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Kaner came up to me and said, ‘you had two tonight?’ And I said yeah, and he goes, ‘all right, I’m gonna get it to you’, and he did.” - Ryan Hartman, 1st career hat trick 

Shit That Happened Sophomore Year of College

since my crazy freshman year post was a big hit, I thought you guys might enjoy a list of some of the weird things that happened this year! Enjoy!

  • someone yelling “BALL SACKS” at the tops of their lungs in the dorm hall while the clock tower chimed ominously in the distance
    • update: door slams five hours later, accompanied by a very annoyed “ball sacks, again”
    • update: week and a half later, someone slammed open the stairwell door, shouted “SUNDAY MORNING! BALL SACKS!” and then slammed it shut and ran down the stairs
    • update: it’s been 8 months. Every time I think the ball sacks guy is finally done, he shows up again at a random hour on a random day and shouts “BALL SACKS” down the hall for no known reason. I am frightened to try and learn more at this point.
  • those two semi-drunk guys on a Tuesday evening that were on a third floor balcony serenading some guys on a second floor balcony with Bohemian Rhapsody
  • that person who was laying face-down on the sidewalk in front of the University Center while crying and his friend was sitting next to him, gently patting him on the back (#same)
  • 2turmt
  • my first real injury in a sword fight
  • people slingshotting shirts off the roof of the English building
  • this conversation with my friend
    • “Get turnt. But get turnt responsibly.”
    • “Life motto.”
    • “Get it embroidered on a throw pillow.”
  • overheard in the library
    • “I dunno, I just don’t think I want to catch them all.”
    • “But you GOTTA catch ‘em all, bro! Don’t make me sing at you!”
  • the guy sitting in the parking lot outside of my dorm, smoking a joint in his car with a plastic skeleton wearing a bridal veil in the passenger seat
  • the RedBull guerrilla marketing teams that would wander around campus giving out free drinks because the campus store only has Monster
  • “You don’t understand, this malleophone is more valuable than my life.”
  • my ASL professor using a picture of Kanye West to teach us the sign for egotistical/big-headed
  • the former Swiss Army Knife CEO subbing for my management class and going on a small rant about Google buying and selling Motorola so much
  • The Smoking Bandit who almost killed me on a Tuesday night, and who cussed me out at 3:30 am a week later, but ended it with “love you!!!”
  • The Sexy Lumberjack Twins
  • conversation a day before the presidential election with my section leader
    • “What are you doing?”
    • “Crocheting. Avoiding news outlets.”
    • “Solid plan.”
  • overheard in line to get breakfast the Sunday before finals
    • “So then he calls me at like 3 am looking for weed and I’m like? Oh my god, no, let me finish this paper I don’t have any weed right now.”
  • “I know he’s kind of a fuckboi, but like… a fuckable fuckboi, you know?”
  • the beer stash in the locker room during spring semester that was liberally used before 10 am
  • “There’s pizza being neglected over here!” -instant mad scramble for the table-
  • overheard on the shared balcony attached to my room
    • “Siri, what the FUCK”
  • before a painfully early class
    • “I can’t recall where my phone is.”
    • “There’s a pun in there somewhere, who wants to take it?”
    • “Give me 20 minutes to finish my coffee first.”
  • LGBT Studies professor: “my gay agenda is maple syrup”
  • “I’m an American college student, I point and laugh at serving sizes.”
  • that time I slowly and dramatically flipped the bird at a classmate in the middle of my big presentation and the prof couldn’t even get mad about it because i had good reason
  • that theater teacher who still wears a kilt every day getting a tandem bicycle for no discernible reason
  • “It’s the oboe… of love.”
  • the Numa Numa song echoing across campus on a Monday afternoon like the ghosts of memes past
  • that time I’m 80% sure someone got a blowjob in the bathroom stall while I was taking a shower. It was 9:30 pm on a Thursday.
  • me to my friend with 3 stitches in his arm: “please be more careful on future midnight cheese runs”
  • the heated discussion between some of the music majors in the row in front of me before a faculty concert on the best butts in the department
  • actually this would be a good time to mention that some of the music business majors put together one of those Sexy Guys calendars (you know the kind, usually featuring firefighters and/or puppies) made up of the Hottest Guys™ within the music dept. I’m will waiting to find out where I can order one because I want to laugh at them all.
  • my music appreciation prof: “Using similes with toddlers is wild, I tell you. I was sick over break and told me 3 year old that I felt like I had been hit by a truck, and he asked me what color it was.”
  • this conversation I had with a wind player
    • “Why are you calling [the oboe professor] Bilbro Baggins?”
    • “Because we realized that the mocking name we used to call him had the same number of syllables as Bilbro Baggins, and he seems to respond to Bilbro even worse than to Obro.”
  • the tenors trying desperately to sing a bass part from a YouTube clip of an opera and failing miserably
  • the day of a big concert
    • And I have to go to goddamn Portland this weekend!”
    • “Which one?”
    • “The goddamn one!”
    • “…I meant which coast but yeah, okay.”
  • that Eastern European guy who just… shows up sometimes in front of the UC to sell overpriced posters
  • #laundryday
    • “Wow, you look really nice today! I like your leggings!”
    • “Thanks I ran out of clean pants this morning.”
  • “If you’re going to whistle something in this [the music] building, I’m gonna have to request something more original than Vivaldi’s Spring.”
  • “The art majors are trying to burn down the soccer field.”
    • “What, again?”
  • LGBT Prof: “Can you guys rec me some modern gay songs because all of my gay songs are from the 70s and 80s.”
  • Also LGBT Prof: “I’ve got sixty years of lesbian exes coming through for me, and most of them aren’t even my exes, actually.”
  • overheard in the library: “The gender neutral term for sugar daddy is glucose guardian.”
  • LGBT Prof brought in rainbow goldfish on the last day and the entire class cheered
  • “Shakespeare was a punk-ass bitch and, as an English major, I feel it is well within my rights to say that whenever I damn well please.”
  • I almost walked straight into a pole during finals week because I was falling asleep while walking. Don’t let the internet make you think sleep deprivation is cool and trendy, kids.
  • “Okay, so while you guys are taking the final, I’ll be up here on my computer. It’s gonna look like I’m writing comments on reports, but really I’m just surfing the web.”
slightly weird wind player practice tip of the day

