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Oct. 10th, 2012

10:24 am - Indulge me, oh flist!

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Yesterday, DoomBoy told me I should inform you all that I am making the fastest strength improvement of all his clients. So this is me, telling you.

I'm not really sure what that means, because I didn't record my starting weight. I think it was around 30kg and now I'm up to around 50kg. I've been doing this for about three months and 20kg in three months doesn't seem like a lot of improvement to me. But really I've no idea so I'm taking the praise.

*pats self on back*


Thanks to coyotegoth, here's a thing that lets you discover your actual D&D stats. I suspect it's biased towards men, because it asks you about your benchpress weight and height to calculate strength, and I came out like this:


Based on that, my lowest attributes are strength, dexterity and constitution, and I should probably be a caster. Given that as women go, I'm above average height and pretty strong too, that would make pretty much all women casters. I'm not sure how I feel about that. But I wouldn't mind checking if I'm wrong. So ladies, if you've 5 minutes to spare for a silly experiment, I'd love to see your stats. Guys too, as a control.

I guess being a caster means I get to wave my cool staff around a lot?

Except No.1 Brother Wheel came round last night and he's into LARPing. He informed me that there's a thing called LARPsafe, and that weapons have to be it. This means basically that you have to be able to hit people with them without doing them injuries. One could not say that about the Enchanter's Staff which is hard like concrete and has pointy bits. You could also not say it about Freedom's Call, which is bristling with (wooden but sharpened) blades on both ends and in the middle.

So now I'm thinking about making LARP staffs. The difficulty with staffs, I guess, is that they are long and often heavily decorated. I'm told that most LARP swords/shields are made using closed-cell foam, but I'm not sure that'd hold up to staff conditions..

It just wouldn't be that impressive being all YOU SHALL NOT PASS *staffthumponground* and having your staff act like it's made of jelly, you know?

So that might have to wait till I've thought about it some more. It's not as if I'm inundated with invitations to participate in LARPing anyway, but I am currently obsessed with staff making and at some point I need to find a use for them, right? Otherwise it'll be like my costume cupboard, except having a bunch of staffs explode out at you will hurt a lot more than a bunch of tulle and tubular crin. *sigh*


So you crafty types - you know how the other day I asked about your making space? Now I'm asking, what do you do with the things you've made? How do you store them if you keep them, and if you don't keep them, where do they go?

Also from coyotegoth, it seems that the capital of Orkney is Kirkwall! *squee* And there were folks in the British Isles doing large-scale architectural stuff before the pyramids were built, apparently. Neat.

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From:pombagira
Date:October 9th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
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ohh.. people keep buying the stuff i make.. O.O so umm. yeah..

*ponders this* although i am wondering where to store the finished stuff before it finds a new home...

with your staff if you are not to attatched i would be tempted to leave it somewhere with a tag that says, looking for a new home pls ... *ponders this some* on second thought given the heavey i am not sure if that would be a good idea..

so maybe you could sell your creations to?

oh look its time to make tea...

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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Hmm.. I have thought about selling stuff but I have two considerations:

1. I seem to have some kind of mental block about it which I need to get over.

2. With regard to the staffs, since they are replicas of Bioware creations they are probably copyrighted. I'm ok making them for myself or for cosplay but the minute I ask for money for them I'm likely violating copyright.

That doesn't prevent me from making originals though. Yours will be the prototype.
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From:pombagira
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
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whoohoo.. yay prototype.. *skips about*

hmm.. yeah on the copyright thing.. and i so totally understand about the selling stuff thing.. its an interesting mental block. for me it was because i enjoyed making the stuff so much that it did 'feel' like work.. so often 'work for money' is something that acccording to society 'should not be enjoyed' like that.. so it becomes werid when you are enjoying making like that to put a price on it

*ponders this*

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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, and like I said in the original post about it, if I were to charge my normal going rate for my time on something like that, it'd put it well beyond the price people would be willing to pay. So that leaves a dilemma about how much to short-change yourself on time vs how much emotional attachment you've developed for *thing you made*.

The staffs are one-offs that I do to see if I can, which is completely different from something I could make over and over again in a short space of time. Thus, I get quite attached to them. I want to keep them all but I have no excuse to keep them - I'm not a cosplayer really, nor a LARPer - I just like making things. Logic says I should sell them to cosplayers and LARPers, I guess.. but cosplay runs into copyright issues and LARP requires LARPsafeness. Which might be a nice challenge I guess.

