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  1. I apologize for being a little quiet in this.  Joe wound up being very fractured through his career and came out pretty broken so he tends to be insular and introverted.  he will hang out with the girls and the robot and doesn't make a fuss.  He's usually pretty happy to just be ignored and allowed to participate in the background.


  2. Joe just is hanging out sipping something fruity and waiting for something to go wrong (but hes going to enjoy the good life while he has it.)  due to his speech issues, he doesnt say much but tends to hang out with whoever will let him and enjoys just being in the background.  just in case he keeps a tool kit and a credstick on him at all times and knows where the nearest pods and rescue equipment is located as well as first aid stations and the medical bay. 

  3. 1 minute ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

    My tendency is I try to have at least one spare set of rules to lend if I'm running an rpg. So if there's someone new or someone who thinks they're only ever going to play the game once, or someone low on funds there's a free loaner to use. Then if they like it they can pick up a book later.

    we will not discuss the number of rulebooks that have become impromptu early/late Christmas/Birthday gifts.  at this point the big river site is sending me bi-monthly reminders that its time to buy a new one... 😄 

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  4. 16 minutes ago, CaptainPete said:

    Okay, you make a point that not every needs the book. That said, I will stand by my statement because I find it frustrating when people don't have copies of the core/player book because they tend not to know the rules. Yeah, everyone is different and that might not be the experience everyone has had. Perhaps it would be fair to say that everyone only "needs" to know one book for most games. However, I'll exclude kids as I don't expect them to have the cash to throw around for them.

    there too, is the difference between frugal and comfortable.  If possible, everyone should have access to their own set of rules.  Personally i try to make sure anyone who plays with me has a summary of the rules that apply to them (everyone has pet peeves, my big one is people who cant remember what the character or team they have been using for 4 months does!).  OTOH, what do you NEED to play?  one set of rules that everyone can use works.


    As for kids vs adults:  thats a die roll.  i know kids who will blow a thousand of daddys money because they want to try something and adults that can barely buy food much less rulebooks, but this is a long time escape for them.

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  5. 16 hours ago, kristof65 said:

    The first part, I agree with you.   The bolded part, I do not. 

    I've run a D&D game for the last four years for a revolving group of high school students. Of the 16-20 students who have run through it, only two players have purchased their own books, both are the last two original remaining players in the group.  One of them owned his books before the group got started, the other has acquired hers over the years as she wanted to run her own game.  Of the other six players in the current group, one of them uses her uncle's D&D Beyond account.   The other five don't have any books, they rely on the three of us with books. 


    I agree!  The other thing in favor of the lack of books is the SRDs that are now common on a lot of rulesets.  every edition of DnD (except 4th, I think, I never did play that edition very much, just played Diablo)  has some form of online public rule set (may be limited but its there) as do a good number of the other modern rules and, for actual playing, the ability to look up individual rules on the web is usually faster and easier than trying to find it in a book.  The books are nice to have and you will only part me from my dead trees when you pry them from my cold skeletal fingers, they are not absolutely necessary...



    16 hours ago, kristof65 said:


    I know that BT has a very unusual feel for a mainstream game, with it's diagrams and schematics. I can't imagine changing it much without really changing the nature & feel of the game, so maybe that's why it's persevered without the churn and burn. 

    That brings up another point that can make it difficult to get into a game system - which edition?  This question is asked in the Traveller FB group all the time - there is Classic Traveller (the original little Black books), Megatraveller, Traveller: The New Era, T4 and T5, all available from Marc Miller's post GDW company, Far Future Enterprises, plus there is Gurps Traveller, T20, Hero Traveller, and finally Mongoose Traveller 1st and 2nd editions.  Then you have the generic versions like Cepheus Engine, and its derivatives.  And I'm sure I missed one or two versions there. 

    While I like certain editions of certain games, is it the best thing to suggest to a new player? Probably not for most games - Traveller is a rare exception that you can obtain legal and relatively inexpensive PDFs for most versions, but not all games are that way.  I will still happily play 40k 2nd edition, but that's going to be a lot harder for a new person to legally buy into. 


    I agree that editions make things weird, especially since its usually easier and less expensive to get the older editions.  In the case of games like Traveller and CoC, most of the rules dont change edition to edition .  When the COC edition went to 6 I was able to get 4th ed books for about 2 bucks apiece and picked up 4 of them and i hand those out to my players every week for 7th edition play. its not perfect but if you can multiply by 5 and 2 you can handle 90% of the rule changes on the fly.  


    the other side is tactical miniature games (which is where this started) I really despise many of those edition changes and I seriously feel that a lot of them are to sell more books.  (I feel the same for RPG editions but its easier to work around)  40K and Hordes/Warmachine are the worst offenders by far, making previous editions almost incompatible,  Fortunately, i found a crew that was willing to stick to a common older edition, we picked up the books for a song as a common library and have fun with them once or twice a year.

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  6. weirdly enough the skies opened up yesterday and the temperature plunged.  got to have a short walk with temperatures in the low 70's

    today we are headed back into the mid 90... It was a nice reminder about what decent outside temperatures felt like and we certainly could use the rain.  

