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Oh don't get me started on interviews. Statistically the worst way to decide if an employee is a good fit.

Just because I showed up to the interview nekkid!


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Yo, seriously, what is with the recent influx of political talk?

Look, I even agree with those people talking, but I thought that was Rule #1 of FaWtL.

If it doesn't stop, I'm gonna bring up religion and sports.

I suspect they realize with Fritzy (me) preoccupied with the ridiculous weather he's been besieged by.

Also, in fairness to Fritzy, it's impossible to keep follow FaWtL when you're working 15-21 hours straight and then have to make sure your kids make it to the bus stop.

In fairness to myself, I didn't say anything political, just being realistic.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
I hate getting reference together for an application or resume. Do people really care about these things?

Not if you put "I can shave an angry bear with a skid loader" on your application. Personally, if someone put that on their application I'd want to confirm it, but for me it just means everyone makes me drive a skid loader during my interview.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
I hate getting reference together for an application or resume. Do people really care about these things?
Of course. It's to see if you know the right people.
Ah yes I am familiar with the "good ol boy" System... sigh.

Unfortunately for you, you "know" me. Therefore you are f$!%ed.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
I hate getting reference together for an application or resume. Do people really care about these things?
Not if you put "I can shave an angry bear with a skid loader" on your application. Personally, if someone put that on their application I'd want to confirm it, but for me it just means everyone makes me drive a skid loader during my interview.

Next time you put that on an application be sure to list "Bear, Angry" on your reference list.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Vidmaster7 wrote:
I hate getting reference together for an application or resume. Do people really care about these things?
Not if you put "I can shave an angry bear with a skid loader" on your application. Personally, if someone put that on their application I'd want to confirm it, but for me it just means everyone makes me drive a skid loader during my interview.
Next time you put that on an application be sure to list "Bear, Angry" on your reference list.

That would be lying.

Unless it's Grizz, Panda, or Ice Bear, bears don't have phone numbers.


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It's -15 degrees out (not the wind chill), what am I doing? I'm going to go for a three mile walk for groceries.

Don't worry, I'll be properly bundled up, with absolutely no exposed skin.

Unfortunately, that means I'm wearing 30 pounds of winter gear, which is one of the reasons I love spring and summer.

Edit: My mistake, turns out it's -21 degrees outside (not the wind chill).


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
I hate getting reference together for an application or resume. Do people really care about these things?

It's weird seeing other people's responses to this. I've been on hiring committees for 18+ years now, and we've never once called a reference. Because if you can't find 3 people willing to talk about what a great person you are, then it's likely you're not going to be able to make it through an hourlong interview without proving the point. And former employers are useless, because they're all too terrified of lawsuits to say anything other than, "So-and-so was a fantastic employee", even if you find out later that they were fired for gross incompetence.

So no, we don't bother with references, ever. And in all my years of being asked to BE a reference for someone, I've been called once, and it was an unfortunate call.

"So, so-and-so put you on their resume as a reference."
"Oh, did they? It's rather unfortunate that they didn't tell ME about that."
"Oh, they didn't?"
"Nope."


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And yeah, the only interviews I've done that were worth a lick were the ones where we were interviewing for teaching positions, and our interview was, "You have 10 minutes to teach us something new, and then 10 minutes afterwords for a Q&A to answer our questions."

Wow, can you spot a bad teacher a mile away if you take that approach.


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Also, a belated and big thank you to the person who donated to the GoFundMe, it is a big, big help at this sensitive time.


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captain yesterday wrote:

It's -15 degrees out (not the wind chill), what am I doing? I'm going to go for a three mile walk for groceries.

Don't worry, I'll be properly bundled up, with absolutely no exposed skin.

Unfortunately, that means I'm wearing 30 pounds of winter gear, which is one of the reasons I love spring and summer.

Edit: My mistake, turns out it's -21 degrees outside (not the wind chill).

all that.

AND MILKMAIDS?!

UNFAIR!

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*hugs Freehold*


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captain yesterday wrote:

It's -15 degrees out (not the wind chill), what am I doing? I'm going to go for a three mile walk for groceries.

