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Off Topic Fun / Re: Vote 2020
« on: November 09, 2020, 08:50:43 PM »
I've mentioned 3rd party votes before.

This go round, the LIbertarians were shorn of the Paleos for Trump, and the Pragmatists for Biden.  That consistent 1 to 1.2% around the country, really made a difference.  The Libertarian vote was bigger (!) than the margin between the #1 and #2 vote getters in :  Arizona , Nevada , Wisconsin , Pennsylvania , and Georgia , and also the N Carolina senate race and the Georgia Perdue-Ossoff race.   Noticable effect.

Off Topic Fun / Re: Vote 2020
« on: November 09, 2020, 08:41:21 PM »
Oooo , and don't forget real Dog Sledding to get some Alaska votes all the way in.

altP doesn't live in Wyoming ... (thinks)  < this looks like Gollum trying to answer Bilbo's riddles >

The trigger the majors (including fox) used, was PA going above the automatic recount < 0.5% margin.  Lo and behold, that was a tranche from Allegheny County --- also known as the altP infinity value vote deciding the whole entire election.  WooHoo c.o. will really be famous now.

Ahh Keldar, never underestimate the delicious shadenfreude of drip drip water torture on the losers (in this particular case the target was also the most drip tortured, making it all the more delicious) < and vice versa on previous and future votes > . 

Off Topic Fun / Re: Vote 2020
« on: November 05, 2020, 08:18:16 PM »
Robby and Strat, yeah the expatriot votes and the military votes, used to take pony + boat rides.

My original ballot never showed.  My post office district got a temporary on-time rating of 61%.  It's possible my ballot was returned to the local election office, despite the normal you have to deliver mail to that mail's address thingy // totally illegal oopsy-whoopsy.

Ahh but what's his face told cutie Anakin we shall be patient.

Off Topic Fun / Re: Vote 2020
« on: November 05, 2020, 08:10:16 PM »
538 issued a very soft call on Nevada around 12:30pm BUT usually they back that up with real #'s. 

Georgia looks much more close than anyone imagined. (obviously I boo-boo-ed twice above)
Both Senate races are under 50% and will go to a run off ; minor Libertarian true believer spoilers going on.
Here's someone doing an exceptionally granular county count (site generally left)  but these #'s are spot on.
-- edit link off --

Off Topic Fun / Re: Vote 2020
« on: November 04, 2020, 08:45:33 PM »
In case you missed it ...
(because you've got a job , family , life , etc.)

The Nebraska odd singleton 1 electoral vote, got called way late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  It's a smidge complicated for normal news to explain in soundbyte time frame.
Fox News called Arizona before anyone else.  Trump threw a fit, multiple witnesses + sources.  The AP has since called it too, but most of the other majors have not.
Fox joined the others in calling Wisconsin.
And Fox called Michigan at the same time as the other majors, even though the AP didn't call it right away.

That puts Biden at 270 ... and so says Fox.
--- edit --- put sloppily,  IF Biden also wins Nevada THEN the 270 happens.
Nevada said they'll be done tomorrow early.
Pennsylvania is counting mail ins for at least 2 more days.
Biden is favored in both.
Georgia and North Carolina are still counting and while they're very close, Trump will probably keep those.
--- edit --- looks like both Georgia and NC are done counting = ~Trump wins those.

It's all over except the shouting and lawsuits.  Lots of shouting.

Min/Max 3.x / Re: Optimizing an Already Existing (and Subpar) Character
« on: November 01, 2020, 08:29:40 PM »
Monks Belt

Glitter Dust
Alter Self
Fireball for the stereotype
then integrate with handbook suggestions

Hows this game going ??

Off Topic Fun / Vote 2020
« on: November 01, 2020, 08:22:16 PM »
I voted BUT hoo buddie it was tricky.

I voted in the primary by mail, and helped gramma + grandpa do the same.  There was a check box to receive the application for mail ballot for the general.  We each checked that.  The signature they had on file for me, was from when I was 17 years old = I haven't signed like that in a long time.  I crossed my fingers and waited.  The county commish went on tv to say all ballots were counted.  Bullet dodged.

Our applications never got sent.  Grandpa got grumpy and called.  Oops we'll send those.  Got applications late.  Filled immediately.  I hand deliver all 3.   State vote dashboard says they got them, and processed them same day.  And sent ballots on 10/3.  Gramma + Grandpa got theirs a week later.  Mine no showed.  Deadline approached.  I called party HQ but I didn't qualify for easy access place.  I called county elections, they said wait.  I said I'd been waiting.  They said wait more anyway.  I waited and called again.  Oops come on in and get new ballot, we'll void the other one.  Round in circles.  I get ballot on last day possible for vote by mail, and vote on the spot.  Couldn't expose gramma + grandpa, so I had to jump through the flaming hoops. 

I've never had a problem voting before.  Never.  Voided ballot isn't expected to show on Monday.  It seems to have evaporated.  Ahh the magic of voting.

Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: November 01, 2020, 08:04:30 PM »
Hugs for Bhu , but ...

 ... I live in my 'own little action movie in my head' ...

I can't be the only one who reads this and thinks : " Hey, I would actually pay admission to view one of Bhu's action movies in his head. "

half  ;) , half serious

D&D 5e / Re: 5e Psionics
« on: September 29, 2020, 06:09:40 PM »
Enworld has a screenshot of 2 powers ... uh whatever they're calling them.
The spell is a cross between Shocking Grasp and a 1 round Slow.
< has a 4thE feel to it ; if that could be said + received without grist/angst >
The cantrip is more likely to hit than most cantrips, and the rider might compete with advantage most of the time.
< too early for a verdict ; I wanna see a serious maths hammer on it first ; flavor is good regardless >

Wake the puppy !!

