If we're voting for cool locations, I lean towards the new to 4e and erased in the reboot location, Kaigen's Island. The proximity to Shiro Shiba and metaplot gives you built-in Mantis/Phoenix conflict, it's an island so we got boats and sea monsters... speaking of monsters AND plot... this Island just happened to be recently raised from the ocean floor, so it's extra supernatural, which means it's got some shadowland taint of its own!
I picked up a couple of the FFG books from FLGS, buuuut local music festival didn't get canceled, so work is going to be hell until next week, not a lot of time to read through them.
@kestrel This is my favorite topic. Let's debate it more!
An underlying theme in all of Lord of the Rings - to the point of it being explicitly brought up on multiple occasions by Gandalf and Galadriel - is that the fight between good and evil isn't really determined by mighty warriors but by everyday people stepping up in whatever capacity they have to defend their friends and communities.
It's for that reason that Sauron isn't defeated in some final showdown against Aragorn or Gandalf. In fact in the movies they debated that (and shot the scene, it's on youtube!) but then - correctly - realized it was unthematic. The hobbits are the true heroes; it was these complete nobodies' journey, hardships and sacrifice that brought down the Enemy.
Sam embodies all of this. He was no prophesized figure. He didn't come from a storied lineage. He didn't inherit a Ring of Power. The dude was into landscaping, he dug holes in the dirt for a living in a backwater village his whole life.
Sam, also, by the end of the story carried the fate of Middle Earth solely on his shoulders. He fended off the most corruptive power in existence that brought down Numenorian Kings and was feared by Maia and Noldor Elf Queens for its seductive properties to help his friend. He fought ancient spidery horrors in freakin' Mordor. The dude was hardcore. He was also a fucking gardener.
And at the end of it all he went back to gardening. What a madlad. Like... Grey Havens? Going to Valinor? Living like a goddamn hero in Gondor? Nah, he just planted trees, raised a family and, you know, had a good life until he passed away from old age.
I don't think it's even close who the hero in this tale was.
@saosmash Goodwill LOVES me for this exact reason. I bring them stuff with tags still on it, still in boxes, still packaged. Just shrugging because of course I lost the receipt and the item is more than 30 days old because I can never remember to just take it back when I go again and yes I would love a receipt for this donation that I will inevitably lose within 5 minutes of getting home because I put it down SOMEWHERE because there was a smell in the apartment so I changed cat litter and took out the garbage and wiped down everything that might possibly be smelly only to realize two hours later someone across the hall is cooking something Godawful smelling and its affecting my sinuses, so I took some allergy meds just in case that would help and I sat down to handle some messenger and then my son came home from school so we talked about his day and popped some popcorn because he thought it would be fun for us to pile onto the floor and watch Ghostbusters... yeah. By the time the receipt even enters my mind again, I can't even remember actually putting it down anywhere, let alone where. XD
I can't buy clothes without actually going in, trying them on, sizing, moving, and testing them in at least two other ways. Can't do it. I keep detailed notes about which cut, size, and make fits in what way. I have only two times in my life ordered clothing online, and it was solely to get stuff I had already put through my process.
It's like my brain knows how it will go if I don't.
I've been working 14 hour days since Wednesday. I'm also working as much overtime as is physically and mentally possible for me.
For the next three weeks. I'm allowing myself Mondays off as is required by labor laws(one day a week).
Why might you ask? Because saving up for a wedding sucks. And because Covid numbers have skyrocketed since school started back up and most schools don't know how to fucking file paperwork needed to properly create an order to allow their students samples to be tested at all. Which is a commentary in the education system.
I'm angry, tired, and so very very frustrated. At both the situation and the fact that I force myself to drag myself off my perfectly comfortable bed and dive into it when I have no sane reason to do other than that weekend and OT pay.
@nessa Totally fair question. And I believe I left myself a mostly working CP:Red chargen system for Evennia (minus gear) back in the beginning of the year.
I think I was just hoping for that Black Chrome book to drop sometime between last Spring and now, and am questioning the long term viability of a game system that makes a major release less frequently than annually.
Maybe the right answer is to finish that first, before being distracted by the overwhelming cruft that is SR. ;)
No matter what you think of Zombies, The Last of Us is some of the best storytelling this century and I can watch it over and over again even knowing that it's gonna go right for the feels.
I take great pleasure in watching videos of people on youtube playing it for the first time and breaking down in the first 17 minutes. 17 minutes and grown ass men are CRYING. And I'm there going YES, feel my pain as I did the same damn thing! That is storytelling!