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Stebehil wrote:
Lilith wrote:
You understand the marzipan, proboscis, and tureen reference.

I guess I qualify, then. There was a certain feast featured in a very special adventure...

And I have the various Beta rules printed out and bought the Alpha rules as a printed book (or vice versa?).

Otherwise, if you remember the time when one of the last Dungeon Mags (or was it Dragon? Damn, my memory is failing me...) got lost with a british gaming company, who should have shipped them to European subscribers. They were re-shipped from the US later, at no additional cost.

Or the time when Lisa stepped in to replace a good number of mags to a guy who had them stolen out of his car - for free!

I remember the body-count that a CR half or one third or something ridiculous like that encounter kept on racking up in The Whispering Cairn because actually in 3.5 swarms are disproportionately dangerous to 1st level characters without area effect options like flasks of burning oil...

Edit:
Ahem. Just to clarify, not characters that I personally bounced by the dozen, but which others reported on the boards...


GeraintElberion wrote:

I think that could be the end of Robson.

Bell has a track record and made some decent scores; Robson has a poor average.

So if Robson goes, do they give Carberry or Compton another try when they go to the West Indies next spring? Or someone else?


I just noticed the next test series the Indian men have is against Australia. I wonder if we'll see any test matches over in less than two days, if India play like that in Mitchell Johnson's back yard.... :D


Bell only got 7 in the England innings. Robson only got 37; does that mean it might be the end of the road for Robson for now?


Oval Test, 3rd day, shortly before tea; India lose match by an innings and a silly number of runs and the series 1-3
Well that was ignominious. If India didn't throw that last match, they certainly showed every sign in their second innings of having given up on even trying to win it. :(
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They weren't even trying to draw it, which might have been feasible if they scored enough runs and the weather went their way...


Hmmm. Well that's that at Wormsley. Charlotte Edwards after the match said that her England team should have played better on the first day. Looking at the scorecard, I think there might have been a element of being on the wrong end of the toss and a somewhat dodgy pitch, but if it inspires them to work harder on their games...
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At the Oval, the Indian men seem to have been the ones on the wrong end of a toss and an initially slightly dodgy pitch yesterday, but still Dhoni showed the rest of his team it should be possible to fight through it (and rather showed up most of his top order, too).
And at the Oval then England were batting today, and India were dropping catches (Cook, twice!!!) - looks like the wheels are coming off India.
Not sure whether this means England are improving as much as the end result of this match may suggest. If half the opposition are thinking more about going home (or the one day series?) than trying to win the current match...
Still, all England can do is do their best to beat whatever's at the opposite end of the wicket in a professional fashion.


GeraintElberion wrote:

Cook made runs, Bell made a lot of runs, Anderson remembered how to bowl, Broad remembered how to bowl...

Interesting from the women's but I haven't actually seen any play.

It seems to be an very bowler-friendly pitch at Wormsley! Charlotte Edwards & co. are better than 92 all out.

Hopefully the pitch + atmospheric conditions will be helpful in the morning session, and England can get the last six Indian wickets before the Indians can knock the runs off.
I've caught some of the radio coverage of the women's match, before the Oval test started and that took over the air-waves.
Regarding the Oval test, the Indian batsmen, excluding Dhoni, seem to have suddenly and inexplicably lost any interest in winning. Maybe too much cricket's burnt them out?


Fourth Test, Day 3:
I'm frankly baffled how that happened. Woakes finally took a wicket in the series and England won by an innings and 54 runs, despite some at times inoffensive England bowling - AND England missing their most effective wicket taking bowler of the India first innings in the Indian second inngs, thanks to Broad getting a face full of cricket ball from Aaron's enthusiastic bowling.
Oh yes, and I've actually noticed the BBC actually allowing comment again in one of their cricket threads for the first time in a week or two... Possibly indicative of a turn-around in England fortunes???
I suppose since the second test, when India humiliated England, India have been lacking the use of one of their more effective bowlers, Ishant Sharma, due to his being injured. And Matthew Prior removed himself from the England lineup, due to ongoing injury problems, and Buttler was brought in to replace him. The second may be at least as significant as the first, if what I've heard said that a wicket keeper is often at the heart of what goes on when a side is in the field is true.
England still need to see consistent batting from Cook and Robson (I'll be interested to see if Robson gets shown the same patience by the selectors on the run-scoring front as Cook was), and improved bowling from some of their support bowlers. Nice to see Moeen apparently coming on in leaps and bounds though, in terms of working out how to play at test level. :)


Fourth test, Day 1:
No wicket for Woakes.
England back to dropping chances again (and one of those *would* have been a wicket for Woakes) and once they batted, a promising new Indian bowler, Aaron, regressed Cook back to his getting-out-just-into-double-figures days.
Would have been India's day, to my mind, but for the small detail that India won the toss, opted to bat, and (bar a fighting captain's innings from Dhoni, with some support from Rahane and Ashwin) were destroyed anyway (despite the dropped catches) by Broad, with some assistance from Anderson.
Honours to my mind maybe even at close of play, or just a shade in England's favour (though losing Ballance in the last over did *not* help England).

