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Zaghoul

Spring (2014). Awesome movie with some Lovecraftian elements to it. I came upon it by accident and that's what made it even better.

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  • Spring (2014). Awesome movie with some Lovecraftian elements to it. I came upon it by accident and that's what made it even better.
    January 17
  • I watched the Netflix movie Bright a couple days ago. It was better than I thought. Will Smith was playing a beat cop with an orc for a partner, the first to be a cop. Seem that fantasy creatures lived in the current time. Elves were living in the rich parts of town while orcs were mostly gang-like in the poorer parts of LA. His partner was seen as a traitor by other orcs so had a hard time of it.
    Reminded me how uppity elves can be.
    Anyway,it was entertaining and worth watching.
    January 11
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      I hope the next movie shows us a little more background... and all the other races... the only ones mentioned by name were elves, humans, orcs and dwarfs. They mention there are nine races.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Is there talk of another? That would be nice. I did see some centaurs in the background a couple times that seems to be working for the police. Faeries of course, heh.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Bright 2 is confirmed but the actor who plays the orc is not returning.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      I liked it as well. It wasn't great but it was good. It would have been better without Will Smith though since he made the movie into a classic Will Smith movie of which we have seen 15 already. I don't like bashing on individual actors normally, but in this case I think he took up too much space in the movie.

      But I look forward to the next one. I hope they expand on the "FBI" characters, the elf and the human, since they were too minor IMHO. It was like they had planned to do more with them, but in the end they was just not part of the story at all. Kinda surprising to me.

      Felt a bit like shadowrun, but I liked that it was in a very contemporary setting and not so sci-fi. That was new and felt fresh.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Yeap it was Shadowrun in the present instead of in the future...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      It was Will Smith in the movie which surprised me and got my attn. He does have a large screen presence though and agree he dominated the movie, but maybe that helped it get enough rating to do another. I thought Joel Edgerton did pretty good as an orc cop. I liked the internal struggle with the choices he made and seemed to go through as regards his heritage vs his job. The agents seemed a bit a bit on the shady side and I could not quite tell if they were totally on the 'up and up' or not at the end (cover up and such).
      Definitely different. I hope all the stuff I see about reading into the RL race relations does not hamper another film.
      They have plenty of areas to expand upon for the next at least.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      I was quite surprised when the wand didn't disappear actually...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I thought it did for a bit until the feds hauled it out. I wouldn't trust them with that for love nor money, heh.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      The truth is out there?
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      :)
  • Been a tough last week and more to come with this week. Having to deal with too much/many doctors, meds, and govt. asst. wise. Not even able to run a BG game hardly (which keeps my mind occupied).
    May have found some folks to help with getting some meds free of charge through private grant funding though. Sounds helpful anyway, will see later this week. Also found a group of PAs and MDs that work with folks that have little or no money to spend.

    The bureaucracy of nonsense is staggering to behold and experience.
    Getting real tired of seeing this country spend money on foreign aid (esp. the real dodgy stuff) when it does not even take good enough care of it's own people. As far as I am concerned, it is just about tantamount to murder.A good indicator of how healthy a country is, is Infant mortality rate (IMR). We are WAY down on the list for developed countries. If ya cant even get that right, something big is wrong as far as I'm concerned.
    January 8
  • "Rage, rage against the dying of the light..."
    Wait a minute, the dark looks more promising than the light at times. Perhaps it is just another comfortably dark mood tonight.
    Let's see now.

    Welcome, welcome the end of an everlasting fight.
    Life hurts and I can oh too easily feel it's bite,
    The cold and wind only accentuate my plight.
    Why should I rage against the promise of eternal night?

    There, much better. Might need another dirgesinger after my palemaster finishes his transformation to a ghoul.

    December 2017
    • Buttercheese
      Buttercheese
      You know, you should really make a thread for your photos, because they are all dope and deserve to be in one place.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks BC. :)
  • Shandaxx
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      Reminds me of a crossbreed of a naked mole-rat and an actual mole
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yep, he's a real piece o work for sure. I run all my gnomish C/T's as his followers. I liked the idea after watchin the old movie 'The Mole People' from the fifties. @artificialsunlight even made a good mod I use for them 'Barbed Club of Pain', caused bleeding damage on a hit.
      Urdlen and the rare 'weremole' version of lycanthropy, that only affects gnomes, are one of the few things that make gnomes interesting to me.
      His specialty priests, the 'Bloodstalkers' like to keep a blood-fed mole as a pet.
      Naked molerats should be available as familiars, hehheh. Would be perfect.
  • Asteroid 2015 tb145 coming back round again in November 2018. Looks possibly like a flyby by one of The Great Old Ones to me, hehheh.
    Real pic and artists representation of it.


