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I have yet to run any AP/published module, at all. It's been nonstop homebrew for me as DM/GM since day one, nearly 25 years ago.

I only dare run sci-fi stuff in the Star Wars universe -- and I leave the Clone Wars/Empire/NJO eras **alone**. The Old Republic (as in post-Revan, pre-Reformation/Accords) is a fair bit safer: got at least 300 years of galactic history to fill in before you start to step on Star Wars: World of Warcraft. That's the time period in which my PbP is set.

Which I really need to post in . . . . Been a couple days . . . . Eh. Slow-paced game. I'll get to it in a minute.

Anyway, getting back to the homebrew angle:

For the past week, I've been developing a new portion of my fantasy campaign setting. I'm challenging myself a bit by working it in a more Middle-Eastern-esque environment -- equatorial desert. And I'm having a blast!! Pantheon, locations, politics, history, . . . all of it's just rolling out, almost as easily as it "should".

Seems I'm closing in on getting out of this slump. Which is good.

(Not) Coincidentally, I've been unemployed for that same past week, too . . . . Connected phenomena?

But a little Frank Herbert, some Edgar Rice Burroughs, and those weird tables in the GMG, and I'm off and running!

Now I just need to find out if I have enough players to actually run it.

EDIT: Which I can, and will, do naked. :)


yeah star wars is the only sci-fi I feel that I have ever ran a successful campaign. I also went with the old republic which I think its just a funner era to play with.


I was part of a great game set in the rebel era.
Just saying.


Where you horribly cut in half by Darth Vader or stuck on alderan at the wrong time? Otherwise I'm disappointed.


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I was part of a great game set in the rebel era.

Just saying.

I have no doubt! It's for two reasons that I avoid the "known" eras:

1) I still need the liberty of allowing my homebrew to show.
2) My regular Star Wars tabletop crew is even more intransigent about their/our varied opinions on that block of eras than I am here on FaWtL. Too many ways to do it wrong, frankly.


Hope you heal up soon, Van and Ayimi!

ALL (DE) and I finished off 'Beastmaster' last night (with Greek subtitles!) and drank more Polish mead - 'Kurpiowski', to be precise.


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My siblings are all homebrew snobs, I do not, as I'm willing to concede that there's some things I'm just not very good at.


I was trying to woo the General last night and she said she was tired so I asked her "Do you want to beat the kids at laser tag tomorrow or not"

Yeah, I got game.


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...k....


It leads to a more relaxing sleep.


OOOOOoooooOOOOOhhhhh


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Another line that works.

"Your smile is so bright it makes the sun look like an a+%+#~$"


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I'm like, a poet, or something.


... something.


It's probably a bad idea to hire a magician whose wife has no legs.


I got myself into this, and I'll get myself even deeper into this.

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After 2 days of chasing my BF in vain for comments over the pizza I baked last week...he looked into the fridge today, and found the pizza missing (aka his family helped him finish it). I say it serves him right for being a slowcoach, and I got comments from his mom instead, who said it was a little too salty. I think I'll cut down salt, and amount of ham(maybe I'll use strips instead of diced this time), and add more sugar to the tomato sauce, and probably use less tomato sauce.

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I don't even know how to start homebrewing >.<


Just a Mort wrote:
I don't even know how to start homebrewing >.<

Google "home brewing kit" and start there.

Oh, you probably meant homebrew RPG material, not beer.


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Long before Pathfinder, I desperately wanted to homebrew an Ankh-Morpork City Watch game. I was considering basing it roughly on Waterdeep and changing location names and throwing in familiar NPCs from the books, but I didn't really understand gaming well enough and I had never run a game before, so it seemed like too big a challenge.

Now that my kids are starting to get into the Discworld, however, it may be time to resurrect the idea, but as I see it, the first steps are:

1. Identify location in Golarion that would be a good fit for Ankh-Morpork. It's more-or-less supposed to be London-on-the-Inner-Sea, and I don't really see a good match with any Inner Sea locations, so need to explore other sectors of Golarion for a good fit.

