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Drejk wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I'll be heading out soon to pick up my copy of the new Fallout RPG.
Modiphius one? The beta was terribly clunky.

At least I get all the sweet Fallout concept art they had laying around.


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Put your Vault Suit back on!


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Never!


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Took Hermione to her first Nutcracker rehearsal and costume fitting this morning, then went to school to catch up on all the little things I've been letting slide because of the move. Seven hours worth, plus I took some more home with me.
The kids were happy because they got to go to the local greasy burger place for lunch and rot their brains with an Inspector Gadget marathon. Also skateboard down the main corridor, which is polished concrete.
And Joe-Ben the Turtle was happy, because his tank got scrubbed down for the first time in four months.
I'm tired.


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Happy Birthday, John!


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Happy International Day of Peace, John!

FYI: You share the same birthday as Ghandi, definitely not unrelated.


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The Fallout RPG looks interesting, although I'm not sure how the 2d20 system will work, and I'm disappointed it didn't have a map of the Commonwealth, but I've already started hatching character ideas.


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Happy Birthday!


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captain yesterday wrote:
The Fallout RPG looks interesting, although I'm not sure how the 2d20 system will work, and I'm disappointed it didn't have a map of the Commonwealth, but I've already started hatching character ideas.

It worked fine for Conan, and Infinity, a slightly less so for Star Trek (in my opinion, that is 2d20 favorite iteration of my GM). We still have to play the new Dune.

It was also ok in John Carter, though like in ST-case I am not terribly thrilled because of handling of the attributes.

When we playtested Fallout, it was the worst application of 2d20 in our experience (it didn't play to 2d20 strength trying to be classic Fallout with its handling of levels and perks), and the feeling was widespread among the testers to the point it was delayed for reworks, so I can't really comment about the final product.


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Limeylongears wrote:
A lot of boardgames are expensive these days. I remember seeing a Hyborian one that looked pretty neat, but cost nigh on £100. And as for 2nd hand prices for copies of Heroquest in decent nick... (I know they re-released it recently, but only in the US, the objects, and I'm damned if I'm going to go through the rigmarole of importing a set)

"Hey, NobodysHome! I know your kids are at Games of Berkeley once or twice a week! Make them pick me up a copy and ship it my way!" is rigamarole?

Except it looks like it may still be in the crowdfunding stage. At least I can't find anything other than, "Pay us $100 to pre-order".

So is Heroquest a worthwhile multiplayer cooperative game? Shattered Star went down in agonizing flames and we no longer have anyone willing to GM the group, so we're looking for something to do on Sundays. If Heroquest is a cooperative board game we could play every week without getting bored of it, it's something worth considering.


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But yeah, I hear you. Telestrations was $70 for a bunch of tiny whiteboards, some whiteboard markers, and some cards -- about $12 worth of craft store stuff.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
A lot of boardgames are expensive these days. I remember seeing a Hyborian one that looked pretty neat, but cost nigh on £100. And as for 2nd hand prices for copies of Heroquest in decent nick... (I know they re-released it recently, but only in the US, the objects, and I'm damned if I'm going to go through the rigmarole of importing a set)

"Hey, NobodysHome! I know your kids are at Games of Berkeley once or twice a week! Make them pick me up a copy and ship it my way!" is rigamarole?

Except it looks like it may still be in the crowdfunding stage. At least I can't find anything other than, "Pay us $100 to pre-order".

So is Heroquest a worthwhile multiplayer cooperative game? Shattered Star went down in agonizing flames and we no longer have anyone willing to GM the group, so we're looking for something to do on Sundays. If Heroquest is a cooperative board game we could play every week without getting bored of it, it's something worth considering.

The old Heroquest is a ton of fun! I can't tell you about the new iteration.


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"Which means that before recording this video, I had to go and watch the 'Leaves From the Vine' scene from Avatar: The Last Airbender. So I am emotionally compromised already."

Scarab Sages

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gran rey de los mono wrote:
"Which means that before recording this video, I had to go and watch the 'Leaves From the Vine' scene from Avatar: The Last Airbender. So I am emotionally compromised already."

Leaves from the vine gets me every time


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It's 2021.

It's 71˚F outside (22˚C).

The sun is low in the sky, so the street is shady.

Gas is $4.34 a gallon around here.

And someone's been sitting in their car across the street for the last 10 minutes letting it idle while they wait for their friend to come out.


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Eve took my niece to the open house at their local fire station. They had a thing where they had a demo hose for kids to try. My niece figure out how to crank up the water pressure and sprayed a few people, including her Grandma.

