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Scarab Sages

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*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Scarab Sages

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*back with clothes on*

I feel NH should come back to the netherlands, and this time, my town of Utrecht, which has just about the best bus system. Also the longest busses in the world.


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Woran wrote:

*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

>_>

<_<

I do not...


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Woran wrote:

*back with clothes on*

I feel NH should come back to the netherlands, and this time, my town of Utrecht, which has just about the best bus system. Also the longest busses in the world.

its not the size, it's how you use it!


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Our third guy is late.

Maybe he quit.


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lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Ah, the bent of a truly evil GM: Shiro just let us level up to 19. Mid-dungeon. And said, "Oh, and all that loot you found puts you to WBL."

Meaning we were just handed 155,000 gp each without any possibility of spending it before the campaign ends.

Cleverly played, Shiro. Cleverly played, indeed.

** spoiler omitted **

Sorry, Shiro gets all the cookies today.

There's nothing worse than being in the middle of a fun campaign and ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS WANT TO WASTE A WHOLE SODDING DAY GOING SHOPPING.

I don't enjoy shopping in my real life. Why in the flaming purple f*** would I want to squander precious game hours doing it in my fantasy time?

Er, WW's the only player I've met who does it during game time.

Most groups do the shopping on their own time between sessions, precisely so it doesn't burn play time.


NobodysHome wrote:

Er, WW's the only player I've met who does it during game time.

Most groups do the shopping on their own time between sessions, precisely so it doesn't burn play time.

It highly varies between groups, I've found.

I've had a few that don't shop at all, a few that shop out of play time, and a few that simply don't (can't, won't, or something else) and take up playtime.

EDIT: Generally the last comes in a few varieties, but tends to be those who just don't have time, inclination, or mental space (either due to lack of familiarity or mental stress or other factors) to do it off-time.


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Ah, the bent of a truly evil GM: Shiro just let us level up to 19. Mid-dungeon. And said, "Oh, and all that loot you found puts you to WBL."

Meaning we were just handed 155,000 gp each without any possibility of spending it before the campaign ends.

Cleverly played, Shiro. Cleverly played, indeed.

** spoiler omitted **

Sorry, Shiro gets all the cookies today.

There's nothing worse than being in the middle of a fun campaign and ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS WANT TO WASTE A WHOLE SODDING DAY GOING SHOPPING.

I don't enjoy shopping in my real life. Why in the flaming purple f*** would I want to squander precious game hours doing it in my fantasy time?

Er, WW's the only player I've met who does it during game time.

Most groups do the shopping on their own time between sessions, precisely so it doesn't burn play time.

My group does both. Aiymi sometimes does it on her own time, but frequently forgets to. Others will have done some of it, but not everything. Others will go "I've done everything, but I have some questions" and depending on my answers they're either done or nowhere close.

Now, when the kids are playing, it's expected to do it during game time right now. They're still too new to it all to do it on their own.


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Woran wrote:

*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Um.

Not just Freehold.

Just sayin'.

:D


Woran wrote:

*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Vanykrye wrote:

Um.

Not just Freehold.

Just sayin'.

:D

Oh, so that's where vampire fan-ficion comes from!

Fifty-Shades Twlight origin confirmed?!


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No! Bad TL! *swats on the nose with rolled up newspaper* No!


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Ah, the bent of a truly evil GM: Shiro just let us level up to 19. Mid-dungeon. And said, "Oh, and all that loot you found puts you to WBL."

Meaning we were just handed 155,000 gp each without any possibility of spending it before the campaign ends.

Cleverly played, Shiro. Cleverly played, indeed.

** spoiler omitted **

Sorry, Shiro gets all the cookies today.

There's nothing worse than being in the middle of a fun campaign and ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS WANT TO WASTE A WHOLE SODDING DAY GOING SHOPPING.

I don't enjoy shopping in my real life. Why in the flaming purple f*** would I want to squander precious game hours doing it in my fantasy time?

Er, WW's the only player I've met who does it during game time.

