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NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:
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Woran wrote:

It was lovely meeting NH, Gothbard, Shiro and the Impii.

We did a lot of walking, talked about a lot of forbidden FaWtL topics. I made them eat weird food.

Define weird food?
Poffertjes, bitterballen and raw herring.
And stroopvaffles!

stroopWafel

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

Happy Birthday, Vany and wishing you many more. And then preemptively wishing you a very Happy eventual Dracolich-dom Ravener-dom whenever you get around to it.

Olde Timey Fisticuffs Yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
And stroopvaffles!

So, wait, when I spend years drenching waffles in caramel and squishing them into a sandwich, it's "weird" but when a whole country of windmill and flower meadow enthusiasts do it, it's the Next Big Culinary Thing.

Poppycock, I say!

Not only are they thin caramel waffle sandwiches, they're perfectly sized so you can place them as a cover atop your cup of [HOT BEVERIDGE] and let the rising heat warm them up.

The slaad speaks truth

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Sharoth wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Safe in Copenhagen.
You may be safe in Copenhagen, but is Copenhagen safe from you?

The kids already spotted the swan-shaped paddle boats.

I see another epic in the making.

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Happy birthday Vanykrye


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We’ve been eating breakfast and in the middle of it Shiro checks his phone and says “Why do I have so many friend requests?” I think you guys have found him.


Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Woran wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Woran wrote:

It was lovely meeting NH, Gothbard, Shiro and the Impii.

We did a lot of walking, talked about a lot of forbidden FaWtL topics. I made them eat weird food.

Define weird food?
Poffertjes, bitterballen and raw herring.
And stroopvaffles!
stroopWafel

so that's where the W is...


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NobodysHome wrote:
Our vacation was well-timed. We’re all pretty much done for the trip. The heat wave isn’t helping, but honestly 80 F (27 C) isn’t that bad

...I would kill for it to stay about 80 all summer.

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Scintillae wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Our vacation was well-timed. We’re all pretty much done for the trip. The heat wave isn’t helping, but honestly 80 F (27 C) isn’t that bad
...I would kill for it to stay about 80 all summer.

Same tbh

And not having to move to CA, of course


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I'd be okay with that, as long as it doesn't get below that (except for in the morning, I guess).


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Orthos wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Our vacation was well-timed. We’re all pretty much done for the trip. The heat wave isn’t helping, but honestly 80 F (27 C) isn’t that bad
...I would kill for it to stay about 80 all summer.

Same tbh

And not having to move to CA, of course

But, California is amazing!

As long as you don't travel more than 5-20 miles from the coast.


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Woran wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

Happy Birthday, Vany and wishing you many more. And then preemptively wishing you a very Happy eventual Dracolich-dom Ravener-dom whenever you get around to it.

Olde Timey Fisticuffs Yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
And stroopvaffles!

So, wait, when I spend years drenching waffles in caramel and squishing them into a sandwich, it's "weird" but when a whole country of windmill and flower meadow enthusiasts do it, it's the Next Big Culinary Thing.

Poppycock, I say!

Not only are they thin caramel waffle sandwiches, they're perfectly sized so you can place them as a cover atop your cup of [HOT BEVERIDGE] and let the rising heat warm them up.
The slaad speaks truth

How do you drink your coffee? I'm certainly not waiting for a waffle to get warm first.

No, the only way to do it is full size waffles.


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80 all summer? Where? I'm moving there.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Our vacation was well-timed. We’re all pretty much done for the trip. The heat wave isn’t helping, but honestly 80 F (27 C) isn’t that bad
...I would kill for it to stay about 80 all summer.

Same tbh

And not having to move to CA, of course

But, California is amazing!

As long as you don't travel more than 5-20 miles from the coast.

Some of the most amazing parts of California are pretty freaking far from the coast, but, yeah, the coast is amazing, too.

California is a gorgeous place to visit.
BUT, it can be divided into three location types:
1) Large urban concentrations of humans where everything is twice as expensive as it ought to be and going anywhere takes twice as long as it ought to,
2) Rural areas, whether farmland, mountain, or coast, where the scenery is beautiful but you can't get a job, the schools are bad (and, yes, I spent two years as a student in a high school with a total student body of 130 in the California mountains), and
3) Rural touristy areas, where the scenery is breathtaking and you would never want to leave, except for the combination of the worst elements of both 1 and 2.

