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    Today, 05:23 PM
    I played a couple six month campaigns of Castle Falkenstein and a few one shots. Our GM used cards but modified the system heavily. It made a significant difference.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 10:07 AM
    César Pelli has died. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/20/743764897/c-sar-pelli-renowned-architect-of-skyscrapers-around-the-world-dies-at-92
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 09:53 AM
    Mitch Petrus has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/19/health/mitch-petrus-nfl-heatstroke/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 09:51 AM
    Sheila Dikshit has died. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/20/india/india-sheila-dikshit-obit-intl/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 09:31 AM
    One of the guys in my group refs for HS. Same story.
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    Today, 07:30 AM
    Gust of wind will do a great job of cleaning dust, dirt and debris from a hallway.
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    Today, 06:42 AM
    I don’t play 5Ed, but iI’ll point out that the floor plans for many ancient Greek structures* are available in tour books, etc. Some decades ago, I photocopied the map of the palace at Knossos on Crete onto some grid paper and used that for an adventure. * and others around the world, of course.
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Today, 12:52 AM
    If you had just said "I don't get anything other than blockbusters where I live" then that would have been the end of the discussion along with understanding of what you're saying instead of this round robin.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    Animated cleaning equipment?
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    Coober Pedy
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    wow...7 of 9..and Brent
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    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    define under performed
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 AM
    Tonight’s creation was a garlic sausage sandwich with sautéed onions and radish sprouts on toasted rosemary olive oil bread. Condiments were simple, just mayo and yellow mustard. Sides were moondrop grapes, carrots, Comte cheese, and pitted castelvetrano olives.
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:17 AM
    first you state Hollywood doesn't really do new movies then you quantified: ones that make lots of money. Now you say name an original non MCU/DC movie that broke 500 million. So, I'm starting to think you're moving the goal post.
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:50 AM
    It's a good thing you said BILLION because "Us" $254 million worldwide against a budget of $20 million, Horror movies have always for the most done well with new IPs. The Curse of La Llorona has grossed $54.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $67.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $122 million, against a production budget of $9 million. Pet Sematary has...
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    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 07:54 PM
    And: Actually, this is similar enough to the nature of the Ellcrys in the Shannara novels that I bet it would make for some interesting situations and role-playing.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 07:43 PM
    1) your post has some formatting in it that renders it nigh-invisible to some. Here’s what probably happened and how to fix it: https://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?348563-Dark-Text-on-a-Dark-Background-Tutorial 2) “scaling up“...great unintentional pun! :D
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 05:00 PM
    Such a thing pretty much implies the existence of meddling by intelligent beings. (Except, in a fantasy setting, that would be deities, not aliens.)
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 02:54 AM
    here's what i love about google docs, you can flag things with a comment,instead of having to say line whatever,makes it so much easier for the writer. The last one easy to find since it was the last word.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 01:57 AM
    I include the GM as a player for these purposes. If even that person is sitting there looking at the game and not able to understand the magic, that person won’t run the game. People have been throwing around quantum mechanics ideas in this thread, so let me join in. There is an observer effect going on. The act of making a system of magic that works in a game invariably makes the magic...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 01:53 AM
    Well, ignoring the question of when is a comma or semicolon missing or not (since that can be a story telling style decision): - line 9: missing word "as" after word "smiled" - line 17: personally I'd place a second "that" after the single one - line 17: replace "mentaly" with "mentally" - line 18: replace "need" with "needed" as otherwise the sentence has a time frame mixup - third to last...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 01:30 AM
    Designing a magic system that feels magical may be impossible. Personally, I’ve NEVER seen an RPG magic system that felt numinous, largely because they all have to fit into the RPG system and be understood by the players.
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Friday, 19th July, 2019, 12:03 AM
    what spelling mistakes? Nothing is flagged for being spelled wrong.
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:54 PM
    Looks good, trailer didn't really spoiler anything..
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:14 PM
    So far, 33 confirmed casualties. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/asia/kyoto-animation-fire-intl-hnk/index.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 05:47 PM
    How many different kinds of geek ARE there? How many can be symbolized with a smallish icon? I mean, gamers could be represented by a d20, but what about tech geeks? Fans of sci if? CosPlayers? Furries?
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 05:42 PM
    You can...if you do it without a plan, without control, without intellect. OTOH, if you use your mind before attacking the canvas...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:26 AM
    "Shoot Seth." sounds weird to me, even in the context it's said. Aside from random spelling mistakes, it reads like one of those this-really-happened-to-me diary-style novels. Which isn't a bad thing if that's what you're going for.
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:11 AM
    The phrase "subvert the expectations" has been thrown about a lot lately for a particular reason. I don't think I was ever quite sure what it meant, especially since my background is in information technologies where subversion refers to a very specific thing (by now 20 year old brand of version control software). Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that subversion means the same thing as...
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 06:49 AM
    Made salads for dinner again. My usual suspects were included: spinach, San Marzanos, carrots, celery, green onion, portobello slices, salami, chicken and ham. My dressing was that vinaigrette I’ve been making with lemon-infused olive oil, Dijon mustard, tarragon (instead of red wine) vinegar, pepper and parsley. What was different? Well, I got some nice broccoli sprouts and radish...
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:38 AM
    Well, I personally see the Heavenly Host from Doctor Who as a missed opportunity in that regard. While they are made to look like angels, their faces are mostly fairly masculine, while angels are supposed to be androgynous. So in this case, “the point” would be making them more closely resemble what they are emulating. I could also see androgynous androids as being perceived as less...
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  • Janx's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:33 AM
    In Tahiti it looks like. Just saw a video that floats the idea that Fury died in Winter Soldier, and that activated some stand-in plan for his Skrull buddy to take over. Extra evidence is that when Fury says he can't eat bread that's not been cut in half, there's movie footage of him doing just that, thus, he was a SKrull at that time.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:32 AM
