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You can do that if you want.

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I allow you to correct mistakes, if that's what you mean.

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<scribbles notes>

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No worries, life is like that, I've been struggling a bit too.

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This has been a good team effort, this fight. Of course, you haven't won yet...

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Indeed, here in the UK we are giving thanks for all those religious nutters who sailed away in the seventeenth century. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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No, it's not toast - Brexit of some form will happen, since that was what was voted for in the referendum, but what exactly that form will take (there are a few permutations, ranging from "hard" to "soft", whether we stay in the Single Market, just have access, or no access, or selective access, and so on) is unclear (and the referendum didn't ask). Cameron immediately resigned but the new Prime Minister said she didn't need to ask Parliament anything as to how to pull off Brexit since she had a mandate from the referendum (which, however, did not endorse any specific form of Brexit, only the vague notion of it). However, a High Court ruling (which will be challenged by the government in our Supreme Court) said that actually the government did need to consult Parliament about how it was planning on doing Brexit. It's a bit ironic that part of the reason for Brexit was to give power back to Parliament, and that the government then decided to not consult it on the biggest thing actually happening for decades. Anyway, we shall see what the Supreme Court says.

Legally, the referendum has no legal force and is just advisory, although it is thought highly unlikely that the MPs will actually say "No" since the referendum does endorse the overall goal of leaving the EU in some way, shape or form and it would be undemocratic to frustrate that completely. However, which form of Brexit we get could have massive influence on the economic outcome, so there is a lot to play for. In particular, financial services are heavily integrated and reliant upon EU laws within the UK, as it is the entry point of choice for many non-European banks and insurers so they can get full European access (via the Single Market). It's our biggest industry (plus all the ancillary bits like accountancy, consultancy and law) and a bungled Brexit could devastate it, and with it the country (and my job). So there's a lot to play for, and consequently there needs to be (in my view) a lot more democratic accountability and oversight in what goes on than the government were originally planning on providing.

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What it is to be indispensable.

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Meh. Remember when the GWB administration instructed the IRS to stop auditing rich people and focus on poor welfare recipients instead? Or how easy it was to find plenty of lawyers to redefine and justify torture?

Though the Donald might not be able to change or implement legislation willy-nilly, there are plenty of things that will happen very quickly that requires no real input from either house of Congress. With this election result, the ACA is dead, as is the Paris climate accords. The nuclear deal with Iran is done for, not to mention any chance of a national non-partisan redistricting plan. The Voting Rights Act is now a hollow shell. And then we can start wondering what the Donald's admiration for Putin and his comments that he is unwilling to defend "lazy" European states will do for the European security climate.

Trump has indicated several times that he essentially wants to be a national inspirational figure - i.e. the king of America, and would leave most of the policy stuff to the VP. However, I'm not sure that's a good thing, as Mike Pence is creepy as hell. I suspect we'll end up with 8 more years of GWB-type policies, but with more unstable folks at the rudder. But, hey, this really showed Susan Sarandon and those Williamsburg hipsters! Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Yeah, but it ain't Russia or Venezuela. Yet. Don't get me wrong, this is a bit bloody awful, but it isn't the end-times. No polity is flawless and, frankly, the Democrats put up a deeply flawed candidate of their own. Democracy is the worst system by which to run a government except for all the alternatives. Blah blah...

We had the dislocation of Brexit here, and at the time it seemed like a complete bloody disaster too. It might turn out that way. But so far the politicians have not had it all their own way. There have been (successful) legal challenges, and the reality of the situation internationally is also giving them pause. Trump will be similarly confined. And the Trump situation can be reversed (he can be voted out next time), unlike (unfortunately, it would appear) Brexit.

On the flip-side, of course, there are uncomfortable parallels with he 1930s - rising extremism (and not just in the US, of course), aggressive fascistic regimes flexing their muscles, and the US possibly becoming isolationist. Clearly that didn't pan out too well then. But history doesn't have to repeat itself.

Or I could move to Australia, since there's nothing there anybody could probably be bothered to nuke.

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Yup. However, it's worth noting the checks and balances. We've just had Brexit and although it's not something I approve of, it is also clear that the government do not have a free hand to do what they want following a court judgement ordering them to consult Parliament over their plans and put them to a vote. The checks and balances in the UK "constitution" (which is more of a nudge-nudge, wink-wink thing than the US constitution which is an actual codified document) are much less than in the US, and they still (so far) seem to be operating effectively. So I think despair (once you get over the shock) is misplaced at this time, since the Donald will have to deal with Congress. Also, America is a country built on law (just check out the number of lawyers) so the whims of a president are unlikely to become policy just because he says so. It's not good, but it's not that bad. Though I suspect the price of freedom will be eternal vigilance for the next four years, at least.

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Yup.

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I decided to start rereading the RotRL game - I've never reread that like I have the Eberron game, probably because I have the books to refer to. One thing that struck me about the early days is just how damn fast we used to post. But it's reminded me about some good stuff back in the old days, like Hudak drinking the hagfish water and the interplay between Hudak and Dravite.

