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2015-12-28 09:00 am

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Also. One of the best and quickest ways to get on my bad side? Add me as a friend when we've never talked, never run into each other, and not even comment to tell me why. THIS is why the journal is friends-locked, dumbasses.
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2015-12-28 09:00 am

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Also. One of the best and quickest ways to get on my bad side? Add me as a friend when we've never talked, never run into each other, and not even comment to tell me why. THIS is why the journal is friends-locked, dumbasses.
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2015-12-28 09:00 am

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Also. One of the best and quickest ways to get on my bad side? Add me as a friend when we've never talked, never run into each other, and not even comment to tell me why. THIS is why the journal if f-locked, retards.
crystallinegirl: (TB - Pam - Doesn't Approve)
2013-01-29 01:00 am

RPG Woes

This will largely only make sense to those that have played White Wolf's old World of Darkness games, specifically Werewolf. 

So we've started playing a Werewolf game with some friends. YAY GAME holy crap it's been a long time. Except....I feel like I'm playing a totally different game than everyone else is. The lore issues I could deal with if the storyteller would ADMIT that they're not correct! But he keeps trying to tell us that no, that's totally the way the game is, and I know DAMNED WELL it's not. I'm going to give you a brief description of the game, and then I'll list the lore issues. Then I'll list my other issues with this storyteller. 

So the storyteller and his wife are teaching their son and two of his friends how to play. The three teenage boys are playing lost cubs. That's all well and good.  But the three people teaching the cubs - the wife, Alex, and I - are only Cliath. We really shouldn't be in charge of teaching lost cubs, that's FAR beyond our rank. Alright.

So lore issues:
First off, there's the Cliath teaching lost cubs thing. Fine, help is scarce. I was actually sent to find out what the random Uktena (Alex) was doing on our sept grounds, and found myself roped into teaching the lost cubs. (I'm a lupus Fianna Theurge.) Fine.

We wind up at a Gurahl moot. We're in Canada, that's fine. Except there's 500 Gurahl here and about 100 visitors of various species. 500? Really? So - every Gurahl in North America and probably THEN some? And let's not even get into the fact that there are PANDAS here. 

One of the lost cubs is a German Shepherd. With Pure Breed. I tried to protest this one, but was shut down with "he has pure breed so it's okay." NO. NO THAT MAKES IT EVEN MORE NOT OKAY. There are several places in the books where it is stated "Garou do not look like domesticated dogs" and in the Bone Gnawer book it specifically states "if they are less than nine-tenths wolf they WILL NOT CHANGE no matter HOW much Garou blood they have." Nope. Pure bred German Shepherd police dog. 

The ST's special snowflake NPC is teaching the Black Fury Ahroun (his wife) Kailindo. (The special snowflake is a former Shadow Lord, now Gargoyle-ish thing after being cursed by the Fae; he has diplomatic immunity with all the Garou tribes. He tried to tell us he had breeding privileges with the Furies, as he couldn't produce metis because of his curse, but after his wife read the Fury book that we lent her, she put a kibosh on that idea, THANK FUCKING GOD) When I pointed out to her that the Stargazers won't be happy about a Shadow Lord teaching a Fury Kailindo, she said they could take it up with her mother, who happens to be the Fury matriarch for North America. (of course.)

Back to the Gurahl - part of the moot is a Rite of Passage for their cubs, so they go hunt down what they thought was one BSD and it winds up being a ton of them. The ones they don't kill, they capture and throw in pits for pit-fighting. Yeah, um - Gurahl don't shy away from combat, but they're Gaia's healers. They're not this bloodthirsty, it goes against their VERY NATURE. 

Mechanics Issues, and this is where I get really frustrated.
So - our first session was Sunday. I haven't played any White Wolf in - oh - five years or so? And I'm used to playing Bastet and Corax when I do. So I tried to use Mother's Touch on myself, thinking Lick Wounds. ST let it go through until after the second time, when I looked it up and realized it couldn't be used on myself. His reaction was to grin and tell me he was just "fooling me" by letting my character "think" she'd healed the two aggravated damage she'd taken the first time. Yeah, I'm sorry, you can't ignore two agg. Unless you spend willpower or Rage. I'm more inclined to think he didn't realize I'd fucked up until I CAME CLEAN. But I still got punished IC for it, in not getting any Wisdom Renown - that thing I need to rank up - because of the OOC fuck up. 

We played for about 8 hours on Sunday, so it was divided into two sessions with a break halfway through the day. XP got given out at the break, and at the end of the game. Alex got an XP point for RPing his auspice in the first half. (He taunted the bad guy to make him look at HIM while the rest of us attacked.) I did not. (Despite using three gifts and two rites) Mostly because I leapt straight into the fray. Yeah, hello, I'm a Fianna. We do that, Theurge or not. In the second half, I used all FOUR of my gifts, performed another rite, tracked someone through the Umbra (and caught them with the help of some spirits), taught the Cubs about the Umbra, and the Wyld/Weaver/Wyrm, and still didn't get an XP for playing my auspice. Tell me, HOW IS THAT NOT THEURGE LIKE? 

His combat system is all wonky; initiative is rolled like normal but instead of being declared in reverse order and then resolved, he takes care of the highest initiative's action, then goes to the next person, asks what their action is, and resolves that, etc. 10s are sometimes exploded and sometimes not and I still don't understand his rules for when. 

