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And I'm sorry that the whole credit card thing has dragged out and is being such a pain in the butt to resolve. :(


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TL, you're right, that character would fit in perfectly. :)
You're in if you want. PM me to work out the details.


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captain yesterday wrote:

That does sound fun. :-)

I have a no PbP policy, but if I ever relax it, it would be for something off the wall. :-)

Well, you have a standing invitation should you ever change your policy. :)


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
lynora wrote:

I can give you a spot in my game, but we are our own unique set of special snowflakes, so it may not be what you're looking for. :)

...And no offense taken if it's not. We know we're oddballs. :P

That is certainly unique!

I think that's just quite a bit more of a learning curve and system shock than I can do in my current state. Like GMing, it seems like if I was able to dedicate enough time between posts to shifting my paradigm I could get into it, but in the meantime I'll say thank you and decline.

No worries. I know it isn't for everyone. But I would have felt bad not at least making the offer knowing you were looking for a game. Best of luck finding something that's more your speed right now in a minimal amount of time. :)


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Limeylongears wrote:
Hope the exam goes well! :)

+1


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Now if I could just convince my immune system to stop overreacting every time I go outside...
Went for a long walk today because the weather was beautiful, but the blooming lilacs sent my allergies into overdrive. So. Much. Sneezing. >.<


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Made breakfast for dinner tonight. Discovered that Trader Joes has really good gluten free bagels, which the kidlet is ecstatic about. He's really missed bagels. Win! :)


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

I feel like getting back into PbP again lately, but...

1. I'm too depressed to run as a GM. I loved GMing my two sandbox Fallout Savage Worlds PBPs, but I don't have the creativity to react to 4-6 players, let alone the...10 or so I was juggling previously. I just would like to be a player for a while. It's so much easier, and sometimes more fun, and I need the fun to help the whole depression thing.

2. The recruitment process takes forever. Seriously. Like, I wanna play. Not "I wanna wait a month or so to hear back that someone else got chosen besides me for a game that will inevitably tank in about a month after that."

I can give you a spot in my game, but we are our own unique set of special snowflakes, so it may not be what you're looking for. :)

I closed recruitment a while ago because constantly bringing in newbies took too much time and attention away from running the game, but I can still bring folks in. I just only do it by recommendation these days. Or if it's someone I know. You (or any other Fawtly) can PM me if it's something you're interested in. And no offense taken if it's not. We know we're oddballs. :P


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Ephebe walked out of her office after leaving the daily paperwork in the capable hands of the aschen, a shortcut she should have started using ages ago. It made her administrative tasks much simpler.

She touched the wall, thinking of the student she needed to find. It was past time to get Gareth the help he needed to decipher his book and she had a hunch that she knew just the right person for the job.


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Fei, of the Sun Soul wrote:
narrator wrote:
"I told youse idiots, lift with the knees! Yeah, yeah, tell it to someone who cares. Take him to medical. And someone come get this damned crate! We can't afford to lose another one!" he bellowed as he directed an injured worker to be taken off the floor. "Whatchu want?" he asked Fei belligerently when he walked up.

"Hello," Fei intones with a polite bow.

"Mr. Sunwake wanted this new schedule placed in your hands immediately to help address the current...inventory issue," he adds as he presents the datapad to him, quickly scanning the space to get the layout and routine (based on his own experience at Avalon) and seeing if the worker's injuries could use his immediate attention.

"Would you also be able to point me toward a current list of the missing parts?"

"Thanks, kid," the halfling says gruffly, glancing at the datapad.

Fei's expertise is enough to see that the injured worker is not badly hurt. Nothing that a cure light or a nanite treatment couldn't fix in short order.

"Well, I had a paper list, but that's gone missing too. But I remember what was on it. Two crates of number six bolts. Two crates. I'm still trying to figure out how these yahoos managed to misplace that many. And a box of number four gears, five door panels, ten exhaust pipes, and six wrenches. That's just this week and just what we've noticed. Youse may have noticed it's not exactly serene in here," he said with grating sarcasm.

