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I enjoyed that movie, worth a watch.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
All - apologies. I am working to get back into things. I don't know if it is age or what but time dilation is getting to me. Suddenly I blink and I haven't posted in six weeks. I can honestly say it has been a very busy six weeks, but I do hope to do better.

I know the feeling ;-(


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karlprosek wrote:
Sorry this week has been unexpectedly heavy at work. I'm planning on posting tomorrow.

No worries, RL can tend to get in the way!


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Sorry for the short replies posting on phones sucks...


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This will be fun


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Have to say ST, I love the references to taking dirt naps and how they change every few posts. LOL.


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Yeah, that's not a great week Rags!

Hopefully this week will be better? :-)


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One a day is better for me, I agree, this pace cannot last for too long but it's good to get a hot start the first few weeks when you're starting with "prequels" ;-)


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ST Gloaming wrote:
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That nature is the fun of it!

No, I figured I would let you decide or if you want me to come up with anyone I certainly can. I always like to leave those open as ST to fit in later for story smoothness.

Absolutely don't want to use any of my 3 for the Backgrounds.

Gotcha! I'll decide for you and if you hate the ones provided feel free to let me know. Retainer options will come up later :)

OK great, I have some time now, I'll put together the Avatar for Gameplay.


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ST Gloaming wrote:
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** spoiler omitted **...

Dylan looks good to go. Numbers stack up. I find his nature ironic given he'll be on the side of the anarchs but as his Sire is allied WITH The movement but not an Anarch himself , that works. I see you have freebies on hold. It's good.

And I thank you for the '3 people' list.

Do you have ideas who the retianer, allies are in his backgrounds, and contact yet? or do you want to flesh that out in story on a 'I happen to know a guy' basis? If it's the 3 people you listed, well, depending on how bad or good things go that could change. There's an undead war about to happen ;)

That nature is the fun of it!

No, I figured I would let you decide or if you want me to come up with anyone I certainly can. I always like to leave those open as ST to fit in later for story smoothness.

Absolutely don't want to use any of my 3 for the Backgrounds.


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Dylan Gantz:

Dylan Gantz
Concept: College Student Athlete (20)
Background: Dylan grew up in central NJ. His parents were Divorced but his Dad (Brian) was a former wrestler in college and the army and wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, no matter what his so thought.

Despite having 3 sisters, Dylan was the apple of his Father’s eye and all he cared about, much to Dylan’s chagrin. Dylan would have preferred to be an auto mechanic as he loves working with his hands and loves cars but he was railroaded into wrestling and at 6’3” 277 was unfortunately, really good at it. He’s generally a good person but can be a bit merciless if pissed off and is not overly concerned with the feelings of others.

To get away from the old man he took a scholarship at ASU as one of his sister’s went there on an academic scholarship.
Dylan is an ok student but spends most of his time outside of school on the offseason working for a local mechanic.

Contacts:

Sister – Kelly Gantz – (Demeanor – Bon Vivant) Kelly also attends ASU as a senior. She majors in speech therapy and is a pretty smart cookie. Dylan gets along well with her and has always looked after her and was the driving factor in convincing her to break up with her former BF Brandon. Whether she wants to get back with him anyway is something that Dylan doesn’t consider overmuch as he knows that Brandon is an ass.

Employer – Jerry Collada (Demeanor – Fanatic) Jerry own Collada Auto and is probably the biggest car not Dylan has ever known, he tries to convince Dylan to quit school and come work for him but Dylan is still too influenced by the old man to be quite that ballsy.

Rival – Brandon Courtney – (Demeanor – Bravo) (Male, 22) Brandon is also a collegiate wrestler but a “typical” meat head jock. He’s a senior and a great wrestler but smaller than Dylan at 5’11” 185 lbs. They still have friction as Brandon used to date Kelly and wants her back.

Sheet:
Clan: Follower of Set
Nature – Conformist
Demeanor – Competitor
13th
Physical
Strength 4, Dexterity 3, Stamina 4
Social
Charisma 3, Manipulation 2, Appearance 3
Mental
Perception 1, Intelligence 2, Wits 3

Talents
Alertness 3, Athletics 3, Brawl 4, Intimidation 3

Skills
Craft 3 (Auto-repair), Drive 3, Performance 1, Survival 2

Knowledges
Computer 2, Technology 3

Backgrounds: Retainers (1) Resources (1) Mentor (1) Allies (2) Contacts (1)
Disciplines:
Serpentis, Presence, Obfuscate

Conscience 1, Self-Control 4, Courage 5
Humanity 5
Willpower 5
Freebies: Stamina (5),
(Hold back 10 Freebies for Embrace).
(Will pick Merits and Flaws at Embrace).
Sire: Professor Hugh Waret


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I still need to do amore thorough read through but considering either Follower of Set or a Toreador as I am not sure I ever played either Clan to my memory.


