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JLaBouff
Central Texas
Researcher. Scientist. Gamer.
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I'm very glad you've already learned to "relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew." If you get into the geeky science of all-grain, ask on twitter or here for some book recommendations and I (among many others, I'm sure) will be happy to supply them. AHA membership will also grant you discounted tickets to Great American Beer Festival and access to their member's only session each fall in Denver. It would be a great father/son trip.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2011 on on birthdays and making beer at WWdN: In Exile
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Terribly excited that you're repping homebrewing. It's such a great hobby, and one that is so easy to geek out about. Your CPA will likely be a little on the sweet side if the finishing gravity is high, and that's okay. Our first batch many years ago ("Agent Orange" a witbier) was so incredibly sweet it was like drinking a bottle of malt marmalade. But by God, we drank every bottle and loved that we made it! As you're directing people towards homebrewing, you might want to send them towards the American Homebrewer's Association and Charlie Papazian (the father of modern homebrewing - @CharliePapazian and author of the Joy of Homebrewing). They have tremendous resources, and I used them for years before choosing to spend some of my homebrewing budget on a membership. Regardless, enjoy brewing!
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2011 on on birthdays and making beer at WWdN: In Exile
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The 8-bit was exactly what I was hoping for (okay, I actually wanted a small 8-bit clown wheaton on the back just below the neck too...but I'll just have to do that myself.) Any chance we'll hear more about this process on the next RFB?
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Absolutely! I'd buy both versions for sure.
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I've been meaning to ask: What are the chances of a Wheaton's Law shirt? I'd love an 8-bit clown sweater Wheaton with "Don't be a dick" on it. Love as in pay for and give as gifts to people.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2010 on never forget your roots at WWdN: In Exile
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What a phenomenal example of getting excited and making something. I have a lot of geeky shirts, but not a one captures the essence of my particular brand of geekhood like this one does. I cannot wait to get this. I was planning on holding out until all of your creations were unveiled and getting one of each. But my roots cry out. This one just can't wait! Thanks again, Wil, for representing all of us so well; thanks for giving a voice to a group who sometimes has trouble finding it.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2010 on never forget your roots at WWdN: In Exile
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Glad you got to make it over there. Had a great experience with their (relatively new) distillery product tasting too. Their Black Butte XXI might be available while you're there. It's the porter with cocoa nibs (from Seattle), locally roasted coffee and aged in Colorado whiskey barrels. It sounds like a total mouthbomb, but it's subtle and balanced. Definitely recommended.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2010 on nobody can see in our holler tree at WWdN: In Exile
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I mentioned on Twitter, but it's likely you see this more easily. At Powell's you'll be near Descutes' downtown pub. Their beer is great, and the Black Butte is a rockin' porter. I strongly suggest a quick trip if you can have a pint (or their tasting menu.)
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2010 on nobody can see in our holler tree at WWdN: In Exile
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What a wonderful partnership. Ever since the Woot.wheaton Bohr dice I've hoped you'd do a little more designing. I've worn mine nearly to bits (it's the official DMing shirt.) We had a serious rule lawyer in our group for years. We ended up calling someone getting ruined in an epic way being "Legier'd (lay-jay-ed)." I know tabletop game stories never translate, but I'll try. We had been playing a campaign of Fantasy Hero (1st edition, this was 1995, I believe) for several years. To this day it is the coolest and longest RPG experience I've ever had. The GM was a tremendous story-teller, and excelled at letting the story (and most importantly, the characters) drive the action while the skeleton of the rules held it intact. One of our players played a giant-like character named Fezik. While part of our group (myself included) were only about 12-13, he was my friend's dad, in his early 60s, and in a wheelchair with diabetes. Each week, he got to be the strong, giantlike badass he had been earlier in his life. But he played the character with such an amazing mercy and softness that it gave great weight to every session. As part of the final encounter, we were desperately trying to escape a base that was being destroyed by our nemesis. Fezik had managed to magically become incorporeal and with an amazing speech, urged the rest of our heroes to escape while we could, and that he would take care of the villain while the base was destroyed around him. A character who had been nurtured for the better part of two years moved into the space occupied by our nemesis and removed the charm that made him incorporeal, sacrificing himself to kill the big bad evil guy and saving our hides in the process. It was a terribly emotional moment at the table. Fezik was gone. The largest chapter of our story had ended suddenly and tragically, and the defining member of our party was only a memory. There were very real (and quickly hidden) tears at the table. Until Legier suggested that the villain should get a saving throw to avoid death by matter recomposition. The mood lightened as we shouted him down. The GM fudged a roll behind the screen to appease him, and we still laugh about it when we happen to be in the same town again. Mr. Harrelson (the man who played Fezik) passed away a few years later. But when I think of him, I don't see him in the chair. I see him as the heroic red-headed giant warrior who really would have sacrificed anything for his friends and family around that table.
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This seals the deal. I simply must convince my wife to move to the Pacific North West.
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One of the best afternoons of my life was spent with my darling bride at Stone World Bistro last summer. On our trip to coach the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's marathoners at Rock & Roll San Diego, we took a day and rented a car JUST to drive up to Escondido for the brewery. It is a memory I'll always cherish with her. The guys and gals at Stone could not be better hosts. The food is amazing, and the beer. Well, I don't need to tell any of you about the beer. If there was any way for us to get back over there for your reading, you'd better believe we would. But I encourage any of you within even unreasonable distance to make the trek. Stone alone is worth it - but Stone + Wil + Rifftrax = guaranteed awesome.
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Right...Did you watch the whole thing? The message (if there is one) is quite clearly opposed to animal cruelty. In fact, I think you'd have a pretty hard time arguing that anyone's said something worse would happen if you abuse an animal.
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I've been DMing for a group of people for a loooong time. We have a pretty difficult time being comfortable in groups outside of our own - so we've played almost exclusively together for almost a decade. The thing I got the most benefit out of from both your posts and the PVP/PA/You podcast was listening to how another group does it. Chris is a remarkable DM. He managed to keep pace, and keep the story moving, all while encouraging creativity and providing suggestions that didn't seem terribly intrusive or leading. My party routinely ignores tactics, and it often gets them in a lot of trouble. I tend to weaken the encounter so as not to bruise their egos along with their characters - but listening to Chris and this showed me it's okay to threaten their asses a little bit as long as it's done with a deft touch and not as "evil shenanigans." Thanks for the insights. I hope you'll keep it up.
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I'll be taking 2 of your books all across western Europe in the Fall. Other than the mammoth number of breweries at which they'll be stopping, do you have any requests?
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