The lights dimmed for a moment, flickering a few times before coming back on. "And we've had that going on," Zadner Kellos grumbled. "No idea what's causing it since our best electrician didn't know what electricity was last week and our second best electrician is the only one who actually knows anything, but he keeps throwing himself on the floor and shrieking some nonsense about the glory of the empire whenever he hears a loud noise. And youse would be right if youse guessed just how difficult that is to work with in a bleeding factory. It's nothing but loud noises in here!"


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Monkeygod wrote:
Isn't one of Lyn's favorite sayings about this game 'something, something, lots of drama and heart ache leads to better stories?' lol

At its heart, this game is basically an exercise in creative writing. And the rules of writing are very clear on this subject. You make characters that are as compelling as you can manage and convince everyone else to care about what happens to them...and then make sure that most of what happens to them is absolutely awful. Because nobody wants to read a story where the hero(es) don't have to struggle against something. Themselves, circumstances, other people, life just generally not being fair....there's always something. That's the whole point of stories.

I can kinda go on about this all day. I've been obsessed with stories my whole life, with intense hyper focus of course. ^.^

TL;DR : ADD MOAR DRAMA!!! ;D


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The karate school has come up with a new strategy to get people to leave early after belt promotion ceremony: play obnoxious dance music obnoxiously loud. Worked on me.


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Monkeygod wrote:
What lower planar cosmology are we using again? Hell, Abyss, Abaddon, etc? Is there anything special/different to fiendish planes specific to our setting?

The Lower Planes is basically all one big plane. Hell, the Abyss, and Abaddon are all basically sections of that plane, the divide being one that is more a matter of political/ideological difference than actual difference between devils, demons, and daemons. There is a sort of 'neutral' territory in the middle of the three which is what Ephebe and her aschen control (because nobody else wanted it), and there is a toll that has to be paid when folks want to take an army through to make war on another section.

Conversely, the same is true of Heaven, with different sections all actually being part of one larger plane.


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FireclawDrake wrote:
Asha, asking what's offensive to me is pretty offenaive.

*adds another item to the growing list*

People need to come with manuals, darn it!

;P


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Jasper Ashti wrote:
Andromeda Sunwake wrote:


She laughed. "Yep that's him. Best description of my brother I've ever heard. I still think it's weird that he's become all responsible adult now. It's just....kinda a big transition from how he was before." She shrugged, trying not to get all depressed again.

"So that's my class schedule sorted. I'll make sure to register that with the office before Monday. In the meantime," she started to say before she was interrupted by her stomach growling. "Er....time for dinner?" she asked hopefully.

"You think that's a big transition, you should see a civilization after a couple decades of evolution. One master and everyone is banging sticks together and the next everything is all plumbing and iron an... You get what I mean. People change. Sometimes for the better." He shrugs. Always the jokes with this one. At least that was probably a joke. He said it like one. But he says most things like that. He doesn't seem to be complaining, just relating things from another perspective.

He glances down slightly when her stomach growls, smirking with a chuckle. "Sounds like a plan. I'm afraid if we wander any longer we'll never find our way back out." He thinks for a moment as one of his lower hands brushes the wall to conjure arrows to the cafeteria. "You should let me cook for ya some time. I got pretty good at during my time. For myself at least. Never had anyone else to cook for before."

Andromeda laughed. "Now there's a brave offer, cooking for a dragon. Have you seen how much I can eat in a sitting? You'd have to make enough for an army and that would be about right for appetizers," she joked "At least those are the kinds of comments I've overheard in the cafeteria. Let's just say the lunch ladies are not gonna be happy to see me again," she said, shaking her head. "On the bright side, at least I'm not a picky eater. Anymore. I did go through a phase when I was a kid where I wouldn't eat orange food. Not really sure why. But it drove Mom totally nuts. Especially since Jiminy then decided he wouldn't eat green food and Taron didn't want to be left out so wouldn't eat red food. We had nothing but rice for like a month." ^.^


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This song always makes me think of Fei. :)

Eventually I am going to stop listening to this album on repeat. Eventually. :P


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Al'rqyq mn Al'kwabys wrote:
Rough draft of a sketch of Al...his race is the link :P

Cool! :)


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Bleh. Mondays. So freaking tired. (Monday is the day for CLean all the things! And Buy all the things! Monday sucks.)

