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  1. My condolences to your husband.
  2. I wasn't talking about weapon strikes versus monsters with specific resistances or immunity, I meant in the sense that a 9th level cleric has better things to do with their time than swing a mace for 1d8+5 damage or whatever. If you are facing a level-appropriate foe, the game doesn't really cut you any slack if you decide to sandbag with low-level, off-specialty actions.
  3. I have played with a few people over the years that are, I guess the best description is "vaguely offended", that mundane weapon strikes cease to matter around mid-levels and that you need to have relevant feats, class abilities, or magic to contribute.
  4. I feel more strongly about them insinuating themselves into the prison system; but that's a whole 'nother can of worms.
  5. No opinion here. So, go for it and see if there are positive outcomes.
  6. That is the whole point of this thought experiment. Your job is to try and rebuild humanity from the stone age, and you have to pick the live performance attendance of one musical act to supply the labor and knowledge base. You are absolutely trying to determine if Taylor Swift fans are inherently better than Justin Beiber fans, at least in this regard.
  7. No. Because I value my fingers and can afford fishing gear.
  8. Ironically, Garth Brooks will wind up sending me back, and Queen won't.
  9. Not really, because a garbage build can also not flow with the GM/party dynamics. If your character doesn't pull their weight because they decide to make sub-optimal choices for character reasons, and the rest of the group isn't cool with that, you're the bad guy in that situation.
  10. Off the cuff, I'd probably say Queen. They've played hundreds of shows and most of their fans are adults now, so you have a larger pool of people with potentially useful skills and experience being sent back. And my anecdotal impression is that you don't get a whole lot of terrible people that are fans of Queen, so there's that.
  11. I don't remember any specific incidence, though I agree with the general sentiment.
  12. @TaleSpinner Holy crap! I have one of those dagger/short swords you pictured! I got mine from an antique store where the lady thought it was WWII or something as well. I'll try to remember to snap a picture of it when I get home.
  13. Woodworking (mostly furniture making) Hiking and exploring Painting (acrylic on canvas) Exercise and general physical athleticism
  14. I thought it was pretty cool, even though I wasn't in a place where I could see the full eclipse. We had a pretty massive thunderstorm in the afternoon as well, so for a while it was rather dark out. The whole event had that eerie quality that you sometimes get when the sky seems unusual and the air feels tense.
  15. Obsessively. Usually I use an X-acto blade, followed by a file if necessary.
  16. This afternoon will be donating some stuff to the thrift store and then video games with friends this evening. Saturday is going to be some yard work and cleanup, then a Havana themed pool party over at a friend's place. Sunday will likely be recovery.
  17. Speed-paint is any paint job fully completed in less than 45 minutes to an hour. Table-top quality is anything better than you can buy as a cheap, mass-market pre-paint. Show quality is anything someone would pay to put in their company catalog.
  18. Forgetting right afterwards is the more difficult situation to smoothly cover. It was tougher in the days before cellphones though. Now, if necessary, you can excuse yourself to the bathroom and reference your texts for a reminder.
  19. I'll echo what others have mentioned about spacing out on people's names. I have, at times, blanked on the names of family members, long-time friends, and lovers.
  20. My struggle recently has been the feelings of pointlessness in regards to mini painting. I can paint something on canvas, or build a piece of furniture, and that will be appreciated by people who come to my house or request/commission it's creation. Plus, now I (or they) have a new thing to use and/or admire. I can go work out and do active things. Those things are their own reward, aside from the added benefit of anyone else being appreciative of the results. I can sit down and play games, or go out, and actively engage with my friends. Or I can paint a mini. Which will inspire momentary admiration and a sense of personal satisfaction, at best. I mean, it's relaxing when I get into it, but I can't shake the feeling that there are just way more productive or entertaining uses of my free time.
  21. I'll say they can go ahead and do this if they play up the "magic force-fields make it okay" aspect. I've played and run many games where the wizards and clerics casually attained AC scores that the fighters could only dream of. I'm cool with physical weapon strikes against someone being turned aside in a shower of golden sparks if someone gets most of their AC from magic rings, deflection spells, and the stunning force of their Charisma. If you don't need to wear plate armor to get equivalent or better protection, why would you? There should totally be some character with outlandish (un)dress or mannerisms and an attitude of "I am near-invulnerable to swords and can set people on fire with my mind; I will wear what I want." Adventurers aren't average joes; they're super heroes, rock stars, and professional athletes. Sure, some of them can actually be good role models, but you're definitely going to get more than a few Dennis Rodmans, Axel Roses, and Russel Crowes in the mix. This is especially likely in D&D land where you are one of a countable number of people that can bind demons or raise the dead or whatever. There's a lot of behavior people will just have to put up with if you're the only one in the region that can punch a dragon in half.
  22. It probably has to have the gonzo, kitchen sink, hodge-podge approach to fantasy that makes up D&D, along with the sense that the world is built on the ruins of an advanced civilization similar to our own. I mean, I don't know if it's possible for a movie to be both good and Dungeons & Dragons, as D&D is super weird, but you're not going to capture the feel of D&D with a low-stakes version of GoT or a derivative Tolkien knock-off. D&D is as much Thundarr the Barbarian, Xardoz, and the parts of Heavy Metal focused on Den and Taarna, as it is Robin Hood with pointy ears.
  23. I don't have one. But I generally like dogs, even though I'm more of a cat person.