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Topic: Ode to Alacrity
Subject: Ode to Alacrity


A few days ago, I had a terrifying exhange of emails with a dear friend - one Roger (Alacrity) Briant. At the beginning of our conversation, he had expressed an intention to end all of his games, as well as his association with the Red Dragon Inn.

I know that he has since softened that position - and I am glad - but I do fear that one day, it will happen; I know that he has a tremendous amount going on in his life. Selfishly, I hope that he always has a little time for the Inn, but I want to support my friend, no matter what.

That being said, I think that it's high time Alacrity was recognized for what he has brought to this community over the years.

Alacrity was one of the "core group" - one of my senior staff members who joined the Inn way back in the period right after its inception (that's more than a decade ago, folks!). He was here back when there was no rdinn.com - the Red Dragon Inn then was an angelfire subsite, running a forum on EZboards.

Back in the days of the "Wild West" chat, he kept order with his mythical banhammer. Eventually, progress and programming made that almost unnecessary, which was good... but sometimes, I think that he secretly misses it.

Alacrity has been instrumental in the Audalis project. He has been a creative force, an editor, a voice of reason. Much of the cohesiveness you see in our campaign setting can be directly attributed to his influence.

Alacrity has submitted many excellent articles, parodies, and ideas to the Inn's archives. He is as talented of a writer as I have ever had the pleasure to know - easily better than quite a few published, successful novelists. I coninue to hold hope that one day, he will pursue that novel, that he will earn the success he so richly deserves, and that I will be able to say that "I knew him when."

This man has been a rock, a solid presence that we could always count on - that we have taken for granted far too many times. Over time, many of those core staff members have faded into less active roles at the Inn. I myself have flaked out numerous times, gone missing for weeks (or months), yet Alacrity has always stayed here and kept things in order.

From time to time, people feel the need to thank me for creating this site. That's gratifying; I'm glad that you enjoy the Red Dragon Inn. That being said, I have always felt that the true value to the Inn was in the community itself - in our gamers, in our PEOPLE. I have long believed that the community is an organic, changing thing, that people come and go, and that we may cycle up or down, but will always continue, will always be the Inn.

When all is said and done, I honestly don't know how the Red Dragon Inn could long survive without Alacrity. I appreciate his contributions more than he may ever realize, and I hope that the rest of you appreciate him, as well.

Posted on 2012-04-02 at 19:20:39.
Edited on 2012-04-02 at 19:27:24 by t_catt11

Topic: No foolin'! It's Almerin's Birthday
Subject: ack!


Happy belated birthday, good sir!

Posted on 2012-04-02 at 18:28:32.

Topic: RDINN is moving to facebook!
Subject: sheez


It's an RDI tradition to lie to you all. You like it.

Also - way to go, Admiral.

Posted on 2012-04-01 at 16:40:12.
Edited on 2012-04-01 at 16:41:03 by t_catt11

Topic: RDINN is moving to facebook!
Subject: sheez, people


Nver trust a staff member on April 1st. Seeing as how nobody has told me anything about this, it is clearly an April Fool's joke.

Posted on 2012-04-01 at 16:28:58.

Topic: Hi all
Subject: greetz!


Greetz, and wecome to the Inn!

Posted on 2012-04-01 at 01:43:18.

Topic: Another sad goodbye!
Subject: best of luck


Hope to see you back soon.

Posted on 2012-03-30 at 20:43:41.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: PMs


I am sending PMs to each player to describe the duties of your new MBD (mandatory bonus duty) roles - i.e. team leader, happiness officer, etc.

These roles essentially give each of you a unique way to stab everyonen else in the back.



Posted on 2012-03-30 at 20:16:24.

Topic: Brewing my own beer...
Subject: more beer


I brewed up my third batch this past Saturday night... kept me up until 4:00 AM. If you care to read it, a full narrative (along with pictures) are posted at my homebrewdad.com blog.

Posted on 2012-03-29 at 14:11:00.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: buncha teases


"Oh, we'll post about how we're gonna post."

Hmph. Set lasers to "liquify".

Posted on 2012-03-29 at 13:03:11.

Topic: Why is it...
Subject: why?


Because heroes are usually good guys, and most players like to be heroes most of the time. "Look at all those townspeople we killed! Mwuhuhuhuhahahahaa!"

Because bad guys tend to stab each other in the back, whichi leads to fights at the table and to hurt feelings.

I have played in an all evil game and had a blast with it.

I am running a Paranoia game right now; while it's not necessarily about being evil, players are encouraged to rat out their teammates for treason (real or imagined), which gets said teammates executed.

I would agree that variety is good... but my above posts have a lot to do with why this is often not the case.

Posted on 2012-03-29 at 13:02:18.
Edited on 2012-03-29 at 13:02:30 by t_catt11

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: okay


All of my clons have posted. Friend Computer has finsihed its instructions for now. It's posting time for you guys.

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 21:10:03.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting
Subject: efficient?


