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Orthos wrote:
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.

(This is why getting married is gonna be great.)


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Today is World Penguin Day.
On this day we don tuxedos and offer up herring to placate the World Penguin. As the ancient prophecies warn, unless yearly fed, the World Penguin will rise from Antarctic ice and waddle across the lands of humanity, crushing all in its path (but really adorably).
You know.
Ragnasquok.


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Why do we need to placate him? He's already an Emperor Penguin.


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Not yet. Until the Galactic Senate votes, he's still merely Chancellor Penguitine.


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It's a good thing we're not dealing with geese. Then we'd actually have to worry about Jormungander.


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Truly. Tho I'd still rather face an apeckalypse than the wrathful tusks of the self-devouring pig Ouroboarus.


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I suppose. We'll just have to hope we have some time before the end Fenrirs its ugly head.


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I admire your dogged determination to wring more puns out of this escatological scenario. Armageddon out while the geddon's good.


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I am pwestently weading the Wevelation of Thaint John the Divine, the only pwophet with an apocalithp.


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WERNK.

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Scintillae wrote:
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?

Because it's about tone.

Dracolichen is a great name and even a pretty funny pun. But it's completely out of place in a serious encounter where the PCs are having to face a literal manifestation of national and heritage pride twisted to otherworldly conquest.

When we write a fey plot, though, I totally want to use Dracolichen as a monster name. It's both very fitting there and too good to not use eventually.


Fey are pretty good for blurring the line between silly and scary.


Scintillae wrote:
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?

I honestly can't decide. I'm honestly torn between Root of Bone and Dracolichen.

Shadow Lodge

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Yep. Irreverent whimsy is really fitting for the tone of a fey storyline, and doesn't detract from the overall effect; in fact, the very dissonance can enhance the oddity and unnatural sense of the story.

Not so much in the plot in question, involving a lost royal scion having fallen into the Far Realm and now returning to her former home on the Prime with intent to reunite and reunify, by force if necessary, and make her old and new kingdoms one.

The alienness of the invaders contrasted with their apparent loyalty to the kingdom the PCs are defending from them and the twisting of that loyalty into intent to conquer and corrupt by the Far is the primary theme of the plot, and silly puns don't mesh as well with this particular storyline idea or tone.


Dorkwemada wrote:
I am pwestently weading the Wevelation of Thaint John the Divine, the only pwophet with an apocalithp.

Do you do weddings?


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Gunter the Penguin wrote:
WERNK.

Gunter no!


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Puns are NEVER out of place!

I stand by my beliefs, no matter how much I am punished for them.

My irreverent humor has gotten me sentenced to the punitentiary several times.

Worth it.

;)


Orthos wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
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?

Because it's about tone.

Dracolichen is a great name and even a pretty funny pun. But it's completely out of place in a serious encounter where the PCs are having to face a literal manifestation of national and heritage pride twisted to otherworldly conquest.

When we write a fey plot, though, I totally want to use Dracolichen as a monster name. It's both very fitting there and too good to not use eventually.

Counterpoint. Yes, it's about tone. After a point, making a name like that honestly sounds borderline pretentious...and is hard to remember. I'm still not sure I actually got the name you used right. One of those three-word phrases is fine. Two reads to me as trying way too hard to have meaningful impact.

The short pun names aren't always about lol puns. It's a quick, easy-to-remember name that gets across the essence of the creature.


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Well, just finished Brave New World.

stunned silence
"You make us read the happiest stories, Ms. Scint."


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Scintillae wrote:

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?

That's beautiful. Played in DC Heroes game where one of the players had a character named Lichenthrope. He could turn into fungi based creatures. It was pretty useless except for the jokes.

Shadow Lodge

Scintillae wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
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?

Because it's about tone.

Dracolichen is a great name and even a pretty funny pun. But it's completely out of place in a serious encounter where the PCs are having to face a literal manifestation of national and heritage pride twisted to otherworldly conquest.

When we write a fey plot, though, I totally want to use Dracolichen as a monster name. It's both very fitting there and too good to not use eventually.

Counterpoint. Yes, it's about tone. After a point, making a name like that honestly sounds borderline pretentious...and is hard to remember. I'm still not sure I actually got the name you used right. One of those three-word phrases is fine. Two reads to me as trying way too hard to have meaningful impact.

You actually got it spot on, heh.

As usual we'll have to agree to disagree. I don't have Any trouble remembering this sort of thing. As for pretentious... Well yeah. Its supposed to be.

It's the Far-warped minds and souls of a bunch of military brats infusing the local landscape's flora and buried remains of fauna into a totem evocative of the primary emblem of their homeland and direct representation of their patriotism and pride in their heritage, bloodline, and military service, animated in rage at these lowlife adventurers for standing in the way of their return home and reunion and absorption of their former people.

If it's not pretentious, I'm doing it wrong.


Orthos wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
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?

Because it's about tone.

Dracolichen is a great name and even a pretty funny pun. But it's completely out of place in a serious encounter where the PCs are having to face a literal manifestation of national and heritage pride twisted to otherworldly conquest.

When we write a fey plot, though, I totally want to use Dracolichen as a monster name. It's both very fitting there and too good to not use eventually.

Counterpoint. Yes, it's about tone. After a point, making a name like that honestly sounds borderline pretentious...and is hard to remember. I'm still not sure I actually got the name you used right. One of those three-word phrases is fine. Two reads to me as trying way too hard to have meaningful impact.

You actually got it spot on, heh.

As usual we'll have to agree to disagree. I don't have Any trouble remembering this sort of thing. As for pretentious... Well yeah. Its supposed to be.

