1) Why do I regularly have to reboot my router? This has happened with every router I have ever owned, on every ISP, so it appears to be either something endemic to home networks, or something I personally am doing wrong. The former seems more likely, as the last two routers were set up by <lj user="dejapes"> and the cable guy.
2) I know I have to reboot my router when every webpage I attempt to load produces an error (I usually use the Google page to check). Weirdly, whatever it is that causes this does *not* affect the p2p connections formed by BitComet. Why?
Anyway, that aside, I had a brilliant idea: use Lego instead of miniatures for D&D campaigns! Sure, they only have pre-made figures for humanoids, but c'mon! What six-year-old didn't make 5-headed dragon-buffaloes out of their Legos?*
I have compiled a list of things I would need, and yeah, it's mostly doable. The main obstacle, rather surprisingly, turns out to be treasure chests. With the discontinuation of Lego Pirates, those are *really* hard to come by... until I checked eBay. You can get a metric fuckload (which is 3.4 Imperial fuckloads, or 10 metric buttloads) of them for less than $10. Of course, it's eBay, so it's like $850,000.19 for shipping.
Wizards are a pain, too, but also available on eBay, it seems.
Alas, checking eBay is always a bad idea... I found Ramagon. The original Big Box of Random Parts, like I had when I was a kid. Most of you have probably never heard of it -- it's undeniably obscure. Basically, it's this. A bunch of plastic rods that plug into these polyhedral (26-hedra, uniform but irregular) balls, and faceplates that snap into triangular or square groupings of rods. Three important details make Ramagon insanely awesome:
1) It is ridiculously easy to set up one of the ball joints to be capable of rotating.
2) There were these little yellow clips that you could use to connect ball joints directly, allowing them to rotate at angles to each other.
3) Some of the faceplates had Lego bumps.
I am but a man. Prick me, do I not bleed? Tickle me, do I not laugh? Present me with the original 150-piece Ramagon set** for under $30 including shipping from a high-rated seller with lots of sales, do I not click Buy Now?
This, however, is but a distraction from the primary goal: Lego D&D. Launching the campaign, as near as I can tell, requires a bag of parts I assembled and some baseplates, total of $75. Ouch. But if I wanted to do it justice? I'd need this.
This will never happen: I am much, much to cheap to ever consider buying all that stuff. Well... maybe in installments, slowly. But that requires dedicating myself to a campaign, which requires a stable of players. I've currently, well, not got any. Maybe, since I'm contractually required to go to AUSA (the girlfriend is on panels) I'll recruit some at cnorgard's BESM campaign. You're still doing that, right, C?
Hell, maybe somebody'll join that has Legos they're willing to donate to the cause.
Anyway... this is me pondering.
*Technically, me, but I grew incredibly adept at making elaborate and aggressive spaceship designs out of the half-dozen minikits and the random-bucket-o'-parts I had.
**The one I used to make the big spacedock for the spaceships, with the multiple independently rotating docking platforms and the one retractable platform on top.