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Topic: Cool curses...
Subject: Cool curses...

From time to time, characters will stumble into curses in D&D (and other RPGs, as well).

Common curses might cause weakness, or take away health, or make a character less effective in combat. A cruel (good) DM can make these much more interesting, however.

Share some cool curses that you've seen in games!

Posted on 2009-11-16 at 17:51:15.

Topic: Loaded Dice #32: O Steve, Live Forever
Subject: heh

I have no idea what you submitted! I did the new submission... you may have done a double, though.

If you would, please vote via the link I have added in this thread.

Posted on 2009-11-16 at 15:35:47.

Topic: Loaded Dice #32: O Steve, Live Forever
Subject: Loaded Dice #32: O Steve, Live Forever

Loaded Dice #32 is now up. Check it out, let us know what you think!

Also, please take the time to reddit the comic. Comment there if you like, but please be sure to click the up arrow next to the comic's title at the top left of the screen.

Posted on 2009-11-16 at 15:22:45.
Edited on 2009-11-16 at 15:23:14 by t_catt11

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed Q&A
Subject: ack

That made my head hurt.

Posted on 2009-11-16 at 14:44:02.

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed Q&A
Subject: ah

I was worried that we were discussing mutiny, and was already looking for a yardarm to hang you by.

Posted on 2009-11-13 at 17:04:06.

Topic: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder
Subject: (Elvis voice)

Thank you. Thank you verra much.

Also: "glogging"? Is that a new term?

Posted on 2009-11-13 at 14:20:25.

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed Q&A
Subject: nice job, Meri

Complain about the posting, and what happens?

People stop.

Posted on 2009-11-12 at 22:46:46.

Topic: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder
Subject: heh

That's okay. I liked this comment on reddit.

So when does the funny start? Or is this guy just graphically blogging his D&D games?
It's not for everyone, but we have enough regular readers already to suggest to me that SOMEONE finds it funny.

So yeah, try not to let the trolls get to you.

Ouch, though. 11 up votes, 10 down.

Posted on 2009-11-12 at 22:45:20.
Edited on 2009-11-12 at 22:46:12 by t_catt11

Topic: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder
Subject: heh

Please, feel free to vote on top webcomics (you can do this daily)... but reddit is responsible for more traffic per strip than almost everything else put topgether.

I'm now including a reddit link in every one of these update threads.

Posted on 2009-11-12 at 20:41:41.

Topic: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder
Subject: well...

To be honest, they frequently are supposed to be one or the other. It's a pretty snarky group.

I see a lot of grins, too.

Posted on 2009-11-12 at 19:14:36.

Topic: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder
Subject: heh

Pretty good reception so far. Thanks!

6 up votes, 4 down in reddit. Meh.

Posted on 2009-11-12 at 18:06:39.

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed
Subject: finishing up with ops

Stardate: 2368.04.10
USS Discovery, Captains Ready room – 1358

Blair did not have to wait long to receive his response from the new ops chief.

“I will be honest, I don’t regret my decision, but, I do regret the method of expressing it, it should have been handled more discreetly. My concern, as I’m sure was the Captains, was the safety of the ship and all those aboard her. I had hoped to avoid the deaths of the 3 people that died because of the order.

Should I have any such issues with a commands you give, I will follow through with it, much as I did with the previous order that cost me my rank. I do not believe that the punishment fit the misdeed, but that is not my decision. I will give you my word as a Starfleet officer that I will do my duty to the best of my ability, and should I have any concerns, they will be discussed with you in private.”

Noah nodded almost imperceptibly. "I understand your concerns, Lieutenant, and believe that you meant well. It is a hard thing to carry the deaths of others on your conscience..." his voice trailed off a bit, and grew noticeably heavier. "However, such decisions come with the territory. You may not have agreed with the order, but may I point out that had the weapons not been fired, the death toll could well have been in the hundreds."

The captain paused for a moment. "Understand something, Mister Bateman. When all is said and done, I am responsible for the safety of every person on this vessel, and I do not take that responsibility lightly. I will never do anything to jeopardize lives unnecessarily. Sometimes, though, there is no perfect answer – a Captain must give difficult orders, and live with the consequences of them. When those times come, the best course of action you can take – the one that benefits the ship and all her crew the best – is to carry out those difficult orders. That is your sworn duty, and I expect no less.”

