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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: March 19, 2015, 09:26:52 PM
Malcolm Fraser: Australia's 22nd prime minister dies aged 84
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: March 18, 2015, 12:17:14 PM
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33  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 18, 2015, 07:57:03 AM
I dunno, I always figured tobacco was a 'general store' kind of goods. I can see the alchemist have additives you can add to tobacco, either because they are medicinal and work best inhaled, or simply for flavor. I can see the point about having a spare pipe, though. And yeah, it's hardly a big, important thing, it's more that pipes have a value and a mechanical effect, however slight, so they can't just pop out of thin air, y'know?

Tobacco was introduced into Europe as a medicine (almost a panacea) based on its observed medicinal applications in the Americas; its use as a recreational product somewhat post-dated that.
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: March 18, 2015, 01:27:40 AM
Sadly I think the ship sailed on that a generation ago in 1995 when that ultranationist wackjob assassinated Yitzhak Rabin and the detente he'd established with Arafat was thrown gleefully out the window.
35  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 17, 2015, 10:27:33 AM
Mr. A, a couple of things:
The apothecary doesn't own a horse. They're bloody expensive, after all, and he rarely traveled more than a day or two away from Aldencross once he settled there. There's a stable in town where you can essentially rent a horse (technically a Loan favor using the apothecary's Reputation) but you'll need to buy feed for the horse (a week's worth is enough, so just 5 silver) and some padded barding to protect against the cold (moderate padded barding, 25s).

Money ain't no thing given the party still has most of the coin Thorn paid out for their boat passage, assuming Callow's own savings on hand weren't enough for the travel costs. Janus doesn't really get money as a precious resource to be budgeted out so she's something of a blithe spender until she runs out, at which point she either seduces people into giving her things, steals stuff, or she simply ganks them and takes what she requires.

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Picking up a deer on the way is a good idea, and will earn you some goodwill with Grumblejack, but animals don't just stumble into your fangs. Gonna need a Survival/Forage check for that one.

Survival/forage: 1d20+4=16

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And finally, where did you get the pipes from? The apothecary having one for personal use, sure, but 4?

Back when my grandfolks smoked, they had multiple pipes of their own, Callow as town tobacconists having some in stock didn't seem particularly outre. I wasn't intending on there being any mechanical effect anyhow, just a mood setter



36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: March 17, 2015, 09:46:20 AM
Sy-Fy here in Australia is showing Warehouse 13, and we're currently about halfway through the 4th season so these eps are all new to me (I stopped watching it during its original run when they pulled it off free to air during season 2). 

It's still goofy fun, but the writing is often on the frustratingly lazy side, throwing Occum's Razor and plot logic out the window as a means of artificially producing drama and tension (seriously, the number of times when the episode relies on the agents having pointless fights, hostage situations and artifact use inflicted on them when they should simply be shooting someone with their teslas instead and dealing with matters in the safety of the warehouse).
37  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 17, 2015, 03:49:13 AM

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"Oh absolutely," she answers with a wry smile. "Not a devil or demon within a mile of it when it was made, as far as I'm aware."

She jerks a thumb towards her hired horse. "Being the town apothecary, Callow had a range of kanab, nicotiana, and galenas in stock — in addition to their other uses, you'd be more familiar with them as pipeleaf. So I put together a blend to make the nights a bit more tolerable since we can't really have a fire going. There were only 4 pipes so we'll have to share."
38  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: March 17, 2015, 01:46:58 AM
What's the problem with Cold Stone?
39  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 16, 2015, 12:05:03 PM
Invisible Castle lives once more.
40  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 16, 2015, 12:04:39 PM

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Mr Callow finally ceases to exist in any meaningful manner in a secluded glade about 3 hours outside Aldencross, disappearing with a wet schlip-schlip-schlip as Janus claws herself free from his face and body.

The process of shedding a persona reminds her of being born. Not the way meat enters the world, forced squealing out between its mother's legs. Rather, the memories are of that night — how long ago was it now? — when she savagely tore her way through the cawl with nails and teeth ill-suited to the task to find herself alone inside the half-forgotten tomb from which she'd claimed her name.

Fresh and raw and herself once more — or at least as close to it as her usual green-hued half-elven appearance gets — Janus spends some time just soaking up what warmth there is to be had of the wintry midday sun before finally getting dressed. After a week with it carefully packed away, the Iraen coat is a comforting presence as she settles into it

Oh Mother how I hope Thorn's machinations take us away from this place somewhere lush and warm, she thinks as she grabs the reins of Callow's horse and begins the trek to the ambush site.

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Though Janus is indeed the final member of the Knot to arrive, she does so bearing gifts of deliciously savoury meat pies, preserved vegetables, and spirits liberated from the murdered apothecary's larder. There's also the carcass of a smallish deer which had mistakenly wandered too close to a sleeping creature of the faewild, which she hands over to Grumblejack to help sustain him during the excruciating tedium of the vigil to follow.
41  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: What miniatures do you use for Spycraft? on: March 16, 2015, 09:46:12 AM
I have a whole box of clix for largely that purpose since I've only played like 2 games in my life, but they are modeled at a larger scale than standard 28cm figures (I think the bases are 1.25" or 1.5" instead of 1")
42  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: What miniatures do you use for Spycraft? on: March 16, 2015, 05:08:02 AM
2-D cutouts in bases seem to be gaining in popularity for the fiscally challenged
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: March 15, 2015, 11:28:51 AM
Why did I not start watching Steven Universe sooner? It's glorious.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool pics on: March 14, 2015, 04:44:06 AM
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45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: March 14, 2015, 12:29:52 AM
Because we need something to laugh at right now:

Anti-Vaxxer bets scientists $100,000 they can’t prove Measles exists; Anti-Vaxxer loses $100,000
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