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    [–] [Spoilers C2E34] Is It Thursday Yet? Post-Episode Discussion & Future Theories! MrNotSoBright 8 points ago in criticalrole

    I have a character in the home game I run with a Periapt of Wound Closure, and this is the exact thought process I went through when deciding what happened when he started drowning inside a water elemental.

    [–] Gift for my DM MrNotSoBright 1 points ago in DnD

    Oh wow, that's going to be a real treat!

    [–] Gift for my DM MrNotSoBright 3 points ago in DnD

    If you're looking to go pretty cheap, there's the Roll 4 Initiative Castle Keep DM Screen and Dice Tower. One of my players bought it for me, and I like it a lot. It's made of cardboard, but I haven't had a single problem with it and I've been using it for about a year.

    Aside from that, metal dice are always an amazing treat as a DM. Reaper Bones minis are a great idea, even if it's something obscure. If you give them the tools, a DM will find a reason to use them. A campaign module could be a great gift, even if they don't plan on running it, as it can provide a plethora of ideas for their own campaigns (Storm King's Thunder, Curse of Strahd, Tomb of Annihilation, etc...). Something like The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, Xanathar's Guide to Monsters, or Tales from the Yawning Portal can be great if they don't already have them.

    [–] Afternoon coyote hunting with my new toy MrNotSoBright 2 points ago in GunPorn

    It's probably the Ruger, because the M&P has a big "M&P" logo emblazoned across the magwell.

    Or OP built it custom and it just looks a lot like it.

    [–] [SPOILERS C2E28] Character Motivations. MrNotSoBright 1 points ago in criticalrole

    I had a conquest paladin in the home game that I run for a little while before medical school removed all free time from his life. I guess he's technically still running around out there in the world, just waiting until he can get back into the game.

    He's secretly a paladin of Tiamat that disguises himself as one of Tempus to blend in with society.

    [–] [SPOILERS C2E28] Character Motivations. MrNotSoBright 108 points ago in criticalrole

    If death needs things to live, he should be someone that cultivates life, like a druid.

    Then Death needs things to die - Conquest Paladin

    [–] Official Discussion - Extinction (2018) [SPOILERS] MrNotSoBright 81 points ago in movies

    I agree that it was clever, but it felt like a clever solution to a problem that shouldn't even exist in the first place.

    Why wouldn't a screen work just as well? A screen doesn't need an extra fuel tank for a spray solution. The system probably uses a lot more power than a screen, is a lot less convenient than a screen (what happens if there's a slight breeze?), and probably a lot more complicated to build and repair than a screen.

    [–] Official Discussion - Extinction (2018) [SPOILERS] MrNotSoBright 117 points ago in movies

    The movie was basically a really solid concept with an interesting plot structure that had nearly every overused "action/suspense" movie trope thrown at it. It was as unique as it was painfully generic.

    [–] Official Discussion - Extinction (2018) [SPOILERS] MrNotSoBright 93 points ago in movies

    At its core, this movie had a pretty interesting concept, and I'm honestly impressed with how well they were able to pull off the twist. So for that, props.

    That said, basically everything else was just your average ultra cheesy, super trope-y "alien invasion" action/suspense movie.

    I don't regret watching it, but I'll never watch it again.

    [–] Just joined a Tomb of Annihilation game. How fucked are we? MrNotSoBright 13 points ago in DnD

    I mean, technically, any party can make any composition work with the right communication and creativity, but...

    Yeah, you're probably all going to die, but you're probably going to have a blast doing it

    [–] Evidence Shows Hackers Changed Votes in the 2016 Election But No One Will Admit It MrNotSoBright 3 points ago in politics

    There's a few states that have it right. For instance, I live in Oregon, where we do paper ballots, and I believe you are automatically registered to vote when you file your taxes or do stuff at the DMV (something that, presumably, everyone does). They mail the ballot to you, you can fill it out at your convenience, and send it anywhere mail can be sent. The return envelope is addressed and has postage included.

    It almost couldn't be any easier.

    [–] [Spoilers C2E26] Thursday Proper! Pre-show recap & discussion for C2E27 MrNotSoBright 7 points ago in criticalrole

    Also, in a meta sense, I don't think Matt would have put the lost party-members into a cart that the players would have any real access to at this point. I mean, sure it was super unlikely, but if the party had done really well in the fight and managed to free whoever was in the cages, that would be pretty awkward and would undo all of this worldbuilding and would undermine the story hooks that will result from them being gone.

    [–] [Tolkien] Sauron was originally a servant of Melkor/Morgoth who became the big bad after his masters defeat. Do we know what his motivations were? Did Tolkien ever detail this? MrNotSoBright 3 points ago in AskScienceFiction

    Not really, because at some level the psyches of angels are a bit beyond what we can comprehend.

    From our points of view, his actions were those of a chaotic tyrant trying to split and destroy the world, but in his own mind he was saving all of us. Leveling a few kingdoms to achieve world peace is a very small price to pay, especially when you view things on nearly cosmological timespans and literally cannot die.

    [–] [Tolkien] Sauron was originally a servant of Melkor/Morgoth who became the big bad after his masters defeat. Do we know what his motivations were? Did Tolkien ever detail this? MrNotSoBright 9 points ago in AskScienceFiction

    To your average person, yeah, he was that, but Sauron's goal was essentially to bring his own twisted view of "order" to the world. He was a master craftsman, an engineer, and a celestial being that at least SAW the creation of the world, and so has a fundamental understanding of and appreciation for order vs. chaos in a way that no mortal being could begin to comprehend.

    He may have started out with "good intentions", but when you have only a single driving motivation and don't allow any outside counsel alter your views or ambitions, you get someone like Sauron.

    EVERYONE is stupid, irrational, chaotic and short-sighted, so they must all be brought to heel, even if they're going to do it kicking and screaming.

    [–] A hand shake and a brief hello. MrNotSoBright 15 points ago in PoliticalHumor

    That's for sure! Go fuck yourself, grandma!

    [–] [Spoilers C2E26] Prediction Time MrNotSoBright 3 points ago in criticalrole

    First of all, not all temples will be equipped to deal with a resurrection. Second, the party may very-well not have enough money to afford such a resurrection. Third, Talesin may not want Molly to return, which would void the entire thing.

    Given the dour look and attitude of Matt at the end of the session, I have to assume he doesn't see much recourse for Molly.