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What are you doing this weekend?

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So, what (or how) are you doing this weekend?

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  1. [8]
    Chopincakes
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    Tonight: gloomhaven for the first time in a month! Saturday: helping my wife find a dress at cosignment shops for a wedding Sunday: Possible a honey festival? Grocery shopping?

    Tonight: gloomhaven for the first time in a month!
    Saturday: helping my wife find a dress at cosignment shops for a wedding
    Sunday: Possible a honey festival? Grocery shopping?

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    1. [7]
      TheRtRevKaiser
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      Oh wow, I was just about to post about Gloomhaven. How far in are you? My group just started a few weeks ago and we are loving it so far. We've yet to retire a character so I'm looking forward to...

      Oh wow, I was just about to post about Gloomhaven. How far in are you?

      My group just started a few weeks ago and we are loving it so far. We've yet to retire a character so I'm looking forward to that.

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      1. [6]
        Chopincakes
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        Sorry-- I've been away on vacation! Our Playgroup probably plays 2x a month if we're lucky and we've been playing for over a year or so, so we've got a good number under our belt! It's honestly my...

        Sorry-- I've been away on vacation!

        Our Playgroup probably plays 2x a month if we're lucky and we've been playing for over a year or so, so we've got a good number under our belt! It's honestly my favorite board game experience. We've retired 4 characters in total so far. What's your party look like now? Are you using the Gloomhaven Helper app (there's a free web client of it too)?

        2 votes
        1. [5]
          TheRtRevKaiser
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          No worries! I'm really enjoying Gloomhaven so far. It scratches some of the tactical combat itches that 4e D&D did, and that I felt were a bit lacking when my group moved to 5e. We're about 4...

          No worries!

          I'm really enjoying Gloomhaven so far. It scratches some of the tactical combat itches that 4e D&D did, and that I felt were a bit lacking when my group moved to 5e.

          We're about 4 scenarios in and just hit level 2. Right now we've got a Spellweaver, Cragheart, Mindthief, and I'm playing the Brute, although I've been toying with switching to the Scoundrel.

          We actually just tested out Gloomhaven Helper and it made a huge difference in how quickly the rounds went, even with having to figure out how to use some of the app's features. I think it will really speed things up in the future.

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          1. [4]
            Chopincakes
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            I'm so happy to hear it!! Sounds like you have a good party makeup and yall are already in the midst of things. If we're playing at a house with a TV, we use the free web GHH site and project it...

            I'm so happy to hear it!! Sounds like you have a good party makeup and yall are already in the midst of things. If we're playing at a house with a TV, we use the free web GHH site and project it on so we can all see, otherwise we use our phones. It's a huge game changer -- don't forget to check off "expire conditions" in the settings!
            If there's ever a play question yall have, just hit me up (or use google -- plenty of questions about odd game rules on BBG forums)

            Sidenote: I've only ever played 5e, how's 4e D&D combat different?

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            1. [3]
              TheRtRevKaiser
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              Oh man, don't even get me started on 4e D&D! It was pretty different in a few major ways. I think it was an attempt to modernize the game and create a more consistent set of base mechanics for the...

              Oh man, don't even get me started on 4e D&D! It was pretty different in a few major ways. I think it was an attempt to modernize the game and create a more consistent set of base mechanics for the game to run on, but it provoked a pretty strong backlash in the RPG community so 5e is very much a return to more traditional d&d, just streamlined and simplified.

              4e had this concept that, at the core, all characters and classes should more or less use the same base mechanics, and they would just have powers or features that broke or elaborated on those base mechanics in some way. You can kind of think of it like something like Magic the Gathering. All decks at the most basic level work the same way, but the cards you use cause the deck to function differently.

              4e had this structure of "Powers". Every character had At Will powers, which they could do any number of times per encounter, Encounter powers, which could only be done once per encounter (once per short rest), and Daily powers which could only be used once a day (once per long rest). Martial, Divine, and Arcane classes all got roughly the same number of these powers, so you didn't have some classes that just did one thing every turn (like the 5e Champion fighter just swinging his sword every round) and some that had a huge list of options (like a high level wizard or cleric). Everybody had pretty much the same number of options.

