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Rosita the Riveter wrote:

I posit that overweight men should be encouraged to wear kilts instead of pants. As a transwoman, I have the male body shape, and I have quite the gut. So, as many overweight men do, I have some degree of trouble keeping my pants up. That body shape just is not conducive to suspending a garment about the hips, and the only things that really work are wearing a belt so tight it's actually painful, or wearing suspenders, which come with their own set of difficulties.

The kilt, however, which I, as a mostly closeted transwoman of Celtic extraction, naturally own multiple examples of, fixes this. A proper traditional kilt (so, not a Utilikilt) goes around your natural waist, which is just above the navel. For someone my size, that does mean a particularly large garment (52 to 54 inches in my case), but the advantage is that this part of the body actually is conducive to holding up a garment, even on overweight men. You fasten the kilt up there, and, wonder of wonders, it actually stays up there. Without having to be painfully tight.

It just works in the "not showing off parts of your rear anatomy" department. Kilts feel like they fit in a way pants never do. Wear underwear, though. As far as we know, most modern Scots do when they wear a kilt, and if you don't, it'll chafe. "Being proper traditional" that way isn't worth it.

Or Chefwear! Fish pants for all!

EDIT: Or fish pants for none!


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What do I do when I meet an attractive woman that is clearly interested in me?

I wake up.


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Sharoth wrote:
~sighs~ I just found out today that one of my friends died last week. He had heart problems and some strokes. He was a nice guy and put up with me, so that is always a plus.

So sorry to hear that Sharoth. Went through that myself at the beginning of this year.

My thoughts and prayers for you, and his family at this time.


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Drejk wrote:

What do I do when I meet an attractive woman that is clearly interested in me?

I wake up.

Heh.

I say "Hi honey. I'm home!"
;)


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Ragadolf wrote:
Drejk wrote:

What do I do when I meet an attractive woman that is clearly interested in me?

I wake up.

Heh.

I say "Hi honey. I'm home!"
;)

*throws a spoiled doggosaurus at Ragadolf*


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Speaking of really terrible AP plot hooks, Shattered Star has the good old-fashioned, "All these people have been kidnapped and then rescued, but they all have amnesia and hence can't help with investigation," plot.

At which point Shiro's immediate question was, "We're in Magnimar and the reward being offered is higher than the cost of a single Heal spell. Why hasn't the city just cast Heal on one of these people to restore their memories and find out what's going on?"

D'oh!

EDIT: The AP even says that it's possible to restore the victims' memories to get clues, but such techniques are "probably beyond the means of 1st-level PCs". But they don't provide a cure. Which pretty much means they're expecting the PCs to pay for a Heal. Which leads to, "Why doesn't the city just pay for one?"

Pretending the NPCs don't have brains never works well with my group. Very much like, "Well, I'm a 5th-level fighter who retired to be a tavernkeep, but I can't manage the dire rats in the cellar myself, so I'm going to pay a ludicrous amount to some 1st-level PCs to do it for me."

If you're going to pull that stuff, give a reason the higher-level NPCs aren't doing it...


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"Because the girls only flock to the fighter who goes after dragons. Collecting rat tails won't get me any of the tail I actually want." flexes
"...fine, I'll hire the stupid farm kid to do it."


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NobodysHome wrote:

Speaking of really terrible AP plot hooks, Shattered Star has the good old-fashioned, "All these people have been kidnapped and then rescued, but they all have amnesia and hence can't help with investigation," plot.

At which point Shiro's immediate question was, "We're in Magnimar and the reward being offered is higher than the cost of a single Heal spell. Why hasn't the city just cast Heal on one of these people to restore their memories and find out what's going on?"

D'oh!

EDIT: The AP even says that it's possible to restore the victims' memories to get clues, but such techniques are "probably beyond the means of 1st-level PCs". But they don't provide a cure. Which pretty much means they're expecting the PCs to pay for a Heal. Which leads to, "Why doesn't the city just pay for one?"

Pretending the NPCs don't have brains never works well with my group. Very much like, "Well, I'm a 5th-level fighter who retired to be a tavernkeep, but I can't manage the dire rats in the cellar myself, so I'm going to pay a ludicrous amount to some 1st-level PCs to do it for me."

If you're going to pull that stuff, give a reason the higher-level NPCs aren't doing it...

They fixed that in 2nd edition.

Of course, now every dragon "hoard" is fifteen gold pieces and 30,000 copper, so...


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Covering up and hiding my fatness isn't the issue. I do that to the point where people are surprised when I mention my real weight. Plus, I have a woman who is super attracted to me, who is fine with it.

