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On a scale of one to upset, how upset should a new mother be that the nanny poured out four ounces of breast milk that had just been pumped?


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TIL Mel Brooks was at the Battle of the Bulge. Mind blown.


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Ky - 1988. Eligible to sit for written test the day you turned 16. This gave you a permit where you could drive so long as a licensed driver was in passenger seat. No other real restrictions.

Eligible to take practical in car test one month after your got the permit. No specific requirement for hours or types of driving.

If you took drivers ed (through school or through a private company), you got a 10% discount on your insurance. Not shabby for male driver under 25 back in the day.


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Depends entirely on how it is taught. I write for a living. There are many times when what I write is judged by the client by volume and appearance rather than substance.

So, if the class actually teaches a variety of things:
How to add fluff without unnecessarily obscuring your message;
How to manage larger volumes of words to present a topic coherently; or
How to develop additional material from your references for inclusion to prove further a point

then it may have value.

If, however, those are not taught, then perhaps you do get meandering meaningless essays.

But there are real world use cases where volume may matter and being adept at generating volume is a valuable skill.


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Drejk wrote:

O.o

It seemed like a Nyarlathotoep appeard and then vanished without trace...

*loses 1d10 Sanity*

Yeah, I decided it was a bit TOO political. Not sure it added much to discussion.


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Woot! Dwarven Forge KS6 materials finally arriving. Not all of it, but a start.

I guess I need to run Dungeon of Doom soon so they can then see the joy that is Caverns Deep.


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Voluntary termination may occur when someone is offered a package to retire early. S/he does not have to quit/retire, but is being offered an incentive to leave the company.

Many companies will go through a round of voluntary terminations with the specter that there will be involuntary terminations if not enough people take the early package.

I know of two large fortune 500 type companies (one in telecom and one in pharma) that have done multiple rounds of this over the years.


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On the upside, to the extent that there is one....if you expense on a cash back or mileage/point type card, you may get the minimal benefit of said program.


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Received yesterday. Thank you. Sadly did not get one of the 46 sculpts but the set arrived.


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Name: Z Short for something we never learned incharacter and I am too lazy to go find in my notes
Race: Aasimar
Classes/levels: Slayer 12
Adventure: Temple of the Peacock Spirit
Location: The Little building in front of the bridge
Catalyst: Four angry plants
The Gory Details: Z was scouting ahead invisibly. The plants have tremorsense and attacked. The surprise round was not too bad. One or two hits. Thinking it was not too dangerous, he attacked on his initiative in first full round. Then all four plants went and killed him outright before two thirds of the party could get up to assist.

We did mess up the miss chance mixed with tremorsense, but I am not sure it would have mattered.


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Says it was shipped Oct 15, but the UPS tracking code has something like - waiting to receive it. Just checking that this is still in works and headed out door soon.

Alternatively, if it already left, trying to get updated UPS info.

Thanks,

Taylor


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Scintillae wrote:

I need some brainstorming help. Trying to get together six more locations to send a party after for plot devices artifacts sought by a necromancer I haven't built yet. 5e, so I'll kludge together the mechanics once I have a solid concept.

The first was in a heavily trapped kobold den. I'd like at least one to be in a social encounter - thinking an auction or a collector's manor to be acquired during a fancy party. But I don't want to send people to the same dungeon for six sessions running. Probably going to have a crypt guarded by undead for another.

Also not sure if the necromancer (lich wannabe) should be a sorc, wizard, or warlock.

Do you have time/resources to do dwarven forge set ups?

Even if you do not (sounds like you are playing at school property), my recommendation is an abandoned elementalist's lair.

Tower with gargoyle guardian (or a dire ape type creature (think conan story of the ape with the red cloak) throwing projectiles down at party). Only effective entrance is through roof where creature is.

Clues in tower, but not much combat.

Dungeon caverns - one area tied to air, one to water, one to fire, one to earth..each with key type thing. Elemental creatures in each of the rooms (water weird, mephits, elementals, xorn, what have you). Some have to be fought, some can be negotiated with to give clues as to what is the key from that room

Final area assemble keys to access treasure room with your plot device.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Honestly I appreciate the evaluation. A lot of that was part of a standup routine I have been crafting but you're right - I need to be more considerate of the values of the less...me.

This isn't a dimly lit room full of people expecting bawdy laughs. Especially having a daughter and all. Not just because, as people deserve respect and comfort regardless of whether they are similar to myself or my spawn but - it gets one reflective.

At the bare minimum I should sppiler jokes like that.

I'm sorry. And thanks Scint and Nylarthotep for the honesty.