Going back through California on our way to my mom's house in Oregon was kinda like holding somebody else's baby now that Hermione and Val are older... you know the "Ohhhh... baby smell, baby cuddles, baby coos, yeah, that's adorable, and nope, I sure as hell don't want another one" feeling?
It was more like... "yeah, that's pretty. damn, the sky is bluer than blue. yeah, miss those people. nope, never want to live here again."


captain yesterday wrote:

A week and a half!?!

Dude, it's still July!

Why the f~*& are you starting school in a week and a half!?!

At our school in Texas, Val has to go to 1st grade orientation the week of August 5th (half-day only), I go back for teacher inservice the week of the 12th, and school starts August 19th. But the students are done for the year on May 22nd and my last work day is May 29th, and yes I have it memorized already.


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We go back to school after labor day.


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Kids went out on a lake in a swan boat and didn’t get lost...
...they got attacked by a swan!

*sigh*


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NobodysHome wrote:

Kids went out on a lake in a swan boat and didn’t get lost...

...they got attacked by a swan!

*sigh*

That. is. awesome.

(I mean, assuming they weren't bitten and it was mostly a comical attack.)


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We're down to our last three days at Grandma's until next summer.

I'm not sure I'm ready to go home and I'm definitely not ready for the three-day drive, and I really don't like the idea of not seeing my family again until next July, but what can you do? At least I got to spend a month with them. And that has been pretty amazing.


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lisamarlene wrote:

We're down to our last three days at Grandma's until next summer.

I'm not sure I'm ready to go home and I'm definitely not ready for the three-day drive, and I really don't like the idea of not seeing my family again until next July, but what can you do? At least I got to spend a month with them. And that has been pretty amazing.

We clearly have very different families.


captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

We're down to our last three days at Grandma's until next summer.

I'm not sure I'm ready to go home and I'm definitely not ready for the three-day drive, and I really don't like the idea of not seeing my family again until next July, but what can you do? At least I got to spend a month with them. And that has been pretty amazing.

We clearly have very different families.

Yeah, if my dad were still alive, this would be a very different story. I'm sad that he never got to see his grandchildren, but...

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Captain Delicious Pants wrote:
Woran wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

Happy Birthday, Vany and wishing you many more. And then preemptively wishing you a very Happy eventual Dracolich-dom Ravener-dom whenever you get around to it.

Olde Timey Fisticuffs Yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
And stroopvaffles!

So, wait, when I spend years drenching waffles in caramel and squishing them into a sandwich, it's "weird" but when a whole country of windmill and flower meadow enthusiasts do it, it's the Next Big Culinary Thing.

Poppycock, I say!

Not only are they thin caramel waffle sandwiches, they're perfectly sized so you can place them as a cover atop your cup of [HOT BEVERIDGE] and let the rising heat warm them up.
The slaad speaks truth

How do you drink your coffee? I'm certainly not waiting for a waffle to get warm first.

No, the only way to do it is full size waffles.

full size

Disclaimer: that is not me in the picture.

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NobodysHome wrote:

Kids went out on a lake in a swan boat and didn’t get lost...

...they got attacked by a swan!

*sigh*

Go Impii!


I was woken up at around 01:00 by Alfie's mum banging on a door across the street and demanding that Alfie open that particular f***ing means of ingress immediately. He didn't, immediately, which meant the incident went on for some time, until Alfie and his pals, who are apparently only one step away from being sent to a Youth Offender's Institution, were worn down by mama's hammering and bellowing and surrendered. I wonder what they were doing? Probably smoking pot in one of the lockups.


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Woran wrote:
Captain Delicious Pants wrote:
Woran wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:

Happy Birthday, Vany and wishing you many more. And then preemptively wishing you a very Happy eventual Dracolich-dom Ravener-dom whenever you get around to it.

Olde Timey Fisticuffs Yesterday wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
And stroopvaffles!

So, wait, when I spend years drenching waffles in caramel and squishing them into a sandwich, it's "weird" but when a whole country of windmill and flower meadow enthusiasts do it, it's the Next Big Culinary Thing.

Poppycock, I say!

Not only are they thin caramel waffle sandwiches, they're perfectly sized so you can place them as a cover atop your cup of [HOT BEVERIDGE] and let the rising heat warm them up.
The slaad speaks truth

How do you drink your coffee? I'm certainly not waiting for a waffle to get warm first.

No, the only way to do it is full size waffles.

full size

Disclaimer: that is not me in the picture.

And how big are your coffee cups.


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lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

We're down to our last three days at Grandma's until next summer.

I'm not sure I'm ready to go home and I'm definitely not ready for the three-day drive, and I really don't like the idea of not seeing my family again until next July, but what can you do? At least I got to spend a month with them. And that has been pretty amazing.

