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Taking over GM duties for Treppa's pbp ( well, I did receive permission ). I may not post on other threads as often as I had.

Edit: *Gets dressed* Damn me for not paying attention to the page breaks.


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How does one get involved in play by post? Would y'all recommend?


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DAY THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


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Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
How does one get involved in play by post? Would y'all recommend?

First, you get a post. Most people will tell you that a 4"x4" is plenty big enough, but I find that a 6"x6" is much better. Then you carve your stats into it with a chisel, make sure it's plenty sharp so your writing is legible. I think you can figure it out from there.


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Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
How does one get involved in play by post? Would y'all recommend?

First, join a recruitment thread. Roll up a character using the stated guidelines. If your character is accepted, post as that character in the Gameplay thread. It just so happens that I have a slot available. Here's the Campaign Info, if you're interested.


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When you're finished, stat out your character in a consistent manner. You can use my PC, Jared Haesford, as an example on how to do this.

Edit: By the way, please post your character development in the discussion thread. I'll help you get your character ready.


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Crapmonkeys! NH, are you online?
I'm trying to level up Norathar on WW's computer and it's telling me that I've overspent my skill points. But they were the level 14 skill points I spent at your house... I haven't added level 15 points yet! What time do I need to arrive with the kids in order to do a quick-and-dirty level up for Nora at your place?


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John Napier 698 wrote:

When you're finished, stat out your character in a consistent manner. You can use my PC, Jared Haesford, as an example on how to do this.

Edit: By the way, please post your character development in the discussion thread. I'll help you get your character ready.

Thankyou for all of you're advice :) but I don't think I'm going to do that. I don't particularly want to play a commoner.


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Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
Anything more than 32 ounces of beer, or its equivalent, and I run the risk of severe migraine-like hangovers. And that includes the nausea.

Ounces of beer O.o

America is weird. Why not measure it in like a classic measure of liquid?

I'm so confused now.

I'm going to have to google ounces to pounds and pounds to kilograms to work out how many liters of beer 32 ounces is just so that I can be nosy.

Jeez minding my own business never seemed like less work.

Liquid ounces.

A standard beer bottle in the US is 12 Fluid Ounces, or 3/4 of a pint.
32 ounces would be two pints.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Crapmonkeys! NH, are you online?

I'm trying to level up Norathar on WW's computer and it's telling me that I've overspent my skill points. But they were the level 14 skill points I spent at your house... I haven't added level 15 points yet! What time do I need to arrive with the kids in order to do a quick-and-dirty level up for Nora at your place?

(1) Yes, I'm up

(2) I suspect I gave you the "Fast Learner" feat so you get both a skill point and a hit point per level, and your Hero Labs doesn't have it (Advanced Race Guide, I believe)
(3) I'd just ignore the limit and go your level over (so 15 over). That would match the feat. Then e-mail/post it and we can go over it once you're here.

This morning is going to be chaos for me (prepping beyond the Star Tower, Impus Major homework, and a Costco run), but if you show up around 12-1 I can have Impus Minor help with the kids and you can double-check your stuff.


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Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:

When you're finished, stat out your character in a consistent manner. You can use my PC, Jared Haesford, as an example on how to do this.

Edit: By the way, please post your character development in the discussion thread. I'll help you get your character ready.

Thankyou for all of you're advice :) but I don't think I'm going to do that. I don't particularly want to play a commoner.

That's okay. My advice still holds. Let me know if there's anything you need help or advice with.

However, I do have an idea for a Starfinder campaign if you're interested in that.


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I don't feel familiar enough with starfinder as yet to know what to play or how to play it. But thanks for the offer.


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I have a Shirren Solarian who's tactics and fighting style I may or may not have modelled after Deadpool.

And I certainly wouldn't make a Ysoki Soldier based on Rocket Raccoon.

Edit: Oh, we're still talking PbP, I don't do that.


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I'm finding the whole experience very intimidating I must say.


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Play-by-post is somewhat like tabletop gaming. It just takes longer. Here's a thread that has much useful advice. Not that I'm pushing you. As a GM, I feel the need to present information to players as needed.


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I recommend giving play by post a try. The pace is way too slow for me, but a lot of people do get a kick out of it.

On greek stuff, the best telling of The Odyssey is the Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

"Uuaghmf, my hair!"


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

I recommend giving play by post a try. The pace is way too slow for me, but a lot of people do get a kick out of it.

