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Vanykrye wrote:

Me: "Reboot the computer if you haven't."

User: "She has already, didn't help."

Me: "Okay, let me see why this thing is going so slow then..."

Remotes in.

Goes to Task Manager.

Company antivirus/malware is stuck updating. 100% disk usage. 95% memory usage. 40% CPU. Yeah. Ok. Move over to the performance tab and notice the uptime of the computer. 7 days 19 hours 13 minutes and counting. Ok, so when I say "reboot the computer if you haven't", I mean...how do I put this...not a week ago.

Probably someone doesn't understand difference between shutting it down and putting it to sleep?

Or maybe simply logged out of account and logged in?


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lisamarlene wrote:
Drejk wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

This question is completely random, and will mean nothing to FaWtLers outside the USA, but I'm taking an informal survey related to a minor running joke in the book I'm working on.

The topic is Thanksgiving turkey *stuffing*, and the plot point has to do with pinatas and turkey farming and a protagonist with a screw loose, and we're just not going to go there right now.

I'm looking for a percentage of folks that go with what I think of as the "traditional" sage-onion-and-celery (or, more accurately, celery, onion, and "poultry seasoning"), and of those folks, the subset that add mushrooms. (My mother's family, for example, is staunchly pro-mushroom, and only sourdough croutons will do, but they had been in northern California since the late 1800's.)

If your family does something other than this, say with cornbread, or chestnuts, or oysters, or sausage, would you please say what the main ingredients are/were, and what region of the country your family comes from?

-.-

^.^
o.o
-.-

\_o_/

Okay, here's a similar question for you, Drejk:

How many different ways have you seen people in Poland stuff the carp for Wigilia? Just on the expatriate Polish cooking listserves here in the States, I've seen variations on "traditional" recipes containing carrot, celery, and onion; recipes using mushrooms, recipes using apples and onion... it goes on.

EDIT:
I'm not actually asking for an answer, because smalltalk. :)
I'm just attempting to provide context.

Carp is a mud-dwelling stagnant-water burrower, not a fish. No, thank you :)

I don't recall ever eating a stuffed carp (maybe I ate some as a child but I don't remember it). My family just fried carp in bread-crumbs (I remember the live carp swimming in the bathtub). And since the nineties, we moved away from carp completely because my mom disliked the carp and started buying sea fish fillets from things like cod or hake - so the very idea about arguments over carp filling is alien to me.

Sorry for breaking your example, but my family unit is quite atypical when it comes to Poland in that we keep almost no extended family relations, especially after the deaths of grandparents.

EDIT: I get your point, of course—I am just being smartass about the example you used.

EDIT2: Also, to prove that I can't into small talk.


I just got weirded up by a person that I haven't seen in years PMing me on facebook with "what's up"...

Uh, a small talk? I can't really into small talk...

Advantage of facebook is that I don't have to respond immediately.


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lisamarlene wrote:

This question is completely random, and will mean nothing to FaWtLers outside the USA, but I'm taking an informal survey related to a minor running joke in the book I'm working on.

The topic is Thanksgiving turkey *stuffing*, and the plot point has to do with pinatas and turkey farming and a protagonist with a screw loose, and we're just not going to go there right now.

I'm looking for a percentage of folks that go with what I think of as the "traditional" sage-onion-and-celery (or, more accurately, celery, onion, and "poultry seasoning"), and of those folks, the subset that add mushrooms. (My mother's family, for example, is staunchly pro-mushroom, and only sourdough croutons will do, but they had been in northern California since the late 1800's.)

If your family does something other than this, say with cornbread, or chestnuts, or oysters, or sausage, would you please say what the main ingredients are/were, and what region of the country your family comes from?

-.-

^.^
o.o
-.-

\_o_/


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:

Ive been massively disapointed in american chocolate.

I mean, even your peanut butter is gross.

I actually felt similarly about European foods, but exposure over a period of years changed that. My guess is that it’s partially about what people get used to, and partially about inherent preferences. There are definitely things that I find Europe better, but some just... not. It varies.

My experience in chocolate is that 'Merikuns and Brits prefer the creaminess and sweetness, so they want milk chocolate with lots of sugar and cream, and the loss of chocolate flavor doesn't bother them because it's just an enhancer, not the entire experience.

In other European countries (and in my preferences), it's the chocolate flavor that's the experience; you only want enough sugar and milk to offset the bitterness and you're good.

