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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It depends. The silliness or seriousness, the hopefulness or hopelessness, depends on what the players want at the time. Since campaigns tend to last a while, a middle ground from which there can be deviation seems to work pretty well. My default campaign structure starts with characters of relatively humble beginnings who evolve and progress into important people in the world and the best chance to save the world from Certain Doom. One thing I experimented with in my last Exalted campaign (and quite possibly my last campaign, period) was making sure character actions had consequences. In some cases, this caused fascinating developments. In other cases, I'm sure it was going to inconvenience characters further down the line (but we never got there). This works for a character-driven campaign but possibly not so much for a plot-driven one. (It's also really important to not use consequences to punish players or PCs.)
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    No. I never watched it. Instead, I painted while listening to a Crusader Kings 2 Let's Play. So what's your favorite entry in Eurovision this year? My wife particularly likes Norway's entry (Keiino, "Spirit in the Sky").
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    RoleMaster. (Or, if you prefer, RollMaster.) RoleMaster has some fascinating table results. And it has a lot of tables. A. Lot. Of. Tables. I feel like the mechanics just get in the way of everything (especially since the table results are probably the main selling point of the game.) Computer games I will probably never play again include Undertale and NieR: Automata, although I've gotten to a ending in Undertale twice and NieR: Automata three times. I love the music in both. I really enjoyed both games. I just... can't bring myself to play them again. (In the case of NieR: Automata, doing a completion run involves doing mean things to the one actually happy character in the game and I just can't.)
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I am 95% sure that's The Wizardry Consulted, which would be book 4 in the series.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Seen on a truck on Sunday: "Be the person your dog thinks you are."
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Budgeting. It's not a fun game. My wife has suggested I shouldn't go to ReaperCon because of anticipated dental bills, house repairs, etc. She may be right. She usually is.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Answer spoilered so others can play.
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    I made a sandwich for my packed lunch, complete with roast beef, cheddar, and mayo, and then found out the bread I pulled out was moldy, as was most of the remainder of the loaf. At least I noticed before I actually packed it.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I don't remember if I've told this story. When I was nine, the smoke detector started randomly going off at about 2 am. My parents, being paranoid about this (especially since, three years ago, when we were living in another state, the townhome next door burned to the ground), took us kids outside. No fire, no smoke, nothing. My father went back inside and looked around. Still no fire, no smoke, nothing. (For the record, this wasn't a bright idea. The fire department should have been involved and should have been the ones to give the "all clear" judgment.) The eventual decision was that the smoke detector was failing and it was disconnected and replaced. I don't know if it was determined why it was failing, but I do remember it was an americium-based smoke detector, which suggests it was an ionization smoke detector. Wikipedia says ionization smoke detectors "may be more prone to false alarms triggered by non-hazardous events than photoelectric detectors" so that's probably what happened for us.
  10. Thanks. I'm only going for tabletop. She's intended as a color test. I'm guessing the paint wearing you're talking about is the highlighting using 09454 Shining Mithril. It's a little heavy at the end of the barrel. I'd definitely fix it for competition. Same with the hat band and so on. (Although, for competition, I'd probably use the metal version since the details look clearer.) For a color test, she's fulfilled her purpose.
  11. Thank you! I still have to paint the rim around the base. Unless anyone sees anything else, I'll call her done at that point.
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    Darcstaar vs. BONES 1. Ep 2 Callie

    The metal version clearly has fletching on that arrow. I think this is a casualty of being an early Bones sculpt. She's looking good so far!
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    Book inventory apps/software

    My wife and I use LibraryThing too.
  14. I worked on toning down the shadow in the small of her back and bringing up (down?) the shadows under her arms. Better?
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Well, it's oh-dawn-thirty and I'm still on the clock. I hope to sleep soon.