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Sara Marie wrote:

robot chris: I wish I had reverse dictionary

robot chris: where I told it what I wanted word to mean, and it gave me word

The internet is your friend.

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character development is, for me, shaped by circumstance.

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City of Fallen Sky was the worst Tales book.
Liar's Blade was a real pleasure.

I hope this is more Liar's

Blade:
Which had charm and elegant writing
and less City of
Fallen Sky:
where everyone was obnoxious and the writing was graceless
.

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NATO, of course, could intervene in Yugoslavia because they would not be walking into a war with a nuclear power which commands one of the world's most powerful military forces.
Also, the NATO nations were not heavily involved in unpopular Middle-Eastern conflicts at the time.

If a country like the US, UK or France angers Belgrade then all Belgrade can do is drink more, or lie down in a dark room.

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Well, when the band are in their 50s you can't expect that their audience will be teens and early 20s.

Y'know, if I was Irish, I think I'd get pretty weary of some of the stereotypes they're pegged with.

Oh, those fighty-drunky Irish people!:

Sailing To Byzantium

I
That is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
---Those dying generations---at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unaging intellect.

II
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.

III
O sages standing in God's holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

IV
Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

-William Butler Yeats

He was Irish, as you can see from his fighty-drunky verse...

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Nostalgically enjoying Cannibal Ox - Iron Galaxy and Tom Waits - Mule Variations.

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Sissyl wrote:

So, without EU membership, and with a new currency, there are all sorts of possibilities open to an independent Scotland financially. Remember, a small currency could well have a meteoric rise quickly. I don't know enough about finance to draw any deeper conclusions, really. I just feel convinced the opportunity will exist. If the Scots go for a socialist big nanny state, however, that isn't going to matter much.

I think the central issue is probably one of identity rather than economy. Do the Scots FEEL Scottish? How many of them understand how the previous Scottish state differed from England?

Every Scot I have ever had much of a chat with feels a strong sense of Scottish identity. One thing that unites all Brits is our ability to feel a great kinship with our locale. Ask a Glaswegian about Edinburgh and you'll soon be given the impression that the two are different cultures entirely (and that the fancy-dans in the capital lord it over everyone else and take advantage). You'll probably be convinced to back independence... from Edinburgh.

That's just how we are: ask someone from Nottingham about Derby and it won't be much different.

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Skullford - Forgive me, I'm nub wrote:
Well in one instance someone picked up a wand from a wounded player then healed said player, who got up next round and used the wand on herself and the round after that the player who grabbed the wand earlier used the wand again, so basically two people were using one wand and all of this was done without any of them talking about giving wands to other people or move actions.

Pick up wand = move action

Use wand = standard action

get up = move action
take wand = move action
use wand = standard action

grab wand = move action
use wand = standard action

Yeah, a bit of leeway from the GM there but not much.

Very soon that will be a waste of three actions but, to be honest, I don't see any lack of drama in someone running over to a dying comrade and pulling them back from the brink. That seems to have more tension and drama than shrugging and moving on.

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SPCDRI wrote:

Paladins are professional killers, essentially. They loot corpses and take goods to become better at killing.

In Pathfinder, this is not morally wrong. Anyone who had the capability to be the best at killing quintessences of evil like devils and demons wouldn't be doing his or her job if he wasn't killing them.

That being said, there needs to be a lot more leeway.

If you, and the rest of the players, are seriously considering the paladin having a Faith Crisis/Fall From Grace over a fairly played
8 gold piece poker game, it is time to re-think if it is even possible
for a paladin to be at the table.

Let the paladin be the paladin. Why is he half-assing it? Because he isn't a theologian and philosopher thoroughly versed in theodicy and ethics theory? Stop putting undue burdens upon him.

Although dangerously flirting with the murderhobo fallacy, this is my point-of-view.

It is sad when GMs decide: "He's playing a paladin: so I must micro-manage and pick, pick, pick at his character."

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Is it possible to use contingency to teleport if clowns draw near?

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Blimey!

Sean is, arguably, one of the people who saved 3.5 gaming.

In a very short space of time he turned the 3.5 rules into the PF playtest, then he, again very quickly, turned that into Pathfinder.

