We have detected that cookies are not enabled on your browser. Please enable cookies to ensure the proper experience.
Results 1 to 19 of 19
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Randirim Hall
    Posts
    5,561

    Stupendous Coffee Thread 07Oct-13Oct 2013

    I had a post that I was writing yesterday, complete with multi-quotes and the write-up from Friday's game. So naturally I got distracted part way through and the whole was still sitting there when I woke up this morning. =P I suppose instead of being fodder at the end of an expired coffee thread, now it can be fodder at the start of a new one. =)

    Things've been rippin' and roarin' along here. The official hiring on has been amply celebrated (though perhaps not celebrated enough). I've made some good progress on my commission (a big ol' messenger bag) and should hopefully have it finished by the end of this week. I realized last night that I hadn't been documenting it as I went along and I've already put a couple weeks of work into the thing so that was pretty disappointing to not have any pictures along the way. At this point it's just three large, lined, and kitted pieces that need to be stitched together, which is probably going to take all week and get me through a great many, many things on Netflix.

    Friday's game was a hoot and I'm curious to see how the party's going this week's set-up. And meanwhile, Alditha's kicking off our Eberron 3.5 campaign later on Wednesday and that's something I've been looking forward to for awhile. Should be fun. =)

    Now on to those multiquotes:
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrysalis View Post

    And on the game front, I have never been into anime as such and I've not played many stand alone games, never a Final Fantasy. So imagine my surprise when I tried FFXIV and am actually enjoying it tremendously. I'm even one of those little creatures and not a redhead. Her name is Pixyl. I will, however, make her a Dark Mage to make up for the overdose of cute.
    Aside from a really, really terribad attempt at a spin-off, FF and anime don't really have much in common other than that they both tend to come from the same nation. We play a pair of Elezen (I'm a duskwight and Alditha's a wildwood) so we don't really have to worry about being cute or cool. Mostly we're just tall with vaguely discomforting proportions. Good luck trying to make lalafells less cute though.

    Funny thing about anime though, we tend to watch a couple episodes of it with our morning routine and now that we're taking a class in Japanese it's a bit like studying. "Oh, hey, they didn't punctuate that question with a 'ka'." or "hehehehe, he said 'Anata no booshi desu'".

    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar2007 View Post
    We do need to try and get the Pacific NW crew together for dinner or a pizza night !

    Faythe - good to hear from you, glad you're on the mend, I also haven't tried the FF series, but maybe...
    We very definitely do. I can even make the pizzas!

    FF is a franchise with a few really, singularly awesome titles (VI, VII, VIII, arguably IX, FFT, XI) and along list of titles ranging from not-so-good to decent-for-a-niche to how-can-they-make-this-crud?. Those awesome titles though were so often that they've pretty much permanently justified the entire franchise. When XIV came out it was really, really, really bad. So bad that they let it run for a year for free (because nobody was going to pay money to play it) and then brought it down for about a year to completely rebuild it. I don't know that I would acquaint it the stored titled of lore, but it's a pretty good MMO. Whether or not it's good enough to last the ages yet remains to be seen.

    Utterly different topic: Grand notion for Mrs. Slammy =)

    Quote Originally Posted by Beschutzer View Post
    anyhow,..here is a sketchy sketch of our intrepid band of adventurers from Garaf's 4.0 campaign.

    Very definitely worth some bonus xp there! Those shifter kids never knew what hit them.
    [center][color=#c8c8c8][font=papyrus][size=3]~ ~ [url=http://library.randirim.org][color=#c8c8c8]Library of the Randirim[/color][/url] ~ ~[/size]
    2 Chalk Road, Ewefields, Shire
    [url=http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Garaf][color=#c8c8c8]Bregaur Garaf[/color][/url] and [url=http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/User:Garaf7/Esslar][color=#c8c8c8]Esslar Reinind[/color][/url], Founders of the [url=http://randirim.org][color=#c8c8c8]Randirim[/color][/url][/font][/color]
    [font=Copperplate][color=green]Pellinor Kettlehelm, Brewery Mechanic for the Order of the Leaf & Bean[/color][/font][/center]

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Randirim Hall
    Posts
    5,561
    Incarnum 12 - Big Trouble in Little Gristol II (Fair Warning: this adventure might've wound up treading a bit on the PG-13 side of things)
    The Dancing Devils turns out to be a tavern... of sorts a few miles from the pits. You walk into a lavish common room with a floor of rosewood and dark walnut tables. A stage is framed by two stairwells that curve up to an upper floor and upon it a half dozen scantily clad Tiefling women are performing something that might be referred to as a "dance." As they undulate and gyrate to the music from a band beneath one of the stairwells, the patrons at the tables seem to be spellbound, their eyes fixated on the stage. The patrons are mostly males, though there are a few females scattered through the audience. The audience largely consists of non-humans, though tieflings make up less than half their number and there are a few humans, and one or two dwarves, scattered about.


    The adventurers were a bit bewildered at first by the scene, not quite sure what to do is such a boisterous environment, and Dwaric (freshly recovered from his sermons) began to wonder just who he was traveling with that they would bring him to such an establishment. Ulrick filled him in on the happenings at the Pit.


