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NOTHING but VENTS -- Vent all You Want Without Replies.

Posted by Shannara
member, 235 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2022
at 17:38
  • msg #1050

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

Ghosting seems to be the biggest challenge running games here.  I now have a rule, if players do not post for two weeks without some kind of advance notice they are removed from the game.  If it was a legitimate reason they can always come back but just not posting without any explanation is rude, not just to the GM but the entire playing group.  Who wants players like that in their game?
member, 7390 posts
Gaming for over 40
years, and counting!
Thu 24 Mar 2022
at 06:09
  • msg #1051

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

Tendonitis sucks.  I had it in my knee last summer...started late May, and it was sometime in October before it stopped being a regular factor in my life.  I've had bad knees for a long time, so that didn't surprise me.

What did surprise me is getting it in my elbow, for no apparent reason (at least, with my knee, I had suddenly shifted gears at work and was lifting heavy loads, pushing stuff around on stage, running up and down stairs a lot more than usual...the elbow?  Just, one day, "Oh, hey...we don't like it when you grip stuff and extend your arm...")

Between elbow wraps, roll-on lidocaine, and ibuprofen, I'm still functional, but when you spend a day sweeping and moving stage lights, the point of diminishing returns creeps up on you pretty fast...
member, 992 posts
Read my biography...
Feel free to Rmail me :)
Fri 1 Apr 2022
at 00:42
  • msg #1052

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

Homeless, destitute, and county help will only BEGIN in two to three months; one month absolute minimum. Just had doctor's apt before I lost temporary housing. So thankfully I have medicine. I almost froze last night in the car, it was 36 degrees, and raining. I had only one blanket, and couldn't afford to use gas to stay warm. I was ready to go to the ER, but thankfully I didn't have to. I have tried asking for help from family, and that's been degrading, and ultimately gave only "You can buy a grayhound ticket to ..." where my mother lives, and stay in a shelter there. Thing is...that shelter, not here but there...they also have a waiting list. I called them. So I'm disgusted, and angry after she proceeded to be emotionally abusive and dangle this nebulous help (ME buying a grayhound ticket; leaving my car...and going to shelter there...that is full, and will be for the next month.) I haven't tried my father, but he can't be worse, or at least he will be quicker. Sister, understandably, has her own family. I asked, but she said no; and I understand that. Older brother already lives with my father. It sucks being the black sheep.
member, 1749 posts
Fri 1 Apr 2022
at 04:18
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  • msg #1053

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was off-topic, at 04:37, Fri 01 Apr 2022.
member, 25 posts
If there's a will
There's a way
Sun 17 Apr 2022
at 01:25
  • msg #1054

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

 Some folks on RPOL were talking about Cortex Prime. It sounded interesting. So I picked up the PDF. I discovered that all the dice roll examples are symbols, and images at that.  This is the text searchable PDF.  So, when trying to understand the mechanics, its like having part of a conversation in one language, and every so often the speaker switches language on you.


I've never encountered a PDF, with this problem with it.

Text sometimes getting faded into an image, because its ontop of a complicated image, sure. It happens. Annoying, you bet, but stuff happens. This, this though, normal text, symbol, normal text. Example,  image, text, image.

Cue Arnold's scream from the first predator  movie.
member, 158 posts
Tue 19 Apr 2022
at 18:51
  • msg #1055

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

This is just me venting, please don't @. But goddamn, I am sick of otherwise good games becoming "planning sessions" that stall the game entirely. I think I'm in three of them right now. Someone thinks they're Sun Tzu and so we have to stop what we're doing to argue about tactical decisions that, ultimately, won't make a bit of difference once we get rolling because we're fighting a bunch of goblins, not forming a cordon sanitaire.