On greek stuff, the best telling of The Odyssey is the Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

"Uuaghmf, my hair!"

(whispered) "We! Thought! You! Was! A! Toad!"

Loved it.
John Goodman was perfect as the Cyclops.


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Crapmonkeys! NH, are you online?

I'm trying to level up Norathar on WW's computer and it's telling me that I've overspent my skill points. But they were the level 14 skill points I spent at your house... I haven't added level 15 points yet! What time do I need to arrive with the kids in order to do a quick-and-dirty level up for Nora at your place?

(1) Yes, I'm up

(2) I suspect I gave you the "Fast Learner" feat so you get both a skill point and a hit point per level, and your Hero Labs doesn't have it (Advanced Race Guide, I believe)
(3) I'd just ignore the limit and go your level over (so 15 over). That would match the feat. Then e-mail/post it and we can go over it once you're here.

This morning is going to be chaos for me (prepping beyond the Star Tower, Impus Major homework, and a Costco run), but if you show up around 12-1 I can have Impus Minor help with the kids and you can double-check your stuff.

Yeah, that would be it.

I tried to get it done but WW's laptop was not the pinnacle of efficiency (and this is the machine he's trying to "fix up" for me) and I couldn't manage it before we had to be at the ballet school. But I'm fairly certain where I *want* to spend my points and feats, so it should be pretty quick even for me.


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"Well, I guess I can have peacock wings" - Tiny T-Rex, shopping for parts of his Halloween costume, a ghost with ghostly wings.


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Crapmonkeys! NH, are you online?

I'm trying to level up Norathar on WW's computer and it's telling me that I've overspent my skill points. But they were the level 14 skill points I spent at your house... I haven't added level 15 points yet! What time do I need to arrive with the kids in order to do a quick-and-dirty level up for Nora at your place?

(1) Yes, I'm up

(2) I suspect I gave you the "Fast Learner" feat so you get both a skill point and a hit point per level, and your Hero Labs doesn't have it (Advanced Race Guide, I believe)
(3) I'd just ignore the limit and go your level over (so 15 over). That would match the feat. Then e-mail/post it and we can go over it once you're here.

This morning is going to be chaos for me (prepping beyond the Star Tower, Impus Major homework, and a Costco run), but if you show up around 12-1 I can have Impus Minor help with the kids and you can double-check your stuff.

Yeah, that would be it.

I tried to get it done but WW's laptop was not the pinnacle of efficiency (and this is the machine he's trying to "fix up" for me) and I couldn't manage it before we had to be at the ballet school. But I'm fairly certain where I *want* to spend my points and feats, so it should be pretty quick even for me.

I have *so* many spare laptops lying around it's not even funny. Let's get the specs on that one and I'll see what I've got that might be better...

(My desktops go to Hi for parts, but every time someone's done with a laptop, they seem to feel that for some reason *I* should have it. And since I'm a pack rat, they just accumulate in a pile.)


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lisamarlene wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:

I recommend giving play by post a try. The pace is way too slow for me, but a lot of people do get a kick out of it.

On greek stuff, the best telling of The Odyssey is the Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

"Uuaghmf, my hair!"

(whispered) "We! Thought! You! Was! A! Horny! Toad!"

Loved it.
John Goodman was perfect as the Cyclops.

Indeed, and what a great soundtrack! Though you forgot an important bit there. ;)


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In case anyone wanted to follow the many adventures of Jojo Applesauce, a travelling courier with a bullet lodged in his head and a taste for vengeance in his... not head.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
The Game Hamster wrote:

How bad were those things?

They sounded strange, but I never tried one...

... bad.

I delight in Lucky Charms cereal, enjoy Fruit Loops cereal, and love vanilla milkshakes.

Blending vanilla milkshakes with either of those two things is just... awful.

You know how those cereals can be unpleasantly overwhelming when either they're too sugary, or they're stale? Or that overwhelming effect when milkshakes get a little "off" either with milk or other stuff?

Both of those milkshakes have all of the above problems at the same time. It's so overbearingly heavy and painfully sweet and disturbingly stale and blech.

There are mildly pleasant flavors associated - it's not the worst experience of my life, by any means; and, fortunately, it's not saccharine. But it's a hard experience to get through. It's just so much harshness for so little enjoyment. Like, two sips, and I was done. And then left with this huge cup. Even my kids didn't enjoy too much of it. Even now, just thinking about getting one is... not pleasant.

