GamerHandle
 member, 948 posts
 Umm.. yep.
 So, there's this door...
Sun 30 Jul 2017
at 17:45
Re: Good stuff!
In reply to Wyrm (msg # 741):

That day - sounds awesome!  Three vehicles?!  You're ambitious! I finally got my Grey Knight Paladins completed.  Took 'em out for a spin, (small game - 900 points 'cause that's all I had) - totally annihilated the Salamander Player.
Fyrerain
 member, 77 posts
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 00:14
Re: Good stuff!
I haven't run a game in over 30 years, but I've been thinking about it, refamiliarizing myself with my world, and working out a couple starting adventures. When the opening came up in my tabletop group, I offered to run for a while... and we rolled up characters today. I'm excited, but it's also nerve-wracking, worrying about all the stuff I need to remember and keep track of!

Regardless, next week, my world comes back to life again. :)
facemaker329
 member, 6948 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 06:12
Re: Good stuff!
Horseback riding...I used to be able to go at least a couple of times a week, for a few hours each time.  Those days have, sadly, long since passed...but I still like to ride.  And I still seem to be good at it.  I was on one of my friend's 'tricky' horses...the ones that seem really well-behaved until they think they can get away with something with you.  Over an hour on her back tonight, and nothing more extreme than her shying away from some critter in the bushes.

I miss this...
Isida KepTukari
 member, 154 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 01:07
Re: Good stuff!
My cat, who wasn't eating, has started again!  He's not quite eating with the same vigor, and because he's seemed to develop an aversion to nearly everything we already owned (due to him being nauseated for unknown reasons for 4 days), but at least he's eating!  And he seems to be more vocal, more perky, and acting much more normal.  So yay!
OceanLake
 member, 1009 posts
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 19:45
Re: Good stuff!
If you read the "I need some help." thread, you will be reading a whole lot of Good.
CrazyIvan777
 member, 207 posts
Mon 4 Sep 2017
at 16:14
Re: Good stuff!
That wonderful moment when one of your players sends you the mock-up art for the PCs' school jackets, and says she wants to order actual ones for the players. As a GM? Blown. Away.
facemaker329
 member, 6968 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 07:03
Re: Good stuff!
Here's to being prepared...

One of our performers choked on her lunch yesterday, upstairs in the dressing rooms, while the rest of us were down on the stage, talking.  She started beating her hand on the stair rail to get someone's attention...and someone noticed, and yelled, "She's choking!"

It's been thirty years and change since I was taught the Heimlich maneuver (First Aid training in the Boy Scouts), and in all that time, I've never needed to use it...never even seen it used, except as a gag bit in comedy movies.  But I remembered it well enough that I went into auto-pilot the moment I realized nobody else was moving.  And it worked, and someone is still alive because I paid attention in Boy Scouts a LONG time ago.

I don't share this because I find myself heroic.  I share it because it's really easy to tell ourselves, "I'll never need to know that," or, "Someone else will know what to do if that's ever needed."  But sometimes, YOU are that 'someone else'.  We can't be prepared for everything...but there are a lot of situations we can be prepared for.  Learn what you can.  It's not just an advertising cliche when they say you migyt save someone's life.
DarkLightHitomi
 member, 1212 posts
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 22:28
Re: Good stuff!
I like to say that when someone's life is on the line, it'll be saved or lost based on knowledge and skills that go unused in day-to-day life.

Therefore, unless you roll 15+ (to put it in gaming terms :), choosing to know nothing beyond day-to-day stuff will be a death sentance for someone. The fewer people with those life saving skills, the more higher you need to roll.
Tyr Hawk
 member, 334 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 22:22
Re: Good stuff!
GEIST 2E PREVIEW! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
CrazyIvan777
 member, 212 posts
Mon 13 Nov 2017
at 03:31
Re: Good stuff!
My brother, now two years cancer-free. They say if he hits three, he's completely out of the woods. I'm so damn happy I could cry!


And me... Eating healthier. Finding fruits and vegetables I really like. Smaller portions. I mean, granted, I'm on day four of this, and the cravings for pizza are strong, but man... I never thought I'd like good-for-me food! It's kinda awesome!
Eggy
 member, 769 posts
Wed 6 Dec 2017
at 07:20
Re: Good stuff!
Went to my company's Christmas party dressed as an elf. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited us for cookies and milk and took photos with the children. My supervisor asked a few of us to dress up as elves and help with the kiddos. Santa came with his own troupe of elves, but we got to help out anyway. It went well and we've been invited to Elf School on Friday. After that, we'll do a few parties and the town parade this weekend. So excited!
Yaztromo
 member, 128 posts
Thu 7 Dec 2017
at 01:24
Re: Good stuff!
CrazyIvan777:
My brother, now two years cancer-free. They say if he hits three, he's completely out of the woods. I'm so damn happy I could cry!

I know the feeling. Very best of luck!
CrazyIvan777
 member, 218 posts
Thu 7 Dec 2017
at 01:29
Re: Good stuff!
Eggy:
It went well and we've been invited to Elf School on Friday.


You're gonna walk out knowing how to use the longbow and longsword! Excellent! :D
Eggy
 member, 770 posts
Sat 9 Dec 2017
at 16:26
Re: Good stuff!
Ran a half marathon in my elf costume. Almost passed out from the heat and it added five minutes to my time, but it was still great. 13th in my gender/age group. 113th overall.
facemaker329
 member, 6975 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 02:27
Re: Good stuff!
Going with the 'glass is half full' line of thought, I'm glad my timing belt decided to slip Wednesday night, leaving work, rather than waiting until, say, a couple of days before Christmas, when I'd be driving to see friends and family and could have broken down twenty miles from anywhere.  It'll be fixed in time for the holidays.

