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678 posts. Alias of Jeremy Mcgillan.


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No place yet. we have made inquiries though. As for a hobby room I will most likely have one.


Packing, Packing, Packing. It's sad to see my hobby room so disassembled.


DSXMachina wrote:
Drejk wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Drejk wrote:
aeglos wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
So made a trip to Edmonton and back at the beginning of the week for my UK visa application. Got up there to get my biometrics done and the employees are all contractors who know nothing and answered no questions. So I am given this checklist of like a dozen things and only half of which I was asked to bring for the application. So I was panicked plus I had to pay $2000 for the damn thing. Since these contractors have no idea what the visa requirements are I get no info and left all panicked that I didn't bring the right paperwork. I get home to see the checklist they gave me was for ALL settlement visas for the UK. So now I still have my doubts as to wether I will be fine. But apparently I can appeal the decision and even enter the UK while it is appealed. My God this process sucks so much. And I may have to make an impromptu trip to Ireland if things go weirdly.

wait a minute, aren't you Canadian? you need a visa to visit GB?? you even share the head of state but can not travel at will ?

thats strange
Uh, even I can be in UK as long as I want without any visa...
I am moving to the UK guys. My husband got a job with Cambridge University, we will be living in Bedfordshire starting the end of May. That's why I need the visa :P
We know. We are all just surprised that Her Majesty's Loyal Subject From Colonies (You are Canadian, right?) needs to have visa to do so when we, Uncouth Eastern Europe Foreigners can come, settle and even work without any such complex paperwork.

Hence all the horrid political stuff with the EU & the UK.

But it's tricky for non-EU residents to work/live over here, whilst I'm sure it is going to the US (even for holiday's).

I understand the stickiness with the Visa situation. They want to make sure you're not a layabout who is coming over to collect public funds. But in my case I have thoroughly proven that is not the case. They have my full employment history, they have my husbands full employment history. They have my husbands letter of offer from the company he is going to work for including wage. They have proof we are not in a greencard marriage with a marriage license going back 4 and half years ago + leases that go back even further with both our names on it. So I think all will be fine, but even so this is stressful.


Drejk wrote:
aeglos wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
So made a trip to Edmonton and back at the beginning of the week for my UK visa application. Got up there to get my biometrics done and the employees are all contractors who know nothing and answered no questions. So I am given this checklist of like a dozen things and only half of which I was asked to bring for the application. So I was panicked plus I had to pay $2000 for the damn thing. Since these contractors have no idea what the visa requirements are I get no info and left all panicked that I didn't bring the right paperwork. I get home to see the checklist they gave me was for ALL settlement visas for the UK. So now I still have my doubts as to wether I will be fine. But apparently I can appeal the decision and even enter the UK while it is appealed. My God this process sucks so much. And I may have to make an impromptu trip to Ireland if things go weirdly.

wait a minute, aren't you Canadian? you need a visa to visit GB?? you even share the head of state but can not travel at will ?

thats strange
Uh, even I can be in UK as long as I want without any visa...

I am moving to the UK guys. My husband got a job with Cambridge University, we will be living in Bedfordshire starting the end of May. That's why I need the visa :P


So made a trip to Edmonton and back at the beginning of the week for my UK visa application. Got up there to get my biometrics done and the employees are all contractors who know nothing and answered no questions. So I am given this checklist of like a dozen things and only half of which I was asked to bring for the application. So I was panicked plus I had to pay $2000 for the damn thing. Since these contractors have no idea what the visa requirements are I get no info and left all panicked that I didn't bring the right paperwork. I get home to see the checklist they gave me was for ALL settlement visas for the UK. So now I still have my doubts as to wether I will be fine. But apparently I can appeal the decision and even enter the UK while it is appealed. My God this process sucks so much. And I may have to make an impromptu trip to Ireland if things go weirdly.


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So submitted my Visa on Sunday. And cause we both wanted this thing over with we just finished a 6 hour drive to Edmonton to have my Visa Biometrics and interview done tomorrow morning. Back to work on Wednesday.


What Erik says makes sense to me actually. The majority of Miniature consumers are PLAYERS not GMs. Therefore the majority of players would be looking for that perfect PC mini, or buying a bunch for future PC ideas. Now I have been miniature collecting over a decade and a lot of miniature collectors would be very similar I would imagine as the hobby is well established, therefore builder sets would mostly appeal to one demographic new miniature collecting GMs. This would mean sales on those could be a bit lax.
But on the brightside Erik I will continue my subscription and enjoy what is produced.


Holy Crap I leave next month!!! Also By the end of next month I will have made my first trip to London.


