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Episode Info: Support Topic Lords on Patreon and get episodes a week early! Lords: April is @aprilsaur on Twitter. John remains a mystery. Topics: Climate-aware architecture On Dungeons & Dragons: focusing on the characters vs focusing on the story Why do people say "ahh" after taking a drink Miko asks: "Perpetual Stew, a food that instead of being cooked once and then eaten, continues to be cooked for up to five hundred years (while occasionally also being eaten, but not in its entirety)" That strange feeling when you move to a new state and the laws around plastic bags are different, and other weird differences between places The Afghan-Mexican fusion burrito shop in Albany that we didn't name on the podcast: You want the "tropical" or the "cajun," depending on how spicy you like it. Microtopics: Seasons that aren't summer and states that aren't California. John of the Commonwealth of Virginia Johns. Calling yourself a Commonwealther but not knowing all the deep Commonwealth cuts. Not having a city name because you're between cities and so calling yourself a "census designated place." An experience that you had that is in the past. Plugging a suspiciously expensive hat that players love. Not being able to have hobbies because you just bought a house. California, where it's sunny for hundreds of years and then suddenly a thunderstorm covers the entire state in tens of thousands of lightning strikes. Not having to get your home repairs done before people visit because nobody can ever visit. The good news is: podcasting. Not having had a basement in decades. Discovering that Virgina is a tiny piece of a giant land mass called North America. Buying the Frog Fractions hat DLC for all your friends. An extremely Californian form of hell. Architects forgetting that climate exists after air conditioning is invented. Fantasizing about winning the lottery when you never play the lottery. The downside of climate control via architecture. The feeling of tatami mats under your feet. Realizing that having bugs in your floor sometimes is just the price you pay for having floor mats that bugs like to live in. The tortilla mouse story. Discovering that a mouse is living in your bag of tortillas and signing a contract with the mouse that it will just eat the tortillas and not destroy the rest of your house or breed. Cats discovering extremely stale candy in the cabinet under the sink. A squirrel spinning a corn tortilla like a steering wheel and eating it from the outside in. A squirrel spinning a tortilla like a sign spinner. Joining a D&D campaign late. Knowing what your characters are about and creating situations where the characters have somethin...

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