We clearly have very different families.
Yeah, if my dad were still alive, this would be a very different story. I'm sad that he never got to see his grandchildren, but...

Unfortunately for me, my siblings are the problem.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Kids went out on a lake in a swan boat and didn’t get lost...

...they got attacked by a swan!

*sigh*

swans and geese are surprisingly nasty creatures. Fights with them are common around here.


Impus Minor wrote:
We’ve been eating breakfast and in the middle of it Shiro checks his phone and says “Why do I have so many friend requests?” I think you guys have found him.

It wasn't me!

Though yeah, I have found him. Or rather facebook found him and showed me as a possible friend.


lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Kids went out on a lake in a swan boat and didn’t get lost...

...they got attacked by a swan!

*sigh*

That. is. awesome.

(I mean, assuming they weren't bitten and it was mostly a comical attack.)

I'd be more worried of bone-breaking wing smashes. Swans are monsters.


Drejk wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Kids went out on a lake in a swan boat and didn’t get lost...

...they got attacked by a swan!

*sigh*

That. is. awesome.

(I mean, assuming they weren't bitten and it was mostly a comical attack.)
I'd be more worried of bone-breaking wing smashes. Swans are monsters.

indeed. Even stronger than they look.


captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

We're down to our last three days at Grandma's until next summer.

I'm not sure I'm ready to go home and I'm definitely not ready for the three-day drive, and I really don't like the idea of not seeing my family again until next July, but what can you do? At least I got to spend a month with them. And that has been pretty amazing.

We clearly have very different families.
Yeah, if my dad were still alive, this would be a very different story. I'm sad that he never got to see his grandchildren, but...
Unfortunately for me, my siblings are the problem.

Eve is only a problem when she drinks. Which, blessedly, is not often now that she's a parent. We've been here 24 days, and only 2 were grotesquely unpleasant, which, honestly, is the best percentage in our entire adult lives. 91.6667 is technically an A minus, I think.

(Yes, she's been through rehab, AA, narc-anon...)


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lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

We're down to our last three days at Grandma's until next summer.

I'm not sure I'm ready to go home and I'm definitely not ready for the three-day drive, and I really don't like the idea of not seeing my family again until next July, but what can you do? At least I got to spend a month with them. And that has been pretty amazing.

We clearly have very different families.
Yeah, if my dad were still alive, this would be a very different story. I'm sad that he never got to see his grandchildren, but...
Unfortunately for me, my siblings are the problem.

Eve is only a problem when she drinks. Which, blessedly, is not often now that she's a parent. We've been here 24 days, and only 2 were grotesquely unpleasant, which, honestly, is the best percentage in our entire adult lives. 91.6667 is technically an A minus, I think.

(Yes, she's been through rehab, AA, narc-anon...)

I wish I had an external source to blame for my brothers being a@*!#%+s, alas, it's just their nature.

One of my two brothers that do drink I can tolerate in small doses.


lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

We're down to our last three days at Grandma's until next summer.

I'm not sure I'm ready to go home and I'm definitely not ready for the three-day drive, and I really don't like the idea of not seeing my family again until next July, but what can you do? At least I got to spend a month with them. And that has been pretty amazing.

We clearly have very different families.
Yeah, if my dad were still alive, this would be a very different story. I'm sad that he never got to see his grandchildren, but...
Unfortunately for me, my siblings are the problem.

Eve is only a problem when she drinks. Which, blessedly, is not often now that she's a parent. We've been here 24 days, and only 2 were grotesquely unpleasant, which, honestly, is the best percentage in our entire adult lives. 91.6667 is technically an A minus, I think.

(Yes, she's been through rehab, AA, narc-anon...)

I'm sorry. That sounds incredibly hard.


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Thanks well-wishes everyone.
Your thoughts, hugs and encouragements are appreciated.

*Sends a 'thank you' back-pat to NH & co. before returning John's man-hug and sharing a couple of glasses of that premium whiskey with him*

Oh, and a belated happy b-day to you Vany (and everyone else who I've forgotten about, as I haven't really been keeping up with the goings on here).


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NOOOOOO WE JUST LOST RUTGER HAUER


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Like tears in the rain.

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Anyone of you in Manchester that you trust a lot? A friend of mine is stranded at the airport and is having a breakdown.


Yeah, if you HAVE sent Shiro a friend request, PM me your Facebook ID, ‘cause otherwise he won’t accept.


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NobodysHome: looking up at GothBard in platforms and Shiro just being Shiro) I’m short.
GothBard: Aw! You’re not so short!
NH: I’m short, and I’m sober, so I won’t be banging my head all over the place when we go upstairs!
GB: You’re a smug bastard!

