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The kids found a trio of ancient golf tees buried in the yard.

Now I fear for the safety and sanctity of my yard.


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Evidently, I'm also afraid of clothing (that's where the Micronians hide...)


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captain yesterday wrote:
Evidently, I'm also afraid of clothing (that's where the Micronians hide...)

Hopefully looks for Micronians shagging in his sleeve

Damn!


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I just saw Salvatore at connecticon. He was doing autographs. I have a long history of hate for the man and am proud that I didn't say anything stupid, as his booth was diagonally across from mine and I had to stare at him all weekend.

{somewhere, somewhen, Salvatore tosses in a restless sleep, haunted by a vision of the unnamed Avatar of Ultimate Blackmanliness who stared silently at him throughout the Con. His unconscious self feels deep shame under the Avatar's stern and disappointed gaze. He awakens suddenly, not quite free of his fever dream, and begins writing his final Drizzizzizzzizz't book, "The Final Problem", with a strong focus on this mysterious, hauntingly handsome, new muse.

Chapter One begins, Salvatore discovers surprisingly, with expys of Alton Brown and Joss Whedon all "Rosencrantz-&-Guildenstern-ing it up", unaware they are both on a lethal date with a massive avalanche...}


Head throbbing. I really want to work on my Kingmaker army stats, but... blarg.


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It's really difficult to work really hard on something for someone you love, think you did a really bang up job on it, and they're pissed at you, because it isn't good enough, or right, or... I'm actually not sure what I did wrong. :-\


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At any rate, I've busted my ass the last two days for everyone else, without any tangible results, besides "Is that all"

At least my birthday is a little over two weeks away. It's always nice to know you haven't reached the bottom.

Yet.


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Sends CY cross-country hugs

But WE appreciate you, Captain Yesterday!

Go derail a thread. It'll make you feel better!


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I've been trying but everyone b~$@!es that I'm doing it wrong... :-\

*double checks calendar*

No, not my birthday.


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Is there a wrong way to derail a thread?


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Evidently, yes. :-)


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captain yesterday wrote:

How to derail a PFS thread in two easy steps.

1) ask "what is the best factions.
2) wait.

It's only a matter of time at that point.

~shakes my head~ You are doing it wrong!

~grins~


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captain yesterday wrote:

At any rate, I've busted my ass the last two days for everyone else, without any tangible results, besides "Is that all"

At least my birthday is a little over two weeks away. It's always nice to know you haven't reached the bottom.

Yet.

We'll sort you out with some pan pipes, a couple of skins of Retsina and a few nymphs (making sure the General doesn't find out about that bit). That ought to do the trick ;-)


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All kinds of interesting stuff I shouldn't be posting on FaWtL...

  • My halfling ranger got eaten by a sarcophagus in last night's game. This campaign continues to have the most creative near-death experiences I've seen... (The previous one being the tengu necromancer failing a DC 10 Climb check by more than 10. Quite a feat!)
  • Yesterday at the doctor's office AGAIN (thanks, Impus Major!), listening to a poor mother yet again falling through the cracks of our health care system. She and her husband were traveling this country for 6 months, got traveler's insurance and everything, but the insurance didn't cover vaccinations, which she didn't know until AFTER she'd gotten her child his required vaccinations and was facing a $450 charge.
    Angry much? Yep. But not a FaWtL topic, so I'll shut up on it.
  • Off camping with the boys in Sequoia in a couple of weeks. It's a very bittersweet place for us. I'm a lifelong backpacker/camper/cross-country skier, and the realities of parenthood and a full-time job with little vacation (18 days a year, 4 of which are taken by "mandatory time off") means I don't get to take them as often as I'd like. Back when my father was alive, we made absolutely sure to go to Yosemite or Sequoia every summer, and his final trip with us was a WONDERFUL trip to Sequoia with many, many great memories. We knew going in it was his last trip, so we made the most of it.
    I suspect there will be tears on the trip, but it'll be good.

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    If there is a worse torture then taking twelve year old girls to the mall, I haven't experienced it.


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    captain yesterday wrote:
    If there is a worse torture then taking twelve year old girls to the mall, I haven't experienced it.

    Chaperoning high school girls on field trips.

    Not that you'd EVER have to do that...
    ...oh... wait...


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    Tiny T-Rex hates Build-a-Bear with a passion.

    Evidently, stuffing your own animal robs it of the necessary magic.

    He refuses to even set foot in the place.

    I can't say I mind. :-)


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    They should make a Build-a-Plush-Dinosaur chain, with options for all the major groups. They'd make a killing.


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    Is TL OK? He posted that he had a headache yesterday, and now he hasn't favorited anything in almost 24 hours!

    I am deeply concerned...


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    Tiny T-Rex hates Build-a-Bear with a passion.

    Evidently, stuffing your own animal robs it of the necessary magic.