Most groups do the shopping on their own time between sessions, precisely so it doesn't burn play time.

we do it during game time to avoid cheating or bad math. It all depends on what access the DM allows to the books, but in an electronic age, that has changed significantly. That said, the spectre of the disposable income wars continues to haunt...


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New from Mattel: the 'Nibble-Me' Vanykrye - he sparkles in the sunshine!


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Wow... I knew that Apple had gone screaming downhill in a greased-up luge since Steve Jobs died, but they've managed to plummet below Microsoft in my opinion.

And that's impressive.

Remember how I had to turn off automatic updates a couple of days ago to protect my legacy apps from going bye-bye?

Well, for Apple, "Turn off updates" doesn't actually mean "turn off updates".
I got a notification this morning that an update was ready to be installed. And there was *NO*, "No, bugger off. Do NOT install any updates" option. Instead, my "best" choice was, "remind me tomorrow". At which point it turned automatic updates back on and tried to start updating my system.

I killed that immediately, of course, but the approach of, "We will produce an update that kills your legacy apps and then force it upon you no matter how you try to stop us," is really pretty appalling.

Let's see how long I can hold out...


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Vanykrye wrote:
Woran wrote:

*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Um.

Not just Freehold.

Just sayin'.

:D

Vany only:
secret fistbump

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Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:

*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Vanykrye wrote:

Um.

Not just Freehold.

Just sayin'.

:D

Oh, so that's where vampire fan-ficion comes from!

Fifty-Shades Twlight origin confirmed?!

Y-yes! Bad Tacticslion! BAD!

Woran only:
Call me. :D Also, I never received the licorice. Did it get lost in the mail?


So, uh, Seis Manos (Wikipedia) is interesting, and kind of feels like Jackie Chan Adventures at first, but is violent and can be kind of hard hard to watch.

Some of the beats are absolutely predictable (and not just because some are even told in the description) but it is... interesting nonetheless.

It's a combination of drug/police/70s schlock, kung-fu martial arts revenge flick (the primary inspiration), blaxploitation (one of the two police officers feels like a character from a blaxploitation film), buddy-cop comedy (the side-story) and a few other genres.

The plot involves:
- a kung fu school in Mexico with three now-grown orphan students
(the protagonists are the three adult students)
- a kid (warning: child violence in multiple instances to various kids)
- a drug ring (or something similar) and "drug zombies" (or similar)
- an international police task force
- a small Mexican town (San Simon)

You guys can figure everything out from there. I'm pretty sure.

As one example scene, after a mass shooting and other tragedies, one of the students goes drinking in a bar until he is highly intoxicated. He then gets a bar patron ranting about chupacabra and briefly trains him in martial arts strikes until the bar patron can hit him enough to cause him to vomit up his liquor (which appears as a generic green goo on the ground almost exactly like Jackie Chan Adventures, despite the fact that the student is also actually visually bleeding).

Another scene includes a severed finger... that then animates and crawls around until its collected and put into a bottle. It's a real severed finger - we saw it get severed earlier. But there's a comedy scene where it crawls around on its own. So.

Takes place in the 70s and even has an intentional "dust artifact" on the screen, despite the fact that the show was clearly animated more recently (like the late 90s/early aughts).

You get the gist, from here, I'm sure.


me wrote:

Oh, so that's where vampire fan-ficion comes from!

Fifty-Shades Twlight origin confirmed?!

Vanykrye wrote:
No! Bad TL! *swats on the nose with rolled up newspaper* No!
Freehold DM wrote:
Y-yes! Bad Tacticslion! BAD!

I'm getting mixed signals. Did I do something good? I think I did something good.

EDIT: coooooooooooding


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Limeylongears wrote:
New from Mattel: the 'Nibble-Me' Vanykrye - he sparkles in the sunshine!

I'll buy eight!


Now I have to figure how that works, physically.


Like, four fit, space-wise - head, feet, each side.

Then two more - from above and below (presupposing that you're suspended in the air, but, given Vany's a big dragon, levitation is not out of the question).

The other two just seem redundant. Maybe you keep them for back-up? That's probably it - two "just in case" Vanys.


