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OK, I'm outta here! See you all Sunday after next.

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The thing I find a bit disappointing in the wake of the financial crisis and onward up until now is that your radical friends, and others like them, are basically right that there are big problems regarding inequality and the not-unrelated problem of a rather unholy alliance between politicians and big business. However, most of the people who care enough about it and want to change it are normally lefty Trots and their prescriptions vary from useless to positively pernicious. The people who know what to do are the people who benefit - bankers, hedge fund managers, politicians, CEOs - and so have a vested interest in the status quo.

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Too late, they're in. I've got some others and they seem reasonably well-behaved.

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I'm a flowers man, so it's Hemerocallis, Phlox, Geranium and Digitalis.

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A fast-moving situation.

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Tenro wrote:

So, I am wondering now that this stuff has come up (and actually has hit the radio here in America despite the various celebrity goings-on), what does the Euro really do for Europe?

As far as I understand (which isn't much, I imagine), it is just a singular form of currency for the affected nations to share?

Yes. When they were introducing it the benefits did seem fairly small - reduction in transaction costs across borders - compared with the potential hazards (pretty much akin to what has actually played over the last ten years or so). However, the euro was always really a political, rather than economic, project. It was intended as part of "ever closer union" (one of the EUs tenets, roughly equating to increasing integration between member states) and also to provide Europe with the benefits of having a reserve currency like the US dollar (which basically boils down to being able to borrow cheaply and easily, particularly governments).

But the problems are that borrowing costs in euros converged, so that places like Greece could borrow on the same terms and rates as places like Germany, leading to unsustainable booms in badly structured economies which then collapsed in the wake of the financial crisis. Having done so, these countries discovered they could not devalue to regain competitiveness because they were locked in a currency with other countries, at a stroke removing one of the key mechanisms for stabilizing an economy in crisis. They also discovered they couldn't print money for to prop up their banks, because that ability had been instead granted to the European Central Bank which was banned from doing so (at the insistence of the Germans, who were terrified of the potential inflationary consequences). Nor could they set their own interest rates to match the prevailing national circumstances, the euro interest rate being set based on Europe-wide conditions. And the EU-wide mechanisms for dealing with the crisis as it unfolded were totally inadequate to non-existent - no real mechanisms for providing financial aid or accommodative monetary policy, for example - so the EU and the national governments have had to improvise and argue their way through a long process of can-kicking-along-the-road until now the existential crisis of Greece has finally crystalised.

So yeah, it might have worked with the right countries and the right policies, but it didn't get either and now we are heading into uncharted waters. Because while Greece by itself doesn't really matter a whole lot to the EU - it's a tiny proportion of its population and GDP - if it looks like the euro is not forever, as originally anticipated, then what about much larger countries like Italy, which has the largest euro government bond issuance in the world?

Two rants in one day. I'm on a roll.

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As you know I'm on holiday at the end of the week. As usual, I've got stuff to do at home (or more specifically, in the garden, where I bought a load of plants and need to stick them in the ground before we go on holiday, lest the heat turn them into little withered sticks in their pots by the time we get back) and to a lesser extent at work (though that is largely done). Sorry for being a bit quiet the last few days. I'm hoping to set things up properly in the games before I go away.

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As you know I'm on holiday at the end of the week. As usual, I've got stuff to do at home (or more specifically, in the garden, where I bought a load of plants and need to stick them in the ground before we go on holiday, lest the heat turn them into little withered sticks in their pots by the time we get back) and to a lesser extent at work (though that is largely done). Sorry for being a bit quiet the last few days. I'm hoping to set things up properly in the games before I go away.

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As you know I'm on holiday at the end of the week. As usual, I've got stuff to do at home (or more specifically, in the garden, where I bought a load of plants and need to stick them in the ground before we go on holiday, lest the heat turn them into little withered sticks in their pots by the time we get back) and to a lesser extent at work (though that is largely done). Sorry for being a bit quiet the last few days. I'm hoping to set things up properly in the games before I go away.

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As you know I'm on holiday at the end of the week. As usual, I've got stuff to do at home (or more specifically, in the garden, where I bought a load of plants and need to stick them in the ground before we go on holiday, lest the heat turn them into little withered sticks in their pots by the time we get back) and to a lesser extent at work (though that is largely done). Sorry for being a bit quiet the last few days. I'm hoping to set things up properly in the games before I go away.

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As you know I'm on holiday at the end of the week. As usual, I've got stuff to do at home (or more specifically, in the garden, where I bought a load of plants and need to stick them in the ground before we go on holiday, lest the heat turn them into little withered sticks in their pots by the time we get back) and to a lesser extent at work (though that is largely done). Sorry for being a bit quiet the last few days. I'm hoping to set things up properly in the games before I go away.

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Vattnisse wrote:
I have a lot of very radical friends (a representative, randomly selected FB post today: "I never realized that football's history is directly tied to the settle-colonial genocide of native people in the mid-west and west and the development of the boarding school system of forced integration and cultural genocide"), and most of them are positively giddy with excitement about "the restoration of people's democracy to Europe" that is supposed to happen after the Grexit. It is, frankly, a bit unnerving to listen to.

