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LeadPal
30th of November, 2009, 13:12
I have to agree. The names are less distracting.

Rimmerdal
1st of December, 2009, 02:44
I should have went with the the Cyberknight and the horse...

LeadPal
3rd of December, 2009, 05:20
http://www.zalgo.org/sites/default/files/1238284434542.gif

Rimmerdal
8th of December, 2009, 06:40
As its Christmas season I figured I'd send out best wishes and hope you all survive the mall.

I even got out a slick Christmas Avatar and a nice song you can celebrate to.

Run Run Rudolph.. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAaEnEntYII)

LeadPal
24th of December, 2009, 17:01
So many screen names (http://archive.gamespy.com/naminator/index.asp). It's been mentioned before (http://www.online-roleplaying.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2395&highlight=gamespy), but is too cool not to bring up again.

My favourite so far is FunkSnack.

itches
24th of December, 2009, 23:25
It's Christmas for me and not for (most of) you yet! I win! Hahahahaha!

Cadrius
24th of December, 2009, 23:43
Soon you'll have enough coal to power a factory. Phase 1 will be complete.

Rimmerdal
5th of January, 2010, 14:01
Okay lets fess up...Guilty Music pleasure. Not just Randy Travis or Neil Diamond. They can be counted as Retro..

Donna's "Take it off"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mPKC6UDiks

LeadPal
6th of January, 2010, 06:45
Love and Joy, as performed by a dancing robot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z6a3oxKDiQ&feature

Rimmerdal
6th of January, 2010, 10:21
Love and Joy, as performed by a dancing robot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z6a3oxKDiQ&feature


Man I feel useless that robot dances better than I can...LOL!

Gralhruk
7th of January, 2010, 02:08
It made me laugh (http://badgods.com/forumville-riddance.html). Or at least smile.

BigRedRod
7th of January, 2010, 02:12
I'm not sure we've ever had that happen here. It's a Christmas miracle .

Mercutio
7th of January, 2010, 04:09
Happened at Dragon Avenue and 3EBB, most recently was about a year ago with that TheDungeonMaster prick.

LeadPal
7th of January, 2010, 04:42
I'm guessing Legendary Troll Houru did it too.

Cool, I didn't know Lore Sj÷berg had a webcomic. I especially like this (http://badgods.com/probablylose.html). It's like I'm in a casino!

BigRedRod
7th of January, 2010, 05:47
I stumbled upon this (http://arsludi.lamemage.com/index.php/78/grand-experiments-west-marches/) and the latest PA D&D newspost (http://www.penny-arcade.com/2010/1/6/). Both are really fascinating.

Gralhruk
7th of January, 2010, 05:49
That first link looks like it might deserve a topic of it's own.

Mercutio
7th of January, 2010, 06:31
The D&D newspost was fascinating. I find that Mike is a far better DM than I've ever been, which is disconcerting, but I also find that I am learning more about how to be a good DM from him than I have from any previous DM I've ever had.

(Note, this doesn't apply to PBP DMing, as that's a whole different animal.)

I keep getting database errors for the first link.

BigRedRod
7th of January, 2010, 07:02
That first link looks like it might deserve a topic of it's own.

I pondered it but I'd not read it all.

LeadPal
7th of January, 2010, 07:07
I keep getting database errors for the first link.So do I. Try reading the cache (http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:VtmHlSFu6LAJ:arsludi.lamemage.com/index.php/78/grand-experiments-west-marches/+grand-experiments-west-marches&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=firefox-a).

BigRedRod
8th of January, 2010, 01:46
Hmm. It works for me just fine. It's a generally quite interesting RPG based read.

Black Plauge
8th of January, 2010, 05:38
West Marches sounds a lot like what WotC is trying to do with the Chaos Scar.

LeadPal
8th of January, 2010, 05:42
It reminds me of the Diablo II RPG, oddly, particularly the Penny Arcade take on it.

itches
10th of January, 2010, 00:54
The 25 Best Futurama Moments Ever. (http://progressiveboink.com/archive/futurama.htm)

I stumbled upon this at random while traveling the internet at random, searching for the man who killed my master so I might avenge him. I have no idea what the rest of that site contains.

Mercutio
10th of January, 2010, 06:10
This got lost in the OOC for Containment. Posted for wider dissemination.

Christopher Lee making concept symphonic metal album about the life of Charlemagne!

http://www.reverbnation.com/charlemagnechristopherlee?popup_render=%2Ffan_reac h%2Fopt_in%2Fartist_617037%3Feid%3D3149864_2198290 6%26fid%3D21982906%26fsc%3Df09525f1b2d

itches
14th of January, 2010, 07:46
Time traveling, transgendered aliens?(8:39:18 AM) itches: today is not a good coffee day
(8:39:33 AM) Gralhruk: No? It was fine for me.
(8:39:47 AM) itches: well you're on yesterday
(8:39:52 AM) itches: I'm from the future remember
(8:40:06 AM) Gralhruk: How does my life turn out?
(8:40:29 AM) itches: the hot alien babe wearing a tin foil bikini? She's a man!
(8:41:07 AM) Gralhruk: I'm afraid to ask if I find that out first hand or not.
(8:41:34 AM) Gralhruk: Or did I just find out?
(8:41:36 AM) Gralhruk: I'm so confused!
(8:41:45 AM) itches: look, it's best to leave somethings as a surprise
(8:42:17 AM) Gralhruk: Right.
(8:42:22 AM) Gralhruk: Is there a terminator after me?
(8:43:11 AM) itches: No
(8:43:19 AM) itches: It's after a child you will one day give birth too
(8:43:25 AM) itches: ... which is another complicated story
(8:43:48 AM) Gralhruk: It's connected to the hot alien babe, isn't it?
(8:43:59 AM) itches: I've already said too much

itches
19th of January, 2010, 05:27
It's funny because I'm obsessed<Rakari> oh yeah, I was gonna ask you about that Dragon Age game, itches
<Rakari> didn't you say you play it?
<itches> yes
<itches> it is awesome
<itches> you must play it
<itches> join me, join me, join me, join me, join me, join me, join me

BigRedRod
19th of January, 2010, 06:14
I'm in the dwarf kingdom for that. It's oddly lacking in atmosphere somehow.

LeadPal
19th of January, 2010, 18:55
To the Batumbrella!

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/4/2010/01/500x_batumbrella.jpg

itches
19th of January, 2010, 19:14
I'm in the dwarf kingdom for that. It's oddly lacking in atmosphere somehow.

I always found the dwarf kingdom to be a drag, it is my least favourite of the places for reasons I can't talk about without spoilers.

Tashalar
19th of January, 2010, 20:38
*sigh*

I don't really have time to play atm, but I don't have a computer able to run Dragon Age either. Which sucks. Otherwise I could at least play when I've got some spare time. :tsk:

Mercutio
19th of January, 2010, 22:41
I don't own it. Want it.

-J-
20th of January, 2010, 04:47
I loved the dwarven noble start

The Hive Custodian
22nd of January, 2010, 18:21
I play it on and off. Current character is a pissed-off looking city elf.

LeadPal
22nd of January, 2010, 20:27
Have we witnessed the return of The Hive Custodian?

Tashalar
22nd of January, 2010, 22:22
Watched Watchmen yesterday. Not being a 'real' fan of superheros, I wasn't particularly impressed. A bit longish for my taste with all those flashbacks. But maybe I just had different expectations which often is the cause of disappointment.

And why does everyone have a better computer than I have? Mine's only 2,5 years old (notebook though). Oh, I forgot. That's already archaic. ;)

Mercutio
23rd of January, 2010, 01:43
Watched Watchmen yesterday. Not being a 'real' fan of superheros, I wasn't particularly impressed. A bit longish for my taste with all those flashbacks. But maybe I just had different expectations which often is the cause of disappointment.
You nailed three reasons which explain your final opinion quite well. To that I'd add a fourth--unfamiliar with source material.

I thought Watchmen was a complete movie, and an excellent one at that, but I cannot physically look at it as someone who is virginal to its ideas and execution. My views will always be tainted by my having read and loved the comic book version long before the film came out, my love/hate relationship with superheroes, and my belief that films should strive to be direct translations as faithful as humanly possible to original source materials.