Eighth Dwarf:
On the subject of the Commonwealth games, very good performance from Australia at an 'away' games; presumably you'll be back topping the table at the next one. ;)
Edit:
I must admit I was surprised England has apparently discovered quite such a good gymnast as Fragapone looks to be developing to be. Assuming she remains uninjured, have to watch out for her in Rio in two years' time.


Best wishes for your spell as venture-captain of Ontario...
:)


In second edition AD&D Ravenloft:

Domains of Dread, Chapter 7, Powers Checks, Unholy Acts wrote:
...Alternatively, a character can also commit an unholy act by openly and maliciously violating the beliefs of those around him. A character who mocks an important idol may well offend more than the local townspeople...

You got a free-pass if it was an evil faith you were mocking/belittling, but you could end up in hot-water fairly quickly if you were being nasty about a locally important neutral or good faith.

I don't recall anything in 2nd edition (except maybe in the case of specific corners of Ravenloft or items) where atheists generally got any benefits or penalties for being 'deniers', but once they started shoving their views in other people's faces, and specifically started mocking or belittling their faiths/beliefs, then they did get in trouble.

I think third edition was somewhat fuzzier on the issue.


Lugh Ildanach wrote:

New party, five players.

Oracle, Spellslinger (Wizard), Slayer, Hurler (Barbarian) & Bard.

Party wants to discover new places, visit locations few people have been to. They are all kinda experienced 3.5 players but have almost no Golarion knowledge.

¿Which Adventure Path do you recommend and why?
Oh, no RotRl, I'm already DMing that.

Thanks in advance!

If your DM can handle a conversion of something written for 3.5. I'd recommend Legacy of Fire. It's a bit of a railroad in places, but the players definitely get to visit at least one major location that practically no one else has been to.

Oh yes, and it introduced (Erik Mona, the writer of the first instalment, being, well, Erik Mona) players around the world to the harbingers of pain and humiliation known as 'pugwampis'.


Gratuitous youtube link.
For the record, it's the Wacky Races Peugeot ad.


Gratuitous random wikipedia link.


Regarding the original post (and poster), it might help those who *are* capable of commenting usefully, if you give some idea of which modules/novels you're trying to link together into a coherent storyline. I think by the sound of it you opened up with Clash of the Kingslayers - though if I understand correctly you say you ran it without having any basic information regarding Paizo's own setting, so started improvising your own world/background as you went along - but I'm not sure what else you've been running or borrowing ideas from.

NB
I doubt very much that I could assist you myself, beyond trying to interpret what you're doing in the hope that wiser and more experienced heads will happen along to advise you. I will thus wish you well in your endeavours and duck out of this thread.


Apparently I'm not sufficiently cynical. I was expecting at least a match suspension for Anderson, to go along with Jadeja's pre-existing fine, since apparently something unpleasant has been going on between them - but today both Anderson's and Jadeja's disciplinary thingummies have miraculously vanished in a *puff* of smoke. No punishments for anyone!
I'm doubtful that this will encourage more civil conduct in the long-run.


Day five:
Still no wicket for Woakes, and India have now run out of wickets for him to potentially take. Match over. In Woakes' defence he did only go for three runs an over on average in India's first innings and less than that in the second; on a good batting wicket he managed to keep an end relatively tight.
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I'm slightly surprised Moeen took so many wickets; India are a side (so I was informed) who are good at facing spin. It seems potentially promising for England's future to me if Moeen goes on to develop into a really good test level spinner.
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Cook and Bell both benefited from dubious umpiring decisions in the first innings; that said, they both went on to make runs on a good batting pitch, without needing further such decisions to remain at the crease.
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Good keeping and enthusiasm from Buttler. Also nice run-scoring.
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Can't see how Anderson's muttering at Rahane yesterday will have helped his [Anderson's] forthcoming disciplinary hearing.
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Regarding Cook as captain, a first win in eleven matches doesn't remove my doubts as to whether he should be leading the England side - he needs to turn it into a streak, taking this series 2-1 or 3-1 (weather permitting) to convince me that at least for now he's capable of holding down the position. And if he can't stop his bowlers from mouthing off (and maybe getting themselves banned) I don't see that he's helping himself as captain.
Nice that he's back scoring runs though.


