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  1. TheAuldGrump

    Do you have a favourite poem?

    Smuggler's Song - Rudyard Kipling IF you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet, Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street, Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie. Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by. Five and twenty ponies, Trotting through the dark - Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk. Laces for a lady; letters for a spy, Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by! Running round the woodlump if you chance to find Little barrels, roped and tarred, all full of brandy-wine, Don't you shout to come and look, nor use 'em for your play. Put the brishwood back again - and they'll be gone next day ! If you see the stable-door setting open wide; If you see a tired horse lying down inside; If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore; If the lining's wet and warm - don't you ask no more ! If you meet King George's men, dressed in blue and red, You be careful what you say, and mindful what is said. If they call you " pretty maid," and chuck you 'neath the chin, Don't you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one's been ! Knocks and footsteps round the house - whistles after dark - You've no call for running out till the house-dogs bark. Trusty's here, and Pincher's here, and see how dumb they lie They don't fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by ! 'If You do as you've been told, 'likely there's a chance, You'll be give a dainty doll, all the way from France, With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood - A present from the Gentlemen, along 'o being good ! Five and twenty ponies, Trotting through the dark - Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk. Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie - Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by ! The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Randomness XV: Don't Fear The Reaper Randomness XV: The Moderators Strike Back Randomness XV: How Many Cubits To The Meter? The Auld Grump€ If nothing else, it will give you a reminder of the anger that you are feeling now. It will give you something to pose with for photos, to remind others. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Randomness XV: Black Flags and Red Decks Randomness XV: Randomness XVI Will Be Better, We Promise Randomness XV: A Three Hour Tour Randomness XV: Like Krypotonite For The Soul Randomness XV: Wait! I wasn't Done With Randomness XIV Yet! Randomness XV: You All Meet In A Tavern The Auld Grump
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    Mantic : Terrain Crate 2 KS