But I know I've gained 40lbs in the last year and a half. I personally have functioning eyes...and can feel the pain of it on my joints, especially my knees. I feel the tightness of my older clothes clinging to me.

My metabolism just decided to shrivel up and die when I hit 36.

And unlike at 35 or younger, when I could put in minimal effort and watch it fall off, now I actually try and see no results. So...cursed armor.


Sharoth wrote:
~sighs~ I just found out today that one of my friends died last week. He had heart problems and some strokes. He was a nice guy and put up with me, so that is always a plus.

Oh, my dude. That's awful. I'm so sorry.


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Now this is hilarious, they have Tillamook cheese at our local Target.

Hmm, get some flavorless stale hybridization of plastic and cardboard that vaguely tastes like cheese from the s#@$ holes of Oregon.

Or you know, get some actual cheese handcrafted just down the road for the same price.


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CONGRATULATIONS TO LORD SYNOS!! WOOOOO!!!


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
If you're ever having a bad day, just remember: You are a brain, piloting a bone mech, wearing meat armor.

...

Holy s@#*.


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Drejk wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:
Drejk wrote:

What do I do when I meet an attractive woman that is clearly interested in me?

I wake up.

Heh.

I say "Hi honey. I'm home!"
;)
*throws a spoiled doggosaurus at Ragadolf*

<Aged wizzie ducks, and dashes out laughing> ;P

(To be fair, I constantly point out to any and all that I HAve NO luck left. none. Whatsoever. Because I used it ALL up on finding the ONE woman who will actually put up with me and love me.) ;)


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Hello, everyone.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Now this is hilarious, they have Tillamook cheese at our local Target.

Hmm, get some flavorless stale hybridization of plastic and cardboard that vaguely tastes like cheese from the s$+! holes of Oregon.

Or you know, get some actual cheese handcrafted just down the road for the same price.

Are you talking s*%% about Tillamook? You better stay away from the West Coast, now.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Now this is hilarious, they have Tillamook cheese at our local Target.

Hmm, get some flavorless stale hybridization of plastic and cardboard that vaguely tastes like cheese from the s$+! holes of Oregon.

Or you know, get some actual cheese handcrafted just down the road for the same price.

Are you talking s~$! about Tillamook? You better stay away from the West Coast, now.

I lived in Seattle for five years and had to suffer through what the West coast called "cheese".

I stand by what I said.

Tillamook might be considered cheese out west but it's barely better than Kraft here.


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Freehold DM wrote:
its been a long time since I have gone over the things that went...wrong...in games, and perhaps unfairly, I focus only on the guy who made me make my most recent and realistic house rules, but I have had to deal with everything from table flippers to a genuine nazi fetishist showing up.

What.

(Apologies if you've already elaborated on this, I'm catching up.)


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captain yesterday wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Now this is hilarious, they have Tillamook cheese at our local Target.

Hmm, get some flavorless stale hybridization of plastic and cardboard that vaguely tastes like cheese from the s$+! holes of Oregon.

Or you know, get some actual cheese handcrafted just down the road for the same price.

Are you talking s~$! about Tillamook? You better stay away from the West Coast, now.

I lived in Seattle for five years and had to suffer through what the West coast called "cheese".

I stand by what I said.

Tillamook might be considered cheese out west but it's barely better than Kraft here.

Good cheese comes from happy cows. Happy cows come from California. And that's that.


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In my experience, the US keeps all the remotely decent cheese to itself, and I can't say I blame it.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Now this is hilarious, they have Tillamook cheese at our local Target.

Hmm, get some flavorless stale hybridization of plastic and cardboard that vaguely tastes like cheese from the s$+! holes of Oregon.

Or you know, get some actual cheese handcrafted just down the road for the same price.

Are you talking s~$! about Tillamook? You better stay away from the West Coast, now.

I lived in Seattle for five years and had to suffer through what the West coast called "cheese".

I stand by what I said.

Tillamook might be considered cheese out west but it's barely better than Kraft here.

Good cheese comes from happy cows. Happy cows come from California. And that's that.

They must be getting all the antidepressants and meth flushed into the water supply.

Also, your cows have never been hand milked by a milkmaid, or her muscular farmhand with long flowing hair, so they can't know true happiness.


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*munches on selection of various European cheeses*

What is all that commotion about?


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Sorry, Captain Yesterday is right.

When I first moved from Wisconsin to California, I quickly understood that "real California cheese" was the greatest lie being perpetrated on the California citizenry... and that was at a time when Pete Wilson was governor.

Ask NH just how insufferable I was to be around when I was pregnant and craving cheese curds, and none of the "real California cheese" local cheese shops in the East Bay had even *heard* of them.


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For the record, I do appreciate the spirited debate and devotion to California.


