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      Come out on Saturday to the Leander Public Library (between 2 and 4 PM) and meet the folks of the Leander Writers Guild. We’ll be there with cookbooks. Stop by say “Hi”, chat about food or whatever geeky goodness comes to mind. View Larger Map
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      Never let it be said that we don’t listen to fans. Things are going well but we’re going to make it even easier on you for you to win a copy of Crunchy Bits. All you have to do is either comment here, hit us up on the contact form, or just drop us an […]
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    • Secret Santicore is back!
      This is really the ultimate of the DIY old-school and warped holiday tradition rolled into one crazy online basket. And it’s back and better than ever for 2014. I did last year and am I’m gonna do it again. So spread the word and make some shit up for Santicore 2014.
    • A quick little drop chart for what’s in the depths of space
      Here’s another little tool for anybody doing a space based campaign. Now this isn’t in any for a hard scifi game. Just a quick and easy drop chart to map out a little section of space and put a few things in there that would be inspirational and just a little bit weird. Enjoy. Space […]

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At the last Writer’s Guild meeting, we talked a little about humor. I’ll be honest. I like writing humor when it comes to fiction.
Humor is pretty hard to write for most folks. You’re pretty much out of luck if your trying to do slapstick or something really visual. The Three Stooges or Airplane! just would have the laughs if they were conveyed with just the written word. So to write humor, you have to really start to abuse words and get into the head of the readers. Let’s face it. It’s a pretty slippery slope. But on the bright side, much of it is stream of conscious writing. Not everybody thinks that the same things are funny. For me, writing humor is fun and a bit more interesting. I like what it brings forth with the use of language, ideas, interactions with the characters.
In the Internet Age, it’s best also to be cognizant o Poe’s Law and its ilk. Because if you make a joke there’s going to be one (or more) idiots out there who can’t tell the difference between satire and reality.
That being said. If you want some good humor reading, I suggest grabbing up some Douglas Adams (especially The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Joesph Heller (Catch-22, one of my favorite books of all time), and anything by Christoper Moore. Sit back, read, and laugh. It’s good for you.

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The job market ain’t pretty and over the last few months I’ve learned to decipher the meaning behind the buzz words in all those want ads.
Flexible Schedule: You need to keep time open so we can call at the last minute to work.
Top Pay: Five cents over minimum wage.
Be Your Own Boss/Work From Home: 1. Multi-Level Marketing 2. Work for free.
Attractive: We don’t have an HR department.
Work/Life Balance: You need to balance your life against your work and do a bunch of that work at home and off the clock.
Professional: Do things that have nothing to do with your job for free.
Fun Environment: The only way we keep employees is to run this place like a cult.
Immediate Openings: The job sucks so bad people leave before the interview is over.
Family Oriented: Christian.
Part Time: We expect full time work out of you but with fewer hours, lower pay, and no benefits.

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You have got to be kidding me. Yes, this is a real product.

I’m having too many jokes going through my head to even say anything.

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Wow I saw this thing at the store down the road and really people you don’t need this at all.
ramentray
It cooks ramen in half the time. Meaning 4 minutes. Really, you takes you 8 minutes to make ramen? It reusable. Just like a bowl. You don’t have to mess with a complicated stove just use the microwave. You don’t have to use pots or pans. My god. What are you people doing in your kitchens. As a special feature, it rinses easily and is dishwasher safe. And the greatest thing of it reduces sodium by 50%. That’s right. It says on the front of the package. On the back, it explains, how a little plastic tray does this miracle. Use 50% of the flavor packet. Uh so. So what you’re saying is that the tray actually doesn’t reduce sodium. Just use half the flavor dust. Or maybe better yet. Make your own broth to go with the noodles.
Any way, you buy two of them on Amazon for about $14. They make a great gag gift if you want a quick laugh at a high price.

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Well, I’ve had chance to play and run a little Fifth Edition D&D. Did a little pick up game with meat space group, started messing around with a hangout game, and, heck, I even started going to the FLGS went into organized play. Thought I’d never do that.
Anyway, I thought the neatest thing was gonna be the Advantage/Disadvantage mechanic. But I’m loving the Bonus Actions.
So what these Bonus Actions? Well, it’s a special action you get beyond the normal options. What you can do is based on class, spells or situation like at 2nd level a rogue can Hide, Dash, or Withdraw. Fighters can heal a little. These Bonus Actions really help define what a character can do and make the options in combat more specialized giving the classes a more individualized feel.
And they just ain’t for characters. Monsters have them too. Like I said, Bonus Actions give a monster cool things they can do in combat that give that extra bit of flair besides attacking or casting a spell.
So yeah. Bonus Actions. Learn them. Use them. They’re cool.

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Sorry, I just had to do this.

Sorry, I just had to do this.


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