You know, I'm just going to let it go. I'm too busy watching a finger caught by an alter server use the man's hand to punch the man that's holding him.

Grand Lodge

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NobodysHome wrote:
Let's see how long I can hold out...

Stand strong, brother!

(On the plus side, I notice that some of my visual novels have Linux releases, so I might seriously start building a box to try that out.)


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Tacticslion wrote:

Like, four fit, space-wise - head, feet, each side.

Then two more - from above and below (presupposing that you're suspended in the air, but, given Vany's a big dragon, levitation is not out of the question).

The other two just seem redundant. Maybe you keep them for back-up? That's probably it - two "just in case" Vanys.

neither one will help you fix your computer.


Freehold DM wrote:
neither one will help you fix your computer.

Pretty sure that's just a function of my computer, though.

Scarab Sages

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Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:

*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Vanykrye wrote:

Um.

Not just Freehold.

Just sayin'.

:D

Oh, so that's where vampire fan-ficion comes from!

Fifty-Shades Twlight origin confirmed?!

Y-yes! Bad Tacticslion! BAD!

** spoiler omitted **

Hm. That is unfortunate. I send yours the same time as Vankyre. He's had his for a week or two now. Altough I do not know how long customs can hold a package. Here, its up to six weeks, if they feel so inclined.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
neither one will help you fix your computer.
Pretty sure that's just a function of my computer, though.

Next time I'm heading to Florida I'll get with you to schedule a house call.


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Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Woran wrote:

*sees everyone has stopped posting at 50 posts on the page*

Fine. I'll bite.

Besides, I'm sure freehold has had dreams about nekkid biting ladies.

Vanykrye wrote:

Um.

Not just Freehold.

Just sayin'.

:D

Oh, so that's where vampire fan-ficion comes from!

Fifty-Shades Twlight origin confirmed?!

Y-yes! Bad Tacticslion! BAD!

** spoiler omitted **

Hm. That is unfortunate. I send yours the same time as Vankyre. He's had his for a week or two now. Altough I do not know how long customs can hold a package. Here, its up to six weeks, if they feel so inclined.

2 weeks. Got mine on Oct 2, per the text I sent Freehold on that day, taunting him.


Vanykrye wrote:
Next time I'm heading to Florida I'll get with you to schedule a house call.

Eh. I'll need to get a new one eventually anyway.

Also, I'm at 93.2 G out of 930 G, so that could be a thing.

(I uninstalled a number of games to get to that 93.2 instead of 52.whatever I had before.)

Also, my graphics card wasn't able to be improved because the board that came with my computer (a Dell) couldn't take the improved one, which is problematic.

Also, my friend with a doctorates degree (I don't remember in what, mind you, but he teaches computer science and his thesis was in some sort of programming) spent, like, two hours trying to get my computer to stay online more consistently.

(I'd asked him as a joke. He took it quite seriously.)

EDIT: He was the second one to do so.

Point is, I'm never going to ask a friend to look at my computer again. So most definitely not what you'd spend your time on, here, if you did visit!


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Vanykrye wrote:
2 weeks. Got mine on Oct 2, per the text I sent Freehold on that day, taunting him.

Oh! So that's what this black licorice is doing here!

*snickers* heheh, I told him we already got one, heheh *snickers*


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Let's see how long I can hold out...

Stand strong, brother!

(On the plus side, I notice that some of my visual novels have Linux releases, so I might seriously start building a box to try that out.)

Interesting -- I'm perplexed that visual novels would even be OS-dependent. But I guess they probably have to have some kind of built-in copy protection, and that means an executable, and that means OS-dependence.

Geeky Side Note:
It turns out that's why the kids had to re-buy Age of Mythology: The copy-protection executable was a 32-bit executable with checksum validation so it couldn't be updated, and it had a security hole in it. So Windows 7 put out a security update that killed it (so you can run AoM on Windows 7 if you permanently uninstall one of the security patches), and Windows 10 won't let it run at all.

