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Hi, everyone.


Hey, John!


hi everyone


like last monday: the kids sleep the wife is doing zumba :-)


a co worker moved here from canada, her strangest points about living in Germany:

- she never thought there would be a place where you need a color coded anual calender to bring out the garbage - yes you do, of course. we have 5 different (color coded ) waste bins with different schedules and intervals


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second point:
kids have a lot of freedom.
iwe expect kids at age 7 or 8 to take public transport alone and at age 10 to go alone to be unsupervised in a public swimming pool - in canada apparantly not


her 13 year old had never taken public transport alone

a french co worker some weeks ago got a call from her 8 year old son who, while walking alone through paris, somehow walked right into a huge political protest and didn't know how to procede


Hey, Aeglos!


hi Cal, how are you?


Doing pretty well, though kind of out of it from a massive anxiety attack at my son's birthday dinner last night. But it's much better now. I love my son very much, but all I could think of was getting back to the house and my dogs. As soon as I did the anxiety began to dissipate. Today I've been hit by waves of ideas for the future of my current campaign and I just keep writing and writing them down.. lol..

How are you things with you?


AEGLOS!


hi john


Also, you can drink beer and wine at 16, and the hard stuff at 18. Seriously. My unit was involved in a REFORGER exercise, in 1989 (I think). And it was around Octoberfest, and I saw teenagers drinking beer. No lie.


DungeonmasterCal wrote:

Doing pretty well, though kind of out of it from a massive anxiety attack at my son's birthday dinner last night. But it's much better now. I love my son very much, but all I could think of was getting back to the house and my dogs. As soon as I did the anxiety began to dissipate. Today I've been hit by waves of ideas for the future of my current campaign and I just keep writing and writing them down.. lol..

How are you things with you?

lot of work at, well, work but good otherwise


Patrick Curtin wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
I have discovered the magic of iced coffee after a solid weekend of minimal sleep.
Caffeine is the modern era’s haste potion

More like lesser restoration.


I drank a lot of caffeine-based drinks, mostly various kinds of coke, in the last two weeks. I hoped to end that today but tomorrow I have a last few hours of work to finish. Probably two or three.


John Napier 698 wrote:
Also, you can drink beer and wine at 16, and the hard stuff at 18. Seriously. My unit was involved in a REFORGER exercise, in 1989 (I think). And it was around Octoberfest, and I saw teenagers drinking beer. No lie.

yes, of course you can. here out in the countryside traditionally you get introtuced to beeer mixed with cola or lemonade by uncles or sport coaches one drink at time when you turn 14. at 16 you can buy beer and wine.

but you can't drive a car under 18.
and if you comit a crime you are treated as a minor until 21


off to bed now, good night everyone


John Napier 698 wrote:
Also, you can drink beer and wine at 16, and the hard stuff at 18. Seriously. My unit was involved in a REFORGER exercise, in 1989 (I think). And it was around Octoberfest, and I saw teenagers drinking beer. No lie.

Here you can drink anything at 18.


Aeglos! Hi and bye!


Well, ran the TSA gauntlet, yuk.

Good news is flight is in an hour


Good night, Aeglos!


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Patrick Curtin wrote:

Aaaand back. Good Monday Treeforters!

Back on American soil with American WIFI. Time to travel to Second City and then back to DC.

THE Carribean is beautiful. I have all sorts of pirate b-roll in my brain for descriptions of my games. I really want to run a Walking Dead-style game on a cruise ship. Limitless possibilities

I would love to see "Black Tide Rising: The RPG". Black Tide Rising is John Ringo's zombie apocalypse series. The protagonists escape the land-based disaster by stealing a boat and going to sea (in the Atlantic). Later, looking for resources and survivors, they "clear" cruise ships (and other vessels) of zombies. Many vessels. And many, many, many zombies. :-)

Two of the protagonists are Sophia Smith, aka "the Seawolf", and her sister Faith Marie, aka "the Shewolf". At the start of the series, Sophia is 15, and Faith is 13. They're both very good at what they do. Faith loves killing zombies. :-)

“Hold the M87 hand grenade firmly with your strong hand,” Faith said, keeping her hand wrapped around his. “Straighten the cotter pin, then pull, thusly. Remember that once the pin is pulled, Mr. Hand Grenade is no longer your friend, sir.”
John Ringo, To Sail a Darkling Sea

You do not want to mess with Faith. If she doesn't kill you, her Marines will. Don't mess with Sophia either.