    You show your token to the tiefling bartender who tells you to wait for a moment and nods to a servant who ducks through a door. A moment later a mature and particularly boxom tiefling woman appears from the same door and approaches the bartender who points to the four of you. "You must be Andred's latest contestants then? Welcome to the Dancing Devils. You may call me Madame Bezzri. You may not speak to my girls or any of the patrons, do you understand?" <let them answer> "You are here as guests and I will expect you to behave accordingly. Follow me." She begins walking towards a door on the other side of the common room, not looking back to see if you follow. "We have a particular variety of clientele here that does not require the attentions of menial pit fighters. That may change if you show some success in the Pits, but do not expect to live that long." As she speaks she leads you through a door into a short hallway and through another door down a narrow stairwell leading down to an underground level. The rosewood flooring gives way instantly to shoddy stone and pine and meager candles set in the walls to dimly light the way. She stops by a door in the dingy hallway and holds out her hand towards it. "You may rest in here. We do not prohibit other activities so long as the room and its contents are not damaged. When you die any possessions you have left behind will become our property. You may expect a meal to be brought down at the eighth, thirteenth and eighteenth bells but you should expect no other services. It will be your responsibility to tidy after yourselves and ensure you are at the Pits at the appropriate hour." Without any further word she tucks her hands behind her back and sweeps past you and back up the stairs.

    The room is dank and dim, lit only by a pair of candles. Six cots fill the room with barely enough room left to stand between them. One of the cots is already occupied by a halfling fighter who eyes you each as you enter but refuses to speak.

    Seeker tried to sit on one of the cots nearest to the door but when it creaked alarmingly he leapt back to his feet and opted to lean against the wall instead. Keirsyn scouted around before setting in and, managing to pass through the establishment apparently undetected she returned to advise the rest of the party on the layout and essentially confirmed that the "tavern" was in fact a bordello. After that she flopped on her cot and promptly went to sleep. Dwaric and Ulrick attempted to speak to the Halfing Fighter but he stubbornly ignored them. Dwaric eventually got up and walked over to the halfling's cot to nudge it with his foot. A nudge from a dwarven boot was all the cot needed to collapse into a disheveled wreck though and the Halfling stomped out in anger without saying a word. After he was gone Ulrick revealed that he'd noticed the halfling was wearing the clothes of one of the tribes that traversed the plains near the Darha border but he didn't bear the mark of a clan. He therefore deduced that the Halfling must have been exiled or banished.

    Meanwhile, Surma, apparently bored by the game of Guess-the-life-story and cutlery impervious to the Madame's core directive of "don't cause trouble" decided to poke her nose into the other rooms in the hallway. As it happened the very first door she checked happened to be locked and despite her pounding she could get no response from the brooms and pails on the other side of the door. She did however rouse a half-orc fighter from across the hall and she promptly insulted the 8' tall gladiator as soon as he came out into the hall. It was only through an earnest apology from Ulrick that the party didn't wind up in a fight and a whole heap of trouble. Eventually the Shifter gave up on discovering the riches of the broom closet and went back into the room to curl up on the floor and sleep.

    In the morning Dwaric tried going door-to-door down the hall to find converts to Hanseath. He went unanswered until an orc opened his door and slammed a meaty green fist into Dwaric's nose before slamming the door in the dwarf's battered face. Deciding they'd be better off leaving the other fighters to their rest, the party headed up the shabby stone stairwell and back into the common room. The throngs of patrons and dancing girls on the stage were gone, as was the bartender, though a few of the waitresses still bustled about. Ulrick approached one and inquired after an ale. The woman seemed very nervous but said she'd see what she could do. Then Ulrick pulled a gold coin out of his purse and the waitress, perhaps misunderstanding his intentions, shouted and ran off before she got into trouble. Dwaric laughed and found a silver piece beneath one of the tables when he promptly tossed to Ulrick.

    After the dwarf had partaken of his morning imbibing the party departed the Dancing Devils and headed back to the Pits. They were escorted back in front of Andred the Pit Boss who informed them they'd be fighting in the group bouts due to a shortage of fighters willing to fight as part of a team. Their first match wasn't going to start for a little while so he suggested they go watch their first opponent who was currently involved in a bout.


    You push your way through the crowd to find a stone pit in the city of the room, barely 25' deep and inside your Halfling roommate, already yet bloodied, is facing a fearsome looking Ogre. As you look on, the Ogre raises its club and brings it down with enough force to shake the room. The halfling, slowed by its wounds, is unable to avoid the blow and as the blood and bone splatter out of the pit the crowd goes wild.


    When the party faced the same Ogre not an hour later they managed to avenge their would-be roommate by eventually parting the ogre into itty bitty bits. They only had a few moments to rest though before their second opponent was released into the Pit: a large troll. The troll regenerated damage almost as fast as they could doll it out, but Ulrick managed to keep its attention while Seeker and Surma worked to counter the infamous Troll regeneration and Dwaric tried to impair the giant anyway he could. It was a long fight, and Ulrick came close to buckling under the onslaught of the Troll's claws but eventually he finished the fight with a slice that nearly severed the troll's head. Reaching up he dug his hands into the wound and bodily tried to tear the wound wider; just shy of tearing the troll's head clean off. The troll, what was left of it, fell to the stone with a thud and the adventures either started their victory lap or trying to catch their breath. Not a minute later the troll was already regenerating and resetting its head to its shoulders before a pair of bugbears came forth, dug some meat hooks in the trolls shoulders and dragged it off through the gate.

