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7906  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [Quest Hub] Talon Rock on: April 21, 2009, 12:24:39 AM
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Played around with topography-based layout a little -- the paddy and eastern entrance have changed places and sizes to make the latter more defensible.

The Civic Compound has been placed in the lee of the talon. The building to the north is the Magistrate's -- the long hall is billeting for Sunchasers -- while the southern building belongs to the Mayor. Lacking any info to the contrary, it strikes me the double-front wing could easily be a cultural architectural trait used to denote a certain social status / function of the occupant

The curved building between them is... well, what do folks want it to be? If we assume that the civic houses were originally barracks for the first waves of colonists, it could presumably have had some function related to the initial settlement or have been built later.

The ferry chain is in place. If you look closely, the ferry houses don't have the bifurcation possessed by most of the other buildings: it's meant to suggest the use of a curved design indicative of a second (possibly non-human) culture's influence on local architecture / key infrastructure that might be a possible source of conflict
7907  Community / Off-Topic / Re: G.I. Joe: Resolute on: April 20, 2009, 11:20:59 PM
Well, it's been sufficiently long ago that "horribly fucked up by injuries in the 'Nam" as an origin is going out the window -- see Iron Man
7908  Community / Off-Topic / Re: G.I. Joe: Resolute on: April 20, 2009, 01:05:05 PM
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7909  Community / Classic Topics / Re: Motivational posters on: April 20, 2009, 12:42:49 AM
Hecate is love
7910  Community / Off-Topic / Re: G.I. Joe: Resolute on: April 20, 2009, 12:41:01 AM
Has ep 4+ made it to youtube yet?
7911  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [Quest Hub] Talon Rock on: April 20, 2009, 12:39:19 AM
I can see raiding ogres taking over beetle burrows.

Also, the new stat block is much easier to read than the old monolith And am I imagining it or has the damage output from natural attack been changed?
7912  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [Quest Hub] Talon Rock on: April 20, 2009, 12:31:49 AM
No burrow?
7913  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Piracy! on: April 19, 2009, 10:06:56 AM
7914  Community / Off-Topic / Re: G.I. Joe: Resolute on: April 18, 2009, 05:31:29 PM
It's a little strange to hear pretty much the entire voice cast of Wolverine and X-Men speaking out of the Joes' mouths.
7915  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Horror on: April 17, 2009, 11:31:49 AM
While non-Euclidian events are not bound by Euclidian rules, that doesn't mean non-EuclidIan phenomena don't also occupy Euclidian space.
7916  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Horror on: April 17, 2009, 09:58:48 AM
1:  Grab the Dremel.
2:  Drop acid.
3:  Carve non Euclidean dice.
4:  ???
5:  Profit

is I believe the correct implementation of the meme
7917  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New analysis of the Columbine shootings. on: April 14, 2009, 08:08:09 PM
Education departments the world over are largely run by idiots when it counts.
7918  Community / Off-Topic / Re: So, Woody Harrelson on: April 14, 2009, 07:56:48 PM
One of the biggest problems is that the judiciary have singularly failed to enforce upon the press the idea of the Public Interest not being what interests the public, and thus in many cases we have the corollary that celebrities aren't guaranteed the same right to privacy as anyone else because they're famous.

Which is crap. There are times when they're on duty -- scheduled public appearances, interviews, making their films. Every time else they're off duty during which they have the exact same right not to have to be bothered by their work as we all do.

Oh, I can see why the judiciary are such idiots about this -- they don't want to impede genuine investigative journalism and revelation of malfesance amongst the public figures who depend on our adulation and our trust. The cheap voyeurism that fuels the paparazzi however is not investigative journalism, and the fact I've heard these filth (and the people who fund them) defend their reprehensible actions by claiming it is just makes my blood boil.
7919  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Wotc halts pdf sales/downloads on: April 14, 2009, 04:17:25 AM
The Old Republic source book would have to have been the Revised Edition's most demanded and never actualised release due to the slow down in WotC's SW RPG releases because the minis were so much more economic for them. Seeing it released as Saga's 1st period splat was far from surprising.
7920  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [Quest Hub] Talon Rock on: April 14, 2009, 04:08:16 AM
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Contour lines, though it looks more like terracing Sad Still, you now have an idea of what parts of the colony are likely to get inundated when the Silverbough floods in spring, so any building there is going to be built "Queenslander" style on pylons (originally wood, probably later reinforced with mine tailings).

Also, the "boat houses" where in the ferries are birthed/loaded and the ends of their chain are anchored. As a note, having the chain under tension is decidedly odd, as the average chain ferry usually has a slack chain for reasons including allowing water craft to move past it. Keeping it under any sort of tension suggests that preventing continues travel south then west along the Silverbough might have been part of the colony's mandate. Given the width of the river, I picture there being a semiphore tower of some description on both sides to allow the ferrymen to communicate with each other -- possibly suggesting they hold a monopoly on "instantaneous" cross-river communications. Further, there might even be a Ferry Guild who control the right to raft the ore down river.

Of the various ways the ferry can work, I see the chain being strung between two spindles and passing through a mount on each ferry platform. Depending on whether that platform is being used, the ferry is fixed to the chain by bolts through the links. One team winds the chain onto their spindle, dragging the ferry(s) to their side of the river while a second team unwinds theirs. Thus you have 1st and last loads of the day being small payloads as one of the ferries is pulled to the other, with every other transit being both platforms hooked together. In addition to the ferrymen being burly hardcore guys, you could also argue the fact that the town's economy would be shagged without them gives them a degree of social status that isn't just due to them being able to crush your skull
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