2. Research chosen city for comparable locations to key places in the books.

3. Write up character sheets for PCs and NPCs.

4. Construct a plot.


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What about Absalom.


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Yes, Absalom seems to be a fitting place - melding pot of everything, center of trade and travel, etc.


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Need help with homebrew or adventure ideas?

Just go here.

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Converting various timezones of my applicants to GMT to vet on GM/player timezone compatibility ate the thoughts out of my head because of maths.


Just a Mort wrote:
Converting various timezones of my applicants to GMT to vet on GM/player timezone compatibility ate the thoughts out of my head because of maths.

more proof of Math's perfidy.


I think Cap and Drejk are spot-on. Hermione and Val loved the first book of Legacy of Fire but are finding the second book a little too dark, and I am having to expurgate a LOT.
After we finish House of the Beast, I think I just might go "light" for a bit and try this out.


I don't know whether it's just around here or whether it's a U.S.-wide phenomenon, but wow, is the service sector getting bad.

Without repeating my constant complaints about our inability to receive an accurate food order from any of the food delivery services around here, we turn our wrath to, of all companies, FedEx, a company whose very slogan is, "When is absolutely, positively has to be there overnight."

Their entire mantra is speed and reliability.

So Shiro was getting a delivery yesterday. He works, so he paid extra money directly to FedEx to have it delivered after work hours. That means that FedEx went out of its way to set up an entire infrastructure of evening drivers, evening warehouse workers, the IT staff had to set up an evening scheduling program, etc.

So...
(1) The package wasn't even picked up from their Tracy, CA facility (about a 2-hour drive from Shiro's house in rush-hour traffic) until 7:00 pm, meaning they were already running waaaaay behind before the evening even started.
(2) By the time we went to bed at 10:30 pm last night, the package hadn't arrived.

If you're going to pride yourself on on-time delivery and then let people schedule after-hour deliveries for an extra fee, you'd better darned well deliver.

Way to screw up, FedEx!


I do not care for Fed Ex.

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So far Fedex here is fine by me, but I haven't done off hours delivery service since I don't expect people to stay overtime to receive packages I send out anyway.

Ironfang Invasion Book 1 map prep complete.


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I was baited into delving into the pathfinder 2 discussions by Gorbacz and ended up betting on the goodness of humanity and then derailing the conversation with Brad Pitt movies.

Still got it!


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Well, today's going to be a bittersweet PITA, and I'll be both tremendously relieved and rather sad when it's over.

  • I promised to do a post-Crimson Throne wrap-up so that the group would have a chance to tie up all the loose ends: Choose a new monarch, tie up any dangling plot threads, decide whether and how their characters retire, etc. This would normally be a pleasant, lightweight day, but Whingey Wizzard is 100% guaranteed to turn it into a nightmare with complaints of, "But they wouldn't do that! No one would behave that way!" and the like.
    For context, a cleric of Shelyn did the impossible and redeemed a vampire. At which point WW's PC, playing completely in character, screwed the newly-redeemed vampire over anyway. Evil actions have repercussions, and this led to a trade embargo against Korvosa unless his PC went and formally apologized. Instead, the PC sent a sending, "What's in it for me?"
    So he's going to be upset that even his PC's mother and father won't speak to her. For my part, if you're a noble and your spoiled brat of a child brings down your entire House, they're no child of yours any more.
  • On the other hand, it is likely the last time I will ever GM WW for any reason, so there's cause for relief and celebration.
  • Plus, it's one more campaign off my list, giving me more time to work on home repair.
  • On the down side, it's the last time we'll see LM and WW before the move, so we're doing Al's Big Burger for lunch, hot chips and cheese, and a general send-off.
  • On the other hand, we're up in Oregon for Ashland every year or two, so I'm sure that we can coordinate a get-together when LM is visiting her mother and sister.
    Sorry, LM, we're not visiting Dallas.

  • Anyway, back to prep, since if I get a single thing wrong WW will hit the roof. (Another vote in favor of homebrew if you have time: That way you don't have to worry about one of your players Googling local politics and insisting you're wrong because you're violating canon in the way you're running things.)

