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  1. 9 points
    Hermit

    Coronavirus

    We pause for a very special moderator advisory Okay , while I understand it is hard to avoid this getting political at times, the Duke has a point ..and I think some folks are forgetting what Simon said on page one of the Political discussion thread which I will quote below... So, perhaps try to down play the political side of things at least in this thread, and then go write the political view heavy posts in the other one.
  2. 8 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  3. 7 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  4. 7 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  5. 7 points
    Cancer

    Coronavirus

    HAH! Scored a jar of Red Star* and a 4-pack of TP! I feel like I've had a good turn in a game of Heads & Feds. * Active dry yeast.
  6. 7 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  7. 7 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  8. 7 points
    It's interesting to note that this pandemic shows us who's really important to society. When the celebrities and the rich cower in their mansions, no one misses them. It's the "lowest" of the workers who are the most necessary to society. We need to ensure that society provides for them.
  9. 6 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  10. 6 points
    Doc Democracy

    Coronavirus

    Hmm. My recollection was that he said a prediction of 400,000 deaths "was not absurd" if the government stuck to its mitigation strategy rather than actively seeking to shut it down. He has now, like a good scientist, revised his estimates in light of new data. I would stick with the problem that the media is there to make money, not to educate or inform. If they achieve all three then it is a happy coincidence. Trust the scientists when they are talking science, when they stray from science they are just another opinion. Doc
  11. 6 points
    mattingly

    Coronavirus

    We're in a battle against the virus. Everyone just stay one hex apart, just like any other battle.
  12. 6 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  13. 6 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  14. 6 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

    IT is called being an introvert. I have been in training by entire life for this.
  15. 5 points
    I have completed and sent Western Hero to Hero Games to look over and build a cover for. Its a complete book with all you need to build characters and play the game (minus powers and modifiers etc, as not applicable in a heroic game) with a full campaign setting adapted from the original Western Hero 4th edition, plus tons of adventure ideas, campaign tips, background, maps, etc. Also, I have uploaded a file of The Greatest Guns Who Never Were, a file containing almost 50 fictional characters of western and western-inspired background from books, comics, movies, television, and radio, from Hopalong Cassidy to Mal Reynolds and all points in between. Its free in the Downloads section and includes full Hero Designer write ups as well as a pdf containing them all and some notes on how they were made.
  16. 5 points
    wcw43921

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

    Alex Ross can make anyone look awesome. Anyone.
  17. 5 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  18. 5 points
    mattingly

    Jokes

    Food is our number one need. Toilet paper is our number two need.
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    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  21. 5 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  22. 5 points
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    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  24. 5 points
    Cygnia

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  25. 4 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  26. 4 points
    Florida Poll tax Law Struck Down In Federal Court
  27. 4 points
    Pariah

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

    Now I'm hungry all of a sudden...
  28. 4 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  29. 4 points
    Hello all. I have returned after a long hiatus and it seems that my timing couldn't be any worse 😆.
  30. 4 points
    I see a big cat with a curled tongue. I'm guessing that what you're seeing is a broken lynx.
  31. 4 points
    Sundog

    Recommend a Sports Movie

    I'm not a big sports fan. But to me The Replacements always ranks highly.
  32. 4 points
    Logan.1179

    Recommend a Sports Movie

    My favorite is Field of Dreams, followed closely by Bull Durham.
  33. 4 points
    L. Marcus

    Coronavirus

    Doing Covid-duty tonight as well, as back-up.
  34. 4 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  35. 4 points
    Lord Liaden

    Saving Champions/Hero

    I consider the expression a reasonable distinction from creators who are actually employed or contracted by Hero Games. We are after all discussing who has a legal right to use Hero/Cryptic IP, which non-employees normally don't. And Jason includes himself and all of us in the category of "fan-creators" in the end. I don't find it offensive, but YMMV.
  36. 4 points
    Simon

    Coronavirus

    YOU'RE an unusually large figure.
  37. 4 points
    Nope. No subscriptions. It's nothing but a money grab. If I buy Software 1.0, and it serves my purposes, I don't need or want anything more. IF and when I find it lacking, I can *choose* to pay for an upgrade (Software 1.1 now with flavor!) or a whole new iteration (Software 2.0). But I'm NOT going to pay a monthly or annual subscription just to maintain access to a product I bought.
  38. 4 points
    Ragitsu

    Coronavirus

    I've not left my neighborhood for close to three weeks; in addition to not really needing to brave the desolate streets, I feel as though I can remain here long enough until life returns to normalcy (or close to it) once I finally decide to venture out. Introversion is apparently good for something after all!
  39. 4 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  40. 4 points
    What ruins my immersion? Monty Python quotes, in or out of character.
  41. 3 points
    Ternaugh

    In other news...

