Roleplay pacing in non-combat situations

So I am running the Baldur’s gate: Descent into Avernus module and my players are taking very long to approach certain situations. To set an example: There is a gate with two guards who are checking everyone who passes through. They need to get inside (because of their own choosing and also their own choice to do it through the gate specifically).

At this point the most talkative member of the group starts rattling over all these different strategies, some of the other members (2/5) are joining the discussion on how to do this. 30 minutes later we’re still at the gate having done nothing to get in but discuss strategies.

This can often take hour(s) to decide on a strategy. It seems like all of them love the freedom of play and strategizing how to approach a situation like this. Sadly, though, at the end of the session when we talk about that particular session they seem to all agree that that was boring. I don’t want to remove this RP encounters since I know some of them like this more than the combat but at the same time if all of them agree it’s too long I felt like I needed to do something…

I tried the following so far:

  • Making these RP encounters a small tad easier -> the players felt patronized since it felt easier than the rest of the campaign
  • Having an NPC who was following them help them -> can’t really bring up any ideas with inside information at which point im just in the middle of the discussion slowing it more down than speeding it up.
  • Use the environment to force them into a decision (gently) by RP’ing it (e.g. The guards see you mumbling in group and they grow suspicious, if you don’t do something they will come and investigate) -> they didn’t like that so they just moved away to discuss somewhere else.

I am not sure how to handle this and since they literally all are in agreement that these long discussions take too long I do wanna try and fix it, and yes telling them to keep it shorter if they don’t like it is something I did, but that resulted in a long discussion about wanting to keep all the freedom in the player’s hands.

I feel like 2/5 people in the group don’t really partake in these discussions (they seem a bit more shy) and the rest of the group simply feels bad for them yet doesn’t want to admit that and therefor claim they don’t like the long discussions either. So I’m just completely stuck…

I’ll gladly answer any questions and all that, and I’m still considering other options but any help or suggestions here would be greatly appreciated.

How do I manage combat situations without a physical map?

I am about to start running a new DnD campaign and for the first time in a long time I am running it at a table with pencil and paper, in recent years players have had there own laptops at the table, and I have run using roll20.

Prior to using online resources I ran my combat systems pretty free not worrying to much about movement speeds or displaying things out on a map but having now got used to players moving on the roll20 map I find that I missed an important aspect of combat.

The session this week is a one shot and in the medium term I have plans to order gridded paper and draw out my combat maps, and possibly look at getting some miniatures, what is the best way to manage tings like Player/NPC Monster positions without a physical gridded map or miniatures

PostgreSQL ignores implicit casts in some situations

The setup:

CREATE TYPE MY_ENUM AS ENUM ('a', 'b'); CREATE CAST (CHARACTER VARYING AS MY_ENUM) WITH INOUT AS IMPLICIT; CREATE TABLE t (x MY_ENUM); INSERT INTO t VALUES ('a'::MY_ENUM), ('b'::MY_ENUM); 

These work just fine, as expected:

INSERT INTO t VALUES ('a'); SELECT * FROM t WHERE x = 'a'; 

But these don’t:

PREPARE p(CHARACTER VARYING) AS SELECT * FROM t WHERE x = $  1; ;; error: operator does not exist: my_enum = character varying  CREATE FUNCTION f(ix CHARACTER VARYING, OUT ox MY_ENUM) AS $  $       SELECT * FROM t WHERE x = ix $  $   LANGUAGE sql; ;; error: operator does not exist: my_enum = character varying  CREATE FUNCTION f(ix CHARACTER VARYING) RETURNS VOID AS $  $   BEGIN     SELECT * FROM t WHERE input_type = ix; END; $  $   LANGUAGE plpgsql;  SELECT f('piano'); ;; error: operator does not exist: my_enum = character varying 

According to the documentation, "If the cast is marked AS IMPLICIT then it can be invoked implicitly in any context, whether assignment or internally in an expression."

So why the errors?

Embed Iframe inside a Facebook post to allow users in emergency situations to report us

My company has the need to collect emergency data from our Facebook page fans.
We are doing an experiment to allow some users who are located very far from emergency services to report their cases on our Facebook page (very long story).

So we want to place an iframe with a form that was optimized for a very long time.

I saw an app that is doing that: https://quiz-app.co/

But I don’t have a clue how they did that.

Thanks

[ Gender Studies ] Open Question : Why are women expected to wear skirts and dresses in formal situations like the evening news where they used to wear women’s suits?

