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  1. 6 points
    How's this for a Princess Bride remake?
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    I'm always concerned when the issue of "efficiency" of private sector versus public sector is raised. I'm concerned because those two sectors have different priorities and different accountability. The priority of the public sector is to serve its citizens, and the success with which they do so is judged by those citizens through the electoral process. The priority of the private sector is to make a profit for those who own parts of a business or company, and it is to those people that they answer. When I've seen governments unload responsibility for public services, such as transportation or utilities, to the private sector, what invariably follows is either a rise in the cost of those services to citizens living where their delivery is more costly, or the curtailment of those services to those areas altogether whether or not the communities affected depend on them. The private sector's "efficiency" is derived not primarily through working harder or smarter, but -- and I realize this wording is harsh -- exploiting their less profitable customers to a greater degree, or else abandoning them. About the only way that I've seen this pattern offset is for governments to provide tax breaks or subsidies to either their affected citizens or to the companies providing the services. So in the end the government is still using tax dollars to deliver those services, albeit indirectly, and with much less control of spending priorities.
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    When Avery Brooks shaved his head on DS9.
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    They are reserving Batman for poorly made mediocre movies. They can't allow a TV show version outshine a movies version can they?
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    Yeah. No pressure. Looks like my home repairs are going to get rained out this weekend. I hope to get back to work on it during my "break."
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    “The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.” ---Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect, and author (1743-1826)
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    "Neat" Pictures

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    They wanted a female McCoy to bounce off Data in a Spock stand in. Problem there? Spock gave as good as he got and banter aside both men clearly respected each other and even kinda sort of were friends. Pulaski going after Data was more like some stranger coming in and kicking a puppy that couldn't fight back. Data could claim he didn't have feelings to hurt, but we were insulted on his behalf. Add that and her moments of disregard for Picard and it was clear the writers and director had missed the mark. As a fan of the character of Riker, the growing the beard trope tickles me greatly. For examples.. I liked farscape, but I think the introduction of Scorpius really got it going. Hardly modern I guess, but MASH for me really picked up with Potter and WInchester joined on Season two of the Justice League cartoon really revved things up for me. I liked Season one, but season two improved it dramatically... I guess we could give credit to Darkseid- he'd assume credit for greatness was his anyway
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    I'm not actually into debating Hero rules editions, because IMO each has its benefits and drawbacks, but much of what you'd put into either category depends on individual preferences. I admit to preferring Fifth myself, partly due to familiarity and comfort with how it does things, partly due to it having hit my personal sweet spot in level of detail; but I have introduced elements from later or previous editions that I just like better. However, another factor that weighs in my choice of editions is the great compatibility between Fifth and Fourth Edition. Aside from the first couple of editions of Champions, those two are the easiest to port between. Stuff built for one of them can be used with the other with only a few modifications; and between the two editions there's a ton of published material to draw from, particularly for Champions (and supers is my favorite game genre).
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    Movies and TV Shows That are Great

    Wow, INCREDIBLY broad topic title. I could list a 100+ great movies and shows. I'll narrow it to the oldest great movie I've ever seen: The Adventures of Robin Hood - 1938
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    Movies and TV Shows That are Great

    I always liked the thin man. The summation at dinner has been copied by everyone, but this movie was the first that I remember seeing it used. CES
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    Share Your Magic System!

    One magic system I've used for divine magic is to have effects powered only by an END Reserve that will only recharge while the character is performing religious acts, such as prayer. I did this specifically to emulate HarnMaster's ritual and piety point system, and to give divine magic a very different flavour to arcane magic. You coud vary is somewhat - recovering END only while on ground consecrated to the character's deity, for example (though one might then allow a specific temporary Consecrate ritual which costs no END but requires significant extra time so you can set up a temporary shrine where you stop to camp, but can't recharge your reserve in combat).
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    Superhero Cosplayers

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    A Thread for Random Videos

    Interesting. Suppose instead that Elrond clobbered Isildur over the head with the flat of his blade, then taken the Ring and cast it into the fire himself. Would that have averted both evils? I wonder. . .
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    Illusions that can inflict harm

    I love to see Hero Effortlessly miming TFT. The power of this system is astounding.
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    I'm thinking about the idea of publishing "editionless" stats. Characters, at least, with point costs hidden, except for the total at the end. I'm on my phone at the moment but I'll try to work up some examples later.
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    Illusions that can inflict harm

    Would you build a single spell that could do both of those things (and more) as a multipower? I think it has to be a summons, since the creature can 'die' in normal combat and can be seen by everyone. What limitation would you give something that can be instantly unsummoned with a successful Ego roll? -1? Edit: And now I realize Summon is an Instant power, but I want it to only stick around for as long as she maintains it with END. How would I do that?
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    All these different shows that involve Batman have one thing in common. Batman is nowhere to be seen.
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    Creepy Pics.

