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Empire does have good coffee -- but it can get pretty crowded in there. For more of a Noo Awlins flavor, you might try Crescent City Beignets on Westheimer, just east of River Oaks.

Sovereign Court

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Coffee is gross.


Jess Door wrote:
Coffee is gross.

Says the gal who doesn't like beer, either... maybe you need a tastebud transplant, so you can find out what you're missing?

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Coffee is gross.
Says the gal who doesn't like beer, either... maybe you need a tastebud transplant, so you can find out what you're missing?

Hehe, I knew that'd be next. :D

In both cases, it's the aftertaste. I can pile sugar into coffee until it's more a solid than a liquid, and put so much milk in it's barely even off white in color, but that bitter aftertaste is all I"m left with.

The only coffee flavored thing that doesn't make me cringe is I believe Kahlua is in black russians. That was yummy.

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Jess Door wrote:
Coffee is gross.

I used to think that, but after a while, coffee became necessary to keep going during a long day. After a while you get okay with the taste. The caffeine surge is nice. I try not to drink it tooooo much just to keep the tolerance low so when I do drink coffee it'll give me a good boost.

I used to think that about beer. Then after a party one time, there was a case of coors light in the fridge, after drinking it one a day after evening classes, I can drink any type of beer now. Start with one of the worse, everything else is then decent. ;-)

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Whited Sepulcher wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Coffee is gross.

I used to think that, but after a while, coffee became necessary to keep going during a long day. After a while you get okay with the taste. The caffeine surge is nice. I try not to drink it tooooo much just to keep the tolerance low so when I do drink coffee it'll give me a good boost.

I used to think that about beer. Then after a party one time, there was a case of coors light in the fridge, after drinking it one a day after evening classes, I can drink any type of beer now. Start with one of the worse, everything else is then decent. ;-)

I spent two years in Japan. Every town or prefectural event I went to served nothing but Japanese mass produced beer. Trust me, I've experienced the worst beer. Doesn't make other beer taste any better to me!

:)

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Jess Door wrote:


I spent two years in Japan. Every town or prefectural event I went to served nothing but Japanese mass produced beer. Trust me, I've experienced the worst beer. Doesn't make other beer taste any better to me!

:)

Oh cool, I've had a few of the Japanese beers also when I visited in Japan (visited Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo). The beers weren't that bad. I actually enjoyed the different sochu drinks that I tasted there too.

Were you teaching in Japan?

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Whited Sepulcher wrote:
Jess Door wrote:


I spent two years in Japan. Every town or prefectural event I went to served nothing but Japanese mass produced beer. Trust me, I've experienced the worst beer. Doesn't make other beer taste any better to me!

:)

Oh cool, I've had a few of the Japanese beers also when I visited in Japan (visited Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Tokyo). The beers weren't that bad. I actually enjoyed the different sochu drinks that I tasted there too.

Were you teaching in Japan?

Yes.


Whited Sepulcher wrote:
After a while you get okay with the taste.

I was enraptured with the taste of coffee the first time I tried it black, instead of loading cream, sugar, and/or other glop into it. But then again, I LIKE bitter tastes -- sweet I can happily do without.

Grand Lodge

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Will Auris and Shaleh be alright at 3rd level? I don't imagine you guys have gotten too far ahead since we last joined you.


Jess Door wrote:
Yes.

You talk too much.

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Andostre wrote:
Jess Door wrote:
Yes.
You talk too much.

Chu-hi!

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Whited Sepulcher wrote:
After a while you get okay with the taste.
I was enraptured with the taste of coffee the first time I tried it black, instead of loading cream, sugar, and/or other glop into it. But then again, I LIKE bitter tastes -- sweet I can happily do without.

You remind me of my brother in law, he doesn't like the taste of sweets and always skips out on desserts. It took me a while to stomach the taste of coffee. Now tea on the other hand, been drinking that since I was a wee lad, all those years growing up at dim sum restaurants serving tea. Though there's this one really bitter tea that I think you'd like then, they normally served it late in the evening after dinner (My only experience of it was in Hong Kong, it's translated name from cantonese was bitter tea... yeah, yeah, descriptive, eh?).