He's giving out entire permanent points of Renown for most things. Which means the cubs are nearly ready to rank up and Alex IS ready to rank up, while I still need two entire points of Wisdom to rank up. Great. So the cubs I'm trying to teach will be the same rank as I am. Oh THAT will be fun.

He KEEPS dividing the party and then having to switch between what we're all doing, which is frustrating as hell. 

Apparently Pure Breed means you have a chance of being possessed by your Ancestors. Oh wait, there's a separate background for that. IT'S CALLED ANCESTORS. *facepalm* 



And the storyteller continues to insist this is all by the book. I'm frustrated because I KNOW this shit is wrong. I'm frustrated because he's teaching three new players the WRONG SHIT. I'm frustrated because I feel like we're playing two different systems here. And I'm frustrated because I feel like he's treating me unfairly as opposed to my husband. The storyteller is also a very, VERY dominant personality who is NOT accustomed to being questioned, so I don't even feel comfortable bringing any of this shit up. 

Dammit. I miss City of Shadows so goddamn much. Where I got awesome RP and the STs knew their shit. And I could hop on and RP whenever I wanted. *sigh* Digichat games, how I miss thee.
crystallinegirl: (Game - Corax - SymbolBird)
2012-12-09 11:56 am
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First Annual Virtual Cookie Swap!


I'm going to start doing this every year. I know a lot of you like baking cookies for the holidays, so share your favorite recipes here! Feel free to link your friends to this entry, I've made it public. Tried and true recipes, please, and feel free to add commentary as to WHY you chose your recipe!

To post the above banner, with a link back to this post, just copy and paste the 
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crystallinegirl: (Winter Branch)
2012-05-30 04:22 am
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Raaaaiiiin...

So they packed all our stuff yesterday. Today they're supposed to pick it all up and put it in the truck. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl is pouring 3-6 inches of rain on our heads. This can only end in misery.

I kinda hope they call and push it off until tomorrow, even if it means we don't get out of NC until Tuesday instead of Sunday. I'd have to reschedule the flea spray and our final inspection, but I really don't want our stuff (all our BOOKS, OMG) to get soaked on the way to the truck! IDK. I haven't heard from the movers yet today. We'll see I guess.
crystallinegirl: (Winter Branch)
2012-05-30 04:22 am
Entry tags:

Raaaaiiiin...

So they packed all our stuff yesterday. Today they're supposed to pick it all up and put it in the truck. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Beryl is pouring 3-6 inches of rain on our heads. This can only end in misery.

I kinda hope they call and push it off until tomorrow, even if it means we don't get out of NC until Tuesday instead of Sunday. I'd have to reschedule the flea spray and our final inspection, but I really don't want our stuff (all our BOOKS, OMG) to get soaked on the way to the truck! IDK. I haven't heard from the movers yet today. We'll see I guess.
crystallinegirl: (Winter Branch)
2012-05-22 11:18 am

Why we're never having kids

Reason #452:
Their names would be Augustus Julius Hall and Cleopatra Antoinette Hall.
crystallinegirl: (Winter Branch)
2012-05-22 11:18 am

Why we're never having kids

Reason #452:
Their names would be Augustus Julius Hall and Cleopatra Antoinette Hall.
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2012-01-18 01:18 pm

Internet blackout day: See you all on Thursday

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] box_in_the_box at Internet blackout day: See you all on Thursday

Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.



Tell Congress: Don't censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There's no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake — please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
crystallinegirl: (Default)
2012-01-18 01:18 pm

Internet blackout day: See you all on Thursday

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] box_in_the_box at Internet blackout day: See you all on Thursday

Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.



Tell Congress: Don't censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There's no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake — please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
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2011-10-11 01:05 pm
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Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] hexkitten

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


crystallinegirl: (Default)
2011-10-11 01:05 pm
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Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] hexkitten

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


crystallinegirl: (Default)
2011-10-11 01:05 pm
Entry tags:

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] hexkitten

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


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2011-10-05 11:13 am

Friends Maintenance

Since I'm adding friends and fussing with filters, I did a little maintenance and cut a few people as well. Either inactive journals, people I haven't heard from in a while, people who never comment - the normal.
crystallinegirl: (Default)
2011-10-05 11:13 am

Friends Maintenance

Since I'm adding friends and fussing with filters, I did a little maintenance and cut a few people as well. Either inactive journals, people I haven't heard from in a while, people who never comment - the normal.
crystallinegirl: (Default)
2011-10-05 11:13 am

Friends Maintenance

Since I'm adding friends and fussing with filters, I did a little maintenance and cut a few people as well. Either inactive journals, people I haven't heard from in a while, people who never comment - the normal.
crystallinegirl: (Default)
2010-04-08 09:59 am

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Working on a friends cut. If I cut you, it's probably because either you haven't updated in a long time, or I don't feel we have anything in common, or I can't remember who you are. If you feel I've cut you by mistake, comment to be re-added!
crystallinegirl: (Default)
2010-04-08 09:59 am

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Working on a friends cut. If I cut you, it's probably because either you haven't updated in a long time, or I don't feel we have anything in common, or I can't remember who you are. If you feel I've cut you by mistake, comment to be re-added!
crystallinegirl: (Default)
2010-04-08 09:59 am

(no subject)

Working on a friends cut. If I cut you, it's probably because either you haven't updated in a long time, or I don't feel we have anything in common, or I can't remember who you are. If you feel I've cut you by mistake, comment to be re-added!