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Goblinworks Executive Founder. RPG Superstar 6 Season Dedicated Voter, 7 Season Star Voter. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Pathfinder Society GM. 4,965 posts (5,398 including aliases). 1 review. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 35 Pathfinder Society characters. 53 aliases.


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Set wrote:


And on topic, Highlander is a fun movie to add to the list.

After having watched Highlander 30 some odd times over a week in order to do a film analysis paper (lighting, shot type, camera angle, etc. etc. and the intended effect of such to be imparted to the viewer) I really can't watch the movie any more ... and I used to love it.

Back on topic.

More comedies (did I mention I kinda like comedies?) ... and I can't believe no one has mentioned any John Cusack comedies yet, so here you go ...

Better Off Dead - John Cusack as a teen with issues who meets a French exchange student Diane Franklin. Quirky comedy from Savage Steve Holland.

One Crazy Summer - John Cusack as a teen with issues who meets a guitar-playing hippiesque Demi Moore. Quirky comedy from Savage Steve Holland.

Hot Pursuit - John Cusack as a teen who tries to catch up with girlfriend's family on a Caribbean vacation. Kind of a comedy of errors comedy in a lot of ways.

Tape Heads - John Cusack and Tim Robbins as two security guard, high school graduates turned video producers. Quirky comedy and the Swanky Modes! Actually Sam Moore and Junior Walker, but still, the Swanky Modes!!

Gross Pointe Blank - John Cusack as a hit man who goes to his 10 year high school reunion. Great comedy with a great 80's soundtrack.

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Sissyl wrote:
The Mummy 2 makes its prequel look like a deep, intellectual masterpiece.

Mummy 3 makes both of the previous movies seem Oscar worthy ...

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More comedy vein (I kinda like comedies, what can I say ... they tend to lend themselves to light entertainment) ...

The Man with One Red Shoe - musician mistaken for spy, with humorous results.

The Man Who Knew Too Little - brother visits his successful brother in London, gets signed up for "Theater of Life" and things go horribly astray in a spy filled comedy

Arsenic and Old Lace - classic Cary Grant, if you have not seen it you really should. Freaking hilarious.

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest - comedy in a psuedo tech vein, marketing guy quits to take a creative job at a tech firm and takes on the "$100 computer" project which is basically the "never gonna happen, low budget" project.

Real Genius - more psuedo tech comedy. Another classic.

The Jerk - classic Steve Martin ... "Oh no! He hates these cans too!" hehehehe

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In the comedy vein ...

Quick Change - comedy of errors involving a bank robbery

Let It Ride - a cabbie has a good day at the track ... a VERY good day.

Roxanne - a retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac ... the bar insult bet scene is truly classic

Groundhog Day - time loop comedy that I can watch again, and again, and again ...

The Hangover - a prime example of comedy that requires no brain cells, but will make you laugh your butt off.

In the surreal vein (not necessarily good flicks but can be entertaining)...

Repo! The Genetic Opera - dark future where widespread organ failure allows a genetic firm to roll out organs at a premium, and repossess them if payments are late ... and it's a musical!

Patch Town - factory where kids are turned into dolls and sold as toys ... and it's a musical!


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Ithsay the Unseen wrote:
How many grogs would a grognard nard if a grognard could nard grogs?

Oh that's an easy one, a grogillion. Though back in my day we would nard a grogilliion grogs easily in an hour. You whippersnappers have it easy with your "messaging boards" and "Facks" (whatever those are); cuts down on the amount of grogs you have to nard. I even heard tell some don't even know how to grog a nard! It's all just a ... a ... what are you doing here? Who let you in? Gitoffamylawn!!!

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See I don't view grognardism as being anything more that an indicator that one has a depth of previous experience to draw from. This does not mean that the person knows what they are talking about, mind you, just that they are pulling from a wider range of experiences than someone who has just started playing.

As to when someone can claim to be a grognard, that's really up to the individual. You may have been playing for 40 years and not claim to be a grognard, or you could have been playing for 10 and claim to be. really, it's more of a mindset of how one perceives their level of experience (and with RPGs, it's really cross system experience ... after all, as far as I am concerned, if you have pulled content from one system to incorporate into another system that kinda puts you into Grognardland).