Whited Sepulcher wrote:
Though there's this one really bitter tea that I think you'd like then...

I like most teas, including delicate ones, and also the bitter ones like Lapsang Souchong that don't normally sit well on the Western palate.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Will Auris and Shaleh be alright at 3rd level? I don't imagine you guys have gotten too far ahead since we last joined you.

I think you'll be OK. The group is mostly 4th now, so if you have time this weekend you can level up; otherwise 3rd will be fine.

Auris - You've been drafted into the army of the Marquis d'Ansac, who seems to be rebelling against the crown. Because you've no skill at light cavalry maneuvers, they've handed you a pike (which you ignore in favor of your chain) and they're trying to make you participate in massed infantry maneuvers -- the other infantrymen keep getting in the way of the chain, and there's no enemy in sight anyway, and you think the whole thing is incredibly stupid.

Shaleh - You know that in warfare there's great opportunity for profiteering, so you casually made your way into South Province (technically across enemy lines) and into the Marquis' capital of Sovalles. There, it quickly becomes apparent that the Marquis' castle is deserted and ripe for robbery... which is how you find yourself silently observing as a group of people whom you recognize dispel some kind of magical alarms and make their way into the cellar just ahead of you...

Silver Crusade

Kirth Gersen wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:


Shaleh - You know that in warfare there's great opportunity for profiteering, so you casually made your way into South Province (technically across enemy lines) and into the Marquis' capital of Sovalles. There, it quickly becomes apparent that the Marquis' castle is deserted and ripe for robbery... which is how you find yourself silently observing as a group of people whom you recognize dispel some kind of magical alarms and make their way into the cellar just ahead of you...

Afterall warfare is great in dealing with my favorite currency.... information rather than all that heavy gold stuff.

Grand Lodge

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Did a Tattooed Monk update for one of my players, comments are welcomed.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Did a Tattooed Monk update for one of my players, comments are welcomed.

Looked at it last night! I'd taken a different track with the monk base class, so that all the tattoos can be simulated using ki powers and sutras (the tatoos would be flavor text, in that case) -- the base classes are intentionally modular so that prestige classes aren't needed.

But although that's my personal preference, it need not be yours -- if the player feels "more special" with a prestige class, rather than with base class options, then there's no harm in providing one as you've done, and a lot of benefit in terms of player contentment. Certainly I don't see anything unbalanced in what you've made.


Silverhair & Derek: Looks like we're almost out of Dr. P (2 left), and I wasn't able to get to the store this morning.

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Thanks Kirth. My main concern was making sure it wasn't a no-brainer PRC like Abjurant Champion and Radiant Servant. I wanted to give her alternate choices without giving her everything the monk gets anyway. So now she has the option of some different, and sometimes stronger abilities (15+level SR instead of 12+level) in exchange for a BAB and HD hit.

I dropped the Ki power and Strike progressions mostly because she was confused by it just a bit. So I figure this will be more along her alley with the unarmed damage and simpler sutras. She has hardly any 3.5 experience, so I'm having to explain a lot, and this will make it easier for her to follow.

I also wanted to make sure her abilities didn't become useless as she added more monk levels once she finished the PRC. Hence why a lot of them say character level.

I'm still not even sure full HD/BAB is too much for the class. Hence why I tossed it up for you to see. If I get squirrely and do any more conversions, I'll link them to you.

Me and Cyz are still planning on being there tonight. Just have to update characters and pack things up. And I haven't forgotten about the Kobold Quarterly I promised to bring. See you tonight.

I'll grab some sodas from the commissary on the way out too.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
She has hardly any 3.5 experience, so I'm having to explain a lot, and this will make it easier for her to follow.

In that case I think you've made exactly the right choice. Modular classes can be a lot of fun for experienced gamers, but they're needlessly confusing for relative newcomers.

Grand Lodge

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Precisely what I told her when the game started. 'I have these other updated classes, but you probably don't want to start out with them. The 3.5 monk is a good start, and when you're ready you can upgrade.' So that's where we are now, and she had mentioned she liked the look of tattooed monk. So I had time to write it up yesterday. I adjusted the prereqs a bit with the idea of fighters getting a chance to dip into it as well.