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    "Neat" Pictures

    looks like that church is about to b swallowed up by that dimensional vortex
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    Updating Old Content

    I still think the biggest drawback is a lack of adventures!
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    Be At Ease Campaign Arcs

    I'll be there.
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    Be At Ease Campaign Arcs

    will be there Hope you guys had a fun time last weekend doing your gaming stuff.
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    1. A focus is probably considered to have a number of BODY for Transformation purposes equal to the Active Points of the highest point power divided by 5, plus one for each additional power in it. Pretty much the way a breakable Focus's effective PD/ED score is determined. We really need a better way, by the way. 2. Probably depends on common sense, dramatic sense, special effects. I don't think an Unbreakable Focus is necessarily un-Transformable, but it depends. The average wizard wouldn't be able to Transform Mjolnir, but the Beyonder probably would.
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    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    You want a brick capable of throwing a car, and stopping bullets: Vampira You want a rogue capable of breaking into most targets without being seen: Vampira You want a man or woman hypnotized into giving you anything you want: Vampira But she doesn't do windows or daylight CES
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    Duke Bushido

    In other news...

    That makes me incredibly happy! Can I sue his lawyer for calling it "alt right opium?" I mean, she's defaming _me_ at that point. I lean pretty hard to the right, but I'm not a friggin' lunatic!
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    Tabletop Simulator

    Aiming for first beta release at end of October. Features are: - Hex distance calculator (distance & height) (100% complete) Dice Roller with target numbers and modifiers (100% complete) 100+ 3D Superhero figures available from other Workshop mods (100% complete) Table Layout for Gameplay (GM & Players) (95% complete - playable as is) JSON Combat record (simple & detailed) import from Hero Designer (JSON Exported written and tested) TTS (75% complete - 2-3 days more work) Storing Monsters/NPC's in card decks for quick loading (75% complete - 2-3 days more work) Interoperability between tools (75% complete - not playable - 3-4 days more work) Drag and Drop loading of Hero Game stats into Models (25% complete - Dependant on JSON Combat Record - 2-3 days work) GM automated Turn Control with Phases / Speed etc (5% complete - Dependant on JSON Combat Record and Drag / Drop loading - No timing yet) My current target is to release beta without GM Turn control and complete before first published version
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    Super Why! jumped the shark in the second season when they changed the voice actors and brought in Woofster. What?
  31. 1 point
    Looking at the website of the private school that I attended for grades 2 through 8, it's currently $275 to register, plus a $140 technology fee, and they strongly suggest that all report cards and standardized achievement test results are included with the application (space is limited; the school is "highly selective"). Tuition is currently $7600 per year. Oh, and they expect a parent to volunteer some time for the school, as well. They do produce high quality results, however.
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    The hologram doctor was the only good character on the show, and he wasn't even real.
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    Yeah that's part of what I am working up for the Jolrhos Players Guide, letting people do very minor effects with a Magic Skill roll and 1 END such as start a small fire, anything under 6 active points, basically. You can zap someone with your wand to do minimal damage and make a flash of light; it will kill a mouse, but won't really hurt a person.
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    Good lord, I bet Hugh COULD pull off a pretty good stand in for old Vincent
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    In other news...

    There's too many instances of things like this and they only err in one direction.
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    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Carol Hardy is the destructive villain know as Lens. She magnifies flaws in material until the material breaks under the stress of her regard CES
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    OD&D suffered from a lot of criticism, and even threats of legal action from the heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien, for how much it lifted from Tolkien's writing. So of course they'll play up other influences. Citing Burroughs I think is fair, though. His planetary romance novels have much more in common with fantasy than science fiction. The "science" he uses to explain how things in his worlds work is so far from real science it might as well be magic; and its special effects (to borrow the Hero term) often resemble fantasy imagery. His protagonists are still swinging swords and fighting monsters. It's when the science inserted into fantasy more resembles what we moderns recognize as technology, that tonal dissonance occurs. OTOH and IMHO, modern physics sounds increasingly like magic itself.
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    Brandon Routh Returns As Superman

    The look of horror when Lois Lane saw all the toupees in the house boat was priceless.
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    I'm sorry too I have always had a hard time picking up on text only nuances. I prefer to speak face to face so I can pick up on cues. Anyway, I'll bow out now.
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    "Neat" Pictures

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    Dungeon Draft: October 2019

    After all of that, what could be worse? How about ending up cold, wet, bruised, and publicly humiliated? Featured Highlight #5: The Wipeout Zone (One adventurer at a time; the obstacles change every time!)
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    It's a 5 minute walk from my house to the bar. It's a 45 minute walk from the bar to my house. The difference is staggering.
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    A Thread for Random Videos

    The part I really like is that the group is playing 2e, which is my favorite edition.
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    The Academics Thread

    “I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” --Arthur C. Clarke
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    Hugh Neilson

