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Would you please change the shipping on this order so that the book ships with my next subscription order? I don't know what I was thinking... :)

Thank you!!
DeAnna


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Hi! I'm trying to change the payment method for my subscriptions to a different credit card. Each time I click on Change Payment Method, I'm taken to a screen where my options are "Cancel," "Select Payment Method," and "Cancel." I *think* I'm supposed to have the payment options listed on this screen, but I'm not sure. When I click on "Select Payment Method," the website takes me back to the "My Subscriptions" page.

Please help! :)

Thanks!
DeAnna


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Wizards mentioned in the Basic document that one of the campaign worlds they'd bring back would be Mystara. That grabbed my attention!


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In_digo wrote:

Hey,

I received the contents of my kickstarter pledge, including all the physical rewards from the 2 print packs I ordered, except the two copies of the Emerald Spire Superdungeon. Is it possible they were shipped separately, or is this a computer error?

Thanks.

Me too! (though I only ordered one copy of the print pack) I know customer service has been backed up, so I've hesitated to email again.


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Kthulhu wrote:
It is rather dificult to access them when the website logs you out when you try to follow the link 9 times out of 10.

I was having this issue too. I decided to download the PDFs of the levels that I didn't have. The site made me log in again (grr). Once I'd downloaded those levels, I tried to download the SGG products again -- and it worked! I didn't get that weird "you have to log in" message every time I clicked on the link. I'm using Firefox 26.0 -- hopefully this will help you too!


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Wait? Some people actually received the SGG pdfs promised as part of the Kickstarter? I never did -- and sent an email to Hyrum at one point asking about them. I eventually shrugged my shoulders and decided that at least I'd kept the lights on for DaD. I just assumed that no one received the pdfs.

The bad thing, though, is that I stopped buying SGG titles because I wasn't sure if I'd ever receive the promised free ones, and I didn't want to purchase what might end up being duplicates.

I'll email Owen at the email address listed above and let him know my situation.

I haven't done a lot with Adventureaweek.com, though I did pledge the Rise of the Drow kickstarter. I would love to see some kind of compiled PDF with bookmarks for DaD -- doesn't even need to be a hardcover, just everything in one place. If I could get it, I'd love for it to be updated to Pathfinder completely and linked to d20pfsrd.


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A vendor on RPG Geek is selling the book for $18 Canadian; xe.com says that's about $17 US. The vendors typically ask you to purchase them an Amazon gift card that covers the cost of the book plus shipping.

I've only ordered one thing this way, but I was very happy with it. Good luck!!


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Shadowborn wrote:

When I was in high school I babysat for a woman with twin boys. One day she tells me she didn't need me to sit for her, because their uncle had them, and he'd taken them out to see Robocop.

...

Robo-freakin-cop.

I was a teenager and thought the level of violence in that movie was over the top. These kids were five.

Parental guidance is usually a toss-up.

My father took my brother and me to see Robocop when it came out. I was probably 15 (I think) and my brother was 12. As the intro screens were rolling, a little voice pipes up from in front of us and says, "Daddy, what does that say?" I simply could not believe that a parent had brought their child who was probably between ages 4 and 6 to an R-rated movie!

To stay on-topic :). My husband had our daughter watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer when she was young to show her that bad guys could be defeated. And she's fairly well grounded, though the Hush episode still freaks her out. I'm probably much more protective than he is -- but then I had that experience at Robocop! (As a teenager, *I* was grossed out!)


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Or maybe a package of all the add-ons as part of an upgraded adventure path subscription? I've stopped my Pathfinder Flip-Mat, Map Packs, and Cards subscriptions, but I think it would be neat to get all the maps and cards used in the adventure path for one extra price.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
I may never sleep again, but spend the rest of my waking life flossing and brushing in an effort to avoid that woman.

Hey, at least you only have to go once every six months. I get to go see my dentist (and hygienist) every three months! That's how bad I am!

Well, okay, so I did grow up without fluoridated water, and my mother does have really soft teeth too. But I drink way too much soda.