After allowing his words to sink in, Blair spoke once more, this time allowing his normal warmth to flow back in. “All that being said, welcome aboard the Discovery, Lieutenant. I know that you have not had a chance yet to get settled – please feel free to do so now. I appreciate you stopping here first.”

The Captain stood and shook Bateman’s hand. “Oh, and one other thing – I will be designating you as third officer, Lieutenant. Like I said, I believe in second chances. Dismissed.”

Posted on 2009-11-12 at 16:02:09.
Edited on 2009-11-12 at 16:03:45 by t_catt11

Topic: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder
Subject: eyep

Poor, mindless nerd. First he gets killed, then raised as an undead, then killed again.

Sucks to be him.

Posted on 2009-11-12 at 14:47:35.

Topic: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder
Subject: Loaded Dice #31: Funny is in the Eye of the Beholder

Newest strip is up and live. Pleas share your thoughts and criticisms here.

Also, please reddit the comic if you enjoyed it. We've gotten a HUGE amount of traffic from reddit on the last coupl eof strips, thanks to RDI members voting for it. Just click the link (log in or create an account, if you need to), and click the up arrow at the top of the page next to the comic name. Comments are great, but up votes are better - they keep us on the front page of the comics submissions longer, and thus, expose us to more hits.


Posted on 2009-11-12 at 14:34:51.

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed Q&A
Subject: whew!

That, my friends, was a monster post.

Posted on 2009-11-11 at 22:22:33.

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed
Subject: basically a double post

Stardate: 2368.04.10
USS Discovery, captain’s ready room – 1335

Noah opened an electronic message notification and frowned. Counselor Constantine had sent him a reminder that he was due a visit with her – which really meant that the Captain was overdue, and she was too polite to state such a thing directly. He sighed in resignation and pulled up his schedule when the comm interrupted him for the umpteenth time that day.

=/\=Bridge to Captain Blair.=/\= Once again, it was Lieutenant Ames. Blair briefly considered reinstituting the ancient policy of shooting the messenger in the hopes of cutting down on interruptions.

Grinning wryly, he answered. “Go ahead, Ames.”

=/\=Another message from admiralty, sir. Admiral Drummond is standing by.=/\=

Drummond, is it? Lovely. Definitely should have shot the messenger. Nathaniel Drummond had a reputation as a difficult man to begin with, and the incident with his nephew two years ago had not served to warm him to Blair one bit. “I’ll take it in here, Lieutenant,” the Captain answered.

Drummond’s long face appeared on Noah’s console. “Greetings, Captain Blair,” the admiral spoke in his sonorous tone.

Noah unconsciously straightened a bit. “And to you, Admiral. What can I do for you today?”

Drummond launched immediately into the purpose of the call, bypassing any semblance of the social niceties that Blair had come to expect from most of the brass he had dealt with in the past. “I have your orders, Captain. Before you move on to anything more noteworthy, you are to take the Discovery on a brief shakedown cruise to ensure that all repairs and upgrades have been completed to satisfaction. You will proceed from Starbase 128 to the Cedulon system, where you will take a full series of readings regarding the status of the system’s sun. At that time, you will receive new orders.”

Blair frowned. The Cedulon star had been studied at length – there was little potential scientific merit to be gained. This, however, was not the cause of the frown; the Cedulon system would be as good a place as any for a full battery of sensor tests. “Begging your pardon, Admiral,” he spoke, “but that route will place us perilously close to the Neutral Zone.”

If Drummond felt any emotion, he did not show it. “I am well aware of that, Captain. We have received quite a few reports of increased Romulan activity near this section of the Neutral Zone. The presence of a Galaxy class vessel should serve as a subtle, but effective, reminder as to the strength of the Federation.”

At least the real reason comes out. The Discovery was to be used in a galactic spitting contest, and there was nothing Blair could do about it. “Understood, Admiral. Orders received and acknowledged,” he replied formally.

“Very well, then,” Drummond answered. “Good day, Captain.”

With that, communication was cut.


Stardate: 2368.04.10
USS Discovery, captain’s ready room – 1350

Noah had almost had time to let his disgust die down when the comm sounded yet again.

=/\= Lieutenant Joseph Bateman to Captain Blair, Permission to come aboard.=/\=

Ah, his new chief of operations. Two days late, and boasting a pretty service record. Noah pinched the bridge of his nose for a moment before responding.

“Permission granted, lieutenant. I would appreciate it if you would drop by at your earliest convenience. I am in my ready room.”