    December 2017
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Do you have something against giant space skulls? :)
    • Buttercheese
      Buttercheese
      Make sure you are listening to this when the time comes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU1Demlr6Ns
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      WORSHIP ME MWUAHAHAHAHA!!!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I think it is FANTASTIC looking. Rage-Great Old Ones, heh, never heard that one. :)
      In '15 it came by around Halloween which is always an appropriate time for something of this caliber.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      That is a BIG demilich.
    • Buttercheese
      Buttercheese
      Zaghoul, I know a song for nearly anything. Though, uh, chances are that the song that I may have for a thing might be in German >.>
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      This forum has broadened my music a little, especially with regard to songs NOT in English. Enisferum's Lai Lai Hei in FInnish was one of the first I heard and liked.
  • Zaghoul earned the 500 Agrees badge.
    You received 500 Agrees. People really agree with what you've posted - either you're as well liked as Elminster or as intimidating as Sarevok!
    December 2017
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Congrats!
    • lolien
      lolien
      Congratulations!
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Congrats!
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Congratulations!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks. :) Guess I just kinda got into things last night after I got my imagination working again (rough week) while I was working on a new draft for a character.
  • Cooped up since Friday with the snow. Today I will attempt to make my way down the mountain to the main hwy I gots to get to my gym as more snow is on the way. Hopefully, I will go the usual winding way and not go Clark Griswoldn' straight down through the woods, hehheh.
    Dadgum disability confirmation forms (pages and pages) where I had to list all my symtoms and describe the things I have problems with related to PTSD left me feeling a right useless ol bastard since last Thursday when I finally finished and mailed them off to the folks checking to see if it is real or not. My focus has been so shot since I have hardly even played BG any, and thats one of my main 'band aid's'. A little better since.
    Gym will help, at least it is romanian deadlift and leg day so my mind will be calmer for a period afterwards.
    Friggin bureaucracy. I know there have been folks to take advantage of it by that has made it so much harder for those that really do. :s
    December 2017
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Made it safely to and from the gym through the winding mountain road. Feel better after a trip to the iron playground, at least for a while, and a while is just what I needed.
    • Buttercheese
      Buttercheese
      I hope things will positively align themselves for you and that you'll find the energy to power through this trying time!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks. I actually got a call after I got home today from the SS determination people asking if I had mailed my info to them (which I did). My psycho ;) team says that is a good sign if they have bothered getting to this stage. With money and healthcare worries at the forefront, it is almost too tough to get anything meaningful started with therapy (at least that is their consensus), but they still check in and meet with me regardless.

      The weird times are like when I thought briefly on walking out into the freezing mountain forests and see how far I got before keeling over. I don't think on it long but thats the kind of weird thoughts I get sometimes when the govt. does all it can to make me feel like a burden and not worth helping.
      I'm still powering through, thanks again Buttercheese. Felt good to get that off my mind.

      Severe PTSD sure does some weird ass stuff to the mind, and that's a fact, but at least when darker thoughts come I am at least able to say to myself that I know what it is and it is not uncommon to have them considering what I have.
    • Buttercheese
      Buttercheese
      I have been dealing with PTSD since my childhood, so I can relate. It's important to be reflective but also to properly distract yourself when needed. I also learned that treating yourself in small ways helps. Like for example instead of just having cereals for breakfast making yourself a proper meal or spicing up your coffee/tea with cinnamon, bubble baths instead of showers, etc.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Don't you dare keel over! Who's entertaining stories about weird playthroughs would I then get to read?
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Buttercheese, sounds a little like what they are getting me to try. Mindfulness, using and focusing on more of our senses (and trying new things or paying atten to old things more, that engage more of or bring something new to our senses to distract us from certain thought patterns. SOmetimes it helps, when overwhelmed gets harder for certain.
      I had one person said I should just go to the VA for help. And that was a social worker that automatically thought I was a war veteran.
      I guess I am still new in the diagnosis and treatment stage after having it sit so long untreated or recognized. Just knowing though has helped a little. Thanks again.