Don't worry, I'll be properly bundled up, with absolutely no exposed skin.

Unfortunately, that means I'm wearing 30 pounds of winter gear, which is one of the reasons I love spring and summer.

Edit: My mistake, turns out it's -21 degrees outside (not the wind chill).

all that.

AND MILKMAIDS?!

UNFAIR!

I suppose you don't want to know how the General and I kept warm last night then.


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NobodysHome wrote:

And yeah, the only interviews I've done that were worth a lick were the ones where we were interviewing for teaching positions, and our interview was, "You have 10 minutes to teach us something new, and then 10 minutes afterwords for a Q&A to answer our questions."

Wow, can you spot a bad teacher a mile away if you take that approach.

My interview for Toys R Us they asked me to find one toy on the shelf beforehand to talk about, I found three toys and then went off for ten minutes about how much my kids loved each one.

I was hired immediately after.


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captain yesterday wrote:
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captain yesterday wrote:

It's -15 degrees out (not the wind chill), what am I doing? I'm going to go for a three mile walk for groceries.

Don't worry, I'll be properly bundled up, with absolutely no exposed skin.

Unfortunately, that means I'm wearing 30 pounds of winter gear, which is one of the reasons I love spring and summer.

Edit: My mistake, turns out it's -21 degrees outside (not the wind chill).

all that.

AND MILKMAIDS?!

UNFAIR!

I suppose you don't want to know how the General and I kept warm last night then.

... she put you in a vat of milk over a low flame?


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captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

It's -15 degrees out (not the wind chill), what am I doing? I'm going to go for a three mile walk for groceries.

Don't worry, I'll be properly bundled up, with absolutely no exposed skin.

Unfortunately, that means I'm wearing 30 pounds of winter gear, which is one of the reasons I love spring and summer.

Edit: My mistake, turns out it's -21 degrees outside (not the wind chill).

all that.

AND MILKMAIDS?!

UNFAIR!

I suppose you don't want to know how the General and I kept warm last night then.
... she put you in a vat of milk over a low flame?

In a way.


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Every time you talk, NH, I want to work for you. You exist in some parallel universe where corporations are run with common sense, and rules have reasonable meaning behind them beyond ridiculous "this is how we've always done it" nonsense, and humans are more than resources, and...just...parallel universe stuff.

Sometimes I think FaWtL is a nexus of universes whereupon we all communicate with alternative realities.

Are you hiring?


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Every time you talk, NH, I want to work for you. You exist in some parallel universe where corporations are run with common sense, and rules have reasonable meaning behind them beyond ridiculous "this is how we've always done it" nonsense, and humans are more than resources, and...just...parallel universe stuff.

Sometimes I think FaWtL is a nexus of universes whereupon we all communicate with alternative realities.

Are you hiring?

LOL. You only envy it because you do not comprehend how mind-bogglingly frustrating it is.

Imagine working for a company where *no one* is required to adhere to the standards; people just do whatever they heck they feel like, so you have things like (all true):
- An application where different pages use different wildcards for their searches
- An application where the same item is called different things on different pages
- Chapters of a book so vastly different that the book seems like it had been ripped from 8 different sources and glued together... poorly
- QA is done through scripting only, so when you navigate to a page it might come up half-rendered because the script doesn't have eyes, so if it could programmatically click the button and the HTML didn't generate any errors, it passed the page.

Now, add on to that the fact that it is impossible to fire someone once you've hired them. We tried. The guy got transferred to another department. 10 years ago. And he's still working for them!

So every time you're asked to work with someone outside of your immediate peer group, you wince and wonder just how bad it will be. We know people who sit and do nothing for two months at a time, constantly saying, "Well, we can't get started until xxx happens" because they know xxx is the very last thing that'll get taken care of.

So yes, I don't have to deal with the nonsense you complain about: I am not required to work 9-5 whether or not I have something to do. I am not required to do stupid, pointless things "because it's the way we've always done things."