    19 hours ago, CaptainPete said:

    Ugh. This morning, I got to call 911 because there was a fire in a storm drain. That was... Fun. We saw it smoking and when I looked down, that's when the two-foot pile of paper napkins inside caught fire. Like, burst into flames right in front of me.

    Do you believe that I have weirdness magnet now? <_<

    I recommend not staring at your boss with intense concentration today, or your pet!

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  7. 3 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

    D&D 5e also has the .pdf Basic Rules, a version of the game including only four character races and four classes, but otherwise reasonably complete, for free download.  At 180 pages, it’s not quite basic enough for my aging brain, but that’s more my problem than the rules.  For RPGs, though, in the context of painting, I feel like we’d be talking more about the gamemaster than the individual player (needing just one character).  I would think that a GM wanting to start with minis would be wanting a set of basic character options for the players, and some opposition, and a basic “clean out the goblin lair” is still going to call for a dozen or so opponent figures, or roughly the same 15-20 overall you’d want for a skirmish game.


    For someone that does want to sit down and paint their character, they are still going to need a brush, a miniature, and a few paint colors. (4 color Zorn palette, anyone?)


    Something to keep in mind is that RPGs really cost what you want them too.  its perfectly possible to play any RPG in theater of the mind (its actually the way I  prefer to play.  In this case all you need is the rules, some dice, and your imagination, everything else is just frosting on the cake.  5e actually is more compatible with theater of the mind than either 3 or 4 editions so its worth considering.


    we have also done a lot of replacement.  Many of my dice have stood in for a monster or even a character when something needed to be worked out.  I am a firm believer in having fun over making things realistic (that is not to say that i wont make a run that is drop dead gorgeous 😄 ) but i have played entire warhammer campaigns with a bunch of army men and some plastic critters from the dollar store

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  8. Wish these weren't so pricey per mini.  They look really nice and they are sizable but still, cost may be more than I can afford.


    But, sigh, they are beautiful and my son is a huge fan of kitsune so I cracked and got in before the early bird closed.  I have no will power against minis...

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  9. 5 hours ago, Grumpy Gnome said:

    We were hesitant to buy unpainted originally because we read it was a fussy material to paint but we found it to be ok once we tried… and buying unpainted saves a lot of money, even if it then costs you more time.

    Its a question of what you have more of, money or time.  I have really enjoyed painting the unpainted sets i got and the paint does stand up to a lot of abuse but, even painting the small sets well can be time consuming.  either way its a good product, just pricey.  I wish it was about half the cost.

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  10. 2 hours ago, haldir said:


    I'vve always seen either mask or face shield as suitable attire for when the situation is needed. Hell, if the clear plastic in front of my face didn't bother me, I'd opt for that. With Dallas being a very hot spot right now, I'm thinking about upgrading my mask (to a N95 ones as they are readily available here) but I may just keep the ones I've been using through this whole mess that we are in these days. We shall see.



    Now those I need a break on every hour or two.  Wearing N95s wears me out!  and now you have to watch out that you dont get the ones with the flapper valve in them, most places wont accept those any more...


    2 hours ago, kristof65 said:

    Yes, but do they all have to buy car washes? :lol:


    Maybe the sales people are targeting a certain type of customer? 😛 

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  11. in April 2020 they sent us home to isolate and protect us.  in 2021 they sold of the plant I worked at.  Now I am permanently working from home.   Though i will admit that Covid keeps the travel way down, which is sort of nice.  at one point I was doing 80% of my workdays from an airport or hotel.  This is better although much slower.


    Anyway, point is in September 2019 I asked the company if I could work from home and lower my travel and i was told that was not possible and there was no way that it would work! 😁

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  12. 2 hours ago, Corsair said:

    Really kind of bummed right now. I asked if at Reapercon I could use one of those clear face masks like the dentists and a lot of nurses wear and was told that no, it has to cover the face and mouth. This kind of mask is really hard on me due to other medical reasons, so now I am debating whether to go or not.

    You might also try something like this


    Might look a little bulky but it meets every definition of a full face mask I can think of and with a surface area like that it should breath pretty easy

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  13. 3 hours ago, redambrosia said:

    Sure feels like it sometimes 😑



    I wonder if I would be eligible for that. I certainly have enough respiratory infections that it feels like it would be a good idea…


    they just asked me if i was high risk.  I said yes, they gave me the booster.  No proof involved.  I would think that they would do the same for you.


    On the plus side, while i was there 7 people were vaccinated for the first time and 3 for the second.  Its a small step but a step none the less


    49 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

    If I could pick the brains of all y’all homeowners and DIYers for a moment:


    I have an attic access in my bedroom closet that lets in an ungodly amount of heat in the summer, as well as an merely unseemly amount of cold in the winter. I would like to cover this up and reduce my energy bill. But because it’s an apartment, it has to be temporary. I had an idea about a piece of foam with like a tarp stuck to one side, which I think is a thing that exists… 


    Does anyone have some helpful (or not) tips/advice/knowledge for me? 


    What has worked best for me was to put a piece of 6 inch thick fiberglass wool insulation over the door and stick it to the top of the door with tape, making sure it overlaps the seam by a foot or 2.  sometimes you might have to tape two pieces together but its effective and completely removable.

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