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91  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: April 08, 2013, 07:46:33 AM
Former British PM Margaret Thatcher.
Indeed Sad Link: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/08/world/europe/uk-margaret-thatcher-dead/?hpt=hp_t1

And http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/9978831/Margaret-Thatcher-dies-of-stroke-aged-87.html
92  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Low TL, Light-Sensitivity, and Standard NPCs on: March 26, 2013, 04:57:11 AM
93  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: March 22, 2013, 10:34:34 PM
(DS9 notwithstanding - remarkably, it's still the best conceived and realized of the whole Star Trek universe IMO).
YES. I knew I liked you Pat Smiley
94  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: March 21, 2013, 04:59:10 AM
I don't know what it is about Mr Cumberbatch but I constantly find him underwhelming and not at all threatening, pretty much in a "oh look at the cute angry face" way.... IMO he doesn't have the physical presence to be able to pull off menace.

I realise I'm probably in the minority here  Tongue
95  Community / Off-Topic / Re: What should we do with North-Korea? on: March 13, 2013, 04:07:58 PM
 Grin Grin
96  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: March 12, 2013, 08:11:56 PM
Viperion, I listed that one a few posts above
oops, sorry about that Undecided It just popped up on one of my feeds today so thought it was current. M'bad  Wink
97  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: March 12, 2013, 05:03:05 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/us/allan-calhamer-inventor-diplomacy-board-game-dies-at-81.html?pagewanted=1&_r=4&ref=obituaries&
98  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Hardcover FC in Europe on: March 05, 2013, 08:20:25 PM
Abebooks is totally legit; they're not up there with Book Depository, but they're reliable, quick, and trustworthy, from what I've heard.
99  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: February 18, 2013, 03:16:45 PM
Olympus has FallenHadn't seen this one posted.  (It's YouTube, so may or may not be region locked.)
It's not locked here in NZ so presumably anyone can watch it Smiley

It looks... like an action movie with a medium-sized budget  Tongue I'm sure it's fine but it didn't get me very excited to see it at all  Smiley
First thing I thought of was Under Seige.
..sans gorgeous blonde.  Sad
Aaah Erica Eleniak (IIRC). Such a great talent (at least to my 13-15 year old self Wink ) Also I want to spell her first name with a "k"... (goes and checks).. Yup, Erika. How the hell did I remember that???
100  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: February 17, 2013, 03:27:02 PM
Olympus has Fallen

Hadn't seen this one posted.  (It's YouTube, so may or may not be region locked.)
It's not locked here in NZ so presumably anyone can watch it Smiley

It looks... like an action movie with a medium-sized budget  Tongue I'm sure it's fine but it didn't get me very excited to see it at all  Smiley
101  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Disarming and You: What Happens Next? on: February 15, 2013, 02:15:23 PM
Just to clear things up, what I am about to post is NOT OFFICIAL

I'd be reasonably tempted to make it something like this:

"If you fail <at task X>, you lose all remaining actions for your turn and become flat-footed".

The (rather major) downside to that though is that most clever players will simply either do the dangerous action last on their turn, or (as Valentina pointed out somewhere) just not attempt the action at all, as the perceived risk of failure would be too high
That really shouldn't be neccessary. As you observe, any "failure has the additonal consequence of costing you time (the most valuable resource in the universe)" mechanic is really tantamount to saying "you cannot take this action as your first half action- or you're an idiot". As Big Jim noted, the unavoidable form of risk is~

With a miss, the character becomes flatfooted at the end of his current Initiative Count.

In that case there is no difference between doing it first or second.

The current set up makes taking some actions as your first half action better if you can engineeer the circumstances where that is possible, but the down sides to risking it as your second half doing it are not so severe as to preclude doing it if the need is great. In this specific case moving to an opponent and then disarming them in the same action may be totally worth the risk of becoming flat-footed if you fail. And if it's not, wait 'til next turn.
I totally agree with all of that, although I hadn't realised that you can unflat-foot yourself if you can get into a position to Disarm (or whatever) as your first half-action. I think that's kind of neat Smiley
102  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Disarming and You: What Happens Next? on: February 14, 2013, 07:59:15 PM
Just to clear things up, what I am about to post is NOT OFFICIAL

I'd be reasonably tempted to make it something like this:

"If you fail <at task X>, you lose all remaining actions for your turn and become flat-footed".

The (rather major) downside to that though is that most clever players will simply either do the dangerous action last on their turn, or (as Valentina pointed out somewhere) just not attempt the action at all, as the perceived risk of failure would be too high
103  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: February 14, 2013, 04:57:37 PM
I got 30,700 almost exactly on average for my age (which you can now figure out using that site if'n you're interested)

Kinda disappointing actually Tongue
104  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews, & Reactions 2013 on: February 12, 2013, 04:58:34 PM
Finally went and saw Django Unchained last night; I wasn't really expecting a Western, and I wasn't disappointed in that regard. Absolutely LOVED the character of Dr Schulz, but
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As for the rest, well the (second to) last fight was unnecessarily splattery, but this is Tarantino we're talking about. And the Australian accents were rather jarring...

I really enjoyed the relationship between Django and Schulz, and Michael(? Samuel L Jackson's character) was just the right combination of scary, creeepy, and calculating.

Good watch, highly recommended. Not a Western, though.
105  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Crusaders! Crusading for Hamster Justice since 2013! on: February 11, 2013, 01:43:33 PM
Hell no. There's a difference between sparring and Oh-My-God-That-Guy-Is-Totally-Trying-To-End-My-Life that can't be simulated Wink
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