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Jester's Realm / Re: Chattin' 2
« on: Yesterday at 03:46:09 PM »
So, between going to Canada to pick up a car, driving back, moving a bunch of stuff, then making a 20-hour drive to move to the reservation...

...I'm not going to be very available for the next five days or so. But, when I return, I'll have even better internet than I do now!

September 1776 / Re: Talkin' like it's 1759! (OoC chat)
« on: Yesterday at 03:46:00 PM »
So, between going to Canada to pick up a car, driving back, moving a bunch of stuff, then making a 20-hour drive to move to the reservation...

...I'm not going to be very available for the next five days or so. But, when I return, I'll have even better internet than I do now!

and there is a slightly stinky wind coming from it.
Brimstone, or something else?

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:16:42 PM »
Elizabeth puts her head in her hand.

"Nothing living was supposed to cross that circle.

At least we know that it doesn't seem to allow him to escape."

She looks off to the side.

"I'm struggling to find any other way to detect this thing that comes into our town at night and feeds on anyone it finds alone."

Board Business / Re: Easy Table Coding
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:19:38 AM »
Nice! It looks like it pulls from Word, too, which I tend to use for writing up all my classes at home.

Thanks for this!

"Lets go check out the next area. Preferably skeletons-first. Morte?"

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:22:09 AM »
"Can you elaborate?"

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:28:35 AM »
"So long as it's as a last resort, and we can keep such deals as quiet as possible. The townsfolk are slowly learning the truth of things, but I can't see that working out well for a population, generally speaking. I'll be back in a few minutes."

Elizabeth goes to confer with the lieutenants.

"I may have to release the prisoner. As much as I don't like the idea, he knows more about what we're dealing with, and he's more on our side than any man-eating, human-incubating spider monster.

I have to learn the ins and outs of detecting other-wordly creatures, so I can better find this thing as it enters our town."

So, if it will take days to clear the traps here, I suppose we should move on to inspect a new area. We can always come back to guard them as they clear traps, if needed.

Off Topic Fun / Re: My big adventure
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:23:02 AM »
You're going to have to let me know how the Canadians see Super Troopers 2 through.
I actually just watched that this weekend, with my wife... in Canada. They probably assume all Americans are Rod Farva.

Looking forward to the remote life?
Yes. My wife and I typically go camping once a year and enjoy it. This will obviously be different than a one-week retreat. Also, we'll have a building instead of a tent to live in, with fiber optic internet. So, that will be nice. Worse comes to worst, I can become an introvert on my laptop. :p

Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4x4 gets 25mpg almost all the time.
Ford Escape Hybrid 4x4 gets near 28 mpg and New York taxis got 300k miles out of them.
Cuts your gas expense in half other 4x4s.
Worth overpaying for Low Miles (yeah yeah I know its kilometers + too much math this early)
... because no one does the math on car expenses right especially someone unloading a low miles hybrid.
We settled on a 2015 Subaru Outback. Consumer Reports spoke highly of Outbacks and Foresters.

Does this mean you'll have to post in translated Canadian next time?
I think legally, I have to.

OOC: It's probably been six months + IRL time since we agreed to the mission, so I don't remember what we were doing down here. So far as I remember, we rescued kobolds, then we came back to look for stuff?

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: August 06, 2018, 08:44:16 AM »
"How so?"

Off Topic Fun / My big adventure
« on: August 03, 2018, 02:02:07 PM »
I never post here anymore other than the PbP and Homebrew sections, but I figured I'd fill any of you old-timers in on my upcoming massive life changes:

Back a year-and-a-half ago (very early November 9 to be precise), my wife decided she wanted to move to Canada. I was pretty hesitant for a while, but ultimately came to agree with her. Over the last year or so, we've been taking steps to get our permanent residency set up in Canada, and for her to get a teaching job lined up. Well, it's finally happening!

When: It looks like we're targeting moving on August 18. There are a few things we have to get pinned down, but that's the current plan.

Where: We'll be moving up to a reservation in rural Ontario. It's a small community that makes its money from its tourism fishing industry. It's a small enough place that they don't have a store, so we'll have to drive (quite!) a ways to do any shopping. Still, they have an air strip for easier travel or having things shipped. Also, despite not having a store, they have an ice arena, because Canada. They also have a pretty new water treatment plant, which will be nice. One of the other reservations we looked at has to have water shipped in (think those big water coolers you see in offices).