Some may well like it. It's just... not great.

...which is why Shiro needs one.

It's what he gets for saying, "Hey, let's go see Troy!"

I liked troy.

It made about as much historical sense as 300. which is to say you got to watch cute boys swing swords and "swords" around.

And leap up in the air, displaying taut, toned thighs in little leather skirts, and miraculously not getting stabbed somewhere very inconvenient.

On another note, when are they going to make 'Nicki Minaj: Warrior Princess', eh?

hitting someone in the air with a sword is surprisingly difficult. A longstick or spear serves soooooooo much better.

Polearms are better in most circumstances, it's true.

However, earlier this year, I was fighting a Polish woman with a longsword (I had sword & buckler) and she kept doing this move where she leapt up, twirled the sword around her head and cut at me. I found it reasonably easy to deflect the cut with my buckler and then whack her when she was descending, stepping in as I did so. I won the fight, anyway.

Generally, jumping up in the air is a bit silly, IMO, as you expose so much of your person to your opponent.


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I recommend a Falchion.

If it's good enough for Morgan Freeman to keep Kevin Costner's bewitching cheeks at bay, imagine what you can do without Kevin Costner there.


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Crapmonkeys! NH, are you online?

I'm trying to level up Norathar on WW's computer and it's telling me that I've overspent my skill points. But they were the level 14 skill points I spent at your house... I haven't added level 15 points yet! What time do I need to arrive with the kids in order to do a quick-and-dirty level up for Nora at your place?

(1) Yes, I'm up

(2) I suspect I gave you the "Fast Learner" feat so you get both a skill point and a hit point per level, and your Hero Labs doesn't have it (Advanced Race Guide, I believe)
(3) I'd just ignore the limit and go your level over (so 15 over). That would match the feat. Then e-mail/post it and we can go over it once you're here.

This morning is going to be chaos for me (prepping beyond the Star Tower, Impus Major homework, and a Costco run), but if you show up around 12-1 I can have Impus Minor help with the kids and you can double-check your stuff.

Yeah, that would be it.

I tried to get it done but WW's laptop was not the pinnacle of efficiency (and this is the machine he's trying to "fix up" for me) and I couldn't manage it before we had to be at the ballet school. But I'm fairly certain where I *want* to spend my points and feats, so it should be pretty quick even for me.

I have *so* many spare laptops lying around it's not even funny. Let's get the specs on that one and I'll see what I've got that might be better...

(My desktops go to Hi for parts, but every time someone's done with a laptop, they seem to feel that for some reason *I* should have it. And since I'm a pack rat, they just accumulate in a pile.)

Use the parts and build your own Cluster.


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Who the hell's brilliant idea was to restrict scale bars in ArcGIS Pro maps to either miles or kilometers? I'm producing a small survey map, for which meters would be the perfect scale because I'm looking at an area 250 meters at its widest. I have to use kilometers, a scale that is really not appropriate to the map. If this were the older ArcMAP 10.4, I could set the scale bar to use whatever measurement I want. But in this shiny new software, I can't change unit of measurement at all, and each scale bar template only comes in a kilometer version and a miles version.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Who the hell's brilliant idea was to restrict scale bars in ArcGIS Pro maps to either miles or kilometers? I'm producing a small survey map, for which meters would be the perfect scale because I'm looking at an area 250 meters at its widest. I have to use kilometers, a scale that is really not appropriate to the map. If this were the older ArcMAP 10.4, I could set the scale bar to use whatever measurement I want. But in this shiny new software, I can't change unit of measurement at all, and each scale bar template only comes in a kilometer version and a miles version.

Since I program, I'll tell you who had the asinine idea. It's the fault of some manager with a shiny new MBA who's never written a line of code in his or her entire life.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
The Game Hamster wrote:

How bad were those things?

They sounded strange, but I never tried one...

... bad.

I delight in Lucky Charms cereal, enjoy Fruit Loops cereal, and love vanilla milkshakes.

Blending vanilla milkshakes with either of those two things is just... awful.

You know how those cereals can be unpleasantly overwhelming when either they're too sugary, or they're stale? Or that overwhelming effect when milkshakes get a little "off" either with milk or other stuff?

Both of those milkshakes have all of the above problems at the same time. It's so overbearingly heavy and painfully sweet and disturbingly stale and blech.

