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Announcing the arrival of Baby Hamster!

I said goodbye to Lucy this afternoon. It was time. She went peacefully.   She was a good girl.

The lovely piece I commissioned from @kristof65's wife arrived safely!            EDIT: This picture doesn't show it, but some of the glass pieces are iridescent.  

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20 hours ago, Sylverthorne said:

 

Oh.. yah. Deadlands. I want to try that.

Mention it? *crickets* . . no. Not *crickets*, actually. More like *dead crickets*

 

*sigh*

Also .. AGE, Cypher, Numenera, The Strange, Shadowrun, World of Darkness ... I've got (literally) shelves full of books for systems or settings I wanna play. Group? What group?

Sadly, there's now three different versions of Deadlands, not to mention the four different eras, so finding a group for the one you like might be harder. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the original system (but can freely admit that it has flaws) in the Weird West. That said, Wasted West has a strong appeal and I really want to try Noir.

Unfortunately, running the original system (or even the Savage Worlds versions) is almost impossible. I am yet to find a Discord bot that can handle dealing cards, rolling dice and keeping only the highest, and letting it "explode," as well as keeping track of wounds on hit locations and Wind loss. Deadlands is an "in person only" game for me. However, if I can ever get to ReaperCon in person, I'd be more than willing to run some one-shot games.

And then you mentioned World of Darkness. I still dabble with ideas and notes for a Hunter: The Reckoning game that I really want to play. But due to the very problematic content (racism, sexism, violence of all different types, etc) in the books, I have to be extremely choosy about the people I would play with. Personally, I file it under "product of edgelords in the late 90/early 2000s" and ignore the parts that get offensive. Some people might not be able to do that, and I completely understand. I just need to make sure that I've played with or really know the players well.

ShadowRun is one of those games that I really like the idea of but haven't found a version of the rules I like, as the "good ones" are long out of print. I could recreate it using my massive d20 Modern collection, use some Savage Worlds books, or just use GURPS. I might have to re-visit those ideas...

 

And now for your picture:

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3 hours ago, MusicalFeline said:

Also, I'm here to ruin your day. This is one of the most unsettling, disgusting things I've ever seen. And I thought I liked sharks.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMmHrzmr9CU

 

I'm sorry.

 

With such vids I always wonder if it's a hoax/fabrication of some sorts.

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3 hours ago, TGP said:

I am in a decent mood and so I will not click on your link. I'd like to finish the day without wanting to ask WWTDD.

Good choice.

It's not sad or anything, just weird and gross.

14 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

With such vids I always wonder if it's a hoax/fabrication of some sorts.

It probably is.

 

The good news is, it's officially made "Baby Shark" a thousand times worse!

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4 hours ago, MusicalFeline said:

Also, I'm here to ruin your day. This is one of the most unsettling, disgusting things I've ever seen. And I thought I liked sharks.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMmHrzmr9CU

 

I'm sorry.

 

Surprisingly not the worst or weirdest mutation I've ever seen. It's only really disturbing when they live. 

 

Story time: Back when I used to work around wild animals we had someone bring in a clutch of juvenile Screech Owls without eyes that the parents had abandoned. They were pretty malnourished and we were only able to save one. We kept it as a permanent resident in the education center and when you were working it would follow you around the room with these completely empty sockets. The owl's facial disc focuses sound to their ears so it was actually listening to our movements and not looking at us. But if you didn't know that then it was a creepy, eyeless, undead looking owl staring directly at you wherever you moved and no matter how quiet you thought you were being. Definitely freaked some people out. Otherwise it was a normal bird, but man it gave me the willies. Eventually I got used to him and would let him ride around on my shoulder while I cleaned out cages. Which actually kind of freaked people out a little more.

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32 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

New pasta idea: Reaperoni.

 

 

The Denton, Texas treat?

 

Spoiler

A Rice-a-Roni reference, for those who don't get it. The old TV jingle called it the San Francisco treat.

 

Sounds like more of a pepperoni brand... which is all fun and jokes until the product shows up in stores and we notice Reaper staff suddenly start disappearing...

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10 hours ago, Thoramel said:

 

No worries, soaking the cat in beer is not the same as giving them a beer to drink. He appears to have forgiven me though. That or he is just biding his time and plotting some sort of elaborate revenge.

Definitely revenge.

 

6 hours ago, Crowley said:

I'm also very curious. I'd certainly try it, but I'm not sure I'd pay for the... privilege.

I agree. I'm pretty open minded and will try most things. If it's highly questionable, I'll probably still try it, but I'm not gonna PAY to do so.

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So after visiting another apartment yesterday, I've made my choice to where I'll be moving.

 

Price is very good ($550CDN/month) and location is good (under 10 minute drive to the office building, and 5 minutes from most essential services). Two bedroom apartment, second floor, parking is plowed, hot water included. The size is about equal to what I have. Unless I messed up my measurements, it's a tad smaller, but the room and wall arrangements are much better so it will feel bigger.

 

If there's one downside, it's that it's facing mostly northward, so I'll only get a bit of direct sunlight at the end of the day.

 

So I contacted the owner, and agreed on the lease terms. So starting this Monday, I have a new place to crash in. Even though I'll only formally move in in April.

 

This means my Bones 5 shipment address needs an update.

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2 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

New pasta idea: Reaperoni.

 

 

 Y'know, for years I've been thinking it would have been a brilliant marketing ploy to sell D&D to kids to make "Ral Pasta" - little pasta bits in fun official AD&D monster shapes...

 

 

 

Edit: "Ral Pasta" is also the term I use to refer to all those miniature lots on EvilBuy where they're selling like 200 miniatures but only have one or two pictures of the whole mess sitting jumbled together in a box....

 

 

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4 hours ago, ratsmitglied said:

Storms this morning

our phone is out again

mobile service is poor to non-existent

let's see our long it takes for it to get fixed

well, it only took 4 hours to get fixed...first time ever that the problem has been fixed within 24 hours

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A few things that happened on Feb 25th:

  • 1951 – The first Pan American Games were officially opened in Buenos Aires by Argentine President Juan Perón.

  • 1956 – In his speech On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences, Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, denounced Joseph Stalin.

  • 1991 – The Warsaw Pact was disbanded at a meeting of its members in Budapest.

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