Molviji of the '147' variety.


I remember being distinctly unimpressed at the time by Survival as an end to the original series of Doctor Who. If it was trying to make sophisticated points, they went right above my head at the time; it's possible I might see it differently twenty-five years on though...


Day four:
Still no wicket for Woakes. (Well he was the bowler when Vijay was run out, but that doesn't go in Woakes' 'wickets' column.)
India have 112 and need another 334 for the win. So if they bat through to the close of day five (assuming a ninety over day), in theory they should get close.
Unfortunately for India, the England spinners Root and Moeen, have taken three of India's second innings wickets after the Vijay run-out.
Match (to my mind) in balance. (I refuse to believe it's in England's favour, given previous England exhibitions of snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory.)
Hmmm. Wonder if Ballance will be called upon to bowl on day five...


Orthos wrote:
Nagas have Babas? Who woulda known?

Darn. Ninja'ed! I was about to mention that one.


At Adelaide in 2006, Australia were 40 runs off the follow-on target, with five wickets left at the end of day three.
At Southampton today India were 46 runs off the follow-on target, but with only two wickets left at the end of day three.
It would be nice, to my mind, if England could polish India off relatively quickly on day 4, and take the India win out of the equation. (It looks doubtful to me whether England have the fire-power to bowl India out a second time before the end of day five, given the weather and pitch, but hopefully England can avoid two losses in a row.)
No wickets for Woakes, but at least he's only going for three an over so far.


Just spotted a thread about PaizoCon UK down in the PaizoCon sections of the boards: *Link*


Hmm. I think the point of my previous post is a vague sense of unease that 569 on a good batting pitch might not be enough to stop the other side from getting somewhere close to parity, which will give them morale plus momentum.
Having declared on 569, Cook's put a *lot* on his bowlers, and I'm concerned given other, recent matches, that 569 might not be enough to either close India out of the match altogether (especially if Jadeja goes berserk with the bat again) or even to give England a substantial first innings lead.
Well, by the end of day three, we should have a better idea of what direction the match might be heading in, after India have had a full day to bat (barring a collapse that would practically require a follow-on invitation, which would still see them batting again anyway).


Day 2:
I'm having unpleasant flashbacks to the second test, in Adelaide, in 2006. Having lost the previous match in the series, Flintoff (the then captain) declared on 551-6 on a good batting pitch, close to the end of play on day 2, and the Australians were 28-1 by the close.
Australia ended up winning the match by 6 wickets.
Granted that was an Australia side with the likes of Warne and McGrath in, who were able to skittle England during the England second innings after the Australians spent a couple of days grinding the England bowling/fielders down...


Folkish Elm wrote:

...That's all I is can think if right now but I'm sure there's more. Many thanks to all involved.

When's the next uk event?

Chris :)

The next event that comes to my mind in the UK at which PFS may have a presence is OddCon (10th-12th) October, in Telford.

I might be overlooking some other event though!


Generally no (commonwealth games watching) unless there's some famous British athlete I've actually heard of competing when I turn on.
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Third test (India Men vs Cook's boys)
WOAKES???? They left out Plunkett or Stokes so that they could play Woakes???? A bowler last seen at test level (August test match, 2013, at Oval vs Australia) going for four runs an over and only taking one wicket? A bowler who apparently so failed to inspire confidence in his captain that he didn't bowl in the second innings of said match?
At least Cook finally put some runs on the board. Hope this isn't a case of even a broken clock is right twice a day.


So: did that go well?


Belated addition of my own congratulations to Rob and Dave, who work their socks off for love of the game.


As a reminder, the badges & schedules unclaimed by the time the meal+ghost walk crew departed at 19:00 on Friday have been left overnight with the business school reception desk.


The 8th Dwarf wrote:
I won't gloat.... Much ;-)

Please do... Profusely. :D

(Aussie gloating might be the motivation that they need to turn things around!)


BBC weather forecast for Birmingham tomorrow of temperatures upto 26 degrees, and maybe some cloud during the afternoon; wind from the northeast of upto ten miles per hour.
Aston university's city-centre, so it might be a bit warmer than that.
Humidity of 43% at 17:00 rising to 68% by midnight. (Whatever humidity percentages mean.)
Friday expected dry, but some rain on Saturday.


