horus
 member, 637 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Sat 29 Dec 2018
at 09:08
Mircosoft Shiitakes
In reply to Isida KepTukari (msg # 1320):

I'm with you on this:  I've been MS-free since 2003.  Get a copy of LibreOffice (free, open source, and cross-platform).  It's even available for Windows.

When you want a real OS, PM me and we'll talk.
Brianna
 member, 2167 posts
Sat 29 Dec 2018
at 20:15
Mircosoft Shiitakes
In reply to Isida KepTukari (msg # 1320):

Amazon has the same mind set.  I have a Kindle Fire, just got a new one because the old was on its last gasp.  But Amazon wants Fire to be a tablet, and seem to have forgotten it was originally an e-reader.  Icons all over the place, some I don't even recognize, and for many I can't imagine using them on a device with a battery that runs out so quickly just as a reader.  Also too much of it is set up to try and get you to buy something.  Fair enough, but when I'm looking for something in my own library, even if I wanted to buy, I want to find my own stuff first!
Varsovian
 member, 1462 posts
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 20:58
RPG blues
I looked at my RPG collection and I realized something:

I will never probably get to play or GM most of this stuff. I haven't even read many of these books. NWoD Changeling and Hunter, Pathfinder, Modiphius' Conan, Star Trek and Infinity... all so great, but still not actually used...

Ugh. I want to play and GM, drat!

Also: I suck at playing. Too often I have invited people to start games, but I had no time to participate in them in the end... People end up wasting time. Ugh, again.

Still, I love RPing... *sulks*
Isida KepTukari
 member, 248 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Tue 8 Jan 2019
at 05:58
RPG blues
Varsovian - I hear you, so many games, so little time.  I backed a rather expensive tabletop RPG on Kickstarter 2 years ago, assuming I'd get to play it with my local group.  Two years later, when it arrived, everyone but one person has moved at least five states away.  While we'll try to play online, one of the draws of the game were the interesting physical components, so that's a disappointment.  I have settings I've barely scratched the surface of, corners of worlds I have yet to explore, books I've barely cracked, and there are just not enough hours in the day or days of the week to play them all.

I am going to seek out more local players at my FLGS, but that's always a bit of a lengthy process as you try to find people who are not only good gamers, but could also be good friends.
GreyGriffin
 member, 256 posts
 Portal Expat
 Game System Polyglot
Thu 10 Jan 2019
at 22:18
RPG blues
I have an opportunity to run a guest session for my friend's West Marches game, and I have cooked up a cool scenario.  It's a bit mechanically intricate, involves several encounters in rapid succession, and requires some problem solving and puzzling.

The players want to start the game at a late hour, and the game is designed to resolve scenarios in one session.  And I just know that one of the players is going to show up so incredibly baked that he won't be able to tell a five foot square from a hole in the ground.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 250 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Fri 11 Jan 2019
at 02:18
RPG blues
Egads, I feel you GreyGriffin.  You end up being stuck between, "Do I be accommodating for my players, without which I wouldn't be gaming?" and "I am the GM, they wouldn't be able to game if I wasn't there, so I get a bigger say in the circumstances?"

I'd say showing up at a reasonable hour so there's enough time to game and have everyone be sober and alert is an extremely modest request for a game.
OceanLake
 member, 1056 posts
Sat 12 Jan 2019
at 20:28
RPG blues
Well, if  players are drunk or similar, so are their characters. They are under handicaps accordingly. And it's only fair to warn them well before the session.
Yaztromo
 member, 220 posts
Sat 12 Jan 2019
at 22:00
Re: RPG blues
GreyGriffin:
I have an opportunity to run a guest session for my friend's West Marches game, and I have cooked up a cool scenario. 

Maybe you want to share it with us, after running it...
ShadoPrism
 member, 1255 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 22:16
Effing crooked companies
Last year I bought a 'blue ray' player for my computer ($100) only to get it home and learn I had to pay another $100 to get the blue ray Codex unlocked - here I am just a year later and they want me to pay $60 for the 'new upgrade' so I can watch my Old videos on top of it They locked me out of even using the stupid thing so I can't watch ANY video's on it at all. I got about $100 worth of new video's I want to watch but because of these crooks I Can't. The bad part is this is LG, and they make the Only blue ray player compatible with my computer. Belive me I have looked. SO PISSED OFF right now.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 256 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Thu 14 Feb 2019
at 10:10
Effing crooked companies
*sigh*  When you're stressed or busy or sleep-deprived, the posting rate is through the roof and you feel like you'll never catch up.  But have a few calm days where you have all the time in the world (so much so you're obsessively refreshing the site to see if there's anything new in your games), crickets.
Samus Aran
 member, 425 posts
 Author, game designer
 Part-time Metroid fighter
Fri 15 Feb 2019
at 15:45
The Farce is strong with this one
I see "shame Disney killed Star Wars" a lot, typically in reference to the EU being superior...when I think the Star Wars EU is one of, if not the worst, ever committed to fandom. For one thing, they retread the same things far more than the new trilogy does, and has a serious case of Yet Another Superweapon. "It's like the Death Star...but bigger!" "Here's the clone Emperor who can destroy fleets with Force storms!"