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Dotting for interest, I'll probably review over the weekend ;-)


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Feel better Rags! Glad the surgery went well.


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No worries Pat, summer wind down is usually a slow time anyway.


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OK, I'm in, weekend ended up being even busier than I thought it would be.


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Shane Driscoll wrote:
Victoria Howe wrote:
Updated the Relationship Map. Tidied it up a bit and added potential relationship arrows between Victoria, Paris & Shane.
Well, if Victoria (or any other PC who is done) is up to a sketch RP let me know.

Sure.

I'll be a bit buried in work the next few days so a step away would be good for a few ;-)


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Priam has been in NYC since the 90s but sunk into torpor during the battle for New York and only woke up in the last year. He's well liked by the Torys and given his profession he probably knows Thomas Arturo, which explains how he would have gotten involved with Roos's coterie.

-Is the Retainer the ghoul designer mentioned in your background? Describe them a little, please.

-Where does Priam live/work/sleep in the city?

Agreed, if Roos has the connections to many then Priam would know her especially as a Toreador the clan that Priam is most affiliated with (besides the Nosferatu).

Yes, the ghoul is the Retainer. Betty Wasserman Let's go with someone real. Betty is award winning interior designer and art dealer. No reason why Priam would not latch onto someone connected to the pulse of the city. Priam gives her wide latitude as she has a business to run but when he needs her, he needs her.

Priam lives and works in the A&D building. A&D One of the hubs of the architecture and design world in NYC at the moment, I have several real world clients that operate showrooms out of the building.

-People might know Roos and possibly each other from Null Space, krav maga, or other meetups in the city.
-People may have worked with Victoria in her capacity as a lawyer.
-About half the group is artistic in some way (Roos as a promoter/Tory in general, Paris as a playwright, Priam as a designer)- they could have met in artsy circles.
-About half the group is avowed political in some way (Shane is actively working to up his status, Victoria is a lawyer with city influence, Roos knows everybody)- they could have met working on some kind of job for an elder.
-About half the group is potentially associated with a Harpy in one way or another (Roos has Arturo as a mentor, Priam is a designer who's worked with Arturo, and Shane may be working for/with Mazz)- they could have met working on some kind of job for an elder.

What I'd love to see is how the group came together as a coterie and a couple of sketches of what kind of things they've worked on together in the past.

I'm leaning toward having Paris introduced to Calebros as a Camarilla candidate and then having the coterie assigned to mentor her to start the game. It'll help if I know what the coterie is about, what they do, what they're known for, and/or who their mentors/elders/boons/debts are.

Speaking of which, do any of you have any ideas for prestation? Do you see your PC having done a favor for or owing a favor to anyone in particular? Have your PCs done anything noteworthy or ever needed to reach out to someone for help?

Does anybody not have NYbN? Should I put together a list of links to prominent named NPCs or does everybody have the book?

Priam will work with anyone who is serious about designing or partying. He is apolitical, or at least as apolitical as he can safely remain. There is a chance that he may have contacted Victoria to draft a contract or for litigation disputes so that is an easy tie in.

I was considering Prestation merits or flaws but did not go in that direction ultimately. Happy to owe or be owed favors as part of the storyline.

I do not have the 5E NY b N just the Revised version back from I think 2004 so a list of the updated NOCs would be helpful.


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I think by this time next year I will bring this out of Torpor as most of you still appear to be around. I don't want to bring it out too early as I know my time will be strangled when the baby arrives.

Looking forward to making this happen and moving to the end game of this damn Chronicle!

To say the least, I expected to be on to the 1500's by now... ;-(


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Talomyr wrote:

Life has conspired against me and gotten busier than I would like. Rather than half-heartedly join a new game, I will bow out on this one.

Hope the rest of you have a blast. I'll likely lurk around and read how everything goes.

Bummer but I certainly understand!


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Priam Gesault Background:

Priam grew up dreaming of life as a designer having grown up in middle America where noting ever happened, as far as he was concerned. He got his big break when he was accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Fashion Department.

