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Joanne Lagrasse is a newly graduated college student living the life. Well, if the life is sitting in your apartment all day trying to research monsters for a novel.

When she decides to not heed her professor's warning and reads a chant out loud, she finds herself faced with a giant monster and its lewd tentacles, each one eager to fill her holes.

This sounds like awful one-shot material.

I think Cthulhu is looking for something real and long term. Hastur is more of the mythos entity with benifits type.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: RPPR Patreon Discussion Thread
« on: February 26, 2016, 05:05:58 PM »
I may well be in the minority but as a backer I don't actually consume very much extra content. I see the Patreon as an easy way to pay for the content and the level of compensation is one I choose. Even if you did none of the extra stuff I would still donate at my current level. In actuality I have a small fear you will burn your self out trying to do extra stuff for the Patreon backers and the over all product would suffer. It has not happened yet mind you but in someways I see it like a kickstarer that has over run stretch goals and the creator eventually could resent all of the extra things they have on their plate to do.

You might ask why if this is how I feel I had not used other mechanisms to donate and really the answer is that I am lazy and Patreon makes it easy to manage a number of donations in a single interface so I only started to donate once you got onto Patreon.

General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: February 19, 2016, 05:03:19 PM »
Just finished Firewatch and while I enjoyed it quite a lot it is a very short game (I finished in just under 5 hours and I was taking my time) so I would actual recommend waiting till it is on sale but it has some of the best voice acting I have experienced in a game.

Also I have just purchased The Witness and going to give that a whirl this weekend.

Believe it or not, I can communicate with Glancy outside of Gen Con. Email, facebook, even skype! :O

In my mind you only communicate in the opulent confines of the game designers club while ensconced in leather wing back chairs and drinking priceless wines from crystal goblets as you plot the murdering of the party.

General Chaos / Re: Best Internet Vidyas
« on: February 19, 2016, 12:28:39 PM »
I fear there is something wrong with me that I find this so amusing.

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I might be wrong (probably am) but i seem to remember ross saying saying something about having a long talk with him at a gencon in a bar and glancy throwing out suggestions to add on.

Gencon - Glancy - A Bar

I am shocked to hear these three things put together. Shocked I say.

RPGs / Re: Freaky Architectural Stuff for Ruin
« on: February 12, 2016, 06:07:29 PM »
I have not actually been to an Ace hotel (though I'd love to stay in one, opportunity permitting).  Would you say that the design/decor was fairly unified or was it more eclectic? 

I think what they're doing is cool with restoring/rehabilitating old buildings, but that behavior parallels Carcosa itself slowly absorbing people and cities - at least in the Tynes mythos. 

I definitely like the idea of obsessive design leading to Carcosa.  "Night Floors" has the apartment with strange items epoxied together in layers, but what about constantly striving for minimalist elegance or that perfect strange juxtaposition?  Competitive "authenticity" sounds perfect, with the King in Yellow being most authentic of all. 

Over the time, I think the themes (decadent design and physical entropy) could intermingle - the residents/guests starting to succumb as they stop taking care of themselves, but they've perfected their surroundings. 

Thanks for the thoughts; I'm still working out how everything fits together.

I have stayed at the first 2 (Seattle and Portland) when I think they were still coalescing some of their aesthetics but over all there seems to be a dominant overall pattern per property and each room has its own highlights. My understanding is they take queues from the building so the Palm Springs locations has a lot more of a 60s mod vibe that the others do not share. There signage and iconography seems to be standard but my feeling is that if you were transported unknowingly in the middle of the night from one to another it would be very apparent something had happened were as if you staying a Shearton that is not the case (having traveled some for work one of the worse feelings is waking up and having a moment where you not exactly sure what city you are in because so much is similar - but that is a different thing issue)

My main draw to the idea of doing a poisoned by design game is that unlike the room in the night floors which is obviously crazy is that things seem 'normal' if heightened but eventually you realize it is so very off.

It might be interesting to see the later stages be people moving on from perfecting surroundings to perfecting themselves and you see more and more extreme body modifications or even body integration with the environment.

RPGs / Re: Freaky Architectural Stuff for Ruin
« on: February 11, 2016, 08:03:00 PM »
My friend was telling me about Ace Hotels, which I feel is fertile ground for a Carcosa/Ruin type series.