Other RPGs / Re: Review of Alien The Roleplaying Game
« on: August 15, 2020, 08:53:36 PM »

Small thing :  back in Junior High, I was in a sports club gaming thing.  Video games for people without opposable thumbs I guess.  Anyway, most of the dudes would never be able to balance a checkbook ... BUT ... they could handle the d66 counting with 2 d6s.  I was surprised for more than 1 session.

So I think the dice should work even with younger kids ( uh Pokethulhu for 200 wink? ).

Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: August 15, 2020, 08:43:16 PM »
belated Hugs upthread , even an extra page back

Rant -- that there's not enough ranting ...

Pre-emptive hugs downthread ; recognizing the Doctrine of Pre-emptive Hugs, is quite rather disputed (i.e. I don't consent to be hugged before knowing I need to be hugged either --- not that anyone can hug my kitty avatar's Tail anyway).

Hey  :fu hug you, you nasty mutha-hugger.

So how much of this works with your "Not And Say We Did" recommendations for PF Cavalier, Oracle and Paladin?

... or say a 3.5 Paladin with some pieces of PF mashup.

Min/Max 3.x / Re: Fun Finds v7.0 - Now with +15% more reposts!
« on: July 07, 2020, 09:03:19 PM »
While it's likely difficult to ever be able to use the class...
There are two aspects of Maho-Tsukai that I've long overlooked and originally misinterpreted in my mind, a recent revisit had me realize...
1. It actually has the Wizard and not the Sorcerer progression for spell level known. This might be interesting for Ultimate Magus on the spontaneous side.
2. Conversion allows one to dip into about as many spellcasting classes as one desires, and then upon Conversion the spellcasting list remains available for spells known. Similar usefulness of Generic Spellcaster for particular PrCs such as War Weaver.
3. Conversion converts the level of spellcasting, and is not a replacement of the spellcasting class. By doubling up on spellcasting levels with Mystic Theurge, early entry, nets 9th level spells at 11th level.

hmm ... I could see a singular class be counted, but can't see that as the Only possible answer.
Big thread decent arguments, similar direction :

Confirmed.   :clap to nunku.

< note : that's a clap , not the clap , to nunku >

So what does HoH Taint do different than OA Taint ??

D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder / Re: Trying to find an old post
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:35:29 PM »
Found it
... { insert the very old straightening-my-tie smiley face } ...
on DavidWL's old bg thread.

"Triad of Shadows" was only wayback crawled twice, and the 2nd was a dud = very rare indeed !!

Should work ... at least for now (wayback's been in the news).

Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: June 14, 2020, 08:12:03 PM »
Hugs for the triple stack of Jack + Psy + Bhu.

< peanut gallery >

Improving Paladin casting seems like kinda exactly your avatar + 1 liner.


Hey, yeah.

It's quite fabulous.  We discussed it around here, when it first came out.
Link on the first post  (I've no idea if that wiki got it word-for-word).
It's better than wish, 'cause you can cast (!) another 9 and learn more 9s on your own.
Whole multi-year series of Unearthed Arcana.

Most people seem quite unhappy with how stupid proof + simple it is.
3.5e had a make anything interpretation of the Artificer
and the MIC had an almost wishlist option (nigh universally ignored).
4e followed this lead with wishlist and 1 ritual crafting = near automatic.
So as unrewarding as 5e crafting is fluffed not at all ... it does work.
And you'll still be grumpy about it.

Board Business / Re: Chat
« on: May 30, 2020, 08:17:33 PM »

"Pooh?" said Piglet.

"Yes Piglet?" said Pooh.

(click to show/hide)

Off Topic Fun / Re: COVID-19
« on: April 17, 2020, 06:25:19 PM »
hey y'all ... (ping)

Somebody either smart or random took a look at the census data around the time of the US Civil War, and discovered probably an extra 125k people died from that war.  The approach was amature but accurate.  Then it got vettted by the grumpiest bunch of old people.  It worked.  The argument won.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and officially almost no one died.  Which was known b.s. from the start.  NYTimes did a quick study and got roughly 1000 dead.  I forget did a study and got 3000.  And a PSU demographer did a peer reviewed paper, getting a number around 4000.  Real good stuff (except the dead part).

The death toll of Covid-19 isn't being represented by the official stats all that well.  When the locals get overwhelmed, they just lose count.  I found this writeup of Italian and Spanish sources ; neither of which I could otherwise read, write or verify. ( The site itself is left-of-center ... but I already led with arch-conservatives.)   So :
Physicist do not make good Demographers, and vice versa.  Still it's a start and very much less wrong.

I don't expect good numbers for 3+ years.
Be safe everybody.  Viva le C.O.!!

Off Topic Fun / Re: The Small Rants Thread XII: The Folly of Life
« on: March 14, 2020, 03:28:34 PM »
Huh.  Life does go on, doesn't it?

Be safe everybody.

My primary internet is being shut down for 3 weeks.
My secondary internet is zeroing local and distance access. 
Granpa heard from a colleague in SKorea.  Their universities are going strictly on-line, but don't have enough bandwidth for all the students.  Presumably this is or will be happening everywhere.
(and so I'm a small potatoes casualty)
My tertiary internet is defacto read-only.

My brother works for a FEMA subcontractor, and they're going totally remote.  That's FEMA shutting itself down. 
(I do realize this is the most possible music-to-their-ears for certain political types)

So long fare well I need a sane good by-ye
Adieu adieu to you and you (but not you-ou)
My kitty avatar says good bye to you
My kitty avatar's Tail says good bye too.

 :sobbing  :hug  :backtotopic

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