working on a piece with lots of technical sections and very little room to breathe? play it after running in circles or doing jumping jacks or push-ups, or just any other physical exercise that’ll get you out of breath. then mark the places where you had to take a breath while playing it, and practice it over and over breathing in those same places every time. 

@taibhsearachd: Incidentally, do you have any idea what that one pink piece of sand in the third picture is? Is that a rock or a shell or a weird bit of glass…? (I just like to know things.)

I assume you’re asking about this bit, which I have highlighted using all the arcane powers MS Paint has laid at my disposal.

(Side note, I opened up the picture, grimaced at the quality, and then spent a minute or two rolling the jar around in my hands trying to see if I could get a better look … I was not successful. There is a lot of sand in there. There are one or two really red grains, and a few more of this vaguely pinkish style, but I digress.)

So, is it a rock or a shell or a weird bit of glass? The short answer is that I am not entirely sure, but I think it’s a bit of shell. Here are my reasons:

First up, it’s almost certainly not a rock. 

  • For one thing, the whole grain looks pretty homogenous (like it’s all the same stuff). 
  • For another, the largest grains in this sample are maybe 0.5 mm across (it’s after 8 pm, so I don’t know what that is in inches). 
  • While you can have rock grains forming sand of this size (the black sand from Jokulsarlon is a good example, most of that is just teeny tiny shards of basalt), the rocks around Loch Ard Gorge are old sedimentary rocks, so any grains weathered out of them are going to be single-mineral grains.

Secondly, probably not a weird bit of glass, based on colour (weird for glass), grain size and sample location.