Of course, I drink strong black coffee as well, so I'm just not a fan of sugar and cream in pretty much anything.

Dark chocolate forever!

Milk chocolate, meh...

White homeopathic chocolate? What is that crap anyway?!

Spoiler:
I started calling white chocolate "homeopathic" chocolate once I learned the amount of white chocolate needed to present a threat to a well-being of a cat or dog...

So, the numbers I have found:
Baking chocolate can be toxic at 1/2 ounce per 10 pounds of dog.
Dark chocolate, 1.5 ounce per 10 pounds of dog.
Milk chocolate, 3.5 ounce per 10 pounds of dog...

White chocolate?

Toxic for pets in quantity of approximately 47 pounds per 10 pounds of dog... Yeah... No. Not even a trace of actual chocolate in it...


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Woran wrote:

Ive been massively disapointed in american chocolate.

I mean, even your peanut butter is gross.

Even?

Especially.

Ok, I might not be fond of peanuts in the first place, except when salted and dry-roasted, and even then not that much.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Well, the tornado moved from ten miles due west of us to just about ten miles north without ever coming close. It's moving away to the northeast and some folks are reportedly getting pretty big hail.

At least I'll have an excuse why my progress reports aren't written tomorrow.

Okay, not a valid excuse, but a plausible lame one.

Will you accept it today from the kids?


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Stonewraith.


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Stonewraith.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Ninja power is inversely related to their proportional ratio.

1 Ninja vs 1000 other warriors = Ninja win

1000 Ninjas vs 1 man = Ninja loss

This is my theorem of ninja power ratios.

That law is called "conservation Of ninjutsu" (warning, the TvTrops Abyss lurks beyond this link)


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Yup. They were on the product identity list IIRC.


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NobodysHome wrote:

For my next, "Stump the IT guys" challenge, I give you: The Windows 10 Crackling Microphone Problem.

Long story short: The video department always FedExes me a microphone to do home recordings. At $32 each way and multiple recordings a year, we decided it was cheaper for me to buy a mic.

Mic #1: The Comica Lavalier Microphone. It generated unacceptable static during my recordings, which I attributed to having to use a 3mm-to-USB adapter, so I returned it and got...

Mic #2: The well-regarded Blue Snowball. Same exact crackling.

I tried the Microsoft support article and, surprise surprise, it didn't help. I emailed my sound-savvy co-worker and his immediate response was, "Oh, you've got a loose connection."
In two different mics. In three different ports. I'll tell you who has a "loose connection" with an answer like that!

Aren't they all coming from different ports to the same chip? (ages ago my very old tower motherboard had USB ports connected somehow like that at least) Maybe the "loose connection" is between the chip and rest of the board?

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So, has anyone else heard of such a phenomenon?

EDIT: Thank you, FaWtL. As is almost the universal case, the moment I posted my issue. I tried the very last configuration I hadn't tried (Snowball directly into laptop) and it worked fine.

All IT is resolved by publicly posting your idiocy.

Complaining works.


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Vanykrye wrote:
The problem is that they gave me a whopping 7 minutes notice.

The courier was supposed to arrive at 3 pm today. He was at 2 pm, which forced us to pack a pallet of wooden game chests as quickly as possible (instead of an hour we had allotted for that task)...

*sigh*

We did it, though it would be much better secured if we could do that slowly. Lets hope none of them will get scratched during the transit :(


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Vanykrye wrote:

When I remote into a certain lawyer's laptop I always have to have a conversation with him. I always needle him and tell him that he's going to lose it all. I always remind him that he's our resident HIPAA expert and his insistence on doing this makes him one of the biggest security risks in the company. Icons arranged to a grid, with every available grid slot taken by *something* on his desktop. I nearly have an anxiety attack every time I see it.

Because it's not shortcuts.

It's the actual documents.

On his local hard drive, on his desktop.

And it's a laptop that he takes with him...and has been known to leave on a commercial plane...more than once...

*googles HIPAA*

Is that health info of the company employees on his desktop?

Well, in EU losing that kind of info would cause enormous legal troubles (and fines) for the company and possibly criminal charges...


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Speaking of updates...

I bought some DLCs for Stellaris. They installed very quickly... But the updating of the launcher took a while.


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*grumble-grumble* Stellaris DLC sale...


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Vanykrye wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Yay, done interviewing people for the India team for the day.
Are they at least as smart as moderately cognizant monkeys?

Yeah, intelligence really wasn't the issue with any of them.