I want to make it very clear that I love and adore Tala more than I can convey - she giggles more than anyone at my dumb jokes. That's one reason I love her among dozens I could list, from her ability to read people well, to her forgiveness, patience, silliness, similar interests, beauty, and perserverence. She has a filthy mind and sense of humor.

This doesn't make it any different to you, I'm sure, but I felt that was a necessity to convey.

I didn't make it well with my ex because I'm not used to the subtle differences like most people. She makes it easier because she sees there isn't an intent to be a jackass, but...well, I guess I assume too much as a result.

Thank you for being open minded enough to listen.


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The following comment is not meant to be insulting, but is a general observation about some of your posts TVE. You sound a lot like those meat headed frat boys you deride so heavily. I say this as one of those meat headed frat boys (albeit removed 25 years from my last undergrad frat party).

You may have a bit less misogyny than we did back in the day, but the boasts of sexual prowess and general relegation of Tala to a receptacle for your manly emissions would have fit right in with my brothers of yore.

I apologize if I am stepping over the line. I realize that I am not a frequent poster in this forum and do not pretend to understand all the mores of this thread. I do not mean to silence or otherwise belittle your activity herein. I do, however, want you to realize that your tone is not so far removed from the folks who appear to be the target of your ire on frequent occasions.


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Orthos wrote:
It started that way yes, but has evolved over the years and branched into sister concepts that cover more ground.

Ah, see, it was the evolution that I missed. I am so far from my literary analysis roots...Now it is all differential equations and circuits.


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Right, but the original Mary Sue was really a secondary character inserted into ST:TOS. She was, as I understood it, not really the protagonist because that would have to be Kirk, Spock and Bones.

Then, when the label began getting traction, it still applied to such uber secondary characters.

I appreciate the need for labels for the superman/woman who can do everything and is an instant master and blah blah, but I thought Mary Sue was specifically reserved for the support character that was more OOMPH than the nominal protagonist.

But whatevs.


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As I understood the term, it was someone who upstaged the protagonist by being more perfect than the lead. Maybe the term has evolved and I was not paying attention.


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Query: can you be a mary sue character if you are, in fact, the protagonist?


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Name: The Shaper
Race: Human I think
Classes/levels: Arcanist 11
Adventure: Runeplague
Location: Sailing to Xin
Catalyst: Cetus is teh broken

The Gory Details: We were a bit behind in XP as we sailed to Xin to perform the ritual. One of our players had recently acquired the Falling Star ship and was posting pictures of how cool it is. Our DM decided to do a couple of encounters to make the trip exciting and give us some XP. Enter a brine dragon allied with a Cetus. We are a 6 person party and level 11. But this thing is ridiculous. I would argue under CR given that its abilities are specifically designed to take away the spells that make fighting it possible. After the cetus jumped a paltry 120 feet in the air from under water (note that it can jump 1200), it bit the hapless Shaper in twain, dispelling his fly, and dragging him back into the ocean. Fortunately they have scrolls of True Resurrection from waaaay back in book 3. Okay, not way back. Like a mere four sessions prior.

We understand this is not 'technically' part of the AP, but I put it up anyway.

https://www.d20pfsrd.com/bestiary/monster-listings/dragons/cetus/


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Scintillae wrote:

So, I gave my kiddos a short project: pick one of eight Romantic short stories from this list. Take notes, make a visual, and tell me about it.

It took no time at all for the kids to open the PDFs and realize two in particular were far shorter than the others.

So I've sat through about ten presentations on "The Masque of the Red Death" already today, and I still have two periods left, where I will no doubt hear more. I may never want to hear about it again.

...what gets me is that I had kids who went after the others who were still freezing when I asked them the theme and Romanticism tie-ins.

Sometimes it is not about whether they know the answer, but rather, the difficulty lies in speaking in front of the class. Public speaking is a skill that is frequently neglected in our educational systems (IMO).

My policy debate years are long ago, but they were invaluable.


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It is my understanding that another stumbling block for autonomous cars is the unpredictability of the still human actors (bikes and pedestrians). The case study was a four way stop with pedestrians that were waiting for all the cars to go before they crossed. The AI rules indicated that the people had the right of way, but their refusal to cross made the cars go stupid.


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I see Battle Beast is touring nearby, and caught Sabaton early in their tour, but don't see any US dates for Alestorm or Gloryhammer (Canada has a few). Sadness.


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Apparently Katy Perry and her predatory boobs dominate google's image search for smooshed boobs.


