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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 03:52 AM
    PCs are heroes and heroes have an uncanny ability to avoid major injury, maiming and decapitation. Generally being knock out might mean bleeding but injuries heal and magic helps. If it is massive critical damage then let the player decide on any injuries their character might get as a result
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    Wednesday, 20th February, 2019, 01:29 AM
    greetings and welcome from the relatively warm state of Tennessee
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    Monday, 18th February, 2019, 11:35 AM
    It is not just time, but energy as well. I know it has been 7 years since I was in the hospital, but I am still healing from that. :(
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    Sunday, 17th February, 2019, 11:18 PM
    I am thinking I am not able to continue gaming. Work has been exhausting as I have been given even more responsibility. I am enjoying work, but missing the game.
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    Saturday, 16th February, 2019, 11:59 PM
    I think you can guess that I was wrong in thinking I can play a game of d and d. I didn't really get to start. I am sorry but I am doing what you probably already done and remmoved my character.
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    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 11:49 PM
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 09:23 AM
    or is it? I am reminded of Battlestar Galaticas ragtag array of available spaceships, and although that was a neccesity due to the cylons attack, maybe even in the best conditions it will be determined that a single Generation Ship isnt going to work and that it is necessary to send a fleet of smaller craft together. The smaller craft might then allow some mobility as people move from one ship...
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    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 04:39 AM
    I don't know if its possible for earthbound humans to actually envision what living in an entirely closed environment is like, because even in the most highly constrained environments (say the middle of a dense urban ghetto) people can still see the sky, feel weather and imagine what its like to go out into the country - imagination and hope are immensely powerful forces in maintaining human...
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 11:07 PM
    That question of sanity is what makes the lives of ship dwellers more than just an ethical issue and raises it to a fundamental issue of survival. Even more so if the the crew are largely leisure focused. DO we get excessive drug and alcohol consumption? what happens if a person steals or if there is a fight and somebody is killed? It takes only one person to become aberrant for the whole...
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 10:47 PM
    I suppose it may have been achieved via your skill markers on the map but my only thing while reading it was to add a sense of movement and plot by maybe adding three 'milestones' in the market square to show the movement of the townsfolk out of the scene. I'd set them up as "Barricade" - "Panic in the Square" and "Out of the Frying Pain" 'Barricade' aligns directly with your Athletics...
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 05:18 AM
    Weyland Corporation obviously
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 12:32 AM
    back before 3e I was tinkering with my own skill based magic system that used Techniques (schools), Sources (themes) and Skill and then create spell effects based on their technique and source Anyway: Sources: Elemental ( Stone, Air, Fire, Water, Cold, Thunder/Sound, Lighting, Force/Kinetic (Blast, Slash, Pierce)), Materia (Plant, Animal, Mind, Body, Metal), Spirit (Death, Life, Divine,...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 10:16 PM
    I'm not sure that golems need any changing in order to fit a Steampunk setting, as stated earlier the Flesh Golem is essentially Frankenstein and the Clay Golem is based on Der Golem story which was set in Victorian-era Prague. At most perhaps I'd change the Iron Golems breath weapon from poison to hot burning steam and equip it with a boiler in its chest I used Train golems in one short...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 09:23 PM
    I like to look at the spell list around level 9 and level 5 to see what themes are happening and for druid you get Commune with Nature at level 5 and the general themes of plants, animals, wilderness survival, healing, rot, wind/storms, earthquakes. sunlight So Druids are all about Communing with Nature to the extent that they become part of Nature in all its aspects. They see the cycle of...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 07:47 PM
    most serious theorist on the subject highlight social and psychological stability as one of the major impediments to life in space - humans are adapted to planets and may not be able to cope living long term in a ship in space (even the biodome experiments on earth have broken down due to social tension)
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 04:50 PM
