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  1. On a serious note: You're right of course. However we all like to have more free time for hobby and fun, so we probably keep complaining and in the meanwhile do our duty... You're welcome! It does taste delicious!!! But hobbies aren't as non-adulting as people think. All of you come on here and share your work, giving insights into the art and craft of mini-painting and other aspects of the hobbies. You all make lighter work of things. You also delight each other (and those of us who don't paint) with your work. Adulting is about taking care not just about d
  2. Unnecessarily serious response to humorous topic: I know I'm in the minority on this, but I think adulting is underrated. Lots of people treat adulting as a prisoner's dilemma kind of thing, something they can opt out on and get off Scott Free (no, thanks Mr. Miracle). That leads to a small number of people conscientiously adulting while a large number try to minimize the amount of adulting they do. In theory that would work, but everyone doing that underestimates the amount of adulting necessary because they look at it as what adulting they need to do for their own lives. The real
  3. We had one in long college days of the distant past who would leave a few dice set to the maximum, then scoop them in with a sloppily rolled die roll. Some of the GMs as I recall started fudging right back (not openly, but several confessed to me and some buddies). GM's rolls behind screens got slanted in favor of that player's opponents, or made better saves against that one's attacks. Also, since a large part of the games were social, GMs made NPCs more resistant to cooperating with that player. Generally, I have the players roll in front of everyone. That not only keeps
  4. This works for other things as well. It falls in line with brain theory on learning and the creative process. Even when you are not actively thinking about something, your brain can be working the "problem" subconsciously. The brain is an amazing thing! <philosophical digression> I'm cautious about using the weird 'my' when thinking about the brain or mind. So much of the work of thinking happens at a deeper level than consciousness, that it seems bizarre to use a possessive for the vast evolved thinking apparatus. Consciousness seems more like the interface betw
  5. Pingo painted this for my character in a very non-canon Shadowrun game in which we're both playing. He's more or less a Hermetic mage specializing in illusions. But his background is academic and in his day job he runs a school for sinless kids. He's also older than most runners (he's in his thirties). Note: that's the background, the game has produced a number of very weird changes in him (the shiny purple tones in the hair are part of that). Anyway, the Pertwee Doctor has a great combination of flamboyance and academic arrogance which fits the character and the subtle changes in the
  6. Sometimes blocks in any art aren't procrastination. Sometimes the mind is reworking how it does things. Think of it as your painting skills being in the shop for upgrades and repairs. It's kind of a large scale assimilation of all you've been doing into a new kind of understanding. After such things you can find yourself doing things that you've never been able to do before. It's bewildering, cool, and useful. It's possible to find out whether this is happening or not. If you sit down to work and your eyes can't seem to see things right and your hands have no idea how to work, the
  7. Wikipedia says the most of the Colonel Bleep cartoons are lost and only a handful still exist. I thought myself well versed in old cartoons (at least for someone born in the 70s), but those totally caught me by surprise. On the plus side, I probably watched more European cartoons than most North Americans on account of being French-Canadian and getting some shows from France (original French, or dubbed from other parts of Europe). Colonel Bleep was very strange. It's very hard to describe and whenever I've tried people think it must have been some bizarre dream. Here's the
  8. You, sir, are the first person that I have ever run into aside from myself that remembers Colonel Bleep and Dodo. Megan thought that I was making them up. And I liked Rocket Robinhood... Which makes me wonder... Boston, circa 1960 or so? The Auld Grump - or just interchangeable UHF channels? New York, a little after 1960 but not by much.
  9. Going to have to second a whole bunch of these (Real Ghostbusters, Reboot, Galaxy Rangers, Samurai Jack, Gargoyles, etc). One of the things that make these great are the little throwaway bits. From the Collect Call of Cthulhu episode of Real Ghostbusters. Egon is asked how bad Cthulhu is, "He makes Gozer look like Little Mary Sunshine". They also did a Christmas episode in which the Ghostbusters trap the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future before they can change Scrooge. As a result the whole world becomes a greedy mess and they have to release the ghosts. I'd like to give a
  10. I hope this is the right board to post this. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (the major organization of professional SFF writers in the US) is now allowing writing narratives for games (tabletop or computer) to qualify for membership. This is a the first major addition of new kinds of writing that qualified in I don't know how long. Before this, short stories and novels were the standard publication types allowed for members. The quality and complexity of narrative and world building in games has grown so much over the decades that I'm glad this is now happening.
  11. If you're in the area and wish to donate blood, the blood banks are asking that people wait a few days. They're at capacity, but more will be needed soon. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-orlando-nightclub-shooting-blood-donations-20160612-story.html It's too terrible for words or images.
