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  1. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Does the home team have to have a batting collapse to trigger the rain?
  2. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    @Unruly: You might think about telling the EMS folks what your boss wants you to do, explaining that you have to check the lot X times per night, and asking them what would be a good time to do that. (Ideally, this wouldn't be the same time every night, but whatever). Then log every time you check the lot, so you have evidence of your diligence when your boss starts to complain about the lack of tickets. Anybody who works for a government understands about silly rules and this might allow you to build a better relationship with them just in case you need their services urgently.
  3. Doug Sundseth

    Best Version of DnD?

    Not actually my experience. I started with board wargames in the mid-70s and the people I gamed with were willing to play SF or Fantasy as Moderns or WWII or 30YW or whatever. My first miniatures experience was with the Rhein Confederation Wargames Society, which started as a Napoleonic Miniatures group but which was also where I was introduced to OD&D. My current Pathfinder group started at Colorado Military Historians, which is mostly a historical miniatures group. But I can remember playing Twilight Imperium until dawn at a Friday night meeting. I know that there are historical miniatures gamers that try to look down on SF&F. (Since I have the moral high ground that doesn't work as well as they might wish .) But they're pretty easy to ignore. And if you play the games the decent historicals gamers like to play as well, it usually works out, IME.
  4. Doug Sundseth

    Getting To Know You August

    Geez, I set you up with a straight line like that and this is the best you can do? How about: "A gentleman never asks the atomic weight of a redhead." Kids these days. I mourn for the future of the world.
  5. Doug Sundseth

    Getting To Know You August

    What's the atomic weight of µ-kryptonite?
  6. Doug Sundseth

    Best Version of DnD?

    Originally? Who knows. There is no group that I know of that is more tight-fisted and grouchy than old miniatures wargamers. (I say this as an old miniatures wargamer; I know whereof I speak. ) They will grumble about anything, and the passage of time doesn't really change either the subjects or the volume. (Try mentioning System 7 Napoleonics at an HMGS event if you want to see this in action.) There's definitely a big contingent of historical miniatures wargamers that looks down upon SF/F, but it's not really any different than the AD&D players who look down upon D&D3 in either cause or tone. I guarantee the rise of SF/F gaming is later than the start of old-wargamer grumbling. By the time of the rise of SF/F in the gaming community, the mainstream of historical wargaming was WWII, not Napoleonics, so I suspect the term is older than that, though if anyone has anything definitive, I'd be interested to see it.
  7. Doug Sundseth

    Best Version of DnD?

    The word you're looking for is "nuanced". The gaming term comes from comparing old guard wargamers with Napoleon's Old Guard. Note that this usage (to my knowledge) came out of historical miniatures wargaming into the rest of the hobby.
  8. Doug Sundseth

    Getting To Know You August

    The Rat Patrol. I have watched it since then and while it shows its age, you can also tell that it was produced by a cast and crew that had a rather more intimate view of war (1966 was 21 years after the end of WWII) than is common today. It's not as good as I remember it being (not surprising), but it's better than many other shows that I liked back then.
  9. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It's only about 3 miles. And ~50 million years, but many salt beds are quite old. (Salzburg, for instance, isn't all that close to the sea today, either.) Cobalt nitrate and copper sulfate are both salts, but not really the same. But I assume that you meant that NaCl is NaCl. And pure NaCl doesn't care where the atoms came from, so I absolutely agree. That said, many salts have trace ingredients that can cause a change in taste. As far as I know, there's no form of pure NaCl that is any color other than white, so pink salt must, of necessity, include such trace ingredients. Of course salt is a chemical and processed and artificial, so it's obviously bad for you. But pink salt is obviously not "pure" (see above), it must be bad for you too.
  10. Doug Sundseth

    Pathfinder Version 2

    I wouldn't call any of those things significant enough to be a real problem to a trained warrior. They're just flashy misses, not the sort of things that would cause the results that game fumbles would cause. Yes, it's possible to drop a weapon in the real world. I've seen it maybe once every 2-4 hours of combat (that would be the equivalent of once every 1200 - 2400 rounds of combat in Pathfinder, and that's group combats, not one on one). And it's almost always newbs that have the problem. (Further note that a disarm is just that, not a drop, so not appropriate to count in this metric.) I've seen people mistake friends for enemies, but really only in deep melee involving dozens or hundreds of people, and it's still quite uncommon. Now if the result of a fumble is something like, "Hilt turns in your grip. Lose any remaining attacks for this round and take a -1 to AC until your next round", I don't have a particular problem, but I don't see that as interesting enough to bother tracking when you're using a d20 for your randomizer. If fumbles work well for the groups and games you run and play in, more power to you. We play for fun and if you're having fun, great. But I despise them. They don't simulate anything that I've seen in actual combats. They're problematic for storytelling and game balance. And even at their best, they just draw out combat, not improve it.
  11. Doug Sundseth

    Best Version of DnD?

    I use the French pronunciation (approximately, given that I don't speak French) and I even know the etymology. But there's a fairly common version of the pronunciation that divides the syllables GROG-NARD with the expected English pronunciations of the syllables.
  12. Doug Sundseth

    Pathfinder Version 2

    I completely agree. They don't really reflect things that actually happen when people fight. They don't reflect anything in the genre fiction. They disproportionately punish multiple-weapon users. They get more common as character skill levels rise. And I don't think they're much fun. But more than that, critical failures were explicitly left out of 3e because they disproportionately affect PCs. NPCs are disposable. In almost every case, combat NPCs show up for one encounter and then are never seen again, so if one of them arrives, fumbles, and is useless for the entire battle until it is killed, this is just a minor anecdote. If the same happens to a PC, the effects are much more significant. And if a PC is killed as a result of ignominious failure, that can wreck the story that the players and GM are creating together. The same is true of critical hits, btw (since any PC will be swung at many more times in the course of a campaign than any NPC) but it was felt that enough players wanted critical hits that the benefits outweighed the costs.
  13. Doug Sundseth

    Color Matching

    There's no special reason that you need to use the same base color with the addition of white for your highlights (or the addition of black or whatever for shadows). I'd get something close enough and add a bit of something light and perhaps a bit warmer than the current color (warm colors advance and cool colors retreat) and go for it. Keep your coats very thin (use acrylic medium for thinning by preference) and you should be able to blend everything in fine.
  14. Doug Sundseth

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Salty, if nothing else.
  15. Doug Sundseth

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    I'd use Dick Blick this week. If it starts to get too close, Amazon carries premium Kolinsky sable brushes, but the quality provided by their vendors can be more variable.
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