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Tuesday, 5th March, 2013

  • 06:23 AM - nnms mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Experience Point: Become a Fit-Beard
    Dannyalcatraz -That is totally a great technique for paying attention to your food. You can also think about textures as well. Another great technique is to get yourself some whole grain bread and some olive oil (a couple teaspoons at most) and as an appetizer eat the whole grain bread dipped in the olive oil. Wait a couple of minutes after you are done the piece of bread before you put food on your plate. You might notice without any effort that you'll reduce your portion sizes. Another good thing to do is to change which meal is the largest of each day to be breakfast. At the very least, never, ever skip it: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20090615/skip-breakfast-get-fat

Tuesday, 12th February, 2013

  • 05:34 AM - Scott DeWar mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    As Mortality.net was dieing A buddy of mine told me about this place. Also, Dannyalcatraz, you remembering telling of one of your dogs jumping on you a bit after a hernea operation? Well I now live in Nashville area With my brother and his fam while I continue to heal. That hit a new low today when the family dog, a 12 lb shitzu mix, jumped on me puttin a paw right on the ostomy of my colostomy. That tissue is always really tender and I was trying to rest while waiting for my pain meds to kick in. I had just got her calmed down when she felt she needed to be petted, so guess what? Yup. right on the same spot. i think I might be able to say I now feel your pain, bud.

Thursday, 7th February, 2013


Monday, 21st January, 2013

  • 11:15 AM - Herzog mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Looking for assistance creating a backup character
    @Dannyalcatraz: Thank you, but no. If I should pick up another PrC it should have full BaB progression in combination with slow spellcasting progression. Also, to both you and @Greenfield, I am staying away from templates. Both because of LA and because of my DM. I am currently looking at builds like Fighter4/Warmage4/AA, Fighter6/Warmage1/AA and even considered for a moment to go Hexblade 6/AA (AFAIK, the shortest route to AA within the allowed books) Fighter6/Warmage1 is currently my favourite (because of the number of feats I can pump into the build) although second level spells (and expanded knowledge at lvl 3) for the warmage look nice too. If only I knew of a must-have first level spell on the sorcerer/wizard Evocation list for Arcane Archers that isn't on the warmage list already...

Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

  • 02:43 PM - Li Shenron mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Some things I've learned as a journeyman Dungeon Master.
    What things have you learned to make you a better story teller? First of all, what Dannyalcatraz wrote: The thing is, they may actually come up with better ideas about the plot than the ones you've already scripted. I they do, and you use it, they feel like they have read your mind, when in reality you're plagiarizing them to their face. I am not afraid of sometimes allowing some bold, over-the-top ideas to work (if you check my playtest report thread of last week, you'll read an example) and that also applies to players throwing guesses on the plot that I haven't planned at all, and making them happen. If you don't want to be too helpful or to make them discover you're using this trick, spin those player-generated ideas with a twist, or add an extra layer of secrets behind their solution. A couple of more things I've learned through the years... You can really improve your descriptions if you keep in mind that they can be based on five senses ;) Don't just describe the visuals, but add one or two at least additional sensory descriptors for each locale: how does it smell? wh...

Monday, 17th December, 2012

  • 11:49 AM - Omegaxicor mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post "The aim is for the players to have fun"
    @Unwise That sounds like the group I have, they are still good at the game but the role-playing aspect is difficult for them, they stumble from scene to scene, which means we have to have more combat based encounters, which means more chance for the dice to "Hiccup" (rolling consistently low for several rolls) and the party member to die. @Stormonu You have misunderstood, slightly, I don't mind the replacement characters or even players dying, but the players get their replacement "Temporary character" while they are reviving their guy and then forget to revive the character, they just keep playing the replacement until he dies. @pemerton The problem I have there is that they don't respond to their party member's friends and family, I have tried it before, I might try it again though @Dannyalcatraz I misunderstood your meaning, I might try that.
  • 01:28 AM - Omegaxicor mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post "The aim is for the players to have fun"
    @SmuggleNutz tried that neither worked... @Majoru Oakheart I agree but I would probably get bored of D&D before I would give up and accept it but if I gave up and accept it then the game will eventually degrade to where the party will be bored and then noone is having fun, obviously you are better at hiding your displeasure than I am :) @Dannyalcatraz I think that that would make as interesting a story for the viewer because Sauron rises up and an army defeats him again just like the first time but the party's adventures are walking in circles looking for this ring and not finding it, dredging the Dead Marshes looking for it :P I think that the issue is 1) the players die too often, I will have to look into that 2) the characters are not valued, which may be because they die a lot or it is their playstyle which might be a problem :(