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The 80s were also rife with D&D protests by misguided church groups, along with book burnings (usually if your movement requires the burning of books, your movement is moving in the wrong direction). The purchases of the books for the book burnings I'm sure helped the sales figures a little bit.

But yes, the hobby has always been niche. In the 80s, it was very niche (D&D was played by all of us "weird kids" ... I did not see a jock playing the game until I got to college in '88). But I do see a mix of age ranges at the cons I attend. Granted there are a bunch of grognards, but there is a significant 20-something and millennial crowd at most of the cons I've been to over the last several years.

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QuidEst wrote:
Forget using it to travel anywhere. I want to slap two of these on opposite sides of a flywheel in space and let it slowly spin up until a few decades later it explodes. (It'll need some solar panels for power.)

Actually, if the results are valid, it produces significantly more thrust than light sails (talking ~1.2 millinewtons/kW vs ~4.5-5 micronewtons/kW). Granted it is a far cry from an ion drive (~60 millinewtons/kW), but it does not require the massive amount of fuel an ion drive requires. With in the inner system, it could feasibly utilize solar power as a ready energy source; the further out you go though, the less efficient that becomes, so you would be looking at nuclear more than likely.

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It could also indicate an interference on the quantum level with the Law of conservation of motion, or it could also indicate that the law is still 100% valid but we are simply unable to measure all aspects of the process which would balance out the math.

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thejeff wrote:


It's still far, far more likely that we're seeing experimental error here.

NASA has said as much, citing (IIRC) 9 possible sources for errors in their paper. However, space based testing, if successful should eliminate most if not all of those possibilities.

Really hoping the space based tests prove the EM Drive to be a valid propulsion system.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:

Do you have any more insight about how you know what i'm thinking more than i do?

Oh, I do! I do! I know what you are thinking!

...

And shame on you BNW. Those thoughts made my tentacles blush.

...

What do you mean by that?

...

Yes, of course I am reading your mind.

...

<sigh> OK, go ahead ...

...

The number you are thinking of is 1493.234501954753 ... did you really think the decimals would throw me off?

...

We now return you to your relatively circular debate already in progress.

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You can read about it here.

So it's not huge output compared to propellant based drives (we're talking several orders of magnitude less ... which is somewhat mitigated by not needing to haul tons of fuel), but the results ranked it a couple of orders of magnitude more powerful than light sails.

If it is actually working. It violates Newton's third law (equal and opposite reactions). I'm pretty hopeful, though. Things get weird when you delve into quantum physics...

Next testing should be space based, so if it succeeds there, that should eliminate a good number of the sources of possible errors.

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my height would become halved, my feet would become furry, I would be forever speaking in a bad Scottish brogue. The appreciation for good beer and rum, however, would not be a change. ;)

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Hitdice wrote:
This thread makes me feel old and tired, like I've had too many days. :(

No, no, it just means you have many more experience points. Unless you've been crafting magic items, because, you know, back in my day you used XP to create items ... ;)

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I will not shed a tear for the passing of a purveyor of religious intolerance of other religions,lifestyles, etc. Nor will I celebrate it. Some are best allowed to simply fade in the shadows of the past.

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Puppies. It is always puppies. Precocious puppies tumbling and playing with various puppy toys. And cat video montages. Causes their villainous minds to snap.

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Defoliant. In one campaign, I mentioned that we should pick up defoliant around 3rd level after having encountered several plant creatures. The other folks agreed ... and no one bought any. Fast forward 10 levels, numerous plant creature encounters, numerous mentions about buying defoliant, numerous failures to actually b any, and I finally bought several vials ... which remained unused through the rest of the campaign as we did not encounter any other plant critters.

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... we didn't have any of these fancy "Adventure Paths" or "modules". Our "adventure paths" and "modules" came straight out of our own brains! and they were usually pretty bad in retrospect

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... dwarf and elf were classes ... No, we're not sure why.

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thejeff wrote:


If you're one of them and of a certain mindset, it's a badge of honor, distinguished them from the whippersnappers of today.

If you're not and of a certain different mindset, it's a dismissive and ageist term, painting the target as a hopeless old fogey, dreaming of his lost youth and shouting "get off my lawn".

I view it as my badge of honor that reads "gitoffamylawnyawhippersnappers" encircling a d20 that has obviously had the number filled in with crayon.

been playing since the original ODD, small box set ... still have most of the books from then still as well. for home games most of the folks I play with are grognards, though I also play PFS and have run several kids games over the last decade to bring the new generation of gamers to the tables.

