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  2. There's a place in Cleveland that's been making an Avocado-Vanilla vegan ice cream for a few years now.
  3. Sometimes rock n roll bands are secret superheroes. Other times, not so much.
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  5. I have my own hypothesis on the urban/rural political divide. (And it is only a hypothesis: I know of know empirical research to back it up, so take it with a grain of salt.) It's that small communities and large communities create different social incentives. In a small community, you interact with pretty much the same group of people throughout your life. New people are born, old people die, but turnover is slow and one rarely encounters people who have no social context. This means you must fit in, because the people around you have great influence on your own well being. Take barbershops for an example. Suppose you run a barbershop in a town that can only support one or two barbers. You have a limited supply of potential customers. If people decide you're a weirdo and Not One Of Us, you quickly go out of business. A small community thus encourages sentiments of loyalty and social conformity. Anyone outside the community is an unknown quantity and therefore threatening. And thanks to modern media, rural Americans receive threat-signals of freaky, Not Like Us outsiders every day. In a big city you interact daily with people you don't know and whom you might never see again. It is very important to get along with strangers. If you don't know who's a threat, you also don't know who's an opportunity. And it's worth keeping your eye out for new opportunities, because so much of your life depends on people you don't know: The business where you work could close, your house could be demolished to make way for a bypass, a bank in another country could throw the economy in a tailspin, and so on. Again, consider barbershops. In a city that can support a hundred barbershops, your challenge isn't to fit in -- it's to stand out! Because why should customers go to your barbershop instead of the other 99? Maybe your gimmick is to cultivate a social niche, like being a Black Barbershop, or a Punk Barbershop, or a Blue Collar Barbershop, or whatever. (Cue Ray Stevens' "When You Get A Haircut.") This difference in incentives becomes especially important, I think, in reactions to immigration. In a small town, the sudden arrival of several hundred people from a place you never heard of, who talk, dress, dine, worship and do everything else differently, is an existential crisis. The social order you have known all your life must change. And down in your genes, ten thousand generations of Stone Age ancestors who lived in tiny homogeneous communities are screaming that an enemy horde has arrived and you'd better be ready to fight for your life. In a big city, the arrival of several hundred ethnic strangers is a drop in the bucket... and an opportunity. If you're a politician, maybe it's a new constituency you can cultivate that could tip a close election. For anyone else, the most it likely means is there's going to be a new ethnic restaurant. Impress your friends by being the first to discover it! City folk can feel xenophobia, sure. They have the same ten thousand generations of Stone Age ancestors as rural folk. But there are countervailing incentives as well. Like I said, just a hypothesis. I won't be offended if people with more and wider experience of both big-city and small-town folk say it's full of crap, that's not their experience at all. Dean Shomshak
  6. JackFlash, which core rulebooks do you have? That will help us in providing page references and such. Toward the back of pretty much all of the core rulebooks is a chapter called "The Environment" with a section called "Breaking Things". In 5th Edition Revised it's page 447; in 5th Edition (original) it's on page 392 if I remember correctly. That will give you rough ideas for how much DEF and BODY to give items based on their composition and weight. Roughly speaking, 2x mass is +1 BODY.
  7. My apologies, Dayson. A striking resemblance to a young Alec Guinness is something I thought was quite praise-worthy. I would love to pick up another game, though. My youth concluded a couple of weeks ago, and my decades-long Brunswick group has all but disbanded, following the deaths of two long-time friends, and my Statesboro game will be drawing to a close by January or so, I think.... I wish I could join your group, but the commute would be awful.
  8. And this is the point where paying points is of value. If you rely on "free" kit then the GM has narrative control over that kit. If you get hit with a flame blast and the GM wants to remove your access to the cellphone, then he can say that the heat causes it to fritz out and may indicate when you might get access to it again. If you pay points and use the focus limitation to make it cheaper then you cede a little bit of narrative control and bring the functionality within the rules. If you simply pay for it then you should expect to have the functionality at all times - you have narrative control. With a weapon bought with a focus, you may be disarmed but expect the GM to provide you with access to it when you escape. If the weapon was given to you as kit from a patron then when it is removed from you there should be no expectation that you will ever get it back. Doc
  9. Styrofoam Clamshell Hiding Exquisite Pearl Of Pulled Pork Sandwich
  10. Low level indeed. Lets give him SPD 5. 40mph is roughly equal to 60kph, or 1000m per minute, or about 200m every 12s. You know that flat out running is twice normal movement, so you need to buy enough movement to move 100m every 12s. At SPD 5 that works out to 20m a phase, or 10". So 40mph is what a SPD 5 character can attain with 10" running at non-combat velocity. Doc
  11. I was recently at a get-together dinner for my sister-in-law's family, who are of German descent. At the dinner table one of them offered me sauerkraut, which I don't like. I really didn't think through my response: "No thanks, I'm not a kraut person."
  12. If you want to the feeling of isolation and independence among small groups, I would stick with written mail as the only long-distance communication. But that doesn't mean you can't build up something greater, more hopeful. If you haven't already, I suggest reading David Brin's post-apoc novel, The Postman. (NOT the Kevin Costner movie version!) The novel is a great example of how that simple human communication can renew the sense of and foster the rebuilding of community. Steampunk tech would be a useful route if you want normal humans to eventually be able to build machines that can challenge the superhumans. If you prefer supers to remain dominant, I wouldn't recommend going there.
  13. “If you can’t find a reason to fight, then you shouldn’t be fighting.” – Akame
  14. If the coffin is too bad, take a cough drop or some cough syrup.
  15. Inches/turn * 0.3728 = miles/hour So 40 mph = ~107 inches per turn. If you want their combat move to be 9" their speed would need to be 12. Depending on your definition of "small arms" and if you are using Hit Locations or other optional rules. So lets assume no Hit Locations, no optional rules. Fifty caliber Desert Eagle, 2d6+1 +1StunX. Max Damage: 13 Body, 52 stun. Nope, not immune. If you are talking about things like a typical police weapon: Glock 17L, 1d6+2. Max Damage: 8 Body, 24 Stun. Yes, immune. These are calculating maximums. On averages you will fair MUCH better. - E
  16. If you're trying to simulate the movies and books, then the coffin and dirt have no bearing. Everyone who is trapped dies so a write-up is unnecessary and the trappings are pure fiat. He doesn't even make the attempt to trap without the perfect set-up. Anyone who stops him would do so by deducing him as the killer, this is a psychological not a physical confrontation. If this is for a dark themed heroic game, you need to spend your points on how he renders the victims helpless. The coffin and grave are unnecessary unless he can get them there. Use the equipment and environment rules. ( DEF of 4 (as i remember) for the wood of the coffin and 2-3 BODY, GM fiat END Reserve for how many recoveries worth of air is available and you're done) Normals won't make it out of the coffin and only martial artist or strongman type heroic characters have a good chance.
  17. Gospel Soul turns out to bhe a perfect match for Bono's lyrics in this Postmodern Jukebox track. Plus, this man (Rogelio Douglas, Jr.) is an incredible performer.
  18. I've lived in a lot of rural areas, and this isn't necessarily the case. I've also lived and worked in several major cities, and have seen quite a number of highly educated boneheads in that environment. The real issue, IMO, is that the VAST majority of people make major decisions based on emotions rather than facts or sound reasoning. City mice are NO better in that regard than country mice.
  19. You're better off doing it that way, since you're getting ripped off if you buy it as a skill level.
  20. Thank you for answering my post . I will send you a PM.
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