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Thread: OT: So... Who am I gaming with?
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 03:55 AM #21
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
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Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 04:50 AM #22
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 05:21 AM #23
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
Ha ha ha! Hocus Pocus is my favorite example of that.
@stonegod, that explains why you're the keeper of the lore.
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 05:37 AM #24
Defender (Lvl 8)
Hello all. My real name is Kruk. Not really, it's Dave. Although...out of all of the characters I roleplay, I'd have to say that Kruk and I have many similar personality traits. I'm happily married (12 years now) with three children. I teach middle school math, this being my 16th year. I love it...never a dull moment. Yes...that makes me an old fart...well, middle aged old fart, but I am in tune with my inner child .
My wife and kids tease me terriblely for playing pbp. I take their abuse proudly and in stride, as I continue to attack the forces of evil with Kruk, Grakk, Max, Knoepf and Rumbum. I try to explain to my children that there is nothing better than coming home from a tough day at work, picking up an axe, and chopping the arm off a zombie, but they just don't seem to understand...sigh! They shake their heads and give me their best eye roll. Has anyone ever experienced an eyeroll? <shuttering at the thought>
I've really enjoyed the Enworld experience, now finishing up my 2nd year. I'm looking foward to many more years of adventuring with such a creative group of people from all over the globe.
I do enjoy a beer or two...or five every now and then. I'll have to try some of the ones mentioned in this thread. I only drink ales as I find the darker beers too bitter.
Last edited by dimsdale; Tuesday, 30th November, 2010 at 05:44 AM.
Characters: Kruk (Lvl 11), Max (Lvl 11), Lerrick (Lvl 6)
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 06:57 AM #25
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Most of the dark beers are ale, dimsdale, though color has nothing to do with a beer being an ale or not. And in fact, the bitterest beers are frequently both ale and pale!
What makes an ale as opposed to a lager is the temperature at which the fermentation occurs; low temperature for lagers and room temperature for ales. This affects what kind of yeast is used and how it behaves. Lagerís fermentation tends to be more thorough and leave a smoother taste with little aromatic sediments. Ales tend to have a stronger taste because there are more residues. Itís more complex than that but even I canít get into the technicality of how yeast breaks down sugars in different condition.
As a gross generalization, lagers make the bulk of the mass market beers (Bud, Coors etc. are all lagers) while ale are favored by aficionados (read; beer snobs like me ). Itís a bit unfair though, because quality lagers certainly exist and Germany is the king in that field.
What determines the color of a beer is the temperature used when the malt is dried (before we get to the fermentation). If you let it dry on its own you'll get the common gold color. If you heat or smoke it you'll get the deeper shades from caramel colored to pitch black. Roasted Malt can give flavors of coffee or chocolate to beer. But it has little to do with bitterness.
Bitterness of the beer is principally caused by hops; what kind was used, how fresh, what quantity, with what kind of water (mineral content has big impact) etc.
And bitterness is not an ugly word. You get used to it just like you get used to it in coffee. In my case, I used to put 2 milk and three sugars in my coffee by habit while in parallel developing a taste for some bitter beer (India Pale Ale, mostly). Then one day I suddenly realized by accident I preferred my coffee black!
In conclusion, good beer is like wine. Itís an acquired taste. The good news is that unlike wine, quality beer usually isnít that much more expansive than the commercial fare, especially if you discover the local micro-brewery.
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 07:01 AM #26
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 01:14 PM #27
Myrmidon (Lvl 10)
M&M 2e and having a blast. Since I started studying at the university we had dropped it, but now we have our titles and careers finished, we've found time to gather once again and game a little. I missed it.
So Dave, don't let eye-rolls get in the middle of your entertainment! Perseverance pays, even my girl had to admit I write English better than hers, who had former English teaching, while I started gameing after just one year of learning. My whole vocabulary comes from En World!
Visit The Link Village of Voda Vosa in the RG for complete game links, and stuff!
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 01:47 PM #28
Enchanter (Lvl 12)
I'm also a big RPG fan and have been since I knew what they were. Been playing D&D for a while, although I have to confess all the recent (like, last 3 months recent) changes are starting to make me very weary of the product. Prefer computer games, and I'm a bit of a WoW addict, although I can quit at any time! I'm actually a fan of really bad beer: if it actually tastes like beer, I probably won't drink it.
As you can tell from my spelling, I live in the US. And I think that's about all I'd like to share with all you dangerous internet predators!
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 02:54 PM #29
Scout (Lvl 6)
My name is Darwin, LoL duh. I run a computer repair shop. I've got a great girlfriend, who totally doesn't understand why i do stuff like this, though I have tricked her into playing Minecraft, and 2 sometimes good/sometimes evil cats. OH and 2 gerbils.
I've been playing RPGs, Since well before I knew there were tabletop RPGs, I kept trying to create my own video game rpg on graph paper for my brothers and sister.
I've been doing play by post since on fateful day when I saw Vadania in the PHB and created an account under her name, then I noticed someone had created a Regdar, next thing I knew Piratecat was running us through Nemorden's vault and the rest is history.
Tuesday, 30th November, 2010, 06:10 PM #30
Cutpurse (Lvl 5)
Hello, my name is Dan, and I'm an alcoholic....Oh, wait, wrong group.
Alright seriously now, I'm Dan, 34 years of age and have been gaming in one form or another for around 25 years. I'm married (10 years now) and have 2 boys, ages 5 and 7 who keep me terribly busy. During the day I run the Manufacturing Planning department for a company that builds engineered electrical power distribution and control products. At night I attempt to balance being super dad with all the regular chores and obstacles life throws at me.
When I can I try and squeeze in the occasional movie, some reading time (other than when in the "library") and as much as possible some videogame time. Other interests include Hockey (Go Canucks!) and CFL football (congratulations Montreal on another Grey Cup victory).
So aside form that (which turned out to be a lot longer winded than I planned so I threw it in a sblock) I am currently hooked on a few videogames. I play Civilization V whenever I can plan to sit in front of my home PC for extended periods of time (OK, OK, when my wife lets me), as it is one of the best in the series IMO.
When I feel like I need to let out some Rage I Play Combat Arms, a free to play online FPS, that I surprisingly liked (as I was never much into the shooter genre and only tried cause it was free) and is in itself quite addictive.
I have also recently discovered Minecraft, which has not only sucked in quite a lot of my free time, but also that of my 5 and 7 year old sons, whom I now have to share and negotiate computer time with.
OK, so that's me.
(Oh, and no offense meant by my opening comment. Alcoholism is a serious issue and nothing to joke about.)