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  1. Unruly

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Bearded dragons and doobie roaches? I want to come to your house for D&D nights! Yea, I checked out their Facebook page last night and yeesh. Just as recently as last month they had one of their staff collapse at a con and have to spend a day in the hospital. But at least they're very communicative about the issues they're having, any delays, and how they're working on fixing them. It was like they had an update every couple days about order errors and status. We just had a small conversation about this particular topic a couple weeks ago. The answer is "Yes." Especially if you're on a night shift, and double especially if it's on a weekend.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ah. Well, I certainly hope that they get things sorted. I like a lot of their sculpts.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Oh? I had no idea. Is there any specific reason or is it just a matter of their business picking up faster than they can handle? Well, so long as I get my minis I'm not too worried. I've already got more than enough, though a couple of these are intended for my current character. I remember the first time I heard about Shower Shock soap. It was the first caffeinated soap I had ever seen, and I did a bit of research to find out if caffeine can actually be absorbed through the skin. Turns out it can, but it isn't rapid. It's what kept me from actually buying the soap, because at that time I was a major caffeine fiend but I wasn't willing to stand in a shower for 5 minutes just to absorb a small bit of caffeine while lathered up.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I was finally able to place an order with Hasslefree! It only took like 3 months of trying...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Caffeine can be absorbed through the skin. The idea behind the caffeinated soaps and shampoos is that you get your morning boost without needing a cup of coffee. The problem is that for you to really absorb much caffeine, you've got to be in contact with it for a decent period of time. So for soaps to work, you'd have to stand in the shower fully lathered up for a couple minutes before rinsing.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    You don't need to make the local stuff tie into the big stuff. Maybe the party has a favorite shopkeeper and the local thieves' guild suddenly starts putting pressure on them. So the shopkeeper asks the party for help, but is hiding the fact that the reason for the pressure is because they're massively in debt to the guild thanks to a gambling habit. Maybe a doppelganger is running around town disguised as a party member and is causing trouble while trying to cash in on their fame, so suddenly the city watch is putting that person in shackles and the party has to clear their name. Something small, but semi-personal, and that may not even need combat to resolve. Stuff like that tends to be a middle ground between plain downtime and the big adventure. It gives something to do, gives role play opportunities, and can create new allies or foes for later. Who knows, maybe the party decided to pay off the shopkeeper's debt by pulling a big job for the thieves' guild? And maybe rather than kill the doppelganger they befriend it and now they have an expert infiltrator agent they can call on in the future when they need more info about the Osiris cult that's trying to destroy the world...
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I tend to like my games to feel real. Moral ambiguity runs rampant, but there's still a loose general sense of right and wrong that may change depending on where in the world you are. There should be a good combination of smaller, local problems but also problems that are regional or even worldwide that need resolving. And there should be some things that the players just can't swoop in and fix without a lot of effort, time, and repercussions. But like Doug said, it depends on the group. And you need to make expectations known.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    When I mentioned the shark-like mouth I was meaning the three rows of teeth, because sharks are just about the only animals I know of that actually have multiple rows of teeth like that. Which is probably the same reason that the person doing that engraving depicted a shark mouth. Because if the manticore has 3 rows of teeth, then their mouth must surely be like a shark's, which also has 3 rows of teeth, right? What I want to know is who decided that angels were beautiful humans with wings? If I remember correctly, the mentions of angels describe them as either weird concepts or horrific nightmare beings. Like a series of wheels all merging and rolling inside of each other, or a bunch of animals that are stuck together and on fire. In the US we have caffeinated everything. Including soap.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    In their earliest recorded mentions, which come from Greece and Rome, they have a tail that is described as being like the tail of a scorpion, but with multiple stingers that can be shot out like an arrow. Having 3 rows of large teeth is also a thing in a lot of these mentions, and the face is described as similar to a man's but not actually human. The wings, though, I think came about as a result of the Renaissance. None of the Greek or Roman writings mention wings, but in Dante's Inferno he describes a manticore and has it fly him and Virgil to one of the lower levels of Hell. For instance, here's what I think is the first surviving historical record of the Manticore. You'll note the mention of the teeth and tail, but not wings. Another account from Greece claims that the teeth are "exceedingly sharp and larger than the fangs of a hound" while the ears are like a man's but "large and shaggy."
