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taig wrote:

I quoted the whole thing from Liz Courts because it's beautiful, but I wonder how often Liz wanted to say the bolded part during her stint at Paizo. :)

Liz Courts wrote:

A lot of folks have said a lot on this topic, but I wanted to add my own two coppers to this particular topic.

I haven't been around in a while, so let me do a quick recap for those that might not know:

* I have been around in the Paizo community since 2005, and watched it grow from "just" magazine publishers to where it is now.
* I saw the shift from 3.5 to Pathfinder and beyond. (My name is in the "Special Thanks" section of the 1E Core Rulebook.)
* I have seen every angle of this business from ideation to creation to development to production to logistics to community to distribution. I know how all of the sausage gets made.
* I helped create PaizoCon, when it was just an unofficial gathering with 40 people in the basement of a hotel.
* I helped start the Wayfinder fanzine (still going strong)
* I was at the ground floor of Pathfinder Society's Season 0, and saw it grow to the enormous community that it is today.

I saw all of this *before* I got hired to work at Paizo in 2010, so when I tell you how heartbreaking the last 11 years has been, I mean it.

The most common thing I've heard from my fellow former Paizo employees is "I don't drink as much as I used to when I worked there." I want you to consider why that is. The other thing I see is how melancholy folks are. Working in games is f!@!ing awesome, I love seeing the unbridled creativity that people bring to bear, and their skills in getting a product into a customer's hands, from every department of a company. Yeah, it's a lot of work, and some days, any job is just that: a job. But the *passion* that people brought made a world of difference. Watching that passion die, watching it slowly get ground down under the working conditions and lack of improvement, still hurts.

For those that might say "That's just how it is": shut up. That doesn't make

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I miss Ms. Courts a great deal. If you are in contact with her please give her my best.


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...a VERY great deal, apparently.


Holy f&*%ing s$%+, the Khan beheaded [redacted]! Noooooo!!!!!

A lot of mongols are going to die because of this!


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Not [redacted] too!

Chapter 3: Kill the Khan.

F!@&ing A right!!


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Unholy flaming hell$#!ts, Batman!!

That second vaxx shot was AWFUL. 50+ hours later and I *still* feel terrible. I'm sure that the fact that my senior manager wouldn't give me the night off (despite my pharmacist's recommendations) didn't help much -- full shift, short-staffed (even more than usual), and UGH. I felt like I was wearing a lead suit the whole time.

But, as usual, I kicked metaphorical posterior, despite my misery.

I hate that damn virus. I hate how politicized it is. I hate still wearing those blasted masks.

Be well, friends, and stay healthy!


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Go away Steam with your Stellaris DLCs sale!

Shoo!


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Syrus Terrigan wrote:

Unholy flaming hell$#!ts, Batman!!

That second vaxx shot was AWFUL. 50+ hours later and I *still* feel terrible. I'm sure that the fact that my senior manager wouldn't give me the night off (despite my pharmacist's recommendations) didn't help much -- full shift, short-staffed (even more than usual), and UGH. I felt like I was wearing a lead suit the whole time.

But, as usual, I kicked metaphorical posterior, despite my misery.

I hate that damn virus. I hate how politicized it is. I hate still wearing those blasted masks.

Be well, friends, and stay healthy!

glad you got it.

Heal up.


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Went to donate blood today, but even though I had loads that I'd collected in a couple of rusty buckets over the past few days, they didn't want it, and insisted in taking my own out of my arm instead. Bah.


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Fantasy NPC: Xebhur Galorim, The Royal Poison Taster


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We're at the Ben Folds show!!


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"This next one is a song I made up!" - Ben Folds.


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Hello, everyone.


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Ah, the tiny victories of life!

As I mentioned, I usually let Impus Minor take "mental health days" as needed and within reason (one a month), but the school's COVID policy precludes my letting him take any absences due to illness (he usually has stress symptoms to go with his days off, so I can call in and truthfully say, "He's not coming in because he has a headache")...
...or so I thought.

