RL things I love


  • Pitcrew

    So as of today it's been exactly 8 years since my grandfather passed, and rather then you know starting a whole new thread I thought I'd just toss my thoughts up here since I loved him more then almost any other person in my life, and he was a great role-model for me.

    He was a soldier in Korea, and spent some minor time during the later days of the second world war. By the time I knew him he was a fairly high ranking Employee of the ford motor company.

    He never gave anyone in the family almost anything. You had to work for and earn anything no mater how close you were to him. Only things I ever got handed by him without having to work for it were a pocket watch handed down the family from one generation to the next, and an old maglight I still use today.

    He meant the world to me and I loved him with all my heart. I still remember back when I was young any time we went to a restaurant he would bring along a set of three manila envelops. Didn't matter how little he was ordering.

    He'd always put 1 dollar in the first, 10 dollars in the second, and usually a 100 dollar bill in the third (Sometimes he'd put in bigger bank notes just for the shock value, or stock certificates just to see the reaction on their faces.) He'd always tell them they could pick one and it had their tip inside.

    Back then a dollar would have been worth about 6 bucks today give or take to give you an idea on how much he was handing out.

    I remember one guy about feinted when he opened up the envelope and saw that funky looking bill inside. Asked a good four times if it was even real, and brought over other staff to check it out. He was real happy.

    And I remember another time back on Christmas of 85 he was driving us over to his place in his car, and we see a guy on the side of the road. It was snowing really bad and he was just sat on the hood of his import car in the ditch with an axel broke clean off.

    He turned right around in the middle of the street and drove us to the nearest Ford dealership, and bought a new car on the spot. Had pops drive the car back while he drove the new car then hand delivered the deed and the keys to that man standing on the side of the road because "No man in America should go without a dependable American made Ford." Still remember the look on the guys face when Grandpa told him that he'd better buy Fords in the future so it didn't happen again.

    I miss that man so damn much, and I know you guys probably don't much care, but I figured I'd share either way because it means a lot to me.


  • Politics

    A high school friend of mine has published a book on fairy tales in the media and cultures around the world. I think it is a fascinating compendium, even if it is very pricey.

    I mean, just have a look at the cover.

    https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Media-and-Fairy-Tale-Cultures/Greenhill-Terry-Rudy-Hamer-Bosc/p/book/9781138946156

    Looks awesome. I'm going to get myself a copy once I pay off these new tires I'm getting this weekend.


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  • @arkandel Ironically similar to the ending of Circle of Iron - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBFXvkpLFsQ (at 1:47:50 or so when he opens the book ... why yes, the leader of that cult in the funny pastel robes is Christoper Lee before his Dooku/signing the Tree Beard song days). The answer is: it is our fault (or in the movie, the wisdom we seek is withing us, but same concept I think).



  • Getting a call from work about that raise I was expecting.

    ...and being told 'Oh, we're doubling the raise. We really appreciate your work.'


  • Pitcrew

    So I didn't get the job I was aiming for, which sucked.

    But things will improve a bit. I'd put in for a new position at my current company. I got in today to find out I got it.

    Still no benefits like PTO, but it will come with a raise. Enough of one to negate my commuting costs. So I'll be able to actually start paying off debt, getting this car shit taken care of, etc. (Maybe buy a desk so I can play games again?) slowly, but yeah.

    Monday through Friday schedule. Hours during the week flexible: put in forty and I'm good.

    And it'll be more properly tier 2. Less direct customer interaction.

    Also working with a product that will look really nice on my resume in the IT world.


  • Coder

    @auspice That sounds like a nice job, wish I could find one like that. I'd love to put in 4 10's or 3 12's and a four and be done...


  • Pitcrew

    @lithium said in RL things I love:

    @auspice That sounds like a nice job, wish I could find one like that. I'd love to put in 4 10's or 3 12's and a four and be done...

    With my fibro, 4 10s is hard. I'm more looking at it for the rare week of 4 10s for a long weekend or the days where I wake up and can barely walk, so coming in late isn't a big deal.


