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  1. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I wish I was an expert woodworker. I suppose I am technically working on that every time I build something, watch a video, or read a plan or article.
  2. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    So difficult to choose! I think I'd go with India though. I've enjoyed every interaction I've had with the food, the festivals, the movies, and the people so far. Plus, I have a friend that's promised to be a tour guide if I can coordinate a trip for when she goes back to visit her family.
  3. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    My hair color is salt and pepper, and it's naturally curly. I keep it trimmed about shoulder length, and either down or in a simple ponytail.
  4. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    Bonus beauty for today:
  5. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    Most of my bills and assorted documents are delivered electronically, though I print out and save relevant bits. For example, I'll print the list of charges on my credit card statement and my payment confirmation, but not the other 4 pages of stuff that they include with a paper bill.
  6. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I carry a small amount of cash, but only use it as a last resort. I put everything on my credit cards and just pay it off at the end of the month. I don't have a debit card.
  7. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    I'm rather fond of mine, though my next one is definitely going to be water resistant. Not that I've had any mishaps, but it would be nice to not have to pack it in a plastic bag in case of rain, stream crossings, or sweaty humid days when hiking. I use mine all the time. Predominately for social calendar stuff, texting, banking, meal/step tracking, and games. I'm actually considered the oddball in my friend circles because I don't have FB and can't participate in the discussions and party planning that goes on there.
  8. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

  9. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Another good one that's sort of thematic is Nothin' But a Good Time by Poison.
  10. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Friday I'm In Love by The Cure
  11. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    So, I'm coming at this primarily from a LARP angle, but I am genuinely curious what that game looks like. I mean, I guess it could be Vampions style (dark themed superhero game) with enough contortions so that nobody has to go out and do terrible things, or can at least pretend they don't. Sort of like how Angel was a "vampire with a soul" so he didn't have to murder random people for their blood on the regular. Plus he was fighting demons, which are further along the badguy hierarchy.
  12. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    WoD was the game that unseated D&D as king of TTRPGs in the 90s. It was dark and edgy (so 90s!) at a time when D&D was trying to distance itself from "satanic" elements and discouraging you from playing the monsters and anti-heroes that were coming into vogue at the time. It was a game that seemed approachable and that brought in a massive influx of new players to RPGs. Specifically goth girls, especially once the vampire LARP became a thing. Vampire got a lot of people laid. Sure, WW made a lot of bad decisions regarding the quantity of shovelware products they produced, nWoD was a dumpster fire, and they got into a stupid slap-fight with The Camarilla (their world wide LARP fan club, which had it's own structural organization problems), but I think a lot of it was just the changing cultural zeitgeist combined with the fact that WoD isn't really a game you teach to or play with your kids--so there's little built-in generational nerdery. A lot of people that grew up with the game in the 90s didn't want to keep squeezing into corsets or leather pants in their 30s and 40s.
  13. @Gadgetman! No, I've never read either of those. You're still prioritizing a knowledge about horses and their real world behaviors over what the mechanics in the game system might allow. I don't know what a horse is going to do in a mine, in an elevator, or on the elemental plane of fire. All I know is that my character has horse-related powers and abilities, that I would like to leverage them against our enemies in this adventure, and that I don't see any immediate reason why I might not be able to bring my pony along. If you're going to pull out secret horse rules, based on real-world horse knowledge, that I can't bypass or overcome with my character's abilities; how is that any different from saying that Shy Susan over there doesn't get to put points in diplomacy and play the party face? Or that she can put the points in, but she doesn't actually get to use those abilities without possessing the smooth social interaction skills that someone nicknamed "Shy Susan" clearly doesn't possess? Or saying that Wheezy William doesn't get to play the barbarian because he's never run a mile or swung an axe in his life?
  14. Ok, so I know nothing about horses, but why can't you bring a horse into a dungeon (assuming there is actual space for it to fit, not dragon-in-a-broom-closet situation) or get it to ride in an elevator? In either case, even if that's impossible in the real world, couldn't you just hand-wave the impossible things through some combination of character abilities? e.g. "I rolled a 48 on my Handle Animal check--this horse can now do Trigonometry." Or, "My druid/ranger/paladin abilities let me make this animal do things it would never do in the real world." This just seems like an extension of the tired old "ROLEplay, not ROLLplay" canard. "You can't bring a horse into a dungeon, stupid! My real world experience with horses blah, blah, blah...." "Yeah, well, my character's Make Animal Do A Thing power is more relevant to the situation at hand than your anecdata, so pass me the d20 and let's move on. I'm sorry that it offends your sensibilities that I didn't grow up on a farm." Nobody ever insists that a footrace, arm-wrestling match, or real world attractiveness be relevant to anything characters can do; why is real world horse behavior knowledge held to a higher standard?
  15. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    Not betraying my initial assumption that they will do what they said they would do. That's pretty much the only requirement.
  16. Song of Blades and Heroes?

    We were playing standard SoBaH.
  17. Song of Blades and Heroes?

    I tried this game a few times with some primarily board gamer friends of mine and the results were underwhelming. It's been a year or two since we played, but IIRC nobody in my group liked the initiative rule. It disengaged people from the game in a "I've failed to meaningfully activate my forces for 3 turns in a row now...you win, I concede" sort of way. This, combined with how few dice are rolled when something does get to act, leads to a lot of whiff--tastic turns where nothing happens and you just feel like you're pointlessly rolling dice. This game would have been a great beer-n- pretzels, 30-minute war game if it had been, y'know, fun. It actually worked as a mild turn-off to miniature war games in our case.
  18. Getting to Know You, Jan 2018

    I have a neighbor that is fond of clowns and collects clown-related memorabilia. That's not really weird in and of itself. What is weird is how angry he gets when people mention that they don't like clowns and the tirade about John Wayne Gacy and Stephen King that almost always follows. Like, if you don't personally find clowns charming, whimsical, and entertaining, then you are just contributing to cultural clown oppression. Or something.
  19. I watched Trailer Park of Terror this past weekend. It has the coolest redneck-demon-zombie-guitarist I've ever seen on film. I also appreciated that he provided the soundtrack for the movie. Most of the time when you hear music, it's happening in-universe because he's rocking out atop his trailer. Though parts of the movie are legit uncomfortable to watch and almost torture-porn-ish; so stay away if gore squicks you out.
  20. I got to climb the pyramids at Teotihuacan, hike in Alaska, and raft in Denali.
  21. Condolences; condolences; congratulations?
  22. I dunno. Get into fistfights maybe? I mean, I wasn't exactly gleeful about them then and I'm not repulsed or terrified by the idea now; but I definitely prefer not to have to fight anyone.
  23. @TGP @Chaoswolf @Crowley @redambrosia @Thes Hunter Set in the cyberpunk dystopian near-future, these 5 are a group of 'runners given a series of time-sensitive and somewhat unrelated tasks. Some are innocuous, others are blatantly criminal; but the pay is good and you know not to ask too many questions, right?