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Wednesday, 17th April, 2019

  • 02:05 PM - Maxperson quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The Orville Season Two - Thoughts?
    I’m struggling to remember- what flaws did he have season 1 that have actually disappeared? Mercer's self-doubt is gone, and they were a bit more bumbling in how they succeeded. They seem more competent this season than they were last season. The friction between Mercer and Grayson is gone, but they explained the cheating as not her fault, so that makes sense. Edit:LaMarr's mouth and Malloy's cockiness are also not getting them into as much trouble this season.

Monday, 15th April, 2019

  • 12:30 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    That was a reference to cabers, as was made obvious a little lower down in the quoted section: Yes they do, but they’re not throwing them for combat effectiveness, and the throws are only a couple of feet- nothing at all like the taekwondo demonstrators. Yeeeaaah, okay, man. You’re gonna keep finding any angle you can to view the possible as impossible, and aim just gonna go ahead and walk away from this exchange. However you would normally determine the distance of a long jump using an athletics roll with advantage. The PHB and DMG are silent on how exactly to calculate the jump distance gained by an athletics roll except to say that you can "try to jump an unusually long distance" using the skill. 1d20+StrMod+ProficiencyBonus would be how it would be handled in previous editions, and I think it's reasonable to use that calculation here as well. So it would be that, but with advantage from the guy doing the throw. I’d the thrower’s strength, but sure, otherwise that seems reasonable. I...

Sunday, 14th April, 2019

  • 05:06 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    No, I didn’t say that objects like that cannot be thrown accurately. Yes, you did. Not missing anything. Odds are extremely good that an object of that mass and those dimensions cannot be thrown with accuracy. As a freely moving weight, it is much harder to control than an identical weight constrained in a framework- see the difference between works out on free weights (dumbbells, kettle bells, etc.) as opposed to weight machines. And going back to the Guinness throwing video, look at the person who was thrown. Did he look like he landed in a way conducive to success in melee? (FWIW, I don’t really believe in “winning” internet discussions, so shelve that concept.) Your argumentation habits in this thread suggest otherwise, to me, but I’ll give benefit of the doubt on intention. Anyway, I’ve addressed the point you’ve raised here several times.

Friday, 12th April, 2019

  • 10:07 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    When did I say anything about a ball? In any case, yes, it is possible to mis-throw a ball. It happens in every game of baseball, even by the most skilled pitchers. This is not an honest retort. no one said anything about the possibility of missing a throw. You claimed that it’s very likely that such an object (and they are balls. I don’t beleive for a second that you were confused by the word “ball” in reference to the thing being thrown.) cannot he thrown accurately. I challenged the idea that there is any significant chance of that being true. No, I’m not wildly speculating. Lifting a static dead weight like a box or barbell isn’t as difficult as lifting the same mass in motion. In both cases, there is a lot of force being directed downward through the thrower’s spine. But with a mass already in motion, it isn’t all in one direction. There are vectors going in directions that are not straight down. If his or her core isn’t up to it and/or their technique is a bit off, a solo t...
  • 05:52 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    For reference, the throw in that video didn’t get to 25 meters either: 9.39m throw by the current Australian M50 56lb Heavy Weight record holder, Grant Edwards. IOW, a world class athlete- admittedly an older one- couldn’t throw a halfling half the distance you’re talking. um...dude, that’s 30 feet. That’s the outside end of what I’m talking about. I don’t give a damn about “gritty” in this situation- it’s too far for my willing suspension of disbelief. “nitty gritty” and “gritty” mean two different things. Nitty gritty is a reference to “getting into the weeds” on the details of something. I hope that clarifies what I was actually saying, there. As for the rest? Well, I explicitly said I’d allow a fastball special if I thought the thrower was strong enough. Str 15 ain’t it. And I’m OK with a non-combat throw of a certain distance with near-max human- see my disclosure about Fast Eddie. okay, I’m very confused as to why you need to be at the level of the literal strongest people ...
  • 05:05 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    I read the whole thread. IMHO, about the only way a fastball special makes sense as a combat maneuver is in its original iteration- a one handed, baseball-style throw. Any other way takes too much time & space and opens the participants up to easy attacks. Even the Goliath & Halfling example falters- here’s a 56lb Hammer throw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0AgMq7SNkE M50 refers to Masters 50 class- world class hammer throwers between 50-55 years of age. The usual throwing weight is 6kg. Note the use of space and rotation, and the 2-handed grip. Note the distance. Note also the shape of the in-bounds area, implying a certain lack of accuracy. The throw itself took 11 seconds, and started with the thrower with his back to the target area. So, despite the dearth of people discussing the original version of the fastball special, it is still central to my position. So, I’m not sure what about the physical mechanics of throwing weights IRL means that it’s a bad combat maneuver...
  • 04:00 AM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    Late to the party; here’s my 2¢. Here’s a world champion caber tosser in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb0FU8rSisU I note that he’s: 1) taking a lot of time 2) in a very vulnerable position 3) throwing the caber end over end 4) a touch more than its own length 5) not super accurately 6) two handed 7) with a running start Compared to the original Wolverine and Colossus maneuver, that’s terrible for combat. As I recall the original art, both of Wolverine’s feet are usually in one of Colossus’ hands, making it not just a throw, but a one-armed throw. Hence “fastball” and not “hammer throw”. https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/marveldatabase/images/7/77/Dark_Reign_The_List_-_X-Men_Vol_1_1_page_14_Fastball_special_%28Earth-616%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20091219151122 So I’d basically disallow it until the throwing character was clearly into Str levels beyond that capable of normal, unautmented humanity. Like...able to do a 700lb curl type weight. (Last I checked, the world record for...

