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*gets dressed* :) :P :) !!!


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I have a question but let me set it up first.

I am a middle age male who started gaming way back in the early 80s. It has been a few years since I have been able to game at the table. For the first time in my life I feel the "magic" of it all is quickly disappearing. I want to get that "magic" back but there is such an age difference any more its difficult to find a new group. So..

How do I get the "Magic" back?


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If you have a game store near you, check their message board. Get the information for the ones that seem promising. Talk to the GM and ask to observe a session or two. If the game looks like it might suit you, ask to sit in, if there's room and everyone approves. This is the method I used to get back into gaming after a ten-year-long "dry spell" that followed my brother's suicide in '97. Hope this advice helps.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
If you have a game store near you, check their message board. Get the information for the ones that seem promising. Talk to the GM and ask to observe a session or two. If the game looks like it might suit you, ask to sit in, if there's room and everyone approves. This is the method I used to get back into gaming after a ten-year-long "dry spell" that followed my brother's suicide in '97. Hope this advice helps.

Been there done that bought the T-shirt and gave it away. I am from the old days where we did not have internet to connect us with gaming so yah I have done that. Thank you for the gesture though.


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What about a one off adventure and try to make your character based on a t.v. or movie character.

Or just something weird.

For instance, Doom Comes To Dustpawn has an awesome 50s sci-fi feel to it.

Basically something completely different from what you usually do. :-)


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Are you interested in a PbP, Raven Moon?

Is it the suspension of disbelief you're missing? Or is it just the predictability of party/combat dynamics? I'm not totally sure which bit of the "magic" it is that's lacking for you . . . .


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They're illusions.

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Obligations. We all have them.


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Raven Moon wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
If you have a game store near you, check their message board. Get the information for the ones that seem promising. Talk to the GM and ask to observe a session or two. If the game looks like it might suit you, ask to sit in, if there's room and everyone approves. This is the method I used to get back into gaming after a ten-year-long "dry spell" that followed my brother's suicide in '97. Hope this advice helps.
Been there done that bought the T-shirt and gave it away. I am from the old days where we did not have internet to connect us with gaming so yah I have done that. Thank you for the gesture though.

No, I meant the physical, corkboard messageboard. The type where GMs would pin paper advertisements to it.


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If you lived by Wisconsin, problem solved.

Especially since we're playing Iron Gods right now.

"Can we eat the robot?" "No" "I take the wires" "oh, I take an arm" "I'm going to make a weapon out of it's head"


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Don't mind me...


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Sharoth wrote:
Don't mind me...

Hilarious! :)


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Captain Yesterday's Cautionary Tale Time!

If you happen to work at a toy store, and you get your sick child a toy whilst checking your weekly schedule. They will forever more expect a toy when you return from checking your weekly schedule. And you'll hear a near constant stream of "...And on the fourth day you check your schedule I want this toy...".

Moral of the story: Tell your kids you work at a strip club or for the mob, anything except that you work at a toy store.


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Let us in to Vilna, you gits. We have a Mysterious Priest to find.


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Kajehase wrote:
Felt more like eastern philosophy (the world is suffering, the Matrix = a veil obscuring the real world, Morpheus as a bodhisatva), with added Messianic-figure, to me. But YMMV.

That is gnosticism in a nut shell: lesser world we live in is a creation of a demiurge and tainted by his evil, there is a higher, more real world that is accessible to those who reach enlightenment (i.e. gnosis), there are people who moved further toward the enlightenment who can help others along the path. The demiurge is served by archons who stand in the way of those seeking enlightenement.


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Wasn't that also the plot to Threes Company.


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Cap'n Yesterday's Wack Storytim wrote:

Captain Yesterday's Cautionary Tale Time!

If you happen to work at a toy store, and you get your sick child a toy whilst checking your weekly schedule. They will forever more expect a toy when you return from checking your weekly schedule. And you'll hear a near constant stream of "...And on the fourth day you check your schedule I want this toy...".

Moral of the story: Tell your kids you work at a strip club or for the mob, anything except that you work at a toy store.

Of course, if you tell them you work in a strip club, they may want you to bring something else home with you. At least, when they get older.


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Not the strip clubs around here. *shudder*


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Battlewrought are back with a huge boom! Sieger, a battlewrought living siege engine...


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I can't remember where but I remember reading somewhere that there is really only about 17 give or take original stories in the world and everything is just a variation of those 17.


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With how busy school has been and everything else going on, I realized I've neglected the Carrion Crown recaps since Ashes at Dawn!


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Playing Risen 3 sets my mind on some kind of fantasy pirate camapaign...


I look forward to it, Icy!

Crosspots stravaganza:

Though my computer must be shut down from storms, I will post to keep this in "recent posts" to be able to easily find it again!

Question of the Day: Do you ever do similar weird strategies to keep things you might otherwise "lose" in computer tabs or similar?