    EDIT: Except, LM, our cuddler is arriving a month early, on Monday, so you might want to swing by just to take it for a spin.


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    Hey, NH, we will probably not get there until 2:30 or so... we picked up Whingey's serial killer van from the dealership this morning, they alleged that it had been really fixed this time (HAH!), he tried to drive it to the Soho to teach his last class, and it started to fail again.

    So he has to drop it back off at the dealership between his class and coming to your place. Val and I might wait for him here or we might just come to your place at the normal time and let him come when he can.


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    I don't mind retconning my own content for the sake of plausibility and the suspension of disbelief . . . . And I think the only time I've actually had to do so was because the PCs figured out an even *better* way to fuster-cluck themselves about 2/3 through a session. Fifteen minute break, ten minute re-recap, done!! It was more fun *their* way, than mine. Sold!!! :)

    Just because:
    My campaigns have fewer plot holes than Star Wars movies -- and I don't make ridiculous piles of money.


    lisamarlene wrote:

    Hey, NH, we will probably not get there until 2:30 or so... we picked up Whingey's serial killer van from the dealership this morning, they alleged that it had been really fixed this time (HAH!), he tried to drive it to the Soho to teach his last class, and it started to fail again.

    So he has to drop it back off at the dealership between his class and coming to your place. Val and I might wait for him here or we might just come to your place at the normal time and let him come when he can.

    OK. Thanks for letting us know!


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    It is gratifying to hire someone to do a job, have them quote what seems like an exorbitant price, OK it anyway, and then watch them surpass all your expectations.

    Our gardener quoted us $1000 to repair roughly 25 feet of fencing. So yeah, $40 a foot seems stupid-expensive to me, too. But we OK'ed it.

    And now I'm looking outside and he's tied up the latticework and jasmine that was on top of the fence to avoid damaging it, removed the old fence, dug holes, and poured concrete. And he's out there with pressure-treated fence posts (around $30 each), metal braces, new wood... basically all the stuff I'd have thought of and then some, all top-quality. He's spent at least $200 on materials, and he's taking his time to do everything right without damaging any of the surrounding foliage or structures.

    Paying for a good job and getting one makes NobodysHome happy.

    Is that really that hard of a concept?

    EDIT: Went to the studio and commented on it to NobodysWife and she said, "Oh, yeah, the two of them just spend a LOT of time leveling the fenceposts."
    Competent work. Worth. Every. Penny.

    EDIT 2: And why yes, I am looking forward to having Captain Yesterday come out next month and tell me how he would have done it better. 'Cause Captain Yesterday...


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    It is gratifying to hire someone to do a job, have them quote what seems like an exorbitant price, OK it anyway, and then watch them surpass all your expectations.

    Our gardener quoted us $1000 to repair roughly 25 feet of fencing. So yeah, $40 a foot seems stupid-expensive to me, too. But we OK'ed it.

    And now I'm looking outside and he's tied up the latticework and jasmine that was on top of the fence to avoid damaging it, removed the old fence, dug holes, and poured concrete. And he's out there with pressure-treated fence posts (around $30 each), metal braces, new wood... basically all the stuff I'd have thought of and then some, all top-quality. He's spent at least $200 on materials, and he's taking his time to do everything right without damaging any of the surrounding foliage or structures.

    Paying for a good job and getting one makes NobodysHome happy.

    Is that really that hard of a concept?

    EDIT: Went to the studio and commented on it to NobodysWife and she said, "Oh, yeah, the two of them just spend a LOT of time leveling the fenceposts."
    Competent work. Worth. Every. Penny.

    EDIT 2: And why yes, I am looking forward to having Captain Yesterday come out next month and tell me how he would have done it better. 'Cause Captain Yesterday...

    as the definition for the phrase "good job" varies, yes.


    Freehold DM wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:

    It is gratifying to hire someone to do a job, have them quote what seems like an exorbitant price, OK it anyway, and then watch them surpass all your expectations.

    Our gardener quoted us $1000 to repair roughly 25 feet of fencing. So yeah, $40 a foot seems stupid-expensive to me, too. But we OK'ed it.