=/\=Aye, captain=/\= came the reply.

Bateman was clearly true to his word – it was mere minutes before Blair’s door chimed, admitting the Discovery’s lean, muscular new chief of operations.

“Thank you for coming, lieutenant,” Blair spoke as he returned the customary salute. “Please, sit down.”

OOC: assuming Bateman does so…

“I appreciate you arriving on such short notice. I understand that your flight was delayed?” Blair asked casually.

OOC: assuming an affirmative, nothing special

Noah nodded. “Lieutenant, I have had a chance to review your service record at length.” He paused. “I see an officer with an extremely bright future, who has made one serious mistake. And so, here you are.”

“Mister Bateman,” the Captain continued, “I can empathize with your position. If not for the meddling of Fate – as well as that of a good friend – I would likely still be a lieutenant commander, with my highest potential posting as the head of a science department on a vessel such as this. If not for an unfortunate circumstance – and one decision – you would still be aboard the Ares, working your way to an executive officer posting and eventually, your own command.”

There was no need for Blair to vocalize the obvious – a senior officer broken down in rank seldom overcame such a career setback; Bateman’s chances of his own command had been seriously damaged, and both men knew it.

“Lieutenant, I believe in second chances. But for that one slip, you have been an excellent officer. The fact that you returned from your leave, that you did not resign your commission, tells me something of your commitment. And yet…” Blair trailed off. Almost imperceptibly, the Captain’s demeanor changed. Gone was the warmth, the casual easiness. In its place was a cold, hard void.

“The Discovery employs just over one thousand officers and crew. Add in another two hundred and fifty or so family members, researchers, and other civilians, and I am directly responsible for nearly thirteen hundred souls. Do you understand what I am saying, Mister Bateman?” Blair paused, his tone making it clear that he did not expect a response.

“I respect the expertise of my officers. I not only value, but solicit your input. I do not micromanage. I expect my department heads and senior officers to be capable of their tasks, and I back them at every juncture. That being said, as Captain of this vessel, I am effectively the United Federation of Planets government in transit. If I give an order, I expect that it will be followed to the best of your ability. Anything less endangers the lives of far too many people.”

His speech made, Blair looked Bateman in the eye. “Before I will allow you to begin your duties, I would have your word that I can, in fact, count on you. Otherwise, Lieutenant, you will need to apply for another posting. We have a day and a half left in port; I can pull some strings, if need be.”

One final pause. “So tell me, Lieutenant. What will your answer be?”

Posted on 2009-11-11 at 22:20:40.
Edited on 2009-11-11 at 22:37:11 by t_catt11

Topic: Pedo Edhel?
Subject: sigh

That's the one we have, Brianna.

Posted on 2009-11-11 at 20:46:55.

Topic: Last one to post wins - Part II
Subject: huh

We made a part II to this?

Posted on 2009-11-11 at 20:01:29.

Topic: Pedo Edhel?
Subject: smite?

not this time.

But I *am* docking your pay for it.

Posted on 2009-11-11 at 17:10:39.

Topic: Pedo Edhel?
Subject: .


Posted on 2009-11-11 at 16:50:24.

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed Q&A
Subject: yeah, yeah...

We need to get this show on the road.

Posted on 2009-11-11 at 14:31:16.

Topic: To boldly go (again) where no one has gone before...
Subject: okay

After some tinkering, I have accepted Baron's character as out new chief operations officer.

Welcome aboard!

Posted on 2009-11-10 at 22:40:12.

Topic: wouldn't you like to know...
Subject: heh

He's a bad guy, if he keeps you away from the Inn.

Posted on 2009-11-10 at 20:17:26.

Topic: Star Trek: No Good Deed Q&A
Subject: eyep

I would assume, though, that DM knew the risks such a post incurred.

Do note that personnel files are freely accessible, expect for areas that may be marked as confidential - these may require greater clearance.

Posted on 2009-11-10 at 19:25:43.

Topic: Loaded Dice #30: Ask a Stupid Question...
Subject: whoa

Holy guacamole! Another new record day for the Inn yeterday... over 10k page views for the site as a whole, with a huge chunk of the traffic coming due to the comic. Reddit was HUGE yesterday... over 1200 pages of non-bounce traffic (i.e. people who stuck around).

Thanks for the support!

Posted on 2009-11-10 at 17:49:28.


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