This morning's stress symptom was a stomach ache. Not on the list of COVID symptoms. I ran the COVID checker. "You do not have COVID symptoms."

Woo hoo!

I suspect the attendance office will very quickly catch on when he has frequent stomach aches, always on Mondays, and always one a month, but I can at least get him his days off within the letter of the law.

It's not hard to give a teenager a stomach ache. :-P


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Very loud woman walking past the front of the house: And then she said, "You know what you did!"

I immediately felt more sympathy towards her than anger at her loud voice.

Is there any other phrase in the English language that so fundamentally demonstrates that you're a horrible person?

I suppose, "I joined the Nazi party!" is the same number of words and possibly worse, but not by much.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Very loud woman walking past the front of the house: And then she said, "You know what you did!"

I immediately felt more sympathy towards her than anger at her loud voice.

Is there any other phrase in the English language that so fundamentally demonstrates that you're a horrible person?

I suppose, "I joined the Nazi party!" is the same number of words and possibly worse, but not by much.

Well, what did he do! I can't meddle if I at don't have anything to work with.


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After the maces and axes, tonight we got new spears (O Ambassador, weez zis plethora of synthetic mediaeval weapons, you are really spoilingue us).

The bloke who sold them to us was very confident that we wouldn't manage to break them.

Guess what happened.


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And a final note before I get back to actual "work" work, my side yard thermometer reads 89°F, which is usually 3-4°F high in the mid-to-late afternoon because it gets the radiated heat from the neighbor's concrete side yard. But the "official" Wunderground weather station a few blocks away reads 83°F, which means that we really are well into our "Fall": The temperature never breaks 80°F except for a few days in the Spring, and a week or two in the Fall, including at least 3-4 90°F+ days.

I'm not looking forward to them.

But at least for now my thermometers are reading 89°F outside, 71°F inside, so the new(ish) roof and insulation are doing their job.


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Limeylongears wrote:

After the maces and axes, tonight we got new spears (O Ambassador, weez zis plethora of synthetic mediaeval weapons, you are really spoilingue us).

The bloke who sold them to us was very confident that we wouldn't manage to break them.

Guess what happened.

A gentle dance number set to mozart with non broken spears and a s%$&load of colourful ribbons about spring and s@@+.


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I'm finally getting back into Gamemastering, I guess! Been struggling with chronic illness a lot so haven't had the strength, but now I've put together something that tries to share that burden some.

Hoping it goes well.

Silver Crusade

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Evening, all. What did I miss?


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Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.


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WW was shocked to hear I'd never seen Space 1999, so now that we've finished WandaVision and Loki, we're watching the first season so I can be educated. Thank you, YouTube.


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lisamarlene wrote:
WW was shocked to hear I'd never seen Space 1999, so now that we've finished WandaVision and Loki, we're watching the first season so I can be educated. Thank you, YouTube.

It's been a long time since I've seen British Star Trek.


lisamarlene wrote:
WW was shocked to hear I'd never seen Space 1999, so now that we've finished WandaVision and Loki, we're watching the first season so I can be educated. Thank you, YouTube.

Oh man.

I only ever watch that when I am plastered.


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About to go home. Good night, everyone.


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lisamarlene wrote:
WW was shocked to hear I'd never seen Space 1999, so now that we've finished WandaVision and Loki, we're watching the first season so I can be educated. Thank you, YouTube.

Pretty sure I've never seen it.


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Umbral Reaver wrote:

I'm finally getting back into Gamemastering, I guess! Been struggling with chronic illness a lot so haven't had the strength, but now I've put together something that tries to share that burden some.

Hoping it goes well.

I really hope that goes well for you. It can work out quite well as long as everyone wants it to and handles their assigned "tasks" to help you.

I usually have someone else in the group keep track of initiative for me. Aiymi ended up doing it often enough that she created an Excel sheet just for that. You tell her your initiative bonus and DEX (in the event of ties) at the beginning of the campaign (let her know if it ever changes later), she plugs that in, and then during gameplay she just goes down the list and asks for your d20 roll. She plops that in and then it autosorts accordingly. Only time it doesn't fully work is if there's a tie with identical DEX scores, so a little manual intervention there isn't a real problem. The other hiccup is when I add reinforcements in the middle of a fight.