    The party has managed to best their first two bouts and won a fair amount of acclaim, at least among the Blackhearts. They return to the Dancing Devils, not as heroes, but at least the glares they receive are not quite as cold any longer.
    [center][color=#c8c8c8][font=papyrus][size=3]~ ~ [url=http://library.randirim.org][color=#c8c8c8]Library of the Randirim[/color][/url] ~ ~[/size]
    2 Chalk Road, Ewefields, Shire
    [url=http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Garaf][color=#c8c8c8]Bregaur Garaf[/color][/url] and [url=http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/User:Garaf7/Esslar][color=#c8c8c8]Esslar Reinind[/color][/url], Founders of the [url=http://randirim.org][color=#c8c8c8]Randirim[/color][/url][/font][/color]
    [font=Copperplate][color=green]Pellinor Kettlehelm, Brewery Mechanic for the Order of the Leaf & Bean[/color][/font][/center]

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Randirim Hall
    Posts
    5,561
    Braided Dog Leash
    I've managed to fall a bit behind with my blurbs of late and this project was completed a few weeks ago. It was more for practice than a full on project. I'd taken a couple classes in braiding down at the Tandys and picked up a book on some of the techniques but I wanted to make a something to really make it all sink it good 'n proper. We'd started making a dog leash in the class but there didn't turn out to be enough time to finish it or really focus on it in a stitch-at-a-time sort of fashion. So I wound up taking the whole thing apart and starting over from scratch.

    In technical terms this is a meter long (roughly) six plait round braid with a core. For the handle I switched to a six-plait flat braid that then loops under and through the round braid and ends in a square knot. I really wasn't clear on how to make the square knot and having fuddled through it I found that A) it can be done with six thongs B) it can not properly be done right over another braid. The last step of the knot is to pull the strands down through the center of the knot, which can't be done if you have a dog leash in the way. I improvised and that seems to have turned out well enough.

    Overall I spent much of my effort on making sure the braid was sufficiently tight. This is something I expect to improve on with practice. The quality/tightness of the braid is fine for now, but it shouldn't always take so much effort/time to accomplish. I was getting concerned when the my finished piece was turning about noticeably shorter than I'd wanted but fortunately properly treated leather has a good deal of stretch to it. By taking both ends and steadily pulling I was able to to extend the whole piece by a good 1/3-1/4 of its original length and now it's pretty much the perfect length.





    [center][color=#c8c8c8][font=papyrus][size=3]~ ~ [url=http://library.randirim.org][color=#c8c8c8]Library of the Randirim[/color][/url] ~ ~[/size]
    2 Chalk Road, Ewefields, Shire
    [url=http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Garaf][color=#c8c8c8]Bregaur Garaf[/color][/url] and [url=http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/User:Garaf7/Esslar][color=#c8c8c8]Esslar Reinind[/color][/url], Founders of the [url=http://randirim.org][color=#c8c8c8]Randirim[/color][/url][/font][/color]
    [font=Copperplate][color=green]Pellinor Kettlehelm, Brewery Mechanic for the Order of the Leaf & Bean[/color][/font][/center]

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Greater Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    5,303
    Welby - that incarnum "sketch" is magnificent!

    Garaf - that dog leash looks like a great start to an Indiana Jones whip... and wha... you're studying Japanese? Awesome!

    Doc - saw a note (Facebook?) that you weren't feeling well, hope you're feeling better this morning. I certainly am, after the Canucks performances on the weekend. If you haven't seen it yet, there was one goal by Daniel and Henrik Sedin that was amazing... View the video from about the 3 minute mark ...

    Canucks versus Oilers - October 5, 2013

    And an update on "30 Days of Mrs Slammy!" - I'll have to pull my overall list together at some point...

    Day 11 was a bottle of Rose wine (not my taste so we rarely get it).
    Day 12 was a homemade dinner - a thing of beauty with all the kids taking a dish... the entree was veal piccata, veal scallopini in a butter-lemon-white wine - capers reduction with a side of home-made gnocchi, red cabbage and carrot-raisin salad. Dessert was a pear-ginger crumble. The best part was there was enough left over for the next night's meal as well!
    Day 13 - home-made pumpkin pie ice cream.

    That's just about through the first two weeks. 17 more days to go! Got some challenging concepts to pull off!
    [I][COLOR=#40e0d0]Slamfist of Landroval and Silverlode - Slamwise - Slamburger - Slamrat - and Joe[/COLOR][/I]
    [COLOR=#ffff00]< [URL="http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=351547"]a Hobbit's Tale[/URL]> < [URL="http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?313127"]Behold the Chinchillas![/URL] > [/COLOR]

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Lincolnwood, Illinois
    Posts
    2,355
    As Doc watches the video that Elassar linked to him, he is amazed at the sensational passing by the Sedin brothers. it truly was a highlight reel goal, worthy of ESPN's Top Ten. Suddenly, Doc becomes aware that Gombur has gone very quiet, much too quiet for the usually boisterous Dwarf. Doc looks over and sees that Gombur's face is three different shades of red, and that a vein is throbbing in his forehead.