Thursday, 11th April, 2019

  • 07:56 PM - Goodsport quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Railway Empire
    I think it is, but I’m not sure. I moved it here so you’d get more hits from those who might know. Thanks :), but will this new location help considering that Railway Empire is a computer game for both the PC and the consoles? :confused: -G

Wednesday, 10th April, 2019

  • 02:24 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post What We Do In The Shadows
    I DID laugh out loud at Colin the Energy Vampire’s reactions as chaos broke out at the city council meeting. And Matt Berry is still one of my favorite “bombastic” Brits. I absolutely loved the movie; of course, I saw it before everyone else started watching it and liking it; now that other people are watching it, it probably sucks. The TV show is so, so, so very funny. And that scene at the city council meeting ... well, the whole thing was absolutely perfect, and Colin's reactions at the end were the cherry on the sundae. PS- If you get the chance, watch Snuff Box. It's kind of out there, even for surreal sketch comedy, but it's one of those shows (with Matt Berry) that will stick with you if you are on its wavelength. Just typing the words gets the theme song in my head.

Tuesday, 9th April, 2019

  • 08:57 AM - Yaarel quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Think I Have Finally Figured Out How To Fix 3.5 (it took a decade)
    When I allowed more powerful races to be played as characters, I ditched the system 3.5Ed had in place and simply used “Racial Class Levels”. They were full levels, just like classes, and progression got you the racial abilities the critters were noted for. That meant, for example, you could play a Minotaur from 1st level, but it might take you a while to accumulate tall the classic abilities- if you ever did. Come to think of it, perhaps most of the monster characters work well as a ‘prestige class’ levels 1 to 4.

Sunday, 7th April, 2019

  • 12:47 AM - Morrus quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Jets leak new unis
    I’m a Saints fan, so I don’t really matter in this discussion, but... That's our local team! They lost to Liverpool 3-1 last night. In other news, this is one of those amusing situations where the alleged transatlantic "common language" is utterly incomprehensible. "Jets leak new unis". I literally have no idea what that sentence means in the broadest terms. "Unis" is something to do with universities? which makes "Jets" a team of something? I give up! I could Google it, but that's no fun. :) (Yes, I’m being silly).

Saturday, 6th April, 2019

  • 02:37 PM - Scott DeWar quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    I'd like to see adjustable breast implants. Season to taste depending on partner. Just to be fair, I'll also accept adjustable penis implants. :lol: TMI. by the way, there are pumps for "genitalia enhancement." I meant for myself. What did YOU mean? Somehow, that didn’t improve things.;) "I come with interchangeable parts" Still needing the eye bleach! and brain bleach Still trying to see where this is my problem. :p you started this! Misery shared is misery lessened. I can’t touch y’all’s stories, but... Late last week, I had a gout flare-up in my right knee. This is unusual in the sense that gout usually affects the toes & ankles, but not me! Only the right knee for this special flower. In the last few hours of the flare-up, my diverticulitis decided it wanted to join the fun. In 24 hours, I experienced a girth increase due to intestinal bloat roughly equivalent to a couple weeks of pregnancy. I’ve basically been out of comission for the past few days. However, as of yesterday m...
  • 08:58 AM - Aeson quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Still needing the eye bleach! Still trying to see where this is my problem. :p