Dear government you suck at doing the simplest tasks. My husband requested a letter that is necessary for my Spousal Visa on March 3rd. And they said they sent it March 4th. We received it Friday and it had been post dated for the 21st. So after us nagging them about it, it had sat on someones desk waiting to be sent for 3 weeks. >:(


Aberzombie wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:

Hey all sorry been gone for awhile. Life gets way to busy. So for those of you not caught up on my life.

Event 1: My husband finally got a position for Cambridge University
Event 2: Work goes crazy busy my life has no time for fun
Event 3: Crazy preparation for moving

So in short I have 8 weeks left hear in North America. Soon to be a resident of Bedfordshire England.

Huzzah! Road trip!

Your always welcome Aberzombie. You get the plane ticket and you'll have a place to stay family and all.


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Hey all sorry been gone for awhile. Life gets way to busy. So for those of you not caught up on my life.
Event 1: My husband finally got a position for Cambridge University
Event 2: Work goes crazy busy my life has no time for fun
Event 3: Crazy preparation for moving

So in short I have 8 weeks left hear in North America. Soon to be a resident of Bedfordshire England.


I feel no better for the death of this vile man. Though he has passed away his legacy of disgusting behavior continues. This man who protested the funerals murdered LGBT victims. This man who had no regard for the grief mothers who lost sons to war. This man who he and his vile church held signs thanking God for IEDs and with a megaphone proclaimed that God sent your children back dead for not executing all the f&$@%+s. This man who lead a church of hate and his legacy will only be pain, hatred, and bigotry. I will not celebrate your death Fred Phelps, because there is nothing to celebrate. I can only hope you died alone shunned by those you love as the news seems to portend.

Link


Ok after doing some research on the "Fred Phelps" is dying story I found a direct quote from the source finally. Fred Phelps estranged son Nate Phelps. The results seem to be this. Nate knows about Freds condition from a nephew who has left the church quite recently. As to the rumors that Fred Phelps is no longer associated with the WBC it seems to be true. As of last August WBC moved to a leadership council of 8 elders anticipating Rev. Phelps poor condition. The result was clashes between these 8 elders and Rev Phelps that lead to his excommunication. Rev. Phelps is apparently in a hospice in Topeka Kansas currently.
Here is the Link:
http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/popupaudio.html?clipIds=2442784713


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What are the chances we will see either a Casmaron gazetteer, or a Southern Garund Gazetteer anytime soon?


James do Tengus have live birth or do they lay eggs?


Like to give my shout out. Sean good luck with this new exciting chapter of your life. I am happy to hear about you and Jodi's move and impending success. I have greatly enjoyed your work since your first days here at paizo. And as WoW player who has greatly enjoyed playing with you on the paizo guild I wish you only the best. I also embark on my own journey to England and cordially invite you and Jodi to enjoy a nice trip to the English countryside after you guys get settled.


I have to say as a fan of epic level play, Mythic really scratched that epic level itch. If you can challenge (maybe not easily defeat) demi god powered things such as Demon lords, Arch devils, and empyreal lords I say that is high enough. The death of gods should be super divine cataclysmic events that are beyond the ability of mortals. Lets face it as a top mythic tier 20th level mortal you can already effect events on a global and even eternal scale (by killing demigods). Why do you need to go further than that?


I'll be living in Biggleswade Bedfordshire in May.


I know you guys are having another hard month with another miniatures release. Remember Customer Service and Warehouse peeps you are appreciated.


Wanted to chime in. I got my case today, and not only did I get a full set. I had no broken minis at all. Woot way to go Wizkids and Paizo.


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Ok to the naysayers.
I have been a subscriber since the beginning. And yes there have been some bumps in the road now and again with subscription orders. But frankly I have seen Paizo keep trying to handle the bumps in the most efficient way possible as they have grown. They print the shipping label for those folks who love pdfs so they can look at their subscription material as soon as possible. That solution doesn't work for me since I am not a fan of pdfs but hey it works for a majority of folks so I don't complain. Secondly being a subscriber isn't about getting it before everyone else, it's about the % discount you get and convenience of it shipping to your door. I know personally I will buy every pathfinder book published therefore I get it the most cost effective way possible.
And please don't think I am not just as anxious for my order as anyone else. I want those miniatures like yesterday. But as an adult I realize I am getting what I want even if I don't get it when I want. So I have nothing to complain about really in a mature manner.


And to give such an elixir a basis in Golarion rules I will start to stat it out.

Elixir of Gender Change Price ????gp
Craft Alchemy DC 30, required spells Polymorph.