Niece gets cookies.


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On the beach with Ch and Fergie.

There are boobs here.

I have neither chill nor tact.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
A lot of boardgames are expensive these days. I remember seeing a Hyborian one that looked pretty neat, but cost nigh on £100. And as for 2nd hand prices for copies of Heroquest in decent nick... (I know they re-released it recently, but only in the US, the objects, and I'm damned if I'm going to go through the rigmarole of importing a set)

"Hey, NobodysHome! I know your kids are at Games of Berkeley once or twice a week! Make them pick me up a copy and ship it my way!" is rigamarole?

Except it looks like it may still be in the crowdfunding stage. At least I can't find anything other than, "Pay us $100 to pre-order".

So is Heroquest a worthwhile multiplayer cooperative game? Shattered Star went down in agonizing flames and we no longer have anyone willing to GM the group, so we're looking for something to do on Sundays. If Heroquest is a cooperative board game we could play every week without getting bored of it, it's something worth considering.

It's a lot of fun (or I remember it being so c.1992, anyway) - it's a kid's game, really, so don't expect anything too sophisticated, but it's definitely good old-fashioned dungeon crawling frolics. It is replayable (the dungeon itself is randomly generated), and people are still making adventures and alternative tiles, so I'd say it has some longevity.

(Oh, and thanks, by the way - I'll bear that in mind if it ever reaches the production stage)

Also, please to enjoy the advert for the game


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Just heard from WW that his sensei wants him to stay in Colorado through Monday night and leave Tuesday, which means the kids won't see him until Wednesday morning. It's not like he has a job to go to or does much to help out around here, but the kids miss him.

This will be fun.


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Fantasy NPC: Ties That Bind, The Marriage Officiant. A faery magistrate that is supposed to bless the royal marriages to be valid in this particular realm.


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It's always nice when your kids' friends provide concrete demonstrations of things you've warned them about.

Ever since two (or more) of Impus Major's friends went off to college at U.C. Santa Cruz, I've been warning him that Highway 17 between San Jose and Santa Cruz is one of the most dangerous highways in the area, and I wanted him to be really, really, REALLY careful if he ever drove it, and to absolutely, positively NOT drive it at night.

So Impus Major's friend came up for the first time this weekend, drove down this afternoon...
...and got his mirror clipped off by a hit-and-run driver passing him unsafely on the winding road.

He managed to keep control and the damage was minor, but quite the wake-up call that that road really is pretty darned bad.


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NobodysHome wrote:

It's always nice when your kids' friends provide concrete demonstrations of things you've warned them about.

Ever since two (or more) of Impus Major's friends went off to college at U.C. Santa Cruz, I've been warning him that Highway 17 between San Jose and Santa Cruz is one of the most dangerous highways in the area, and I wanted him to be really, really, REALLY careful if he ever drove it, and to absolutely, positively NOT drive it at night.

So Impus Major's friend came up for the first time this weekend, drove down this afternoon...
...and got his mirror clipped off by a hit-and-run driver passing him unsafely on the winding road.

He managed to keep control and the damage was minor, but quite the wake-up call that that road really is pretty darned bad.

It wasn't me!

I mean, when I get to drive a vehicle, it is an running train wrack of terror and hilarity (with a lot of swearing involved), all the way to the intended or unintended destination (or more likely in some random direction), but the Watch_Dogs 2 map doesn't even reach San Jose, never mind Santa Cruz.


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Drejk wrote:

Fantasy NPC: Ties That Bind, The Marriage Officiant. A faery magistrate that is supposed to bless the royal marriages to be valid in this particular realm.

This reminds me of a Warlock Dragonborn I had in a 5e campaign -- their Patron was an incredibly ancient and powerful dragon that had transcended to something more than mortal (but not quite a deity) due to them keeping an eye on the relationships of their extended family, and *ensuring* that any marriages to their kin were happy long-lived ones.

ie, there's a very strong motivation to work things out in a marriage if there's a concern about being eaten (or worse) for cheating/stealing/etc -- aside from the obvious 'crunchy and good with ketchup' thing, there's also the whole 'Patron has hooks into a body' aspect.


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Hello, everyone.

I give my most heartfelt gratitude for everyone's well-wishes.


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Yesterday was so awesome. It's been so long since I was actually social, I hope I didn't come across as awkward.


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Hivemmind reasonableness query - it is arguably political as it is covid related, so spoilered.

