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  1. Re: Order of the Stick New OotS up.
  2. Re: WWYCD Political chaos! Wrong. Here's what the US Constitution says: Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court. The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted. Nothing about declared war. I think, regardless of legalities, most people would consider selling secrets to or committing espionage for an enemy nation to be treasonable. That would be enough to act on given the premise of this WWYCD.
  3. Re: Custom Mechanon I threw a pair of redesigned Mechanon mods at our team MidGuard. They're 30 foot long centipedes with clinging, HKA jaws, and seismic sensors to track unseen ground targets. They're time-traveling alien robots in our campaign, but there's no reason not to make them revert to being (unusual) Mechanon bodies. HDC file attached.
  4. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... I'm currently working my way through the Harry Dresden series and enjoying them quite a bit. These are what the Anita Blake series could (and should) have been. It'd be a great world to run a Dark Champions or low-level supers campaign in.
  5. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? I read that last year. Very interesting book.
  6. Re: Real Locations that should be fantasy If I ever needed proof spelunkers are insane... the woman is actually smiling like she's enjoying herself. "Yes, let's all crawl through the tiny underground passage too small to turn around in and filled with spiders! It's fun!"
  7. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? That one's on my Amazon Wish List. There's been a fair amount of good post-Soviet research on World War Two now that the Russians have opened many (not all) of their archives. In many ways the truth is better than the legend; the Germans were stunned at how hard the Russian people fought. I know about it, but then I lived in Minnesota in my teen years. I didn't learn about it when I lived there, though; I just pay attention when Minesota pops up in my other readings. That one looks like a good read. Another one I should check out.
  8. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? Just finished A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard Weinberg I'm currently halfway through The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust by Heather Pringle; a fascinating look at how even theoretically objective fields of study such as prehistory and archeology can be corrupted by evil.
  9. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...
  10. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... I always thought that idea was contributed by the British Empire. You're giving Weber too much credit. I haven't read Off Armageddon Reef yet, but a friend really liked it. OTOH, he really enjoyed At All Costs too. I suppose I'll read it eventually, but I'm not in any hurry.
  11. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Just finished rereading David Edding's The Belgariad (all 3 books) and the first book of The Malleorn (2 more to go). Possibly the finest fantasy series of all time (after The Lord of the Rings, of course).
  12. Re: What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it... Despite being a longtime fan of the series, I found Weber's last Honor Harrington book dull - especially the battles. I also didn't care for the whole "We'll just solve Honor's little personal problem with a bit of bigamy." Coward's way out; and it destroyed the deep sense of morality and personal integrity Weber had built up through all the previous novels. I doubt I'll buy another Honor Harrington novel; I think he's lost his way with his most popular protagonist. Fortunately, The Shadow of Saganami still has some of the old magic.
  13. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? Yeah, I've been on a bit of a WW2 roll lately. I've still got a fair number of WW2 books in my "reading list" which are two boxes of unread books I keep in my car; including a biography of Mussolini and a 1200 page general history of the war. Several others are on order with Amazon, although not all WW2. So far in 2008 I've spent $630 on books. No reason to think I won't hit $1000 by the end of the year.
  14. Re: What Non-Fiction Book have you just finished? Thus far in 2008 I've read the following non-fiction books: Eisenhower Geoffrey Perret Patton: A Genius for War Carlo D’Este Charles Darwin: Voyaging Janet Browne Charles Darwin: The Power of Place Janet Browne The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties Mark E. Neely, Jr. A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America Stacy Schiff An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942-1943 (Reread) Rick Atkinson The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy 1943-1944 Rick Atkinson The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower Stephen E. Ambrose Russia’s War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945 Richard Overy Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle-Aviation Pioneer and World War II Hero Donna Hoppes The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy Adam Tooze The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia Richard Overy When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler David Glantz & Jonathan House Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War Colin Beavan Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War Rick Atkinson How The Allies Won Richard Overy The Third Reich: A New History Michael Berleigh Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives Alan Bullock Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War Michael J. Neufeld Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions Charles Gallenkamp I'm currently about halfway through Mysteries of the Middle Ages and the Beginning of the Modern World by Thomas Cahill
  15. Re: A DC Animated-style HeroMachine I'm using Firefox 2.14. It worked fine with Firefox last week. Their "upgrades" have horked it for me. I even enabled Flash for the page; no joy. I'm hosed.