There are mildly pleasant flavors associated - it's not the worst experience of my life, by any means; and, fortunately, it's not saccharine. But it's a hard experience to get through. It's just so much harshness for so little enjoyment. Like, two sips, and I was done. And then left with this huge cup. Even my kids didn't enjoy too much of it. Even now, just thinking about getting one is... not pleasant.

Some may well like it. It's just... not great.

...which is why Shiro needs one.

It's what he gets for saying, "Hey, let's go see Troy!"

I liked troy.

It made about as much historical sense as 300. which is to say you got to watch cute boys swing swords and "swords" around.

And leap up in the air, displaying taut, toned thighs in little leather skirts, and miraculously not getting stabbed somewhere very inconvenient.

On another note, when are they going to make 'Nicki Minaj: Warrior Princess', eh?

hitting someone in the air with a sword is surprisingly difficult. A longstick or spear serves soooooooo much better.

Polearms are better in most circumstances, it's true.

However, earlier this year, I was fighting a Polish woman with a longsword (I...

jumping is incredibly important. It is a matter of how it is done. Jumping on someone in the middle of a fight can be incredibly effective.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
I've read the Odyssey but not the Iliad :/

I went to a university where they thought "Greek Life" meant plunging first-years head-first into Greek verse, Greek drama, and Greek philosophy, regardless of major, and making us read every damned page.

There was rather a lot of stabbing.

That sounds... amazing.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

I recommend giving play by post a try. The pace is way too slow for me, but a lot of people do get a kick out of it.

On greek stuff, the best telling of The Odyssey is the Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

"Uuaghmf, my hair!"

This is objectively true.

lisamarlene wrote:

(whispered) "We! Thought! You! Was! A! Toad!"

Loved it.
John Goodman was perfect as the Cyclops.

You messed the quote up!

... but that's fair, considering. XD

Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Indeed, and what a great soundtrack! Though you forgot an important bit there. ;)

... or I could just be ninja'd by about three years. That's fine. That's fine.

EDIT: Also, yes, that soundtrack is... it's just... so good. Sacred music like down to the river is still enough to genuinely worship to, while the other is just so daggum fun.


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NH WHAT DID YOU DO
WHAT DID YOU DO NH
WHY DO I HAVE...

... dang it.

(Thank you.)


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I found Rocket Raccoon #1 at the local Vinnies, and boy is it hilarious.

What have I been missing all these years.


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Cap'n Siskel, FaWtLy Critic wrote:

I found Rocket Raccoon #1 at the local Vinnies, and boy is it hilarious.

What have I been missing all these years.

Apparently you've been missing the adventures of a smart-ass raccoon.

I'm guessing that's what is in there anyways, all I know of Rocket is from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.


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Tacticslion wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
I've read the Odyssey but not the Iliad :/

I went to a university where they thought "Greek Life" meant plunging first-years head-first into Greek verse, Greek drama, and Greek philosophy, regardless of major, and making us read every damned page.

There was rather a lot of stabbing.

That sounds... amazing.

It was.

And I absolutely did not appreciate it at the time.

And then I went back and re-read much of it as an adult and was amazed.


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On my course we only had one module for Greek and it was Greek mythology and theatre so for semester one we did Greek mythology and then other mythology like the Norse mythology, the mabanigyion (no way I spelt that right), Arthurian, Hebrew and Grimm tales. Then in Semester two we started with Greek theatre and ended with Arturo ui


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I'd have done more on that but then I think I'd have done more on almost every module :/ except the diss prep modules, but they were something one could actually finish. Mythology wasn't really.

That module I described above was initially obligatory but the recently fused the lit and Lang course cause Lang was under subscribed. As a result it's now an elective so lit students may not do that module which feels tragic to me.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Chromantic Durgon <3 wrote:
I've read the Odyssey but not the Iliad :/

I went to a university where they thought "Greek Life" meant plunging first-years head-first into Greek verse, Greek drama, and Greek philosophy, regardless of major, and making us read every damned page.

There was rather a lot of stabbing.

That sounds... amazing.

It was.

And I absolutely did not appreciate it at the time.

And then I went back and re-read much of it as an adult and was amazed.

why...did we not go to this same college?! I would have kept you entertained by cosplaying EVERY DAY and reenacting battle scenes!

