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  1. 1 hour ago, Crowley said:

    Question for Monday October 19th

    As the weather turns colder, the leaves more colorful, and little ghouls and goblins think of candy, more and more soups and stews are being made. What was the last soup you made/had, and what are your plans for the next that you'll enjoy?


    I made a French lentil soup last week which was OK, but not inspiring. About two weeks ago I made a really good, if not entirely authentic Goulash.


    I don't know what will come next in the soup department, but split pea or oxtail barley would be good. (The latter might  be more for me than any of my immediate family members)


    I have also been asked to make beef rouladen at some point soon, which is at least a braise, if not precisely what I think of as stew. In general, braises and stews are my favorite cooking methodology.

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  2. 2 hours ago, Crowley said:

    Haminister blinks wearily at the cold wet Monday morning. The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The City So Nice, They Named It Twice, Gotham is blanketed by a grey rain, and the skyline is obscured of it's usual glittering beauty. 


    Question for Monday, October 12th

    Most places have a nickname...

    Share a real nickname from  the place you live (or lived) 

    What would be a more appropriate nickname for it?



    I used to live in Waltham, MA, which is known as "the watch city", in honor of the Waltham Watch company.


    I personally like the name, and I  still think the old Watch factory is a lovely old industrial  building, even if it's been converted to apartments and commercial space in the past 10 years.




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  3. On 1/2/2020 at 11:43 PM, Balgin Stondraeg said:

    Easy Army still hasn't been updated to 3rd edition yet. They seem to have added some o the new 3rd ed units to the COK 2019 section as if they were COK 2019 units but haven't done a 3rd ed section yet.


    We live in hope.


    I don't know if anyone is still waiting on this, but the Mantic/EasyArmy  partnership builders is online now for 3rd edition. The way it's set up suggests that they may be planning to add options for their other games too


    ... some day.


    I omitted the link because the site includes a paid subscription option, which means commerce, but you can use it for free too.

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  4. 21 hours ago, ShadowRaven said:

    I quite enjoyed the book as a wee fledgling. As for what figures i would put in? Definitely a Sophie. Not sure who else. Need to think on who would be an interesting conversationalist. 


    Yeah, I remember the book from my youth, but I'm not sure I ever knew there was a movie version.


    I'm not sure what I would choose, but based on the events of the book, nothing that can fly or make a serious ranged attack.


    I'm in charge here - I'll not risk having my toys overthrow me!

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  5. 4 hours ago, Crowley said:

    October 7

    Do you have a go to snack food? Salty? Sweet? Does it depend on what you're drinking with it?


    For snacks, I tend towards savory over sweet. It might be beverage-dependent, but I am almost always drinking plain old water at snack time.


    3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:


    I have an issue where I flush sodium too fast, so I always crave salt.  If I don't get enough, I can pass out, so I fairly regularly eat salty food.  I love salty crunchy things, like chips and popcorn.  I try to limit the chips as they make me really fat, though if I could, I'd eat French Onion potato chips or Cool Ranch Doritos constantly.  Typically, my daily go to is popcorn.



    I wish we could trade for a day.


    My body manages sodium *pretty* well, but a really salty meal can lead to mild swelling due to retained fluids. It's not likely to have serious short-term effects on me, but it's something to watch. If it starts happening regularly, it's badTM.

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  6. 16 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

    The only thing I listen to with any regularity is Spotify. I've got several different playlists; the longest one is a little over 25 hours long if I'm remembering correctly. It is filled with rock and metal; everything from Aerosmith to Amon Amarth.


    Just wait until you move on to the "b" section of the library. It'll blow your mind.


    Don't even get me started on "c"...

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  7. 1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:


    The Rose triad and the Faded Purple triad.  Both are go to paint for mouth painting.  Chestnut Gold is another favorite.


    That said, at the speed I paint, it'll be another 10 years before I notice.


    Oooh yeah. Chestnut gold was another good one.


    Edit: Based on Reaper_Jon's comments, I wonder if it would be possible/practical to special order a few small-batch classic colors to be delivered at the next in-person ReaperCon.


    I can't imagine needing 10 bottles of one paint for myself any time soon, but I could imagine finding a group of friends to share them.

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  8. On 10/3/2020 at 8:22 AM, Crowley said:

    *Quisitor hamster yawns... sniffs freshly brewed coffee...

    October the 3rd

    What is the best thing to have happened to you this year so far?



    Happened to me? Nothing comes to mind. The external events of 2020 have been pretty relentlessly terrible.


    For things we've done for ourselves, Lady Klarg and I took a vacation back in February which was very nice.


    On 10/3/2020 at 8:22 AM, Crowley said:

    What is the best thing you've done for someone else?



    I have been able to be there for my father during some of the hardest times of his life.

