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RPG Superstar 2013 Dedicated Voter, 2014 Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 6,636 posts (11,436 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 56 aliases.


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Lord Synos:
I always enjoy reading your Kidlet updates, Lord Synos. You so obviously adore your little dude and enjoy every moment you can with him. Well done.


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Freehold's Sekrit Identity


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Terquem wrote:
I think it is important to also point out that if you are 50+ (like I am) and grew up playing D&D in the 70's and 80's it's easy to delude yourself into thinking that how it was then is how it is now,but it really isn't anymore. Most people get into the hobby, these days, because they were at a MTG tourney, or Pokémon tourney, Local game store's "board game Saturday" event, or other social gathering (comic convention, midnight book release, game convention, or other event).

That's a good point, and rather a shame. My friends and I got into D&D in 1977 because we overheard a game at University and asked the GM if we could join. It sounded like a blast and we were all into SF and fantasy. We had a mixed M/F group and loads of fun. I'm still close with many of that gaming group today. But I can say with confidence that none of us would have gone to a game shop, so we'd have never had a chance to overhear the fun or join this addictive hobby.

It's encouraging that schools have gaming clubs and that some teachers are introducing gaming to improve math, social, and organizational skills, but I guess it is somewhat more isolated than it was when I started playing.


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Oh, to be in Vienna now that the New Year is here. <3


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looks up "raclette"

My God, the Swiss are geniuses! Has a culture ever done more with Cheese? I mean, Wisconsin tries, but they pale in comparison to the Swiss.


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What do you get a dragon who has everything for his birthday?


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I sold my mouse to get Puffin a lanyard for his badge.
He sold his badge to get me a mouse pad.


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HBFHDM


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Midair.


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The Rot Grub wrote:
Dotting. These comics look fun for anyone who has survived higher education.

And for those of us intelligent undead who didn't.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
Alternatively, you could do as my parents used to do and regift something you had gotten as a white elephant gift on a previous occasion. In fact, in town we lived in while I was growing up, there was a "tradition" amongst the churchfolk that there was one specific item, I forget what it was, that was handed around every year as a white elephant gift. It had changed hands every year for over 20 years at the time we moved away.

I believe those are called "mathoms".


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Employee of the Year and a Bach solo? Our angel is flying high!


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Oh, right, children's books. I read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase while insomniac Tuesday night. It was great fun!

Kids books are the best.


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Found out yesterday that Denver has a traditional German Christmas market (Christkindlmarkt) near downtown. We'll go next weekend. I'm so excited! Haven't been to one since Munich/Innsbruck about 25 years ago. It's not going to be quite the same without the beautiful old town squares, but it'll be fun anyway.


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Got mine, too! Thanks for everything, Wayfinder Peeps and Paizo Customer Service. You rawk.

<3


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And of course, there's this for your Thanksgiving treat!


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Celestial Healer wrote:
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gran rey de los mono wrote:

I know it's still early, but how about a couple of Christmas songs?

Here's a modern one.

And this one is a classic.

no Xmas songs before thanksgiving.

For the record, my choir started rehearsing for our Christmas concert in September. If you're counting, that's 4 months worth of Silent Night.

I have a few college friends who are now music teachers, and one of them commented to me. "No Christmas music before Thanksgiving? We've been rehearsing it since the school year started, and I've been planning the repertoire for the holiday concert since June."

The struggles of being a musician :)

At least you don't have to sing "Pomp and Circumstance" a bajillion times at every graduation.


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My God, it's full of stars.


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I'm a female gamer/GM who started playing in the late 70's and ran a couple of sessions then. I took a loooooong break and came back to 3.5 in 2006. We then switched to Pathfinder when it came out.