Your radical friends are idiots. The current system in Greece is biased towards insiders, which is all well and good when things are ticking over but makes the economy very inefficient and rigid when things go bad, which is what has happened in Greece (and to a lesser extent in other southern European countries). I can't think of anything more fundamentally anti-freedom and undemocratic than this system of vested interests that Syriza seem interested in propping up. I guess it depends upon your faith in the power of government, but right now Greece has more than a whiff of that other workers' paradise, Venezuela, only without the oil.

The big worry would be if Greece votes No and crashes out of the euro, because then Syriza will have the benefits of a devaluation which will provide a temporary fix and could postpone necessary economic reform, prolonging the situation. After the obliteration of the banking sector, of course. The Eastern European countries have undergone similar wrenching recessions and "austerity" but at least took the opportunity to reform and have adapted to the strictures of the euro zone. Greece seems intent (to date) in refusing to accept that. However, I take heart from the fact that reported the Yes rally in Athens(?) had a bigger turnout than the No rally and that in the rain. Syriza (or elements within it) seems intent on bumping Greece out of the euro by stealth and hopefully that won't happen.

Here endeth today's lecture/rant.

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Yeah, Greece is basically toast if they vote no. And fairly toasty if they vote yes, unfortunately. The big worry now is if (when) the ECB pulls the plug, what will happen. By voting for Syriza the Greeks have already fallen to populism and are flirting with extremism. What happens once Syriza really f~%~s up the economy, what with Golden Dawn lurking in the background and Tsipras cosying up to Putin, god alone knows. Another failed state in the Mediterranean - yay! But yes, not a place to linger if you can get out - I can't see Greece really having much future at all with the current conditions and leadership.

Of course, I recall one of our euro-enthusiastic politicians here in the UK urging us to join the euro, saying that if we didn't there could be war in Europe. I can easily see a scenario now where everything goes to hell in Europe because of the financial strictures imposed by the euro coupled with the incompetence and clientelism of the Southern European politicians. It's both depressing and worrying, especially when you have a young child. I might be following you to the States at this rate.

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Sol Calondor wrote:

Sol HP roll = 1d8

So that goes to 4?

Yes.

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One long arm is freaky but kinda memorable - maybe an extra-long arm and killing claw with a more normal hand.

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It all depends on if the ECB continues to provide liquidity support to the Greek banks - which it might, or might not. I feel a bit sorry for the Greeks - they have not been well served by their politicians. Though my sympathy is tempered by the fact they voted for the last few lots, and arguably got what they deserved as a result.

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The details are all set out in the link to the treasure in Jareen's profile.

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By the way, do you want to discuss the distribution of the treasure, in particular the various bombs and so on, from the assassin's den (apart from the money, which I assume you split five ways)? If no one objects, Arakan might as well have the lot, especially the magic items which are very rogue-y, but the bombs can be used by pretty much anyone one and might be a useful add-on. Don't be shy - I give you this stuff because you need it and to keep it interesting, so it's a shame if it just gets left in the bottom of the backpack.

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By the way, thanks to Nevynxxx for doing a load of leg-work there, both on the loot front and also to summarise some of the plot points as well.

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One week in Brittany and another week in Normandy.

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Sorry for being a bit detached lately - work has been a bit busy.

Also, as a heads-up, I will be on holiday for two weeks commencing Saturday 4th July.

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Sorry for being a bit detached lately - work has been a bit busy.

Also, as a heads-up, I will be on holiday for two weeks commencing Saturday 4th July.

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Sorry for being a bit detached lately - work has been a bit busy.

Also, as a heads-up, I will be on holiday for two weeks commencing Saturday 4th July.

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Sorry for being a bit detached lately - work has been a bit busy.

Also, as a heads-up, I will be on holiday for two weeks commencing Saturday 4th July.

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Sorry for being a bit detached lately - work has been a bit busy.

Also, as a heads-up, I will be on holiday for two weeks commencing Saturday 4th July.

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You are probably better equipped than they are - I've not been overly generous, and what I give them they've generally forgotten about (until Nevynxxx's sterling work just now to dredge up the details). It'll even out in the end.

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Nope.

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It's more a general comment, rather than picking on anyone. I know people do occasionally step away from their computers and have busy lives, but a PbP nevertheless needs the oxygen of people actively posting. It doesn't have to be a perfectly crafted work of aching beauty, but some sort of comment to which others can react is how the medium operates.

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Guys, just a reminder - in PbP, you have to post otherwise the game grinds to a halt. I know that one or two of us are busy or otherwise engaged for a few weekends, but notwithstanding you need to post and respond to one another and to me. Otherwise the game will simply die.

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OK, as mentioned in the gameply thread, I am upgrading your mounts - just assume they got better as you did. Your crodus are now war crodlus - they are essentially the same as in the DS Creature Catalogue.

Morthak has a kank - just for a bit of variety. I am putting the stats down for all your mounts here - please cut and paste them into your character sheets somewhere for reference.