I was very unhappy about it when it happened.  A little perspective has given me plenty of reason to be glad.
Wyrm
 member, 644 posts
Thu 14 Dec 2017
at 00:26
Re: Good stuff!
Me, a bit incredulously: "Alexa: play 'If I were a Rich man'".
Alexa: "Playing 'If I were a Rich man', by Fiddler on the Roof."

And the mellow voice of Topol wafts through the air.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the user at 05:13, Thu 14 Dec 2017.

chupabob
 member, 199 posts
Sat 16 Dec 2017
at 03:05
Re: Good stuff!
I posted the eighth chapter of my web novella today. I also received my first feedback. It's a bad review, but I like bad reviews best, so the criticism is welcome.
Tyr Hawk
 member, 342 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Tue 2 Jan 2018
at 18:30
Re: Good stuff!
Okay. So. I'm late to the party on this one, but I've been holding back on looking for information, hoping it might come to me first. But, I got into a debate with someone and...

https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/1.B36120

NASA CONFIRMED THE EM DRIVE WORKS! It's not like... it's still not 100% and "needs to be reconciled with physics" but it's... IT'S A THING! AND THINGS ARE... JUST... AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

Additional Paper on the subject: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2015-4083
Original Experiments: http://ssi.org/2016-breakthrou...pulsion-proceedings/
A well-done layman's explanation: https://motherboard.vice.com/e...ion-system-explained

Edited for a minor correction. Original Paper wasn't original paper. XD My bad.

This message was last edited by the user at 19:59, Tue 02 Jan 2018.

Mrrshann618
 member, 125 posts
Tue 2 Jan 2018
at 19:01
Re: Good stuff!
In reply to Tyr Hawk (msg # 760):

There was an engine tested a few years ago, I think the developers called it an Ion drive, where it slowly built thrust.
During the initial orbital test it went to nearly full operation and then shut down at the last second due to some failure?
Is this that same drive version 2?
Tyr Hawk
 member, 343 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Tue 2 Jan 2018
at 20:22
Re: Good stuff!
Mrrshann618:
Is this that same drive version 2?

It is not. The EM Drive has only been through the studies I linked over the past two years, and in none of them did it fail. Ion propulsion has been a thing for a while according to https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/fs21grc.html , so if it was an Ion drive it would've been an experimental one trying something new. The EM Drive is awesome because it breaks one of the laws of physics (or at least as we understand them), and, thus far, it has only been confirmed in experiments (few as they may be).*

Truly a wondrous time to live in. :)

*Again, it is still possible it doesn't actually work the way we think it does, but 2/2 on direct experiments and 1/1 on "Well, it's not this instead" is reason to get excited in my book!
bigbadron
 moderator, 15489 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Tue 2 Jan 2018
at 20:28
Re: Good stuff!
Bah!  The "Laws" of Physics are just guesses anyway.  :p
facemaker329
 member, 6980 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Wed 3 Jan 2018
at 04:56
Re: Good stuff!
Yeah, the cool/baffling thing about the EM Drive is there is no discernable reason why it should create thrust...but it does.  I can't remember the article I saw that speculated on what makes it work (or, rather, cited a paper speculating on why it works)...

But it doesn't burn any fuel.  It doesn't have any exhaust.  It's terrible, for those reasons, for rapid acceleration.  But because it doesn't burn fuel, it's an incredible theoretical option for long-duration voyages, because it can continue accelerating beyond its initial thrust to break orbit...which means it has the potential to build up speeds that, heretofore, have been the stuff of dreams.  If I recall correctly (it's been a long time since I read any articles about it, so I may have this wrong), it is speculated that, if they can scale it up to an appropriate size and it still functions in the way it has with small-scale tests, it would cut travel time to Mars down to a couple of months or less...
phoenix9lives
 member, 955 posts
 GENE POLICE!  YOU!
 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Wed 3 Jan 2018
at 14:48
Re: Good stuff!
Spent nearly eight hours bowling and playing laser tag with my family for my seventh anniversary Monday.  My wife even got in on the laser tag for a few games; she prefers bowling, but the kids wanted laser tag and video games.  All-in-all, a good anniversary.  She had fun shooting at me.LOL
CrazyIvan777
 member, 223 posts
Thu 4 Jan 2018
at 19:37
Re: Good stuff!
That sounds like a great anniversary!


After an entire lifetime of being sedentary (and paying the health price for such) I am now on week 3 of biking (stationary bike in my apartment) 3 days a week, adding one minute to the ride each time. Today I crested 19 minutes 20 seconds. Super proud of myself!
Tyr Hawk
 member, 344 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Fri 5 Jan 2018
at 16:21
Re: Good stuff!
In reply to facemaker329 (msg # 764):

Add in that, because there's no fuel, you don't have to allocate space for fuel in your build, which accounts for huge amounts of both volume and weight in modern rockets and spaceship design. Now, getting it to the point where it could lift a rocket off the ground is currently difficult to imagine, but for spaceships it's incredible.

Also, new Monster Hunter World trailer and beta announcement has me so hyped! SUCH NERDGASM.