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About Haerandir

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  • Birthday 10/19/1973

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  1. Apparently you've never played 'Florida or Germany?' The way it works is: You read crazy news headlines aloud, with all the place names redacted, and your friends have to guess whether they happened in Florida or Germany. It can be a very challenging game.
  2. Nite Owl: "I want the truth!" Ozymandias: "You can't handle the truth!" It actually works pretty well.
  3. How did you come up with your 'handle' (forum name)? It's the name of a AD&D2 character I played in high school. It's either Quenya or Sindarin (from Tolkien). The root words are 'hae' (far, distant) and 'randir' (wanderer/ranger). Seemed like a good name for a half-elf adventurer at the time. I've been using it as my primary online handle since I used it for my first MUD character in 1993. Except in LotRO, because the devs swiped my name for an NPC. What was the first tabletop RPG you played? D&D Basic set (Red box). What was the first tabletop RPG you GMed? Shadowrun 2ed. What are you currently playing/GMing? The Iron Kingdoms campaign I've been in for the last year or so is on hiatus, so we're about to start a Star Hero campaign as a fill-in.
  4. The Importance of Being Ernest Goes to Camp
  5. The gyro chips are not great. I could taste the individual flavors they were going for, but the balance was off. The onion flavor was a little too strong and chemical-y. The reuben chips are better, but I was so-so on them. The first few were pretty good, but the sauerkraut flavor leaves a strong-ish aftertaste that I tired of quickly. I can't imagine bothering with the truffle fries flavor. As Log points out, they're clearly not made using real truffle oil, so basically, they're 'potatoes fried in vegetable oil'-flavored. AKA regular potato chips. I did listen to a food podcast try all four flavors, and while they liked the truffle chips, they were similarly dubious about their alleged 'special-flavorness'. I actually quite liked the biscuits 'n' gravy flavor. Though they probably should have been called 'spicy sausage' flavored, as they're pretty one-note.
  6. Aww, man... Boston's only #9. At least we made the Bottom 10. I wonder if the Olympics thing counts for or against us in his mind?
  7. Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... Well, of course. You have to take the long way 'round if yer onna boat.
  8. Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... No, no, no. McGinty is the ASM... The Alcohol-Swilling Man.
  9. Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... At tonight's retro-D&D-module game (first outing): Joey (OOC): "Death is sort of like a pinata which contains fortune and glory."
  10. Re: What Have You Watched Recently? I re-watched the Beatles' "Help!" last night. It was a bit of a surreal experience (more so than usual, that is). Nowadays, whenever I hear the cultists screaming, 'Kaili!', my brain hears, 'Kylie (Minogue)!'...
  11. Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... No Amber this week (our GM didn't do any prep work over the holidays). No Feng Shui, Champions or Traveller, either (Quintus' player, Vincent's player and I were similarly lazy over the holidays). We did roll up some random Gamma World characters though, just for the heck of it: Peter's character turns out to be a pyrokinetic rat swarm: Peter: I'm a man of a thousand rats! Joey: Each more flammable than the last!
  12. Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... I've been remiss in posting Amber Diceless RPG quotes... We went on hiatus over the summer, and then I got lazy. Here's a few from memory: ----- Three members of the party have decided they need to find out what a Chaos Lord named Lysander is up to: GM: As I recall, your plan was to have Quintus and Vincent stage a raid on Lysander's secret lair, only to have Conrad inform him ahead of time, so that Conrad could earn Lysander's trust and pump him for information... Conrad: That's right. I have, however, detected a minor flaw in the plan. Quintus: Just one? ---- Conrad: There's a slight chance that Lysander knows I killed his sister. He might just attack me on sight. Quintus: So? Then you kill him and we raid his secret lair for real. That's Contingency Plan 'B'. Vincent: So far, our contingency plans go up to 'F'. ----- Vincent and Quintus succeed in breaching Lysander's security, after a fashion. Quintus finds himself in Lysander's office, pursued by guards: Quintus: I kill off enough guards to give myself a little room, then 'Zorro' a 'Q' into his desktop. ----- Vincent has kidnapped Lysander and dragged him to Amber for questioning, only to discover that he has already answered all of Conrad's questions, and been quite cordial and cooperative in the process: Vincent: I... apologize. Lysander: Wait... Did an Amberite just apologize to me? Did that just happen? ----- Later: Leandro: And, to reiterate, we really are sorry for the inconvenience. Lysander: Twice in one day! I may faint.
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  14. Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... A light week for Amber quotes (forgot to write them down, again), but here goes: ----- Before the session starts, Alaric's player goes in search of beer: Vincent (OOC): BTW, if you're having trouble finding it, the bottle opener is a magnet on the fridge. Alaric (OOC): Aha! You lied to me! The bottle opener is actually TWO magnets on the fridge! ----- Sharp-eyed readers may detect a recurring theme from earlier sessions: Leandro: Let's see... I could go talk to Dworkin with Alaric and Conrad, or I could do something useful. Quintus: I'm going to find the wine cellar. You're welcome to join me. Leandro: No, I think I'll just take a nap. ----- Dworkin: A reflection of the Pattern and a reflection of the Logrus, in the same place? Impossible! Conrad: We have it on good authority that Oberon described it as 'a natural phenomenon'. Dworkin: Well, sure, that too. ----- Another recurring theme... Alaric (OOC): I don't understand why no one trusts me. I'm so nice, and likable, and reliable, and trustworthy! Leandro (OOC): Just like the rest of us! Alaric (OOC): Right. Only nice, and likable, and reliable, and trustworthy. Conrad (OOC): Whatever you say, Mr. "I Pass Secret Notes to the GM Every Five Minutes." Alaric (OOC): I do that as a courtesy. This way, I don't deprive the rest of you of valuable playing time. Otherwise, I'd be grabbing the GM and dragging him into the other room constantly. Conrad (OOC): We don't do that, either.
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