Anyhoo....

Thanks for the Mother's Day well wishes. :)
I got to see Civil War and we went out for delicious barbecue. Because there was no way I was even gonna try to do brunch on the same day that everyone else was trying to do the same thing. The boys were of course so disappointed by my choices. ;P

And now back to the game....


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Shh! Cut it out, you two! You'll get the whole class in trouble. ;P


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Aranna wrote:
lynora wrote:
This has been one of those days. The ones where I find myself having the not so internal debate about chocolate. As in, if I eat this chocolate, it will be bad for my blood sugar. If I don't eat this chocolate, it will be bad for my mental health. I think we all know how that debate ended. It was delicious.
Switch to dark chocolate, it has far less sugar and a lot more of the stuff that makes it good for your body, mind and soul. Plus it tastes even richer.

Nope. Nope, nope and more nope. I'm better off with milk chocolate that has nuts in it to balance things out a bit. I do not like eating chalk even if it is chocolate flavored. Unless I'm really, really desperate.

(I go through phases when it comes to chocolate. A few years ago I would have agreed and ate dark chocolate exclusively. Nothing under 70% cacao. And then it started tasting really, really bad to me. Just so dry. I'm sure I'll come back around to it eventually, but not anytime soon.)


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This has been one of those days. The ones where I find myself having the not so internal debate about chocolate. As in, if I eat this chocolate, it will be bad for my blood sugar. If I don't eat this chocolate, it will be bad for my mental health. I think we all know how that debate ended. It was delicious.


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I don't know. I've never really gotten what people get out of drinking in the first place. I had to give up alcohol for medical reasons and my reaction was pretty much mild disappointment. I like the taste of some alcohol, but *shrug* it's not really a big deal. I took it way harder when I had to temporarily give up coffee. SO glad that wasn't permanent.

And I don't know about your family, but mine are all contrary as hell. So just because someone's been told something doesn't mean they won't take it as a dare to do the opposite....


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When Lang and the others return to school, they find that things got pretty fiery in their absence. Nobody is picking on Ignace anymore, but it takes a couple of days to convince her to leave the infirmary. And she seems to have acquired an attachment, as Phaedra, the ever snotty, follows her around everywhere insisting that they're friends while being rude to literally everyone else. Except Mrs. Blackscales because the teacher is much scarier than she had been led to believe. There was nothing wrong with Phaedra's survival instincts.


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Writing emotionally heavy scenes for someone else's character is ....weird. I'm basically just spending the whole time hoping I'm not mucking it up too bad. :)

I'll just blame it on the fever if I make too much of a mess of it. :P


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Miss Kitty wrote:
lynora wrote:
I recently bought a new small garbage can for my office area, but I keep finding my cats in it. Apparently what I actually bought was a cat bed. :)

Yes, small garbage cans are almost as perfect as cardboard boxes.

I was reading about how people responding to cats in trouble use mesh washing bags to restrain them without causing stress, which was a new idea to me. I'm thinking about stopping by the closeouts store on Monday and buying a mesh pop-open/pop-up laundry bag for our remaining cat as a semi-private "duck people blind"/cat fort.

That's a great idea. We use a mesh pop up hamper to hold our empty cans for recycling, but we don't really drink soda anymore, so it takes forever to fill and in the meantime it makes a great kitty playground. Cans to roll around the floor and a spot to lurk while waiting for unsuspecting ankles to pounce on! Perfect! :)


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And the Kidlet is off to a birthday party for his friend, which is a big deal when you've only got one friend and this is the only birthday party you'll go to all year. It's a nerf party so I spent the morning putting labels on nerf guns and clips so he doesn't lose his clips and things during the craziness of an extended nerf battle among assorted twelve year olds. I am so glad I don't have to supervise that insanity. :)


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I recently bought a new small garbage can for my office area, but I keep finding my cats in it. Apparently what I actually bought was a cat bed. :)


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Aaaaaaaaaugh!

