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Limeylongears wrote:


I've had something through from my Union asking whether or not I want to continue to contribute to the Labour Party..........

I'm in a very similar situation.... I cracked and voted Green rather than Labor in my state election.

While the "Right" hold sway over the party I am very cranky.... The problem is my preferred leader (and the majority of party members) is my local member so Federally I have to vote Labor.


Cross posting from another thread... I remembered that you are a horror fan.

Do you prefer low budget or the slick high end commercial stuff?

If you don't mind low budget can I recommend the Ozploitation period (early 70's late 80's) of Australian film and its revival (Post 2003)

From the early period you get classics (not including Mad Max) like:

The Cars That Ate Paris... the film is set in the fictional town of Paris in which most of the inhabitants appear to be directly, or indirectly, involved in profiting from the results of car accidents.

Patrick.... A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own. (Tinkergoth informed me there is a remake)

Roadgames.... A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer who uses a young female hitchhiker as bait to lure victims on a desolate Australian highway. (The film stars Stacy Keach as a truck driver, and Jamie Lee Curtis as a hitchhiker.)

Razorback.... The film revolves around the attacks of a gigantic wild boar terrorizing the Australian outback, killing and devouring people.

Dead End Drive-In... a teenage couple trapped in a drive-in theater which is really a concentration camp for societal rejects. The inmates, many of whom sport punk fashion, are fed a steady diet of junk food, new wave music, drugs, and bad movies.

Then there is stuff like Howling III The Marsupials, Houseboat Horror (worst Australian movie ever made) Turkey Shoot, and Sky Pirates (gives Houseboat Horror a run for its money).

On the Revival end of things there are movies like Wolf Creek...

Rogue is a 2007 Australian independent horror film about a group of tourists in Australia who fall prey to a giant, man-eating crocodile.

Black Water is a 2007 horror-thriller film set in the mangrove seas of northern Australia.

Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014) Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers

The 2008 documentary feature Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! explores Ozploitation films made during the Australian New Wave. The film includes interviews with numerous figures involved in Ozploitation, as well as fans of the genre, including American director Quentin Tarantino.


Tinkergoth wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:

I watched the 1989 Punisher movie.... It was so bad it's excellent.... Dolph Lundgren, and Louis Gossett Jr. Filmed in Australia at the end of the Ozploitation period in Australian film.

For more on Ozploitation I recommend the Documentary "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)" you can find the whole documentary on YouTube... I won't link the Documentary or trailer there is lots & lots of horror violence and nudity even in the trailers.

I also watched the Gene Kelly 3 Musketeers Movie.... Total classic I you are looking for cool sword fights or how a dancer like Gene Kelly could own an action movie, I totally recommend it.

I've been meaning to watch that. I heard about it when I saw the remake of Patrick. Love me some Ozploitation films. Have you seen Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead?

No but I can recommend some of the classics like Howling III The Marsupials, Houseboat Horror (the worst Australian film ever made), Razorback, and Turkey Shoot.

The doco is a must watch.


I watched the 1989 Punisher movie.... It was so bad it's excellent.... Dolph Lundgren, and Louis Gossett Jr. Filmed in Australia at the end of the Ozploitation period in Australian film.

For more on Ozploitation I recommend the Documentary "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)" you can find the whole documentary on YouTube... I won't link the Documentary or trailer there is lots & lots of horror violence and nudity even in the trailers.

I also watched the Gene Kelly 3 Musketeers Movie.... Total classic I you are looking for cool sword fights or how a dancer like Gene Kelly could own an action movie, I totally recommend it.


Yes, Only one of those is a current moustache.


I would if they wore the big false villain moustaches and twirled them....


Australia is "the" One day format machine...sadly I don't enjoy their cricket as much because they are a bunch of dicks.


Tin Foil Yamakah wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:

It was a play on 10CCs song Dreadlock Holiday..."I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it!" ....

Great song btw.

I concur with the song, I know nothing about cricket

They moved this to off topic - I have sent them an email.


The 8th Dwarf wrote:

I am wondering If we should change the title of the thread, "Hey-English-Paizonians-I-dont-like-cricket"

It was a play on 10CCs song Dreadlock Holiday..."I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it!" ....

Great song btw.

Can we change it to "I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it!"....

The poor old poms are getting so depressed about how bad they are at the game, I think they may be crying into their scones, Branston Pickles, and pints of Newkie Brown. ;-)

Also removing the English celebrates that cricket is a world game.

Brad.

This was legit request.


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Rynjin wrote:

This is not the first speech restriction Australia has gotten. Read the article. Any language that "might offend" someone is also punishable by law.

Then look at their restrictions on "morally objectionable' content in movies, books, and video games. Violence, sex, strong language, etc. are all banned or highly restricted.

And of course, they want every other country on Earth to sign on board with those restrictions, so their citizens no longer have the option to digitally "import" them from other places.

It's a balancing act - it's about inciting hatred... If what you are printing or showing is not targeting a group in a way that incites violence or hatred.. Then there is no problem.

