote:

The last Video Game the GM played

The campaign sounds interesting, the monsters a little different than what is in the books, but there's something vaguely familiar about it all... Wait, what? Oh crap we're in Dark Souls!

Variations include campaigns based on books, movies, or TV shows. Note that I'm not talking about games really set in fictitious universes, but games that the GM insists are original despite being clearly ripped off from other media. Bonus points if the GM doesn't even bother to change the names of important NPC's, and acts surprised when anyone points out the similarities to said media.

The Last Video Game The GM Played (corollary)

This campaign is literally the last video game the GM played. I mean the same maps, same encounters, same NPCs, everything. Bonus points if there are more than two people in the group who have played the game in question and metagame the s$!# out of every encounter.

This actually happened to me-- I once filled in for a missing player in friend's long-running 4e game, which was a map-for-map re-creation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. And of course the one time I sat in, we did the f*~~ing Water Temple.


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Anormous Jonsun - "Freestyle Friday, Week 2" (NSFW)

"I got the chicks bendin' over now doin'... calisthenics."


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LordSynos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

Just finished Dragon Age: Origins, after ~55 hours. Halfway through the credits, the music switched from haunting Celtic music to "This Is War" by 30 Seconds To Mars. Talk about tone whiplash.

And now... on to Origins: Awakening, or straight to Dragon Age 2?

Awakening first, then 2. Hope you're enjoying the series. :)

I quite liked Origins, but I did notice a few glaring issues:

1. The game is padded like hell. One playthrough is 50 to 60 hours minimum, most of which consists of slogging your way though similar-looking rooms filled with the same three or four enemy types. Which brings me to...

2. Combat is monotonous, and most of the game is combat. I played a mage, and every combat encounter played out basically the same. Follow these steps until everything is dead:
- Find biggest target, then cast Death Hex, Misdirection Hex, Curse of Mortality, and Affliction Hex on it.
- Find weakest target, then cast Virulent Walking Bomb on it.
- If you're surrounded by melee fighters, cast Mind Blast. If you're being shot at by a bunch of archers, cast Death Cloud.
- If the largest target isn't dead yet, cast Crushing Prison on it.
- Spam Arcane Bolt at the closest target until everything dies.
- Repeat several hundred times, then win the game.

3. Mages are essentially broken. Especially debuffers. Extra-especially debuffers who also took Arcane Warrior. According to the stats, by the end of the game, my character had been dealing around 50% of the total damage for the party. That's half again what the archer was dealing, and WAY more than the party tank.


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Just finished Dragon Age: Origins, after ~55 hours. Halfway through the credits, the music switched from haunting Celtic music to "This Is War" by 30 Seconds To Mars. Talk about tone whiplash.

And now... on to Origins: Awakening, or straight to Dragon Age 2?


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Tacticslion wrote:
1) If you could create a gonzo 80's-like cartoon show (My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, Gem, He-Man, She-ra, Thundercats, M.A.S.K., Silverhawks, Dinosaucers, or Bravestarr, as examples), what would it be and why?

Yor: Hunter From The Future: The Series.


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Orthos wrote:

Not so.

I was born a bit late for Thundercats. I'm more of the Ninja Turtles, Batman TAS, Amazing Spiderman, X-Men cartoon, Beast Wars, ReBoot, Gargoyles generation kid.

Technically my generation, but I was a PBS kid.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Dave: Is it wrong if I want to borrow your Grandfather's shillelagh to beat Freehold back into being a Pisky? Yeah, I bet it's wrong.
I have no idea what that even me- OW!

A Pisky Pale Ian.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Dave: Is it wrong if I want to borrow your Grandfather's shillelagh to beat Freehold back into being a Pisky? Yeah, I bet it's wrong.

Don't punish Freehold's spiritual development into a Humanist.

Joss Whedon is also a Humanist.

Does that mean he only plays humans in RPGs? It's OK, I do too.


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Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Dave: Is it wrong if I want to borrow your Grandfather's shillelagh to beat Freehold back into being a Pisky? Yeah, I bet it's wrong.

It's a moot point, since he wouldn't lend it out. His daughter, my aunt, married and then divorced an Episcopal minister. No one got along with the guy, not even his wife and son. Then again, no one gets along with my grandfather either.