But I care about the quality of my work. And that puts me in the vast, VAST minority here at Global Megacorporation, leading to an infinite series of tiny little cuts to my soul as I learn that one more apathetic employee has done one more appalling thing in our application or our documentation, and just doesn't care, and will never be brought to task for it.

It's really not a whole heck of a lot better, if you care at all about the quality of your work.

EDIT: And the *BIG* thing about what I do is that I have been lucky enough to get to choose my managers. And I have chosen well. I work well with my managers, and they are sensible people whose approach to management is, "If you get your work done on time and do a good job of it, then I don't give a rat's patootie what you do with the rest of your time."

Notice that CY is reporting the same kind of success at his job.

Show up. Do a good job. Get a good manager. If your manager's bad, don't stick around. You'll find a good manager eventually.

EDIT 2: And no, all our hires are in India right now, which is really depressing. Culturally, they're not a good fit for what we do, and economically, they start off costing 25-33% of what we do, but they demand 20% raises every year or they walk, because the industry is so hot in India right now. So we choose not to hire at all rather than get a rotating door of temporary staff who walk out on us every year.


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I've had a few good managers, but unfortunately, their manager was a piece of s~*$ every single time that happened.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
I've had a few good managers, but unfortunately, their manager was a piece of s&*~ every single time that happened.

My VP (my manager's manager) is the one who made our annual holiday party a competitive potluck, where she judged you based on how good she thought the food you brought was. She's also the one whose idea of "team building" was having her entire organization go to pull weeds at the Oakland Zoo in the height of the summer heat.

My manager protected us from her long enough for me to build a reputation. Now my VP fears me, and apologizes to me when she needs to disturb me. It's a good place to me.

And yeah, I ignore all her invitations.


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Yeah, see, when my boss's boss was an idiot, he also was a power-hungry d~#+!ole who refused to allow his own moronic opinion to be influenced by underlings he thought to be beneath him. Consequently, there was no "protecting anyone from Dave" (Real name - f#&~, I'll give you his last name if you want. That guy's a s$@+head.)

Reputation or not, he was like Dunbarton from F is for Family.

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NobodysHome wrote:

I was very excited to find my old Battle Angel Alita graphic novel so I could read it before James Cameron’s movie comes out next month...

...but re-reading it, it’s really not that great of a story.

Amazing ideas. Fantastic world. Mediocre storytelling and art. I still look forward to seeing what Cameron does with it; I’ve loved MOST of the movies he’s done...

I already have a ladies night planned when it hits the theaters.

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captain yesterday wrote:

It's -15 degrees out (not the wind chill), what am I doing? I'm going to go for a three mile walk for groceries.

Don't worry, I'll be properly bundled up, with absolutely no exposed skin.

Unfortunately, that means I'm wearing 30 pounds of winter gear, which is one of the reasons I love spring and summer.

Edit: My mistake, turns out it's -21 degrees outside (not the wind chill).

I love winter, but that would be a bit much, even for me.


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Woran wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

It's -15 degrees out (not the wind chill), what am I doing? I'm going to go for a three mile walk for groceries.

Don't worry, I'll be properly bundled up, with absolutely no exposed skin.

Unfortunately, that means I'm wearing 30 pounds of winter gear, which is one of the reasons I love spring and summer.

Edit: My mistake, turns out it's -21 degrees outside (not the wind chill).

I love winter, but that would be a bit much, even for me.

It was actually a nice walk. And I even went in to work for a few hours afterward.


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NobodysHome wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
I've had a few good managers, but unfortunately, their manager was a piece of s&*~ every single time that happened.

My VP (my manager's manager) is the one who made our annual holiday party a competitive potluck, where she judged you based on how good she thought the food you brought was. She's also the one whose idea of "team building" was having her entire organization go to pull weeds at the Oakland Zoo in the height of the summer heat.

My manager protected us from her long enough for me to build a reputation. Now my VP fears me, and apologizes to me when she needs to disturb me. It's a good place to me.

And yeah, I ignore all her invitations.

So, like 79 degrees.

Or is that the summer it got up to 80.


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Taking a road trip today.

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Oh, man, I'm so sorry, my friend. Please feel free to PM me or Discord me or whatever, if you need to talk. God bless you and your family, and you are all in my prayers.


