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My secret ingredient for popcorn is garlic powder.

Being nekkid makes it taste better.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Some people may or may not be interested in learning that the Planescape campaign setting is currently on sale for $2.99, for the greater glory of the Mashed Potato God.
I already have all of it, otherwise I'd be all over it.

same.


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captain yesterday wrote:

I've never looked through anything Planescape.

My favorite campaign settings were Spelljammer and Al-Qadim.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


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Freehold DM wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I've never looked through anything Planescape.

My favorite campaign settings were Spelljammer and Al-Qadim.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Mine too! They are cool.

Rarely/never PLAYED them, but I own a lot of the original materials. ;)


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I am interested in how magic worked in Al-Qadim. I know there was a log of genie stuff, but how much? Lemme see if there is a wiki or something.


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So the Kingmaker videogame is on sale on Steam. I bought it.

Worth every penny and then some. It's a true spiritual successor to the Neverwinter Nights/Baldur's Gate/Torment/etc series. (Including being bug riddled but still awesome despite it.)

I enjoy this thoroughly, and shall with time purchase every DLC like a pathetic junkie.

9/10 so far.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

So the Kingmaker videogame is on sale on Steam. I bought it.

Worth every penny and then some. It's a true spiritual successor to the Neverwinter Nights/Baldur's Gate/Torment/etc series. (Including being bug riddled but still awesome despite it.)

I enjoy this thoroughly, and shall with time purchase every DLC like a pathetic junkie.

9/10 so far.

So it is on GoG...

Arghhh!

*click*


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Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.


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Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

Unlike Dark Sun Al-Qadim doesn't feel like a march to inevitable doom.

I hate settings like that.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

So the Kingmaker videogame is on sale on Steam. I bought it.

Worth every penny and then some. It's a true spiritual successor to the Neverwinter Nights/Baldur's Gate/Torment/etc series. (Including being bug riddled but still awesome despite it.)

I enjoy this thoroughly, and shall with time purchase every DLC like a pathetic junkie.

9/10 so far.

Let me know when they have it for PS 4.


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captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

So the Kingmaker videogame is on sale on Steam. I bought it.

Worth every penny and then some. It's a true spiritual successor to the Neverwinter Nights/Baldur's Gate/Torment/etc series. (Including being bug riddled but still awesome despite it.)

I enjoy this thoroughly, and shall with time purchase every DLC like a pathetic junkie.

9/10 so far.

Let me know when they have it for PS 4.

Don't hold your breath.


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Drejk wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

So the Kingmaker videogame is on sale on Steam. I bought it.

Worth every penny and then some. It's a true spiritual successor to the Neverwinter Nights/Baldur's Gate/Torment/etc series. (Including being bug riddled but still awesome despite it.)

I enjoy this thoroughly, and shall with time purchase every DLC like a pathetic junkie.

9/10 so far.

Let me know when they have it for PS 4.
Don't hold your breath.

It's being made by a small indie developer. I'm frankly stunned at how good it is.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

Unlike Dark Sun Al-Qadim doesn't feel like a march to inevitable doom.

I hate settings like that.

it seems we are on opposing sides here, I love settings like that because it makes the successes belong to the players, not the overarching storyline.


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I got dragged off to see Frozen II at the Cerrito last night (because nachos), and I think the best thing I can say about it is that it didn't out-and-out offend me.

I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it. Its existence is clearly dedicated to generating money for Disney, rather than for any interest in furthering the story or deepening the characters, but the writers they hired actually tried to do exactly that, so at least there was some effort made.

None of the songs are particularly memorable. None of the animation is particularly dazzling. The story is, at least, a reasonable extension of the first movie's rather than some random "let's make some money quick" hack job.

But it's a movie that certainly doesn't need to exist, and I certainly wouldn't have minded never seeing it. But I didn't mind seeing it, so definitely one great big "meh".


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According to the email I got from Victoria's Secret today sherpas are on sale for half off!

So, if you're thinking of climbing the Himalayas this is the time to do it!


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

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

Unlike Dark Sun Al-Qadim doesn't feel like a march to inevitable doom.

I hate settings like that.

it seems we are on opposing sides here, I love settings like that because it makes the successes belong to the players, not the overarching storyline.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about it being about the players, I can do without the unrelenting doom and gloom.

You want to cast a spell? A tree somewhere dies.

You want to overthrow the local wizard king? Don't worry, there's twelve more!

Fight a dragon? There's only one and he's invincible.

No thanks, I'll take genies and flying carpets over that any day.


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

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

Unlike Dark Sun Al-Qadim doesn't feel like a march to inevitable doom.