5 implants (and waiting for the jawbone to heal from the last extraction) plus um 12 (I think) root canals later... all I can say is,

"Love your hygienist, Dungeonmaster Cal, love her; for she is all that stands in the way of doom!"

:P


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One of my regular players was always late -- it was just part of her personality. So I'd tell her that the game would start at 11 and tell everyone else that it started at noon (on a Sunday). When she arrived at noon, she was right on time! :)

I don't know if this will actually help in your particular situation, but I agree with the others. Plan for her not to be there and then you're pleasantly surprised when she arrives. Depending on the situation, I might have her character as a "ride-along." She's there, but she doesn't actually do anything until the player is there.

Good luck!


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Unfortunately money is getting tighter, and I need to cancel the map packs, the flip-mats, and the cards.

Thanks!
DeAnna


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Set wrote:


[horrible tangent]Consider the ramifications of Vanishing Twin Syndrome where one fetus entirely absorbs another (which appears to be disturbingly common!) in a fantasy world where it is a provable fact that people have souls. *If* Pharasma or whomever assigns those souls at conception, do the ones that survive end up with multiple souls, having absorbed their womb-mates? Similarly, since the fertilized egg takes some time before it splits, and doesn't always 'twin' on the first division, does a single soul get split up between the identical twins, or is one of them born without a soul.

I'm a bit late to this, but have you read the books by Gail Carriger? Soulless is the first in the series. They're set in an alternative Victoria London where vampires and werewolves are common. Our main character is born without a soul, so her mere touch changes vampires and werewolves back to human. Highly recommended.


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Sara Marie wrote:
I accidentally sent you two new confirmation emails. Sorry about that!

Not a problem! :) Thank you, thank you!!!


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If it's not too late, would you please cancel my order of Rise of the Runelords Deluxe Collector's Edition? I had to pay over $4K to get my car repaired last week, and I need to save the cash. I hate that I'm going to miss out on this, though...

Thanks!
DeAnna


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Must be patient... must be patient... :)

I have the PDFs, but it's so much easier to read the book.


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Hi!! I thought I converted my pre-orders of the pawn collections to subscriptions, but I must not have done it right. I have 2 copies of the Rise of the Runelords pawn collection in this order, plus another copy of the Bestiary pawn collection.

Would you please correct this order so I only have one copy of the Rise of the Runelords pawn collection and no additional Bestiary pawn collection?

I'm sorry I didn't do this right....

Thanks for your help!!
DeAnna


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
aatea wrote:
Add that to the fact that Ms. Watson was in this elevator at some godawful time in the morning when the crazies come out -- and I completely understand her reaction.

Which reaction?

Feeling nervous and physically insecure?
Or feeling "sexualized," which she already felt before meeting the guy?

One is reasonable, the other not so much. And they're not the same.

Feeling nervous. I don't remember reading in her blog where she said sexualized -- but a part of being nervous in these situations is feeling that the guy is treating you... and I'm not going to say this well I think... like an object, a thing to have. I don't know this guy and I don't know his intentions; he may very well have wanted to discuss her lecture further. But the *way* he approached her made her feel otherwise and reduced to that object.

I think -- my opinion only! -- that she's had previous experiences where someone asking her to share her ideas turned into something more that she didn't expect and she grafted those previous opinions onto this guy in the elevator.

Guys, I got mugged (and sprayed with mace in the eyes) walking back from the hotel at Dragon*Con over 10 years ago on a Sunday *morning* and I haven't been back. I imagine that Ms. Watson had something similar happen to her, not rape, but scary (again, my opinion) that led her to be more fearful in this kind of situation.


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Cool. Maybe I just see it differently because my mother was attacked in an elevator.

There were many, many, many comments on Watson's posts about how if they saw her in an elevator, they would rape her. Not sure if those comments survive today, if it were my website I'd probably delete them because I wouldn't want that trash there.

Considering that 1 in 6 women have been victims of sexual assault in America, I think telling them that any fear they might feel is unjustified is misogynistic as well. His comments that they should stop complaining about being afraid of rape because women in muslim countries have their genitals mutilated is also misogynistic.