But again, it's just Excel. Move some cells around and it's all good.

It's one less thing I have to worry about, and she's made it easy enough for herself that it's not a "burden" for her.


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lisamarlene wrote:
WW was shocked to hear I'd never seen Space 1999, so now that we've finished WandaVision and Loki, we're watching the first season so I can be educated. Thank you, YouTube.

One of Gerry Anderson's productions, I believe. I've not seen it, or Blake's Seven, but I'm almost certain that silver leotards will have been involved, in great numbers.


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I loved Space 1999. It was one of those series that I grew up with. Having said that, it has not aged well.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Umbral Reaver wrote:

I'm finally getting back into Gamemastering, I guess! Been struggling with chronic illness a lot so haven't had the strength, but now I've put together something that tries to share that burden some.

Hoping it goes well.

I really hope that goes well for you. It can work out quite well as long as everyone wants it to and handles their assigned "tasks" to help you.

I usually have someone else in the group keep track of initiative for me. Aiymi ended up doing it often enough that she created an Excel sheet just for that. You tell her your initiative bonus and DEX (in the event of ties) at the beginning of the campaign (let her know if it ever changes later), she plugs that in, and then during gameplay she just goes down the list and asks for your d20 roll. She plops that in and then it autosorts accordingly. Only time it doesn't fully work is if there's a tie with identical DEX scores, so a little manual intervention there isn't a real problem. The other hiccup is when I add reinforcements in the middle of a fight.

But again, it's just Excel. Move some cells around and it's all good.

It's one less thing I have to worry about, and she's made it easy enough for herself that it's not a "burden" for her.

Excel is awesome. I have a combat table template that incorporates all the buffs my family likes to cast, color coded by type (green for luck, red for morale, etc.) so they can't "accidentally" double-dip. It makes things so much easier for me. (It also helped me understand the magic a lot better.)

RPG Superstar 2012

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I have a vague recollection of watching an episode of Space 1999 when I was seven or so. I was much more entertained at the time by the episode of the Muppet Show that followed.


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Big day today, I can't go into specifics yet, but a lot is happening, good things mind you but a lot to take in in one day.

But, that's how we do things, once a course of action is decided on we leap into action.


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Today's challenge?

See how much mud I can stack on the bottom of my shoes.

Also, building a wall.

RPG Superstar 2012

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That mud may come in handy.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Umbral Reaver wrote:

I'm finally getting back into Gamemastering, I guess! Been struggling with chronic illness a lot so haven't had the strength, but now I've put together something that tries to share that burden some.

Hoping it goes well.

I really hope that goes well for you. It can work out quite well as long as everyone wants it to and handles their assigned "tasks" to help you.

I usually have someone else in the group keep track of initiative for me. Aiymi ended up doing it often enough that she created an Excel sheet just for that. You tell her your initiative bonus and DEX (in the event of ties) at the beginning of the campaign (let her know if it ever changes later), she plugs that in, and then during gameplay she just goes down the list and asks for your d20 roll. She plops that in and then it autosorts accordingly. Only time it doesn't fully work is if there's a tie with identical DEX scores, so a little manual intervention there isn't a real problem. The other hiccup is when I add reinforcements in the middle of a fight.

But again, it's just Excel. Move some cells around and it's all good.

It's one less thing I have to worry about, and she's made it easy enough for herself that it's not a "burden" for her.

Excel is awesome. I have a combat table template that incorporates all the buffs my family likes to cast, color coded by type (green for luck, red for morale, etc.) so they can't "accidentally" double-dip. It makes things so much easier for me. (It also helped me understand the magic a lot better.)

My entire character sheet is in Excel, but it's modified to reflect our house rules. Remind me to share it with you at some point and if you want I can modify it however you want if you're interested.


