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4 minutes ago, Pegazus said:

 

Just replaced an 11 year old Dell (spec’d well, and was still doing 90% of what I wanted) with a home built spec’d out nicely (didn’t go overboard comparing current prices). Holy hell is it nice. That SSD main drive is so sweet to have. Damn near instant reboots and wake ups. The older one was left on all the time because it was a five minute cycle. 

 

I apparently spec'd my older machine really well.  my desktop is at least 10 years old at this point and it still performs well for everything i want to do.  (okay in the latest battlefront i am down to 40fps but it performs and my scores are no higher than when i play on an optimized machine -- I am comfortable enough with my skills to admit the problem is the operator, not the rig ::D:)  and still dont need a new toy.  I have to admit though, the best investment i made was the SSD on the home drive.  Later, i also added a 1TB SSD storage drive and again, great choice.  The speed is increased and the noise is significantly reduced.

 

Enough tech talk, i just wanted to pat past me on the back for a good PC choice!

 

9 hours ago, Marvin said:

 

Look, I don't want to get into a lot of details here or anything but you can basically do both these things at once, turns out. :unsure:

 

I have been there and i feel for you!  what i sometimes think i need to do is set up an exchange program with someone on a regular basis to just send random boxes of minis RPG books and toys back and forth (and maybe some cookies!) so that i can have a package to open and get that new toy thrill without increasing the total stock of stuff in my house.

 

I know the BoGW is there, and  I love that because I get to "receive" a whole box of minis and then get to ship most of them back off to someone else!  but it would be fun to do it more often

 

I hope things get better for you and remember, its okay to reward yourself every once in a while.  Mini buying beats most people's stress and avoidance mechanisms

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Grump's drow in his cops game are WEIRD.

I thinks they are shellshocked.

Refugees from a cray cray regime.

 

The dwarves opinion of them is WAY OFF from what I expected. The dwarves are the ones SPONSORING the drow refugees.

 

They used to be friendly nations, until a demon war a generation ago. A Dwarven generation.

 

The dwarf focus turned outward, building surface alliances.

 

The drow turned inwards, isolation and paranoia., and their empress is nuts, sending her armies out on slave raids. The goblin, ogre, and orc refugees fled the drow.

 

The dwarves mobilized and fought back, expanding into drow cave systems, but being clear that they are at war with the queen, not the drow.

And built a home for the drow refugees in the city.

 

Noting can ever be simple. The dead drow crown agent was going to retire from service, after marrying into one of the noble families of the city.

 

He was one of the GOOD GUYS! Now I want to find his tongue so we can give him a happy ending.

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3 hours ago, CaptainPete said:

Status: :zombie:

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When the Pope needs a snack, and the assassin is on break.

 

Busy morning, made Quiche, taco rice, and a thai curry. Rice is currently in the IP, and with that, cooking for the week is basically done. Laundry is in. Hamsterling is NOT napping.

 

Worked in my new cardboard spaceship last night. I'm not sure how much of what I mocked up I'll actually use, but now that I've played with it, I know what it is I want to do and how I think I'll be able to actually do it.

 

Worked on my taxes yesterday. Need to send a big check to the feds and getting a smaller check back from the state. I need to get work to take more out on top of what they're already taking. At some point, it may be worth quitting work and taking care of the Hamsterling, rather than sending him to daycare...

 

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2 hours ago, Pegazus said:

 

Just replaced an 11 year old Dell (spec’d well, and was still doing 90% of what I wanted) with a home built spec’d out nicely (didn’t go overboard comparing current prices). Holy hell is it nice. That SSD main drive is so sweet to have. Damn near instant reboots and wake ups. The older one was left on all the time because it was a five minute cycle. 

Mine is technically only seven years old, but the generation the parts are from would be eight or nine (I bought my 4770k based setup when the 4790k had been announced, but wasn't available for another two months).  Technically this rig still does the job, but it's running into more and more memory issues (there just isn't enough for most workloads!), and more and more of my stuff is USB3, which my current motherboard doesn't have much of. 

 

Not going to lie, if I can pull it off I'm definitely looking forward to a Ryzen 5800X based setup with 32GB of ram, although it's rather tempting to try and squeeze in 64GB.  I'd love to consider the option of the 12 core 5900X, but then I would definitely also have to shoehorn in 64GB of RAM, mostly because I know astrophotography stuff would greatly prefer such with so many threads, and also partially because I build my rigs to have a minimum of 2GB per thread.  8 cores (16 threads) and 32GB of RAM meets such, but for a 12 core (24 threads) CPU I'd need 48GB.  Thing is though, 64GB kind of feels like going beyond overkill for most uses this rig will see. 

 

I am looking forward to having a PCIe Gen4 NVME SSD though.  I won't see much in the way of improved game load times compared to my current solid state, but yeah, SSD's are rather lovely indeed. 

 

I think the biggest thing I'm going to like the most though is having enough USB ports on the back, without having to rely on add-on cards...  The joys of a multi-user workstation... 