I just want to add that I've been afraid to be alone in an elevator during the *day* with a man. You don't grow up female in the US without learning where you're vulnerable. Add that to the fact that Ms. Watson was in this elevator at some godawful time in the morning when the crazies come out -- and I completely understand her reaction.

Maybe the guy really was a nice guy. But he was inviting himself to her room (!!) to have a cup of coffee at like 4 in the morning.

And I don't know anything about Dawkins except that he's a big atheist writer. But after his reaction to her very valid concerns, I will *never* read anything by him. To my mind he's clueless about half the population and isn't willing to learn.

Since I'm now reading this forum, I just realized that I'm kinda late to this particular point, and ya'll are already making it for me. :)


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I handle benefits for a mid-sized manufacturing and distribution company.


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Cosmo, I am so sorry to be a pest, but the order is still showing as pending, and Lorefinder doesn't seem to be in a sidecart. Would you please check on it again? I just can't wait to read Shards of Sin -- I've been checking my email every hour or so to see if the order's shipped yet so I can download the PDF! :)

Thank you for *everything* you do!!
DeAnna


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Cosmo wrote:

It actually wasn't Hell's Heart that was holding your order up. Your order was being held up by the Lorefinder book. I have moved this book to your sidecart to out with a future shipment.

Thanks,
cos

Thank you!! I figured I must have done something wrong. :) I'm glad you were able to get it straightened for me!


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Hi! It looks like this is still pending because Hell's Heart is backordered. Would you please go ahead and ship the rest of the order and include Hell's Heart in next month's shipment?

Thanks!
DeAnna


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One of the proud 1075! :)

I really liked where Paizo had taken Dungeon, though some of the Dragon issues were hit or miss for me. So when they gave me the option to change the rest of my subscriptions into Adventure Paths, I jumped at the chance. I think I only received 1 or 2 free, but I was hooked! The title on the back of Burnt Offerings was what we got me: "We be goblins! You be food!" I couldn't wait to see what Paizo was going to do next!

I do tend to lurk and not post much, but I do want to thank Lisa, Vic, both James, Wes, and all of the wonderful Paizo team for everything you do for the fans. I have become seriously addicted to Pathfinder!

Maybe you could convert CoCT to Pathfinder for the 10th anniversary of the adventure paths?... <hopeful>


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Here is my attempt at Brodyz's suggested class levels for Keeper Crove, with thanks to Hero Lab:

KEEPER CROVE
CR 12 XP 19,200
Male Human Cleric 5/Conjurer 5/Mystic Theurge 3
CE Medium Humanoid (Human)
Init +0; Senses Perception +16
Aura evil
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DEFENSE
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AC 18, touch 12, flat-footed 18 (+4 armor, +2 natural, +2 deflection)
hp 61 (5d8+8d6+13)
Fort +9, Ref +5, Will +15
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OFFENSE
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Spd 30 ft., flying 60 ft. (perfect)
Melee +1 dagger +5/+0 (1d4-1/19-20/x2)
Special Attacks channel negative energy 3d6 (3/day) (DC 14)
Spell-Like Abilities
At will -- Lore Keeper
6/day -- Vision of Madness
7/day -- acid dart
Cleric Spells Known (CL 8th, 4 melee touch, 6 ranged touch, concentration +12):
4 (2/day) -- Cure Critical Wounds (DC 19), Confusion (D) (DC 17), Neutralize Poison (DC 19)
3 (4/day) -- Rage (D), Prayer, Cure Serious Wounds (DC 18), Invisibility Purge (DC 16), Searing Light
2 (4/day) -- Summon Monster II (x2), Cure Moderate Wounds (DC 17), Delay Poison (DC 17), Touch of Idiocy (D)
1 (5/day) -- Shield of Faith (DC 14), Doom (DC 14), Magic Weapon (DC 14), Confusion, Lesser (D) (DC 14), Sanctuary (DC 14), Command (DC 14)
0 (at will) -- Bleed (DC 13), Read Magic (DC 13), Detect Poison, Detect Magic
D Domain Spell; Domains Knowledge, Madness