I've never run into real trouble with players as a female GM. I have a low, quiet voice, so people tend to talk over me at the gaming table as well as everywhere else in life. At the table, a few threats of '-2' are sufficient to get everyone's attention. I also reward players who pay attention and help advance plot points and flesh out their characters. My focus is on creating an immersive world where players 'become' their characters and have the ability to act as freely and creatively as possible within the confines of their abilities, social position, and finances. Kinda like real life.

The biggest technical problem was the jump from d6 to d20 and hitting 3.5 at the very end of the splat book deluge. There was a TON of material to learn and my memory is poor. I feel I spend an inordinate amount of time prepping, but players have expressed appreciation for the time and effort I put into organizing play (in RL games -- I'm trying my first pbp and have found it tough to keep focus).

As an INTP, system mastery is kinda my thing, even though I am a person of boobage.


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I kept clicking on "Link" and wondering why it wasn't active.


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The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth is an excellent Zelazny short story collection, including the lovely A Rose for Ecclesiastes.


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Ümläut the dwarven fighter (1st edition).


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♪♫ I hit her in the butt with a rotten coconut...♪♫

Dammit, Limeylongears!


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Hope you had a happy boopday, robot.


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I thought it was 'squeal'...


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I'm not a big elf fan, but I did enjoy Queen of Thorns, so don't give up hope.


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There's a time and place for blood, Kil. The time is bath time. The place is filling the tub.


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It's either you or cheapy, and everybody knows that cheapy is innocent and pure.


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Ooh, love and arson. It's going to be a great day!


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*notes names and IP addresses*

Carry on. Nothing to see here.


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Policing is a difficult job. Unfortunately, arming police with Pentagon-surplus materiel has not made it easier for day-to-day activities. Most of their work does not involve responding to heavily-armed, desperado bank robbers as happened in LA. Most involves routine checks and petty crimes. Tear gas, body armor, rubber bullets - these all serve to separate the police from the people they serve.

What happened to the community policing effort, where patrolmen got out of their cars and walked a beat to get to know their people? I believe that was proved to be effective, but we seem to prefer to give communities three-quarter of a MILLION dollar war vehicles rather than pay the salary of a few more officers to support community policing.

You'll notice that unrest in Ferguson de-escalated last night when Captain Johnson of the highway patrol took charge. He walked around in shirtsleeves, talking to people and encouraging the community cleanup efforts (which have arisen spontaneously from locals wanting to keep businesses in their community). He did NOT have his men point live weapons at crowds. There's general, broad agreement that police in Ferguson mishandled the reactions to the Brown shooting and escalated the situation themselves.

Maybe now that details have been released in this morning's press conference (why did it take DAYS to get the sequence of 911 calls when the police handling Robin Williams' death made that information public the same day?)there may be some backlash, but much of the unrest was caused by lack of information. Leave an information gap and speculation will fill in the details, generally destructively.

And I bow out. The information is out on the internet for those interested. People who won't read and learn are certainly entitled to their opinion, but that doesn't make them right. If they want to learn about Ferguson, let them go there and meet the people. I have. Have you?


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The situation in Ferguson is quite complex and cannot be dismissed by calling the locals 'animals' nor by accusing every individual policeman of malice or wrongdoing. It's best to start from positions of common ground.

Police are entrusted with the use of lethal force to keep the peace. They should and must be judicious in its use and held accountable. Their mandate is to protect and serve the communities that pay them - everyone in the community.

Looting and destruction is wrong and criminal and those who did it should be arrested and prosecuted.

Peaceful assembly and petition to redress grievances is lawful and proper, as is the exercise of a free press.

I seem to have heard that before. But where?:

The Freedom of Speech, and of the Press, and the right of the People peaceably to assemble, and consult for their common good, and to apply to the Government for a redress of grievances, shall not be infringed.

Police should be responsive to their constituency and disclose information as appropriate, particularly in cases of lethal force.

In addition to the above, realize that a significant portion of the population is sociopathic, with no empathy towards their fellows.

