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#1 anim5

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 11:40 AM

A member since 2007 and I've got 6 posts?? I only posted 6 times in these forums?:

What kind of SICK, Negligent, Misanthropic, Cold, Murderous, Whiskered "thing" . .am I??

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Oh well I'm over it . . . so anyway . . .

 It's a bit of a shock to know that I was busy building scenery back in 2006 while listening

to "World's Largest Dungeon" when it was still a young recording. 0.0

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Now enjoying rpgmp3 video of D&D and Starting to wish I'd stuck around here and

added more to the shennanigans.

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Maybe I'll do better this time. :)

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#2 Cob37

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 12:59 PM

Welcome back.  It is a place worth visiting.


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 08:01 AM

Good to see you on the site again, anim. Things have shuffled around a bit, but it's still the same nest of loonies at heart.
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Posted 21 September 2015 - 02:18 AM

Welcome back.  I've enjoyed listening to your antics on Gutter Skypes!


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#5 Hal

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Posted 21 September 2015 - 07:37 AM

Hello there :)

 

Welcome back... :D Apparently in a world of impermanence we are something of a constant :D

 

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#6 Pencil-Monkey

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 07:11 AM

Incidentally, episode 50 of the Big Red Couch podcast featured several guest stars from the Gutter Skypes, including @anim5, and also mentioned RPGMP3 dot com. :)

 


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Posted 12 October 2016 - 08:18 AM

Anyone looking for more D&D 5E AP podcasts might wanna check out the latest Gutter Skypes session, where they started character generation.

Incidentally, their DM, @anim5, also advertised RPGMP3 for a bit in that episode, when one of the players wanted to play a bard with an electrified lute, which reminded him of @TheGlen and his (in)famous Labour of Love/Tomb of Haggemoth character, Rjägjüjär Hjëlsjtröm. :)

On a related topic, do you think it's possible for a monk character to be motivated by a desire for money? Y'see, one of their players picked a monk, and when he made a d6 roll for "bond", he got: "I was cheated outta my fair share of the profits, and I wanna get my due".

Nikki: You're still a monk? And a monk can be cheated out of profits?
Anim5: Sure, [the crooks who cheated him] just had to get away fast enough. ;)


Then, to make matters worse, his d6 roll for flaw made him a kleptomaniac (or rather: klepto-monk).

Does 5E still have rules for those Wow of Poverty feats they had in previous editions (unless it was Pathfinder)? Or does this mean he's now playing a Kender monk? ;) Since several of the Gutter Skypes have displayed knowledge of the Discworld, maybe he's a Yen Buddhist?


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 06:18 AM

OtyughTalk: What two genres would you like to see in a genre-mash game?
Anim5: I would like to see a mash up of the "Ghostbusters" style game - and reality TV... as broadcast in the afterlife to a viewer base of... well... the dead. A game like that would have NPC's being the ghost hunters and the Players as ghosts who have to keep them from getting anything like definitive proof... (Damaging equipment, draining batteries, causing fainting spells etc.) and running away from The Cameras of the living. :D


InSpectres is already a mash-up of Ghostbusters and reality TV, so @Lockhart could probably run a game like that with one arm tied behind his back. :) Since @anim5 is already used to gaming via Skype, maybe he'd be interested in playing a one-shot with Lockhart, Hal, Thing, Heather, Lindsay, and whoever else could be persuaded to join? :D
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Posted 17 October 2016 - 07:19 AM

"Since @anim5 is already used to gaming via Skype, maybe he'd be interested in playing a one-shot with Lockhart, Hal, Thing, Heather, Lindsay, and whoever else could be persuaded to join? :D"

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Just select a date and time and I'd be thrilled and honored to game with such exceptionally cool folks! ( Also for the experience of finding out how it feels to play a "One-Shot". We seldom seem to manage it

 without outside assistance on The Gutter Skypes.)


