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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
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Are they trying to hit that? Because they might be flirting a bit, and she may be exploring that aspect of life, not necessarily being a bad house guest. I would say check first, just to be sure.

Hmm... trying to be kind and not come across as a prude here, so let's see whether I can succeed:

She is a ridiculous flirt. By the time she was 14 she learned that skimpy clothing, smiles and giggles, and lots of physical contact opened doors for her. She's a stereotypical example of a young woman who's learned that she can get teen boys to do anything for her by heavily exploiting her sexuality. She's also a ludicrous extrovert and hates to be alone, and hates to be at home, so now that she has nothing to do over the summer she goes out every day, knocks on doors until she finds one or more male friends to drag around, then finally decides on someone's house to descend on; always a house that provides free food and TV.

All typical teenage behavior. It's not particularly unusual. But when it's your house she decides to drag her crowd to multiple times a week, it gets quite tiresome, and you need to start setting boundaries.

Worry not, you sound like a concerned parent, not a prude. It's a fine line to walk sometimes, but still, you did good.

She may need to hang out elsewhere to avoid stupidity in general.


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*sigh*.
puts clothes back on


Freehold DM wrote:

*sigh*.

puts clothes back on

Hey, she's 18 and she loves to flirt. I just figured you were offering to provide her a place...


NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

*sigh*.

puts clothes back on
Hey, she's 18 and she loves to flirt. I just figured you were offering to provide her a place...

that'll learn me to ignore the post count.


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OK. Woooooow... THAT was unexpected.

The summary of the call was, "We can't afford for you to leave, so please choose what you'd like to do next."

Not often your career becomes a "choose your own adventure" book.


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Do you have a ZUBLIUM CUBE and a RUSTY WHISK?

If yes, turn to 162

If no, roll a LUCK CHECK.

If you pass, turn to 15

If you fail, turn to 48


In other news, today's smallsword session started off with the 'Russian wrap', which is a non-lethal way to end a duel, and ended up with a way to end a duel very much lethally, by breaking someone's neck. We were all sensible enough to take it easy, though, so everyone ended up alive and happy.


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Wow. The more you learn...

So, my "new" manager was working on a project before he got promoted. He stopped all work on the project in late May. He continued to tell everyone that the project was in fine shape, though it might be slightly delayed as he waited to increase head count. He never changed any of his commitment dates to anyone.

At today's monthly meeting I had to inform a group of stakeholders that the course they had been promised wasn't only not ready, but that it wasn't even half done and everyone involved had been laid off.

It was not a good meeting.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
I didn't get a license until I was 21.

I think I was 18 or 19.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

The Army gave me an on-post license that got me around for work. I finally took the test when I wanted to get my own truck.


We weren't allowed to graduate high school without passing a semester long driver's ed course. Part of officially completing that was getting the driver's license.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Wow. The more you learn...

So, my "new" manager was working on a project before he got promoted. He stopped all work on the project in late May. He continued to tell everyone that the project was in fine shape, though it might be slightly delayed as he waited to increase head count. He never changed any of his commitment dates to anyone.

At today's monthly meeting I had to inform a group of stakeholders that the course they had been promised wasn't only not ready, but that it wasn't even half done and everyone involved had been laid off.

It was not a good meeting.

I've been in a couple of those when I was at a megacorp. They were always the most pleasant meetings completely devoid of acrimony. *cough*


Vanykrye wrote:
We weren't allowed to graduate high school without passing a semester long driver's ed course. Part of officially completing that was getting the driver's license.

Yeah, Driver's Ed was required for me too, but you just had to pass the written test and the driving training. You weren't required to actually go to the DMV, do the official driving test, or actually get your license. Pretty much everyone did, but there were one or two I know of who didn't.


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Wanted to teach my kids a lesson about democracy tonight, so I had them vote on which pizza we would order and what movie we would watch. Then I ordered the pizza I wanted and we watched the movie I chose, because I'm the one with the money.


gran rey de los mono wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
We weren't allowed to graduate high school without passing a semester long driver's ed course. Part of officially completing that was getting the driver's license.
Yeah, Driver's Ed was required for me too, but you just had to pass the written test and the driving training. You weren't required to actually go to the DMV, do the official driving test, or actually get your license. Pretty much everyone did, but there were one or two I know of who didn't.