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Grumpy Old NobodysHome's Gripe of the Day: Tech Equalization in Sci-Fi

One of the things that incenses me in a sci-fi series is when the writers clearly establish a technological gap between two races (for example, the Cardassians and the Federation in Star Trek, or the Mbari and the humans in Babylon 5), then without explanation discard it in the name of "tension".

Two series that handled technological differences well were Star Wars (all the races have been interacting for so long that everyone has the same tech; it's just a matter of money and resources) and the original Star Trek (in Balance of Terror the Romulans were clearly technologically inferior to the Federation. Later, they re-emerged after having signed a tech sharing agreement with the Klingons to catch up).

In Season 4, Babylon 5 jumps the shark... in the wrong direction:

Minor Babylon 5 plot spoiler:
The tech ladder in Babylon 5 is established early on, and repeated frequently for the first 3.5 seasons: The Mbari are so much more advanced than the Earthlings that the Earth-Mbari war saw Earth unable to destroy a single Mbari ship, with the exception of Sheridan's mine field. The Vorlons and Shadows are far, far beyond the Mbari.

The White Star fleet is built using mixed Vorlon/Mbari technology, to the point that a single White Star ship is almost able to take on a single Shadow ship. Early in Season 4, a lone White Star ship wipes out a Drakh cruiser with relative ease.

In short, White Star ships are so far beyond Earth technology that any conflict between the two should be a one-sided wipeout.

Instead, as soon as the conflict turns from the Shadows to Earth, suddenly a lone Earth destroyer is powerful enough to take on half a dozen White Star ships.

WTF?!!?!?

I wouldn't have minded a one-sided wipeout because the moral implications of exterminating your fellow Earthlings because they're too terrified to disobey orders is an interesting exploration.

Instead, I get to watch a bizarre twist where suddenly Earth ships, treated as meaningless fodder to higher-tech races for 3.5 seasons, are suddenly a threat.

WHY?!?!?!!?

Oh, because the writers thought it would add "tension". And that's FAR more important than consistency.

Grrr...

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Those are good ideas! I’ve never thought about managing buffs with Excel.


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New Guy: It doesn't have to be perfect!

I raise an eyebrow.

College Kid (I trained a couple of years ago who's dad I've worked with before and is running his own crew): Yeah, I wouldn't say that, he HATES that!


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Vanykrye wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Umbral Reaver wrote:

I'm finally getting back into Gamemastering, I guess! Been struggling with chronic illness a lot so haven't had the strength, but now I've put together something that tries to share that burden some.

Hoping it goes well.

I really hope that goes well for you. It can work out quite well as long as everyone wants it to and handles their assigned "tasks" to help you.

I usually have someone else in the group keep track of initiative for me. Aiymi ended up doing it often enough that she created an Excel sheet just for that. You tell her your initiative bonus and DEX (in the event of ties) at the beginning of the campaign (let her know if it ever changes later), she plugs that in, and then during gameplay she just goes down the list and asks for your d20 roll. She plops that in and then it autosorts accordingly. Only time it doesn't fully work is if there's a tie with identical DEX scores, so a little manual intervention there isn't a real problem. The other hiccup is when I add reinforcements in the middle of a fight.

But again, it's just Excel. Move some cells around and it's all good.

It's one less thing I have to worry about, and she's made it easy enough for herself that it's not a "burden" for her.

Excel is awesome. I have a combat table template that incorporates all the buffs my family likes to cast, color coded by type (green for luck, red for morale, etc.) so they can't "accidentally" double-dip. It makes things so much easier for me. (It also helped me understand the magic a lot better.)
My entire character sheet is in Excel, but it's modified to reflect our house rules. Remind me to share it with you at some point and if you want I can modify it however you want if you're interested.

Oh yeah, I have super-customised excel sheets for all my characters. With lookup tables for ranges, weights, effects and everything.


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Hello, everyone.

Scarab Sages

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I would like to proclaim it officially autumn, as my dad has switched from shorts to pants.

We will know its winter when he switches from sandals to shoes.