Wizard Spells Known (CL 8th, 4 melee touch, 6 ranged touch, concentration +12):
4 (3/day) -- Stoneskin (DC 18), Black Tentacles, Globe of Invulnerability, Lesser, Phantasmal Killer (DC 18)
3 (4/day) -- Stinking Cloud (DC 19), Clairaudience/Clairvoyance, Dispel Magic, Summon Monster III, Fly (DC 17)
2 (4/day) -- Bear's Endurance (DC 16), Daze Monster (DC 16), Web (DC 18), Invisibility, Glitterdust (DC 18)
1 (5/day) -- Unseen Servant, Mage Armor (DC 17), Color Spray (x2) (DC 15), Summon Monster I, Endure Elements (DC 15)
0 (at will) -- Acid Splash, Open/Close (DC 14), Read Magic (DC 14), Mage Hand
Opposition Schools Evocation, Necromancy

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TACTICS
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Before Combat Crove casts fly, mage armor and shield of faith on himself (AC 18, touch 13, flat-footed 18) and magic weapon on his dagger. If the spawn approaches, he also casts delay poison.
During Combat Crove is prepared to fight the spawn, not a group of PCs. He uses color spray, stinking cloud, and summoned monsters to hamper the PCs and give him time to escape if possible.
Morale If reduced to less than 20 hit points by the PCs, Crove panics, casts invisibility, then flees south toward area D31 to release the chaos beast in a desperate attempt to finish off the PCs.
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STATISTICS
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Str 7, Dex 10, Con 12, Int 18, Wis 16, Cha 10
Base Atk +6; CMB +4; CMD 16
Feats Alignment Channel: Evil, Augment Summoning, Combat Casting, Craft Wand, Greater Spell Focus: Conjuration, Improved Channel, Scribe Scroll, Spell Focus: Conjuration, Spell Penetration, Superior Summoning, Wizard Weapon Proficiencies
Skills Appraise +11, Diplomacy +7, Heal +11, Knowledge (Arcana) +20, Knowledge (History) +13, Knowledge (Local) +13, Knowledge (Planes) +20, Knowledge (Religion) +13, Perception +16, Sense Motive +17, Spellcraft +20, Survival +5
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Common, Draconic, Undercommon, Varisian
SQ Bonded Object: Ring (1/day) (Sp), Combined Spells (2nd) (Su), Madness Variant Channeling (±2 Profane), Spontaneous Casting, Summoner's Charm (+2r) (Su)
Combat Gear Dagger; Other Gear Amulet of Natural Armor +2, Bracers of Armor, +2, Cloak of Resistance, +2, Pearl of Power, 2nd Level, Potion of Fly, Ring, Scroll: Binding, Unholy symbol, silver: Great Old Ones, Wand of Restoration, Lesser
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SPECIAL ABILITIES
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Acid Dart (7/day) (Su) 30' Ranged touch attack deals 1d6+2 Acid damage.
Alignment Channel: Evil Channel Energy heals or harms outsiders of the chosen alignment.
Augment Summoning Summoned creatures have +4 to Strength and Constitution.
Aura (Ex) The Cleric has an aura corresponding to his deity's alignment.
Bonded Object: Ring (1/day) (Sp) DC 20 + spell level to cast spells without the bonded object. Once per day, you can cast any spell in your spellbook for free.
Cleric Channel Negative Energy 3d6 (3/day) (DC 14) (Su) A good cleric can channel positive energy to heal the living and injure the undead; an evil cleric can channel negative energy to injure the living and heal the undead.
Cleric Domain: Knowledge Granted Powers: You are a scholar and a sage of legends. In addition, you treat all Knowledge skills as class skills.
Cleric Domain: Madness Granted Powers: You embrace the madness that lurks deep in your heart, and can unleash it to drive your foes insane or to sacrifice certain abilities to hone others.
Combat Casting +4 to Concentration checks to cast while on the defensive.
Combined Spells (2nd) (Su) You can prepare the spells of one spellcasting class using another classes' slots.
Conjuration The conjurer focuses on the study of summoning monsters and magic alike to bend to his will.
Evocation You must spend 2 slots to cast spells from the Evocation school.
Greater Spell Focus: Conjuration +1 to the Save DC of spells from one school.
Lore Keeper (At will) (Sp) By touch, learn about a creature with a Knowledge check result of 23.
Madness Variant Channeling (±2 Profane) Bonus vs confusion, insanity, etc./become confused
Necromancy You must spend 2 slots to cast spells from the Necromancy school.
Spell Focus: Conjuration Spells from one school of magic have +1 to their save DC.
Spell Penetration +2 to caster levels checks to overcome spell resistance.
Spontaneous Casting The Cleric can convert stored spells into Cure or Inflict spells.
Summoner's Charm (+2r) (Su) Increase duration of summoning spells by 1/2 level (permanent at 20).
Superior Summoning When summoning more than one creature, summon an extra one
Vision of Madness (6/day) (Sp) With a melee touch attack, target gains +2 on attack rolls, saving throws, or skill checks and -2 on the others.