For me as well.


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Why can't people keep their mouths shut?

As I mentioned, I had a meeting with my new director yesterday where he gave me 4 options:
(1) Write my own job description
(2) Join Team A
(3) Join Team B
(4) Be my own one-man department

I told him I needed 24 hours to think about it, but at the moment I'd try my own job description, then Team A, but I did want time to think.

So I met with my former manager and she said, "Under NO circumstances, EVER, join Team A! They're a bunch of losers! You'd be miserable there!"

And yeah, of course, director couldn't keep his mouth shut so he told Team A that I wanted to join them, and Manager A is all over me trying to get me to commit. And now it's pretty damned awkward saying, "No, my former manager says you're a bunch of losers so I'm going to Team B."

Feelings will be hurt. All because director couldn't keep his mouth shut.

*SIGH*


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Does your friend know something about team A that would/could be listed as incompatible without assigning blame? Long hours and you're doing ____ that require you to be home, unpredictable hours when you need to be reliably doing ______

Or came up with an idea to be my own department working on ___brilliant idea here____


BigNorseWolf wrote:

Does your friend know something about team A that would/could be listed as incompatible without assigning blame? Long hours and you're doing ____ that require you to be home, unpredictable hours when you need to be reliably doing ______

Or came up with an idea to be my own department working on ___brilliant idea here____

Um, "Team A is a bunch of whiny losers." Hard to translate that into something harmless.

I have a good excuse: There are two of us, and Team A is already interviewing the other person, so I said that it was only fair that each team get one of us so I should go to Team B.


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NobodysHome wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Does your friend know something about team A that would/could be listed as incompatible without assigning blame? Long hours and you're doing ____ that require you to be home, unpredictable hours when you need to be reliably doing ______

Or came up with an idea to be my own department working on ___brilliant idea here____

Um, "Team A is a bunch of whiny losers." Hard to translate that into something harmless.

I have a good excuse: There are two of us, and Team A is already interviewing the other person, so I said that it was only fair that each team get one of us so I should go to Team B.

It sounds like you need a better A team. I'd like to point out that we have both a flame thrower and a bowling ball.


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NobodysHome wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Does your friend know something about team A that would/could be listed as incompatible without assigning blame? Long hours and you're doing ____ that require you to be home, unpredictable hours when you need to be reliably doing ______

Or came up with an idea to be my own department working on ___brilliant idea here____

Um, "Team A is a bunch of whiny losers." Hard to translate that into something harmless.

I have a good excuse: There are two of us, and Team A is already interviewing the other person, so I said that it was only fair that each team get one of us so I should go to Team B.

"Team A has an established team dynamic into which I would not be a good fit. This would affect all of our performance, therefore I believe that it is in the company's best interest that I do not join them."

"Also, they're a bunch of whiny losers."


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I'm sitting here trying to due diligence (unlike my predecessor) and write up closeout recommendations for all the courses I'll be abandoning for my career move.

And I have to admit, it's really hard to bring myself to give a smurf.

"Yeah, it turns out my previous manager was hiding just how bad things were to anyone outside the department, so this is a dumpster fire it would take 4-6 weeks of full-time work to fix, and in FY2021 all of 12 people took this course.

Just let it burn."


Woot! I am hotness again!


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More proof that humans aren't the only creatures who crave change:

The cats failed to eat their wet food for 2 days, so I put the plate out in the yard for the scavengers.

As soon as the food was moved to a different location, the cats ate it all.


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NobodysHome wrote:

More proof that humans aren't the only creatures who crave change:

The cats failed to eat their wet food for 2 days, so I put the plate out in the yard for the scavengers.

As soon as the food was moved to a different location, the cats ate it all.

"if you don't eat your food I'm just going to give it to the possums

"He wouldn't DARE

Gives it to the possums.

"Nooooooooo


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Because one player was (and will be) unavailable for some time, instead of Vampire, we created 1st level characters for Ruins Of Symbaroum (a D&D 5th edition rulebook of a setting that we usually play on its native Symbaroum mechanic - we wanted to check and compare).

We got our first quest, to escort prized pigs from a local farmer to a local noble for his son's wedding!

And then on the road to the farmer we encountered four wolf-thingies and got almost immediately slaughtered...

