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  1. I find the 1984 Summer Olympics pretty much maxed me out for Olympics for life. I haven't watched more than a few minutes at a time of any Olympics - summer or winter - since. Except for a few years back when my wife really, really wanted to watch some sort of skating or something.

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  2. 6 hours ago, Rat13 said:

    I would be very interested in reading this if you could post it later.


    I didn't see an online post by the DM until after the game. Apparently as the chosen of the Empire we receive 100gp each month. I couldn't resist such low hanging fruit. 


    If we receive this each month we don't have to actually work, we don't need to adventure, and we can live safely and comfortably almost anywhere we want.


    To become chosen we either did a great service for the emperor or the empire. So we could retire and when they try to cut off our stipend we could appeal to the masses that the emperor doesn't appreciate heroes. We could cause such a fuss they wouldn't dare stop paying.


    This idea which I had a ton of fun coming up with was not well received by the DM. Which honestly gave me more enjoyment than the whole session did.

    Here you go.


    I blame my old computer for me thinking this had been taken down. As it aged, it sometimes would not load certain sites/blogs, etc., but would throw up scurrilous rumors of this site no longer being available, that one taken down, etc.


    Anyway, enjoy!

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  3. 13 hours ago, Stacemeisterbee said:


    He got to me and was like it’s 2 days before the feast- what do you want to do? I was like go to the bar and listen to others around me to see if I hear anything interesting. Then he asked about the clothes I was wearing for the feast- and I said I was wearing furs on my  chest and crotch and that was it. I love being a smart broccoli when he was a dick the whole time I was character building. He then said did you get your clothes already? And I answered it was already done. He was like no it’s not. You’re going to the clothing shop. Then something about a contact coming to the shop. I has quick snippy answers when a dude starts calling me over to him- no I am not coming- you come to me. Let’s just say I told him to go away and he handed me a note with a name on it. 




    I am sorry that you had to put up with this. But I do so love a good Bad-DM/Trainwreck Game story, so thank you for sharing.


    I noted the part above because it reminds me of that old blog from a number of years back, I think it was titled, "The Worst DM in the World," or similar. It has since been taken down, but I luckily made a PDF of it before it was gone (sorry, at work right now and it is on my personal laptop so can't post it up anywhere).


    Anyway, in it, the writer relates a story from her college days, when she and her friend answered a players-wanted ad found at a local game store, and were met by a situation both frightening in RL, as well as game-wise. Some of the highlights, if I recall well enough, were:


    The DM told them (and another player) to come at a certain time on a certain day, then claimed they were a "day early" when they showed up.

    The DM shook wet, uncooked hot dogs at them before stuffing them into his mouth.

    The DM had reams of (already by then obsolete) dot-matrix-printed house rules, many of which were centered around rolling for breast size and other certain unmentionable attributes, which he forced them to do.

    He had a true DMPC, who hogged the spotlight in every situation and could pull off ridiculous, amazing, broken-rules feats, like hitting barrels with a hammer so that they exploded.


    I know I'm forgetting most of the best stuff, but you get the point.


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  4. Not my business, but chiming in anyway.


    Sometimes, people who order at a restaurant feel slighted when somebody who sat down after they did, gets their food first.


    But it really all depends on what you order. Chicken, for instance, takes longer to cook. So does pork. And a table that has ordered a lot of extra stuff is going to get served later, especially when much of it is more complicated or takes longer to cook than what was ordered at the table next to it.


    To the untrained eye, this seems like random disparity. "Hey! How come he got his first?!" But it's not at all.


    Maybe what is happening here, is that this company is exercising a policy of cutting down on shipping costs by waiting for an order to be complete before sending it out, and this is further complicated by the differences between the orders, and the longer wait times that some naturally experience, while others do not.


    That doesn't excuse a lack of communication or a lack or preparation in general. But it's helpful to consider how things get staged, and why. Saves you some gray hairs.

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  5. I've never backed their Kickstarters, but I have been buying their minis for a long time now.

    I don't think any of their stuff is awful, but a solid chunk of it is either bland, or uninspiring.

    Some of it is balls out great. Their newer space terrain bits are outstanding.


    I wouldn't say they are bad at metal, wholesale. I've got a couple metal figs from them that are actually quite excellent.

    In fact, I haven't personally held any of their metal that was bad. (I'm not saying it doesn't exist, just that I haven't personally encountered it.)

