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Dami, I usually don't stat my characters. At all, period. I just have a vague idea of what they can do and add it all up on the fly if necessary. Not a problem. But with Ephebe and Andromeda I need to have a solid framework to give me the exact nature of their limits because once you add time powers into the mix it's super easy to get way OP way fast without intending to. I don't mind Ephebe being OP now because she's in NPC territory as a teacher, and also she's a Plot Device...rather literally. But Andromeda is back at the beginning in PC territory. So I have to know what she can and can't do. With some tweaks to reflect the whole Champion thingy. So I don't accidentally steamroll over anyone else's characters.

Also, regarding Time Stop....bloody hell, I keep forgetting how watered down it's gotten already! (Sorry, having a grognard moment here.)


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The Dalesman wrote:
lynora wrote:
♣♠Magic♦♥ wrote:
Time Thief seems like exactly what you want. Non arcane, super speed, quick heal wounds. I think you can fix the pitfalls we had with it before.

Yeah, that's the class that I pilfered abilities from for Ephebe. It can do the speed thing but only in short bursts. It's more prince of Persia than quicksilver.

I think I am probably going to just have to start from scratch because what I want is more of a watered down time stop as an at will ability.

This is the problem when you start trying to rebuild a character who is basically the same person as another character but a little bit different. :P

Lyn - I just spied this little third-party offering in the Paizo Blog. It might be worth a peek for some 'speedster' abilities that could be unique to Andromeda.

LINKY

Thanks, Dalesman! I picked that up and just read through it, and that's actually perfect to use as a base with just a few tweaks here and there. That saves me hours of work. Well worth the $1.49. :)


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I do love that we live next door to a grocery store. It makes things easier on days like these.


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Still sick. Still can't talk. Trying to muster up enough energy for a brief grocery run, kidlet in tow of course. The alternative is sending him on his own with a list. He does well with short lists, but I'm a bit concerned at how well he could manage with a more complex list.


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Kajehase wrote:
lynora wrote:
Stayed home today as expected. Slept until two. Then I started watching downtown abbey. That was several episodes ago....I may not sleep tonight. This show is oddly addictive.
I blame Lady Mary. It seems the done thing to do.

True, but at least for the first season it will turn out to be Thomas or O'Brien who actually caused the trouble. :)


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He's not that little! He's already much taller than me! He's a big monster! :P
Or, you know, he's a good kid who doesn't much mind helping his mum reach things on high shelves. :)


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Well, I had my voice back for a little while, but it's already starting to go again. I sound all gravelly and squeaky at the same time, like Chewbacca just inhaled a bunch of helium. Summer colds....blech.

The kidlet is enjoying the beginning of his summer vacation at least. For this week we've given him unlimited screen time and no set wake up time. So kid heaven. But he likes routine, so by next week he'll actually be glad of the list of chores and things to do before he can have screen time no matter how much he'll grumble for the first couple of days. :)

Hmm. I might need to come up with a new nickname for him. He'll be thirteen in a couple of weeks and it seems weird to call him a kidlet at that age. On the other hand, habit is a tough thing to break. So I may just keep things how they are. I mean really, I'll probably still be calling him 'baby doll' and 'sweet pea' when he's thirty, let alone thirteen, so he might as well get used to it. Being embarrassing is part of the parental job description. ;P


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Hope your birthday has been fantastic, NH. :)


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Happy Father's Day to all of the dads here. :)


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Stayed home today as expected. Slept until two. Then I started watching downtown abbey. That was several episodes ago....I may not sleep tonight. This show is oddly addictive.


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And so the mini blitz comes to an end.


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I've got the attention span of a rabbit on meth and even I'm tired of the repetitions. We get it already. The rooms are small. The couple doesn't agree on anything. All three options look eerily similar. Oh, what will they choose?

Hmm. I think I might have run out of attention span even for house hunters. Time to go to bed. :)


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"Hello, I'd like a mansion in the best neighborhood, but I only budgeted enough for a small flat" *facepalm*

This is why the realtors always look cranky...


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Watching house hunters because that's about the amount of mental energy I have. The dude is a serious jerk. There's always one. I don't think I've ever seen an episode of this show where both members of a couple are nice people.


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Supposed to go to the lake in the morning, but I'm sick. Of course. Unless I make a miraculous recovery it looks like the boys will be going without me.