So, in any large group (like a police force or crowd of generally peacable protestors), you'll get a portion who have no regard for their fellows - at all. They will happily do whatever they can get away with to benefit themselves, as long as they feel they can get away with it.

If they are in a position of power, they will misuse it if they can. If they are in a confused crowd at night, they will grab what they get for themselves. This does NOT mean that the majority of police are bad, evil, racist, or psychopathic. Nor does it mean that the majority of the protestors are looking to destroy their own community. It means there are bad people who need to be dealt with, lawfully. Painting police and protestors with the broad brush of sociopathy is not at all helpful.

The police need to identify and arrest bad people - including other bad police officers. People need to know they are being protected and that they need not live in fear of their protectors.

The situation in Ferguson went wrong in so many ways that it's difficult to list them all. Many journalists have done a fine job of reporting and analyzing what they saw, and that's all available on the internet for those who care about facts and are interested in learning what really happened.

What's hard for me to admit and also hard to deny is the frightening treatment of ordinary people by police. If I had not seen some of the dashboard and body cam footage of horrible police behavior, I would have found the victims' stories unbelievable. But I've seen compliant people being battered while the arresting officer yells "Stop resisting! Stop reaching for my weapon!" for the benefit of the recording. I've seen them shot. I've seen them beaten. I've seen mentally ill people dragged by their feet while their head bounced down a staircase while onlookers yelled in horror that they had called the police to help this person, not kill them. Children are being tazed and handcuffed.

This is utterly horrifying. We'd have little to no knowledge of this without dashboard cams, body cams, and smartphones. The recording needs to be expanded so the truth can come out. Police who abuse the populace must be discovered, charged, and removed from authority altogether. They are undermining the public trust and directly contributing to volatile situations. Instead, 1033 gives them weapons of war to escalate their abuse. The situation needs to be addressed. Please determine the attitudes of your elected representatives and let your voices be heard at the ballot box. This must stop, or Ferguson's unrest will be everywhere.


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yellowdingo wrote:
Apparently of fifteen thousand African Americans in twenty thousand pop Ferguson only fifteen hundred voted.

I'm not sure which election you're discussing nor what point you're trying to make, but 10% is about average in Missouri.

Numbers without context are pointless.


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Nixon (Jay, not Richard) pulled the St. Louis County Police from the area and replaced them with the state highway patrol captained by a man who grew up in the area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is an excellent news organization which is doing a good job of covering Ferguson's troubles and linking to other news coverage as well. It can be viewed at stltoday.com.

Ferguson is one of the communities immediately surrounding St. Louis City and located within the County of St. Louis, along with 90 or so similar communities. The population is working-class poor and primarily (67% or so) black. It's home to Emerson Electric as well as many other small businesses.

I've played with the St. Louis Community College orchestra at Florissant Valley, located at West Florissant and 270, just north of the hot zone. I had no fear driving in the area or stopping in local businesses. This is not a derelict urban wasteland run by gangsters; it is a low- to middle-class community full of decent, hard-workng people. People who are having loaded guns trained on them and tear gas fired into their back yards by those who vowed to serve and protect them.


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OLADOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

*shakes fist*


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My roommate put together a bowl of fresh pineapple chunks, banana slices, plain Greek yogurt, and a new chocolate/peanut butter granola. She said it was amazing, and it sure smelled that way.


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Through judicious selection of wonderful, brilliant people as Facebook friends, I seen little criticism of Robin Williams as a coward for taking his own life, but I'm sure it's out there. It's the typical reaction of people who have never been depressed. Suicide is selfish. It's cowardly. It's a sin.

There is some tiny bit of merit to this view. Suicide hurts those left behind, hurts them very badly. It's the final act of desparation to end unbearable pain, succumbing to a horrible disease. As for sin, I leave that to your own religion or morality to decide.