I could open my own RPG Staff Museum?
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From:pombagira
Date:October 9th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
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hmm.. a PRG staff museum.. i like that!! tehehe
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From:clashfan
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
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STR: 9
INT: 15
WIS: 10
DEX: 12
CON: 11
CHA: 13

I'm near 6-foot, 180 pounds, and I work out. No, I can't bench press a ton.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
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I thought the bench press/military press question was a bit weird too. Like, what if your bp is in one category and mp in another? Take an average?

Also, I'd totally send you to talk the guards into letting us into the tower. Or to lockpick it.
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From:clashfan
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I'd make a sweet Rogue, or possibly Bard.

I play D&D, and not computer-based RPGs. I kick it old school that way.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Fair enough. I play computer-based RPGs and not D&D. Some of them have the Bard option, others don't. I'd make you a rogue. And I'd give you dual wield, stealth, a crossbow and a set of lockpicks. You'd be sorted.
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From:clashfan
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I like it. Add in a couple of daggers and a Forgery set, and I'm *real* trouble.

PS My latest post was with you half in mind. Thought you'd find it funny.
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From:tieke
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
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STR:12
INT:17
WIS:14
DEX:13
CON:9
CHR:12

Apparently.
But I guessed military and bench press weights (and I had to google what a millitary press was), and supposedly how much I can drink is important in determining my constitution ...

So what does that make me, in terms of a D&D character.
And more importantly, do I get to have pets in this game?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I don't actually know much about D&D at all, but in terms of RPGs I would have you as a ranged rogue. Cos you're too squishy for hand-to-hand combat but it'd be a shame to waste that dexterity on shooting fireballs.
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From:tieke
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
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OK, I'll go with that as long as I can have pets. Or a horse. Preferably both. Otherwise, I'm not playing this game.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
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This is my game, therefore there are dragons and unicorns and they are all rideable.
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From:tieke
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Woot, I'm in! When do we start? After the exam, maybe?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
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*quickly adds in 'Manipulate Statistics* as a special rogue power*

Mine shall be Qualitative Blast.
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From:tieke
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Awesome. I would also like the spell: linear regression and the Spearmann's spear.

And my dragon will be called Anova


And after the exam we can wreck our fragile constitutions with under four drinks.

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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
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Yes but will you choose the Obnoxious specialisation (leads to Grumpy Fucker) or the Sarcastic one (leads to Cutting Burn)?

Also, in Awakening there's a spec called Battle Mage. You'd be perfect for it but your delicate constitution would need buffing.

[edit] And based on results so far, unless we get a sudden change of pace, you're our tank. Sorry about that.

Edited at 2012-10-10 01:10 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
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My dragon will be called Anomie, and I will wield the Staff of Labelling*.

Qualitative Blast is an AoE that causes foes to forget all their stats and only act based on their epistemological worldview. It's absolutely devastating on those warriors with the big swords who are overcompensating.

* Also handy for storage boxes.
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From:tieke
Date:October 10th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
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And if you combine linear regression with qualitative blast, it turns your enemy into a NZ Herald reporter!

http://publicaddress.net/onpoint/

Edited at 2012-10-10 04:42 am (UTC)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 10th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
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I cast binomial fireball and Gaussian avalanche!
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From:tieke
Date:October 10th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
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Causing the AoE effect of bewilderment.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 10th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
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The AoE impact is normally distributed fortunately, so you can use parametric defences against it!
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From:clashfan
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
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You, my friend, are a Wizard. With that INT? The Dex is to avoid being hit, the Wis is to not Fireball the town, and the Charisma is to talk your way out of trouble. But with that INT, you're hucking major power as a Wizard.

And Wizards can have familiars. Just sayin'.
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From:tieke
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
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ooo, and wizards generally get the prettiest dresses, right? Cos that matters too.
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From:clashfan
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
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They can cast cantrips that make everything look nice and ship-shape. Generally, they wear robes, but you can make them as nice as you like.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 9th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Ranger:



Wizard:



I actually had a hard time finding pics where the female version was wearing enough to count as robes. Which I always thought was highly impractical.
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From:t_c_da
Date:October 9th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
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{wonders if it's the clothing that is impractical, or the lack of it...}

*ducks back into the woodwork*
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From:tieke
Date:October 10th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
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What I found most disappointing in WoW (well, ignoring for a moment the mysogynistic group chat and the nasty set of colonial values), was that hunters couldn't wear dresses. I mean, why can't I have all the pets, AND a pretty dress?*

In your game, I get both, right?



