Tequila Sunrise wrote:
I've been to exactly one concert ever, and that ticket was gifted to me, because I never feel like I can justify the $50+ expense on a single night of entertainment.
I bought a ticket to see Ozzy Osbourne last year, and he had to have surgery day of, so it got pushed back to this year. Then he got really sick and then got injured again, the show got postponed to July 2020. I'm still debating whether to refund the $40 or not.
FAWTL people are adding people on Steam? I should do this, since I've kind of drifted away from Pathfinder and to 5E, and correspondingly from Paizo.com to RPG.net. I could actually keep in contact with you guys from Steam.
Then again, I'm leaving for southern Europe tomorrow, and won't be in front of a PC for a month. I can't even pack right now, because packing for me is "throw sufficient clothing into a backpack". So I'm just chilling until I can go to sleep, since there's nothing to prepare.
So, I'm going to Europe again. I was going to go to Japan this month, but my grandmother's unexpected death over the holidays forced me to cancel, and I've been looking at a summer vacation, instead. I registered for an interesting study abroad course in Portugal that runs late June, early July, and I'm thinking I'm going to fly out a couple weeks early, land in Naples, and make my way to Lisbon by hopping from city to city by train, staying a few days in each place I want to see. I want to visit the archaeology museum in Naples and Pompeii and Vesuvius, see some Ancient Roman stuff in Rome, visit the Aquarium of the Mediterranean in Marsielle, visit Carcassonne, and find something to do in Madrid, at minimum. I might do Japan next winter, I might not, but Naples sounds like tons fun, I really wanted to go to Marsielle last time I went to France but didn't (I stayed in the North), Carcassonne sounds like cooler Provins and I loved Provins, I've been talking about wanting to see Spanish castles for a while, and the Portugal class will be awesome. I also will be in Europe for at least 3 1/2 weeks.
Anyway, what's going on here? I've increasingly been gone. Can't really play Pathfinder because my school is all 5e, all the time, so Paizo's fallen to the wayside. I'm more active on rpg.net.
Lots of stuff going on. I live in San Jose now. I left San Francisco for my grandmother's house in Los Altos after getting into grad school. Then my grandmother passed away during the holidays, so I had to move to San Jose. Also I work for my university's administration and as a TA.
I'm getting ready to work on a major D&D worldbuilding project based on the Mediterranean, in which the fantasy counterpart of the Med is literally the center of the entire setting, with all of the parts of the setting that are actually mapped existing along the sea. Every land is defined by it's relationship to the sea, and seafaring adventures are not so much an option as they are openly encouraged.
I work at a university right now, and our experience in that university presidents who come from the faculty suck, and ones that come from administration can be either good or bad. Being a professor anr administrating a university? Not similar skill sets at all.
Honestly, as an administrator, I find professors to be more annoying than students. Professors harp on their students about always turning work in on time, doing work well ahead of time instead of procrastinating, and reading the g&@%#@n syllabus. Yet professors never read my department's rules and regulations and then throw fits about the rules, professors turn stuff in late constantly, and they're always waiting until the last minute if they actually do it on time. Students do all these things, too, but professors do it more often and throw more memorable fits over policies.
If there's anything I couldn't be paid to deal with, it's K-12 education. Kids are fine, but there isn't enough money in the world to make me deal with parents.
I like the fancy instant ramen cups I get from Daiso. I especially the curry flavored Cup Noodle, but I hear Daiso carries the inferior Amerocan version, not the superior Japanese version. I shall investigate the supposed superiority of the Japanese version upon arrival in Tokyo.
I read this post, and I thought you were in Virgina now. Sad part is, I'm a Bay Area native who still lives in the Bay Area (not San Francisco anymore, though), I've been to Richmond relatively recently, and I have friends in Richmond.
So because of the Japan trip, I'm on a Japan kick.
Which has me thinking about Japanese settings for Pathfinder/D&D. They exist, sure, but my eye hasn't been caught (though I might get Kaidan). I have an idea, though.
It's the Industrial Revolution, and rather than Japan opening the country because America's pointing guns at them, isolationism is ending because the Edo government that could enforce it fell apart.
There are 3 claimants to the throne waging a civil war, all 3 are looking to European firearms (they've had matchlocks for centuries, but not revolvers or lever action rifles) and technological advances like railroads and steam ships to supplement their power, and Europeans are picking horses to back, so to speak.
In the middle of this are countless ronin and smaller lords trying to play multiple sides or stay neutral. Also have yokai running rampant in the chaos of war, civilians caught in the fighting, and bandits preying on them. Also plenty of gaijin mercenaries and military attaches running around. There's a general atmosphere of the degradation of society that fits a Western well. And don't forget lots of witches and alchemy and powerful spirits and dragons and all the other fantasy trappings, because this is Pathfinder.