    Otyugh - remember they are intelligent! Umber Hulk - best weird monster without tentacles Shambling Mound Ettin if they are roleplayed not just fodder Barghest are great to have in a goblin encounter Carrion Crawler - paralysis is scary (and a tribute to Aleena) Bullywug - for personal nostalgia as I was introduced to DnD by two plastic Bullywugs and a carrion crawler
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    Thursday, 7th February, 2019, 09:32 AM
    Alkaline hydrolysis - dissolution of corpses in water and lye only takes about 10 to 15 hours depending on the weight of the body and the resulting liquid can be recycled directly through the tree farm:) Any left over bone could be mixed into ceramics and reused
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    Wednesday, 6th February, 2019, 01:29 AM
    wyrdly enough I just noticed that the EnSider Villain Spotlight Granny Buccus is very much this, although they're using a succubus as their base, she is presented as the 'old crone' - so very much a Fey indeed Hags are my favourite Fey and I recommend using them as well as taking other creatures (like Emotion Vampires and Succubi) and re-coating them as Fey too
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    Tuesday, 5th February, 2019, 08:49 PM
    Its the 80s so Michael J Fox as Frodo Jennifer Connoly as an elf
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    Tuesday, 5th February, 2019, 02:27 AM
    ďIf cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember.Ē ― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies The problem of course is that the modern take on Fey has emphasized their beauty and style and turned their tricks into playful mischief rather than the truly terrifying events they should be. iirc there was a Story Hour here that had...
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    Monday, 4th February, 2019, 11:41 PM
    The New Avengers have an interesting line up - though I do wonder whose missing from the Hulk-sized gap behind Rocket and Antman? Or is it a Captain Marvel sized gap? Thats one of the issues with MCU trailers now, we can't tell what is and isnt going to be in the final movie. Which I suppose is good as the trailer works to raise excitement without revealing too much story. I do thing this...
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    Saturday, 2nd February, 2019, 04:43 AM
    hmmm, so Fast and Furious has finally stepped over into full Superhero territory - just how long can this franchise go on?
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 06:35 AM
    yeah, thats a good point when it comes to common crew, but we do need to account for the lack of widespread communication and social media from Chaucers time to now, so I think the effect would be less pronunced:P. I'd expect some greater standardisation in dialects especially among the 'educated/technicians' in much the way that Latin was used as the language of scholars in Europe right up...
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 04:10 AM
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 01:08 AM
    But both the hydroponics manuals and engineering manuals are written in the same language as are a vast database of downloadable books, videos and music. Indeed it is very much like when church Latin was a Lingua Franca and I think the differences would be more akin to Bronx v Scouse v Hong Kong English
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 12:29 AM
    Nanomorph tech (armour or droid) sounds cool - and would be a cool plausible addition to your game world Food synthesisers or even terraforming could be options too
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    Friday, 1st February, 2019, 12:24 AM
    Yep, thatís what prompted my image of the Engineers priesthood recital of the ancient manuals to the faithful crew - theyíre not the ruling class (that belongs to Bridge or maybe Security) but they are privileged because they know the Codes and Protocols
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    Thursday, 31st January, 2019, 02:52 PM
    now I'm imagining a strange future when the Ships Manuals are treated like Torah Scrolls and every sleep cycle the crew gather for prayer as the 'Engineers' chant the Tech-Specs and Standard Operating Procedures in the original language of ancient earth Amene
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    Wednesday, 30th January, 2019, 05:19 AM
    The calculation has been done by the University of Florida for a space trip of 200 years, (eight to 10 generations) and suggest a minimum number of 160 people are needed to maintain a stable population Apparently that yields 10 potential partners per person and avoids both inbreeding and genetic drift. However the study also suggest that the number could be halved to 80 if women are asked to...
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    Wednesday, 30th January, 2019, 04:45 AM
    Asterix and Obelix were superheroes, putting them in ancient celtic Gaul just changes the setting and if you liked the old War comics then try Captain America the First Avenger - it has a WW2 setting, though unfortunately no ANZAC soldiers:P Wonder Womans has a WW1 setting and might be a good option too. Of course growing up watching British TV when I think of the Avengers my first point of...
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    Tuesday, 29th January, 2019, 05:54 AM
