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16  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 28, 2015, 05:22:41 PM
After remaining silent for some time, Lars speaks.  "We are eye deep in specifics.  Let us swim up to the surface before we drown on them.  The real question is this: What will prevent the bugbears from being able to overcome the keep?  Only those things that would prevent or serious imperil victory need be done.  Thorn would not collect an army of bugbears if he intended for us to defeat the entire keep on our own.  Yes, we act as a force multiplier - fighting from within the walls, sowing chaos, etc.  However, the bugbears will be the hammer that crushes this egg.  We merely need to get it in position.  Let us focus on that."

He pauses to make sure he has their attention, then continues.

"The ravens summon reinforcements.  The wizard is a combat squad by himself.  His toy golem is worth multiple soldiers.  The captain is a paladin.  The priest can call the forces of the pretender.  These should be our targets.  Disabling the soldiers is nice but nothing the bugbears can't handle.  Let's focus on dealing with those individuals.  The rest will ... fall into place."
17  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 27, 2015, 09:56:43 PM
Hello everyone.  Been out of pocket for a few days.  The wife took her mom on a little vacation so I've been dealing with my munchkins.  I love 'em but I'm really not sure how my wife deals with 'em.

I'm catching up on the IC.  Hope to post soon.
18  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 20, 2015, 07:50:26 PM
Teeth filled Lars' grin; determination was etched across his face. "Yes, he needs to die. If he is so willing to sing Mitra's praises, I'm happy to arrange a private audition. Though, I'm happy to have some help."
19  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 20, 2015, 12:45:53 PM
Lars spoke up after remaining silent and listening while the Knot exchanged plans.  "We must, I think, be careful that we do not overplay our hand.  As Aiden has said, we need not do so much that they risk calling for reinforcements.  That would be at cross purposes to our plans.  Our lord delights in contracts that favor one side over the other.  However, setting up such contracts is difficult as it requires the other side remain unaware that it is getting the short end of the stick ... so to speak.  If I am understanding the plan at present, we will do all six of Creamor's steps at once.  Assuming that is the case, I can support the activity.  Letting it linger from one day to the next may well cause them to summon their reinforcements.  At present, it is nothing more than a series of unfortunate events."

He extended his hands toward the fire for a moment to ensure he was correct before he continued.  "When are the rangers due back?  A day or two delay is likely unremarkable in winter.  However, a longer delay may cause them to send out a search party.  And, we have neither the time nor the ability to remove all traces of the battle that happened here.  Again, that would prompt them to summon reinforcements."

"Who are our priority targets?  Barhold, obviously.  However, I would suggest that they ravens must be a higher priority.  Otherwise, I agree with Creamor."  And a moment, he added, "What about the stew?"
20  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 18, 2015, 12:11:59 PM
Good plan on the loot.

If it matters, I'll spend an AD on the tracking roll.
21  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 17, 2015, 09:53:30 AM
As Grumblejack rips Varning asunder Lars shakes his head.  "You would have made a fine sacrifice to our Master."  Nevertheless, he offers the appropriate prayer of dedication for the victory.

When complete, Lars looks toward Aiden.  "Yes.  Though I'm a bit rusty.  I haven't done any serious tracking since I left home to become a priest."  Scanning the ground he eyes Varning's bow.  He picks it up and tests the weight.  Lighter than mine.  Though, more durable.  After a moment of contemplation he tosses it back down.  "I'll grab my bow and start right away."

He retrieves his bow and begins hunting for sign.  While doing so he calls over his shoulder, "Does anyone else need medical attention before I get too deep into tracking?"

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22  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 16, 2015, 09:16:43 PM
Lars drops the bow and heads toward Varning drawing upon the fire of his master's realm.  He takes up a position opposite Grumblejack.  At least Varning should make an appropriate offering to my Master.  As he draws closer, he shouts, "Varning, will you yield and be willingly sacrificed to our Master?"

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23  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 14, 2015, 10:39:41 PM
Based on the map, it looks like Lars could charge Varning.  Am I looking at that correctly?  I'm away from my book at the moment so I can't double check myself.
24  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 12, 2015, 01:26:54 PM
I'm good with that.
25  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: New to Fantasy Craft on: April 11, 2015, 07:10:16 PM
I guess I just want peoples opinions on how well its handles less 'heroic' characters

Do you mean less heroic or less competent?  The reason I ask is that I'm not sure how you're using the word "heroic."  FC characters are exceptionally competent and do indeed lean toward cinematic.  However, the campaign qualities I suggested would put them about as far away from cinematic as you can be.  That is, at least as I define the term.

Another option would be to have them design characters for a given level and then leave them at that level for the long term - in a semi-Mutants & Masterminds kind of way.
26  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: New to Fantasy Craft on: April 11, 2015, 04:00:42 PM
I'd take a look at a few more campaign qualities.

Consider the following:
Bleak Heroes
Dead Means Dead
Deadly Combat
Doomed Heroes
Fragile Heroes
Hewn Limbs
Lesser Heroes (as mentioned)
Savage Wilds
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: April 11, 2015, 11:56:30 AM
Not entirely sure you folks are the target audience for this, but just in case you were thinking of going to/taking younger relations to "Home" the movie; don't bother.

Thanks for the heads up.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 10, 2015, 09:44:58 AM
Today sucked, tired of life, will give a fuck later.
The End.

Sorry to hear that you're not feeling well.  I hope you feel better.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 09, 2015, 07:28:31 PM
Valentina, we did some similar discussion about two years ago.  However, that computer's hard drive had a stroke so I went digging for new data.  I feel it important to separate homicide from suicide in these discussions.  Folks who want to end their own lives will find a way to do so - with or without guns.

Let's take a look at some figures presented by the nice folks at Wikipedia.  I'm going to assume that the data is real; however, I'm not going to go out and spot check all of it.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) did a study of intentional homicide which it defines as "unlawful death purposefully inflicted on a person by another person".

The rate was calculated by taking the 14,827 homicides in the US and following this formula:
homicides/US population/100,000
The rate was 4.7.

Comparing with other countries:
the US comes out at 111 of 218 if you sort for the highest homicide rate.
the US comes out at 108 of 218 if you sort for the lowest homicide rate.

I listed both so folks could look at the data in the positive/negative.  Either way, the US is in the middle of the pack.  If that doesn't sound good to you, remember that the US has the highest personal ownership of firearms per capita for any nation on the planet: 90 guns per 100 people in the US.

The data doesn't stipulate that these are gun homicides, just that they are homicides.  Granted, folks who are determined to end another person's life will use whatever tools they can access.  Just remember that they will use ANY tool they can get their hands on, up to and including their hands.  So, this data is not all about guns.

Let's combine these two facts see what the number of gun homicides per gun is.  After all, there are many people who genuinely believe that gun ownership is to blame.  [EDIT] The homicide rates don't reflect gun-based homicides; however, let's assume they did.[/EDIT]

homicides/[(90 guns/100 people)*US population]
14,827 / [(90 / 100) * ~320,000,000]
= 0.0000515 homicides per gun
Hmmmm, let's multiply that 1,000,000 to make it easier to use.  So, the US rating is 51.5 homicides per million guns.

Let's do the same for the UK:
homicides/[(90 guns/100 people)*UK population]
653 / [(6.6 / 100) * ~ 63 million] = 157 homicides per million guns.

So, are UK gun owners ~3 times more likely to commit homicide?  Perhaps gang shootings kill ~3 times as many people in the UK as in the US?  Whatever the problem is, lawful gun ownership isn't it.
30  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: April 07, 2015, 06:16:38 PM
Its been a rough couple of weeks, give me a day or three.

Take the time you need.
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