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  9. 15 hours ago, SamuraiJack said:

    I may wait for the second kickstarter.. since they are now talking about possibly delivering much earlier than planned I'd be in danger of getting a table before we have decided on buying a new house with proper space for it or not.. 


    Did they give a new time frame? I haven't been keeping close track, but I specifically chose a later pledge wave for similar reasons.

  10. On 9/21/2020 at 3:59 AM, haldir said:


    No need to apologize. 2020 has been a huge burden on everyone. My trip to Vegas in January this year seems so long ago. Almost feels like it wasn't even in this year. 


    I'm debating on going to '21 LVO but chances are I won't with no vaccine in place.


    Yeah. :down:


    I'm hoping for a triumphant return to an in-person ReaperCon 2021, but I am not really considering anything sooner for myself.

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  11. 7 hours ago, TGP said:

    Inquiry, the 24th of September: 

    Gaming mats / Table covers / Game boards: Do you own any? What are they made of? Are they representing desert, open water, cobblestone, swamp..? Where did you source them, if you did not make them?


    I've picked up many things over the decades. If I'm honest, some have been pushed into corners or thrown away over time, so I am not 100% sure what we have.


    I think we have:

    4'x6' heavy green cloth mat for war gaming

    4'x6' hex-gridded satellite photo for Battletech or similar games

    4'x6' hex gridded black felt star pattern cloth mat for space games

    A variety of Pathfinder flip mats.

    Two sets of Card stock urban boards for Dropzone Commander

    Four 2'x2' home-made urban boards for Dropzone

    4'x4' Dropfleet Commander orbital map

    *Lots* of traditional paper and cardboard Battletech map sheets.

    Four Neoprene Battletech "grasslands" maps

    Maybe something else? I probably still have my old Babylon 5 Wars paper hex grids some place.


    I have often considered buying or building a solid 4'x6' table cover to play war games at home, but I do not have one. Usually our coverings are carried to a store/convention and used there.

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  12. 47 minutes ago, TGP said:

    It hammered me for about 9 hours. But I woke up at around zero one thirty (01:30) hrs with the distinct feeling I had broken a fever. Then it :upside: was over. 

    Yay (?) immunity. 

    I would have guessed that there were a couple of dozen. 

    I do not know any sign language. 

    After reading more about it I was fascinated to learn that BSL and ASL are far more different from each other than British and American spoken English. 

    I have created a link above, within the question, so that anyone that is interested can begin reading where I did. 



    True! ASL is a distinct language from English, and not a simple encoding of English into visible movement. Also, as it turns out, ASL is primarily a descendant of French Sign Language, not British. :upside:

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  13. 56 minutes ago, TGP said:

    Inquiry, the 23rd of September: 

    Did you know there are 300 different sign languages? Today is International Sign Language Day (so sayeth the UN). Can you sign? If so in which one/ones?


    I did not know there were 300, but I knew there were many different sign languages.


    I cannot sign, but Lady Klarg is pretty fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), and works with institutions for deaf education as part of her day job.

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  14. 6 hours ago, TGP said:

    Inquiry, the 22nd of September (Equinox):

    Today the daylight hours will equal the night (Equi=equal; Nox=night). How much time per week do you spend on your mini/TTRPG hobby? Is hobbying usually done at night or during the day?


    I *try* to spend at least 3-4 hours hobbying at night during the week (added up across all 5 week days), but often fall short. I usually get in another 2-3 daylight hours on the weekends.


    In my ideal world, I would spend at least 8 hours a week, but that is mostly a fantasy.


    (I do not expect to do anything special to celebrate the equinox, but I usually am at least aware of it.)

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  15. On 9/11/2020 at 9:43 PM, Sylverthorne said:

    I had a Brilliant Idea for a class somebody could teach.

    Painting Ordinance (tanks, vehicles, 'mechs. ..) - probably for people like me for whom the logic doesn't want to go there.


    ... and now, I wait, with varying degrees of patience, for next year.

    There have been classes in that general theme before. This might be something to request from Greg Zuniga or Aaron Lovejoy.

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  16. 2 hours ago, Evilhalfling said:

    Query for September 11th:

    How often do you visit skyscrapers? Have you ever ha


    Not very often, the tallest I have worked in was 20 floors. 


    the city I live in now has about 10, Im sure I have been to 2 of them, but neither in the last 10 years. 

    The city I grew up in had 3, and the Arch (2 floors, 630 ft) 


    According to this, Boston has 11 buildings which are at least 150m tall and have at least 40 floors. I think I have been inside 5 of them, not all recently. If I had tagged along with a friend for drinks at the Millennium Tower a year or two ago, it would be 6.


    Strangely I have been to New York many times but I don't think I've ever been inside the Empire State building. I have walked past it at street level.


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