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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: January 14, 2015, 10:52:52 AM
Wargames creator John Hill has passed away - the designer that brought us Squad Leader and Johnny Reb. Sad I know folks that still play Johnny Reb on a regular basis - it was not all that long ago that the third edition came out.

I mostly remember him from back in the Avalon Hill days.

The Auld Grump
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e on: January 08, 2015, 02:37:48 PM
For me, what sums up the attraction of Eberron is the phrase 'battle on top of a speeding lightening rail'.  Grin

Film noir style D&D adventures are another big draw.

The Auld Grump
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e on: January 08, 2015, 10:59:46 AM
You aren't alone in not liking the Realms....

On the other hand, I liked Eberron a great deal... after dismissing it because of the overhyped marketing....

5e... just isn't grabbing me. I don't hate it like I did 4e, but it just doesn't seem to do anything better than other games on the market.

Maybe there just needs to be more stuff out for it?

The Auld Grump - there's actually a long list of games that I like less than 5e. 5e is pretty much just in the middle of the pack.
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e on: January 08, 2015, 09:11:50 AM
Two of the three D&D 5e games by folks that I know have returned to running Pathfinder.

The third has begun a Serenity game.

A fourth, that was thinking about running 5e, decided to run a Cyclopedia game instead.

Not looking good for D&D at this point, at least locally.

The Auld Grump
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: KickStarter thread on: November 15, 2014, 02:47:51 PM
Mantic has a Kickstarter for the second edition of Kings of War.

Kings of War has become my go to game for fantasy wargaming - the rules are simple and consistent, and the armies are much better balanced than a certain other fantasy mass combat game.

And you can get the rules and most of the army lists for free.

I have played a game of 4000 points in just over an hour - very little by way of rules arguing. (And that quibbles about who could see what and when.)

This... is going to be expensive... not so much for the game as for the addons....

The Auld Grump
36  Community / Off-Topic / Please Tell Me This Isn't About What I Think It's About on: November 04, 2014, 05:03:10 PM
A Poo Transplant?!!!

The Auld Grump
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: October 29, 2014, 09:45:37 AM
That said, however stuffed as the boxes might have been there wasn't a shortage of troops, supplies, or officers willing to back that choice. If the fix was in, it was a popular fix all same.
There were constant shortages of troops and supplies in the south.  All they really had going for them were their generals.
I had an history professor that maintained that at least two of the Confederate states had more volunteers in the Army of the Republic than they did in the Confederate army.

Not total number of soldiers, mind, simply the volunteers.

That there was that great a separation between the the leadership of those states and the hard scrabble farmers and miners that made up the majority of their populations. It was the monied land owners that wanted secession and the right to own other human beings as property.

The professor was from South Carolina, and was of the opinion that Lee should have been hanged, not for the war, but for continuing the war far past the point where the South had no chance of victory.

Revisionist history is a tempting fruit, but one best avoided.

As for whether the South would have been allowed to secede, had they not fired on Fort Sumter... I kind of doubt it, but a small island off of the coast of Maine did de facto secede just a bit before the Civil War - an act not officially recognized by the US government, but recognized by the US Post Office, the Treasury Department (including the Coast Guard), and the draft boards.

Wiscongus remained separate from the US until WWII.... (A patriotic surge because of the war and an aging Postmaster led to the island rejoining the Union.)

Mind you, we are talking about maybe a couple of hundred people here.... Easy enough to ignore.

The Auld Grump - the one attempt by the draft boards to conscript soldiers during the Civil War was driven off by the wives of Wiscongous throwing hot potatoes at the soldiers....
38  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.

(click to show/hide)

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....
39  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.
40  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....
41  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
42  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
43  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
44  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
45  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
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