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  1. You GUYS! Thanks, this made my day (and thanks @Sketchpadfor letting me know about the thread). If there is a thing you're looking for specifically, let me know and I can go through backups. (I'd intended to take down everything except for Red October but couldn't bring myself to do it.) -SCM
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  3. Chris Goodwin

    Coronavirus

    Just got Pfizer number 2. About five minutes and I can go.
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  4. This reminds me of the suggestion that Congresspersons be required to wear outfits like NASCAR drivers so that we can tell at a glance who's sponsoring them.
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  5. Hey!! I feel like a prodigal daughter! ❤️ Also, you guys are making me look cool in front of my teenager and for that you all rock! 😂 -SCM
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  6. The butterflies were interesting . . . for a while. But their flight patterns soon became less capricious and more predictable. Laughter being largely a product of the unexpected, and godly perception being what it was, Mirth soon grew bored of the butterflies. They were pretty good, but they needed something more. That's it! Friends. That's what butterflies needed! Playmates who could share the realm of the air with them. Mirth thus created ... .dirds! Fauna: Dirds Mirth sat back and watched her creations chas
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  7. I solved this one in the late 0s, because I had a new player that was driving me nutty with "I use my phone to google that!" I built a toy bomb. It worked, mind you, but rather than explosives I used a piezo electric buzzer a 24v red indicator light (I don't know if I mentioned this, but I used to be partnered up in a DC electrical shop). So I puttered around for a few hours, and built as fine a "terrorist device" as you might see in a movie or on television, complete with digital countdown and fancy wires, nicely coiled and running here and there. The wires I friction fit so t
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  8. Cancer

    In other news...

    A piece of news almost as good as the announcement of the effectiveness of the first COVID vaccine last November: Promising early results for a malaria vaccine
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  9. I would guess that Carlson is trying to be "clever" by reversing the script used against people who refused to wear masks. The obvious rejoinder would seem to be to reverse the script right back: "I will wear a mask if I want. It's my RIGHT. You are infringing on my FREEDOM. And if FREEDOM makes you uncomfortable, that's your problem, snowflake." Okay, that's probably escalatory and unhelpful. But I do find it tempting. Dean Shomshak
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  10. Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges. Good.
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  11. IIRC Diamond was also distributor for Hero Games. And the reason Darren couldn't pay me if full for Ultimate Mystic, Mystic World and Arcane Adversaries for several years was because Diamond wasn't paying him. While I wasn't pleased with Darren, really, what could he do? He was getting screwed, too! So I am pleased to hear about any trouble for Diamond. Dean Shomshak
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  12. The god of fear is out of control...
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  13. To quote the letter: The mental and physical condition of the Commander in Chief cannot be ignored. Where were they during the prior administration?
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  14. tkdguy

    The "Nice Happy" Thread

    Job interview tomorrow. I think I can get this job.
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  16. The boy ran from his camp. He knew better, but there was a butterfly he hadn't seen before, and there wasn't much for him to do on Trading Day, so he slipped out and after it. They say that whatever a butterfly led you to was more often surprising than pleasant, but it was worth it for the times it was both. The butterfly itself was headed up the prarie's solitary hill, to the solitary tree that sprang from its crown. The boy was out of breath when he reached it, but it was worth it. The tree was flowering and fragrant, and he could see a view cut by Kulan himself.
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  18. Logan.1179

    Jokes

    There once was a man From cork, who got limericks And haikus confused
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  19. It also contains access to the totality of human disinformation and stupidity, with little to differentiate it from actual knowledge.
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  23. Karma? Knowing that you actually deserve the suffering in your life? That your fortunate neighbor really is better than you? Oh, no, that’ll make people miserable. Karma’s complicated, too. Life would be so much easier if people merely had to follow some simple, definite rule about some simple, definite activity such as what they eat or how they dress. Follow the rule, and you’re a good person. Or at least you think you are, and isn’t that what matters? The Abrizons of Spim will not eat tribble on Fleenday. They believe Lhash’ka forbade it. (She didn’t.) The Buntins won
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  24. Old Man

