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Topic: Weird War II Q n A
Subject: Sorry Guys


Hello my friends, colleagues and fellow members.

As many of you know, I have a four year old son, William who was recently diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). It is called a spectrum disorder because such a large range of symptoms and issues that it cannot be nailed down. If you meet one child with ASD then you have met one child. They will not be the same as another, just a few common features of the disorder. In general, you have a lack of social skills and interaction, a loss or deficit in speech and Behavioural problems that are anti-social and disruptive. It is a neurological disorder but they have no idea why or how it starts, where the disease comes from but it now effects 1 in 88 children in North America.

We have spent the last four years of our lives in a constant struggle. At first it was to understand what was wrong, then to get someone to examine him and give us some guidance and after that, going through doctor after doctor telling us "he'll be fine, he'll catch up" when we knew that wasn't true. We signed up for programs, waited months upon months to get into programs. 15 moths waiting list for a assessment on his development and the doctors dropped us off the list after 8 months due to a jurisdiction issue. We finally paid for our own assessment , which we got on Dec 11, 2011.

So now we are going through the process of getting him into programs to help him, because if you start soon enough, you can do something - you can lead him to a possible normal life. There is a lot of education of us as well as William and the programs are lengthy and we have to learn to become expert therapists in speech and behaviour as well. After all, we will be around him the most. There is no lead physician or coordinator to help you though. You are thrown into the water and basically you need to learn the system or else. This is part of why I was having trouble keeping up with my games over the last year or so.

Which brings me to the point of this long winded letter. I am going to end most of my games on the inn. Not out of any dislike for the games or anything any of the players did or did not do, but because i don't have the time. Being a DM is not a simple task, or at least not for me, I put a lot of work into my games and I can spend hours a week on the game - but not anymore. Destiny's Flight, Escape from Castle
Rautenberg and Audalis Dreaming are effectively over. I am sorry to all the players but given the choice between family and games ... well you get the picture. I will continue to play out the Voyages of Rocinante, because I hope I can handle one game and I love that game so. Cathy agrees with me and will attempt to post for Willow soon. Bromern and I will continue to produce RPG Mythbreakers on a sorta-monthly basis. I will also keep Floyd Hobart going as long as Brittany wishes to draw it.

I had suggested to Olan that I would walk away completely from the inn. He was very supportive of any decision I made but he couldn't see the inn existing without me. In fact, he was quite horrified of the prospect. I think he overestimates my importance and I appreciate the flattery. I have been friends with Olan for over ten years now, even traveled all the way to Alabama to meet him in person once. Whether I am the "backbone" of the inn or not, this website is my site too and I can't leave it completely.

William is a wonderful boy who teaches me about myself every day. In October 2010, he didn't say anything beyond his letters and numbers 1-10. He didn't us mom or dad. He didn't even say yes or no. Tantrums of the fiercest nature were 3-4 times daily and he wouldn't make eye contact with anyone. Now he speaks in 3-4 word sentences, he calls us mom and dad and even calls his sister by name (Veronica). He is starting to spell his words and has a lengthy vocabulary that is growing. He smiles and will meet your eye. He is developing a sense of humour and has friends in school.

My father used to say, "Never give up on life until ten minutes after you draw your last breath." William is named after him and if he has half the spirit and determination that my father did, then he'll be okay. I may be 1 in 88 to the world, but he is 1 in a million to me.

So my sincere apologies to my friends for abandoning the games, but I hope you will understand.


Roger (Alacrity) Briant

Posted on 2012-04-02 at 02:31:47.

Topic: RDINN is moving to facebook!
Subject: Excellent


Good work Bob

Posted on 2012-04-01 at 18:13:35.

Topic: Another sad goodbye!
Subject: RPN


Sorry to see you go RPN but I understand all too well what RL is like. Keep in touch anyway you can.

Tann - I can read and speak for myself, thank you.

Posted on 2012-03-30 at 17:42:05.

Topic: Floyd #16 is up
Subject: not sure where you went to high school


Death Slaadi's were mostly scorned at my school.

