G'day mate! Looks bloody awful over in America, those wildfires are right nasty. Lucky, us Aussies have been surviving through all that and much worse for at least a couple centuries, and I'm here to give you guys the inside info on how to survive.
If you live on an upslope, ridge, or narrow forested road, get the fuck out early - no help will come.
People here who stayed then changed their minds later, and couldn't escape because trees fell within minutes and blocked exit routes.
Firefighters were either unable to get in, or were forbidden due to extreme risk of being cut off themselves - 1200 litres of water in a Cat7 is like pissing into a hurricane, especially if you're up on a ridge.
2. If actually caught and unable to escape. dig in and cover with DRY WOOLEN BLANKETS!
Please fill your bathtub before it hits - water tanks will melt real fast and you'll have no water - the thing that MIGHT make the difference between life and death could be as simple as layers of wool blankets, a low sheltered concrete corner, some sheets of tin, some DRY wool blankets, and one moist towel to protect from radiant heat.
Wet clothing or sheets are inferior to a wool blanket and you will boil alive. Do not cover any yourself in anything wet!
3. If defending your house - wool or cotton long sleeves and leather boots, and wear LEATHER GLOVES if possible. You can throw burning stuff back but without gloves, no way.
4. Remember that the only safe area to run to is often INTO an area already burnt - you can also survive by having a shallow grave and laying in that under dry blankets, a layer of wet stuff and tin, and breathe through a wet cloth to avoid suffocation. You'll collapse real fucking fast without oxygen and remember also, many houses are made with plastics and toxic gas-causing materials so.... yeah.... stay safe out there and honestly, if you live on a ridge or uphill slope... run now. Your life is worth more than stuff.
5. If you think you can defend, don't forget to protect your water tank and exposed poly lines - if that goes, you're fucked.
People on gravity feed systems, this is your weak point. We were lucky enough to have a small Honda pump and Cat7, but our tank was on fire several times - if that had gone, we'd be gone. Remember this, especially if on a bush block with some tank uphill off in the scrub. If you're not gonna be able to save that tank, forget about it. You're going to lose your house, get out now.
6. Remember, fire can move up to 400km (250miles) per hour uphill. If you change your mind and live on a ridge, you are quite likely fucked. Don't die for stuff. Escape, and we can hunt down the corrupt fucks who made this happen later. Channel that anger to the ones who sold us out and gave away our water and our future to line their own pockets.
Stay safe America!
Greetings everyone, I hope you're all having a better day than I am.
So, this is a piece I wanted to share with you guys which happened yesterday after my usual session of DnD, and is encroaching on my mind.
Here's the situation: Currently, I'm DM'ing for a group of people (online), and I am a very new DM. I've ran modules and one-shots, but this is the first large-scale homebrew campaign I'm running. I posted some time ago about one of my players being bored generally during the games and received a lot of tips to make things entertaining for them, and for that I am grateful.
Sadly, the situation wasn't fixed, and yesterday it kind blew up. During yesterday's session, my group was going around a certain town trying to uncover bits and pieces of information about a cult which they have been investigating for some time. At one point, the same player asked if it was possible to visit a merchant so they cold re-stock on some items.
I was completely fine with it and the quickly found themselves to a provision store. Once inside, I described the place and the attendee, a burly man name Silas. That's when the problems started as soon as I got into character, this player gave the heaviest of sighs, audible through the microphone. I wasn't sure what the problem was, so I stepped OC and asked if there was anything wrong.
Their response was... well, devastating. What followed was a 20 minute long ramble about how my game and myself wasn't good enough. The player told me that I shouldn't try to make character voices or accents as I wasn't good enough for them. Also, they told me they were sick of playing with a new DM that had to constantly have the DMG and the PHB at his hands as I wasn't doing my job by learning the rules by mind. There were a lot of worse things said but I don't remember everything.
I put a lot of effort in this game, at least for my standings. I spent about a year (when I still wasn't a DM) world building, which is very hard for me to be honest. I'm taking acting classes, oratory classes and improvisation classes to try to be a better DM as I really enjoyed it. But this ramble simply tore everything I had done in the past months asunder.
I was frozen and didn't really know what to say. My other players tried to defend me and all, but this particular player wasn't having none of it. That's when they said something that really cut deep. He told me I should just watch Critical Role properly (It is a show I love, but I don't watch it as much as I could due to time limitations) and learn how to stop being a Joke of a DM.
Look, I love Matthew and I do think he's one of the best DM's around. But I am not him, and I don't want to be compared to him. I'm not a actor or a voice actor. I take those classes for fun and I just started on them. It just really makes me sad, he's one of the DM's that I do in fact look up to, and being compared to him just kills me inside.
Honestly, I still don't know how to process it. I ended the session there and ended up crying myself to sleep (Yeah, childish, I know. But I couldn't stop myself). Now, I have no clue how to go forward. Maybe I really should just abandon the DM mantle once for all. It's disheartening and really made a blow to my mind.
I'm sorry for this if it is just a rambling. But I really needed to put it out there.
I hope you are all safe.
EDIT: I can't express how grateful I am to everyone's kind words. It truly means a lot to me. I posted this as a way to vent way and let out a bit of frustration. I had no idea it would grow like this.
Thank you all for everything, I can't describe through words how all your messages made my day. I've been trying to read them all and it will take a while but I will! Thank you all for the Awards as well, I really appreciate every single one of them.
I read a few questions being repeated and wanted to answer them:
1- This group isn't made from IRL friends, it's a group I found on the internet on the platform we use to play. We use discord mainly for the voice option everything else we do through an online platform.
2- I've got in contact with my other players. To be honest, they got in contact with me to make sure I was alright. We decided to take a breather for a week.
3- The player who blew out is no longer in the table. After we finished the session, they went to the group chat and continued their rambling (I didn't check it prior) and the other players went so much against him that he left on his own accord.
Well, I still speechless. You are all amazing people and thank you so much for your encouragement. I have thousands of miles ahead of me on the DMing road, but I won't stop now.
I hope you all have a amazing day and know that everyone of you made me 1000x better.
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