The encounter was fully following the Ruins challenge rating rules, which are intended to be more deadly than standard D&D 5th edition but it was almost immediate wipe. I was taken out in the first round (courtesy of being attack by two wolf-thingies). The scoundrel went down in second. The warrior stood the longest, because his secret corruption gifted him with a [b]Robust[/i] physique that gave him +2 to Constitution and two extra HD...

For now, the GM decided that it was a vision that the party scoundrel had while we stopped for the night before hitting being steamrolled by the encounter sent to her by the master of a dark cult that she was member in her past.

I have bad feelings about escorting the actual pigs.


Drejk wrote:

Because one player was (and will be) unavailable for some time, instead of Vampire, we created 1st level characters for Ruins Of Symbaroum (a D&D 5th edition rulebook of a setting that we usually play on its native Symbaroum mechanic - we wanted to check and compare).

We got our first quest, to escort prized pigs from a local farmer to a local noble for his son's wedding!

And then on the road to the farmer we encountered four wolf-thingies and got almost immediately slaughtered...

The encounter was fully following the Ruins challenge rating rules, which are intended to be more deadly than standard D&D 5th edition but it was almost immediate wipe. I was taken out in the first round (courtesy of being attack by two wolf-thingies). The scoundrel went down in second. The warrior stood the longest, because his secret corruption gifted him with a [b]Robust[/i] physique that gave him +2 to Constitution and two extra HD...

For now, the GM decided that it was a vision that the party scoundrel had while we stopped for the night before hitting being steamrolled by the encounter sent to her by the master of a dark cult that she was member in her past.

I have bad feelings about escorting the actual pigs.

LOL. "It was all a dream!"

Amazingly, our Tuesday game featured four werewolves attacking the sleeping party after BOTH sentries rolled natural 1's on their Perception checks. Had the party been anywhere remotely close to their level it might have been bad. As it was, on the first non-surprise round the muse's 35 Perception roll followed up by a 30 Initiative roll meant one werewolf was a fine mist before the fight started in earnest, and I kind of had to rule that 24d6 of sonic damage in close proximity negated any and all need for anyone else to roll Perception to wake up.

And it went downhill from there for the werewolves.

EDIT: For the record, I’m a “static world” GM: If you went through a wooded area near a small town a month ago and I was rolling on the CR 2-6 table for random encounters, and no significant changes have occurred, I’m going to use the same table and give you the option of skipping the combat as “too trivial” or let you play it. The group really wanted to play it and they had a blast, but they were a bit disappointed at the werewolves’ fragility. For “set” encounters they get appropriate difficulties, so I think they wanted the laugher.


It was the very first combat of this party and we were dead.

Well, I succeeded on three consecutive death saves and stabilized without help. Which only made it worse, because it meant that the wolf-thingies started eating me alive while my companions were at least dead when the feast started.


We really need something other than challenge ratings. They have truly screwed up expectations on both sides of the screen, and gave the worst type of power gamers/dprlympians/rollplayers a shot in the arm.


Freehold DM wrote:
We really need something other than challenge ratings. They have truly screwed up expectations on both sides of the screen, and gave the worst type of power gamers/dprlympians/rollplayers a shot in the arm.

Yeah, to me it's really weird. I pick creatures based on their stats to what I think is a "good" fight for the party. The fights they have considered "great" have ranged from CR-1 to CR+6 (for a level 7 party), so CR seems virtually meaningless in terms of, "Can this party handle this encounter?"

I build something. It seems "reasonable". Hero Labs gives me some CR number. It's all over the map. Yet I haven't killed the party yet.


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Freehold DM wrote:
We really need something other than challenge ratings. They have truly screwed up expectations on both sides of the screen, and gave the worst type of power gamers/dprlympians/rollplayers a shot in the arm.

which they of course used to parry riposte and behead the person shooting their arm

Sovereign Court

*Looks at Drejk with astonishment and confusion.*

Didn't I kill you, by smothering your face with a pillow?


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"Why do people like sparkling water? It tastes like TV static."
"I don’t know how you came to that conclusion, I just know that you are right."


gran rey de los mono wrote:

"Why do people like sparkling water? It tastes like TV static."

"I don’t know how you came to that conclusion, I just know that you are right."

Drinking seltzer right now!


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Maybe I LIKE the taste of TV static, hey?