Unlike many of his peers, he was more interested in interior design than garments. The words prodigy were certainly bandied about when he was selected to decorate the Sears Tower for Holiday as part of his internship.

That night the party for the grand opening changed his life or perhaps more accurately ended his life. The excesses of the ‘80’s required something more than just masterful architecture among the Cainite clients of Zelios the Master Mason.

Right place wrong time or wrong place right time. Either way, Zelios decided that this young prodigy of the interior design world would be perfect for his and his clients’ needs. And indeed, he was. Priam spent the next 10 years under the tutelage of the Master Mason. Thereunder he gained great acclaim among a much different circle than originally intended when he was growing up in small town middle America. Clan Toreador had long held his Sire in high regard and with the numerous clients that his Sire acquired, Priam acquired those same clients as well as many of his own.

The party fueled late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s were a whirlwind, the fall of communism brought capitalism into the forefront and with excess comes money and spending by the rich. Priam partied along with his clients and gained acclaim and an ego along the way.

By the early ‘90’s Zelios made the perilous decision to travel to New York City to examine some alterations of his work in the labyrinths by Nosferatu antitribu. At that time, Zelios was attacked by… something. Priam ran while his Sire dealt with, well, whatever it was.

The Antitribu found him wandering the warrens and allowed him to settle within the city as one of their own, after all, the enmity between the split halves of the Nosferatu clan was never as great as that of other Clans.

New York City was the perfect location for Priam to ply his craft, the interior design capital of the US, if not the world. During his working and carousing he met the first Love of his Life and Unlife for that matter. Lady Carlysle knew of the work of Priam and knew he was no Antitribu, but she did not care, her vision of interior design was different than that of Priam but he was still able to fuse her dark visions with his own cutting edge styles.

The city was turned on its head several years later when the Camarilla reclaimed the city. Priam was injured in the attack and sank into torpor for several years. He has awakened only a year ago to another new world but was able to recirculate into Cainite society under his Sire’s fame and his own friendly relations with Clan Toreador. He has begun to rebuild his business with the aid of a trusted new Ghoul designer, and up and comer that remind him of himself. He is building up his finances as well.

Indeed, he has also found himself in the company of a young coterie! But a question does gnaw at him, what happened to his Sire? And more importantly what happened to his patron and Lover, Lady Carlysle?


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Roos van Hoek wrote:

I presume that some or all have attended parties or special events at The Null Space, or even just come clubbing on a regular night looking for a hip crowd, great DJs, and a fabulous buffet of hot, young Kine.

Roos attends Elysium and I would assume at least one or two others do also, though maybe not all. May have met there, of course.

Anyone else taking Krav Magra at that place on West 66th by Central Park? The owner caters to busy working Manhattan professionals by scheduling classes and private sessions in the late evening. Which works nicely for a "morning" workout training session. (She doesn't need to burn the calories any more, of course, just learn the skills.)

Is there an equivalent of gaydar* for vampires? If two Kindred bump into each other out and about in Kine society, can they instantly tell?

*Was pleasantly surprised to see "gaydar" as an answer in the NYT Crossword the other day.

Priam absolutely would attend Elysium. He would likely go to Null Space if anyone worth seeing there would be there. He's not your average Nos.

No Krav Maga, he's an artist, not a fighter.

Is gaydar now an actual dictionary word? [Looks it up] Yes, indeed it is now defined by Merriam etc.


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Storyteller Shadow wrote:
I'll need till the weekend to flesh out the background. ST, let me know if anything in here is objectionable and I'll adjust.

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Math looks good, Shadow. Could you do everybody a favor and write out the False Reflection Merit for us? I'm familiar with it and am good with you using it but I don't see it in the V20 book so I want everybody to see it in case they want to use it for their PC.

[False Reflection (3pt. Merit)

Even when using their Obfuscate abilities, Nosferatu still show up in their true form when noticed by machines, such as cameras or video surveillance. With this ability, the Nosferatu can extend their power to recorded images and media. However, as with Mask of the Thousand Faces, the original image isn’t actually changed; it is just that people see it the way the Nosferatu wants it seen. Unfortunately, computers are not so easily fooled: if the image is used for facial recognition software (for instance), the computer will see the Nosferatu’s real face and fail to find a match. The Nosferatu has best take care how this power is used, as it may wear off in time. Some archived photos have given librarians a nasty surprise, years after going into storage.]

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I see Zelios is your guy's sire- you cool with him still being missing instead of woken from torpor in LA?