    Hero system 7 ideas

    It could be done with 4e, 5e or 6e, and it was, at least to a large extent, 1e through 3e. Make ACTUAL GAMES that use the Hero System as their engine. Take that system, with its array of dials and switches and possible ranges of ability, and publish a game that uses the system - that sets the dials and the switches to create the feel desired for the specific game, and presents only those aspects of the rules which are needed to run that game. Perhaps we want a Fantasy game. It will be Heroic. So we set our starting characters at 175 points, and 50 points of complications. Done. NO OTHER OPTIONS. You can choose to use different CP, but our game does not. What should their characteristics be? Perhaps we state outright that no PC can have stats higher than a 20 in any primary characteristic, that few would ever have less than an 8, and that most would have half their characteristics (at most) above 15, and no more than 1 or 2 above 18. Maybe some races are 3 points higher in one stat and 2 points lower in two others (or what have you). The point is that we MAKE A DECISION and that is how this game is played. Similarly, we set standards for the secondary stats like defenses and SPD. Maybe we impose greater restrictions - characters cannot have more than 15 in any Primary and similarly set caps for each secondary. They may then take a single Race template, and up to two Profession templates. Elves are Agile (+3 DEX), Rogues are Agile (+3 DEX) and Acrobats are Agile (+3 DEX), so an Elf who is both a Rogue and an Acrobat, and buys 15 DEX as a base, can have a 24 DEX. But none of these templates are especially Hardy, so the best CON he may have is a 15 (maybe some races or professions even have a reduced characteristic). Maybe you can have as many Professions as you can pay for. We set Skills, and perhaps a starting character may buy only base skills (no extra bonuses), so if you did not invest in DEX, your best agility skill will be 11-. Some may be in Professions, and maybe we allow for up to X skill levels (or maybe starting characters only get skill levels from Races and Professions). Perhaps we rename or remove some skills, and set parameters on others. Let's add some Perks and Talents which might be part of those templates, or could be acquired separately. Now, we probably want some Powers, but perhaps we do not call them this. Maybe we have Extraordinary Abilities, Supernatural Abilities and Spells. Maybe we have more than one kind of spell. Perhaps you can only buy pre-fabs (in fixed amounts, or variable amounts - e.g. you decide how many d6 your FlameBolt will do, but a Mystic Shield is always 4 rPD, 6 rED). Maybe you need specific professions to purchase from certain lists. We also define our magic system here. Now, if all Wizard Spells require a Wizard Staff, Gestures and Incantations, we don't need to say that in every wizard spell - we just apply those limitations. Maybe the occasional Wizard Spell can be cast without an Incantation (price it that way, and specify that it is one of those rare exceptions). Perhaps very skilled casters can overcome these limits (powers built with naked advantages). No need to spell out the builds. They could always go in an appendix, or online, but that's not essential. Ditto complications - maybe we remove some we dislike for this game (e.g., no Hunteds; the PCs will make their enemies as they go). We provide the core rules - but maybe there is no Radar in our magical realm (so we leave that sense group out). Perhaps Blindsense is common, so we write that up using Detect and include it. We include the combat maneuvers we want, and exclude those we don't. Perhaps our game will use velocity-based DCV, so we include those rules, and vehicles and mounts, so those rules stay. No Bases though - PC's don't get to buy a castle. Maybe we'll include them in a later supplement. Include those combat rules we wish to use - maybe some maneuvers are not in our game. Maybe there are no martial arts - simulate them with skill levels, Limited bonuses to CVs and/or DCs, etc. Now, toggle the switches - either we will use wounding or we leave it out. Same choices for hit locations, Impairing, Disabling, Knockdown/back, Bleeding, Critical Hits - at the extreme, maybe we implement the "ignore STUN" option. Maybe we include Interposing. Perhaps we decide characters never recover in combat (reprice Recovery as it is for BOD only, or remove it entirely; a few minutes' rest restores all STUN and END, but running out in combat means you are out). Maybe we remove END. Unless we use Long-Term End, we remove those rules as well. We choose the model of Pushing to be used, and that is the only model in the game. Some environmental effects, like radiation and zero gravity, are not intended for our game, so we leave them out. Others reflect only those elements relevant - we don't need lasers or electrical outlets, but we have lightning bolts and flaming oil and torches. Maybe we exclude underwater for another supplement, or perhaps we deliberately leave out things like pressure, the bends, etc. - those don't happen in this magical world. Clearly, we will need weapons, armor and maybe rules for magical gear. The point, of course, is that this is not "A system to build any game you want" or even "a system to design your own fantasy game". It is ONE Fantasy game, powered by the Hero System. You want to do some customizing? Well, pick up the full system rules and customize to your heart's content. But our game will stick with the rule book, and any supplements we may decide to publish later.
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    death tribble

    Random Television Quotes

    In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. Five by five. Who do you kill for fun around here ? Death is your gift Bored now Oh, Buffy. You really need to have every square inch of your ass kicked. The first day of kindergarten, you cried because you broke the yellow crayon and you were too afraid to tell anyone. You've come pretty far. Ending the world - not a terrific notion... But the thing is... yeah, I love you. I love crayon-breaky Willow and I love scary, veiny Willow. So if I'm goin' out, it's here. If you wanna kill the world, well, then start with me. I've earned that Well, I was gonna walk you off a cliff and hand you an anvil, but it seemed kind of cartoony. Say no more. Evil's still afoot. And I'm almost out of that nancy-boy hair-gel I like so much. Quickly, to the Angel-mobile, away.
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