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Ah, Thanksgiving weekend.

There are about a dozen high schoolers in my living room right now, so I've fled to the studio. Impus Major tried to bring a bunch of college kids over as well, but the Impii finally realized what a mess that would be and the college kids are over at another house a few blocks away.

All kids eventually come back to Albany.

As for the cheese debate, when Tillamook first arrived in the Bay Area in the 1990s it was a cut above anything else we could get at the time. It has definitely gotten worse over time; it seems like it was around 2008 when it suddenly appeared on every store shelf and the quality plummeted.

But I'll pit Cow Girl Creamery against the best Wisconsin has to offer, and may the best cheese win. (We should totally ship cheeses at each other, just to cheese off the USPS...)


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To the Cheese Haus!

Not to be confused with the Cheddar Haus or the Swiss Haus.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
its been a long time since I have gone over the things that went...wrong...in games, and perhaps unfairly, I focus only on the guy who made me make my most recent and realistic house rules, but I have had to deal with everything from table flippers to a genuine nazi fetishist showing up.

What.

(Apologies if you've already elaborated on this, I'm catching up.)

it was the 90s.

I was a major white wolf fan. Like most white wolf fans, I have been in exactly 8 games total.

One of those games was an online meetup, before those were a thing.

I fully admit I went solely because a girl was rumored to be going.

For the first part things were just fine. Lots of people I only knew from online proved to be completely normal in real life, although lots of them were hardcore 90s goths. A few drinks, no small amount of pizza, we had a good time.

Then, HE walked in.

Full nazi regalia, or close enough.

Swore he was cosplaying(in the days before cosplay was an accepted thing) his character, a Get of Fenris skinhead.

The air went out of the room. Some people up and left. Others asked him to leave. He was either oblivious or just an a~#+!*+, but he didnt leave. Eventually I joined one of the other groups who wanted to hang out ELSEWHERE, but I never really hung out with that group of gamers ever again, for obvious reasons.


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Happier cows?


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captain yesterday wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Now this is hilarious, they have Tillamook cheese at our local Target.

Hmm, get some flavorless stale hybridization of plastic and cardboard that vaguely tastes like cheese from the s$+! holes of Oregon.

Or you know, get some actual cheese handcrafted just down the road for the same price.

Are you talking s~$! about Tillamook? You better stay away from the West Coast, now.

I lived in Seattle for five years and had to suffer through what the West coast called "cheese".

I stand by what I said.

Tillamook might be considered cheese out west but it's barely better than Kraft here.

Good cheese comes from happy cows. Happy cows come from California. And that's that.

They must be getting all the antidepressants and meth flushed into the water supply.

Also, your cows have never been hand milked by a milkmaid, or her muscular farmhand with long flowing hair, so they can't know true happiness.

whips out cow outfit

I knew this was a possibility.


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NobodysHome wrote:


But I'll pit Cow Girl Creamery against the best Wisconsin has to offer, and may the best cheese win. (We should totally ship cheeses at each other, just to cheese off the USPS...)

Let the battle begin.

The winning state will have Freehold visit!


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I'm staying out of this debate.

I'm cheesy enough as it is. ;P


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Freehold DM wrote:

...

whips out cow outfit

I knew this was a possibility.

My favorite part of the video is the lady on the right who is clearly unimpressed, and just wants to grab her groceries and leave without having to deal with a dancing idiot in an inflatable cow suit.


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My Mom is home, no need for surgery right now but they said they might need to do one later depending on how exactly her face heals to make sure her sinuses aren't blocked. She and Dad are thinking about getting her into a rehab facility for at least a couple of weeks so she can get some professional help until she is starting to mend.


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Ye Feast of Gratitude and Discounted Electrical Appliances be upon us. Brethren, 'tis time to glut our fleshly appetites!

Obadiah, not like that

Jabez - oil-flame that gobble-crake! Nehemiah - crush squash into crust and spice it! Hepzibah - scrape the yellow nodules from the grain-fingers before steaming! That-I-Must-Repent-Lest-I-Not-Be-Number'd-Amongst-The-Elect Robinson (jr.) - RELEASE THE YAMS!!!

Happy Thanksgiving, USians :)


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Alright, who invited the Witchfinders to Thanksgiving? You know they always assume the turkey was a witch and burn it at the stake.

Scarab Sages

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Drejk wrote:

*munches on selection of various European cheeses*

What is all that commotion about?

*shares cheese platter with Drejk*

I have no clue what they are talking about.


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Ragadolf wrote:

I'm staying out of this debate.

I'm cheesy enough as it is. ;P

Ooooh, at the beer festival last weekend - I had a 'cheese-pun battle' with a friend.


