Comrade Anklebiter's Fond Farewell to Politrolldom Thread


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Cthulhu, dear Comrade, Cthulhu. ;)

Sounds like you, Patrick Curtin and Mr. Comrade had a blast.


The Mad Comrade wrote:

Cthulhu, dear Comrade, Cthulhu. ;)

Huh, I never realized. I blame Metallica.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
The Mad Comrade wrote:

Cthulhu, dear Comrade, Cthulhu. ;)

Huh, I never realized. I blame Metallica.

RUH ROH!!!


Keep your pen full and capitalist whacking stick solid hickory old gobo, long live the revolution!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophers VII: Left Wing Adventures

In other news, Patrick Curtin came up on Saturday to attend Open Gaming Convention with me. The Black Goblin stood me up and Mr. Comrade and I decided that he should go to the DSA party instead. Special thanks to my former players, the Royals and Son, for all their help! I probably would never have found any games if it weren't for them! Huzzah!

Didn't get into any PFS like I would have preferred, but we did get to play in an XCrawl game where we gladiators in a United States ruled by a Roman Empire that never fell ruled over by Reagan Maximus.

I got to exercise my role playing abilities by repeatedly shouting out things like "May the invisible hand of capitalism guide my shot!" and "I'ma gonna make the blood trickle down your face!"

Was also proud of myself that I made the autistic, socially disengaged kid at the table happy when we encouraged him to finish off a lizard man and he decided to rip its throat out with his teeth. I think it was the only real smile I saw on the kid's face all session.

After that, we played a game called Cthulu-Doobie-Doo-Clue in which the Mystery, Inc. gang and the characters from Clue teamed up to investigate the death of Mr. Boddy. I was a bit disappointed because there wasn't much (any, IIRC) Cthulu Mythos involved, but I guess that was our own fault because we neutralized the ravings of poor Mrs. White with a soporific Scooby snack.

I was Ms. Scarlett (Patrick was Fred and Mr. Royal was Shaggy) and I like to think that my best line was, after discovering Mr. Boddy's lawyer was taken out by being poisoned with peanut butter, and then discovering that Mr. Boddy had a nut allergy, in an outrageous Southern belle accent: "Honey, I'm from Georgia, and if there's one thing we know in Georgia, it's that a peanut is not a nut, it's a legume."

Was thrilled, after the game was over, to discover that some of the other players were terrified by my...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


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Tfw, your Second Annual In Honor of Ona Judge Black History forum is tomorrow, and you've done a pretty good job building it all around town, and you've got DSA kids and SP members coming, a carload of IG members from New York, some former SAlt comrades from Providence, and are expecting a carload up from PSL Boston*; you distributed hundreds of copies of the flyer at the Portsmouth Women's March, and at the appearance of Ona Judge's biographer at St. Anselm and many, many elsewheres; it's less than 24 hours away, but you've been too busy driving undocumented workers in hiding to communist rallies in Boston and intervening into Teamster strikes and rallies for sacked UNH lecturers to actually, you know, write your speech for tomorrow, so you end up logging onto Paizo.com to recycle a bunch of the shiznit you said last year.

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*This year, Nino Brown is coming to OUR forum, which is a nice change of pace and, hopefully a harbinger of things to come.

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Pushing the envelope, and appending article I wrote that got put up on the IG comrades' website.

Boston: Let Siham Byah Come Home!
No Deportations!
By Class Struggle Education League


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I miss you you nut.

I hooe you and la principessa are okay.


Thanks, miss you, too!

And all the rest of you as well.

Recently, I thought we had finally gotten over the hurdle, La Principessa-wise, and were about to make a clean break and get on with the rest of our lives, but that turned out to just be another turn in the cycle.

Comparable Michael Corleone moment

Otoh, after twoish years of dbt*, I am happy to report that although she still suffers from extreme sadness and anger, she's able to get a hold of herself much quicker than before, and what used to be three-day fights are now over in three or so hours.

*For those not in the know, that's "dialectical behavior therapy," which is kinda fitting to be prescribed for a Marxist.


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Second Annual In Honor of Ona Judge Black History Forum
Sat, Feb 17, 2018 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

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Yay! Great work Comrade!

Happy to see you are still fighting the good fight.

Good Luck! I know you will give a great speech.


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Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.


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( ̄ー ̄ *)

And you are...? ;)


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I never left...probably 'cuz I have no where to go...


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Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Hah! I knew you couldn't resist us.


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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

I've wondered when we'd seen you again!


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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

well g~#&&+n. It's time for bonchon.


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Good to see you. Can’t believe it’s been two years since we went to that con up by your house.


And Patrick pops in, as well! How are you?


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Good. Very busy with the DC life.


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Master Pugwampi wrote:
I never left...probably 'cuz I have no where to go...

{rocks back and forth} Can't sleep leave. Clown Cosmo will eat me.