    But given how little metal they produce, it's probably not a surprise that it wouldn't be their strong suit.


    For rules, I've only ever paid attention really, to Kings of War, of which I am quite fond.


    In general, though, they give you a million dudes for relatively less money. That could be bad, or good. You just have to choose carefully.



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  6. Started with Testors. Didn't know what primer was. Tried hard, gave up.

    Flash forward some years, discovered Ral Partha paints. By then I knew what primer was. Had some success.

    Bought a few inks (Citadel). Had a little more success.

    Started getting into it, and have bought more paint - and given more away - over the past 18 or so years, than I can shake a paint agitator at.


    Currently using (listed alphabetically): Army Painter, Citadel, P3, Reaper, Vallejo


    I experiment a lot to determine which pigment I like from which line, and then tend to be faithful to that particular pot for that particular color.


    I still have most of my Ral Parthas, and they are still viable. I keep them in storage. I just like being able to say I still have them.

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  7. Well... I would caveat that. It's sort of both. The main parts of the figs (body, head, legs) are generally one piece cast for all of these. But a lot of these packs come with some part (usually the hands/weapon) which needs to be glued on.


    I think, in the spirit of the question, no these are not swappable/customizable as you might find in a plastic unit box from another company.

    Yes, you might have to glue something.

    9 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:




    Most of the times you can get 2 of the 3 sculpts separate as well.

    Add a third and multiply to get a regiment box.


    If solo mini has loose weapons or shields, so will these etc...


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  8. 1 hour ago, Pingo said:





    Some idiot set off actual fireworks in the intersection down the street.  I just saw the last one, poofing into a classic green and red burst at about bedroom eye level just as I looked outside to try to figure out what the noise was.


    Now there are resonant muffled booms echoing all over the city.


    People are idiots.

    This is actually strangely common in my neck of the woods, and doesn't even always occur on a holiday. A few weeks back, I was driving up the highway, and I saw a few huge bursts a few miles up, off the side, coming from some regular-looking neighborhood. No idea where they are getting their hands on these things. Though, this being Silicon Valley, there are plenty of people around with the time and wherewithal to just mix them up in their garages.

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  9. 9 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:

    There even used to be an internet porn site titled ElfPorn. (Featuring nekkid women with pointy ears.)


    There was also a site titled NerdPr0n - I met the girl that used to run it the last time I was at GenCon. And, yes, she really is a nerd girl (and a gamer), just a bit more of an exhibitionist than most. She was there with a game company - and not as a booth babe.


    Rule 34 pertains.


    The world is a strange, strange place.


    *EDIT* For the record - there was Holmes/Watson slash fiction that was written while Arthur Conan Doyle was still alive. He was not happy about it. <_<


    The Auld Grump

    Now, don't misunderstand me... I am not a dangerous pervert by any stretch. However, I do have this overactive imagination thing going. And I tend to spontaneously cram words together that probably should not be uttered in mixed company... ever. Call it a nervous twitch.


    Being an intensely curious person, I then tend to type those words into a browser, just to see what happens.




    This thread is noting some fringe stuff, and it's worth noting that it exists. But... there's stuff out there that no mortal human should see. And I've seen it. Trust me... I shouldn't have typed what I typed, and I shouldn't be telling you, but I'm telling you... you don't wanna know.


    More loosely related, and much more tame (ironically), some of you I am sure know that The Escapist used to have a weekly video program documenting porn stars playing D&D. Nothing naked ever happened on screen; it was mainly a draw just because of the novelty of the thing. I think it was called "I Kill It With My Axe." It was entertaining enough. Total off-the-grid homebrew stuff. The kind of kill-happy game thirteen-year-olds dream of, but then more mature players eventually get sick of. Funny enough, sometimes.

  10. They are in short supply in my area, but re-stocked quickly enough. Does that make sense?


    In other words, do NOT pay more than $6 for these.

    Just ask your FLGS to hold one for you when they next get them in. Which should be in about a week or two.

    6 minutes ago, Dr.Bedlam said:

    That's insane. EVERY FLGS between here and my job has beholders, at retail between five and six bucks.

    They are in short supply in my area, but re-stocked quickly enough. Does that make sense?


    In other words, do NOT pay more than $6 for these.

    Just ask your FLGS to hold one for you when they next get them in. Which should be in about a week or two.

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