    He refuses to even set foot in the place.

    I can't say I mind. :-)

    My kids loved tormenting the mutilated, disemboweled bears, listening to their screams (sound devices) as they were impaled on spikes and filled with reanimating fluid.

    Or is that not how they were supposed to interpret the place?


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    Is TL OK? He posted that he had a headache yesterday, and now he hasn't favorited anything in almost 24 hours!

    I am deeply concerned...

    Hah! Thanks for checking up on me!

    In truth, Windows 10 has forced its way onto my computer, and I've spent days shutting off all the spyware helpful features and am still quite paranoid that it's collecting PID and passwords and stuff...

    As a result, I'm relegated to my phone only, at present.

    Also, Windows 10 is both advertising at me (in the Start menu, no less - not to mention the irritating ads in the new Word) and seems quite slow. Also they named their Siri-alike after a homicidal AI from Halo.


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    Oh! I kind of know Halo!

    Captain Yesterday fun fact: Halo 3 is one of the few games I've completed. :-)


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    captain yesterday wrote:

    Tiny T-Rex hates Build-a-Bear with a passion.

    Evidently, stuffing your own animal robs it of the necessary magic.

    He refuses to even set foot in the place.

    I can't say I mind. :-)

    My kids loved tormenting the mutilated, disemboweled bears, listening to their screams (sound devices) as they were impaled on spikes and filled with reanimating fluid.

    Or is that not how they were supposed to interpret the place?

    "dad! They hunt stuffed animals, and then make kids restuff them! They make me sick!" - Tiny T-Rex on Build-a-Bear


    Tacticslion wrote:
    . Also they named their Siri-alike after a homicidal AI from Halo.

    By the way, this isn't exaggeration, nor is it hyperbole. It's also not a coincidence or accident of nomenclature.

    Microsoft makes Halo. In one game, there is an AI. They are a villain and kill people - main antagonist. They named their AI helper thing after this AI.

    o.o

    captain yesterday wrote:

    Oh! I kind of know Halo!

    Captain Yesterday fun fact: Halo 3 is one of the few games I've completed. :-)

    I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but, uh..: just don't get Win10, and/or ignore what I've said.

    Silver Crusade

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    Sounds kind of like developing a house cleaning robot and calling it iRobot. :(


    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Sounds kind of like developing a house cleaning robot and calling it iRobot. :(

    More or less.

    The worst part? It started out helpful.
    >.>


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    I have a Mac, Windows 10 would only ruin it. :-)


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    My subscription and modules came today!

    Doom Comes To Dustpawn is definitely going to see double duty in both Iron Gods and my Gravity Falls edition of Rise of the Runelords I'm doing for my kids and nephews. :-)

    Bravo Badger!


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    I also got Fangwood Keep, Tomb of the Iron Medusa, and No Response from Deepmar. :-)


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    Tacticslion wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:

    Is TL OK? He posted that he had a headache yesterday, and now he hasn't favorited anything in almost 24 hours!

    I am deeply concerned...

    Hah! Thanks for checking up on me!

    In truth, Windows 10 has forced its way onto my computer, and I've spent days shutting off all the spyware helpful features and am still quite paranoid that it's collecting PID and passwords and stuff...

    As a result, I'm relegated to my phone only, at present.

    Also, Windows 10 is both advertising at me (in the Start menu, no less - not to mention the irritating ads in the new Word) and seems quite slow. Also they named their Siri-alike after a homicidal AI from Halo.

    There is a download out on the web that turns the Win 10 start bar into a Win 7 one. I found it very helpful to remove that annoying one and get the old one I liked back.


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    It is called Classic Shell. I use it all the time. Well worth downloading.


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    Aranna wrote:
    Tacticslion wrote:
    Also, Windows 10 is both advertising at me (in the Start menu, no less - not to mention the irritating ads in the new Word) and seems quite slow.
    There is a download out on the web that turns the Win 10 start bar into a Win 7 one. I found it very helpful to remove that annoying one and get the old one I liked back.

    Start 10 vs. Classic Shell review. Start 10 is $5 after 30 days, Classic Shell is freeware (but you can donate to them.)

    I adjusted pretty quick to the Win10 start menu, but under Win8/Win8.1 I used StartIsBack ($2.99 after 30 days). I liked it a lot and it was cheap, so I later bought it for my sister's desktop and sister-in-law's notebook.