If that process had dragged or been a failure then the whole, wondrous adventure of Paizo might never have become such a mighty gaming beast.

Dude will be missed.

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So, I went to a record shop for the first time in ages.

Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
The Evens - The Odds
Carcass - Surgical Steel
David Bowie - The Next Day

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Why would anyone choose play a goblin and then complain about being sub-optimal?

Goblins are meant to be ineffective. It is part of their charm.

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Just a thought.

This ability is perfectly powered for Goblins, whether PC or NPC.

Why?

Because goblins are supposed to favour the showy and spectacular over the practical.

The goblins in RotRL hijack their own combat performance because... they're goblins! They blow raspberries, call insults and make fun of each other when they should be fighting.

So, a flashy but not especially effective attack is perfect for the brilliant fflavour of Pathfinder goblins.

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Getting over a bug and needing something contemplative
Hala Strana - Fielding

Then I started reading Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald and discovered that it has a kind of internal soundtrack. She tracks the changes with cultural references (Chaplin in a yellow polo jacket, all the shop girls look like Marilyn Miller etc.) so I am constantly googling old stuff, including the music.
Right now it's all Vincent Youmans and Paul Whiteman.

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Enjoying Leyendecker by Battles at the moment.

Hip-hop
Del Tha Funky Homosapien
El-P
Earl Sweatshirt
dan le sac vs. scroobius pip
Roots Manuva

Or,if you're feeling wired
drumcorps
and
Kid606

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Aberzombie wrote:
For Christmas, my brother gave me a quart growler of Mississippi Mud Famous Slow-Brewed Black & Tan Porter & Pilsner. I think there's a picture on my FB page. Looking forward to trying it.

Oh, those fun-timey Black & Tans. The perfect name association for a beer...

ffs

I've been drinking my dad's beer today and, damn, he drinks heavy stuff. I'm crying out for a refreshing, crisp bitter, like Brakspear or St. Peters, but it's all Bishops Finger and Old Tom.

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So, along with being a great tune, this song also has the perfect music video for Paizonites.

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I do find it peculiar how people are presenting smoking as a choice.

F%++ make you smell bad, look worse, lower your fitness levels and make you feel bad when you don't have them. Oh, and in the longer term they might kill you.

And they're addictive.

Hey, I should be allowed to choose to not make a choice because of my addiction. The mistake I made in my teenage years when I was young and naive and chose to start smoking should be one that I am forced to carry with me forever.

They're addictive, smokers are coerced into smoking by their smoking.

Apparently, that can be conveniently ignored.

"I will defend your freedom to be trapped by your past mistakes!"

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Sprain Ogre wrote:
... of the Blood War...

Wrong setting.

What nobody is actually taking into account here is the celestial hosts.

I can't see Sarenrae and Iomedae shrugging and moving on.

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My favourite Horton Heat

And the best Public Enemy cover.

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137ben wrote:
baron arem heshvaun wrote:
Still more satisfying an ending than 'The Desolation of Smaug''.
It isn't actually the end of the book, though.

And neither is Desolation of Smaug!


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Female Human Time Thief 6 [Current HP 37 Total HP 37, Init +5, Perception +9, AC 20/15/15]

Corerue, Aelessar doesn't fully understand what's going on, or what is and isn't relevant information. For her, the emotional weight of what she saw is the important information. In the long-term she might be right (after all, we remember the sacrifice at Thermopylae over the tactics).

If you'd like me to push the plot along a bit then Aelessar would probably need to sit down and tell the whole story (like, being asked to over a meal or period of rest). Ask her to pick the important details... well, that's what you get.

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Can BNW please drop the absurd false dichotomy that places science and philosophy as competing opposites.

Hey, BNW, Hurricanes are way more literate than pal choi! Boom!

It's embarrassing.

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A proper hero with a real, living family.

Woohoo!

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Peter O'Toole was ace.

Time Crimes (cronocriminems) is a great Spanish sci-fi flick.

Wong Kar Wai makes great films like In The Mood For Love and the trippy sequel, 2046

City of Lost Chidren is a lovely piece of French hokum.

