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841  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Healing Action Dice on: November 01, 2012, 02:23:22 PM
Sorry, that wasn't very clear at all.  That's what I get for posting after midnight local time.

Roll the AD, gain that many wounds.
In addition gain half of your normal vitality (1/2 of 12 = 6 for soldier, etc.) x threat level.
Yes, RAW says you aren't supposed to have conditions; however, that's why I'm making this a Campaign Quality for those times when brushing off apparent death is cliche.  (Pretty much every 70's and 80's action film.)
842  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (IC) on: November 01, 2012, 02:14:50 AM
Brila Hararo el la Ileksbosko seems to ignore Sidari for an instance before replying, "My great-grandfather was a missionary to the Orc tribes near the Catama desert.  He settled there and my family has lived there ever since.  Excuse me, one moment." 

A bright haired man stands up at the back of the tavern, slides forward quickly and grabs a drunken man.  Bronn notices instantly that his man is a potential threat.  Brindlglib is nearly stepped on in the process and Baxton's potential mark is scooped up before his eyes.  The tall man declares, "By order of the mayor, you are under arrest Blutto the Red."  He tosses an eye back toward Sidari, "Look me up after your delve."

Bronn, Baxton and Brindlglib all notice Sidari seated at the table at the back of the tavern.

There is a brief tussle before a deep baritone booms out, "Stop!  There will be no violence in my house!"  Everyone retakes their seats as the proprietor, Bianca is standing on a bar stool with her small skillets in each hand.  "Art, take your bounty hunting outside.  The rest of yall; clean up this mess."
843  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (OOC) on: November 01, 2012, 02:04:27 AM
Excellent!  Carry on, sir.
844  Community / License to Improvise / Healing Action Dice on: November 01, 2012, 02:04:00 AM
Recently, I have seen a number of comments - in various threads - about how "wasted" the Refresh action is.  Mostly this appears to be from the perspective of too weak.  I'm thinking about a house rule for those times when magic (or super-science) just isn't an option.

Just a Scratch
Sometimes all that blood isn't important.  After all, it's just a scratch.
Upon the successful completion of a Refresh action, the character rolls an action die and receives that many wounds plus half the normal vitality per level times the threat level.  Additionally, the character may loose one Graded condition.

Meh, the wording's not what I want but the gist if it is there.  (At least, I think it is given how addled my brain feels right now.)
845  Community / Off-Topic / Re: I feel a great disturbance.... on: November 01, 2012, 01:58:00 AM
Willow is IMHO the second finest thing ever to come out of Lucasfilm (trailing only Raiders). *

* I dig Star Wars, but nothing tops Raiders on that list, and my soft spot for Willow is far-reaching and wildly fluffy,

If we're talking about the first three Indy films, sure.  That fourth one just didn't work.  (Not a horrible film, just not a good Indy film.)

I like me some Willow, too but still gonna have to put Star Wars before both of them.
846  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: October 31, 2012, 10:21:35 PM

Most epic!
847  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Windows 8 on: October 31, 2012, 10:11:59 PM
Let's see.. certification process.. testing.. hardening.. validation and review.. etc etc.  Work will see Windows 8 when you guys are on 10.  ..maybe 11.  At home, I have it on the spare machine.  I'll reserve judgement once the pentesters and exploit cowboys have their ways with it.

Are you sure we don't work for the same company?  We just upgraded to Vista because the contract forced us to.
848  Community / Off-Topic / Re: I feel a great disturbance.... on: October 30, 2012, 11:05:02 PM
I not terribly surprised.  Disney has been absorbing anything and everything that makes money for years now.  Lucas has been making comments about how the fun is gone for a few months now.

The question is what are they going to DO with the property.

I'm with the majority on this one: get the hell out of the present continuity.  Jump ahead a few hundred years or back a few thousand.  I'd watch the Great Sith War.
849  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (IC) on: October 30, 2012, 02:28:54 PM
"Art's" face lights up as Sidari pronounces his name.  "Excellent!  I meet so few anymore who can properly pronounce my name.  Do you speak Najafo?"  [Najafo]  "Vi estas bela virino."

"As to you being 'easy to read.'  You must understand that all of us are an open book.  I noted that your shoes have dirt from the road apon them.  Thus I can easily deduce that you've been traveling.  You have minor cuts on your arms and a small tear on your cloak indicating that you went through either brambles or a thicket.  Thus, putting the two together, I conclude you have slept out doors.  You are in a known delver tavern but are not wet.  Thus, you are arriving for a delve and not returning from one.  As to my deduction that you were from Riverton ... that was a guess.  However, it seemed likely given that you are traveling."

"As to why I am here at your table, I often find that company is more agreeable than its lack.  Thus I decided that an attractive woman and I could have a conversation without drawing attention to ourselves."

Bronn is able to find a chair vacated by a dwarf and seat himself near the Pech.  "... like I was saying, the wall comes down and there's a new section of completely unexplored development.  I mean, just think of what could be there.  Anyway, the wall comes down and Bitters is standing there when this ... thing comes out and asks if he needs assistance.  Damndest thing I've ever seen.  It was like some of the big folk but made of metal or something.  Scared the piss outtta me.  Turns out it 'died' shortly after that.  We found some of that new metal the nobles are paying for in Riverton.  So we're going back but I got to thinking, what if some of those things are armed?"

Another at the table asks, "Were they ... you know ... the unborn?"

