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    Who or what is punal?
    It's a play on 'penal' system - basically a part of the criminal justice system revolving around corrections and administering things like parole. Basically, making sure that penalties are administered correctly. (I might be slightly off on this, I'm not particularly well versed in the judicial system.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataNinja View Post
    It's a play on 'penal' system - basically a part of the criminal justice system revolving around corrections and administering things like parole. Basically, making sure that penalties are administered correctly. (I might be slightly off on this, I'm not particularly well versed in the judicial system.)
    Ok. Anyway I don't like Fathers Day because my father did a lot of bad things in my family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartmanhomer View Post
    Ok. Anyway I don't like Fathers Day because my father did a lot of bad things in my family.
    Aw, that's really say. I really like Father's Day now, because my dad died way back when I was a teenager and I missed him like crazy, but now I have my own little buddy to love on and try to be as good a dad to as mine was to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    Aw, that's really sad. I really like Father's Day now, because my dad died way back when I was a teenager and I missed him like crazy, but now I have my own little buddy to love on and try to be as good a dad to as mine was to me.
    Yes he was a drug addict. He vicious beat up my older brother when I was very young. He's definitely wasn't father material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    What else do you expect from the punal system?
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    Today was my first time as a DM that my players went off-script. I feel like I've passed some kind of baptism by fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peelee View Post
    What else do you expect from the punal system?
    I could be sent to a punal colony.

    Quote Originally Posted by DataNinja View Post
    It's a play on 'penal' system - basically a part of the criminal justice system revolving around corrections and administering things like parole. Basically, making sure that punalties are administered correctly. (I might be slightly off on this, I'm not particularly well versed in the judicial system.)
    first, FIFY. Second, yes, you have it right as to what the system is.
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    Ok. Anyway I don't like Fathers Day because my father did a lot of bad things in my family.
    I understand your pain. My father was quite a scoundrel too. He was deported.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Today was my first time as a DM that my players went off-script. I feel like I've passed some kind of baptism by fire.
    Nah, that's just an average session. The trial by fire is when the players start to be more evil than the campaign villain.

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    My players once tried to resurrect a dragon in modern day London to help them take down a politician they all hated. The plan seemed to be to threaten to burn the city down unless he resigned*.

    Only one party member even had a lead on what was going to be the actual result of the ritual (the next human to die within several miles of the Thames gets turned into a spirit of the river and given a serpentine form. This results in a flood a couple of hours after the ritual is completed, followed by the party suddenly being on The New Inquisition's **** list, an incredibly powerful monster being very interested in them, and the Dipsomancer's bar suffering serious damage). Unfortunately the game fell apart before we got that far.

    * To be fair, he did have the ability to control the minds of those under thirty.


    On that note, Unknown Armies draws out the worst in GMs. Then again the players decided to rob multiple museums without bothering to hide their faces (although that was them actually being on-script for once, multiple plot coupons were historical artefacts).

    There was also the time I was playing Unknown Armies, and we traumatised an Urbanomancer by sticking him in a cell and putting mud in the lock. Players aren't the most moral bunch of you remove the protagonist centered morality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelphas View Post
    So here I am, trapped in my laboratory, trying to create a Mechabeast that's powerful enough to take down the howling horde outside my door, but also won't join them once it realizes what I've done...twentieth time's the charm, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Today was my first time as a DM that my players went off-script. I feel like I've passed some kind of baptism by fire.
    Was this like.......your first day then errrrrrr. Just kidding. Congrats I guess, this happens to me like every other game night. (Part of the danger in running for kids I assume)
    We came to wreck everything, and ruin your life.....God sent us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insane Jeenyus View Post
    I could be sent to a punal colony.



    first, FIFY. Second, yes, you have it right as to what the system is.


    I understand your pain. My father was quite a scoundrel too. He was deported.
    I'm sorry to hear that. I guess we're both on the same boat.

