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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: January 27, 2015, 06:54:33 PM
I think Ectogenesis is more an issue of convenience.
The hormone storm of pregnancy has a solid crowd of endorsers as much as detractors, so rather like any normal family the decision to have children has it's external realities to answer to.
Some thoughts on this occur ed to me while bringing the nipper to have lunch at mom:  One reason children are born when they are is so that the wee one and mom survive the wee one's exit.  How long could you keep a fetus in its pod?  You run into trouble with muscle growth and control, eventually, but would it be worth while to extend gestation to have the infant be a bit hardier?
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: January 25, 2015, 02:15:38 PM
I wear my prejudices pretty plainly; I think the Kingdom of Saud has the disadvantage of being full of bad ideas that they haven't had to account for because money.
A civil war's a viscerally appealing way to expose them, but really it'd be worse for any streak of moderation quietly building strength in it's corners.
Basically my thoughts as well.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: January 25, 2015, 02:09:50 PM
Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

Lars Anderson studied historical manuals and rediscovered an ancient and extremely fast way of firing arrows from a bow. He trained himself to be able to perform such feats as firing three arrows in less than a second, catching an arrow and firing it back, and even splitting an oncoming arrow in two.

So machine-gun archers are in fact as broken in history as they are on the tabletop.
Once you spend the feats, and keep folks from axing your face a thing or two, yes.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 23, 2015, 10:50:09 AM
... I like blackpowder in my fantasy.
Am I the only one starting to wonder why, with all the magic all over, peasants are still living in mud huts with thatched roofs?  I mean, it took a thousand years for metallurgy to become good enough to build a breech loading rifle, but when you have magic swords that cut stone, how do you not have a repeating, or even breech loading, rifle that uses Dwarven blasting cloth?  Argh.  Eberon is the only I recall dealing with this in a sensible fashion.  </rant>
5  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Let's Read: Fantasy Craft on: January 23, 2015, 10:43:51 AM
...  Yes, the dangerous, predatory... goat?  ...
Have you seen what the goats in Goat Simulator DO?

Slightly more accurate is a story a friend told me of growing up in Israel:  TL;DR, the goat caused him to owe the IDF a jeep.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 22, 2015, 03:41:57 PM
You have to pass more screening for a single cat in a lot of jurisdictions than you do for the kids you can spawn.
Voting in NY takes less screening than buying beer or cigarettes, and buying pseudoephedrine in PA took more paperwork than voting and buying booze together.  (Though more screening than buying marijuana or acid, so things could be worse.)
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 21, 2015, 07:46:37 PM
Unless you are saying you don't have the time to play it.
Most of what I'm saying.  Triple so if it is multiplayer.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 21, 2015, 02:46:13 PM
By the way, you can now buy your way into the Heroes beta with the new Founders pack, for a limited time only.  Step on in, and ride your fancy new mount, so I know which one of you to clobber.  Wink
I wish I thought I would get $40 of play time.  Sad
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 21, 2015, 08:03:38 AM
Is it just me, or is Firaxis getting really sci-fi lately?  Not that I mind, mind you, just noticing.
I don't think it is just you, nor is it just Firaxis.  That said, I'm loving it.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 20, 2015, 10:16:16 AM
New game announced from Firaxis: Sid Meier's Starships.
If they managed to poll some Civilization and Civ:  BE saves on your hard drive to build your 'verse, that would be mind blowingly sweet.  (Which reminds me that I want a Civ Mod that would let you export a combat so you can play it in some FPS engine.  (Having it modify the outcome would be of the battle in Civ, I think, a bit too far, but I'd like to spend a bit of time FPSing in one of my Beyond Earth cities.)
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: January 19, 2015, 10:40:48 AM
So, espionage. The time for something to happen is just bloody awful.
It feels sort of tacked on?  Or with the attention it requires, fairly optional.  At least spies don't require micromanaging?
12  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: January 16, 2015, 09:26:21 PM
I thought Heavy Gear did a really good job mixing "mecha are teh r0xz0r" with simple tanks eating the humanoid gears on open plains.  (And gears chewing up tanks in confined terrain with their mobility.)

Didn't someone do some metalurgy math and come up with seven or eight meters as a maximum height for a useful mech, before you start running into mission critical failures every third step? 

(One thing I think CAV did better than BattleTech was having the mechs default to a two man crew: A pilot and a WSO.  I've always thought that a single pilot is asking for lower performance.)
13  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: January 16, 2015, 09:17:27 AM
Someone, Morg?, commented that having an actual trigger on a gun you need to be in power armor to wield is kinda a bad idea.

But still, that is some jammin' art.  Smiley
14  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Rules to rule: how to manage a realm for FC on: January 12, 2015, 09:38:17 AM
You can use most of the mental/social ones:  Bluff, Haggle, Impress, Intimidate, Resolve, and Tactics for dealing with other realms; most of those for underlings too, with a dash of Sense Motive.  Interests could come into play here.  You do run into some difficulties if you don't speak the language(s) of your subjects/peons.
15  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: January 11, 2015, 08:36:50 PM
... causes Krensky to transform into a Kaiju straight out of Power Rangers. 
When you put it like that, it is sort of tempting to try...
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