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Silverhair & Derek: Looks like we're almost out of Dr. P (2 left), and I wasn't able to get to the store this morning.

I can stop and pick up some Vanilla Coke Zero if that's low. :)


Jess Door wrote:
I can stop and pick up some Vanilla Coke Zero if that's low. :)

We're still OK with that, because my wife keeps it stocked. Thanks!


I'll try to get Androste to stop and let me pick up some DP. Derek won't be there, has to work a double. Jess, did you get the email I sent this morning? Do I need to bring hard copies?

EDIT: Thanks Jess, that would help.

EDIT2: Derek will be there tonight.

Sovereign Court

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Thank you, that's perfect, don't bring hardcopies.

You don't have to stop, I can pick up some DP.

Liberty's Edge

I'll be there. I got canned today, so no double.

Grand Lodge

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Thanks for having us again. Considering it only takes one tank of gas for the round trip, and the schedule we have for the next eight weeks, we will try to come down every other week. May as well take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts. It's a real pleasure to be getting back into Auris' boot- er, feet. :) Hope to see you all again the 29th.


I attack.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Thanks for having us again. Considering it only takes one tank of gas for the round trip, and the schedule we have for the next eight weeks, we will try to come down every other week. May as well take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts. It's a real pleasure to be getting back into Auris' boot- er, feet. :) Hope to see you all again the 29th.

Sounds good -- thanks again for coming. We'll likely be playing using the 2nd group of (lower-level) PCs at that time... I'll keep you poseted on developments and how to work you into the scenario; shouldn't be too hard to do.


Sheraviel wrote:
I attack.

There's a lassie after me own heart! Kills 'er own compatriots in cold blood, she does, with no sissy pretense towards givin' 'em a chance!


Had I survived the conflict, I should have this to say:

Rather than despise the late Marquis, Aujoule d'Ansac, we should remember him well, and learn the lessons he taught us. During the Days of Darkness, evil walked naked over the land, and none were safe. In repelling the seige on his castle, the old Marquis, Maurice d'Ansac, was infected by a fiend, and became one himself. His son, Aujule, could not allow harm to come to the people he was sworn to protect -- but nor yet could he bring himself to destroy his beloved father, who had raised him alone from childhood.

For thirty years he searched for a cure, and, having believed that one was finally within his grasp, he overreached... and thereby brought a tragedy upon us all. No one is above the law; no matter what their personal circumstance -- and what can be forgiven in a commoner, a high noble should know better. Must always know better. Lest ultimate destruction overtake them, as it did both father and son.


You're all present when Daressa, with regret, destroys the old Marquis with her sword Allam.

Alanna, one of Pep's mates, mutters, "He should have known there is no cure; I could have told him that from personal experience." She appears to be weeping.

But, the thing is, the explorer Larquest found something -- something for which d'Ansac was willing to commit murder.


Kullen wrote:
Sheraviel wrote:
I attack.
There's a lassie after me own heart! Kills 'er own compatriots in cold blood, she does, with no sissy pretense towards givin' 'em a chance!

Sheraviel sniffs disdainfully, then coughs as she realizes that may not have been a good idea so close to Kullen.

"I-::cough:: er, I had evaluated the situation, and saw no ::hack::- my god, does it not rain where you hail from?!? There was no sequence of events I saw that did not end in battle. Delaying the inevit-::choke::" Sheraviel takes a step back and wipes her watering eyes. "Delaying the inevitable only opened up more chances for us to be spotted by further patrols or unable to prevent the escape of one of the horsemen and draw the marquis' eyes our way. Could you stand a little more downwind? If one ran, his superior horse would have nearly guaranteed his escape."

Grand Lodge

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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Sounds good -- thanks again for coming. We'll likely be playing using the 2nd group of (lower-level) PCs at that time... I'll keep you poseted on developments and how to work you into the scenario; shouldn't be too hard to do.