And I’m not just referring to Fox News Channel. Since 2006 or so, adult female newscasters have been sucked back to the to the black and white era standards which they already fought so hard to get out of by whatever satanic traditionalists,¬† jews, or italians which are in charge of their wardrobes and hypnotizing them to embrace traditionalist uniformity with more gender dimorphism than what was previously encouraged. The evening news used to be somewhat about equality in terms of the male newscaster compared to the female one. Ever since the late 80’s through 2005 period ended, they have been sucked back into a late 1940’s time-warp. Even the men’s suits and hairstyles became more inhumane and ugly representing a tighter version of the Stock Market Crash. The overall intellect of the average male and female newscaster has declined as well since this traditionalist vs lgbtq period took off. And this directly corresponds with the majority of females in this current period which took off around 2006 wearing leggings over jeans and pants and the majority of women’s jeans and pants being based on leggings to distinguish them from men’s tight pants and increase gender dimorphism before the traditionalists went into a state of panic. This was put in effect by inhumane gay male fashion designers at the end of the 2000’s in order to enclown the woman. Before this women’s jeans and pants were closer to the way men’s tight jeans are designed right now. In the 1970’s, 1980’s, and early to mid 1990’s, men’s and women’s pants were only cut differently in the crotch to accommodate the genitals but the leg openings, fabric, and styles were the same for women and men. The style of jeans and the way they were cut was just the way things were. The late 1980’s, full 1990’s, and even the early to mid 2000’s advocated for this because that time was more about true equality than the late 2000’s and the miserable 2010’s ever was. So why did the norm change from women in the last 10 to 15 years dressing based more on being androgynous and equality to women going back to wearing traditionalist feminine dresses and skirts by expectation? Then my question is slightly altered but remains… Why do other women expect other women to wear skirts and dresses in formal situations like the evening news where they used to wear women’s suits? Why do they want so much civility and gender dimorphism where it was already dead before? Different issue. That’s been a widespread¬† problem since the late 1910’s or the 1929 stock market crash. Men never successfully challenged this expectation like the 2nd wave feminists did in the mid to late 20th century. And also look at what the hollywood jew director j.j. abrams did to the female uniform in the dumbed down jersey shore millennial / gen z version of Star Trek compared to how similar they were in Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek Voyager. Different issue. That’s been a widespread¬† problem since the late 1910’s or the 1929 stock market crash. Men never successfully challenged this expectation like the 2nd wave feminists did in the mid to late 20th century. Men’s suits have been designed that way since the beginning of the 20th century to make men look generic and prevent them from competing with each other. I’m male and I don’t wear the ugly suits designed for men. I wear black cardigan sweaters, solid t-shirts, and black denim. And the thing about women wearing gowns is subjective. Women wearing these elaborate designer dresses and skirts on the news was put into place to create civility and make everyone talk fake.You also didn’t address the other thing I pointed out about women’s pants and jeans being reconstructed at the end of the 2000’s and based on leggings to distinguish them from men’s tight pants throughout the 2010’s. In the 1970′, 1980’s, and early to mid 1990’s, men’s and women’s pants and jeans were only cut different in the crotch, but the leg openings, fabric thickness, and styles were more similar.Men’s jeans right now are about the same as women’s were in 2008 before they turned almost all women’s pants into a variation of leggings, some which are literally translucent and degrading to the woman’s body. Liar. Women were hypnotized and brainwashed by their inhumane boyfriends and husbands. They weren’t choosing it as far back as 40, 30, 20, or even 15 years ago. Why are they suddenly all choosing it at once now? Sounds like hypnosis by men.

In Roll20, how do you restrict PC’s vision in situations like fog?

For situations like Obscuring Mist and other vision impairment that overcomes Darkvision (and similar abilities), how have you successfully enforced that in Roll20?

My PC’s would probably meta-game if they’re simply told “you can’t see in this area” and it kind of nullifies a major encounter coming up (and would be good to know for the future).

Assume Plus membership to the website (access to Advanced/Fog of War and Dynamic Lighting but not API.

Measurements of success:

  • Players are able to manipulate their token on a battle grid to explore the area of restricted sight
  • The GM can interrupt players when their sensory information changes without significantly interrupting play each round
    • Ideally, you would also avoid constantly moving them back
  • You have some method of providing information to players about what their character perceives
    • Ideally, only the player that “should” have the exact knowledge would have it, and others only what they can convey

Good answer(s) will follow the concept of Good Subjective and cover key ponts

  • What has been your experience using the system?
    • IE player feedback, how you felt it worked
  • How you were able to restrict sight and also reveal information
    • Did you just tell the one player? Did everybody get to know when Bob was next to the bad guy?