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On the one shoulder, a little inevitable appears and wants to ask to see everyone's Excel files for tracking initiatives, buffs, and customized character sheets.

On my other shoulder, a little protean appears (and takes the form of a GM friend of mine), who rolls their eyes and snarks, "That sort of system complexity is why I moved to 5E."

And then the inevitable excitedly starts talking about the Google Sheets page I built to manage Kingdom Building.


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"How complicated are Pathfinder buff rules?"

"Hero Labs charges roughly $200 for a complete package, has sold thousands (if not tens of thousands) of copies, and still frequently fails to stack buffs properly."


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Woran wrote:

I would like to proclaim it officially autumn, as my dad has switched from shorts to pants.

We will know its winter when he switches from sandals to shoes.

It's 88°F and climbing here today. I think that makes it quite likely to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Yep. It's Fall.


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The summer weather finally broke and it's DOWN to the 80s here, most likely through the end of October.

I am wearing a flannel in celebration.


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Yesterday was in the low 90's here. With high humidity. Today it's 65 with "only" 75% humidity.

It feels glorious.


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Woran wrote:

I would like to proclaim it officially autumn, as my dad has switched from shorts to pants.

We will know its winter when he switches from sandals to shoes.

IT IS OFFICIALLY THE FIRST DAY OF FALL THE LONGEST AMOUNT OF TIME UNTIL MORE SUMMER I GROW MORE POWERFUL WITH EVERY PASSING DAY


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Today is 66 and sunny. It's pretty nice.


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Andostre wrote:

On the one shoulder, a little inevitable appears and wants to ask to see everyone's Excel files for tracking initiatives, buffs, and customized character sheets.

On my other shoulder, a little protean appears (and takes the form of a GM friend of mine), who rolls their eyes and snarks, "That sort of system complexity is why I moved to 5E."

And then the inevitable excitedly starts talking about the Google Sheets page I built to manage Kingdom Building.

Part of me, a very small part, wanted to like 5e. Buy 5e is TOO simple for my tastes. That, and the lifting of the advantage/disadvantage system left a bad taste in my mouth.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Grumpy Old NobodysHome's Gripe of the Day: Tech Equalization in Sci-Fi

One of the things that incenses me in a sci-fi series is when the writers clearly establish a technological gap between two races (for example, the Cardassians and the Federation in Star Trek, or the Mbari and the humans in Babylon 5), then without explanation discard it in the name of "tension".

Two series that handled technological differences well were Star Wars (all the races have been interacting for so long that everyone has the same tech; it's just a matter of money and resources) and the original Star Trek (in Balance of Terror the Romulans were clearly technologically inferior to the Federation. Later, they re-emerged after having signed a tech sharing agreement with the Klingons to catch up).

In Season 4, Babylon 5 jumps the shark... in the wrong direction:

** spoiler omitted **...

Spoiler:
Indeed, that storytelling issue you point out is explicitly mentioned on TV Tropes's TV series section of Conservation Of Ninjutsu.

Though there are a few partial mitigating factors.

It assumes that all White Stars were so good as the prototype - which unlike in the real world might be less than true. While the first one was built with the aid of Vorlons, the further development of the remaining ones might be done with much less of their support (especially after death of Kosh, the other vorlons were less than enthusiastic about cooperation with younger races, preferring to order them around), and possibly even without full expertise of Minbari - those were in large part build by priestly caste without the full support of the Grey Council or other castes which might hold their own expertise to fine tune the ships to their optimum.

Also, exactly because of the war with Minbari, humans focused on closing the military technology gap as far as possible - in other materials it was quite explicit that Earth Force vessels after the war was vastly superior to their sibling barely 10 years older, and they were designed specifically with countering Minbari superiority. (supposedly the primary issue during Earth-Minbari war was inability of human sensors to lock on Minabri ships due to the latter's superior EW countermeasures, and that problem was solved in Omega destroyer)

The last part was taken even further with Clark's regime using pieces of Shadow-based technology to augment their newest vessels.

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