    I've always wondered why people focus this criticism on the 80's maybe its a British thing but does anyone remember the Carry On movies? starting in 1958 with Carry On Nurse and ranging right up to 1992 - they're all bowdlerized tiddy comedies and if anything exemplified rape culture its them While it doesnt justify 'rape culture' in anyway, if you go back far enough then Chaucer and...
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    Monday, 28th January, 2019, 12:11 AM
    That would be an interesting premise for a short story - the first great generation ship is launched and 1000 years later arrives on a new planet only to discover that they are late, later colonist arrived 300 years prior and their entire culture of believing they were humanities last hope is now obsolete
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    Sunday, 27th January, 2019, 05:53 AM
    Apparently the experiments have been done and famously there is a NASA video tape which is heavily censured and restricted. Apparently only four sex positions are possible in zero-G without "mechanical assistance" another six were possible with an elastic belt and inflatable tunnel. The classic missionary position was ruled out as simply not possible due to its reliance on gravity.
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    Saturday, 26th January, 2019, 06:56 PM
    although they were pre-industrial a number of societies with specialised career linked to particular families survived on small islands around the world, so its possible that a generation ship would also be made up of various self-contained 'sections' where the families learn a particular set of specialised knowledge/skill which contribute to the ships maintenance and operation and with social...
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    Saturday, 26th January, 2019, 01:35 PM
    temp levels in drunken maser perhaps? 'gators as animal companion? yanky doodle dandy was what the people of the new born USA had accepted as a name in the revolutionary war, though "Dandy" was a British reference to an effeminate man.
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    Saturday, 26th January, 2019, 11:32 AM
    SO far even the basics of maintaining an artificial biosphere has not been perfected, although it is being worked on. The major issue of reliable longterm gravity and oxygen generation need to be developed, as is the issue of maintaining immunity balanced against preventing widespread infection. A secure power source is also needed, most likely small, self contained nuclear fusion generators...
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    Friday, 25th January, 2019, 07:57 PM
    Its true that Peter Venkman is portrayed as a fast talking womanizing charlatan, but they're not suppose to be positive traits, Venkman is a 'bit of a dick' who needs to change his ways for the team to succeed, which is why although Venkman is the front man, it is Ray and Egon who are ultimately the true heroes of Ghostbusters. Admittedly, thats probably not something a casual viewer is going...
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    Friday, 25th January, 2019, 04:48 AM
    nonetheless a dominant Tom can have a home range of 5 miles which is quite sufficient for a forested area that the PCs are exploring. When I was a teenager I had a cat who would follow me on my paper run which spanned a good chunk of the community and the few times it did bolt , it bolted back to me. But yes that cat was very unusual and was the neighborhoods dominant Tom - it use to chase...
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    Thursday, 24th January, 2019, 09:46 PM
    Approaches I'd use as a DM 1 A pet is just background fluff, describe its antics if you want to, but it affects nothing in the game 2 A pet is equipment, you can use it to amuse you, if you invest skills I might even let you train it but use it as a weapon and it will die!!! 3 Animal Companion
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    Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, 07:17 PM
    by that criteria, there are no classic movies and really unless you're a critic or a film student all the pontificating about Citizen Kanes cinematography and multiple genre is meaningless, audiences want to be entertained and the fact is of all the 80's movies Ghostbusters stands out as the most entertaining. I loved Buckaroo Banzai and Star Wars and the other 80s movies but Ghostbusters is the...
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    Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, 11:27 AM
    I went from the Basic set to Playing GURPS because of the share brilliance of the supplements then came back to 3e and then Pathfinder, dont like 4e, now love Fate Accelerated, havent made the move to 5e, but it does look good
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    Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, 08:47 AM
    I can see how Aspects do take a bit of getting use to, precisely because they are flexible abstractions but that to me is they're charm. If while playing DnD I told you I was playing a "Gnome Barbarian" who was "out for revenge" then there are certain assumptions you might make about what it means to be a Gnome, what it means to be a Barbarian and what it means to be seeking revenge (and...
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Sunday, 10th February, 2019