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Lol, thanks Sharoth. I appreciated the laugh. :)

And I am once more at that stage of the day where I look at what I thought were actually quite modest plans for how much I needed to do today and have to reevaluate as they were in fact overly ambitious. :P


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Managed to fall asleep last night out of pure exhaustion. Still tired. Attempts to nap are a failure. So I get another day on too little sleep and if I don't manage to totally wear myself out most probably another night like the one before last where I get to see all the hours on the clock as they tick by. Awesome! Sigh. I already miss the constant dull ache I could sleep through. This sharp tingling throbbing is driving me fracking nuts. It's an ankle. It hurts. Fine. I can deal with that. But does it really have to do it in such a way that I can't ever sleep? I thought all those naps last week were for healing. Nope. That was preemptive sleep. Apparently. :/

Sorry for whining. I whine here so I don't bug people in real life. Gotta have somewhere to complain. :)


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Good luck, greenteagamer! I hope that pretty much everything goes your way today with both the job fair and the doctors.


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So sorry, Ivan. :(


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Naridre Ro'Arisahshe wrote:
Nari understands Abyssal. Languages are kind of her thing. :)
LOL! That's funny. (In my head) And makes sense. I'm guessing that Nari needs to learn a lot of languages to make sure that any mind powers she uses on others work? Because you can't read minds/hypnotize others if you cant understand each other.) :)

Actually, being more Storm than Jean Grey she doesn't have any language dependent powers. :P

But she's kind of a giant nerd and she has a gift for languages and living in Sigil and working with so many different races she keeps picking up more and more so she can understand what's going on around her. :)

Also, I swear I am always just a bit out of sync with this game. Between when I log off at night and when I check the boards the next morning, the scene has almost always passed me by...Sigh. I am trying. Well, at least it works with the fact that my character is basically made of awkward...


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FireclawDrake wrote:
So my cat needed dental surgery to extract 7 teeth. That has been fun. He does not like taking his pills either, or his painkillers. Guh

Poor kitty! :(

Did the vet give you the syringe like thing for shoving the pills into the back of the throat? It's a lifesaver (for the owner...you've only got so much blood) and really makes it a lot easier. I got super good at that maneuver when my previous kitty was very ill (complications from old age mostly) but it's never ever fun. :/


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Icyshadow wrote:
Two days till the day. I have been studying, but I feel worried either way.

Good luck! You can do it! :)


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Good news! Ankle is definitely not broken! It only took them two days to get back to me on the X-ray! (Okay that was sarcastic. Should not take that long to find out if you have a broken bone.) Still hurts like mad, but now that I know for sure its a sprain I can at least put a little weight on that foot which makes getting around much easier.


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Watching my husband play witcher 3. Seems pretty cool so far. Awesome graphics. And they don't make me motion sick much so that's a bonus. And it's something to do while I'm stuck sitting that keeps my mind mostly off of how gorram bad my foot hurts. :)


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Always fun when you leave the doctor and they're all like yeah we think your ankle probably isn't broken but we're not actually sure so here's a splint and wait until someone who knows what they're doing can look at your X-rays. So here's hoping that that line wasn't actually a fracture.


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The trouble with urgent care is that once you get there nothing is actually urgent. It's mostly just waiting followed by more waiting.


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"Hey!" Phaedra pouted. "I am perfectly pleasant at all times, like a proper lady," she said stiffly.


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Celestial Healer wrote:
lynora wrote:
Random musings: Tried book by new author. About halfway through had to abandon book because I realized that the main character was such a caricature of hyper-masculinity that he was basically Gaston from Beauty and the Beast...and could no longer read any scenes he was in without imagining the accompanying musical number....
I am curious to know what book it was.

Melting into You by Tracey Alvarez. A lamentably bad romance novel that in addition to being constructed solely of cliches has issues with some really icky 'love' scenes in which no apparently means yes. Blech. Definitely one to avoid. Should never have tried to go back and finish this. :/


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More random musings:

So I realized a few days ago that our current campaign has taken an unexpected turn. Our last campaign we were playing planes hopping muderhobos who ended up becoming heroes at the end much to their own surprise. Our current campaign we started out as heroes working hard to stand up for the oppressed against corrupt authorities. Add in trauma and disillusionment and stir and I....I think we're the bad guys now. Or will be shortly. That should make the end of the campaign interesting....


