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5 hours ago, OneBoot said:

:lol: I'm not quite sure what we'd do with 5 full-sized dining tables, but I'm sure I could find uses for them. 

1. Halloween is coming. Hand out the extras instead of candy. 

2. Hoard them in case of zombie attack, as five full size tables ought to be enough to close off most if not all ground floor windows.

3. Or perhaps use the extras to create a fortified porch.

4. Create a backyard step pyramid plant temple out of them.

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1 hour ago, Froggy the Great said:

 

I'm so doomed when they realize I'm just this guy, you know.

 

 

  I'm sure all those armies of unpainted minis you've armed with ray guns and blaster rifles will get you long before the ants...

 

 

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2 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

what if you shorten the legs on two of them to stack them so you can have the city on the top and the sewers below

 

Unnecessary if you build the city this way (inspired by the way Luke Towan on Youtube builds most of his scale dioramas though I don't know if he's ever made a stacking diorama as I am going to attempt to describe):

  1. Imagine your diorama/city is built in 2 ft x 2 ft sections (or whatever dimension you want).
  2. First build a wood frame for each section, and glue some XPS foam cut to fit the inside of the frame, so you've got your base to build whatever on.
  3. Build your city terrain for each section.
  4. Now build a layer of identical frames to be the sewer layer so you can place the upper city layer directly on top of it. This layer would have to be recessed a depth (3 or 4 inches) so that the top layer won't smoosh anything in the sewer layer (which is most likely tunnels anyways, so you can still use foam to build up support bulk). You can use shallow pegs on the sewer level frame and holes in the upper city layer's wooden frame to ensure proper alignment and avoid slippage.
  5. When your players go down into the sewer level from one section, you just lift off that upper city section and voila, they are directly below where they were in the actual city.

Yes, I've put much thought into this. Yes, I plan to do this some day. Yes, it's going to eat up a lot of space. And yes, I will probably be single for the rest of my days. But it'll be cool.

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Hello!

It's the Green Eyed Monster here.

Had a hard drive failure shortly after we moved and gmail is convinced I'm trying to hack into my own account because I can't access the backup/verification email on my wifes computer, because it is lost in the pile of boxes still to be opened and sorted. 🤬  I can't remember the meshugah password, for there and for other places, such as here.  I guess that's what I get for actually creating "secure" passwords.

As a last act of desperation I've created another gmail account so I can access places like this.

So how is everybody?

Have you been "playing nice"?

What's new?

Who's going to be able to attend Reaper Con?

As you may have guessed by now, we are still sorting out how our new home will be set up.

I'm suffering both near terminal exhaustion and severe problems with my arthritis, but life goes on, even if at a slower than desired pace.

We're downwind from all the fires in California so our air quality is currently worse than Los Angeles. 😣

GEM

Alternate Account

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2 hours ago, Great Khan Artist said:

Today I found out that Hormel foods is very devoted to its Spam brand. My brother in law feeds it to the kids all the time and they love it. I said I was going to buy them all matching Spam t shirts. I went to their website and was amazed at the attention they give Spam. If you want anything at all, chances are you can buy it with the word Spam on it. There is an entire lifestyle section. I was blown away. Go check it out. 

 

Last time I contacted Reaper to complain I told them I wanted two bones centipedes as pictured, not two of the leftmost one. Customer service replied and told me to rotate the other 180 degrees and it would be the same as pictured. Facepalm. I'm sure customer service has a copy of that email they share on bad days. 

I would suspect such an email would've found itself on "the wall" for at least a little while. 

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23 minutes ago, Marvin said:

Did you try "user"? And "password"?

😝

GEM

Who hasn't used those since Windows 1.xx

3 hours ago, Great Khan Artist said:

Today I found out that Hormel foods is very devoted to its Spam brand. My brother in law feeds it to the kids all the time and they love it. I said I was going to buy them all matching Spam t shirts. I went to their website and was amazed at the attention they give Spam. If you want anything at all, chances are you can buy it with the word Spam on it. There is an entire lifestyle section. I was blown away. Go check it out. 

>snip<

There is even a Spam Museum.  I've got a brochure for it someplace.

Do a web search if you want to find out more.

GEM

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1 hour ago, ManvsMini said:

 

Unnecessary if you build the city this way (inspired by the way Luke Towan on Youtube builds most of his scale dioramas though I don't know if he's ever made a stacking diorama as I am going to attempt to describe):

  1. Imagine your diorama/city is built in 2 ft x 2 ft sections (or whatever dimension you want).
  2. First build a wood frame for each section, and glue some XPS foam cut to fit the inside of the frame, so you've got your base to build whatever on.
  3. Build your city terrain for each section.
  4. Now build a layer of identical frames to be the sewer layer so you can place the upper city layer directly on top of it. This layer would have to be recessed a depth (3 or 4 inches) so that the top layer won't smoosh anything in the sewer layer (which is most likely tunnels anyways, so you can still use foam to build up support bulk). You can use shallow pegs on the sewer level frame and holes in the upper city layer's wooden frame to ensure proper alignment and avoid slippage.
  5. When your players go down into the sewer level from one section, you just lift off that upper city section and voila, they are directly below where they were in the actual city.