"I've got no idea.  But, they didn't act like they knew they were on a delve so I doubt it."
850  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (IC) on: October 30, 2012, 12:28:59 AM
An orc waitress that has offered Bronn her bed on at least one occasion brings him the house special and an ale.  The ale is less satisfying that Magdar's brew but neither is it a bad compliment to the stew.  "If you want news, I'd slide up to those Pech sitting over there.  They seem to have come back with some interesting news from their recent delve.  Something about animated metal suits or some such."  Bronn knows that she is acting far below her intelligence.

Baxton notes a man deep in his cups; however, his friends keep checking on him.

The pale haired man smiles and says, "Sidari.  A very nice name.  I am named Brila Hararo el la Ileksbosko.  In this tongue, it would be Bright Hair from the Holly Grove, though I think such a direct translation might lose some meaning.  I was once told by a beautiful woman my name is like a work of Art.  I believe her family name was Doyle .... Perhaps Art Doyle for something more pronounceable?"  He seems at ease and pleased with himself.  "Please, tell me if any of my deductions were correct."

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851  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (IC) on: October 28, 2012, 07:08:22 PM
Baxton finds the common room crowded and noisy.  There is food flowing from one side of the room to the other.  He notices a group of Pech gathered around a low table off in an elevated corner.  They seem to be enjoying themselves.

Her temporary companion smiles and adds an ale to her order.  Glancing back at Sidari he adds, "I hope that wasn't too forward.  I'm more than able to pay for my own food but it seemed cruel to ask ... the staff ... to come back over here given the crush of people."  He glances at Sidari again but the look is not one of lust but of observation.  "You are obviously familiar with the inn and tavern trade.  And, given that you are eager to separate yourself from the help added to your 'just passing through' comment, I'd say that you have recently left the employ of an inn-keeper in Riverton.  You have been sleeping out of doors recently so I'd wager you are either part of group low on funds or are not part of an official group.  In either case, you have the look of someone itching to embark on her first delve.  Thus, I would deduce that you have been sleeping out of doors to surreptitiously join a delve in progress.  A lover perhaps?  However, and I'm sure I don't have to emphasize this, it is none of my business.  On the other hand, if you are truly passing through, perhaps I could interest you in traveling with me?"

As he finishes his statement, the ale arrives.
852  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Marines, Police set up mock zombie apocalypse on: October 28, 2012, 01:14:32 PM
I found the comments more interesting.  The general gist of them can be summed up by this one in particular

Quote from: some guy named Bruce
"Zombie Apocalypse" does sound silly, but can you imagine the disturbance it would cause if it were properly titled? How do you feel about "Extreme Civil Disturbance Reponse", or maybe "Imposition of Martial Law Training"?
853  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Your Favorite Modern Mechanics on: October 28, 2012, 09:37:45 AM
And why my table ignores this piece of the errata.

That just makes Refresh Actions an even worse way to get Wounds back, which is the crux of my point.  Not that I don't like spells healing - but that Refresh needs to be beefed up entirely because it costs an Action die.  That or make it free (cost-wise).

Yes and no.  We apply it to wounds first and they other forms of damage, so it's possible that your AD expenditure can net you 5 wounds if you're that far gone.
854  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Your Favorite Modern Mechanics on: October 27, 2012, 04:20:28 PM
Missed this earlier, but it's a DC15 skill check to get 1/3 of 2d6 wounds back (per Crafty clarification in the FAQ thread) - or, to put it in terms of another spendable resource, 1 Spell Point. 

To be fair, this has more to do with honoring the legacy of SRD magic than it does about balancing Fantasy Craft. Wink

And why my table ignores this piece of the errata.
855  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: From the Ashes (IC) on: October 27, 2012, 04:19:26 PM
Ronan smiles broadly and slaps Lief on the back.  "Look at that boy, an orc who missed his calling as a nurse maid."
Lief grins widely before adding, "I already have a mother, thank you, sir."  However, unlike Ronan, the smile never reaches his eyes.
"But still boy, he's right about those rashes."

With that, the two of them turn off towards a well rutted road.  As they drop out of sight, Ronan can be heard to say, "You want to look up The Milkmaid's Barn if you crave companionship - clean, reasonably priced and mostly free of thieves."

The Roaring Demon is as Bronn remembers it.  The smell of fresh sawdust on the floor mingles with the smell of roasting pig.  The proprietor - an older human woman - is practically dancing through the open kitchen with the tools of her trade.  A small pair of skillets hang off her belt.  Bronn remembers what they did to the last fool who tried to push her too far.  The place is mostly full this evening but the crowd is obviously arriving from the ruins as their hair is still wet.  Bianca has a strict wash before you enter policy for those returning from the ruins and few chance her wrath for bringing "mud, stink and filth" into her establishment.


Sidari enters the Demon and quickly finds her wits full with wandering hands.  After establishing that she isn't interested she is allowed to pass.  The bar reminds her of home and her father.  The girls are moving platters full of food and it smells wonderful.  Her father's food is good but more of a standard fare.  This woman is selling a touch of her soul with anything that leaves her kitchen.  It makes her stomach rumble.  Not from hunger so much as anticipation.  When she finally reaches a low table affording a good view of the room, she is joined almost immediately by a tall, thin man coming through a door at the back.

"Isn't Bianca going to yell at you for taking a break while the other girls work?"  He raises a quizzical eyebrow in her directions before sitting across from her.
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