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    Games, IT, my wife, your mom...

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  1. Site selling real basic shield and sword baskets for $20 each: http://stores.renstore.com/weapon-accessories/
  2. Excellent blog, recently updated, on cheap armor: http://scafighter.blogspot.com/2017/06/low-cost-armor-update-june-2017.html
  3. Transportation

    You can take a train or bus to Utica NY. I'll pick you up there. After the first time, you can decide if you want to drive the next time. Honestly, lots of people drive 3-5 hours to get to games, it's not that big a deal. Hell, I'm gonna drive six hours to an event this weekend - and just made plans to drive nine hours to an event in April.
  4. The Big Combined Thread About BOOTS!

    That guy's 100% full of shit, the way he talks like he's making something new and unique he developed. He's making the same damned thing Catskills and Sodhoppers and ten other makers are - but his prices are good. Get some.
  5. Looting Monsters

    Yes. It's blue LEDs, should be plenty visible.
  6. Winter Bathrooms

    One last announcement from the Staff Retreat. We know that the current wintertime bathrooms situation is not the best (this is one reason why we're not doing a January or March event this year). However, the constant stream of PC players into Logistics to use the bathroom there is unacceptable. There are outhouses which are perfectly functional in the cold weather. They are not necessarily comfortable, but they are functional. If you have a reason you cannot use an outhouse on your PC shift, you have two choices: 1. Drive ten minutes to the nearest convenience store and use theirs. If you do this, please bring me back a Mountain Dew. 2. Go to a SIDE DOOR of Logistics, knock, wait to be given entry, then proceed DIRECTLY to the bathroom, with your ears closed and your eyes on the floor, do your business, and immediately depart. Do not chat with the NPCs, do not look at what's going on, do not listen to GM instructions, get in and get out. Please DO NOT just wander into Logistics while you are PCing. NO BUENO. We have a reasonable hope that by next winter, the small bathhouse nearest Logistics will be winterized and available year-round.
  7. Start Time Change

    Arrival time is not changed.
  8. Shift Balance

    At this time, we are not returning to a mandated shift balance regime. We will continue to allow you to choose your own shifts. We are, however, tweaking several aspects of this, to give you more information with which to make an intelligent choice about when you'd like to PC and NPC. 1. There will be a non-binding poll put up on the Facebook discussion group, a week before the event, so that people can see who is PCing when, and get a rough idea what the balance will be. 2. ABSOLUTELY and under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will NPCs EVER be "released" to go play their PCs EVER AGAIN. While this was perhaps a useful way to attempt some on-the-fly balancing of shifts, several players of low morals and questionable ethics have been heard making remarks to the effect of, "Just sign up for the most crowded NPC shifts and the GM will send you to go PC anyway, then you get to PC THREE shifts!" This kind of shit attitude cannot be tolerated. 3. The shift balance whiteboard will again be in Logistics. We never really meant to stop using it, but it got forgotten during the moves. This provides a visual representation on-site and in real time of the actual shift balance at that event. Players are encouraged to look at this and choose wisely. 4. We are going to move forward with implementing a pre-registration system. Part of this will show you the shift balance, and give you a warning that the shift is overcrowded with PCs if you pick shifts that are over a certain threshold of PCs. We hope that this will also give players the information to make informed choices.
  9. Looting Monsters

    In an effort to increase game world immersion, we have decided to attempt to demonstrate, in a limited fashion, this portion of the game rules: Any monster that has magical loot worth 100 cp or more in production value will now emit a visible blue glow as soon as they are touched by someone searching them. The intent of this is to highlight powerful items that go out as loot. It is always particularly annoying to the GMs when players fail to loot important items. It is also hoped that the new visibility of powerful items will cause players to more easily notice when someone is looting a downed monster, and perhaps lead to more equitable distribution of loot. This glow is an in-game effect, and should be noticed and discussed by all characters, however please retcon* this in your heads so it does not get played as something new or different. This is how it has always been, to your characters. Please also be aware that this is a first step in attempting to address the scourge of cheating that is "ninja looting". We have several other steps mapped out, and will continue to implement them if this proves ineffective, or not as effective as we'd like. * Retcon is short for "retroactive continuity". This means that your character should think and act like the thing has always been that way.
  10. Simply, not allowed. The February event is going to present a number of logistical challenges, mostly due to us using the Logistics building as an actual dining hall this event. To make things easier, no sleeping will be permitted in Logistics this event. The site has indoors, heated sleeping for 80 people WITHOUT using the Dining Hall, so there is plenty of room. We are fully aware that the Dining Hall contains the site's only heated indoors bathroom in the winter months. If not having this bathroom in close proximity to your sleeping area would cause you to not attend this event, please contact myself, or Amy Belawski, privately and we can talk about how an exception can be made for you.
  11. Start Time Change

    There have been many concerns about the 8 PM start time, and we hear you. Effective immediately, Friday night GAME ON start time is again 9 PM! Shift will end at 2 AM. However, along with this change comes a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for late arrivals. If you aren't through, or in line for, sign-in by 9 PM, you are REQUIRED to PC for that shift.
  12. 1. Please be careful on the ice this event. Please also remember to avoid the small fissures in the parking lot. 2. Please SLOW DOWN. This is a major thing the Ranger worries about. 10 MPH or less all the time, especially up and down the big main road hill to the camp. 3. DO NOT attempt to open the windows in the cabins, disirregardlessly of season or reason.
  13. Staff Updates

    Effective immediately, Maggie Bechtel is made the Marketing & Player Outreach Marshal. She's given excellent service as the Second of this group for several years, and she will do great as the Marshal. She has appointed Jordan Belassai as her new Second. I'd like to thank Zach Werheim for all his hard work and dedication leading this group for the past few years.
  14. Forum Rules & Literacy

    As it's been six years since my last post on the topic, and THAT one was me saying this wasn't an issue anymore, in the interests of forum declutter, I'm unpinning this.
  15. New Coinage

    Not yet, we're still doing durability testing on the coins from Fantasy Coin. We might not end up going with circular coins...