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 18:33:45.

Topic: Floyd #16 is up
Subject: Floyd #16 is up


This week starts a story arc where Floyd returns to high school for a reunion. A quest that few go on and return unscathed.....

High School Reunion Part I

Please be sure to let Jing and I know what you think! We love comments.

Posted on 2012-03-28 at 12:08:09.

Topic: life overload
Subject: welcome back


Report to the Computer forthwith for termination. Have a nice day.

Posted on 2012-03-27 at 19:13:39.
Edited on 2012-03-27 at 19:14:02 by Alacrity

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: Fried hush puppies


Are we talking the dogs or the shoes??????

Posted on 2012-03-27 at 18:08:01.

Topic: strange question
Subject: All hail the mighty Eol


Better than the church of banjo the clown....

Posted on 2012-03-27 at 18:07:00.

Topic: strange question
Subject: I means what I say


Atheist here so I don't have beliefs but you are welcome to contact me via pm or email.

Posted on 2012-03-27 at 15:01:39.

Topic: D&D 5e
Subject: 2e


For those of you still playing 2e, there is an alternate coming soon.

Myth and Magic

For a basic flip through, I like what I see and it keeps the old rule system going and viable to new players.


Posted on 2012-03-27 at 13:32:35.

Topic: strange question
Subject: Well


Does it have to be live or can it be via email?

Posted on 2012-03-27 at 03:19:25.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: Pikachu, you are mine


*Holds up a really huge BFG* Oh yeah. Time to hunt me down some pikachu burgers!

Posted on 2012-03-23 at 13:37:03.

Topic: Vote for the Inn
Subject: really


F2P Pokemon Style Monster MMORPG is #3? I mean really people, get a life.


Posted on 2012-03-22 at 19:36:35.

Topic: Tumbleweeds, again...
Subject: app


We need a RDI iPhone app.

Posted on 2012-03-22 at 19:09:40.

Topic: Tumbleweeds, again...
Subject: more nudity ... just saying


I'm doing my best Captaindude but I can not like change the laws of physics!

Posted on 2012-03-22 at 19:04:23.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: A good Article


I found this in my travels and it sums the paranoia game wrold up quite nicely. I have been informed that you are playing "classic" style.

The World of Paranoia

Now I better run before the computer finds me.

Posted on 2012-03-21 at 19:36:43.
Edited on 2012-03-21 at 19:37:03 by Alacrity

Topic: Floyd Filler for this week
Subject: nned some artists


We do not have any wallpapers or backgrounds. You sorta need a full time artist to do that and we haven't managed to convince any to work for free.

Posted on 2012-03-21 at 13:43:25.

Topic: Floyd Filler for this week
Subject: Floyd Filler for this week


Today, there is no Floyd. Real life has reared it's ugly head and we have only this filler to offer you. But it is a damn nice filler if I say so myself.

Donna Pinup

Please be sure to let Jing and I know what you think! We love comments.

Posted on 2012-03-21 at 12:32:01.

Topic: Audalis Dreaming QnA
Subject: already


I have moved you forward.

Posted on 2012-03-20 at 12:23:03.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: wht?


No intentions of blowing up anyone in a unstable mine shaft. But the shaft is 100 feet down at least so i wouldn;t recommend dropping the distance.

Posted on 2012-03-18 at 18:03:57.

Topic: Friend Computer wants you!
Subject: ahh yes


Paranoia. A game best played completely drunk. I will be interested how the online version plays out.

Do players make up their secret societies or are they told which ones they can join?

Posted on 2012-03-16 at 17:50:06.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Vanadia will back-post


Hornsilver Mine - Topside, Regina, Frisco, Day Nine 12:15 am Planet Time

Ash takes the lead and heads down into the old shaft of the mine with Wolf close behind. There is no way to climb down the rebar fitted safety ladders with weapons in hand so they can only hope that someone is not waiting for them down below, or this will be a short trip and a long fall.

