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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 6 Season Marathon Voter, 7 Season Marathon Voter, 8 Season Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago. 1,738 posts (8,030 including aliases). 5 reviews. 2 lists. 2 wishlists. 26 Pathfinder Society characters. 11 aliases.


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Male half-orc Brw1 | hp 15/15 | Init +1 | AC 14, T 11, FF 13 | CMB +4, CMD 15 | F +5 R +5 W +4 | Prcptn +7, SM +7 |

Ushyle has been quiet since returning from the visit to Brinya.

He leans forward to Ham as the meal is served and Cham scuttles away. I believe you are correct that Brinya is an unfortunate thread in this, he says as he absently takes a biscuit.

The half-orc has dark circles under his eyes and is clearly quite tired himself, but his tone is resolute. I, too, feel that a rest is yet incautious. After our meal, we should pay another visit to the Sanctuary. We have missed some key element there.

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Yay, Venture-Captains!
Yay, 5-stars!

:-)


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Ilmakis wrote:
RyckyRych wrote:
I was under the impression I had to be 12-13 for the first one. Did I misunderstand? If I can play all three at 14.2-15.0-15.1 then I'll give it a go (assuming there is still room).

Yes, you can play all three parts beginning at 14.2 :)

There is one place left for the game if you're still interested !

I won't take RyckyRych's spot if he wants it (he's a hoopy frood and is much fun), but if he declines I'll apply with my 13.2 Inquisitor. :-)


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TigerTiger wrote:

Okay, put it differently, can you imagine a reason anyone could vote for Trump that didn't involve them being evil, stupid, racist or misinformed? In other words, could you imagine any reason a decent, well-meaning, informed, generally okay person might vote for Trump? If you could, what would it be? (All in the context that half of the voting population of the United States voted for him.)

For avoidance of doubt, "no" is a perfectly acceptable though depressing answer.

Nothing rational, no. But then, voting often isn't rational.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of Archie Bunker relatives to host.


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Male half-orc Brw1 | hp 15/15 | Init +1 | AC 14, T 11, FF 13 | CMB +4, CMD 15 | F +5 R +5 W +4 | Prcptn +7, SM +7 |

If we're short anything, it's something else to fill out the front line, as you mentioned; and perhaps a true skill monkey type. But honestly, whatever you want to play is what you should play.


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CBDunkerson wrote:
So far as I can tell, the primary reason Trump won this election is that Democrat voters didn't show up.

Nothing to do with coordinated voter ID and early voting law restrictions implemented in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin (and maintained, in spite of a Federal court ruling, in Wisconsin), though.

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TOZ wrote:
I shall have to return to SkalCon for more such tales with Andy and Hilary.

Second the return to Skål Con. It's going to be a must-attend. :-)

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Serpent's Skull at last! ^.^

Grand Lodge

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Male human Ftr1 | hp 11/11 | Init +5 | AC 19, T 14, FF 15 | CMB +2, CMD 16 | F +3 R +4 W +3 | Prcptn +3, SM +2 |

Fletcher smiles at Ildris' account of the missing girl. Ah, yes, we've all— he stops himself as he considers Justain — ah, most of us— he stops again, remembering Hydris and Orseb — um, some of us, anyway...have bent the rules from time to time...

He clears his throat, a bit red-faced. Ahem. Graveyard, you say?


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captain yesterday wrote:
That was one epic series, or so i heard, i don't actually watch baseball. :-)

From someone who saw every inning, I can assure you it was, in fact, one epic series - almost a shame one of the two teams had to lose.

As a Cubs fan, that's definitely an "almost."


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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Why HRC gets so much more hate than him... well, if Obama's Presidency re-exposed this country's long-festering racism, HRC's candidacy (and hopefully her Presidency) is slowly peeling back the filthy bandage on the country's deep sexism. The country isn't going to do much of anything about either problem, but it's darn sure gonna complain about the worst of all sins: being called sexist (and racist).

Sexism is absolutely a huge part of the hate for Secretary Clinton.

It's not all of it, any more than all of the hate for President Obama is racism. But it's certainly part of it, and it's most of it from a percentage of her opposition, like it's most of it from a percentage of his.

Besides the fact that she's a woman daring to intrude on the realm of men, one of HRC's major shortcomings is that she's a known commodity in the world of politics. Trump is a known commodity in the world of reality television, but not politically, which is part of his appeal for those who hate politicians (and politics in general): better a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, thin-skinned narcissist who doesn't know what he's doing than someone who's been in politics all her adult life.


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Scythia wrote:
Sensor Sheep wrote:
Ryzoken wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
Thank you for the summation and for the wonderful wild life example.
I mean, I assume it's illegal to strap rockets to cattle.
My body is ready.
Then you'd be Sensor floating sheep.