It's the Far-warped minds and souls of a bunch of military brats infusing the local landscape's flora and buried remains of fauna into a totem evocative of the primary emblem of their homeland and direct representation of their patriotism and pride in their heritage,...

And another agree to disagree. If it's that pretentious, I have a hard time taking it seriously.


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Current events has been derailed by one of the students' decision that they must adopt a sea turtle. Stupid news featurette.


Like literally adopt or one of the symbolic adoptions done with contributions?


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Literally adopt. Every time they show an animal feature on the program, she declares she wants one. Yesterday, it was sloths.


LOL, how old is she?


Senior.


Hi, everyone.


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Scintillae wrote:
Literally adopt. Every time they show an animal feature on the program, she declares she wants one. Yesterday, it was sloths.

She's smart. Slow animals are the best to "adopt". The fast ones keep getting away...


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Ragadolf wrote:

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.
;)

Some comedian years ago used to have a joke that adults always ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, because they (the adults) were looking for ideas.


Scintillae wrote:
Senior.

Have you tried to explain to her that these are endangered, exotic animals that no one should...never mind. I'm sure you have. You have my appreciation and thanks for being a teacher. I thought about it but realized I would never have had the patience.


It's truly amazing how much better one feels when one has clean sheets and a clean shaven face.

Also, I hope Mom will let me go gaming on Sunday...


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I need to shave my non-beardy part of my face. It's getting scratchy.


Scintillae wrote:
Orthos wrote:
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.
(This is why getting married is gonna be great.)

Who's getting married? Did I miss a post somewhere?


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I only just now realized I missed a whole string of pun posts up thread. I'm glad I found them. WERNK!

Yesterday my knee felt somewhat better. I went from place to place in the house without using the walker. Today, in retrospect, I know that was a mistake.


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Senior.
Have you tried to explain to her that these are endangered, exotic animals that no one should...never mind. I'm sure you have. You have my appreciation and thanks for being a teacher. I thought about it but realized I would never have had the patience.

Yes. And to her credit, she immediately Googled whether or not either of these pets would be possible to own and was disappointed but accepting to discover that sea turtles are explicitly illegal to own.


LOL good.


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Scintillae wrote:
...sea turtles are explicitly illegal to own.

...and that’s why I rent mine.


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Scintillae wrote:
Yes. And to her credit, she immediately Googled whether or not either of these pets would be possible to own and was disappointed but accepting to discover that sea turtles are explicitly illegal to own.

Huh. Thanks for sharing. You've tortoise a valuable lesson...

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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
Orthos wrote:
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.
(This is why getting married is gonna be great.)
Who's getting married? Did I miss a post somewhere?

There was no post, heh. We never have made a big deal about it.

But yeah, Scint and I have been engaged for about a year now. The only thing keeping it at engagement rather than marriage is me trying to get the funds to pay off the last of my remaining debts and to move from Tennessee to Kansas.


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The Worst Person Ever wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
...sea turtles are explicitly illegal to own.
...and that’s why I rent mine.

Hmmm... turtle time shares?


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Orthos wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Who's getting married? Did I miss a post somewhere?

There was no post, heh. We never have made a big deal about it.

But yeah, Scint and I have been engaged for about a year now. The only thing keeping it at engagement rather than marriage is me trying to get the funds to pay off the last of my remaining debts and to move from Tennessee to Kansas.

Woo-HOOOO! Congrats!


All Yesterday's Parties wrote:
The Worst Person Ever wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
...sea turtles are explicitly illegal to own.
...and that’s why I rent mine.
Hmmm... turtle time shares?

Brilliant! And we can avoid property taxes by using a shell company!


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All Yesterday's Parties wrote:
The Worst Person Ever wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
...sea turtles are explicitly illegal to own.
...and that’s why I rent mine.
Hmmm... turtle time shares?

Did somebody say time shares?


Orthos wrote:
...to move from Tennessee to Kansas.

I totally get why you're doing it in that direction...but...that's not really an upgrade.

Scint! Get a job somewhere else! No, Nebraska does NOT count as somewhere else, because it's just like Kansas. It just stays out of the news better.


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Orthos wrote:
But yeah, Scint and I have been engaged for about a year now. The only thing keeping it at engagement rather than marriage is me trying to get the funds to pay off the last of my remaining debts and to move from Tennessee to Kansas.

Very cool!

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Vanykrye wrote:
Orthos wrote:
...to move from Tennessee to Kansas.
I totally get why you're doing it in that direction...but...that's not really an upgrade.

It actually is.

Tennessee has REALLY gone downhill in the past decade, mostly d-[REDACTED FOR POLITICS].


Orthos wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Orthos wrote:
...to move from Tennessee to Kansas.
I totally get why you're doing it in that direction...but...that's not really an upgrade.

It actually is.

Tennessee has REALLY gone downhill in the past decade, mostly d-[REDACTED FOR POLITICS].

I see it as a lateral move due to [REDACTED] and a downgrade in scenery.

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Vanykrye wrote:
Orthos wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Orthos wrote:
...to move from Tennessee to Kansas.
I totally get why you're doing it in that direction...but...that's not really an upgrade.

It actually is.

Tennessee has REALLY gone downhill in the past decade, mostly d-[REDACTED FOR POLITICS].

I see it as a lateral move due to [REDACTED] and a downgrade in scenery.

I don't go outside enough for scenery to matter.

And if you consider Kansas and TN's politics lateral, I'm just going to say you haven't been to this part of TN in a LONG time.

Yes, it has gotten that much worse.


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{grins from sewers that are Florida} Move down here. We have balloons. We have such sights to show you.

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