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4 hours ago, Corsair said:

MMMMMM Lady Corsair just made oatmeal cookies with raisins! These  fall into that category of the best simple pleasures, hot cookies and cold milk. Hope everyone's weekend is going well, easy one here, we are a wild, party couple. Going to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch, grocery shopping and now home. Wow, can't keep us under control...

Well there are a few butter scotchies left over here.  Tasty and perfect (For me, some people them softer).  Sweet butterscotch chips embedded in cinnamon-vanillia oatmeal goodness.

 

And my resolve cracked today.  I found a 5th ed monster manual for less than 10 dollars and gave in and bought the other 2.  Too many youngens don't want to play the old editions...  I'm supposed to run a saltmarsh campaign against the razor coast starting in January.

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So I kinda did something productive today. Unloaded all the books off my dining room table where they've been for six months or so and dumped them back on the shelves. Since I decided I wouldn't be getting new shelves. Also hauled all the LPs and RPG books and dice and a broccoli-ton more novels out of the living room and kitchen and dumped them on the shelves. So the shelves are an absolute wreck now, but I theoretically could offer a visitor a place to sit in front of the TV and a table at which to eat. Kinda huge.

 

My estranged wife says she's flying in next weekend, but I think she's just stringing me along. Either way, gonna have a clean (-ish) house.

 

Also watched some DuckTales episodes and got a bunch of ideas for D&D campaigns. I had no idea how much that show must have shaped my sense of adventure as a kid. It's amazing.

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3 hours ago, Marvin said:

Also watched some DuckTales episodes and got a bunch of ideas for D&D campaigns.

Is DuckTales the one where there were lots of Airplanes?  Particularly an island hopping seaplane....hmmm....or was that one something like Tailspin? ...spun?

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20 minutes ago, TGP said:

Is DuckTales the one where there were lots of Airplanes?  Particularly an island hopping seaplane....hmmm....or was that one something like Tailspin? ...spun?

I'm guessing if it's the new DuckTales it's the one with the psychotic and awesome girl.  Man she's serious (I've only seen the first episode so far). 

 

But yeah, she's awesome. 

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Even if I were to fire birds through the slingshot, their uneven weight distribution, light weight and ability to move themselves in mid air would destroy anything resembling accurate ballistics. Impossible to find a zero, let alone account for windage, and tumbling would be a problem if they even made it to the target. Not to mention lack of penetration or fragmenting capablities. Velocity would also be an issue because they'd have to be hitting somewhere around 2700 fps to have any effect on a hog and the wrist rocket ain't getting anywhere close to that. Especially if the green pigs you mentioned are full size. Those require a .308, not a small bird. 

Which is not to say that small birds cannot be used for home defense. The way to go about it is to train them to control their fear of larger creatures, ensure the target gets covered in birdseed, (suet if you're feeling mean 'cause that also draws raccoons), and also have them trained to go for the eyes first. The strength of this is in the sheer number of birds attacking, not the lethality of the individual bird. 

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1 hour ago, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

Even if I were to fire birds through the slingshot, their uneven weight distribution, light weight and ability to move themselves in mid air would destroy anything resembling accurate ballistics. Impossible to find a zero, let alone account for windage, and tumbling would be a problem if they even made it to the target. Not to mention lack of penetration or fragmenting capablities. Velocity would also be an issue because they'd have to be hitting somewhere around 2700 fps to have any effect on a hog and the wrist rocket ain't getting anywhere close to that. Especially if the green pigs you mentioned are full size. Those require a .308, not a small bird. 

Which is not to say that small birds cannot be used for home defense. The way to go about it is to train them to control their fear of larger creatures, ensure the target gets covered in birdseed, (suet if you're feeling mean 'cause that also draws raccoons), and also have them trained to go for the eyes first. The strength of this is in the sheer number of birds attacking, not the lethality of the individual bird. 