Absolutely, I was going to write the Background as if I had not seen him in some time.

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I'll wait to see your background before I start asking questions.

I will have it done for Sunday.


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Do we have a handy list of loot? Or do we need to dig a bit to find the last loot post? I believe whatever Hamar took was for use not for resale...


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Priam Gesault:
Nosferatu
Priam Gesault
Nature – Visionary
Demeanor – Perfectionist
8th
Physical
Strength 2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Social
Charisma 5, Manipulation 4, Appearance 0
Mental
Perception 4, Intelligence 2, Wits 2
Talents
Expression 4, Subterfuge 3, Empathy 2
Skills
Animal Ken 3, Craft 3 (Body), Etiquette 3, Performance 4
Knowledges
Medicine 2, Politics 3
Backgrounds: Generation (5), Retainers (1) Resources (2)
Disciplines: Obfuscate 3, Animalism 3, Vicissitude 1, Presence 1
Conscience 1, Self-Control 5, Courage 4
Humanity 5
Willpower 7
Freebies: (2) False Reflection, Vicissitude (7), Willpower (3), Retainers 1, Resources 2
Experience Points: (35) Obfuscate 3 (10), Animalism 2 (5), Presence 1 (10), Animalism 3 (10)

Merits
CLAN FRIENDSHIP (4 Pt. MERIT) - One particular clan (not your own) has a special liking for you. You might have done the clan as a whole a favor at some point, or perhaps you're just a loud voice in support of their aims. Whatever the case, you're at -2 difficulty on all Social rolls involving members of the clan in question. Of course, the reaction your cozy relationship with another clan is likely to draw from your own clan leaders is an entirely different can of worms.
Toreador, Priam’s interior design aesthetic has long been regarded as exemplary and Clan Toreador views him as a true artiste.
PRESTIGIOUS SIRE(l Pt. Merit) - Your sire has or had great status in her sect or clan, and this has accorded you with a certain amount of prestige. Though your sire may no longer have any dealings with you, the simple fact of your ancestry has marked you forever. This prestige might aid you greatly in dealings with your elders or other neonates, or it might engender jealousy or contempt. This merit must be purchased if your character’s sire is an NPC within the game setting.
Zelios Faber Master Mason is Priam’s sire.
False Reflection (3 pt Merit) - When using Mask of a Thousand Faces, a Nosferatu with this Merit can create a false impression of his disguise on recording media. He can have his picture taken, show up on videotape and even record an imitation of the subject’s voice. Nosferatu without this Merit cannot disguise themselves to machines using the Obfuscate Discipline.
Flaws
Dark Secret (1) – Priam established friendly relations with the Sabbat prior to the fall of the city to the Camarilla.
Uppity (2) - You are proud of your new status in the Sect — so proud that you’ve shot your mouth off to other Kindred and made some enemies. Wiser vampires laugh at you and chalk your rudeness up to youth, but others find you arrogant and insulting. These enemies will take action to embarrass or harm you. Furthermore, you are at +2 difficulty on all Social rolls against any vampires you have alienated through your yammering — and you may not know who they are.
At Storyteller discretion, you may also be required to make a Willpower roll (difficulty 6) to keep your mouth shut any time the opportunity presents itself for you to brag about your pack, your Clan, or your status.
Sleeping With the Enemy (3) - You have some sort of intimate connection with a member of an opposing Sect or inimical Clan. You may have a lover, a childe, a friend, or a contact working the other side of the fence, but regardless of politics you retain a friendly (or more than friendly) relationship with your putative foe. Your close ties to someone on the other side would be regarded as treason by your superiors within the Sect, and if you are discovered, the penalty will surely be death.
Priam maintains a relationship with a Tzimisce whom he had a tryst with upon his first arrival in New York some time ago. This relationship he values even more than the relationship with his Sire as she has long filled him with delusions of his greatness in the world of design and fashion.

I'll need till the weekend to flesh out the background. ST, let me know if anything in here is objectionable and I'll adjust.


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I am contemplating a Malkavian, I have one I created who I like but he's a bit too old for this timeline (an 1192 creation).

I am also contemplating a Nosferatu, I've not played one in a LONG time.

EDIT: OK, I am going Nosferatu, I have I think a different concept which should be interesting.


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Let me see what I can see, getting the itch once more.


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Thanks guys, pretty surreal in a way and I don't often use that word but I'll have a 10 year old and a newborn if it all works out in February.