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Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

For example, this conversation took place when I was around six years old:

Me: "Grandpa, what's that stick thing on the wall next to the table?"
Grandpa: "It's a shillelagh, kid."
Me: "A what?"
Grandpa: "A shillelagh. It's for killing Englishmen and Presbyterians."

The guy has trouble letting things go.

...I'm technically a Presbyterian now...born episcopal..wife is primitive Baptist. The priest that married us said it would be a good fit.

I don't think my grandfather's quite forgiven my father for marrying someone who was not only *not* Catholic, not even Irish, but a quarter English and three-quarters German (and descended from the brother of one of Martin Luther's original followers).


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For example, this conversation took place when I was around six years old:

Me: "Grandpa, what's that stick thing on the wall next to the table?"
Grandpa: "It's a shillelagh, kid."
Me: "A what?"
Grandpa: "A shillelagh. It's for killing Englishmen and Presbyterians."

The guy has trouble letting things go.


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Billy O'Range wrote:
We're also known as the kind of Irish that really piss people off.

If you even say the words "Scots-Irish" around my grandfather, he flies into a rage, or as much of one as can be managed by a man coming up on 90 years old. He's never forgiven the English and the Scots for driving his ancestors from their Tyrone manors back in the 1600s and forcing them to become dirt farmers in County Meath.


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Peace


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Cats, yo.


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Thedas, the name of the world in the Dragon Age series of games, comes from an acronym used on the official forums during development: Thedas = The D.A.S. = The Dragon Age Setting.


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I played a show last night, and afterward, I realized that I look ridiculous on stage. I'm a decently-sized guy (6'0", 180 lbs.), but since I've got a bad back, I always end up using tiny guitars-- currently a Kiso-Suzuki F100 (basically a 3/4-size Martin Dreadnought) and a Harmony H802. I feel like Chris Farley wearing David Spade's coat.


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Jaelithe wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
After ascending to the British throne, royals may pick their regnal name from any of their given or middle names. This means that if/when Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth, the name of the next British monarch might very well be King Arthur.
From what I understand, isn't Elizabeth at this point inclined to pass over Charles for William directly? The whole Camilla thing still peeves her, unless I'm mistaken.

According to royal.gov.uk, Charles is still first in line. William is second in line, while his son George is third in line.


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After ascending to the British throne, royals may pick their regnal name from any of their given or middle names. This means that if/when Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth, the name of the next British monarch might very well be King Arthur.


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Drejk wrote:
Reading that thread about male obliviousness actually makes me feel quite competent in recognizing hints... Like, I got a few times that women were interested in me despite them not resorting to grabbing my balls or undressing in front of me...

Lisa, what are you doing?


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Celestial Healer wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
I ate me some marzipan earlier, and now I want to go to L├╝beck, for some reason.
This is a good reminder that when I am in Los Angeles in a few weeks, I need to stop by my favorite Danish bakery. The things they do with marzipan...

Do they keep it in a tureen atop a ziggurat?


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Headfirst wrote:

The Minimum Viable Adventure

This adventure has only the bare essentials it needs to qualify as a night of gaming. An NPC arrives and spits out some exposition. The players take turns rolling perception until one of them gets a high enough result for the DM to tell the party where they have to travel. A basic combat ensues consisting of several identical creatures - an hour of BAB versus AC rolls. More perception checks to find out what just happened and why. Maybe a conversation with another NPC where no social skill rolls matter - he's just there to tell the party where to go next. Finally, we get a "boss" battle consisting of more identical creatures, one of which has 10x the hit points of the rest. Victorious, the party splits up some randomly-rolled, level-appropriate loot.

Alternate title: No One Else Wanted To Be GM This Weekend. Pretty much my go-to style of running games.


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Just gonna leave this here...


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Freehold DM wrote:
For years, I thought the white in my family(mother's side) was Irish. Ancestry.com revealed it was Scottish.

Ancestry.com is great.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Scotch-Irish by ancestry, but I don't know if that counts

Depends on who you ask. Careful, though--if you ask the wrong person, you might get shot.


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Goddity wrote:
At least you made sure she lived. I know people who would have done the same thing, but just left her dead.

And lose the ring of regeneration? Not a chance.

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