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    It flatters me that at least four people are now using quotes from me as signatures. Maybe I should go into the aphorism business.

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  1. Lucius

    Complicate the Person Above

    death tribble has an unfortunate reaction to the "Complicate the person above" thread. He feels compelled to post in it. Lucius Alexander My reaction to a tagline is to put a palindromedary in it
  2. I don't believe Hugh Neilson is ignoring anything. I know that I haven't seen the compelling case you claim to exist. Where is it? Lucius Alexander Did the palindromedary eat it while we weren't looking?
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    Random Song Lyrics Thread

    I just want to STOCK I wanna put the merchandise on the shelf I just wanna STOCK It's what I really want I can't help myself I just wanna STOCK I just wanna STOMP I wanna put my foot down and make some noise I just wanna STOMP And stamp and kick and do stuff I know annoys, I just wanna STOMP I just wanna COP Someone to catch the bad guys and take them down I just wanna COP Someone that's gonna work to clean up this town I just wanna COP I just wanna FLOP As boneless as a rag doll and just as limp I just wanna FLOP Collapsing on you like a deflated blimp I just wanna FLOP I just wanna CHOP So gimme a meat cleaver or else an axe I just wanna CHOP As long as I get something that cuts and hacks I just wanna CHOP I just wanna CROP Some vegetables or grains that are good to eat I just wanna CROP Some rice or maize or barley or maybe wheat I just wanna CROP I just wanna TOP A toy that sits and spins for a real long time I just wanna TOP A gyroscopic plaything, where can I find? I just wanna TOP I just wanna MOP I'll also need a bucket of water too I just wanna MOP Go on and make a mess I'll clean after you I just wanna MOP I just wanna POP A soft drink or a soda or just a coke I just wanna POP I'd go ahead and buy one except I'm broke I just wanna POP I just wanna DROP The fragment of a song that's stuck in my mind I just wanna DROP The lyrics getting more bizarre all the time I just wanna DROP Lucius Alexander The palindromedary sings I just wanna STOP Can someone make him stop all this silly stuff? I just wanna STOP Cause really it's been going on long enough I just wanna STOP!
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    Insights from the long vacation

    My former wife moved there. She seems to like it. Lucius Alexander The palindromedary hasn't been there
  5. Lucius

    Only for Dying...

    What exactly does BODy do for you, EXCEPT prevent dying? Lucius Alexander The palindromedary applies a pigment-resistant coating to itself to prevent dyeing.
  6. Lucius

    Jokes

    Show me where Karl Marx is buried..... ............and I'll show you a communist plot! Lucius Alexander Show me a Lucius Alexander tagline, and I'll show you a palindromedary
  7. Lucius

    Answers & Questions

    Q: Why do I feel like I'm treading water all the time lately? A: Obviously, they're in a conspiracy Lucius Alexander Going overboard with palindromedary taglines
  8. Lucius

    Answers & Questions

    Q: How is that a question? Q: How is that an answer? A: Schrodinger's litterbox Lucius Alexander How is this a palindromedary tagline?
  9. Lucius

    How to Build: Vorpal weapons?

    I'd go back to the source material: C.S. Lewis' Jabberwocky The word vorpal appears twice: "He took his vorpal sword in hand; Long time the manxome foe he sought—" "One, two! One, two! And through and through The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back." Gygax decided "vorpal" meant "tends to behead easily" but that is not at all obvious to me from the poem; in fact, the meaning of "vorpal" is pretty obscure and before I encountered the word again in D&D I always thought it referenced some imaginary metal like adamantium or mithril. It could also reasonably be a style of blade, like longsword or broadsword. Note that "He left it dead and with its head He went galumphing back" could easily mean he slew the monster, than beheaded it post-mortem; there's no reason I see to conclude that he definitely slew it by cutting off the head. All the poem tells us is that if you go "one two! one two!" with it, it will go "through and through" and go "snicker-snack!" This does not really distinguish it from any other sword in the hands of a capable warrior courageous enough to brave "the jaws that bite" and nimble enough to evade "the claws that catch." At most, it suggests that the sword easily cuts through the hide, flesh, and bone of a jabberwock. Or of "The Jabberwock" as it seems possible the monster was singular and unique. So perhaps I'd give a "vorpal" weapon a combination of Armor Piercing, Penetrating, Reduced Negation, and some extra damage. Lucius Alexander And on a palindromedary I went galumphing along.
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    Stats for a wooden stake?