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Thanks KC! Working on the page design for the upcoming Wayfinder right now. :)

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<sad illithid>

Liz, good luck in the wilds of Freelanceland. May your pens never dry, you paper never crease, your computer never fry, your offers never cease.

Hope to see you at whichever PaizoCon for which I manage to get back to Seattle.

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<looks around>
Where'd the kobold go? Is he hiding? Waiting to ambush all who enter the thread and assault them with a rain of compliments?

Sneaky kobolds ...

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Tacticslion wrote:

Hm... or maybe give it to someone who's goal is the eradication of SPC 682 with no other casualties... it should only take 100 or so indoctrinated volunteers/attempts...

... what could go wrong? >;)

SCP 682 can't die ... and good gods it leads to a massive tangle of SCP entries with all the ways they have tried to destroy it. I spent two hours of down time at work digging through it and did not get to the end. ;)

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"Red Sea Object" was a good read. Liked having to dig through multiple layers to get the full story (or as full as it gets). On to "Star Signals".

And agreed that it is a great source for inspiration, especially for a modern horror themed campaign.

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James Jacobs wrote:
I absolutely LOVE the dwarf as a PC race. I love everything about them, from their scritchy beards to their love of axes and gold. Why, if I could not play a dwarf paladin in armor spike covered plate mail, my life would be incomplete.

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Aberzombie wrote:
Blah Blah...fairies...blah blah...the giant...blah blah....the midget......blah blah....everybody dies.

So concise ... It's like poetry.

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Yeah, I would really like to see more in this storyline.

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And you are right that the sequence would make her sealing the gate odd, unless Will is now a key of sorts for getting from one side to the other. Or it could be that El banished herself to the upsidedown to simply block the gug from being able to use the rift, though it did seem to be able to pop out wherever it desired when it caught scent of blood, so not sure how that would work exactly. Of course this could all be addressed in a second season. ;)

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Great show. Just finished the binge. ;) And yes, I agree Shinhakkaider's description is pretty well spot on. :)

Spoiler:
El did not really sacrifice herself in the "died for everyone" sense. She is back in the "upside down" and, I assume, sealed the gate by doing so. Otherwise why would the chief leave eggos in a drop spot?

I am really hoping this is not a "one season and done" thing. I can see one of two routes for the series.

Spoiler:
1) It will kick in an expanded "invasion" type scenario (the bit Will coughed up that went down the drain is on the "upside" rather than the "upside down" side, so who knows what that will do), Will will become able to hop between dimensions, and the story could be bringing El back (she is getting regular Eggos, after all) to help fight off the new threat.

2) The series will be a story-a-season concept, similar to American Horror Story.

Either would be good with me. This really was a top notch production (not to mention being able to relate to kids playing D&D in 1983 ... I was just a year or two older than the kids portrayed in the show then and had been playing for almost 6 years at that point).

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The main lesson you should pull from this debacle of a game is just because you can do something does not mean you should do something. Flooding the table with summons (and let's not quibble over semantics, summon, call, etc are still the same basic thing with variation on what the critter can do), to the point your controlled units out number the entire party falls squarely in the should not do category.

You cannot win the game. And even if it were possible to "win", you sure as hell would not be able to do so by pissing off the rest of the players.

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Lemmy wrote:
Besides, is "witch" even considered a slur? It's an offense, of course, but I don't think it's "heavy" enough to be considered a slur... It's not like the OP called them "the C word".

Crone? ;)

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<cough>reviews please when you get a chance.<cough>

And I think I have broken my record for speed in asking for reviews when folks have read through the issue with this post. :)

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And just checked the outage site ... Estimated time for power to be restored is in about 6 more hours ... I think I am heading home to get some sleep.

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So I drove around and could not see a cause, though I did see a power company truck (and the guy said it would be another 3-4 hours ... Argh!). So I am now at a bar grabbing a drink and a bite.

I guess it does not count as going to a bat solo if you know the bartender, right? ;)

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Forgot about the grue threat, but I do have matches, so I should be OK.

Will probably pick up a battery powered laters tomorrow (only place open right now with that kind of thing would be Walmart).

