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#932618 Storn's Art & Characters thread.

Posted by Guest on 03 February 2006 - 10:23 AM

Re: Storn's Art & Characters thread.

RDU Neil launched a new chapter in the RDU... or... err.... outside of the RDU... last night. It is a multiverse, dimension hopping campaign where we are Champions of a alternate RDU.

Well, with new characters, comes new sketches. This is B's Victoria Hilton... aka Crystal.

As they would say on FIREFLY ... Shiney!

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#754493 Storn's Art & Characters thread.

Posted by Storn on 29 June 2005 - 05:13 PM

Re: Storn's Art & Characters thread.

Jeff T's Millennium Knights.

Jeff gave me an exhaustive description. I hope I did his team justice. To those others that I have commissions to do for, I will be getting to them slowly and surely. Origins is eating up a bit of time due to prep. But I'll be taking sketches to do with me.

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#913232 Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

Posted by input.jack on 12 January 2006 - 05:02 PM

Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

I was running my Zombie Apocalypse game, with several long-time friends.

The three PC's and one NPC are on the top of a sporting goods store that they and their survivor group has been holed up in for a couple of days, as they prep to leave L.A.

The three PC's are Jordan, a gorgeous LAPD "kiddie cop" (think of Eliza Dushku in the LAPD uniform. Now youre on track), Eric, a recently-graduated high-school athletic star who was about to turn pro before the world ended (looks like Tom Welling), and Gabriel, a six foot ten EMT ambulance driver (who looks like Abraham Benrubi). The NPC with them is most often referred to as "Conspiracy Man", and goes only by the name of Ed. Despite a few comments about the "alien overlords" and the "flouride mind-control policy", they nevertheless gave Ed a rifle, as they had just raided a pawn shop, and his oddly useful skill-set was instrumental in their success. (They suspect he is ex military, and has seen too much).

The group has recently discovered that there are a few more survivors trapped on the fourht floor of a building about a block away from their own hideout. The people trapped in the office building have smashed out a window and hung a sign out of it written on a drape that says "Help Us".

As the characters are deciding what to do next, the sounds of gunfire erupt from a rooftop a few buildings away. The characters look around, and realize that it is coming from four gang-banger types who are taking shots at the "Help Us" sign, and the people behind it. (These are people with the same mentality as those who were shooting at police, ambulances, and fire fighters during the L.A.riots).

Jordan, the cop, is the first to spot the perps. She aims her rifle at them. The others follow suit. I tell them that one is shooting, another has a rifle also, and there are two others with pistols besides. They look like they are in their early twenties, of mixed ethnicity, and are wearing loose clothes with alot of sports team endorsements. Jordan makes a Perception roll and recognizes them as wearing local gang colors.

Ed: Firing order?

Jordan: Im taking down the shooter.

Ed: Ill take the other one who has a rifle.

Eric and Gabriel's Players both indicate they are also going to fire. I ask them to pick targets. And then...

Gabriel's Player: Ill shoot whichever one has the most underwear showing.

After we all finally stopped laughing, Garbiel then proceeded to randomly hit the unlucky s.o.b. in Location 13. For near-max damag,e and maximum Stun.

I guess Gabriel -really- didnt want to see that guys underwear!

(Edit: If this post accidentally offends anyone out there who habitually "busts a sag"... TOUGH! Pull your gorram pants up!)
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#627658 f/u Grab: Throwing & Squeezing after initial Grab

Posted by Steve Long on 15 February 2005 - 07:27 AM

Re: f/u Grab: Throwing & Squeezing after initial Grab I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "either" roll. If a character attempts a Grab and misses, he's never going to get to the "Throw" stage of things in the first place, so the Throw rules don't come into play. Only if the character has to make an Attack Roll with his Throw -- either to perform it at all, or if he's trying to hit a specific target with the Thrown character/object -- are the "miss" rules going to come into play. If what you're asking is, "Can a character Throw a Grabbed person in an effort to hit another target (such as another character or a specific hex), miss that target, but still inflict Throw damage on the Thrown person?", then the answer is "No." There aren't any provisions in the rules for that; a miss is a miss. The GM could alter that if he likes, but generally the rules don't let a character miss/fail and still obtain some measure of success.
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#865849 Storn's Art & Characters thread.

Posted by Storn on 17 November 2005 - 11:41 AM

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This is for "Heroes & Legends". From About Time! Games. They are
currently in playtest and have a tenative release date set for late 2006.
You can check out their website at www.abouttimegames.com.

I thought it was a clever tackling of a universal RPG system, instead of the multi figure approach of other covers.