    My Monster Hunter character has this in Equipment Sharp Stake: Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 1d6+1 (2d6 w/STR), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), +2 Increased STUN Multiplier (+1/2); OAF (-1), STR Minimum 10 (-1/2), Variable Limitations (requires -1/2 worth of Limitations; Either Real Weapon & Reduced Penetration or Only vs Vampires; -1/4) <b>plus</b> +2 with any single attack; Limited Power Only vs Vampires (-1) and also invested in a Skill "I practice": +2 to offset targetting penalties with wooden stake Real Cost 2 Lucius Alexander The palindromedary says spending points on the Penalty Skill Levels was just Stake Sauce
  11. I did not expect to get a, "Like" on a 7-year-old gaming quote. :)

  12. My hammer is named Mike. Lucius Alexander The palindromedary says we also have a post named Emily
  13. Lucius

    "Neat" Pictures

    It's very striking, but I don't understand what I'm looking at. Lucius Alexander The palindromedary calls it an evocative image.
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    Marvel Character Write Ups

    She likes it when you say she looks super, but she doesn't necessarily believe it. Norma Lee Pearson Val Char Cost Roll Notes 10 STR 0 11- Lift 100.0kg; 2d6 13 DEX 6 12- OCV: 4/DCV: 5 18 CON 8 13- 18 INT 8 13- PER Roll 13- 18 EGO 8 13- ECV: 4 - 5 15 PRE 5 12- PRE Attack: 3d6 4 OCV 5 5 DCV 10 4 OMCV 3 5 DMCV 6 4 SPD 20 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12 20 PD 9 Total: 20 PD (9 rPD) 20 ED 9 Total: 20 ED (9 rED) 6 REC 2 30 END 2 12 BODY 2 30 STUN 5 Total Characteristic Cost: 102 Movement: Running: 7m/14m Leaping: 4m/8m Swimming: 2m/4m Cost Powers END Just Lucky I Guess 20 1) Wish me Luck!: (Total: 20 Active Cost, 20 Real Cost) Luck 4d6 (Real Cost: 20) 0 18 2) That could have Killed me!: (Total: 18 Active Cost, 18 Real Cost) Combat Luck (9 PD/9 ED) (Real Cost: 18) 0 21 3) Lucky to be Alive!: (Total: 75 Active Cost, 21 Real Cost) Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 50% (30 Active Points); 1 Charge (-2), Only Works Against Damage that would reduce to Zero or less BODy (-¾), BODY) Only (-½) (Real Cost: 7) plus Energy Damage Reduction, Resistant, 50% (30 Active Points); 1 Charge (-2), Only Works Against Damage that would reduce to Zero or less BODy (-¾), BODY) Only (-½) (Real Cost: 7) plus Does Not Bleed (15 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Turn (Post-Segment 12), Only to Activate, -¾), Concentration (0 DCV; -½) (Real Cost: 7) [1] I Stay in Shape 4 1) Efficient Breath Holding: (Total: 10 Active Cost, 4 Real Cost) Life Support (Self-Contained Breathing) (10 Active Points); Time Limit (5 Minutes; -1 ½), Extra Time (Full Phase, Only to Activate, -¼) (Real Cost: 4) 0 6 2) I Heal Well: (Total: 6 Active Cost, 6 Real Cost) Regeneration (3 BODY per Week) (Real Cost: 6) 0 No One Knows 28 1) Perfectly Ordinary Norma Pearson is Really......: (Total: 85 Active Cost, 28 Real Cost) Multiform (400 Character Points in the most expensive form) (Instant Change) (85 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Turn (Post-Segment 12), Only to Activate, -¾), Concentration (0 DCV; -½), Restrainable (-½), Incantations ("This looks like a job for ____"; -¼) (Real Cost: 28) 0 Ineffective