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The Queen of the Swashbucklers and one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen.Passed away at the age of 95 on 24th October.

The sheer number of classics she made will enshrine her as one of Hollywoods finest.

Now only Olivia De Havilland remains of the stars of the Golden Age.

Now if you will excuse me I'm off to watch "The Quiet Man"

The fact remains that in Evil parties the players spend more time thinking of ways to screw each other rather than working to complete the adventure...

First it was Monsters as PC's now it's lets play evil characters...oh dear

I'm maintaining my Sub through this AP(for the sake of completeness )but doubt I'll even open them....

The world has already passed the point of no return for climate change, and civilisation as we know it is now unlikely to survive, according to James Lovelock, the scientist and green guru who conceived the idea of Gaia - the Earth which keeps itself fit for life.

In a profoundly pessimistic new assessment,Professor Lovelock suggests that efforts to counter global warming cannot succeed, and that, in effect, it is already too late.

The world and human society face disaster to a worse extent, and on a faster timescale, than almost anybody realises, he believes. He writes: " Before this century is over, billions of us will die, and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."

In making such a statement, far gloomier than any yet made by a scientist of comparable international standing, Professor Lovelock accepts he is going out on a limb. But as the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on Earth since Charles Darwin, he feels his own analysis of what is happening leaves him no choice. He believes that it is the self-regulating mechanism of Gaia itself - increasingly accepted by other scientists worldwide, although they prefer to term it the Earth System - which, perversely, will ensure that the warming cannot be mastered.

This is because the system contains myriad feedback mechanisms which in the past have acted in concert to keep the Earth much cooler than it otherwise would be. Now, however, they will come together to amplify the warming being caused by human activities such as transport and industry through huge emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2 ).

It means that the harmful consequences of human beings damaging the living planet's ancient regulatory system will be non-linear - in other words, likely to accelerate uncontrollably.

He terms this phenomenon "The Revenge of Gaia" and examines it in detail in a new book with that title, to be published next month.

The uniqueness of the Lovelock viewpoint is that it is holistic, rather than reductionist. Although he is a committed supporter of current research into climate change, especially at Britain's Hadley Centre, he is not looking at individual facets of how the climate behaves, as other scientists inevitably are. Rather, he is looking at how the whole control system of the Earth behaves when put under stress.

Professor Lovelock, who conceived the idea of Gaia in the 1970s while examining the possibility of life on Mars for Nasa in the US, has been warning of the dangers of climate change since major concerns about it first began nearly 20 years ago.

He was one of a select group of scientists who gave an initial briefing on global warming to Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet at 10 Downing Street in April 1989.

His concerns have increased steadily since then, as evidence of a warming climate has mounted. For example, he shared the alarm of many scientists at the news last September that the ice covering the Arctic Ocean is now melting so fast that in 2005 it reached a historic low point.

Two years ago he sparked a major controversy with an article in The Independent calling on environmentalists to drop their long-standing opposition to nuclear power, which does not produce the greenhouses gases of conventional power stations.

Global warming was proceeding so fast that only a major expansion of nuclear power could bring it under control, he said. Most of the Green movement roundly rejected his call, and does so still.

Now his concerns have reached a peak - and have a new emphasis. Rather than calling for further ways of countering climate change, he is calling on governments in Britain and elsewhere to begin large-scale preparations for surviving what he now sees as inevitable - in his own phrase today, "a hell of a climate", likely to be in Europe up to 8C hotter than it is today.

In his book's concluding chapter, he writes: "What should a sensible European government be doing now? I think we have little option but to prepare for the worst, and assume that we have passed the threshold.We will do our best to survive, but sadly I cannot see the United States or the emerging economies of China and India cutting back in time, and they are the main source of [CO2] emissions. The worst will happen ..."

He goes on: "We have to keep in mind the awesome pace of change and realise how little time is left to act, and then each community and nation must find the best use of the resources they have to sustain civilisation for as long as they can." He believes that the world's governments should plan to secure energy and food supplies in the global hothouse, and defences against the expected rise in sea levels. The scientist's vision of what human society may ultimately be reduced to through climate change is "a broken rabble led by brutal warlords."

Professor Lovelock draws attention to one aspect of the warming threat in particular, which is that the expected temperature rise is currently being held back artificially by a global aerosol - a layer of dust in the atmosphere right around the planet's northern hemisphere - which is the product of the world's industry.

This shields us from some of the sun's radiation in a phenomenon which is known as "global dimming" and is thought to be holding the global temperature down by several degrees. But with a severe industrial downturn, the aerosol could fall out of the atmosphere in a very short time, and the global temperature could take a sudden enormous leap upwards.

One of the most striking ideas in his book is that of "a guidebook for global warming survivors" aimed at the humans who would still be struggling to exist after a total societal collapse.

Written, not in electronic form, but "on durable paper with long-lasting print", it would contain the basic accumulated scientific knowledge of humanity, much of it utterly taken for granted by us now, but originally won only after a hard struggle - such as our place in the solar system, or the fact that bacteria and viruses cause infectious diseases.