Copy web addresses to text files.


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I use a bookmark bar.

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I snickered. Twice.

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Damn straight Mr. Lincoln. I'm good now.


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Are you interested in a PbP, Raven Moon?

Is it the suspension of disbelief you're missing? Or is it just the predictability of party/combat dynamics? I'm not totally sure which bit of the "magic" it is that's lacking for you . . . .

Whats missing is hard to explain. Its is part disbelief, part predictability and part something ethereal I guess. For example a few of the movies I have seen lately just did not feel as fantastic as they would have been to me a few years ago. Assassins Creed is one. It was ok but nothing special. On the opposite end of the scale Stranger Things was a very good show and gave me the spark of magic I have been looking for. Much of it though I think may just be that I have not been able to find a new group that I fit well with and I am afraid it may be my age that is part of the problem. I am closer to the age of the parents than the gamers and in some cases Im older than the parents. So here I am in a conundrum, I can almost feel the magic of the fantastic, science fiction or action adventure vanishing, evaporating, bleeding out.

I do have compounding circumstances involved as well. Like concentration on reading or attention span or even short term memory issues. So in short I need to find a good game that is vivid and allows me to get creative and grow a character as well.


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No, I meant the physical, corkboard messageboard. The type where GMs would pin paper advertisements to it.

Thats what I was meaning. IM old school that was the first thing I check and continue to check.


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Oh fun, two hours at a kindergarten birthday party.

At one of those mega indoor playground in a warehouse on the edge of town places.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

REI took lots of my money. Like, $570 of my money.

I now have:

Vasque brand hiking boots

A Marmot brand tent

An REI brand collapsible chair

A sleeping pad

A package of topographic maps of the Yosemite area

A UTM grid reader

A book on foot and leg care for hikers

An emergency poncho

An extra large water bottle

I also got some pack straps and an army blanket from Amazon.

So, who wants to guess what I'm doing this Spring Break?

Hiking through Yosemite. Not even a guess, really.
...Maaaybe
Well, wherever you go, have fun and be safe. Stick to the marked hiking trails. A remote place, like the one where you may be going is no place to twist an ankle. I was in the Infantry, so I know all about hiking long distances ( A.K.A. The road march ). And avoid any unstable-looking terrain. This is the best advice I can give you without knowing anything more specific. Oh, and be sure to carry a good first aid kit. One that includes instruments for dealing with snakebites.

First aid kit. Good idea. I should buy one.

Thanks for the advice. I'm not totally inexperienced (I did live in the mountains of rural Montana for a while), but it's been entirely too long, and I'm so far out of practice now. And parts of Yosemite will be particularly dangerous this March, now that we have some real snow again.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

REI took lots of my money. Like, $570 of my money.

I now have:

Vasque brand hiking boots

A Marmot brand tent

An REI brand collapsible chair

A sleeping pad

A package of topographic maps of the Yosemite area

A UTM grid reader

A book on foot and leg care for hikers

An emergency poncho

An extra large water bottle

I also got some pack straps and an army blanket from Amazon.

So, who wants to guess what I'm doing this Spring Break?

Hiking through Yosemite. Not even a guess, really.
...Maaaybe
Well, wherever you go, have fun and be safe. Stick to the marked hiking trails. A remote place, like the one where you may be going is no place to twist an ankle. I was in the Infantry, so I know all about hiking long distances ( A.K.A. The road march ). And avoid any unstable-looking terrain. This is the best advice I can give you without knowing anything more specific. Oh, and be sure to carry a good first aid kit. One that includes instruments for dealing with snakebites.

First aid kit. Good idea. I should buy one.

Thanks for the advice. I'm not totally inexperienced (I did live in the mountains of rural Montana for a while), but it's been entirely too long, and I'm so far out of practice now. And parts of Yosemite will be particularly dangerous this March, now that we have some real snow again.

Well, Infantry Basic sticks with you a veeeery long time. :)


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Only an hour left, the other parents are already bored talking to each other and hovering over their respective children.

Tiny T-Rex and a couple of girls are having fun sans parents. :-)


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

REI took lots of my money. Like, $570 of my money.

I now have:

Vasque brand hiking boots

A Marmot brand tent

An REI brand collapsible chair

A sleeping pad

A package of topographic maps of the Yosemite area

A UTM grid reader

A book on foot and leg care for hikers

An emergency poncho

An extra large water bottle

I also got some pack straps and an army blanket from Amazon.

So, who wants to guess what I'm doing this Spring Break?

Hiking through Yosemite. Not even a guess, really.
...Maaaybe
Well, wherever you go, have fun and be safe. Stick to the marked hiking trails. A remote place, like the one where you may be going is no place to twist an ankle. I was in the Infantry, so I know all about hiking long distances ( A.K.A. The road march ). And avoid any unstable-looking terrain. This is the best advice I can give you without knowing anything more specific. Oh, and be sure to carry a good first aid kit. One that includes instruments for dealing with snakebites.

