So I didn't make it to lecture, because by the time I woke up it was physically impossible!! Yay!!! *sighs*
But I'm just a week behind on that still, because by the time I got the former thing finished I was All Out Of Brains, sigh. So I came home early, which was nice - much less crowded! - and pmuch just passed out on the floor, because... of course I did. *shakes head at self*
Watched this morning's lecture this evening, though, so even though time management failures to the extreme I think it's a net gain?? Probably.
And now going to bed and hopefully will actually get up when my alarm goes off in the morning!! Hopefully.
And now I go to bed and hopefully go to sleep easily enough. (Am sleepy, at least?)
It's good to have miniatures to help the players visualise enemy forces and battles.
And although improvised figures will do, it's definitely better to have appropriate miniatures.
(Yes, we know the Spanish is terrible and doesn't mean the same thing.)
It was the first walker-type! And he apparently had no miniatures.
The poor players, having to use their imaginations while playing a tabletop RPG. Oh the humanity!
And unfortunately, the GM never saw my very, very clever suggestion of gluing some guns onto Timon. So everyone had to suffer through chickens.
Something that I never realized before: Chicken miniatures.
There is no movie; this GM actually had chicken walkers, and chicken miniatures.
Never mind the deformed seal-walrus-whatever it was, where do you get chicken miniatures? Are there other farm animals yet to show up?
Looking over the last two comics, I'm realizing the clear advantage of the chicken walkers: they bring in close air support. Easy to tell apart from enemy fire. Easy to tell apart from the kitchen mess.
But the whole design still seems wrong. It still seems too easy to take out one leg, and turn the main body into skeet. (Have we ever seen one of these guys self-destruct? There's always a self-destructing something in movies, right? Toss a grenade in, tie up their legs... do they self destruct? What kind of hum do they make before they go boom? There was a self-destructing speeder in the TV series, but that's not the same.)
So let's look at the soldiers. Last comic, we see a huge number of soldiers appearing with the walker. They spread out in front of the walker. This comic starts with two in the first panel, then has a lot more in the second panel.
So who is killing the soldiers, and why do we not see them shooting? It sure looks like there's a lot of bodies in the center of the last panel, but we don't see them being killed. Presumably, this is just the choice of screen captures. It sure looks like we see a soldier being shot in the last panel. But we don't see who is shooting them at all. Are they really running into a killbox?
Meanwhile, all of the other civilians have gotten out of the way. "Our heroes" are the only ones left to get into trouble.
Jethro moped the entire time she was gone, and has been very needy since her return. Which probably explains why he's been so mouthy with Bel, and is most like why (other than my being stupid!) I got chomped last Tuesday while restraining Bel after one of their brouhahas. To his credit, I think Jethro realized immediately that he's chomped the wrong female, because he let go right away.... but I still had the puncture wound on my arm. I washed it out thoroughly, applied antiseptic and slapped on the band aids.... and pretty much didn't think about it again until Friday, when I decided to let it 'breathe' a bit, left off the band aid, and went to get lunch at Subway, where the counter gal said, "Ouch! That looks infected...." Well, Shazbaat!!!
So, because Husband and I were going out of town for the weekend (visiting Aunt) and I had NO desire to visit a Cook County ER if it really was infected and got worse, I made a late afternoon visit to the Express Care Clinic, where I got scolded by the nurse for not coming in earlier in the week, and was informed that by law, they are required to report Dog Bites to the local Animal Control Officer.... which was sort of why I had dragged my feet about coming in -- that, and it had looked like it was healing just FINE until that day....
Then I got scolded by the Doctor, again for not coming in earlier in the week, got a lecture on the dangers of infection re:dog bites, and a prescription for a 10-day course of antibiotics. When I mentioned that Husband and I were going out of town for the weekend, the doctor said I should talk to Animal Control right away..... this at approx 4:30 in the afternoon.... So I rushed off to our village police department to talk to animal control. I had horrific visions of men in a black van carrying muzzles and choke loops descending on our house while we were out of town, terrifying dogs and Daughter, and dragging poor Jethro off to the pound for quarantine.... but I just had a chat with the nice officer, confirmed that, 'Yes, I owned the dog, I was the only one bitten, the dog was NOT running loose biting random by-passers, and he was up to date with his shots,' and that was it, other than going over to the pharmacy for my antibiotics.
We got a later than usual start on our weekend, but overall it was pretty good. The CUBs won over the Cardinals Sat. and Sun, (not sure about Fri.),so that was good.
Looking at my Birthday week now. Had a Diabetic check-in with my regular doctor -- I've lost weight, my blood pressure (despite the stress on Friday) was good, and my A1C had improved. Overall, it looks to me that despite dog chomps and diabetes, I may be trundling into the big Six-Oh in better condition health-wise than I did the previous decade. How about that?
If you want to introduce some plot point to your adventure, try throwing it into the middle of a running battle, instead of just having an NPC talk about it during a social encounter.
Actually it might be interesting to try doing this for all your plot points. You might need a lot of fighting though.
In panel two, did Bria just throw a grenade back at the troopers? Also, that's a pretty darn big explosion.
Now then, containers of large crystals. Are these by any chance Khyber saber crystals? Light saber crystals? Special hyperspace piloting crystals? Solidified spice from sandworm extract?
Were there any chicken walkers in the prequel trilogy? Is this the first appearance of a chicken walker in the Star Wars timeline? And can you imagine a meerkat walker?
Once again, we are reminded that talking is not a free action. The enemy is taking action even while you are trying to figure out what the enemy even is.
Still, does this mean that if you have a large group of four-legged walkers approaching you, that you are on the cow level?
As of writing this annotation, I have had "How Many Toes Does a Fish Have?" (from Tacky the Penguin) stuck in my head for a good 3 hours. And thinking about it now, it's just the tune my dad invented when reading me the book as a kid, so it's entirely possible that I can safely not infect anyone else with the song.
For those not familiar, the ditty goes:
How many toes does a fish have?
How many wings on a cow?
I wonder, yup I wonder
But moving on...
I guess chronologically this is the first "walker-type" machine the GM had introduced. The AT-ATs then would be a case of "these ones are even cooler and scarier because I added more legs!"
As for these walkers, Sally seems to have the most accurate analogy. It definitely looks more like a meerkat. With guns, that is.
If only the GM had some old Lion King figurines lying around, he could have just made a big commando-Timon to terrorise the marketplace.
But you know what I DID do?
I did an entire lab that I've been having An Anxiety about for like... three weeks? Four?
So yeah. PRETTY PLEASED WITH SELF.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll do the next week's lab, which is pmuch a Part Two, haha.