Global warming, caused principally by the large-scale emissions of industrial gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), is almost certainly the greatest threat that mankind has ever faced, because it puts a question mark over the very habitability of the Earth.

Over the coming decades soaring temperatures will mean agriculture may become unviable over huge areas of the world where people are already poor and hungry; water supplies for millions or even billions may fail. Rising sea levels will destroy substantial coastal areas in low-lying countries such as Bangladesh, at the very moment when their populations are mushrooming. Numberless environmental refugees will overwhelm the capacity of any agency, or indeed any country, to cope, while modern urban infrastructure will face devastation from powerful extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans last summer.

The international community accepts the reality of global warming, supported by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In its last report, in 2001, the IPCC said global average temperatures were likely to rise by up to 5.8C by 2100. In high latitudes, such as Britain, the rise is likely to be much higher, perhaps 8C. The warming seems to be proceeding faster than anticipated and in the IPCC's next report, 2007, the timescale may be shortened. Yet there still remains an assumption that climate change is controllable, if CO2 emissions can be curbed. Lovelock is warning: think again.

OLet us not forget that Christopher Lee was also a founding member of the Special Boat Service and a bona fide war hero.

Also passing today Ron Moody..Fagin in the 1960's version of Oliver and that means the last two members of the great post war generation of British Actors have gone together.

The Bridge is getting emptier

This happens every December..the order goes astray you advise me to wait and end up having to send it again anyway..normally I expect to get my delivery within 10 days of dispatch.

This order has not arrived. Please arrange Redispatch. Thank You

Passing away at 90.

The passing of the last of the great generation of British Actors who made their first appearances during the 1940's brings to an end the Golden Age of British Cinema. We shall not see it's like again.

Zaladrel hits..
4 damage.

And it's top of the round again..Lori goes first[the last attack was last rounds)

Romon still hits

Naria hits the creature with bolts of force and it is now looking the worse for wear.

Total Damage 119

Waiting for Esteriande

Muchorak's attacks as he tries to avoid hitting his friends in the general scrimmage are almost all misses however each sword hits once and he rends the enemy..

Ursus misses

total damage 104

I'm sorry guys..but I've lost all sense of purpose with this game..It's not you it's the way it's set out and I've decided to call it a day on this one..I apologise for this but I just can't raise any enthusiasm for this AP

Round 1 of normal combat.

Asha 26
Ulf 20
Runa 19
Zaladrel 14

Ogre 4

Everyone gets to go again
hopefully with better results this time

I meant you get your normal round instead of a single action surprise one move and one standard.

Asha misses

The Bullet takes a chip out of the animated object

3 damage.

Marak calls on the power of nethys to smite his enemy.

Channel to damage undead.

5d6 ⇒ (1, 3, 6, 2, 6) = 18

Save 1d20 + 8 ⇒ (15) + 8 = 23

Then Romon thumps it with his Mace

Total Damage 61

Dont wait on me or the next person in line just post folks I'll sort it out

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PC version please

So does this mean that we have stopped getting sets themed for AP's?

The tentacle grapples the cadverous figure

10 Damage (immune to cold)

Ali and Lunas continue to harry the foe...

Ali Bite 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (3) + 17 = 20 Damage: 1d4 + 8 ⇒ (2) + 8 = 10

Lunas bite 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (3) + 15 = 18 Damage:2d6 + 7 ⇒ (2, 4) + 7 = 13

Trip: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (5) + 14 = 19

No Damage No trip.

Total Damage 32

Where did asha get 2 attacks a round from?

Your right off course I think I put just his modifier in ..

1d20 + 7 ⇒ (20) + 7 = 27

OK Inikai goes first.

It's an Ogre..big , dumb, hits things..not much else to know.

Ulf fails to connect with his axe.

Will save vs Slumber. 1d20 + 3 ⇒ (12) + 3 = 15
Aha still has 2 actions

The wizened Humanoid slams into the small wolf before him.

1d20 + 14 ⇒ (12) + 14 = 26 Damage 1d4 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (1) + 4 + (6) = 11 plus Ali now has a negative level.

Round 2

Ali 24
Marak 21
Romon 20
Muchorak 19+
Naria 19
Esteriande 16
Wight 13
Inakai 7

Well I'm away for the next week so no problems there

Yes Birmingham..and I'll do that Andy

I'm afraid my ISP deprived me of days worth of online time again..what is worse I'm off tomorrow on Holiday (ironically to play at Paizocon UK this weekend) and will have no internet access for a week...never fear I have not left you..but I do need to recharge my batteries.

I'm afraid my ISP deprived me of days worth of online time again..what is worse I'm off tomorrow on Holiday (ironically to play at Paizocon UK this weekend) and will have no internet access for a week...never fear I have not left you..but I do need to recharge my batteries.

I'm afraid my ISP deprived me of days worth of online time again..what is worse I'm off tomorrow on Holiday (ironically to play at Paizocon UK this weekend) and will have no internet access for a week...never fear I have not left you..but I do need to recharge my batteries.

I'm afraid my ISP deprived me of days worth of online time again..what is worse I'm off tomorrow on Holiday (ironically to play at Paizocon UK this weekend) and will have no internet access for a week...never fear I have not left you..but I do need to recharge my batteries.