Spoiler:

We have what I would call an expanded pod of people who are allowed in/out of our house on a regular basis. We generally trust them to be smart about covid protocols and the amount of risk they take outside our bubble is comparable to the amount of risk we take (e.g., adults are vaccinated, drive through dining, outside parks, unvaccinated small children in school, home gyms, etc.).

The child of one couple in our expanded pod goes to a school that has a covid cluster. Not her classroom and they dont commingle classrooms. The school took it seriously enough to shut down this week.

My wife socialized with mother in this couple on Sat. After possible child exposure, but before school alerted mother.

Is it now unreasonable to request a week isolation or covid test before allowing back inside our bubble?

The incubation period for delta is shorter, but you can be infectious for two days before showing symptoms. And, for vaccinated people, as I understand it, delta may be communicable without any symptoms.

We are in NC so there is a fair amount of general covid protocol exhaustion in the population as well as some resignation that we are all going to get it anyway at this point.


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Nylarthotep wrote:

Hivemmind reasonableness query - it is arguably political as it is covid related, so spoilered.

** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
California is VERY different, so take this with the typical "West Coast Grain of Salt", but we're facing our own COVID exhaustion, so here goes:

(1) Shiro visited relatives down South. One of them tested positive for COVID. Shiro voluntarily self-isolated for two weeks so we didn't see him.

(2) Talky went to a wedding down South. No one at the wedding was masking nor social distancing. We made Talky wear a mask and social distance from us until the requisite incubation period (7 days) and subsequent test (negative).

(3) Talky's brother tested positive. Same thing. He wasn't allowed in the same room with us until 7 days and a negative test.

So we did let Talky in the house, but the windows were open and he stayed at least 15 feet away from all of us and we all wore masks.

Your precaution is reasonable, at least to a Californian.


NobodysHome wrote:
Nylarthotep wrote:

Hivemmind reasonableness query - it is arguably political as it is covid related, so spoilered.

** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

Thanks for thoughts and examples.

The following is less political and more science.

I am doing a timeline and the variables are frustrating 3-5 days before detectability. 4-6 days incubation before symptoms shown (if they are shown given vaccinations) and infectious up to 2 days before symptoms. So, I think infectious starts at day 5 and maybe as late as day 9.

And compounding things, we do not have a specific day of exposure from which to start clock.


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Nylarthotep wrote:

Hivemmind reasonableness query - it is arguably political as it is covid related, so spoilered.

** spoiler omitted **

I would request at least a mask and social distancing for a week or a negative test.

If they're true friends, they won't be insulted by the need to take precautions to not get everyone else sick. The good news is the actual risk in your situation seems reasonably low.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Nylarthotep wrote:

Hivemmind reasonableness query - it is arguably political as it is covid related, so spoilered.

** spoiler omitted **

I would request at least a mask and social distancing for a week or a negative test.

If they're true friends, they won't be insulted by the need to take precautions to not get everyone else sick. The good news is the actual risk in your situation seems reasonably low.

This. But also everyone goes to get tested at the same time at the same facility and gets their results more or less at the same time.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Yesterday was so awesome. It's been so long since I was actually social, I hope I didn't come across as awkward.

Quite the opposite! You were very suave! You made a great impression on me and the locals, especially the fellow who set up the tent behind us! I'll PM you his comments as they were very positive, but might not be "G" rated for forum posting...

We totally have to do the beach trip again!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
A lot of boardgames are expensive these days. I remember seeing a Hyborian one that looked pretty neat, but cost nigh on £100. And as for 2nd hand prices for copies of Heroquest in decent nick... (I know they re-released it recently, but only in the US, the objects, and I'm damned if I'm going to go through the rigmarole of importing a set)

"Hey, NobodysHome! I know your kids are at Games of Berkeley once or twice a week! Make them pick me up a copy and ship it my way!" is rigamarole?

Except it looks like it may still be in the crowdfunding stage. At least I can't find anything other than, "Pay us $100 to pre-order".

So is Heroquest a worthwhile multiplayer cooperative game? Shattered Star went down in agonizing flames and we no longer have anyone willing to GM the group, so we're looking for something to do on Sundays. If Heroquest is a cooperative board game we could play every week without getting bored of it, it's something worth considering.

Hero quest....

So many memories.

It's too expensive for me. But due to the various changes in tabletop gaming between then and now, I could easily see the group openly wondering why they aren't just playing D&D- so many aspects of Heroquest ended up in what we now see as tabletop gaming it isn't funny.


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Pretty much my entire attitude towards the world:

Headline: Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR.