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lisamarlene wrote:

So my favorite locally-owned hardware store was having a 40% off sale on outdoor plants and soil today.

As we're waiting in line, Hermione notices the display of pocket knives.
H: "Mama! Look! Remember how Papa was saying I'm old enough to have a pocket knife of my own now?"
(WW has been saying this to Hermione for the past year. We don't agree.)
Me: "Yes, but Papa and I don't agree on that. We'll discuss it."
Farm Grandma Saleslady: "You know, I think you were having the same argument about pocket knives the last time you were in here."
Me: "It's possible, but we haven't been in here in a few months. I think the last time was when we were here with our Girl Scout troop selling cookies out front."
FGS: "Yes! That was it. You were arguing about it then and you're arguing about it now."

But she was smiling while she said it, because, well, Texas.

You might look into the requirements for the BSA Totin Chip (google BSA totin chip lesson plan).

Regardless of politics or past bad actions, the BSA knows knives and how to handle safely.

If she can pass the requirements of the lesson plan, then you can decide if she NEEDS one and/or can have one.

As a further aside, since you are in the south, she has to buy the knife. If someone gives her the knife, it is a sign they want to sever the friendship/relationship what have you.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Unrelated math

You are/were a miniature subscriber? Since they stopped naming the sets after the adventure path arcs - is there a set that corresponds to Return of the Runelords?


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Truth.

But it was the example of celebrities dipping into game design that came to mind for me when I asked if any negative fallout could adhere.

The real question is - since this person is being lauded for all the good that can possibly come from this game...do they also get credit for all the bad that can possibly come from this game? Can you have one type of attribution without the other?

Mostly I just don't want to work.


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Odds that I forgot to put on clothes?

The closest thing that comes to mind is the 38 Studios fiasco with all of its big names and less than optimal output.


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odds that it sticks to 'celebrity designer' if the game tanks (for any reason)?


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NobodysHome wrote:
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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, I have to get the Prius smog checked today, which irritates me no end, because I *know* that if they exempted Prii or other hybrid/electric vehicles, then someone would soup up a Prius into a smog-spewing muscle car, just 'cause 'Merikuns.

** spoiler omitted **

Unless you are Audi/VW. Cause rules don't apply to them.

Contrary to Supreme Court rulings, corporations aren't people and such generalizations on behavior don't apply to them.

They're ALL horrible...

Fair, but the mindset of a corporate executive or engineer (who are still people) that says "let's ignore this rule" is actually more egregious than the behavior to which you object in the generic 'merikun.

I don't disagree with your original point about the people...I am just being contrary about your generalizations of the supposedly contrasting European mindset.

Off to read plaguestone and plot out my dwarven forge pre-order.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, I have to get the Prius smog checked today, which irritates me no end, because I *know* that if they exempted Prii or other hybrid/electric vehicles, then someone would soup up a Prius into a smog-spewing muscle car, just 'cause 'Merikuns.

** spoiler omitted **

Unless you are Audi/VW. Cause rules don't apply to them.


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Can we please start making the pdf versions of modules, books, what have you in printer friendly and full versions? Full page artwork is great, but brutal on my printer.


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NobodysHome wrote:
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NobodysHome wrote:

So, does this work?

great pics!

Well, I took 692 and Shiro, GothBard, and the Impii all have more, so once we get time to go through them more will appear. I'll re-port the link once that happens...

(And darn it, I know there's a verb starting with "a" that means, "Go through a series of records and select the useful ones," and it's not "administer" nor "archive", but that's what we're going to be doing..

Go with triage. It does not start with an "a" but is effectively what you are doing.


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Like tears in the rain.


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I'm convinced the prospect of Tipper as First Lady was the real reason Gore lost his bid for the Presidency.

entirely possible.

She was extremely unpopular in some circles.

Which time? Or both? He ran in 88 with the other 6 dwarves - sleepy, dopey, doc, sneezy and I forget the rest.


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Fun fact: Wal-Mart likes to portray itself as family friendly and so insisted on artists making censored versions if they wanted to be carried at Wal-Mart.

Related fact: because of its size and the ubiquity with which its stores are positioned in rural America, being able to sell at Wal-Mart would frequently make the difference between having a non-seller and a gold record certification with appurtenant income.

End result: artists preemptively self-censored when writing lyrics or prepared radio edits of their songs so that they could be assured of being able to sell in Wal-Mart.

When I mention 2 Live Crew to my nephews they go - who? But they were pretty cutting edge with their lyrics at the time, but even they prepared tamer versions of their songs to cater to the Wal-Mart demands....which led to the Roy Orbison lawsuit.