Yojimbo is an excellent Akira Kurosawa film and has aged very well, better than Rashomon. Although Rashomon is still very good stuff.

I also really like Pedro Amoldovar, especially his more serious stuff like All About My Mother and Talk To Her. Both are pretty heartbreaking.

Another heartbreaker is In The Bedroom.

I don't know if Hollywood made it but The Station Agent feels pretty indy.

Oh, and Couscous is good too.

I'll think of more, but that's a start on some cool fillums.

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I love Christmas but can tire of the repeated Christmas classics.

Great as it is, I can tire of Noddy Holder bellowing "It's Christmas!", Wizzard and even Stop The Cavalry (which, I assume, is Doodle Claus' favourite Christmas song).

So, I have been enjoying the For Folk's Sake Christmas compilations, especially the 2011 edition with Caitlin Rose's song which sums up my family Crimble experience.

Add Strut's stuff (pun intended) and I'm really enjoying my Christmas stereo.

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Favourite Stones track is probably this one, which probably marks my card as a sentimental duffer.

I've been listening to all of my accoustic metal with proper metal vocals lately. It's pretty awesome.

Mind you, the originals are pretty good anyway

This also turned my mind to my favourite split EP of recent years.
Mastodon do Feist
Feist does Mastodon

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
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Sissyl wrote:
uhhhh... everyone missed the fact that it's a BACON golem?
There are many other ways to prepare delicious pork than bacon.
TESTIFY!
Now I want to trap a wizard's tower with a roasted pork tenderloin stuffed with pork sausage & bacon and then wrapped in bacon. Let the adventurer's eat it, then everyone makes a Fort save; failed saves=heart attacks, successful save=pork bliss coma for 10d6 minutes.

Sort of like this.

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You could probably argue that the Psion had already made their action for that round: intiative is Psion, Sky-Pirate, Julio, Everyone else.

As for Tarquin's AoO: Improved Sunder is the Swashbuckler's friend.

The rules are very flexible when you can't see the PCs' character sheets.

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This build is no fun at parties...

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The problems you identify are problems of urbanisation. Spread all of those people out and it would be fine.

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Hama wrote:
Why people who haven't earned my respect expect it of me. No, living longer then me does not warrant respect. Maybe if you're Jack Churchill.

I always treat people with respect when I first meet them.

They can lose my respect by poor behaviour but I start from a position of respect.

It is the first step in building positive relationships with people.

The telling question would be, why are you disrespectful to strangers when you first meet them?

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I am now a morning person, because after my child wakes she often has another nap for a few hours. Since she has woken me already, it's a good time to get stuff done.

After a few weeks: voila, Morning person!

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KAM writing a Norret novel.

Big Damn Heroes!

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Hama wrote:
Rich white kids who "pretend to be black"

A very old phenomenom which might be better framed as 'advantaged people adopt some of the cultural elements originally unique to a disadvantaged group'.

Rich white kids don't pretend to be rich black kids who went to the same schools as they did. They don't pretend to be black, really, they adopt elements of a pseudo-subversive, 'edgy' culture.

They're not pretending to be Philip Banks.

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Sissyl wrote:
This is the type of silliness up with which we will not put.

Yes, foregrounding the object can lead to silly sentences.

However, 'We will not put up with this type of silliness' is fluent and elegant. Diverting from SVO should be done with purpose.

Also:
, breaking up verb phrases is usually a bad idea: try replacing 'put up with' with 'endure' or 'accept' and you'll be able to foreground the object with some style.
This is the type of silliness which we will not accept.

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The 8th Dwarf wrote:
I think the whinging pom, was having an aneurism when came to the realisation that he lives on a dull grey soggy little island of little account. Where as the descendants of convicts exiled by his lot live in an egalitarian sunny paradise.

As long as you moved to Australia in the appropriate wave of settlement...

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baalbamoth wrote:
Geraint- was that back when it was an AP for D&D?

Yep.

baalbamoth wrote:
Also, I understand back when there was only a core book that's the way people played... But how many groups have you seen in the past year that only used a core book? Even new PF players tend to buy an APG.

My experience is that new players don't buy any books, just borrow from the GM and ask plenty of questions.

baalbamoth wrote:

And uh... PF hasn't been out for twenty years and I've been playing RPGs for 33 years...