  • Grain size is a bit too small for glass to hold up, it tends to fall apart once you grind it down to much less than the finer gravel sizes.
  • It’s because of the lack of crystal structure. Glass is amorphous, even though it’s made of the same stuff as quartz, it doesn’t have that regular repeating lattice to help it hold together in the face of weathering once your surface area:volume ratio passes a certain point.
  • Regarding sample location, Loch Ard Gorge is on a fairly isolated stretch of coast (I mean, except for all the people buzzing past along the Great Ocean Road, but that’s not quite my point). 
  • it’s an isolated little beach at the base of some cliffs in a national park. If there were any glass in the sand, I would expect it to be green or brown (there were shipwrecks there, once upon a time)

It’s probably not quartz either, based on the way the light shines through it. I can’t really explain this one beyond I have looked at a lot of sediments under a microscope and it’s just… not quite right.

  • Actually no I did have a point here, if you compare it to the other more obvious quartz grains (ie. the clear ones) you will see that our little pink friend is nowhere near as well rounded. They just don’t match.

Which brings me to probably a shell. There’s quite a few bits of shell in this pic. My favourite is probably the weird little laddery looking one down and to the left of our pink friend. Some notes about the other bits of shell:

  • Weird, irregular shapes, not smooth and round like the quartz grains. Much more tendency to lumpiness (this can be partly attributed to the fact that shell is slightly soluble).
  • Comes in different colours. Like I said before, there’s little red and purple bits in this sand (not pictured here).

Our little pink friend looks almost translucent in this photo, but I think that’s just a trick of the light. There’s another picture on my phone which is not as well focused, and it definitely looks much more opaque. So yeah. Almost definitely a bit of shell I think.

Ten Greatest R&B Bands of All-Time

Ten Greatest R&B Bands of All-Time From About Entainment

1. Earth, Wind & Fire

Founded by Maurice White (who passed away February 3, 2016 at the age of 74) in Chicago in 1969, Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the greatest bands in music history. The group has sold over 100 million albums, including three triple platinum and two double platinum albums. Known as “The Elements of the Universe,” EW&F combines elements of African music, Latin music, R&B, jazz, and rock into a unique sound featuring the dynamic lead voice of Philip Bailey. Recording for over 40 years, the group has won six Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, four American Music Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Earth, Wind & Fire’s concerts are legendary. In the 1970s and 1980s, the group featured amazing illusions, including bass player Verdine White performing while being levitated above the stage, and the members appearing and vanishing in transparent cylinders as if they were traveling through space via the Star Trek transporter beam. Earth, Wind & Fire has recorded numerous classics over five decades, including “After The Love Has Gone (1979), "Shining Star” (1975), and “That’s The Way of the World” (1975).

2. The Isley Brothers

Recording for over 50 years, The Isley Brothers began as a vocal trio in the 1950s in Cincinnati, Ohio with Ronald Isley as lead singer performing with brothers Rudolph and O'Kelly Isley. The group expanded to six members in 1973 with their 3 + 3 album. Younger brothers Ernie lsley (guitar) and Marvin Isley (bass) joined the group along with Rudolph’s brother-in-law, Chris Jasper (keyboards).

The Isley Brothers have released four double platinum, six platinum, and four gold albums. Seven of their singles have reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart. Two of their songs, “Shout,” and Twist and Shout.“ were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Isleys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. They have also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

3. Parliament-Funkadelic

George Clinton is the legendary leader of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic which record separately and perform together in concert. Parliament began in the 1960s in New Jersey as a doo-wop vocal group called The Parliaments, and Funkadelic served as their band. The Parliaments eventually evolved into a mainstream funk group under the name Parliament, and Funkadelic assumed its own identity as a psychedelic soul group inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Sly & The Family Stone. Known collectively as Parliament-Funkadelic, P-Funk became the most outrageous African-American band of the 1970s and 80s, famous for landing the "Mothership” on stage during 4 hour marathon concerts. Mastermind Clinton is a genius lyricist who is idolized in the hip-hop world, and his talented musicians, especially keyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Bootsy Collins (from James Brown’s band), and guitarists Michael Hampton, Eddie Hazel, and Gary Shider are worshipped by rock fans.