I would also attempt to talk you into reenacting scenes from the 60s take on the bacchae with me and local sororities.

For thespian/historical accuracy purposes.

Of course.


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Who here loves robotech again? And what size are you? I think you're a medium. Are you a medium?


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Large is better, but medium fits.


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Yesterday was definitely one of those, "Seriously, people?" moments. I feel I owe lisamarlene an apology, but I don't know that I could have done much.

We were all at the house by 1:30 pm.
We didn't start gaming until 4:30 pm.

Why? Because 3 of the 6 players hadn't leveled up, nor even thought about what they were going to do for their level-ups, for the last 2 weeks.

So yes, life has been extremely busy and hectic for the lot of us. New jobs, emergency surgeries, illnesses, and the like. I'm totally OK when life gets in the way of gaming. Such is the nature of things. On the other hand, not even pondering, "Hmmm, I wonder what feats/spells/skills I should take at my next level-up" until you're there on game day is a bit disrespectful to the other players who are sitting there waiting to do something.

It's hard to vent too much, because the last couple of weeks have been crazy, but considering it was a 8 1/2-hour session that only involved about 2 1/2 - 3 hours of actual gaming, I figure lisamarlene has earned a ventfest.

EDIT: And I'll openly admit: The "oops, we released a graveknight in Magnimar and it committed a bunch of murders before leaving. We'd better go catch it and clean up after ourselves" was supposed to be an interesting, SHORT sidequest, but it ended up taking over 90 minutes of indecision before they finally decided that they were just going to go to his destination and wait for him. Sometimes, you try to throw in something "short and interesting" and it ends up being "long and disappointing". C'est la vie.


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lisamarlene wrote:

And I absolutely did not appreciate it at the time.

And then I went back and re-read much of it as an adult and was amazed.

This describes the majority of my youth v. now interactions.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Yesterday was definitely one of those, "Seriously, people?" moments. I feel I owe lisamarlene an apology, but I don't know that I could have done much.

We were all at the house by 1:30 pm.
We didn't start gaming until 4:30 pm.

Why? Because 3 of the 6 players hadn't leveled up, nor even thought about what they were going to do for their level-ups, for the last 2 weeks.

So yes, life has been extremely busy and hectic for the lot of us. New jobs, emergency surgeries, illnesses, and the like. I'm totally OK when life gets in the way of gaming. Such is the nature of things. On the other hand, not even pondering, "Hmmm, I wonder what feats/spells/skills I should take at my next level-up" until you're there on game day is a bit disrespectful to the other players who are sitting there waiting to do something.

It's hard to vent too much, because the last couple of weeks have been crazy, but considering it was a 8 1/2-hour session that only involved about 2 1/2 - 3 hours of actual gaming, I figure lisamarlene has earned a ventfest.

EDIT: And I'll openly admit: The "oops, we released a graveknight in Magnimar and it committed a bunch of murders before leaving. We'd better go catch it and clean up after ourselves" was supposed to be an interesting, SHORT sidequest, but it ended up taking over 90 minutes of indecision before they finally decided that they were just going to go to his destination and wait for him. Sometimes, you try to throw in something "short and interesting" and it ends up being "long and disappointing". C'est la vie.

This sounds like my adult life.

EDIT: wait, when did you edit?? Uh... huh. That changes the message/tone a lot. Eh, I'll just note that my life is in no way disappointing. XD


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Tacticslion wrote:

This sounds like my adult life.

EDIT: wait, when did you edit?? Uh... huh. That changes the message/tone a lot. Eh, I'll just note that my life is in no way disappointing. XD

Well, there were two big problems with the session:

(1) The aforementioned 3-hour delay just to get started
(2) It was one of those sessions where everyone else waits for someone to make a decision, so there was a huge amount of sitting around doing nothing while waiting for someone to decide to do something

I think my favorite moment was when Nora (lisamarlene's PC) jumped into the unknown-pit-o-doom just to do something, and even after they determined that she had survived and it was a viable way to get to the next level, they spent around 45 minutes trying to NOT do that.

I appreciated the very cautious, sensible roleplay. "Just because she made it down doesn't mean it's safe. Let's be careful."
But after hours and hours of previous delays there was a huge part of me that just wanted to say, "OK, you're down! Now get moving!"
But enough of them were enjoying the "puzzle" that I kept my mouth shut.


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I was told I'm doing aliases wrong.

Kids today ain't got no respect.


