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Cranky Dog

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  1. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Trimmed some hairs on a cheap thick brush so I could do some stippling. As for scratch building/modding. Modified the swords of some Forscales for a Reaper 2016 contest. Replaced one with a sculpted dollar sign and some money bags on the ground. The other I used a thin aluminum rod to create a pole arm, and a plumb line out of the sword parts. I made the markings on the staff exactly 1 inch apart and take the angle into account. I used a string and white glue to make the line rigid.
  2. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    This can be a long list: The starting scene a) Complete strangers with nothing in common meet in a tavern, they happen to join forces and eventually save the world. (Heck, it even worked in the Mos Eisley cantina) The starting scene b) Complete strangers with nothing in common are caravan guards, they happen to join forces and eventually save the world. If it moves it can be killed. If it talks to the PCs, it can be killed. If it has stats, it can be killed. Enemies fight to the death. Running away is just to get reinforcements. Random encounters happen until the DM gets bored of them. Soon, every PC will stop caring about how many copper pieces they find. A page full of magic items per character. Mostly extra +1 items that are now "worthless" to a high level adventurer. Dwarves are grouchy and greedy. Elves are snooty and pretentious. Halflings are short and hungry. Half-orcs are violent and anti-social. Gnomes are... often just ignored and never played.
  3. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Not currently in my painting queue. But I do have a bunch of old Ral Partha minis. Some are AD&D, some are Battletech. Some were individual blisters, some were boxed sets. The biggest project would be the used Battle Masters set I found last year. The minis (over a hundred) have a basic paint job worth stripping and redoing. The stickers are going to drive me crazy.
  4. RIP Stephen Hawking

    I've been a fan of him since the early 80s. I still remember when he could still talk unassisted. The poster boy of astrophysics, he popular science understandable and endlessly amazing. A well known geek as he appeared in Star Trek TNG, Futurama, The Simpsons, and dozens of other shows. And he survived decades longer that 80s medicine predicted. He made computer generated voices not weird and showed the world even disabled people could extremely talented and earn great respect. Instead of naming a star after him, it should be a super massive black hole. Unseen, but whose influence on the galaxy is great.
  5. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    History shows I stay home and watch TV, surf the web, etc. If it's because of a snow day, expect shoveling.
  6. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Maybe I missed something, but where are the little arrows in the quote blocks that bring you to the original post? P.S. Never mind, it looks like my ad blocking software (uBlock Origin) is hiding them.
  7. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Two answers: There's the mandatory safety classes everyone had to take and redo every so often. The job function mandates which classes you need (i.e. the IT guy doesn't need to know how to operate a forklift) As an Canadian professional engineer, I have to get some form of professional development over the year. Depending on the province I work in, how you count those hours varies, but ultimately you have demonstrate that you learned new stuff.
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Woohoo! All day, I thought I lost one of my wallets. Looked everywhere around the apartment and couldn't find it. Retraced my steps of the past few days. Was it at they gym? I asked at the lost and found, and it wasn't there. Was it at a friend's place for a birthday? No contact from him telling me he found something. Was it when I had to shovel my car out of the street at 11pm Saturday night after the snowplow went by? Worried, because two days have gone by, with more snow, and the snowplow went by again. I drove by and couldn't see anything unusual. Looked at Lost and Found sites (Facebook, classified, etc.), and no news. But when I went to set my blankets over my bed a few minutes ago, the missing wallet just appeared. Somehow hidden from my previous search as I found it somewhere I never leave my pants. If I truly lost it, it would've been slightly inconvenient. It held mostly hospital cards. But it also held my social insurance card and a spare car key. Wasn't worried about the car key as I live nowhere near where I might have lost it. But the social insurance number is an identity theft risk.
  9. C-EL DICE

    Yes, they're pretty, but the glow in the dark is a feature that gets unused pretty quickly.
  10. Pathfinder Version 2

    Indeed, there are many tips, tricks and tools to easily keep track of all the bonuses. For some, it's second nature. For others, it's a bunch of numbers that just keeps piling on and on and deters from the story. So it's easy to understand the appeal of simpler systems.
  11. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Townsfolk Innkeeper (nameless): Used to be an adventurer, till I took a knee to the arrow. You mean "an arrow to the knee." No, I was an archer. And the baron holds a grudge like you wouldn't believe.
  12. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    So the power of Déjà Vu?
  13. Meteor Man! (1993) Yes, several black superhero films existed long before Black Panther and Blade. To my knowledge, Black Panther is the first one where the African heritage is key to the characters and the story.
  14. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    - Battletech (I love building custom big stompy robots) - Car Wars (ditto, building monster cars in countless variations) - Battle Masters - Star Wars d6 (tons of source material) Yes, not all of them are necessarily out of print, particularly if you consider digital copies, but they aren't mainstream anymore. Back in the 90s, I loved building customized units for wargames. More were built than actually played. My usual problem is not so much finding the rules, it's finding other people to play with.
  15. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    The power to imbue anyone with decent, honest to goodness common sense, a pleasant peaceful demeanor, with a desire for equality and justice for all. Then I'd target nation, church, and corporate leaders. I'll likely be declared public enemy #1 within 24 hours. [And just like the POV gun from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie, women are naturally immune.]
  16. Pathfinder Version 2

    Though Grump already mentioned the options in Pathfinder, you could even go as far back as 1st edition AD&D Unearthed Arcana for background generation. I still remember the DM section having tables for family, number of siblings, social class (Lower-Lower-Class is basically a freed slave, Upper-Upper-Class is wealthy royalty.) Though in most cases, background had little effect on current PC skills and abilities. Traits in Pathfinder were the first time I remember background options actually giving something unique.
  17. Happiness is ...