    Yeah, that’s a good suggestion. Anyone who saw yours and had participated in a prior thread would likely post a link to it!
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  • TarionzCousin's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 03:19 AM
    Start your own thread. You'll get more responses that way and not spend time hunting.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 12:40 AM
    Welcome and good luck!
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  • trappedslider's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:37 PM
    well, i finished the promposal section for my story..if any of you care to read it and leave comments https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q_GGoqL2MWkJqYbdzdffSiBC6K4I0xrHpnr9TfnkYWA/edit?usp=sharing
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 03:55 AM
    Even that term was more an exception than a rule, though.
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:54 AM
    I went and checked: PC Dwarves could be Fighters, Thieves and Assassins. NPC Dwarves were limited to 8th level. All races except Half-Orcs were unlimited as Thieves, who were instead unlimited as Assassins.
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 12:06 AM
    You might want to check that: dwarves could be Clerics, too. (In addition, when the classes were added, they could be alchemists and psionicists as well.) Also, every race had at least one class in which their progression was unlimited. As I recall, that was Thief for dwarves. (Possibly all races.)
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:41 PM
    Yep. Seen it many times, but it never seemed to stick. Just like “man” became a synonym for humanity, the male-rooted “Android” became the term for human-stimulant artificial life. Nobody seemed to care for a female-rooted version of the term.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 09:29 PM
    When I was a teen, I went back to Europe. The last half of the trip was behind the Iron Curtain- it was still a thing, then- and I ran out of my antiperspirant halfway through the trip. “No biggie.” I thought. I would just go buy some at the hotel store. Problem #1: there were no American brands at all, nor any European brands I knew. All were Eastern European. No roll-ons, either. So I...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 08:35 PM
    We also smell different from Europeans, IME. Americans- of both genders- tend to favor detergents, soaps and perfumes with floral or powdery smells...and sometimes, in unfortunately large amounts. In that context, we almost smell like babies. After living in Europe for just a few months, I was often able to tell when another American had wandered nearby. After a few years, I could...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 07:14 PM
    He was actually quite clearly based on The Tick, right down to my lantern-jawed illustration thereof. Instead of a mask and antennae, he wore heavy rider goggles and a military style helmet (with “MM” on it), because SAFETY FIRST! He did most of his heroic patrolling while riding a bicycle (with a visibility flag) with cards in the spokes, a la: I even took this scene from issue #1: ...
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:46 AM
    How about Uluru Devil’s Tower The Yosemite “Firefall” Hang Son Doong Cave
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:43 AM
    I’ve always thought of Common as either a trade pidgin or constructed language (like Esperanto), the most common primary/secondary language in the world (think Greek, Latin, French, and English, in turn), or a mechanical mesh mash of both.
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 10:36 AM
    Paraphrasing, I think it would be more like... “Furries, Mr. Rico! Zillions of ‘em!”
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 05:01 AM
    Ahhh, V:tM. From a while back:
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:47 PM
    See also Spelljammer.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:44 PM
    I do not recall having done so, but I have played in campaigns where this was so. ...which had no effect on what I played, just how I played it.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:41 PM
    We enjoyed it. However, one confusing point came up. Why are the Skrulls doing Nick's job while Nick does a Skrull's job?
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:35 AM
    In a similar...*ahem* vein as my suggestion about the Golden Gate Bridge, there is also Japan’s “Suicide Forest”: AOKIGAHARA http://mentalfloss.com/article/73288/15-eerie-things-about-japans-suicide-forest
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 10:29 AM
    Wish I had the time...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:45 AM
    who wants to be a beta reader for me?
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:16 AM
    Police believe they have found the remains of missing actor, Charles Levin. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/body-missing-actor-charles-levin-213243258.html
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 09:05 AM
    I’ve played in and run kitchen sink games. I’ve played in and run games with very strict species limitations- at least one that was human only. IME: 1) sometimes race matters a great deal, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s very campaign AND player dependent. 2) one thing that always seems to matter is the availability of playing humans. Unless there’s a major setting-specific reason why you...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:55 AM
    I have a big collection of early sci-fi, much passed down from my Dad. IME, there’s a decent grain of truth in the comic, enough that I find the barb amusing. But there WERE also many authors who were clearly more progressive than the era in which the lived.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 08:50 AM
    Tonight, we found out part of the problem....a major part. While he does have his devices all set to auto-join and routinely signed into the 3 wi-fi networks I mentioned, he was having problems with signal stability on ours. So every once in a while, he’d get booted while using Netflix, etc., and the GB drain would begin... As soon as he mentioned this, I knew exactly what he was talking...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:55 AM
    I appreciate the suggestions. I used to live in Irving. It’s the Dallas suburb just south of Coppell- my current suburb of residence. I’ve lived in the D/FW Metroplex since 1982: I know what’s available in terms of cons (not really interested) and game stores in several of the cities in our 4 counties. Even while gaming in a stable group formed in 1985- which in 1998 essentially merged...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 06:31 AM
    Well, like I said, part of the reason was communication. I have continued to text & email one guy in particular, but he has been very spotty about responding. I was invited to- and attended- the annual celebratory dinner in Dec/Jan. But that was the last time I saw any of them face to face. The guy in the group that I’ve known since 1985 hasn’t reached out at all. My house phone number...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 03:35 AM
    I’ve had a bunch of alternative “spellbooks” in various games. Some were as simple as rune-carved sticks or staves. Others were as unusual as tattoos or even arrays of beads made of various materials arranged and knotted into various patterns.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 02:12 AM
    Too much D; not enough D.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 01:12 AM
    I know he’s on ours* and the one at his mom’s**, though I don’t know if he’s set for auto-join. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t on his employer’s system. * he is the one who most recently reset the router. ** he set up his mom’s wi-fi, and she doesn’t have a clue as to how to change that.
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 12:11 AM
    I get that...but I’m still at something of a loss, here. We have a pretty good wi-fi system here, and I know he uses it. He has wi-fi at his place of employment. He has wi-fi at his mother’s house. And he’s still gobbling up 2-4x the GB of the other 4 people on the plan. This month, we’ve used a combined 3 of 16GB; he’s at 12 with another couple of days to go.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 11:19 PM