LeadPal
23rd of January, 2010, 04:35
I read the book shortly before seeing the movie, and while it was worth reading I didn't think it was anything special. So I was a little surprised to think Watchmen was one of the best superhero movies I've seen. And I don't even believe translations need to be faithful.

treehouse
23rd of January, 2010, 04:47
I liked it, and now own it. It was deep and dark, and the cinematography was excellent.

The Hive Custodian
23rd of January, 2010, 13:57
Have we witnessed the return of The Hive Custodian?
I'm surprised anyone still remembers me XD As for a return--it's a tossup. I think a return to roleplaying could be quite interesting, though the twin barriers of distraction and not being up to date on roleplaying technology stand in the way of that.

Also I may be changing my name to Evil4Zerggin, a name SinbadEV may recognize if he's still around.

LeadPal
2nd of February, 2010, 09:29
http://8.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_krvjj69orZ1qzniqdo1_500.png


Best cooking site ever. (http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/)

zachol
2nd of February, 2010, 09:36
http://30.media.tumblr.com/i2dw5nf19phqrhy8gI3AQ6UZo1_500.jpg

Yes.

Mercutio
2nd of February, 2010, 09:50
Some of it is downright awful, but a lot of what I see on ThisIsWhyYou'reFat looks so damn tasty. It is, indeed, probably why I'm fat, but I like food.

Shoelip
2nd of February, 2010, 12:24
Oh well, you can be thin in your roleplaying games!

Rimmerdal
3rd of February, 2010, 05:29
Man that looks good Zachol...When do you go for the Quadruple Bi-Pass surgery..

zachol
3rd of February, 2010, 05:53
Oddly enough, I'm not terribly fat.
I don't generally feel "hungry" so much as I realize that the headaches I'm having are probably from not eating all day, and to the extent that I am fat it is due to poor choices, not really overeating.
If it were actually possible, I'd simply do without eating most of the time (maybe once a week). Certainly, not having to worry about needing to eat or what I eat would outweigh the pleasure I get from food.

Also, don't capitalize my name. /grumbly old man

LeadPal
3rd of February, 2010, 11:01
If it were actually possible, I'd simply do without eating most of the time (maybe once a week). Certainly, not having to worry about needing to eat or what I eat would outweigh the pleasure I get from food.Yeah, that would be a worthy trade. But then, I don't live near the bakery that sells these (http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/i2dw5nf19jrijq6sDcv91Ah0o1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId =0RYTHV9YYQ4W5Q3HQMG2&Expires=1265245100&Signature=LhR3S7oQiWPE4RZkB0tK77XRYTE%3D).

Da Mad Hatter
3rd of February, 2010, 11:17
The Heart Attack Grill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbKRSYAuSNg&feature=fvst) in Chandler, AZ.

http://www.heartattackgrill.com/menu.jpg

No Diet Coke.
Unlimited Fries.
Those over 350 lbs eat for free.
Waitresses are nurses, and if you manage to finish a triple or quadruple bypass burger while being "treated" you get a picture with the nurses and are given a wheelchair and a nurse to escort you to your car.

zachol
5th of February, 2010, 14:24
New topic.

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kwpevowisQ1qa9b8ro1_500.jpg (http://blackandwtf.tumblr.com/post/370986456/thanks-natalie)

Gralhruk
5th of February, 2010, 23:58
It's a lab, ergo the story is he stole that pipe from his owner who's even now standing just off camera trying to get it back. After 10 minutes of fruitlessly chasing him around, said owner is forced to watch as the dog chews it to bits just out of reach. Plus he gets to look forward to the possibility of a trip to the vet or being woken in the middle of the night because of pipe induced diarrhea.

zachol
6th of February, 2010, 07:06
...

Gral, your reaction to this picture saddens me.

Gralhruk
6th of February, 2010, 07:32
We had a lab. The list of things he chewed up / ran off with / ate is long and varied including (but hardly limited to) gloves, sledgehammers, gasoline containers, deer parts, pheasant parts, mouse parts, leather purses (the expensive kind), dental floss, coasters, jalapeno poppers, screens, couches, hanging plants, soda cans, garbage, concrete, crayons, modeling clay, play-doh, a basement window (wtf!), Christmas ornaments, stuffed animals, telephones, car door locks, rear view mirrors, steering wheels, watches and (frequently) bars of soap.

Black Plauge
6th of February, 2010, 07:33
At least he cleaned up after himself.

zachol
6th of February, 2010, 07:35
Well that sounds awesome.

Gralhruk
6th of February, 2010, 07:37
Soap did tend to make him vomit so it was sort of self defeating. At least for me.

itches
17th of February, 2010, 14:20
The itches Rules For Living Your Life
(To be honest I developed them for a game and found that they also applied to life)

Rule 1: Don't panic.
Rule 2: Say nothing until you check twice.
Rule 3: We're always in control, even when we're not.
Rule 4: Never make an assumption of intelligence.
Rule 5: Do things one step at a time.
Rule 6: Why so serious?

itches
17th of February, 2010, 14:32
Also worth noting Rule 0: A creative enough application of fire can overcome any problem

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 06:00
Not that you guys care much, but there are a lot of unhappy new Dundjinni customers. As much as I like the program, it's little better than vaporware now, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone anymore. The "company" (and the scare quotes are very much warranted) is probably just one person who hasn't dared show up on the boards in 3 years, the tech support is users who've managed to somehow coax the program to work, and the development/bug fixe part of the company just doesn't exist.

So, it pains me to say this, but if you are looking to spend some tax refund money on a new mapping program, I highly recommend you look elsewhere.

That is all. I now return you to your randomness.

Gralhruk
18th of February, 2010, 06:07
Dundjinni is done?

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 06:17
You can still buy it. But it will take you hours of frustration, reboots, reinstalls, turning off windows User Account Control, installing in non-standard locations and dozens of other workarounds. You might need to download an extra DLL file, if you know what you need and where to put it, and even then it may not work. So then they'll try to send you a direct download link, but that may take a week or more before someone gets back to you, and after all that hassle, you might still have a program that doesn't work right.

Don't get me wrong, I went through ALL of that several years ago when they upgraded from an older version, and I like the program, but I wouldn't do it again as a new user.

Gralhruk
18th of February, 2010, 06:20
I've never used Dundjinni - I just liked the play on words :).

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 06:23
I got that. No really. Right as I hit submit...

zachol
18th of February, 2010, 06:38
The mac version seems to be working fine?

Well I guess by "fine" I mean "confusing as heck to figure out," but the program itself starts up and so on.

treehouse
18th of February, 2010, 06:55
It's definitely glitchy, but I like it still. It'd be garbage without the Dundjinni forums community though. The developers were very fortunate in that respect.

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 07:18
Like I said, I have a working copy, but that was after hours of workarounds and bug posts and help from forum posters (this was back when I moved from XP to Vista). But if I were to go at it now? Wouldn't be worth the hassle. Not when I can spend the same amount and get a product that works right after install. Hell, it installs without bugging out, something DJ seems not to do. Every few days or so there's a new post from someone who has bought the program and can't get it to work.

zachol
18th of February, 2010, 07:19
Out of sheer curiosity, what do you suggest as an alternative?

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 07:40
Honestly? At this point I actually use GIMP. I use the objects from the DJ forums, create a map at the same 200dpi that DJ uses, and create my maps that way. The learning curve on Campaign Cartographer is way steep, but if you can get over that, it's probably a better program. But you'll need to spend the money on the Dungeon Designer add-on for that program. That said, the learning curve for GIMP is about the same steepness, but since GIMP is all-but a replacement for Photoshop, it's more capable...and it's free.

Gralhruk
18th of February, 2010, 07:45
Yeah, GIMP is pretty amazing for a free program. Especially considering the prohibitive price tag on photoshop.

LeadPal
18th of February, 2010, 09:11
I bought Dundjinni and have no significant problems getting it to run, and I still prefer using GIMP. That should say something.

treehouse
18th of February, 2010, 09:23
Professional-grade image-editing programs like GIMP and Photoshop are always going to win hands down over map-making programs like CC3 and Dundjinni. But they have significant learning curves, and once you overcome those they are still a lot more time-consuming to use.

