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TheAuldGrump

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    Demented celebrants (minis)?

    In Australia Eureka Miniatures carries the old Shadowforge Maenads - female figures, naked and drunk... but not in a friendly way. I would link to an image, but, well... naked and drunk.(Semi-draped, really, but....) The ones I have from about fifteen years ago are armed with thursis. There is also an undead Kickstarter that has an undead bard riffing while undead children dance around him. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Megan has a Ramones shirt that she swiped from her mum that is older than she is. I never steal her Ramones tee shirt! ... ... ... It's her size, so too small for me. There is a semi pornographic webcomic titled Menage a 3 - in the style of The Archie comics. A few years ago, the artist - Gisele - got a call from the lawyers from Archie Comics... who thought she had a great grasp of their style, and would she be interested in doing a comic for them? The result was The Archies Meet the Ramones. Say what you will about Archie comics - but the way they handled this was classy. The Auld Grump
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    Citadel Contrast paints

    Pure acetone. Soak your Bones in a bucket of acetone and you won't be able to find any mold lines! (Or faces, fingers, maybe arms and legs....) The Auld Grump That's what I was thinking.
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    Citadel Contrast paints

    Hmmm, has anyone tried them over the translucent Bones? I am thinking that a water elemental with green over the translucent blue might do for a algae stained water elemental. The Auld Grump - coincidentally, I have a water elemental on my To Be Painted SoonTM desk... it's been there for a few months....
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Aaaarrrgggh! Mediafire Blocked at work. Magnetizing them doesn't sound like a bad idea. I was thinking about laminating a bunch for Megan - so dry erase markers can be used on them. No reason not to do both.... *** Last night Megan was frustrated with a bit of GM's Block - I suggested that she just do enough for the first scenario or two, and then write more while we are playing the first part. That's the method I was using for the after school cops game. (A completely different campaign than the one I was working on for the grown ups cop game, when and if I get around to running it. This lets we yap about it to Megan without spoiling the later game for her.) The Auld Grump
  6. Wait, your saying that Ron is really Old Man Logan? The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Excellent! I had been trying to remember what the ten essentials were, from back in my own Scout days. Duct tape. How much duct tape to give them? Shock cord/rope/strong twine is no longer on the list? Fish hooks and line is no longer on the list? Heck - I learned how to trap using fish line when I was a Wolf scout. Dangit! Now I feel old.... The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I would be glad to get them! Thanks! Trust me, I am all to familiar with trying to find a specific PDF/Zip file, and the trials thereof. (Been buying PDFs for twenty plus years... around 10,000 files at this point, I think....) I even perpetrated some of those PDFs... (The typos are mine - but somehow Traykon got his hands on an early draft, with bonus typos. Both of the files under Adventures were mine. Not complaining - he gave them a home. If he hadn't saved them then I wouldn't have them at all, since that that computer's drive went phut! long years ago.) The Auld Grump - pulling those out for both The Blight and the cops game
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Tomathy and Khatt are both good about kitchen counters. Boxes... different attitudes. Tomathy nests, and if you reach in it means you want to play! Khatt will just let you rummage around him, or get up if you are too annoying. Khatt is also a lot more patient with Brigid - and is teaching her proper petting behavior. Strange as it sounds, Tomathy grabbing Brigid's hand was an improvement - she didn't hurt Brigid, and was purring the whole time, according to Megan. And she is now letting Brigid pet her, so that friendly mauling was her way of saying 'Welcome to the family!'. (Brigid used to be more grabby - there is a reason why Tomathy was a bit cautious. Brigid is still grabby, but doesn't grab the kitties any more. Sam, on the other hand, doesn't seem to mind Little Miss Grabby-Hands.) *** Tonight I start the alternate summer kids game - having the kids generate themselves in Pathfinder - but not choosing classes, yet. Next week we are having a camp out - and their characters will be Explorer Scouts when they decide to try out the new Dungeons & Dragons ride when the hills they are exploring are covered in a strange mist... Each kid will choose two Merit Badge traits - and will have equipment and skills to go with the traits. (Dain and Ian have both used guns, for example - if they choose the Marksmanship trait then they get to start with a .22 and twenty rounds of ammo. Orienteering means getting a compass and a map. (Surprise, surprise - the map isn't wrong... but it isn't right, either. The hills, streams, ponds, and etc. are there, and some of the town - but the towns will have different names, as well as dwarfs, elves, halflings....) All the kids starting with a week's worth of freeze dried food and a flashlight with twelve hours of battery life. (If any of the kids take the Electronics merit then they also get a solar powered charger.) Twenty matches, fish hooks and line, one tent per two kids, pencil, paper, etc..) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I made a Strength check instead - picking her up and giving her a good petting. (She was purring the entire time in the box - she is being silly. ) Unlike Khatt she likes being picked up, draped over one shoulder. Khatt doesn't like being picked up, but does like to sprawl across both shoulders. And... I have now painted the not-Grell from Dreadmere. Not sure what I will do with it, but I have it. (I'm lying - I know exactly what I have planned for it. Two somethings - one in The Blight the other for the cops game when/if it starts back up again in the fall. The Blight version is nasty - don't get too close to any mirrors in Castorhage.) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Hmmm... Tomathy has claimed the Bones 4 box as her own. The problem is that it isn't empty, and I want one of those minis. She hasn't drawn blood, but she is definitely in 'It's a trap!' mode.... (She grabbed and 'gnawed' on my hand. Not really gnawing, but sort of gentle chewing? Not enough to do damage.) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Oh, oh... looks like you have a case of chirpies. There is no tweetment. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I am pretty sure that Sare is the root - with other syllables modifying whatever Sare means. (But that could just be long ago etymology lessons adding meaning where none was intended. - though Sare is an archaic English word for rotten wood. Looking for Theil brings up archaic German for 'part' - prettyy sure Megan is more likely to be familiar with the German than the English. Or, hey, it just sounded Elven.) The Auld Grump Sad thing - Chris got the second scar while working on miniatures before the first wound had healed.... The Auld Grump - both while working on minis at the local hobby store. The Auld Grump
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    Secret Weapon Swag Bag O Crap

