Mark Hoover 330 wrote:
NOPE nope nope nope nope nooooooooooooooooooooope. There's not much that wigs me out quite as much as someone insisting on touching or grabbing at me when I've told them no or made it obvious I'm not interested in physical contact.
gran rey de los mono wrote:
"Lava dispenser appears to be malfunctioning."
So is it even worth it to take legal action at this point? Or are you able to negotiate some kind of refund for this without going to that level?
I know for most of us this would just be something we'd have to live with as we'd never be able to afford the legal fees and such for tackling an issue like this, but you might have more options than us in that regard.
My gnome tinker and fighter/weapon master/stalwart defender spent last night trying to convince an entire party - an actual party, fancy dress and all, at the opening of an arts and crafts school and museum - that a device of unknown operation and purpose donated to the museum by a local eccentric who happened to also be a gnome was not going to explode, even if it occasionally made strange sounds and emitted colored light, please stop poking the displays miss elf druid, please stop threatening to bash the machine with a rock miss elf druid, and no we don't know what it does but by Garl one day I will figure it out.
I'm sure there's a proper term for it, but I call it the Y2K Effect.
If you do something with sufficient head-start and support and the problem gets solved in a timely manner and with minimal disruption to everyone's lives, then the general populace will not recognize you did anything at all and will wonder what the big fuss was about and complain that "the experts" were overreacting.
Which means the next time something like that happens, the people in authority - who in the US at least are more interested in placating the whims of the general populace than listening to people who actually know what they're talking about, nine times out of ten - are even less likely to listen to the experts and respond properly in sufficient effort and in a timely manner, and the problem will inevitably be bigger than it had to be. And then the general populace will complain that "the experts" didn't fix the problem.
Y2K is probably the biggest and best example of this that most people here will recognize, though I'm sure there are a few who due to age or location will not quite get the reference. The Y2K glitches were fixed before they became problematic thanks to the hard work of a lot of skilled programmers and computer scientists, and the general reaction of casual knowledge of the subject to this day remains "Oh Y2K, that was a whole lot of nothing, what were we so worried about anyway? Just a bunch of stuffed-shirt know-it-alls getting their ties in a twist over nothing, apparently.".
The problem with this is that the people doing this feel that their message, no matter how banal, IS that important.
And it will not stop until they actually start seeing penalties of some sort from overusing the feature. Or until it's disabled and they no longer can.
ST happened, though the entire session was spent on a huge combat because the party had tripped a sonic trap glyph of warding at the last session and pulled in three rooms' worth of monsters as a result.
Only the boss room remaining in the dungeon though, so we should be out of there come next session! I need to pick the boss's spells between then and now, though.
I really hope the Paizo folks are staying safe; I wouldn't be surprised if some of them lived in or near Portland and are having to deal with the nonsense going on there right now. Ditto anyone here who happens to live in the Portland area. Keep us posted on your safety, sanity, and well-being. We care about you.
A NWN adaptation of the first part of the second-edition module Temple, Tower, and Tomb tomorrow night. Our PnP game is on hold until my new computer comes in sometime next week; it's gotten to the point where attempting to use voice chat is impossible and degrades into static or robot noises in a few moments, and that makes DMing impossible.
I would actually put the LGS in the generally unfriendly category - at least until you can prove your nerd credibility. My wife is generally tolerant of lots of different levels of nerd, but she won't go in any of the local stores without a male nerd escort.
This is actually why Scint chose the FLGS she did - it was the only one of the three she visited in the area that didn't make her feel unwelcome just for walking in.
Not defending Google, you say.
We'll remember that.
Yeah no, you don't get to police who gets to post and who doesn't.
What's got you in such a mood today?
Which is not the kind of people either NH nor I are talking about nor relating the complaints of. Hence my earlier comment about talking past one another.
Expecting the NPCs to follow the same rules as the PCs and complaining when they don't is not the same as being upset that the NPCs are doing anything at all and not just sitting there and getting curbstomped.
All I see are players trying to win.
The problem is "NPCs cheating is okay as long as the PCs still win" is that it comes across as a surly DM going "I'm annoyed that the PCs are too well-built or tactically capable to do anything so I'm going to bend or break the rules so I can do something to them".
<silent birthday kazoo>
No, that's the infamous Scottish dish.
I'm fairly certain you want hogada.
No, that's the three-line Japanese traditional poetry.
You're wanting hatra.
So my go-to music for the past month has been my usual go-to music for when I'm not listening to video game music or YouTube lectures - European power/symphonic metal, things like Edguy/Avantasia, Gloryhammer, After Forever, Nightwish, Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, etc. etc. etc. I'm ... not exactly quite sure what that says about me with regards to this theory.
I've seen that one. It's painfully accurate.
Political and Extremely Offensive:
A Kansas newspaper today put a comic on their website of our (Democrat) governor wearing a mask with a Star of David on it, and the caption "Wear your mask, then get on the cattle car" with a background image of Jewish prisoners being shipped off to Auschwitz. Surprising no one, the owner and editor of said newspaper is a county chairman for the Republicans.
The trip out was surprisingly clear, though that's likely because of how early it was. On the way back the traffic was nuttier.
We're home now though and - hopefully - all's well. There were more people wearing masks there than we expected (though many were quite vocally decrying them and saying things like "we're immune to this s!$@" and "survival of the fittest, baby" and I have no idea how much was kidding around and how much was serious) but a few of them weren't wearing them correctly, usually leaving the nose exposed. Which kinda defeats the point.
captain yesterday wrote:
I think Crookshanks is too young to be a Millennial, I'm pretty sure she's Gen Z. She's in her late teens, right? Millennials are all in their 30s now.
This is just "what is wrong with this country" in its simplest form.