Parliament-Funkadelic hit number one five times on the Billboard R&B singles chart, including “Flash Light” (1978), “One Nation Under A Groove” (1978), and “(Not Just) Knee Deep” (1979). P-Funk was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

4. Kool & The Gang

Formed in 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Kool & The Gang has been performing for over 50 years. Led by bass player Robert “Kool” Bell, the group began as a jazz instrumental band before transitioning into R&B and funk. Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million records, including five platinum, three gold, and one double platinum album (Emergency in 1984). Its eight number one singles include “Celebration” (1980), “Ladies’ Night” (1979), “and "Joanna” (1983). Their honors include five American Music Awards, a Soul Train Legend Award, and a Grammy for Album of the Year for Saturday Night Fever (which included their song, “Open Sesame”).

5. Sly & the Family Stone

Formed in 1967 in San Francisco by Sylvester Stewart, Sly & The Family Stone was one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 70s. They were the leaders of the “psychedelic soul” movement, combining R&B and rock into their own unique sound. The Family Stone were trailblazers with their integrated, multi-gender lineup. Their unforgettable performance at the historic Woodstock Festival in 1969 elevated their stature to one of the most revered acts in the world.

The group released three platinum albums, including the five times platinum Greatest Hits in 1970. They also recorded four number one singles including “Everyday People” (1968), “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (1969), and “Family Affair” (1971). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

6. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

The group Maze featuring Frankie Beverly began as Raw Soul in Philadelphia in 1970. After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, they were discovered by Marvin Gaye who renamed the band, Maze. Beginning with their 1977 self-titled debut release, all of their eight studio albums have been certified gold, plus their 1981 Live In New Orleans album. Maze has two number one singles, “Back In Stride” in 1985, and “Can’t Get Over You” in 1989. Their signature song, “Before I Let Go,” only reached number 13 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1981, however, it is one of the greatest live party jams of all-time. Now in its fifth decade, Maze continues to be one of the top touring attractions in R&B, and is a favorite of the annual

7. The Commodores

Formed in 1968 on the campus of Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, The Commodores were one of the most successful R&B acts in he mid 1970s and early 1980s. Prior to releasing their first album Machine Gun on Motown Records in 1974, the band toured in 1971 as the opening act for The Jackson Five. With Lionel Richie as lead vocalist, the group recorded four number one albums, and six number one singles, including “Three Times Lady” (1978), “Easy” (1977), and “Still” (1979). After Richie left for a solo career, The Commodores won their first Grammy Award in 1986: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Nightshift.”

8. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan recorded four gold and two platinum albums, including four number one albums, in the 1970s. The band hit the top of the Billboard R&B singles chart five times, including “Sweet Thing” (1975), “Do You Love What You Feel,” (1979) and “Ain’t Nobody” (1983) which won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Their first hit single, “Tell Me Something Good,” composed by Stevie Wonder, also won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Khan left the group for a solo career in 1978, however she reunited with the band for the 1983 album, Stompin’ at the Savoy – Live.

9. Cameo

In 1974, Larry Blackmon formed the group New York City Players which became one of the greatest funk bands known as Cameo. From 1979-1988, the group recorded eight gold and one platinum albums. It also reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart four times, including two consecutive chart topping songs in 1987, “Word Up!” and “Candy.” In 1987 and 1988, Cameo won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group, and two Soul Train Music Awards: Best R&B/Soul Single - Group, Band or Duo (“Word Up!”), and Best R&B/Soul Album - Group, Band or Duo (Word Up!)

10. The Ohio Players

The Ohio Players dominated the mid 1970s with four consecutive number one albums on the Billboard R&B chart (including three platinum) Skin Tight (1974), Fire (1974), Honey (1975), and Contradiction (1976). The band also recorded five chart topping singles, including “Funky Worm” (1973), “Sweet Sticky Thing” (1975), “Love Rollercoaster” (1975). In addition to their distinctive, funkified sound, The Ohio Players were famous for the most erotic album covers