But that judgemental view of suicide needs to be turned on its head. Mr. Williams struggled against depression for many years. He fought it for decades. He should be credited for that fight, not reviled for ultimate surrender. His death points out that depression is an equal-opportunity disease. It knows no boundaries of race or sex or status. Those with money for treatment succumb, as do those who have no resources.

Robin Williams left behind a huge body of brilliant work. This is true of many others with mental illnesses. Though their minds are affected by unbalanced chemistry and their lives sometimes spin out of control, some of our most brilliant artists, writers, and statesmen grappled with mental illness during their lives. Their accomplishments should be viewed with awe in light of the constant struggle to live.

It's not only the gifted who fight that battle, though. There are tens of thousands who struggle to get out of bed every morning, to hold down jobs, to tend to families, to simply maintain a semblance of sanity and functionality. They may or may not have access to support and treatment. They may not even realize they have a treatable mental illness. They may self-medicate with legal or illegal substances. But they are all fighting, in their own way. If they are alive, they are still fighting their demons. And for that, I honor them as well. Sometimes, day-to-day living is a huge accomplishment.

I hope Mr. Williams' sad story triggers some level of compassionate and intelligent discussion about the scourge of mental illness. If we are moved to ask friends who seem down how they *really* are, encourage others to get professional help, offer a sympathetic ear, or reach out ourselves to call for assistance, then his death will have done a great service for the world. Admire his life for its brilliance and generosity. Honor his end with compassion, understanding, and outreach.

Peace.


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I am Grooot.


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I AM GROOT!


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You need a pinecone sucker.

Or this one, to pull behind your hugh-mongous tractor.

Bonus-wise, their utility is not limited to pinecones, but also includes dog 'problems', bones, small animals, insects, toys, pets, and neighbors.


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F Elf Alchemist 4 {Init +3; Perception +8 (llv); HP 26/35}

Sylvia takes a couple of long, dancing strides towards the first horror and unleashes a Bomb of Unusual Size with an odd flick of her wrist, slanting the blast away from her friends. She hopes. It's a risk, but maybe enough fire will hurt the things. And, really, you can never have enough fire.

BOUS toss ranged touch: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (9) + 9 = 18
BOUS damage if hits: 2d6 + 4 ⇒ (2, 1) + 4 = 7
Move to O5 and throw at Thing 1, excluding squares containing friends.

"Bargain alchemical supplies, indeed," she snarls at the resulting tiny gout of flame, "That's the last time I buy at Edgar's Discount Spells."


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I'm reading Dumas' complete works. In the middle of Twenty Years After right now. Great source for gaming politics and plots!


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Qstor: Here's the link to the call for contributions to the next issue, all about Osirion.


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"I'll go... uh... check on Mr Scruffy."

Sinister?

Yeah, that struck me as a bluff check, where nobody was paying enough attention to bother making a sense motive roll. Guaranteed he's stalking the vampire.
it struck me as "the best way I can help is by being out of the way"
Possibly. Just reread it & I noticed that he's kind of looking directly at Durkula as he's saying it. I suspect that Fromper & strayshift might be on to something...
Either we're totally right, or Belkar really is just worried about the vampire eating his cat. :P
Or it's both. Also, the nesting quotes are starting to look like either a pit or a pyramid, depending upon how my eyes look at it.
Both pit and pyramid are appropriate for OotS :P
That's a pretty weirdly proportioned pyramid...
I suppose it'll look right when it gets to about 35 'nests'.
That's what you get when you
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This is why poor Gary gets stressed. You bastards.


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Orthos wrote:
Lies of Locke Lamora is up next.

Ah, enjoy. At least, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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I am kvlt.

I had to look it up, so I think by definition I'm not kvlt.


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That is the most metal thing I ever heard in my whole life.


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Now I'm hungry, dammit.


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TarSpartan wrote:
Has anyone ever finished a book series because they feel compelled to finish it, not because they enjoyed the series?

Wheel of Time fixed that.


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Female Humanish Very little class but on the level

Color me IN! Hooray!

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