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[Offline][5e][Dallas] New year means new players for a fun adventures

World News Reddit - 6 hours 27 min ago

New year, new campaign with an experienced DM and players who have completed the first phase in an on-going, open world, diverse world/environment. Current player count of 7, a mix of personalities and characters that has made this a very successful and engaging campaign since the start. Currently, I am looking to expand and add players who are diverse and non-traditional players, we would like to include another female (since there are only 2 at the moment) and be more inclusive of others. Very laid back environment, located in Addison in a quiet apartment community - snacks and drinks are BYO and occasionally provided. No experience required to play - just have an open mindset and willingness to explore and learn.

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[WP] Having developed time travel in secret, you find yourself stranded alone in the 1800s following your test jump. Walking amongst the crowds on the cobbles of Victorian London years later, you pass someone humming a Beatles song.

World News Reddit - 6 hours 28 min ago

[WP] Having developed time travel in secret, you find yourself stranded alone in the 1800s following your test jump. Walking amongst the crowds on the cobbles of Victorian London years later, you pass someone humming a Beatles song. by BobbyWhip in r/WritingPrompts

Oh, my god, are these depressing times. Oh, sorry there inner monologue, I have to say "Oh my gawd" even on my inner thoughts lest I slip up and arouse suspicion. I sat on a crate down at the dock of the Thames and thought just for today, I'd give myself a reprieve from this tedious mental exercise. Seven frickin' years I'd been here. Well, not here on this crate, but seven years in the 1880s. Today was November 9, 1888. No, I'm not seven years old. I'm thirty-five. Technically, I'm NEGATIVE ninety-five years old, because I was born in nineteen eighty-three.

Well, that's because I'm, to the best of my knowledge, the first and only time traveler. Well, to be a traveler, I suppose one would have to have done it a lot. I've only done it the one time. Does that make me just time traveled? It doesn't matter, I have no one to debate the intricacies of it with. Well, how did I do that? Did I build a time machine? No, much odder than that. When I was twenty-five, I received an anonymous package. In it, was a sort of diary. It appeared to be very old, but oddly, it was in my own handwriting. The diary was a sort of letter to myself. In it, it directed me to become acquainted with sailing. In October of twenty-eighteen, two years time, if I were to have my sailing license, I would come into a fortune of over five-million dollars cash. Long story short, I did this, and on September the first, I was approached by a man claiming to be a lawyer.

I was asked for, and then presented my sailing credentials to him, he handed me a cashier's check for five million, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one, dollars, no cents. I was told that there was another TEN Million dollars available, pending renting a small sailing yacht and traveling to 22.8340281, -79.0817705 on October the second. This was a spot in the ocean, about 246 miles North North West of Turks and Caicos. A bit weird, but I'd already got FIVE Million dollars in a weird way.

I performed this task as well, and there I was bobbing up and down at these coordinates. I sat there for hours. After about ten hours, dusk comes early as a large storm comes in from the West. I couldn't outrun it. I was tossed and turned and between lightning flashes, I could see that I was being sucked into a giant whirlpool.

That was all I remember. I awoke naked sprawled out on the shore of a smelly, muddy river. That river, was the Thames, and the year was 1881. I'd gotten sucked up by the Bermuda Triangle and spat out in Victorian London. What the actual hell? I slowly made my way in this new world, and was now making quite a decent living as a, well, there is not a really good way to say this... a pimp. I facilitated twenty-three "ladies of the evening" out of my "boarding house" in Whitechapel.

You may think I took advantage of these poor girls, but I was very progressive for the time and they earned eighty percent of their labors. Many ladies in this profession were from poor backgrounds, but were making their way out thanks to my protection and business acumen. Knowing a bit more about STD's than anyone else also helped keep repeat customers. Thanks tenth grade sex-ed!

Well, that's enough water watching for now. I'd self-medicated earlier today and was starting to wear off. I made my way back to the boarding house and set about the business for the evening. Some ladies would work the corners about town, some the parlor of the house for callers. Things had been much more perilous of late with a series of attacks for the last two months. I'd brought the ladies back to work in the parlor only. A few hours after dark, a well-dressed gentleman had come in to inquire about some companionship. He'd worn his hat low and looked down, as did most of my clients not wanting to be caught. I told him I'd get a few girls together and he said he's step outside for a smoke while I did so. I gathered the girls and went to fetch him.

As I approached him, he was humming a familiar tune, though I couldn't place it at the time. I brought him back in and after a thorough inspection, he selected Mary Jane. A red-haired beauty of about twenty-five. She was relatively new, but was very popular among the clients. They sat and talked for a few minutes on our parlor sofa after the other girls left. Mary Jane came back over to me and said they'd be stepping out for dinner as part of the arrangement before returning to finish things up. They departed and I still couldn't get that tune out of my head. Da da da dut dat dat da.....then it struck me. It was the Beatles' Blackbird. The gentleman must have also been a time traveler. I figured we'd chat when he returned from dinner. Sadly, that was not to be, as Mary Jane Kelly turned up dead in Miller's Court, the fifth victim of Jack the Ripper.

This was absolutely the worst day of my life, if only there was something I could do, to go back and warn her. But there was...I'm a frickin' time traveler. I began to journal all that I needed to convey, setting up a pension and arrangements for future me, and THIS TIME, I was going to get it RIGHT.

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The politics or lack thereof in the ST

World News Reddit - 6 hours 30 min ago

I think part of why the ST doesn't really speak to me is because it refuses to show any politics. It doesn't really give any explanation of the situation nor do we see political machinations. First Order is just Empire 2.0 and Resistance is Rebellion 2.0. Good army guys vs bad army guys skirmishes. Supposedly a lot of good stuff is alluded to in the new canon novels, for example Leia being exposed as Darth Vader's daughter, Mon Mothma's pacifist defense reduction, Leia forming the Resistance as a secret private army, the workings of The New Republic, how the First Order formed, how Snoke got to be the leader etc.

I'm saying a lot of this stuff should've been happening on screen or at least get some expository dialogue, to get a sense of originality, story-expanding continuity and world building. People still discuss the machinations of the Clone Wars and Civil War. Those are far more complex and interesting conflicts because more attention was spent on the politics instead of only the battles. ST era feels like a hollow and nostalgia inspired re-telling of the OT , not like a genuine telling of "what happened next" in the GFFA.

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