Out of Character 9.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Chye Isuel
 player, 1760 posts
 Osu! Ora Chye Iseul!
 Dragon descended, Youxia
Wed 1 Jul 2020
at 00:36
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Jareth Mooncalled (msg # 534):
bravo!
Narrator
 GM, 7921 posts
 DM says
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Wed 1 Jul 2020
at 17:06
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Jareth Mooncalled (msg # 534):

That is terrific!

Meanwhile in wotc/Hasbro land,  drow and orcs are alignment free,much like here, although the shadow elves look like Elric,  not Jerry Cornelius  in blackface, and OA , one of my primary reference docs for the ridiculously inappropriate adventures in little Sahud. I understand their points though.


If sny among you are offended by my grossly generalized depictions of any of these fictional story elements. Let me know.
Ryojin
 player, 60 posts
 Martial artist
Wed 1 Jul 2020
at 18:07
Re: Out of Character 9
I'll wait for Haveron to post his dodge before doing my thing.
Chou-Zhen Mou
 player, 1015 posts
 Not quite right but
 a mage none the less
Wed 1 Jul 2020
at 22:22
Re: Out of Character 9
The fact that we draw on stereotypes to speed and ease characterization is not racist.  Any more than it would be so to find a gorilla enamored with bananas, or a huge rooster talking with a Georgia/Alabama accent.

If there were an implication that all Sahudese wear coolee hats and queues, walk on elevated clogs, and are indistinguishable one from the other, that would be racist, but what I've seen in this game is no more racist than implying that New Yorkers are prone to take the subway.
Chye Isuel
 player, 1762 posts
 Osu! Ora Chye Iseul!
 Dragon descended, Youxia
Wed 1 Jul 2020
at 22:59
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Chou-Zhen Mou (msg # 538):

and shaw brother-esque dialogue. but, that's well established americana at this point.
Jareth Mooncalled
 player, 2058 posts
 Dirty High Elf Sage
 HP 9/9 FP 7/10 PF 0/8
Thu 2 Jul 2020
at 00:10
Re: Out of Character 9
Narrator:
That is terrific!

I enjoy quickly penning the occasional parody song.

quote:
Meanwhile in wotc/Hasbro land...

I predicate this will pass.  Alignments are a core pillar, a sacred cow, of D&D.  Alignments being stripped from "iconic" races won't last past this edition (though I suspect it'll be the other "progressive" nonsense they interject that will scupper this edition).

quote:
and OA , one of my primary reference docs for the ridiculously inappropriate adventures in little Sahud.

Aha!  Now I understand Sahud a bit better.  The great mish-mashing of the predominant asian cultures while not drawing too heavily from any one culture was something I always liked about OA.




Chou-Zhen Mou:
The fact that we draw on stereotypes to speed and ease characterization is not racist.

Exactly
Narrator
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Fri 3 Jul 2020
at 00:27
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Jareth Mooncalled (msg # 540):

Will try and catch up tomorrow,  this OT is killing me. I hsve a week to catch up with 200 plus items. I fluoro  scanned or xrayed fifty odd aprons and other lead garments tonight. Thank the nine million that the software for tracking is nowhere as laggy as it used to be.
Jareth Mooncalled
 player, 2059 posts
 Dirty High Elf Sage
 HP 9/9 FP 7/10 PF 0/8
Fri 3 Jul 2020
at 03:24
Re: Out of Character 9
Narrator:
this OT is killing me.

I finally have no OT.  Instead I'm training for a new LoB this week (with a pay raise) that I've been trying to get into for a few months, then the next 2 weeks* training to transition to a different department (also a pay raise) that requires actual state licensing...


* And of course I'm supposed to be doing my pretraining for those classes in advance during my 'normal' job, which I'm not doing because I'm in training...  *le sigh*  So I'll be going in for like 6 hours this weekend off the clock just to be able to study in peace and quiet† in the empty department on Sunday (my new LoB is closed on Sundays) so I can catch up by start of new training on monday.

† I'm too tired and there is no peace and quiet at home after work.
Ardenas Barehand
 player, 1505 posts
 Human martial artist with
 a few spells on the side.
Fri 3 Jul 2020
at 11:46
Re: Out of Character 9
Congratulations on the (promotion?) pay raise.  Anything like that at my job would mean jumping into management, and I WILL NOT do that.  I've turned down offers for it two or three times (depending what level of subtle you count) and now my boss has been sneaking the responsibilities onto me for the past couple years ("other duties as assigned" in every job description, anywhere, ever, means I can't just say "that's not my job").

