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    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2013 edited

    From a legal standpoint, there are very few games that have freely distributable rules material (though there a few notable exceptions, like D&D 3.5). If you do decide to go with a ruleset that doesn't have a legally distributable option, the ethics and etiquette really boil down to whatever your opinion is on piracy, and I doubt anyone has a good catch all answer to that (I certainly don't).
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2013

    Various jurisdictions have different rules on this, some of which are more or less reasonable, many of which are plain stupid.

    That said, one of the reasons people buy game pdfs at all is to be able to print and share material with the players. Digital sharing makes a complete, perfect copy rather than an incomplete, imperfect one, but whether that makes a difference is a matter of debate. Or the courts, I guess. But if you buy a .pdf, it's fairly obvious that you'll be sharing it privately with your players. What you do privately with something you paid for is not the business of the creator or the seller. (Sharing it publicly is, of course, a different matter.) In addition, if you can't share the material with the players, a major reason for buying the product in the form you did evaporates.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2013

    So I've taken to recreational walking in recent months, and I'm finding that as I get a bit more adventurous in where I'm going that I could do with a good stick to help deal with the slopes and suchlike better, cause I often feel like I'm on the edge of losing my balance, particularly when walking downhill on muddy paths (the paths in the UK are always muddy regardless of whether it's even been raining recently it seems).

    I've looked at a few poles in the local outdoor pursuits shops, but they all seem a bit 'shiny titanium nerdyness' to me (Seriously, look at some of these things) I've also thought about maybe trying to make my own stick out of some found wood (assuming I can find a suitable piece on my travels, I'm not about to start hacking down people's trees), but online advice I've read about that is massively conflicting about the best way to go about it.

    Anyone got any thoughts or advice on this sort of thing?
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    It's time, me boy, to make yer own shillelagh. Blackthorne is where to begin. Cut it, strip it, smear it in butter and hang it in the chimney.
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2013

    Alan Partridge knows what to do!

    Seriously though, have you checked out any antique shops or flea markets? If you can find some near a rural area, it's not uncommon for them to have a hatstand full of old, tried-and-tested wooden sticks, of varying levels of fanciness.
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    #ghetto phone/weird text

    I keep getting this text:
    from the number: 1111301000

    What does it mean?
    Note: my cellphone is super old and ghetto, as in motorola brick old. It's incredibly cheap and does what I need it too, so I haven't bothered to get a new one - so all it does really is phone calls, voice mails and texts.
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    Probably spam. If you had a phone that supported images-by-SMS/text, or had web access, it would probably either display an ad or take you to a web site trying to sell you something.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2013
    I worked w/ a lady today at the local botanical garden, who had the coolest looking work pants. They were branded as Dickies, but I can't dig up anything w/ a search engine on them. They were black w/ lots of utility pockets in khaki. Looked to be men's. Would've tried to get them in a picture, but photography wasn't allowed at all (new art installation in progress), and I would've asked her, but I'd have felt weird. She was from England, so that might make a difference?
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    #dickies yep, they sell them in hardware shops over here.

    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2013
    JP: I think I figured out which ones they are, thanks to your pointing me towards the hardware stores. And it makes sense now why I'd have a hard time Googling them, as they're not available in this country whatsoever. Annoying that we get nothing as cool looking as those.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2013 edited
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2013 edited
    #dickies @britannica: they're available up here in Canada too. must be a commonwealth thing ;)

    should be able to order them from across the border without hassle.
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    If you're in the US, you can probably get them at Walmart in the mens section. Or any store that sells work clothes really.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2013
    Oh, yeah, JP, I don't think that site has the exact kind she had, but most of those are amazing. I'm bummed that I can't just go out and buy these, for example.
    • CommentAuthorEon
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2013
    Hazel is the stuff.
    It grows straight and in runners straight out of the ground in hedgerows, so there is no problem cutting the odd piece as this needs doing anyway.

    A five/six foot piece an inch thick at base is sufficiently strong to support a walker, it seasons well but is okey to use green and can be cut with a pen knife saw blade easily.
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2013

    I need an app to send the contents of my Windows clipboard to an iPad, preferably with a Chrome plugin on the PC side. Dropbox and Read it Later and the like seem overkill, any suggestions?
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2013

    okay, so I've been interested in learning watercoloring for a very long time. It's my favorite painting medium. Thing is, I'm shit at drawing. I'm not so concerned about learning to use the paints properly so much as just being able to draw what I want to draw. So if I want to get better, aside from just doing it as often as I can, is there anything actually helpful I can do? Are books and classes worth my money (I have the time, just tight on money) or am I better off just putting things down on paper every day? I realize that at the end of the day, classes or no, what matters most is that I do it, just wondering what learning tools I should pursue.
    • CommentTimeMay 19th 2013
    @Finagle - re #apps. Evernote should do the trick.
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    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards is the classic teach-yourself-to-draw text. Between that, and (as you say) Doing The Work, you should see yourself get better.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2013
    Hah, funny enough I used to have that book as it was a required text for a class I took (though the class itself was not an art class, it was part of the main GE course for my college within my university), but I'm not sure what happened to it. We only used the first chapter or so, so I never studied it much. I'll look into it again.