The Instruments As Pokemon

Piccolo: Jigglypuff

Flute: Butterfree

Clarinet: Meowth

Bass Clarinet: Tentacool

Oboe: Oddish

English Horn: Doduo

Bassoon: Clefairy

Soprano Sax: Poliwag

Alto Sax: Magikarp

Tenor Sax: Nidoran

Bari Sax: Beedrill

Horn: Eevee

Trumpet: Tauros

Trombones: Charmander

Baritone: Pidgeot

Tuba: Exploud

Violin: Squirtle

Viola: Ghastly

Cello: Growlithe

Bass: Koffing

Piano: Mewtwo

Organ: Abra

Mallet Percussion: Ninetails

Drums: Drowzee

Guitar: Lapras

Ukulele: Horsea

Kazoo: Paras

Boomwhackers™: Entei

Recorder: Pidgey

Dear Anyone Who Says Marching Band Isn’t A Sport

I set aside 3-4 weeks of my summer to work the same amount of time as a full time job in order to practice perfect our show. This is time I could be spending making money, or, I don’t know, actually using my summer as a time of tranquility and fun.

But marching band isn’t a sport.

I stretch, build, and destroy muscles I didn’t even know I had. Do you know how hard it is to roll your feet, square your shoulders, and “hold the quarter” all at the same time? At the end of the week I know every single person in our team band is so sore they can hardly walk. When I wake up Tuesday morning, after only been marching for a day, my arms and legs ache like nothing else. And I still get out there and do it for another 3 days. Because that’s what it takes to perfect our show.

But marching band isn’t a sport.

Do you know how many of us experience dehydration throughout marching band? We get outside and soak through our clothes while standing at attention, only to get a handfull of water breaks. Do you know the level of exhaustion we experience after a full day of marching? I get home every day and almost immediately pass out, even when trying to resist the urge to sleep. And I know this is the case for all of my friends in band as well. People use the word “exhausted” all the time, but what we are dealing with is literal exhaustion. I can come home from marching band and sleep for fourteen hours and still be tired when I wake up the next morning at 7:00 so I can do it all again.

But marching band isn’t a sport.

Do you know the weather we have to deal with? During early autumn, it is still hot as balls outside when we go out and march. In our giant uniforms. I wouldn’t want to be the one cleaning those because I know just how much sweat gets in there. Seriously though, it’s not funny how hot it gets. But it’s not just the heat we experience. We also march during late autumn and even winter. It gets to freezing temperatures and we’re outside for a good three hours, only getting colder by the minute. And in those moments, our uniforms, which made it seemingly 20 degrees hotter, provide little to no heat at all.

But marching band isn’t a sport.

Do you know how difficult it is to march and play the music at the same time? The majority of us are wind players. Think about this: the whole time we’re on the field, we are barely breathing. It is actually encouraged to breathe as little as possible and it makes it EVER so much more difficult to march without being able to breathe. There’s the drumline, who has to constantly be watching the drum majors and subdivide while marching, because if they mess up, the whole band will be a wreck. Then there’s pit. Yes, they’re not marching. Okay. Do you know how difficult pit’s music is? Probably three times harder than what anyone else has. So before you try to use the handful of pit players we have against us as to why marching band is trivial, know that they’re putting in just as much work as the whole band. And don’t even get me started on the colorguard. They have to do just as many different kinds of things as the band does. Do you know how difficult it is to throw a flag in the air and catch it, much less make it attractive? And they have to deal with the pressure that any mistake they make will be seen by the whole audience, whether they understand music or not.

But marching band isn’t a sport.

Yes, you’re totally correct. Marching band isn’t a sport because it doesn’t consist of two teams or persons actively trying to be in control of a ball. We just go on a field and play music.

Acid Bathhouse

What you need to know: an elemental wizard living in an abandoned bath house has become mind controlled by a parasitic psyker, mold growing on her/his brain. This occurred during experimentation with acid mold/fungus or is a fluke occurrence. The psychic mold wants to destroy all life except mold/fungus and is forcing the wizard to unleash acidic mold/fungus onto towns and ecosystems eating everything away till there is only goo.

Premise: Acidic mold/fungus is growing on buildings/tree/vegetation, slowly dissolving the structure/plants till destruction or death occurs. It has become rampant and is spreading to neighboring towns through mold spores carried by the wind. The players can even come across dead wildlife layered in mold, their guts eaten away by acid.
Recently, it has even begun infecting people, their skin turns green and rots away as acid dissolves their bones.

