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A very simple Pathfinder encounter.
Pictured: A particularly simple and streamlined 1st level Pathfinder encounter.

So Paizo announced yesterday they're doing a new edition of Pathfinder, pretty close to the ten-year mark. For me, this is a shrug moment, as I am for the first time that I can recall perfectly happy with a ruleset, namely D&D 5E. (I like it even better than Star Wars Saga Edition, which is saying something.)

My big hope for it would be a turn to simplicity and general "shedding of baggage" in the Pathfinder line, because I find most of their adventure modules unusably bloated and byzantine– and adventure modules are what I want from Paizo more than anything. (Man, I miss the days of 32 page "drop this in your campaign" modules. Even more I miss Dungeon magazine.)

But looking at all this with the detached view of someone who isn't going to change game systems in any case, I wandered over to ENWorld and the Paizo forums and... ugh. I always forget how pessimistic and pointlessly cynical the online gaming community is, until I go wade in again. I mean, I know the term "grognard" is used for a reason, but the gamers I actually hang out with are overall pretty awesome and upbeat people just there to have fun.

At this stage, I mostly feel bad for the Erik Monas and Mike Mearlses of the world, who have to try to engage with their user base and are constantly beset by this crap. "It's just a cash grab!" "YOU'RE DESTROYING MY GAME!" "I'm sooooo disappointed..."

And yes, I engaged in it myself, back in the day, I won't bother trying to deny it. I regret that, but the damage is done and I'm not the person I was ten years ago. But also, the online gaming community is not what it was then, either.

Long story short? I miss the days before "Don't read the comments." Internet forums are all comment! And they used to be fun and useful, once. :P

-The Gneech
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1,454 words today, still not quite up to the 1,667 par but a big step up from what I've been doing so far this month.

But more urgently, [personal profile] laurie_robey and I picked up the keys for the new apartment today! We also took measurements and did some preliminary thinking on how the layout would go. The new place is something like 50% larger than where we are now, and after cramming in here it's going to feel SO. ROOMY. O.o We might actually (gasp!) have a guest room again! Or even get a roommate? Whoa.

The other big thing today was a job interview. :) Part-time work that would basically pay the difference between the rent here and the rent in the new place, but work that I'd enjoy doing, would provide a little structure and get me out of the house, so that's all good.

All in all things are going in the right direction for us and I'm quite pleased. Thanks, Universe! Keep up the good work!

Bigger picture/shared reality stuff still needs work, and I'll work on that once we've gotten our own house in order, so to speak.

-The Gneech
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Sleep has been on the weird side for me generally, lately, which is probably related to a combination of all the big changes going on, and the seasonal shift. I don't sleep as well in the summer, so when the weather finally cools off, I tend to spend at least the first few nights crashing like Skylab.

Halloween night, I was crashing in my chair by 9:30 but stuck it out until later for Nightmare Night with the TwitterPonies. The net result was I went to bed exhausted, slept the night exhausted, and woke up exhausted, and all day yesterday I was dragging along, so I decided to go to bed early.

...which apparently caused me to wake up at 3:30 in the morning. -.- I came downstairs and puttered around on various minor things until I was tired enough to go back to bed (7:30), and then wrestled with stressy dreams for three hours and got back up.

It's now the middle of the day, I feel like it's 9 a.m., and I'm still exhausted. Ugh. :P Hopefully lunch and maybe a walk outside will shake all that junk out of my head and I can have a nicely productive afternoon.

But enough of that pain! Here's Wayne Brady and Postmodern Jukebox doing an awesome cover of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."


You're welcome. I got it from Nerdist.
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I don't know why I've felt like crap so much this week, but I'm going to combat it by thinking about things I love and that inspire me. Today's topic: the two Avatar animated series.











I think I need to re-watch both of these shows. Starting today.

-The Gneech
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-The Gneech
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Video: A way better Mercy than me.

While I'm sick and trying to shrug off some disappointments may not be the best time to talk about Overwatch, but I like to live dangerously, so I'm going to anyway.

As you probably know, I've been doing a video series on Learning Not to Suck at Overwatch, and I have learned a lot of things– not the least of which is that I have a lot to learn about being a good teammate.