    'Don't tell me, Gom, you saw that goal. I thought you were asleep after your rather massive lunch." The reply from Gombur is completely unprintable in a family atmosphere forum. Doc knows that the mere sight of a Vancouver jersey is like a red flag to a bull, and the Sedin brothers throw Gombur into apoplexy.


    Later that afternoon, Doc looks in on Gombur to see if he has calmed down. He happens to overhear Gombur on the phone. Gombur is also talking very strangely. For those who might not understand the reference, its a Chicago-eze dialect from a certain area known as Melrose Park. For many years there were a lot of guys there who were very fond of wearing black suits with white ties and diamond stickpins, and carried violin cases even though they didn't play violins
    .

    "Hey is dis Big Louie over by dere in Melrose Park? Dis is your buddy Gombur, from over by here in Lincolnwood. I got a favor to ask of ya, my friend." Yeah, we won the other night, did youse and your boyz like the seats? Good good. Lissen, Big Louie, do you or youze guyz have any contacts up dere by Canada? Dem darn Canucks iz at it again......"
    Doc quietly steps back. It might be better if he didn't know what the silly dorf has up his sleeve this time. Doze Guyz from Melrose Park can make you disappear!!!

    Hey Landrovalrim,

    Looks like Dwarven Hockey Roleplay (tm) is back!!!!!

    Oh, Slammy, feeling a bit better. Thanks.
    Last edited by Docargyle; Oct 07 2013 at 06:02 PM.
    Gombur Gromburson, Level 105 Guardian
    Kin Leader of Remnant
    Commander of the 92nd Dwarven Highlanders

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    2,681
    Quote Originally Posted by Docargyle View Post
    Hey Landrovalrim,

    Looks like Dwarven Hockey Roleplay (tm) is back!!!!!
    Woooooooo!!!!

    And good luck with the rest of your 30 days, Slammy!
    [CENTER][COLOR="YellowGreen"]Alditha, residing at 6 Harrow Road, Undervale.
    Temporary overseer of the Library of the Randirim, 2 Chalk Road, Ewefields.[/COLOR]
    [B][COLOR="Yellow"][I]Behold the Chinchillas! They ride to War![/I][/COLOR][/B][/CENTER]

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    4,607
    oh wow,..been awhile since I seen such colored type, indicating RP is back!.,.\

    Not much else going on,.yet.

    ComicCon is this weekend,. I have taken this Thursday and Friday off to get a jump on it. As well as my Wife's dad will be flying for a visit to America for his first time ever.
    I hope to thoroughly culture shock him with an overdoes of Ameeer-Ricaaah! Starting out by taking him to comiccon for a few hours,.hehe

    At the end of the month we'll hop on a bus and go visit Philadelphia. I have never been there either. Hopefully meet up Del for a Ren Faire day while there.

    otherwise,..things have slowed down some here at work. I will definitely take it.

    Have a good one all!
    -Welby


    PS

    Nice pic of the elves. how 'bout those outfits!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Lakefront
    Posts
    484
    Awesome drawing Welby! Wish I could draw like that. Where is your Pop in law from, Welby?

    Great job on the leash, Garaf!

    Awesome doings for the Mrs, Elessar! We finished the last day of Robo-Hubs birthday with Hawaiian pancakes and coconut syrup, ordered from Hawaii. Then we spent the rest of the day in Augusta at the Riverfront Park. We ate seafood and had steamed oysters with hot sauce...awesome stuff!

    Nothing much else to report....hope everyone is well.
    [COLOR=#ff0000]On the naughty list since 1959.[/COLOR]

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Lincolnwood, Illinois
    Posts
    2,355
    Good afternoon, Landrovalrim,

    I hope everything is going well. Val, good to hear from you. Welby what an awesome picture. Looks really good and I cant wait for the movie.

    Now, we are going to have some unexpected, unlooked for, and probably unwanted EDUMICATION!!!

    Why? because yours truly is somewhat touched in the head, (in case you have not figured that out yet) and there are certain things that just get to me that I cant overlook. And several of them are going on currently on the TV show Sleepy Hollow. Now let me say at the outset that this show is fabulous, and I urge everyone to watch it. Its a brilliant reworking of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. The concept it great, the acting is tremendous, (especially the lead character, Ichabod Crane) and the plots are very involved. But............

    For those of you who have not seen the show, I will just give some background without spoilers, which, when read, will explain the basis for the Edumication and reveal the extent of my madness! Basically, Ichabod is teacher at Oxford, who comes over to the Colonies before the revolution because he believes in their cause. General Washington sends him on many secret missions, because Washington knows there are forces of a magical nature at work here. Its the basic struggle between good and evil. The colonists, of course are the good guys, but the British have brought in Hessian mercenaries, many of whom belong to the dark side of the force!!! As we meet the principals, Ichabod faces off against this huge Hessian Colonel who wields a battleaxe. In the fight Ichabod cuts off the head of the enemy (the headless horseman) but is himself mortally wounded. He does not die, however, because his wife is a witch, and his blood mingled with that of the horseman, who is really Death as in Revelations, 4 horses of the Apocolypse kinda of stuff. Ichabod wakes up 250 years later, and that's all you need to know.

