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  1. How to Butcher a Beaver. No, not a comedy sketch, it really is about cleaning and dressing a beaver. (For those hoping for something light hearted.) I had an opportunity to try beaver, once upon a time - but missed my chance. Jackie was going to Sterling College at the time. The Auld Grump
  2. Feeling sad the After School games for this year are both wrapped - and I am pretty sure the players had a good time, even using a virtual tabletop. I took a [/i]lot[/i] of liberties with the Jingling Mordo Circus - among other things, I dropped the level down to five, with Mordo himself being level 7. (The original was for 10th level characters - but Mordo was 20th level! ) The PCs did manage to rescue the kidnapping victims, and barely managed to take Mordo alive. (Two of his clown-assassins were not so lucky. The PCs didn't mean to kill them, but they bled out. A third got nabbed by the ettin - who handed him over.) Strange thing - I have not yet decided whether the setting has capital punishment or not. I am leaning towards 'Yes, but not common'. Leaving a chance that Mordo is either rescued or escapes, for next year. Problem is that Mordo isn't about vengeance - he's about the money. If he escapes he will not seek out the PCs, he will hit the ground running, and get the heck out of Dodge. So, most likely having him sentenced to life in prison, and if I feel the need, at some point, the PCs can visit him there. The Auld Grump
  3. I almost spoiled this in a thread that I know Megan reads - Yeah, pretty sure I can make that work. Still considering converting to Chill - the inherent silliness of the Ghostbusters RPG bothers me - Ghostbusters needs elements of both comedy and horror. GB and GBI are just a bit too much like Toon for my tastes. (Given that my last game involved a ghost that was stealing eyes....) I have an alternate mechanic in mind for the Ghost die, for use in Chiil - make the die an optional boost - but if the Ghost comes up.... The Auld Grump
  4. That just means we need a bigger tub. The Auld Grump - or a swimming pool.
  5. Okay here - protests, but no riot. The Auld Grump
  6. Don't get too caught up in the jumpsuits - remember, Extreme Ghostbusters was a lot more casual about the uniform. (I think that exactly one of them wore the jumpsuit - and he was a fan before he joined.) But that weapons and equipment pack... looks awesome. Not going with the Afterlife continuity - thirty years is way too long to be ghost free. So, more sporadic outbreaks, getting closer together in time. Twenty years in Boston between the first group went out of business and when the T cut the leech that was powering the containment grid. Six years between that and the next campaign - but with an assumption that ghosts did continue to break through. Only one year, this time. *EDIT* SPOILER REMOVED! DOH! Things start to pick up around 21 September 2020 - and escalate. And, remember, while the team spoke to the ghost of James Michael Curly, you never even tried to trap him - just talked with him, then went on your way. The Auld Grump
  7. No, I am pretty sure your first method was less subtle. But I still missed it. Or at least misinterpreted it. (I honestly thought you were just trying to freak me out, not ask me out. ) There was something strange, in the neighborhood. There was something weird, and it don't look good. Picking up from the end of the Dullahan episode. My one complaint about the Ghostbusters game is that it focuses on the comedy too much - even in the Extreme Ghostbusters cartoon, there were moments of genuine horror. So, my games are maybe a trifle darker than the norm for Ghostbusters. But then I am a Grundel, at heart. Yes, that is a clue - your characters will have access to that info from a case file from the New York branch. The Auld Grump
  8. Remember - if people are saying you have the heart of a small child, and are referring to your sense of childlike wonder, it is a good thing. If they are talking about your refrigerator, it is a bad thing. The Auld Grump
  9. No, the one that shaped chatting for twenty years was AIM - from America Online. Closed down in 2017, I think. Facebook just calls theirs Messenger. The Auld Grump
  10. Hmm.... I got home, and the Ghostbusters International rulebook, a Ghost Die, and some notebook paper were on the table. On my side of the table. It's almost like someone is trying to send me a message, but of what? Call it fate, call it luck, call it karma, but I believe things happen for a reason.... The Auld Grump - a subtle clue, this was not.