  • 04:47 PM - Jacob Lewis mentioned Tonguez in post Anatomy of a Skill Challenge
    AbdulAlhazred and Tonguez Both of you suggested some excellent ideas! It goes to show there is more than one way to design these. I certainly could have elaborated mine for such an epic event, but probably not at the time. It was our first skill challenge with a lot of new players, and we were (or I was) still figuring out the best way to execute it within a PbP format. If I were designing a similar scenario today with more time, I'd most likely develop something more complex along the lines suggested. ;) so last question - what was the follow up consequence of getting the towns folk out and holding the square against the goblins? Hmm... I thought I had a simple answer for this, but after giving it some thought, I realize there was a lot more going on. The towns folk did not occupy the battle map, only in the abstract "theater of the mind". This was simulated by a combination of narrative description from myself as well as the players, and imposing a -2 penalty for all ranged and area attacks until the ...

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

  • 05:43 AM - MechaPilot mentioned Tonguez in post Preferences regarding "save to resist" vs. "roll to hit" mechanics?
    Active player acts. Bob wants to hit you with a sword? Bob rolls. Joe wants to question your motives, Joe rolls Sense Motive/Insight/other. If the do-er rolls, then yes. That fits. However, Tonguez said "It comes down to player agency does it not? Thus Players do all the rolls." If I'm reading that right, that means a "player always rolls" model. Therefore, if a player does something against another player, the "player always rolls" model would seem to dictate that both players individually and exclusively get to be the one to roll to determine success. That's part of why I like the more consistent "the one who acts rolls" method of having the do-er roll for success or failure; no fiddly exceptions or layering of subsystems.

Saturday, 5th May, 2018

  • 03:02 PM - OB1 mentioned Tonguez in post Avenger's Infinity War *Spoiler* Discussion
    ...n for trailers, credits, & the post credit scene. (then add some more time for the staff to clean up for the next showing) Most of the movie going audience don't want to sit through something that long. The theatres absolutely don't want that length of movie. Because that greatly limits how many showings per day they can schedule. Less showings = less tickets sold = less food sold. Long shows = less $. B) Everything crammed into 2.5hrs? I guarantee you'd be complaining you saw a crappy movie. C) Pt1 & Pt2 released simultaneously or back to back? That won't work. D) Not make this story? Or any other long term story that takes several/many movies to set the stage for? Edit: Oh, BTW. Nothing is forcing you to see A:IW - or any other movie you think is incomplete - right when it comes out. You've known for a year or two that it was initially called A:IW pt1.... So wait until just before Pt2 hits the theatres, watch Pt1, then go watch the 2nd part. Not sure about Tonguez but what I want is a complete story inside a larger story. Kind of like an adventure that tells a complete story while still being part of a larger campaign. And while you can leave things unresolved, at the end of the adventure, that piece should still have it's own satisfying beginning, middle and end. AIW tries to do this by making Thanos the protagonist of the story, but because his motives are compromised by his insanity, instead of getting an anti-hero that you empathize with even while abhorring their actions (see The Godfather, Wolf of Wall Street, Empire Strikes Back, Dexter), you end up in this weird space where to see things from Thanos' point of view you actually have to think he was RIGHT in killing half the Universe's population as if the idea weren't both completely illogical, insane and evil. I have no doubt that the creators of AIW wanted people to empathize with Thanos in the same way people do with Darth Vader or Don Corleone, but those movies earn that...

Thursday, 5th April, 2018

  • 11:26 AM - Coroc mentioned Tonguez in post Mechanics of Revived Settings; your thoughts?
    Sword of Spirit XP for your ideas on the solamnic Knights, with roses just being additional fluff that would be a solution. I think what Tonguez meant was that Birthright is basically a vanilla Fantasy Setting, nothing like eberron, ravenloft or darksun.