    Now, the craziness stuff. As in my craziness stuff. Ichabod identifies himself as serving in the 37th regiment of foot, which at first I was ok with. The 37th foot (the Northhamshire regiment) of the british army did serve in the revolutionary war. I assumed that this was the regiment that Ichabod defected from. No problem. However, in the last episode, Ichabod stated he was in the American 37th regiment, serving under Washington's command. Well that set off alarm bells in my fevered brain. There was no 37th regiment back then, because there was no "American" army either. The Colonial army was a collection of troops from each colony. And none of them went up to 37th. (in other words, you might have the 9th New York, or the 2nd Virginia) The 37th wasn't formed until 1916.

    Second, in two different episodes, they show two Hessian soldiers ("Death" and another guy, dressed in red Uniforms, in other words , British Uniforms.(the redcoats are coming, the redcoats are coming!!!!) Yeah, those guys. The only problem is that Hessians Did.....Not....Wear.....Red. Ever!!!!!! To confirm my theory (hereafter known as Doc's Psycho theory (tm) I researched every Hessian regiment that fought in the Revolutionary war. Every one of them wore a shade of dark blue. And the hessians didn't come from Rein-Hessen, the came from Hesse-Cassel and Hesse-Hanau.
    Who were these guys? Historically they are referred to as Hessian mercenaries. Yet they weren't Mercs the way we understand the term today. Back then, many of the german principalities would contract out entire units of their soldiers for service, especially in British forces. (the French traditionally used Swiss units hired the same way.) Over 15000 of these highly trained soldiers served for the British Crown. It seems like Britain decided it would be cheaper to hire Mercenaries than to raise, equip, train, officer, and ship its own units to the Colonies. And, there was such thing as the 5th Shadow Batallion of hessians, but I will gladly give the producers that for plot purposes.

    But, deep in the throes of my insanity I have figured a way out for the producers concerning this red coat business. The colonists referred to all German units fighting for the British as "Hessian" but not all of them were. There were units from Anspach, and, most importantly, from Hanover. Hanover was actually a client state of the British crown. King George the III was also the Elector of Hannover. As such, Hanoverian troops were often clothed in the same uniforms as British troops. So there is your German unit clothed in British red that could have been called Hessian. its a reach, but its there.

    Sorry for this. I hope everyone learned something about our history, and about how goofy I can get and how I am somewhat obsessed with this period in history(which preceeds the Napoleonic era, and you all know how I am about that!) This is truly how my mind can work and its scary
    Gombur Gromburson, Level 105 Guardian
    Kin Leader of Remnant
    Commander of the 92nd Dwarven Highlanders

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Lakefront
    Posts
    484
    Hey, Doc! Good to see you too! And thanks for the Edumication.

    Gotta run though. Frying up some yummy catfish the Robo-Hubs caught yesterday! Fish Fry!
    [COLOR=#ff0000]On the naughty list since 1959.[/COLOR]

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Docargyle View Post
    Good afternoon, Landrovalrim,

    I hope everything is going well. Val, good to hear from you. Welby what an awesome picture. Looks really good and I cant wait for the movie.

    Now, we are going to have some unexpected, unlooked for, and probably unwanted EDUMICATION!!!

    Why? because yours truly is somewhat touched in the head, (in case you have not figured that out yet) and there are certain things that just get to me that I cant overlook. And several of them are going on currently on the TV show Sleepy Hollow. Now let me say at the outset that this show is fabulous, and I urge everyone to watch it. Its a brilliant reworking of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. The concept it great, the acting is tremendous, (especially the lead character, Ichabod Crane) and the plots are very involved. But............

    For those of you who have not seen the show, I will just give some background without spoilers, which, when read, will explain the basis for the Edumication and reveal the extent of my madness! Basically, Ichabod is teacher at Oxford, who comes over to the Colonies before the revolution because he believes in their cause. General Washington sends him on many secret missions, because Washington knows there are forces of a magical nature at work here. Its the basic struggle between good and evil. The colonists, of course are the good guys, but the British have brought in Hessian mercenaries, many of whom belong to the dark side of the force!!! As we meet the principals, Ichabod faces off against this huge Hessian Colonel who wields a battleaxe. In the fight Ichabod cuts off the head of the enemy (the headless horseman) but is himself mortally wounded. He does not die, however, because his wife is a witch, and his blood mingled with that of the horseman, who is really Death as in Revelations, 4 horses of the Apocolypse kinda of stuff. Ichabod wakes up 250 years later, and that's all you need to know.

    Now, the craziness stuff. As in my craziness stuff. Ichabod identifies himself as serving in the 37th regiment of foot, which at first I was ok with. The 37th foot (the Northhamshire regiment) of the british army did serve in the revolutionary war. I assumed that this was the regiment that Ichabod defected from. No problem. However, in the last episode, Ichabod stated he was in the American 37th regiment, serving under Washington's command. Well that set off alarm bells in my fevered brain. There was no 37th regiment back then, because there was no "American" army either. The Colonial army was a collection of troops from each colony. And none of them went up to 37th. (in other words, you might have the 9th New York, or the 2nd Virginia) The 37th wasn't formed until 1916.

