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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from archer in Limitations: There should be only one!   
    I think this is a bad idea because it hides the complexity of Limitations. "Laser Pistol (-2)" sounds simpler than, "OAF (-1), 6 Charges (-3/4), Beam (-1/4)," but it doesn't tell you what the restrictions actually are. Players might also want similar powers with different Limitations, and then the GM has to keep track of, "Tom's Laser Pistol (-1)," "Dick's Laser Pistol (-2)," and "Harry's Laser Pistol (which is different from Tom's) (-1)."
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to Cancer in What Your Dice Say About You?   
    For a while my wife had seamless leather dice bag...
     


     
    Made guys uncomfortable.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from archer in How to model Parkour?   
    Most of it could be covered with Acrobatics. Adding, "Usable As Leaping" to Running should handle the rest.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from zslane in How to model Parkour?   
    Most of it could be covered with Acrobatics. Adding, "Usable As Leaping" to Running should handle the rest.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from DShomshak in How alien are your aliens?   
    The flip side of this is when authors/gamers have an alien race do something weird or nonsensical simply because they're aliens. There should be a logic behind it, if only from the aliens' perspective. 
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to Zeropoint in Treating A Centaur Heart Attack   
    The other half would be a problem for centaurs. You know, you spend a minute or two admiring the shapely hindquarters of a fine filly with one of your centaur buddies and then something stops blocking your view and you find out you've been perving on a horse.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from DShomshak in Flags and emblems in science fiction   
    I have a campaign idea that I've been noodling with that was based on a flag idea. The flag was the UN flag, only in black instead of blue, with crossbones underneath. The name for the setting was Pirate Earth.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from tkdguy in Flags and emblems in science fiction   
    I have a campaign idea that I've been noodling with that was based on a flag idea. The flag was the UN flag, only in black instead of blue, with crossbones underneath. The name for the setting was Pirate Earth.
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to Hugh Neilson in New Power: Quasi Solid   
    Jointly linked is challenging.  Let's look at a 4d6 Flash and 12d6 Blast, just for illustration.
     
     - If neither power is limited, I can use the Flash independent of the Blast, the Blast independent of the Flash, or both together as a Combined Attack, in whatever proportions I want.
     
     - If I can only use the Flash as part of the Blast, proportionally (1d6 Flash per 3d6 Blast), I put a -1/2 Linked limitation on the Flash.  I can still use the Blast without the Flash.
     
     - What if I have to use the Flash in order to use the Blast (1d6 Flash per 3d6 Blast), but I can use the Flash independently?  The Blast is limited.  The least limitation possible is -1/4, so that saves 12 points on the Blast.  The obvious question is "what about 12d6 Blast, 1d6 Flash - pay 5 for Flash and save 12 for Blast - MUNCHKIN!!!"  But I could have Limited the blast to only be usable at full power, and not bought the Flash at all.  That's a -1/4 limitation.  Or I could have made them Unified Powers for a -1/4 limitation on each, and kept full flexibility to use them independently or in tandem.
     
    Given all of that, I do not see -1/2 for the lesser power(s) and -1/4 for the greater power(s) when they must always be used in tandem as unreasonable.  However, I am starting to wonder why "Linked" and Unified Power" should  not be consolidated. 
     
    Side Effect requires judgement.  The broader the mechanic, the more judgment is going to be required.   
     
    To contortionist, I read the description.  There is a world of difference between a human who can squeeze into a suitcase (which some people can) and a human who can squeeze through a space 3" in diameter (which no human can).  Even if we accept that, you need to set the penalty levels for the skill roll, so I don't think using Contortionist saves us any work. 
     
     
    That's fair.  I've used Drain, and I think that is more fair than Blast since you get no defenses.  I've never found "takes damage" a very interesting Side Effect anyway.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Easter Eggs   
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to L. Marcus in Random Television Quotes   
    We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
     
    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
     
    Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from drunkonduty in Fast Damage Calculation   
    I'd avoid using Hit Locations entirely. Low damage rolls are limb hits, high rolls hit the head or torso. Low stun multipliers that do BODY anyway slip through a chink in the armor, high multipliers that do little BODY are square hits that hit the armor solid. 
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Tips and Tricks on How To Be A Game Master for Heroes   
    One tip that I haven't seen so far is to keep the CV spread fairly small - no more than 3 or 4. (If the lowest character has a CV of 5, the highest should be an 8.) Don't forget to include Skill Levels and maneuver bonuses in this. This is because the standard deviation of 3d6 is about 3, so that 3 CV spread keeps character's to-hit rolls towards the middle of the bell curve.
     
     
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from archer in GM Tips; Cyberpunk space world   
    I see X as being a business rival of Rogen's. His original plan was to catch Rogan doing unauthorized gas mining, and get the concession/claim for that area himself. He'd sent the aliens into that area to record Rogan's activities, without expecting them to get captured. When that happened, he tipped off the authorities anonymously and concealed his involvement in the matter. (The aliens will not be happy when they learn he abandoned them.)
     
    I'd thought about the idea of X having a mole in Rogen's organization somewhere. Freelyx's idea of Spencer being wired would work well for that. 
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from freelyx in GM Tips; Cyberpunk space world   
    Maybe Rogen was being set up? The energy beings were planted where they were specifically to get Rogen in trouble and allow Entity X to take control of his operation. Naturally, X will try to prevent the misunderstanding from being cleared up. OTOH, once the mission is completed, X will ignore the PCs (from his perspective, they're just hired muscle).
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from death tribble in Random Television Quotes   
    "Engage."
     
    "I don't know how to turn off the weather machine!"
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to Zeropoint in How can mechanics capture the feel of a genre (like sci-fi)?   
    As your Heresy stat goes up, you get bonuses to interacting with xenos, technology skills, and generally everything involving creativity and unorthodox solutions, but you get penalties to interacting with any of the Imperial orders. Maybe you become more visible/accessible to Warp beings? I'm not really up on 40K fluff.
     
    If you switch from calling the stat "Heresy" to "Orthodoxy", then the CoC "Sanity" model works really well. Learning things reduces your Orthodoxy stat. Your Orthodoxy stat is what you roll against to avoid losing Orthodoxy. Exposure to evidence that the world doesn't work the way that the official Imperium doctrine says it does calls for an Orthodoxy roll. When you talk to Inquisitors you have to make an Orthodoxy roll to avoid inadvertently saying something heretical, etc.
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to Pariah in Random Television Quotes   
    "I'd like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and put it on a pike as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come at too high a price. I would look up into your lifeless eyes and wave, like this. Can your associates arrange that for me, Mr. Morden?"
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to Dr.Device in Representation Matters   
    Thank you.
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    IndianaJoe3 reacted to dsatow in Grenade Pool   
    This was the requires multiple foci suggested by, IIRC, Steve Long to represent multiple items in a slot which can be taken partially away.  The example used was actually for grenades hanging off a belt.  It didn't seem right that a person could grab a grenade and take all the grenades.  The reduced effect is said to be the reduction in charges.
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from Cancer in Plot Ideas   
    "You don't meet many mad social scientists."
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from Ternaugh in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
    Drumsticks for everyone!
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    IndianaJoe3 got a reaction from BoloOfEarth in Of Red Herrings and Fatally Bad Luck   
    Negligent firearm discharge
    Unexpected allergic reaction
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