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#10 Pencil-Monkey

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 06:33 AM

Enjoyed the new D&D 5E episode, thanks for sharing! :)

Loved the fact that the very first NPC that your players encountered was an over-eager Bat Guano Street MerchantTM, hawking his finest goods. :D @Hal would surely approve. ;) BTW, did you pick a name for the guy, so he can became a recurring character? Maybe you'll continue the subtle Discworld theme, and name him something like Burn-My-Own-Guano Dibbler?

Alternatively, is his name some variation of Willy Loman, by any chance? Willy Guanoman, perhaps? That way, you could eventually reveal that he's been the true pivotal main character of the entire game, all along, and that the campaign's name is Whiff of a Salesman. :P In that case, here's some random quotes you can let him say, whenever appropriate:

  • "The only thing you got in this world is what you can smell."
  • "The jungle is dark, but full of diamonds... And by diamonds, I mean bat guano."
  • "He's just a big stupid Dragonborn to you, but I tell you, there's more poop in him than in many other people."

The story about the Horta costume from The Devil in the Dark is easy to find, e.g. on the Memory Alpha wiki, if you wanna refresh your memory. (IMO, the best part was when Prohaska laid a literal egg to get the job.) :D On a related note, did you know that there's a Star Trek-flavored punk band named "NO KILL I"? ;)

Tried to help Trilobite find the source for his character portrait, but alas, without any luck. Got the same results as he did. However, I did find this cute little black dragon pencil holder that he might find interesting. :)

Nikki had a good idea, getting Andros to name his character Bob - just ask @Lockhart, all his campaigns has had a sizable content of Bobs. (As was pointed out in his excellent InSpectres: Little Italy's Meatiest Balls one-shot: "If they're not Bob to begin with, they become Bob - that should be a trope!") Of course, you could have go one better, and named Andros' character Kate... because Kate is short for Bob. ;)

 

In the end, you got Andros to ask his S.O. to pick a name, and she suggested "Cuddy", which is a fine name for a Human Monk (and further heightens my suspicions that this is a Discworld RPG in disguise). ;) Hmm, imagine if you all had picked character names, based on nicknames that their spouses or girl-/boyfriends might call 'em... It would be kinda fun to go adventuring with a party consisting of such soon-to-be-legendary heroes as Sweetie, Honey-Bear, Snookums, and Cupcake Sugarmuffin, don't you think? ;)


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 10:06 AM

Good GODS! This is a Gold Mine for Pencil Monkey Listener feedback! I won't cut flowers out of someone else's yard though, so I can't respond to Such a wealth of material when we next record Gutter Skypes. Could you send a variation of the above in an email? But Thank YOU! for the Info and Link re: the Horta Costume.

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And...

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I would be Over-Joyed if this home-brew turned into a Discworld RPG.

I think for now though it's just going to proceed as a Text-book example of "New DM runs like a toddler toward the bone saws and flame throwers." :D

 

 

Edit: sorry. . . the bat sh*t saleman is named Jelik. ( " I'm a dime-a-Dozen Jelik! A Dime-a-Dozen and so are you! " )


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 06:09 AM

RPGMP3 fans would probably enjoy hearing your lengthy talk about Labour of Love, WLD's Team Cripple, and other classics from @Hal & co. :) Incidentally, if you decide to spend more time perusing the annals of AP podcasting history, you might wanna include YSDC - they started at the same time as RPGMP3.

Don't worry about the ramifications of sending those Dwingle & Prunque pills to Hal and Lindsay, that you promised him - since he's working in the dentistry business, Hal can probably get away with receiving bottles of performance-enhancing drugs in the mail. ;)

If you haven't managed to tempt Nikki to listen to the old episodes yet, just get her to watch this video, where @TheGlen explains "the birds and the bees", from a Dwarven perspective:



(Just be careful that your players don't read his book, Things Mr. Welch Can No Longer Do in an RPG, or they might get ideas... Having two monks in a party is bad enough, can you imagine what would happen if they acquired four big sticks?)
 

2319. Just because it's legal to dual wield quarterstaves, tieing two together does not give me dire-nunchucks.


Looking forward to hearing Nikki's bardic songs. :) Considering that Trilobite's Dragonborn Ranger was raised by velociraptors, do you think she's written a D&D FILK based on Denver the Last Dinosaur, yet?
 