    Second, in two different episodes, they show two Hessian soldiers ("Death" and another guy, dressed in red Uniforms, in other words , British Uniforms.(the redcoats are coming, the redcoats are coming!!!!) Yeah, those guys. The only problem is that Hessians Did.....Not....Wear.....Red. Ever!!!!!! To confirm my theory (hereafter known as Doc's Psycho theory (tm) I researched every Hessian regiment that fought in the Revolutionary war. Every one of them wore a shade of dark blue. And the hessians didn't come from Rein-Hessen, the came from Hesse-Cassel and Hesse-Hanau.
    Who were these guys? Historically they are referred to as Hessian mercenaries. Yet they weren't Mercs the way we understand the term today. Back then, many of the german principalities would contract out entire units of their soldiers for service, especially in British forces. (the French traditionally used Swiss units hired the same way.) Over 15000 of these highly trained soldiers served for the British Crown. It seems like Britain decided it would be cheaper to hire Mercenaries than to raise, equip, train, officer, and ship its own units to the Colonies. And, there was such thing as the 5th Shadow Batallion of hessians, but I will gladly give the producers that for plot purposes.

    But, deep in the throes of my insanity I have figured a way out for the producers concerning this red coat business. The colonists referred to all German units fighting for the British as "Hessian" but not all of them were. There were units from Anspach, and, most importantly, from Hanover. Hanover was actually a client state of the British crown. King George the III was also the Elector of Hannover. As such, Hanoverian troops were often clothed in the same uniforms as British troops. So there is your German unit clothed in British red that could have been called Hessian. its a reach, but its there.

    Sorry for this. I hope everyone learned something about our history, and about how goofy I can get and how I am somewhat obsessed with this period in history(which preceeds the Napoleonic era, and you all know how I am about that!) This is truly how my mind can work and its scary
    I haven't seen the show yet, but I love this post. I think you and Wulf should do a history podcast. Me, I get annoyed when I see people walking around pretending to drink out of obviously empty coffee cups.

    Hope you're doing well, Gom. I've missed seeing you around! And hello to everyone else, I know I'm very random about actually posting, but I do enjoy reading these threads. It's why this game has such a great community.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Greater Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    5,303
    Quote Originally Posted by Docargyle View Post
    As Doc watches the video that Elassar linked to him, he is amazed at the sensational passing by the Sedin brothers. it truly was a highlight reel goal, worthy of ESPN's Top Ten. Suddenly, Doc becomes aware that Gombur has gone very quiet, much too quiet for the usually boisterous Dwarf. Doc looks over and sees that Gombur's face is three different shades of red, and that a vein is throbbing in his forehead.

    'Don't tell me, Gom, you saw that goal. I thought you were asleep after your rather massive lunch." The reply from Gombur is completely unprintable in a family atmosphere forum. Doc knows that the mere sight of a Vancouver jersey is like a red flag to a bull, and the Sedin brothers throw Gombur into apoplexy.


    Later that afternoon, Doc looks in on Gombur to see if he has calmed down. He happens to overhear Gombur on the phone. Gombur is also talking very strangely. For those who might not understand the reference, its a Chicago-eze dialect from a certain area known as Melrose Park. For many years there were a lot of guys there who were very fond of wearing black suits with white ties and diamond stickpins, and carried violin cases even though they didn't play violins
    .

    "Hey is dis Big Louie over by dere in Melrose Park? Dis is your buddy Gombur, from over by here in Lincolnwood. I got a favor to ask of ya, my friend." Yeah, we won the other night, did youse and your boyz like the seats? Good good. Lissen, Big Louie, do you or youze guyz have any contacts up dere by Canada? Dem darn Canucks iz at it again......"
    Doc quietly steps back. It might be better if he didn't know what the silly dorf has up his sleeve this time. Doze Guyz from Melrose Park can make you disappear!!!

    Hey Landrovalrim,

    Looks like Dwarven Hockey Roleplay (tm) is back!!!!!

    Oh, Slammy, feeling a bit better. Thanks.

    Slamfist finished the morning practice with a hard driving skate. As he carved his way around the ice surface, he noticed a pair of dark suited, swarthy, somewhat squat and broad men sitting about 10 rows up, watching the practice. "Scouts" he thought? "No. too stupid looking..." He continued to skate, now practicing with sharp stops and sudden turns, driving east-west across the ice surface, so that he could get a view of the two jamooks... He noticed, as was usual, he was the last player on the ice.

    He skated near the player's bench, keeping an eye on the two, who were now in deep conference, discussing something, debating, no... arguing between themselves, a few sharp words floated down to the ice "dis is the time..." "no, after the game." "why wait" "money against the sharks" "hit Hertl too, hit Slamfist now..."

    Something was up, something wasn't right. Slamfist noticed a large bulge under their jackets... he looked around for his armour, nothing at the bench but a bucket of pucks which he dumped across the ice... The two were moving now, no longer concealing their weapons but they were too late. Slamfist began pelting the two with puck after puck. One fell, unconscious, the other disarmed and bruised, ran from the arena.

    Standing over the goomba, Slamfist searched him for some identification... "Hmmmm.... from Illinois... Chicago?"

    "Chicago." This will not go unanswered...


    Oh boy folks!
    Dwarven Hockey RP is back!

    Quote Originally Posted by Valadilene View Post
    Awesome drawing Welby! Wish I could draw like that. Where is your Pop in law from, Welby?

    Great job on the leash, Garaf!