And I want to take Pathfinder's Paths of War, look at every accusation of it being too anime-esque or weeaboo fightan magic, and embrace that. I do like the idea that people can train in martial arts so hard they learn a form of magic. We're talking stuff like superhuman leaps, blocking bullets with a sword, blocking blows the force equivalent of a Mack truck. The finest swordsmen in the land are literally wizards that use swords instead of spells, which Path of War is great for.
Just a Mort wrote:
I might avoid that, to be honest. Just a bit too heavy for me, and since I plan on visiting military museums, I really don't want to get dragged into a morality debate about atomic bombs and, well, all the s*&+ Imperial Japan did that revisionists like to ignore. It can go nowhere good.
John Napier 698 wrote:
Oh, I shall. I arrive in Japan on the evening of January 8 and depart on the evening of January 18. I arrive in Tokyo, so Akihabara is a must, and I imagine I'll be visiting Yokosuka (the museum ship Mikasa, Kanagawa Bay, and Mt. Fuji are there), Kyoto, and Hiroshima (big maritime museum here). Also need to find a castle and a train museum, nd ride a Shinkansen. I have 9 full days to do all these things.
Right now I'm procrastinating instead of cleaning my apartment for my move tomorrow. I graduated university last week, and I'm moving back to Silicon Valley for at least the next 3 years. I got accepted into the Master of Urban Planning program at San Jose State, so it's another 3 years of school for me. I actually don't really know what to expect from graduate school, aside from TA positions being unlikely (my program has no undergraduate component)nand 80% of my department being public transit nerds.
You know, I wasn't really excited at all about Luigi's Balloon World. It just sounded kinda dumb.
If I wasn't busy
MR. H wrote:
That doesn't really mesh with the experiences I've had. It just feels underwhelming.
Okay, I haven't been able to get much information on how baked into the new rules Golarion lore will be. That worries me, because 9.5 times out of 10, I have no desire to use Golarion. In order for this to be the game for me, I need to know that I can use it with a homebrew or third party setting with ease.
Also, to be brutally honest, after the Kineticist, Vigilante, and Shifter, it's really hard for me to trust Paizo as game designers anymore. Especially with all the public input you had on the Kineticist and how underpowered it was well before publishing it. I'm kind of skeptical as to holl well you can actually pull off anything you are proposing here, because your recent track record with lesser projects suggests you can't.
Mark Seifter wrote:
Can you publish this math for us? As a homebrewer, I LOVED when Trailblazer went through and took apart and explained the entire 3E math system. Doing that for Pathfinder would greatly enhance my ability to make modifications to get the game I want. Hell, you could, in the future, release a book that was just the math in switching from 3.5 to PE1, from PE1 to PE2, and in creating Starfinder, and I'd buy it.
Jess Door wrote:
I just find the entire human population insuffrable, at least when it comes to politics. I know thinking politics is just universally terrible is kind of a tired, blasé sentiment, but now that I work in politics, I can see just how true it really is.
So, late last month I went to Gamestop. I wanted a used PS4, and for $260 I could get one and two games under $20. The associate is trying to find two games for me, and it's actually hard to do. What I really want (Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 collection, may the Switch port come swiftly) is out of stock, and he keeps showing me games that fit my interests, and I have them on Steam. Like, consistently. Sure, I want to eventually play God of War 4 and Kingdom Hearts 3 and Red Dead Redemption 2, but those games are a while down the line. For right now, I was finding nothing to play that I didn't already possess. So I revisit the old debate about buying a Switch. Since spending the holidays selling them at Target, it's been a matter of if, not when.
So I changed my mind and asked for a new Neon Switch and Breath of the Wild. Sales associate was actually visibly annoyed. I got it without comment, but he wasn't happy. Well, there's a reason for that, and I didn't know.
Gamestop makes a huge profit margin on used games and consoles. New? Not so much. Which is why they require a total percentage of employees' sales to be used stuff, or they get their hours cut. Which is why many Gamestop employees outright lie about having new stuff in stock so they can hit their quota and keep their hours up. And I went from getting him at least $260 to that quota to adding about $130 to his quota. All because I made some personal values calculations that the associate didn't really have the ability to dissuade my from (I had figured out the PS4 wasn't right for me at this time). That's not his fault, but if his used sales were lagging (and he did seem rather unhappy about me buying new stuff), I might have gotten him punished or his wages cut by forcing him further underwater on his quota. Which makes me feel like kind of a jerk. Yea, I went to Gamestop and spent $390, and I'm left feeling like I hurt their worker by doing so.