Related for physical TT

For physical games, how do you restrict PC’s vision in situations like fog?

For situations like Obscuring Mist, darkness, and other vision impairment, how have you successfully enforced that?

Measurements of success:

  • Players are able to manipulate their character on a battle grid to explore the area of restricted sight
  • The GM can interrupt players when their sensory information changes without significantly interrupting play each round
    • Ideally, you would also avoid constantly moving them back
  • You have some method of providing information to players about what their character perceives
    • Ideally, only the player that “should” have the exact knowledge would have it, and others only what they can convey

Good answer(s) will follow the concept of Good Subjective and cover key ponts

  • What has been your experience using the system?
    • IE player feedback, how you felt it worked
  • How you were able to restrict sight and also reveal information
    • Did you just tell the one player? Did everybody get to know when Bob was next to the bad guy?

Related for Roll20 Virtual TT

In what situations / with what nodes should a node ping / not ping?

I was recently looking at a network in which the client-machines that accessed a webservice endpoint, but which could not ping the webservice endpoint.

And there are other machines that can ping the webservice endpoint, but which do not utilize it.

However, the other machines do connect to service the client-machines, and of course can ping both.

All machines in question are on a private network, that extends to private and public physical locations.

So, why would some of these machines DROP packets and others ACCEPT them?

Are there situations were activedefrag should be kept disabled in Redis 5 (with Jemalloc allocator)?

Redis 4 added active memory defragmentation (source: release notes):

Active memory defragmentation. Redis is able to defragment the memory while online if the Jemalloc allocator is used (the default on Linux). Useful for workloads where the allocator cannot keep the fragmentation low enough, so the only possibility is for Redis and the allocator to collaborate in order to defragment the memory.

With Redis 5, the feature (now refered to as version 2) has been improved:

Source 1: tweet from Salvatore Sanfilippo, the Redis main developer

Active defragmentation version 2. Defragmenting the memory of a running server is black magic, but Oran Agra improved his past effort and now it works better than before. Very useful for long running workloads that tend to fragment Jemalloc.

Source 2: AWS announcement of Redis 5

One of the highlights of the previous release was the fact that Redis gained the capability to defragment the memory while online. The way it works is very clever: Redis scans the keyspace and, for each pointer, asks the allocator if moving it to a new address would help to reduce the fragmentation. This release ships with what can be called active defrag 2: It’s faster, smarter, and has lower latency. This feature is especially useful for workloads where the allocator cannot keep the fragmentation low enough, so the strategy is for both Redis and the allocator to cooperate. For this to work, the Jemalloc allocator has to be used. Luckily, it’s the default allocator on Linux.

Question: Assuming you are already using Jemalloc, is there any reason not to always set activedefrag yes?

Given that the alternative is to restart the instance to deal with fragmentation (which is highly problematic), and given that the overhead of activedefrag seems quite low from what I saw so far, the option seems to be too useful to be disabled by default.

Or are there any situations where it will harm performance?

Could I be denied entry into Ireland due to medical and police situations during a previous UK visit?

I am an American seeking to enter Ireland for a four-day trip next month. I have documentation for my lodging, funds, and return ticket, so ordinarily I would be fine to enter. However, I have an unusual situation. I was on a trip in the UK (London) that went rather poorly. There are essentially two issues from this past trip that I fear might affect my ability to enter Ireland:

  1. I had to enter the emergency room due to a medical situation. The line to see a doctor was quite long and I left before seeing the doctor. I know they took a photo of my passport at the hospital- I am concerned that (1) my medical information might have been reported to law enforcement/ the border patrol, and (2) that I potentially owe money to the NHS that I am unaware of.
  2. I had a miscommunication with a relative over my travel plans, and was unable to contact them. They filed a missing persons report with the US Embassy and the London police. They later withdrew the missing persons report once I was able to communication with the. I am wary that this past missing persons report will somehow show up when the Irish border runs my passport info.

When I scheduled my trip to Ireland, I was under the impression Ireland was in the Schengen zone. I did not realize that Britain and Ireland share a common immigration system.

My question is – Will these unfortunate incidents from my UK trip potentially affect my ability to enter Ireland?