Friday, 5th April, 2019

  • 03:15 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Jets leak new unis
    What downsides are you thinking about? Just that the here and now can become very much like the then and there very quickly. I'll put it this way - if you were a corporate manager considering the risks associated with tying your team's image and iconography to a government and military agency... would you do that at this time? Do you consider the government today a reliable partner/role model and unlikely to do anything untoward, or otherwise produce risks for you?
  • 02:09 AM - trappedslider quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGO57y4td-c (Except we’re talking more like The $67.50 Man.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoKwX5fLJ5E

Thursday, 4th April, 2019

  • 01:53 AM - Aeson quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Little known fact: the boiling oil pot was one of the primo stations in castle defense, mainly because of the fried chicken. (Sometimes rabbit.). Commander (not colonel) Ken Tucker was famous for tying anything before he settled on his chicken recipe. Of course since one of the several spices he used was salt- and the rest were pretty exotic and expensive- he eventually got executed for stealing from the castle’s stores. Nice story, bro. I think you're pulling our drumsticks with this one. Looks like grab and go-go-go in the workplace for you. Just don’t stand in front of the customer with a leg in your mouth telling then “Wff out uff legs.” I am not a barbarian. Besides it's in the handbook to not do that. I cracked up the district manager. We're supposed to walk around and check in on customers. He was setup at one of the tables working. I walked up and ask how his meal was, and if he needed anything. My skills are more customer service than managing people or cooking.

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019

  • 05:23 AM - Zardnaar quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Aquatic creatures: Saltwater vs. Freshwater list, what if one enters the other?
    While accurate in general, some RW critters are known rulebreakers. You asked about the shark in the lake. Well, in the real world, some species of shark ARE found in fresh water. They have evolved to deal with both types. Most notorious- and dangerous- are bull sharks. Adults average out around 6’ in length, but they’re extremely aggressive, and account for the majority of attacks on humans. While primarily oceanic, they’ve been found in the Mississippi River, the Trinity River, Lake Ponchartrain, the Great Lakes, and an Australian golf course. It’s also not just a question of concern for the water breathers. Air-breathing reptiles and mammals- as well as water-dwellers of all kinds- are also affected by the density differences in the water. Salt water provides more buoyancy than does fresh. Crossing from salt to fresh water- say, from an unexpected rush of fresh water from the surface- will result in an unplanned dive. And going the other way, a creature would rise. Depending on the ...

Monday, 1st April, 2019

  • 03:10 PM - jonesy quoted Dannyalcatraz in post What do you call it when...
    I’ve seen some VERY negative reactions to it. Some even report the practice to the moderation staff. Really? I've been guilty of it myself a few times. I've done it to make my replies to really long posts more legible. I'd be interested to know why it would be seen as negative?

Sunday, 31st March, 2019

  • 01:17 PM - Ryujin quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Classic British television shows
    I’ve seen a good many of the shows listed here. I’d like to add a science show- IMHO second only to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos- James Burke’s Connections. if we're going for science shows, then let's add "Don't Ask Me." The last that I'd hears Rob Buckman was at the University of Toronto.

Saturday, 30th March, 2019

  • 03:35 PM - Scott DeWar quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Oh my taffy scotch, .. .. ..that sounds incredibly delicious. Remember when I said this? .. .. ... So if this one works out I'll be cookin some Popeye's chicken.this sounds incredibly delicious too I saw a Vermont license plate yesterday and thought of you.I was in the hospital from Sunday to Friday An I thought of you too. but our aim is getting better! Horse shoes, grenades and nudes will work if close enoughatom bomb too. you can be close with an atom bomb an hit the target. Part of that depends on how ornery the patient is. My maternal grandmother lived with cancer a decade after getting a “6 month to live” diagnosis. She was such a tough old bird, I think Death kept deliberately misplacing his appointment reminders. Think of that Twilight Zone episode with Robert Redford, but with RR finding his interests in Urban Pigeon Beauty Pageants to be far more pressing business...I spent the week hanging on to life at the local VA.


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