  16. Re: A DC Animated-style HeroMachine The Criar button does not appear. The page ends right below the " programa visual Fábrica de Heróis é de propriedade de Eduardo José Reis. Venda proibida, reprodução autorizada." beneath the Brute outline. It worked fine last week; something they changed screwed it up for me.
  17. Re: A DC Animated-style HeroMachine That does nothing.
  18. Re: A DC Animated-style HeroMachine It doesn't work any more. It flashes to a red page for 1 second and then goes to a Blogspot page.
  19. Re: A DC Animated-style HeroMachine I still haven't figured out how to add colors to the drawings.
  20. Re: A DC Animated-style HeroMachine Which one is the superhero generator? All I could find was the fantasy character machine.
  21. Re: Superheroes and lethal force We understand we're in a four-color campaign, and act accordingly. Since most of our players are also GMs in the campaign we all have a strong incentive to keep the game from going lethal. All of the current PCs have CvK to some degree. (The only one who didn't was an Air Force Reserve F-15 pilot for whom refusing to ever kill wouldn't make sense; especially since he shot down enemy aircraft in Iraq and Bosnia as part of his backstory.) When we capture supervillains and incarcerate them in one of the metahuman detention facilities, they're not out two weeks later. In fact as of this date no captured villain has escaped from prison. I'm sure it will happen someday, but it will be a major story element and not a casual "Oh, yeah, Eurostar all escaped from prison last week."
  22. Re: WWYCD (kind of): Advice Time for Scarlet! Zl'f would advise against it: "I think that would be a very risky course of action. Sure, I've gone public with my true identity, but I could do that only because my parents are both dead and I was an only child. Unless you have some foolproof way to protect your family, a public identity is about the worst thing a hero can do. It's practically inviting bad guys to attack them to get to you."
  23. Re: WWYCD: Mindset Since we actually have a PC mentalist, Prodigy, in our campaign who can do this (and occasionally does; albeit generally "off-camera"), this is an interesting WWYCD. Zl'f is very uncomfortable with the whole idea of deliberate alteration of a person's mind - even for villains. For her, it's all too close to killing the person and leaving the body intact. (The mental equivalent of a neutron bomb, maybe?). At the very least it's equivalent to maiming that person. It may be better than killing the person outright, but that's not much of an improvement in her book. As I recall this hasn't yet actually happened in front of her, but if it appears Prodigy is going to do it at some point in the future Zl'f will probably object vociferously. Not enough to fight Prodigy or quit the team, but certainly enough to strain relations with Prodigy for some time thereafter. So, to apply this to the WWYCD issue at hand, yes, Zl'f would try to stop Mindset. If she's not happy about a trusted friend and colleague performing this kind of operation, she's darn certain isn't going to let a near-stranger do it without attempting to intervene. Justicar would be much more ambivalent. He's a Catholic priest, but he's also a former US Marine officer who would see it as less harmful inherently than physical attacks. As a street-level hero he's quite aware of how vulnerable humans are to physical damage. Then again, is the psychic maiming (or hobbling, if you think it's a positive thing) performed by a mentalist ethically different from the mental trauma experienced by a battered wife, torture victim, or drug addict? EDIT: Besides, doesn't this rather destroy the Judeo-christian concept of free will? If you can't do evil, are you really being good? Or is just the outward appearance of good sufficient?
  24. Re: Flexible Active Point Limits: What Do You Think? We don't tend to like caps in our campaign as they seem to create more problems than they fix. We prefer some basic guidelines and a more (to use a term used upthread) "holistic" approach to characters. No one item will generally make a character too unbalancing; it will almost always be some combination of elements. High defenses and attacks = OK. High defenses, attacks, and OCV = too much.
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