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16  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: December 02, 2014, 07:09:12 PM
Lars says, "I'll take the first watch, then."  Lars places a ribbon in his scriptures and stands.  He begins walking about the camp trying to find a spot that provides both concealment as well as visibility.
17  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: December 01, 2014, 07:16:45 PM
Lars sits contentedly next to the fire.  He inhales the cold, crisp air and holds it in his lungs for a bit before releasing it.  Not unlike a man puffing on a pipe.  "Ah, simple pleasures.  Who has first watch?"  While waiting for a reply he opens his scriptures and begins reading.
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 27, 2014, 09:23:48 AM
Heavy stuff above about airsoft and etc.- Wanna see something to break your brain?

Look up Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3.

Seems pretty tame.  My high school had a trap shooting club that met at school and flung traps OVER the school.  Granted, they wouldn't be able to do that now ...

Thanksgiving?  Oh, you mean Black Thursday, the first shopping day of the Christmas season!  Seriously, its getting to the point where that's what Thanksgiving is now, basically the food binge you do so you can survive the long lines outside the stores for a month.  Tongue

Sadly.  Though me and mine will be offering thanks today.  And NOT standing in line.
19  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 27, 2014, 09:01:06 AM
Hey.  Just posting to apologise for being away so long.  Can't promise when I will be around, happy for you to do with Drin whatever you like.  With medical school finals coming up, then a spot of running around the jungle on elective and then being a junior doctor, I can't really commit to this long-haul at all.  Sorry to bail as well :S

Q: What do you call a guy who graduates last in medical school with a D average?
A: Doctor.


Get out there and heal some people. 
20  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: November 26, 2014, 05:44:26 PM
Indeed!  A failed expedition would allow for those who warned us to shake their heads sadly and rue the evil bugbears and stupidity.  I'm all for it.  I'll return as a villager so that my priest persona won't have to head to the cathedral.  Is there anything else that would be helpful?
21  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 26, 2014, 05:40:33 PM
Anyway, thanks for having me along all. Sorry things end like this. Embarrassed

No worries.  Hope things get better for you.
22  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 25, 2014, 03:12:55 PM
Sounds right to me.
23  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: November 24, 2014, 07:03:21 PM
So, Lars is headed for bead before heading out in the morning on the "doomed" expedition.
24  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."
25  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.
26  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.
27  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.
28  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.
29  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?
30  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.
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