I'm not going to go down a laundry list of my faults here. The main thing is that I have realized, upon watching my own footage with some remove, is that my attempts to be communicative and coordinate things instead have tended to come off as pushy, strident, lecturey, dismissive, or all of the above. Frankly, if I was on a team with me, I'd mute myself. -.-

It was kind of a sickening realization when it hit me, because it's exactly the opposite of who and how I want to be. So I'm going to start doing something about it.

As I mentioned in my last video I'm going to start concentrating on Mercy and Tracer. These are both heroes who depend on positioning and situational awareness– two of my weak spots in the game– and Mercy particularly has a very symbiotic relationship with her teammates, so to play her well you have got to be able to cultivate that.

As part of my out-of-game research for the project, I came upon Scarletta, a Mercy main who does a really, really good job not just of mastering the character, but of acting as the team organizer, caller, and general leader. She does all that stuff I wanted to be doing, but she does it right, and so I have been studying her videos very carefully.

Of course, the week that I have decided to do this, possibly by jumping into the last weeks of competitive season four, my throat dies and a "grind in HotS for a really awesome D.Va skin" event drops. :P So I don't know how much Overwatch I'll actually be doing. It's hard to be team caller when you can barely speak above a whisper. ¬.¬

But I am at least putting that out there as an intention, in case anyone out there would like to join me for it (or would like me to join them, if they have a team looking for a healer). My goal is to go from "strident, lecturey, and dismissive," to "reassuring, informative, and helpful."

-The Gneech
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I kinda don't live in Equestria any more the way I did, say, three years ago, even if I still love the ponies like whoa. My attention span is just stretched way too thin to keep up with it all.

-TG
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Finally, a sport for me!

Tony Gemignani is equal parts chef and athlete. The Italian-American restaurateur is a pro at tossing pizza dough, and can perform complicated feats like tossing the stiff flour mixture high into the air, spinning it around his shoulders or through his legs, and even juggling multiple pizzas-in-progress at a time...


-TG
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Man, the internet was in a pissy mood at me this morning. >.> You people need to chill the heck out. Here, have some ponies, and other stuff.







Man, if that don't cheer the world up, it needs to re-evaluate its life.

-The Gneech
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-The Gneech
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Please forgive the extraneous space, that seems to be Dreamwidth being strange.








...Whoof. I'm exhausted.

-The Gneech
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Merriam-Webster Word of the Day: Gadzookery

Definition


(British) the use of archaisms (as in a historical novel)

Examples


"Several other stories and verses that they jointly contributed to magazines are historical and melodramatic in tone, larded with archaic oaths and exclamations and general gadzookery." — Julia Briggs, A Woman of Passion: The Life of E. Nesbit, 1987
"Her spare prose and dialogue give a period flavour without the dread excesses of gadzookery." — David Langford, The Complete Critical Assembly, 2002

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They do what they wants.

-The Gneech
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From the Metaquotes LiveJournal Community...

"Why are you writing to your elected representative instead of seeking to overthrow a foreign government from your living room" is a question that I feel answers itself.


-The Gneech
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Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot
Ramen and udon with pancake, this and that
Carbohydrates, carbohydrates
A dreamy collaboration
(Hot, hot, steaming hot!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Better yet, rice should be a complete side dish
If you're from Kansai, it's all about okonomiyaki & rice

But...I'm not from Kansai
(Wait, what?!)
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!

Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot
Fermented cabbage and soybeans, raw egg, this and that
White rice is a pure, snowy white canvas
A fantasy imagination
(Hot, hot, steaming hot!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Rice is a staple food, after all
If you're from Japan, it's all about rice over bread

(spoken)
"Rice isn't a side dish, you know!"
"Oh... I forgot."
"HEY!"


Rice is amazing, I'll eat anything steaming hot!
Fried noodles, octopus balls, pork wrapped in egg, this and that
Carbohydrates, carbohydrates
A dreamy collaboration
(Hot, hot, steaming hot! Let's go, let's go!)

Rice is amazing, it's a problem if I don't have it
Better yet, rice should be a complete side dish
If you're from Kansai, it's all about okonomiyaki & rice

I must have been from Kansai in a past life!
(What the hell?!)
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!
One, two, three, four, rice!

-The Gneech
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Currently my morale-booster of choice. I expect to have a lot of thoughts about K-On! once I finish the series, but until then I'm just savoring the ride.

-The Gneech
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-TG

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