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Nyrath

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Nyrath last won the day on June 28 2004

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  1. http://www.astronomynow.com/news/n1001/07dust/ Go to the link. Look at the picture. I'll wait. Evil game masters will now be grinning from ear to ear. What will your stable of players not do in order to escape When Worlds Collide? Why are the players in that system in the first place? Oh, I imagine that there is some kind of unobtanium that is only formed by planetary collisions, and therefore worth zillions of credits a gram.
  2. Re: December 27, 2004: The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever Approximately http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow!_signal#Location_of_the_signal
  3. Re: December 27, 2004: The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever A gamma-ray burster that was 3,000 light years away could wipe out half the Earth's ozone layer and cause a mass extinction. At 100 light years it would fry the Earth. However, such bursters emit their radiation in a narrow beam, not in all directions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-ray_burst A supernova could only wipe out half the ozone layer if it was within about 27 light years.
  4. Re: December 27, 2004: The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever
  5. Re: December 27, 2004: The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever Yes, but the mental image of a starship studded with turrets from a main battle tank seems so terribly retro.
  6. Re: December 27, 2004: The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever No, the Tunguska event was not quite a big burst for a rock. It was only 14 megatons. The Dinosaur Killer event was 800,000,000 megatons (80 teratons). That was quite a big burst for a rock. But you make a good point. People sneer at a low tech weapon like throwing rocks, but kinetic energy weapons can do ghastly amounts of damage. And no fissionables are required. It has been suggested that in the future, space faring nations will have military spacecraft on orbit guard duty, to prevent all unauthorized changes in the orbits of civilization-killing asteroids. Obligatory link to the Boom Table http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/rocket3x1.html#boom
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  8. Re: December 27, 2004: The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever Happy to be of service
  9. Re: December 27, 2004: The Day Earth Survived the Greatest Stellar Attack -Ever While plasma guns don't really work, lasers are effective as a ship-to-ship weapon. It is just that a laser sidearm is vastly more expensive and delicate than a .45 automatic, but is not much more effective at killing a person. The magnatar death beam, however, is much more useful to a game master as a Macguffin. For example, your stable of players are trying to stop a supervillain who is plotting to trigger a magnatar burst that will vaporize Princess Aura's home system.
  10. Re: New Model of the Universe Says Past Crystallizes out of the Future If anybody is interested in the "block universe" described in the link, a fun-to-read explaination is in Rudy Rucker's THE FOURTH DIMENSION. Go here http://books.google.com/books?id=8J0djs-FK_8C&dq=rudy+rucker&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=WAzms4wqjb&sig=VgHCjwFsXd8jBx9YJMTdQXikbJs&hl=en&ei=susjS4bUFIjilAfzjeD9CQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CDgQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=&f=false and go to the chapter "Spacetime Diary"
  11. Re: New Model of the Universe Says Past Crystallizes out of the Future No, you are exploring exciting and interesting possibilities inherent in the model. Vacancies would be either areas of time stasis, or time-space areas in the past which change. For instance, the chapter in your history book about the battle of Waterloo might keep re-writing itself before your eyes. In a Dr. Who episode (the Pirate Planet), the villain had a room that was shifted one second into the future. Since the space without and within the room were out of time synch, it was the equivalent of an impassible barrier. Edge dislocations would be time gates, of course. Presumably these flaws would exist both in the "present" and in the past. Naturally something like a light-year long time gate would be patrolled by militant alien civilizations with notions about "finders-keepers". If you want a Star Hero campaign with time travel, such a model has great possiblities.
  12. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/12/december-27-2004-the-day-earth-survived-the-greatest-stellar-attack-ever.html This looks like a weapon that can be used to take out entire solar systems...
  13. Re: The Chicxulub impact
  14. http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/24363/ "Astronomers assumed that it was merely a large crater, until that fateful day when the Kuiper Belt exploration mission discovered that it was actually a ..." (note: Kuiper belt is sort of like a second asteroid belt, that starts at the rim of the solar system)
  15. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/11/martian_landscapes.html Hey, game masters. Print out a few of these and draw crude treasure maps on them. When your stable of players turn over the dead body of a man assassinated in front of them, give them a map and tell them this fell out of his hand.
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