    Awesome doings for the Mrs, Elessar! We finished the last day of Robo-Hubs birthday with Hawaiian pancakes and coconut syrup, ordered from Hawaii. Then we spent the rest of the day in Augusta at the Riverfront Park. We ate seafood and had steamed oysters with hot sauce...awesome stuff!

    Nothing much else to report....hope everyone is well.
    Hawaiian pancakes and coconut syrup! Great idea. I might have to work that into the 30 days of Mrs Slammy.

    Welby - give your father in law our greetigns! Hope he has a fantastic visit. Enjoy Comic-con! (yes, I'm jealous!)


    Quote Originally Posted by Ethrun_Alatariel View Post
    I haven't seen the show yet, but I love this post. I think you and Wulf should do a history podcast. Me, I get annoyed when I see people walking around pretending to drink out of obviously empty coffee cups.

    Hope you're doing well, Gom. I've missed seeing you around! And hello to everyone else, I know I'm very random about actually posting, but I do enjoy reading these threads. It's why this game has such a great community.
    This is a great community. Thanks for dropping by Ethrun!

    and Doc, loved the edjumication. I've pvr'd a few of the Sleepy Hollows, but haven't had a chance to view them yet. I missed the first one so want to pick that up online first.

    Have a great day Landroval. I'm thankful it's THursday, been in three solid days of strategy sessions and planning for 2014 and am looking forward to just getting back to regular work!
    [I][COLOR=#40e0d0]Slamfist of Landroval and Silverlode - Slamwise - Slamburger - Slamrat - and Joe[/COLOR][/I]
    [COLOR=#ffff00]< [URL="http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=351547"]a Hobbit's Tale[/URL]> < [URL="http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?313127"]Behold the Chinchillas![/URL] > [/COLOR]

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Lincolnwood, Illinois
    Posts
    2,355
    Later that afternoon, Big Louie is sitting at a table at Eli's Steakhouse in downtown Chicago. He is just beginning to eat the main course when 3 Chicago plainclothes detectives walk in. Louie knows the cops, but he doesn't know the 4th gentleman, who is wearing a red uniform. He kind of looks like a character in an old cartoon that Louie used to watch when he was little Louie instead of Big Louie.

    Lieutenant Carter of the CPD says "Louie, this is Captain Hardy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He wants to ask you a few questions. If you cooperate, we wont have to haul you down to Headquarters."

    Big Louie looks up. "Youze guyze is always interruptin me when I am eating. Whaddya got, some kinda radar or sumptin like dat???" All of Louie's henchman laugh at the boss's joke. "Canada, huh," Louie continues. "Sure, ask away, I got nuthin ta hide? Youze guyze want to sit and have some steak wid us?"

    Captain Hardy lays a photo mug shot on the table of a rather bruised man. "This man attempted to infiltrate the Vancouver Canucks practice earlier today, and was stopped by their Captain Slamfist. Do you know him?"

    Louie looks at the photo and fidgits with it. "Boy youze guyz really beat him up good, lookit dat shiner!" All the henchmen laugh again.

    The Captain smiles. "So you do know him. One of yours?"

    Louie looks at the Captain. "Heck no he aint one of mine. Dis jamoke is a hitman for Don Allesandro of da Purple gang (actually Louie said Da Poiple gang but I translated! ) over by dere in Detroit."

    Captain Hardy is a bit taken aback. "So this wasn't your guy? You don't have anything going on up in Canada? You didn't put a hit out on the Sedins?"

    Louie looks up with a big smile and straightens his tie a bit. "Now why would I do a ting like dat? Ima model citizen! (at this, the 3 detectives roll their eyes and stare at the ceiling) Dere is no way I wanna hurt anyone on da Canucks. Dey sucked so bad last year, I made a ton of money betting against dem in Vegas!) And if I had sumpthin going on, I sure as sure wouldn't yooze my own Boyz!!! But if I hear of anything, I will be sure to let you know.)

    The Captain grits his teeth, and turns to the Chicago Detectives. "I think we are done here, gentlemen."


    Meanwhile, up in Canada, the Canucks are done with practice. Two maintenance workers are up cleaning up one of the skyboxes. Well, they aren't actually cleaning One of them is disassembling a high powered sniper rifle. The rifleman turns to his buddy and says "Its a good spot. I am all sighted in." The other one says "Now remember, only one of the Sedins. And do not hit Slamfist, or there will be hell to pay.
    Gombur Gromburson, Level 105 Guardian
    Kin Leader of Remnant
    Commander of the 92nd Dwarven Highlanders

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Lakefront
    Posts
    484
    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar2007 View Post


    Hawaiian pancakes and coconut syrup! Great idea. I might have to work that into the 30 days of Mrs Slammy.
    Awesome, if you want to order go here---

    http://www.siphawaii.com/Island_Food...visit_Maui.htm

    Be be warned that this stuff is very sweet and the bags of pancake mix are small.
    [COLOR=#ff0000]On the naughty list since 1959.[/COLOR]

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    4,607
    Doc said to make sure I get some good 'Reference'.

    So here ya go,...

    all you Trek fans out there,.





    half day for me though,...

    the Father-in-law lands in an hour. gonna pick him up and show'm the town.
    Oh,..he is coming from China!
    Perhaps he may be all jetlagged and discombodulated,..heh,.

    no Game for me tonight though, unfortunately.
    have a good one!

    cheers
    -Welby

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Lincolnwood, Illinois
    Posts
    2,355
    I know I should have started a new thread because its a new week, but I am posting here for a reason.

