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About Cranky Dog

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  • Birthday 08/25/1971

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    Six hours north of Ottawa

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  1. Cranky Dog

    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Yes I do prep! I obsessively scrape the mold lines, then prime (or liner for Bones), then discover I missed way more mold lines than I thought. I'm out of town this weekend, so no paint binge. However, I should have a board game binge and general fun with friends.
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Only learned it about it today while I was driving. I only ever watched a couple of rerun episodes, enough to get a good feel of the main characters, but never got hooked.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Indeed, the PCs are supposed to win, the DM *wants* them to win, it's their story after all. But the most memorable stories are the challenges that were overcome by battle, hardships, cleverness, or a combination of mishaps and unbelievable dumb luck. If you have a well established group with players that consistently show up, then having story lines that intertwine with the character backgrounds can make games feel much more personal. One special thing I did (inspired by a free 3e D&D adventure), was ask the board I used to hang out on to give me ideas for a rumour table for the town they were in. I got something like fifty different items, and all were potential local story hooks. From the prison warden secretly being a werewolf; to cultists in the field; to the mayor's daughter wishing to be a singer in a tavern (with father's disapproval); to the rivalry between two brothels owned by a brother and sister; to rats that seemed unusually well organized, etc. I had put down so much work in designing that single town (planned to be home base in any case) that the players didn't want to leave it. I had full sessions without a single combat (and this is with a half-dragon barbarian in the group) as the PCs wanted to take over the town... by roleplaying! I basically had to force the players to go on the "real" adventure (you know, dungeon crawling, fighting monsters, looting, etc.), as keeping up with their shenanigans in town was exhausting to keep track off. Yet 15-20 years later, I still get positive feedback from my friends from those game sessions. [Sigh] I miss gaming. Adulting and remote living do not make social geek hobbies very viable.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Taking this into account. I imagine the pacing of your next painting video will be... interesting. This week's theme: "Mixing paints and doing eyes after a double espresso."
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    There are certainly games I've played several times before giving up. But a single time? I'm coming up blank. I could argue about subscription PC games. I may try a free trial, but nothing more. And even then, it's not because I have something against the game itself, just the business model surrounding it. And I don't play much computer games these days anyway. Even for RPGs, I only ever played D&D 4e once, and never again. But it's not because I hate the game (though there is no love either), but because it didn't feel like D&D, and back then I had many other games around available. Now for board games. There have been a few I only played once and never more (the 80s had a lot of arcade or TV show inspired games). But that's because of very poor rules or mechanics that pale compared to others. Though my friends and I were quite open to creating house rules to add some levels of fun/complexity.
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    I have an app that's called Einstein's Riddles, or Puzzle(?), or something along those lines. I once saw a similar game called Sherlock's something-something. It's a basic deduction game where you have a grid with different categories of pictures. One line is fully revealed, and with clues (X is in the same/different column as Y), you have to deduce which picture is associated with which square in the lines. The higher the difficulty, the bigger the grid. And depending on the clues, it can be dirt simple of frustratingly complicated. Then there's my collection of Rubik/puzzle cubes (2x2x2, 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, off center mirror 3x3x3). I'm no speed cuber, but I can solve a standard cube under three minutes. I could be faster, but I never bothered learning the faster algorithms.
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    77031 Cassie, Gnome Wizard by Werner Klocke

    Amazing job on those water drops! They almost look genuinely 3D.
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Forgotten leftovers is my classic go to. Got leftovers, trash day is already gone, don't want to throw it out where it will smell for a week. Leave it in the fridge. Forget about it for a week. Repeat until new life springs forth... and forget about it for another week. Aside from that, leaving the cover off my Vitamix blender and forgetting how splatterfuly powerful it is at even medium speed. I never knew frozen berries could stain so much.
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    Youtube reaction videos

    [Starts to imagine weird scenarios, like a livestream reaction to unboxing Shroedinger's Cat experiment.]
  10. You don't say? And for our Belgian-French erudite forumites:
  11. We do! But we also apologize for it right after. Because Canada. It's an art form. French-Canadian profanity and blasphemy has been blamed for several disasters (like the collapse of the Quebec City bridge while it was being built). And the words string so well together that you could go on profanity rant, without repeating yourself, and need to catch your breath several times. And as a bonus, it bypasses Reaper's profanity filter!
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Mother has been called (she was out of town this afternoon). Chatting and well wishes have been done. P.S. I regularly call and chat with my mother anyway.
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    Your Kickstarter list. How you doing?

    UPDATED May 11th, 2019 Less than two months since my last update, but five new pledges were made. Current list: Total 61 campaigns, (Kickstarter + Indigogo), 50 fully received, 1 partially received (counted as 0.5). 82.79% successfully delivered! Delayed: Still within expected production/development period: Dead/cancelled but not a complete failure:
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    Getting To Know You — May 2019

    Don't have a gaming area. Haven't had a regular game in ages, and it hasn't been at my place for even longer. Otherwise, it was large kitchen tables at friends' homes, or small tables pushed together at the FLGS.
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    2019 ReaperCon Hotel Information

    I think it's time to start the room sharing thread. When I was able to get my vacation dates approved, all the rooms were booked.