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Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
Tineke Bolleman wrote:
This motivation is actually in the scenario

I just feel this is pretty weak motivation. PCs being benevolent and altruistic helpers without a predictable reward kind of flies in the face of 10+ years of society play. To be fair, the players have no reason to think the nobles will give up and by helping them, the PCs strengthen a potential rival for the trail bounty not to mention perhaps a future enemy to fight. It seems to be contrary to their primary mission.

Of the parties I’ve run for so far, the only reason they went to help the nobles rather than just sneak around them is one group had a radiant oath player and the other had a champion, both of which had a narrative reason to have compassion for the NPCs. That’s going to be the case much less than usual. I felt like I had to strongly encourage the players to go help the nobles. Yes I know they can avoid it and go around, but clearly that is not the intent of the narrative. I think we could have done a bit better providing a stronger motivation for the players to stop and help them out. YMMV

All I can say to this is that your local players are VERY different then mine. It might fly in the face of your 10+ years of society play. But my 5+ years of experience is that players will help others in need, regardless of reward.

YMMV.

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*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Vanykrye wrote:

Um.

Not just Freehold.

Just sayin'.

:D

Oh, so that's where vampire fan-ficion comes from!

Fifty-Shades Twlight origin confirmed?!

Y-yes! Bad Tacticslion! BAD!

** spoiler omitted **

Hm. That is unfortunate. I send yours the same time as Vankyre. He's had his for a week or two now. Altough I do not know how long customs can hold a package. Here, its up to six weeks, if they feel so inclined.

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...Maybe owlbears were created to help with terraforming...

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*back with clothes on*

I feel NH should come back to the netherlands, and this time, my town of Utrecht, which has just about the best bus system. Also the longest busses in the world.

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*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

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And we can certainly ban you from events for delibibrate and continued rule breaking.

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Its why so many of my NPCs are called Bob

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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
I wish that with f&&#ing every food.

Kinda true. But sometimes I just wish to eat a huge bar of emotional support chocolate.

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I wish I could eat chocolate and not gain weight.

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Tacticslion wrote:
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Serious, dramatic, important life question: if I uninstall a game, does steam remember my achievements?
Yes, steam remembers your achievements.

Than I still exist! I have validaaaaaaaaation~!

I'm an achievement hoarder. So I know how you feel.

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Tacticslion wrote:
Serious, dramatic, important life question: if I uninstall a game, does steam remember my achievements?

Yes, steam remembers your achievements.

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It’s also nice because if they’re in power conservation mode, they can take it non-digital and do things the old fashion way, though if they do, we likely will never see what would be genuinely important artifacts, ‘cause efficiency (and reuse of old materials) would likely be top priority rather than preservation for history. (We might get some low-rez digital shots - such as saved on someone’s personal phone, for instance - but the materials themselves would likely be reused until they were no longer viable.)
I'm trying to figure out how throwing dices in Zero-G would work.

I'm imagening a magnecit whiteboard and magnetic dice. Just throw them at the board softly with a spin, and your number is however the dice get stuck to the whiteboard.

Minis could also have a magnetic base to stick to the whiteboard which would then also function as a map.

I am envisioning playing starfinder in space now.

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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Broccoli is fine with cheese. It's also fine with butter. But mostly it's best in brown gravy much like Brussels sprouts.

Also never leave the Prime Material Plane without back up gear...

You're my man Thomas. Brown gravy for life.

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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
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I found an image that really illustrates what I meant by doing HDR with more stops of light than the human eye usually sees.

Take a look at this.

It’s so bright and colorful that it’s not easy to look at. I don’t know exactly what the dynamic range of this photo is, but it’s definitely above 21 stops. If you walking into this scene, this is not what you’d see. It wouldn’t be this bright or colorful to the human eye. Yet, despite having a dynamic range above what we typically see, we’re still capable of seeing it. It’s just jarring and unnatural.

It looks like a still from animation, not a photograph of a real location.
Largely because it’s a bunch of photographs of the same location, each exposed differently, with the most colorful tones for each area pulled out and combined into one picture intended to be as colorful as possible. The human eye can’t do that, so it looks artificial.

The artificial look of it really puts me off, even though its a nice picture.

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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Truth

I used to do a lot of hobby photography, but I stuck with the low range of DSLR bodies. Understanding that what you see with your eyeball a camera cant reproduce, is so important. (and you could do HDR photos, but I personally think they end up ugly 99% of the time).