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the coffee club, I have been doing a lot of thinking. The great days when we used to have 10 plus pages of discussion, humor, argument, are long gone. And as I was thinking about the old days and those good people who no longer post here, I realized that of the people that now post here, I am the only one still playing the game with regularity. I think that's why we have such few posts. Everyone has moved on with other things, and the Coffee House does not have the attraction or the importance that it once had.

    Therefore, I have closed out my bar tab with Wilson. I am not going to spend my time posting rants and edjumications that very few people respond to and even fewer discuss. I am not going to open any new coffee house threads, nor am I going to continue saving the "thread that never ends" post. If I see that other people still continue here, and it looks like the Coffee House will stay open, I have left Wilson with ten gold coins so I can reopen my tab at any time.

    This is hard for me to do. I was here just about from the beginning. But I am tired of checking something every day in the vain hope that somebody will post something.

    have a good one, Landrovalrim. Its up to you guys now if you want Wilson and the lads to stay open.
    Gombur Gromburson, Level 105 Guardian
    Kin Leader of Remnant
    Commander of the 92nd Dwarven Highlanders

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Greater Vancouver, Canada
    Posts
    5,303
    Quote Originally Posted by Docargyle View Post
    I know I should have started a new thread because its a new week, but I am posting here for a reason.

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the coffee club, I have been doing a lot of thinking. The great days when we used to have 10 plus pages of discussion, humor, argument, are long gone. And as I was thinking about the old days and those good people who no longer post here, I realized that of the people that now post here, I am the only one still playing the game with regularity. I think that's why we have such few posts. Everyone has moved on with other things, and the Coffee House does not have the attraction or the importance that it once had.

    Therefore, I have closed out my bar tab with Wilson. I am not going to spend my time posting rants and edjumications that very few people respond to and even fewer discuss. I am not going to open any new coffee house threads, nor am I going to continue saving the "thread that never ends" post. If I see that other people still continue here, and it looks like the Coffee House will stay open, I have left Wilson with ten gold coins so I can reopen my tab at any time.

    This is hard for me to do. I was here just about from the beginning. But I am tired of checking something every day in the vain hope that somebody will post something.

    have a good one, Landrovalrim. Its up to you guys now if you want Wilson and the lads to stay open.
    I'd protest Doc, but it's hard to fight the inevitable, it seems. It has been pretty quiet in here these last few months. That being said, I think it's still a place to drop by and say hi, and certainly still a welcome place with good memories of many good friends who've passed these doors and shared their stories in the coffeehouse. I know I want to drop by more often, but then there's just life...

    And I know Slamfist still has some dwarven hockey rp left in him. So hopefully these doors aren't closing for good.

    By the by, 30 days of Mrs Slammy is on day 22. I'll update tomorrow.
    [I][COLOR=#40e0d0]Slamfist of Landroval and Silverlode - Slamwise - Slamburger - Slamrat - and Joe[/COLOR][/I]
    [COLOR=#ffff00]< [URL="http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=351547"]a Hobbit's Tale[/URL]> < [URL="http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?313127"]Behold the Chinchillas![/URL] > [/COLOR]

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Lakefront
    Posts
    484
    A quote comes to mind....Faint heart never won fair maiden. Don't give up Doc! I love reading the Coffee House even if I am unable to post at the time. Sometimes I don't post because I am utterly boring! I still read your Edumications. I still play the game. Maybe if we start a monthly thread for the CH? I mean if we discontinue what will Sir Squeaky think? Where will all his good wishes and prayers come from?

    PS---Sir Squeaky is now in New Jersey at the Lab Rescue! Go Squeaky!
    Last edited by Valadilene; Oct 16 2013 at 11:34 AM.
    [COLOR=#ff0000]On the naughty list since 1959.[/COLOR]

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    4,607
    Quote Originally Posted by Docargyle View Post
    If I see that other people still continue here, and it looks like the Coffee House will stay open, I have left Wilson with ten gold coins so I can reopen my tab at any time.
    Quote Originally Posted by Elessar2007 View Post
    I'd protest Doc, but it's hard to fight the inevitable, it seems. It has been pretty quiet in here these last few months. .
    Quote Originally Posted by Valadilene View Post
    A quote comes to mind....Faint heart never won fair maiden. Don't give up Doc! !
    I am with Slammy, I think it is a natural thing,.to diminish. Maybe with new game Expansions,. especially this new Skill tree thingie,..may drive more traffic back.

    anyways,..no need for dramatic 'finalities', imho. Just fade off,..no pressure,..got something you wanna say? go for it. It may be interesting though, if/when the coffeehouse is utterly gone for good,..one day we'd all run into one another in some other forum,..some other name,..some other game,.though it may be in the form of an ex-Lotro thing. I know Star Wars has a thread, or used to. Even rift had one at launch.

    btw,..everyone go see Gravity in IMAX 3D,.it rocks,...hehe

    oh and Captain Philips was pretty good too. I recommend it.

    for me,...I work on a computer,..so I will always be refreshing sites now and then.

    cheers all!

    See ya for Friday's Game night, Doc!

    -Welby


    oh,.from Comic Con


 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

This form's session has expired. You need to reload the page.

Reload