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I just figured out a major plot hook for my players in my DnD group.

Like the 'big main plot hook' sort now that they're all nice and comfy with their characters so that the plot can really get rolling.

 

The main gist is that my players decided to try and poison the cup of the local lord. I don't know why, but they haven't succeeded. That Lord is now secretly a direct descendent of a Fey noble who absolutely will not take kindly to this - in order to avoid the wrath of the Seelie courts, they shall have to go on a perilous quest that happens to be of world-saving  importance - and danger. In the Lord's own words, not because he thinks they will succeed, but that he wants his vengeance to be slow. Said quest was always the goal, but I was still probing on how to get there whilst still letting it be the result of the player's actions.

One of my players did request more Fey involvement for his character. I'm just providing.:angel:

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Blarg.  Took a lot of pushing and poking but my clan finally got the gold for the event, 15hrs before it ends.

Time to hit recruitment and try to get some more active players after I do a purge.

16 minutes ago, Loza03 said:

I just figured out a major plot hook for my players in my DnD group.

Like the 'big main plot hook' sort now that they're all nice and comfy with their characters so that the plot can really get rolling.

 

The main gist is that my players decided to try and poison the cup of the local lord. I don't know why, but they haven't succeeded. That Lord is now secretly a direct descendent of a Fey noble who absolutely will not take kindly to this - in order to avoid the wrath of the Seelie courts, they shall have to go on a perilous quest that happens to be of world-saving  importance - and danger. In the Lord's own words, not because he thinks they will succeed, but that he wants his vengeance to be slow. Said quest was always the goal, but I was still probing on how to get there whilst still letting it be the result of the player's actions.

One of my players did request more Fey involvement for his character. I'm just providing.:angel:

Oh that is amazing.  Give us updates!

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I'm building up a new questhub, and borrowing thematically from Darkest Dungeon. It is basically a scenario with a stratified progression, a certain number of tasks, information and gear acquisition need to be done for the group to be able to progress through each step. Plenty of story arcs, and every monster and NPC group has their own story, strengths and weaknesses. That way I hope to avoid the usual meat grinder gameplay.

My group's usual freeform playstyle resulted in too much milling about and a loss of the feeling of progress, so enthusiasm took a big hit late last year. We also got two new, rather inexperienced players, which makes it harder to run some of the more... exotic stuff. So, I guess I'll step up to the plate once again, and see if my latest studies in game design and fictive writing have paid off.

I'm re-writing some of the GURPS rules to streamline the gameplay, and making a better magic system, while making pre-made characters with a few points for personalization, to accomodate the new players. One of the problems with GURPS is, the amount of options can be overwhelming for newcomers.

Things have ground a bit to a halt the last couple of weeks, first due to severe food poisoning, and then my back acted up again.  Really badly this time.

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I'm stuck with my AFMA character bio.  So far, she's a camp counselor that won a free trip because they didn't lose any kids for the longest stretch of summers & her favorite color is taupe

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If warframe allowed me a progress transfer over to pc I actually would consider playing again. I really cba to redo year worth  of grinding on pc again but I do not play my PS4 anymore nor plan on getting the 5 

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I am... genuinely furious.

So, I was just doing my thing, doing my assignment for university, polishing it off in plenty of time. I decided to quickly check what format they wanted the final product in.

 

The due date was a day before what I had thought. At first I thought I just made a mistake, I was beating myself up over it, then my private tutor texts me and says 'No, the due date is tomorrow. I have the official document, look'. Sure enough, the old document had a different due date, the one I thought it had.

Somebody had moved it up. Apparently, they'd done the same to other courses too. They didn't tell the tutors, to my knowledge.  After my initial euphoric high of 'Oh thank god it's fine', I was... pissed off to say the least.

 

Needless to say, this has not improved my opinion of the University.

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2 of my cats are more possessive of me since their mom passed away a few weeks ago, one less being for them to snuggle with.

They are slapping each other, not to the point of getting their nails out, but its a clear "get out of here!".

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47 minutes ago, Loza03 said:

I am... genuinely furious.

So, I was just doing my thing, doing my assignment for university, polishing it off in plenty of time. I decided to quickly check what format they wanted the final product in.

 

The due date was a day before what I had thought. At first I thought I just made a mistake, I was beating myself up over it, then my private tutor texts me and says 'No, the due date is tomorrow. I have the official document, look'. Sure enough, the old document had a different due date, the one I thought it had.

Somebody had moved it up. Apparently, they'd done the same to other courses too. They didn't tell the tutors, to my knowledge.  After my initial euphoric high of 'Oh thank god it's fine', I was... pissed off to say the least.

 

Needless to say, this has not improved my opinion of the University.

From what I've read, heard and watched, a lot of universities prioritize financial gain and producing activists, rather than ensuring the competence of their students. This varies, of course, across fields and nationalities.

The danish institutions of learning seem to be less prone to this, due to the state sponsorship and our socio-cultural structure. I had several transfer students in my classes in uni, and they all seemed pretty happy with the way things are done here. Friends from a wide range of the humanities as well as hard science fields say the same. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, I can recommend our universities.

In any case, good luck with the assignment.

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3 hours ago, Loza03 said:

I am... genuinely furious.

So, I was just doing my thing, doing my assignment for university, polishing it off in plenty of time. I decided to quickly check what format they wanted the final product in.