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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:20 PM
    Emily Hartridge has died. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/13/europe/youtuber-emily-hartridge-death/index.html
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:38 PM
    I use my mobile devices for many hours a day, but I am usually on Wi-Fi. I am part of a group plan, and I typically use between 1-3GB/mo. One person on the plan uses more data than everyone else combined. How does one chew up data like that?
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:34 AM
    Continual flame/Light would be highly prized: a light source that can’t start a fire is going to be handy when you’re on the water, surrounded by all kinds of flammables. Warding spells against fire would be worth their weight in gold, for that matter. OTOH, Grease could be handy if you WANT to start fires...on someone else’s ship. As I posited elsewhere, an aggressive, expansionist naval...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 10:21 AM
    After being introduced to gaming in 1977, I haven’t played since...2016? 2017? No significant gaps besides this current dry spell. The why? Well, I sort of had a falling out with my game group of 20 or so years about communication. There were other factors as well, but that was the proverbial straw. I haven’t seen any of them in person since December or January. And for a variety of...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 06:55 AM
    Which reminds me... The Bridge is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge, in particular, its status as the #1 location in the world for suicides. In the context of a V:tM campaign, that could be prime hunting for a vampire of the right type. Not only as a place to hide their kills, but also as a way to feed guilt free on “willing” victims. (If the vampire has an issue with that, of...
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:49 AM
    What Would Peter Parker Do?
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 05:48 AM
    The Ossuary is a cool one I’ve looked at before. Good one to use.
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    Sunday, 14th July, 2019, 01:10 AM
    When I was a kid, we visited the ruins of Knossos, the palace of King Minos of Crete. Years later, I photocopied the map from the tourist material onto graph paper to use as a dungeon. I also look at unusual architecture and locales on the internet for locations, like the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan: Catatumbo Venezuela: Gilroy Gardens:
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 10:44 PM
    Sounds like a memory was made. :) P.S.: wag of the finger at theft. :(
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  • Dannyalcatraz's Avatar
    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:27 PM
    See also this thread: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?557176-Pages-from-the-Royal-Chef-s-Cookbook
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 09:24 PM
    (Had to be said.)
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    Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 06:06 PM
    Have a good time!
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:29 PM
    There is no 5E section any more; there is only Zul/Dungeons & Dragons. B-)
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 08:55 PM
    No joke, but that’s kind of how my longest running core gaming group ran one campaign world. The most powerful PCs weren’t all spellcasters- not single-classed, anyway- and we’d run parties of different power levels through adventures. Most of the lower-tier PCs were related to the heavy hitters in some capacity. And we did rotary DMing, too.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:26 PM
    I ran a 3.5 Geomancer (largely inspired by Swamp Thing from the 1990s) that took all the plant-themed Drift mutations. We were leveling up our characters when the campaign imploded. I had planned on taking the Brew Potion feat. Those potions would have been delivered via tubers grown from his body... And later...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 07:08 PM
    One thing I’ve noted from non-American gamers is that gaming seems to be a more diverse hobby overseas. Every gaming convention I’ve been to- GenCon isn’t one- has been overwhelmingly white and male, demographically. And that’s largely reflected in the game groups I’ve been a member of. Most times, I’m the only minority at the table, save one which was 1/3 each white, asian, and black. (And...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:28 PM
    my newest video
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 01:20 PM
    it looks like Cameron's producing and has had a hand in the story, with Tim Miller directing it,whose directorial debut was Deadpool. The film's writing credits, as recognized by the Writers Guild of America are screenplay by David S. Goyer & Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray; story by James Cameron & Charles H. Eglee & Josh Friedman and Goyer & Rhodes.
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 12:46 PM
    Admittedly, it hasn't worked yet, but....
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:32 AM
    Along with Hamilton,we also have Arnold back as well and here's the Premise 27 years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a new, modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) is sent from the future by Skynet in order to terminate Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis), and her friends. Sarah Connor comes to their aid, as well as the original...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 09:43 AM
    Scary part: he’s running an Ice Mage... (All that other stuff is an illusion. ;) )
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Saturday, 12th May, 2018

