OOC Thread #10: Commandments.   Posted by The Raconteur.Group: 0
Pisca Neep Freemish
 Gnome Archaeologist, 3537 posts
 The Gnome!
 And Her Imagination
Wed 25 Mar 2020
at 19:17
Re: Happy New Year!
We're something of an essential industry.  Petroleum products, and all.  So I'm still at work.  Don't know anyone sick, though.  And our office is on lockdown.  No walk-ins from the public.  We practice social distancing here.  Crossing our fingers. Knocking on wood.
Liseth Thoradin
 Human Oracle, 2999 posts
 Deluge of Positive Energy
 HP 42/42
Wed 25 Mar 2020
at 19:24
Re: Happy New Year!
My parents keep asking me to visit.  I'm like 'No there's an official global pandemic and it targets the elderly.  You two are 62 and 72.'

They dismiss it.  They're always watching propoganda brain poison on the TV so their sense of reality and what's happening in the world is completely broken.

But otherwise I am very comfortable hunkering down at home.  I have always loved days where I never need to get out of my pajamas.  Sort of naturally inclined to cozy in my burrow like a....not a badger.
Kellan Storval
 Human Fighter, 1457 posts
 Miniboss
Wed 25 Mar 2020
at 19:32
Re: Happy New Year!
I'm very busy, lots of mandatory OT. No days off in sight. But nothing too crazy going on, and the extra money is always nice.
Pisca Neep Freemish
 Gnome Archaeologist, 3538 posts
 The Gnome!
 And Her Imagination
Wed 25 Mar 2020
at 19:36
Re: Happy New Year!
Badgers!
The Raconteur
 GM, 3025 posts
 Teller of Tales
 Writer of Wrongs
Wed 25 Mar 2020
at 19:38
Re: Happy New Year!
Glad to hear you guys are doing well!  I do a lot of work from home anyway so there's not a ton different for me except that the courts are closed so there's less to do.

Three cheers for extra money, Kellan!  I guess we have a tidal wave of unemployment filings given the shutdown so gainful employment is always a plus.

Sorry to hear that about your parents, Liseth.  I hope they're staying in at least.

I'll cross my fingers for you too, Pisca.  :)
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1536 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Wed 25 Mar 2020
at 22:00
Re: Happy New Year!
Iíve gone to working full time at home, and the schools here are shut down, which has been...interesting. Second that brain poison on TV. My mom is in the exact same boat. She and all her friends watch the exact same news and forward me the strangest conspiracy theories.
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1537 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Sun 5 Apr 2020
at 15:31
Re: Happy New Year!
Has anyone else found theyíre gaming more now?  My one regular face-to-face game went online, and another irregular game I was hosting that we played 1/month is now weekly, and Iím playing in another weekly game as well. Plus, Iíve had some old friends randomly call to invite me to one-off games. My kids not having after school activities gives me a lot more free time. Silver linings, I guess.
Pisca Neep Freemish
 Gnome Archaeologist, 3539 posts
 The Gnome!
 And Her Imagination
Sun 5 Apr 2020
at 17:12
Re: Happy New Year!
Oddly, I've noticed that some of the games that I'm in have slowed down.
Liseth Thoradin
 Human Oracle, 3000 posts
 Deluge of Positive Energy
 HP 42/42
Sun 5 Apr 2020
at 18:13
Re: Happy New Year!
Second.  It feels odd to me that games on RPoL would slow down in the current situation, but that's what I've seen too.  I think lots of folks just aren't in the mood to play games like this, despite so many being stuck at home.  I had one person drop from my game because he was sick, another who posts very irregularly because of bad health.

Cato must be the exception who proves the rule!
Kellan Storval
 Human Fighter, 1458 posts
 Miniboss
Sun 5 Apr 2020
at 18:37
Re: Happy New Year!
I have one game that is running like wildfire, but yeah, all the others have slowed to nearly a halt.
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1538 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Mon 6 Apr 2020
at 03:54
Re: Happy New Year!
Maybe itís different in that mine arenít PbP but instead via Roll20 and voice chat.  I guess I could see both sides of the coin, but my gaming is one of the highlights of my week now. I love my kids and all, but spending all day with them and trying to work with them at home gets a little tiring after a few weeks.
Pisca Neep Freemish
 Gnome Archaeologist, 3540 posts
 The Gnome!
 And Her Imagination
Mon 6 Apr 2020
at 07:53
Re: Happy New Year!
I gotta say, watching the amount of time my sister-in-law spent with my nieces and nephews when they were growing up ...  Well, I have to hand it to her for the patience and dedication that she put in.  Can't argue with the results, though.  They are some amazing kids.
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1539 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Mon 6 Apr 2020
at 13:33
Re: Happy New Year!
In reply to Pisca Neep Freemish (msg # 441):

Yeah, I (mostly) enjoy spending time with the kids, but *most* of that time is usually having fun, especially on the weekends.  Going to museums, going to parks, going to a farm that does u-pick and has a big play area for the kids.  But now basically being stuck in the house with everyone 24-7 makes it a little different.  I suppose the one break my wife and I get is our exercise: I did a 13 mile run yesterday, which got me out of the house and alone in my thoughts for 3 hours, which felt good.