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It pleases me that the kids have started playing a massive board game at the table instead of playing online video games all day. They're getting together every day and playing hours and hours of Scythe.

I even love the basic premise: In the middle of WW I, Tesla created technology that ended the war and put the Slavic nations in position to conquer the world.

My only issue is the countries they chose:
- Russia (obvious)
- Poland (good second choice)
- Finland/Norway/Sweden (I'm OK with this, though the natives might protest)
- Crimea (I'm not familiar with eastern European history; were they really that significant back then?)
- Scotland. WTF?!?!?!

How did Scotland sneak into this game?!?!?!!?

Even the kids laugh about it.


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captain yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
I've had a few good managers, but unfortunately, their manager was a piece of s&*~ every single time that happened.

My VP (my manager's manager) is the one who made our annual holiday party a competitive potluck, where she judged you based on how good she thought the food you brought was. She's also the one whose idea of "team building" was having her entire organization go to pull weeds at the Oakland Zoo in the height of the summer heat.

My manager protected us from her long enough for me to build a reputation. Now my VP fears me, and apologizes to me when she needs to disturb me. It's a good place to me.

And yeah, I ignore all her invitations.

So, like 79 degrees.

Or is that the summer it got up to 80.

The saddest thing is that your sarcasm is pretty much dead-on.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Taking a road trip today.

** spoiler omitted **

Oh, man, I'm so sorry, my friend. Please feel free to PM me or Discord me or whatever, if you need to talk. God bless you and your family, and you are all in my prayers.

Diswho now?


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NobodysHome wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
I've had a few good managers, but unfortunately, their manager was a piece of s&*~ every single time that happened.

My VP (my manager's manager) is the one who made our annual holiday party a competitive potluck, where she judged you based on how good she thought the food you brought was. She's also the one whose idea of "team building" was having her entire organization go to pull weeds at the Oakland Zoo in the height of the summer heat.

My manager protected us from her long enough for me to build a reputation. Now my VP fears me, and apologizes to me when she needs to disturb me. It's a good place to me.

And yeah, I ignore all her invitations.

So, like 79 degrees.

Or is that the summer it got up to 80.

The saddest thing is that your sarcasm is pretty much dead-on.

I lived in Seattle for four years, it's pretty much the same climate.


'Dis DaWtL, baby~!

That's who!

Also:

One of the most adorable things I've seen today (it's over a year old, but, eh, it's new to me).

(For CY: it's a young lady buying a big Porg. To most in general: I tend to recommend her videos - they're pretty funny. This one is just adorable. I have not watched all of her videos, and they can be long and rambly, but she has a dry deadpan humor that's pretty excellent in most cases. I often laugh, even if I like the thing she doesn't.)


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Discord. Chat program. Often used for gaming platforms, and very popular for TTRPG as well, both PbP and voice modulated. Also great for free phone calls, though I suppose video-chat with Skype and Facetime and such are more convenient than that. I've also been told it is Steam-like as a module for purchasing games.

I only found out it was a thing a few months ago.

I've heard rumor there's a FaWtL server, but such secrets are beyond my ken.


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Oh, I know what it is, but (almost) every time I ask that someone has to explain it to me, which is why I ask, to see who it is.

I'm surprised, usually it's Tac or John.

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NobodysHome wrote:

It pleases me that the kids have started playing a massive board game at the table instead of playing online video games all day. They're getting together every day and playing hours and hours of Scythe.

I even love the basic premise: In the middle of WW I, Tesla created technology that ended the war and put the Slavic nations in position to conquer the world.

My only issue is the countries they chose:
- Russia (obvious)
- Poland (good second choice)
- Finland/Norway/Sweden (I'm OK with this, though the natives might protest)
- Crimea (I'm not familiar with eastern European history; were they really that significant back then?)
- Scotland. WTF?!?!?!

How did Scotland sneak into this game?!?!?!!?

Even the kids laugh about it.

Well, if it changes history during the first world war period, the russian civil war of 1917 probably wouldnt happen, leaving the region intact and quite powerfull.