 

2 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

 

I apparently spec'd my older machine really well.  my desktop is at least 10 years old at this point and it still performs well for everything i want to do.  (okay in the latest battlefront i am down to 40fps but it performs and my scores are no higher than when i play on an optimized machine -- I am comfortable enough with my skills to admit the problem is the operator, not the rig ::D:)  and still dont need a new toy.  I have to admit though, the best investment i made was the SSD on the home drive.  Later, i also added a 1TB SSD storage drive and again, great choice.  The speed is increased and the noise is significantly reduced.

I tend to focus on building with a slight overkill mentality, as I want my rigs to be able to handle 3-5 years of service without needing much more than drive replacements (we tend to do such every 2-3 years for mechanical ones) and maybe a graphics card upgrade. 

 

My current one does fine with gaming, but it gasps for breath when I ask it to do anything rather processor intensive (then again, not many rigs will say "sir yes sir, right away sir!" when you throw 700 some astrophotography subs at it to register align, and stack, and also clicked the higher resolution options alongside several other processing methods...).  It will also see a rather decent upwards bump in minimum framerates with the upgrade though, as the new gear can process things a lot faster, and I'm not even upgrading the video card..  Yet.  Video card will probably be either next year, or two years from now. 

 

I strongly suspect I won't play games any better, but I am hoping that that same astrophotography load on the CPU will be chewed through a lot faster in the new rig, as well as my photos not taking anywhere near as long to edit. 

 

I'm rather thankful that most computer stuff these days is more evolutionary as opposed to massive leaps and bounds for changes in most aspects. 

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On 2/19/2021 at 5:21 PM, MusicalFeline said:

Anyone from "Getting to Know You" already knows this, but you can now Rickroll people in 4K, 60fps.

 

The fact that technology can do that utterly floors me, just sayin'.

 

That's amazing and exactly what my day needed. Thank you!

 

Now I can utilize the RickRoll in its true glory. :devil:

 

On 2/20/2021 at 1:34 AM, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

Agents of M.E.O.W.

While I appreciate the sentiment behind the gesture, leaving me dead mice on the porch is not necessary,  I have plenty of food. 

 

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18 hours ago, Marvin said:

I feel like I can talk about this here and people will understand, but spoiler'd because it's kinda dark. Beware.

 

Given that I experience the same thing from time to time (though in my case it tends to be stress-purchasing because that makes so much sense), the only suggestion I can give is what works for me. I've found that, rather than trying to stop the unwanted behavior cold-turkey, my best chance of succeeding comes when I replace it with something else. In my case, my weakness is micro-transactions in phone games, so when it becomes a problem I will find phone games without micro-transactions (they do exist), or else find a game I already own (my overflowing Steam library is helpful).

 

Not sure how helpful that is, but that's what works for me.

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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2 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

Grump's drow in his cops game are WEIRD.

I thinks they are shellshocked.

Refugees from a cray cray regime.

 

The dwarves opinion of them is WAY OFF from what I expected. The dwarves are the ones SPONSORING the drow refugees.

 

They used to be friendly nations, until a demon war a generation ago. A Dwarven generation.

 

The dwarf focus turned outward, building surface alliances.

 

The drow turned inwards, isolation and paranoia., and their empress is nuts, sending her armies out on slave raids. The goblin, ogre, and orc refugees fled the drow.

 

The dwarves mobilized and fought back, expanding into drow cave systems, but being clear that they are at war with the queen, not the drow.

And built a home for the drow refugees in the city.

 

Noting can ever be simple. The dead drow crown agent was going to retire from service, after marrying into one of the noble families of the city.

 

He was one of the GOOD GUYS! Now I want to find his tongue so we can give him a happy ending.

Darn Grump for making you emotionally invested!

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2 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Darn Grump for making you emotionally invested!

It means we will be dealing with Grump's friendly driders, I just know it.

 

Not that I should complain, I "borrowed" his friendly happy fey driders for the Norse game.

 

I discovered I LIKE having driders as an elf thing, not just a drow thing. It was one of the best things in his Borderlands game. Dancing elves, with driders plaing the fiddle.

 

I think I will add them to Eberron, too. CITY driders! Building their webs between the buildings, nesting in the gables. And, yeah, some Undying Court driders too. Because friendly happy undead driders are just too fun to pass by. The other races will be creeped RIGHT out. ::P:

 

I already have some dialog planned out, how history shapes the web of the present.

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1 minute ago, PaganMegan said:

It means we will be dealing with Grump's friendly driders, I just know it.

 

Not that I should complain, I "borrowed" his friendly happy fey driders for the Norse game.

 

I discovered I LIKE having driders as an elf thing, not just a drow thing. It was one of the best things in his Borderlands game. Dancing elves, with driders plaing the fiddle.

 

I think I will add them to Eberron, too. CITY driders! Building their webs between the buildings, nesting in the gables. And, yeah, some Undying Court driders too. Because friendly happy undead driders are just too fun to pass by. The other races will be creeped RIGHT out. ::P:

 

I already have some dialog planned out, how history shapes the web of the present.

Reminds me of the grigs of old.

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Crap!

 

I just realized the dwarves have an Underground Railroad!

 

They haven't just been "sponsoring" the refugees, they've been SMUGGLING THEM OUT! And not just the drow!