Counting those, in an effort to fall asleep.


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bugleyman wrote:
Personally, I prefer the "Hillary Clinton is the most successful mass murder in U.S. history" story. Maybe Wikileaks could drop a bombshell about the Clintons having knives in their kitchen. Or something.

If she actually was — or any sort of one, let alone most successful in U.S. history — there damn sure wouldn't be an Anthony Weiner issue for Huma Abedin to worry about anymore.


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thejeff wrote:
GreyWolfLord wrote:


(for example, there is talk about holding this SC situation for another four years if Clinton wins, which is absolute crazy talk. However, with our government being as dysfunctional as it has been for the past 6 years...I could see it as a possibility...and from what Clinton's done, I see her more of a my way or the highway type person. That means, even if she selected the most conservative judge alive the republicans won't budge, and she wouldn't either...because neither would talk to the other!

If Clinton selected the most conservative judge alive and the republicans still blocked him, what more do you want her to do? Where's she supposed to budge?

And frankly, while I know you despise Clinton, back in her days in the Senate, she did talk to Republicans. She did work across the aisle. Hell, she gets pilloried for it from the left to this day.

She's capable of it. Just like Obama was. But they both needed someone to meet them half way. Even a quarter of the way.

Pretty much this. Suggesting that Clinton is somehow less capable of reaching across the aisle than Kaine could be is to thoroughly ignore her record of doing just that during her time in the Senate.

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Tyler Beck wrote:
3-7 Evergreen... seriously, awesome. I'm very excited about this, guys!

With Andrew writing, I expect nothing short of excellence. :-)

(No pressure.)


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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:

Paul Ryan between a rock and a hard place

My guess is he will be forced out as speaker, regardless of who wins, in 2017. Also Trump holds grudges...how much you want to bet that, especially if Trump doesn't win, he is going to turn his base against Ryan?

I have no sympathy for Ryan and his ilk. The GOP, all of them, even the so-called rational establishment, have been feeding and riding the tiger of bigotry, misogyny, and fear known as the Southern Strategy. They forgot the basic rule of creating a political beast. Once you unleash it, it has no compunctions against biting it's would-be handlers.
Yeah, good riddance to Paul Ryan. He deserves much worse for being a dog-whistling granny starver.

But however will the disciples of Ayn Rand survive the fall of their choir boy?

Wait, never mind that. I just remembered, I don't give a damn about Ryan, or his Randian apostles.


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Energy companies are being driven so out of business that profits for the Big Six energy companies increased tenfold from 2007 to 2013.


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I blame Cosmo for the pugwampi bringing up more stuff from my childhood and building nostalgic tendencies.


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Male Mostly Harmless Incorrigible Punster 3/ Militant Grammarist 2/ Contrarian 2
Diri Lizzenbettolze wrote:
Real Life Comes First.

Quoted for truth.

It's a game, after all.

Glad you seem to be feeling better!


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Quark Blast wrote:
Like JFK's escapades, Bill's aren't as "secret" (at least a fair number of them) as you make out. A number of friends and staff members were colluding in his behavior in each instance. And later, the security detail when he was president.

I said nothing about secrecy. I said that no one who isn't in the marriage knows what goes on in their marriage, and I stand by that statement.

Whatever aspersions you want to cast on Ms. Clinton for her husband's infidelity is your own freaking problem.


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Five-star Hound of Tindalos. Er, GM. Whatever.

No worries. Real Life Comes First [tm].


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A reference to something from my youth immediately set me to statting up something exceedingly silly.

Who ya gonna blame? Cosmo!


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I know must stat up the Bloom County Basselope. (For which I must blame Cosmo.)


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Rednal wrote:
Several decades of smearing by her political enemies?

That's certainly part of it.

Part of it is also her gender; we as a society seem to spend an inordinate amount of time working to undermine the claims of women.

Part of it is also her (and her husband's) apparent blind spot to any appearance of impropriety. This is one of the things I find most maddening about her — either she sees no ethical ambiguity in the more questionable actions, or she doesn't care if there is. Both are concerning to me...but not so concerning as to entertain the logistical alternative.


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NenkotaMoon wrote:
thunderspirit wrote:
thejeff wrote:
NenkotaMoon wrote:
So I'm really a terrible person, a bigot, naive and what not.

I don't know. I don't know your opinions at all.

You're apparently conservative, but I don't know what you mean by that.

Related, you've presented little indication from where your ideologies arise, and why they are important to you.
Why should I, it seems like it would be futile anyway?

Meaning you'd prefer to wail and lament that we don't take your opinions seriously while simultaneously making multiple posts to intimate you're clearly so much smarter than the rest of us.