Flailing Maneuver OCV DCV Notes 5 Running And Ducking -- +4 Dodge All Attacks, Abort; FMove 4 Yikes! Don't hit me! -- +5 Dodge, Affects All Attacks, Abort 4 Let Go! +0 +0 35 STR vs. Grabs 3 Trip and Fall +2 +1 4d6 Strike; You Fall, Target Falls 5 Hey, it Worked! +0 +0 Grab Weapon, 25 STR to take weapon away; Target Falls 8 +2 HTH Damage Class(es) Perks 0 Hi, I'm Nobody 3 1) Trust me, I'm insignificant.: Anonymity 3 2) I get by: Money: Well Off Skills 3 "It's a Living" Jack of All Trades 2 1) PS: Current Profession (3 Active Points) 13- 1 2) PS: Former Profession (2 Active Points) 11- 3 "Just a few Phrases..." Linguist 1 1) Language: American Sign Language (basic conversation) 1 2) Language: Esperanto (basic conversation) 1 3) Language: Japanese (basic conversation) 2 4) Language: Spanish (fluent conversation; literate) (3 Active Points) 3 "Please don't think I"m a Nerd" Scientist 1 1) Science Skill: Abnormal Psychology 11- (2 Active Points) 1 2) Science Skill: Biology 11- (2 Active Points) 3 "So I like to Read Stuff" Scholar 1 1) KS: Current Events (2 Active Points) 11- 2 2) KS: Obscure Trivia (3 Active Points) 12- 1 3) KS: Popular Culture (2 Active Points) 11- 1 4) KS: Superstuff (heroes, villains, powers, etc.) (2 Active Points) 11- 0 I do Keep Fit 3 1) Climbing 12- 5 2) Breakfall 13- 5 3) "I do Yoga": Contortionist 13- 0 I went to Camp as a Kid 2 1) Riding 10- 16 2) Survival (Arctic/Subarctic, Marine, Temperate/Subtropical, Tropical, Desert, Mountain, Underground, Urban) 13- 3 3) Tracking 13- 3 4) Navigation (Land, Marine) 13- 0 I'm Perfectly Ordinary 5 1) I try to Get Along with Everyone: Charm 13- 3 2) Fasten your Seatbelts: Combat Driving 12- 7 3) Who me?!: Acting 14- 3 4) Look what I found!: Concealment 13- 3 5) You're so interesting, please tell me more: Conversation 12- 3 6) Just a Lucky Guess: Deduction 13- 7 7) Who doesn't like Fun and Games?: Gambling (Board Games, Card Games, Dice Games, Horse Racing) 13- 3 8) Minding my Manners: High Society 12- 3 9) Just stuck a Hairpin in it and Wiggled it Around: Lockpicking 12- 5 10) Took a Class at the Red Cross: Paramedics 14- 7 11) I'm just Easy to Overlook: Stealth 14- 7 12) May I Please _______?: Persuasion 14- 12 13) Just Lucky I Guess: +1 Overall 0 I Took a Couple Self-Defense Type Classes 10 1) Defense Maneuver I-IV 3 2) WF: Small Arms, Blades 20 3) +2 with All Attacks Total Powers & Skill Cost: 297 Total Cost: 399 400+ Matching Complications 325 Base Points 15 Social Complication: Secret ID Frequently, Major 10 Hunted: Rogues Gallery Infrequently (Mo Pow; Mildly Punish (take hostage, rob, etc)) 15 Psychological Complication: Self-effacing (Very Common; Moderate) 30 Vulnerability: 2 x Effect PRE Attacks (Very Common) 5 Unluck: 1d6 Total Complications Points: 399 I actually did a 400 pt character and forget to include the Multiform - I had to add that in then go in and tweak tweak tweak to get it all balanced..... Lucius Alexander The palindromedary says in other words the tough part was getting it DOWN to under 400 pts....
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    Marvel Character Write Ups

    hhhmmmmm....... Lucius Alexander The palindromedary says look what you did now....
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