NobodysHome: I'd buy someone a drink, but I somehow suspect it's incompetence over malfeasance.

Get old enough and you realize that there really aren't any global conspiracies out there -- it's just dumb people doing their jobs... poorly.


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Fergie wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Yesterday was so awesome. It's been so long since I was actually social, I hope I didn't come across as awkward.

Quite the opposite! You were very suave! You made a great impression on me and the locals, especially the fellow who set up the tent behind us! I'll PM you his comments as they were very positive, but might not be "G" rated for forum posting...

We totally have to do the beach trip again!

Yes, yes we do.

We must invite more people from the messageboards to join us, I am certain we will have a good time.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Pretty much my entire attitude towards the world:

Headline: Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR.

NobodysHome: I'd buy someone a drink, but I somehow suspect it's incompetence over malfeasance.

Get old enough and you realize that there really aren't any global conspiracies out there -- it's just dumb people doing their jobs... poorly.

parties anyway


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Thank you for additional thoughts. Sticking to my soapbox stand for now. Might wear down and cave later, but for now...get off my lawn.


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Nylarthotep wrote:
but for now...get off my lawn.

Welcome to the Dark side!

At least the old, bitter, crotchety side!


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I have been the cynical old bitter guy in my group for some time. Not necessarily the oldest (but only by a month), but definitely the most cynical about pretty much everything.


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Okay, some news.

Just found out today checks clock about 4 hours ago that my boss is resigning. His last day is Nov. 5.

Everyone here is aware of the various misadventures I have had with him and his way of doing things over the years. Even in his announcement to us today he made it very obvious that he is an older Caribbean man that doesn't use computers unless he is at work and is very behind the times with respect to what is appropriate banter in the workplace in 2020. It seems that him leaving would be a good thing for me both professionally and privately, although I do NOT want his job(I may still end up going for it anyway, although I doubt I would qualify for it). I'm in shock. A lot of shock. If anything in more shock than I was before when I first heard. NO IDEA what this means professionally, although I very much fear more work is coming my way that will keep me from the aspects of the job I love. I also fear the boss may check out or get insufferable the closer we get to his last day. Jesus. I'm gonna have to plan some kind of event as I have known/worked with him the longest. Oh god.

So.

Yeah.

That's about it.

If anyone feels up to sending me the strongest thing they got, please do.


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I dont think FOOF ships particularly well, but hopefully things go smoothly.

Liberty's Edge

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Freehold DM wrote:
I'm in shock. A lot of shock. If anything in more shock than I was before when I first heard. NO IDEA what this means professionally, although I very much fear more work is coming my way that will keep me from the aspects of the job I love. I also fear the boss may check out or get insufferable the closer we get to his last day. Jesus. I'm gonna have to plan some kind of event as I have known/worked with him the longest. Oh god.

It sounds like a great time to potentially take advantage of any medical leave/sick time that you have available to get some mental space, decide if you're ready to try and step up or scout for positions elsewhere.

Scarab Sages

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Freehold DM wrote:

Okay, some news.

Just found out today checks clock about 4 hours ago that my boss is resigning. His last day is Nov. 5.

Everyone here is aware of the various misadventures I have had with him and his way of doing things over the years. Even in his announcement to us today he made it very obvious that he is an older Caribbean man that doesn't use computers unless he is at work and is very behind the times with respect to what is appropriate banter in the workplace in 2020. It seems that him leaving would be a good thing for me both professionally and privately, although I do NOT want his job(I may still end up going for it anyway, although I doubt I would qualify for it). I'm in shock. A lot of shock. If anything in more shock than I was before when I first heard. NO IDEA what this means professionally, although I very much fear more work is coming my way that will keep me from the aspects of the job I love. I also fear the boss may check out or get insufferable the closer we get to his last day. Jesus. I'm gonna have to plan some kind of event as I have known/worked with him the longest. Oh god.

So.

Yeah.

That's about it.

If anyone feels up to sending me the strongest thing they got, please do.

Whatsapp is down so I cant.


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Woran wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Okay, some news.

Just found out today checks clock about 4 hours ago that my boss is resigning. His last day is Nov. 5.