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Tacticslion wrote:
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That makes sense. I may have had my vocabulary infected by later editions - that might be a reason I'm not finding what I'm looking for (though I thought it was the language used).

Tiers of play essentially tells you what kinds of adventures you tend to go on, depending on your level.

As a made-up half-example:

1-3: village heroes
4-6: heroes of the city
7-9: heroes of region
10-12: heroes of the country
13-15: heroes of continent
16-19: heroes of world
20+: heroes of forever

Obviously it doesn't quite line up like that; I literally just took groups of three levels and made up something about them. You could go into more specifics, like:

Quote:
1-3: village heroes - At this tier of play, the PCs are generally facing threats that might threaten a few people, or even a small village. Perhaps saving a child lost in the woods, a farmer's daughter that was kidnapped by a small gang of thugs, or exploring an old graveyard said to be haunted.

(Again, this is just made up by me just now.)

Basically, I'm trying to find the "scope" expected at different levels of play across the 3e-to-PF systems.

Found it, sort of:

Quote:

Back in 2007, Ryan Dancy said this on an RPG.net forum post:

"D&D 3/3.5, by design, changes roughly every 5 levels. You may find that your group becomes comfortable in one of those 4 quartiles, or you may find that your group enjoys the changes of pace that happen when moving from quartile to quartile."

Someone on EN World broke 3/3.5 down into quartiles like so:

Levels 1-5: Gritty fantasy

Levels 6-10: Heroic fantasy

Levels 11-15: Wuxia

Levels 16-20: Superheroes

Of course some of you may have heard of the E6 hack of 3.5 by Ryan Stoughton which was birthed from this discussion, to keep play in the Heroic Fantasy realm.

Hm. More straightforward than I recalled, but okay! Also, it uses the...

Note also that in the living campaigns (living city and living greyhawk), the word tiers was also used to describe the general level of the module, with each tier being 2 levels.

So a tier 1-3 module supported levels 1-6ish. encounters changed based on tier. At tier 1, you got common street thugs, at tier 3, you got the sub-lts of the gang and so on. Players were supposed to play a character that was within 2 levels (give or take) of the tier in which play occurred. E.g., I could bring a level 4 PC to a tier 2 table.

This language changed to APL (average party level) sometime in year 2 or 3 of living greyhawk (still back in the earlyish days of 3.0). Again, encounters and what not changed based on what APL was being played.

So, the word tier has some historical baggage and may (or may not) have been what you remembered.


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Does not the name imply that it is for wasting time? Or is slacking off not a thing anymore?


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I think it also depends on price point and definition of good.

Ruth Chris? Mortons? Consistently good. Maybe not always sublime, but I have had a few such meals at each of those locales.

Wendy's - solid 6 on a 10 point scale. But note price point and expectations.
Five Guys - solid 6.5. Again, price point and expectations.

The interchangeable TGIFridays/chilis/applebees/ocharleys type places at the slightly higher price point and commensurate expectations - meh.


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Did you slip over into the bracket where there is increased medicare tax to pay for the subsidies provided to low income/indigent folks that are purchasing healthcare?

Or it is possible that the extra 3% will be in the next higher tax bracket. Two income married folks always get screwed on taxes.


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It differs by state, but I don't know of any state that makes a distinction between automatic/stick. Most kids learn on automatics here. Sales of manual transmission cars in the US is abysmal - somewhere in the 5-7% of all cars sold in the US are manual transmissions kind of abysmal - so there isn't a truly compelling reason for kids to learn on a stick beyond wanting to or it's what the parents have available.

Additionally, the cars that are sold with sticks in the US tend to hedge more towards sports/performance cars. Mazda Miata, Subaru WRX, Ford Mustang (still predominantly sold with an automatic), VW GTI/Golf R, various Porsches, etc. Generally speaking, not cars you want a teenager behind the wheel just learning to drive. Although the Miata wouldn't be bad - standard power, and the seating position is so low as to scare younglings into driving better.

Or very low end cars (e.g., chevy sonic/spark, fiat 500, ford fiesta, Honda fit, etc)

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g20734564/manual-transmission-cars/?s lide=18


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As far as I know, there is no distinction between licenses on auto/stick. The distinctions are motorcycle, commercial driver's license (CDL), and perhaps some permutation of large vehicle (18 wheeler, monster mobile homes, etc.). I routinely tow a boat, horse trailer, or such without additional licenses.

I think tying the license to the high school/graduation thing came along after I graduated HS in 1990.