It really depends on who you are, I guess. I can devote maybe thirty minutes every two or three days to map-making for the four different games that I run. I need ease of use, not tons of options.

zachol
18th of February, 2010, 09:51
Yeah. When I was actually DMing, I used GIMP to position things on a premade map, and even that was way too time-consuming.
Especially for actually making them in the first place? Argh...

LeadPal
18th of February, 2010, 10:43
I don't find GIMP that time-consuming... now that I've dumped a hundred hours into learning it. Perhaps that's the real reason I prefer to use it: such a huge learning curve makes it a more expensive investment, effectively. Although I try to ignore sunk costs.

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 12:40
I think that's the same way I feel LP.

But I wanted to make sure this doesn't get lost in the equation--there are serious problems with the download and install of Dundjinni. 30 minutes of free time to make a map sounds about right (or did when I worked full time, really), but when you spend that 4 to 6 hours troubleshooting (not consecutively but spread out over a series of days) just to get something to work, when it should work right out of the box, is enough to make most people write it off as a loss.

At my current pay level, 4 hours of time is more than the program costs. I'd rather pay that $40 and have it work than invest all that time in trying to fix something that is inherently broken.

But, like tree said, if you can and do get it to work, the forums are one of the best resources on the net.

(as a side note to Tree - I can do in 30 minutes with GIMP just as much as I could do with DJ, but with finer control)

treehouse
18th of February, 2010, 12:53
I will readily admit that you are a far better map maker than I am - some of the finishing effects I've seen on your work blow my fuckin' mind.

I honestly had no trouble putting Dundjinni on any of the three PCs at my house - two XP machines and one Vista. Never have had it crash, install + patching never took more than 15 minutes even on the very slow Vista laptop.

My primary gripe with the program is that it takes forever to render irregular shapes. I was working on a map for Inceptum this weekend, nothing terribly fancy, just some layered terrain to represent different elevations of a hill. Every time I filled a layer using the fill tool, I could literally get up and walk away to do some minor household task, then come back and it was still rendering. The workaround is to turn off textures while using the fill tool, but then you can't see what it's going to look like until you're done.

That said, it's still been a solid product. I can't imagine running my games without it. I would have loved to see Dundjinni 2.0, but I think they suffered too many sales losses to torrent pirates to continue production.

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 21:54
I honestly had no trouble putting Dundjinni on any of the three PCs at my house - two XP machines and one Vista. Never have had it crash, install + patching never took more than 15 minutes even on the very slow Vista laptop.I had serious issues when I moved from XP to Vista, and then when they released the 1.07 update for DJ, the update sequence didn't work at all. It wasn't until I did a clean full install, outside of the standard Program File folder, with UAC turned off, and downloaded and installed a missing DLL file that I was able to get it to work. When I upgraded to Win 7, though, I have to admit that there were fewer problems, but there were still problems. Most recent one came when I tried to assign a second GB to rendering DJ from within the program. I have 4 GB, so I figured I could let DJ use 2 to help speed up rendering (like you noted, irregular shapes or large objects take forever). But it locked up and it wasn't until I edited my registry to set the allocated memory back to 1GB that I could get it to work again.

I would have loved to see Dundjinni 2.0, but I think they suffered too many sales losses to torrent pirates to continue production.
I think it was less piracy and more that the developers simply abandoned the software. That's why Fluid sold it off to Dundjinni Enterprises, which was supposed to try to keep the software alive and development in progress, but it's been years, literally, since that happened and there's been zero progress.

Anyway, enough bitching about the product that I used to love (and still like for my home use) but can no longer recommend for new users.

BigRedRod
18th of February, 2010, 22:30
I played with the demo of Dunjinni and actually bought Campaign Cartographer 3. I still don't understand what these programs offer over something like Photoshop or GIMP, they don't make maps so much as let you put tokens upon maps.

Or possibly I just entirely missed the point.

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 22:51
That's simplistic, but kind of accurate.

They allow you to use textures that ship with the program (or ones other people create) to lay down grass/dirt/etc and to draw walls/cliffs/etc and to place objects/houses/cars/etc. They are created specifically for those who, like me, are handicapped when it comes to visual art and simply want a way to make maps that are nicer looking than graph paper and pen.

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 23:01
Compare my first DJ map
http://dundjinni.com/forums/uploads/mercutio/71D_Drellins_Ferry_Goblin_Raid_small.jpg

with one that was started in DJ and then post-worked in GIMP
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/883600/Red%20Hand%20of%20Doom/Rhest%20pre-round.jpg


with one of my more recent GIMP only maps
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/883600/Maps/marshtemple_small.jpg

BigRedRod
18th of February, 2010, 23:24
That first one is plenty serviceable (and the later is very nice indeed). I was never able to get that kind of thing out of it and there didn't seem to be any tutorials.

We have a thread about map making somewhere (http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9419) (I just spoke about how I use photoshop to do things), fancy doing something similar next time you put a map together?

Mercutio
18th of February, 2010, 23:29
I might try to do that. If I do, maybe I can even detail doing identical (or nearly) maps in both DJ and GIMP.

itches
23rd of February, 2010, 04:43
The Internet? Bah! (http://www.newsweek.com/id/106554)
By Clifford Stoll | NEWSWEEK
From the magazine issue dated Feb 27, 1995

zachol
23rd of February, 2010, 06:30
Honestly, it sometimes feels like it hasn't gotten that much better.

I really wish I'd taken the time earlier in life to learn how to deal with books and libraries, and how to deal with bureaucracy and "real humans." I hate calling people, and I have no idea how to write a letter.
Computers are little disasters waiting to happen, and I dread having to deal with some digital way of handling "real" business (banks, credit cards, college payments), because I know it's going to be a confusing mess.

Digital information resources are pretty bare, much less useful than an actual library with books, and I wish I'd learned how to actually read and analyze books, and find information in a library.
Digital learning resources are almost universally pathetic, and still no substitute for a real teacher who engages with students, and a classroom where you discuss things with others.
Government resources are inconsistent and often confusing.
On many, many, many websites, ones with important information, pages remain out of date, there are broken links, links to old information, etc.

I wouldn't be surprised if it took another 15 years for things to actually become worthwhile.

/andyroony

BigRedRod
23rd of February, 2010, 06:43
Pff, you're just bad at everything clearly. Nobody likes calling people to deal with council tax or gas bills or what-have-you, but you have to do it. Sometimes you speak to robots.

And internet banking is fine so long as you aren't stupid.

zachol
23rd of February, 2010, 07:01
Technology is evil! Argh!

Or I guess I'm just a dumb grumpy old man or something.

BigRedRod
23rd of February, 2010, 07:04
Dumb grumpy young man.

LeadPal
23rd of February, 2010, 09:58
Z, there is literally nothing in your post that you can't learn how to do by researching it on the Internet, far faster than reading books on the subject. And no less accurate, either, as long as you look for multiple opinions--which is also cheaper, if you're buying the most up-to-date books. Getting new stuff is a hassle at the library.

Good thing the Internet also makes that easier, eh? (https://www.mnlinkgateway.org/zportal/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchSimple)

Government resources are inconsistent and often confusing. Perhaps reading their informational pamphlets would help (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-30swKCrfyE&feature=related).

zachol
23rd of February, 2010, 12:31
I stubbornly maintain my earlier incoherent tirade in the face of reasonable counterpoints.

...

Gah! Fine, whatever.

Really, though, I still feel that the internet is too shallow for serious research (although JSTOR and similar journal catalogs are nice), and that you really need a library to properly research stuff, deeply. You can find anything that would be actually useful for a non-professional, but real, detailed information still requires books. Or, I guess, maybe some kind of software, but that costs (a lot of) money and isn't "stuff you can find on the internet."
Also, the thing I really wanted to stress is that my reliance on the internet has made it really annoyingly hard to deal with people in a more... "traditional" way. Which still comes up pretty often.