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Monday, 27th February, 2017

  • 08:00 AM - Knightfall mentioned Tonguez in post EN World City Project: Geography
    ATTN: The Grey Dwarf, Lalato, Conaill, Krug, Jolly Giant, wizardoftheplains, Shadowdancer, David Argall, Buttercup, Tallow, Wippit Guud, Tonguez, jdavis, GladiusNP, fusangite, KnidVermicious. I don't know how many of you are around any more, but I figured I'd put up these mentions in case any of you wanted the larger print screen version of the map. Cheers! KF

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Friday, 4th March, 2016

  • 04:25 PM - Scott DeWar mentioned Tonguez in post [Thread Game] D&D Monsters A-Z
    @Tonguez, I am very reluctant to give away my secret google-fu. Oh well, its all in fun! Monster finder the web addy as de in the name, so I think that is German. Somebody in Germany has a very well set up sight with pick on almost every monster. Raiment 75164 it gives a bit of information such as cr, hd, alignment, plane of existence type and subtype. then it says what book it is found in Ie: LMo is libris mortus then you click on the name of the monster and it has a link to a jpeg and links to where to buy the book. easy cheesy peasy!

Friday, 30th October, 2015

  • 09:13 PM - El Mahdi mentioned Tonguez in post Warlord Name Poll
    ...; @Orlax ; @Otterscrubber ; @Pandamonium87 ; @Paraxis ; @PaulO. ; @Pauln6 ; @Pauper ; @payn; @pemerton ; @peterka99 ;@ Pickles III ; @Pickles JG ; @pkt77242 ; @pming ; @pogre; @PopeYodaI ; @Prickly ; @procproc ; @Psikerlord ; @Psikerlord# ; @(Psi)SeveredHead; @Quickleaf ; @Raith5 ; @raleel ; @Ralif Redhammer ; @Raloc ; @Ranes ; @RangerWickett; @Ratskinner ; @redrick ; @Rejuvenator ; @Remathilis ; @Ristamar ; @RolenArcher; @Roland55 ; @RPG_Tweaker ; @Rune ; @Rygar ; @Sacrosanct ; @Saelorn ; @Saeviomagy; @sailor-Moon ; @SailorNash ; @Saplatt ; @Satyrn ; @Shades of Eternity ; @shadowmane; @sheadunne ; @Shasarak ; @shidaku ; @shintashi ; @Shiroiken ; @SigmaOne ; @sleypy; @sleypy01 ; @SpiderMonkey ; @Staccat0 ; @Staffan ; @steeldragons ; @steenan @STeveC ; @strider13x ; @Strider1973 ; @Sword of Spirit ; @Talmek ; @TerraDave; @TheCosmicKid ; @The_Gneech ; @TheHobgoblin ; @The Human Target ; @the Jester; @The Mirrorball Man ; @The Myopic Sniper ; @ThirdWizard ; @Tia Nadiezja ; @Tinker-TDC; @Tonguez ; @Tony Vargas ; @Tormyr ; @TrippyHippy ; @tsadkiel ; @tuxgeo ; @twigglythe Gnome ; @TwoSix ; @Uchawi ; @Ulorian ; @UnadvisedGoose445 ; @UngeheuerLich; @Us ; @Valmarius ; @Warbringer ; @was ; @wedgeski ; @Wednesday Boy ; @Wik ; @WillDoyle ; @Winterthorn ; @Wuzzard ; @Xeviat ; @Yaarel ; @Yunru ; @Zalabim ; @Zansy; @Zardnaar ; @Zeuel ; @ZickZak ; @ZombieRoboNinja ; @ZzarkLinux

Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014

  • 01:43 PM - Wednesday Boy mentioned Tonguez in post Do Otyughs literally eat... (dung)???
    Someone here at EN World has a wonderful example of a typical conversation with an otyugh in their signature. I'm sorry I can't remember who it is. @Tonguez had the quote from @IcyCool. It cracked me up every time I saw it, so I saved it. Originally Posted by IcyCool Man, given the average Int of an Otyugh, I can just see the boss monologue now... PCs: "Before we fight, why don't you tell us your master plan?" Otyugh: "I like poop." PCs: "Umm, what?" Otyugh: "Do you have poop?"