(I am assuming you are going quiet and with no lighting)

As the two are heading downwards, after about 40 feet they hear a voice. The shaft causes the echoes to bounce oddly and it seems like the voices are right next to you when you know they must be below. One voice is easily recognized, that of the Luke Pearson. The other one is one of the Mustard boys, and you know there is only one left.

“They went down boss?”

“Yep. Keep your voice down kid.”

“Why? We’s alone ain’t we?”

“We got company. I can smell Tong on the air. They are looking for me no doubt.”

“What you want me to do boss?”

“Set up here, good and tight. Make sure you got cover, don’t be cocky either. As soon as they come out, take the men out. The Captain first, because he’s the most dangerous.”

“And the ladies?”

“”We’ll deal with the later. At our leisure. I am going to hunt me some tong. Click twice on the comm. When you see the door open. And remember kid – this place ain’t stable so use the suppressors and no grenades nor flashbangs or you will be in a world of hurt and we won’t get anything out of here but a cold dark death.”

“Okay boss.”

Hornsilver Mine Hidden area, Regina, Frisco, Day Nine 12:15 am Planet Time

Brigit laughed dismissively, “Don’t be fooled by the trappings boys. This is all smoke and mirrors to keep us away. Someone went to great length to hide this treasure and people don’t do that for chump change.”

The red-haired school marm approached the closest coffin without hesitant and flipped the metal seal upwards. The lock released with a loud gasp of compressed air. “You two boys want to make yourself useful and lift this lid? Or do us women have to do all the heavy lifting?”


Posted on 2012-03-16 at 13:55:30.
Edited on 2012-03-16 at 13:56:36 by Alacrity

Topic: Need a player
Subject: Need a player


Hello,

I am running a 2e based D&D game called Audalis Dreaming. I have lost a player and would like to get someone to step into the game. it has not gotten far (they just left the bar)so there isn't a lot to learn.

The character is Bas , a female gladiator fighter. I would be open to:

1) Someone taking over the role completely
2) Switching the gender and abilities
3) Doing a swap with another character completely in a "woof" moment. (WOOF Bas is gone, WOOF Bob is in)

You don't have to be very familiar with 2e to play, I do most game mechanics. A passing familiarity with the Audalis setting would help.

Thanks.

Posted on 2012-03-16 at 13:26:23.
Edited on 2012-03-16 at 13:27:13 by Alacrity

Topic: Audalis Dreaming
Subject: Let us get moving again


So it was that the party gathered in the morning and after a short breakfast, headed out from Sundel back into the forest and lands for where you escaped not so long ago. You ride hard and swiftly across the open road while you have them. This area of Pardinal is not known for maintaining the King’s roadways well, so a smooth flat surface is best used to advantage.

By the afternoon, you reach the end of the roadway to a dirt path. The forest becomes thicker here as you well remember and it is here that Talon and Crow dismount and go on ahead on foot to seek out the tracks of the Cruniak. The dense forest stretches up high above you and the canopy of leaves and branches makes aerial recon by Wan next to useless. The time for speed has ended, and now is a time for caution. All of you loosen the weapons in sheath or quivers, preparing for any possibility.

Talon finds the first sign of something to track but it is not Cruniak, but boot prints and many of them. Crow finds them as well including one set which is twice the size of his feet and four time his weight ut the deep impression. The age of the tracks suggest they have been through here over a period of time so most likely not Adventurers on the same quest as you. Pardinal is known for its bandits. And if that is what these are, then they are directly in your path.

Posted on 2012-03-16 at 13:20:56.

Topic: What sort of game should I run?
Subject: oh oh oh


A star trek based game where two groups of players book the same holodeck at the same time. There is a malfunction and the games merge and they have to complete both quests to unlock the doors (and of course the safety measures are gone). The holodeck programs - A Dungeon Deep (a D&D RPG) and Zombies from Chicago (A Zombie attack 20th century RPG).

Go for it!

Posted on 2012-03-16 at 00:41:58.

 
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