Traffic today has been horrible because of graduation. Will be even worse tomorrow. And we have to head back downtown tonight for karate. >.<

I love Ann Arbor, but sometimes it's blasted inconvenient to live here...


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Meanwhile, Vai and Andromeda were getting a very stern lecture about dying and why they should never do that again.

"But I didn't do it on purpose," Vai tried to protest.
"Doesn't it count for something that I at least came back as a ghost?" Andromeda complained.

Aananda was not listening to any excuses, and Jiminy just stood back trying not to laugh. He was enjoying the show too much to risk getting kicked out.


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Oh, that's horrifying. Understandable, but horrifying. This is gonna be Sigma 6 all over again....

Spoiler:
Hey, not everyone gets a demonic cult devoted to doing evil through good deeds....it was a very confused cult. And surprisingly very popular with the neighbors. "We're here to spread the word of evil. Also we will rake your lawn for you and weed your flower beds."


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Well, in the future there is the possibility of getting to play the little ones. If you don't mind playing a preschooler. :P

Other than that....umm....yeah, well, if you happen to be lucky enough to play Andromeda's love interest, that's about the only way I can think of that someone would end up as part of the family that isn't already. They've already adopted two very troubled young ladies. I think Ephebe and Vai bring them enough problems for quite some time. :)

Part of the reason that the storytelling is so rich for that group is how much accumulated history there is there. That and we have not pulled any punches as far as letting bad things happen to those characters. With breathing space in between. You can't have unrelenting dark. But that's the rule of a good narrative. You build characters people like and do awful, awful things to them so that they can grow and change in service of the story.


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captain yesterday wrote:
It's a good thing they're doing it in the rain, those things kick out tons of concrete dust. Which has all sorts of crazy terrible stuff in it.

Huh. I hadn't realized that. Learn something new every day. :)

Still wish it didn't sound like a dentist drill though. *shudder*


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Cold and rainy day feels like I should be baking something. But I have a hair appointment this afternoon, so maybe this evening. Flourless chocolate cake sounds like a great idea. Probably because it's almost always a great idea. :)


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I foolishly thought that the rain meant I would get a day free of construction equipment. Nope. Nope, not at all. They are out there using a concrete saw in the rain. >.<
I will appreciate the results once they're done repairing the sidewalks, but boy do I hate the process. Thank goodness for noise cancelling headphones.


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I have...a couple of house plants in need of a better arrangement to give them more space. They have outgrown their tabletop greenhouse. I have it sitting under a grow light, which is obviously working well. We only get indirect sunlight in our apartment and even on our balcony because of all the trees in the courtyard. So previous attempts at container gardens have failed miserably. Apparently plants need sunshine for some reason. :P


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captain yesterday wrote:

There are balcony bird baths you can get I think. If not, it should totally be a thing. Something that can clamp securely to a wooden railing.

Edit: it's totally a thing, cheap ones are around 30-40 bucks.

Thanks for the info. Can't use a railing mounted one because our railings are wrought iron and quite thin. But found some hanging bird baths that might work. :)


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captain yesterday wrote:
Yeah, we have ours in the middle of the garden, which is triangle shaped.

Having a garden is the one thing I miss about living in a house. Ah well, can't have everything.


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captain yesterday wrote:
lynora wrote:
Our balcony is starting to resemble a nature preserve. We now have a flock of sparrows, various assorted chickadees, two squirrels, at least one chipmunk, and a woodpecker, with the occasional starling or dove. None of whom are neat eaters. I really need to sweep up out there. Instead I will sit here being lazy happy and watching the animals make more of a mess. :)

fixed that for you. :-)

We've introduced a bird bath to our backyard. It's been a huge hit! Especially since I rinse and refill it every day. Which is easier than it sounds, two minutes tops with the hose. :-)

Hmm. Not a bad idea. I wonder if I could fit one in the corner... although not as easy to rinse out on a second floor balcony. :)


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Our balcony is starting to resemble a nature preserve. We now have a flock of sparrows, various assorted chickadees, two squirrels, at least one chipmunk, and a woodpecker, with the occasional starling or dove. None of whom are neat eaters. I really need to sweep up out there. Instead I will sit here being lazy and watching the animals make more of a mess. :)


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*twiddles thumbs*
Okay, not really. I mean, I do that sometimes because I can't sit still and it's better than nothing, but really I've been knitting. So much knitting.