Anyway, we'll see how the third test goes. If it weren't for Prior going, I'd be pretty much certain that England would continue to build momentum in their non-winning streak.
A younger, more agile, less-injured man behind the stumps improves England's chances of getting a draw I feel, or even of actually taking enough Indian wickets fast enough to maybe have a very slim outside chance of actually winning a test for the first time in nearly a year.
At the outset I am unoptimistic of England's chances, however.


Regarding the older and more experienced England players, the thought has belatedly occurred to me that Duncan Fletcher may well have worked with some of them during the time when he was England coach (up until early 2007), and that he might well know exactly what their weaknesses are and how to push their buttons. It would be strange, now that he's the coach of the India team, if he hasn't spread this information to his new side.
The England players that Fletcher has worked with before might thus be the most vulnerable members of a squad against an India side coached by Fletcher.


...you were one of those who helped to organise or attended as a special guest one of the first 'overseas' 'PaizoCon' events.
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With only a few days to go to this year's event it seems a good moment to me to recall those who were so generous with their time and effort to help make the first one enjoyable for attendees. And of course to recall those at Paizo, who allowed it to happen (and who even helped with stuff like supplying little special logos that PaizoCon UK was allowed to use).
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*This* madman was expected to attend, too, but circumstances conspired otherwise.


Confirmed by BBC Cricket section, Buttler in as replacement keeper: *Link*
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No other changes announced by the EWCB to the squad of thirteen for the third test, so the only question is whether they bring Jordan back and/or try Kerrigan? I can't see the selectors doing either. I think they'll tell themselves that Stokes (the only bowler that to their minds it might be acceptable to drop) is potentially a better batsman than Jordan, and that other than that they want to play as close to the same squad as possible as the ones who lost at Lords, to try and prove some point.
(Plus if Anderson is about to be banned, they may as well get another match out of him, whilst he's available, Plunkett is by English standards 'fast' (and has more Test experience than Jordan), and Broad did well in Australia.)


Regarding the Stoke - Birmingham works:
The national rail enquiries site seems to operate on a 24 hour clock basis, so I believe that's late Sunday morning that they're supposed to be done by.


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...you reviewed EVERY LAST COUNTRY in round 2 of the first RPGSuperstar contest.


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...you posted in one of the 'Untitled' threads before the forums got way too long.


With regard to selection of bowlers for the England squad, Anderson may shortly be banned from participating in matches as a result of that 'level three' disciplinary business from Trent Bridge, if the official verdict on it goes against him.


Possible disruptions to rail services in/out of Birmingham stations (known of as of the time and date of this post):
Friday, 25th July
Redditch – Birmingham New Street
Currently ongoing engineering works at the Redditch end of the line mean a replacement bus service is expected to run between Redditch and Longbridge.

Saturday, 26th July
Redditch – Birmingham New Street
Currently ongoing engineering works at the Redditch end of the line mean a replacement bus service is expected to run between Redditch and Longbridge.
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Bromsgrove/Worcester Shrub Hill/Hereford – Birmingham New Street
Engineering works are expected to take place between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa. All trains between Bromsgrove/Worcester Shrub Hill/Hereford and Birmingham New Street will be cancelled. Passengers are ‘advised’ by National Rail Enquiries to use services between these destinations and Birmingham Snow Hill/Moor Street instead.
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Stoke-on-Trent – Birmingham New Street
Overnight engineering works are expected to take place between Stoke and Stafford, resulting in diversions of services and/or replacement bus services with regard to trains that would ordinarily use this route to/from Birmingham. Work is expected to commence at 22:40.

Sunday, 27th July
London Euston – Birmingham New Street
Engineering works are expected to take place between Milton Keynes and Rugby, and may result in train diversions, replacement bus services and/or delays. Officially the work is due to finish by 18:30.
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Stoke-on-Trent – Birmingham
Overnight engineering works are expected to take place between Stoke and Stafford, resulting in diversions of services and/or replacement bus services between Stoke and Stafford. Officially the work is due to finish by 11:00.
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Redditch – Birmingham New Street
Currently ongoing engineering works at the Redditch end of the line mean a replacement bus service is expected to run between Redditch and Barnt Green.
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London Marylebone – Birmingham Snow Hill
Engineering works are expected to take place between Lapworth and Tyseley, officially between 07:55 and 10:05. A rail replacement bus service is due to run between Birmingham Snow Hill and Banbury.