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NobodysHome wrote:

Finally, before I actually get to this "work" thing people keep reminding me I need to do, alcoholism really is amazing.

It's been well over two years (846 days now). Yet with the days growing shorter and the nights growing colder, there is an amazing urge to drink.

It's just kind of, "Geez, body! When are you going to give up on this?"
And yeah, the answer may be, "Never," but it is very annoying.

You can do it!

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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Is it like american broccoli?

Probably? Its green and stuff... we just spell it differently

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

Happy anniversary!

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I love brokkoli so much!

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Now I want cheesecake...

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Limeylongears wrote:
Woran wrote:
Even though Cap Yesterday doesnt like simming, I would still like to propose the FaWtL swimming event, so we can see how everyone swims/floats.

Let's do it.

Shall we just go backwards and forwards across the North Sea, or do we have to meet the Americans halfway in the middle of the Atlantic?

We could meet up halfway, in iceland? Find a nice hot volcanic pool? Cap Yesterday can be in charge of grilling stuff over the lava.

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Even though Cap Yesterday doesnt like simming, I would still like to propose the FaWtL swimming event, so we can see how everyone swims/floats.

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Vanykrye wrote:
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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.
despite stereotypes, I love to swim.

Er... there's a stereotype about swimming?!?!?!

I can't even imagine...

Yeah, the stereotype is that blacks can't swim. I have no idea how that one came about.
My cynicism wants to blame segregated pools and beaches.
Mine wants to blame "blacks are poor and live on the streets of large cities where there are no places to swim" lines of thinking.

Over here the stereotype is just that Americans in general cant swim.

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Tacticslion wrote:
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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.

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Tacticslion wrote:

It always makes me happy when someone else can hear it. My family mostly thinks I’m nuts or just “hearing things” - I’ve gotten used to it, but the puns of a tv on without anyone on it just.... aaaaagggghhhh.

I’m sorry you also have to suffer, but it’s nice to know that others can in fact hear it!

Old TVs are the worst!

That high pitched whine is just... ugh.

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I just wish I could eat food like I was 16 again.

Lots of it, and nothing would stick. Eating is just such a comfort.

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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.

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Tacticslion wrote:

Uuuuuuuughh.

2:28 AM, here.

The neighbor is not being noisy - there isn’t really anything loud.

But I can feel the vibrations of that ginormous truck in my friggin’ bones. Alos inner-ear canal, and my ear tubes partially clogged with back drain. The floor is vibrating. The rhyth of the DAGGUM ENGINE.

Bzzzzt. Bzt. Bzt. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt. Bzzzzzt. Bzt. Bzt. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt. Bzzzzzt. Bzt. Bzt. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt. Bzzzzzt. Bzt. Bzt.

Over and over again. I don’t know how long, but I woke up realizing the rhythm has invaded my sleep tonight for a very long time - fragments of numerous dreams disturbed or even shattered by it.

Like, there is literally nothing reasonable to get mad at them for.

“Hey, you know, you can’t actually hear any noise, but the vibrations are driving my inner ear insane. Yes, right, I understand that I’m a dozen yards away, at closest, and, as noted, I can’t actually ‘hear’ anything. But, see, the floor of my house vibratesfsintly to the rhythm of your engine cylinder. Right. Only slightly. Yeah, it’s funny, our AC makes the house shudder far, far more when it hits overdrive. Right, so an extremely slight vibration from your vehicle parked in its driveway that I can feel through the floor and in my bones has been disturbing my sleep for hours. Yeah, it’s even fainter than the electrical hum - you know the barely audible ringing sound that only exists when a place has power (or electricity is running over large cables), and you can’t even notice is most of the time? Yeah, so anyway, that thing. Do you mind... not doing whatever reasonable thing you were on your own property with your own property? Thaaaaaaaaaaaanks.”

There is nothing reasonable about such a request. The family is half “nightlife” people due to jobs in the nursing profession, anyway.

It also seems that literally no one else is bothered by this - everyone else in my house has slept through the whole thing, and my wife doesn’t make the little tale-tell faces or movements she normally does...

I feel you man.

I have VERY sensetive hearing. That electrical hum? I can hear that often, and it drives me nuts.
I'm that weird person who keeps things in powerstrips and then shuts off the power strips so things wont be making their annoying electrical noises while they are in standbye mode.