Second, it has a problem with taking any given thing from the movies and trying to make it into a thing it shouldn't be. "Tarkin's Disease." Seriously. Instead of Leia's remark about smelling Tarkin's stench being simply a heroic jab flung at the bad guy, it becomes an EU thing where it's a disease that makes people stink. Though nobody else noticed, mentioned, or reacted as though it was anything but the detest that it obviously was.

I enjoyed The Force Awakens for what it was, and I may be in the minority but I really thought The Last Jedi was good Star Wars in the vein of Empire. I'd kill for some Star Wars roleplaying in that era, but I see a lot of disdain for it in favor of the EU that makes it rather difficult, I guess!
Holobunny
 member, 72 posts
Thu 28 Feb 2019
at 03:55
Letter vs. Spirit

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was against the ToU, at 06:22, Thu 28 Feb.

Starchaser
 member, 547 posts
 GMT+0
 http://bit.ly/2NvdzWG
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 13:17
Confused
Ok. So Ive only ever in the entire history of being on rpol (Which is a LONG time) been banned by one GM. And that was an rtj sumbission that turned into an (apparent) misunderstanding that turned into what seemed to be a personal attack for no reason. That was a year ago.

I just clicked on a wanted add to find someone else has banned me. What's odd is that Ive never joined the game and don't recognise the GM at all.

If you have a problem with me then fine but at least tell me what it is. At least we can try to sort it out (I tried my best the last time this happened)

And just in case a mistake is made I'm not the guy who runs Project Starchaser. He got the idea off me (I once ran a game called the voidwalker project that its based on) but I'm not him. I say that because I know some people don't get on with him including someone who I consider a friend (though haven't spoken to for a while which I regret).

This message was last edited by the user at 13:30, Thu 07 Mar.

bigbadron
 moderator, 15706 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 14:15
Confused
In reply to Starchaser (msg # 1333):

It might be the same GM, and he's had a name change.
Starchaser
 member, 548 posts
 GMT+0
 http://bit.ly/2NvdzWG
Thu 7 Mar 2019
at 14:21
Re: Confused
bigbadron:
In reply to Starchaser (msg # 1333):

It might be the same GM, and he's had a name change.



Thank you. Because if that's the case it makes me feel a whole lot better!
Puckohue
 member, 27 posts
Fri 8 Mar 2019
at 13:16
Always...
Why do I always get these kind of replies:

When suggesting a feature at a site: "You could do this by manually making a lot of different signs or entering a lot of code". As if I didn't realise this! I know I could! I'm suggesting the implementation of a feature that will make it easier to do whatever it was about. *groan*

When asking about a rule interpretation: "It doesn't matter - you can do whatever you want in your game." As if I didn't know! I'm assuming if someone publishes game rules they have playtested the rules, or at least by asking I can find out the best practices developed by the community. If I wanted to invent rules by myself I wouldn't have bought the rules in the first place. *groan*

When asking about some detail about some published setting: "It doesn't matter - you can do whatever you want in your game." - I KNOW! But: I have several times had to improvise details that later caused problems with published material I didn't have access to at the time. If I ask things like "Is Rohlester a kingdom?" it's because I want to know what the canon is, not because I don't realise I can say it is whatever I want it to be. *groan*
NowhereMan
 member, 291 posts
Fri 8 Mar 2019
at 16:21
Always...
In reply to Puckohue (msg # 1336):

My favorite is when trying to hash out the details of a certain problem/rule/whatever in a particular game: "Well, if you were playing [insert system here] you wouldn't have that problem."