  • 03:47 PM - Morrus mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Morrus currently absent
    I will be out of commission for a bit. Please be patient, as I will be unable to deal with anything for a while. No ETA on my return, but I hope it isn’t too long. I won’t be able to respond to messages or emails for now. If you have anything which needs dealing with, Umbran and Dannyalcatraz are about for forum moderation stuff, darjr for tech stuff, AngusA for publishing stuff, Christopher Helton for articles stuff. For news scoops, please use the ENW news address: news@enworldnews to be sure the columnists will see it! Thanks guys.

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018

  • 05:04 PM - Gradine mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    ... And part of that change is communication. I can't speak for everyone, but a lot of the work starts with a level of civil discourse; of being able to hear what other people are saying, and trying to respond. No, you can't persuade the "1% Bikers" of the world on a forum like this; but others? Maybe you can persuade them. Not immediately, but over time. Rome wasn't built in a day, and the hobby won't change immediately.* This is not an issue that requires two-way communication. People should not have to be spoken to nicely in order to get on board with an idea like "sexual harassment is bad, maybe we should do something about that"; either they are already on board, or they aren't, and if they aren't they are a part of the problem. They do not deserve a cookie and juice box just because they want to stubbornly hold on to their privilege to not have to think about it too hard, and need to have their hands held just to get to a place of basic :):):):)ing human decency. What you and @Dannyalcatraz and others in this thread are doing is tone policing, plain and simple, and as is always the case when somebody who doesn't have to deal with this kind of garbage on a daily basis tries to insist on the "appropriate" way to have a conversation about it with people who do have to deal with it on a daily basis, it is inevitably BS nonsense. @Afrodyte is hardly the first person on this thread who has used any kind of sarcasm or pulled out a contentious example in order to make a point. She is the first person who has explicitly identified as female to do so, however. And the first person to have at least three separate dudes get on her case and try to explain to her why it's not the "proper" way to do things. I wonder if that's a coincidence? If, at the next convention, a large group of people decide to go around harassing and assaulting everyone who doesn't like Gnome Paladins, and everybody else just turns a blind eye to it, we'll let you be the expert on how to go about addressing t...
  • 11:09 AM - Hussar mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Harassment Policies: New Allegations Show More Work To Be Done
    Oh, hey, I get the frustration. Believe me. While I certainly haven't been subject to sexual harassment, my years of living as an expat (going on 20 years now) have certainly led to me being on the receiving end of more than my share of harassing behavior. And it can get really hard to separate out. My point is just that we shouldn't be flinging poo at everyone and anyone. That's not constructive. And, let's be honest here, that particular example probably wasn't that great of one, which is all Dannyalcatraz was trying to say. Deep breaths all the way around are probably a good idea.
  • 05:48 AM - Umbran mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Hidden

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018

  • 08:16 PM - TheCosmicKid mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    Do you honestly think that critical race theory or the US Civil Rights Act are seeking to preserve the use of the term "race" in society, much less in D&D?I think "seeking to preserve" is the wrong way to put it. The Clean Water Act isn't "seeking to preserve" the use of the term "water" -- it's just using the natural term for the thing it pertains to. Do you think that D&D's use of "race" is equally as magnanimous in its use of the term "race" as Critical Race Studies or the US Civil Rights Act? When Gygax was writing? No. In 5E? Getting there. Probably because its your strawman reaction. @Dannyalcatraz's words were, "We in this thread may know/believe the designers aren’t racists. But someone new to the game or hobby won’t necessarily be able to figure that out." If this is a strawman, it isn't mine. It's like some strange inversion of the strawman where a hypothetical person is set up to make a mistake, and this is used to support an argument.

