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captain yesterday wrote:
I wear shorts, unless the temperature drops below zero. Then, I will reluctantly wear pants.

I'm the exact opposite. Shorts are only for around the house and sleeping in. If I'm leaving my personal property at all for the day, at the very least I'm wearing long jeans.


I own precisely one pair of khaki pants and a pair of khaki shorts. The rest of the time I wear sweatpants.


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I have one pair of shorts and a second oversized pair I wear when the first is in the laundry.


I would LIKE to own more clothes, don't get me wrong. But I gained back all the weight I lost last year plus about 20 more lbs. Clothes my size, and believe that's a lot of material being sewn together, costs more than normal folks' clothes and is nearly always of inferior quality. I rarely wear the khaki shorts (only in summer, really) and they're already starting to fray at the seams.


Vanykrye wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:

It is hard to find pants that fit JUST right.

;P

Mostly I just find a pair that I can live with. (Not so big they fall off, or too tight that I cant get them buttoned.) ;P

Not just size, but the right color. Too often it's just the wrong shade of blue.

Fun fact. On Friday I first found the right pants in a blue shade that was too intense for my taste (I stopped wearing blue jeans years ago, then returned to occasionally wearing them on the basis that pants that I hadn't had to pay for are better than no pants), then I found similar ones in a sandy color (too light for me), and dark, slightly rotted green (which were too small in size, or much too large - well, actually in the hindsight they would be right but I thought XL would be right for me, not XXL). The cashier told me that there are XL-sized in their sister shop in a mall that was on my way home. Which I got. And now I have replaced with XXL. *sigh* I could have saved myself trouble by checking them there and then.


We live and we learn. Pants!


captain yesterday wrote:
I wear shorts, unless the temperature drops below zero. Then, I will reluctantly wear pants.

If I had a job where I was allowed to wear shorts, I absolutely would.


I gave up a job where I was allowed to do that in favor of a similar job in a more formal environment once. The end result of that was within 6 months I had had a complete nervous breakdown. I'm not sure if the clothing allowed was a factor, though.


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Vanykrye wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I wear shorts, unless the temperature drops below zero. Then, I will reluctantly wear pants.
If I had a job where I was allowed to wear shorts, I absolutely would.

I worked at a place that made me wear 50s body shop style uniforms, for landscaping.

Yeah, I didn't last long there.

Another place insisted that shorts couldn't be worn unless it was above 86 degrees.

Let's just say, I had very different ideas on what the forecast said.


Since I'm the boss of me (and my business) I can tell myself when I can and cannot wear shorts. That being said, I'm going to be a little irate at myself because I know I have to wear pants when I'm walking my neighbor's Siberian Husky. Mostly because she wants me to walk her dog for a hour and also in a fairly heavily wooded area of my neighborhood.


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I have disproportionately long legs which makes finding pants fun.

I normally go with jeans to match my flannel for a 'Seattle Formal'.


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Do you get to wear a corsage with the outfit? (That's the second time I've used that word in 2 days. Odd, that).


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Nah, Seattle formal has an optional beanie.

Does a number to my curly hair though, so I go without it.


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My son wears a beanie all the time, except when he's onstage or at work. But outside those two things, that beanie is on.


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I hate rain. Mostly because when I know it's coming but I don't do anything to prepare for it, getting wet sucks.

Also tomorrow, the new maid service is coming to clean. Here's to a clean house for my mom. And yes me too, but honestly I feel like our house is usually...tidy(?). I mean I've been in other peoples homes and most of them look like ours. The ones that don't....I usually try to stay away from. :p ;)


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We call them dock hats.

I've been wearing flannel shirts, skater shoes, cargo shorts and cool band, happy monster, or non existent country t-shirts to go with my Chris Cornell circa 1992 hair since 1990.


They used to be called stocking caps. It's only in the last few years that the word "beanie" has been applied to them. A real beanie is quite different looking. And some have propellors!


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I prefer no hats. Also people that wear those kind of 'artistic' french hats always seem pretty douche-y to me.


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I knew a kid in college who wore one. And was a complete douche. He affected a fake French accent. He worked at Waldenbooks. The other workers taunted him by reading Stephen King books to him.


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Yeah well I have a story about it but I'm not allowed to tell since the person that told me this hasn't given me permission. Though I will say it does involve a douche and a small city college.


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I think that every class at every college has at least ONE of those kids each year.

:P

They told me that College was where you went to decide what you want to be when you grow up.

I am now 53, and am still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.

Of course, I am still waiting to grow up too, so no rush I guess.
;)


I went to college off and on for a span of 10 years. When I first started I wanted to get into broadcasting, having been a DJ at our high school radio station. I found I didn't want to study that, then changed majors several times. I ended up with enough credits to graduate, but not enough in ANY of the fields I studied. My point is I never knew why I was there, I guess. Except for my friends, the parties, women, and later D&D.

This carried on into my post-college attempts. I worked several different jobs before finding one I really loved. Then I left it for a similar job in the city where I lived instead of driving 30 miles to the original one. This turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes of my life and the last job I'll probably ever have. I've been out of work and on disability for 12 years now. I like to think that if I'd ever had a clear path in my life this wouldn't now be the case. I really envy my friends who knew what they wanted to do.

Sorry, that took a turn down a dark road.

Grand Lodge

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It's all luck, Cal. I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do and spent six years playing videogames. Even getting married and going to get a degree didn't help that much. I just do what I'm used to without a real end goal.


True. I do absolutely believe luck plays a huge part in things. I guess I never found that rabbit's foot...lol


Bored. Bored bored bored. Bored.


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How many boards would the Mongol hordes hoard if the Mongol hordes hoarded boards?


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That is so weird. I just jotted down an adventure notion not 5 minutes ago that deals with the players' caravan encountering a gathering of hordes of the grasslands.