Rhogar, the fake dinosaur,
He's our meat shield - and much more!


If Anim5 decides to let the PCs fight an angry Treant, Nikki could write a new ditty, based on the George of the Jungle theme tune:
 

Rhodge, Rhodge, Rhodge of the Dinos,
Watch for that tree!


Of course, if you're a real killer DM, you could let Rhogar have a traumatic encounter with a Mimic, in the place he'd least expect it. (Then, the song would have to caution him to "watch out for latrines".) :P

Speaking of unwanted things appearing in places where you weren't expecting them, thanks for sharing the story of Andy Warhol's space dingus. :) Still think that Zorglub's lunar graffiti was better, though:

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Nikki's description of the Maeshowe cairn's Viking graffiti reminded me of the whiny notes left by medieval monks in the margins of the manuscripts they copied and illustrated. (That, and poetry about their cat. Hmm, dick pics and LOLcats - sounds rather like the internet, doesn't it?)

(BTW, if you ever visit Orkney to check out the Viking graffiti, watch out for the Nuckelavee - apparently, they're an indigenous species, over there.)

As for XOfour's own cryptic message, I suspect it was a Monty Python reference. Remember that scene where King Arthur returns to the Knights Who Say Ni, bearing the shrubbery they'd demanded, and they explained that they were now the Knights Who Say Nikki Nikki Nikki Ftang Zoom Poing? ;)

Let's hope that Andros and Nikki continue to predict the future with such accuracy. It was very entertaining to hear @anim5's angry rant over their ability to "peel him like a frickin' potato", by guessing that
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Anim5: I'm gonna have to go into, like, Lithuanian folk tales or some crap, to come up with something you haven't heard before!
Trilobite: Oh, you mean my thesis subject? ;)


Hmm, that's not a bad idea. You could let the players fight against Baubas and Slogutis, get tricked by Kaukas, and maybe encounter a friendly Laume or find some helpful Mokas stones, if they're lucky. When the PCs need healing, they might turn to Juratan clerics of the sea goddess, carrying holy symbols made of divine tears of amber.

When the PCs finally remember to ask someone for information about the country they're currently visiting, and why it's called Quincunx, they might discover that it's not named after its five major cities, or fantasy Ireland, but that it actually got its name from five sacred magical trees - an oak, an ash, a birch, an aspen, and a spruce. Oh, and if the sea starts to foam with blood, they should watch out for angry snakes. ;)

(If you want even more Lithuanian folklore, this site has a large collection of translated stories.)

BTW, since the name of the world of Zutain seemed familiar to the players, perhaps they were thinking of Suzail, the capital of Cormyr, in the (Not So) Forgotten Realms?
 

Good GODS! This is a Gold Mine for Pencil Monkey Listener feedback! I won't cut flowers out of someone else's yard though, so I can't respond to Such a wealth of material when we next record Gutter Skypes. Could you send a variation of the above in an email? But Thank YOU! for the Info and Link re: the Horta Costume.


Sure, I can do that. Alternatively, you could just give it a brief mention on the podcast, and then respond to it in writing, here on the forums - and maybe even persuade some of the other Gutter Skype-orinos to come on over, and add their own hey-diddly-ho to the funskies? ;) [/Flanders]
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#13 Hal

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 10:58 AM

I think Monkey lives in a different dimension to the rest of us where he is able to listen to every podcast produced here :D And take extensive notes :P

 

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 12:22 PM

I think Monkey lives in a different dimension to the rest of us where he is able to listen to every podcast produced here :D And take extensive notes :P

 

Hal :hal:

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Seriously! 0.0

There's more meticulous annotation and Pop Culture Side Bars up there than I can even BEGIN to respond to!

Pencil Monkey! Is your watch bigger on the inside than on the outside?

