member, 1455 posts
 Even a small star
 shines in the darkness
Sun 15 May 2016
at 15:25
Sometimes it smells like gamers but yes, coffee and donuts. :) Mostly it just has a really great atmosphere. It can get super-packed, but when it's not, it's just relaxed. They have lots of board games, and card games and things to play there too.
 member, 36 posts
 A Blast From
 The Past!
Sun 15 May 2016
at 19:52
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
So I added a new treasure to my "Retro" Video Game Museum this past week. It's weird to think of it as "Retro" since all the systems in my current collection are ones I grew up with, but I digress.

After taking the system completely apart, cleaning, refurbishing, repairing, all that good stuff, I plugged it in and it works BEAUTIFULLY considering that it's spent the last thirty-some years in an outdoor storage shed. One small problem, though (naturally). The two action buttons on the only controller don't work and online searching reveals that finding a replacement, sight unseen, will be modestly expensive. I paid $65 for the system as-is and a used controller is $50 easy, plus shipping. I started calling around to places in my local area and found ONE(!) place an hour away that has a controller for $15, plus a good size collection of games.

Looks like there'll be a minor road trip in my future. (On the bright side, the store that sells the controller ALSO has another treasure for sale that I've been hunting for since time immemorial).
Evil Empryss
 member, 1466 posts
 Try tasting your words
 before spitting them out
Thu 19 May 2016
at 04:10
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
My first 3D printer.

My cosplay game just stepped up a notch.  ^_^
 member, 6787 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Thu 19 May 2016
at 07:30
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
So, a guy commissioned me to build a costume for him, for a Star Wars-themed corporate event (Max Rebo).  He'd been looking to hire someone else, because she does some really awesome work, but she told him she just didn't have time...and a friend of mine that was doing some other work for him threw my name out there...

Seeing as this was unlike anything else I've done before, I really had no idea how much to I poked around some of the local fabric stores (wanted to make sure I could find materials do even attempt it, before I said yes), figured out how much materials would be, roughly (at full place was going out of business and had everything marked down, and I had a 50% coupon for the other), and then doubled that...told him I'd need half, up front, for materials, and the other half when he got the costume...

He gave me the half, I built the costume, I dropped it off to him...since I was already working the same event (hired as a costumed character by someone he'd subcontracted for roaming characters), I just told him he could pay me after the event was over.  When we got done, I was ready to leave while he was still just starting to get all of his stuff loaded out, so I told him I'd give him my address and he could just mail me a check.  He said he wanted to pay me more than what we'd agreed on...I told him I wasn't expecting more, but if he wanted to, I wasn't going to argue...

And, so, when I got the final check for the project...

I basically got a 75% tip for doing the job and getting it done in a timely manner.  When the initial price tag is a few hundred dollars, and you're getting 75% ON TOP of that?

If he calls again, you better believe I'm gonna say, "Sure!  What do you need?"
Evil Empryss
 member, 1477 posts
 Try tasting your words
 before spitting them out
Sat 4 Jun 2016
at 21:08
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
I am sitting in an auditorium, listening to speeches, waiting for my firstborn to walk across the stage and receive her high school diploma.

Parenting Achievement 1 unlocked!

Now on to college and military service!  ^_^
Isida KepTukari
 member, 107 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 16:56
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
Finally got our move done.  Figured out problems with our internet and AC and resolved them.  Still waiting on our contractor to take out some paneling and paint some rooms, but everything we can move in has been moved in.  Also, I have my basement game room set up, something I've been wanting to do for about as long as I knew my dad played D&D.  I have made a Magic Tavern in my basement, and nearly all of my fantasy art and medieval-esque game props are on display.  I went to Goodwill and found some tankards, wooden bowls, pottery platters, and a metal coat of arms for cheap.  I put up my oversized Faerun map on the walls, and put LED candles in all of my glass lanterns I've been collecting.  I even found printer block cases to put on my wall that will hold a good portion of my minis.

I have a dedicated game room.  DM ultimate physical achievement: Unlocked!
 member, 623 posts
Fri 15 Jul 2016
at 08:46
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
Hooray, it's moving day!.

And soon, I get my own basement to do the same as the prior poster.
 member, 6811 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Sat 16 Jul 2016
at 07:13
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
This one could have gone either way...but I'm gonna call it a good thing...(if I wasn't on salary, it would definitely be a bad thing...)

