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It’s been a long hard pandemic in the Swanson household. We lost two of our fur babies, among other things, but we’re also doing better now than we were a year ago. Partially due some new(ish) additions to our family. Say hi to Loki, Artemis, and Flaidis (pronounced Fliddish) who join their brother Pixel.

I haven’t been here since before the pandemic started and a few things have changed. Mainly that I pretty much stopped writing and am trying to get back into it, but that’s a hard fight. In more fun news I picked up mini-painting and 3d printing to scratch my art itch. Here’s one I just finished yesterday using Citadel’s new Speed Paints.

I've been around Mastodon for the eternity of the last seven months or so. 😉 But why not do another post anyway?

I'm a designer.
I also like , , and many kinds of -related things. (Check out !)

I like .

I'm prone to talking about . :teapot:

Finally, I'm a trained reference at large (not currently working as one), and have a question-answering reflex.

Guess what?! Twitter is being bought by an egomaniacal shit head so, I'm going to try and start updating here again!

So, to everyone who I haven't talked to in... years... Maybe we can have a better place here, just got to convince all my friends on twitter to move here.

My Pathfinder game has gone "off the rails" several times so far as my players have come up with unorthodox solutions to the problems presented to them. During my planning sessions I had not anticipated having to play out a date between the Warden of the prison and the Monk...much less having to come up with dice rolls for how he "performed".

God, I love this game and all my friends who play with me.

The Tale of The Monk Who Fucks. Pt. 5 

The Monk, ever a team player, decides to do what he needs to to save the prisoners. The Monk does not return to meet with his friends later that night.

The following day, his party members return to the city jail to secure the release of the prisoners. They are escorted to the Wardens office, only to find a very satisfied Warden and a very exhausted Monk. The Warden allows them to pass without further inspection of their paperwork. Mission accomplished.

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The Tale of The Monk Who Fucks. Pt. 4 

Several failed Charisma checks into the date The Warden is pissed off and having a shitty time, when the PC's plan to impress her kicks into motion - a large bar fight in which The Monk single-handedly fights seven drunks.

The dice rolls suddenly turn in their favor again, and soon the Warden is VERY impressed with the Monk's physical prowess and has a pretty good idea what to do about it.

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The Tale of The Monk Who Fucks. Pt. 3 

The parties mission now rides, in almost completely in The Monk's ability to show the Warden a "good time". A failed date may spell the failure of the mission, while a successful one may mean no one has to die to save the prisoners.

So begins the plan to make the date with the Warden go small feat given that the Monk has a Charisma of 8.

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The Tale of The Monk Who Fucks. Pt. 2 

The Warden questions the party members, catching each of them out in a lie, though she doesn't know why and their documents hold up. The Warden is also the flirtatious sort however, and due to a snap decision on my part has a thing for Dwarfs.

She asks if the Dwarf Monk is available later that evening. He says he isn't and she can tell he's lying. A party member then throws him under the bus, saying he's simply out of money, and sets him up on a date.

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Listen my friends, as I tell you the tale of The Monk Who Fucks. 

This weekend was our monthly Pathfinder session, of which I'm DMing. Their mission this week: Free prisoners being held in the city jail without resorting to horrific violence (their specialty). To that end they secure forged documents to present to the prison's Warden.

While they are skilled at killing things, they are not skilled at bluffing ... something that comes to bite them in the ass as they raise the Warden's suspicions.

So, one of my many side-projects is a Podcast called Galactic Driftwood, where myself and a bunch of other nerds talk about nerdy shit for an hour or so every other week. We're still getting started, but if you want to listen to a bunch of nerds talk and have fun, give us a listen on your podcast of choice, or watch on YouTube. Episode 16 just came out today.

Think I'm about ready to start on the my next book. It's gonna have Space Pirates!

Clocking in at 84,001 words, the second draft of Blood Log: How to be a Vampire Badly is finished.

I emerge triumphant and now... I shall rest.

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