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On 1/9/2020 at 6:27 PM, Duke Bushido said:

Just to set the record straight:

 

There is no such thing as a manbun. 

 

 


      Yes, unfortunately there is. They’re a result of a bizarre experiment that tried to cross a millennial with a mullet.  They escaped into the sewers and began to breed. Then they spread and built hives in places like Brooklyn and Seattle. Hiding in dusty corners of  artesial...atrtisinal.....(oh screw it!) pretentious pickle shops and Kings of Leon concerts.  
    Beware their coming!!  Once they land on your head they take over your brain and make you drink $500.00 a pound coffee that was pooped out of a jungle rat’s bum.  Their Prius’s move silently so take care Americans........and watch the skies!!!!!!

 

     I have to go, the nice Nurse says I’m disturbing the other patients, and I have to take my pills now.

 

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4 hours ago, Tjack said:


      Yes, unfortunately there is. They’re a result of a bizarre experiment that tried to cross a millennial with a mullet.  They escaped into the sewers and began to breed. Then they spread and built hives in places like Brooklyn and Seattle. Hiding in dusty corners of  artesial...atrtisinal.....(oh screw it!) pretentious pickle shops and Kings of Leon concerts.  
    Beware their coming!!  Once they land on your head they take over your brain and make you drink $500.00 a pound coffee that was pooped out of a jungle rat’s bum.  Their Prius’s move silently so take care Americans........and watch the skies!!!!!!

 

     I have to go, the nice Nurse says I’m disturbing the other patients, and I have to take my pills now.

 

 

My Prius has a factory-installed noisemaker to warn pedestrians when I'm cruising in EV Mode (unfortunately).

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1 hour ago, Ternaugh said:

 

My Prius has a factory-installed noisemaker to warn pedestrians when I'm cruising in EV Mode (unfortunately).


     Yeah,  during WWII Stuka dive bombers had the same kind of thing to scare the hell out of people during attack runs...not making any parallels or drawing any conclusions......just saying.

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On 1/5/2020 at 12:48 PM, Duke Bushido said:

(Side question:  since when have you been able to get the internet on televisions?!)

 

 

Since the advent of "smart" TVs a few years ago.

 

Come on Duke . . crawl out of the dark ages. :) (I'm teasing BTW)

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On 1/13/2020 at 6:44 PM, Tjack said:


     Yeah,  during WWII Stuka dive bombers had the same kind of thing to scare the hell out of people during attack runs...not making any parallels or drawing any conclusions......just saying.

 

The Flying Tigers famous painted a mouth filled with sharp teeth on their P-40.

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On January 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM, Greywind said:

For some of them it's the only way they get to see half-naked women.

 

4 hours ago, pinecone said:

Um, act-tually...there is the Internet......

 

 

 

Suddenly I love my big-ass TV.....

 

:rofl:

 

I kid!   It just like such a good place for that gag.  :D

 

 

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On 1/16/2020 at 2:00 PM, Greywind said:

For some of them it's the only way they get to see half-naked women.

 

At least since Princess Leia and The Return of the Jedi.

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Time for a segue. 

 

Speaking of porn, a few folks objected to Matt Mercer's efforts in a discussion on an FB 5e D&D group, saying that Critical Roll resembled most people's D&D about as well as porn rese,bled real sex. That the search for the funny voice was a distraction from good role play and that Mercer kept shoving his boot up the ass of his players to keep things moving. My objection toMercer, though is his "Skill Challenge" is just a narrative tool to short hand results, based on desperate and flimsy justifications of rolls  forced on the players by Matts use of the, dare I even call it, mechanic. My GM users it because he was inspired by Matt Mercer, and it resulted in a TPK. Not happy..

 

But in the end I'd rather play a game than watch a stream of one. 

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Well, sure, Critical Role is focused on entertaining viewers, not presenting an accurate view of what TTRPGs look like in the Real World. But I would compare it to live sketch/improv comedy rather than porn. The skill set involved is very much the same, and disregard for the "rules"--in the service of entertainment--is also the same. I have no objections to this, but unfortunately newbies to TTRPGs who don't know any better will come away not understanding the true nature of what they are watching when they watch Critical Role. After all, what else do they have to compare it to? Poor movie and television depictions of kids playing D&D? It's not ideal for real-world GMs who have to adjust their expectations, but at least Critical Role brings new players to the gaming table.

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On 1/26/2020 at 11:31 AM, zslane said:

It's not ideal for real-world GMs who have to adjust their expectations, but at least Critical Role brings new players to the gaming table.

Kind of. 

 

It is almost as bad as video "RPGs". 

Both sorta bring in new players, but the expectations of those new players are almost "anti-roleplaying".  Critical Roll types desperately try to be funny, usually failing miserably while the Video types just murderhobo away.

 

Few, if any, of the video "converts" know of or even care of the entire concept of roleplaying within the bounds of a campaigns premise. 

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