 

Which means dealing with the dwarf Godfather.

 

I HATE that guy!

 

Grump NEVER makes anything simple.

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1 minute ago, PaganMegan said:

 

Crap!

 

I just realized the dwarves have an Underground Railroad!

 

They haven't just been "sponsoring" the refugees, they've been SMUGGLING THEM OUT! And not just the drow!

 

Which means dealing with the dwarf Godfather.

 

I HATE that guy!

I take it that he and the party of a bit of a history?

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3 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Reminds me of the grigs of old.

A whole lot, only BIG!

1 minute ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

I take it that he and the party of a bit of a history?

He is THE head of organized crime in the City.

 

Lawful Evil as you can get.

 

And we're COPS!

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I made some home made chicken noodle soup to use up the carcass of a rotisserie chicken we got a few days ago when we had no power so we could have some hot food.

It came out quite good.

Back to loafing around and doing nothing.

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On 2/20/2021 at 3:35 PM, Froggy the Great said:

If anyone really wanted to spread contagion, they would just have to cough a lot when those were being made.

Well sure, but considering those would have to go through getting packaged and sold to the suppliers and then packaged and sold to the consumers... I'm no microbiologist, but it sure seems to me like the virus would be done dead before it ever got popped open. Or attatched to a wall.

 

23 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

So my super large box for my RVE order arrived Thursday and slightly less than half it's volume filled with these, all connected in a single strip.  It was longer than my house!  I know because I stretch from wall to wall of the finished basement.

Looks like your weekend just got booked solid!

 

Full disclaimer, I am not responsible for the funny looks people will give you when they see all the air packets stuck to your walls. :ph34r:

4 hours ago, OneBoot said:

That's amazing and exactly what my day needed. Thank you!

 

Now I can utilize the RickRoll in its true glory. :devil:

 

I mean, hey, you're welcome!

 

Have fun with it! :devil:

 

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We had a good day of rpging yesterday. It was short on the account of one of the players needed to be somewhere but we were close to 4 hrs of play anyways. The party had a couple of hard combats. The first had a shadow dancer & those are nassssssteee!! The whole chain attack is lethal with a 10 foot range & then it does a base damage of 2D6+3 (I think on the bonus) but then it's a DEX save to avoid a choice of 3 effects. Grapple/restrain at DC 14 or knock down -prone or the big one, an extra 4D10 necrotic damage.

 

The barbarian player got smacked hardcore with this one. He was raging, & halved the base but then SD wanted him dead, so I choose the damage & smacked him for close to 30 pts. He then shadow jumped near the monk, he could really reach him due to him holding a torch (bright-dim light radius). What I was going to do is knock all the players down to small HPs as they have no healer besides potions. It was about time the other half of the encounter came around the corner, a orog leading 3 orcs & 2 quicklings. Sorc player dropped a fireball on em & eliminated the quicklings but his roll wasn't high enough to take out the orcs who saved & he halved the orog. The orog did get some licks on the monk who was also subjected to the SD's chain attack. In the end, he went down. He thought he was dead-dead but he was mixing Pathfinder & 5e. :lol:

 

All in all, even the swashbuckler rogue was taking damage as he totally set himself up to get smacked by the chain & the orog if he moved away from them. (Class ability gives him, free of Opp attacks but only if he attacks that person, heh, heh, which one?)

 

2nd encounter they faced was vs a fomorian, a orc claw of Luthic & 2 red fangs of Shargass. All in all a very nasty encounter on the account of the fomorian, "evil eye" ability (6d8 necrotic damage/save for half). He also has a special 1 per day of making the person erupt in deformities that totally screw over the PC physical abilities until they long or short rest. The Luthic orc also cast warding bond on the giant, which gave him a +1 AC bonus & gave him resistance to all damage. Thou, this in the end killed her off as I didn't have a chance to break the connection before she died. The Shargass orc were basically thug-rogues that can cast darkness. One laid into the barbarian in the dark & dropped him down. The party downed the fomorian thou before he needed to start death saves. They did have a NPC priest with them for this & she did help with a bless spell & a few heals. Oddly what saved the barbarian from a quicker knockdown was the darkness spell. While he was alive, he was within 15' of the fomorian, but since the giant couldn't see him due to the darkness, he ignored him. ^_^

 

Overall a fun combat heavy day of rpging. They'll face off against some more nasties in the 2nd half + hopefully not annoy the ghost of a great dwarven leader. As noted the NPC priest is a dwarf, but she is from anther clan the dead dwarf doesn't care to much for. It'll be interesting how they go about getting her on their side. (Adventure calls for the party to go about talking with the spirits that inhabit the tomb & if they get favor from most of them, the clan leader with show them the way forward. The encounter after this one could be lethal as well. A undead warlock like creature (Deathlock Mastermind & a few more orcs including a Blade of Ilneval (supped up orc) lie in wait for them). Gonna be fun!

 

I do need to look at the adventure, as the encounter is in a room the party can only reach after the dwarf ghost show it to them. I'm thinking a secret passageway or something connect to a tunnel outside the tomb vault.

 

 

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