Jus sayin...

Well, all forms of dnd allow you to buy splatbooks and plan builds. I was just pointing out that I have a similarly large sample size but a different experience.

I just don't think that you can decide what a 'normal' playstyle is based upon anyone's local experience. Not when discussing on an international forum.

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Bardess wrote:
...We are working steadily on it! ^^

I like the main thrust of their ideas but I'm not sure if they've really licked it yet. There are a lot of balls in the air with this project and I'm straining to stay abreast of it all.

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Oceanshieldwolf wrote:
Qorin wrote:
LazarX wrote:
The Donaldson books are too much thinking not enough action. Even the Tolkien movies needed the addition of female action heroes, something that did not exist in the old man's work.
Imagine Tolkien's fury when he discovered someone snuck Eowyn into his work.
Or when China Mieville described him as the "wen on the arse of fantasy literature". Best. Quote. EVAR.

I'd love to see you put forward a coherent critique of Tolkein, rather than throwing lazy insults.

Personally, I found your comment a wen on the arse of these boards...

See how empty that is?

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Kayland wrote:

I find it curious that so mean people seem to really, really like the Reign of Winter AP. No offense to the people who worked hard on this...I won the first one at a con earlier this year. I was completely turned off by the world hopping...and even more when I read about killing Rasputin...tanks etc.

It's also one of the main reason why the Numeria Iron Gods has no interest for me. I'm an old purist at heart...I don't like things intruding on my Fantasy elements. Giant robots, spaceships and world hopping etc just don't seem to fit for me and I think it pulls you out of the Pathfinder Fantasy element.

From people who have played in it...am I being too harsh? Or is it simply that it is most likely not my cup of tea and I should stick those APs that are more standard fantasy world fare? I'm new to Pathfinder as a whole, and Reign of Winter seemed to get some of the best reviews since Rise of the Runelords and Curse of the Crimson Throne...yet my Fantasy is for Fantasy only brain seems to be having an incredibly difficult time merging the concept.

I should point out I have only read the first book of the AP. Again...no offense to anyone...is this most likely a case of "these APs are obviously no for you"...or am I missing a broader stroke to this and the future Iron Gods AP and should give them more of a chance?

I would recommend reading the Rasputin volume. It reads wonderfully and the gameplay drips off the page.

It might change your mind.

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MYTHIC TOZ wrote:
I'll color inside your lines as long as those lines actually draw a picture and not a box.

It's a big box. A box the size of a room, with real walls and a ceiling and floor. Inside is an orc. And a pie.

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Bill Lumberg wrote:

225. Weapon sparing with underlings. The BBEG discusses certain techniques that he likes (combat maneuvers) and what situations he likes to use them in. This could give the PCs some advance warning on what to expect. If the BBEG is not a martial character then he is watching his lieutenants spar and listens to them discuss their usual tactics. Caster BBEGs or lieutenants will discuss what spells they would use in given situations to best enemies.

Comic version: BBEG demonstrates his weapon prowess inside a bar in order to impress a woman. He slips and gives her a disfiguring scar.

Nothing more comic than a disfiguring scar...

290. Yawning. PCs must make will save or yawn as well.

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Pick up the phone, Master P, this one was written by Patrick Renie!

Excited!

!!1!

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Weihenstephan, a lovely, classic German wheat beer.

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All of the PCs at my table have to rock a big G.

Just works for me.

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I want an image of Zon-Kuthon and Shelyn in the same room.

Her sadness and pity and loss with his madness and rage a guilt and everything.

That would be awesome.

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I don't understand why they all have to say Pathfinder in big letters.

I don't like wearing/carrying adverts.

Why spoil top art with massive logos?

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blackbloodtroll wrote:

Ah, indeed nationalism seems more fitting.

I intend to create this PC as a soldier, or former soldier, of the Imperial Army.

How would I know what the named ranks were?

There are obvious ones, such as General, but others, escape me.

The Wizard's Mask is a Pathfinder Tales novel set mostly in Molthune (but also spending some time in Nirmathas, which is full of Molthuni soldiers at the time).

It should prove helpful.

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