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31  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: April 16, 2015, 08:41:54 AM
We're planning on waiting to see SC3 before giving up on SC2.0.

Mostly because I know that SC 2 is versatile enough to do what I want it to do. (Mostly steampunk.)

The Auld Grump
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: April 06, 2015, 03:20:13 PM
I borrowed a song from Megan's collection as the theme song for a not-villain possible Lucifer in a possible super heroes game - Green Day's Blvd. of Broken Dreams.

It is unsure whether the character is Lucifer... or maybe just a superhuman breakthrough that has a Satanic spin.

What is known is that several other beings share his Origin - and claim to be Angels....

One world weary being that does not share that Origin, but calls himself Michael, fully supports 'Lucifer's' decision to walk away from the conflict. ('Lucifer' has decided to 'live the cliche' - and is working as a PI in Boston, because every earth bound supernatural creature ends up being a PI.... Tongue )

Michael claims to remember when he and Lucifer were friends....

The 'Angels' are bad news, as are the fundamentalists trying to jump start Armageddon.

'Lucifer' just wants to walk away from the whole mess - and God has not made His opinion known.

The Auld Grump - 'Lucifer' does spend a goodly amount of time feeling sorry for himself....
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: March 15, 2015, 08:25:47 AM
Likewise Upside Down by Paloma Faith.

The Auld Grump
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: March 12, 2015, 04:50:02 PM
Terry Pratchett's death has brought tears to my eyes.

A man of wit and humor - with a vast compassion for the human condition.

I think that I will go back to crying now.

The Auld Grump
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: February 27, 2015, 03:10:50 PM
Leonard Nimoy - the original Spock - dead at 83. Sad

And there goes a big chunk of my childhood.

The Auld Grump
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: February 27, 2015, 03:07:25 PM
Sorry to hear that, Rus. Sad

My condolences.

The Auld Grump
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: February 27, 2015, 11:26:48 AM
Still trying to think about what to do for the next season of Berlin Between The Wars....

But at least I have Gimmee That Swing for music....

The Auld Grump
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: February 13, 2015, 05:35:28 PM
Also the creator of Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy.

The Auld Grump
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: January 29, 2015, 06:46:27 PM
As they run the Ghostbusters franchise through a woodchipper.

What. The. Hell.

The Auld Grump
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Of Peter Jackson, Kiwis, Wargamers, And the Great War.... on: January 26, 2015, 03:51:46 PM
We're way ahead of ya Wink

I know a bunch of guys who've already put their hands up for this. I would have myself, but I don't think my painting is at the point where I'm happy for it to go on public display.
That may not matter much - depending on how they position models.

I know that folks that build model railroads have different degrees of effort on the models that go in the foreground - where everyone can see them - and the models in the background - where they are not as likely to be seen.

The Auld Grump
41  Community / Off-Topic / Of Peter Jackson, Kiwis, Wargamers, And the Great War.... on: January 26, 2015, 10:00:45 AM
Say what you will of Peter Jackson - but the man is a geek (and I mean that in a good way).

He has gotten in contact with Perry Miniatures to build a Great War museum in New Zealand.

Now they are looking for Kiwis to help paint the thousands of 54mm figures needed for the displays.

Just a heads up for the folks in that hemisphere.

The Auld Grump
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 25, 2015, 09:06:42 AM
Sadly my slightly moribund Nephos setting is a bit more 1850s than 1750s.
You might like the Lord Darcy series - where technology has advanced to steam engines and the beginnings of electricity... in the 1970s.

One of the two main characters is a forensic sorcerer - specializing in medical examination.

Garret's reasoning was that the development of technology would be slowed by the advancement of magic - purely because the same kind of people were working on each. If Watt is working on spells to determine pressure then he is not spending time working on a steam engine.

And there were folks that did both.

I have an easier time with a divided effort slowing advancement.

In the real world it was the Church and state that tried to prevent the advancement of science - in particular the development of the crossbow. (Worked about as well as trying to tell the tide to retreat.)

On the flip side, the Pope of the time of Galileo was a Copernican himself - Galileo was not tried for trying to prove that the Earth goes around the Sun but... well, mostly for being a jerk. He wrote a work putting the Pope's words into the mouth of a character called The Simpleton.  Roll Eyes

Changing the charges to heresy was actually a way of letting him live - heresy is a crime of intent, and can be recanted.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 23, 2015, 05:49:39 PM
Because in most settings, magic is the province of a specialised elite and their allies who have no interest in either enabling the plebs with access reliable 'technology' that would threaten their elevated status or else trap themselves in the workcycle of manufacturing.
Except for the fact that people in the real world tried to expand on the horizons of both - Sir Isaac Newton being a prime example (Newton studied magic (the nonexistence of magic not withstanding), and also invented the shot tower - which sped up the production of balls for blackpowder weapons....)

Hell... the witchcraft scare was well into the age of the gun.

Guns show up in the stories of the Grimm brothers.

So, not at all an effective argument.

The Auld Grump
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: January 23, 2015, 09:41:31 AM
I go through burts of listening to music either from earlier times or inspired by those times (yes, this includes steampunk).

Sometimes it is the 1700s.... Over the Hills and Far Away - the John Tam version from the Sharpe's Rifles series of movies.

I wish that I could talk more folks into trying a 1750s fantasy game.... I like blackpowder in my fantasy.

The Auld Grump
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: January 14, 2015, 10:52:52 AM
Wargames creator John Hill has passed away - the designer that brought us Squad Leader and Johnny Reb. Sad I know folks that still play Johnny Reb on a regular basis - it was not all that long ago that the third edition came out.

I mostly remember him from back in the Avalon Hill days.

The Auld Grump
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