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  1. My kids and I just watched the successful launch of SpaceX Dragon. It sure felt historic.
  2. "It was the end of the Earth year 2260, and the war had paused, suddenly and unexpectedly. "All around us, it was as if the universe were holding its breath . . . waiting. "All of life can be broken down into moments of transition or moments of revelation. This had the feeling of both. "G'Quon wrote, There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. "The war we fight is not against powers and principalities – it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. "The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. "No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain."
  3. "The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters."
  4. "All right, Carter, do your thing. Reynolds, I want flanking positions set up on either side of the clearing." "Roger that." "Rig the perimeter with C4 and Claymores." "Not much faith in Plan A?" "Since when has Plan A ever worked?" "Right."
  5. "Take me drunk, ossifer, I'm home again."
  6. What am I looking at here?
  7. This is why science matters. And why I am so very frustrated at the state of my country right now, from our know-nothing know-it-all President down the the plague enthusiasts screaming that having to wear a mask at Costco is a violation of their Constitutional rights. I've recently been rereading Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle In the Dark, and I came across this statement: "I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness." We're there, folks.
  8. This is just basic algebra. Quantum mechanics will be a year or two off, yet.
  9. I remember watching this on PBS with my parents back in the day. Great series.
  10. What the Professor said.
  11. My six-year-old demonstrated the beginnings of an understanding of Algebra tonight. I asked him, "What is five Q plus five Q?" He just kind of looked at me funny, so I asked him again: "What is five Q plus five Q?" After a moment, he answered, "Ten Q." And I said, "You're welcome!" (True story.)
  12. "Congratulations! Your flat Earth documentary was just nominated for an award!" "Cool, which one?" "A Golden Globe!"
  13. Tangentially related: Dozens of bidders in 'active discussions' to buy XFL, restart league for 2021 tournament, per report
  14. I woke up for no readily apparent reason about two hours ago (3:30 AM local time). I've spent most if the intervening time lying in bed not sleeping. I'm exhausted. The question now: Do I try to go back to sleep, knowing that my alarm goes off in an hour, or do I just get up and get on with the day?
  15. I think what nitro might be trying to say without being bothered to actually say it is that the second statement violates Ron's admonition not to include anything about "powers or superhero/villain material". I know, I've run afoul of that same issue myself. Personally, I think these two statements give players a solid look into what your campaign is going to be like. And that's the whole purpose of the statements, is it not?
  16. I'd enjoy playing in a campaign like that.
  17. Not limits. I never said limits. I'm looking for a starting point. What I'm wondering is, what are people's averages looking like? You've stated that your builds are consistently higher than these. How much higher? 12d6 damage, on average? 15d6? What do your characters' defenses look like? Are you building on 200? That kind of thing. Looking at the half-dozen or so characters Ron has presented in the book itself, I think these levels look like what his campaign has been using. It seems a bit underpowered compared to 4-6 Ed, but whatever. If that's what it is, then that's what it is. I'm just looking for some frame of reference here. The fact that I don't currently have a gaming group is complicating things for me.
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