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    To my recollection, manticores are usually depicted as having multiple rows of teeth, much like a shark, and a mouth that's much larger than a normal human's. This might be part of why they're given a stronger bite.
  11. Huh. I guess the Tales of the Old Margreve kickstarter shipped. Because my copy was sitting in my mailbox. I also got the email telling me how to redeem my PDF copy earlier today, but when I went to the Kobold Press website I couldn't find the listing for the 5e version, only the Pathfinder one.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I forgot to mention that I finally received a response from Frog God Games about my mispacked book. They responded to the second message, so I'm guessing the first one got lost somewhere. I should see my book sometime next week. Unless it disappears in the mail like the last one did.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    I was going to guess somewhere around Turkey/Armenia. I would have been wrong. I went bowling tonight for the first time in I think 13 years. I bowled for 4 hours. My left leg is killing me because I was basically doing lunges. Had fun though. It took me 3 or 4 games to remember how to bowl, and then I started to break 100 consistently. Best of the night was 145, which is right around what my average was way back in the day when I bowled in a youth league. Not bad for using an alley ball that stuck to my thumb half the time. While I was there I looked at the prices for a ball, since I wouldn't mind having one of my own again, and they seem to have gotten really expensive. The cheapest one I saw was about $50 more than the one I had back in the day, and my old one was a mid-range ball. I didn't actually look at all of them though, and a search online shows that cheaper ones like what I had before are available. If this becomes a semi-regular thing I might just have to buy one online and get it drilled locally.
  14. Unruly

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    As much as I've wanted to use a flavor of Linux as my go-to OS, it has done a LOT to make me hate it. It's either through the ivory tower mindset that the adherents have, or the complete lack of support from hardware manufacturers, or the unstable state of a lot of key pieces of software. So many times I asked for help and was given an answer that can be summarized as "read the manual for every last piece of software installed on your system and then learn to code so that you can just rewrite half of them to work the way you want them to." KDE keeps deleting its config files every few days so you're stuck in shell until you spend an hour fixing it? "Just write a script to make a new config! It'll take you 20 minutes to write a script and then you can just run it every few days when your config gets deleted! It's not a problem! You do know how to write a script don't you?" Have a Broadcom wireless card in your laptop, because Broadcom is one of only 3 companies that makes built-in wireless chipsets? "There are no Linux drivers available for your wireless card, and never will be because Broadcom hates Linux. You should have bought a laptop with an Atheros or Intel based wireless card. Enjoy your new desktop!" You want to play games? "Well, we've got Tux Racer! Otherwise you'll have to use WINE, which doesn't really work for most games, and when it does work every game needs a tweaked config file to make it playable. And if it's an online game prepare to be banned because a lot of them detect WINE users as hackers." Granted, my last experience with Linux was over 10 years ago. It may have gotten better, but at the same time I read enough Slashdot to see that experiences like my own still play out frequently enough. Linux's biggest strength is its ability to be customized to extreme levels, but that's also it's biggest weakness because it's made it such a fragmented system. And that's without all the "Open source or nothing!" crowd that throw a fit when a company tries to support Linux but doesn't make their stuff open source. Like how they pitch a fit that Nvidia doesn't release open source video drivers even though they are actually releasing CURRENT drivers that work with Linux. I'd much rather be able to use something, even if I'm "limited" in that use by not being able to completely modify it, than not be able to use it at all until someone writes a half-as-good, but open source, alternative in a few years. But a lot of the Linux faithful would rather the latter.
  15. I almost said Black Sheep. But in my brain I knew it was wrong, though it was still a Farley/Spade movie about Farley being a worthless member of the family who has to fix things. I just couldn't remember the name of the movie at first and had to look at Farley's IMDB page.