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Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:
Master Pugwampi wrote:
I never left...probably 'cuz I have no where to go...
{rocks back and forth} Can't sleep leave. Clown Cosmo will eat me.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cosmo Redmond n'ghft ahlloig wgah'nagl fhtagn!!


Peeking in.


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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

I'LL TAKE YOUR BOXES
THROW THEM AT FOXES
FOR IIIII
AM THE BOOOX-THROWER GENERAL!!!!


Holy cats! I hadn't thought of this band in years. They were absolutely terrible, IMO, but I listened to them right alongside every other early 80s metal outfits.


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

Hey stranger.

Between the politics ban and waning interest in Pathfinder I've mostly been an occasional lurker for the last few years. I check in every few weeks to see if anything substantive about 2E has dropped, but I"m mostly in a wait-and-see mode. PFS for 2E is looking pretty good, though.

I did the graveyard shift myself back in college...I never could get used to it. I was basically tired all the time. Here's hoping you can get back to days soon!


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Holy cats! I hadn't thought of this band in years. They were absolutely terrible, IMO, but I listened to them right alongside every other early 80s metal outfits.

I quite enjoy them, though they're definitely not top drawer. Some good old riffs, though, and the lyrics are hilarious.


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bugleyman wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

Hey stranger.

Between the politics ban and waning interest in Pathfinder I've mostly been an occasional lurker for the last few years. I check in every few weeks to see if anything substantive about 2E has dropped, but I"m mostly in a wait-and-see mode. PFS for 2E is looking pretty good, though.

I did the graveyard shift myself back in college...I never could get used to it. I was basically tired all the time. Here's hoping you can get back to days soon!

BUGLY! YEAH!


Glad to hear that many of you are doing well! Been following along with some of your lives on the ol' Facebook, others I often wonder about.

Lot more to say, but I should prepare for the Marxist reading circle in a few hours.

Til then!


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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Lot more to say, but I should prepare for the Marxist reading circle in a few hours.

Does that work like a magic circle against capitalism?

Silver Crusade

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Ack! It’s a goblin!


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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Lot more to say, but I should prepare for the Marxist reading circle in a few hours.
Does that work like a magic circle against capitalism?

I thought it was magic circle against bourgeoisie?


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Hey! Good to see you still around.

It's been so long the thread wasn't even flagged as something for me to pay attention to.:)

Still hanging out here, though not arguing as much. Or playing as much, unfortunately.

Sovereign Court

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I miss the discussions we had on these forms.


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Obligatory musical interlude.


Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Lot more to say, but I should prepare for the Marxist reading circle in a few hours.
Does that work like a magic circle against capitalism?

I wish.


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Irontruth wrote:
Obligatory musical interlude.

That song meant a whole lot to me back in ninety-whatever, but I was hoping it would be "The Boys Are Back in Town."


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thejeff wrote:
Or playing as much, unfortunately.

I gave up my game a couple of years ago. Too much going on, politically, and I refused to DM anymore.

Last August, however, Mr. Comrade and his girlfriend had a beautiful baby boy (Elias Tooley Weathers-Keating, how's that for a name?) and the prolonged periods of enforced free time in the life of a househusband (or, as I prefer to call it, a kept man) drove him to take up the reins of Dungeon Mastering.

5E D&D, alas, not Pathfinder. I made a male-passing female paladin with an Oath of Revolution (yes, inspired largely by Brienne of Tarth) named Sir Shelaigh "Sudsy" Sudskowski, a proselytizing militant in a splinter sect of Ilmater called (of course) the Conspiracy of Equals. Came into the game a few sessions after it started and went about trying to recruit all of the other players with leaflets I had made with info about the Ilmaterian church printed on the back of leftover leaflets from my appearance on a panel at last year's commie con in NYC, which is called Left Forum. Named ourselves the Company of the Broken Shackle.

I guess we were playing in the module in the 5E start-up box, but, of course, we quickly went off the rails, ignoring heavily dropped plot hints in order to, say, organize miners into workers councils, assassinating corrupt burgomeisters, fighting against anti-goblin and -orc racism, and driving out representatives of the imperialist-annexationist Lord's Alliance.

Unfortunately, things took a bad turn when our half-orc barbarian was disintegrated by a qbus (gender netural demon of seduction) and our half-elven rogue was transformed into a vargouille and consigned to the Abyss. One of the other players, an anarcho-nihilist fan of Max Stirner, had been f#%~ing with me for many sessions, pretending to be insane, trying to commit suicide in combat, etc., etc. and I snapped and decided to have Sudsy go all Lancelot-in-the-bushes, and started wearing spider webs on my face, spouting gibberish, and worshiping something called "the Prism Goddess". Heavy handed DM intervention as Ilmater appeared to me in my dreams and guided me back to the path of righteousness, but then I killed three or four wererats in the streets of Neverwinter who, when they died, reverted to their human forms as homeless street kids. Wracked with grief, Sudsy relapsed into insanity. I am hoping I get a chance next game to kill the Stirnerite and complete my transition to anti-paladin. Have never played one of those before.