Apparently there is a unpublished alchemical gender changing elixir. One of the NPCs in Wrath of the Righteous used it. It also seems a bit expensive as well.


Slaunyeh wrote:
Andrew R wrote:
Very true, how many other countries have so much space that you can drive 15 hours in a (mostly) straight line and still be in your borders? Not many.
You can do that in Sweden, the 56th largest country in the world. So I'm going with "more than you think". ;)

Canada. Any Praire Highway. 2nd largest country via landmass in the world. Beaten only by Russia.


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Jessica Price wrote:
Mulgar wrote:
I understand its usage in contemporary American society. The point I was evidently not making effectively is that it is in part irrational. It is hard to categorize someone as not good based on their irrational fears.

As others have pointed out, it's not always irrational.

Also, the fact that the fear is irrational doesn't mean that the behavior can't be controlled, especially the more severe it is. I am pretty irrationally afraid of spiders. If I jump when I see a spider, that I probably can't control and shouldn't be blamed for. If I burn down someone's house or beat them up because they own a tarantula, however, I have done something evil and absolutely should be blamed for it.

And essentially, to get back to the original point, you're arguing that if a deity is homophobic, we should treat that as insane rather than evil, and therefore allow her to be good. That's not really the way the alignment system works, however. While real life is a lot more nuanced, the alignment system is fairly black and white. There are entire races that default to evil (kobolds, outsiders, etc.), psychosis and some other forms of insanity change your alignment to CE, Lamashtu (the main deity with madness as part of her portfolio) is evil, etc. The alignment system doesn't really care if you're a murderous cannibal because you made a rational decision to be, or whether you're a murderous cannibal because you're insane and can't really help it. Either way, if you're murdering people and eating them, you're likely evil.

I have to side with Jessica here.

*Big confession on my part*
I have an aversion to trans folks. But it is a visceral reaction inside of me. But guess what I don't actually dislike them or anything. I in fact stand up for their rights and all. I found the aversion unacceptable and forced myself to get to know some folks from that community and to fight it. I never want to be that way and even though I don't really know where the ingrained reaction came from in the first place, I decided I wasn't going to let it rule my actions. Because that is not who I am and what I want to be. Does that make me transphobic? Maybe not sure but I am certainly not going to let it stay that way.

To wrap it up actions do speak louder than internal feelings.


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Back where I grew up in New Brunswick we had the Maliseet tribe. They had a legend of the little people who lived along the river in small holes. The Maliseet would trade with the little people who were about as tall as a mans knee. The little people were apparently known for odd rituals and the gift of not being seen when they wanted to, even in broad daylight. They had a side of trickery to them as well, they would braid peoples hair into elaborate shapes when they were asleep. They loved the smell of sweet grass as well and could always be coaxed out of hiding by burning it. The maliseet said that the little people started to leave after colonists started to arrive, and went away completely after dams were built in the river and changed the river so much.


Yes they are. I know I am usually on early evening getting my dailies done. And Sean is on usually just a little later every night. And of course a handful of others as well. Population waxes and wanes between patches and expansions but some of the regulars are always there.


Erik Mona wrote:

No word on builder series sets for the near future. To be totally honest, I think WizKids wants them to sell better before they slate more of them. I've been building minis in anticipation of more builder series sets, but so far WizKids is reticent to do more in the immediate future.

It's too bad, because I think they're a great option for the line. If you agree and haven't yet bought any, that's probably the most important thing you can to do ensure that there will be more in the future.

I really wish I could financially afford to buy more minis. But in reality it is usually just one case with the gargantuan incentive and every now and again 2 cases. Also because I have a large established minis set the builder sets has as of yet been unable to help me build anything. And buying minis I don`t need is a bit frivolous, as I already have opening parties with every new case that arrives in which I give away the minis I don`t need from the case. That being said you produce a townsfolk builder set and I will buy a case of that no problem maybe 2.


I agree the builder sets are awesome especially for beginner GMs who want to build up their mini collections. I however haven`t bought them only because I don`t need them. I will buy a case of every new set however and with the Wrath of the Righteous minis I will be getting 2 cases as I will be running that game fairly soon. (January)


Morning...... not enough sleep again. Work. See you all later.


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I also hate gender policing. What affects me more is enforced stereotypes. See I am gay and have a husband, I don't have a lilt in my voice I am not effeminate at all (and have no problem to those who are), I was raised a s a farm boy who played football and listened to country music. To this day I am just a usual guy personality and it freaks out every person who finds out I'm gay. I get a lot of "No Way, you can't be." or really freaked out guys who never saw it coming. Hey guys I got news for you, personality and homosexuality are not always related!!!!!


Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What you're saying is that Iomedae likely tried rezzing him herself, and the fact that a god's effort didn't work bodes ill for mortals attempting the same?

Pretty much if Iomedae was in position to attempt a ressurection and couldn't how would a mortal be able to do it.


Umm for those of you questioning whether you could bring back Aroden with a simple True Ressurection, I have a logic question for you. Iomedae was the divine servant of Aroden she was a deity at the time of his death, and know what Iomedae stands for do you not think if she could bring him back she wouldn't? Do you not think that if Iomedae knew what happened to Aroden she would stay idle about it? James am I making any sort of logical sense?


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Conversation between me and my friend Vanessa.
Vanessa: I can't get over that his last name is Diamond. If I married him I would be Vanesa Diamond. Coolest last name ever.
Me: You don't want to play that game with me Vanessa you will lose.
Vanessa: What do you mean, you're married to Alex.
Me: Ok you asked for it. Yeah and what is Alexs last name? Bond. And where is Alex from? He's Scottish. And what is Alexs uncles name? James, James Bond.
Vanessa: And what does Alex do he's an ornithologist :P
Me: Yeah he is, who takes off for 3 months out of the year to remote locales around the world. Is he really studying birds or foiling the plans of international supervillains?
Vanessa: You've stopped taking your meds haven't you?
Me: That sounds like loser talk to me.


So does a Person have to have mythic potential to pass the test of the Starstone?


Spent the whole day on Geek Squad installs and it was fun.


Work today, game tomorrow. Mentally forced myself to sleep last night, even though I woke up every hour. But now that I know I can do it, I will practice.


James the wizard spellbook in Pathfinder recently brought up a question in game. What is the paper technology in Golarion is it the 1) ancient to mediaval animal skin vellum, 2) renaissance pressed cloth paper or 3) Modern wood pulp paper?


Hello Dungeonmaster Cal
I also suffer from anxiety, really severe anxiety. My doctor has continually upped my dosage and for good reason. I am going on 10 years with the disorder. I suffer from severe panic attacks, some from emotional encounters others from random flashback memories. The inane memories can come from any point in my life, and can be anything from I felt shame, guilt, awkwardness, or frustration and anger. They come at different times and can be bad enough to send me into a fetal position with severe chest pains and horrible trouble breathing.
As time has gone on I have learned to fight these anxiety attacks, my mental fortitude has increased as a result. I remind myself this is not the way I want to be, and grit my teeth and fight with everything in me to stay sane (or so it feels). I mostly just feel like isolating myself from the world, but I force myself not too, I force myself to activities I even enjoy such as Pathfinder. I force myself to go out to social events with my husband even though I really don't want to inside. This has all been to my betterment over time. In my case I can't let this disorder control me and it takes every ounce of strength I have most days to get through, and I constantly feel like giving up, but I realize if I do it will get worse and quickly. I can partially empathize with you Cal and I hope that you find the energy to fight.


Bah not enough sleep and work ahead. Someday soon I will look into sleeping meds.


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Got the job and a pretty decent wage, and it looks like a decent company. So all is well.


Mika Hawkins wrote:

When bribing the warehouse, please send all offers and tributes to [redacted]

[redacted]

Also, don't forget we all love [redacted] !

See I already tried to bribe Mike and Will. They immediately iron walled and started and extortion racket to get more money, until I almost had to get a briefcase full of 20s


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Have the 2nd of 3 interviews today. Hopefully it will go well!! And package 4 of 4 arrived today so yay on being up to date!!


O god there is so much.. which ones will I admit too..

I like Pawn store shows, especially if they have cool antigues and art.

I am an obsessive collector of Miniatures. It's gotten to the really bad point of me owning over 7500 minis.

and I think that's all I want to admit to right now :P


James Jacobs wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Is it true that Cosmos old mustache is now animated and living in the walls of the paizo office, making mysterious scratching noises?
It also eats apostrophes and capital letters, ive heard. Its a troublemaker. :-P

I see, very good to know. Is it also responsible for the typos in the pathfinder published material I see every month? >:)


Is it true that Cosmos old mustache is now animated and living in the walls of the paizo office, making mysterious scratching noises?


Just arrived today, and I am feverishly reading through it in preperation to run it. I read the overview for the entire AP and I am more excited than ever to run this!!!! Awesome work guys.


Jess Door wrote:
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Just read through the overview of the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path, and OMG so much awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to run this!!!!
I can only like this post one time. :( Sadness.

Alas I must wait until January lucky lucky Jess gets to run it immediately.


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Just read through the overview of the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path, and OMG so much awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to run this!!!!


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My paizo subscription arrived!!!!

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