I would rather lose a game than win a meeting.
member, 18 posts
ADD Grognard
PBP Neophyte
Tue 19 Apr 2022
at 20:38
  • msg #1056

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

In reply to Smoot (msg # 1055):

LOL. Great post. Maybe the DM can help out by having a goblin patrol ambush the party while they're arguing over standard wedge vs inverted wedge vs wedge salad.
supporter, 469 posts
Tue 19 Apr 2022
at 22:20
  • msg #1057

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

Why do the problems like to come at you all together, from all directions, instead of one by one!?!
moderator, 3886 posts
When in doubt,
Wed 20 Apr 2022
at 01:52

Vents Without Replies

Just a small reminder - this thread is a place for people to vent while requesting that others do not reply.  There's another thread that they can use if they want (or don't mind) commiserations or comments.   Thanks!
member, 19 posts
ADD Grognard
PBP Neophyte
Wed 20 Apr 2022
at 02:37
  • msg #1059

Vents Without Replies

In reply to Shannara (msg # 1058):

My bad. Duly noted, and chastened.
member, 140 posts
Tue 26 Apr 2022
at 13:09
  • msg #1060

Vents Without Replies

Allergies.  I like trees, why do they bother my nose so much ?
member, 4 posts
Wed 4 May 2022
at 00:49
  • msg #1061

Vents Without Replies

I am aggravated.
member, 1 post
Thu 5 May 2022
at 02:29
  • msg #1062

Vents Without Replies

i hate myself
member, 1408 posts
Thu 5 May 2022
at 06:01
  • msg #1063

Vents Without Replies

So Effing HOT!!! I am Melting...
member, 1797 posts
Captain Oblivious!
Sun 5 Jun 2022
at 06:09
  • msg #1064

Vents Without Replies

I just can't seem to win of late: if it's not one thing, it's another.    The latest?  My blu-ray player started making grinding noises, which is the first sign of the machine starting to fail.   And it's one more thing that I just can't afford to replace.   I'm already considering a debt consolidation, and I just don't want to go any further into the red.
member, 117 posts
Sun 5 Jun 2022
at 19:44
  • msg #1065

Vents Without Replies

Its funny when people tell you that you have a reputation and others dont want to play with you, and thats why you arent being allowed in a game.

excuse me for not wanting to cyber people... excuse me for not putting up with bigotry and hate... excuse me for not letting others randomly neg my suggestions on something completely irrelevant to anyone else, something that I took the time to check out and vet before suggesting and the person negging me didnt even bother to look at [they literally said they didnt]... excuse me for standing up for myself...

and excuse me for trying to be creative.

I do have adhd, and sometimes I get neurotic and over complicated, its true... and anyone who tells you they dont want to get the most out of something or who says they dont want the best are just full of shit.
however, just because i get a little convoluted or just because I mess up my math sometimes doesnt mean im a cheater or that im trying to get one over the gm. Just because I use the mechanics available to me doesnt mean im making shit up.

To hell with your opinion of me, and me saying that doesnt make me a bad player.

I'm in games, I get along with people just fine when they dont knee jerk on me.

I'm here to have fun, yes I want to get along... yes I want to play with others, if I wanted to play by myself I could go plenty of other places but I am also here to have fun and not be bullied or sucked into some hedonistic crap.

To hell with your ideas of me and 'my reputation'.
subscriber, 442 posts
Sun 5 Jun 2022
at 21:31
  • msg #1066

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

You know what I hate? When people can't seem to read and understand the words on the page. Especially 'literally'.

It makes me want to quote Jules from Pulp Fiction regarding the English language.
This message was last edited by the user at 21:31, Sun 05 June 2022.
member, 119 posts
Mon 6 Jun 2022
at 09:07
  • msg #1067

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

I'm sorry, did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What's the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort.

English, mango-fruit, do you speak it?

This message was last edited by a moderator at 10:47, Mon 06 June 2022.
member, 120 posts
Mon 6 Jun 2022
at 10:25
  • [deleted]
  • msg #1068

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was moot, at 10:50, Mon 06 June 2022.
member, 970 posts
My hovercraft
is full of eels
Mon 6 Jun 2022
at 14:59
  • msg #1069

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

When you ask a question on a Facebook group, in this instance some suggestions for weapon ideas for my autistic son who has trouble pulling his blows, and a whole bunch of ill-informed knuckle-draggers chuck stupid opinions at you. He shouldn't be on the field if he is dangerous to other players (he's 11yo BTW); Why don't you teach him to fight safely; Maybe he could play a wizard instead; maybe he could be a medic; maybe he could be an archer instead...