I hate settings like that.

it seems we are on opposing sides here, I love settings like that because it makes the successes belong to the players, not the overarching storyline.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about it being about the players, I can do without the unrelenting doom and gloom.

You want to cast a spell? A tree somewhere dies.

You want to overthrow the local wizard king? Don't worry, there's twelve more!

Fight a dragon? There's only one and he's invincible.

No thanks, I'll take genies and flying carpets over that any day.

well, only if you are a defile, preservers avoid that nonsense...

And yes overthrowing the local dragon king means you have just upset the natural order of things and it's time to prepare for war against the other kingdoms, who will attempt to expand their territory.

And the dragon(s) of athas CAN be fought, usually by the avangion(s) of athas.

And yes the players are directly responsible for putting this all into motion. Because the world makes it very clear noone else is going to.


About to watch Frozen 2!


Been so tired for the last week.


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Hello, everyone.

Grand Lodge

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About to head to lunch before Frozen 2. Then pretzels!


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I'm so glad no one in our family jumped on the Frozen train.

I might be biased, having worked at a toy store during the height of the Frozen frenzy.

Needless to say, we will NOT be seeing the sequel.

Shadow Lodge

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Freehold DM wrote:
I am interested in how magic worked in Al-Qadim. I know there was a log of genie stuff, but how much? Lemme see if there is a wiki or something.

I honestly love the concept of the Sha'ir. "I have a genie familiar and it fetches spells from the ether for me, the more complex the spell or the more distant it is from my usual spell list the longer it takes to retrieve, but I can theoretically cast any spell in the game that I'm high enough level for if I'm patient enough and/or have had enough foresight to request."

I've been wanting to play the Dragon Compendium version, or a Pathfinder adaptation/archetype for Sorcerer, for a long time but never had a campaign that seemed suited for it, where I could expect to have the downtime to send my gen to fetch some of the more obscure spells I might want in addition to just getting the quick-and-easy day-to-day fireballs and such.

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I'm waiting for it to drop down into the dollar theatre before considering if I want to see Frozen 2.

Ditto for Star Wars. The last two just didn't impress me enough after the initial "oooh aaah" factor wore off to justify seeing the third in the expensive theatre on release weekend or so, and I'm in no big hurry.

Shadow Lodge

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Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.


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Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.

I am aware Forgotten Realms eats other settings in a paltry attempt to make itself more appealing, which is why I sought out the material before its distinctiveness was added to FR.


Tacticslion wrote:
About to watch Frozen 2!

I felt it was a really good movie. I think it avoided several of the pitfalls of the original while stumbling into a couple of its own, and there isn’t going to be an endlessly repeated musical piece (fortunately for us all).

Over-all an enjoyable experience that I don’t regret and a movie that earns its own right to exist by being better than many other films, even if the high points weren’t as high as the original.

EDIT: for clarity, there were things that I preferred over the first one; it’s just not going to be as popular.

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Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.
I am aware Forgotten Realms eats other settings in a paltry attempt to make itself more appealing, which is why I sought out the material before its distinctiveness was added to FR.

Forgotten Realms is now Sinistar.

I HUNGER. RUN COWARD! RUN!


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It's too complicated for a console to handle, cap. Lots of point and click, pausing while you make decisions, etc. It's as close to real TTRPG as a computer can emulate. The closest I've played was Neverwinter Nights 2.

Personally, I'm done with console. If a game is worth my time, it will eventually be released on PC (or emulated).


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Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.
I am aware Forgotten Realms eats other settings in a paltry attempt to make itself more appealing, which is why I sought out the material before its distinctiveness was added to FR.

Forgotten Realms is now Sinistar.

I HUNGER. RUN COWARD! RUN!

I told everyone this but just like with Whedon, noone listened to me!


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Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.
I am aware Forgotten Realms eats other settings in a paltry attempt to make itself more appealing, which is why I sought out the material before its distinctiveness was added to FR.

Forgotten Realms is now Sinistar.

I HUNGER. RUN COWARD! RUN!

I told everyone this but just like with Whedon, noone listened to me!

I listened to you, Freehold.


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The Whedonverse wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.
I am aware Forgotten Realms eats other settings in a paltry attempt to make itself more appealing, which is why I sought out the material before its distinctiveness was added to FR.

Forgotten Realms is now Sinistar.

I HUNGER. RUN COWARD! RUN!

I told everyone this but just like with Whedon, noone listened to me!
I listened to you, Freehold.

fires shotgun wildly


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I'm about to go do stuff. Have a good evening, everyone.

Grand Lodge

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Frozen 2 was a decent sequel. Nothing particularly special but enjoyable.


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Captain Literal wrote:

According to the email I got from Victoria's Secret today sherpas are on sale for half off!