According to Hero Lab, Keeper Crove can't have protection from evil as a spell, since both he and his deity are evil.


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Thefurmonger wrote:
At least for me, it is easier to find print products then try to remember what folder I put the file in, then try to remember what the thing is called.

I'd just like to point out that I bought this awesome program called Bookcat that lets me keep track of the PDFs I've purchased and where I've stored them on my laptop. Whenever I want to open a PDF, I open Bookcat first. Then I can find the book info and click on the link to open the PDF.

You can also use it to keep track of which shelf you've stored the hard copy on. It can search by ISBN, so you don't have to enter all the data. Disadvantage is when a publisher doesn't purchase ISBNs -- and I know many of the PDF-only publishers don't -- I have to type in the book info manually, and I'm not very good about updating it...

I prefer PDF/print combos as well, though I'm trying to get better about purchasing PDF only. It's easier for me to read the printed book than a PDF, but I like converting adventures to OneNote files (another great program!) so copy and paste from PDF is best there.


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Oh, and my husband said to point out that insurance companies shouldn't pay for Viagra if they're not going to pay for contraception! :)


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Kryzbyn wrote:

Seeing as how I don't have a vagina, I'll admit I don;t know alot about getting ahold of the pill. My mother had to have a hystorectomy becasue of her endometriosis, my sympathies.

If birth control pills are prescribed for non-birth control reasons, does that not fall under the same as prescribing non-birth control medication? Is it all or nothing?

If I were macking on a gal, and refused to wear a condom, I would not be suprised to learn our tryst was at an end. Who refuses to wear a condom?

See that's part of the problem. When I say "contraception," the religious right hears "prevent pregnancy." But I shouldn't have to tell my employer or my boss or the pharmacist that I have a medical issue that requires birth control.

The religious right treats it as ONLY preventing pregnancy and conveniently forgets the rest. I think if it weren't for birth control pills, I would have had to have a hysterectomy too. So my sympathies to your mom for having to go through that!

(And can I just say how ridiculous is that first, it's called a hysterectomy -- you're removing a woman's uterus because it causes her hysteria??? and that removing a major organ is considered a GOOD thing?)

And to be fair I've never known a man to refuse to wear a condom (though admittedly my experience is VERY limited!!). I've heard stories, though. I'd like to think the type of guys I'd hang out with would be "gentlemen," and would think of their own personal safety too! :)


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Kryzbyn wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
3) I refuse to accept the premise that people can't buy their own condoms.
When people talk about contraception being covered by health care, they are not talking about condoms. So, you bringing up condoms repeatedly, means you don't know what is actually being discussed.
Are women getting pregnant with out a male counterpart? What am I missing?

The whole part where it's not about women getting pregnant. It's about women having control over their own bodies AND their health.


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Kryzbyn wrote:

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3) I refuse to accept the premise that people can't buy their own condoms.

I'd like to point out that this assumes that a woman can get a man to WEAR a condom. It also presumes that women ONLY take birth control (contraception) to prevent pregnancy.