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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

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*hugs amby*

*hugs freehold*

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Horse meat is delicous.

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Sharoth wrote:
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Braaaaaaaaaaaaaains
No! No brains! Brains are bad for you! Prions are always bad for you! So no brains for you!

The chance of bad protein folding due to consuming brain tissue is actually very low

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Braaaaaaaaaaaaaains

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Just a Mort wrote:
I just ran 20k before work.

Holy macaroni!

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My voice has gone from 'raspy' to 'teenage boy'.

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Oef, barely any voice today. Drinking lots of ginger tea

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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Holy carp, today was the mother of all bad Mondays.

Got to the solar plant, noticed one of our inverters was in alarm, which happens sometimes. It's always some mystery fault; so I went out to check the arrays, not expecting to see anything. Don't tell my boss, but I was listening to Carl Sagan's Demon-Haunted World as I walked...

And I found a failure. A catastrophic equipment failure. Actually five catastrophic equipment failures. Like the "She can't take anymore, she's gonna blow!" kind of failure. Except it had already blown, and I just found the slagged metal and ashes. Literally.

Oh and as an aside, I found out two weeks ago that I'm being fired in six months. Some other company bought half of my solar plant, and part of the deal is that they're taking over maintenance. My boss and I were just starting to think that our last few months would be nice and quiet...

Dayum TS, that sucks

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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
So has anybody started playing Pathfinder 2e? I just bought the core rulebook.

I have played it a bit. I like it overall. I am a big fan of the three action economy

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NobodysHome wrote:

Cooking time!

I bought a giant chunk-o-beef from Costco last weekend, and I was going to make a pot roast but GothBard has requested beef stew; in particular, "The kind that doesn't have any potatoes in it, but that you pour over mashed potatoes and you're in hog heaven."

Anyone have such a slow cooker recipe? (I have an Easy Pot and Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking on my side, but I figured I could ask as well.)

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.

So this is for about 500 gram of meat. You're going to have to do conversion yourself.

a knifepoint of sambal
1-2 spoons of flour
50 g butter
500 g onions
2 spoons of vinegar
500 ml broth
5 cloves
2 bay leaves

Optional: reduce the broth by half and add a bottle of dark beer.

Other optional: Instead of vinegar you can add two spoons of apple butter, and a cut up apple.

Other optional: you can add a spoon of sugar if you like a bit more of a caramell taste to the stew.

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Acording to wikipedia aboleths firs appeared indwellers of the forbidden city

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Starship Captain Yesterday wrote:

No aboleths in Starfinder.

Just saying.

That is what they want you to think anyway

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lisamarlene wrote:
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On the topic of gift giving, it was my father's birthday yesterday. I'm visiting him this weekend.

What do you give a man in his early sixties? He generally doesnt want gifts. He hates fathers day because of the useless gift giving.
So I'm just going to get him a bag of apples, because he loves eating those.

I think that's perfect.

Yeah, NHs comments about gifts really rang home. I'd like to give my dad a gift. Because I love him.

But thing he needs are either so mundane (groceries), or expensive/too specifik. I know he needs a new chainsaw chain for cutting his firewood. But his chainsaw is an older model and only takes specific types.

Luckily we're all very down to earth and just giving him groceries works perfect as a gift.

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On the topic of gift giving, it was my father's birthday yesterday. I'm visiting him this weekend.

What do you give a man in his early sixties? He generally doesnt want gifts. He hates fathers day because of the useless gift giving.
So I'm just going to get him a bag of apples, because he loves eating those.

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NobodysHome wrote:

Kamelot's one of those bands that you immediately want to turn off the moment one of their songs comes on...

...unless they're performing with a guest artist, in which case they're amazing.

They're really one of the weirdest bands ever. How can you be SO bad when you're performing on your own, but SO good when performing with anyone else?

I know a few bands who are pretty mediocre with their songs. But are utterly amazing live.

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Asking for money because you're saving up for a big present is perfeclty fine here.

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Oh, frozen shoulder. MrT suffered from that for years. When it got bad Id need to help him with putting on his coat.

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Oh dear. Reaper is doing another miniature kickstarter.

*wallet starts crying*

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Congratulations Kwinten!

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*sigh*

Humans.

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John Napier 698 wrote:

Hello, everyone!

Tomorrow is my birthday! I will be 52.

Happy birthday!

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