I love the internet. It's wonderful. But there are some places where it could really be better.

Mercutio
23rd of February, 2010, 12:51
It depends wholly on what you are researching. In both undergrad and grad school (English Literature and Creative Writing, respectively), the internet was plenty deep enough to do meaningful research. Access to Lexis-Nexis, the OED, and JSTOR databases were part of that, to be sure, but most of the papers/writing involved in literature classes is interpretation and comprehension, things that don't need tons of historical citations or scientific footnotes.

In any case, when's the last time you came across such historical facts as this in the library? See? Books don't teach you everything.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss95/animalswithlightsabers/trex.jpg

zachol
23rd of February, 2010, 12:56
It depends wholly on what you are researching.

Yeah.

Also, my major is freaking philosophy, which is probably even more devoid of any need for citations/references. We don't even need primary texts. So I'm not entirely sure why I'm complaining.

Gralhruk
23rd of February, 2010, 23:59
See? Books don't teach you everything.
I think this was zach's point: the internet ate his brain and now he doesn't know how to read a book.

BigRedRod
24th of February, 2010, 00:04
Or the internet. I just have a man called Lars who I pay to follow me around and shout important life lessons from time to time.

treehouse
24th of February, 2010, 00:50
As the resident librarian here, I disapprove of this entire conversation.

BigRedRod
24th of February, 2010, 02:44
This chatlog from earlier today illustrates my job quite nicely

me: "Wow, that dude was totally masturbating on Chat Roulette. I don't know why he would do that, he doesn't exactly have impressive goods to show off"
This really is one of the fundamental questions about chatroutlette - "Why is that man wanking?"

Jamie: Chatroulette?

me: you get paired up with a random person to chat with, featuring webcams. 90% of it is men wanking. Maybe it's like a game for them

Jamie: Weird. Why do you do it?

me: well, it's kind of a game.
http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/794083148_7bMGq-L.jpg

Jamie: heh. Are you actually trying to do that?

me: No, I'm working. I don't have a webcam at work. Although I don't actually need one to do that. I just need that thing which presents your desktop as one. I wonder if it's also a game for the guys wanking though. Like, getting more satisfaction because they are mainly just pounding away to images of other guys doing the same thing. So when they do reach orgasm, it's a herculean achievement. And that is when I realise that I am sitting at my desk thinking about men videoing themselves wanking

Mercutio
24th of February, 2010, 05:15
I saw that comic yesterday and thought it was hilarious. I am not about to try out ChatRoulette though. Watching men beat off is not to my tastes.

treehouse
24th of February, 2010, 07:04
<hastily cancels ORP ChatRoulette party>

BigRedRod
24th of February, 2010, 07:55
It's the shock images that keep me away from it.

zachol
27th of February, 2010, 02:53
It's my birthday!

Woo.

Edit: 21, btw. Yesssss.

Tashalar
27th of February, 2010, 03:05
Hippy bathday in that case, young one. :)

Gnarsh
27th of February, 2010, 05:40
Happy birthday, Zachol.

And hey, guys. How's it going?

BigRedRod
5th of March, 2010, 22:03
Did anybody else see this ( http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=502610 ). It's popped up in a few places.

WotC have assembled a task force to make their adventure modules better and they are asking for criticism from DMs. It's quite impressive that they have thrown the doors open like that.

Mercutio
6th of March, 2010, 00:29
I haven't really followed the 4E modules, so I can't talk about their quality in comparison to other companies' products. I do know that 3E had some of the best modules (The Red Hand of Doom is awesome, and the updated version of White Plume Mountain and some of the free modules are standouts for excellence, too--Ari Marmell's Last Breaths of Ashenport in particular) of any company. But the reason I liked Goodman Games' DCC line (and bought some of them) was that they weren't deep over-arching story modules. They were pretty much hack-and-slash dungeons that you could drop just about anywhere.

itches
8th of March, 2010, 04:25
I don't like getting out of bed two hours early, but sometimes your subconcious leaves you little choice. <Flonker> zup, peeps?
<itches> hey Flonker
<Flonker> heya itchy
<Flonker> how's tricks?
<itches> I'm up way too early
<Flonker> heh
<Flonker> 1 pm here in ohio
<itches> There just comes a point where you're having a dream about someone having their eyes taken out by broken aluminum baseball bats and you decide to get out of bed
<Flonker> good point
<itches> They gave the eyes back
<itches> I thought that was nice
<Flonker> heheh\
<itches> Person in dream: "We found these by the side of the road, I think they're yours. Because when we first met I noticed you had nice eyes"
<itches> itches: "That's it, I'm getting up"

itches
10th of March, 2010, 05:20
A .pdf of the nWoD core rule book is available for free from RPGNOW (http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=1124&action=log_in&freebie_login=1&it=1)

Black Plauge
11th of March, 2010, 07:43
Did anybody else see this ( http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=502610 ). It's popped up in a few places.

WotC have assembled a task force to make their adventure modules better and they are asking for criticism from DMs. It's quite impressive that they have thrown the doors open like that.

Hadn't seen it before, but thanks for pointing it out, it was a fairly interesting read (though I noticed that there were 0 responses from the OP to acknowledge any of the feedback).

My response on the issue is that there really need to be two kinds of adventures: delves and arcs.

Delves are small, minimalistic, and are targeted for drop-in use. They look largely like the contents of Dungeon Delve and the Chaos Scar adventures and are explicitly for DMs to snag and use to either disrupt a storyline they are running or as a skeleton on which to hang their own story. The trick to making these good is creating multiple ways into and out of them. The internal structure can be fairly rigid or linear, since they are so short, but DMs (and players) have to see multiple ways of using them.

Arcs are larger, covering at least a whole level (usually more than one), up to the whole 30 levels, and have a story to go with them. They are meant for the DM who doesn't want to create their own story and should be run as written. The trick to making these good is making the internal structure flexible. Because arcs have such a rigid outside, their story, they need a very flexible internal structure that allows for the PCs to accomplish the story in multiple ways. There can be periodic checks points where the whole story funnels to a specific point, but those should be key moments in the campaign and relatively infrequent.

treehouse
11th of March, 2010, 08:04
BP has a headband of insight +6.

Black Plauge
11th of March, 2010, 08:50
Oh, additionally arcs need to have a very different XP balance from delves. Delves, being so short, are allowed to have just combat XP or just non-combat XP (note, to date I don't think any non-combat delve has been written, we need these). They don't need a mix because they aren't meant to stand alone. Arcs on the other hand, need a very good mix of XP sources. Some from combat, some from skill challenges, and some from quests. My ideal ratio would be 3:1:1 for those sources. Combat is the classical element and gets the lion's share of the XP, but non-combat encounters (skill challenges and roleplaying encounters) should have a prominent position in the arc.

Finally, roleplaying encounters should be strongly tied to the quest XP rewards. Thus far, every quest XP reward I've seen has simply been awarded for completing some portion of the adventure. Reach a certain point, get some bonus XP. This is boring and unimaginative. At the same time, the roleplaying encounters are simply opportunities for the players to futz around. They might get some information or advance the story, but there are no mechanics reinforcing the idea that they've accomplished something. Tying quest XP to roleplaying encounters solves both of these problems at the same time. It doesn't change anything about either, the quest goal simply needs to be defined in such a way that it isn't finally accomplished until some particular roleplaying encounter happens. The quest goal isn't Saving Dunesend (from Lost Mines of Karak), it's returning to Dunesend and letting the people know about their new freedom (something that is glossed over in the adventure). It's not Free the Faithful of Chanhiir (from Garaitha's Anvil), it's establish the detente with them that allows the party to continue unmolested (the roleplaying encounter that immediately follows freeing them).

itches
15th of March, 2010, 19:31
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2766/buzzardraven.jpg (http://actinglikeanimals.com/2010/01/19/funny-animal-photos-coming-in-on-a-wing-and-a-prayer/)

I don't know if this is real.

zachol
16th of March, 2010, 12:41
...surfin' bird?

Gralhruk
16th of March, 2010, 12:47
Of course it's real - you found it on the internet didn't you?