It's the Peter Principle -- attempting to promote me to my level of incompetence, instead of just letting me do what I'm good at, fixing stuff.

And I can't afford to quit.

My partner keeps telling me I should do stock photography, but as far as I can tell, that's got the same problem as writing -- you have to do it to the exclusion of everything else for several years before it'll support you, and while I'm working full time with an hour-each-way commute, I can't do it enough to even recover my skills to the level they were 15 years ago, never mind build up a portfolio.

I see Gwythaint doing commission art work, and still going in and irradiating people and, periodically, protective gear, full time (plus OT).

I'm just (re)concluding that this world is all kinds of messed up, when you can't make a living as a creative unless your definition of "a living" is very different from the one usually used for a paycheck job or you're at a far narrower confluence of skill and luck than an NFL or NBA star.  We discourage youths to examine creative careers, and even the ones who buck that never get training in how to actually make a living as a creative (as opposed to "how to be a wage slave in a creative field").

And don't point to Ansel Adams as a counter-example.  Ansel (degreed as a concert pianist) did most of his important work on vacations while making his living as a commercial photographer, shooting things like furniture for magazine advertising (a job I'd have to buy $20,000 worth of equipment and have a killer portfolio to even get, today).  Henri Cartier-Bresson was a remittance man, more or less -- the Cartier in his name is the jewelry one -- and he never had to care about whether his photography earned a sou, never mind try to actually live on it.  One of the Westons (I forget which one) did most of his known work living in a literal shack in the desert, using the most primitive equipment you can imagine to make his prints -- his 8x10 camera and lenses were probably worth more than everything else he owned, for most of his working life.

Of photographers I can recall who've made their primary living as photographers, it's always been "work for hire", with the art we remember being side projects.  Annie Leibowitz (renowned portraitist to celebrities) has fallen to selling online courses, after retiring from magazine photography.

And I don't have it in me (nor can I afford the equipment) to become a YouTube star.
Jareth Mooncalled
 player, 2060 posts
 Dirty High Elf Sage
 HP 9/9 FP 7/10 PF 0/8
Fri 3 Jul 2020
at 12:25
Re: Out of Character 9
Ardenas Barehand:
Congratulations on the (promotion?) pay raise.

No promotions (which would be required for further pay bumps) it's lateral transfers... the first is from one LoB (Line of Business) within my department to another within my department, the second is into a different department...

I strongly suspect the first is occurring because I was approved for the second.  My boss has resisted for months allowing me to switch LoBs because "I can't lose one of my highly skilled agents form the bank lines"... but now that he's looking at losing me to a different department*, he caved (and did so without bothering to tell me in advance, it was late on a friday "Oh yeah, and next monday you're in training for the new LoB, your schedule should be adjusted before you head out tonight.  If not, just come in at 10 on monday and I'll get it fixed ASAP").  The suspicion runs two-fold:  Having me suddenly training all week before I start training for the other department means I have no time for pretraining for the other department (which I keep being told is really, really, really helpful† for state licensing test) and it means if I'm frustrated by the new department (I've heard rumors about managerial fuckery) instead of quitting, I'll transfer back to the higher paying new LoB.  And the new department has lull periods where agents temp "transfer" around and fill other positions, but still get their higher pay...  so if he has to pay me 'top tier' pay, may as well have me in the highest paying Lob he has.



* I work in a call center, doing credit card enrollment for a handful of banks.  The other department is health insurance, which has more way sway in the "we want these agents in our department, give them to us" to the extent that my boss cannot stop this transfer, while he actually runs both LoB I'm in and the one I want into.

†  Like, no duh.  Three weeks of study versus two?  No braino.


quote:
Anything like that at my job would mean jumping into management...

Ditto.  After the second transfer, if I want more pay I have to fly right‡ and get promoted.


‡ The only bene of my job is extreme flexibility in hours.  However to get into management you have to show a willingness to work a stable schedule and be available for odd shifts here and there.  I can't handle the weird shifts, my sleep schedule (insomnia) is bad enough without suddenly working till midnight one day a week.

quote:
And I don't have it in me (nor can I afford the equipment) to become a YouTube star.