Monday, 20th October, 2014

  • 03:25 AM - Hand of Evil mentioned Tonguez in post These are not Michael Jackson's rats...
    Agree with Tonguez they are only indicators of human habitation, if they have it, so do the humans around them. Sorry, New York, you're doomed! I remember reading an article a long time ago, call The Rat the Lapdog of the Devil, what a rat can do, is scary amazing.

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Friday, 22nd February, 2019

  • 07:13 PM - Neutron Penguin quoted Tonguez in post Marvel's Iron Fist Season 2 - Much Better
    Im not sure the cancellations are so much an outright cancellation as much as they are a redeployment LC and Fisto are still going to appear in the other shows (ie Daredevil) and I do wonder if they are either a) setting up for a Heroes for Hire series (8 episodes ensemble) OR b) taking the shows away from Netflix over to the Disney Streaming service Heroes for Hire would be my preference I think the new Disney streaming service is PG-13 so it'll be interesting to see if they do revive the shows there.

Tuesday, 19th February, 2019

  • 02:17 PM - Sadras quoted Tonguez in post Marvel's Iron Fist Season 2 - Much Better
    Hmm, yeah unlikely to be new seasons but the Characters are now freed up to use elsewhere and I for one would be happy if DOnofrio reprised his Kingpin in a Spiderman movie or perhaps we'll see Luke Cage showing up in the 'new' New Avengers movie Two year moratorium.

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

  • 01:19 PM - MarkB quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    As to innovation I'm sure that even that should be possible - maybe better ways to process bioplastics from organic waste? GM modification of algal colonies so that they taste like strawberries? And how do you check that your strawberry goop is safe to cultivate and eat? Maybe it's carcinogenic if consumed over several years. Maybe it leeches nutrients from the system when grown at industrial scale. You'll need packs of lab rats to test for the former, and sequestered vats for the latter, all extra resources to be carried in order to sustain tests that will take years to complete - and that's just to test for two out of numerous potential issues.

Monday, 11th February, 2019

  • 08:32 PM - Mike Myler quoted Tonguez in post Mythological Figures: Tarzan (5E)
    I notice he's using a bow in one of those pictures. Could you do something with that? I can fix him up with a better ranged attack than a rock (and should have from the start!) but that doesn't up his damage output. Some feats would need swapped around (probably drop Tavern Brawler) but if he picked up one of the -5/+10 feats (either) he'd be in good shape. I've been waiting for this as Tarzan is my favorite literary character however straight off the bat, I cant accept the Int 9 that you've given him. As a child Tarzan teaches himself to read simply by recognizing the regular patterns made by letters in his alphabet book, he then uses that to construct his own language. Later while contemplating God he creates his own name for it Bulamutumumo. Later he quickly learns to speak French and then English Tarzan was a genius - really I've always though that Tarzan is the kind of character who has 18s in everything. Also I agree making him more agile than athletic makes more sense (he is a gre...