I think once the Baby gets to a certain age (i.e. like 7 or 8 months) I might try and resurrect this one...


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Tragon Stormblade wrote:

1d10

I... do I remember some rule about 1's?

Isn't it half?


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I came in second to last in a tourney I hosted last month and picked a card worth $45 so yeah.

Business is doing well and my job is my job.

In other news my girlfriend is pregnant and I bought an engagement ring today, never thought I'd be doing THAT again. Damn, they're way more expensive than they used to be ...... :-(


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Ragadolf wrote:

Hm,

Wondering what would the effect be, of ENLARGEing a dervish?

As good as it sounds? Or worse?

Asking for a curious, wizardly, friend,... ;)

He's probably going to hit harder


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Arrrggh now I have to level 2 PCs ;-)


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Tomorrow I'll have Hamar updated.
I don’t know if you are still interested or have the time, but the Opalline Tide game is back in Opal again.

Hmmm, I was playing the Minotaur Wizard in that one.

Yeah, why not, I will try and get back in, if the game moves too fast though I don't want to hold anything back.


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Tomorrow I'll have Hamar updated.


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Still debating whether to level as Scout or Dervish.


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I'll try and get my level up done by the weekend.


Gronk de'Morcaine wrote:

For what is worth, I stopped trying the GM's that wanted payment. I tried quite a few and only 1 was decent.

What I have been doing is using the ones that have the option of giving a tip for a good experience. I've tried 4 of those and only 1 was a poor GM. I gave the other 3 a $5-$10 tip.

Not sure if that is an appropriate amount, but it seemed reasonable to me.

What was the mode of play? VTT, in person, PbP?


Alessandro Khadaji wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:

Back when I still had time to run some games, I had players on the boards offer to pay me via Patreon to continue running some games. Knowing that my time available would only shrink, I opted not to take money for a commitment I could not fulfill.

I wonder what the pricing structure would be to even pay to play RPG's. The bulk of DM time, for a quality game anyway, is spent before the game starts, not while you are running it!

Hello old friend, hoping all is well. I'm curious about this as well. I think it would be better with some tools like a light virtual table top (VTT) to enhance the feel whether it's Play by Post (asynchronous) or session/meeting based.

I'm curious what you feel might help you in this endeavor... I've been mucking about VTT vendors of late.

For everyone else - Storyteller Shadow is one of the best! Hands down!

Thanks! Follow up PM sent ;-)


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Wow that blew up fast, sorry for the delays been a bit crazy with Holidays, my Birthday, a death in the family, will try and catch up this week.


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Back when I still had time to run some games, I had players on the boards offer to pay me via Patreon to continue running some games. Knowing that my time available would only shrink, I opted not to take money for a commitment I could not fulfill.

I wonder what the pricing structure would be to even pay to play RPG's. The bulk of DM time, for a quality game anyway, is spent before the game starts, not while you are running it!


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Ah jeez, well, glad you are positive and the outcome looks positive too!


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Wow, first IC post in a LOOONG time.


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Geoffroi de Clairvaux wrote:
I think it’s less that we are the same person, and more like I am a version of you bought on Wish, lol

LOL.

OMFG, just won a magic tournament (that I hosted, haven't done one in years) man that took WAAAY longer than I thought it would. Not following card values I took a card worth $3 as my top prize, whoops.


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Geoffroi de Clairvaux wrote:

Mazeltov!

Seriously, that’s awesome news. Part of my absence has been a new relationship and a second job. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

Are we the same person and we just don't know it, like Fight Club?


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I cannot get off the work treadmill lately that's for sure.

My girlfriend is also moving in and we are trying to have a baby so that's also taking up time.

Perhaps once that settles in my schedule will get more smooth. Well, till baby arrives anyway!


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Thanks for the update Pat! Been meaning to reach out but I too have been just buried, really since last Spring.


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Work has been unrelenting but that's a good thing when the business grows.

Been so busy I barely even have time to miss gaming truth be told, hell even my table top sessions have been canceled three times in a row, that's the most since high school! Not that I'm doing much there, running a mod straight from the book, with practically ZERO prep time each session.

My table top Vamp game has been in torpor since last summer as well...

Hope everyone is well.


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I'll be away next week as well, taking my daughter to the obligatory Disney/Universal/Sea World vacation that we strive for our children to have at least once.


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Just dropping in, still super busy.


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Still ridiculously bogged down in work.

How is everyone else doing?

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