Bottom line and sincerest response just has to be, THANK YOU. :) 'Very happy the episodes are entertaining you! :)

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 06:44 AM

Re: episode 177 from the Gutter Gallium Skypes, AKA @anim5 and the Boy(s) Who Cried Spontaneously-Combusting 'Phone,

The arena combat against animated strawmen was a nice touch - amusingly, @TheGlen has something that could be useful in that kind of situation, too. ;)

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If you ever let the PCs fight strawmen again, Nikki's bard could strum up some Motown tunes:

Straw! Huh!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!


Alternatively, what about some Bloodhound Gang Adventuring Party?

The straw, the straw
The straw is on fire
The straw, the straw
The straw is on fire
We don't need no water
Let the NPCs all burn
Burn, little straw dudes, burn


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 08:21 AM

If "Bonesteele" is BlindGeek's medieval porn star name, does this mean that his (character) had a pet called Bone, and grew up on Steele Street, as per the traditional porn star naming customs? ;) Hmm, it'd sound even porn-ier if he spelled it "Beau N. Steele"... Incidentally, if one of your players wanted a medieval pet name for their PC's family dog or cat, there's a useful list right here. What about "Sturdy", or "Hardy"? :P

As for street names, well... Most of your campaign world already sounds vaguely pornographic, and would probably be well-suited for any NPC ogre burlesque dancers that might appear in the game - "Vax Wood", or "Mount Banggit", perhaps? (The less said about "SeepCurse", the better...) Frankly, hearing @anim5 saying "Quincunx" in his gravelly half-orc voice sounded like one rude word followed by another, similar rude word. :)

(Trilobite's porn star name would, of course, be "Ava Cardough", pronounced in his own, very special accent.) ;)

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 09:32 AM

Quincunx:

1.
an arrangement of five objects with four at the corners of a square or rectangle and the fifth at its center, used for the five on dice or playing cards, and in planting trees.
2. an easily garbled word pair of questionable taste.
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Seepcurse:
Local name for a devastating tree disease that attacks the roots and destroys whole orchards. ( Quincunx avocado orchards were the first to fall.) - From the fascinating "City History of Seepcurse".
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* Mildly blinking in sudden awareness as all this speeds by. . . *
There are traditional porn star naming customs? 0.0
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Posted 09 November 2016 - 08:40 AM

Re: BlindGeek's other D&D campaign - using Hero Points in D&D 5E seems like a fairly minor bit of house ruling; several other people have experimented with it, as well. For example, here's a decent discussion thread on the ENworld forums where they compare Hero Points with 5E's Inspiration mechanic. (That thread also includes a link to a rather amusing blog post about the D&D 5E Inspiration rules, by TheAngryGM.)

* Mildly blinking in sudden awareness as all this speeds by. . . *
There are traditional porn star naming customs? 0.0


Oh, absolutely.

A person's Porn Name is calculated using the following formula:
(First Pet) + (Name of Street You Grew Up On) = Porn Name


And here's an article from McSweeney's with a long list of additional useful names. ;)
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:34 AM

[Re: episode 180]

So, you finally managed to get the adventurers into a tavern, huh? Good for you, @anim5! :) Also, nice way to continue your in-game naming tradition. The Prancing Vespa sure sounds like a place where you'd want to rest your feet and have a drink. (BTW, if the PCs ever visit another city, you could let them discover that the Vespa's owner started a franchise, and there's a nearly identical tavern in every town, burg and hamlet on Quincunx... including at least one that's named the Careless Vespa.) :P
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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:07 AM

Fun to hear you guys try out Apocalypse World in episode 182, although it was surprising that @anim5 claimed to have decided to play an Angel named Gabe because of inspiration from Penny Arcade - are you sure you weren't making a pun, referring to the Arch-Angel Gabriel? ;)

BTW, when Trilobite mentioned playing Monopoly from a book, was he perhaps talking about the Monopoly RPG that's been discussed on RPG dot net? :)

"You land on Boardwalk."
"I don't buy it."
"What? Why?"
"'Top Hat' wouldn't do that."
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"Okay, then 'Car' buys it!"
"But 'Car' isn't even close!"
"It can drive, right?"
"Okay, fine, then 'Iron' backstabs."
"How can an 'Iron' backstab?"
"It's cold steel, right? And besides, I spent my points in 1 level of Thief class."


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