I don't understand why I still willingly shop at Gamestop.
The more I play Breath of the Wild, the more I really have to say that it just isn't a great game. I'm so, so sorry to say that, but it's a B title, not an A. The twin failures of using a weapon durability system (Don't EVER use weapon durability in a video game. It's not a good idea. It's NEVER a good idea.) and the complete and utter failure of the difficulty scaling system (I constantly go between breezing through encounters to getting one or two shotted all over the place, with no inbetween) combine with the atrocious voice acting to keep the game from being worthy of an A grade.
I think the ideal of large scale home ownership causes a lot more harm than good, anyway. Too many people fighting necessarily civic improvements and any densification of California cities tooth and nail because that's their kid's inheritance on the line. Housing prices in Palo Alto or Mountain View get anywhere near sensible? Your kids just lost something like a million dollars.
That I'd have to think about. I'd have to take the AC Transit bus in from BART, and I don't know how coverage is in Alameda.
I just, for the first time in years, got weekends off again. So now I can do stuff. Like RPGs. But I can't GM for lack of time. I'm looking for an established group, preferably playing Pathfinder, Starfinder, or Savage Worlds, though I could maybe learn D&D 5E or go back to D&D 3.5. I live in San Francisco, so that's naturally my location preference, but I'm open to meeting outside of the city if the location is reachable by BART or Caltrain.
In 26 years of life, 22 of which are in California, I've been to:
Granted, I've only had a passport for 14 months. Once I have the money and the time again, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, South Africa, Japan, China, Thailand, Peru, Brazil, and more of Mexico are all on the list.
I'm into urban exploring, history museums, and old ruins. All three of which Mexico has in spades. I can't make it to Mexico City this weekend, but that just may be the next place I go for a lengthy abroad trip, as opposed to just a weekend stay. Mexico City has TONS of cool stuff to explore, a world class metro for wanna-be transit planner me to marvel at, and access to bus trips to all sorts of ruins. I'd love it.
Also, I can't really maintain the whole "Mexican Rosie the Riveter" aesthetic without at some point stepping foot on Mexican soil.
Well, as of Saturday, I'll no longer be able to joke about how funny it is that I'm an international traveller born, raised, and living in California, yet have never been to Mexico. For I am taking a three day weekend and taking the Greyhound to Los Angeles tomorrow to see a spaceship, then heading down to Tijuana to spend my last weekend before school starts doing stuff. I don't know precisely what stuff yet, but stuff.
~curses up a storm~ Well, so much for buying a new video card anytime soon. Thanks a bunch, cryptocurrency miners for driving the video card prices up so much.
I might be switching back to a PS4, because the $800 dollars of processor, RAM, and graphics card I bought in 2015 amd 2016 are running Assassin's Creed: Origins and Grand Theft Auto V at the lowest graphics setting. Individually, either a mid-range GPU or a better processor will cost well over $100 more than a new PS4 will. Computers may be capable of much better performance in theory, but this is just far too much money for me to keep up.
Miami International is hands-down my least favorite. And I've been stranded there overnight more than once. JFK I like. Rome Airport, I saw a carabinieri playing a game with a three-year-old, using the red dot from the laser sight on his weapon in the way you would play with a cat. The child loved it. It was creepy.
NOPENOPENOPE I may have a probably-unwise fondness for playing with knives and axes and similar implements, but that's about 3 bridges too far. Playing with blades gives me the occasional minor laceration. Playing with guns kills people. Seriously, how do so many trained firearms professionals not grasp the "Don't point a g$%#%#n gun at things you aren't ready and willing to put a bullet into" principle? Not to mention that specific "game" most certainly is creepy.
So, I'm one of those people who really likes to have something in my hand to fidget with. And, for some odd reason, my favorite such objects are knives. Which is why I own several, including a few that don't really have practical uses. I essentially spend time playing with sharp knives (an unmaintained tool would be an insult to my late grandfather) on a daily basis, and I don't cut myself.
Oh, but you give me a plastic knife, a dinner roll, and a pad of butter on the airplane, and I'll put a nice gash in my palm.
The morning I spent in Salt Lake City while waiting for my flight to Europe was colder than anywhere I visited in Europe. Also had the only snow I saw.
It is actually way too warm in California right now. Like, "this should not be, and the climate change implications are really worrying" warm. I understand everybody caught in the massive freak snowstorms that seem a yearly occurence now probably thinks that hilarious, but the freak storms are also bad, and a symptom of climate change. In fact, it's why global warming is a really bad term to use, and isn't preferred by scientists.