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Whelp,
University started back up today.
Both kids are now officially back to school.

So,... WHY don't I feel more relaxed?!? ;P


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Ragadolf wrote:

Whelp,

University started back up today.
Both kids are now officially back to school.

So,... WHY don't I feel more relaxed?!? ;P

Can't relax. That's when They'll get you.

(¬_¬)


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quibblemuch wrote:
Ragadolf wrote:

Whelp,

University started back up today.
Both kids are now officially back to school.

So,... WHY don't I feel more relaxed?!? ;P

Can't relax. That's when They'll get you.

(¬_¬)

Dangit.

Just because I'm paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get me!

>_>

<_<

O_o


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There's something going on round here.
What it is, ain't exactly clear.


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I've had to listen to this three times to get it out of my system. Thanks for that.


Happy Monday, y'all! Hope your week is off to a good start!


I need ideas for traps. I'm sending a table into a kobold warren for 5e night at the store and want to have a session that's extremely minimal combat (unless it's from a triggered trap), and the challenge comes entirely from trying to walk without paranoia.

If I've done this right, they might see a single kobold all night because the rest have all gone to ground when their traps didn't stop the party.


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Not sure on the 5e mechanics, so these are just non-mechanically defined ideas...

Punji traps with a 35 lb. load cover on top. Because when you're small and light, making traps that big people will trigger but you can scamper across is smart.

Spring-loaded punji traps. Instead of the victim falling, the spike shoots up through their foot. Same weight-bearing strategy.

A claw made of three (or more) heavy spikes that swings down from a canvas covered (and camouflaged) recess in the ceiling. Its arc bottoms out at 3 feet above the floor--again, perfect if you want to run past as a kobold, but if you're taller than 3 feet...

A pit full of alchemist's fire and dry sticks. It's covered in dry, oil-soaked timbers and a layer of oiled canvas, and a light dusting of dirt. Walking over it does nothing. You put it in front of the door of a small room. Midway through the room, a trigger causes a single alchemist's fire in the ceiling to ignite and roll down a tube. It hits the square with the trap, causing a massive bonfire that burns for 1d4 hours, cutting off that doorway as a route of escape unless someone wants to try to jump a burning fire pit.

A hallway lined with human skulls. Pressure plates cause tiny poison darts to fire out of SOME of the skulls eye sockets. Others of the skulls, however, trigger a falling rock trap when removed from their alcove.

A GIANT rolling rock trap ala Indiana Jones. Except that these are kobolds so the rock is only 3 feet tall. It'll knock someone down and damage them all the same.


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No worries on the mechanics. I'll kludge it together.

Am definitely doing the Indiana Jones rock.

This is definitely making me glad I favor halflings.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Happy Monday, y'all! Hope your week is off to a good start!

Yup. Just the usual.


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Well, there's a lot to be said for consistency!


My Monday is fine. I just am concerned about the rest of September because Mom is gone and I'm a terrible cook. :p Plus I can't afford to eat out all the time nor do I wish to.

But I am considering perhaps sending the Shaman running into an oncoming dragon possibly.

Mostly now I need to listen again to Buffalo Springfield...thanks for that quibble.


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Tuna salad, Thomas. Besides, it's good for you. :-)


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Ed,

I hate tuna unless it's yellow tail...


I, too, am a terrible cook but at present can't afford to eat out. And I'll eat about anything you put in front of me, whether it has a yellow tail or not!


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I can't truly AFFORD it...but at the same time...living in a college town DOES present some interesting food options. Some times.


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Hm. Peanut butter and jelly? :-)


Ed,

It might come down to that yes....


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

I can't truly AFFORD it...but at the same time...living in a college town DOES present some interesting food options. Some times.

Indeed. So much... fresh... food. I do believe I'll have sophMORE of that...


Thomas Seitz wrote:
My Monday is fine. I just am concerned about the rest of September because Mom is gone and I'm a terrible cook. :p Plus I can't afford to eat out all the time nor do I wish to.
Thomas Seitz wrote:
I hate tuna unless it's yellow tail...

What about rice? Made with broth/stock or water + a bouillon cube or two, and some dried/ground seasonings/herbs can be fairly tasty and filling. You can also start with dried beans, allow them to soak in salt + water til rehydrated, then bring up to boil and add rice & seasonings.

Or just dried beans rehydrated in water, then add: a quartered medium onion, a small chunk of ham bone, and a little salt + whatever seasonings. Simmer for an hour or two.


Tom, try Ramen noodles.


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Years ago, my step-mother, who was a gourmet cook, gave me James Beard's How To Eat Better For Less Money. Pretty good cookbook, with some good ideas in it. Leftovers ftw! :-) There's a more recent cookbook, The Starter Cook, which is also not bad. Agree with Ambrosia about beans and rice.

I once lived for most of a week on one pot of spaghetti (it was a big pot). :-)

Anyway, good luck in your kitchen!


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Maria Bamford on cooking.


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Okay first who invited Hannibal Lecter's slightly less sane cousin to this thread...but that was a TERRIBLE pun.

Secondly yes I can cook pasta. In fact I can do pasta all I want but I'm not sure I'm ready to live off it for more than month...

Also Ramen is fine...when I was younger But now? Not so much. Stupid blood pressure...

I might try the whole "season rice with something..." but again still not going to cover my protein intake as much as I would need. But eh...


Use the noodles as a base. Cook them and strain them. Then top them with whatever cooked vegs that you want.


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Here's something that can be controversial to gamers everywhere. I'm not taking any sides in this, just posting the article. I think we can all agree that without both Gygax and Arneson we wouldn't be here on this forum today.

Dungeons & Deceptions: The First D&D Players Push Back On The Legend Of Gary Gygax


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Cooking. How to. A guide.