    “There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it’s far too late to start making a fuss about it now. … What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beams.”
  42. 3 points
    unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    Ratchets up the suspicion they're lying through their teeth.... From a planning perspective, it also says that if we want a more reliable estimate of the mortality rate of the virus......we have to take the Chinese data out. It is completely unreliable. Lessee... total cases total deaths case/1M Est Pop (M) Deaths/1M Mort Rate World 746178 35347 95.7 7797 4.53 4.74% China 81470 3304 57 1429 2.31 4.06% World – China 664708 32043 104.4 6368 5.03 4.82% Just a bit of number crunching. The top 2 rows' data from worldometers.com,(https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/) except for the population estimate...that's from cases per million and total cases. The third's simple math, only here the cases /deaths per million people is computed from the total cases/deaths and estimated population. Mortality rate is simply deaths/cases. So the big upswing is, both infection rate and death rate go up about 10%. The death rate goes up but not by enough to matter *yet*. It's too early, there's too many variables at play for that mortality rate to be considered final. And the data for Spain and Italy are disastrously high; their mortality rates are about 8 and 10%. EDIT: Mortality rates by country. Same data source. Cases Deaths Rate World 746178 35347 4.74% USA 145131 2608 1.80% Italy 97689 10779 11.03% Spain 85195 7340 8.62% China 81470 3304 4.06% Germany 63929 560 0.88% Iran 41495 2757 6.64% France 40174 2606 6.49% UK 22141 1408 6.36% Switzerland 15526 333 2.14% Belgium 11899 513 4.31% Netherlands 11750 864 7.35% S. Korea 9661 158 1.64% Austria 9520 108 1.13% Turkey 9217 131 1.42% Canada 6671 67 1.00% Portugal 6408 140 2.18%
  43. 3 points
    Psybolt

    Recommend a Sports Movie

    I love A League of Their Own and Major League.
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  45. 3 points
    Ragitsu

    Coronavirus

    Not Shanghainigans?
  46. 3 points
    Old Man

    Coronavirus

  47. 3 points
    death tribble

    While sheltering in place....

    I am going to find a flat fish and breed it to giant size. Then I will carve out a living space in it and hide there. I will be sheltering in plaice........
  48. 3 points
    Bazza

    Coronavirus

  49. 3 points
    Ternaugh

    Coronavirus

    That's a strange site. It's not really associated with a TV station, even if the name looks like it is. And all of the articles that I looked at had Brandon G. Jones as the reporter. Are there any corroborating stories for this?
  50. 3 points
    Ting is, I've learned that the first idea is often not the best idea, and sometimes the best worldbuilding strategy is just to throw things out and see what connections develop on their own. Let me give an example: As part of my Mystic World playtest campaign, I ran a story arc set on my Jack Vance "Dying Earth" homage, the world of Loezen. I'd already decided that saving Loezen would involve time travel: The PCs would need to go back in time to obtain the lost artifact they needed. (Lost, in Vancian irony, because they stole it.) So I dashed off a list of fruity-sounding past ages for Loezen: Before the modern age (not yet named because it's still happening) was the Age of the Road Builder. Before that, the Age of the Cloud Lords. Before that, the horrible Age of Red Shadows. And before that, a mishmash of Ages that were often nothing but names: the Arcuate Age, when people wrote in characters made of short, curving lines; the Age of Towers, inferred from certain massive ruins; the Anaglyphic Age, for the picture-writing carved on buildings; the Trilunar Age, when Loezen apparently had three moons (it presently has two); and the one that mattered for the plot, the Age of Six Sovereigns, when six immortal and ultra-powerful wizard-tyrants contended for rule of the world. Okay, so one of the PCs already had a time travel spel... with a control roll. Which the player blew. Badly. Instead of 8,000 years into the past, they went 8 million! No problem, I'm good at improvising. The players enjoyed an hour seeing the very strange world Loezen had been before its sun began dying. They obtained help from the;;; mages?... of that time. Not wanting to trust another time-jump, they sought other ways of reaching the Age of Six Sovereigns. I had one of their new allies suggest placing them in suspended animation, packing them into a ball and launching them into orbit, to descend and wake up at the proper time. (IIRC I'd recently read one of Cordwainer Smith's stories that had a person who'd awakened in the future this way.) The PCs agreed. Then one player's eyes widened. ""It's us," he exclaimed. "We're causing the Trilunar Age." And they all wondered how I'd set it up. Well, either my unconscious mind is a genius, and possibly precognitive... or I just got lucky, because the PCs did something that could tie into the blither I tossed out before. And the more of these fragments of information you provide, the greater the odds that something will later become useful in ways you never expected. Dean Shomshak
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