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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 29, 2014, 03:49:38 PM
Possibly. I fail ink blot tests all the time.

"It looks like you put a glob of ink on the page and folded it in half. Ink blot. Another ink blot. OOooh, yeah that's an inkblot."
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: July 29, 2014, 11:42:39 AM
They sound all sorts of uninteresting white noise to me.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Webcomics on: July 29, 2014, 10:29:23 AM
Magic words...
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: July 28, 2014, 04:53:50 PM
On the other hand, I understand the female engineer now has two pant legs.
5  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Let me buy you a drink: Drinking rules on: July 28, 2014, 04:29:30 PM
But Strategery should count.
Not that I have any ideas, but what about things/tricks/etc that the participants could do that aren't abstracted?

Having done this a few times in my mispent youth, there are really only two things.

Eating a hearty meal first, which the food rules cover.

Cheating which would basically be an automatic success for that round.

The Iaijutau bidding in L5R isn't really applicable outside of QuickDraw type duels.
6  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Let me buy you a drink: Drinking rules on: July 28, 2014, 03:10:07 PM
Just treat it as a complex task. You need to win three checks before you opponent or something.

Dueling boils down to two sorts. The quick draw (even when it's not technically a quick draw, ala the muzzle loaded pistol at dawn sort) and the one on one fight.

The second already has a complex mechanic to cover it, the combat system. The first is a mix of speed (initiative checks), accuracy (attack checks), and nerve/intimidation (could be done, but I'm a bigger fan of L5R's bidding system, need to think on the appropriate skill there, resolve is an obvious possibility).
7  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Let me buy you a drink: Drinking rules on: July 28, 2014, 01:57:00 PM
The formal intent of this was to turn drinking someone under the table into an event worth gawking at and gambling on. (What can I say? I was watching Raiders of the Lost Ark when I cooked this up.) That or something to use solely in social situations or for various other RP purposes. I just wonder if this would take too long...

Narratively its no different than arm wrestling (opposed athletics) or a rap battle (opposed impress checks).
8  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Let me buy you a drink: Drinking rules on: July 28, 2014, 09:43:29 AM
Reinventing the wheel.

Booze = Intoxicating poison for when it matters.

Otherwise just make opposed poison based Fort checks.
9  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread on: July 26, 2014, 08:18:43 AM
So, Surge of Speed lets you make "any non-attack"  half action. Spells are only attack actions if they have the "attack" descriptor. Magic Missile doesn't have the Attack descriptor. Does that mean you can use Surge of Speed to cast Magic Missile?

Casting, by RAW, is never an attack action. It's not an unreasonable reading though.

But, yes, this is why I gave my Magus specialty Surge of Speed as its feat.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: July 26, 2014, 12:59:39 AM
Its not really a focus on force users, more on a group of Alliance agents.

The cast is a disillusioned Jedi, the force sensative street kid thief they stumble across, a smuggler pilot, a crotchity astromech, a soldier, and a Mandalorian teenager.

Your basic adventureing party.
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: July 24, 2014, 10:27:46 AM
I feel weird admitting that I have the current #1 album on the Billboard 200 on repeat.

Everyone should go buy it.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: July 22, 2014, 11:43:30 PM
That said, however stuffed as the boxes might have been there wasn't a shortage of troops, supplies, or officers willing to back that choice. If the fix was in, it was a popular fix all same.
There were constant shortages of troops and supplies in the south.  All they really had going for them were their generals.

Who weren't necessarily all that they were cracked up to be once it became obvious that the Napoleonic era was over. Lee was brilliant, but the method of war he knew was already made obsolete. First by the Miniť ball, then by the Henry and Spencer rifles.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 22, 2014, 11:28:13 PM
Well, the one on the left is Nichole-458 who was done by Team Ninja, whose female characters usually look more like this:

Which would impress me if it wasn't supposed to be Master Chief originally, and they decided to "make up" a character for the game at some point by giving the character a female voice.

And swear Nicky was part of HALO canon. Was kind of an overreach, but maybe they really didn't want the Chief punching little girls.

Bungie decided not to use John-117 immediately and proposed a new original female SPARTAN-II. After Team ninja agreed Bungie provided the modified assets from Halo 2 and then further tweaked them to ensure smooth animation, Nichole-458 was always supposed to be female and Bungie made adjustments to the MJOLNIR-VI more feminine.

I know it's hip to dismiss anything as happenstance and cynical laziness, but Nichole-458 is and always was supposed to be Nichole-458, not John-117 with a different voice.

Building a Spartan
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Golden Oldies: Classic Film & TV thread on: July 22, 2014, 07:35:39 PM
In other news... Grant was a drunk. Smiley
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 22, 2014, 03:43:15 PM
This could go here or the video thread, but since we're already discussing armor...

Japanese knotwork and modern body armor.
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