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7059/sharkhelicopter.jpg

itches
16th of March, 2010, 12:53
Well I know that one is real, I see it happening all the time in Australia.

Gralhruk
16th of March, 2010, 12:58
I see you Aussies have created a full scale replica of the Golden Gate Bridge. Nice work.

itches
16th of March, 2010, 13:50
Apparently they downsized the bridge to just one leg and a bit of a support strut. That's how you know a recession is really bad.

Gralhruk
16th of March, 2010, 22:34
That, and the sharks are forced to go slumming for S.E.A.L.

itches
19th of March, 2010, 11:56
Oh dear gods, this (http://www.geekchichq.com/Co_Store/The_Showroom/The_Sultan/The_Sultan.html).

I can not afford it. It is impossible to get it to my home. There is no room for it in my home. I must have it.

Black Plauge
20th of March, 2010, 00:27
I would so love it if my game store could get one.

BigRedRod
20th of March, 2010, 00:33
Maybe if we all chipped in, we could buy one and keep it in my house.

Mercutio
20th of March, 2010, 00:38
I saw that yesterday - linked from PvP. I want that version, the Sultan, but with the built in dice towers.

itches
21st of March, 2010, 11:52
Well I make a dumb joke and someone else laughs, I feel so relieved. <Luxornv[MASH]> where's the arcade!
<Luxornv[MASH]> we also need snake in there
<itches> is there tetris?
<Luxornv[MASH]> no
<Luxornv[MASH]> nothging
<itches> no!
* itches falls to his knees
<itches> NOOOOOOOO!
<itches> PADME!
<itches> I mean, TETRIS!
<Luxornv[MASH]> lol

treehouse
21st of March, 2010, 12:06
I lol'd, irl.

Rimmerdal
10th of April, 2010, 05:24
Introduce myself as Loc she said "You're a liar"
I said "I got it goin' on baby doll and I'm on fire"
Took her to the hotel she said "You're the king"
I said "Be my queen if you know what I mean and let us do the wild thing


Okay kids the best/Worst Pick line you've heard or used...See Tone can be cheesy so can you guys. Let's hear'm..

BigRedRod
11th of April, 2010, 05:18
I don't even understand that one.

Also, has any body actual used pick up lines? I usually just take my shirt off and carry home the women that stick to me.

Rimmerdal
13th of April, 2010, 02:43
LOL! believe it Tone Loc was once cool. Now he's mostly known for "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" from a few movies.

Man with a velcro chest who needs lines? :P might wan get a body shave. LOL!

Heard the song when I was playing old "Uncle Buck" Clips a few days ago. recently re-watched "Strange Wilderness thanks to that shark pic...LOL!

LeadPal
19th of April, 2010, 20:00
Four years ago (http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/showthread.php?p=182887#post182887), BRR taught us a completely ridiculous and impractical game.

That game is now worse (http://www.umop.com/rps101.htm). (http://www.umop.com/rps101.htm)

http://www.umop.com/images/rps101_banner.jpg

Explosive Cheese
19th of April, 2010, 20:34
...Holy shit...

zachol
19th of April, 2010, 22:47
Well that's just silly.

BigRedRod
19th of April, 2010, 23:18
Haha, ace.

LeadPal
7th of May, 2010, 09:51
The Best Steampunk Gadgets & Devices Ever (http://www.friedpost.com/sciencetech/the-best-steampunk-gadgets-devices-ever-129.html)

A pretty accurate title. This laptop in particular is pure win:

http://www.friedpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/steampunk-laptop-01.jpg

Mercutio
8th of May, 2010, 02:33
I've seen that before, I think linked to by Suvudu (http://www.suvudu.com/).

itches
19th of May, 2010, 12:26
Random comic scans from Marvel Adventures (http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/432350.html). Well not so random. Just click the link.

Mercutio
21st of May, 2010, 09:56
Metallica's Master of Puppets - The A Cappella Version (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSpuVsLnl1k&feature=player_embedded#!) (youtube)

LeadPal
21st of May, 2010, 15:15
i found the lyrics!
damuna muna muna muna muna muna muna muna muna muna
ma ma ma ma ma ma
damuna muna muna muna muna muna muna muna muna muna
dowi dowi dowi Best comment ever.

elmer_jok
21st of May, 2010, 15:23
I got exactly 58 seconds into the song before my ears started to bleed.

And I like metallica. Well, sometimes... I grew up with it anyhow and learned to at least tolerate it.

But THIS!?!? A shame...

LeadPal
21st of May, 2010, 16:00
You need to grow some eardrum callouses.

BigRedRod
21st of May, 2010, 18:05
That is pretty funny.

Mercutio
21st of May, 2010, 21:37
Hmm... I actually liked it. I can see that we have some vastly different tastes.

Darius
22nd of May, 2010, 01:00
My favorite take on Metallica remains Apocalyptica. Mind you, I started listening to them when they were but a cover quartet, long before they started writing their own songs and brining in guest lyricists.

Gralhruk
22nd of May, 2010, 01:05
I love the Apocalyptica version of Until it Sleeps.

Croaker
4th of June, 2010, 18:35
I like turtles.

Black Plauge
5th of June, 2010, 00:37
I hear they taste good with mustard.

BigRedRod
5th of June, 2010, 01:43
I've never eaten turtle. It's an animal which has escaped my hungry mouth.

LeadPal
5th of June, 2010, 01:49
Salmonella poisoning from handling pet turtles is actually a fair problem. This is why you should always thoroughly cook your pets.

Mercutio
5th of June, 2010, 02:18
Pet turtles, I learned last week coincidentally enough, are outlawed in NJ specifically because of the salmonella poisoning problem.

I've eaten a mock turtle's soup and even worn his neck from time to time.

treehouse
5th of June, 2010, 06:55
I've been waiting ten years for this game (http://xbox360.ign.com/dor/objects/14220588/deus-ex-3/videos/e32010_deusexhuman_trl_e3trailer_comp_60310.html).

Mercutio
5th of June, 2010, 07:01
Never played the original.

-J-
5th of June, 2010, 07:36
That looks awesome!

treehouse
5th of June, 2010, 07:38
It has one of the best stories I've seen in a video game, and the game itself was pretty solid. If you ever see it in a bargain bin, you should consider picking it up.

LeadPal
5th of June, 2010, 08:02
Deus Ex is ten years old already? I think my computer can handle that...

zachol
5th of June, 2010, 12:31
I've heard of that game, usually in combination with intense praise.
I always assumed it was one of those "pretty awesome at the time" sorts of things. Like Doom.

BigRedRod
5th of June, 2010, 16:56
No, Deus Ex is still fantastic today.

Mercutio
5th of June, 2010, 19:35
Got it off of Steam last night for $9.99. I suckat this game, but the storyline is awesome (and vaguely familiar...treehouse!). But perhaps it's because I have no mouse and am trying to play with my laptop's touchpad. Clearly I'll need to get a mouse in order to play this game correctly.

BigRedRod
5th of June, 2010, 19:43
There's a mod to make it less ugly somewhere out there (not sure how that would interact with Steam though)

Mercutio
5th of June, 2010, 20:14
Found a couple mods for graphics. I'm going to try them out and see if they work with Steam.

treehouse
6th of June, 2010, 00:03
It definitely benefits from a mouse, especially if you build your Agent Denton to be more 'twitchy' (i.e. guns blazing approach) than stealthy. I've played through the game about six times, and I am still not sure which style I like better.

And yes, I did steal a few elements from Deus Ex for Containment. The overplot is vastly different, but there are definitely some similarities in what you know so far.

Mercutio
6th of June, 2010, 08:33
Even using a mouse I suck. This game is hard. After hours of playing and false starts, I finally got through the stupid Statue of Liberty scene, and that was on the easy setting.

Edit - And so far my favorite method of playing is stealthy with knives. Pistols aren't accurate enough, rifles bounce around way too much, and the various nonlethal methods of dispatching enemies doesn't last long enough for me to sneak properly.

treehouse
6th of June, 2010, 10:14
It's a very hard game, especially at the beginning. I think some of the toughest sequences are the ones that take place near the beginning in NYC. The character advancement scheme does a pretty good job of making you feel like a total badass once you pick a style and master it, though. Stealthy melee = win, by the way. You won't be disappointed with that approach.