My wife's job: She has been teaching for 13 or 14 years, but got sick of doing it in Michigan (see Betsy Devos and Michigan's right to work act). In Canada, people want to teach to the point where new teachers often have to start substitute teaching. She looked into the Teach for Canada program, and wanted to teach at a reservation for a while. It's the type of adventure she wanted to go on, that will only get harder the more settled we get. She will be teaching in a school of only 50 kids, and will be the 1st through 4th grade teacher.

My job: I've been doing web development for a freight company. I was originally planning to do this same job remotely, but it's gotten more difficult, and I just found out last week I'll have to start my own LLC to contract myself out across the border, and... I just don't feel like learning all of that. Once we get settled in, there, I'll look for a job at a Canadian company that is open to remote employment (which I hear is common).

Our kids: My two girls are 9 and 6. The older daughter is much more apprehensive about the move and about leaving her friends. The younger one seems less upset about it, and keeps asking when we're moving. The two of them are definitely being affected by stress, and I'm trying to be mindful of that when I can be. We were looking at the curriculum of the school, and part of it includes dressing a moose and gutting a fish (life skills, up there!). My older daughter is pretty squicked out by the idea, but the younger one is morbidly curious.

Our cats: The cats can come, and they don't have to be quarantined! It turns out there isn't so much of a hassle as we expected. We'll probably have to leave our expensive, one-year-old mattress behind, because apparently that's a pain to move. At least our family will be intact!

The house: That thing sold super fast. We certainly picked a good time to sell our house and rent. Within 30 hours of listing, we had eleven showings and five offers. The best one came in notably above our asking price. We'll be staying at a furnished place right across from the school, and the rent is stupidly cheap. Also, I'll have better internet in the middle of the woods than I have in the city, here, because Canada. Yay subsidized infrastructure!

All the incidentals: My wife is currently in Canada training. I have to pick her up this weekend. We each drive old Hondas, and we're going to have to find a truck of SUV with four-wheel drive. The current plan is to buy one across the border so we don't have to import it when we move. Since the place we're buying is furnished, we'll be selling a lot of our old, used furniture right before we go. We're only keeping the stuff we care about (like the table we made last year, and the chairs from her great grandmother). My parents offered to come up and help us move, so we're hoping to get all of our stuff up that way. We still have a lot of annoying things to do, like get new cell phones and set up a bank account. Still, this is all moving quite quickly!

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:49:03 AM »
Does she find him believable?

"You won't do anything to harm the citizens of this town?"

Sense Motive = 1d20+10
Rolled 1d20+10 : 6 + 10, total 16

"Sooo... check out a different route?"

"So... time-prohibitive to do at this time?"

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: July 31, 2018, 08:20:57 AM »
You can learn a spell any time, it's just to buy ranks in it after you need to level up and get skill points.  The prisoner would likely demand you take the Apprenticeship Flaw or set him free.
"Where will you go and what will you do if I release you?"

Sense Motive = 1d20+10
Rolled 1d20+10 : 4 + 10, total 14

The bodies are murders in the night.  In each case that person was in a room alone and found dead.  No one was witnessed entering or leaving and no noise was heard.  Always at night.  The town is alive with rumors of vampires..
"We're still investigating, but it's safest to sleep in groups with at least one person keeping watch. We may have to tighten our perimeter in spots. It would be safest to burn the bodies after reading them their last rites."

To her lieutenants: "From what I can tell, it's effectively a large spider, that can lay it's eggs in people. It knows what many would refer to as 'magic'. I don't think it's a very straight-forward foe, and we cannot expect it to just show up and 'fight' us, some day. We're going to have to be smarter than it. I'm researching ways to find it while it is hiding."

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: July 30, 2018, 09:58:22 AM »
yup but you'll need a copy of the spell, make a bargain with an entity or have someone who knows it teach it to you

which iis kind of what yr prisoner is hinting at

I have to gain a level to learn it though, right? Is the idea she could start "learning" it now, then actually gain access when she levels?

If so, she'll let him teach her.

A week passes before people in town start showing up dead with their blood drained.

What do you mean by "showing up"? Is part of the group bringing dead people back from hunting trips?

OOC: Sorry, I thought Morte and the kobolds were hashing out the traps.

"How long is 'a while'?"

September 1776 / Re: Chapter 1: A New Beginning
« on: July 25, 2018, 08:00:42 AM »
Elizabeth nods, and heads out of the jail. She again makes sure that people are moving about or taking their watches at least in pairs. She will go out with hunting groups to help keep things safe and look for any evidence of weird things moving about.

OOC: Elizabeth will make a note to learn that spell when she is able (i.e. when she gains a level). The ranks are purchased with skill points, right?

Also, did we ever get those cows back to town, or did we leave too late in the day for that?

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