Okay then.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
TwoWolves wrote:


Or, go back to the promise of the original factions, and have tables muster by faction and compete for an exclusive goal, which gives a boon good for the next year. Silver Crusade vs Dark Archive vs Scarab Sages and so on. Bonus points if your actions can actively help or hinder other tables at the same event. Not PvP, obviously, but "throwing some marbles under your rival's boots during a chase" sort of interference, or preventing some misfortune from derailing an allied table.

NOPE.

Seriously, if that was a part of a given event I'd avoid it and warn everyone else I knew to avoid it, too.

Table vs. table competition is one of the things I hated about Race for the Runecarved Key.

I understand that TwoWolves would enjoy this, and he is not wrong for seeking something like that. However, as it would not be enjoyable for me, like Wei Ji I'd decline to participate.


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What Fergie said.

I'm always interested in contrasting perspectives. I do like to see something to back them up beyond "this is what I think and/or believe and if you don't then you're stupid", since knowing the foundation of a view is often critical to considering it. But I hope I try to listen to what's being said.

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I'm with Pirate Rob on my favorites: Legacy #1 and Siege #2. I also really liked Year of the Shadow Lodge.

I much, MUCH prefer GMing them because, like Abraham Z., I found as a player I was missing a whole lot of the story. As a GM, I try to pepper some of that in with the encounters, but it's not easy with the proverbial ticking clock.

For those who consider Specials to be meat-grinders: part of their purpose is as an endurance test for your PC, so in many ways they are meat-grinders. But the better ones do a decent job of mixing up the encounters so it's not just combat after combat after combat (*cough*BloodUnderAbsalom*cough*)


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Sorry, Rysky, there's no relief in sight for your pun-ishment!

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Doc Hopper wrote:
TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.
DOC HOPPER LIVES!

Note to self: create new PC named Ad Hoc Dopper.

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jon dehning wrote:

Three day total: $6003

So much food donated I will need two trips to deliver it all.

Just finished dinner with TOZ and Boomer.

Now, rest.

I have no words to describe the generous spirit of everyone who gave.

Thank you.

No, thank YOU.

This is quite possibly the most fun I've ever had at a convention weekend (and, as my extraordinarily patient wife can attest, that covers considerable ground), which is thanks in large part to the Minnesota crew (Jon, Andy, A.J., Jolene, Hilary, Jack, Keith, Ryan, and several other people I'm sure I'm leaving out) and their outstanding players.

Plus, the Great and Powerful TOZ came from Arizona. And the creative and quite-possibly-drunk Thursty came in from Canada, just to off some gripplis!

Great experience, would recommend.
Will definitely buy again.

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TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.

Not to cast aspersions on anyone, but I think Thursty may have enjoyed their demise. Perhaps even relished it.

Aosrax wrote:
A sad day for the grippli, but I heard a rumor that they are like a hydra, and multiply upon death.

Grippli's Believe It or Not! :-)


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Scott Betts wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

Racism = Bad Thing.

Sexism = Bad Thing.
Bigotry = Bad Thing.
Crony Capitalism = Bad Thing.

Wrong = Bad Thing.

Bad Thing = No Vote From Me.

Is that any clearer?

Good luck finding your living saint to support. I'm sure eventually someone will pass your purity test. One day.

As I've pointed out before: the only person with whom I agree on every single issue is me, and I'm not running (nor would I have even Jill Stein's chance of winning if I did).

You find the candidate who's running who matches you on more issues than not, cos no one is perfect.


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Jessica Price wrote:
littlediegito wrote:
No one is asking you, or me, or anyone to change our identities or orientations or anything like that. We are being asked to listen, to empathize, and to be whatever force for change we are able to be however large or small that is. So instead of shouting 'Not all straights!' we should be saying, "I hear you. How can I help?"

What Diego said.

Please stop #notall... ing.

And this is why I am here. To learn how I can hope to do better.


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Far more bitter than sweet to my taste, though I wish her nothing but good fortune in the years to come. All hail Liz — still equal parts ninja and Abadar, and the mistress of the ironic Buhll-man at PaizoCon 2014!

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I am excite!


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Male half-orc Brw1 | hp 15/15 | Init +1 | AC 14, T 11, FF 13 | CMB +4, CMD 15 | F +5 R +5 W +4 | Prcptn +7, SM +7 |

Unacceptable.

Kidding aside, I don't know that I could drive 200 miles non-stop, let alone be part of team that runs that. Kudos.


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Mordenaar wrote:
Hey everyone, just a heads up, I'll be completely offline from Thursday night until Sunday night. I'm running 3 legs in a relay race that spans more than 200 miles. We run non-stop, so I won't be in any condition to post or check the boards until after sleeping in on Sunday.

Slacker.

I'm incommunicado this weekend too, due to Skål Con. At which I'll be doing a totally different kind of running.