It is too early to sleep (and getting warm inside as well since the ceiling fans are just sitting there not spinning).

Might hop in the car and drive the area to see if I can spot the cause of this outage (most likely someone hopped a curb and hit a relay box or some such).

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One more excellent TV theme song from the last handful of years:
Terriers

Great but short lived series, with the best fitting cliff hanger ending to a single season series ever.

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Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:

{sings (badly):} ♪ ♫

Once upon a rhyme
I was wordsmything with love
But now my grammar's all falling apart
Too much time Tweeting caused
A total ellipse .... ♩ ♬

Fixed it for you.

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Ed Reppert wrote:

A point regarding alignment: A good character will not steal. A neutral or evil character will not steal from the party he's in, because doing so is not in his best interests. Unless he's planning on leaving the party immediately.

OTOH, a kleptomaniac can't help himself, whatever his alignment. :-)

Chaotic good gets equated with Robin Hood ... I believe there was theft involved in the Robin Hood tales. ;)

Alignment really does not apply, nor should it. What does apply is what the players and GM are comfortable with re: play style. If players are fine with PCs having light fingers, that's fine, as long as it is understood OOC that it will be occurring and IC it is handled appropriately. Two of the groups I play with have no issue with it, but we also don't let it get out of hand. Two other groups prefer to avoid the potential issues. End result is all groups are a blast to play with due to clear communication of player expectations of what will be acceptable within the group.

Bottom line is any gaming group should make clear among all participants the expectations of player and PC behavior. Failure to do so will inevitably lead to conflict that will either be overcome or lead to one or more folks leaving the group.

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No real goal in mind, just some fiction riffs so far (that being a 15 minute writing freestyle based off an image as a catalyst).

A little backstory. I have several domains that I have not been doing anything with and figured what the hell, I will put one of them to use. The site itself is basic (there is still plenty of functionality and design work I want to put into place), but instead of waiting for the site to be "perfect" (including figuring out what in the heck I want it to ultimately look like) before putting anything up, I decided this week to go ahead and start doing a riff a day to get into the habit of daily writing.

So, if anyone has a few minutes to spare (or waste, I make no guarantees as to how you will feel if you check it out), you can delve into the riffs at visionsofamadman.com. I welcome any feedback folks may want to give (and I may or may not respond to comments, but I will read them all).

If you check it out, thanks. If not, well, then, thanks? I guess? ;)


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
우리는이 게임 사이트 들었어요, 그래서 우리는 당신이 우리의 도박 웹 사이트에 관심이있는 특정입니다. 큰 돈을 받으십시오! 규제되지! 면세! 집은 항상 물론, 승리 ... 돈 돈 돈! 더 많은 돈! 더 많이 돈! 우리는 블랙 잭있어! 우리는 포커있어! 우리는 당신이 들어 본 적이없는 미친 한국어 게임을 가지고, 그리고 물론, 포르노 게임 포르노 게임 및 더 많은 포르노 게임! 당신은 21 세 이상이어야하고 참여할 수있는 유효한 온라인 ID가 있어야합니다 ... 윙크 - 윙크, 더 이상 말을-찔러 찔러)

*Marks previous post as Korean spam*

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Currency futures trader. Looking for someone to fill a recently vacated position. Knowledge of currency markets not required. Looking for a team player who does as they are instructed. Strong patsy tendencies a plus.

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On behalf of the folks who put his wonderful magazine together (that would be the folks who make up the Wayfinder staff and volunteers as well as all the artists and authors without whom we would have a very short magazine), quite welcome. :)

Seriously though, many thanks to everyone who submitted material to this issue. There is some really good stuff between these covers. And many thanks to the editors/proofreaders (because editing and proofreading are not a strong portion of my skill set). Also to Garrett who helps shoulder the layout load in a serious way. And Tim and Paris, because, you know, you guys rock.

And if you download this, please take a moment to review it after you have taken in all this free goodness. Let the folks who created this material know how much you liked it.

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Multitasking FTW!

And I have to use "snapoutta" as a sound effect next time I make a Will save ...

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Congrats James Becker, VC for Asheville, NC!

Now run those 5 star specials man!!!! ;)

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Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is "never get involved in a land war in Tian Xia" - but only slightly less well-known is this: "Never go in against a Varisian when death is on the line"! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha... <thud>

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