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  1. Getting to Know You ... December Edition

    Great question! My family have commented that they are surprised that I can paint details on something so small. Beyond that, it's not really a topic of discussion. My gaming group think it's great as they get to play with painted minis. My non-geeky friends pretty much went, "Oh, that's nice" and then switched the topic of conversation.
  2. Getting to Know You ... December Edition

    I'll go with the lightsaber as well. I've watched Star Wars so many times that the snap-hiss sound when it turns on is ingrained in my brain. Despite this, it still always sends a tingle up my spine.
  3. Getting to Know You ... December Edition

    Mince pies and mulled wine. The funny thing is that, while I've had mince pies several times, I've only had them together once. However, the memory of that one time has a very strong association with Christmas for me. Basically, my wife and I had traveled to Scotland for Christmas with the express intention of spending Christmas in a castle. As you can imagine with Scotland and Christmas, the weather was extremely cold and we spent a lot of time indoors. In particular, we spent a lot of time in front of a log fire chatting while noming on mince pies and mulled wine. I have very fond memories of that Christmas!
  4. Getting to Know You ... December Edition

    There is so much that I have learnt on these forums that I honestly couldn't identify any single piece of advice. The great thing about being here is that, after a while, you pick up things almost by osmosis. I don't know much about painting (still being very much an amateur painting) but so much of what I do know has been picked up in a little post here and a little post there. So many people here give out advice or tips or share how they painted something that just by reading the various posts, so much knowledge gets embedded in my brain without me realizing it. To all the amazing painters in this forum - you guys are amazing and awe-inspiring and real role models for others!
  5. Best Version of DnD?

    I love that. I'm a massive fan of cramming variety into the experience rather than having to face the same enemy again and again. In my opinion, all you need is a fairly flimsy excuse to get away with it too (this group were hired by the others etc).
  6. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    Nope. As with others, I never really got into the habit.
  7. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    I didn't even know this was a topic of discussion. But then, I don't know much about the etymology of "Xmas" and just assumed it was created by a marketing department looking for a way to spell Christmas using less space.
  8. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    *** I don't see him but I'm afraid to go out and look in case he's waiting to ambush us.***
  9. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Granted, I may be biased but the Chinese are the closest to getting this right! http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/mandarin/my_calendar/
  10. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    Funnily enough, while I've known about the sequence itself for years, it's only been in the last couple of years that I found out it was called the Fibonacci sequence (my old maths teachers are probably screaming at the monitor right now...). Feels as if the sequence and it's name have been in popular culture recently.
  11. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    Yes I do! I assume I don't have to prove that...
  12. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    It is called this land and I will never divulge the secret of it's location!
  13. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    Big fat zero in my case. After putting on the last bit of paint on a mini, I always wait for at least a day before I put on any varnish and I don't consider the mini finished until that varnish goes on. If I don't count the varnish step - still a big fat zero. I'm a slow painter.
  14. Best Version of DnD?

    As long as the players don't know military strategy themselves, I don't think you need to worry too much about guard activity that is realistic and authentic. If you can come up with something that feels realistic (based on the various tropes the players may have previously encountered), then that is probably enough. To answer the actual question though, what I would do would depend on whether the hobgoblins were expecting an attack. If they were on a war time footing and expecting an attack, I would have at least 20 guards at the keep portcullis at all times and have them rotated out on a very regular schedule. In addition, I would have guards stationed within eyesight of each other at regular points along the walls. Naturally, these guards are also rotated out on a regular schedule. There would also be regular patrols around the keep walls and within the grounds itself. All of this would put the guards very much on edge and on alert and I would try to make it very difficult to sneak in. Naturally, the grounds around the keep have also been cleared so there is no cover on approach to the keep. If the keep has a moat, stuff that moat with dangerous animals. If the hobgoblins aren't on a war time footing, I would basically have less guards standing around at any time. Also, while they are still rotated regularly, they aren't rotated as quickly (so they would have to stand guard for longer hours before the rotation). While not on guard duty, I would put the guards as lounging around inside the keep in various activities (some sleeping, some practicing, some lounging around gambling, some grabbing snacks etc). Ultimately, the point is to give the impression of bored guards. If you want, you could even have the guards spending less effort in maintaining the clear ground around the castle. In case it's not clear, the above is simply what I would do and is not based on any knowledge of military strategy.
  15. Getting to Know You ... November Edition

    Looks around guiltily. I have a confession. I don't actually know much about the muppets as I never watched their show or the various movies. Obviously, I'm aware of them from the cultural impact they have had. What I'm saying is that my knowledge of the muppets can be summed up in 3 lines. Kermit is a green frog. Miss Piggy likes Kermit. Cookie Monster likes cookies. Edit: Wait. I think Cookie Monster was on Sesame Street. Does he count as a Muppet?