  12. To clarify. The questions I posted weren't meant to be answered directly. They're more in the way of things to muse about in order for you to help the character come to life in your own mind. Another way to help flesh things out is to consider the other characters from their own perspectives. One of the few rules of thumb in writing that actually works is that everyone is the hero of their own story. So for each of the other characters you've listed (not to mention all the various canon characters) try to get inside their heads and examine the situations from their perspectives. Do t
  13. Mary Sue is not found in her power level, but in her excessive importance. A Damsel in Distress can be a Mary Sue, if everyone thinks she is the most important thing in the world. Your character is throwing the world into chaos just from existing, not from anything she's done. The angst you are describing for your character ('oh, what a tragedy that I will join the immortals while these I love are to be lost to dust and ashes, what a cruelty is the Sixth World' sort of thing) is a classic Mary Sue kind of thing. Just by way of example of the kind of problems that you can have diving
  14. Yup. Good genetic dice rolling. The parts where she credits us for reading the classics to her and thanks Pingo for the art teaching are the kinds of things that warm parental hearts. At the time it was not all well received (the comment about no TV is a slight exaggeration, but only slight). Reading things like the Journey to the West to her when she was young was a lot of fun as was supplying the cultural context and deeper meanings of the books. I suspect too many parents shy away from reading older books, expecting that the schools will supply such. But the experience of readi
  15. Mary Sue is not found in her power level, but in her excessive importance. A Damsel in Distress can be a Mary Sue, if everyone thinks she is the most important thing in the world. Your character is throwing the world into chaos just from existing, not from anything she's done. The angst you are describing for your character ('oh, what a tragedy that I will join the immortals while these I love are to be lost to dust and ashes, what a cruelty is the Sixth World' sort of thing) is a classic Mary Sue kind of thing. Just by way of example of the kind of problems that you can have diving
  16. Let me start by saying that I'm a writer and I've been where you are. The way you're talking about your main character makes her sound Mary Sueish: Half Dragon / Half Elf whose existence sets the world afire, dragons in all the big players, and who ends up with a lot of goodies. There's always a temptation when you're writing in someone else's world to drag in everything that sounds cool and anchor it on what you are bringing in of your own creation. Lots of fanfic writing works like this, but restraint is often better. Your Main Character is bringing a point of view and experie
  17. Yeah, I really show my age by using it as my on-line handle. Most gamers these days don't know Blackmoor - "Bro, what's with the stupid username?" Much to my amusement, I have had a few defenders of the faith angrily come after me for making fun of Gary Gygax, as per that old internet rumour. I usually just point out the correct direction for their righteous indignation and send them on their way - it's interesting that no one has ever come to the defense of MicroArmor's Gregg Scott, the guy that Dave Arneson was making fun of . . . Anyway, I always liked the Egg of Coot's concept - a vill
  18. Far from it, actually. Dungeon Mastery is full of useful management skills. And pizza delivery takes strong understanding of spatial relationships, path optimization, customer service, .... (I've never worked a job that was as easy from the inside as it appeared from the outside.) You guys are missing my point. If someone is a crap pizza delivery guy, I'd sooner go pick up my pizza rather than pay for delivery (plus tip). The same goes for a "professional DM" who also sucks at his job and expects payment. I can just as easily run the game - or find someone else who
  19. I love the combination of bright colors and surreal creepiness. There's a very in your face worrisomeness about the place. If you used that set up for any role playing environment it would scare the heck out of any rational group of players. I'm also floored by the length of time you've worked on this and the artistic elaboration. Well done.
  20. As a GM I can see having a donation system for snacks and drinks (money or brought food) if that's the way the group wishes to do things. If someone is hosting the game then it can get complicated. On a purely social matter hosts don't charge guests. Pingo and I host our games, but we like to cook and so we get to add the enjoyment of cooking for our friends. But that can bet economically burdensome, so I can see a group working out some arrangement, but it would need to be hammered out. Supplies beyond that are kind of tricky. I prefer having my own copies of the game books. Minis
  21. Great now I have to come up with an adventure in which all the monsters are redheads. Then I'll need to gum up with statistics for them; I don't want a mouthful of Ginger Vitals.
  22. I need to know more about the goblin things. I'll have to wait on asking the question till I'm back home... But yep, me too. Sometimes I think people are just trolling Bryan. And other times I really hope they are.Nope. Wasn't trolling. Was quite serious.She was talking to me and one of the paint and take participants about some very odd stuff before I made my escape and left her with ReaperBryan I had to attend to my water fetching duties for the paintbrush cleaning. When I returned I saw she was speaking with ReaperBryan so I stayed away and hid until she left so I tried to
  23. There have been some great Dork Tower mini's strips amongst all the more general gaming (and Matt and Gilly not connecting) strips. There's one I loved that I can't find unfortunately. Matt is running a game and in each panel Ken gets something great (armor, weapons, a familiar, his arm regrown) and in each panel Ken is wailing in agony. In the last panel we find out that he insists on his mini matching his character exactly so he has to do some heavy duty modding (including attaching a "25mm marmot").
  24. The now completed comic Irregular Webcomic (http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/) used minis in place of drawings, but that's not really the same thing as focusing on them. It also used a lot of legos.
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