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DSXMachina wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:

I'm staying out of this debate.

I'm cheesy enough as it is. ;P

Ooooh, at the beer festival last weekend - I had a 'cheese-pun battle' with a friend.

That's grate. Tell any gouda ones? You cheddar believe they're the best. Don't blow up the French cheese factory, the brie would be everywhere.


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These puns curdle my sense of humor.


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Ragadolf wrote:

I'm staying out of this debate.

I'm cheesy enough as it is. ;P

Plus, New Orleans may have booze, culture, and beads, but they don't make a decent cheese, so take that!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful I don't have to talk to my brothers this week.


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So, I was irritated when the first Christmas stuff showed up in stores before Halloween this year. I was incensed when my first friend sent me a Christmas card the second week of November.

Now that it's Thanksgiving, the madness will truly begin.

I love Christmas, mind you. I just strongly feel it needs to stay in December where it belongs...


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I'm also thankful we don't do Christmas lighting at work.


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Well, while I know that hating early Christmas decorations is an international phenomenon, I think it's particularly acute here in the Bay Area because we don't actually have seasons; our entire weather repertoire is, "Sunny, cloudy, foggy, or light rain."

So the only way we know what season it is is by the decorations. "Oh, look! Pictures of orange leaves, pumpkins, and cornucopia! It must be fall! Oh, look! Pictures of snowmen and fake wreaths and giant snowflakes hanging everywhere! It must be winter!"

Putting out the winter decorations in late October just confuses the living daylights out of us.

(As do capitalization rules. You capitalize days and months, but not seasons? What!?!?!?!)

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NobodysHome wrote:

So, I was irritated when the first Christmas stuff showed up in stores before Halloween this year. I was incensed when my first friend sent me a Christmas card the second week of November.

Now that it's Thanksgiving, the madness will truly begin.

I love Christmas, mind you. I just strongly feel it needs to stay in December where it belongs...

captain yesterday wrote:
I'm also thankful we don't do Christmas lighting at work.

We do. We had an Xmas tree and full decor up in the lobby on Nov 1. I hate it.


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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I'm in Canada right now, and it's very cold. This pleases me. I have escaped the California heat and my roommate's blasted insistence at running the furnace at 72.


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Okay, random morning funny... the kids have a favorite YouTube video which is a Harry Potter fan parody of Bruno Mars, "Dark Lord Funk". So when I told them they needed to go into my room to sort and fold the laundry I just pulled out of the dryer, they started singing, "the dark LOAD funk you up". I died.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, while I know that hating early Christmas decorations is an international phenomenon, I think it's particularly acute here in the Bay Area because we don't actually have seasons; our entire weather repertoire is, "Sunny, cloudy, foggy, or light rain."

So the only way we know what season it is is by the decorations. "Oh, look! Pictures of orange leaves, pumpkins, and cornucopia! It must be fall! Oh, look! Pictures of snowmen and fake wreaths and giant snowflakes hanging everywhere! It must be winter!"

Putting out the winter decorations in late October just confuses the living daylights out of us.

(As do capitalization rules. You capitalize days and months, but not seasons? What!?!?!?!)

For some reason, season names are not proper nouns but common ones...

In Polish we treat all of them as common nouns and write them un-capitalized.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
its been a long time since I have gone over the things that went...wrong...in games, and perhaps unfairly, I focus only on the guy who made me make my most recent and realistic house rules, but I have had to deal with everything from table flippers to a genuine nazi fetishist showing up.

What.

(Apologies if you've already elaborated on this, I'm catching up.)

it was the 90s.

I was a major white wolf fan. Like most white wolf fans, I have been in exactly 8 games total.

One of those games was an online meetup, before those were a thing.

I fully admit I went solely because a girl was rumored to be going.

For the first part things were just fine. Lots of people I only knew from online proved to be completely normal in real life, although lots of them were hardcore 90s goths. A few drinks, no small amount of pizza, we had a good time.

Then, HE walked in.

Full nazi regalia, or close enough.

Swore he was cosplaying(in the days before cosplay was an accepted thing) his character, a Get of Fenris skinhead.

The air went out of the room. Some people up and left. Others asked him to leave. He was either oblivious or just an a+#&%*$, but he didnt leave. Eventually I joined one of the other groups who wanted to hang out ELSEWHERE, but I never really hung out with that group of gamers ever again, for obvious reasons.

That's insane, I would have done the same thing.

Best case scenario, how clueless does a dude have to be to show up to a public event to roleplay an evil character based on real world present-day evil f%$$ers? That takes "I'm just playing my character" to a whole new low. Worst case scenario...dude's an evil f&+%er.

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