Monday, 9th April, 2018

  • 10:47 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    ...ations of how race has been used in the past. Those you may bring in yourself, but they are not there because of the way the word race is used. I think that Pathfinder is now avoiding the word but doing what D&D 5e does not do which is classify humans with different attribute packages.I understand your argument. I don't agree. The passages I quoted upthread from 5e illustrate that the game still puts forward a strong conception of cultural difference and social role/belonging tracking "biology" and heredity. It's not vicious (either deliberately or casually), which marks a clear difference from Gygax's characterisation of half-orcs (which could be taken straight from HPL). But it's still there. as long as what your species is determines something in the game rules, you automatically are classifying by it. 5e is careful to show there is one human race, not many. The second of the sentences I've quoted is tricky, because - in one obvious sense - there are multiple human races. If Dannyalcatraz and I fill in a form which asks us to tick a box for race, we're going to tick different boxes. One strength of 5e is that it in fact seems comfortable with this variety in human races, whereas earlier editions have tended to equate (in their art) being human with being white. The first sentence is probably true - but there are ways of loosening this connection between "species" and capability, and also of loosening the connection between "species" and culture. I think changing the way the rulebooks talk about "race" might be one part of such a loosening. While the language of "race" is retained, I don't think it is going to happen.

Saturday, 7th April, 2018

  • 12:40 PM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do We Still Need "Race" in D&D?
    There is absolutely no evidence that the use of the word race in the way it is used keeps anyone away.Two things. First, I thought that Dannyalcatraz posted to the contrary upthread, namely, that he had reason to believe there are some Black potential gamers (not him) who are turned off by use of the word "race". (Or did he just say that they don't like it but put up with it?) Second, "keeping anyone away" is not, in my view, the test for what is desirable in a cultural artefact. Riley37 had a really good post about this not far upthread: the racism in LotR doesn't keep me away, but the novel might be even better without it (I'm not sure you can get rid of all of it and still have it be the story that it is, but the bit about the "half-goblin" Southerner clearly is not fundamental to the story being what it is). As I've already mentioned in this thread, few of my family and friends are RPGers. I don't think they would play FRPGs if the treatment of "race" was changed; and if they wanted to play, I don't think the treatment of "race" would stop them. Nevertheless, I would prefer a game that doesn't require me to make apologies ...

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

  • 11:48 AM - Greg K mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Your single favourite RPG book?
    Not sure. It is a toss-up between 2e Complete Thief's Handbook, Green Ronin's Shaman's, Handbook, and Green Ronin's Witch's Handbook. Honorable Mentions (Like Dannyalcatraz, there are just too many gems) AD&D 1e: Cities (Chaosium), Village of Hommlet AD&D 2e: Witches (Mayfair Games), Complete Priest's Handbook, Dark Sun boxed set (original), Land of Fate boxed set, Ravenloft; Realms of Terror boxed set D&D 3e: Unearthed Arcana, Book of Fiends 1: Hordes of the Abyss, Experts 3.5 (Skirmisher Press), Book of the Righteous (Green Ronin), Book of Templates Revised 3.5 (Silverthorne) d20Modern: Blood and Fists (RPGObjects), Elements of Magic Mythic Earth (ENPublishing) Cortex Plus: Smallville, Firefly, Leverage Earthdawn 1e Ghostbuster RPG (feels like cheating as did boxed settings above, but others before me had mentioned boxed settings ) GURPS: Arabian Knights, Celtic Myth, Vikings Hero System: Champions 4e core book, Ultimate Martial Artist, Mind Games Icons: Icons RPG corebook, Great Power Mutants & Masterminds 2e: The core book, Ultimate Power Rolemaster: Character & Campaign Law Savage Worlds: Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition...

Monday, 26th February, 2018

  • 03:46 PM - DMMike mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post When you give up on RPGs because you hate the system.
    XP to aramis erak, since playing in a Catholic church sounds pretty awesome. You really need to move to Vancouver BC - there's a pub over there that's RPG-themed: the menus are on something that resembles the map to B2 Keep on the Borderlands, for example; and their shots menu has 20 selections - you get a buck off if you roll a d20 to make your choice for you. :) But this sounds awesome-r! Dannyalcatraz - just turned 50, still gaming? Glad to know gaming life goes on... I think we lost the OP. Hope his problem is solved.