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Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

It pleases me that the kids have started playing a massive board game at the table instead of playing online video games all day. They're getting together every day and playing hours and hours of Scythe.

I even love the basic premise: In the middle of WW I, Tesla created technology that ended the war and put the Slavic nations in position to conquer the world.

My only issue is the countries they chose:
- Russia (obvious)
- Poland (good second choice)
- Finland/Norway/Sweden (I'm OK with this, though the natives might protest)
- Crimea (I'm not familiar with eastern European history; were they really that significant back then?)
- Scotland. WTF?!?!?!

How did Scotland sneak into this game?!?!?!!?

Even the kids laugh about it.

Well, if it changes history during the first world war period, the russian civil war of 1917 probably wouldnt happen, leaving the region intact and quite powerfull.

Yes, but I was unaware that Scotland was involved in the Russian civil war.


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Troops from the British Empire did intervene in the Russian civil war, so it's pretty likely that Scots were involved. (The Middlesex Regiment were there as well. There was a mutiny. Longears were in the Middlesex Rgt. Did they mutiny? I don't know, but I hope so.)

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Late in coming, but my condolences to you and your family, Freehold.


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Question for Freehold:

If you look at this page, my graphic novel aligns with the English-language volume 1, and here's the Google search that shows it.

Considering I can't read Japanese, is that the one I should be reading?

(Reading the Wikipedia page, it looks like the graphic novel volume 1 stops just short of where it actually starts getting good. So this is tempting me quite a bit, but I don't want to get ripped off by the typical, "Oh, this is popular now, so let's release some fan crap that's remotely related to the original.")

Shadow Lodge

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I made a monster. Please feedback =)

Gremlin, Furbith:
This creature is about the size of a small cat and resembles a wingless owl, with oversized eyes and a tiny, recessed beak. Feline ears almost twice the size as should be expected grow from the top of its dome-shaped body, and coil in strangely prehensile motions around nearby objects as it gazes up at you adoringly.

Gremlin, Furbith (CR 1)
XP 400
LE Tiny fey

Init +4; Senses darkvision 120 ft., low-light vision; Perception +4; Aura glamour (30 ft., will DC 15)

DEFENSE

AC 17, touch 16, flat-footed 13 (+4 Dex, +1 natural, +2 size)
hp 4 (1d6)
Fort +0, Ref +6, Will +4
DR 5/cold iron; SR 12

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee bite +4 (1d2–3)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks garble, link, obsession
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 1st; concentration +5)
At will—ghost sound, open/close, prestidigitation

STATISTICS

Str 4, Dex 18, Con 10, Int 14, Wis 10, Cha 20
Base Atk +0; CMB +3; CMD 10
Feats Ability Focus (link), Deceitful(B), Persuasive(B), Weapon Finesse(B)
Skills Bluff +11 (+15 Feign Harmlessness or Perform Inconspicuous Action), Diplomacy +11, Disguise +11, Escape Artist +8, Intimidate +11, Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +8, Stealth +16, Use Magic Device +9; Racial Modifiers +4 Bluff (when using Feign Harmlessness or Perform Inconspicuous Action options)
Languages Mimicry, Sylvan

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Garble (Su): Once every 1d4 rounds, as a standard action a furbith can release a barrage of collected words, sounds, noises, phonemes, and random nonsense collected with its Mimicry ability. Those who fail a Will save (DC 15) are Dazed for one round. Creatures charmed by the furbith's Glamour are unaffected by this ability. This is a mind-affecting confusion effect, and the save is Charisma-based.

Glamour (Su): Furbith exude a strange aura that affects different people in different ways. Upon first encountering the gremlin, its glamour attempts to present the creature as harmless, defenseless, and cute, in need of care and protection. Those who fail a will save (DC 15) against the aura are charmed by the furbith for 1d4+1 rounds, and under usual circumstances will attempt to protect it from harm and remove it from the area of conflict, then once it is safe and the battle is over will devote themselves to ensuring the furbith's continued well-being, so long as they continue to fail the save (and/or are persuaded of the furbith's harmless nature and need for assistance, which it will often supplement with Bluff checks). This is a mind-affecting charm effect, and the save is Charisma-based.