Mercutio
12th of June, 2010, 01:38
PvP linked to a webcomic today that has been nominated for an Eisner. It's drawn by a fairly well-known comic book artist, Karl Kerschl, and after reading the whole thing up to today's strip, I have to say I completely understand why it is considered worthy of an Eisner award. It's simply excellent.

http://www.abominable.cc/

-J-
12th of June, 2010, 14:04
That IS a good comic

LeadPal
12th of June, 2010, 16:14
Oh yes.

http://www.abominable.cc/comics/2010-03-10.jpg

Explosive Cheese
14th of June, 2010, 20:32
Still reading through the archives. It's pretty fun, but not entirely my style.

Also, I have a very important issue to bring up. It would appear there is another on these forums who has dared to take upon my name. Yes, there is another newcomer to Orp going by the name of EC - the heinous, villainous, Ergonomic Cat! This affront shall not stand! Ergonomic Cat, I challenge you to a duel to the death for the rights to the name!

BigRedRod
14th of June, 2010, 20:50
It's not a bad comic but I don't like how the main character sucks that bloody dummy. Also, there are some quite annoying failings with panel flow/composition often making it a pain to work out exactly what is supposed to have just happened.

-J-
14th of June, 2010, 21:12
I actually sort of liked the disjointedness of it - I think that its to go with Abomitable's fragmented nature (not man, not animal)

Mercutio
14th of June, 2010, 21:39
BRR, I think that pacifier/soother is part of the story which we just haven't reached yet. There's a brief flash in one comic strip where Charles Christopher sees/remembers a past life as a child, and I think that's going to be integral to the story.

I didn't notice a faulty flow with the panels or flow of composition, but I sped through the archives in about an hour. Can you point to a specific strip?

BigRedRod
14th of June, 2010, 21:55
Right now, no (as I read it on Saturday morning and have a memory like a goldfish). I think you're right about it being a plot element, but I just think it looks ugly. I'd have bought the book if it wasn't for that being on the cover.

Irrational, I know.

Mercutio
14th of June, 2010, 22:18
No, that's actually understandable.

Black Plauge
15th of June, 2010, 03:10
I've been following the webcomic since the beginning. Can't remember who pointed me to it originally, but I have to agree that it's a very good comic.

BigRedRod
16th of June, 2010, 21:02
Oh, and then this happened
http://www.geekologie.com/2010/06/15/x-futurama-full.jpg

Leela not being Cyclops is a grave oversight though.

itches
16th of June, 2010, 21:17
That's a little too obvious. But yes, I love it.

Mercutio
16th of June, 2010, 22:02
err, who the hell is Bender supposed to be?

Tashalar
16th of June, 2010, 22:09
Someone Spanish. That's so obvious.

BigRedRod
16th of June, 2010, 22:13
Colossus.

-J-
17th of June, 2010, 00:17
um...yeah

BigRedRod
24th of June, 2010, 01:55
http://imgfave.lg1x8z.simplecdn.net/image_cache/1257149242297692.jpeg

Mercutio
24th of June, 2010, 02:36
You remind me of the babe

What babe? the babe with the power

What power? power of voodoo

Who do? you do

Do what? remind me of the babe

Darius
1st of July, 2010, 02:53
My seven month old son got ahold of the phone yesterday? First three numbers he dialed? 666. So... yeah.

Mercutio
1st of July, 2010, 08:22
Mine dialed 911 and then yelled into the phone when I took it from her. When I realized she had called 911, I tried to assure the operator that it was a mistake, but she sent a cop around anyway, just to make sure.

Talk about embarrassing.

Krypton
1st of July, 2010, 10:14
Still reading through the archives. It's pretty fun, but not entirely my style.

Also, I have a very important issue to bring up. It would appear there is another on these forums who has dared to take upon my name. Yes, there is another newcomer to Orp going by the name of EC - the heinous, villainous, Ergonomic Cat! This affront shall not stand! Ergonomic Cat, I challenge you to a duel to the death for the rights to the name!

Don't worry. He's Kitty. Not EC. (Fine, fine... Ergo Kitty.)

Croaker
5th of July, 2010, 04:08
I just call that cat Cat.

Ergonomic Cat
5th of July, 2010, 05:57
Mine dialed 911 and then yelled into the phone when I took it from her. When I realized she had called 911, I tried to assure the operator that it was a mistake, but she sent a cop around anyway, just to make sure.

Talk about embarrassing.

My son did that last week. But I told them everything was okay, and no cops came. I was surprised....

Ergonomic Cat
5th of July, 2010, 05:58
I just call that cat Cat.

Ergo is also acceptable, as there are often others that might answer to Cat, but very few that would find Ergo appropriate.

In TF2, apparently anything over 4 letters is too long.

BigRedRod
12th of July, 2010, 22:27
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d49/PASG/TS_Silvia_3_006.jpg

Edited: Realised I forgot to say anything. So today I was merrily looking at some bits of material under an electron microscope with a view to measuring some thicknesses, while I entirely failed in that regard, I did take this photo, which I think is quite pretty. It's a toss up as to what it is, it could just be silicon (but it seems a bit crumbly for that) or it could AlMgB14. I'm really not sure.

Krypton
13th of July, 2010, 02:20
An awesome deli closes (http://www.bellyfulldeli.com) A guy at work pointed me towards this site, which I think is pretty hilarious.

LeadPal
13th of July, 2010, 03:52
So today I was merrily looking at some bits of material under an electron microscope with a view to measuring some thicknesses, while I entirely failed in that regard, I did take this photo, which I think is quite pretty.
It certainly is--I could almost see it used in a game. Atop the Crumbly Cliffs, or something. I've been reading a lot of 1e modules lately, and the only reason that would look out of place is because the name isn't stupid enough.

-J-
13th of July, 2010, 05:50
what's the max resolution of your SEM BRR?

BigRedRod
13th of July, 2010, 06:07
I've taken useful images at 25kx, but it'll go higher for the occasions when the moons align right.

It's not actually mine either, for some reason my department doesn't have one. I have to trudge down and use the one the filthy chemists have.

BigRedRod
13th of July, 2010, 21:32
Also, Flight of the Conchords seem to have released a second album! And you can listen to it on their website.

I told you I was Freaky (http://flightoftheconchords.co.nz/audio-player.php)

-J-
15th of July, 2010, 11:09
Dirty chemists...they should all be shot

BigRedRod
20th of July, 2010, 22:07
http://www.redespresso.com/

This intrigues me. I may give it a whirl when I go home.

Croaker
21st of July, 2010, 15:40
Hi everyone!

There is a game made by one Sebastian K. Hickey that I find terribly exciting. It's got sort of a boardgame-feel to the mechanics, but in practice it's all roleplay all the time, baby.

It's a take on the old ultraviolence--the default setting is an ultraviolent game show of pursuit and colossal adversity, but you can tweak the game's setting to produce pretty much any sort of cat-and-mouse, pursuit-style game. The included alternate settings include French resistance members on the run from the Third Reich, early Christians on the against Nero's Roman Empire, and Terrans on the run from a galactic Empire deadset on murdering them.

Here is the wobsite!

http://cobwebgames.com/index.php/games/hell-for-leather/

Check it out and tell me what you think! I like talking about things I like, I like Sebastian's game, and I would really like to see it gain a supportive community.

At the moment it's not possible to play the game via post, but there is a supplement of rules tweaks, alternate settings, and new mechanics coming out in a few months to address this issue.

If you like your violence stupid and sexy, you'll get a kick out of Hell for Leather. To top it all off, there's a fully-functional free version of the rules if you'd like to just take a look.

I'm not affiliated with the game at all, but I thought I'd help get it some attention and help it see some play. I love AP reports and community discussions and whatnot, so this is me trying to establish the audience required for such things to exist.

Croaker
22nd of July, 2010, 03:59
Did this get moved here? I don't recall posting this here. But, uh, sure!

itches
22nd of July, 2010, 05:53
Yes it was. Speaking of was ...