Somebody managed to fry our sound board today, after the first show of the day.  And I mean, will power up...but NONE of the functions work, we can't get the control screen to even light up, much less display any information, no sound through's pretty thoroughly shot.  So, the rest of the shows for the day were cancelled.  Makes me happy, we were all hoping for another day off...the only people upset by this news were our managers, the park management, and a few of the patrons who'd come specifically to see the shows (I hope they went back to the Guest Services office to ask for refunds, like they were threatening to management doesn't seem to accept the fact that people actually do come to the park just to see the entertainment, having someone demand their money back because there was no entertainment would kind of underscore the principle...)

In calling around, we learned that NOBODY in our area has this model of sound board available...nor do they even have something that has the same capabilities, apparently, because the earliest a replacement could get shipped in would be Wednesday.  Because it died on a Friday, nobody could send anyone to look at it and see if it can be the best-case scenario on that is Monday.  And since a large group of my friends were getting together for a big party all day tomorrow (Saturday), and I'd been telling them I would have to miss it because of work...

Turns out, I won't be missing it, after all.  And I'll even have some downtime to spare to do some repairs and touch-ups on the set, before we get back to someone performing on it every day of the week.  I should probably feel a little bad that I don't feel at all bad about this happening...but I don't.
w byrd
 member, 2055 posts
 I coudn't think of
 a really cool screen name
Fri 29 Jul 2016
at 18:38
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
for years I've written my own material for my sci-fi campaigns.ships guns, locations. etc...I got serious about trying to put together some stuff to submit and evidently it was good enough to catch the eye of a publisher when I submitted it.

last year while i was working on a project I had trouble relating to the artist what I wanted a few things t look like. So I decided to set down and learn to do 3d Modeling, and CG renders of my ideas.

well then things went south for a bit, the publisher overloaded their plate with projects and canceled my project releasing my material back to me. but then suggested I self-publish it using a community content agreement.

For a while my art was not up to snuff, I mean some of it looks lame even to me. but I think I am getting the hang of it. Or at least close enough for people to take a liking to it...don't ask me I think most of it still looks lame.

But in the last week or so things have sort of happened at once. I have received some decent support and advice, and encouragement to go ahead and publish, on top of that I am now selling some of my art for that funny green stuff that everyone is so excited about. Enough to take my lady out to dinner with at least.

And now A local Gaming Shop has given me shelf space and is definitely behind selling my prints in the shop...for cash...

On top of that's I have an opportunity as an artist providing illustrations ( two opportunities actually)for a pretty successful product line... nothing major not like I'll ever be getting rich or famous..but it's kind of cool to know at least a few people think am able to do professional quality work.
 member, 6854 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Tue 6 Sep 2016
at 18:07
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
The flip-side of the vent I just posted...

In spite of massive car trouble, and thanks massively to some truly awesome friends, I'm making a dream come least, on a small scale.  With my car dead, a neighbor loaned me his Astro van...which was good, because last night, we started shooting a Star Wars fan film, and I needed to haul costumes, props, some lighting, all the food for the cast and crew...

This is a dream come true for me because it's a story I wrote.  Had some input from a couple of friends on it, but it's my story, and while I've had stuff that I've written produced before (a few times, actually), this is the first time I've been the director for's my story, and my vision of my story.  Yeah, it's only five minutes long...but it's happening.  And it looks pretty good, I have to say, so far.

Again, because I have awesome friends.  A friend with some nice lights and a very nice camera.  A friend whose family owns a small sheep ranch, and is willing to let us bang around in some unused corners of it at all hours of the night.  Two friends who are experienced actors, and a third who's not all that experienced, but is game for anything.  A friend who heard about the project and suggested her son as an actor.  Other friends who've provided logistical and moral support.  A friend who's doing all my CGI work on his own time.

I really do have a lot to be thankful for in life.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 120 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 21 Sep 2016
at 18:45
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
After about 9 years, I finally have a piano in my house again.  After 9 years, I have begun to reteach myself how to play.  Within three run-throughs of an old favorite song of mine, I had an intact, mostly in-tempo piece of music filling my house.

Thanks, Mom, for all those lessons when I was a kid.
 member, 159 posts
 So edgy he cant cut paper
Thu 22 Sep 2016
at 02:53
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad And There You Have...
Something slightly related to the origional post, a buddy of mine has been having issues with sign stealers stealing his yard signs. While I don't like to publicly discuss politics irl, I was able to offer him a solution. I learned about bird repellent from a post online where someone talked about their sign stealer issue, so I suggested my buddy get bird repellent.

It worked gloriously. He said one person tried to call the cops over it. Nope, bird repellent isn't illegal, kid.