It's gotten so bad in the gaming community at large that "Have you tried FATE?" have become a meme.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 257 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Sun 10 Mar 2019
at 03:29
Stupid colds...
Look, pharmaceutical manufacturers, if you have an OTC medication that includes a nasal decongestant, it needs to work in all positions.  If I take a pill version of a decongestant, even the stuff I have to sign for, I swear to little apples they only work if I'm standing up and walking around.  As soon as go to, say, sit and read e-mail or surf the net, read, eat, or sleep, my nose slams shut.  Oddly enough, if I have a nasty cold, I usually am not going to feel up for standing up and walking around constantly just so I can breathe.  I want to rest so I can get better.

Now, the nasal spray decongestants work like a damn champ, cranking open both nostrils and keeping them open for the better part of 10-12 hours, but you can't use those for more than a few days (you get dependent on them).  And I'll use them (sparingly) if I know I'll need a good night's sleep or can't be constantly sniffling and snorting over my computer at work one particular day, but good grief, why can't the other "decongestant pills" do more than partially clear one nostril when you're doing anything other than power-walking?
littlegoth
 member, 12 posts
 Artist
Sun 10 Mar 2019
at 03:40
Stupid colds...
In reply to Isida KepTukari (msg # 1338):

Try taking an NSAID* if you don't have stomach issues.  Sometimes congestion is caused by swelling and the decongestant is doing what it can but it can't unswell tissue.

*NSAID - Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug - Ibuprofen and Naproxen Sodium are the most common versions.  Aspirin is another common one.  Acetaminophen isn't an NSAID.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 258 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Sun 10 Mar 2019
at 07:44
Stupid colds...
I was cheerfully swallowing ibuprofen for the sinus pain, but I've been skipping that in favor of the combo cold/flu med pills I got, because that already had a painkiller, you guessed it, acetaminophen.  Time to break out the ibuprofen again!  (It doesn't give me stomach issues, for which favors, much thanks.)
littlegoth
 member, 13 posts
 Artist
Sun 10 Mar 2019
at 14:01
Stupid colds...
In reply to Isida KepTukari (msg # 1340):

Time to go back to the single ingredient tablets.  You take more pills, but are able to customise what you're taking to your exact symptoms.  Feel better soon!
NowhereMan
 member, 294 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 07:28
Stupid colds...
I think this might be my first vent here. Hm... Anyway.

It's been a rough little while, and it's made my games suffer, but that's just icing on the cake.

My grandmother was hospitalized for cancer a few weeks ago. It was a close thing for a bit, but she's doing doing just fantastic now, though she's still in recovery. I haven't been able to be as available as I'd like, since I've been sick on and off for the whole time, and I don't want to inadvertently cause any complications.

I was thinking we were coming out the other side of things, but my family is apparently right in the middle of a series. My mother was diagnosed with pneumonia a week or so ago after having a nagging cough for a while beforehand. She's been on an inhaled steroid since then, which I was on when I was younger. It's a decently strong stimulant, so she's been awake constantly. That wouldn't be an issue, but she's on a lot of other drugs and is recovering from hip surgery, so her wandering around in the middle of the night isn't exactly an ideal situation.

Then today I get woken up by my highly pissed-off father to find out that my mother, who I had been planning to take to the doctor today, had decided she was going on her own (without bothering to tell anyone), and took my car to do so, then got admitted to the ER, leaving me without a vehicle to go retrieve her with, which left us both stranded for a while. She's back home now, though she's likely to go back in the morning for a consultation with the doctor. Hopefully she'll be less inclined to go on her own this time.

And just to put a cherry on top, I dislocated my ankle last night. It's been a Time.
Starchaser
 member, 552 posts
 GMT+0
 http://bit.ly/2NvdzWG
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 18:28
Stupid colds...
Sounds horrific. I hope everyone in your family (including you) gets better soon.
OceanLake
 member, 1062 posts
Wed 13 Mar 2019
at 19:24
Stupid colds...
Fortunately, you have fortitude and are resilient.
NowhereMan
 member, 296 posts
Thu 14 Mar 2019
at 05:33
Stupid colds...
I know it can come across as cold or even disconcerting that my overall attitude about the whole thing is "Generally Annoyed", but that's just who I am. I've got a disabled parent, a significant other, and two apprentices to deal with, and getting upset has never particularly helped with any of it.

My grandmother is on her way to recovery, so she can die stuck under her house like we've always known she was destined to. My mother is back home and underfoot where she belongs. My ankle is also back where it belongs, but it'll be sore for a few more days. Luckily, I found my cane.

Anyway, thanks for the support. I appreciate it. Hopefully I'll be able to get my games back on track before any of them crap out entirely.