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Completely unconnected, I need an excuse for a sexy potion selling witch in the Eberron game. ::D:

 

One that started as a tavern wench, who knows how to get tips. ::P:

 

It's POSSIBLE I just printed a mini for that.

 

She's even got the pointy hat and the low cut bodice.

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10 hours ago, TheAuldGrump said:

Huh, never played Red Dead Redemption, but the soundtrack is pretty danged good.

 

On a possibly connected note - the them for Vae Victis' April release is Western Fantasy - including a wizard with spurs... and I have an old D20 game titled Spellslinger....

 

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Probably not a campaign's worth, but maybe a multi-session one shot.

 

The Auld Grump

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The Auld Grump

I picked that up a few years ago. Interesting ideas but it's only... Okay. I agree that it could really work for a short game rather than a campaign. Unless you want to do a bunch of work. Or combine it with some other stuff. Which I've been debating for since I got it. :ph34r:

 

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On 4/5/2021 at 7:13 PM, redambrosia said:

Pft! The idiot who left their card in there deserves to pay all those charges. What a moron!

Some days I agree, some days I have actual pity. 

In this case, it's happened at least a half a dozen times, though none for that long - they're usually caught by the next customer or an attendant. 

We've been brainstorming various ways to stop it. 

 

On 4/5/2021 at 11:22 PM, OneBoot said:

I have, as I might have mentioned before, somehow become The One Who Writes The Desk References With Pretty Pictures, because that is apparently an uncommon skill at my work?

It's an uncommon skill period. 

And to make matters worse, a third of those with the skill just don't take or have the time to do it, and another third find themselves arguing with the developers about stabilizing the software and/or procedure enough so that they CAN write a usable reference.

 

On 4/6/2021 at 2:14 AM, TGP said:

They will change and update the software periodically. 

Periodically? I wish it was that rare for me.  Our chief software engineer has been known to change how a feature works in each new release for as many as 7 software releases in a six month time span.  I "threw" the 8th or 9th revision of my manual back in his face and told him "screw it, I'm just doing 1-2 page data sheets and video tutorials from now on." 

 

On 4/6/2021 at 3:08 AM, TGP said:

Did the car wash bay cake itself in ice?  (How not so great was the weather?)

 

If this happened again, but at below freezing temps, do these units have fail-safes to prevent them from turning into ice sculptures?

 

Did the poor card holder get any of the charges reversed/refunded?  

(Curious to know who winds up eating the costs.)

By not so great weather, I mean cool and drizzly, which is not great weather for car wash operators, because few people will wash their car when the road spray will just dirty it up again in a half mile. 

Full on snow and ice storms mean car washes are slow, too, but if they're generally welcomed by car wash operators if there is a few days of sun between each storm.   The "perfect" car wash weather is a cycle of alternating storms and sunny days - storms to get the cars dirty, and sunny weather to inspire people to wash their cars. 

The second winter I was in the car wash business in the Denver area, we had a whole winter like that - a day or two of snow, then 3-5 days of sun.  Car washes were making so much money that even the stingy ones were willing to spend some. 

Car washes do have systems to keep from freezing up, exactly what type depends on the machine and site.   Most have in ground floor heat - usually a hot water/glycol mix running through tubes in the cement to keep ice from forming on the bay floors, entries and exits.  The wash equipment itself usually has a "weep system" that keeps a trickle of moving water flowing through the pipes to keep ice from forming.   Automatic washes in colder climates usually have doors at the entrance/exit, plus an in bay heater. 

You can get some spectacular ice sculptures if any of that fails, along with an expensive repair bill. 

As for who eats the cost - generally it's the merchant/car wash - there are lots of protections for the consumer. In these cases, it's not a loss, as no actual product was used.   We just reversed the charges.   Because this was a site under development, it was easy because we're keeping a close eye on the site.  Now if this had happened after we thought things were running fine, it would depend upon how long it took the merchant and/or cardholder to catch it.  

I have seen situations where I happen to stumble upon what appears to be an invalid  or overcharge that neither the merchant or cardholder appear to have noticed.  Generally these are a couple of dollars. 

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Not sure why, but I seem to magically spend twice what I intend on when I go into the hobby store... Or airbrush store. 

 

This time though, I spent like $22 less than I thought I was going to...  Was moderately hard to be good though, so many wonderful colours on the shelf... 

 

Wicked paints has a gorgeous orange as well as Purple... 

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7 hours ago, PaganMegan said:

Completely unconnected, I need an excuse for a sexy potion selling witch in the Eberron game. ::D:

 

One that started as a tavern wench, who knows how to get tips. ::P:

 

It's POSSIBLE I just printed a mini for that.

 

She's even got the pointy hat and the low cut bodice.

 

 Well, that's easy... She started out as the tavern wench, who knew a few of her old Granny's hangover cures, but then people found out that she's also got cures and preventatives for certain social diseases and other ailments, and maybe might even know a love potion or two, if you've got the gold. So now she's the local apothecary's business partner, and runs the counter at his shop.

Of course, in the course of curing all of society's ills, she's also become one of the best sources of information and rumors in the city, and also has a long list of people who owe her favors or don't want their secrets to get out. And maybe she needs the party to do her a favor, in exchange for not letting anyone else know whatever it was that the party just did that they don't want to get caught for.

Perhaps she called in a favor from someone who called in a favor from someone who had the juice to get the party to go do something on her behalf.

 

 Incidentally, I once had a party member come down with a very unpleasant-looking disease, and then find out that the person they had to go to to get a remedy was the one who had dosed them with the illness in the first place to blackmail them.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Pegazus said:


An ejection mechanism. Spit the card out into the bay! 

Make it of the same variety they put into single board computers, but strong enough to do the same effect.  Then have a hot wheels track below to catch the card, motion capturing devices, and a robotic aiming device...  And a short little theme song that plays too.  Bonus points if it's a super cheesy kind of mini song. 

 

Then, when it shoots the card out after the song, it goes down a track, goes up, does a loop de loop while the robotics aim the end of the track at their forehead...  Card goes thunk into their forehead relatively gently and a variety of sounds clips done in '80's cartoon villain voicing plays a reminded about not forgetting your card in the machine. 

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1 hour ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Make it of the same variety they put into single board computers, but strong enough to do the same effect.  Then have a hot wheels track below to catch the card, motion capturing devices, and a robotic aiming device...  And a short little theme song that plays too.  Bonus points if it's a super cheesy kind of mini song. 

 

Then, when it shoots the card out after the song, it goes down a track, goes up, does a loop de loop while the robotics aim the end of the track at their forehead...  Card goes thunk into their forehead relatively gently and a variety of sounds clips done in '80's cartoon villain voicing plays a reminded about not forgetting your card in the machine. 

You win today's Rube Goldberg Award for the interwebs and are now qualified for the next monthly competition.

GEM

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Dose of Timeline Trivia for April 8th:

  • 1271 – In Syria, sultan Baibars conquered the Krak des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world.

  • 1820 – The Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.

  • 1911 – Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity.

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