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Guy Humual wrote:
To be clear, I'm not worried about Clinton, I'm uninspired by her. I'm complaining that I don't think she's got the interests of the average American at heart.

I can understand being uninspired.

I don't really understand thinking she doesn't have the interests of the average American at heart, based on her history. But whatever. If your "only incentive to vote for her is a presidential monster of cartoonish levels" then you're not paying attention to anything beyond what the same people who've tried to demonize her since Bill's first term as Arkansas governor want you to believe. In sum, you've been lied to, and have accepted it as fact.

Incremental change is positive in no small part because the opposite usually involves people being shot and riots occurring. If that's what you want, well, bully for you. I'll take incremental over massive collateral damage caused by revolution 99 44/100s percent of the time.

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Aaron C. Malone wrote:
*runs around prepping Cosmic Captive* Ow, my brain!!!!!!!!

Me too, But I'm not panicking.

Not panicking.

Not panicking.

*looks at calendar*

PANICKING!


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Will.Spencer wrote:
This election is Jubilex vs Pazuzu.

In terms of likeability, perhaps. Not in terms of competence or ability, however.


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spastic puma wrote:
From Kimmel's perspective, white males address this lie they've been sold with impotent rage and lash out at minorities who stole "their" jobs, threaten "their" freedom, and feel like they are drowning under the rising tide of equality around them.

Well, they didn't get to that conclusion on their own or at random.

Donald trump is more than the republican candidate, he's the ontological manifestation of the republican party itself: a corporate billionaire CEO that undercuts American workers, makes shady deals, bribes politicians to get what he wants, and uses the legal system to avoid paying their bills and then diverts attention away from their own behavior that is actually the cause of the problem with racist rhetoric towards those who are not.

+1 to this. It's the tidiest summation I've read in some time.


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Ask a Shoanti wrote:
Blackfingers wrote:


Also, I know it's a bit early to talk about now, but will Starfinder AP's have fiction?

How cool would it be if Eando Kline were placed in stasis and revived in Starfinder, appearing in a module or something. Perhaps as a pregen or an NPC.

I mean there is such a spell, right?

Spell? Bah!

We can rebuild him.
We have the technology.
We can make him better than he was.


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If the BBEG has been scrying on them, he's well aware of their tricks, thus should have plans to counter all of them. Resist/protection from energy would work (can't daze what you can't damage), as would spell resistance.

I would also throw some baddies immune to fire in front of the party prior to that final encounter, just to show them that they may need a back-up plan.


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Melkiador wrote:
Paizo doesn't exactly "cater" to the digital set though,

On the contrary — they offer it, whereas WotC, it seems, does not.


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Melkiador wrote:
Yeah. There's a pretty good chance, I'd subscribe to a pure pdf series, Player Companion and/or Core. I might would even PDF-sub to an adventure path to get some DMing in. This is related to my earlier complaint that Paizo is too married to dead tree publishing, though they are still doing a lot better than WotC on that front.

Speaking as a grognard old-schooler who still very much enjoys the dead tree version in my hands, I'm rather happy that Paizo still indulges me.

Likewise, I'm also happy Paizo caters to you by providing digital content.


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thunderspirit wrote:
bugleyman wrote:
Rednal wrote:
Paul Manafort - the campaign chairman who was recently tied to what looked like under-the-table payments and pro-Russia activities in Ukraine - has officially resigned from Trump's campaign.
Hmmm...didn't see that coming after he survived the shake-up earlier this week. I wonder if the campaign anticipated Manafort's Ukraine troubles worsening.

Probably too nuanced.

I think Bannon came in, actually took over some of his duties, and Manafort resigned in a huff.

Upon further examination, I was probably far too flippant about this.

From CBS This Morning


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bugleyman wrote:
Rednal wrote:
Paul Manafort - the campaign chairman who was recently tied to what looked like under-the-table payments and pro-Russia activities in Ukraine - has officially resigned from Trump's campaign.
Hmmm...didn't see that coming after he survived the shake-up earlier this week. I wonder if the campaign anticipated Manafort's Ukraine troubles worsening.

Probably too nuanced.

I think Bannon came in, actually took over some of his duties, and Manafort resigned in a huff.


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Kryzbyn wrote:
I'm sure I'll get ridiculed for this, but bear with me for a moment.

I believe that most of us here would rather delve into what your beliefs are and from whence they originate as opposed to ridicule. I try to reserve that for colossal distortions and blatant falsehoods. (Emphasis on the word "try"; I'm not always successful, or close to successful as I'd like to be.)

Thanks for sharing your contrasting point of view, even if it feels buried in dissent. I'm always interested in other opinions that don't amount to a discourse of "you're stupid!" "no, YOU'RE stupid!"

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