If need be we can set it up so we only come down on the weeks you're playing this group rather than the other.


Sheraviel wrote:
I attack.

I'm so proud of you...


I like cake! It's especially good when it hasn't been thrown away yet!


Trog wrote:
I like cake! It's especially good when it hasn't been thrown away yet!

Allow this ritual, and I promise you'll never have post-trash cake again...


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Sounds good -- thanks again for coming. We'll likely be playing using the 2nd group of (lower-level) PCs at that time... I'll keep you poseted on developments and how to work you into the scenario; shouldn't be too hard to do.
If need be we can set it up so we only come down on the weeks you're playing this group rather than the other.

You guys should come when your schedule permits. Having a second group of PCs to switch over to occasionally is a lot of fun.

Grand Lodge

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Andostre wrote:
You guys should come when your schedule permits. Having a second group of PCs to switch over to occasionally is a lot of fun.

Our schedule pretty much permits us to come down every week from the 29th up to June 1st. :) We just don't want to wear ourselves and the new car out driving down and back every Monday. But at the same time, I know I won't get the chance to do this once I go back to work, except on four day holidays that fall on Monday-Tuesdays. So we figured we'd take advantage of the opportunity as much as possible. It's just all up to when you guys want to run with Rim and Sheraviel and the rest of the gang.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Andostre wrote:
You guys should come when your schedule permits. Having a second group of PCs to switch over to occasionally is a lot of fun.
Our schedule pretty much permits us to come down every week from the 29th up to June 1st. :) We just don't want to wear ourselves and the new car out driving down and back every Monday. But at the same time, I know I won't get the chance to do this once I go back to work, except on four day holidays that fall on Monday-Tuesdays. So we figured we'd take advantage of the opportunity as much as possible. It's just all up to when you guys want to run with Rim and Sheraviel and the rest of the gang.

Totally understandable about the frequency of making that drive. Whatever works for you guys.

Next week (and probably a few weeks after that), we'll be playing the other group of characters we've rolled up.

  • I play Jazeed, the cowardly cleric.
  • Derek plays Fiachra, an elven mage.
  • Jess plays Trog, a filthy street-urchin/monk/Fiachra's possible familiar.
  • Silverhair plays Virac, a half-orc-but-we-all-think-he's-human Runeblade, which Kirth wrote up in the rules.

Lots of niches to fill for that group.

Grand Lodge

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We could come up with alternate characters as well if that will work better Kirth.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
We could come up with alternate characters as well if that will work better Kirth.

Sure! If you wanted to make a couple of 2nd level characters, then we could work you in for any week you wanted to come, without difficulty -- you wouldn't need to coordinate your travel with our adventure progress that way. A ranger or barbarian (using the rewrites) sure would be nice...

Grand Lodge

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We'll take a look. If I can remake my Scout with the Ranger class, I might not have a problem with it.

Edit: Looks like Falandar is coming out of retirement. :) Unless I decide I really want to play Ardelaneu again...


TriOmegaZero wrote:
If I can remake my Scout with the Ranger class, I might not have a problem with it.

That was actually one of the explicit design goals for the new ranger -- check out the "Mobile Skirmisher" combat style and the Skirmish feat chain.


TriOmegaZero wrote:

We'll take a look. If I can remake my Scout with the Ranger class, I might not have a problem with it.

Edit: Looks like Falandar is coming out of retirement. :) Unless I decide I really want to play Ardelaneu again...

Just remember, these are my blankets! You can't have them without asking! And I won't share my cake! Unless it's already been thrown out. Then I will share it with you. If you're nice..


Trog wrote:
Just remember, these are my blankets! You can't have them without asking! And I won't share my cake! Unless it's already been thrown out. Then I will share it with you. If you're nice..

Blankets? You separate yourself from the night sky?

I swear, avatar selection is the hardest part of making new aliases...


Falandar Thornarrow wrote:


I swear, avatar selection is the hardest part of making new aliases...

Well, yeah, this avatar doesn't quite showcase exactly how handsome I really am...

Scarab Sages

Great, the elf gets another turn before me. My swordplay is going to get rusty!

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