              The other thing that was really different about 4e is that it practically mandated grid-based combat. Movement and distance were given in the number of grid squares moved, not in feet, although the grid was still assumed to be 5' scale, and things like opportunity attacks, forced movement, hazardous terrain, and AoE attacks and zones were much more prominent in 4e. This meant that a lot of spells and powers did cool, fun things with AoE effects or forced movement, or repositioning enemies or allies. It was a very tactical game.

              The last thing about 4e that I really liked was that it was written in very gamist language. The designers used a keywords and mechanical terms that were kept very consistently defined, rather than the natural language approach of 5e. It meant that, even though it might take a little longer to grok at first, there was a lot less of the kind of rules-lawyering that happens with older editions of d&d and, to some extent, with 5e. It was a very tightly and consistently written and designed game. It's just unfortunate that it killed too many sacred cows of the franchise, and a lot of grognards just couldn't deal with how different it was. It wasn't without it's flaws, there was some pretty significant power creep, in particular with feats released in later splatbooks, and the math was probably a bit too vertical - by level 30 the attack bonuses were pretty absurdly high. But it had a really deep, very fun character building mini-game that just isn't present in 5e, and it worked really well at the table. That's not even to go into how fantastic their design was for Monster stat blocks and combat design.

              Sorry for the wall of text, I really enjoyed 4e and I wish it hadn't died such an abrupt death. I like 5e fine, and I'm glad that it has gotten so popular and brought so many people into the hobby, I just hate that such a well designed RPG is sitting and collecting dust. I'd love to play another 4e campaign, but it's hard to get the band back together now that everybody has moved to different states and have kids.

              To bring it back to the original topic, the reason I decided to pick up GloomHaven is that I saw it described as a "spiritual successor" to 4e d&d. it's got some of the same feel, with tactical combat and each class having unique powers. It's really been satisfying in some of the same ways that 4e was.

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              1. [2]
                Chopincakes
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                Damn -- what a great explanation! As someone who started with 5e, I really like the combat system and can't imagine it any other way, so that breakdown was really interesting to read. Given how...

                Damn -- what a great explanation! As someone who started with 5e, I really like the combat system and can't imagine it any other way, so that breakdown was really interesting to read. Given how much I enjoy Gloomhaven it might be worth trying!

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                1. TheRtRevKaiser
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                  It can be a daunting game to grok, but if you can find people to play it with it is a lot of fun!

                  It can be a daunting game to grok, but if you can find people to play it with it is a lot of fun!

                  1 vote
  2. hungariantoast
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    I have thirty-one items on my todo list for this weekend. So I am busy, to say the least. First thing to get done this weekend is to repost a comment to the "projects" topic in ~creative. I posted...

    I have thirty-one items on my todo list for this weekend. So I am busy, to say the least.

    First thing to get done this weekend is to repost a comment to the "projects" topic in ~creative. I posted the topic a few days ago, as well as a comment that tried to explain some stuff I have been working on, but the comment fell short in a couple of ways, so I deleted it with the intention of rewriting it. I even almost finished the new comment the night I deleted the original one, but didn't want to post it late at night and it's kind of just been a thing I've been forgetting to do since. So yeah, let's get that done today.

    Second, I'll be getting a haircut later this afternoon, something I'm badly in need of.

    Then, once I get back from that, I'm going to begin working on the first draft of the paper for my sociology class. The instructor gave us a list of topics that we could choose from to base our paper on. I chose "technology - social media as a news source".

    Totally not something that I, an active user of this website, am concerned about at all.

    I need to check the expected length and other requirements of the paper one more time before I start the draft, but I'd like to cover as much as possible about this subject. Stuff like astroturfing, disinformation, anonymity, moderation, privacy, and whatever else I can think of.

    I could imagine myself sharing a version of the paper, personal information redacted, here on Tildes, once it's close to being finished.

    Later tonight, some friends and I are getting together for some board and card games.

    Saturday is going to be my busy day. First, I plan on finally publishing my next blog post (a week late). Second, in the next two days I have to pick a subject for the first paper of my English class and how I'm going to research that subject. I have absolutely no clue what I'd like to write about.

    Sunday, I don't have a lot planned. I'll be hanging out at home, cleaning, and trying to declutter. Recently I picked up, from my parents, the last few boxes I packed when we moved from North Carolina. I don't even remember what's in the boxes at this point, but they're taking up space and the contents obviously can't be that important, so I'm going to work on emptying those and donating/disposing of whatever is in them.