(Apparently all the three-person roms in Europe are converted attics, so anyone over 5’7” has many head hazards. I’m 5’6”.)

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NobodysHome wrote:
Yeah, if you HAVE sent Shiro a friend request, PM me your Facebook ID, ‘cause otherwise he won’t accept.

Semd you a pm


Okay, actual GMing question:

Today, Hermione and I started working on her character for our Azlant game so we can start playing next week after we get home.

Because the kids want to play aquatic PC's, we're going to start at the end of book 3 and go straight into book 4 (I'm tweaking the storyline a bit to fit their POV), so I'm starting them out at level 9.
This morning, I texted WW that we were going to be building 9th level PCs with a standard 15 point buy on ability scores (10 feels lame, more than 15 feels like cheating to me).
WW said "MORE!"
When I said, "No", he sent me a weepy-face emoji.

Am I being a stick-in-the-mud?

Since I will have to do some GM rule-bending to run a straight aquatic campaign anyway (there's no way to do it RAW), I feel like I'm going to have to play the "I'm the GM and what I say goes, don't argue with me" card in a way I haven't before, and I'm not good at that, otherwise I'm going to get hit with, "Well, if we're not playing RAW anyway, then why can't I...(fill in the blank)".

Advice?


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My mom would always tell the grandkids "You get what you get so don't throw a fit".


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lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, actual GMing question:

Today, Hermione and I started working on her character for our Azlant game so we can start playing next week after we get home.

Because the kids want to play aquatic PC's, we're going to start at the end of book 3 and go straight into book 4 (I'm tweaking the storyline a bit to fit their POV), so I'm starting them out at level 9.
This morning, I texted WW that we were going to be building 9th level PCs with a standard 15 point buy on ability scores (10 feels lame, more than 15 feels like cheating to me).
WW said "MORE!"
When I said, "No", he sent me a weepy-face emoji.

Am I being a stick-in-the-mud?

Since I will have to do some GM rule-bending to run a straight aquatic campaign anyway (there's no way to do it RAW), I feel like I'm going to have to play the "I'm the GM and what I say goes, don't argue with me" card in a way I haven't before, and I'm not good at that, otherwise I'm going to get hit with, "Well, if we're not playing RAW anyway, then why can't I...(fill in the blank)".

Advice?

do what I do. 2d6+6 with a minimum average bonus of whatever you feel best fits the campaign start. Exactly ONE free reroll to shore up any cases of bad luck, if you or player is dissatisfied reroll until everyone is happy.


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Nylarthotep wrote:
Like tears in the rain.

There is a lot of tears and a lot of rain on my facebook feed right now.

While Rutger Hauer's passing is a sad event, he can claim one of the best self-epitaphs in the history of movies as a quote of his.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, actual GMing question:

Today, Hermione and I started working on her character for our Azlant game so we can start playing next week after we get home.

Because the kids want to play aquatic PC's, we're going to start at the end of book 3 and go straight into book 4 (I'm tweaking the storyline a bit to fit their POV), so I'm starting them out at level 9.
This morning, I texted WW that we were going to be building 9th level PCs with a standard 15 point buy on ability scores (10 feels lame, more than 15 feels like cheating to me).
WW said "MORE!"
When I said, "No", he sent me a weepy-face emoji.

Am I being a stick-in-the-mud?

Since I will have to do some GM rule-bending to run a straight aquatic campaign anyway (there's no way to do it RAW), I feel like I'm going to have to play the "I'm the GM and what I say goes, don't argue with me" card in a way I haven't before, and I'm not good at that, otherwise I'm going to get hit with, "Well, if we're not playing RAW anyway, then why can't I...(fill in the blank)".

Actually, the Pathfinder monster CRs (but not NPC which are B$ anyway, haunts and traps are often off too) are balanced around PCs being closer to 20 point buy, though it varies between exact classes and their dependency on multiple stats.

Personally, I prefer PCs built on 25, but I take that into account when constructing encounters and I don't do adventure paths.

On the other hand, players will always ask for MOAR, make sad faces, and beg and cajole you for more anyway so you might want to avoid letting them think they can get anything from you that way.


Woran wrote:
Anyone of you in Manchester that you trust a lot? A friend of mine is stranded at the airport and is having a breakdown.

Assuming you mean Manchester, UK, yes... but it may be a bit late now...

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lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Our vacation was well-timed. We’re all pretty much done for the trip. The heat wave isn’t helping, but honestly 80 F (27 C) isn’t that bad
...I would kill for it to stay about 80 all summer.

