...Plus, y'know, the animated comedy thing :)
I thinks it's a thing in comedy, generally, that you don't need a coherent canon.Hancock's Half Hour was doing comedy with no carry over from week to week (except the actors) decades before The Simpsons first made it onto television screens. (As, arguably, did the Carry On... films, and probably several other productions (Chaplin? Laurel & Hardy?) from the western shores of the Atlantic.)
Ah-ha! Those able to open/read pdfs will find an approximately accurate map available on the New Street Station website: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/birmingham-new-street-station-map(from28April2 013).pdf
Birmingham New Street Station (as of 2nd May 2013)
I should be going in later this week to have a look around. From a practical point of view I don't care too much what it looks like; I'm more interested in ease of platform access, and escalators are Asmodeus designed bottlenecks in rush-hours - especially if they've reduced the total amount of access to platforms. Lifts aside, the old platform design had multiple staircases available and one escalator (the latter invariably going up) from each platform, with most of the access concentrated in the middle. If they've moved all the access to one end due to the ongoing rebuilding work (as I suspect) and it's escalators-only, New Street Station is *not* going to be a nice place to be, if you end up on the wrong end of a platform getting on/off a train, in peak-travel hours.I live in the hope of being pleasantly surprised, but experience inclines me towards pessimism...
Ah, I miss the Sylvester McCoy doctor.
Spoiler:), who finally showed his true colours in The Waters of Mars. I didn't *like* the *character*, although there was definitely development in the character as the seasons went by.
a whole planet practically worshipping him
Although I appreciate the Smith doctor's frequent sense of fun, some of the situations he's been in seem to be at times contrived - and contrived more often than I'd like to the point of silliness, even given the almost limitless possibilities of time and space. There seem to be frequent spectacles going on, but not always much sense behind them. Although I like the Smith doctor, I missed at least one episode of the previous Smith season, and couldn't care enough about having missed it to try and catch a re-run so far.
(That said, The Great Intelligence seems to me to be an idea whose time has come...)
Anyway, other people's mileage will vary considerably, which is fine by me.
Vic Wertz wrote:
If someone particularly feels the need to explain why they think something is plagiarism, surely they can just PM the judges, given the Paizo boards actually have a message facility these days?
Demolition/rebuilding work on New Street Station expected to move into a new phase as of the end of April, 2013. Looks like Games Expo may have made a good call deciding to move out to the NEC this year.
Oh yes, and can I just add how much I hate Rhan-Tegoth. Not because it's difficult to win against he/she/it, but because those cultists show up at the most inconvenient times, pushing the terror track way ahead of where it should be, effectively costing 'victory points', and causing investigators who otherwise have perfectly simple story 'targets' (from Innsmouth Horror) to fail them. Ursula Downs recently succombed in a Rhan-Tegoth game after a third cultist showed up inside the first half dozen turns whilst she was still frantically looking for a third monster within movement range to kill, causing her to fail 'The Caper' and acquire a curse. And then Ursula being down and having a curse caused other problems and failures.
Take the Elder Signs out of the deck. Can't mill for them if they're not there! Either that or put a crippling movement limit on every Elder Sign - it's impossible (no matter how many times it changes hands) for one to move more than a total of two neighbourhoods + locations in one turn, and any investigator carrying an elder sign can't cast find gate.Edit:
No using Carcosan Page (from The King in Yellow expansion) to teleport Elder Signs around either!
Christina Stiles wrote:
The 2nd edition Forgotten Realms book 'Powers & Pantheons' had a 3rd level priest (of Shiallia) spell (pages 57-58) 'ease labor' which in the reverse form ('inflict labor') afflicted the target with 'all the pains of labor'. Males got no save aganst it, and females only did if they'd given birth at least once previously. It hit a victim with three phases of suffering. In the first phase a victim was nauseated. In the second phase a victim was fatigued. In the third phase it caused increasing amounts of pain which caused temporary loss of hit points and strength.
Vic Wertz wrote:
I'm reasonably sure I've come across threads where it's been mooted that part of the reason TSR went out of business is that they effectively ended up by competing themselves into bankruptcy. Now this being the internet, such views of how TSR went down may be simplistic at best, or wildly inaccurate at worst, but I'm concerned if some playtesters already see this game as being Paizo essentially competing with itself. (Whether or not it's an actual goal of Paizo to 'replace' Pathfinder RPG with this, apparently in some quarters the game has created a potentially worrying perception that that's what it's doing and designed to do.)Not having seen the game yet, I'll shut up now on the topic and go away for the next few months until this thing is actually in shops and I can see what it does for myself.
With other things ongoing, I've not had much time to pay attention to the Paizo boards recently, but I'd like to know what the heck happened to all the female RPGSuperstar entrants? Were there any? As far as I know, every single one of the top 32 in this year's  contest were male.
As an aside, I miss the days when the contestants swapped comments with voters, as it gave a (to me) attractive air of camaraderie to the contest. Ah well, times change, and companies get bigger and more commercial, and can't afford undisciplined approaches...
Christopher Dudley wrote:
I think fanfiction.net has a 'dungeons & dragons' category for fiction, or you could always post it as a miscellaneous book or game story over there.You need to register with fanfiction.net before you can post stories there though.
In theory, I suppose you could always start your own Golarion fiction community to collect Golarion fiction on fanfiction.net.