  11. One week to go. First, second and third stretch goals have been reached - Add-ons have been... added on. These are spare parts, not upgrades - The part that most often needs replacement is... also the cheapest - the MK Nozzles at $0.84. Definitely grabbing a few spares. That final, $5M Stretch Goal... does not interest me at all - I want it in the basic black! The Auld Grump
  12. Here - have a happy ending. *** I have an idea for another fantasy cops case - but I am going to need a zombie beholder. Fortunately, WizKids was prepared for this. The Auld Grump
  13. I use Facebook - because nobody uses Instant Messenger anymore. I am kind of sad - just wrapped the second after school group's game for the year, and the first group wraps Monday. I went a little over on time - so the team could get the accolades that they earned. The Queen handing out medals, and the Mayor is handing out promotions. Monday wraps the Circus for the first group - they finished the Plane of Conflict four weeks earlier than the second group did - they had a mission, they had a plan, and they stuck to it, by golly! So, they got an evil circus with clown assassins, from an early issue of Dungeon magazine. One change from the scenario as written - they talked to the ettin, who is... just an ettin. Being a circus freak is a living. The party tried to unlock the chains binding him, he said 'just a second', pulled out the key, and unlocked them himself - they are a prop, nothing more. Climactic battle with the killer clowns and the ringmaster - who will be expecting a cry of 'Hey! Rube!' - which will never come. The squad managed to spread word, via the ettin and others, about what is going on - most of the circus isn't in on it. (By 'the squad' I mean the bard/reporter and the wizard - she has the Charisma and Diplomacy, he has the Charm Person.) Going to be fun. Part of me wants to run something for them over the summer, but... I think it is better to wrap for the summer. The Auld Grump
  14. Steampunk Frankenstein - both the Doctor and the Monster. Probably not looking like this - Also. some Leonardo daVinci style wings/hang gliders, suitable for human scaled miniatures. The Auld Grump.
  15. Heh, I was about to say that it worked for both One Boot and me. The Auld Grump
  16. I just PMed you - it seems to have gone out with no problem. The Auld Grump
  17. And now, the Inspector Gadget Theme, Arranged for Eight Cellos. I do a passable imitation of The Claw, if I do say so myself. The Auld Grump
  18. Oh, and at work, I seem to have been appointed as the official Spider-Getter-Outer.... Yeesh! The Auld Grump
  19. The kids have finished one of the two main plots in The Razor Coast. The question is do I continue, or wrap Razor Coast here for the time being, and start something new for a while? They are high enough level that it is kind of a pain to run online, at this point. I have run higher level games with them, but online play really slows things down, and makes it just a wee bit more awkward. They are now twelfth level. The next major plot involves, well... there is a reason that I put wings and a flight base on one of my kraken miniatures.... For that, I want an actual table, and maybe the Bones V Pirate Ship. The Auld Grump
  20. Forgot to mention - in the adult fantasy cops game, the PCs have met Luscious - the transgender ogre cabbie - that has had her girdle of masculinity/femininity stolen. Sounds like a joke, but really isn't - she feels violated, and hasn't gone out in public since - it took her years of work to find and afford the girdle - and somebody had to cast Remove Curse on her to steal it. Part of her identity has been stolen away. This was not a crime of impulse. Somebody planned for it and prepared for it. But, sadly, most of the NPC cops are treating it as a joke. The Auld Grump
  21. The one on the left cries out for voice acting by the late Peter Lorre. Never mind why I am whistling Hall of the Mountain King.
  22. Actually, sketching out a build that I previously made in cardstock. Ha'penny Market - originally a gated market 'square' for the city of Blythe (called Blight). Moving it from my Blight to Frog God's Blight. Should be a good build - two and three story houses, three gates, and a series of underground tunnels - both licit and illicit. The Auld Grump - people think that 'Ha'penny' stands for 'halfpenny' - but it actually refers to the market charging a penny per horse on any wagons - to pay for the hay they feed them.
  23. Or a good night and a bad morning after. The Auld Grump - three guesses whom I am quoting.
  24. So, City of Heroes: Homecoming is in negotiations with NCSoft - at this point it is looking like as long as they don't charge money, NCSoft will let them be. And Mercedes Lackey is back to playing the game. Homecoming has also improved the graphics - and Megan's new card allows 'Ultra HD'. (My crappy old laptop does not - and the difference is quite noticeable.) The Auld Grump
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