Kank Soldier - Morthak's mount
Large Natural Beast (mount) - lvl 4 Soldier
HP 54
AC 20, Fort 17, Reflex 16, Will 14
Speed 8
Acid and Poison Resistance 5
Initiative +7, Perception +8

Traits
Grabbed Advantage (mount)
A friendly rider of 4th level or higher mounted on the solider has combat advantage against any creature grabbed by the soldier.

Standard Actions
Bite - At-Will (melee basic)
Attack (melee 1, one creature): +9 v AC, +11 v creatures grabbed by the soldier. While the soldier has a creature grabbed, it can only use bite against the grabbed creature.
Hit: 2d4 damage, or 2d4+10 against creatures grabbed by the soldier. In addition, the soldier grabs the target.

Kank Venom - Recharge 5-6, Poison
Attack (melee 1, one creature grabbed by the soldier): +9 v Fortitude
Hit: the target is slowed and takes 10 ongoing poison damage (save ends both). First failed saving throw: the target is immobilised (save ends).

STR 18 (+6), CON 14 (+4), DEX 16 (+5), INT 2 (-2), WIS 12 (+3), CHA 6 (+0)

Alignment: Unaligned

War Crodlu - everyone else's mount
Large Natural Beast (mount, reptile) - lvl 5 Brute
HP 76
AC 17, Fort 19, Reflex 17, Will 15
Speed 8
Initiative +5, Perception +3

Standard Actions
Beak - At-Will (melee basic)
Attack (melee 1, one creature): +10 v AC
Hit: 2d6+3 damage

Claws - At-Will (melee basic)
Attack (melee 1, one creature): +10 v AC
Hit: 1d8+4 damage

Pounce - At-Will
Effect: The crodlu can move its speed. Whether or not it moves, it can use Beak and Claws, making each attack against the same target. If both attacks hit, the target also falls prone.

Triggered Actions
Pouncing Mount - Encounter (mount)
Trigger: the crodlu charges an enemy while mounted by a friendly rider of 4th level or higher.
Effect (no action): The crodlu rider can make a melee basic attack as a free action against the target of the crodlu's charge.

STR 20 (+6), CON 16(+5), DEX 16 (+5), INT 3 (-2), WIS 13 (+3), CHA 8 (+1)

Alignment: Unaligned

I'll stick these in the campaign page as well.

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I do. I have a Vista machine so I literally can't upgrade to anything above IE9 and it won't support anything beyond TLS1.0. I prefer using IE rather than Chrome (which I also have) so while it doesn't mean my computer will become useless, it is just another reminder than I seriously need to upgrade from Vista.

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No worries.

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No, please wait for the next subscription. Thanks.

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They way I justify this sort of stuff is that, if the PCs get any amount of notoriety, their quirks and abilities will become known and the enemies will adjust their tactics to match.

If you think this is ruining the fun of the game, it is probably worth telling the player. If this isn't an option (personalities and so on) you could always run an adventure (for example, "Against the Golems") which basically makes the PC completely useless for a long time - it might also have the useful corollary of getting the PC killed as well. The other players may then suggest the players gets a character that can actually contribute on a general basis, not just under specific circumstances.

But in the end, I agree that there isn't much to be done. PCs are really just facets of the players' personalities and they will often come out similar due to preferences and play style. Grin and bear it, and try to kill the offending PC without making it too obvious.

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Hello, there seems to be some strange things going on regarding this order and I am now quite confused.

I ordered a number of items, to be delivered with my AP subscription to cut down on postage costs. Most of these items were for existing titles although a few won't be released until later in the year. I then, on the same day, ordered another book, also to ship with my subscription (order 3590631).

I have now received an email stating that order 3590410, consisting of this book and the AP volume, have shipped. I haven't received any other emails, but I have been keeping an eye on the bigger order to see when it will ship (so I don't miss it over the holiday season). However, if I look at the details for order 3440559, it says (for some items, several times) that they also shipped yesterday (including some items which haven't been released yet).

This all seems a bit confusing - what has actually shipped?

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Sorry to hear it, Ben - like Tenro says, hopefully things are looking up.

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Thanks Xamium - sorry you can't be with us more.

And thanks Tenro for the warning.

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Yes, I did the get the impression that you (as a party) "decided" there would be a helpful druid who would tell you when the stars were right, and that he wold be at the oasis. I never said that. I have rubbed your noses in the actual solution, but no one seems to want to bite. That said, I get the impession Arakan has a cunning plan...

Oh and I hope what you are doing off-grid will be fun. If so, have fun doing it!

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The Gower Peninsular, just west of Swansea.

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Just a reminder - after today I'm outta here for a week.

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Just a reminder - after today I'm outta here for a week.

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Just a reminder - after today I'm outta here for a week.

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Just a reminder - after today I'm outta here for a week.

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Just a reminder - after today I'm outta here for a week.

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Just call her Hannik O'Leary and you're done.

To be honest, I'm not too sure what he means by that. Nothing I've read about Sarkoris really says much to me about Ireland. I suppose they were a bit druid-y but that's really pre-Roman Gaul.

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Just to let you fine folk know, I will be on holiday for a week starting on Saturday.

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