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Derek Pennycuff

It's pretty common for the brakes in my car to freeze up in very cold temps up here. But today was the first time I've had my accelerator freeze. And once it broke lose it sized back up, only then it was stuck open. I turned it off and effectively parked it in the street about 100 yards down the hill from my front door. I tinkered with it a bit but I don't mess around with stuff that is potentially life threatening. I had it towed in to my usual mechanic. Apparently it's not terribly uncommon nor a big deal to fix. But it's not an experience I wanna repeat any time soon.

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OSR flavored sandboxy goodness at around 75% off regular price.
Hi! I'll be at PAX South all weekend, and since you can't all come hang out in San Antonio, I'm putting my PDFs on sale on DTRPG. $10.00 for both The Dark of Hot Springs Island and A Field Guide to Hot Springs Island.

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$4 gets you a ton of retro synth tunes from VHS Glitch. I already had all but 2 of these releases. Still worth it.

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I've been eying the Hellfrost Resource Management book just for the sake of homebrewing. Although honestly I could probably bounce between Hellfrost and Deadlands for the next decade or two and never have to homebrew anything. I mean, the Adventure Codex alone is over 500 pages. 0_o
Through Tuesday, January 30 we present two offers featuring Hellfrost, the epic fantasy Savage Worlds campaign from Triple Ace Games set in a frozen land engulfed by winter. First, we've revived and revamped our original September 2015 collection as Hellfrost Essentials, with the Player's Guide and early supplements. Then expand your frigid waste with the all-new companion offer, Hellfrost Atlas.

1. HELLFROST ESSENTIALS [revived from September 2015]

If you're new to the Hellfrost setting, start here with this revived and revamped Essentials collection that has everything you need to create your own epic fantasy campaign in Rassilon. Pay just US$12.95 to get all five rulebooks and sourcebooks in this offer's Player Collection (retail value $54) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

- Hellfrost Player's Guide (retail price $15): The ideal introduction to the world of Rassilon and its many menaces. Includes the free Savage Worlds Test Drive rules.
- Matters of Faith (retail $11): New in this revival, a sourcebook with two dozen major cults, 70 minor cults, and over 90 major festivals, plus a tour of Godsheim, realm of the gods.
- Arcane Lore (retail $9): Druidic pacts, the Magocracy's famed schools of heahwisardry, elementalists, lost dwarven runes, song mages, and more.
- Heroes & Villains Compendium (retail $10): Dozens of Novice-level characters fully described for nonplayer encounters or as ready-made player heroes.
- Organization Guide (retail $9): The military, political, and mercantile powers that exert continent-wide influence.

And if you pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, you'll level up and also get this offer's entire Gamemaster Collection with six more supplements worth an additional $73, including the Hellfrost Bestiary and Creature Guide, the Gazetteer, Encounters Book 1, and (new in this revival) Legendary Endeavors, with rules for creating super-powerful relics and weaving their legends.

2. HELLFROST ATLAS [all-new]

This all-new companion Atlas collection expands the frozen landscape of Rassilon with the fabulous Atlas of the Frozen North and much more. Pay just $17.95 to get all six supplements in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $75), including the Adventure Codex (retail price $30) -- a massive 554-page compendium of two dozen scenarios for heroes of all levels -- along with five Hellfrost City Books (total retail $45), in-depth guidebooks including City Book 1: Cities of the Freelands, 2: Cities of Magic, 3: Cities of the Crystalflow, 4: Cities of Royalty, and 5: Freetown, City of Crime.

Pay more than this offer's threshold price, which is set at $27.95 to start, and you'll also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with three more major supplements worth an additional $80, including the spectacular full-color 386-page Atlas of the Frozen North (retail $40), its companion book of color Map Sheets (retail $25), and the new Second Edition of Hellfrost Resource Management (retail $15) that lets you build your legend for millennia to come.

Don't get frozen out! These two Hellfrost Bundles thaw and melt away in the early hours of Tuesday, January 30.

1. Hellfrost Essentials [revived from September 2015]

2. Hellfrost Atlas [all-new]

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Today I learned Ben Franklin once published a Drinker's Dictionary with over 200 euphemisms for being drunk.

A lot of these are nonsense to a modern ear. And some are distinctly Colonial. But I can imagine a few being useful at the gaming table. I particularly like "He sees two Moons."

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Turns out the recent stuff I was seeing about Debian playing nice with 64 bit power pc chipsets it was in reference to newer, big endian PPC chips. Not anything in the old Mac G series chip-sets.

So rather than wrestle with digging up a port old enough to actually support this old G5 iMac, and not be able to rely on web search for support and what not due to years of drift during installation and long term maintenance, I'm just gonna play around with it as an old Mac. Right now Norma's having a trip down memory lane. This thing dates from her college days, when she spent a lot of time on a Mac working on her media arts degree. And she's having fun checking out which sites do and don't work in the version of Safari that's on it. Amazon seems fine. Gmail mostly works. Apple's website does NOT work. But Apple's been hostile to old hardware, even their own, for a long time now. So that's not surprising.

Gavin, the 13 year old, is tasked with finding a poem that speaks to him over the holiday break. Bonus points if he can relate it back to how he felt while reading The Outsiders, which they just wrapped up before the break. So I helped him dig into our family poetry library. I don't think the middle school is ready for Charles Bukowski yet. Luckily I found some Desmond Egan that should be a bit more palatable. I could not dig up any Shel Silverstein, and we should have at least 2 of his poetry collections around here somewhere.

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I don't think I have any local followers here, but I'll be facilitating a kids coding club meeting at my local library this afternoon. If you are in the Eagle River area and have any interest in such things, drop on by.

Anyone out there got experience running Linux on an old G5 iMac? If nothing else I figure I can do some Pi style home server projects with it. But I may be making too many assumptions.

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