      Skatan, hehheh. Thanks. :) Doing my best. This form of PTSD I have definitely puts some weird play through ideas into my head, heh. Over the last four days of stuggling i have been stewing on one to start writing up today.
  • Your local smokes n snow reporter says yep, it's getting perdy deep up on the mountain. Even my familiar agrees with my assessment. I'm pretty sure I'll be in all weekend now. Ain't no way I'm pointing the car downhill. B)





    December 2017
    • Buttercheese
      Buttercheese
      Woah. That is a legit beard. Great photos!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks :)Keeps my face warm even with a layer of snow.

      10" of snow so far. Power was out to 80% of the Transylvania Co. but slowly being repaired now so just off and on instead of off all the time. Taking advantage of the net while it is on.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Oh man, snow! I really hope we get snow way down here this year.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Heh, long as the power and cell service does not go down again I'm happy. Least I ve got an ac adapter for the car to charge the puter if needed and a warm fire.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Hey ThacoBell... why don't you ask Zaghoul to send you some snow by mail? He seems to have a lot of it readily available. :) I'm quite sure he'd charge you a reasonable fee for shipping and handling. ;)
    • Nimran
      Nimran
      Of course, refrigeration will cost you extra...
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Speaking of refrigeration this old cottage gets a might chilly sometimes with the wind blowin the temp down to 11 degrees.
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      You know, in some states where it never snows, you CAN actually order snow.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      You should baldurize that second pic and use for avatars in game, hehe..
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      (agree)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      That might work. I'll have to try and tinker a little with it like I did with my avatar pick I use. :)
  • Yes! Everything seems to be in order with the laptop again and has let me back in the realms, finally. Bard songs and luck musta helped, heh. B)
    December 2017
  • Well shoot, my hard drive is bout shot. Everything has been sloooow to load, but at least I know the problem know after getting it checked. I might get a new one by Friday but not sure what the transfer will do to a modded game. Will try a clone first but there are so many errors it might have screwed up Windows in the process a couple days ago. Well see. This time I'm having a solid state drive put in the laptop. I guess the good thing is my local computer guru is not going anywhere for the holiday.
    Figgers.
    November 2017
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      The darn drive still hasn't gotten here. I think I'm having BG withdrawal symptoms. I need my band aid back dadgumit.
      Bout all the hard drive (after eventually loading the game) will handle is letting me roll up my ideas for my 75 total roll runs. Getting better at stopping on 75's though. I got a darn 98 today once on a H/O-C/T, looked at it a second, and kept on rollin. I think I am getting as hooked on this new 75 roll no-edit challenge as I became with no-reload runs.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      I sympathize. Computer troubles are a real pain.

      Umm… If you’re not using it, can I have your 98 roll? :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Thanks RL. Heh, I woulda sent it right over. I tell ya, here I am trying to get 75's now and the high rolls try and tempt me. :)
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Try to get a 75... rolls 100... typical... :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Ain't that the truth though. What I want now is something to 'reduce' the max value of rolls. Never thought I would be thinking that, heh. :).
      I fooled around with rollin a paladin and ranger a little, just for testing puposes. It's not the easiest to get those 75's with them TBH. Too many high pre req's.
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Maybe a sorcerer. No prerequisites...
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Naw Paladins are all manly and studly and stuff. They don’t do 75’s. ;)

      Seriously though, is it just me or does it seem easier to get the higher rolls now then it was with the original versions of the games?
    • Artemius_I
      Artemius_I
      Probably because the originals didn't tell you the totals so you had to do head math or deduct the points manually.

      Glad that's no longer the case.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Me too! That’s probably it. It’s been so long since I’ve rolled on the old version that I had forgotten how much that slowed the process down.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I was just toying with the classes that had the highest minimum pre-req's to see how the scores would look in a 75 total. Paladin is the hardest with alot going into chr, while ranger is a little better balanced, str,dex,con wise.
      Shamans and sorcerers do seem best off in the spell caster score dept with the 75 challenge.
      Totals slot definitely an improvement.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Off hand, I don’t know what the prerequisites are, but a socially awkward paladin (low charisma) could be fun to role-play. Heh. Of course, then undead would just snicker when he tired to turn them.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      I'm strict on the challenge so all 75 rolls cannot be edited( that's the tough part).
      Good news is I'll have my new hard drive in tomorrow. :)
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      Yeah!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yeah is right, got it installed today. Now to the long process of downloading windows updates, firefox, BG...lawd, gonna be up awhile me thinks. At least it is working again though. :)
      Least I got my band aid back now.
    • Ravenslight
      Ravenslight
      (Casts Luck, Bless, Chant, and Haste on Zaghoul.) You shall be victorious in your quest!
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      *sings bard song of morale*
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Hehheh, gettin there, slowly but surely (knocks on D&D book) ;)