Sunday, 10th February, 2019

  • 04:47 PM - Jacob Lewis quoted Tonguez in post Anatomy of a Skill Challenge
    AbdulAlhazred and Tonguez Both of you suggested some excellent ideas! It goes to show there is more than one way to design these. I certainly could have elaborated mine for such an epic event, but probably not at the time. It was our first skill challenge with a lot of new players, and we were (or I was) still figuring out the best way to execute it within a PbP format. If I were designing a similar scenario today with more time, I'd most likely develop something more complex along the lines suggested. ;) so last question - what was the follow up consequence of getting the towns folk out and holding the square against the goblins? Hmm... I thought I had a simple answer for this, but after giving it some thought, I realize there was a lot more going on. The towns folk did not occupy the battle map, only in the abstract "theater of the mind". This was simulated by a combination of narrative description from myself as well as the players, and imposing a -2 penalty for all ranged and area attacks until the ...
  • 05:23 AM - tomBitonti quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    That question of sanity is what makes the lives of ship dwellers more than just an ethical issue and raises it to a fundamental issue of survival. Even more so if the the crew are largely leisure focused. DO we get excessive drug and alcohol consumption? what happens if a person steals or if there is a fight and somebody is killed? It takes only one person to become aberrant for the whole structure to crumble - so do you have a totalitarian system where aberrant behaviour is eliminated immediately? Do you encourage compliance and opiates:) What happens to political dissent? WHat happens when two tribes go to war? I agree that having to live in a highly constrained society would likely cause all sorts of problems. I donít know if they are unsurmountable. People are adaptable and resilient. I worry more about long term stability. Gradual drifts into failure modes. Also, I agree that social management by misinformation is, at the least, very risky. But, a lot of stories put this ...
  • 12:15 AM - Olgar Shiverstone quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    WHat happens when two tribes go to war? You get Expedition to the Barrier Peaks.

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019

  • 04:38 PM - jayoungr quoted Tonguez in post How to Make the Fey Less Twee
    wyrdly enough I just noticed that the EnSider Villain Spotlight Granny Buccus is very much this, although they're using a succubus as their base, she is presented as the 'old crone' - so very much a Fey Thanks! I do subscribe to En5ider, and noticed that article in passing. I'll have to read it in detail. Here's another example of the sort of fey that started me thinking along these lines: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/205276/Mizzerene-the-Black-Rose indeed Hags are my favourite Fey and I recommend using them as well as taking other creatures (like Emotion Vampires and Succubi) and re-coating them as Fey too Good idea. Are Emotion Vampires written up in detail anywhere? I would start with a simple rule: Nothing smaller than Medium-size. Small monsters get no respect. That makes a lot of sense, at least for fey the group is expected to interact with. I think it's interesting that you mention mind flayers as a "simple suck-your-brains-out threat", since they too li...

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019


Saturday, 2nd February, 2019

  • 09:14 PM - Mustrum_Ridcully quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    Yep, thatís what prompted my image of the Engineers priesthood recital of the ancient manuals to the faithful crew - theyíre not the ruling class (that belongs to Bridge or maybe Security) but they are privileged because they know the Codes and Protocols However, I am not sure there would be an "Engineer" priesthood or a ruling class. We know from Earth already that class systems suck. They don't actually lead to competent people at the right spot. I would expect that pretty much everyone aboard the Generation Ship would have duties to fulfill, and everyone would to read manuals and teaching materials, or view instructional videos for something. And many probably have to be able to fill in multiple roles, because they need to have a good fault-tolerance. If something goes wrong and, say, and an engineering crew is blown out of a hull breach, they need people to fill in quickly. In everyone's childhood, people would need to study a lot and make aptitude tests to figure out what jobs they ar...
  • 05:17 AM - Aeson quoted Tonguez in post Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Official Trailer
    hmmm, so Fast and Furious has finally stepped over into full Superhero territory - just how long can this franchise go on? For as long as there are straight males with brain damage, and aged approximately 12-60.
  • 04:54 AM - trappedslider quoted Tonguez in post Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Official Trailer
    hmmm, so Fast and Furious has finally stepped over into full Superhero territory - just how long can this franchise go on? well this a spin off...the main F&F I believe has two more movies before it'so done.

Friday, 1st February, 2019

  • 08:31 AM - Hussar quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    yeah, thats a good point when it comes to common crew, but we do need to account for the lack of widespread communication and social media from Chaucers time to now, so I think the effect would be less pronunced:P. I'd expect some greater standardisation in dialects especially among the 'educated/technicians' in much the way that Latin was used as the language of scholars in Europe right up to the 19th century in most subjects (including for instance Newton's Principia) so while there may be huge variance in common vulgar dialects I do expect there to be a single common tongue used by all technical crew and taught as standard curriculum in the pods There isn't a single standard tongue used by technical crew now. :D Try getting a botanist to discuss growing stuff with a computer systems analyst. They might be speaking the same language, but, beyond a few basic points, they have no idea what the other is talking about. Now, stratify a population for a dozens of generations and ...

