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14 hours ago, TheAuldGrump said:

The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh continues - not going to say what is going on, because spoilers, but let us just say that the party is suspicious.... The only things I will describe will be changes made.


Simple hook, having nothing to do with the ones in the book - Julie's PC is an alchemist - and will inherit the house, the land, and all within if they can find out what happened to her Uncle Seder. (Well, after paying the back taxes, at any rate....)



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Some changes - Uncle Seder is a juju zombie, rather than a skeleton - the book that the undead Alchemist has is still titled Ye Philosopher's Stone, but is about running a scam - gold dissolved in mercury, then, after a series of impressive looking, but meaningless steps, the mercury is boiled off, leaving the gold*.



All in a simple replacement cipher - requiring a 25 Linguistics test to crack. (Seder relied on magic, rather than having any real skill in code breaking.)


Unfortunately for Seder, it never mentioned needing a well ventilated area, and Seder died mad as a hatter.


Even undead, he is beset by madness. One annoyance - the book both says that the Alchemist can't speak - and has him speaking during the encounter.... :rolleyes:


He doesn't recognize his niece - and if he realizes she is an alchemist as well, will focus his attacks on her, since she is obviously there to steal his secrets. (Even if a fighter type is pounding on him as he lobs bombs at his niece.)


* Stolen outright from In Pursuit of the Green Lion by  Judith Merkle Riley - a wonderful period novel. All the methodological plodding of a ferret chasing a ping pong ball. ::P:



The Auld Grump

A haunted house and someone is hit over the head, bound, and gagged? Yeah, SUSPICIOUS. <_<


If this was Call of Cthulhu I would be expecting rum runners and moonshiners.


Or maybe the Three Stooges.


Even JON was suspicious!

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1 hour ago, PaganMegan said:

 We picked up some edible glitter, some colored sugar, and a roll of sugar cookie dough. ::):


My little girl is going to grow up knowing what a kitchen is for!


Uh... it's for glittering things... right?


1 hour ago, ratsmitglied said:

.yes, that is smoke, and yes, it is that dry


Stay safe @ratsmitglied the air quality northside is twice as bad as southside at the moment. I honestly think I'd be coping much better with things right now if I didn't have such a smashing headache and sore eyes from all this smoke.

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4 minutes ago, Sibling said:

Stay safe @ratsmitglied the air quality northside is twice as bad as southside at the moment. I honestly think I'd be coping much better with things right now if I didn't have such a smashing headache and sore eyes from all this smoke.

@Sibling You stay safe as well. Your air is probably worse than mine actually.


I'm actually 100km North of Canberra city (as in I work in Parkes ACT and it's 107km drive for me to get to work the two days a week I'm in there), and that is what we have! Photos I've seen from friends in CBR have it much worse than what we have here.

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5 hours ago, Zink said:


Brings a new level to "aged whiskey" if it's still intact after nearly 100 years. My mom's dad said that a big reason he ended up in Canada was because of complications with rum running. He was a driver and someone got shot on his shift when they switched days. Decided it was a good time to leave. Don't think it involved a mermaid though.

Most of the significant ageing takes place while the whiskey is in wooden casks or barrels.  It's a very complex series of reactions that take place.  Once the whiskey goes into glass very little additions "ageing" takes place.

So even though it has been quiescent and sleeping for nigh on a hundred years, it still has the same basic character as when it was bottled.

Now if you can find some casks of scotch that haven't suffered from water intrusion - - -:wub:


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I managed to re-string a necklace that my mother in law made for the granddaughter.  It wasn't quite long enough when they first made it, and the wife has been putting off re-doing it until she picked up the proper pony beads.


We keep looking at the local craft stores, and she keeps putting it off.  I suggested adding some of another color (or even some shiny ones).  She kept balking.  I finally told her just to pick a color and I'd handle it.  Of course, the beads she picked up were just a shade darker and a tiny, but noticeable, bit larger than the purple ones in the necklace.


The old purple beads were moved out, the decorative beads spaced out, the yellow and pink beads space out, and a new string cut.  A few quick estimations, some purple beads removed from the lineup, and on to restringing!  The beads don't go all the way around--I debated on whether or not that was the right call.  It's done and only took a few minutes!


Oh, and I changed the pattern from a straight 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1-2-3 to a more 1-1-2-1-3-1-1-2-1-3-4-3-1-2-1-1-3-1-2-1-1.  Piece of cake!  And now the granddaughter has a new necklace to wear!


I also learned that I need to be kept away from the beading section of the craft store, because that's a lot more expensive than pony beads!

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