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Hello! My wife and I are driving to Asheville to take our youngest spawn to lunch and to see Kingsmen in celebration of their 21st birthday. I think I’m now officially old. :)

PS I’m not driving. Posting and driving would have been irresponsible.


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I was told I'm doing aliases wrong.

Kids today ain't got no respect.

If you’re happy with it, then you’re doing it right. But you don’t need me to tell you that.


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I've seen worse.


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No, you're cool, my dude! I meant that it changes the tone of my post - you need feel no shame in editing!

I understand how those kinds of sessions go.

Intimately!

In our one-on-one game, last night, I (rather innocently) asked her about a potential course of action to my wife. She (already exhausted from a really long week of late nights and early days) fell asleep debating what to do about it. Twice. I finally just suggested she not, this morning, and went ahead and described the scene as if she didn't.

The problem was, I'd thought my question was an easy, "yes" because it seemed like she'd been doing that thing the whole time; she took a very different view, though, and thought that I was suggesting she do something really out of character, and had been puzzling over doing totally in-character action (it was surprising to me, though now I understand her reasoning) which made the idea not even remotely sensible to her, or following the GM's "suggestion" (which, in my view, was, "the same thing you've done every time; I'm checking as a formality/to remind you just in case you've forgotten since our last interruption"-thing). I'd have been surprised but perfectly fine if she'd said, "No." - in fact, that's easier on me. But because she thought I really wanted to do thing "A"...

And, you know, I've done effectively the same. Though my problem tends to be over-bearing tenacity - if I've established a thing as, "I can do this!" for whatever reason, it seems really hard to allow myself to be unable to do that thing, even if it's revealed that it's beyond my ability, in-character. (Ex: "I can totally take on this lich: Mano-E-Mano; solo; all by my lonesome! Yeah, I'm level seven; so what?!")

Players can get really strange things in their heads, trying to inhabit the head-space of themselves and their characters and trying to be character authors, while they interact with a rules system - it can be a mess.

I'm sorry it was disappointing!

* Our game sessions are often interrupted by our kids, after they've gone to bed, or texts from work or family, or bathroom breaks, or unconsciousness - look, we play when we can...!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

This sounds like my adult life.

EDIT: wait, when did you edit?? Uh... huh. That changes the message/tone a lot. Eh, I'll just note that my life is in no way disappointing. XD

Well, there were two big problems with the session:

(1) The aforementioned 3-hour delay just to get started
(2) It was one of those sessions where everyone else waits for someone to make a decision, so there was a huge amount of sitting around doing nothing while waiting for someone to decide to do something

I think my favorite moment was when Nora (lisamarlene's PC) jumped into the unknown-pit-o-doom just to do something, and even after they determined that she had survived and it was a viable way to get to the next level, they spent around 45 minutes trying to NOT do that.

I appreciated the very cautious, sensible roleplay. "Just because she made it down doesn't mean it's safe. Let's be careful."
But after hours and hours of previous delays there was a huge part of me that just wanted to say, "OK, you're down! Now get moving!"
But enough of them were enjoying the "puzzle" that I kept my mouth shut.

Well, with Whingey Wizzard actually having a QUASI-LEGITIMATE EXCUSE for not having leveled up for the first time ever, I more or less expected that part of the delay.

But the sheer number of times I wanted to scream, "WHO CARES! WHO CARES WHAT THE RANDOM SPELL YOU'RE CONSIDERING ACTUALLY DOES! YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO USE MAGIC MISSILE, GLITTERDUST, OR SOME KIND OF FLIGHT SPELL ANYWAY! JUST PICK ONE AND LET'S GET STARTED!"
But the food was good enough to keep my temper in check.
The main reason Nora jumped into the pit was because she was feeling a bit ineffectual. It was obvious we had to go down there, and if the AP calls for us being down there, then there was a pretty decent chance I was going to survive it. And if not, well... I was bored. But it was a total rookie move to realize on the way down, "Oh, wait, I had a rope in my pack."
Nora needs a ranged weapon that actually does, oh, *damage*.
The worst part of the fight with Slimer's Embarrassing Uncle was knowing that (a) I wasn't going to do more than irritate him like a tiny mosquito unless I closed for a melee attack, and (b) that was very likely going to kill me. And Nora suddenly realized that she had unfinished business and on reflection wasn't quite ready to die yet after all.


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