    ...successfully painting eyes to your liking. ...allowed to "steal" french fries from someone else's plate. ...entering the break room and finding an untouched fresh pot of coffee. ...your whole adventure party is on their last hit points/spells and you get the killing blow on the BBEG. ...getting out of bed, remembering you don't need to, then climb back in a bed that's at the perfect temperature. ...a toddler comfortably falling asleep in your arms. ...any pet quietly resting on you. ...unpacking your KS Bones box. ...that first bite of a bag of chips/Doritos. ...freshly baked cookies. ...finding that parking space near the doors. ...endless hot water for your bath/shower. ...sorting your bag full of Halloween treats. ...blankets/towels still warm from the clothes dryer. ...something, something, love, friends, family.
  18. Low Life Miniatures

    Still kicking!
  19. Post Office Lack of Caring

    This is one of the reasons I choose to get my packages delivered directly to the post office. Less chance of mishandling or delivered to the wrong address. Even though by default I'm with Canada Post, I've had my share of issues. Recently, one of my Midlam Miniatures KS shipment got lost. I know that shipments oversea take a long time, but this was far beyond the regular shipping time. After contacting Midlam on non-delivery, they sent me a new set. And when it arrived at the post office, I didn't receive a notification, I received TWO. For some reason, when the new package arrived, the original missing one was found along the way and waiting for me with the other. Though happy for more miniatures, I know it was a needless expense on the Midlam. [Sigh] That's the risk of low cost couriers that don't offer tracking services.
  20. How Did You Learn To Play?

    This is the first time I've heard someone's first experience with D&D start with the premise of a slasher movie. Part of my mind wants to say: "You are grounded young lady!"
  21. How Did You Learn To Play?

    I became aware of the existence of AD&D in my first year of high school (private catholic school for boys, we still had priests/brothers as teachers back then) in the early 80s. Some of the kids were playing it during lunch break. Though I didn't play, I would read through entries if the Monster Manual. The school even had a weekly after school D&D club, but because of bus schedules, I couldn't attend them. Note that I *did* have an older cousin that played AD&D, but he lived in another city, and I only saw him during the holidays. By my third year of high school, "Choose your own adventure" books were the local craze. I borrowed a few, then bought a few with my allowance. Those were my source of RPGs for several years. Note that I was also a huge fan of the D&D cartoon. It's when I hit college (circa 1989-90) that I found we had a games club. Eventually, I played AD&D for the first time during a weekend tournament (knowing nothing about the system), and then joined a D&D game where I finally learned the basics. Afterwards, I started reading through the books. Then 2e AD&D came out and I bought the books, played more, DMed, world building, etc. The club had a subscription to Dragon magazine and a budget to get new material (D&D, Battletech, World of Darkness, Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, Car Wars, Palladium Robotech, Rifts, tons of other smaller titles), so the early 90s were my golden age of RPGs. When I hit university, I didn't bother with their own games club as I had a regular group to play with, and the new craze was Magic the Gathering (and other CCG derivatives), which I never got into. Mid-90s to late 2000s, I had pretty much the same group (multiple campaigns), and we went through different editions of D&D (and Pathfinder, and Hackmaster). These days, I don't have a regular, but the board game café in town has RPG nights, which is a perfect place for newcomers to learn about the game. So a bunch of us veterans become "older cousins" for new players.
  22. Why Does SuperGlue Hate Me?

    How thick or thin a layer of glue do you use? And as already asked: how clean are the surfaces?
  23. Getting to Know You, Mar 2018

    Sometimes. If it's local, it's easy to convince myself to go. Normally, I just go there to "browse" and have a look at things. If there are conferences, I may attend several. Last convention I attended was a geek convention, and it was a disaster. In a sports stadium, no rooms for the conferences, horrible acoustics, no water fountain so you had to buy or bring your own water, a financial disaster as some guests didn't get paid (maybe afterwards, but the organizer went AWOL for a while). Other conventions I've attended locally (including previous cities I lived in): photo expo; travel expo; country fair; trade expos; plastic model kits expo. Nope. Haven't looked in a while, and the few times I did, none were available or easy to reach.
  24. Getting to Know You, Feb 2018

    Hopefully, a job offer. [Fingers crossed] We had a pretty nasty wind storm last year, reaching hurricane speeds. It was messy. Being used to snowstorms, even when 50cm/2 feet of snow fall, I don't make a big deal out of it.
  25. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I rather compare it to a 50,000km car tuneup. You don't want them to find anything. But if they do, you'd rather it being sooner than later while it's still manageable.