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    Conversation with the kidlet tonight:

    Kidlet: I really like this [sleeping dragon] painting on your door. Why is the background brown?
    Me (half paying attention while playing a game on my phone) Because it's in a cave.
    Kidlet: But wouldn't that be grey?
    Me: Not all stone is grey. Some stone is brown.
    Kidlet: What if it were brick?
    Me: Then the dragon would be sleeping in an abandoned subway station.
    Kidlet: That's a big pile of treasure it's sleeping on. Is it very valuable? Are there any magic items?
    Me: No, not really. The dragon just really likes shiny things. It's not very good at assessing value. Most of that pile is just shiny junk. It's like a great big magpie.
    Kidlet: Does it sleep on metal for temperature regulation?
    Me: .... One, that's very good and exactly right. Two, good job knowing that I wouldn't paint a picture that didn't have a story behind it. You know me well.

    So, if nothing else I've taught the kid that there are no such things as random doodles. :P

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    Tacticslion wrote:
    Celestial Healer wrote:
    Sounds kind of like developing a house cleaning robot and calling it iRobot. :(

    More or less.

    The worst part? It started out helpful.
    >.>

    They always do.


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    lynora wrote:

    Conversation with the kidlet tonight:

    Kidlet: I really like this [sleeping dragon] painting on your door. Why is the background brown?
    Me (half paying attention while playing a game on my phone) Because it's in a cave.
    Kidlet: But wouldn't that be grey?
    Me: Not all stone is grey. Some stone is brown.
    Kidlet: What if it were brick?
    Me: Then the dragon would be sleeping in an abandoned subway station.
    Kidlet: That's a big pile of treasure it's sleeping on. Is it very valuable? Are there any magic items?
    Me: No, not really. The dragon just really likes shiny things. It's not very good at assessing value. Most of that pile is just shiny junk. It's like a great big magpie.
    Kidlet: Does it sleep on metal for temperature regulation?
    Me: .... One, that's very good and exactly right. Two, good job knowing that I wouldn't paint a picture that didn't have a story behind it. You know me well.

    So, if nothing else I've taught the kid that there are no such things as random doodles. :P

    I wish I was much better at sewing & crafts.


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    Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
    lynora wrote:

    Conversation with the kidlet tonight:

    Kidlet: I really like this [sleeping dragon] painting on your door. Why is the background brown?
    Me (half paying attention while playing a game on my phone) Because it's in a cave.
    Kidlet: But wouldn't that be grey?
    Me: Not all stone is grey. Some stone is brown.
    Kidlet: What if it were brick?
    Me: Then the dragon would be sleeping in an abandoned subway station.
    Kidlet: That's a big pile of treasure it's sleeping on. Is it very valuable? Are there any magic items?
    Me: No, not really. The dragon just really likes shiny things. It's not very good at assessing value. Most of that pile is just shiny junk. It's like a great big magpie.
    Kidlet: Does it sleep on metal for temperature regulation?
    Me: .... One, that's very good and exactly right. Two, good job knowing that I wouldn't paint a picture that didn't have a story behind it. You know me well.

    So, if nothing else I've taught the kid that there are no such things as random doodles. :P

    I wish I was much better at sewing & crafts.

    I especially like the three headed eldritch abomination. And the unicorn dragon. Most of those don't actually look that hard to make. Just very time consuming since so much of it would have to be hand sewn.


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    Normally my balcony looks like a nature preserve. But there haven't been any birds or small rodents all day. I haven't even heard any bird sounds outside. Just cicadas. :/


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    lynora wrote:
    Normally my balcony looks like a nature preserve. But there haven't been any birds or small rodents all day. I haven't even heard any bird sounds outside. Just cicadas. :/

    They probably ate the birds.


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    lynora wrote:

    Conversation with the kidlet tonight:

    Kidlet: I really like this [sleeping dragon] painting on your door. Why is the background brown?
    Me (half paying attention while playing a game on my phone) Because it's in a cave.
    Kidlet: But wouldn't that be grey?
    Me: Not all stone is grey. Some stone is brown.
    Kidlet: What if it were brick?
    Me: Then the dragon would be sleeping in an abandoned subway station.
    Kidlet: That's a big pile of treasure it's sleeping on. Is it very valuable? Are there any magic items?
    Me: No, not really. The dragon just really likes shiny things. It's not very good at assessing value. Most of that pile is just shiny junk. It's like a great big magpie.

    *checks piles of items strewn across his room* Dammit!


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    Tacticslion wrote:

    Hah! Thanks for checking up on me!

    In truth, Windows 10 has forced its way onto my computer, and I've spent days shutting off all the spyware helpful features and am still quite paranoid that it's collecting PID and passwords and stuff...

    As a result, I'm relegated to my phone only, at present.

    Also, Windows 10 is both advertising at me (in the Start menu, no less - not to mention the irritating ads in the new Word) and seems quite slow. Also they named their Siri-alike after a homicidal AI from Halo.

    I absolutely hate Win10. I ran the free "upgrade" for my office desktop at work and nothing operated properly afterward! Ran the system restore to go back to Win7, and I've been kill-boxing the Win10 ads ever since.

    "Better." "Get it now!" "Improved."

    Pfffft.