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Celestial Healer wrote:

There may be competing bids, so nothing is certain yet.

As long as it isn't ebay auction style bidding.

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taig wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:

There may be competing bids, so nothing is certain yet.

As long as it isn't ebay auction style bidding.

I see that you managed to snipe the bid.

Congrats!

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
CH: Quick thought. With your new property abutting a preserve you need to build a bird feeding station. Make sure you can see it from a window in your house, preferably where you eat. Watching birds is very zen, and you start to recognize individuals at the feeders.
Also gives Aria opportunity to master her hunting skills. Or more likely something to look at through the window as I presume you will keep her indoors for her own good.
Yep. She'll likely pick out a windowsill (or coffee table or chair with a view) to watch the birbs and skwirrels and chatter/chirp the song of her people.

One of the feral four slaps the window with her paws. She'll never figure out she can't catch the critters on the other side.


Right now I'm ready to have someone else take care of my crazy dog. I love him when he's calm, but when he's crazy like this (nipping and barking) I just wonder...


Ed Reppert wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:

Aaaand back. Good Monday Treeforters!

Back on American soil with American WIFI. Time to travel to Second City and then back to DC.

THE Carribean is beautiful. I have all sorts of pirate b-roll in my brain for descriptions of my games. I really want to run a Walking Dead-style game on a cruise ship. Limitless possibilities

I would love to see "Black Tide Rising: The RPG". Black Tide Rising is John Ringo's zombie apocalypse series. The protagonists escape the land-based disaster by stealing a boat and going to sea (in the Atlantic). Later, looking for resources and survivors, they "clear" cruise ships (and other vessels) of zombies. Many vessels. And many, many, many zombies. :-)

Two of the protagonists are Sophia Smith, aka "the Seawolf", and her sister Faith Marie, aka "the Shewolf". At the start of the series, Sophia is 15, and Faith is 13. They're both very good at what they do. Faith loves killing zombies. :-)

“Hold the M87 hand grenade firmly with your strong hand,” Faith said, keeping her hand wrapped around his. “Straighten the cotter pin, then pull, thusly. Remember that once the pin is pulled, Mr. Hand Grenade is no longer your friend, sir.”
John Ringo, To Sail a Darkling Sea

You do not want to mess with Faith. If she doesn't kill you, her Marines will. Don't mess with Sophia either.

Huh. Never heard of the series. I’ll have to check it out (on Kindke, natch). Thanks for the tip Ed!

Yeah wandering through the labyrinthine maze that is a 12-deck cruise ship, my gamers mind was intrigued by the difficulties such a vessel would present to protagonists trapped on it during a zombie apocalypse. I guess I was not the only one.


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Bridges and boats, I hates the most.


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Which is ironic because pirates have always been my favorite genre.

And we lived for five years in Seattle, which has over 200 bridges in the Puget sound area.

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Setting: Poolside, deck of a cruise ship

PATRICK looks thoughtfully into the distance.

A VACATIONER, male, mid-60s in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, decides to strike up a conversation.

VACATIONER: You seem deep in thought.

PATRICK: I am imagining what nearby implement I could kill you with if you turned into a zombie.

VACATIONER (uncomfortable): Zombies, huh? I guess I’d be headed for a lifeboat.

PATRICK: There are 86 lifeboats on this vessel. The nearest one is 113 feet away, on the port side. Assuming 80% of the passengers turned into zombies, the odds are you would encounter 9 zombies on your way to the boat. I don’t like your chances.

VACATIONER: Say, is that my wife calling me? I’m going to go now.

PATRICK: Good Luck.

End scene

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Celestial Healer wrote:

Setting: Poolside, deck of a cruise ship

PATRICK looks thoughtfully into the distance.

A VACATIONER, male, mid-60s in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, decides to strike up a conversation.

