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BarretWallace

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  • Birthday 05/27/1974

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  1. Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.
  2. I think that a lot of people simply won't get it until the virus afflicts (or even kills) someone they know and love. I'm not immune to this...I mean, I'd like to think my family has been cautious, but the prospects of my better half--or the kids!--getting this is terrifying. I hope it never bridges the gap between prospect and reality.
  3. ...what you said. "Hit 'em in the wallet" seems to be the only thing many people will even notice these days. I even have close friends--though maybe they are no longer so close as I might think--who have, at best, a highly cavalier attitude toward the virus. They never wear masks, even while out and about. Social distancing? What's that? They put their kid on a plane to fly out east without a second thought. Days after another kid gets home from a country at warning level 3, they are mixing and mingling with the public at large. I have skipped one gathering with them because of these decisions and behaviors, and this weekend will skip another gathering for the same reasons. My heart aches, because these are good people and I don't want any of them sick or dead. I also can't stop them.
  4. But what have the Romans ever done for us, such that their candles should be venerated so many years later? Maybe you could also lob a few Roman candles into my neighborhood to break up the damn late night fireworks. I don't get up at 4 AM (a little after 5 instead), but damn, wish they'd have some consideration for people who have to sleep to live.
  5. The difference between a roleplaying game and a comic book is that the comic writers have full control over the narrative, while this is...less true in a roleplaying game. In a game, the narrative is subject to the players and an even deadlier foe, the whims of the dice (we all know how the laws of probability warp in proximity to game dice). The West End d6 Star Wars game had their Force Points, and the old Serenity RPG had Plot Points. Both games had cool mechanisms for determining how these points were replenished, always a reflection on how they were used and how the character was played. I never felt like there were enough of those points to power the character through every low the adventure threw at them. For Hero...well, I think it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you develop a system that works for your game and enhances its flavor without robbing it of dramatic potential.
  6. 1. Some guys like that bottled beer Some like it in a can Some say a keg's the best beer For a real beer drinking man Everyone has their favourite But on one thing they agree The greatest beer in all the world Is the one you drink for free Free beer free beer That's my favourite brand If I didn't have to buy it It's the best beer in the land Warm flat funky It don't matter to me The greatest beer in this whole world Is the one you buy for me 2. The boys at the bar were betting On whose beer was the best I didn't have a nickel So they chose me to make the test Those fifteen different kinds of beer Were wonderful to me Each one was my favourite brew The beer I drink for free Free beer free beer That's my favourite brand If I didn't have to buy it It's the best beer in the land Warm flat funky It don't matter to me The greatest beer in this whole world Is the one you buy for me 3. Our old pal Nudsie got married He was trying to save some bucks He went out and bought the cheapest beer And boy it really sucked But after you choke that first one down The rest go easily As long as you remember that You're drinking them all for free Free beer free beer That's my favourite brand If I didn't have to buy it It's the best beer in the land Warm flat funky It don't matter to me The greatest beer in this whole world Is the one you buy for me
  7. I'm listening to the rather noisy (but blessedly effective) air handling system in our building at work.
  8. "If you weren't my cousin I'd marry you." "That's never stopped anyone in this family."
  9. Such septic humor. I need to scat away from this discussion.
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