    Just not sure there is a fix - other than making a six molds - one for each of the individual bases. (Assuming that there are six bases on each mold - it could be two of each base, for all I know.) I am actually more temped by base making molds, rather than pre-made molds - Happy Seppuku going away makes me sad. The Auld Grump - the rollers at Green Stuff World are also tempting.
  15. Whoop! So you have! Thanks! The Auld Grump - any excuse to hate mobile devices is a reasonable excuse....
  16. I kind of suspect that she was posting from a mobile device... images are harder to remove as well as being a pain in the butt to see on a mobile device. (Part of why I try to never, ever, ever use the evil buggers....) I will message Megan, and see if she will allow me to edit down to a more manageable size. Wow... I almost sigged this as 'Dennis' rather than 'The Auld Grump' - my head is already posting the message.... The Auld Grump
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    Secret Weapon Swag Bag O Crap

    The bases probably share a mold - it is a lot more economical to sell it one mold's worth at a time, because some will certainly prove to be more popular than others if you sell them individually. The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Megan just had to deal with Brigid trying to carry Khatt... and Khatt using the droop method of showing his distaste for this process. (Brigid picking him up by the front, his body drooping to the ground. Khatt is a lot more patient with Brigid than Tomathy, but....) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    There is also when she wants to held by a particular person - and only that person - and will cry until held by that person. (It drove Megan bonkers for the first few months - Brigid would cry, and cry, and cry - I'd come home, Megan would hand Brigid off, and... happy coos. She wanted Daddy. I honestly think that babies are driven more by smell than anything else, and I was the smell she wanted.) Actually, see what smells make her happy - cinnamon and curry both helped with Brigid. (Cinnamon also helps her Mommy, so was a frequent choice.) Not eating cinnamon and curry, just the smell of them cooking. (Though it was amazing how early Brigid made her opinion of curry known. Sucking the sauce completely off the chicken before chewing it up. Definitely Daddy's girl - she loves her curry. ) The Auld Grump
  20. I was just wondering, how many people started their GMing with the classic Keep on the Borderands, and how many expanded upon it? I was already a GM before it appeared - but it has always seemed that it established the basic format for sandbox style campaigns. A starting location to act as the PCs base of operations, encounter areas in the wilderness itself, and, of course, the Caves of Chaos as the quintessential dungeon crawl. While it has no hexes, it is pretty much the start for most people that get into hex crawling campaigns. When running and expanding (five completely different Beyond the Borderlands campaigns, at most recent count) my start is adding something going on in the Keep itself (I cannot claim credit - the first time I dealt with the Keep on the Borderlands I was a player - and it turned out that the Banker was up to no good). Somebody is doing something that the PCs will need to get involved with. (The first of my own plots - Raids from the orcs in the Caves of Chaos being coordinated with bad guys in the Keep itself - with the goal of eventually subverting the security of the Keep itself, leading to its fall if the PCs do not save the day.) Then expanding to the North - for some reason I always assumed that the Keep is on a northern border, running East-West. (I honestly don't think I have ever run it as part of its native Greyhawk setting.) For my own most recent BtB campaign I added a battle of manipulation between infernal courts. For Sam's BtB I had a campaign into the environs and ruins of a duergar/fire giant empire - that the Forces of Chaos overthrew about five hundred years before the campaign begins. What have other people done with this old warhorse? Megan is starting work on a hex crawl style game, and I want to give her plenty of ideas to borrow steal. The Auld Grump
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    [Game Mastering] Keep on the Borderlands & Beyond

    Grrr... I forgot to ask Becca and Sam about their experiences with KotB - 11 and 10 years old, first time GMs - both starting with the PDF of the original, Becca running it in 5th, Sam in Pathfinder. The Auld Grump
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    Secret Weapon Swag Bag O Crap

    I know only one person that ever bought the Bag O'Crap - and he has been buying at least one each year (for a total of two... he hasn't been in the hobby all that long), ever since - he is very, very happy with them. I haven't tried them myself yet - but it is definitely a 'yet', not a 'nope'. I would likely end up trading off a bunch of the more SF themed bases, I am pretty much just fantasy these days, with only a touch of post-apocalypse, steam punk, and cyberpunk. (Deep back burner on a cyberpunk noir game....) The Auld Grump
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Words to strike fear into daddy's hearts everywhere - 'Mommy! Glitter!' My wife is introducing our daughter to the dark arts, the glittery, shiny dark arts & crafts.... (Brigid is already at the stage where when given the choice between two objects, one with glitter, one without, it will always be the glittery one that wins.) Are all daddies as amazed at how fast their children start learning how to speak? I swear, less than a year ago it was all baby talk. Now? Words! Actual words with actual meanings! The Auld Grump
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    [Game Mastering] Keep on the Borderlands & Beyond

    Your mother is a wise and wonderful woman. The Auld Grump
  25. Hmmm... Laura Anne Gilman is getting the rights to her Cosa Nostradamus books back, and will be reissuing them. She is one of the best plumbers in writing - and lays a lot of pipe. And the Cosa Nostradamus books have one of the most gameable magic systems I ever saw in fiction. (Years later, discovered that she plays RPGs... so very much not a surprise. ) Any way, keep eyes open - they are are worth a read. The Auld Grump - I read author blogs....
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