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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: November 21, 2014, 03:32:28 PM
Lars threw up his hands as Drin walked out.  Turning to Barden he added quietly, "Spellcasters."  With a smile he continued, "Let's get the map back to the Dwarves before they notice it's gone."
2  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Notebook] ShadowCraft on: November 21, 2014, 03:16:28 PM
So some 2 years later, how'd all this work out?

Sadly, poorly.  I started this crazy thought process just before we moved (work) and the wife and I became distracted by the day to day of real life.  Finding a 6-month rental, then buying a house.  Dealing with new schools, settling into the job, etc.

By the time that I was able to get back to it, the wife had lost interest in playing a duet-style campaign.  (Which doesn't really work for Shadowrun anyway but, I digress.)  Thus it more or less died on the vine so to speak.  Which made me sad.

Interestingly, I was thinking about picking it up again while I'm off for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Imagine my surprise when I log in and find that someone had posted in the very thread that I was thinking about.

As I see it, the problem is one of cyberware and adepts.  The FC magic system, while not ideal for the fiction, works well enough that a first pass wouldn't need to make any changes*.  However, trying to figure out the balance between cyberware and adept powers is what has me stumped.  Cyberware is basically purchasable gear that grant super powers while adept powers are more or less a physical form of magic ... for the most part, anyway.  However, there is a certain degree of overlap between the two.  I kicked around developing "powers" as highly specific prizes and then flavoring to taste with a handful reserved for each side but that felt ... flat somehow.  And, cyberware doesn't feel like gear under that set up.  Still probably the best approach; I just haven't done much with it.

* And in changes lie the greatest danger to this process for me.  I've never been a master of the nuts and bolts that hold systems together.  If I start tinkering too much I inevitably head toward the source material - often to the detriment of what I am trying to accomplish.  

So, that's my update.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 09:48:31 PM
Use Census blocks.  Article on it here.

That works too.  Basically, pick one and get humans out of it.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 08:37:16 PM
This thread is surprising in how often I check it.  I find that "listening" to the board discuss politics (little "p" and nothing to do with political parties) is refreshing.

I find that the problems with government are multiple but, here's the most egregious ones.

P1 - Who the hell lets politicians draw the maps?  I mean seriously.  If you played kickball in grade school, you know that captains will divide the population down the middle AFTER picking their friends.
S1 - I suggest we start using the shortest split line method to draw districts.  Take the politicos out of the equation (literally) and see if that does better.

P2 - Why, oh why, is Orrin Hatch going to be in the Senate for 36 years?  While I lived in Utah I voted against him - not because I found myself in disagreement with his political positions - but, simply because he had been there so long.  Too many politicos are that for life.  The Founding Fathers didn't think anyone would want to deal with the politics for so long.  They were wrong.
S2 - Constitutional amendment to add term limits to Senators and Representatives.  I'm thinking no more than two terms for Senators (though you could talk me into one) and no more than four for Representatives.  (Still a lot but better than where we are now.)

P3 - While we've all heard that money talks, it really just sits there and doesn't say anything.  Yet, the Supreme Court has repeated ruled that money = speech.  This is obviously open to abuse.
S3 - This one is tricky but I think we need campaign finance laws that prohibit deep pocket spending.  Sadly it would most like take a constitutional amendment.

P4 - Please explain to me how I lock up an entire company.  If I can't lock it up, then it's not a person.  The Founding Fathers thought of companies as extensions of their creators, not independent entities.  I'm sure if we asked Ben Franklin if the company and the man were separate he would look at you funny.
S4 - Pass laws that prevent a corporation (or union) from acting like a person.  Sorry, Hobby Lobby, you don't get to claim freedom of religion.  Sorry, UAW, you can't claim free speech.

I have far more radical ideas but I'll leave them off the table for now.  Except for one.  If you can't name the current Senators for your State, your Representative, the Vice President and three Supreme Court Justices, you don't get a federal ballot.
5  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 19, 2014, 01:59:37 PM
For what it's worth, that plan gets my vote.
6  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 19, 2014, 10:22:07 AM
I feel like I've derailed things.  If so, I apologize.  What do we need to do to get things back on track?
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: November 17, 2014, 09:20:38 PM
I have to say, this week's Epic Rap Battle ends the most... logically.  (Sporadic language warning, as normal for ERB)

This is one of the better ones IMO.  Ending is to be expected I suppose.
8  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Cloak and Dagger on: November 17, 2014, 08:28:38 PM
Arguably the right answer is the one that makes the most sense for the type of game that you are running.  As a rule, the Crafty Folks aren't that explicit when they write so as to leave room for the GM to interpret things and make choices.

My rule of thumb is that I ask, "Does this make sense for this game?"  If the answer is yes, then I'm golden.
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: November 11, 2014, 06:22:47 PM
"Now that I think of it, none of the Knot speaks the dwarven tongue.  However, Drin's little imp advisor might well be able to translate it for us.  Perhaps we should knock on his door and request that he summon the imp.  Might even be amenable to make us a copy in the common if we ask nicely."


OOC: I assume Drin is still in his room at this point?
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: November 07, 2014, 09:36:14 PM
"Were it written in the tongues of hells, I could read it.  I am far more useful at setting things on fire than creating works of art.  Could we perhaps convince them they left it in the common room after drinking?  It would give more time to the rest of the Knot."
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: November 03, 2014, 01:29:25 PM
A sleepy Lars opens the door a crack and after confirming it is a member of the Knot and not merely some thief at the wrong door he opens it.  He asks, "What do you need kind sir?" in his best Mitran priest voice.  "Come in, come in.  Shall I put on a spot of tea?"  Once his companion is ushered inside he asks in his own voice and with a touch of sleep-deprived irritation, "What do you need?"
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 02, 2014, 06:24:21 PM
Lars won't answer as the "Mitran Priest" is on the "doomed" expedition at the moment.  Unless this is the previous night???
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: October 30, 2014, 10:38:38 PM
Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics"

Far more entertaining than it sounds.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 26, 2014, 04:58:29 PM
I find I enjoy Gotham quite a bit.  It's sometimes a bit too eager to show us who will become the villains but I'm enjoying the interplay between Alfred and Bruce.  Even if they sometimes miss with the psychological bits for Bruce. I think I'm in the minority but I enjoy the actor portraying Jim Gordon.   

Haven't caught Flash.

I'm a bit disappointed thus far in Sleepy Hollow.  It's like the network let the creators do whatever they wanted in the first seasons, "cause it won't last anyway." Well, it lasted til season 2. Now there seems to be studio meddling, or writers who changed the pace or something. I find the best bits of the show to be Crane opining on the state of the US as viewed through the lens of someone from the Revolution era.

15  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: October 16, 2014, 01:07:32 AM
As they wind through town, the Mitran priest!Lars smiles and waves to those he passes.  He makes a point of telling folks that he's traveling with some souls that need guidance and if he can covert a bugbear or two, then so much the brighter the world will be.
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