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Was the issue about phone bills?

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I sometimes go back and reread the thread, which is quite entertaining. But I'm often struck by how much I've forgotten over the years, including stuff I actually wrote myself.

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Me too.

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Me too.

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Hey Vatters, hope things look up soon.

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I'm away on a long weekend from tomorrow, back Monday evening.

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I'm away on a long weekend from tomorrow, back Monday evening.

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I'm away on a long weekend from tomorrow, back Monday evening.

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I'm away on a long weekend from tomorrow, back Monday evening.

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I'm away on a long weekend from tomorrow, back Monday evening.

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I'm away on a long weekend from tomorrow, back Monday evening.

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ithuriel wrote:

Then we need to figure out what these items were:

Students 3 and 4: two breastplates, two scrolls
Students 5 and 6: two sets of studded leather, two formula books, four potions
Students 7 and 8: two sets of bracers, six potions
Lecturer: cloak, headband, ring, robe, scroll, spellbook

Students 1 and 2: two cloaks of resistance +1, scroll of phantasmal killer, scroll of fleshworm infestation, two spellbooks (which are identical - don't worry about the asterisks, they don't mean anything in this context): 0th All; 1st Cause Fear*, Chill Touch*, Comprehend Languages, Disguise Self, Identify, Mage Armour, Ray of Enfeeblement*, Shocking Grasp, Vanish; 2nd Blindness/Deafness*, Darkvision, Fox's Cunning, Invisibility, Marionette Possession*, Resist Energy, Spectral Hand*, Web; 3rd Excrutiating Deformation, Haste, Lightning Bolt, Ray of Exhaustion*, Summon Monster III, Vampiric Touch*

Students 3 and 4: two breastplates +1, scroll of slay living, scroll of flame strike

Students 5 and 6: two studded leather +1, potion of heroism, potion of spider climb, potion of Levitate, potion of Resist Energy (Cold). You can't used the formula books.

Students 7 and 8: two bracers of armour +1, two potions of Cat's Grace, two potions of bear's endurance, two potions of cure serious wounds

Lecturer: Cloak of Resistance +2, Headband of Vast Intelligence +2 (Knowledge Nobility & Royalty), Potion of Cure Serious Wounds (CL 5), Ring of Protection +1, Robe of Bones, Scroll of Horrid Wilting (CL 15, DC 22), Spellbook: 0th All; 1st Alarm, Cause Fear*, Chill Touch*, Detect Undead, Endure Elements, Expeditious Retreat, Feather Fall, Grease, Identify, Mage Armour, Magic Missile, Protection From Good,Ray of Enfeeblement*, Shield; 2nd Arcane Lock, Blindness/Deafness*, Command Undead*, Darkvision, False Life*, Fox's Cunning, Ghoul Touch*, Glitterdust, Scare*, Scorching Ray, See Invisibility, Spectral Hand*; 3rd Arcane Sight, Dispel Magic, Gaseous Form, Fireball, Haste, Magic Circle Against Good, Marionette Possession*, Protection From Energy, Ray of Exhaustion*, Vampiric Touch*; 4th Animate Dead*, Bestow Curse*, Enervation*, Fear*, Resilient Sphere, Scrying, Solid Fog, Wall of Fire; 5th Break Enchantment, Magic Jar*, Rapid Repair, Symbol of Pain*, Waves of Fatigue*; 6th Chain Lightning, Contingency, Create Undead*, Eyebite*, Unwilling Shield*

There you go, that should keep you busy for a while.

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There's a song in that.

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You should be ashamed - killing things and not taking their stuff.

Sterling work there, Ithers.

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Yeah, you know what, I knew I'd forgotten about something!

I think you get to loot some bodies, like the weirdo oracle woman and the students. I'll go back and look at the details.

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The Russia bit is really just a bit of a dungeon hack with machine guns. It felt a bit unnecessary, though the concept wasn't bad as such.

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Yes, they were. I wasn't aware of the background, but I remember thinking that the ruined city bit was a bit strange.

I found Reign of Winter started well but had some really odd bits. I really didn't care for the bit in Russia with Rasputin - I kinda know why they did it, what with Baba Yaga being from Russian folklore, but it was just weird and a bit unnecessary. I think the other bits were OK.

Giantslayer didn't thrill me either. I thought the first part was pants - let's kill some time solving a murder, which really doesn't matter if you succeed 'cos HERE'S A BILLION ORCS! who don't care either way, and the guy who did it just jumps around in front of you at the end going "Kill me and take the plot token!". And the idea of a human town in Belkzen that hasn't been razed to the ground decades ago is just daft - if the paladins of Lastwall can't keep them out, what hope have a few villagers? All pretty stupid. Part of the reason I fancied doing the orc campaign was how I felt they ballsed-up the orcs in Giantslayer.