This is what I jotted down:

The players’ caravan has stopped at an oasis while crossing a great grassy plain when they see dust clouds gathering to both sides of them. Then the sound of distant thunder rises before becoming recognizable as a vast number of galloping horses. Soon they are surrounded by thousands of mounted warriors, all yelling and whooping (maybe Centaurs? Or maybe the clans are gathering to make war on the Centaurs?).

Bataar Khan is the undisputed leader of all the different clans. His word is law and is upheld with extreme measures if necessary. His tent is surrounded by 100 warriors at all times; the best of the best act as both a body and honor guard.

Work on the interactions between the horsemen and the caravan. Do they attack? Are they curious about the strangers? Do they trade with them? Does the Khan invite them to a feast? Do the clans just take all their goods from them?

In my homebrew setting Centaurs are fearsome warriors found across the vast steppes of the continent called Yrazya.


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Random idea: a horde of centaurs and nomads that consider each other a blood-kin, maybe even nomads riding centaurs and bonding with each other as foster-siblings...

...

Nomad and centaur children are paired since their birth, growing together, training together, getting married to a bonded pair, raising their children together. Each centaur only allows his or her bonded human (or whatever humanoid race they bond with) ride them, and never bond with another human if their kin dies.


That's really cool. I like it.


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I'm having to do similar with the adventure Scint and I are working on. Manipulated prophecies are being used to provoke various tribes, packs, and clans to conflict where previously they were allied or neutral to one another. Need to figure out how precisely this works and how the PCs get involved.


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Mostly, it involves a lot of taking all the fun out of it by shooting down my awesome jokes.


My group is a few levels away from being ready for this little soiree', but the idea popped into my head and I wrote it down before I lost it. Prophecies are great game hooks if you can pull them off right. I don't always manage to do that so I've sort of backed off on them for a while. Plus, I decided this particular campaign would be a more informal sandbox sort of thing with the players just adventuring for the sake it instead of some world sweeping epic. I'm not sure I want a major prophecy to be included, though a smaller one about a local or regional hero rising could be fun to include the players on.


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Scintillae wrote:
Mostly, it involves a lot of taking all the fun out of it by shooting down my awesome jokes.

Sneak them in when you run the game. Like little laughter bombs.


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Mostly, it involves a lot of taking all the fun out of it by shooting down my awesome jokes.
Sneak them in when you run the game. Like little laughter bombs.

The problem is we're trying to write something with a fairly serious tone, and her addiction makes her keep dropping terrible puns.


I can write down the most serious, over the top death filled game, hoping the players feel the fear of God come over them when the BBEG shows up and I won't be able to help myself from making a pun if the opportunity arises.


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I don't really do puns, but I'm definitely influenced by my decades of watching comedy and cartoons.


One of my players will drop a Bugs Bunny quote bomb right in the middle of any place it fits. She's awesome and her timing is impeccable.


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MageHunter wrote:
How many boards would the Mongol hordes hoard if the Mongol hordes hoarded boards?

42?


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I may have turned Rise of the Runelords into Gravity Falls for my out of state nephews.


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I try and do Sandbox 'do whatever you want' so I have no expectation of seriousness from my players.


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That pretty much sums up almost any game I try and run.


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Orthos wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Mostly, it involves a lot of taking all the fun out of it by shooting down my awesome jokes.
Sneak them in when you run the game. Like little laughter bombs.
The problem is we're trying to write something with a fairly serious tone, and her addiction makes her keep dropping terrible puns.

I can stop whenever I want.


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Those are the first words an addict utters.


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The prosecution rests.


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Scintillae wrote:
Orthos wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Mostly, it involves a lot of taking all the fun out of it by shooting down my awesome jokes.
Sneak them in when you run the game. Like little laughter bombs.
The problem is we're trying to write something with a fairly serious tone, and her addiction makes her keep dropping terrible puns.
I can stop whenever I want.

...

I just don't want to


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I freely admit I probably have no self-control when it comes to throwing out a pun when the opportunity presents itself. The finger I point at Scintillae points back at me.


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I on the other hand am fairly bad at it. I tend to not see them coming, set her up for them completely unintentionally and unaware, and admittedly get kinda groany when she inevitably fires them at me.

But I'll fully admit, to some degree we're like a venn diagram toward each other, where my circle is labeled "awesome" or "badass" and hers is labeled "funny" and there's that tiny section in the middle where we overlap. I go immediately for stuff that sounds evocative, memorable in an epic sense, or references stuff (books, songs, etc.) that I really enjoy. She on the other hand seems to go straight for puns and corny jokes, getting a laugh, and being memorable for being silly or ironic.


Two great things that go great together.

I drop little references to songs or books in my games like Easter eggs. Sadly, only one of the guys has anything like a similar taste in music to mine so he's the only one who gets them. Usually. There's an inn in one of the cities of my campaign world called The Wizard's Birthday. It's actually an album title from the classic hard rock band Uriah Heep. No one gets that one. :(


Goodnight, Housemates. It's been a pretty long day for this guy.


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Orthos wrote:
But I'll fully admit, to some degree we're like a venn diagram toward each other, where my circle is labeled "awesome" or "badass" and hers is labeled "funny" and there's that tiny section in the middle where we overlap. I go immediately for stuff that sounds evocative, memorable in an epic sense, or references stuff (books, songs, etc.) that I really enjoy. She on the other hand seems to go straight for puns and corny jokes, getting a laugh, and being memorable for being silly or ironic.

Or, put another way, I like pithy, and you like purple.

Recent example. Creature is a twisted mass of plant matter formed into the shape of a skeletal wyrm. What should this creature be called?

Branch of Blood, Root of Bone?
or
Dracolichen?

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