It's funny, because I've even seen some homeschooling parents offering consolations on Facebook.  Basically saying this is hard on them, too, since they're usually scheduling things like museum tours and suck like for their kids, and now all that is cancelled.
Pisca Neep Freemish
 Gnome Archaeologist, 3541 posts
 The Gnome!
 And Her Imagination
Mon 6 Apr 2020
at 13:53
Re: Happy New Year!
One thing that I observed is that kids are constantly demanding attention.  I suppose some are able to entertain themselves.  But that was not so with my nieces and nephews.  Part of the entertainment absolutely *had* to involve mom or dad.  So, even outside of *Events*, there was never any free time.

I don't know that I could do that.
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1540 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Mon 6 Apr 2020
at 15:11
Re: Happy New Year!
In reply to Pisca Neep Freemish (msg # 443):

Thatís incredibly variable from kid to kid. I think one of the benefits of having multiple children (maybe especially twins) is that theyíre able to entertain themselves, especially as they get older. But I have friends who put off having a second child for a long time because their first was so demanding. Even had one tell me his six year old was more work than his infant twins because, like you said, literally everything, even watching TV, had to involve a parent.

I think part of what we do is to kind of leave our kids be (for a reasonable period of time) if theyíre entertaining themselves and not causing trouble. If we have to step in, what we make them do might not be as much fun as what they would choose to do themselves. But thereís a certain amount of direct contact each one also needs, and you can tell if theyíre getting enough attention.
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1541 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 14:52
Re: Happy New Year!
Argh...starting rereading some of our old threads last night, and the next thing I know itís past midnight.
Liseth Thoradin
 Human Oracle, 3001 posts
 Deluge of Positive Energy
 HP 42/42
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 17:07
Re: Happy New Year!
I know, right?  Happens to me all the time!
Kellan Storval
 Human Fighter, 1459 posts
 Miniboss
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 17:10
Re: Happy New Year!
I'll admit I did go down the rabbit hole as well when we were discussing the potential resuming. :)
The Raconteur
 GM, 3026 posts
 Teller of Tales
 Writer of Wrongs
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 17:22
Re: Happy New Year!
That can definitely happen!  It's hard to read only a few.

I'm glad both my kids are in high school; they can generally entertain themselves (although we're certainly hanging out more these days).  This whole lockdown thing would be much more difficult if they were, say, preschool or elementary school age.
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1542 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Wed 8 Apr 2020
at 20:25
Re: Happy New Year!
In reply to The Raconteur (msg # 448):

Preach it!

I think in some ways, we actually have it easier than our friends with 1 kids. Our kids all have friends in quarantine with them, and their ability to play with their siblings makes it that much easier for my wife and I to work. (Okay, weíre letting them watch a lot more TV, too.)
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1543 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 23:07
Re: Happy New Year!
Hey, anyone have time for a game?  I was thinking of running something, and instead of recruiting some random people, why not start with some of the best Iíve ever played with?
Pisca Neep Freemish
 Gnome Archaeologist, 3542 posts
 The Gnome!
 And Her Imagination
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 23:11
Re: Happy New Year!
What did you have in mind?
Cato Crispin
 Human Wizard, 1544 posts
 Quarterstaff Expert
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 23:14
Re: Happy New Year!
In reply to Pisca Neep Freemish (msg # 451):

I donít know. Ideally 5e as a system, though Iíd be willing to do Pathfinder.  Flexible on adventure design. I have some ideas brewing that I could pitch, but reading all our past posts has made me want to run a game. Maybe using one of the PF APs?  Or another classic adventure, like Red Hand of Doom or even one of the newer 5e adventures. Probably starting there, but allowing the party to branch off if they wanted to run off the rails eventually.
Pisca Neep Freemish
 Gnome Archaeologist, 3543 posts
 The Gnome!
 And Her Imagination
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 23:34
Re: Happy New Year!
Well, I wouldn't mind.
Liseth Thoradin
 Human Oracle, 3002 posts
 Deluge of Positive Energy
 HP 42/42
Fri 10 Apr 2020
at 23:44
Re: Happy New Year!
Ooooh; what did you expect?  Of course I have time for a game!  RPoL has slowed down to a crawl in many of the things I'm doing here anyway.

GM Cato, huh?  I bet the game is dark and mysterious!