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  1. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    My mother tells me I was swimming underwater from my very first lesson, as if the idea that coming up for air was an afterthought. I never had much discipline, though, so I'm sure my form is terrible. Asthma prevents me from swimming more than about 50 feet without taking a breath these days.
  2. Best dragon for Smaug?

    Kyphrixis and Marthrangul are my top recommendations, although the original Dragons Don't Share has the best representation of Smaug as I imagined him from the book.
  3. He's playing Wizard Hitler. OTT seems like a good bet but "wacky oddball" seems unlikely. I'm worried they'll elf up his relationship with Dumbledore, though. My read from the books was that the reason Dumbledore took so long to confront him was that he was hoping literally anyone else on the planet would be able to stop his boyfriend.
  4. Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I should make my final selections. I don't think we've seen anything official, but I don't see any point in holding out for more Power Ups.
  5. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    As a schoolteacher, I was expected to go to school for the rest of my life. Realistically, it was going to be a drag, but I got a pretty school Statistics class out of the bargain.
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  7. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Flight's good. Teleportation's good. Telepathy's good. The sad thing is, it's hard to have a meaningful impact on the world with only one superpower. So maybe something that lets me telepathically or tele-empathically link people so we can get some real mutual understand going on.
  8. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Wha...? Why 2nd? I mean, I liked it better than most folks, but why not Fourth?
  9. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    This would require having the foggiest clue which of my many boardgames were OOP. In terms of RPGs, I played WTA, but that was only OOP for like five years, and Earthdawn, which has technically never been OOP but has seen several publishing houses close up shop on it. In terms of CCGs, I still play the Babylon 5 CCG with friends from time to time, and that's been OOP for 15 years.
  10. Saw A Wrinkle In Time and Coco over the course of the weekend. I read Wrinke as an adult so I wasn't expecting much from the movie but I was in a room full of people who'd read and loved it as a child and their enthusiasm helped. Coco was much better, but man, the cosmology has some seriously elfed up implications. I also rewatched Spectre for the first time on Friday and the first 2/3 were better than I'd remembered. The movie falls apart once Bond goes to meet with Blofeld in the desert. Christoph Waltz was criminally underused.
  11. Female Humanoid Dragons????

    The clothes, it turns out, really do make the man. During the Golden Age of Piracy, there were a number of pirates who were AFAB who, when stripped of their shirts for a flogging, were described having "fatty chests" and no one on board seemed to even suspect they might be women. Or there's this picture from an art project in Hull a few years ago: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/09/thousands-strip-naked-in-hull-for-spencer-tunick-photographs Until you see the penises, you really have no idea who might be a blue man standing casually and who might be a blue woman standing casually. I expect the phenomenon to be even more pronounced in other species, unless they have serious sexual dimorphism, which in reptiles seems to consist almost entirely in terms of size and coloration.
  12. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Not generally. I read Jurassic Park four times as a teen. LOTR and Old Man's War twice each. That's probably it for non-picture, non-poetry books.
  13. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Good guys from races with a bad rep.
  14. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    From time to time, I go to SnowCon in Bangor, where I play boardgames with one of my groomsmen and play Earthdawn with the Lead Developer. The FLGSs donate a bunch of brand-new games for their "Play to Win" event. For each of these games you play, you get a chance to win it. Also I go to Intercon, a local LARP Convention where there's lots of LARPing, LARP-related panels, and LARPers.
  15. Practical puzzles in RPGs

    Don't use this puzzle. The puzzle has two right answers and, as a Mathematician, I will in fact argue that they are both valid and totally derail your game.
  16. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I live in Central MA, so I can trivially buy from both bakers. My favorites in order are Thin Mints (ABC>LBB), Samoas, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, and then Tagalongs. The April Fools' Day Blizzard, which I caused through excessive anxiety about my American History paper.
  17. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Leessee, I was a tournament organizer for Babylon 5 CCG, Rifts CCG, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle CCG, and Android: Netrunner LCG. I was briefly a member of the Camarilla when it was owned by CCP, but their attack lawyers tried to force everyone who played White Wolf games to join, so I burned my membership card. I've been involved in OWBN for six years.
  18. How Did You Learn To Play?

    I took a class on RPGs at MIT.
  19. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    Russia. I'm amazed how it always manages to devolve into a kleptocratic elfhole. I'm a trivia sponge.
  20. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    Brown, lightly tousled.
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  22. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    When cell phones first came out, I decided against getting one unless it was small enough to fit in an earring or powerful enough to serve as a PDA. I got my first smartphone in 2002. I just switched to the Google Pixel 2 (Smartphone #5 1/2) on Boxing Day, and other than the fact that Google discombobulated all my contacts, I love it.
  23. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    Imma recommend PS238. It's the tale of the public elementary school for metaprodigy* children. I'm not sure if it's still being published in print as well as online, but the entire run is online. *Superheroes. And a few villains.
  24. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Earnest non-judgmental. "So what if he's undead, he's a nice guy!" Bonus: I am only familiar with "Tuesday's Gone".