But you still have to trawl through all the tedious horse manure to actually get to the one or two responses that actually answered the damn question!!!

As a SEND parent I have to live with this crap every day, as if I'm going to go "you know, I never thought about it." I think about my kids' SEND every minute of every day. I wake up during the night thinking about it. I think about it on the school run, when I should be working, when I'm watching TV. ALL ... THE... TIME. As a SEND parent pretty much every decision is based on what is right for your kids, from little decisions like where to go out for dinner (or shall we stay home cos it's easier) to medium decisions like where to go on holiday (or shall we stay at home cos it's easier) to big decisions like where should we live or should I accept that job offer.

So back to Facebook... if someone posts for advice there are two options: 1) give honest, helpful advice that answers their query, 2) keep on scrolling baby!

Thank you for listening...
This message was last edited by the user at 15:07, Mon 06 June 2022.
member, 162 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2022
at 18:37
  • msg #1070

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

Okay, so I recently was in a game that stopped. It happens. I liked this game, though, and if I ran across the GM again, I would again say "thank you" to the GM for running it. It had a great premise and was well run.

There are however about four players that I wish I caught the actual player names of, though, because I never want to play in anything with them, again.

If a game is billed as a high-energy action-swashbuckler kind of thing, and opens on an action scene, it is:

1) NOT time to have our characters do that drill from the first day of school where we sit in a circle, give our names and one fact about us. Someone went to the trouble of setting up a high-energy opening. It is NOT an IC RP chatroom! The game started! Game on!

2) NOT appropriate to "tsk" people who made a combat-capable character for a high energy swashbuckling game, and had those characters respond to a combat situation with something besides "Sad."The game was described as something akin to Muppet Treasure Island with a D&D injury rate. We did not sign up for Grousing and Guilt-Trips.

3) NOT cool to then, in the OOC section, describe the players who got off their characters' fictional asses and did something with the game as "having main-character syndrome". I didn't realize that spending a day, real time,  making up characters with fantastical powers was supposed to end with them being shy and remorseful about USING the fantastical powers, or that we were all supposed to join your character's book-group in the back.

The game stopped because of "posting rate" issues, because those four (out of about eight) jackasses thought it was Introspection Time, and dragged the rest of us down, because the GM thought they were doing something wrong. They didn't.
This message was last edited by the user at 18:38, Tue 12 July 2022.
member, 1811 posts
Captain Oblivious!
Fri 15 Jul 2022
at 19:32
  • msg #1071

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

Some days, you feel like you can't write a quality post to save your life.....
member, 1013 posts
Sat 23 Jul 2022
at 14:16
  • msg #1072

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

I'm still homeless. I have shelter, but not privacy. More recently, two days ago my roommate and the driver of our car went to renew her license, and was told her eyesight was unacceptable. Yesterday she got fired for not having a way to get to work. This was her secondary job (that she hated) but it tightens the vice of being homeless, as now it's going  to be very hard to afford a place with the housing crisis. I just feel horrid. If you feel the need to reply, observe that this thread doesn't allow it. If still really want to, you can rmail me. All I ask is that if you do, that you don't give me the "toughen up" speech. m↑uL that!
This message was last edited by the user at 14:20, Sat 23 July 2022.
member, 93 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2022
at 14:29
  • msg #1073

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

There is no such word as "noone." It's "no one." Two words. No hyphen between the words. TWO WORDS. You're welcome.
member, 42 posts
Tue 2 Aug 2022
at 14:34
  • msg #1074

Re: The Nothing but Vents, Vents, and MORE VENTS Thread

I'm so damn busy these days, and I still keep wanting to start my own game, but I know noone would want to play it anyway.
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