    Hmmm, I wonder if there will be multiples of the clock? Faerie Rules by YeAuldGrump, on Flickr The Auld Grump
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    The dinos make me nervous - Megan wouldn't have ordered a T Rex unless she planned on using a T Rex. (Now, me, I might have an allosaurus playing a saxophone, but that's because I needed it at one point....) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Randomness XV: For Hell Would Not Take Us. (Alternately - For Hell Had No Room.) Randomness XV: Talk Like A Pirate, All Year Round. Randomness XV: Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes and Little Men's Chowder and Marching Society. Randomness XV: All Of The Best Have Gone On Before Us. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Kind of surprised Megan didn't mention this - she was the one that cooked curry for her Mum, me, and herself last night. Good new and bad news: Good news! It was delicious! Bad news! She cooked it to our taste - and her Mum has much more tender taste buds - she hardly touched it. Good news! More for me! Bad news! I ate it all! Good news! A great big helping of curry is remarkably *ahem* cleansing.... She did a first rate job - especially for her very first attempt at a curry. *** Good kids game last night - but I learned that... I had been played. The kids had planned all along to split the party - one part taking care of the Creepy Dead Guy plot, while the other went looking for loot. I don't know why they felt the need to keep it a secret - their thinking seems perfectly reasonable! They are also thinking that if/when they get their own ship, they will be better off with two ships - and had been secretly conspiring in that regard since before the first game in this campaign. Meanwhile, I had been secretly planning to maneuver them in exactly that same direction.... Most of this was the secret mechanations of a twelve year old boy, and his fourteen year old brother. The Auld Grump - Off Topic XV: The Pirates Have Stolen The Rum!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    'Struth! Witness! And watching a two year old trying to carry five plush bears is a sight to behold! (And we haven't even finished the Adventuring Party yet.) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Delmonico's - French restaurant, Italian name, founded by Swiss brothers. (Which explains the French food and the Italian name.) 1827. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    RoseGal does indeed have a lot of cool stuff - looking at the link Megan sent me - and I can see the start of an entire steampunk wardrobe for her. And that armor hoodie is a lot less expensive than I would have expected. This... is going to cost us a lot of money, isn't it? That terrible combination of cool stuff and a reasonable price.... I could easily spend $100 - and I am still in the women's wear section. (Picturing Megan in each and every one of them. Some of them R rated. Leaning toward NC-17.) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The Lead Adventure website was down for about six months. In some ways they are like the old Citadel minis turned up to 11 - lots of personality. Some of their sets tell an entire story - The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Woah! That's a hoodie? I really need to touch base with Megan about that - and if they have something like that, I suspect we need to look deeper. That is all kinds of awesome! But it's so easy to picture that fellow saying the exact same things as my character! With a change of name - Sir Dumpling of Millrace looks like a good name for that mini. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You know, it is maybe a good thing that I hadn't realized that Lead Adventure miniatures is back - otherwise I may have gone for this handsome fellow as my character - The Auld Grump - because funny, that's why!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Megan's character and mine got up to some shenanigans last night. When asked what we'd been doing, we managed a perfectly synchronized 'Nothing!...' I think that our characters carrying on and doing a terrible job of covering it up will be a running joke. And Megan's character's parents live in the town... (A proper gnome family. I thought she was playing a halfling, but, nope! She's a gnome.) At some point, my character will be introduced to her parents. On the non-shenanigans side - I was once again the tank, engaging the enemy along with 'Goodheart, my faithful steed and boon companion, a hero in his own right!' (Again, this will be a running routine - I will not just say 'my horse' it will be 'Goodheart, my noble steed and good companion, whose acts of heroism are as well known as mine own!' and many variants thereof. Yes, I have started watching Due South again. ) When I speak of the rest of the party, I will be at least as effusive - yet somehow always casting them in a secondary role. (And these are my dear companions, each of whom aids me in my grand quests! And each with worthy tales of their own!) An egotist, but well meaning - this is just the way he was raised by the fey. My character contracted the Red Ache from the diseased owlbear. Failed my first save, succeeded in my second, and will need to get two consecutive saves to be rid of the disease. (Or, you know, pay for some healing - but right now the party is broke! ) At this point, my character is down two points of Strength. I took the Rich Parents trait, to represent the armor, weapons, etc. that the local faerie Queen bequeathed my character. (If I am going to be the party's tank, then I am danged well going to be well armored!) But I converted almost all the coin into equipment, all of it old but well maintained. The new character in the group was indeed a druid - three of our five characters have Cure Light Wounds. And so far I have been the one needing it most often. (The damage the group has taken was all in the rounds before my character joined them in the fight against the owlbear - though the scout also has Red Aches now.) *EDIT* Andrew used a very simple method for deciding who the owlbear attacked each round - who did the most damage to the critter in the round previous? The first turn it was the scout - who has only studded leather and their quick reflexes. Their nowhere near quick enough reflexes... The owlbear almost splatted the scout in a single round.) You know, being able to do a mounted charge in a woodlands... almost makes the ability overpowered. (My mount has Woodland Stride - and is not slowed by natural undergrowth, or even brambles.) The party is looking for a child that is lost in the woods - one that, by my count, disappeared on the exact same day that my character was released from the faerie queen's service.... I have my suspicions. (My own character's backstory has him stolen/rescued by the fey - if the same thing is happening to the lost girl, then leaving her with the fey may be for the best. My character had an alcoholic father that beat his family - and all of whom have now been gone to dust. While seven years passed for my character, it has been a century for the town.) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Hey! Those days aren't much fun for the jellyfish, either! There you are, floatin' along, when suddenly! *SCHLOORP!* and you're being shoved into somebody's butt... The Auld Grump - never had that happen - but did you know that octopuses can get inside of a diver's mask? And being the curious eight legged kenders* that they are, they have to find out what's inside. * Anybody that has spent time with octopuses know that they were the real inspiration for kenders in Dragonlance....