Wednesday, 30th January, 2019

  • 08:21 AM - ccs quoted Tonguez in post Super Hero Movies. I Don't Get Them?
    Hey! Bill Bixbys Incredible Hulk had some great social commentary in David Banners struggles to find his cure (don't make me angry Mr Mcgee, you wont like me when I'm angry) and its not like villain of the week isnt still the basic formula of TV 'action' shows Sure, the Hulk had some good individual social commentary. Wich made it better than most shows of its type at the time. But there still wasn't anything you had to keep track of plot wise week to week. You can watch any random episode & get almost exactly as much out of it - wich is infinitely more than a random episode of CHiPS will provide.

Tuesday, 29th January, 2019

  • 04:45 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted Tonguez in post Yet another Ghostbusters movie
    You absolutely make a point. Heck, The Honeymooners had the threat of domestic violence as one of their recurring jokes. I think the reason the 80s get singled out is that it was right when the idea that this isnít okay was starting to finally hit mainstream culture, so you had both the past and the future existing uneasily together. I've always wondered why people focus this criticism on the 80's maybe its a British thing but does anyone remember the Carry On movies? starting in 1958 with Carry On Nurse and ranging right up to 1992 - they're all bowdlerized tiddy comedies and if anything exemplified rape culture its them While it doesnt justify 'rape culture' in anyway, if you go back far enough then Chaucer and before him Aristophanes were also creating plays and works full of sexual innuendo and :tiddys too
  • 09:29 AM - Zardnaar quoted Tonguez in post Yet another Ghostbusters movie
    I've always wondered why people focus this criticism on the 80's maybe its a British thing but does anyone remember the Carry On movies? starting in 1958 with Carry On Nurse and ranging right up to 1992 - they're all bowdlerized tiddy comedies and if anything exemplified rape culture its them While it doesnt justify 'rape culture' in anyway, if you go back far enough then Chaucer and before him Aristophanes were also creating plays and works full of sexual innuendo and :tiddys too 80's kids were the first to use the internet en masse and the 80s were when things like blockbusters bbwcame big. Basically after Jaws and Star Wars in the 70s. Home computers as well. 80s was also video games becoming mainstream. It's the foundation of modern pop culture. My older brother and sister for example are not gamers I got an Atari 83 or so.

Monday, 28th January, 2019

  • 02:41 AM - Shasarak quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    That would be an interesting premise for a short story - the first great generation ship is launched and 1000 years later arrives on a new planet only to discover that they are late, later colonist arrived 300 years prior and their entire culture of believing they were humanities last hope is now obsolete I think I remember a Star Trek next Generation story where the Enterprise intercepts an old colony ship.
  • 01:50 AM - Hussar quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    That would be an interesting premise for a short story - the first great generation ship is launched and 1000 years later arrives on a new planet only to discover that they are late, later colonist arrived 300 years prior and their entire culture of believing they were humanities last hope is now obsolete It has been done. Robert Reed and Stephen Baxter both have short stories along these lines. Alastair Reynolds too IIRC. But, I'm sorry, I can't for the life of me remember the titles.

Sunday, 27th January, 2019

  • 08:47 AM - Hussar quoted Tonguez in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    although they were pre-industrial a number of societies with specialised career linked to particular families survived on small islands around the world, so its possible that a generation ship would also be made up of various self-contained 'sections' where the families learn a particular set of specialised knowledge/skill which contribute to the ships maintenance and operation and with social mobility facilitated through the common areas. The bigger issue is that even reproduction and the ability to get pregnant seems to depend on the influence of gravity - so the whole question of if babies can even be conceived and carried in space still needs to be tested Thatís not really a fair comparison though. Teaching someone to be a fisherman is slightly less intensive than teaching someone to maintain a fusion reactor. The number of jobs and skills required to survive on a tropical island is less than the number of skills needed to maintain a generation ship. And very few of those islands ...


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