Twenty years ago?  I could have done it.  These days?  I'm not in touch enough, not mentally flexible enough, and I don't have the capacity to work two full time jobs and get no sleep.
Narrator
 GM, 7928 posts
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Fri 3 Jul 2020
at 20:24
Re: Out of Character 9
Annnnd hurt myself at work with a defective bed from Stryker.  Will probably catch up Monday
Christine Bjorn
 player, 1919 posts
 Blue Haired Elf
 Not from Wastrels Hope.
Fri 3 Jul 2020
at 21:56
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Narrator (msg # 545):

Damn! Nothing serious I hope?
Narrator
 GM, 7929 posts
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Sat 4 Jul 2020
at 17:29
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Christine Bjorn (msg # 546):

Possible back sprain. Pain faded by the time I went to sleep, whering a lidocaine patch now, trying to remember what I did with my heating pad.
Jareth Mooncalled
 player, 2066 posts
 Dirty High Elf Sage
 HP 9/9 FP 7/10 PF 0/8
Sun 5 Jul 2020
at 23:13
Re: Out of Character 9
I think I found the weapon my next HOgre barbarian has to wield.  Two of 'em, one strapped to each arm!

THE WREKTANGLE!  By michaelcthulhu.

Full making video:
watch

To skip straight to the Post=Apoc smashing stuff goodness....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...=youtu.be&t=4975
Chye Isuel
 player, 1764 posts
 Osu! Ora Chye Iseul!
 Dragon descended, Youxia
Mon 6 Jul 2020
at 00:06
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Jareth Mooncalled (msg # 548):

definitely two-handed axe-mace skill.
Jareth Mooncalled
 player, 2068 posts
 Dirty High Elf Sage
 HP 9/9 FP 7/10 PF 0/8
Mon 6 Jul 2020
at 01:46
Re: Out of Character 9
Chye Isuel:
definitely two-handed axe-mace skill.

And shield!
Narrator
 GM, 7936 posts
 DM says
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Mon 6 Jul 2020
at 21:28
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Chye Isuel (msg # 549):

It does swing +4 cut, but has -2 to hit, like the long blade chainsaw from horror. 14 minimum ST, and can be used to parry, but is not a shield.
Oly
 player, 1240 posts
 Badly disfigured face
 Rank 2 Guild badge
Mon 6 Jul 2020
at 22:46
Re: Out of Character 9
And a significant reduction to Dx and a big unbalanced weapon issue as well...
Narrator
 GM, 7937 posts
 DM says
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Mon 6 Jul 2020
at 23:35
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Oly (msg # 552):

Definitely unbalanced, cannot be made balanced, absolutely becomes unready. Can be used to do Thrust crush +2 tho.

Going to try and catch up tomorrow.  Virtual md visits and such.
Hell walker
 NPC, 10 posts
 Gigantic bird thing
 From the netherworld
Tue 7 Jul 2020
at 03:13
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Narrator (msg # 553):

https://www.google.com/search?...;biw=412&bih=758
Stenet Fjall
 player, 403 posts
 Dwarf Holy Warrior
 HP: 13/13 FP: 15/17
Tue 7 Jul 2020
at 03:22
Re: Out of Character 9
Hell walker:
https://www.google.com/search?...;biw=412&bih=758

I swear by my ancestors, if you split into multiple hellbirbs when they cut off your head I will cut out the tongue of each and every one of you!
Balir Ironhide
 player, 289 posts
 Dwarf
 Warrior
Tue 7 Jul 2020
at 23:23
Re: Out of Character 9
Anniversary over the weekend, which turned into family time and no computer time.  Then work went a bit crazy yesterday.  It was a nice weekend, but sorry for the unexpected absence.
Narrator
 GM, 7946 posts
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Wed 8 Jul 2020
at 15:13
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Balir Ironhide (msg # 556):

no problem, I have barely been clearing the list over 3 days
Narrator
 GM, 7953 posts
 DM says
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Fri 10 Jul 2020
at 00:33
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Narrator (msg # 557):

Goint to try and catch up tomorrow
Narrator
 GM, 7954 posts
 DM says
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Fri 10 Jul 2020
at 19:10
Re: Out of Character 9
In reply to Narrator (msg # 558):

Got stuck working in an area with no signal...may not catch up until Monday,  although I will try.