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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: October 03, 2014, 04:45:30 PM

Close.  So, very close.  But I'm thinking more Greek letters and fewer inhibitions.

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Carefully about generalizing and stereotyping.

While some, heck a lot, live down to it most frat life is pretty much your standard college experience with more bills and an assumption of guilt by administration.

Ian Homeyard
Alpha Phi Rho - Omega Phi, Spring 1998
I have a gay friend that, due to a lack of dorm space, ended up being sent to a frat dorm, despite not being a member of the fraternity.

Despite the fertile ground for inane hijinks he had no problems at all.

By his description, they bent over backwards not to make him uncomfortable.

But that when they hooked him up with blind dates they had lousy taste in men. (Actually, he claimed that they had shown the same taste in choosing boyfriends for him that they showed in picking up girls for themselves. 'This guy's gay, Chris is gay, maybe they'll be friends...')

Folks have learned not to make frat jokes around him.

The Auld Grump - he was a gay accounting student in a frat of jocks.... The gods of farce must have blinked....
2  Community / Fiction and Story Hour / The Wheels Come Off The Interrogation on: September 24, 2014, 04:56:47 PM
On Tuesday I ran the first pure, modern Spycraft game that I have run in years, and had a blast with a scene where one of the PCs got nabbed.

Our hero's world fades to black as he is alone in an elevator.

When he awkes he is strapped to a tilted table, in a room with metal walls.

A few minutes later the one door in the room opens, and in comes a blond man with a dueling scar, dressed in thigh high boots, a corset, shorts, and carrying a riding quirt.

He strikes the agent once across the belly with the quirt, at which point our hero realizes that he has been stripped before being strapped to the table.

Then the man begins to speak....

'Before we begin, Mr. Babbage, I need to know your safeword.'
'Ah, new to this, are you?...
Choose a word, easy to remember, quick to say. As soon as you say it, I stop my ministrations, and raise my hands, like this'
'So that you know that I have heard you.'

While I am the one with the lash, you are the one in control.

If you feel dizzy, or short of breath, use the safeword immediately - do not try to brave it out. A panic attack can ruin the experience for both of us.

If you check the cuffs that are securing you to the table you will find a latch that you can reach even with your hands cuffed - it is difficult to reach, if you have a problem reaching it then use the safeword, and I will release you immediately....'

It was about then that our hero realized that there was a camera recording the proceedings....

Fortunately for him, the 'torturer' wasn't part of of the enemy agency, and that the nabbing had been done by one of his allies....

I stole the monologue pretty much entirely from a description of a bondage session...* I had been amused at how reassuring the dominator had been in describing what was going on. And his telling the 'victim' that they were the one in control - that with a word they could stop the whole thing, and that if they were worried they should just stop it immediately.

I then wondered how an Agent might handle the situation, as they realized that what was going on wasn't quite what it appeared to be.

The player managed to both talk his way out of the situation, and have the credit put into a gift certificate for a later date....

There was a fair amount laughter at the table....

The Auld Grump

* Webcomics can lead to strange places... in this case Devil's Panties led to Jenny Everywhere, that led to another webcomic titled Nic Buxom - A webcomic drawn and written by a heavy bottom. Which led to more information than I wanted, actually.... But found useful.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: September 21, 2014, 04:07:54 PM
Holy blast from the past, Batman!

That was a great game - I need to send some emails out to folks that I know that still play it, now and again.

The Auld Grump - and always make the sound effects when using a shotgun - you do more damage that way....
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: September 04, 2014, 05:00:07 PM
You are forgetting her role as Dot Matrix in Space Balls. There is room to acknowledge her passing. Sad

The Auld grump
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 13, 2014, 07:16:25 PM
we already said wolverine cant name another one.

I'm thinking we're heading into "can't start a thread ever again" territory here.

We shan't enter "burn the witch to save the witch" territory, birthday man. Wink
What if he weighs as much as a duck?

The Auld Grump
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Koala, something for you. on: August 11, 2014, 08:36:21 PM
Not if it happens before it's meant to.
Or when the bad guys have thoughtfully locked the doors after the PCs have set the timers, but before they have gotten out of the building....

The Auld Grump
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Third Decade on: August 11, 2014, 08:33:51 PM
I remember 30. It was good.

Have fun with it!

I am 30 next year, like I said.  I'll remember to have fun with it when it comes, though.  Grin
Feare naught, yngling... 31 ist when aet aye goes ta ye crapper.

The Auld Grump
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: August 11, 2014, 08:32:08 PM
this year just got worse much much worse.

Robin Williams found dead.

...and there went my vacation mojo...
A publicly announced gamer.

A man with a firm grasp on the absurd.

And it looks like suicide is the cause - untreated depression.  Cry

I have had my own bouts with depression... and I really wish that he had sought treatment - he is a man that is leaving a legacy behind, and will be sorely, sorely missed.

Sleep well, Mork.

The Auld Grump
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: How to run Shadowrun on: August 03, 2014, 09:25:55 PM
I still remember my players' reactions when they got a panicked call from the Johnson - telling them that the balloon had gone up, and that he was sending transport to pull them out immediately.

The fact that he sent transport meant that from that point on they trusted him. He didn't abandon them, and he got them out. And paid them - no bonus, but they got paid.

Then he got assassinated by the guy just below him on the chain of command....

The Auld Grump - him, they didn't trust....
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: July 20, 2014, 10:55:01 PM
James Garner, dead at 86.
Maverick remains my favorite TV western.

But the Rockford Files... I have borrowed that character, and filed off the serial numbers so danged often. Sad

Rest in peace, Mr. Garner.

The Auld Grump
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: July 12, 2014, 09:59:54 PM
There is now a free sample on RPGNow.

The Auld Grump
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: July 10, 2014, 10:00:00 PM
Last days for Lord Zsezse's Elven Structures Kickstarter.

I don't know if anybody is using Fantasy Craft to run an Elder Scrolls style game (I think that it would be a great fit) - but the textures would fit right in for Ayleids structures:

The Auld Grump
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: June 15, 2014, 06:04:20 PM
Casey Kasem - American Top Forty and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo.

Francis Matthews - the voice of Captain Scarlet on Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions.

My childhood just took a sucker punch to the guts. Sad

The Auld Grump
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: US Goverment's digital miscreantism on: June 07, 2014, 09:11:07 PM
I don't know if it counts, but the NSA is trying to develop a program to automatically detect sarcasm on Twitter....  Shocked

I... have this strange urge to create a Twitter account, just so that I can blow their curve....

The Auld Grump, who is never sarcastic... nor does he understand the meaning of the word 'irony'.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Deadzone on: May 30, 2014, 04:33:04 PM
They... are very different games - similar number of models, similar likelihood of getting killed in combat... and everything else is different.  Huh?

I like both, but I think that Deadzone gets the edge - the campaign system is great.

Looking at the Brokkr - which look like SF dwarfs done for 10,000 Bullets -

I think that it is the orange - looks like prison uniforms.

But the clothes also works for miners, which is what these folks are supposed to be.

These... look like player characters, some how.... Smiley

The Auld Grump
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