I'm afraid my ISP deprived me of days worth of online time again..what is worse I'm off tomorrow on Holiday (ironically to play at Paizocon UK this weekend) and will have no internet access for a week...never fear I have not left you..but I do need to recharge my batteries.

Actually the pool is only about 5 feet deep

Zal can tell that the space beyond the door is another large space not a corridor but again the darkness prevents him seeing more than 10 feet ahead..he opens the door to find that the space is in fact the castle dungeon.

There is a large nest like pile of detritus in the middle of the room in which sits a Large and extremely ugly Humanoid..

"Ere you can't come in 'ere" it rumbles in bad common

Surprise round with a get two actions apiece

Ok with 4/7 characters needing to be DMPC'd now I'm not too bothered about this game for now..if Muchorak posts then I can do a revised map and We'll go from there once the party is back together.

Map link reposted...It takes me straight to the map

Sorry to hear of your loss Thom..

The Serpent is definitely Hostile you will have to defend The Tempest while he contines to commune with the spirit realm.

Corvus 26
Helga 23
Snake 21
Tempest 19+
Caithen 19
Atzi 4

The pool appears to be just that..probably the fresh water supply for the castle.

Your lights reveal another set of double doors to the East.

Still waiting for Muchorak...

I'll give it another day then DMPC him

I notice that the double sized order for August is to be sent Priority Mail even though I have not asked for stuff to be sent that way.

As Priority Mail does not reach me any faster on this side of the Atlantic and as the order itself is a hefty proposition now that I am retired and living on a pension could you please just send it under the cheaper option.

If this is not possible then I may have to cancel subscriptions

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Just Not Interested ....

Waiting for Helga and Corvus.


I've been retiredfora week now..but very busy getting things organised on the wargames front.

I'm still waiting for Muchorak and Dabbler to respond to the current round.Map up today

The Lamia's ability to use reach weapons in close combat is a racial one.There used to be a feat in 3.5 called shorten spear(or something like that) which let you use a move action to change your grip in close combat

Was waiting for Caithen to respond actually.

You feel your conciousness leave your body and float higher and higher..though you cannot see you comrades you can sense them near you..eventually you are looking down on the entire Mwangi Expanse.

The sky turns red and you reform as animal spirits in muted translucent. pastel colours.

Helga is now....A Hyena

Atzi is now...A Buffalo

Corvus is now..A Gorilla

Caithen is now...An Elephant

N'cheki is now...A Giant Crab

You are now all functioning as if under the effect of Beast Shape II

During the strange trance, Nkechi foreshadows the unveiling of the ruins of a forgotten city from ancient folklore. But he warns that many rivals seek the city, and it is unclear who shall be first to claim the location. He also sees a darkness within the city, and ominous storm clouds gathering on the horizon.

His Divinations are interupted by the arrival of a Massive Serpent.

No Magic here..

Ali and lunas wait until Marak throws a glowing stone down the cavern to reveal a tall cadaverous figure armed with a bow. Then the two wolves bound ahead as always managing to flank the foe

Ali Bite 1d20 + 17 ⇒ (6) + 17 = 23 Damage: 1d4 + 8 ⇒ (4) + 8 = 12

Lunas bite 1d20 + 15 ⇒ (15) + 15 = 30 Damage: 2d6 + 7 ⇒ (1, 2) + 7 = 10

Trip: 1d20 + 14 ⇒ (7) + 14 = 21

22 Damage. Trip fails

The creature seems to be caked in ice.. its left hand looks like a claw made of icicles and its brow bears a crown of the same.

Esteriande could close on a charge.

Initiative Time

Round 1

Ali 24
Marak 21
Romon 20
Muchorak 19+
Naria 19
Esteriande 16
Unseen Foe 13
Inakai 7

Indeed you must be for as Inikai utters those words three arrows fly out of the darkness ahead.

Random Target amongst first 4 into line.

1 Esteriande 2 Muchorak 3 Inikai 4 Ursus

1d4 ⇒ 3 Fate dictates the target is Inikai

1d20 + 16 ⇒ (8) + 16 = 24 Damage 1d8 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (5) + 4 + (2) = 11

1d20 + 11 ⇒ (10) + 11 = 21 Damage 1d8 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (8) + 4 + (2) = 14

1d20 + 6 ⇒ (17) + 6 = 23 Damage 1d8 + 4 + 1d6 ⇒ (4) + 4 + (1) = 9

Total 34..of which 5 is cold Damage

The double doors open easily and reveal a circular room in the centre of which lies a pool of water surrounded by a low stone wall and 4 plain stone pillars.

Ok Work is now officially over and I'm on my final weeks leave before I retire officially on Sunday...Yayyyyyyy!!!

The Cavern is deathly can feel it even through your furs and bad weather gear.

It stretches ahead into the darkness seeming more like a wide tunnel.

You lights reveal a shrine to one side seemingly tossedaside negigently given the crazy angle it sits at.

I features a monstrous hybrid of woman and beast shown to be heavily pregnant.

Marak snorts "Lamashtu" is his only word

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