  • Pitcrew

    @ganymede

    This is awesome! Routledge is one of my favorite cultural theory publishing houses.


  • Pitcrew

    Maybe this should go in RL Peeves, but I ended up laughing so...

    I've got one of those robodialers calling me. One of the IRS scam ones.

    "This is an automated message from the IRS. We have received an affidavit concerning a lawsuit filed against you by the federal authorities so before things go worst against you....."

    BEFORE THINGS GO WORST.
    I didn't even hear the rest of the message I was laughing so hard.

    I can't even delete the voicemail from the one earlier today.
    I had to go listen to it just to hear that line again.

    Before things go worst.


  • Pitcrew

    I for one am just happy the the IRS has finally modernized and started to accept iTunes gift cards for tax payments.


  • Pitcrew

    The amount of affection and care I see in my patients and their spouses day in an day out warms my heart. I also love when there's an opportunity that arises when we can genuinely make a difference in how people who come in for treatment and care are feeling. I love my job.



  • Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition Release Info!

    https://www.facebook.com/whitewolfpublishing/posts/10155988709660465:0

    https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade


    PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Stockholm, Sweden – 23rd April, 2018

    WHITE WOLF ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP WITH MODIPHIUS ENTERTAINMENT FOR VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE 5TH EDITION

    White Wolf Entertainment, creators of the World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade, is partnering with Modiphius Entertainment to distribute Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (V5) worldwide in English.

    Vampire: The Masquerade, the classic that changed role-playing games forever, returns in a fifth edition! V5 features a streamlined and modern rules design, beautiful new full-color art, and a rich story experience for new and returning players. Powered by the innovative Hunger cycle, the game also includes rules for creating system supported character coteries, Loresheets to directly involve players with their favorite parts of the setting, and Memoriam, a new way to bring the character's detailed backgrounds and expand on them in-session.

    V5 is a return to Vampire's original vision, moving boldly into the 21sth century. While the rules have been redesigned, this new edition honors the deep story of the original, advancing the metaplot from where it left off and detailing exactly what has happened in the world of the Kindred up until tonight. The terror of the Second Inquisition, the conspiracies behind the Gehenna War, and the rekindling of the War of Ages: these are the building blocks of the modern V5 chronicle.

    The ultimate game of personal and political horror roleplaying game, Vampire: The Masquerade, will see its fifth edition this year with the pre-order period starting midday GMT on Saturday the 28th of April. The V5 preorder will start shipping from August with the first release, the core book, available in stores from September. Two more V5 books will be released later in the Fall, the Camarilla and the Anarch setting books. V5 will also be available in other languages by the end of the year. Please visit the pre-order page for more details: https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade

    “V5 is the foundation in our efforts of making Vampire: The Masquerade and the whole World of Darkness a global phenomena and one of the world biggest entertainment IPs”, says White Wolf CEO Tobias Sjögren. “We are incredibly proud of what the amazing team we had working on V5 have achieved and we are really looking forward to working with Mödiphious getting this product in the hands of old as well as new Vampire fans.”
    “Vampire was a turning point in roleplaying culture and we’re proud to be part of the next evolution of this incredible world”, says Mödiphiüs CEO Chris Birch.

    The long anticipated V5 launch will feature three main full colour hardback books, the V5 corebook, the Anarch and Camarilla sourcebooks as well as an official V5 dice set, V5 storyteller screen and V5 notebook. All three books will also be available in a high quality slipcase for collectors along with a special edition of the corebook. For those wanting to mark this new edition, a collector edition of the corebook will also be available. The online pre-order will feature bundles including the V5 dice set, V5 storyteller screen and V5 notebook.

    Modiphius will be launching a retail pre-order via it’s usual distributors at the same time, which will include special pre-order case bundles to get retailers started as a V5 retail partner, supported by downloadable digital flyers, posters, and web banners.

    V5 will be available for pre-order at https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade.

    V5 has been developed, designed, and written by Kenneth Hite, Mark Rein-Hagen, Matthew Dawkins, Juhana Peterson, Martin Ericsson, Karim Muammar, Mary Lee, Karl Bergström, Freja Gyldenstrøm, Jennifer Smith, Tia Carolina, Jason Andrew, Nicole Sixx, and Jason Carl.