Candidate 1) "I will always check the logs first before doing any other troubleshooting."

Um. Great...ok...but...um...don't you think that maybe after you've seen the same issue come up a few times that you won't need to check the logs any more? That you can, you know, just move right into fixing it? No? "I will always check the logs first. It could be different this time." No. Ok then.

Candidate 2) I couldn't tell with this person if there was a tendency to not listen or an "English is not his primary language" issue. And his technical answers weren't...bad...per se...but they weren't good either.

Candidate 3) "I am confident this will work." Great, except I just told you that it didn't. You tried that option, it didn't work. So what's next? "Oh...well...you can do blah blah blah blah, but again, I am confident that the first thing I mentioned will work." Oh. Ok. At least you're confident even when being told by the interviewer that your solution to the scenario was found insufficient. And it continued like that. He couldn't really see past Plan A. If he did move on to Plan B, then he was utterly confident that would work and the scenario was broken instead. Since, obviously, having more than two attempts at solving a problem is unprecedented.

*marks "lazy but confident macaque tier" checkbox on the form*


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Vanykrye wrote:
Yay, done interviewing people for the India team for the day.

Are they at least as smart as moderately cognizant monkeys?


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NobodysHome wrote:
Wow... I knew that Apple had gone screaming downhill in a greased-up luge since Steve Jobs died, but they've managed to plummet below Microsoft in my opinion.

You haven't be paying much attention in the past, then...

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And that's impressive.

Remember how I had to turn off automatic updates a couple of days ago to protect my legacy apps from going bye-bye?

Well, for Apple, "Turn off updates" doesn't actually mean "turn off updates".
I got a notification this morning that an update was ready to be installed. And there was *NO*, "No, bugger off. Do NOT install any updates" option. Instead, my "best" choice was, "remind me tomorrow". At which point it turned automatic updates back on and tried to start updating my system.

I killed that immediately, of course, but the approach of, "We will produce an update that kills your legacy apps and then force it upon you no matter how you try to stop us," is really pretty appalling.

Let's see how long I can hold out...

At least Windows let you turn off the updates if you want to, and pick manually what you want (not sure if Windows 10 got rid of that, Windows 8.1 works fine for me).


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Well, my one-shot, rank 6 Moto Avenger shugenja died today, unleashing a shard of ancient evil on unsuspecting world...

The things for our regular group may get a bit more tedious (once the shockwaves of my failure reach us, which is probably not that soon)...

At least I beaten our regular groups' last Wednesday's TERRIBLE DECISION in the magnitude of bad choices (giving away one of the black scrolls to the Empire's foremost expert and foe of the Shadowlands, Kuni Yoru... who happens to be secretly, and unknowingly to our group a servant of Fu Leng).


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Ok, what is wrong with McRib? Never had one, though description sounds ok-ish (I like BBQ sauce, though, so that's its main appeal from my point of view).


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NobodysHome wrote:

My IM to GothBard:

And just like Herpes, the McRib is back for a limited time...

I started wondering if it was Impus Minor or Impus Major (though I would expect Impus Major more of such snark, not that I can say I really know either of them...)

<.<

>.>

That's why—as a father of two IMs—you should rather use PM instead of IM in such context...


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Advantages of going shopping after eating:

+ You aren't swayed by your stomach into buying more food.

Disadvantages of going shopping after eating:

- You have problem picking things for the next day because you are meh about eating at the moment.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Today is my 13th anniversary with Aiymi. She hasn't left me yet. Fool.

Which one of you two?

Congratulation to you Vany,

And to Aiymi: RUN while he is distracted!

:P


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Orthos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
On a way back home from elections, I started to wonder what would happen if a giant scorpion got a skull at the end of its tail... Scorpiterr...

Minor grammatical flub/forgotten word:

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Obviously, such circumstances are rather unlikely to happen on their, not without a meddling from an evil god or corrupted cult.

Presume it's supposed to be "their own, not".

Otherwise cool critter *thumbs up!*

Duh. Right. I rewrote that part a few times and missed a word.


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On a way back home from elections, I started to wonder what would happen if a giant scorpion got a skull at the end of its tail... Scorpiterr...


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On a way back home from elections, I started to wonder what would happen if a giant scorpion got a skull at the end of its tail... Scorpiterr...


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Well, at least they are nowhere near constitutional majority so they will have a hard time introducing the constitutional changes they'd like to make...


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Back from the elections. Now waiting for the results to know how screwed we are...