I'm on it because my periods are bad. I have endometriosis so bad that I can't stand up when I'm cramping. And I mostly certainly can't function at work. This doesn't even include the migraines I get.

So yeah, this is a woman's health issue -- not just a call to prevent pregnancy.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Aatea wrote:
I'd like to add to the discussion that you can satisfy the individual mandate by purchasing catastrophic coverage only.

I don't believe this is the case.

What you quoted is for employer-sponsored coverage. Yes, employers are required to provide a better plan.

Since I'm in HR :), I did some quick research, and there appears to be confusion in the insurance industry. Some people are saying that yes, catastrophic coverage will be considered individual coverage, and others are saying that it won't.

But here's a link to a news story about what insurance insiders are saying.

I think you have valid points about tax/no tax, but we need to do *something*. My leukemia medicine costs $6,000 per month -- for 30 pills. Thankfully, I have insurance so I only pay $35 (and the manufacturer does have programs to help those who can't afford it). And I did nothing wrong to get leukemia. Was it because my parents moved to a small textile mill town in the 70s where (although I can't prove it), I'm sure those textile mills were dumping God knows what kind of chemicals in the water -- and we drank well water? Was it the dental X-rays I had in my 20s? Was it the one summer I worked in one of those mills and was exposed to carcinogenic fumes for most of the summer? Nobody knows. But it's not like I'm a smoker or obese or any of those things. This just happened.

And that's my point. Sometimes bad things happen, and you need health insurance to help cover those expenses. I can't get health insurance on my own. Not surprisingly, they don't want to cover someone who could potentially have to have a bone marrow transplant (a multi-million dollar procedure), though it's been almost 9 years since my diagnosis.

Plus, if people go to the doctor early enough, these illnesses can be detected when all you have to do is take an expensive pill and not need an expensive bone marrow transplant.


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I'd like to add to the discussion that you can satisfy the individual mandate by purchasing catastrophic coverage only. So if the idiot on the interstate who's driving drunk and on a suspended license without car insurance crosses the median and slams into your car, you'd be covered for the huge hospital bill to put you back together.

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I priced catastrophic coverage, but the last I checked, it can run around $20 to $50 a month. Would you be willing to spend $20 a month to have that level of coverage? It won't cover basic medical expenses, only the big stuff.


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Hi! Would you please cancel my preorder of Cthulhu by Gaslight (original order 1704609)?

Thanks!


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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:

Atlanta, GA. I've been here for 8 years and would never want to move. Their is a good gaming population, lots of cons are held here, plenty of employment opportunities, beautiful weather and people.

Just north of the city there is even a nerd bar. As in a bar for gamers and other nerds. Beer + Star wars online = good times.

This. I moved *back* to Atlanta from Phoenix (mostly because I have family here). We're having summer right now -- temps in the 80s. The pollen is really bad, though.

When we do have winter, it's usually very mild -- but when it's bad, the city shuts down. Good excuse to stay home and game! :)


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I remember reading somewhere in the Second Darkness archives that many GMs recommended replacing the first three Second Darkness AP adventures with the Freeport Trilogy from Green Ronin. I haven't tried this myself, and I don't remember who recommended it and if they mentioned how well it worked.

But it's an interesting thought that allows you to keep some of the seedy underbelly of Riddleport while adding heroic elements. As Joey mentioned above, you'd need to make sure you added the meteor and the drow...


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TerraNova wrote:

Curse of the Crimson Throne. Yeah, I know I'm boring - but it is the most popular AP since the dungeon days for a reason. It was a perfect storm of great setting with good support material (Korvosa got its own book!), authors, daring writing (I doubt paizo would put Grey Maidens, The King of Old Korvosa or Illeosa's lover into print anymore) and binding the party into the story with recurrent NPCs and locales.

I have not seen better since, and doubt I will soon. Jade Regent had potential, but it lacked daring. Carrion Crown had potential, but failed to pull me in as tightly. Council of Thieves had a great location and decent support material, but stumbled on too many fronts.

