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The Unluckiest Owlbear: Part V

Monday, May 10, 2010

If these installments of the Unluckiest Owlbear saga seem to suddenly be coming fast and furious, there's a reason—as our deadline for Gen Con "ship to the printer" approaches, we're finally seeing all of our product lines actually bunch up and get back on schedule. As a result, we've sent what feels like 40 installments of Pathfinder Adventure Path to the printer over the past few weeks. Which is, I suppose, good news for our poor unlucky owlbear, since that means the ongoing humiliations will be made public (and thus come to an end) all the sooner! This week, we present the penultimate installment of the saga, wherein the raiders have done their thing and moved on to other towns, leaving in their wake nothing but ruins and wolves. It's probably for the best that this illustration doesn't depict the natural progression of events as the wolves, moving in to claim new territory, begin to do what wolves do best when it comes to neglected statues...

James Jacobs
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"... king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair "

No owlbear lasts forever ...

Silver Crusade

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We will have revenge !


And I thought Beaky had hit the bottom in the last installment. Oh the aberrationy!


Part 6 will be his glorious return I reckon!

Beaky Triumphant!

Scarab Sages

baron arem heshvaun wrote:


"... king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair "

No owlbear lasts forever ...

Whhooo could have done this to Owlberta?

Dark Archive Bella Sara Charter Superscriber

Penultimate?

Hmmm...ghosts of flamewars past...

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Sebastian wrote:

Penultimate?

Hmmm...ghosts of flamewars past...

"Penultimate" is so much more impactful than "The one before the last one" ;-)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

It's also tied with "decimiate" for "The word most misused and misunderstood by gamers." We used Penultimate on the second to last Dragon cover, and it cause something of a freak-out on these boards a few years ago by a customer who misunderstood the word's usage.

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

Sebastian wrote:

Penultimate?

Hmmm...ghosts of flamewars past...

I remember something about cups and balls.


James Jacobs wrote:
it caused something of a freak-out on these boards a few years ago by a customer who misunderstood the word's usage.

Ahh... good times :)

Sczarni

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vagrant-poet wrote:

Part 6 will be his glorious return I reckon!

Beaky Triumphant!

We're talking about the owlbear statue, not the crocodile from 'Hook'...


Cpt_kirstov wrote:
vagrant-poet wrote:

Part 6 will be his glorious return I reckon!

Beaky Triumphant!

We're talking about the owlbear statue, not the crocodile from 'Hook'...

This is the OWLBEAR from hook!

That makes no sense... anyway...

I bet Beaky gets a happy ending!

Grand Lodge

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James Jacobs wrote:
It's also tied with "decimiate" for "The word most misused and misunderstood by gamers." We used Penultimate on the second to last Dragon cover, and it cause something of a freak-out on these boards a few years ago by a customer who misunderstood the word's usage.

Not to be confused with antepenultimate, the one before that :-)

I also nominate "peruse" as one of the most frequently misused words.


In what way is decimate misunderstood by players?

It originally just meant to kill every tenth, but now I'm fairly certain it means to "kill off a large number of people." as in the "army was decimated." http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/decimate That seems simple enough.

I would suppose skim (to read haphazardly/in a cursory fashion) v. scan (to read carefully) is a problem as well.


taig wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

Penultimate?

Hmmm...ghosts of flamewars past...

I remember something about cups and balls.

And marzipan, proboscis and tureen as well. :D


I like the direction things are taking...

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

taig wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

Penultimate?

Hmmm...ghosts of flamewars past...

I remember something about cups and balls.

If we're going to be pedantic, it was bowls and balls. ;)

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Lilith wrote:
taig wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

Penultimate?

Hmmm...ghosts of flamewars past...

I remember something about cups and balls.
And marzipan, proboscis and tureen as well. :D

Ah, that was a different infamous thread though.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Adam Daigle wrote:
taig wrote:
Sebastian wrote:

Penultimate?

Hmmm...ghosts of flamewars past...

I remember something about cups and balls.
If we're going to be pedantic, it was bowls and balls. ;)

After all these years I still don't understand why he kept putting his balls in and out of that bowl. I mean, I'm into some weird sh*t, but it just didn't do anything for me when I tried it.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
It's also tied with "decimiate" for "The word most misused and misunderstood by gamers."

Hmmm. Add me to those who misunderstand decimiate. Except as a misspelling of decimate maybe? Now decimate, I understand the meaning of ... though I’ve still used it incorrectly on occasion (you know what I mean though!)

Silver Crusade

"Wow. You really decimated that pizza."

"Yeah, I just don't have much of an appetite today."


;_;


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Light Dragon wrote:

In what way is decimate misunderstood by players?

It originally just meant to kill every tenth, but now I'm fairly certain it means to "kill off a large number of people." as in the "army was decimated." http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/decimate That seems simple enough.

I would suppose skim (to read haphazardly/in a cursory fashion) v. scan (to read carefully) is a problem as well.

Ah yes, but some people, unable to grasp the notion that languages are always developing, mutating, and changing the meaning of words, will from time to time make posts (even more pointless than this very one) where they'll explain to all and sundry that "decimate" originally was a collective punishment in the Roman legions wherein one in ten men were killed, and to use it in any other way is wrong, and those who doing so are ignorant, stupid, and probably smell of elderberries.


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I hear "decimate" often used in reference to a soccer team during a match that has had one player sent off. It's not technically correct, but it works, I guess.

Silver Crusade

"Wow, Bob totally got decimated!"

"Yeah, that new diet really works."


Mikaze wrote:

"Wow. You really decimated that pizza."

"Yeah, I just don't have much of an appetite today."

Mikaze wrote:

"Wow, Bob totally got decimated!"

"Yeah, that new diet really works."

Nice!

Liberty's Edge

To add to the pointlessness, I have had trouble with people misunderstanding the usage of "occult". Especially when some (I am being nice when I say this) "close-minded" individuals equate it to devil worship and nothing else. So when I was talking about my affiliation with Free Masonry this individual informed me that they dealt with the occult and if I truly wanted to serve God that I had to repent. I explained to that individual that ALL religions are "occult" if you get right down to it. Furthermore, a Crime Scene Investigator can say "There was an occult trace of blood in the victim's sweat". This did not mean that there was a devil worshipper's trace of blood but a trace of blood that was unseen by the naked eye. This person then accused me of believing and spreading the "Devil's lies". I showed him the Webster's Dictionary and he then said (and I quote), "Well Webster's Dictionary is the Devil's work, only the Bible is right!" I realized then that I was dealing with a...."close inded individual"
We now return you to our regularly scheduled post about the Unlckiest OwlBear. Maybe the last installment will have a Druid will ressurect him and help him open up a Hooters!

Jon Brazer Enterprises

poor owlbear. :(


Kajehase wrote:
<descriptivism>

Ah yes, but some people, unable to grasp the notion that languages are always developing, mutating, and changing the meaning of words, and that some of those developments are bad and must be stopped, try to rule out salutary prescriptions! ;)


Thanks for the examples Mikaze!

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