And it's just pathetic: As I've seen in my last 40 years of home video gaming, if someone is honest and has the means they'll buy your game. Copy protection does nothing but hurt your consumers and waste your time. Yet some companies never learn.

Very much like how forcing users to change their passwords has been proven to lead to worse security, yet many companies (mine included) still do it.


Tacticslion wrote:
So, uh, Seis Manos (Wikipedia) is interesting, and kind of feels like Jackie Chan Adventures at first, but is violent and can be kind of hard hard to watch.

Oh, come on! That's demonstrably different from what it does to humans!

Also, it makes it feel an awful lot like Jackie Chan Adventures.


NobodysHome wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Let's see how long I can hold out...

Stand strong, brother!

(On the plus side, I notice that some of my visual novels have Linux releases, so I might seriously start building a box to try that out.)

Interesting -- I'm perplexed that visual novels would even be OS-dependent. But I guess they probably have to have some kind of built-in copy protection, and that means an executable, and that means OS-dependence.

** spoiler omitted **

Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyup.


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Tac.

This is 2019. Computers aren't expensive. At least not ones that are comprable to old ones. Just...just get a new one.

This is from a guy who is in abject poverty. You're trying to prop up a corpse. Your computer is Bernie political reference, but a movie one), and the Weekend is over.


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In terms of in-game shopping, I'll admit it depends on the group.

For our current groups {Shiro's game and Strange Aeons), our play time is limited so shopping is done off-screen. On the other hand, back when we played RotRL, Shiro, Hi, and GothBard loved to play through shopping montages, and since we were playing 2-3 days a week game time wasn't an issue.

Crimson Throne was particularly bad because our play time was extremely limited (one day per 1-2 months), and WW insisted on doing both level-ups and shopping during game time, leading to extreme frustration among everyone else involved.
"It's been two months! Let's play!"
"Sorry! I need to spend 3 hours leveling up, and then 2 more hours shopping. How much time does that give us to actually game?"


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As a GM, if my players aren't leveled up and done with shopping by game time, they remain their previous level despite an increase in challenge and every shop in town closes for holiday.

If I can make an entire game in a week, their lazy asses can do some minor homework.

My players grumbled for about two weeks but now are glad to have a whole session of nothing but RP, combat and puzzles.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Tac.

This is 2019. Computers aren't expensive. At least not ones that are comprable to old ones. Just...just get a new one.

This is from a guy who is in abject poverty. You're trying to prop up a corpse. Your computer is Bernie, and the weekend is over.

You say that like we don't spend our money on different things.

Computers cost a few hundred bucks at minimum. This is not something we can casually afford on a single item.

We do need the computer for our home things, but we don't need it for work, so... eh. We live, at present.

Besides, I just had to swallow that bitter, bitter pill for a new phone.

Ugh.

EDIT: This post comes off like I'm complaining. I am not. I am poking fun at my computer - that is all. I'm happy and am not in need of something new, at present... and I certainly have more than others! So, no, despite how it reads, this isn't meant as a complaint. :D

Grand Lodge

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I think the best in-game shopping I've had was Reign of Winter.

RoW spoiler:
We met a mercane, an outsider obsessed with trade. I forget if we freed him or what, but from then on he was our mail-order contact. We'd call on him, he'd show up, negotiate price on what we need, then plane shift away to procure it. Days later, he'd show up with the goods. Perfect in world mechanic to allow us access to items without being a smorgasbord.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

As a GM, if my players aren't leveled up and done with shopping by game time, they remain their previous level despite an increase in challenge and every shop in town closes for holiday.

If I can make an entire game in a week, their lazy asses can do some minor homework.

My players grumbled for about two weeks but now are glad to have a whole session of nothing but RP, combat and puzzles.

Just not digging up that dead horse other than to say that that tactic wouldn't have worked with WW, and there wouldn't have been a game at all.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:

I think the best in-game shopping I've had was Reign of Winter.

** spoiler omitted **

Shiro's AP included a crafting gnome with a timeless demiplane so we could teleport to him, hand him our orders and our money, wait 5 minutes, and get all our stuff.


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Tacticslion wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Tac.