    And now I'm looking outside and he's tied up the latticework and jasmine that was on top of the fence to avoid damaging it, removed the old fence, dug holes, and poured concrete. And he's out there with pressure-treated fence posts (around $30 each), metal braces, new wood... basically all the stuff I'd have thought of and then some, all top-quality. He's spent at least $200 on materials, and he's taking his time to do everything right without damaging any of the surrounding foliage or structures.

    Paying for a good job and getting one makes NobodysHome happy.

    Is that really that hard of a concept?

    EDIT: Went to the studio and commented on it to NobodysWife and she said, "Oh, yeah, the two of them just spend a LOT of time leveling the fenceposts."
    Competent work. Worth. Every. Penny.

    EDIT 2: And why yes, I am looking forward to having Captain Yesterday come out next month and tell me how he would have done it better. 'Cause Captain Yesterday...

    as the definition for the phrase "good job" varies, yes.
    I'd agree with you wholeheartedly there, except for the fact that I very clearly set my expectations such as:
  • "Use all-new materials"
  • "Do not purchase anything from Home Depot, as I am personally boycotting them and will cheerfully pay you for your time and effort to shop elsewhere"
  • and have people routinely ignore me and re-use old rusty screws or buy a load of craptastic lumber from Home Depot, present me with the receipt, and expect to be reimbursed for a job that's obviously going to fall apart in 2-3 years.

    I can understand the concept of "good" being subjective.

    I cannot understand the concept of, "Do it this way and I will pay whatever it costs to have you do it that way," and have them NOT DO IT THAT WAY, without even a, "I cannot do it that way because xxx."


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    Wow, FedEx... wow...

    Shiro called in to find out where his package was, and they said it wouldn't arrive until frigging Tuesday. So he asked, "So you made me pay extra so my package could be four days late?!?!?" and the person honestly said, "Yes, because..." <logistics mumbo-jumbo>

    So he demanded to speak with a manager, and got delivery re-scheduled... to today between 5:00 and 8:30 pm.

    Meaning that our day is now:
    - Hi and Shiro come over for a 2:30-3:30 pm going-away party for WW and LM
    - Shiro drives home from 3:30-4:30 pm
    - We do our final session with him remote, because FedEx

    Congratulations, FedEx! You've been added to "the list"!


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    Fires of Creation wrapped up. Should be able to get in a couple sessions of Lords of Rust before we resume Savage Tide.

    Shadow Lodge

    It begins.


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    Fast forward to around the four minute mark for some proper bass

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    I hate having to fill AP plotholes and to be honest I'm not good with keeping track of timelines and stuff. Or describing scenery/combat scenes(as in blow for blow). The results will be clear enough etc. I try to do things to the best of my ability though.

    We're also in the epilogue phase of my gestalt Strange Aeons game.

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    Does anyone know how to get paizo to fix a bugged gameplay thread because I typed in something there, then pressed delete and now I can't type anything there now?

    I sent an email to customer service already, even posted here


    *Sighs, while sniffling on the edge of tears*

    I f@*#ing hate being alone.

    Booze helps, but only temporarily.

    Yea I'm drunk, but it dulls the senses.

    I miss Kile...

    *Picks up Mort, hug her to his chest and nuzzles her between her ears*

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    *nuzzles Cover Turtle as well*

    Cover Turtle, I think you need to keep yourself busy. I'm generally so busy that I don't have time to think about myself being alone.


    The best Tip I can give you for home brewing is read a lot of fantasy.


    So whats everyone up to tonight? provided you know anyone is up.

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    I love fantasy! The problem is I'm kinda busy with various distractions like improbable island, hearthstone, slay the spire, baking pizza,cleaning fishtanks and all that. We're gonna bake pizza again!

    And I just spent $19.00 on pizza ingredients. Geez pizza making doesn't come cheap.

    The culprit was the grated mozarella. $6 per 250g.

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    My brother also got to AZ international market place in Phoenix, so his kitchen now has Milo, Oyster sauce, chilli paste, sake and Dark soy sauce


    Nice yeah I have to do odd trips sometimes for ingredients too. I guess I'm more creative in the kitchen then the other locals.

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