The actual Future Rail Engineering Works section of the National Rail Enquiries webpage can (at the time of this post) be found *here*.

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It's likely, since it's the summer holidays, that there will be disruptions above and beyond these, elsewhere on the rail network; these are the ones I've been able to track down actually in the vicinity of Birmingham, however.


As far as batting goes, I'd like to see (Alex) Hales tried out at test level - maybe instead of Bell.


Prior's stood down 'due to injury' now, anyway: *Link*
The BBC article mentions Jos Buttler as a probable replacement.
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I don't know if Buttler's good as a keeper in the longer format, but bringing him in would presumably leave Cook as captain unless the selectors made other changes too, and I can't see Cook winning the next test, even with Prior replaced. Yes, Cook won a test series in India, but the England men's team and the results of series seem to me to have been steadily deteriorating since then. It's reached the point where England don't win a match on a pitch that they ordered, having won the toss and with 'ideal' bowling conditions (in terms of weather) at the start of play - against a side that practically everyone in the media was touting them as 'favourites' against before the series started.
Maybe with Lords the England men have finally hit rock bottom, and are going to start bouncing back up now, but I'm not optimistic...


I’m not clear what Aston may or may not have said about travel, but supplementary to it, the Highways agency Road Projects map (information for motorways and A roads) at the time of this post can be found here: *Link*
The St. Chad’s and Queensway tunnels in the city centre on the A38 are both closed during this year’s PaizoCon UK (and indeed for the rest of the summer).
‘Brumtunnels’ site
And of course the chaos continues around New Street station with roads and pavements ripped up and/or closed to non-works traffic; pedestrians and wheeled traffic venturing into the vicinity be prepared for potential sanity-tearing horror of a Lovecraftian nature.


(Second Test vs India, Day 5)
England lose by 95 runs.
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I have a nasty feeling that India's use of short-pitched bowling to get rid of Moeen, and then the absolutely brainless Prior dismissal will result in further heavy use by England of short-pitched bowling in the next test, on the premise 'well it worked for them'.
To my mind it [short pitched bowling] worked for India because it was used intelligently in the England innings and (in Prior's case) the batsman was gullible and/or arrogant enough to fall for the trap which had been set for him.
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It looks like, unless Cook is given the push, he will still be there as captain in the next test.


(Day 4)
Well, Cook wasn't a walking wicket today, but again he failed, and at the close India are now only five regular England wickets plus Prior away from victory, in a test where England won the toss and fielded first in bowler friendly conditions.
And again, it was a day where the last few Indian wickets added a pile of runs.
If/when India win this test Cook, to my mind, ought to go, as at least captain. At the very least the England bowling attack is being repeatedly mishandled, and the captain is the one who has the responsibility for setting fields, choosing who bowls, and surely, giving some kind of directions/'suggestions' to the bowler, such as what sort of lengths to bowl.
(Mind you, the bowlers aren't being helped, either, by a keeper who keeps putting down catches.)


So much for Stokes. :(
Position at close (3rd day): India 140 runs ahead and only four wickets down (although Rahane, their first innings centurion gone).
Anderson was earlier required (again) to get England up to first innings parity.
Situation not good for England. They're going to have to bat last, and the Indian tail (who doubled the Indian score in the first innings) still has yet to be brought to the crease. At least two of England's 'top order' Cook and Bell, seem to be walking wickets recently, and Prior's brain seems still semi-scrambled at times. Which will leave India maybe a day to get seven other wickets, as England try (assuming the eventual Indian total is well beyond England) to bat out the game for a draw.
I'd like to be demonstrated overly pessimistic, but I've seen so little recently to give me any confidence in the England men's side's ability to win games.


Gah! Autocorrect 'fixed' the name Ballance in my previous post.


Daniel Rust wrote:
Oh Alistair. Out for 10. Where did it all go wrong?

I don't suppose the regular changes of partners he's been expected to open with since Strauss has helped.

Balance got a decent score today. Shame about the rest of the top order batsmen.
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Oooh, six wickets down, but I forgot Stokes still to come. If Prior can hang in there tomorrow, England might avoid at least a first-innings deficit.


Freehold DM wrote:

Harry Potter 8- The Search For More Money!

Yes, Lord Snow. Let the hate flow through you...

Umm, Harry Potter 8 (as far as the film franchise goes) has already been done - it was Deathly Hallows part 2. (They split the last book into two films).

If these things go ahead (although I thought J.K. Rowling was busy ghost-writing detective fiction or something like that these days) they will be the ninth, tenth, and eleventh films.

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