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1  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
2  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
3  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
4  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
5  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....
6  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
7  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
8  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
9  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
10  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'.
11  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
12  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: [Request] Florida Based Fallout Campaign? on: May 27, 2014, 10:44:28 PM
*Blows the dust off*

Looks like I will be restarting this in the summer, some time. Smiley

My notes seem to have gone missing, but I have left info in a few forums, so recreating it is possible, Smiley

I blame Wasteland II....

The Auld Grump
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 21, 2014, 09:56:49 AM
Ok, that release schedule is just plain WEIRD.

Is the players handbook a stand-lone game? because I may not be interested in the starter box, and that suggests it's actually unplayable until the DMG is out. That or the "Starter" is actually required components in all configurations.

I also find it a little awkward its says Dungeons & Dragons on each cover twice - once at the top and once in the red splash lower left.
I... kind of suspect that they ran into some snags....

3.5 had the PHB released with enough lead time for Gen Con that folks could be familiar with the rules at Gen Con.

Releasing at Gen Con is one of those things that sounds good, but....

The Auld Grump
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: May 19, 2014, 11:14:20 PM
I am going through a railway phase - preparation for a classroom concert in about six months time... (I have and know an awful lot of railroad songs... picking out the ones to use in a forty-five minute class is the difficulty....)

Listening to some of the railway songs from Great Britain, most particularly Dave Goulder - Big Bertha and Ewan McColl - Song of the Iron Road.

The Auld Grump
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [WH40k] We are the Imperial Guard... no longer on: May 16, 2014, 10:13:49 PM
I think that it was year before last, but... yeah... more than a little soon.

I think that sales tanked hard - GW's stock lost 25% in a single day, following the most recent financial report.

I know that the most recent edition of Warhammer Fantasy had an enormous effect on the local Kings of War players - we tripled in number....
There is a fine line between charging a premium for really nice minis, solid rules, and a huge back story; then there is gouging your customers.  GW crossed that line a while ago, and it has taken folks a while to notice.
I have not bought a new edition of Warhammer 40K since 3rd.

Fantasy... I bought the boxed starter sets, chucked the rules, and use the minis for other games.

My last GW purchase (not including commissions) was terrain that I bought at a going out of business sale at a local game store. (The game was going out of business because of a messy divorce - nothing that GW did.)

At half price... the terrain was reasonable - and I can use it for any number of games. (And The Garden of Morr does get used in a lot of games, including my SteamCraft game. Smiley )

The commissions don't count - not my money, and I paint what the customer wants.

But even there... the percentage of GW miniatures plummets. (Lately I have been painting up a lot of Reaper Bones miniatures. Lots of Reaper Bones....)

The Auld Grump, GW got greedy, and got stupid. Reaper got greedy... and got smart....  Grin
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