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TGP last won the day on July 5 2017

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    Frostgrave, Warlord, CAV, Dystopian Wars, VSF, Naval ACW, Terrain Building, HoTT, SGoM, Chainmail

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  1. TGP

    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    @TaleSpinner may be the only one who will understand this: Back when I worked for the bomber plant I created little drawings. The little drawings ultimately showed aircraft techs how to remove or install pieces of the airplane. I added some features to such a drawing, at the request of the tech writer, because our aerospace engineers had upgraded things to a new configuration. I also scooted the whole picture a little to the right (because I figured the writer would need more room for text call outs, the old ones already on the left, plus the new ones for the new pieces, right?) The writer came to my desk. Infuriated. Just ripped into me. Loud screaming lecture... Long and loud and angry. (Moving the picture had shifted all the points where the leader lines from the existing call outs were attached, oops.) I said nothing. I couldn’t get a word in edgewise. She talked fast when angry. And it just felt wrong to interrupt someone who was 25 older than I. At first I was angry. Then I became sorta stunned (this was such a minor problem). Then amused. Then curious. Because I realized: she had been ranting so long, if I had started when she began the rant, I would have already been done fixing the problem. Finally, she just ran out of steam (because I had decided on saying nothing until she stopped if she ever would...) There was a long silence. Then... In in a really mild voice I said, “Anything else?” And she just walked off looking confused. She expected a big argument, I guess, and when there wasn’t one she just sorta folded. Then I fixed it, probably before she got logged back in to her workstation. (It was simple to fix — I was really good with that CAD program.) Later I heard she was telling people I was unflappable and utterly cool. It was The Only Time I have ever been called cool. ~~~~~~~~~ Something more pleasant: a family project I helped my younger brother and nephew develop an app for iPhones. My role was designing some of the chess pieces (graphics again). My nephew’s role was writing the AI (so you can play solo against your phone or iPad). I am pretty proud of my nephew; his day job is nuclear engineer; he wrote the AI on weekends. He is a smart kid. As far as we know, this is the first algorithm for chess played on a board that consists of triangles (rather than squares; lots of chess-like games on squares). My record against his AI is ~about 55 wins to 3 or 4 losses, I’m a little bit proud that I can beat his algorithm since he is a serious maths whiz. I have actually defeated it more times than he has! The app is now released and available. Turns out chess is more complicated played on triangles than it is on squares. And we like it that way. (Anyone that is curious, PM me if you’d like to know the name of the app.)
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    In a case like that I skip ahead to the ending. (Reading the last two sentences of each chapter is a ofttimes good strategy.)
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Whats Library Duty? I've have heard of Jury Duty... ...exxxxxxxxxxcellent...
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    Artists Trading Cards?

    We Griffins are the Kings of Patience. Always up for this.
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    No. The bright hot thing in the sky hateses us. It hateses us. We hateses it back and hideses from it...
  6. I designed a 600 ton Armed Trader for Traveller. Drew the whole design in AutoCAD and tried my best to emulate the style and drawing format used in Traders and Gunboats.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    At least the films (...whatever their number/numbering...) are aptly named.
  8. TGP

    Google Hangouts Chatter thread

    And I turned up in the final hour... *** Looks at talons *** I hardly ever Club people...
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    A Wingless Griffin with spikes and thorns (or possibly jets of flame) projecting from various points on its limbs and torso. As a figure, I do not think so. (As a creature imagined by medieval herald’s painters it does.) I would have to convert one first... so, no. I can’t even find a decent drawing.
  10. What Thread was this split away from?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Welp Meg and Harry are officially hitched.
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    There was this little grey cat that I was never anything but nice to (and that included filling her food bowl)... I would have asked her, “Why are you so scared / what are you scared of?” (Her brother was the friendliest cat ever...wanted to be everyone’s best friend.)
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    Ziva David (from TV series NCIS) Class (Assassin) Abilities (Unarmed Combat; Ranged Weapons)
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    There was Basil the Wizard. His lady wife was Rosemary. They lived in a mansion in a big city, with stables, servants, and guards. The captain of the Guard was a fighter named Tarragon.
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    What makes a good war game ?

    @Boaz have you researched DBA or Hordes of the Things ? They were a last century attempt to create rules that were model independent. I think they are mired in the D6 though.