    V5 is published by White Wolf and distributed worldwide in English by Mödiphiüs.

    About White Wolf Entertainment
    White Wolf is a licensing company focused on creating the best participatory brands in the world. Since its original entry into the roleplaying game market in 1991, White Wolf’s World of Darkness has grown to be one of the most recognized and successful brands in the hobby game space with collective book sales in excess of 10 million copies during this time. White Wolf’s World of Darkness brands, which include Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Orpheus, has been licensed for television series, console and computer video games, interactive media events, and a myriad of merchandise and other entertainment products.

    Website: www.white-wolf.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitewolfpublishing
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/wwpublishing
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/worldofdarkness
    Contact: press@white-wolf.com
    Hashtags: #vampirethemasquerade #worldofdarkness
    Presskit: https://whitewolf.box.com/v/presskit

    About Mödiphius Entertainment
    Modiphius Entertainment is a London, England-based entertainment publisher of tabletop games and related hobby merchandise. The company launched its first game, the Achtung! Cthulhu Roleplaying Game, in 2013, followed by the Mutant Chronicles RPG, Infinity The Roleplaying Game, Conan, Adventures in Age Undreamed of, the official roleplaying game of Robert E Howard’s barbaric universe, Matt Leacock’s Thunderbirds, a cooperative board game based on the classic 60’s show, the Star Trek RPG & Miniatures line, and this year the Fallout: Wasteland Warfare miniatures game and official Kung Fu Panda Boardgame.
    Modiphius Entertainment seeks to inspire with its tales of heroism, adventure and courage. Modiphius also works to combat global child trafficking through raising awareness of and funds for Vision Rescue.

    www.modiphius.net
    Contact: +44 207 736 7020

    About the V5 Camarilla book
    The global blood opera of the Camarilla story continues. As the eldest vampires begin to vanish, the Ivory Tower starts to crack under the weight of its own decay. Once it was the mightiest faction of vampires in the world, a stronghold of immortality. Now it retreats into a maze of neo-feudal conspiracies to protect itself against the deadly threat of the Second Inquisition, struggling to enforce the Masquerade in the face of modern technology. Featuring insights and perspectives on unlife in the Camarilla from Mark Rein-Hagen and Matthew Dawkins.

    About the V5 Anarch book
    Welcome to a blood thriller on the streets of the modern nights. For centuries the Anarch Movement enjoyed an uneasy truce with the Camarilla, but no longer. Now, the Unbound refuse to bow to the sickening hypocrisy and tyranny of their former allies. Claiming the nighttime streets as their own, the Anarchs seek independence from the despotic Elders, by any means necessary. Only the toughest and smartest of self-made vampires will survive. Featuring all-new essays on nocturnal survival and politics from Juhana Pettersson.


  • Pitcrew

    @bobotron

    That makes me ridiculously happy. Your post is a thing I love!



  • @sunny
    I got my tax return today. Pre-order is Saturday. I am quite content to drop money now.

    ETA: And of course, the internet is now on fire. Someone is claiming that WW literally stabbed OPP in the back because they're using Mophidius as a distributor. When OPP clearly does nothing with tradiitonal printing and distribution, while Mophidius does.


  • Pitcrew

    @bobotron

    I just noticed the list of developers. OMG. Pre-order is Saturday? Yeah. I too will be purchasing it.



  • @sunny

    This plus the opening of Mind's Eye Theatre material to Storyteller's Vault has made my month, I swear.


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    @bobotron Of course just because the preorder will be available soon it doesn't mean the final product will be. :) But that's exciting, as I do love the oWoD theme.



  • @arkandel
    The article states the preorder will start shipping in August. That's not that far away. Even if it's delayed a little after August, I'll still be content. I'd like to see another playtest or pre-release info or something, but I'm expecting that in the summer.


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    @bobotron Now we just gotta get @Thenomain into cooking this shit up into a codebase.