    Finally, due to hurricane Dorian, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team activated in response to the devastation of The Bahamas. There's a chance they will activate again for the Carolinas, so I'm going to be keeping a close eye on their activities this weekend and contribute to mapping disaster areas, especially if they reactivate.

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    1. stephen
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      Nice. Ikea and drying racks are the shit. For you job hunt let me suggest Chicago - in the old tradition of Windy City boosterism. We are lovely town with all the night life and fun you can...

      Nice. Ikea and drying racks are the shit.

      For you job hunt let me suggest Chicago - in the old tradition of Windy City boosterism. We are lovely town with all the night life and fun you can imagine (unless you imagine mountains). Plus $2500/month in rent will actually get you a super nice place!

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  4. mftrhu
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    I just finished writing a writeup on edbrowse which I wanted to post on Tildes, and it's past midnight, so I think that counts. Otherwise... trying to get a decent night of sleep. Crossing my...

    I just finished writing a writeup on edbrowse which I wanted to post on Tildes, and it's past midnight, so I think that counts.

    Otherwise... trying to get a decent night of sleep. Crossing my fingers and hoping that it won't rain again. Studying maths, languages. Proofreading stuff on WikiSource. Looking for more fics to read.

    I'm really not sure how there are still people who don't believe in climate change. It's blatant these days. Not even a decade ago, summers used to be cooler, and winters milder. Snow, even in December, was an occurrence so rare that we'd pen it on the calendar.

    Now? We go from 40°C+ in summer, and widespread droughts, to constant storms in autumn, which keep on flooding the nearby areas, to winters so cold that up to 15 cm of snow can fall in a day. It's ridiculous, and it's making me hate autumns.

    I "discovered" WikiSource by accident, as I was clicking on the Random Article button on Wikipedia and stumbled across a page with next to no content. I went to look for more information on the Internet, I stumbled across a (non-proofread) WikiSource page, I decided to fix the formatting, and I spent the rest of the day untangling text and wrangling formatting. Annoying, but it feels rewarding.

    2 votes
  5. TheRtRevKaiser
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    I'm probably playing a game of Betrayal Legacy over Tabletop Simulator after the kids go to bed Saturday night. At some point, I'd like to find some time to finish painting a couple of the minis...

    I'm probably playing a game of Betrayal Legacy over Tabletop Simulator after the kids go to bed Saturday night. At some point, I'd like to find some time to finish painting a couple of the minis from Gloomhaven.

    2 votes
  6. mat
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    It's my son's first birthday this weekend so I'm baking a cake, shopping for ingredients, blowing up balloons, wrapping gifts and so on. He's one. He doesn't know or care what birthdays are, it's...

    It's my son's first birthday this weekend so I'm baking a cake, shopping for ingredients, blowing up balloons, wrapping gifts and so on. He's one. He doesn't know or care what birthdays are, it's just a good excuse to hang out with some friends and have brunch. I refuse to be part of the competitive child's party scene and luckily we don't seem to know anyone who does that crap, although some of our baby friends haven't had birthdays yet.

    I'm actually pretty much done with work for the week already so tomorrow I'm going to finish up a few things then start my weekend a bit early and go out on my bike for a couple of hours.

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    Enoch
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    I'm biting the bullet, rewiring my place top to bottom. Got help from students, but it's a hell of a job.

    I'm biting the bullet, rewiring my place top to bottom. Got help from students, but it's a hell of a job.

    1 vote
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      Chopincakes
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      Electric or cable/internet?

      Electric or cable/internet?

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      1. Enoch
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        Everything. Almost there now.

        Everything. Almost there now.

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  8. stephen
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    A friend and I are driving out to Saugatuck Michigan for the weekend. The weather isn't looking amazing. But I will be totally satisfied even if I have to sit in the cabin in the woods and it...

    A friend and I are driving out to Saugatuck Michigan for the weekend. The weather isn't looking amazing. But I will be totally satisfied even if I have to sit in the cabin in the woods and it rains all damn weekend.

    Not looking forward to 3 hours of driving though since I drive about once every two years.

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  9. dabluecaboose
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    Meeting at the fish club! It's always exciting because people bring extra fish, plants, etc to just give away

    Meeting at the fish club! It's always exciting because people bring extra fish, plants, etc to just give away

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