Anyway, it's been great fun to be on the other side of the screen and give the DM as many problems as they all used to give me.

:)


I wish I could be on the other side of the screen for more than 3 or 4 times a year. I miss being a player very badly. I really enjoy what I do, but sometimes...


It's quite a liberating experience, to get to just show up without hours of prep and anxiety and just kick it. I do, however, find myself backseat DMing too much. How have you been, DM Cal?


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Freehold DM wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

well g$%**~n. It's time for bonchon.

We've got a Bonchon in Lowell, but I've never been.

I do still get down to NY with some regularity. Usually stay around the Cortelyou station. Probably be down next sometime at the end of June.

How are things in Freehold land?


Patrick Curtin wrote:
Good to see you. Can’t believe it’s been two years since we went to that con up by your house.

Jesus, two years ago? Damn.

Good to see you, too, CC (although I see you on FB all the time).


Limey I see all the time on FB, Bugley, too, although we don't often (ever) talk. Afraid our secret group with CrystalSeas sputtered out much too soon. Would love to hear how you're all doing, if you feel like sharing. Or not, your call.


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Obligatory musical interlude.
That song meant a whole lot to me back in ninety-whatever, but I was hoping it would be "The Boys Are Back in Town."

EDIT: Musical Interludes live on on FB; honored to say they've been picked up by two comrades, one in Portland, ME and the other a student at Evergreen in Olympia, who, I am quite pleased to report, has turned me onto all kinds of postpunk/Cure- and Smiths-esque mope music I'd never heard before.

For example, Sad Giants and Lovers


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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
It's quite a liberating experience, to get to just show up without hours of prep and anxiety and just kick it. I do, however, find myself backseat DMing too much. How have you been, DM Cal?

Pretty well, thanks! I've had more-than-I-should-have posts about my knee troubles and the post-op issues, but this will be the last time I mention them unless someone asks...lol.

It's good to see you back!


And as far as backseat DMing goes, I have to really resist the urge to do that, myself!


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I haven't beaten my depression, but I'm capable of getting out of the house and doing productive things now. I'm about a year out from getting my bachelors, and I will start applying to grad school this fall. This last semester was challenging, but I'm delving into much deeper history topics which is a lot of fun.

My history background is affecting how I DM. I've switched to running prewritten campaigns, and I spend my prep time creating documents and sources for the players to read that have story information for them. So far I wrote excerpts from a history book, a personal journal, and a song.


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Second paragraph: Awesome!

First sentence of first paragraph: That sounds good.

I had an extreme bout of situational depression from February to about, well, still in it I guess, but it's fading. Had a eureka moment somewhere in there and realized that, situational depression aside, I've probably been suffering from some kind of depression my entire adult life whose worst effects I warded off with heavy usage of [bubble bubble bubble].

Made a call to the union hall that didn't get immediate results, talked to my steward, he placed a call, they immediately got in touch and I have an appointment with the local's mental health team on Friday as a prelude to seeing a therapist which, I don't mean to brag, will cost $15/hour. Pays to go with the union card!

Woops, sorry, relapsed into old, politoll ways. Point is, I am learning more and more about the mental health epidemic and its connection to late stage capitalism and...woops, sorry, relapsed again.

Rest of first paragraph: Awesome!


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

well g$%**~n. It's time for bonchon.

We've got a Bonchon in Lowell, but I've never been.

I do still get down to NY with some regularity. Usually stay around the Cortelyou station. Probably be down next sometime at the end of June.

How are things in Freehold land?

WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME I USED TO LIVE OVER THERE WHEN IT WAS A BAD NEIGHBORHOOD!!!

And you will find out what I have been up to NEXT MONTH WHEN WE GO TO BONCHON WOOOOOOOOOOO


Most of my trips to NY of late have been on a strict timetable. Arrive, go to demo, go to meeting, get on bus to DC for another demo, etc. Not much time to hang out, but end of June I have a vacation week and can take it easier.

Talk to you soon!

Silver Crusade

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Hey all!

Who's still here?

Last August I finally graduated to full-time box thrower status, which was great, but unfortunately it meant going back to the overnight shift, which isn't. Have been having trouble adjusting to a sleeping for eight hours during the day schedule and spend a lot of time trying to sleep and not, so I figured, hey, why not check in with Paizo, politics or no, and see who from the old gang is still kicking.

This is just a brief hey and how do you do post; will check in later and see what's kicking.

well g$%**~n. It's time for bonchon.

We've got a Bonchon in Lowell, but I've never been.

I do still get down to NY with some regularity. Usually stay around the Cortelyou station. Probably be down next sometime at the end of June.

How are things in Freehold land?

We could go for a drink again!

Although, sadly, Lovecraft Bar has closed.

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