Sunday, 18th February, 2018

  • 06:47 AM - Ancalagon mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Altered Out of The Abyss: Is this idea viable?
    Hello Basic idea: Level 6 characters get stuck underground - they aren't enslaved or captured, they just can't go back the way they came from. They encounter a group of NPCs - a ragged gang of refugees (maybe they are the escaped slaves?). So this wouldn't be a new campaign, but an existing one changing direction - the characters already exist and have been played for a while. (in a few months the characters will complete a large adventure and I am exploring future directions, this is one of them). The key difference of course would be the level of the party. Also, there are no drow in my campaign, so I would have to replace them with another race (I received an excellent idea from Dannyalcatraz who suggested using Seshayans from Alternity/Star*Drive and converting them to 5e). this mean that I would have to increase the difficulty of a part of the adventure, and perhaps slow down level advancement somewhat. cheers,

Thursday, 15th February, 2018

  • 05:05 AM - prosfilaes mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post So what exactly is the root cause of the D&D rules' staying power?
    Now we’re talking alternate universes. At the end of the day, I’m not saying that Gygax and Arneson invented all these things. But I think it was the forerunner of the industry, and these design aspecta have seeped out into other areas because of D&D. Perhaps it would have happened anyway...but that’s irrelevant. D&D’s influence is pervasive, and I think that adds to its staying power. Whenever you're talking about "why" something happened, you're talking about alternate universes. "Why did the lightbulb break? Because you dropped it" presumes in an alternate universe where you didn't drop it, it wouldn't have broken. Given the number of lightbulbs we deal with, that's an easy statement to make, but we don't have a bunch of RPG industries that we can test under controlled industries; we just have history, and our guesses about what would have happened. As Dannyalcatraz points out, we do have data from other industries to look at, but 60-70% is far from the certainty of "lightbulbs don't break unless they're dropped". If it would have happened anyway, than D&D didn't cause it. That's what to cause means. This is an example of the post hoc fallacy. I don't see how D&D's influence being pervasive adds to its staying power. It means there's so many slightly different alternatives that it's hard for D&D to distinguish itself from the crowd. It's like when Coke was losing market share and the company was flailing about for something to do; part of the problem was that colas are hard to distinguish between each other so it's all advertising. The more you can buy games that play like D&D, the harder it is for D&D to stand out because of its game play.

Friday, 26th January, 2018


Thursday, 4th January, 2018

  • 01:56 AM - ArchfiendBobbie mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post New D&D Movie: July 23rd 2021
    ...e tended to be a lot of interbreeding between these groups, thanks to the wars and invasions and slave trades. The Oeridian could be any number of racial groups in Asia or even parts of Europe. It's also getting into "all Asians look alike" territory to think it represents them all. The Suel describe members of three different racial groups: The Celts/Germanic tribes, the Norse, and the Mongolians (Genghis Khan was a redhead). The essential problem with using this kind of argument is that we can satisfy all three examples without ever leaving Europe. Each one is written in such a way it could be describing people from wildly diverse racial groups, some having oceans between them, without a need to come up with names for the several hundred racial groups that actually exist. But at the same time, the broadness works against it as a diversity argument because of how easy it can be to find all of these Faerun groups native to the same real-life continent. Pretty much, I think Dannyalcatraz is on the right path for how to think when addressing the diversity issue. But doing it just to match fictional races allows for a lot of laziness when you don't even have to leave one racial umbrella group to fill all the roles.

Friday, 29th December, 2017


Thursday, 21st December, 2017

  • 09:26 PM - rgoodbb mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post The never ending story of ...
    That's fab! B.I. By the way if anyone reading this wishes at any time to add a post or even multiple posts please join in. We would be delighted to welcome you. Just make it up from the last post and have fun. Dannyalcatraz Lanefan Redthistle Any of you interested in this?

Thursday, 16th November, 2017

  • 09:24 AM - scottaroberts mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Xanathar's, Wizards, and FLGSes Charging For Playspace
    ...love hearing about successful stores, but I'll point a few things out: first, you're in Idaho; rural areas and the midwest (due to a lack of competition for entertainment dollars) tend to do quite a lot better than places in more urban areas from my knowledge. Second, they make their money from CCGs and minis games primarily. Third, you just said they lost your business because the employees screwed up--a problem that Amazon does not have. Lastly, you *have to* "care whether they're freeloaders", though many FLGS don't. With the exception of the minority who strive to buy MSRP, RPGers essentially have a large contingent of folks who do the equivalent of showing up to a restaurant or bar with their own food and drink, while occasionally buying an appetizer and expecting to stay there for five to eight hours. People like that aren't looking for an amazing *retail* experience, they're looking for an amazing *play* experience--and charging for that is not, in my opinion, unethical. Dannyalcatraz and shidaku: There are in fact stores that make money entirely from hosting games. There are a few models for it, including the cafe model. I expect they will grow. My model right now is not profitable under normal circumstances, but that's because I'm only open two days a week for other reasons. The expanded model for when that's possible involves leveraging Meetup groups on non-RPG days, for boardgame nights; hosting game design & other merit badge projects for scouts; catering to teens and children who want to learn D&D via charging for lessons (yes there is a market, and it's one where parents know how much it costs to host a kid for hours), and a bunch more things. Mirtek: Exactly correct. My FLGS made its money on CCGs and minis. ccs: 1) I stay in business because I have another revenue stream from something else. 2) I give DMs free sessions, one for each session they run; I also give out free sessions for other volunteer services and work. 3) I could lower my stoc...