If the save is successful, the affected target is forever immune to the charm aspect of that particular furbith's glamour, but the secondary effect is activated instead. On the following round, another save (at the same DC) must be made, but this time as the furbith's appearance becomes something menacing, haunting, and uncanny, making it appear dangerous and threatening despite its small size to that viewer. Failing this safe causes the target to become shaken for 1d4+1 rounds. This is a mind-affecting fear effect. A successful save against this effect renders the target immune to that particular furbith's glamour's fear effect for 24 hours.

Mimicry (Ex): A furbith speaks Sylvan naturally but rarely uses its normal language, instead opting to communicate in a pidgin combination of words, phonemes, sentence fragments, noises, and sounds it has heard in its immediate surroundings. It copies these various sounds completely and perfectly, and can precisely mimic any voice it has ever heard. Furbith can always understand one another, regardless of the languages used during Mimicry.

Link (Su): A furbith can form a temporary mental connection with those affected by its glamour as a standard action, depending on the effect the glamour has caused. This telepathic connection can be refused with a will save (DC 17), though most charmed creatures will willingly fail this save. This is a mind-affecting effect and the DC is Charisma-based, and includes a +2 bonus from the Ability Focus feat. Regardless of the method or result, a successful link lasts for one round.

Those charmed by the furbith experience an empathic connection, where the furbith shares its immediate feelings with the target. It usually does this to share its fear with a charmed victim during combat and its desires for food, shelter, and company in safer situations, urging them to provide it with whatever it desires at the time.

Those shaken by the furbith experience a link similar to a shield other spell, with the furbith as the protected target and the shaken creature treated as the spell's caster, but without the ability to dismiss the effect.

Obsession (Su): Multiple furbith gathered in a single location as a set can combine the effects of their glamour on charmed and shaken targets. For every furbith collected together after the first, all glamour DCs are increased by 1 as their effects combine. Three or more furbith can extend the duration of their link ability by one round per every furbith starting with the third, and increase the DC by one for their link and garble abilities for the same.

At six furbith together, the charm effect of their glamour becomes dominate instead, and its duration is increased to one week instead of one day. Furbith who gather in these numbers almost exclusively use this ability to ensure their protection and that they are provided with more food and wealth, and to urge their "keepers" to seek out more furbith to add to their "collection". Likewise, their shaken effect becomes frightened instead, and its duration is increased to one minute.

ECOLOGY

Environment any urban
Organization solitary, pair, set (3–12), or collection (13–20 with 1–3 bards of 1st–3rd level, 1 skald leader of 2nd–4th level, 2–8 charmed humanoid commoners, 2–5 charmed humanoid experts, and 1–2 charmed humanoid warriors and/or adepts)
Treasure standard (coins, gems, food, stolen trinkets)

Furbith are, at first glance, adorable little furry creatures that resemble wingless, legless owls with large eyes, tiny beaks, small feet tucked into the bottoms of their bodies, and large feline ears that seem to double as grasping limbs. They speak in a garbled mishmash of various languages, cobbled together from words and sounds and noises they've heard, and babble incoherently at one another in a mimicry of language only they seem to understand. Many beings are inherently charmed by the creatures' gentle appearance and harmless demeanor, and this is exactly what the furbith want.

In truth, furbith are shiftless, lazy, conniving parasites all too eager to find someone to mooch off of. By charming unaware commonfolk with their appearances and their natural glamour, they convince people to take them home, feed them, house them, shelter them, and - eventually - to gather more of their kind, allowing them to mass together. In groups, the combined effects of their glamour intensify, making them able to more firmly control their charmed victims and to gather even more patsies, and give them safe places to gather food and treasure and to breed. Furbith almost always cooperate with one another, and only break into separate groups when their numbers finally outpace the ability of their adopted homes to sustain them, usually being willingly divided up amongst their many charmed victims and distributed in small groups to new homes to begin new colonies.