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#2524841 The Coming Epic Failure of the DC Movie Universe

Posted by Old Man on 04 August 2016 - 05:16 PM

I don't see GL in the same light. Techno-suits, robots and cyborgs have been all over Sci Fi cinema, and Iron Man at first glance doesn't look all that different. What's the precedent for a blockbuster hit starring a guy with a magic ring?





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#2573826 Hyperman in the hospital

Posted by Hyper-Man on 17 March 2017 - 07:12 PM

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement everyone. Today is the first chance I have had to be in front of a full size keyboard in over a week and it feels good! I had a reoccurance of Melanoma cancer... this time in my brain. Probably a lucky break since the symptoms presented like a stroke. They've cut out the big/easy piece and have just done a hires/3d MRI of my brain stem so they can target with radiation next week. The next big hurdle is the results a PET scan of eveything else in a couple of weeks. I am much better than just few days ago. The fine motor dexterity and strength of my right hand is the biggest issue right now. Typing this was good exercise. I know I am not a frequent contributor to this part of the forum but you guys always put a smile on my face. .... Be sure to have yourselves checked for skin cancer!!! :) HM
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#2524711 Public Defender to the Governor of Missouri

Posted by Logan.1179 on 04 August 2016 - 07:48 AM


This is the letter to the Governor of Missouri from the Public Defender's office. It is amazing.

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#2509997 Marvel's Latest WTF?! Moment

Posted by Pariah on 27 May 2016 - 08:37 AM

The only explanation I've seen so far that makes a [redacted] bit of sense.



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#2484660 I'm Too Old For This Stuff

Posted by Vondy on 15 February 2016 - 03:45 PM

/Snark Warning
During an unexpected detour this weekend I found myself in a game store.
My wife wanted to look at D&D 5e. We've been playing FFG Star Wars. 
While flipping through one of the books a snooty twenty-something sniffed at us.
"I'm old school," she informs me with a disdainful look at the book. Purple hair. Metal in her face. Very hoity-toity.
"Oh, yeah?" I asked. "What version do you play?"
"3e," She proudly tells me. "Its what I started with. Newbies call me a grognard, but..." 
She starts lecturing us "newbies" on how "old school" gamers do it. Grognard that she is.
Old School apparently means back when Y2K was a thing. You know, the bad old days.
My wife, who is a newbie, snorts. 
The previous evening, I had I reverently showed her my Jan 1974 printing of the OD&D white books.
And the fellow blue-book basic D&D set I've had since I was seven.
She knows more about D&D print versions than any loving wife should have to put up with.
Her snort confuses our interlocutor and gives me an opening.
"Ah," say I. "B/X, 1979."
She was confused, "What's that?"
"The system I started with," I said over my reading glasses. "B/X."
"What's B/X?"
"Oh, sorry," I said. "Not really B/X. Basic D&D. By Holmes. No Moldavy."
"Eric Holmes," I say pleasantly. "He wrote the basic set."
"That was Gygax," she informs me with an alpha geek's coup counting air.
"No," I say. "Gygax and co. wrote the white books. They hired Eric to write the basic set."
She's shakes her head vociferously, "I don't think so." 
You know... old guy, grey beard, not gamer-hip, likely addled and needing to be set straight....
"Google knows, I'm sure," say I. "Though, admittedly, I'm not the expert you are."
She opens her mouth. She closes her mouth. She's getting wise. 
"It was already 1979 by then," I finish. "I started with the blue covers, not the white."
"I see..."
The game store owner, about fifty, who offered me huge bucks for my white book set, is about to bust a gut.
"But, you're right," I concede. "I'm not sure how it was done back in the day with 3e. That was already, what, 1999?"
"2000," the game-store owner's beardy, lurky 24-year-old son cheerily volunteers. 
"Right, 2000. I was playing a hot-rodded B/X retro version of 2e back then. I never played 3e or 4e."
"Oh," says the alpha geek, looking for an exit. 
I give her an apologetic look, "I don't have your experience."
Okay, I'm calling bullshit on myself, nothing about groucho marx eye-brows is apologetic.
But, hey, what do I know about "old school," right?
"What about Pathfinder?" the game store owner offers on a snark.
Facetiously, I say, "What's a Pathfinder?"
At this point my wife cuts in: "This looks like it addresses some of the issues you raised last night."
"Such as, my love?"
"Well, how the proficiencies work, for one." She explains in detail. TLDR.
"Oh, good!" I declare snatching the book from her and passing it to lurky-beardy-boy. 
"More grist to hot-rod those old 1e books with!"
1E? I hear you cry? Yes, I say with defiance. I'm new-fangled like that!
What's new is old again... by the time I'm done with it.

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#2563519 Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

Posted by Doc Shadow on 07 February 2017 - 07:34 AM

I feel this needs to be shared.



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#2547970 The Flash

Posted by sinanju on 30 November 2016 - 01:21 PM

This is why it's important to build a team based on the same number of character points each.