    I think there's a universally pervasive cognitive dissonance between the marketers/advertisers and the programmers/engineers over there. Not just "not on the same page", but one bunch is mired in the US Tax Code and the other is still cheering the novelization of that movie y'all know I hate.

    And on the other hand:
    Okay, I haven't played through Halo 5 because Xbox One's multiplayer requirements for that game are terrible, and I haven't had an opportunity to hijack a friend's console for a day to play through it, so I am definitely behind on the times. Is that where our AI allegedly goes murderous?


    Spoiler: see for yourself!


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    Well, I was having fun reading the "Election 2016" thread and learning all kinds of neat stuff, but it's finally snowballing into the train wreck we all knew it had to.

    But it's surprising how much you can learn by lurking on those threads before they explode. I highly recommend it! (Depending on your tolerance level, of course.)

    In other interesting tidbits, I find it fascinating that my "GM journals" (a very old Crimson Throne, then Rise of the Runelords, Wrath of the Righteous, and Serpent's Skull) are/were very popular (in the sense of lots of comments and favoriting), while the journals I write in the first person (Second Darkness, Mummy's Mask) are/were garnering no attention at all.

    Makes me wonder whether it's writing style, the APs in question, the location, or what-have-you.

    Interesting stuff all around!


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    sprays coffee everywhere as he scrambles to load the cannon.

    Damn, I wasn't expecting that.


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    Fritzy, Flaming Bike Artillery wrote:

    sprays coffee everywhere as he scrambles to load the cannon.

    Damn, I wasn't expecting that.

    Calm down, missy! Mister? Rodent?

    I didn't espouse any politics here!
    Rummages around for dog-eared, yellowed, FaWtL rules guide...
    Is even mentioning a political thread a sin?


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    Honestly, GM threads are always more interesting than player journals.

    I'm not really sure if it's writing style so much as a complete perspective and for comparison. A GM can say what they tweaked or changed, it's not as easy gathering that from the player's view. Ideally, it would be like UsePlanB's threads and have both GM perspective, and (ideally all) the player's interpretation. But you know how nearly impossible that can be. :-)


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    Fritzy, Flaming Bike Artillery wrote:

    sprays coffee everywhere as he scrambles to load the cannon.

    Damn, I wasn't expecting that.

    Calm down, missy! Mister? Rodent?

    I didn't espouse any politics here!
    Rummages around for dog-eared, yellowed, FaWtL rules guide...
    Is even mentioning a political thread a sin?

    I'm not sure, so I'm just going to fire at everything.


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    Fritzy, Flaming Bike Artillery wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:
    Fritzy, Flaming Bike Artillery wrote:

    sprays coffee everywhere as he scrambles to load the cannon.

    Damn, I wasn't expecting that.

    Calm down, missy! Mister? Rodent?

    I didn't espouse any politics here!
    Rummages around for dog-eared, yellowed, FaWtL rules guide...
    Is even mentioning a political thread a sin?

    I'm not sure, so I'm just going to fire at everything.

    easy fritzy. He's in the clear at the moment. Still, we thank you for your vigilance. Remember, only you can stop political fires.

    poses with smokey the bear


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    Sorry sir, the Bay haters elsewhere had me a little jumpy I guess.


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    Well, I was having fun reading the "Election 2016" thread and learning all kinds of neat stuff, but it's finally snowballing into the train wreck we all knew it had to.

    But it's surprising how much you can learn by lurking on those threads before they explode. I highly recommend it! (Depending on your tolerance level, of course.)

    In other interesting tidbits, I find it fascinating that my "GM journals" (a very old Crimson Throne, then Rise of the Runelords, Wrath of the Righteous, and Serpent's Skull) are/were very popular (in the sense of lots of comments and favoriting), while the journals I write in the first person (Second Darkness, Mummy's Mask) are/were garnering no attention at all.

    Makes me wonder whether it's writing style, the APs in question, the location, or what-have-you.

    Interesting stuff all around!

    You'd have had a lot more interaction in the MM thread, if I was on the computer-net instead of relegated to the phone-net. At least from me. :)

    As it is, I rarely remember to check anything other than the AMA (James/Mark/Me), and FaWtL, at present. Of course, that Cohen be E size daggummit autocorrect, stop helping so aggressively could be because my eldest has a birthday tomorrow and celebration thereof on Sunday...


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    LOL. But I think CY has the right of it -- I like campaign journals a lot more when the GM is piping up, saying, "And this is the thing they did that I didn't expect them to do, and this is how I adjusted the encounter" and then you get to read it from the player's point of view.

    I loved Useplanb's Rise of the Runelords for that -- all the different players posted, and Useplanb posted when he felt it needed clarification.

    Getting my other players/GM to post on the threads I start where I'm a player is like herding ill-tempered cats with epilepsy and an irrational hatred of keyboards...

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