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 RPG since 1982
 Author & Inspiration
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 23:40
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Still no confirmed sightings of large numbers of salt water crocodiles coming out of the great lakes.  That would be a bad day. Since that's not happening it must be a good day.

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Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 03:21
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Having a good laugh with friends.

I met with my gym buddies for a run this morning. We'd barely started, not even a quarter mile down the road when my trusty ol' sports bra bit the dust. At first, I was too embarrassed to explain, but then I just let out with it. We power walked to a dumpster and pulled up an Enya song to bid it farewell.
 member, 113 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 03:26
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In reply to Evil Empryss (msg # 638):

Must be in a state that doesn't allow for severance pay.
 member, 484 posts
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 03:53
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Today I got up the courage to try running games here again. :D
 member, 663 posts
Fri 11 Dec 2015
at 03:12
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The Changeling 20 Kickstarter has kicked off.
 member, 667 posts
Wed 16 Dec 2015
at 03:31
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Got a trim. Now I love my hair again.
 member, 6702 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Fri 1 Jan 2016
at 01:08
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I no longer owe anything on my student loans!  My new year is already off to a flying start!!!
 member, 1449 posts
 Even a small star
 shines in the darkness
Tue 5 Jan 2016
at 16:53
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I published another book on Amazon the other day and it went live on Smashwords today.
 member, 1093 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Sat 30 Jan 2016
at 03:59
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That feeling you get as a GM when you finish updating all your games and you go back to the main rPoL page and there are no red/blue/purple numbers just calling to you to start all over again...yet...!
 member, 6728 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Mon 1 Feb 2016
at 02:41
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I feel like I'm doing alright for a middle-aged guy.  Had a big snowstorm that started Friday night and lasted into the mid-afternoon yesterday.  I spent an hour and a half shoveling the front walks of my fourplex (I'm no longer the only able-bodied resident, but the twenty-something guy who moved in next door to me is rarely home and when he is, he never shovels)...went back inside for something to eat and to let that settle for a bit...then went back outside and spent another two and a half hours shoveling the drive and the parking area, as well as the back walks.

I'm almost 48, and I can still shovel snow for four hours (granted, it was only about 3-4", but we're talking about a lot of square footage to be cleared, too!)  I even had enough energy to go to my friend's gig (she sings in an 80's band) and dance for a couple of hours.

I'm paying for it today, though.  Everything is a good way.
 member, 3 posts
Sun 7 Feb 2016
at 06:54
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Finally, after a full year of complete unemployment (and a failed school enrollment,) I have a job that I not only utterly love doing, but is for an amazing company that actually appreciates the people who work for them (it's actually insane how much they value people opposed to most previous employers I've worked for, where you're just another cog moving the machine of Assumed Entitlement.)

I still owe a bunch of money to a bunch of different places, and I'm still just a temp at this new job, but there are some huge vacancies with this company and I'm hoping I'll have the option to learn other things that I'd love to do with them. I won't go back to being a Phone Slave again. Never again!

Also, Katatonia's "Onward Into Battle" is a great song, and even my art sketches have been pretty good lately! Something's bound to go wrong! lol :D
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Fri 12 Feb 2016
at 16:53
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Having true friends is a gift. Thankfully, I have several locally, and try hard to be one. I've been on both sides this week, between my well dying and the mother of one of my best friends (and pretty much my adopted aunt/foster mother for the last 25+ years) going into hospice with her body failing part by part.

This week, I visited my dying friend and said my farewell to her; she was unaware of it, but the family, whom I've been so much a part of for so long, greatly appreciated it. I covered feeding my friend's livestock, so she could spend more time with her dying mother.

In her turn, my friend loaned me her water trailer and water account to go to the commercial well company and get water for my livestock.

When I needed back up to get the rig safely back where it belonged last night (like all old farm trucks, this one has many issues -- the relevant one here being a tendency for the lights to go out while driving...), I called another friend to swing by on her way home, after a 14-hr shift, to follow me while I returned the rig.

And while it's always very hard to lose a friend, it's also good to know she's been freed of the painful prison her body had become. Go in peace, Mrs. Flanagan, and say "hi" to my dad for me.
Tyr Hawk
 member, 148 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Mon 15 Feb 2016
at 18:01
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I have no idea why, but seeing bigbadron's 15000th post made me smile just now. Not because of the content or anything, just because he has 15000 posts.

I think it comes down to wanting to celebrate milestones, especially when it's for other people. Who knows though? Maybe I'm just a fan of all the zeroes. Either way, congrats to bbr on 15k posts.
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 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Mon 15 Feb 2016
at 18:21
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Fift.... wait... what?  When did that happen.  It's only been about ten minutes since I hit 10k.  :)
 member, 2048 posts
Mon 15 Feb 2016
at 21:05
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Ron has always been a prolific poster.  Before he was a mod, he was so often the first to post answering any questions that some of us thought he never slept, and I'm sure his diligence was one of several reasons he was asked to be a mod.  :-)

Ron, I'm not sure whether congrats on your landmark post are called for, or whether we should still be telling you to get more sleep, but congrats anyway, you're a great mod, and still often the first on the scene when moderation is needed.
 member, 71 posts
 Gaming since 1975
 Bluffton, IN
Tue 16 Feb 2016
at 00:12
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I have been abandoned by my wife, who is spending a week in Florida with her Mom and sister.  While I will certainly miss her, this means the next few days are ALL MINE!!!