Or, you could just get one angry turkey

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13 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

In a world advertised as hostile to half-orcs and where social skills were noted as being important, a half-orc character with no social skills isn't doing very well. This is the system working as designed. This is not a character problem.

 

But the player is unhappy (for whatever reason). That makes this a player problem.

 

One of the cardinal rules of good GMing is, "Don't try to solve a player problem with a character solution."

 

@NebulousMissy is exactly correct that the right thing to do is talk to the player and figure out how to handle the problem as people, not as characters. With luck, a clear discussion of why the problem exists will result in an amicable resolution. Unfortunately, sometimes the best that you can do is for the player to find a game that better fits his or her needs.

 

Good luck.

Exactly this.

 

7 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

And my resolve cracked today.  I found a 5th ed monster manual for less than 10 dollars and gave in and bought the other 2.  Too many youngens don't want to play the old editions...  I'm supposed to run a saltmarsh campaign against the razor coast starting in January.

Yeah, I'm sort of in the same boat. I'm playing in a 5e campaign, and while it is fun, I'm also kinda bothered by how powerful we are at 4th level....

I was considering offering to run a campaign after this one finished up, but I'm really not too sure anyone is gonna want to play old school.

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I'm so glad I've got my old school game still going. Need to find another player or two. Went from 5 down to 2. Playing online doesn't make it easy... 

 

Coffee!!

 

Home fries just came out of the oven, and as soon as Mrs. Hamster gets up, I'll be making the rest of breakfast. 

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5 hours ago, TGP said:

Is DuckTales the one where there were lots of Airplanes?  Particularly an island hopping seaplane....hmmm....or was that one something like Tailspin? ...spun?

 

Theres quite a bit of flying around in the old DuckTales--with Launchpad McQuack, also of Darkwing Duck fame, as their pilot--but, yeah, island-hopping seaplane is TaleSpin, also an awesome show from my childhood. It featured a number of reimagined characters from The Jungle Book, including Baloo the bear who's the main character and pilots said plane.

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17 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

"Your character realized they weren't going to get paid because your employer was kidnapped. You left in disgust and created a catering company selling exotic roast meats. Your first clients are drunken third sons looking to shock their peers but then their moms get involved and realize you provide a quality and interesting service at half the cost of the standard caterers. Your business takes off from there."

 

That is an option I'll offer after our Conversation.

This makes me realize how good a PLAYER Jon is.

 

Playing an half-orc barbarian in what amounts to Regency London, complete with Almack's, and making it FUNNY! And asking the EXACTLY WRONG PERSON for advice!

 

Grump "rescued" him by having some of the landed gentry being just as out of place, and dragging him off to talk horses and ships, things his character could actually talk about. He ended up with a minor plot of his own, and a couple of court allies. Finding out where a "Rusticated" son had vanished off to.

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FREEDOM!

 

One terabyte of baby pictures, baby videos, my entire YouTube channel, every mini picture I have ever taken, and a lot of other stuff bow safely on a new hard drive! The old drive “works” but disconnects a lot. It will go into storage as a just in case thing.

 

Come Black Friday, I will acquire another HD. Best But have a 5TB one for $90 then, but I hope another 2TB will be equally priced, which is about half off. I may even get two, and send the second copy off to my brother in another state for safekeeping.

 

That might be an interesting service. Buy a branded HD and store whatever on it. Return it to the company where it gets put in an underground vault for safe keeping. I’m too lazy to start that. 
 

But now, other than groceries and some online tire shopping, I have the remains of my weekend for things. What little there is left.

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And just got word that my son was accepted at his college of choice, U of South Florida (Tampa). He’s super happy. He wants to get away from the cold and dry and get somewhere hot and wet. 
 

He’ll be majoring in Computer Programming, in case you’re curious. 

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1 hour ago, Pegazus said:

And just got word that my son was accepted at his college of choice, U of South Florida (Tampa). He’s super happy. He wants to get away from the cold and dry and get somewhere hot and wet. 
 

He’ll be majoring in Computer Programming, in case you’re curious. 

Congrats!

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