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There seems to have been 5 pages of posts since my last visit. Just back from a tour of Egypt and Jordan. Highly recommended. Went full Indiana Jones.

One day I'll overcome my dislike of organised tours and go to that kind of places (where I basically don't know anything and can't set it myself).

Organised tours in a nutshell: "Alright guys, let's get down here and piss for like 5 minutes, then we'll spend almost the rest of the day in the bloody bus and the final hour of the day doing a 5 kilometer walk around the shopping districts! Where people who don't shop could like just bore themselves to death."

Yeah, pretty much. I mean I'm not saying that I don't like peeing to the beautiful foreign scenery but still...

It was actually the opposite of that. I got the whole day to explore Petra and the tour was brilliant at getting us to the site very early say 6am to beat the crowds and heat. Certainly there are tours like that but not G Adventures the company I used.

I hate organized tours and prefer freestyle. But in case of middle East I'm divided. I can fit in by looks, but still I need more research before doing on my own. I've did most of South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia), China, HK, parts of Europe, Nairobi and chunks of US plus Dubai on my own. Doing Masai Mara safari was a adventure.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get lost as hell if I went to any foreign country by myself, hahah. My batch of friends in highschool once went to Japan by themselves, and ended up getting lost, arguing their ears out, and almost getting relieved of all their cash by a gang of Yakuzas. Now that's something organized tours don't have.  ;D
You never get these kind of adventures if you go with a group!
When I freestyled Japan with a friend we ended up in an abandoned national park. All the signs overgrown and rusty, paths broken by roots. Really amazing adventure.

@S. K. Inkslinger

The Inkslinger and the giant:
Every year the village of Fantastafaction sacrifices to the local giant. Unwilling to sacrifice their beautiful fair-haired ladies, they settle on sacrificing the person they need least. Hence they have decided on sacrificing the local poet. This is the story of an inkslinger and a sensitive giant.

Let’s see what you’ve got.

The twilight saga: Eclipse

Oh wait that's an actual book...

The dragon eclipse:
Children's picture book teaching about sharing. A dragon decides to sleep on a cloud in front of the sun, obscuring any light from reaching the planet. Several people try to appeal to him to leave until a smart girl figures it out. And from that day on, a dragon sleeps in front of the sun once in a while.

Return to castle Jmack:
A twelve year old finds out he is the lost heir to a Scottish castle. Together with a motley bunch of friends they trek to the Scottish Highlands to claim the inheritance. Set during the seventies. Bit of a goonies vibe.

The Scarlet Sword and other curious objects:
Supernatural horror story about a traveling curio shop that gathers standard fantasy objects. Reads like a collection of separate stories with an overarching plot. The Scarlet sword is made of sugar btw.

Had a turbulent week but things are calming down again here.

My musician got me some new sound for my project and personally I've been working on a painting for myself and I did a quick side jig for a friend as a thank you.
As for writing... Uuuuhm. *runs off*

General Discussion / Re: Mom or Mum
« on: July 04, 2019, 11:07:49 AM »

Mam is for ministers ;D

No it isn't, it's obviously Dutch.

General Discussion / Re: Domestic Issues
« on: June 30, 2019, 01:51:46 PM »
I have a beko oven, it's a pretty decent brand.
Ofc not sure about your specific model but beko isn't the worst.

For all the people who missed me. It's not as interesting as some other folks here but eh :p

Personal life:
Working on my house. Aka, acquiring furniture, maintenance and renovation. Gardening. (looking forward to a bountiful harvest)

I got a promotion at work as well. So there's that.

I've been working on my lorebook/rpg book combo.
DMed several small campaigns within the setting and system. Got positive feedback so yay for that.
Improved my painting skills as well.

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 22, 2019, 08:56:15 AM »
a belated Birthday to @Henry Dale. you need to post moremate!

I'm just here lurking :p (and trying to write)

@Nighteyes, we're still waiting for the photos ;)

I've just bought the plane ticket/booked hotel to go to the Algarve in September, I'm surprising my parents who will be there then!

Now I need to decide a place in Europe to go around June. I wanted to visit FF people, but I've visited Berlin just a couple of years ago, won't go visit @xiagan, and met @Henry Dale 4 years ago. I don't think there are more...
I'm undecided between going back to Amsterdam (after 18 years) or go to Munich. Or somewhere else... I like big cities with lots of museums, art galleries and a castle/palace or two, hehe (and I've been in almost all capitals already)

You could always visit again ¯\_(?)_/¯


Apparently, chocolate, alcohol, grapes, and xylitol are both toxic to both dogs and cats. I mean, just some extra knowledge...  8)
*plants chocolate bar in the hopes of it sprouting a tree.*

I've watched "Inside out" today, and it's such a great movie - I found it a super way to describe depression, to use as a starting point with children, to talk about your feelings.
I'm discovering that there are many animated films that aren't Disney and address great important issues :)
Inside out is pixar though which is 100% Disney these days. No escape from the Mouse :p

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Anime Favorites
« on: January 18, 2019, 06:07:14 AM »
Maquia, when the promised flower blooms: Call your mom after watching this. It's a fantasy movie that plays your emotional strings.

Paprika: better than inception.

Say, quick question: Would anyone here buy that a 100 year old cavalry sabre could be taken off a mantelpiece and used as an effective weapon?
Can an old weapon still be effectively used: yup, but it's not very sharp anymore. Still, bludgeoning someone's face with a heavy steel sabre should work. Can confirm from personal experience, dropped it on my toe. :'(

Can it be taken off the mantelpiece: that depends, a lot of ornamental weapons would be safely strapped tight to prevent it from falling and skewering someone. See the scene in the original pirates of the carribean if you want an example in media.

Yesterday I finally watched "In Bruges", that I'd recorded some months ago.

Apart from the film itself, which is a mixture of very funny/violent, I really enjoyed seeing the city again, all the places where I was in 2015 - and where I met @Henry Dale :D
(summonable ;))


And it has all those quaint little alcoves...

General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:00:58 PM »
Happy Birthday @everyone!

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