VACATIONER: You seem deep in thought.

PATRICK: I am imagining what nearby implement I could kill you with if you turned into a zombie.

VACATIONER (uncomfortable): Zombies, huh? I guess I’d be headed for a lifeboat.

PATRICK: There are 86 lifeboats on this vessel. The nearest one is 113 feet away, on the port side. Assuming 80% of the passengers turned into zombies, the odds are you would encounter 9 zombies on your way to the boat. I don’t like your chances.

VACATIONER: Say, is that my wife calling me? I’m going to go now.

PATRICK: Good Luck.

End scene

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Zombie plague on a cruise ship?

That wouldn't end well...


Aberzombie wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:

Setting: Poolside, deck of a cruise ship

PATRICK looks thoughtfully into the distance.

A VACATIONER, male, mid-60s in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, decides to strike up a conversation.

VACATIONER: You seem deep in thought.

PATRICK: I am imagining what nearby implement I could kill you with if you turned into a zombie.

VACATIONER (uncomfortable): Zombies, huh? I guess I’d be headed for a lifeboat.

PATRICK: There are 86 lifeboats on this vessel. The nearest one is 113 feet away, on the port side. Assuming 80% of the passengers turned into zombies, the odds are you would encounter 9 zombies on your way to the boat. I don’t like your chances.

VACATIONER: Say, is that my wife calling me? I’m going to go now.

PATRICK: Good Luck.

End scene

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Ditto! :)


I just hate walking along the edge of a steep drop off while on a wooden path while keeping an eye on dogs that aren't mine and swatting away insects.

Fortunately I'm done with that for a while now. I think.


That made me sort of scared.


Cal,

It's fine to do it during the day. (Even if it was wet). It's less fine at night and you didn't bring a flashlight.

Right now at least I'm only walking on paved streets.


Thomas Seitz wrote:

Cal,

It's fine to do it during the day. (Even if it was wet). It's less fine at night and you didn't bring a flashlight.

Right now at least I'm only walking on paved streets.

I'm not afraid of heights, per se, but I am afraid of falling. I know that's kind of weird. But imagining walking along a narrow walkway next to a drop off gives me the willies.


Hi, Cal!


Hey! How's it going today?


Another day at work. Started not long ago, but at least it's not raining yet.


Well, it's still a win, then... lol.

I've farked up my back and my landlord is coming over to help me install a new cook stove. Not going to be easy hoisting that thing around.


Take it easy with the heavy lifting, Cal. Back injuries are always difficult to heal.


Got it installed. My son came and helped with the heavy lifting.

As far as my back goes I injured it pretty badly in early 1994. By 2004 it had gotten to the point where surgery was mandatory. I've had all sorts of deep body pain shots, meds, etc, but it's still really weak. I can barely lift a 50 lb bag of dog food now. It's one of the reasons I have to put up with chronic pain daily. Just today it's worse than usual. But, it will pass.


Well, take it easy anyway.


Thanks, John! I've been doing that since the new stove was put in. Haven't even used it yet... LOL


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Celestial Healer wrote:

Setting: Poolside, deck of a cruise ship

PATRICK looks thoughtfully into the distance.

A VACATIONER, male, mid-60s in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, decides to strike up a conversation.

VACATIONER: You seem deep in thought.

PATRICK: I am imagining what nearby implement I could kill you with if you turned into a zombie.

VACATIONER (uncomfortable): Zombies, huh? I guess I’d be headed for a lifeboat.

PATRICK: There are 86 lifeboats on this vessel. The nearest one is 113 feet away, on the port side. Assuming 80% of the passengers turned into zombies, the odds are you would encounter 9 zombies on your way to the boat. I don’t like your chances.

VACATIONER: Say, is that my wife calling me? I’m going to go now.

PATRICK: Good Luck.

End scene

Pretty much. I’m certain about 95% of the cruise goers were not in anyway involved in any fantasy save Disney. Zombie survival scenarios were likely not thought of.

There were depressingly few weapons available. I’d have to go with deck chair for a main weapon. Either that or grab a liquor bottle. It’d be a tough call.

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