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    Today was my first time as a DM that my players went off-script. I feel like I've passed some kind of baptism by fire.
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    * I cannot say fire to the tavern again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelphas View Post
    So here I am, trapped in my laboratory, trying to create a Mechabeast that's powerful enough to take down the howling horde outside my door, but also won't join them once it realizes what I've done...twentieth time's the charm, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Today was my first time as a DM that my players went off-script. I feel like I've passed some kind of baptism by fire.
    I'm still waiting for my first time as GM when the players don't go off-script. It's been five years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrell1978 View Post
    Was this like.......your first day then errrrrrr. Just kidding. Congrats I guess, this happens to me like every other game night. (Part of the danger in running for kids I assume)
    Second game. The first one was too linear with too few interactions to actually go off-script. But now they had to find a way to convince someone to do something.
    [QUOTE=Anonymouswizard;23977550]Nah, that's just an average session. The trial by fire is when the players start to be more evil than the campaign villain./QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Right now they’re helping a slaver weaken the guys they steal human work from.
    I said more evil, not as evil!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zelphas View Post
    So here I am, trapped in my laboratory, trying to create a Mechabeast that's powerful enough to take down the howling horde outside my door, but also won't join them once it realizes what I've done...twentieth time's the charm, right?
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    How about a Jovian Uplift stuck in a Case morph? it makes so little sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymouswizard View Post
    I said more evil, not as evil!
    But these aren’t the vilains, they were just supposed to be an excuse for the other guy to be hard to convince to lend his men to the project the PCs are backing.

    Edit: the bad guys were supposed to be a random gang of orcs and wargs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    the bad guys were supposed to be
    Ah, another DM experience you got!

    I remember this very short-lived campaign I ran, the main villain for the first part was a guard captain who was working the long con and set himself up for the big score, with part of the plan being to cover his escape by blowing up a warehouse of fireworks for the city's huge festival the next night. Big enough explosion to take out an entire city block, at least, with a huge amount of expected splash damage and fires outside the initial blast zone. He ended up going down easy, while the fuse he had going was surprisingly difficult. That rope ended up being the final boss, to everyone's mix of amusement and annoyance.
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    Did you turn it into a recurring antagonist?
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    Updated the 1st post now, so it should be more respectable.

    ION: the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I'm going to be heading into work to run some data analysis. Such is the life of a graduate studies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fyraltari View Post
    Did you turn it into a recurring antagonist?
    Nah, nobody to cast Raise Dead Mending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mith View Post
    Updated the 1st post now, so it should be more respectable.

    ION: the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I'm going to be heading into work to run some data analysis. Such is the life of a graduate studies.
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    Hello from Sunday evening, future-man!
    Natch, YOU are the future man. Not quite 1PM on Sunday for me.

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    Natch, YOU are the future man. Not quite 1PM on Sunday for me.
    It's ten to nine here, not 1PM. I ssumed it was monday morning for you, since you were headed for work.
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    Natch, YOU are the future man. Not quite 1PM on Sunday for me.
    If anything important happens, I can give you an hours advance warning. Not good enough for lotto drawings, sadly.
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    It's ten to nine here, not 1PM. I ssumed it was monday morning for you, since you were headed for work.
    Fair enough. The lament was the fact that I have to spend a weekend afternoon in a basement in front of a computer instead of outside with a book.

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    @Mith, you are on Mountain time, then? I am on central.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insane Jeenyus View Post
    @Mith, you are on Mountain time, then? I am on central.
    Yeah.

    Still didn't end the day where I wanted to be for work, but ce la vie. That's the problem when you are running something with a 5 minute run time, and need to stop and debug it. I'm not skilled enough to say that I can generate a smaller test set to have a faster run time to test things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mith View Post
    Yeah.

    Still didn't end the day where I wanted to be for work, but ce la vie. That's the problem when you are running something with a 5 minute run time, and need to stop and debug it. I'm not skilled enough to say that I can generate a smaller test set to have a faster run time to test things.
    that sounds like fun! (not!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SZbNAhL View Post
    I'm still waiting for my first time as GM when the players don't go off-script. It's been five years.
    The trick is to not have a script.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insane Jeenyus View Post
    that sounds like fun! (not!)
    It's not the worst thing. I was also grumbly because Friday and Saturday sort of blew up my sleep schedule that I had just gotten back on track.

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    The trick is to not have a script.
    Agreed. The other advantage is that emergent stories gives you the flexibility to not railroad your players.

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