    Coronavirus

    About 12 hours after my 2nd Pfizer shot I got body aches which lasted about 24 hours. Irritating but I managed it with ibuprofen.
    5 points
  25. "At last we found it, the Lair of Heroes!" Shayd smiled triumphantly, the human woman grinned merrily, causing the old scar near her otherwise lovely lips to stretch a bit further still. She was game for anything, a swordswoman and an adventurer who had faced many challenged. "Lair of Heroes? Hhmm, we of the Orck call it the Halls of the Brave," Drega, Daughter of Bu-ba, great tribble hunter, prepared her own curved weapon, "But yes, at last we found it! It will be glorious to find the treasures within!" "I think our guide found it,' the Raakastah mystic Growf pointed
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  27. I am so glad you're having fun with it! I recently dug out some of my really old gaming stuff (like...play by snail-mail?! My dude, I am *SO OLD NOW*) to show my daughter and it's really neat to have the written record!
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  28. Tribbles. Tribbles everywhere. Tribbles yesterday, tribbles today, and blimey if it don't look like tribbles again tomorrow. Tribbles might be good food for humans and other creatures. But what good would that be if they multiplied to the point of consuming all of the young world's resources? Lhash'Ka knew that the tribbles could not be allowed to breed unopposed. (It was her speciality, after all.) So she created a race of predators--smart, skillful, determined hunters--to keep the tribbles in check. They would hunt them, not for food (or not just for food, anyway), bu
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  29. A new universe, full of potential! How did such a wondrous thing spawn a goddess of Fear? Or attract one? Where did Fear goddesses come from anyway? How silly. Boarders on Folly, really . . . oops! There we go, maybe *that's* where gods come from? The goddess realized she now existed, and laughed uproariously. Fire and Chaos joined Fear and Folly. What a recipe for fun! And is that a Trickster over there? Mortals better run. Will there be mortals? Butterflies and Tribbles, the dominant life (those tiny catfolk
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  30. Pattern Ghost

    Coronavirus

    Just took the wife for her first vaccination! She's halfway there.
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  33. Let's start with the easy ones. Bora is the exact stereotype of a demanding, extremely vain Italian blonde, Le Sone / Ultrasonique is French paranoia personified, Durak is a big dumb angry Slav and Scorpia is the murderous red hair, pale beauty Irish terrorist stereotype. We've all seen these stereotypes in popular culture and media. Digging deeper, Fiacho is seen as a joke character, no matter how "serious" you present him because of his schtick of trying to shove Esperanto down people's throats. Esperanto, being a made up language that has gone precisely nowhere since it's introduction excep
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  36. You are not. I've mentioned the same thing elsewhere on the forums, after privately raising the issue with the Secret Masters. For me it isn't simply the length of the products, but also that their layout is very basic, not up to the standards of any previous Hero ebook; that they're nearly devoid of artwork and maps; and that some of them are even thin in providing NPCs. As one Herophile I corresponded with put it, we're paying professional-grade price point for amateur-grade product. FWIW I have it on good authority that Hero considers these sectional ebooks to not be
    5 points
  37. Heh. In my Boston Champions campaign I had the A-Team. Their main membership requirement seemed to be having a name that started with "A" - Armadillo, Ankylosaur, Airstrike, A-Bomb, Achilles, etc. They also tried to incorporate "A"s in their operations - for instance, I printed Google Earth views of the areas where their crimes were taking place, and the players never noticed that in every case, the street layouts made giant "A"s. Even had the intro: “In the early 2010s, various crack supervillains were sent to prison by a federal court for crimes they probably commi
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  38. I've played V&V, and also Superhero 2044 - also the original Marvel RPG. But once I ran across Champions, I never really looked back.
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  41. I can't comment on the "Kane" series because I've never read it, but Opal reminds me of a discussion a friend of mine read on RPGNet: on the inverse relationship between literary merit and gameability. Like, Anna Karenina: the RPG? No. It would never work. But Knight Rider: the RPG? The game practically writes itself. The PCs all work for the mysterious Foundation, which equips them with an artificially-intelligent super-car. They fight crime! Dean Shomshak
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  42. I saw it put as “it’s not okay for the untrained civilian to panic, but it’s fine if the trained cop with the gun does”.
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  43. Not my words, but poingiant, and I cannot find the original source at the moment, but something to the effect of "why have we ever accepted that if you don't just automatically do what a police officer tells you, when he tells you, how he tells you, for as long as he tells you, that he has the right to murder you? Why are we accepting that any police encounter can become an impromptu game of Simon Says and if you don't play perfectly, you get shot? Again, not my words, but I approve of them heartily.
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