Fun episode. A lot more screen time for the crossover characters than I was expecting.


What do you do?

"I have a bow and trick arrows and lots of fighting ability."


"I'm a martial artist."

"I'm a thug with a flame gun."

"I have supersuit and can shrink to miniscule size."

"I'm half of the flying fire guy."

"I'm superstrong. And superfast. And invulnerable. And I can fly. And see thru walls. And shoot lasers from my eyes. Or freeze things with my breath."

"You're the GM's girlfriend, right?"

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#2491881 Lesser Evils 2016: America's Presidental Race

Posted by BoloOfEarth on 18 March 2016 - 06:34 AM

This strangely mixes with an odd thought I had...


I was trying to make a pop culture analogy to explain the 'torch & pitchfork mob' comparison I'd made to some Trump supporters up thread, and Gaston raising up the villagers in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" was the first thing that popped in my head...


Now I'm thinking someone needs to put Trump's head on Gaston and re-word the bragging song in the tavern...


No one's slick as the Trump
No one's quick as the Trump
No one's head’s as incredibly thick as the Trump
For there's no man in town half the ego
Humble, a pure paragon
You can ask any Carson or Christie
And they'll tell you whose team they prefer to be on

No one's been like the Trump
A king pin like the Trump
No one's platform's incredibly thin like the Trump
As a candidate, yes, I'm intimidating
My- what a guy, is the Trump!

Give five "hurrahs!"
Give twelve "hip-hips!"
The Trump is the best
And the rest is all drips


No one shouts like the Trump
No one pouts like the Trump
At debate no one preys on your doubts like the Trump
For there's no one as loud and loquacious,
As you see he's got lies he will share
And everyone wonders what’s up with that hair

No one brags like the Trump
Rags on hags like the Trump
On conspiracies nobody nags like the Trump
I'm especially good as a Birther
Ten points for the Trump!

When I was a lad I told four dozen lies
Ev'ry morning to help me take charge,
And now that I'm grown I tell five dozen lies
So my ego’s the size of a barge!

No one shoots like the Trump
Spouts those beauts like the Trump
Then goes marching around in jackboots like the Trump.
We “Heil Trump!” at all of his rallies
Say it again
Who's a man among men?


And then say it once more
Who's the hero next door?
Who's a super success?
Don't you know? Can't you guess?
Ask his fans and his five hangers-on
There's just one guy in town who's got all of it down
And his name's THE TRUMP!

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#2432062 Today's Dumb Criminal Story ...

Posted by Hermit on 17 May 2015 - 02:07 PM

Obviously, he was going to ask the bear to sharpen his hatchet.


"So," The Bear said, "You come to my cave for the secret of Ursine steel , do you?"


"Such is my quest," The human said earnestly, hope in his voice but it was a hope he dared not hold onto too tightly. The Bears had guarded their secrets closely from humans, and with good reason. None of them had forgiven the actions of the human King Colbert the First and that mad monarch's reign had tainted human bear relations to this day.


The bear scratched his chin, "Not far from here, you will find a greedy and selfish ranger! A woodland warrior who has ever vexed me."


The human nodded slowly. He had heard of this fellow, a man by the name of Smith, "I know of him. It would be easier to defeat him with ursine steel," He said hopefully.


The bear laughed, "No little human, I do not wish him killed. Bring me Smith's treasure, bring me, his picnic basket."


The human winced. This would be no easy achievement. The Bear was setting him to a task that the bear himself hadn't achieved. He should have known. Any animal with the secret to Ursine Steel had to be smarter than the average bear.

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#2359319 The Drones, they are Proliferating

Posted by Hermit on 15 May 2014 - 09:15 AM

What is the most polite way to use a nuclear weapon?


"Sir? Pardon me, sir!"


"Yes, yes, what is it?"


"Are you a citizen of this fair city?"


"Born and bred, as a matter of fact. My family roots go quite deep in the area. Do you require directions?"


"Thank you for your kindness, but no. I'm not too concerned with exactitude beyond this city itself, but if I might explain myself?"


"Oh please do. I grow curious."


"Terribly curious?"


"Quite curious."


"Ah, QUITE curious then."




"My apologies for unduly intriguing you. I would engage more in brevity, but certain formalities must be observed."


"Oh yes, always that."


"Good to meet a gentleman who understands. Sir, I must politely inform you that your city is to be removed forth with by means of atomic fission and or fission delivered via weaponized device. Courtesy demands I grant you a time, a brief time to be sure, to reflect on this."


"Well, however polite and... ye gads! Pardon my outburst sir, but realization of the ramifications of what you have said may have just dawned upon me!"


"Quite alright."


"QUITE alright?"