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On the topic of driver's licenses:

Many states have more stringent requirements for people under 18 getting their license compared to people over 18. As I understand it, Impus Major is over 18, so any restrictions CA may have in terms of hours at the wheel practicing, instruction opportunities, and the like are probably removed.

I know that in the 80s my cousin came from CA to KY to get his learner's permit and license because the KY process was substantially easier than the CA permit.

But in my experience, the learner's permit is almost always granted after just a written test. This lets the learner then practice in a car supervised by a licensed driver. Those back roads and parking lots see many an early tentative start/stop, progression. I guess I am wondering would you rather they practice without having even taken the test? Would you require them to take a practical test before they have even had an opportunity to practice?

The following is not a criticism - I cannot imagine not having gotten my permit and license as soon as possible. I grew up in rural KY. It was pretty much a requirement. My nephews/niece in a larger more metropolitan area also got theirs immediately so that the parents did not have to always tote around the triplets to sixteen different after school activities. That was my norm. Obviously places with better public transportation or denser populations may not be that experience.


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On the topic of editing yearbooks - I was on my year book staff. A few things go into those year book blocks. Space is a huge one. When we said 150 words, we really meant xxx characters. Sometimes stuff has to get cut to fit in the space.

Correcting what appear to be simple misspellings is another. We don't want it to look like WE introduced an error. What would you have said if they had introduced a typo changing "from" to "form" or something? More of an issue when we had to do the typing instead of cut/paste, but still.

We also were instructed to take out all the hidden code words for sex, drugs, and what not. I had to take out AC/DC from my personal block because the faculty mentor was convinced it was code for bisexuality, not the name of a hard rock Australian band (although in fairness, I later found out it does mean bisexuality to a certain age/geographic background person).

Would you like them to ask, sure. But depending on deadlines and how many items need to get edited, there may not be time.

My personal anecdote - my photo was also taken with me hanging upside down on a fence. While we correctly oriented it during submission so my face was at the bottom of the photo - the printer reoriented it so my face was at the top. Not saying the textual change was the printer, but it is not always the editor's fault.


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It might be a difference between original and the anniversary edition?

Nope. It was either misremembered or the DM was being cutesy with the sequence of events and it backfired. Or maybe they wanted the campaign to end?

RotRL is VERY forgiving for players with different agendas. About the only thing it can't handle well is a goblin-type PC while you are still in Sandpoint. Once you leave Sandpoint, even that is pretty easy to accommodate if the DM is so inclined.


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While underwhelming given the number of levels gained, they are getting an unslotted (maybe unnamed) stat bump of choice.

An ioun stone with a stat bump is 8K (or if it stacks 24K)

So since this stacks, does not take up a slot, and is not capable of being attacked (you can attack ioun stones), maybe that makes it worth 25-30K? which puts them close, but not quite where they might otherwise be.

Or not.


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I though the WotR threads were amongst the most contentious. Magnus?, in particular, pulled no punches in his evaluations of the rocket tag. Likewise, Scorpion's hugely more difficult stat document (which players still cruised through), was an open admission that the modules as written were not appropriately challenging for the brokenness that is the mythic ruleset.

But there are not even as many 'how is this supposed to work?' questions...much less 'why is this so broken?' or 'who came up with this lame ship to ship combat system?'

But even setting aside that sort of noise, there is not a lot of fanboy posting in Return of the Runelords...and if any AP was going to bring out the fanboys, I thought RotR(part ii) would be it.

Or maybe everyone is already shifting focus to 2E.


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Is it me, or have the number and quality of the posts relating to specific adventure paths fallen off dramatically relative to the earlier days (e.g., Wrath of the Righteous)....or are the newer AP less prone to question inducing blocks of text?


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We routinely see packages marked delivered when the packages have not been delivered, only to have the packages show up on Thursday.

The carriers seem to collect all packages for our address and deliver them as a batch once a week (namely on Thursday).

I am guessing that they mark the package delivered when it hits the mail truck to satisfy metrics, but do the batch delivery so that they only have to walk to the house 1/week. It is not like the driveway is all that long, but it is not just leaning out of the truck.


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Wow, those were some grisly deaths. Were both of them your characters or are you running the game?

I am a player, but neither were my characters. The deaths are spread across two different players. I play a Halfling swashbuckler (the front line fighter in question that needed healing).


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Stamford CT - 2 bed room, 2 bath apartment. Not luxury, but..."nice" 2200/mo in 2006-2008

Raleigh, NC - 4 Br/3 bath house with .41 acre yard. Quiet subdivision neighborhood $1600/mo
2 BR cheap apartment, bad neighborhood - $960/mo

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