This is 2019. Computers aren't expensive. At least not ones that are comprable to old ones. Just...just get a new one.

This is from a guy who is in abject poverty. You're trying to prop up a corpse. Your computer is Bernie, and the weekend is over.

You say that like we don't spend our money on different things.

Computers cost a few hundred bucks at minimum. This is not something we can casually afford on a single item.

We do need the computer for our home things, but we don't need it for work, so... eh. We live, at present.

Besides, I just had to swallow that bitter, bitter pill for a new phone.

Ugh.

You can build a decent computer comprable to your old one for under 200 bucks if the old one is over 2 years old, unless you had it specced for uber crazy gaming.


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NobodysHome wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

As a GM, if my players aren't leveled up and done with shopping by game time, they remain their previous level despite an increase in challenge and every shop in town closes for holiday.

If I can make an entire game in a week, their lazy asses can do some minor homework.

My players grumbled for about two weeks but now are glad to have a whole session of nothing but RP, combat and puzzles.

Just not digging up that dead horse other than to say that that tactic wouldn't have worked with WW, and there wouldn't have been a game at all.

*shrug*

I learned long ago I would rather not play at all than play with players like that. My time is valuable, and that is a disrespect of it.


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I should point out both of the above posts are generalities with obvious allowances for situational exceptions, despite my tone possibly indicating otherwise.

I am trying to be less of a dick. I swear.

Grand Lodge

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NobodysHome wrote:
Shiro's AP included a crafting gnome with a timeless demiplane so we could teleport to him, hand him our orders and our money, wait 5 minutes, and get all our stuff.

Still not as cool as Zilvazaraat played in the style of Sallah.


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NobodysHome wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:

I think the best in-game shopping I've had was Reign of Winter.

** spoiler omitted **

Shiro's AP included a crafting gnome with a timeless demiplane so we could teleport to him, hand him our orders and our money, wait 5 minutes, and get all our stuff.

I just house rule anyone can craft without feats if they pay 100% cost instead of 50 and make the appropriate skill checks and spend the in game rest time. Eliminates the Magic Walmart syndrome. Those who want the discount can burn the feat.


As an aside, though I've recognized the "Mercane"/"Merchant" pun-a-like before, this is the first time I've noticed the "'Murrican" pun-a-like possibility.
(Probably because the "'Murrican"-thing wasn't really a thing until more recently, whereas they were first called "Mercane" back in 2001. Though apparently it was a portmanteau-pun of "merchant" and "arcane" considering they were called "the arcane" before that. I'unno.)


The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
You can build a decent computer comprable to your old one for under 200 bucks if the old one is over 2 years old, unless you had it specced for uber crazy gaming.

You're presupposing an aaaawwwwful lot of things about my capability and capacity, my dude. :D

The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

I should point out both of the above posts are generalities with obvious allowances for situational exceptions, despite my tone possibly indicating otherwise.

I am trying to be less of a dick. I swear.

I don't think you are being one, for the record. I get where the advice is coming from.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Shiro's AP included a crafting gnome with a timeless demiplane so we could teleport to him, hand him our orders and our money, wait 5 minutes, and get all our stuff.
Still not as cool as Zilvazaraat played in the style of Sallah.

That depends on whether or not you were playing a female gnome.

I think we went through about 32 marriages while he was crafting for me...


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Final note before writing labs for the day (this note is mainly for TOZ):

I have to give credit where credit is due: If you're going the Linux route, install Steam.

Why?

Because the WINdows Emulator (Wine) that allows you to run Windows programs on a Linux machine has always been a flaky piece of junk. I'd never met an instance of Wine I liked... until Valve saw the value of letting Linux geeks buy Windows games, so they actually spent a lot of time and effort developing the Proton engine, which is basically Wine on steroids.

Not only does Proton let you run Windows games, but it's the best Wine distribution I've ever encountered, so you can use it to run all your OTHER Windows programs as well.

So... nicely done, Valve!

Grand Lodge

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Huh, so I don't have to have the same problem I have on my Mac, where my Steam games only work if the dev did the work? That's nice.

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