Note: this is an acid disease that deals 1 damage a day at first, then progresses dealing more damage in shorter increments of time - 2 damage a day, 5 damage an hour, 10 damage a min, etc. It needs cure disease to cure.

Locals are desperate for answers and will pay everything they can if someone can find the source of this outbreak and put it to an end. This is a good chance to offer that magic item or information the players really want or need.

For added fun, you also have the ground water contaminated with acid, making it deadly to drink, giving the players only days to solve the problem before they die of thirst.

For additional challenge, you can have a ranger/druid order coming to burn everything to the ground and even kill the people to stop this acid mold from spreading, forcing players to both hold off druids and rangers while finding the source of the acid mold at the same time.


1 - in the middle of a lake/pond, a gray marble building rests atop a hill of green mold and mushroom patches.

  • A – lake/pond is acidic, dealing X D6 acid damage to anyone who enters.
  • There is an illusion of gold/glowing weapon at the bottom of the pond, placed there as a trap

  • B - hillside is layered in mostly harmless acid mold that eats away at the players boots slowly, but does little else
  • The acid mushroom patches spit acid, give the clusters a set of hit points and one spit attack for X D6 acid damage.

  • C - bathhouse is built of dissolving gray marble, eaten away by layers of green acid mold. However, it is sill structurally sound, nor is there any holes in the walls.

  • D - a marble walkway leads through rows of marble pillars and statues (local hero/legend of the past/god), they are caked in acid mold and already half-dissolved.
  • The front door is only scarps of dissolved iron with a blanket of mold covering the entrance.
  • If any player touches the mold, they take X D6 acid damage on touch and contract the acid disease.

2 - gray marble room contains 4 baths built into the floor. The floors and walls are layered in green acidic mold.

  • A - acid/mold fills the tubs. If players touch the contents, they receive X D6 acid damage and contract the acid disease

  • B - the acidic mold on the floor is much stronger than the mold outside. It eats players’ boots on contact in one round.
    Note: if players touch the acid, they receive X D6 acid damage and contract the acid disease. This forces the players to find a solution to cross the floor.

  • C - the front door is only scarps of dissolved iron with a blanket of mold covering the entrance. If any player touches the mold, they take X D6 acid damage on touch and contract the acid disease.

3 - gray marble room. In the center of the chamber stands a gray marble stature of a human woman in a dress with four faces, one facing each direction. There is no noticeable exit to the chamber.

  • A - when players enter the room, the statue spits acids from all four faces in a spray/cone attack
  • The acid dissolves 1 mundane item – clothing/backpack/weapon, etc for any player that gets hit and also receives X D6 acid damage
  • Once the players enter, the statue continues to spray every X rounds till the players leave- It draws from the pond outside and is virtually endless. The walls are acid resistent, similar to a wall of force.

  • B - one of the walls will slide open if a players tries to find secret doors or pry it open. This will lead to room 4
    Note: for added difficulty, you can have walls and floor layered in acidic mold as per room 2

4 - gray marble room with an iron door leading out. Basins are cut into the floor filled with acid. Large green tinted jars with glass toppers rest at the bottom.

  • A - basins are filled with acid, dealing X D6 acid damage upon touch

  • B - the jars are so tinted, they cannot be seen into and therefor must be opened
  • The contents inside contain the wizard’s treaures: coins/potions/scroll/magic items/etc

  • C - the door is locked and need to either be brute forced through or unlocked.

5 - a corridor of gray stone ends in a thick iron door with a small funnel jutting out from the center. There is a cupboard cut into the walls to the left of the door with 5 jars of acid on each of 2-5 shelves.