This. I absolutely love CotCT. What's especially interesting to me is that none of the adventures in the path are superior stand-out adventures like say Whispering Cairn, Burnt Offerings, or Souls for Smuggler's Shiv. But they all build on each other in such a great way that you have a truly magnificent adventure path.


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Bitter Thorn wrote:

Because without the government getting in the way the doctor or insurance company works for me. If I don't like the job they are doing I fire them and get another one.

The current government controlled system has virtually nothing to do with free markets or competition.

Wow, I go away from 24 hours to do that work thing, and this topic has exploded! I know I'm late on commenting on this, but BT, I can't afford to fire my insurance company. I can't afford to have individual insurance. If I didn't work for an employer or be destitute, I'd have no coverage at all. I'm uninsurable; I have leukemia.

Now, GA law says the insurance companies are required to offer me coverage -- but it doesn't have to be affordable coverage.

Right now I'm doing well -- and trying to come off the medicine that stops the leukemia to see if that might be a permanent solution -- but there's still the risk that at some point in my life I'd need an expensive bone marrow transplant. And insurance companies really don't handle risk well, especially on an individual level.

So what's your answer for people like me who are uninsurable? Do we revise the entire healthcare system to reduce costs? (which isn't necessarily a bad idea, mind you) But then I worry about the difference between the haves and the have-nots. Right now I can have insurance very similar if not exactly like what Warren Buffett could purchase because I work for an employer that provides group coverage. But without that umbrella -- alone in an individual coverage marketplace -- I'd be lost and wouldn't have anything.

I certainly don't expect you to have all the answers (though that would be massively cool -- think of all the things you could do!! :), but I want to make sure you're seeing all the sides of the coin on this issue....


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I think the issue with contraceptives here, BT, is that the Catholic Church is fine with giving Viagra to men (because it's a "legitimate medical problem"), but says that requiring them to offer similar coverage to women (that is, contraceptives) is against their religious freedom.

Because insurance is provided by employers instead of by the state as it is in other countries, you have employers who think they can control their secular employees by not offering standardized coverage.

This does not mean that I think we should necessarily switch to state-provided coverage, but I do think there should be standards so that minorities are not treated as second-class citizens by the all-powerful corporation. The employer doesn't get to say, "Oh, I think the only people who get AIDS are gay people, so I don't want to cover their medicines because I think being gay is against God."

I could go on a huge rant about the way the Catholic Church treats women (I studied medieval history!), but I won't go down that path. Suffice it to say that because some employers think that birth control is not a "medical issue" doesn't mean that they don't have to comply with the law and provide it to women.

I know my experiences are anecdotal, but most of the women I know take birth control to prevent medical issues. Preventing pregnancy is purely secondary.

It's especially frustrating watching coverage of this issue in the media, and the only people on the Congressional panel are men. The only people the Congressional panel calls to discuss this issue are men. Not saying that a male ob/gyn wouldn't have a good perspective, but you know it would be probably be a good idea to talk to the women who actually deal with these issues!

(/rant off)


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Just turned 41. Female. Never military. Been playing pretty much D&D exclusively (different formats) since 1984. Introduced to the D&D Red Box and fell in love with it. Lost interest in the 90s when TSR seemed to falter. Came back for Planescape and stuck around to 3.0, 3.5, and now Pathfinder. We don't get to game very often, though.

Answered the survey, so please don't include me.


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Smarnil le couard wrote:


Is it 300$ just for you, or for your whole family?

It depends. If you're healthy, you can probably get decent insurance for less than that a month. But heaven forbid if you're sick or someone in your family is sick! The costs can easily escalate into the thousands of dollars for the monthly premium.

Me for example. I can't even get individual insurance; they won't insure me at all, because the risk is too high. The only way I can have insurance is through my employer -- and working in the benefits department I can tell you that family coverage costs the company about $1,200 a month. The employees pay about $300 of that cost a month. It's a really good plan. Most things are paid for with copays, but the expensive stuff (hospitals, MRIs, CAT scans) go towards deductible plus coinsurance (the amounts you would have to pay before the insurance did). But there's a max out of pocket of $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for families for deductible and coinsurance. So if something catastrophic happened, you'd only have to pay $1,500 -- but you'd still have to pay copays for doctor's visits and the like.