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I really don't care for Hammerfall much, and the fact that they all look like [u]strung-out heroin junkies[/u] doesn't help one whit. But they put so much energy into their performance, and were so engaging, that I couldn't help getting caught up in the frenzy.

You mean your typical metal band composed of old guys?


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Drejk wrote:

*grumble-grumble*

I need to put on some clothes and go out...

*grumble-grumble*

Stupid elections...

There were tons of people already posting they voted on some blasphemous hours... Like 9 am on Sunday!

Ugh.

Also, I have a headache.


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*grumble-grumble*

I need to put on some clothes and go out...

*grumble-grumble*

Stupid elections...


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NobodysHome wrote:
And I used to swim 2-3 miles around Abbot's Lagoon for fun, so I'll take on Lisamarlene on the "endurance challenge". Why not?

It's not like it will gonna happen anytime soon anyway...


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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
That's going to be a definitive pass for me.
but cap. You get to see me in a swimsuit.

I dread to think how does Freehold's swimsuit looks like...


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Limeylongears wrote:

I'm listening to what claims to be a compilation of 60/70s Japanese 'erotic music'

I've got to say, the combination of twangy Shadows style guitar, 1001 Strings and some warbly lady doesn't get me particularly hot & bothered, but takes all sorts, &c.

You are not sixties enough.


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NobodysHome wrote:

*SIGH*

It really is inevitable.

I'm at work. Someone doing a presentation for us lists themselves as, "So-and-so, Ph.D."

I prepare for 5-10 minutes of useful information in a 90-minute borefest.

There's just something about people who insist on putting the Ph.D. after their names even when it's totally irrelevant to what they're doing now.

It reminds me of a RPG meeting two or three years ago...

Some guy was spouting quite a bullcrap (it looked as if he was obsessed with GM duty being "punishing" players for whatever they do, as it was his answer to dealing with whatever issues at table as mentioned during the discussion, including not doing things that GM wants them to so it clearly ventured into rather toxic direction). He argued that he knows what he is speaking of, because he is "experienced" role-player with over ten (or maybe fifteen, I don't remember at the moment) years of practice. Me and my friends looked at each other, and laughed about him being just out of being a rpg novice, having, between us, around 100 years of experience, with 20+ per head.

And I still consider myself at mid-level as a roleplayer (ok, I admit claiming some bonuses for being published freelancer) - having worked professionally with people who actually play as long as I live gives me a different perspective.


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Woran wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:


Steven King memes aside, I suppose I should clarify, as editing doesn’t seem o be allowed me right now... the “we” in “We just sink.” is mooooostly my father and I. Though my Eldest seems to have a tendency to do so as well.

Interesting. I float with no effort at all.

If I lay flat on my back, and suck in as much air as I can, and hold my breath, I can usually float juuuuust high enough that my nose and eyes (a little closer to my eyes than mid-temple) are out of the water, but a straight line below is under the water line. If I leave my back uncomfortably arched, I can actually breathe, and you can watch my body bob up and down each time I do so, though after a short time, the bob becomes so intense that I go below the water line anyway.

My father is about the same. It was a joke for a long time.

My wife floats rather well, like you, but our Eldest seems to have taken more lessons from me in that regard.

Super weird. I can just lay flat on my back and have my face and belly (and boobs) stick out. No effort. I just need to relax my body in a certain way.

I could do that as a child. I couldn't do that anymore as a teenager. I haven't swum for the last 20 years so I can't really tell how my body would behave in water now.


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Woran wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:
Actually, it appears that we have had guests named Crowley 16 other times in the past few years.
Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuun

Now check for a guest named Aziraphale. If they were both at the same time, prepare for apocalypse.


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MORE FREE SWAG!

Pugmire Core Rulebook, phone-sized rulebook (which regretfully means it's ugly like a pug when read on computer)


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MORE FREE SWAG!

Pugmire Core Rulebook, phone-sized rulebook (which regretfully means it's ugly like a pug when read on computer)


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An inn that seems to be haunted, but really is inhabited by trickster feys (or maybe malicious ones, or ones who are looking for mortals that they will trick into becoming playthings for their lords)?


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Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Things I miss avout Florida:

1) Family
2) Friends
3) Publix Subs [though Kroger sushi mitigates this loss]
4) Nothing

My list:

1) Really good Cuban food.
2) Cuban sandwiches.
3) Red conch chowder.
4) Mrs. McKnight, my high school librarian.