First read this comic about this comic about how Superman is dumb while doing his cross-country walking journey thing (http://www.politedissent.com/archives/5551). It's worth a read on its own, but I'm just using it as a set up for this. What if it were Thor? (http://bullyscomics.blogspot.com/2010/07/listen-to-your-heart-when-its-calling.html)

LeadPal
26th of July, 2010, 05:21
Darths & Droids is almost always spot-on about roleplaying (and Star Wars), but today's commentary (http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0444.html) feels especially telling:

Sometimes gamers get together every week and play intense sessions where they interact and support one another's actions, striving to achieve a common goal in the best spirits of teamwork. And yet they don't know what their fellow gamers do for a living. Or other pertinent stuff that more mundane types of friends readily know about one another.

That guy who plays the elf ranger in your group every week, who you've known for 4 years? Next time you see him, ask him what his last name is.

itches
26th of July, 2010, 05:44
I laughed at that, then stopped to think about it. Let's see, there is Kate .... Chris' Girlfriend ... I know she has ... some job ... in the city.
There is the guy I went to highschool with, I know his last name ... and nothing else about him since highschool.
Uh, there is Leigh. I've gotten drunk with him a bunch of times ... does he even have a last name?
There is also Pickle, I don't even know his real name. I do know what he does for a living, and that at different points in the past we dated the same girl. It is not spoken of.

Okay so I barely know them.

Explosive Cheese
26th of July, 2010, 06:11
At least you guys have gaming groups. I just moved to a university town, and I've never played before, so I don't have anyone except you folks.

BigRedRod
26th of July, 2010, 17:28
I know intimate details of the guys I'v played D&D with. Then again, I've only played with high-school friends.

And the people on here, I have a complex database regarding their lives.

Mercutio
26th of July, 2010, 20:33
I played with a filipino guy nicknamed "Elvis" for nearly three years. I have no idea what his real name was, what he did for a living (maybe IT), or anything else about him. So I'm left with a vague description (little filipino man) and a nickname.

But when I started up my last gaming group, I made it a point to become friends with them all. I know what they did, where they went to school, names, names of SO's, etc. And I'm still friends with two of them. One got transferred to Tokyo and never heard from again, the other went home to Germany unexpectedly.

Ergonomic Cat
27th of July, 2010, 01:07
My current group I see once a week for DnD encounters. I know 2 names, one of which is just what they call him.

My old group, though, I knew quite well. We were all friends, hung out beyond gaming, went to each others weddings, etc. My best man was in my group, as was the videographer, my old boss, a former roommate, a former coworker, and one Guy who I knew only from gaming, but still keep up with. And eventually I figured out his whole name.

dabocim
27th of July, 2010, 01:45
Darths & Droids is almost always spot-on about roleplaying (and Star Wars), but today's commentary (http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0444.html) feels especially telling:
I'm not sure why but this series keeps reminding me of this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHdXG2gV01k) 8-bit D&D re-enactment

on a side note the group I've played with I new before I actually played with them

Ergonomic Cat
27th of July, 2010, 04:15
RI'm not sure why but this series keeps reminding me of this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHdXG2gV01k) 8-bit D&D re-enactment

on a side note the group I've played with I new before I actually played with them

Dungeons and Dragons. Satan's game.

Croaker
27th of July, 2010, 08:07
I started playing in an OD&D retro clone game. I am having more fun with D&D than I've had since... well, I was playing first edition AD&D.

BigRedRod
27th of July, 2010, 19:00
From time to time we all find ourselves scurrying around the internet looking for some image which evokes the feeling we've entirely failed to get down in writing. Some DMs even like to include images in their IC posts, a practise I'm not entirely sold upon, but this is not me bitching.

I came across Carbonmade (http://carbonmade.com/) today. It's an online portfolio hosting thingy, which allows us, the gawking members of the public to browse through it and possibly find inspiration. For example: A few nice environments (http://attarsagoo.carbonmade.com/projects/2065247).

Cadrius
27th of July, 2010, 23:19
Some of those would make pretty decent prints.

BigRedRod
27th of July, 2010, 23:26
Yes, for some reason this website is populated by competent artists. Either they don't index the crap, or they ban the weak. Or I've just not looked very hard.

It's one of those three.

Ergonomic Cat
28th of July, 2010, 02:15
I started playing in an OD&D retro clone game. I am having more fun with D&D than I've had since... well, I was playing first edition AD&D.

Which one? I want to try Hackmaster pretty desperately. ...

Croaker
28th of July, 2010, 05:09
Which one? I want to try Hackmaster pretty desperately. ...

It's called Lamentations of the Flame Princess (http://www.lotfp.com/RPG/) and it's based off of the 1983 Mentzer Red Box of D&D.

Ergonomic Cat
28th of July, 2010, 05:42
It's called Lamentations of the Flame Princess (http://www.lotfp.com/RPG/) and it's based off of the 1983 Mentzer Red Box of D&D.

Awesome. Did it come with a crayon and a blank die?

Croaker
28th of July, 2010, 05:47
No. :(

It did come with a set of dice and a pencil! Heh. It's a classy box set.

At least it didn't come with a sheet of numbered chits, as the basic set did back with plastic polyhedrons other than the d6 were completely exotic and alien artifacts.

BigRedRod
2nd of August, 2010, 00:14
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs236.snc4/39131_133355363372754_100000948735599_153545_24381 17_n.jpg

It's officially the future now.

Rimmerdal
2nd of August, 2010, 21:04
The Atom taught in 2 minutes. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhbqIJZ8wCM&feature=related)

Very cool moment from a very cool show. You have any favorites?

I love Super Dave too...far too many to post them here...LOL!

LeadPal
3rd of August, 2010, 07:31
Is this the year that Big Ben goes digital, or the year that scientists invent magic?

zachol
3rd of August, 2010, 07:54
It's the year where we'll continue to be vaguely disappointed.
It's going to be like this for the next ten years too, except for 2012, where we'll be slightly more disappointed when nothing happens.

itches
14th of August, 2010, 00:11
Poor Gral should know better than to give me logs by now.itches: damn
itches: how the hell does my mind work?
itches: I come up with B, than A, then C. And it's only later that I connect the dots and realise that it lines up as ABC
Gralhruk: Right brain?
itches: random spikes of inspiration that work with the other random spikes of inspiration
itches: like I had designed it
itches: only, I didn't plan it out like that
itches: how the hell does my mind work?
Gralhruk: It's a mystery.
Gralhruk: Or the rum.
itches: I'm not drinking
itches: been on cold meds all day
itches: aaaah
itches: codine
itches: that explains it
itches: For a second there I was worried that I'd had a chemically unassisted idea
Gralhruk: Whew, that was close

Gralhruk
14th of August, 2010, 01:35
I'm pleasantly surprised to see you quoting a section that does not make me look like a dirty old man, especially considering the discourse on hot lesbian vampires that preceded it.

Black Plauge
14th of August, 2010, 04:14
Gral, there's no need to quote log sections to make you sound like a dirty old man. You do quite a good enough job at that yourself already.

itches
1st of September, 2010, 18:52
itches: [link]
BigRedRod: good work
BigRedRod: crude illustrations always make things betttetetetetter
itches: it's a style
BigRedRod: a crude style
itches: well spotted
BigRedRod: It's why I'm such a good private detective
BigRedRod: I also have a hat
itches: and an opium addiction?
BigRedRod: We don't talk about that
itches: no time for talk with all the opium you need to take!
BigRedRod: puff puff puffThe link was just to one of my stickfigure comics that isn't included due to the content.

LeadPal
2nd of September, 2010, 14:05
And a Poodle! takes on...?

itches
2nd of September, 2010, 19:40
I am unsure if you are asking whether the comic is back, what the subject of the comic was, or some other third option.

LeadPal
3rd of September, 2010, 06:41
The subject of the comic. Not that other answers would hurt.

itches
3rd of September, 2010, 07:23
Subject matter forbidden on this forum (and in all decent society). And not really, it's dead, but I keep drawing every now and again.

itches
15th of September, 2010, 21:05
Speed Dating in the Marvel Universe (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/09/14/speed-dating-in-the-marvel-universe/)

Darius
1st of October, 2010, 19:06
Sometimes, just sometimes, I truly love this place (http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11636).

itches
1st of October, 2010, 22:18
What's this? I don't allow that sort of behaviour on my forum. Those involved shall be punished!