Sunday, 12th November, 2017

  • 06:13 AM - Ancalagon mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post No good deed goes unpunished
    Pick any city of any size in the world, during any time period. You drop 25% of their village’s aggregate annual GDP into the economy on a single day, there will be distortive effects on the economy and behavior. Oh, of course it's going to have an impact... but not necessarily an enormous one. Say you have a large warehouse where there are 70 employees. This isn't a great paying job, and they are being paid 35 000$ per year (on average). They take part in a weekly lottery, and one day they win! They divide the pot and... each employee wins 8 220$ ((1200/5110)*35 000) Is this a good thing for them? Could it affect their lives? Of course. But it's not *that* big. No one is going to quit their job or murder each other etc over that kind of money. If you use the lottery analogy as I did, it's not even that much money.

Monday, 6th November, 2017

  • 05:53 PM - Gradine mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Harassment At PaizoCon 2017
    Some people seem to be indicating that the transgressor is irredeemable. One going so far as to essentially claim that how you behave when your are drunk is your "true self" as if it's a scientific diagnostic tool for personalities. If you'd bothered to read my posts at all you'd see the multiple times that I stated that I wanted the transgressor to redeem themselves, and in fact outlined the steps that would be required for me to believe and accept such redemption. I also don't believe I used the phrase "true self" when describing somebody's behavior while drunk. Socialization is a pretty important part of a person's personality. That said, Dannyalcatraz said better than I did when he described being drunk as a lack of "impulse control". How you behave while drunk certainly indicates what your baser impulses are, and when those impulses involve demeaning and harassing women then that concerns me.

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Friday, 28th June, 2019

  • 02:19 AM - Saelorn quoted Dannyalcatraz in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    Between voluntary and (relatively) involuntary service, a nation state intent on ruling the high seas could field an impressive armada of spellcaster-equipped ships. There are a lot of setting assumptions involved, before it becomes remotely feasible to mandate that every adult in the nation be capable of casting Magic Missile. I'm not saying that you couldn't do it, if you really wanted to, but it would require an awfully broad-magic setting. That's like the idea behind Eberron, taken to an extreme. As a rough guideline, I usually say that it takes seven years of study before you can cast a level one spell, and any given teacher can only work with 1-3 apprentices at a time. Maybe .02% of the population would ever have the opportunity to learn magic, and most of them have better things to do with their life.
  • 01:33 AM - Beleriphon quoted Dannyalcatraz in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    Imagine, then, Viking longships or even Roman Triremes with a contingent of sailors just literate enough to cast 1st level spells. “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” indeed. Fast forward to the British, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese fleets of later centuries, learning well the naval tactics of their predecessors. Interesting thought. Did you know that when new fangled steam powered ironsided ships were being built there was a thought that old methods of ship battles wouldn't work, and that they would have to resort to ramming each other like the Greek and Romans did? Turns out ironsided ships were too slow and not maneuverable enough to ram and somebody just figured out how to put bigger guns on them. The way around attacking easily from a distance is to figure out how hurt your enemy from farther away than he can hurt you. This is why we have aircraft carriers now, along with intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Romans didn't have effective ways of sinking a ship from a distan...
  • 01:24 AM - Saelorn quoted Dannyalcatraz in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    I’m using that phrase in the sense of PHB/DMG magic is available at the bare minimum, with caster demographics in some range between what DMGs suggest and what is actually implied in official campaign settings, modules, adventure paths, etc.I was under the impression that 5E used The Forgotten Realms as its default placeholder, simply because it's well-known. That's a ludicrously high-magic setting, though. I certainly wouldn't consider it to be typical. Depends on how you define “High level”, doesn’t it? As I pointed out, there’s a host of Lvl 1-3 spells that would be serious hazards to RW “Age of Sail” ships. A single well placed Fireball could destroy a ship equipped with blackpowder cannon. So could a Flaming Sphere.I remember at least one book which described a level 6 wizard as "unthinkably high level." Obviously, if fire-throwing wizards are available in any town, then that's a far different world than one where most people never see a wizard. It's not hard to suggest that boats work as w...
  • 12:48 AM - Saelorn quoted Dannyalcatraz in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    Honestly, if the people inhabiting a standard D&D campaign world were ACTUALLY like us, magic spells would almost preclude the existence of armed sailing vessels.There's no consensus on what a "standard" D&D campaign world is. If you start with the observation that armed sailing vessels exist within your campaign world, then you can use that to help derive expectations about how common high-level wizards must be. I mean, they have to be rare enough to not preclude armed sailing vessels, right?