Waiting on FCD again. Will move things along tomorrow one way or another. Sorry for the delays.


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That sucks, CY. :(
Hope she's okay and the finger isn't actually broken.


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Sorry for my lack of posting. I got sidetracked by a project. Also was waiting for FCD. technically still am. Sigh. So here's what I was working on instead:

I made a thing!
A reversible thing!


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I made a thing!
A reversible thing!

And it should come as a shock to no one that after pulling my sewing machine out of storage the first thing I used it for was doctor who themed clothing. :)


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It is too hot.

But we'll go for a walk later anyways. Because exercise.

And I live in a big brick box, so I have to turn on the AC as long as the outside temp is above fifty, on the grounds that sunshine + brick = oven. The inside temp can get into the eighties very, very quickly. Opening the windows can work if the outside temperature is cooler and there's a good breeze, but once it's warm outside, no good. Not cooling enough to offset the oven effect. I stopped using whether the AC needed to be on as a measure of how hot it actually is outside ages ago. :)


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Sitting out on the balcony enjoying the lovely weather and the squirrels and birds are moving around the place like I'm not even here, or worse like I'm a Disney princess. ;P
We've started referring to the squirrels as our outside pets because that's what they act like. I really have to work at it to keep them from coming inside when I open the door. They want to play with the cats' toys soooooo bad. :)


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So I've started the kidlet watching doctor who now. He loves it. And I'm enjoying rewatching. Nine is good inspiration for writing my traumatized time travelers. :)


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Satisfied that Ephebe wasn't going to run away, Jiminy walked over to Andromeda.

"Good to see you again, Annie," he said with a huge grin.

Andromeda's smile quickly turned to a frown at the nickname. She scowled at him and smacked him upside the head. "Idiot Jiminy! I haven't been back five minutes and you've already found an annoying nickname?!" she said with mock indignation and then hugged him. "I missed you too, little brother."


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HRMS-XI "Hermes" wrote:
Can you guys tell me if you address Hermes? I've had a really hard week and all the talk about capitalism and Socialism is a herd of Teal Deer at to my sleep deprived brain at this point. No offense.

It's not just you. I sat down to update last night, started reading all that, said ugh shoot me now, and just gave up. :/

If you must indulge in long philosophical rambles in character please for the love of fish fingers and custard use a spoiler tag to hide the wall of text. :)


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"It won't," Ephebe said, clearly at the limit of her patience. "Crash course in time travel, Arthur. It's not just about finding Melody. It's about finding her at the right point in her timeline. If you're even looking in the correct universe. What you need most is points of reference to her history. Because finding her doesn't actually mean that you've found her if it's really Melody from fifty years in the future. Who might currently be two hundred years in the past. You start to see the dilemma, I hope? But remember the possibilities as well. Since time travel is on the table, it's not like you have to solve the problem right now. Or right here. I'd suggest the SIM rooms if you wish to continue to work on your designs. Take the new girl with you. Nothing like explaining your ideas to someone else to expose the flaws. I will check on you later."


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NobodysHome wrote:

Now this is the kind of prank I just don't appreciate...

...because now I desperately want one (or two)...
...and they DON'T EXIST!!!!

(I sent the link to Shiro's player and he promptly decided that his new project is going to be to build one. He's like that. I bought a projector for my roll20. He hand-built a mahogany table with a built-in flat-screen TV and a tiny computer...)

OMG, that is so cute! I love it! And now I'm trying to figure out if I can make it even though I am crap at woodworking. :)

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