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Random musings: Tried book by new author. About halfway through had to abandon book because I realized that the main character was such a caricature of hyper-masculinity that he was basically Gaston from Beauty and the Beast...and could no longer read any scenes he was in without imagining the accompanying musical number....


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Jiminy, Prankster of the Future wrote:
Ghalen Kiln wrote:


"Forgive my cynicism," is all he says.
"Nothing to forgive," Jiminy said, slapping him on the back in a friendly fashion. "I need someone to criticize me now and then or my head might get too big to fit through the doorways," he joked. "And you do such an admirable job of it."

He stops and looks at Jiminy.

"I, probably better than anyone on Agartha, with the possible exception of your father, truly understands the enemy we face. What you are attempting to do hasn't successfully been done in millennia. I rather admire the work that you do, and I honestly don't wish to give any other impression than that. My cynicism stems from sentient nature. People usually will not do things on their own, they have to be driven. These attacks should galvanize the community to work better and harder to prevent being totally taken by surprise the next time it happens. But I don't see that here. Is it because they don't understand the technological options you offer them yet? Is it overwhelming fear? Where is the desire to adapt and survive?" under his calm facade, there is a sort of frustration, but then leaves...
"Or am I being too hard on them?"

"You are being a bit too hard on them, yeah. You have to keep in mind the timeline. The world itself has been trying to change and adapt since it got flipped right side out. That's a lot of changes in a short time, and sometimes it's frustrating that it doesn't go faster, but this world doesn't have a central government and they're trying to overturn centuries of tradition in just a few months. As for Kuros...it's been a week. They're barely through the memorial services. But they're not beaten down. You should go there this weekend if you get a chance. It might surprise you." He shrugged. "It's easy to get impatient, but people have to make their own choices. And change is a process. It doesn't just magically happen overnight. Well....okay....most of the time it doesn't magically happen overnight...."


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Tacticslion wrote:

That's awesome! Way to go, TFY!

lynora: uh... sorry I've been slow to PM you! I've been super busy about now (school ending for my eldest and for my wife; end of the soccer season; we've been sick; I've been trying to run a game for my wife in the mean time - we've, uh, finished a prologue and one whole encounter -; and so on), and I'm suuuuuuuper flaky about online games anyway (it's why I put the scar of destiny on that character as a kind of self-joke). I'm sorry!

No worries. The offer doesn't have an expiration date. So you can get back to me in a couple of weeks if that works better for you. I totally get the whole end of year thing. Our school just lets out super late so we still have three weeks after this one. Two weeks from now I'll be all like ack! Why are all the things in the last week?! :)


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Aranna wrote:
lynora wrote:

What is this tan you speak of? :P

I have two settings: ghost and boiled lobster. I used to get so jealous of my sisters because they would get tan over the summer and I would not in spite of spending the same time outside. But at least I never have to worry about tan lines. ^.^

Glad you had a fun day,Aranna, and I'm sure the tan lines won't be that bad. :)

Thanks.

Hmmm... there is a skill involved in tanning. Perhaps your sister knows the skill and you do not? Really it is as simple as knowing what sunscreen works best for your skin type and applying it correctly. A skill I made a point to learn after going to Florida when I was six and ending up a boiled lobster by the time we came back.

Nah, it's just my phenotype. I've tried all the sunscreens. None of them can teach my body how to produce melanin. :P


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What is this tan you speak of? :P

I have two settings: ghost and boiled lobster. I used to get so jealous of my sisters because they would get tan over the summer and I would not in spite of spending the same time outside. But at least I never have to worry about tan lines. ^.^

Glad you had a fun day,Aranna, and I'm sure the tan lines won't be that bad. :)


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Taron Sunwake wrote:
I read the last word in Andromeda's post as prick and thought "How am I existential?" XD

Nice to know you're insulting yourself on my behalf now. ;P


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Hoo boy. So many feelings here.

I gotta say, I've had someone try something pretty similar to what Vick just did to me during a PTSD flashback and...opposite of helpful. Longest freaking panic attack ever. :/

Characters are free to do as they like because fiction, but please, please, please do not ever do that to someone in real life. You can't 'shock' someone out of a panic attack because their fight or flight response has already gone totally haywire. You want to stay calm and speak softly, try to get the person to notice details about their current surroundings. This can help the person separate memory/fears from reality so they can calm down.

Thus endeth the public service announcement


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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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