Same tbh

And not having to move to CA, of course

But, California is amazing!

As long as you don't travel more than 5-20 miles from the coast.

Some of the most amazing parts of California are pretty freaking far from the coast, but, yeah, the coast is amazing, too.

California is a gorgeous place to visit.
BUT, it can be divided into three location types:
1) Large urban concentrations of humans where everything is twice as expensive as it ought to be and going anywhere takes twice as long as it ought to,
2) Rural areas, whether farmland, mountain, or coast, where the scenery is beautiful but you can't get a job, the schools are bad (and, yes, I spent two years as a student in a high school with a total student body of 130 in the California mountains), and
3) Rural touristy areas, where the scenery is breathtaking and you would never want to leave, except for the combination of the worst elements of both 1 and 2.

Going back through California on our way to my mom's house in Oregon was kinda like holding somebody else's baby now that Hermione and Val are older... you know the "Ohhhh... baby smell, baby cuddles, baby coos, yeah, that's adorable, and nope, I sure as hell don't want another one" feeling?
It was more like... "yeah, that's pretty. damn, the sky is bluer than blue. yeah, miss those people. nope, never want to live here again."

This pretty much sums it up.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, actual GMing question:

Today, Hermione and I started working on her character for our Azlant game so we can start playing next week after we get home.

Because the kids want to play aquatic PC's, we're going to start at the end of book 3 and go straight into book 4 (I'm tweaking the storyline a bit to fit their POV), so I'm starting them out at level 9.
This morning, I texted WW that we were going to be building 9th level PCs with a standard 15 point buy on ability scores (10 feels lame, more than 15 feels like cheating to me).
WW said "MORE!"
When I said, "No", he sent me a weepy-face emoji.

Am I being a stick-in-the-mud?

Since I will have to do some GM rule-bending to run a straight aquatic campaign anyway (there's no way to do it RAW), I feel like I'm going to have to play the "I'm the GM and what I say goes, don't argue with me" card in a way I haven't before, and I'm not good at that, otherwise I'm going to get hit with, "Well, if we're not playing RAW anyway, then why can't I...(fill in the blank)".

Advice?

Stick-in-the-mud is a loaded term for consistency and staying grounded. There's a lot of stuff that would be fun to play, but it would be ridiculously over-the-top.

If you're more comfortable with 15-point buy, stick to it. Frame it to WW as "It's easier for me to keep track of. Please."

From Nobody's posts about campaigns past, I don't think any argument of "the rules say" is going to work, but reminding him that you need to have fun, too, and you can't keep making exceptions for him without losing track of what makes running a game fun might.


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If 15 is what you're comfortable with as a GM with the kids, then 15 is the deal.

I agree with Scint, but I'd also add that you might need to remind him that this campaign needs to be easy for the kids to follow. And maybe even that he'll need to hold back to make sure the kids are having fun - if he constantly overshadows them they're probably not going to want to continue playing.


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Scintillae wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:

Okay, actual GMing question:

Today, Hermione and I started working on her character for our Azlant game so we can start playing next week after we get home.

Because the kids want to play aquatic PC's, we're going to start at the end of book 3 and go straight into book 4 (I'm tweaking the storyline a bit to fit their POV), so I'm starting them out at level 9.
This morning, I texted WW that we were going to be building 9th level PCs with a standard 15 point buy on ability scores (10 feels lame, more than 15 feels like cheating to me).
WW said "MORE!"
When I said, "No", he sent me a weepy-face emoji.

Am I being a stick-in-the-mud?

Since I will have to do some GM rule-bending to run a straight aquatic campaign anyway (there's no way to do it RAW), I feel like I'm going to have to play the "I'm the GM and what I say goes, don't argue with me" card in a way I haven't before, and I'm not good at that, otherwise I'm going to get hit with, "Well, if we're not playing RAW anyway, then why can't I...(fill in the blank)".

Advice?

Stick-in-the-mud is a loaded term for consistency and staying grounded. There's a lot of stuff that would be fun to play, but it would be ridiculously over-the-top.

If you're more comfortable with 15-point buy, stick to it. Frame it to WW as "It's easier for me to keep track of. Please."

From Nobody's posts about campaigns past, I don't think any argument of "the rules say" is going to work, but reminding him that you need to have fun, too, and you can't keep making exceptions for him without losing track of what makes running a game fun might.

Oh.

That never actually occurred to me, but it's an excellent idea.


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PC's begin quest to hunt down the person who named it "The Bleeding Edge"

That would be Paul Hewson.

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