I'm at a HEMA camping & fighting event at present. Today, I did two different classes on sidesword, one on sword & buckler, and one on Indian dagger, buckler and spear.


Unfortunately I couldn't convince the 2 dead PCs to Reincarnate rather than be Raised. All because they have race-specific archetypes that they couldn't advance anymore when they came back as a different race. Nor could I convince the one who had previously Reincarnated to kill herself and get Reincarnated again since she doesn't really like being a Ratfolk. All because she didn't want to take the negative levels.


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Happy Break the Monotony Day!

I shall break the monotony by (hopefully) surviving through my birthday.

Which is also today.

Sovereign Court

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

*Presents captain yesterday with a big cake, that then goes into his face.*

Don't worry, the cake is just for you, and in your favourite flavours too!


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captain yesterday wrote:

Happy Break the Monotony Day!

I shall break the monotony by (hopefully) surviving through my birthday.

Which is also today.

Happy Birthday, Cap!

Are you going to celebrate by building yourself a custom fieldstone firepit in the shape of a cake with the flames coming out the top, and "Captain Yesterday is Freaking Awesome!" laser-engraved into the stonework?


Happy Birthday!


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captain yesterday wrote:

Happy Break the Monotony Day!

I shall break the monotony by (hopefully) surviving through my birthday.

Which is also today.

Hide in the darkness, my friend! I know what your birthdays are like!


Happy birthday, Captain!

Today is also the day Ghenghis Khan died, by the way. A strange coincidence!

OR IS IT?!


Happy Yesterday!


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Today:

2x rapier classes
Broadsword & dagger, which was excellent, and gave a good deal to take away and contemplate
German dagger

Now I am decently full of BEER, and am enjoying the night sky.


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Tensor wrote:
gran rey de los mono wrote:
Do you think Buzz Aldrin ever introduced himself by saying "Neil before me, for I am Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon."
Isn't it on youtube?

Tensor! You have returnethed!


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Huh, lots of old-timers still here. And 5475 pages? Nice, but have you broken the forums lately? Eh? Eh?

That's what we did back in my day.


points wildly Treppa! Treppa!


One of the things you learn after a long career of peer reviews is, "Don't say anything someone else has already said, because then to the person being reviewed it feels like everyone's piling on."

Sure enough, every single player except me (and likely his spouse) sent our GM an email complaining about some aspect of the fight. And now he's left thinking that everyone's hating his campaign and he's wondering whether to keep running it. Which is fundamentally awful, because at its core he runs a good campaign:
- The stories are rich and variegated, and we get to choose what we want to do.
- The world feels "solid": Realistic cities, believable NPCs, and the like.
- There is no "one right way" to solve a problem. We bypassed an entire dungeon and he had to throw out hours of prep work. We allied ourselves with a tribe we were supposed to make war on. And he adapts admirably to whatever it is that we do.

Yes, there are quite a few things that I vent about here (overpowered NPCs, inconsistent magic item availability, "perfect" bad guy preparation, and excessively difficult fights with no clear way around them), but it's just venting; I'd far rather be playing in the campaign than not.

Which is why I choose to remain silent when things go sideways and not pile on to the critiques, and only speak up when I strongly mislike what's happening (the whole, "Mirror, Mirror" plotline, which to his credit he immediately dropped).

We'll see how it goes today. Hopefully he'll get reassurances that he runs a solid campaign, but he has a few hiccups we'd like to work with him on ironing out.


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When you can do all your car's body repairs with leopard print duct tape, you know you have won.


Ugh. One of the worst things about dealing with the government is their well-meaning-but-horrifically-inconvenient interference with what you're doing.

One of the adages of being jobless is, "Searching for work is a full-time job."

So, GothBard applied for unemployment. As part of California's, "Let's help those who can't help themselves," approach to joblessness, she's required to register herself for work with CalJOBS in order to receive unemployment.

And I can just see it.

"Nope. We offered you a 40-hour week of counter work at Jamba Juice and you refused to take it, so no unemployment for you!"

Considering the tens of thousands of dollars GothBard and I have put into the system over the decades, you'd think, "Can I have my $450 a week for a few weeks while I perform my own job search?" wouldn't be asking too much. But apparently it is.

So now we'll see just how execrable CalJOBS is. Considering the rest of California's government programs, my expectations could not be lower.


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Fantasy Monster: Electropus.

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