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1  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [LABORATORY] The final Spellbound spells on: Today at 07:06:11 AM
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Well, there's your baseline. Useless in a direct fight and utterly defenceless but it will buttle along happily for hours. Comparatively, Polar Ray does 1d6 points worth of damage.

I think the 1st iteration could safely allow you to roll twice on (failed) notice/blend checks while active, or at least offer you a synergy bonus to said checks.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: Today at 06:11:15 AM
The Swindler, The Cyanide Pill and the Underwater Ballroom: The story behind Britain's most bizarre folly

Related: A Secret Ballroom Built In The 1800s Lies Under A Lake, Guarded By Neptune
3  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [LABORATORY] The final Spellbound spells on: Today at 03:01:43 AM
Have you ever read any of the Deverry Cycle books by Katherine Kerr? The magic cosmology works a lot like that from Shadowrun or even Werewolf: the Apocalypse, in that you have the physical world and then overlaying that is an etheric/astral realm that only magic users can see/act within that's sort of our world+/augmented reality where reality is more intense/real/interesting. And basically it's full of little fae-like elementals that the magic users interact with as a means of achieving the sort of low-level magical results that you;d just waggle your fingers and chant spidery alien words to pull off in a more Vancian setting.

Mechanically it's essentially the magic user calling on a Spycraft 2.0 style contact -- provide a single skill check to a certain value or use of a class ability -- to help them with stuff. So you could go that way
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 02:40:16 AM
One cannot blame "4chan" or any major group on the issue, anymore than someone can blame "Hollywood" for making bad movies;

It should be noted that 4chan, while still home to a metric load of toxic jerks, has recently undergone something of a Damascan conversion thanks to its god/chief mod Moot. He purged a lot of the old guard sub-mods and seems to be attempting to stear a more centrist course for the culture of the boards.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: Today at 01:44:55 AM
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 19, 2014, 05:27:46 PM
The fact remains if you think someone can remotely fry your power grid... you've done something very wrong.

I will never understand the thought processes that lead to people putting vital infrastructure at risk by connecting it to the internet
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 19, 2014, 04:47:35 AM
Kinda movie related:

Ellen Page to read for Han Solo in Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back

        Really, there’s nothing that says “Han” can’t be a woman’s name.

        Ellen Page will be taking on the part of Han Solo in director Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back Thursday night, and Jessica Alba has been cast as Princess Leia.

        The whole point of Reitman’s live-read series is to take classic scripts and turn them into something we’ve never seen before, but he tells EW that casting his Juno star as the sardonic captain of the Millennium Falcon felt as natural as it may seem surprising.

        “In casting Han, the most important thing is: Who has the most interesting, ironic approach to life? And when I think of that, I think of Ellen Page. She’s a small human being who has the energy to fill Madison Square Garden.”

        And that fact that their grudging romance will play out between two actresses …?

        “Chemistry is chemistry, whether it be between a man and a woman, two women, or two men,” Reitman says. “I have no doubt that Ellen Page could have chemistry with anybody.”

        The live-reads are about experimenting with perceptions and expectations, and encouraging fans to consider the story and characters in different ways — even if they’re only hearing about the performance from afar. (None have been recorded or shared. They are designed as one-night-only experiences.)

        The performance of The Empire Strikes Back will take place Thursday night at the Ace Hotel Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Click here for full details on the show. Although the tickets are already sold out, there will be a stand-by list for fans who want to give it a try.

        On Tuesday, Reitman announced the other members of the cast: Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker) and Whiplash star J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader (and assorted others.)

        Knowing the Live-Read series, there will also be a handful of surprises revealed as the show begins.

8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 18, 2014, 11:28:13 PM
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9  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Let's Read: Fantasy Craft on: December 18, 2014, 10:42:15 PM
How does this strike you as a more equitable table?

Attack (2 XP per Grade)     Damage (by NPC Size)      Threat Range  Qualities/Notes
                         -T   S   M    L   H-G   C+

Bite                     1d3 1d4 1d6  1d8  1d10 1d12     18–20      —-
Claw/Kick/Slam/Talon     1d3 2d2 2d3  2d4  2d6  2d8        20       —-
Gore                     1d3 1d4 1d6  1d8  1d10 1d12     19–20      Bleed
Squeeze                  1d6 1d8 1d10 1d12 2d8  2d10       —-       Grapple benefit
Swallow                  1d6 1d8 1d10 1d12 2d8  2d10       —-       Grapple benefit
Tail/Tentacle Slap       1d4 1d6 1d8  1d10 1d12 2d8        20       Reach +1
Trample                  1d4 1d6 1d8  1d10 1d12 2d8        20       —-

10  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Cloak and Dagger on: December 18, 2014, 05:18:15 PM
In terms of familiar ethnic groups -- caucasian, asian, black, etc -- what are the peoples of the Known World meant to look like?
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 18, 2014, 12:54:37 PM
While true, the writers had found their feet by then too. Even if the series had sprung directly from CA:tWS I think the early episodes would quite likely have been dodgy.

The one thing that really disappointed me was that they gobbled up Skye into SHIELD at the end of the 1st episode and threw away the Rising Tide apart from a brief return to get Chloe Bennet into her briefs. One of the things I crave and so rarely get from thinks like the MCU is the chance to tell the story of those on the outside looking in. There's brief moments, but I think they could have structured that far more strongly into an opening narrative arc. And given they would have known at the outset that SHIELD was going down by the end of the season, keeping the Tide around as a resource for the fugitive team to call on would have been brilliant.
12  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread on: December 18, 2014, 12:38:24 PM
Ranged weapons are limited by ammunition and reload times in a way that melee and unarmed attacks aren't -- assuming a standard 30 arrow quiver and a kill per round, you're out in 10 rounds instead of 15. Even less if you're trying to use something like Angry Hornet. Building a distance cap into the feat -- maintaining opponents within reach, or reducing the range increment on the bonus attack to 5 ft -- then seems a trivial brake to apply. The mstery/supremacy equivalency can then be kept for expert class deployment.

Similarly with the unarmed version, allow access to the basics feat, keep the mastery/supremecy level abilities for class deployment.

And you can very easily take away an unarmed character's attacks. That's what restraints and damaged limbs are for (or am I the only person who happily follows the lead of countless sources by allow disarm actions against pugilists to leaving them unable to use an extermity for the rest of a combat )
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 18, 2014, 11:52:23 AM
Yeah, the first half of season 1 is pretty painful in places, with May being pretty much the one consistant redeeming feature. The second half of the season is much stronger, especially once Garret & Trip more or less join the cast, but yeah, there are times when it's not surprising to discover that Hydra are secretly running rampant within the organisation.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: December 18, 2014, 08:21:28 AM
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15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 18, 2014, 07:42:02 AM
Can't have been that hard: according to three of the gospels he had four brothers and an indeterminate number of sisters.  Wink

I wonder how many people would actually remember that tidbit, because him having actual sibblings was something that really stuck in my head ever since I read the bible as a kid, yet pretty much every adaption of that narrative I've ever seen  -- or remeber seeing, anyway -- seems to leave that out.
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