The Computer pauses for a brief moment at Blowz's words.
"Indeed, Citizen," it replies. "Take care to be punctual, however, lest you slip into inefficiency while trying to prevent it in others."

Soon, the Computer turns its attention back to the task at hand.

"You all must immediately report to a briefing where you will be told all about this highly enjoyable task. The Computer is your friend. Trust the Computer. Don't tell anyone. Don't let anyone know."

If any of you bothered to glance out at the cafeteria, you will notice that quite a few clones have noticed your group with your heads under the table. Suddenly, every available speaker roars with the Computer's voice.

STOP THAT!!!

A hush falls over the cafeteria, and all eyes now pointedly look away from your team - though it is certainly impossible that they are unaware of your presence.

The Computer resumes its instructions.
"Get to Section 168 of Sector SWR, out the door and take a left. NOW. Thank you for your cooperation."

The speaker falls slient. Dweebs continues to hang around your table, though his eyes are also focused elsewhere.



Posted on 2012-03-28 at 21:05:20.
Edited on 2012-03-28 at 21:07:08 by t_catt11

Topic: Halp! First time DMing.
Subject: heh


@ colored tabs... yep.

Hey, whatever works for you to be organized!

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 20:40:31.

Topic: Tumbleweeds, again...
Subject: woo!


Naked fire dancing for everybody!

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 20:34:38.

Topic: Halp! First time DMing.
Subject: well...


You choose by what makes sense for your story. If you are after an evil wizard, he might have onstrous or undead minions. He might have a paid ban of thugs and retainers.

If you are trying to rid the valley of an ogre tribe, then you have ogres and perhaps their allies.

If you are in a desecrated graveyard, you have skeletons, zombies, maybe ghouls.

If you are doing a classic dungeon... well, almost anything goes. It's a cliche that is a bit of an inside joke, that a dungeon can hold any number of different monsters for no real reason.

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 18:52:34.

Topic: Halp! First time DMing.
Subject: okay


Well, then, write out an outline of your story. Come up with your NPCs, and go ahead and stat out any possible encounter monsters and such ahead of time.

Note cards are great; do what you can to minimize having to look up rules in mid session.

You might want to simulate a battle round or three ahead of time - just to get a feel for what dice to roll when, and how it ought to flow, before you get your players around a table.



Posted on 2012-03-28 at 18:35:10.

Topic: Halp! First time DMing.
Subject: yep


I agree, a pre-writeen adventure would probably go a long way towards helping you out.

rpgarchive.com and dndadventure.com are EXCELLENT resources for this.



Posted on 2012-03-28 at 18:25:43.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: more coming?


Perhaps there is more coming. Perhaps Friend Computer is concerned that not all team members are present for the briefing.

As for a typo: Friend Computer does not make mistakes. The GM does not make mistakes. Mutant commie traitors may sometimes sabotage messages, however.

I have corrected this sabotage; Slipp does, indeed, have a role.

Someone will be executed for this!


Posted on 2012-03-28 at 18:23:23.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: heh


Yeah, yeah...

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 17:17:05.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: grrr


Friend Computer is displeased. Post!!

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 16:20:56.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: both.


The dogs wearing the shoes eating the food.

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 13:18:55.

Topic: Floyd #16 is up
Subject: heh


"Burn it."

Methinks this arc has some promise...

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 13:18:14.

Topic: Friend Computer wants you!
Subject: replacement found


Jozan1 will be filling the role of Blowz-R-UPP.

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 13:14:18.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting
Subject: Briefing Time?


Dweebs hems and haws, then mumbles something about helping. When the group sticks their heads under the table, he wisely does not follow suit... but he does irritatingly remain at your table, and appears to be eavesdropping without trying to look like he is doing so.

Once your heads are under the table, the whisper continues.


Congratulations on your promotions, troubleshooters. It is I, your friend, The Computer. I hope that you are all happy.

You will soon be even happier! I have a fun mission for you. It is perfectly safe, and really easy, especially for a team of seasoned professionals such as yourselves. The only thing is, its a secret. I mean, REALLY a secret. No one is even to know that we are talking right now, got it?

I will now assign each of you your role on the team. These roles were determined using an advanced statistical model taking into account your skills, temperments, and qualifications. These roles are as follows:

Team Leader: Artie-R-FCL.

Loyalty Officer: Ammpe-R-AGE.

Hygiene Officer: Slipp-R-YEE.

Morale Officer: Brighte-R-NNU.

Communications Officer: Blowz-R-UPP.

Equipment Control Officer: Steam-R-LLR.

You will of course perform these duties to the best of your abilities. While on duty, you wi...


The voice trails off in a distracted manner, then starts again.


Clone Artie-R-FCL, where is your communications officer? Why is he not present at this briefing? This is highly inefficient, which leads to chaos, disorder, and general unhappiness!




Posted on 2012-03-27 at 15:35:19.
Edited on 2012-03-28 at 18:21:43 by t_catt11

Topic: D&D 5e
Subject: I hear you


Good post, Almerin.

Posted on 2012-03-27 at 15:22:21.

 
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