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Mad Jack

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  1. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    ACTION PARK!!!!!! OMG!!! I LOVED that place! For about four or five summers in a row starting when I was around nine or ten, my family would head down to New Jersey at least once or twice and visit with family in the area, then go camping for the weekend and go to Action Park. Even as a ten-year-old, I thought that place was insane - they had these little sheet-metal-armored tanks built on a bumper-car chassis that you'd drive around on an oversized tennis court and shoot tennis balls at the other tanks, trying to stop them by hitting targets on the sides,, and actual miniature F1 race cars that you needed a license to drive. Even as a ten-year-old in the '80's I couldn't imagine how some of those things were legal. I wiped out on the Alpine Slide at least ten times, but I'd ride that thing all day if I could. I can also say that I was one of the people that actually got to go on the Cannonball during one of it's open periods. That thing scared the &&%&% out of me and you didn't need to be a genius to figure out that there was n way in hell that thing was safe at all, lol. Ye gods, I loved that place...
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    Mouseling Sentinel

    You're going to need more mouslings...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You're never in a large crowd, because you are there all by yourself, and you are never alone, because there are other people around. Embrace the paradox. Regardless of how many people are at an event, there are only a limited number of them that you can see and potentially interact with at one time - and if you can't see them or interact with them, they're irrelevant and don't exist for our purposes, so there is no such thing as a large crowd. There are only ever as many people present as you acknowledge the existence of. I love that place - I sooo need to get back there again some day.
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    What was your favorite D&D game hack ?

    I never finished it (or got anywhere close to a usable ruleset), but at one point I was attempting to mash together a Transformers RPG out of 2nd Ed. D&D, CAR WARS, and GURPS...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The half-finished written version of the backstory for my D&D warlock Malachaiah Hartsworn is currently just over three thousand words... Which doesn't seem that impressive comparatively. Except that those 3000 words are essentially little more than a list of bullet points - a TL;DR summary and Cliff's Notes version of a couple thousand years of history setting up the hundreds of years of additional history that leads to the character's actual backstory. The character is a hereditary warlock from a "lost village" of hereditary warlocks who worship their Pact Patron as a god, while being completely ignorant of the actual truth of their own beginnings. At present, the written version only covers up to the point where the village is settled, leaving at least a dozen generations of village history left to briefly cover before the character's personal story begins. There's probably another two or three thousand words left before the tale is finished. Are the people around you smacking you upside the head and telling you to stop/shut up? If not, then you're not being super annoying... Stage business is very important - it can be used to convey all sorts of emotions. Even the lack of stage business can be used to convey a great deal about a character's state of mind. A signature hand prop or gesture can define a character. Never let lack of other people prevent you from going anywhere (unless you have no transportation at all and it's farther than walking distance)... It's a chance to be completely selfish, and enjoy the situation on your own without having to consult anyone else as to what you're going to do and compromise on it. Go see the movies your friends don't want to watch. If you want to go see the same show at the Faire three times in one day, do it. Arrive at whatever time you want, eat when you want, and stay as late as you want, or leave early if you feel like it.
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    Complaints Department

    If the Nerf darts don't work, bring a spray bottle of water or a squirt gun to the table... And inform the players that if they insist on acting like a herd of cats instead of paying attention, then you will treat them like a herd of cats...
  7. Scored a copy of the old Prince August DE3 Air Elemental on Ebilbay... Used to have it back when I was a teenager. One of my favorite air elementals - it has a lot of character. I hadn't realized until recently that I had close to a dozen Prince August minis when I was younger, which was interesting. The FLGS never carried any Prince August fantasy stuff, so the only places I could have gotten them would have been the short-lived Eric Fuchs hobby shop in one of the local malls or the toy store at a local tourist place that carried one small rack of miniatures.
  8. The clear ones came from the Bones weapons sprues in the last KS - I got to dig through two different boxes last round, and between the two of them tossed in almost the full set. Quite likely somebody else from the last also threw in a couple of them.
  9. Eh, I'd posit that the Royal Family are much less useless than most famous rich people.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The seagull or the streetlight? Which series? I really hate it when the author just drops plotlines after I get invested in them. Fanfic? No, I don't think that's the name of the street I live on... Squirrel Girl is admittedly one of the more obscure Marvel characters, and was largely a joke character until the hipsters decided she was cool. She was essentially a superhero fan who had some minor powers of her own (squirrel-like level of agility, leaping ability, teeth that could gnaw through wood, ability to talk to squirrels), who began ambushing members of the Avengers to prove she was worthy of membership. She made a number of appearances, and occasionally proved surprisingly effective, such as the time she defeated Doctor Doom by summoning a swarm of squirrels to destroy his ship from the inside out. She ended up becoming a member of the Great Lakes Avengers, the second-rate Avengers junior-league team comprised mostly of joke heroes with useless powers, and then more recently became the nanny for the child of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, when they realized they wanted someone with powers to protect their child. Milana Vayntrub - She became famous for being the AT&T Girl, Lily, in their tv ads... Which allowed her to get some real acting gigs on popular shows.
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    RIP Margot Kidder, “Lois Lane”

    I always liked her first scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark, in the bar in Tibet.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Oh hell, that was FUN.... I love thunderstorms like few other things in life.
  13. Mad Jack

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Jack is... kinda sparkly and tingly right now. It began raining like hell for awhile earlier, just as Jack left his father's girlfriend's place. However, the rain pretty much stopped for a couple minutes right as Jack pulled into his own driveway, so Jack got out of the truck to head inside the house. Jack is extremely sensitive to electromagnetic fields for a higher animal, and could feel something really big building up in the air - the outlines of everything looked so sharp you could shave with them. Jack decided it would be a good idea to get the hell indoors, quickly. The ancient garage door opener didn't feel like accepting the code today, so Jack hurried up the sidewalk to head in the front door. When Jack got directly between the metal pole of the light in his front yard and the metal railing on the stairs the hair on his arms began standing straight up, everything suddenly had a very shiny aura around it, like a faerie fire spell, and Jack experienced a visual hallucination of tiny little lights wandering around like little bugs. As fascinating as it was, Jack managed to stumble up the front stairs and open the door. About thirty seconds after Jack closed his front door, the entire world disappeared in a flash of light and an explosion that rattled the entire house hard enough to shake a small knick-knack off the sill of the kitchen window into the sink. The house lost power for about two minutes, during which Jack just kinda sat there mentally vapor-locked and watching the pretty colors floating around in his brain... When Jack opened his front door to check to see if anything was on fire he saw all his neighbors at their doors pointing over at his yard. Apparently, nothing was actually damaged. But the grass in the front yard was steaming a bit. Everything still appears a bit... odd, but I seem to be okay. Just to be on the safe side, though, I rubbed an anti-static dryer sheet over my hands and clothes before I touched any electronic devices, lol.
  14. Mad Jack

    Happy Mother's Day.

    I played a drug dealer named Mother in A Hatful of Rain back in college... Does that count? Lol
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    When I win the lottery, I'm going to build a giant metal rack, with 88 different engines on it, everything from a lawnmower to a 2-ton truck to a top fuel funny car engine, each in it's own soundproofed compartment with a microphone inside and all tuned to a perfect musical scale. The speed of the engines will all be controlled by a single piano keyboard. I will then hire a virtuoso pianist to play awesome classical music like Bach, Mozart and the 1812 Overture on it. Rumm, rumm, rumm, RUMM... Rumm, rumm, rumm, RUMM...