Gralhruk
1st of October, 2010, 22:29
Don't make me break out the blue pirate wench and her jolly roger ass tattoo of death!

Lune
2nd of October, 2010, 14:40
itches...best...response...evar! LOL

Explosive Cheese
13th of October, 2010, 00:46
The internet teaches me something new (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toon_(role-playing_game)) everyday.

BigRedRod
13th of October, 2010, 01:14
The internet teaches me something new (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toon_(role-playing_game)) everyday.

Somebody was unsuccessfully trying to a run a game of that here (http://online-roleplaying.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1599). It was largely unsuccessful as it's a little known system and they weren't able to articulate what it was about.

LeadPal
13th of October, 2010, 02:23
You can read the preview (just a table of contents really) here (http://e23.sjgames.com/media/SJG30-1203_preview.pdf). I've thought about buying the game a few times, but it's low on the list--I bet it'd be awesome for off-sessions when hardly anyone can make it, but it's clearly not meant to be anyone's primary RPG.

Explosive Cheese
13th of October, 2010, 18:16
I'm in a SF club on campus now, and we have an awesome library, and amidst the SF, Fantasy, and other RPG sourcebooks, we have apparently the entire (modern) TOON collection. So I checked out the corebook (reprinting of the entire original set, I guess), and will be reading that when I don't have math/CS to do. Looks quite fun. I might try and set up a game of it at the club at some point, since it probably won't take as much effort to GM as a serious RPG.

zachol
13th of October, 2010, 23:26
Your library has RPG books?

I'm not sure if mine even has SF/fantasy novels.

BigRedRod
14th of October, 2010, 00:08
I think he means the Sci Fi club have some kind of library.

Explosive Cheese
14th of October, 2010, 04:52
That is what I meant, yes. Our club has a huge selection of all books nerdery related.

Have I taken up too much of the spotlight with this?

zachol
14th of October, 2010, 08:40
I... I knew that.
:paranoid:

BigRedRod
14th of October, 2010, 19:32
Hmm, it seems the new edition of Gamma World is out.

I lack of the cojones to make a proper thread at the moment, somebody more informed might want to do that so I can work out if it is worth coveting or not.

Mercutio
14th of October, 2010, 23:02
Gabe at Penny Arcade seems to like it. That said, both he and Tycho discuss the fact that it is very much humor-driven and that the campaign using the boxed set will be distinctly different from a serious campaign. Link (http://www.penny-arcade.com/2010/10/13/)

As I recall, that is similar to the way Gamma World was in its first incarnation too. Some people managed to create serious campaigns out of it (I remember playing in a one-off that was like that), but humor is hard-wired into its DNA.

That said, I keep waiting for the boxed sets to show up in Target, which I thought was supposed to happen soon.

Lune
15th of October, 2010, 15:33
I think your right about it being wired in, Merc. However... now that I'm thinking of it the satirical part might just be commonplace for the genre. I mean any post apoc setting is going to have some throwbacks to the earth that once was. Its sorta hard to imagine seeing, for instance, a big delapidated Target sign in the post apoc future that has been used as an actual target.

Nonetheless, I have yet to find a serious game of Gamma world yet. Honestly, the same goes for any post apoc game with the exception of a single short lived Shadowrun game.

Mercutio
15th of October, 2010, 23:18
I've played in very serious Shadowrun, and I would call the little foray into Apocalypse World here pretty darn serious too. Post-apoc doesn't have to be satire--Mad Max and The Road Warrior are pretty serious (Thunderdome takes a pretty large swing to the ridiculous). The Book of Eli is pretty close to straight serious. And the Dark Sun campaign setting is most definitely a grim and gritty look at post-apoc.

But Gamma World is built around spontaneous mutations and of all the systems is the most reliant on random character generation.

Lune
16th of October, 2010, 15:40
I dunno. I kinda thought that Mad Max was satirical too but a lot of it was in Thunderdome. Still, I think the genre is typically fairly satirical. Most of them have as seen or two that shows a throwback to an earlier time and how modern interpretation gets perverted into something satirical in the post apoc future. Think of the Exxon ValDez in Waterworld. Or ...like everything in most zombie movies. *shrug* Maybe its just something I noticed and zeroed in on.

Dark Sun I can't think of anything that is satirical, but then again I think it is hard to do that in a fantasy setting for a unique world. It isn't based on earth so what would it be a satire of?

Mercutio
16th of October, 2010, 21:57
I dunno. I kinda thought that Mad Max was satirical too but a lot of it was in Thunderdome.That was my point. If you look at Mad Max, there's no room for satire. There's not even a hint of humor. It's just dark and gritty.

Think of the Exxon ValDez in Waterworld.Now you're just being silly. No one takes Waterworld seriously. And I say that as probably one of 3 people who "kind of liked it, sorta, maybe" on the whole planet., which is about that highest praise that movie has ever received.

Lune
17th of October, 2010, 14:53
Waterworld is one of my favorite movies of all time.

LeadPal
17th of October, 2010, 15:21
I thought it was okay. Weird how all three of us found the same thread ;)

Rimmerdal
20th of October, 2010, 05:56
See? I am a wise ass...

You Scored as Methos- You are Methos. You are non-confrontational, mysterious, and secretive. You often act on impulse, evading and avoiding others as much as you can, but are willing to align yourself with someone if they can help your chances of survival in any given situation.



http://quizfarm.com/quizzes/new/dantheman1980/which-highlander-immortal-character-are-you/#

Mercutio
23rd of October, 2010, 01:16
FREE Ebook today from Barnes and Noble - Homeland by R.A. Salvatore. (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Forgotten-Realms/R-A-Salvatore/e/9780786954018/?itm=3&USRI=homeland)

itches
4th of November, 2010, 22:00
Sometimes I just can't help but admire a good bit of trolling (http://www.news.com.au/technology/were-sorry-for-claiming-captain-kirk-was-in-command-of-captain-picards-starship/story-e6frfro0-1225947119042). "We also agree that Patrick Stewart is a handsome man, a sentiment expressed by several readers."

zachol
5th of November, 2010, 03:06
I like some of the digs in the original (http://www.news.com.au/technology/haynes-offers-star-trek-fans-chance-to-get-inside-the-enterprise-engine-room/story-e6frfro0-1225946508166) too.
While it might be 140-odd years ahead of its time, the manual will be available this month, guaranteeing Trekkies a perfect Christmas Day of ignoring the family and poring over the details of Triton-class spatial torpedoes and polarised duranium hulls.

Explosive Cheese
12th of November, 2010, 11:36
Whee, whee, whee, epic is so yummy!

itches
12th of November, 2010, 11:37
Yeah that's weird, I don't know why it wasn't letting you change it.

Explosive Cheese
12th of November, 2010, 11:54
Hooray for custom titles! What? I said nothing.

Also, Boomer is undead, so I'm violating no rules.

dabocim
12th of November, 2010, 12:39
Nice tag Cheese I see no difference I thought you were planning on changing your tag

Explosive Cheese
12th of November, 2010, 13:54
Hmm? What's this about changing tags? I've never head of this before. No sir. Not me.

Doombot
12th of November, 2010, 21:47
Lies, and pictures of also lies!

treehouse
13th of November, 2010, 01:21
Your library has RPG books?

Is that so unusual? (http://opac.tulsalibrary.org/search%7ES27?/aWyatt%2C+James%2C+1968-/awyatt+james+1968/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/exact&FF=awyatt+james+1968&1%2C5%2C)

zachol
13th of November, 2010, 03:23
You're kidding me.

Also, that looks like a rather useless set of five. Why not the base three?
It seems like the point of having RPG books at a library would be so kids wouldn't have to buy the books.

Edit: Hey there's a bunch more. No core 3 that I noticed (?), but wow. How big is that library?
Also, did you have any hand in this, Mr. Librarian?