Everyone here is aware of the various misadventures I have had with him and his way of doing things over the years. Even in his announcement to us today he made it very obvious that he is an older Caribbean man that doesn't use computers unless he is at work and is very behind the times with respect to what is appropriate banter in the workplace in 2020. It seems that him leaving would be a good thing for me both professionally and privately, although I do NOT want his job(I may still end up going for it anyway, although I doubt I would qualify for it). I'm in shock. A lot of shock. If anything in more shock than I was before when I first heard. NO IDEA what this means professionally, although I very much fear more work is coming my way that will keep me from the aspects of the job I love. I also fear the boss may check out or get insufferable the closer we get to his last day. Jesus. I'm gonna have to plan some kind of event as I have known/worked with him the longest. Oh god.

So.

Yeah.

That's about it.

If anyone feels up to sending me the strongest thing they got, please do.

Whatsapp is down so I cant.

Apparently there is some kind of weird conspiracy theory going around that this is a dedicated attack on social media platforms.


Freehold DM wrote:

Okay, some news.

Just found out today checks clock about 4 hours ago that my boss is resigning. His last day is Nov. 5.

Everyone here is aware of the various misadventures I have had with him and his way of doing things over the years. Even in his announcement to us today he made it very obvious that he is an older Caribbean man that doesn't use computers unless he is at work and is very behind the times with respect to what is appropriate banter in the workplace in 2020. It seems that him leaving would be a good thing for me both professionally and privately, although I do NOT want his job(I may still end up going for it anyway, although I doubt I would qualify for it). I'm in shock. A lot of shock. If anything in more shock than I was before when I first heard. NO IDEA what this means professionally, although I very much fear more work is coming my way that will keep me from the aspects of the job I love. I also fear the boss may check out or get insufferable the closer we get to his last day. Jesus. I'm gonna have to plan some kind of event as I have known/worked with him the longest. Oh god.

So.

Yeah.

That's about it.

If anyone feels up to sending me the strongest thing they got, please do.

I will happily post you a nice 660ml bottle of Nigerian Guinness Foreign Extra. That'll sort you out.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Pretty much my entire attitude towards the world:

Headline: Facebook is down, along with Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus VR.

NobodysHome: I'd buy someone a drink, but I somehow suspect it's incompetence over malfeasance.

Get old enough and you realize that there really aren't any global conspiracies out there -- it's just dumb people doing their jobs... poorly.

What's down? Is it the Russians?!! Oh god, why am I always the last to know?!!!


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Freehold DM wrote:
Fergie wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Yesterday was so awesome. It's been so long since I was actually social, I hope I didn't come across as awkward.

Quite the opposite! You were very suave! You made a great impression on me and the locals, especially the fellow who set up the tent behind us! I'll PM you his comments as they were very positive, but might not be "G" rated for forum posting...

We totally have to do the beach trip again!

Yes, yes we do.

We must invite more people from the messageboards to join us, I am certain we will have a good time.

There is that small issue I am on the other side of that big splash of water behind the beach...

Also, I don't really do beaches. I can hang out at a chair by the trees, though. Especially if I get a lot of fancy juice cocktails.


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Ohboy...

My next adventure idea (though not really planned in detail) for The L5R Criminal Scene Investigation: The Second City series was a duel (not to the death) that ends in sudden death of one of the duelists a few hours later to a poison. The actual culprit was supposed to be the duelist wife who was bored with her proper husband, took a lover, and hoped that the other duelist would be blamed for the murder...

Sounds fine and simple enough. Except today I have learned that one of the players in the group recently cheated on her husband (whom she married no more than a year ago), and they are likely break up (he is not in the group) as for the last month he lived at my long time friends' place.

If we hadn't failed to schedule the session the last week, I might have run such an adventure, and knowing her, I might possibly end with her having a emotional system shutdown or a serious meltdown during the session.

EDIT: clarified that they are married for about a year, not that she cheated on him for a year... though who can really say?


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I am too old and too rusty...

A few kilometers walked and I can barely stand.


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Drejk wrote:

Ohboy...

My next adventure idea (though not really planned in detail) for The L5R Criminal Scene Investigation: The Second City series was a duel (not to the death) that ends in sudden death of one of the duelists a few hours later to a poison. The actual culprit was supposed to be the duelist wife who was bored with her proper husband, took a lover, and hoped that the other duelist would be blamed for the murder...

Sounds fine and simple enough. Except today I have learned that one of the players in the group recently cheated on her husband (of one or year, plus minus a month), and they are likely break up (he is not in the group) as for the last month he lived at my long time friends' place.

If we hadn't failed to schedule the session the last week, I might have run such an adventure, and knowing her, I might possibly end with her having a emotional system shutdown or a serious meltdown during the session.

Oof.


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*google-google*

Oh, come one, it wasn't even full 10 km!

Stupid old shell!

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