Otherwise, no, nothing.

1)Amby

2)?????
3)PROFIT!!!!
Hey! I’m in Florida too…

You have two children, you are less profitable than Amby...


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Pdf of "Tales From The Loop" is available for free on DriveThru today!


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Pdf of "Tales From The Loop" is available for free on DriveThru today!


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Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

In case people were confused by my earlier post on the subject...

No.

Sort of.

In late nineties if you wanted to access internet in Poland you generally had to use dial-up modem via the national phone lines. Telekomunikacja Polska SA was a joint stock company of Polish National Treasure (that is, it is a stock company legally, whose stocks were owned by the National Treasure, a common form for various national companies here) - though later part of its shares entered stock market.

Somewhere in early 2000s, it started offering actual internet access as a part of its services, but at the same time, cable tv companies started to offer it as well, together with phone options.

The phone company offered a crappy service called Neostrada (I presume the name was coming from autostrada - highway) but it was often called Neostrata (Neo-loss) because of poor quality and poor conditions (like a ridiculously low limit of 30 GB per month).

(UPC was years ahead in quality of their internet over all the competition here for a long time)

Private cable companies offered much better services and in time, the quality of services offered by Telekomunikacja (which changed its name twice since that time during various merges and rebrandings) started offering decent (though not stellar) services.

Similar things happened to Poczta Polska SA (Polish Mail), when their quality of services improved when they had to compete with private mail and courier services - they lost their public contract on delivery of Court mail for a time to another contractor, though I think they got it back after improving their services (and blunders by the other contractor).

So yes, I have seen things getting better because of privatization, but it's not a magical efficiency button that makes things better.


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NobodysHome wrote:

I'm actually kind of enjoying having those hippie moonbeam Desna worshippers be their "mysterious benefactors", because I can give them gear that I feel is appropriate for their playstyles, thereby ignoring city purchase limits and the like, but it's just funny that the horror-themed APs expect the PCs to be monsters...

He who loots monsters, beware not to become a monster?


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I'm going to post a big worldbuilding thread sometime soon. I'm increasingly getting excited by my world concept, which is basically:

A) Compared to other planes, the Material Plane seems to have no real reason to exist, so get rid of it

B) There should be more planes than can be counted, with mortals living on the vast majority of them

Well, this is where you answer yourself - the Material Plane is an infinite array of worlds where mortal beings live.

Though personally, I am in opposition to idea that a world, plane, whatever, needs a reason to exist. It shouldn't. It's just is, without reason or purpose.
EDIT: Except of worlds, planes, and dimensions that were created by a sapient entity or force with a purpose in mind, then yes, they can have a reason to exist.

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C) Planes should have physical connections to other planes allowing a degree of inter planar travel for everyone, but not all planes should need physical connections, and there should also be magical ways of connecting planes. You could jump into a volcano and fall into the Plane of Fire, or sail off the edge of an island plane and land in a dark rainforest plane watered by the plane above, or walk across a rainbow bridge to Asgard to find the mighty city the gods allowed mortals to build at the base of where twelve rainbow bridges to other planes all connect, and stuff like that. So there's this huge, complex arrangement of planes that can't really fit easily on a map. Especially with the planes that don't really operate on normal understandings of space and time, like the Feywild or Shadowfell.

Yup, that's great idea - and not far off of how I actually run worlds in D&Dish settings - with passages, verges, and rifts connecting worlds and planes, sometimes via visible portals, sometimes seamlessly (unless one knows where to look).


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*sigh* I probably have a mild fever again.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Add some chopped peppers, mushrooms, and optionally tomatoes (tomato pulp preferably). You can thicken it with some sour cream or flour-based roux (I never tried the later, always using the former, though).
GothBard doesn't care for peppers, and tomatoes make it taste too much like chili.

I meant sweet bell peppers, not the spicy chilly peppers, by the way.

What about the mushrooms?


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GothBard wrote:
The kind that doesn't have any potatoes in it...

WHAT?!

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but that you pour over mashed potatoes and you're in hog heaven.

Ah, ok, that makes sense.

NobodysHome wrote:

I figure beef, carrots, and boiler onions for the stew proper, then my mashed potatoes, and we'll be set, but I like to see all the recipes that are out there before doing my own thing.

Add some chopped peppers, mushrooms, and optionally tomatoes (tomato pulp preferably). You can thicken it with some sour cream or flour-based roux (I never tried the later, always using the former, though).

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