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TheAuldGrump

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    Pirate Games (No Megans)

    Well, running my pirates game for the kids, with explicit instructions not to share the info with Megan.... So, might as well have a place where I can leak a bit without spoiling it for her. This one starts with the PCs in prison - their equipment locked away - with characters that have ranks in Stealth or Sleight of Hand being able to hide one small item - with heavy hints that, hey! Lockpicks are small.... Folks with ranks in both skills will have a chance to hide two items - but will need to roll for the second one. Nothing bigger than a dagger or a potion if they bought them. Any consumables in their equipment will be gone - stolen by the guards, as well as any coins. They will, potentially, be aided in their escape by a juju zombie Oracle. Abrasive, acerbic, and short tempered - he needs to get out. His master is calling him. (Both he and his master will be making later appearances.) The PCs may or may not figure out that he is not exactly alive.... The Auld Grump
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    Armory Sprues -- a one-off?

    I turned a couple of the translucent red weapons into a pair of silly earrings for Megan. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Big, scary, tattooed, Russian teamster Santa was great! One of the two best parts of that movie - along with the oh, so subtle hints that Jack Frost started as a dead child. I have not yet seen Russel's version of Santa, but really looking forward to seeing it. The Auld Grump Every year I do a few gingerbread houses for Megan's survivors group. Megan no longer goes to the meetings on a regular basis, but they did a lot of good for her. The Auld Grump
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    Pirate Games (No Megans)

    In this case they were arrested in connection with a crime that their former captain didn't commit - but was executed for. Because the crime he was really connected with - smuggling - also had ties with someone on the privy council, that decided to... cut those ties. They are the officers - both petty and ranked - of the smuggling vessel. A lean, fast sloop. There are two ways out: the easy to find hard way - fighting the guards each inch of the way - or the hard to find easy way - through a dungeon. The undead oracle knows about the secret passage. Either way - they will end up with bounty hunters on their trail. The oracle is also willing to barter with them to get them passage to Freeport - if they are willing to leave, and cloud his own trail in the process. Encounters in the dungeon include rats, wererats, undead, and derro Lantern Folk. These last do not much like the oracle - they have had dealings with both him and his master in the past - they, likewise, can offer a way out of town. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Megan... may be right that my idea of love is high in calories... when ordering a nekkid female miniature my thought was 'she's too skinny, needs to eat more'.... *** I will be having a guest at the next kids game - one of my players is ALSO planning on running a game for kids, of about the same age and wants to see how I wrangle them. (Dennis the Younger - who is part of a board games group.) Though next week is going to be a little different than normal - start of a new campaign, and a possible visit from Santa Pirate. Harr, harr, harr! (Mine is painted more Santa like... and I added another to today's order - for one that is less Christmasy.) Also, they may be feeling more piratey than usual. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Just realized that I had left Megan's stocking stuffer from my Reaper order, called them up, and spoke to LadyStorm. She handled it in matter of seconds. The Auld Grump
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    Kings of War: Vanguard

    Hmmm, came up with a dungeon crawl style Vanguard scenario... and I am discovering that my army... is really, really bad at this scenario. Spread out too far from my necromancer. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    You may want to look for seals - as in seals and sealing wax. BackToZero.Co has Zhuanshu character seals in 1/2 inch size. I am sure that there are others. The Auld Grump - there used to be a place in my area that sold them - but it has been gone for more than a decade.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The FBI agent that I was best acquainted with used to go pistol hunting every year, and every year brought back his deer. Then again - he was a retired FBI agent that had then joined the Maine Guides - and claimed that the Maine Guides had much steeper qualifications.... (And had, on the day that he retired, discovered that Hoover had blocked his promotion... because he listened to folk music. Hoover was... special.) *** Kids wrapped Legacy of Fire last night - and I got them started on the pirates. And let them know that they needed to spend ALL their starting money, and that any consumables would be consumed. That their armor, weapons, etc. would be confiscated - but potentially recovered - but that coins, potions, food, and drink would all 'mysteriously' disappear into the guards' pockets. (A few of the kids like to start with a healing potion - from previous lessons learned. ) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Hmm, time to go torment some children... The Auld Grump
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    Kings of War: Vanguard