"Yes, quite. One imagines once it settles it, it can be rather unnerving."


"To say the least, sir, to say the least. Am I to understand that it is your plan to..well, to use the more vulgar vernacular...."


"I had hope to avoid the vulgar vernacular, but do carry on."


"...That you intend to NUKE us?"


"Afraid so, old bean."


"Huge amounts of kinetic force?"


"True building flatteners,, yes."


"Immense heat and light?"


"Like the heart of the Sun. If I may wax poetic about it?"


"You may, sir, you may. Your courtesy has earned you that."


"Ah, thank you ever so much. Yes, like the very heart of the sun brought low upon your province's very firmament, and then opened, like a fiery blossom of destruction in a garden of death."


"Oh, such imagery! I am impressed."


"Truly? Are you truly impressed?"


"Well, mostly I am horrified, but underneath that, quite impressed."


"Oh so kind of you to say."


"So I assume also there will be radiation?"


"Oh yes, though nukes are tidier now they say. Still, I don't expect any of the few survivors to be cancer free."


"Gads, just when I'd given up smoking."


"You have? Jolly good on you, sir. Jolly good. I admire your willpower."


"Kind of you to say. Now, I assume you'll be lobbing a missile at us for this. I can't say the government will be pleased, and we shall send STRONGLY worded letters at the very least when it comes in."




"At least."


"Ah. I shall have to take the risk of vituperation then."


"Most manly of you."


"Thank you for saying so. However, I should clarify. It will not be by typical missile. Your government maybe completely unprepared."


"Oh? Are you sure, they're quite paranoid. Have drones all about the place now you know."


"Ah, there you have it spot on!"


"Beg pardon?"


"It will be by drone, sir, by drone! What's one more in the proverbial swarm of artificial eavesdroppers and the like, another minnow in the great school swimming all about."


"You really DO have a way with metaphors."


"Oh, sir, you needn't flatter me."


"Oh, the flattery is sincere, I assure you. Pray, can you really carry our atomic doom on a mere drone?"


"Oh yes, technology unrestrained has been quite the boon to sociopaths everywhere don't you think?"


"I do not merely think, I know. I may have mentioned our government having them."


"Ha! Well put, sir, well put.  The world shall miss your keen wit."


"And now it is you who flatters me!"


"But not insincerely, sir. Have you any more questions, understanding that I may choose to be a bit vague on the time?"


"I had hoped for a more definitive time to be sure. I trust you do not intend to be here when it comes?" 


"Oh, goodness no. Having fufilled my obligation to courtesy, I now plan to back away to a safer location. I have a small bunker and everything."


"How clever of you. Might I join you in this bunker?"


"Alas, that might defeat the purpose. Once one compromises, where does it stop? I can't show favoritism. That would be unethical."


"As opposed to dropping a nuke on us?"


"FLYING a nuke in on you, sir."


"Thank you for that correction, as opposed to 'Flying' a nuke in on us?"


"Well sir, I am but mortal flesh. Rife as all men are with small flaws and hypocrisies. I do hope this information will be of some good to you, and hope it was done with propriety?" 


"Certainly more than I ever expected from anyone else ever dropping a nuke, so I suppose I should thank you."


"You're most welcome, old chap. Most welcome. Might want to spread the word out. Incite panic, all that."


"Thank you, I shall. Right after I slather on a great deal of sunscreen and wrap my house in lead foil"


"Good day then."


"Good day."

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#2556957 Funny pics

Posted by Pariah on 12 January 2017 - 03:05 PM

Here's a picture from the Arkansas School for the Deaf. As you can see, their mascot is the Leopards.
Yes, they're the deaf Leopards.
You can't make this stuff up.

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#2556729 Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

Posted by Old Man on 11 January 2017 - 02:36 PM

I refuse to accept that this "era we're in" is a new normal or acceptable in any way. 

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#2524076 Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

Posted by Simon on 01 August 2016 - 09:50 AM

You remember 4, 8, and 12 years ago a candidate going so far beyond the pale that their own party disavowed their statements? You remember former Presidents from the candidate's own party refusing to endorse him?  You remember a candidate making racist, bigoted, and mysogynist comments and statements multiple times and doubling down on them when challenged?  


What I remember is growing up in a Jewish household and learning about the Holocaust...and repeating each time "never again."  That didn't mean or insinuate that we should look for Hitler himself to arise again and oppose him -- it meant that we should learn from the past and recognize the signs of a demagogue and a tyrant.  The signs of fascism, bigotry and hatred.  And oppose them. 

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#2503441 Funny pics

Posted by Old Man on 28 April 2016 - 12:44 PM


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#2574667 Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

Posted by Pariah on 21 March 2017 - 02:56 PM

Wait, what?



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