If I get yard signs or anything at some point, I'm buying bird repellent too.
 member, 19 posts
Fri 7 Oct 2016
at 13:13
Luke Cage
Wow!  The series was incredible and the music....Man, was that good.

Lots of R&B, smooth soul, jazz. Can't say enough.  Definitely good stuff!
 member, 1681 posts
 May you have exactly the
 God/dess you deserve. =p
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 18:23
Yay competent people
So glad my ISP hires some competent people in tech support. I had an issue with my internet connection this morning, and being in tech support myself I went through all the standard junk: check the cables, swap one out, power cycle the modem, connect directly to the modem (as opposed to wifi), check the management address, etc. Still didn't resolve the issue, so ISP tech here I came. As soon as the guy picked up and got my account open, I rattled off everything I had done plus the status of the lights on the modem, and he just sat there in stunned silence before going straight into the modem to check it. Five minutes later, internet was back due to an issue on their end. Thanks Rob @ TWC! :D
Isida KepTukari
 member, 124 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 2 Nov 2016
at 18:46
I win against nature!
This almost was a vent, and then it turned out good!  I had some pumpkins and gourds, so I made a little basket for a harvest display for my front porch.  The squirrels then proceeded to gnaw on everything, leaving me with a tattered mess of half-rotten squash.

Then I had a coupon in the mail for a crafting store, and used it to purchase several nearly identical fake gourds and pumpkins, hot-glued them together so they couldn't be blown away, and now the display looks better than ever and is 100% non-edible by squirrels!
 member, 983 posts
Mon 7 Nov 2016
at 12:40
I win against nature!
Oregon has vote by mail. We receive our ballots about three weeks before the due date, fill them out after due consideration, and either drop them off at any of the numerous collection boxes or mail them in. No lines, no chads, and there is a paper trail. And no excuse for not voting.
 member, 756 posts
Tue 27 Dec 2016
at 15:39
I win against nature!
I got a lovely Christmas gift: a can of tea that smells like hot cocoa. Tastes great with my morning biscuit. ^_^
 member, 759 posts
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 01:29
New Year's Resolutions
At the airport. My flight was late. Landed at gate E12 with 15 minutes to board the connecting flight at B12. Ran down there and got a courtesy text that the gate changed to B18. Ran there. Gate personnel told me the gate had been changed again to B76. Ran there so fast that I beat the courtesy text.

New Year's Resolution to run more: So far, so good!
Tyr Hawk
 member, 264 posts
 You know that one guy?
 Yeah, that's me.
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 02:33
New Year's Resolutions
So, after the official forum for one of my favorite RPGs went down, I moved to the unofficial official forum. Then, about a month ago, THAT went down without any warning whatsoever, and I was heartbroken. Today, out of the blue, I was linked to the new official forum, where the game's creator himself is an active member! Which is amazing for so many reasons, but most amazing because I posted up one of my pet projects that I've been working on for the system, and he was the first one to reply to the thread, and he said it was amazing.

I'm like... on a bit of a Cloud 9 thing right now. I don't even know how feelz works. I literally cannot even.
 member, 131 posts
 I need a name change.
 I want more games.
Wed 4 Jan 2017
at 23:20
I am amused
I am amused by the movie Sing. Gunther sorta grows on you... like fungus.
 member, 181 posts
 My name is Brad, which is
 darb spelled backwards
Tue 10 Jan 2017
at 21:33
Happy news!
I am now a father! :D
 member, 2106 posts
Wed 11 Jan 2017
at 20:42
Happy news!
In reply to Darbbackwards (msg # 707):

Congrats!  Being a parent is wonderful, frustrating, terrifying, gratifying... pretty much any adjective fits at one time or another!
 member, 182 posts
 My name is Brad, which is
 darb spelled backwards
Wed 11 Jan 2017
at 20:57
Happy news!
In reply to Brianna (msg # 708):

Thanks! It's been awesome:D It's crazy that I loved her as soon as she was born (before that as well, but holding her just made it so real)
 member, 186 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 03:13
Happy news!
The RPG that I helped write for four years ago and got screwed out of payment for, I not only got my promised pay for (which I'd written off long ago) but 20% more because the guy who ended up with the rights to it is a stand-up, honorable guy who wanted to make sure the freelancers got paid!

In other news, my youngest nephew read my novel, and has decided he wants to write sci-fi / fantasy. He's really making me proud, every damn day.
 member, 761 posts
Thu 12 Jan 2017
at 03:28
Happy news!
Most Excellent, Ivan!