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I read that campaign. It actually was reasonably well put together but both it and the previous "fighting Cheliax" AP didn't scream "Run me!" I think it's a bit of a Cheliax and devils overdose, frankly. Which is funny, because I really like the demons AP. However, that might be because the outcome of WotR actually has an impact on the world. The Silver Ravens AP sort created a new country, but nothing much happened to Cheliax other than that. And in the evil one, Cheliax isn't overthrown and, well, carries on as before, which is a sort of non-event. I know people complain when you are saving the world in every AP but, I dunno, they were a little bit downbeat.

I'm trying to think of the last Paizo AP that really got me going - the most recent Varisian-set one, where the PCs are Pathfinders plumbing various sites, has some really great dungeons in them. Other than that, I'm struggling a bit.

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Yeah, the plan isn't to weird people out with degradation and horror - the biggest enemy to orcs are other orcs, mainly, and evil will be killing evil a lot of the time.

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Guys, I've been thinking. I've had an idea for a potential campaign and I'm wondering if people would be interested or not. I've been trying to avoid over-committing myself, but I do find this idea intriguing - if people aren't especially, then I won't worry about it, but if they are, I might run it.

Basically, it's an orc campaign where the PCs are orcs. There'd be a campaign plot, but as a sort of overarching theme there would be also the notion of potentially becoming chief of the tribe (from starting way down the pecking order). It would effectively be an evil campaign, since this would be about life in Belkzen (primarily) rather than orcish paladins wandering about, and orcs acting orcish. There would also be the possibility of PvP, which I wouldn't normally countenance, but the fundamentally competitive requirement - there can only be one chief - and orcish nature might lead to that, so I've been thinking about how to handle that. Anyway, I don't know if this appeals or not, but it could be fun. I'd be curious for your views.

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Actually, the tent isn't a tent to the extent it'll catch fire - the tent's "GUI" is a tent on the outside but inside it's a transdimensional palace. There's no reason not to equip a magic lab/forge/whatever in there.

But yeah, the normal route would be to borrow a forge. Probably in the old days you would equip your stronghold.

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Yeah, now you mention it, that's really a stupid bit of wording I hadn't noticed. I think he meant that when you are creating a magic weapon from a non-magic weapon it doesn't increase the time. But then again, if you already have a magic weapon, what do you do? Logically, it should be instant. As a limit to this, I will recommend that you will also need the forging equipment on hand as well, which is also a requirement for magic item creation - i.e. you can't just go ahead and add an enchantment without the necessary equipment. On the other hand, a bit of downtime, an anvil and a forge... knock yourself out!

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ithuriel wrote:
And yes- regarding the cataclysm. I was willing to use the vision from Gath/the Keeper if nothing else appropriate happened, but either way something would have to be shaped into a prophesy.

Which version of the class are you using. There's a PF version which someone has done which looks reasonable, if somewhat tricked up in the power stakes, here.

As for your personal cataclysm, I've got something in mind for the first...

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Gil wrote:

Communal Nondetection looks useful (unless Aubrey wants to rule that it should already be on my list since Nondetection is.... :D)

Seems reasonable and beguiler-ish.

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By the way, I think Ithers and I need a conversation about Ez's cataclysm.

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No, you aren't - it's a family thing with the Inspired and which quori can possess them without asking nicely. That said, that doesn't mean there aren't quite a lot in a particular bloodline.

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It was good fun, although I think we were all glad when it finished. The weather was good and it was quite pleasant, taking in a few nice spots along the way. Portions around Westminster and Tower Bridge were hard work due to tourists milling about and slowing us down. But we did the 10 miles in 3 1/2 hours.

I feel a bit tired this morning, though, but surprisingly un-achy.

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You could consider Pant Shape, as the ultimate wearable disguise for deep infiltration. Or perhaps Form of the Dagon, although sanity loss from the rest of the party might be too severe.

Spell Focus (Illusion) might be a good one if you are going to use the Shadow Evocations and Conjurations (or just plain illusions) much. Spell Penetration might also be good as we are trekking up the levels now and SR becomes more of an issue.

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Yes, a whole new set of action points.

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No, not really. I was being mostly facetious in the comment in the game thread about the moral high ground. BUT for those PCs who are Iomedaeans, and even for those who are not, doing right by her can bring some relatively minor, but possibly useful benefits. So there are possible useful effects beyond roleplaying ones to doing the whole Lawful Good thing for those so inclined.

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Sounds like quite a schedule. No worries, we have times like these. And happy anniversary, and please send your wife my regards.

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Well, I purposefully avoided having evocation spells in the Advanced Learning list of schools as blasting someone with a fireball is not very beguiling. You can retrain it, but probably not to fireball. Remember you can cast Shadow Evocation, which is a bit higher level and has two saves, but does more or less the same job.

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That's always an option.

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Hi Thom, you haven't posted in the Darkmoon Vale game for a while - Eljoy is up.

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If you are in Bangkok you should be fine re malaria. It's only if you go in the country.

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The pinko-post-apocalypse - I shall definitely check it out.

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Congrats to your brother, I will take a look.

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Resurrection dotting.

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