First aid kit. Good idea. I should buy one.

Thanks for the advice. I'm not totally inexperienced (I did live in the mountains of rural Montana for a while), but it's been entirely too long, and I'm so far out of practice now. And parts of Yosemite will be particularly dangerous this March, now that we have some real snow again.

Well, Infantry Basic sticks with you a veeeery long time. :)

Tell me about it. I made it about halfway through Navy basic training before they decided I just had too many medical problems, and despite not even completing it, I can still remember it pretty clearly years later. Makes one hell of an impression.


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Twenty minutes left, thank goodness!


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I had a recruiter try to get me to join the armed forces by telling me Twisted Sister used to be in the Army.

This was in 1993.

Naturally, being seventeen (and grungy) I had a nice long laugh and walked away.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:


Tell me about it. I made it about halfway through Navy basic training before they decided I just had too many medical problems, and despite not even completing it, I can still remember it pretty clearly years later. Makes one hell of an impression.

Yes. Nothing makes quite an impression as several DIs yelling at you 18-19 hours a day for at least 8 weeks.

Edit: P.S. Break in your boots beforehand.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Edit: P.S. Break in your boots beforehand.

This.


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Also get one of those GPS tracking thingy, can't be too careful in the wild, especially in spring. :-)


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captain yesterday wrote:
Also get one of those GPS tracking thingy, can't be too careful in the wild, especially in spring. :-)

Learn to use a map and compass, batteries die and signals fade.


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Raven Moon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Also get one of those GPS tracking thingy, can't be too careful in the wild, especially in spring. :-)

Learn to use a map and compass, batteries die and signals fade.

One of my university majors is Geography, and I had to take a geographic techniques class that covered that very subject. I wouldn't say I'm the best navigator ever, but I can read a topographic map and use a sighting compass well enough not to end up horribly lost in the wilderness. I'm bringing 4 topographic maps, 2 compasses, and a UTM grid reader.


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Finally got around to making my gingersofts today! They are tasty, but not as soft as I'd hoped. The fiancee suggests cutting them a bit thicker than the suggested 1/4" next time. Thanks again Gran Rey!

Also, I am looking for suggestions for a best-of-Paizo AP. Specifics here.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Raven Moon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Also get one of those GPS tracking thingy, can't be too careful in the wild, especially in spring. :-)

Learn to use a map and compass, batteries die and signals fade.

One of my university majors is Geography, and I had to take a geographic techniques class that covered that very subject. I wouldn't say I'm the best navigator ever, but I can read a topographic map and use a sighting compass well enough not to end up horribly lost in the wilderness. I'm bringing 4 topographic maps, 2 compasses, and a UTM grid reader.

Just make sure you don't give the map to the one a*%&$&* stupid enough to think it'd be funny to throw it in the stream. It didn't work on The Blair Witch Project, and it certainly won't work stalking Chris Pratt across the set of Jurassic World 2, or "Yellowstone National Park" if you really insist on the charade. :-)


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captain yesterday wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Raven Moon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Also get one of those GPS tracking thingy, can't be too careful in the wild, especially in spring. :-)

Learn to use a map and compass, batteries die and signals fade.

One of my university majors is Geography, and I had to take a geographic techniques class that covered that very subject. I wouldn't say I'm the best navigator ever, but I can read a topographic map and use a sighting compass well enough not to end up horribly lost in the wilderness. I'm bringing 4 topographic maps, 2 compasses, and a UTM grid reader.
Just make sure you don't give the map to the one a#@+++$ stupid enough to think it'd be funny to throw it in the stream. It didn't work on The Blair Witch Project, and it certainly won't work stalking Chris Pratt across the set of Jurassic World 2, or "Yellowstone National Park" if you really insist on the charade. :-)

Nice to see I'm not to only one who constantly says Yellowstone when they mean Yosemite.


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D'oh!


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Come on, guys. You're letting me down. Or am I the only one that remembers postings made less than five pages ago?


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Well, it's almost midnight EST. I'm tired, so I'm turning in. Good night, everyone.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
Come on, guys. You're letting me down. Or am I the only one that remembers postings made less than five pages ago?

I don't even remember what I said five posts ago, much less pages. :-)


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Finally got around to making my gingersofts today! They are tasty, but not as soft as I'd hoped. The fiancee suggests cutting them a bit thicker than the suggested 1/4" next time. Thanks again Gran Rey!

You're welcome. Though I wonder why they weren't soft. They always came out soft and chewy for me, but then again I always suspected the oven at my old apartment ran cooler than what it was set at. Maybe that's why.


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captain yesterday wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Come on, guys. You're letting me down. Or am I the only one that remembers postings made less than five pages ago?
I don't even remember what I said five posts ago, much less pages. :-)

Huh? What? Who are you people? Get off my lawn!!!

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