* and maybe I could have that, and not have to be concerned that I'm contributing patronising assumptions about what girls want in a game.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
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In my game, anyone who wants to can wear a pretty dress - manly hairy tank warriors included.

Also, everyone's kissing everyone.
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From:tieke
Date:October 10th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
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Your game is the best game.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 9th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
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STR:11
INT:17
WIS:13
DEX:10
CON:9
CHR:12

Although, I don't think they are biased because stats in RPGs are usually an absolute ability rather than a relative. e.g. you don't get a gender bonus when rolling against your strength ;p
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
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The way it's panning out it doesn't seem to have a gender bias at all based on my friends' results. But it does say I'm weak. Boo.

Also, looks like you're a caster too. I reckon your fancy spell should be Summon AI.
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From:bekitty
Date:October 10th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
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STR:12
INT:13
WIS:15
DEX:9
CON:9
CHR:12

Actually, I have absolutely no idea at all how much I can bench or military press. I don't tend to DO that kind of stuff.

Apparently, I'm a true neutral human wizard. Whatever that is. I don't play D&D. :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm true neutral as well - which is apparently a euphemism for 'has no convictions' - which is bollocks. They just didn't ask about them.

Also, this game is mage/rogue heavy. Where are all our warriors?
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From:bekitty
Date:October 10th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
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One of the quizzes I did had this question:

"Animals...

(a) should be respected.
(b) are delicious."

... and I had to choose one. I couldn't just tick both. So unfair! :-/
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:October 10th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
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STR:10
INT:17
WIS:15
DEX:12
CON:9
CHR:13
And Lawful Good (man, I'm boring)

Yet another Mage into the mix. I like happyinmotion's idea that the Warriors are apparently not on the internet with us. We're Tower material, all the way.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
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I suspect if I were sent to the Tower I'd be an apostate in fairly short order. Or they'd chuck me off the top. Not sure which tbh. ;-)

And yeah, I'm trying to think through my flist for potential warriors. Maybe I should be investigating the local rugby club? So far it seems I have the tankiest constitution but at 12 that's not saying much, eh?
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:October 10th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
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I'd cover for you and secretly destroy your vial or whatever. My Lawful Goodness doesn't extend to unjust laws/imprisonment like the Tower ;-)

Oh - and it's now a little out of date (from 2008) but the organization of my costuming room is still basically like my flickr set shows:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27512116@N00/sets/72157604941860235/
I've got more long, flat rubbermaids for keeping costumes laid flat (better for them than hangers, though the closet is still stuffed), and taller boxes for wigs and armour, and I finally got rid of the "spare bed" which was never used. I don't know if it's really helpful, but I also spent a day making little tags for each hanger in the closet, saying what the costume was.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
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That is awesome. I have costuming room envy!

We've been casually discussing the option of my appropriating the downstairs room (currently a shared study) for crafts and putting in daylight lighting and a mezzanine for storage. I approve of this plan, but it has to wait till my offspring leaves home. He's 17 and in his final year at school, so not forever but a while yet. I am trying not to act like a vulture over his bedroom.. hopefully successfully. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
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I find myself wondering how an all-mage party would play out. In DA2 I often took 3 mages and a tank, and found the combo of Merrill damaging, Anders healing and me CCing was pretty devastating. But I'm not sure how that'd work without a tank - maybe with another CC mage?
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From:dreadbeard
Date:October 10th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
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STR:11
INT:17
WIS:16
DEX:15
CON:13
CHR:14
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
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Right then. By virtue of being the only one with constitution in the teens, you get to be our tank. Who cares if you can't actually walk in your armour?
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From:crsg
Date:October 10th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
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Strength: 10
Intellect: 17
Wisdom: 12
Dexterity: 7
Constitution: 10
Charsima: 13

... Yeah, my dexterity isn't exactly my charm point.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
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Intellect plus charisma - you are totally doing all the talking. ;-)
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