  • A - the door is at least a meter thick and 1000s of kilograms, making it almost impossible to open by brute strength. The players must pour the acids into the funnel from weakest to strongest or reverse to open the door

  • B - the jars containing acid can be color coded for ease: blue/green/yellow/orange/red, or all the same if you want to increase difficulty
  • There should be several sets so if the players screw up, they have several backup chances.
  • This puzzle should force the players to test the acid on equipment or themselves to find the strength of each.
    Note: the acid damage should be around d6 blue, 2d6 green, 3d6 yellow, 4d6 orange, 5d6 red
    For added difficulty. you can have walls and floor layered in acidic mold as per room 2

6 - a gray stone chamber with shelves and tables adorned in bottles of colored liquid, clay pots of mold and fungus and other various tools. In the back, a naked humanoid covered head to toe in green glowing fungus works tirelessly pouring liquid from bottles into the clay pots and only stops once the players step inside, and becomes aggressive. The creature is a human wizard of any level you deem fair, but also has a few upgraded abilities form the psyker mold.
Mundane weapons melt upon her/his flesh as the acids eats it away instantly.
All elemental spells now do acid damage, lighting bolt equals acid bolt, fire ball equals acid ball The wizard gets an acid vomit attack every 3 rounds, spraying the room in acid. It deals X D6 acid damage equal to half the dice of the wizards level plus dissolves up to 2 mundane items and infects the players with the acid disease.

Note: for added difficulty you can have a few acid mushroom patches growing in the room that spit acid or release acidic choking spores, dealing acid damage and stunning the player for a round.

When the wizard dies, he bursts in a radius, spraying all the players in acid, dealing X D6 acid damage, destroying 1 mundane item and infecting the players with the acid disease.

  • A - the potions found in this chamber can be magically useful as per potion chart or only regents for alchemy, its your choice.

End: the acid begins to dilute over time and without the psychic mold, the spores soon dies, no longer spreading. All infected parties with the acid disease sill need cure disease to be healed, however.

If you want to increase difficulty, you can have the acid still remain, forcing the players to find a way to neutralize it.

Maybe the psychic mold isn’t dead or the last of its kind and is in fact spreading, becoming a parasite to more people, turning them into acid mold zombies.

Maybe the magically engineered mold mutates to  more powerful versions or increases in potency, turning the entire ecosystem into a stew of acid.

Maybe the druid/ranger order isn’t satisfied the threat is being dealt with and starts burning and killing the infected.

Regardless, have fun and hope to see you again soon.

Non-spoilery pre-release thoughts.

OK so I haven’t finished my 10 hours of Andromeda yet, but I’ve gotten as far as the trial allows me for the main story and I’ve got like one hour left of pre-release play anyway.

For those on the tag/those who missed my earlier post, I ended up getting Origin access just for the trial because the “OMG ANDROMEDA IS GOING TO BE AWFUL AND BIOWARE IS RUINED FOREVER” talk was really starting to get to me after I saw the bad face animations. Didn’t want to wait a week because I’ve been excited for Andromeda ever since before ME3′s DLC came out. While I was super hyped and had high hopes, at the same time, I thought I had fairly realistic expectations (”Yeah Bioware’s not perfect this isn’t a bad thing” instead of the “OH GOD I’M NOT GONNA BUY THIS GAME BECAUSE BIOWARE KICKS PUPPIES” bullshit I was seeing around) but… yeah.

It was really getting to me.

So here’s some dot points, no spoilers, under the cut. This covers character creator, face animations, world exploration, and narrative, without any spoilers. Any possible spoilers are referred to so vaguely you’ll have no chance of putting anything together, so don’t worry.

I also have a bit at the bottom covering things I really like about this game.

TL;DR – Guys. It’s fine, it’s okay, it really is. Chill. These issues exist, but they’re tiny ass things you’ll barely notice, like in every other game ever. You’ll love Andromeda, you really will. Yeah, it is DA:I in Space, but it’s also not – it’s DA:I in space, but better.

Honestly, these issues are fucking terrifying when you’re hyped up and can’t see the game for yourself yet and everyone’s nitpicking about these dumbass tiny things like they’re Huge Fucking Issues, but when you do play you won’t run into them nearly as often as people made you think, and when you do see them you’ll shrug and move on and forget about them ten seconds later, like you do about 99% of glitches you run into in other games. 

You’re not gonna hate the game just because Jallo’s legs clip into his seat or Addison stared at you way more blankly than any other character or something, for fuck’s sake.

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