Step 1. Get a pot.
Step 2. Fill the pot with water.
Step 3. Get a piece of meat. Pork, veal, chicken, whatever. Fish can do it too, if you find the right vegetables to come with it.
Step 4. Cut it into small pieces.
Step 5. Put the pieces into the pot.
Step 6. Get vegetables. Potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, beans, peas, such kind of hearty things.
Step 7. Cut the vegetables to pieces, generally comparable in size to meat pieces (yes, if you cut the meat into fairly large pieces you can get away with larger vegetable pieces, though it will extend cooking time).
Step 8. Put the veggies into the pot.
Step 9. Add spices. You can experiment here as it will be you who will have to eat all of that (or possibly dogs, though I would not risk that, IIRC some of the spices are unsuitable for dogs, humans will eat everything on the other hand). Stock cube is optional but very useful.
Step 10. Cook it until soft. Optionally you can cut it until really mushy, your choice. I like mushy.
Step 11. Eat.
Step 12. Reheat next day (or later the same time) and eat more.

You can serve it as is, or you can add rice or noodles. To save space I add those directly to the pot instead of cooking them in water (which is misguided step in my opinion, giving them blander taste than cooking in stock, soup, or stew).


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You can also add mushrooms, mix meats, and add more components to the pot before it runs out, refiling it for days and stewing them a perpetual stew.


Thomas Seitz wrote:

Okay first who invited Hannibal Lecter's slightly less sane cousin to this thread...but that was a TERRIBLE pun.

Secondly yes I can cook pasta. In fact I can do pasta all I want but I'm not sure I'm ready to live off it for more than month...

Also Ramen is fine...when I was younger But now? Not so much. Stupid blood pressure...

I might try the whole "season rice with something..." but again still not going to cover my protein intake as much as I would need. But eh...

Maybe it's just me, but I have found that seasoned rice cooked with chicken broth really doesn't need a whole lot of meat with it. Just a strip or too of crisp bacon crumbled up over it is enough for me. And I can get bouillon cubes and most seasoning for dirt cheap from Save-a-Lot, Aldi, Big Lots, or any dollar store. I had a bad habit of topping a big bowl of rice with a small pile of crispy fried onions (the kind used for green bean casserole), which may have been actually less healthy than the bacon. But it was soooooo good.

Soup is a good option if you like it. A good homemade potato soup is filling and satisfying (again, a little crumbled bacon at the end goes a long way). I like tomato soup, which is just canned tomato sauce really, with a little garlic + onion powder and dried basil + olive oil. If you like, add in some Italian seasoning and serve it with a slice of toast, buttered, and baked/broiled in the oven with mozzarella on top.


I'm less fond of soup in the summer and early autumn months....

But also I just need more chicken and pork in my life it seems.

Trying to stay away from beef as much as I can because of health and environmental reasons.


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It's go time.


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I'm down. Let's get him in the Octagon.


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Well... turns out he might have bitten off more than he could chew on this whole MMA thing...


Writin' checks he can't cash!


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And then expecting me to cash 'em.
That's Monkey Santa, all over.
Irrepressible scamp.


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Could be worse. Instead of Conor MonkGregor, he could be fixated on Connor MonkLeod: The Monklander. {somewhere, Queen begins to play}


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*off in the distance Freddy Mercury can be heard* We're princes of the universe!!


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
*off in the distance Freddy Mercury can be heard* We're princes of the universe!!

<Aged Wizzie relishes re-listening to one of his favorite soundtracks>


Ya know, when "Flash Gordon" came out I really, really didn't enjoy it, the movie or the soundtrack. But over the years I've come to appreciate them both.


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*flap to Brian Blessed*


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I just put a smidge of sliced deli ham under my ancient dog's nose while she was sleeping. It took her ten minutes to wake up, by which time I was nowhere nearby. I hope she thought: "Ooo! The Good Ham Fairy visited!"


Awe...that was sweet. How old is your doggo?


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The Dowager Doggess of Clickfordshire is a most dognified 16.


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I love old dogs. My Rosie is just coming up on 10 (we think). She's getting a bit frosty-faced, though.


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Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:
Could be worse. Instead of Conor MonkGregor, he could be fixated on Connor MonkLeod: The Monklander. {somewhere, Queen begins to play}

Queen is always beginning to play...somewhere...


A friend of mine took his family to see Queen in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. He said was easily the biggest concert spectacle he'd ever seen.


Oh I can believe that. They've always been a spectacle! ;P

Sadly, I was too busy avoiding all of the BAD music in the 80's, so it was well into the 90's before I (re)discovered all of the GOOD music that was also there. :)

Apparently, Queen were musical geniuses, who knew?!?)
;P

But I have ALWAYS appreciated the cheesy goodness that was the Flash Gordon movie! It was also my intro to Queen. I had the vinyl album of that movie, used to play it ALL the time!

Long Live Brian Blessed! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


Huh,... did the post-monster just get another meal???

Can't see my Queen-related post,... :(

EDIT-NVM, there it is! ;P


The post monster is messing with us, man.

The 80s were great for me musically. The 90s, dead to me. I practically stopped listening to music throughout much of the decade because I hated it so much. But with the 2000s up until now I started discovering new bands that carried the torch of the music I loved in the 80s as well as others. Thank you, internet!


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Feh. Kids today with your music and your pants... Back in my day, we had ONE NOTE! And it was a G. And that was good enough. The only time signature was 1/1. Lyrics? You'd better not bring that newfangled word-crap round here, dagnabit! G G G G G G G we'd sing. Anyone who moved rhythmically, we'd burn as a witch. Kept us warm on account of the glaciers.

*wanders off muttering about mammoth hunting and the inability to find decent sarsparilla*

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