Yes, I've put much thought into this. Yes, I plan to do this some day. Yes, it's going to eat up a lot of space. And yes, I will probably be single for the rest of my days. But it'll be cool.

Don't give up hope.

While in Jr. High [which for me was in the equivalent of the Paleolitic Era] one of the kids I palled around with didn't have a living room because his parents, both avid Science Fiction Junkies had converted the entire room into a library as in stacks to hold all of their incredible collection of SF books.  Mostly Hard Covers with many, now valuable, First Editions.

Their collection was better than most major city libraries.

GEM

Nerds have been with us longer than most people know.

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9 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Here's hoping you have better luck than me.  I had to file a PayPal claim to get the rest of my refund for product I'd returned (ordered three, they sent two, wouldn't refund the two properly, that was escalated and ticketed supposedly, and then got them to cancel the third one). 

 

But yeah, I can definitely understand wanting tor eturn the extra.  I wonder if the company will get return shipping sorted out, or if they'll ask if you want to keep it...  Although I would hope the person on the phone only asks that because of a flowchart. 

Need to inform them that after 10 days from date of receipt the excess item will begin to accrue demurage.

A technical term for you getting paid for having to store their "stuff".

GEM

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2 hours ago, Green Eyed Monsty said:

Don't give up hope.

While in Jr. High [which for me was in the equivalent of the Paleolitic Era] one of the kids I palled around with didn't have a living room because his parents, both avid Science Fiction Junkies had converted the entire room into a library as in stacks to hold all of their incredible collection of SF books.  Mostly Hard Covers with many, now valuable, First Editions.

Their collection was better than most major city libraries.

GEM

Nerds have been with us longer than most people know.

 

Yep. At 55 years old, I remember being 6 years old and reclining in my beanbag chair at my grandparents house, reading THEIR hardback "Buck Rogers Treasury" collection of comics from newspapers. I found a copy about 10 years ago or so in an antique store and had to purchase it. It was not their copy (my uncle had that, which since went to his son), but it is still significant to me. My grandparents were responsible for introducing me to Ace doubles and "pulp" science fiction (the harder stuff, Asimov, Heinlein, etc.). My mom got me into Simak, Zelazny, etc. My uncle was the horrible troll (joking) who got me going on the ERB "planetary romances", Mars, Venus, Moon, Skartaris, etc. All of this before I hit my teens.

 

Then I saw the Rankin-Bass TV broadcast of "The Hobbit, so I read that and LotR before I was 12 as well, and talked my mom into buying "The Silmarillion" for my 12th bithday. I still have the LotR birthday card she got me for my 13th.

 

Needless to say, I was VERY fertile ground when I encountered a group of high-schoolers at the Mesa public library in 1978, playing the "White Box" edition of D&D. Went out and bought the boxed set that came with "In Search of the Unknown" (one of the first modules). Added Greyhawk, Blackmoor, Eldritch Wizardry, and Gods, Demigods and Heros. Then the first edition AD&D DMG was out for the UNHEARD OF, RIDICULOUS price of $18, but I had to have it. 43 years later, here I am, with a massive collection of rulesets, minis, dice, terrain, and of course, BOOKS. And a HUGE, MOUNTAINOUS, TOWERING stack of good memories. All things considered, life is good. My family did it to me. No regrets; other than not buying up more Squats when they were still available for retail. I honestly do not think I will ever have enough stunty, bearded blessedness. I also have the Mantic Forgefathers, the Hasselfree Grymm, and the two from Reaper (Willy Brassbender and Prof Froschmeister).

 

TL;DR: Nerd child of a nerd, whose siblings were nerds, whose parents were nerds. My nerddom has had lifelong family support and understanding. 

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10 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

 

Imagine this: giant diorama display table. To hold the RPG city you always wanted to build and display in contiguous sections. 😉

I seriously debate about making a "dungeon" of some kind, with jail cells, rooms, kitchen, and all that good stuff. And then I realize that I wouldn't have room to store it. :down:

I do have a 3x3 board that's suppose to be dungeon or basement thing from foam core but it lays flat. And I cut it into 1x1 sections for storage and transport.

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13 hours ago, OneBoot said:

 

:lol: I'm not quite sure what we'd do with 5 full-sized dining tables, but I'm sure I could find uses for them. 

 

Bones VI!!!!

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29 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

Found all of this fine booty in the "exotic foods" section of our supermarket ::D:

 

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Well Fruit Loops w/marshmallows is "exotic " even for here.....:mellow:

 

 

Long night ahead of us, just 2 of us & each aisle probably has at least 2 6 wheelers + we are still working on the starter aisles...

 

3rd guy wanted some time off...ummmm he's barely been here for like 2 weeks..yah.

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