Other than that outlets I know of are, as Mr. Morton said Pathfinder Chronicler, submitting to Wayfinder, or just sticking something on a random thread here on the boards. Threads here on the boards tend to sink pretty quickly and disappear from site without regular posts, though...
Hah! Your willingness to play the game, and the attention you are evidently paying to feedback just got you a round 2 vote, without my having even read your entry yet. I wasn't planning to do any Round 2 reviews, but there will be one very shortly 'in the post', so to speak.
I found funny anything involving the Bracht Darkhouse or Gulga Cench aliases of their respective owners. (Admittedly since they were made, the PMG instituted the facility which automatically converted any posts in the RPG Superstar forums by a top 32+ contestant into the main identity, so they might not make so much sense now...)
For that matter I found the efforts made by several RPGSuperstar contestants generally, to win votes, in the years before Paizo cracked down on comments, amusing. I still remember one contestant writing a post featuring an Astrumal hold up a sign begging for votes...
[mini-grumble] On a separate note, I have been reminded of how spectacularly useless the unique item 'Alien Statue' is, except as a card for discard by the investigator holding it. A copy of 'The King in Yellow' will give an investigator with a halfway decent Lore score twice as many clues for fewer movement points at no Stamina risk in one go. And let's not even go into the fact that 'Old Journal' doesn't even come with a sanity cost normally... [/mini-grumble]
Hmmm. One of the few new things Miskatonic Horror does do, which I missed, was that some of the Dark Pharaoh allies can in theory show up in encounters on expansion boards. That's assuming that they haven't been returned to the box as part of the revised allies rules. Sadly, Dark Pharaoh allies seem to be the only ones doing this I've noticed thus far. No Professor Morgan showing up in Dunwich in a Kingsport/Dunwich game (which might have made sense) or even Professor Armitage appearing in the odd Dunwich encounter.
Institutions seem a mixed bag. Organized Crime pretty useful, Miskatonic University only useful with a large team of investigators (and monster trophies from surges to spare).
Now that everyone's had a chance to recover from the excitement of 2012, (and get a summer of sport out of the way) it seemed about time to get a thread rolling for PaizoCon UK 2013.
Michael Brock wrote:
:-?Watch out for organised pickpocket gangs in London. Apparently they're in training for the olympics, so keep an eye on luggage/backpacks at all times as far as possible. :(
Rail travel from Great Malvern or Atherstone on Sunday may be subject to rail replacement bus services this weekend. Otherwise, no scheduled disruptions to rail services during PaizoCon UK in the West Midlands according to information available at my local station. (No information on further afield on scheduled works.)
I've attempted a number of modifications (on an approximately same rarity basis) to try and make the 'Heavenly Inferno' deck a quarter of the way playable.
I'm not entirely convinced that it's the best result that could be achieved on a like-for-like rarity basis, but it seems to play better than the version out of the box does - and watching Kaalia of the Vast go down to an incinerate, lighting bolt, pyroclasm, or other means of dealing two or more damage no longer leaves a hand of suddenly completely unplayable multi-mana-symbol cards. I removed seven creatures which were angels/dragons/demons, but seven of the replacements are angels/dragons/demons, so at least that tries to stay roughly in keeping with the deck theme and what Kaalia does (on the rare occasions she actually makes it into play and stays there long enough to attack).
Anyway, I hope this post is useful inspiration to anyone out there with this particular preconstructed deck...
PaizoCon UK itself is sold out. Not sure if the Friday night Balti social is full.
It's that time of year again...
There are a number of other schemes ongoing throughout the country according to the map, including a line of blobs between Junctions 1 and 2 on the M50, a scheme on Junction 19 of the M1 scheduled to start in mid July, and works on the M6 between Preston and Warrington.
zrinka znidarcic wrote:
I've just looked the tickets up (nothing reserved yet) and looks like its Gatwick.. From what I dug up thus far, trains are much cheaper and have better schedule than the bus.
Unfortunately, although trains run from Gatwick to London, Victoria, there don't seem to be any direct train services from Gatwick to any Birmingham stations at present, and any rail travel will likely involve crossing London by tube from Victoria to Euston.Regarding travel by rail and tube, it's probably a good idea to avoid travelling during the rush hour on a week day if you can help it, not just because the tube tends to be packed but because some train operators charge extra for travel during 'peak hours'.
I think we're the weekend before the olympic opening ceremony, actually...
As a reminder to anyone coming through Heathrow, queues of three hours or so at immigration control might be experienced by those who aren't from EU countries or other nations where reduced checks apply.
Trains in the West Midlands did not cope well with the relatively extreme rain we had here recently. Cancellations, rail replacement bus services, etc, etc. (Possibly due to one line running adjacent to a canal for a stretch...)
Annnnd, the closing credits have now rolled with the last posts (or last official ones of this year) from Ask A RPGSupersuccubus to the top four. Congratulations to all the top 32+, and thanks for all the time and effort you've put into your entries.
I approve of the quoted post. Whilst I've given up on writing articles to submit to Wayfinder, I applaud this effort to keep up to date those who are still trying. :)
Coach might well be cheaper and easier to book than a bargain train ticket - especially if you don't know the differences between various train operators and routes. :)
Aaaand all the Round 4 Ask A RPGSupersuccubus reviews are up, this time before voting closes. Thanks to the top 8 for posting such entries, and apologies regarding the 'financial' question, given the rules seem to state regular (cash) treasure should not be detailed.