Once upon a time I would have been bar-hopping, but now I'm an old fart, so I come home, crank up some metal and get some serious work done on RPoL.  Not as party oriented, but still a week I have been looking forward to.

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 moderator, 15009 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Fri 19 Feb 2016
at 17:52
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So... w-a-a-a-a-y back in January 2013, I signed up for a Kickstarter with an expected delivery date for the project of February 2013.

And I've been waiting, and waiting.  And waiting some more.  People involved in the project got sick and couldn't work, and there were all manner of complications along the way.

But today I finally got my copy of Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls.  And it is a gorgeous book, made all the more awesome by having the name BigBadRon in the acknowledgements.

So happy right now that I could hop a flight to Australia and hug Skald.  :)
 member, 611 posts
Thu 25 Feb 2016
at 01:29
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That dentistry has gotten to the point that what major pain I am feeling now, is probably a mere shadow of what it was had I had this done a mere hundred years ago.
 member, 2052 posts
Fri 26 Feb 2016
at 21:21
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So we started with a new dentist end of last year.  Need a lot of work done, insurance only covers 80%, cap per calendar year, so I hadn't been back yet.  But then I broke a back tooth, lacerating my tongue and leaving a rough spot, making it very painful to swallow and no hope of getting better until the sharp bit was gone.  I tried to call them Friday and Saturday, when I did have a way to get there, but they didn't get back to me till Monday.  I told them I had transportation so they sent one of the girls to pick me up and bring me back home after my tooth was fixed, and another filling done while she had me there.  Tongue is still sore, but at least it's getting better now.  But what kind of service is that?!?
Genghis the Hutt
 member, 2457 posts
 Just an average guy :)
Fri 26 Feb 2016
at 21:41
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That's awesome that your dentist will pick you up and bring you there/back for treatment! :)
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Sun 28 Feb 2016
at 00:56
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In reply to Genghis the Hutt (msg # 662):

Yes, I was very surprised.  They even offered to do the same if we set up a series of appointments to get the rest of the work done.  But it's already almost March, my husband's fair-weather car will be out of storage the first second weather allows.
 member, 6760 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Wed 16 Mar 2016
at 05:44
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Spent my afternoon and part of my evening judging the Regional Drama competition for the high schools in my state.  I went into it half-fearing that I'd have to sit through some truly dreadful monologues or agonizingly off-key musical theater pieces...

Couldn't have been more wrong.  There were a couple of people who could really have used some more work on their pieces...but even those were still enjoyable.  And the REALLY good ones?  WOW!!!  I had a great time watching these kids at work!

I always tell people there's an incredible amount of talent in this area.  Nice to spend a day having my words proven true...
 member, 107 posts
Wed 16 Mar 2016
at 23:25
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A few weeks ago I survived a Pulmonary embolism, now that I have a child it is proof that since my biological imperative is satisfied, my own body is trying to kill me.
 member, 36 posts
Tue 22 Mar 2016
at 18:48
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As the saying goes, I love it when a plan comes together. :)

Bypassing an indifferent, lazy tech, I hit up someone at District Office to find out who I should contact regarding our discards, to see if a part could be scavenged from something there, to fix something here. The District guy stepped up and checked himself -- then extended his check to the other sites (which had been the next step in my own plan). Lo, another site had what I needed! He's sending it over.

Now I can fix something that can't currently be simply replaced. Problem solved without any additional expense.

Even nicer, after the last couple days, is knowing there are still a few other folks in this department willing to be helpful. That's an exotic treasure, these days. Wish I could send the District guy a beer in inter-office mail. He deserves a toast in acknowledgement of his efforts. :)
 member, 630 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2016
at 01:37
So this just happened...
So, my long-standing TT group that meets every Monday started a Victorian era steampunk game about six, seven, maybe even eight months ago. Not really sure as it's been a blast from the start. It started off with our mercenary group being contacted by the Queen's daughter to investigate missing dignitaries who were on their way to the new world.

We get there, do some exploring, find this Druid conclave who help us out with some things and point us on some leads. We find one town with all the inhabitants dead at some altar in the center of the place, then another town where everyone is infected with brain slugs. So after taking care of that we discover that everything is part of some elaborate plan that someone is trying to control the elemental Monoliths (essentially the gods of the elementals, for those who don't know). Well, after finding more dead towns, and dealing with some of the Monoliths' avatars, we discover that the group behind everything is...wait for it...the Druids! Their plan has been to use the Monoliths to draw down the Elder Gods.

After restoring order to the four Monoliths and calling in favors they gave us, the Elder God Ragnora has been called down, destroyed a town and everything within a thousand miles of it and new we're on our way to take her out.

Here's where it gets interesting. Since the game started, one of our players left b/c of a new teaching position he took and I'm leaving at the end of the month. The other guy's character was some freaky Air Elemental descended Unchained Monk. I WAS a normal Human Fighter until I called in the boon from the Fire Monolith. I asked to be imbued with his essence. So he obliged. So now I possess elemental traits as well as some other nifty abilities.

Point being, now that our characters are within vicinity, the GM told me that since our two characters are elemental in nature, we're going to be controlled by Ragnora, the mother of all monsters. Next game our characters are gonna turn on the group and probably wipe them out.