Furbith have an unusual property to their glamour in that if its initial effects are resisted, a secondary reaction emerges. Those who refuse a furbith's charms often report that the creatures seem eerie, unnatural, and even frightening. This is a natural defense mechanism of their aura, intended to disturb or scare off those who are not ensnared by their charms.

An infestation - or "collection", as their "keepers" often prefer - of furbith can quickly grow out of control, as their increasing numbers strengthen their glamours, holding their victims more fully and more quickly snaring new ones, and keeping the few who manage to resist at bay out of fear of the strange creatures that have so bewitched their friends and family. Furbith breed once a season, with females laying clutches of 2-5 eggs that hatch in about a month and grow to maturity within a year.


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Spoilered for politics, but just by association:

Spoiler:
Just got back from the AZ Democratic Convention, where we voted on state-level party positions and heard many party people speak. It was much more organized than the Maricopa County Convention last month, but it was still a six-hour event. Using ranked-choice voting kept the election for the six vice-chair positions from becoming a runoff headache for all involved, which was great...but when the last vote was cast for the last position, my posse got out and got home!

And apparently the Reps were having their convention today as well, and some of them were complaining on social media that ours was so orderly and effective, while they couldn't even agree on how to vote. We all thought it was pretty funny. :)


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So... the kids just asked me to pay $4 so they could give The Black Cauldron the MST3k treatment, though they've gone even farther -- the movie's muted, they've all chosen characters, and they're ad-libbing their way through it.

Now THAT was $4 well-spent!

("Stop that, you petulant child!" being my favorite line so far.)

EDIT: That, or when the camera panned to a gaggle of geese and the entire room exploded with teenagers screaming their brains out like geese...
Those were some LOUD geese!

EDIT 2: OMG!
"Why do all these walls fall apart when we touch them?"
"We bought the wood at Arby's."
"What?!?!? Why did you buy the wood at Arby's?"
"Because we heard they made great sandwiches, but they tasted just like wood, so we figured..."

EDIT 3: "Christmas is more important than your infrastructure!"

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GM Umbral Ultimatum wrote:

I made a monster. Please feedback =)

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Oops, noticed an error!:
Ignore the bit about dominate lasting a week in the Obsession section, it should be just a day. And remove the bit about it normally lasting a day as a charm, I have no idea where that came from, the normal duration is listed in the Glamour ability as 1d4+1 rounds.

Secondly, I completely forgot to edit its saves from the Jinkin I used as a base template. The correct save listing is:
Fort +0, Ref +6, Will +2


Early shift.


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Weird. Couple came in for room, they "don't do credit or debit cards" Well We have to have one so I sent them elsewhere. Who doesn't do debit cards? Some people are weird.

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I'm definitely more used to the opposite, encountering people who don't carry cash at all. I'm usually one of them.


NobodysHome wrote:

Question for Freehold:

If you look at this page, my graphic novel aligns with the English-language volume 1, and here's the Google search that shows it.

Considering I can't read Japanese, is that the one I should be reading?

(Reading the Wikipedia page, it looks like the graphic novel volume 1 stops just short of where it actually starts getting good. So this is tempting me quite a bit, but I don't want to get ripped off by the typical, "Oh, this is popular now, so let's release some fan crap that's remotely related to the original.")

in all honesty, I would say get comixology and just read the whole thing there. But yes that is the beginning, and Gunnm works MUCH better when you can read entire story arcs in a sitting.


Also apparently we just need to replace our house keeping staff 3 of 5 called out on a Saturday. Ridiculous.


Orthos wrote:
I'm definitely more used to the opposite, encountering people who don't carry cash at all. I'm usually one of them.

Yeah I hardly ever carry cash anymore.


Vidmaster7 wrote:
Weird. Couple came in for room, they "don't do credit or debit cards" Well We have to have one so I sent them elsewhere. Who doesn't do debit cards? Some people are weird.

LOL. Welcome to "paranoid Westerner".

There's a remarkably-large group that's been around for decades (I had to deal with some of them in the early 1990's) who believe that if you use a credit card, your every move is being tracked, and therefore you should never use a card.

I'd be interested in whether they had cell phones...

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