I am quite fond of the time I have spent in the two Ace's I have stayed at. That being said I like the idea of a Carcosa scenario were Carcosa is not a ruin in the same ways as is often portrayed. The decadence and decay comes out not from things falling apart but an over emphasis on design taken too far. Everyone obsessions about materials and the perfect placement of things and the questing for the next thing were your worth has little to do with money and everything to do with your status about what have you discovered and your 'authenticity'. You could tie in their bars and restaurants with foods and drinks taken to crazy extremes with ingredients of mythical obscurity and bizarre cooking techniques being on offer.

Could be some interesting stuff here.

General Chaos / Re: X COM 2
« on: February 08, 2016, 07:27:44 PM »
I was always fond of Science Ghost myself.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: Red Markets Rewards
« on: February 08, 2016, 04:19:46 PM »
Echoing a common thread I would say no to physical things that are not directly enhance part of the game play (game mats: yes, t-shirts: no). My office is littered with the detritus of past kickstarters and very little of it I care at all about. This thread actual reminds me it is might be time for a purge.

I am interested in skype/google hangout games or in person games (at GenCon) and have backed other items at levels to get access to those things.

I also like to have a 'all in option' which I define as a tier, it can be high $, that promises to deliver all of the content released by a kickstarter, even just as PDFs. I had some initial issue with the Delta Green kickstarter for example till they released that tier. I don't actually want to manage my kickstarter pledge, just let me get my option, take my money, and deliver your core. Delivery of stretch goals is a nice bonus.

I am not fond of the various games that some people run as part of the kickstarter (Pelgrane does this often) although they seem to be popular so that is just cranky old mans thoughts.

I do need some help painting my house this summer so ...

General Chaos / Re: An offence to food - or is it?
« on: February 01, 2016, 07:11:00 PM »
So far I think my favorite recipe so far is the celery-ground meat "Asian" "ragu".  (The quote marks are from the book.)  I had no idea that celery could be punched up that much.  It makes a really easy and cheap meal.   

My housemate grows cucumbers and pickles her own refrigerator dills. They're frickin' amazing.

I made the pork "ragu" and used it as a pizza topping and while it needs to be thinned out a bit and needs more sichuan peppercorns it was a good start. Also made the tofu and avocado appetizer dish last night for a dinner party and people went to town on it.

I totally want a pickle now. Dam you

General Chaos / Re: An offence to food - or is it?
« on: January 22, 2016, 04:46:52 PM »
Wife had never heard of it either. Sounds good to her too, though. And she likes pickles more than I do. I'd be more of a mind to replace the pickles with bacon, and have a really tasty enhanced BLT -- a BLEFYT if you will.

To put it in the most family friendly terms I am a pickle enthusiast but have to admit your idea to make this a BLT variant has my interest. I was thinking to include some cooked chicken into the egg foo yung patties but having some crispy bacon outside the patties and omitting the chicken sounds great.

General Chaos / An offence to food - or is it?
« on: January 20, 2016, 08:20:13 PM »
I recently was gifted the Lucky Peach 101 Easy Asian Recipes cookbook. I am not a stranger to various forms of Asian cooking but this book is nice because it simplifies a number of things and tries to make things more accessible for cooks who don't have access to a good Chinese/Korean/Vietnamese/Thai grocery to track down more difficult to find items. It is proudly "non authentic" but the things I have made have largely been good although on a few things the compromises do show. I would recommend the book to anyone looking to dip their toe into Asian cooking or who has done a bunch of Asian cooking and wants a bit of a palate cleanser but I digress from the point of the topic.

One of the recipes is for something called a St. Paul sandwich which confusedly seems to actually be a St Louis and Missouri thing. Basically it is a egg foo yung patty on a sandwich with pickles and mayo and such. I think it actually looks like it would be really good but given a number of the RPPR crew live in the Show Me State I would wonder if they had experienced such a thing in the wild and if so was it actually worth making?

Link to recipe:

General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:58:27 AM »
Hey, it can't be as awful as Bian Lumley's "Clock of Dreams" novels, which feature lots of fighting Ithaqua --and also such gems as Cthulhu's good-guy half brother, Kthanid.

Kthanid and I are real tight bros man. Don't you disparage him!

General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 18, 2016, 01:13:56 PM »
Finishing up The Ithaqua Cycle from Chaosium. I have always had a fondness in my heart for the wind walker so enjoying it. Three August Derleth stories so your own mileage may vary but these were not such naked pastiches that I enjoyed two of the three of them.

After this I got a few nonfiction books on my pile but my wife via the magic of the kindle gifted me a book called "Detective Strongoak and the Case of the Dead Elf" which I am dubious about but it is now my husbandly duty to read.

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