    Also - the points will be officially over on Easy Army, for folks that want software for building their warband. The Auld Grump
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Normal price, or the $25 speculators that were flooding it a few weeks ago? The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    No, no, no... not - These guys - Not quite as blond, and nowhere near as friendly. The Auld Grump - but it is easy to get them confused....
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    As opposed to Special Air Services - When You Care Enough To Send The Very Best. The Auld Grump - I have met people that thought that was a reference to airline stewards, or something.... (Word I am not sorry to see disappearing - stewardess...) 'T's why I used Uncle Sammy, not Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam is the more authoritarian of the two... and he wants YOU! The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Proving that it's not just Big Brother that you have to look out for. There is also Little Brother, both Big and Little Sisters, and about fifty gazillion Nephews, Nieces, and Cousins - all with cell phones and YouTube accounts.... And let us not forget Uncle Sammy - kind of like Big Brother, but means well. Computerized integration and consolidation of data assets is happening. Except at my place of work... there, Big Brother would be waiting for a connection until the request times out.... (Worst Internet In The World!TM) The Auld Grump - those Under Watchful Eyes posters in London creeped me the heck out....
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Hmmm... I have just been told that my Secret Santa recipient at work has been changed.... The one I had been assigned quit with no notice. The new one... nice kid, trangender, in her early twenties... and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Gee... I wonder what type of present I will be giving her.... (I am think something in Bones. Just not sure what, yet.) This made my choice a lot easier. (Only one thing in common with her, but... it's enough.) The Auld Grump - I have reached that age where my descriptions of an awful lot of people include the phrase 'nice kid'....
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    Worldbuilding, real-world myths and player races?

    Maybe? I haven't seen Willow since being really disappointed with it in the theater, on opening night.... (I love Elora Danan! And that's why I am handing off to the first person I find hanging in a pillory! There is no better testament to character! ) I... had such high hopes for the movie. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The thing to remember about curries is that they are essentially stews - and can be corrected on the fly. Or just made up on the spot. My Thanksgiving Leftover Curry was about three cups of chopped up turkey, a quart of chopped sweet potato (the one without the marshmallows - the one with the mallows was eaten by everybody but me...), one chopped up red bell pepper, two chopped up Fresno peppers, two chopped up onions, a can of pineapple, and half a bottle of hot sauce. And about three T of curry powder... with more added as I cooked, one T of cumin, and 2 t of allspice (I was out of clove). There were no leftovers of the leftovers... There was no recipe... it was just what I felt would go together. The Auld Grump - Megan likes me to write these things down, for later use....
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    Worldbuilding, real-world myths and player races?

    And the pech, wood woses, and other wee folk of Celtic/British myth would also likely be covered by halflings. (Though in the case of wood woses it is not so much hairy feet as hairy everything.) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Good news, everyone! Tuesday through Sunday has been canceled, to give us a full week of Monday! At least that is how it feels.... The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    How about curries? (Curries did a good job of staying down for Megan, if I remember properly.) The Auld Grump - but curries are my answer to a lot of questions, like 'what will we do with the left over turkey and sweet potatoes?' *** Hmmm... it appears that Tumblr was unprepared for the sheer volume of disgruntlement they created with their new policies.... Good. The Auld Grump
  22. Rereading the wonderful fantasy/mystery series by Tamara Siler Jones... twelve years later, and I am still annoyed that there are only three books in the series. Not going to say much about the books, other than read them. The first book is Ghosts in the Snow, followed by Threads of Malice, and then ending with Valley of the Soul. Ghosts in the setting are nice and scary - and... not all there. Some part of what made them human was lost when they died. Dubric Byerly is cursed to see them, and is haunted by them until he solves their deaths. *EDIT* These are not nice, friendly, 'solve my murder' ghosts - these are 'we will slowly drive you mad' ghosts. Solving their deaths is self preservation. The Auld Grump
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Heh - the Beholder that had been on back order for six months finally came in! Once again holding an unpainted Beholder in my hand... I am once again impressed with the model. WizKids did a great job with it. Kind of disgruntled that I still also want the GF9 The Xanathar... just for the police captain.... Then again - he will see a lot of use, which makes it more justifiable. The Auld Grump
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    Worldbuilding, real-world myths and player races?

    There are also the old Historical campaign supplements for 2e AD&D. (Some of the best books for that edition.) For Ars Magica there is also The Dragon and the Bear, which I think also covered a bit of pagan Russia, but PCs in Ars Magica are almost always human. As a game... Rus was not all that good - it was better as a a supplement. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    For the past ten years, my vacation time has always involved some variant of 'So, you all meet in a tavern, when...' and, sooner or later 'Roll initiative!' For a while, I was drinking twelve times as much after getting together with Megan than I was before... going through the equivalent of a six pack a month, rather than a year. (I nurse my drinks. Heck, I raise them, help them get their license, and then send them off to college....) I've been drunk four times - twice with Megan, when she needed to drink and talk. *** Got a package in the mail yesterday that had been torn open. All the proper contents were there - so I don't know if it originally went to the wrong house, or if somebody tore it open, hoping for something else.... But the good news is that we now finally have the Beholder I ordered six months ago! (Along with an umber hulk - so we now have two of each. ) The Auld Grump
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