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Tuesday, 25th June, 2019

  • 07:45 PM - Satyrn quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Challenging assumptions/tactics while giving hints
    Why not just have them create more trolls? If I did that, I'd lose the Terminator reference.
  • 04:46 PM - Oofta quoted Dannyalcatraz in post If you could put D&D into any other non middle ages genre, what would it be?
    Of course... An argument could be made- possibly quite strongly by the OP- that a Wild West situated in a D&D style fantasy world might not have invented gunpowder due to the ubiquity of magic. There might still be an analogous situation to the shootout at high noon, but it would involve spell casting or use of magical items. See also Murlynd. Or Eberron or ... well any number of fantasy novels. In my world gunpowder exists but as a weapon? Not particularly useful. Want flash/bang stuff that will frighten your enemies? Cast some low level spells. Start to make gunpowder useful? Some wizard somewhere is going to invent a "spark" cantrip that seeks out gunpowder to ruin your day, or just cast heat metal on your gun to have it go off when you don't want it. But basically early firearms are so much less effective than even low level spells that it's never been developed much beyond fireworks. I do the same thing with steam power ... it could exist except that things that approximate life hav...

Sunday, 23rd June, 2019

  • 04:18 PM - DMMike quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The urban fantasy market seems awfully stagnant
    Whaaaaaaaaaat? http://media.tumblr.com/37847ba1fbf9533594524e5e0861e692/tumblr_inline_mi0y2eMnvT1qz4rgp.gif That was my sentiment. I don't think that vampire-unpopularity is a problem though, because Hollywood can pretty easily pop something out and turn that around. I'd pay to see Gary Oldman in Dracula 2. Just sayin'.

Friday, 21st June, 2019

  • 04:14 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    * I’m no zealot. Certain funky cheeses and Piers Anthony novels are not good. But to dismiss the as categories? NEVER! Funk is fine in music. It isn't like I haven't tried it in cheese. I just find that funk is how food tastes when you shouldn't eat it. As for Piers Anthony - with respect, when was the last time you read any of his work? Upon review... Xanth, Apprentice Adept, Incarnations of Immortality - all badly misogynistic crud. If the guy writes 60 books of crud, the overall categorization seems fitting. If you find a book by him that doesn't make you want to slap him on behalf of your wife/sister/friends, well... I do like blue cheese with buffalo wings. An exception doesn't invalidate the general rule.
  • 04:04 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Keanu in the MCU
    I don’t think I want to hear Keanu’s attempt at a creole accent. https://thumbs.gfycat.com/NaivePoliteComet-size_restricted.gif Woah ... I know creole.

Thursday, 20th June, 2019

  • 08:23 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is arguably one of the worst movies ever made...the only argument being whether it is actual THE worst.* * IMHO, The Creeping Terror is worse...but not by much. The International Standard Unit of mass is the Kilogram. For length, it is the Meter. Let us take, for sake of argument, that the International Standard Unit of Cinematic Badness is the Zardoz. How many Zardozes are we talking here?
  • 08:20 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Geekdom Takes a Bow
    FWIW, I agree Community & Arrested Development were both brilliant. And I had less of a problem with these shows’ depiction of nerd culture than TBBT’s take. But then again, nerd culture wasn’t front & center for either show. I think there's a palpable difference between having some characters be nerds, and having them mostly be nerds. Same thing in Better Off Ted - the nerds are only a part of the cast, and by no means the only ones who get sent up.
  • 07:58 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Dannyalcatraz in post "I'd Never Normally Play This, But . . . ." -- i.e., That One Time You Got Talked Into Going Way Outside Your Comfort Zone
    HERO is very much like that. I don’t recall GURPS being similar in that regard, but it very well could be. I always found them similar of a read, though admittedly I've played neither - only read, and not overly in depth at that. It always reminded me a bit of Alternity with the 'lower is better' approach.
  • 12:45 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Formatting- Quotes Not Coming Out Correctly
    Has this gotten sorted yet? Sorta? If I remember to always quote as "plain text" then yes. Has this gotten sorted yet? Has this gotten sorted yet? Has this gotten sorted yet? Has this gotten sorted yet? See.... if I just copy and paste from someone else, it doesn't show up for people running the legacy scheme. I'm not running anything fancy either when I'm doing it- just Win10/Chrome. And it's just cutting and pasting.

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