 

The due date was a day before what I had thought. At first I thought I just made a mistake, I was beating myself up over it, then my private tutor texts me and says 'No, the due date is tomorrow. I have the official document, look'. Sure enough, the old document had a different due date, the one I thought it had.

Somebody had moved it up. Apparently, they'd done the same to other courses too. They didn't tell the tutors, to my knowledge.  After my initial euphoric high of 'Oh thank god it's fine', I was... pissed off to say the least.

 

Needless to say, this has not improved my opinion of the University.

My trade school took credit for helping me get a job after graduating, even though they almost failed me because they can't keep track of their own records.  They got shut down due to predatory loan practices.  

2 hours ago, Kaotyke said:

2 of my cats are more possessive of me since their mom passed away a few weeks ago, one less being for them to snuggle with.

They are slapping each other, not to the point of getting their nails out, but its a clear "get out of here!".

Both of my cats have become a lot more active since moving back in with me.  We've taken to having playtime and my goodness do things get violent when Mag feels Boomer is getting too much attention.

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vor 2 Stunden schrieb Yrkul:

From what I've read, heard and watched, a lot of universities prioritize financial gain and producing activists, rather than ensuring the competence of their students. This varies, of course, across fields and nationalities.

The danish institutions of learning seem to be less prone to this, due to the state sponsorship and our socio-cultural structure. I had several transfer students in my classes in uni, and they all seemed pretty happy with the way things are done here. Friends from a wide range of the humanities as well as hard science fields say the same. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, I can recommend our universities.

In any case, good luck with the assignment.

Isn't Denmark one of the countries with best school-systems worldwide? I always become jealous, because the teachers in my school (even universitys) still use their overhead projectors...

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31 minutes ago, ES-Flinter said:

I always become jealous, because the teachers in my school (even universitys) still use their overhead projectors...

Would you believe that during my time in college I've actually had to get up on a chair and fix the settings on those things multiple times because nobody ever thinks about calling the school's tech support (assuming they even have any)?

The curse of being that one 6''4 dude I guess.

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22 minutes ago, ES-Flinter said:

Isn't Denmark one of the countries with best school-systems worldwide? I always become jealous, because the teachers in my school (even universitys) still use their overhead projectors...

Our elementary education still lags behind compared to a lot of western countries, in part due to the New Public Management doctrine, that has infested the majority of public services, but our higher education is of a pretty high standard. Not having to worry about basic needs also frees up time and resources to expand our curriculum for better grades, or compensate for disabilities (I got ADHD and spent 5-8 hours a day on homework alone, on top of the 4-8 hours in classes).

Several of my professors were willing to spend extra time discussing and elaborating on various subjects, when I showed genuine interest and effort in the material they taught. To many teachers, it is just a job, but I found a lot of people, who had a passion for their chosen field of study, and a willingness to give their knowledge on to their students.

And we still used overhead projectors and blackboards in some classes. :D Smartboards are still expensive, and while a lot of teachers have a certain enthusiasm for new tech, there's a learning curve (and a lot of the professors are boomers :D).

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26 minutes ago, Aldain said:

The curse of being that one 6''4 dude I guess.

6'3" here. It is the general duty, I guess, for us jotun to fix projectors and take things down from the top shelf for the little people.

 

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2 minutes ago, Yrkul said:

6'3" here. It is the general duty, I guess, for us jotun to fix projectors and take things down from the top shelf for the little people.

I also occasionally had to fix (and by fix I mean fiddle with until it worked because I had no idea what I was doing) the potatos that they call computers in the classrooms, serious a few of them were still running on Windows XP.

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10 minutes ago, Aldain said:

a few of them were still running on Windows XP.

Same over here. :D Then again, why spend millions to upgrade your OS until you absolutely have to? We did have pretty good tech support, though. And since I studied Information Science, even the oldest of the teachers knew their way around a computer.

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1 hour ago, Aldain said:

The curse of being that one 6''4 dude I guess.

 

34 minutes ago, Yrkul said:

6'3" here. It is the general duty, I guess, for us jotun to fix projectors and take things down from the top shelf for the little people.

 

Meanwhile, I'm 5'5" and had to make a pyramid of chairs to fix things in my classroom because no one else could be bothered.  .-.

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1 hour ago, Yrkul said:

or compensate for disabilities (I got ADHD and spent 5-8 hours a day on homework alone, on top of the 4-8 hours in classes).

Meanwhile, whilst my secondary school started with a pretty decent learning support department, when the old SENCO left, the replacement immediately went on maternity leave and I'm honestly not convinced she ever came back. Or that they hired a new one, for that matter.

Fortunately, the teachers themselves were lovely (give or take a few) and were able to pick up the slack to a degree. But still. (on a related note, it's weird to read things that happened at your school on wikipedia.)

4 hours ago, Yrkul said:

In any case, good luck with the assignment.

I'll know tomorrow whether or not they're going with the original due date or the changed one. 

...

If they go with the changed one, then, uh. Blood for the Blood god I guess.

3 hours ago, MagPrime said:

My trade school took credit for helping me get a job after graduating, even though they almost failed me because they can't keep track of their own records.  They got shut down due to predatory loan practices.  

One of my old schools decided that they weren't fond of trying to teach a kid with Autism so they put me in a class I believe two years below me? Which was effectively the pre-school section. I mean that's just flat-out discrimination, and unsurprisingly, they got shut down too. Not sure what for though. Might ask, perhaps try to do some research.

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