So, if you're thinking of climbing the Himalayas this is the time to do it!

Not in a lacy negligee and red sateen silk thong, I'm not.

Not after the last time, anyway.


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Also, I bought Kingmaker in the Steam scale too, and intend to check it out shortly.

Secondly, Dark Sun was ace. Kind of like a... flintpunk? Barsoom.

Shadow Lodge

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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Personally, I'm done with console. If a game is worth my time, it will eventually be released on PC (or emulated).

More or less. I do love my tiny box of thousands of retro games, though.

Scarab Sages

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Limeylongears wrote:
Some people may or may not be interested in learning that the Planescape campaign setting is currently on sale for $2.99, for the greater glory of the Mashed Potato God.

HOLY FLYING CHEESBALLS I NEED IT


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Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.

It was the second edition that actually did that because TSR hoped to take advantage of FR's popularity.

Ravenloft was never made part of Forgotten Realms, though - it was its own world to which you could got drawn from any other (A)D&D world.

Shadow Lodge

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Drejk wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.

It was the second edition that actually did that because TSR hoped to take advantage of FR's popularity.

Ravenloft was never made part of Forgotten Realms, though - it was its own world to which you could got drawn from any other (A)D&D world.

At the least in 5e it's considered a part of FR's Shadow Plane, apparently. Not sure if that was a 4e change as well or if it didn't come into play until 5e.


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Orthos wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Al Qadim is fascinating.

I love the barbers, though they function better as quest givers than characters.

Like the dervish priests, the approach to wizardry, etc.

Like Dark Sun it feels different and IS different.

And here's where I ruin it all for Freehold by informing him that 3rd edition stapled Al-Qadim, much like it did Kara-Tur/Oriental Adventures and Ravenloft, onto the Forgotten Realms setting and made it part of that world's canon.

It was the second edition that actually did that because TSR hoped to take advantage of FR's popularity.

Ravenloft was never made part of Forgotten Realms, though - it was its own world to which you could got drawn from any other (A)D&D world.

At the least in 5e it's considered a part of FR's Shadow Plane, apparently. Not sure if that was a 4e change as well or if it didn't come into play until 5e.

Ah, right. Now I recall that in 4th edition, there was idea that the Ravenloft domains were not forming a separate, isolated plane (like it was in late 2nd edition, and in 3rd edition, when White Wolf licensed Ravenloft and fleshed it into a complete setting), but instead they were individual pockets placed within the Shadowfell.

The Fifth edition might kept it in similar way, and with Forgotten Realms being a sort of the default setting it might have seemed like being part of it - though in essence Ravenloft is simply part of Shadow Plane of all settings now, unless GM decides their homebrew setting doesn't contain it.


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I had Frito Pie today for the first time in many years.
By some bizarre coincidence, I also experienced the worst case of heartburn I've had since I was pregnant with Val.
I think I can wait many more years before eating Frito Pie again.
But it was sooooo good.


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My daughter liked Frozen 2.
She claims it is better than the original. Or if not 'better', then at least every bit as good.

My daughter will be dragging my wife and I to see it with her. So she can see it again.

BTW,... my daughter is 20 years old.
;P

That is all.


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I thought that Dark Sun was an interesting setting.
But I never got to play in it properly. (Although speaking of Video games, I DID own the TSR Dark Sun video game. Never got very far in that one though. Buggy.)

I LOVED the concept of the Al-Quadim setting. Everything. Genies, flying carpets, the works. Probably a holdover from being hooked at an early age on all of the Sinbad (And other Harryhausen) movies. :D

I actually own a decent amount of the original materials.
Sourcebook, Boxed set, boxed set of a dozen and one adventures,... etc.

Again,... never got to PLAY with it. But I love it all thw same!
;P


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Dracomantid, an acid spewing giant mantis!


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Where is everyone?

Has my sweet pretty little monster scared folks away?! :(


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You have the most outstanding monsters!


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Trying madly to clean the house for mother-in-law to come over for Sunday dinner. I took the dried-out turkey she overcooked and turned it into white chili with pinto beans, roasted corn, hatch green chiles, and salsa Verde.
And I made fresh cornbread.
After she leaves, we get to game.


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Returning to old songs that I had forgotten until accidentally finding a reference to it, checking it, and having a moment of "wait, I know that!", issue 3487 and counting: Hijo de la Luna.


Re: the review I wrote yesterday,

Tacticslion wrote:
there isn’t going to be an endlessly repeated musical piece
Tacticslion wrote:
there's no single stand-out musical number

(The second is from a second review I posted elsewhere.)

... I say as we've since been playing, like, five musical number songs all day yesterday and today.

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