We got lucky this year, and our health insurance rates are only going up by about 5%. The national average is around 11% per year -- and that's just not sustainable.


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DΗ wrote:

hmm.

@meatrace: Sounds rough: I would probably trade the car for health insurance and bus. Of course that may not be possible with the job you have and the location you live in.

You're assuming that bus service is available. I live in a suburb of Atlanta, and we just recently implemented bus service. It doesn't go nearly enough places and is a major hassle. You pretty much *have* to have a car to get anywhere -- especially in a reasonable amount of time.


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BA with honors in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Did I mention how much D&D/Pathfinder has molded my life? :)

Halfway through CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist) and will probably never finish. The health economics test caused my mind to explode...


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I highly recommend that you change the names of some of the towns and the wizard. My players spent more time giggling over "Toaster" the wizard and the village of "Thighmaster" than paying attention to the plotline. Seems like there was another one as well that drove me crazy, but fortunately I've managed to blot it from my memory!

I also used the Caves of Chaos from Return to the Keep on the Borderlands to create some sidequests to up their experience level.

Ever so often I drag the box set out and think about trying to start up the campaign again. It's such a great concept and plot!


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Would you please cancel some of my sidecart items? Trail of Cthulhu Book of Smoke, Trail of Cthulhu Bookhounds of London, Trail of Cthulhu Arkham Detective Stories (Extended Edition), and Trail of Cthulhu Rough Magicks? I was able to find them at my FLGS. :)

Thanks for your help!!


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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Well, I already knew about the Tuskegee experiment , but I didn't know about this.

F##%ing disgusting.

An excellent book that discusses this plus other travesties in American medicine is Medical Apartheid. The author can occasionally be shrill as she repeats her main point, but after reading the book, I've started recognizing more and more that what's researched is true.

Very, very scary.


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Maggiethecat wrote:
My husband gets pretty upset when K is always late to everything, because my husband is always, always on time, and if we're, say, going out to dinner with K, we end up sitting at the table waiting for him for 40 minutes feeling like jerks for taking up the table and not ordering. Yes, we have talked to him about this, he knows it upsets us when he's always late to everything. He doesn't care. Therefore, we don't do anything with K anymore, besides Pathfinder.

I have a friend who is very similar; she is always an hour late for everything. So we would say to her, "We're getting together on Sunday at noon to game. See you then!" Then we would tell everyone else to come at 1 p.m. That way, no one had to wait around for her to show up. She would be "magically" right on time!

I can't remember any more, but I'm fairly certain I even told her I was doing this... and she understood the reasoning. <shrug> It's just the way she is.

Maybe that would help you with K's chronic lateness?


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Checking on d20pfsrd.com, which I think is much easier to search, I found Glossary of Terms: Morale. I'm not quite sure this is what you were looking for, though...

Everything else seemed to reference specific creatures' morale.


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Robert Hawkshaw wrote:

Read a book as a very small child, have a niece getting to the right age, but I can't remember the name and google isn't helping.

The plot, as I remember it, is a young boy who wakes up one night, having been shrunk. He's in the kitchen and its inhabited by fairies, different kinds in the sink, dishwasher, refrigerator etc. I believe the vacuum cleaner or the cat make an appearance as monsters.

Anyone else remember this story? Maybe it's one of those weird obscure Canadian children's books.

This book sounds very familiar to me as well. I've tried a couple of different searches, including Google and Amazon, and what I came up with is George Shrinks. It doesn't have faeries, but it does seem to have the other details you mention. It doesn't sound quite right, though...


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Why doesn't the OP use d20pfsrd.com? You can print out individual monsters if you wish, and everything's linked so you can check on rules on the fly.


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Moff Rimmer wrote:
aatea wrote:
... <return to lurk mode>
I think that I'd be surprised to find just how many people "lurk" in this thread...

I feel like I've learned a lot by listening to you and CourtFool and others debate. So, thank you!!

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