It doesn't stop Joe Bloggs mouthing off in the street about bloody "Asians or Muslims or women or QUILTBAG people."

We also a Christian fundi for a PM (d!+#+ead is on his way out) and that steers the censorship .

Also censorship is state based and some states are more strict than others and have influence over decisions.

Australia is very complex - while there are similarities ( we borrowed some parts of your federal system) we also have a big chunk of the Westminster system, which works off established common law rather than a bill of rights.

So nah yeh nah..... In answer to your statement Rinjin.

"A fair go for all" is the average Australians motto.


I am wondering If we should change the title of the thread, "Hey-English-Paizonians-I-dont-like-cricket"

It was a play on 10CCs song Dreadlock Holiday..."I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it!" ....

Great song btw.

Can we change it to "I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it!"....

The poor old poms are getting so depressed about how bad they are at the game, I think they may be crying into their scones, Branston Pickles, and pints of Newkie Brown. ;-)

Also removing the English celebrates that cricket is a world game.

Brad.


I enjoyed Mike's work and Korvosa is one of my all time favourites. Mike was a gentleman on the boards and I am sad to hear of his passing.


Oh god if the Kiwis win we won't hear the end of it for decades. They still moan about the underarm incIdent.

I would rather lose to India.


I felt sorry for the SAs....odd feeling, when it comes to Rugby I don't think I could repeat it. The springboks must be crushed.


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:

An old threat, long since thought vanquished, has grown strong in Australia's complacency. The darkness rises once more, and soon the storm will break.

Soon the Second Emu War will be upon us, and this time, neither land nor sea will protect the rest of humanity.

But there is a Prophecy.

The first Emu war didn't go well.... The Emus are just the minions of the Platypus & Echidna the God Kings from beyond the Dark Tapestry.


The Purity of Violence wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
but I doubt anyone here wants to see the world after it has been taken over by the morality police (I imagine if would look a lot like Australia will in 20 years, if you pay attention to what's going on over there).
I mustn't have been paying attention. What's going on over here? What's Australia going to look like in 20 years, apart form being more crowded and sun-blasted?

What the hell is Rynjin babbling on about.... Main problem is marriage equality, but that is not far away. Heck they are even talking about legalising medical marijuana in Queensland the most redneck of our states...


The Kiwis are looking very dangerous.


Then there is just Dragon who like the April sun in Cuba


Alayern wrote:
I wanna eat a soup dragon...

The Soup Dragons would have something to say about that.... I am Free


Alanis Morissette wrote:
Or the SAN draining sussudio dragon.

Sussudio Dragon. fixed that for you.


Pseudo Echo dragon from Funky Town


The 8th Dwarf wrote:
What about frozen custard, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and gelato, dont they get any attention.

That sounded rude I probably should have put a smiley face after that.

Still like tiramisu gelato, but salted caramel is a close second.


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JonathonWilder wrote:
I find it funny how so many are saying their is no such thing as baby goblins, somehow I feel this is so they can justify killing them without bothering with the moral implications of such. I as a D&D, wouldn't allow a player to justify it in such a way.

Some of us play the game to escape the s#$+tyness of the real world. It's is understood in our group that throwing moral dilemmas of this kind is not welcome in any way. So standard set up is there is no such thing baby Goblinoids.

If we want to get into anguish and dispair we play WOD

I find it bemusing that if a group of people want thier game to be beer and pretzels with lots of laughs, they are considered to be a lesser or lower order of gamers, compared to "real ROLE players".

Smells like elitism and snobbery to me.


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
How you doin', Comrade Dwarf?

If all goes well I can go home on Saturday....

Nothing on the TV except Cricket (some rugby and Aussie Rules), history channel, and classics.... I spend my time watching Get Smart, MASH, and shows about Jesus, Nazis and Aliens, and the rugby and cricket...

I feel very tired...


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121 no such thing as baby Goblins - they spawn fully formed from the bacterial ooze ponds/rubbish heap/Latrines.


Have fun guys


I think the Poms can get their act together. I Watched a lot of the game against Sri Lanka. The batsmen did a good job, Root was a star obviously- if Joe can inspire your boys and your bowlers can focus you are in with a chance.

I think it maybe a South Africa - India final.

I can see the hunger in those two teams.


New Zealand won by 1 wicket.... And multiple heart attacks.


I am wondering If we should change the title of the thread, It was a play on 10CCs Dreadlock Holiday "I don't like cricket, oh no, I love it!" ....


That 6.... Argh


Arrrgh the West Indies folded like defective deck chairs... The South Africans are starting to look dangerous. AB played a blinder...


100 runs and 8 wickets would be the type of win I want... The Kiwis must be crushed so that they know thier place.

;-)


Dementrius wrote:
The match between the Kiwis and the Aussies on Saturday is shaping up to be a cracker. Hopefully the rain keeps away.

I would love to see some of trans Tasman fireworks... Maybe they can waffle on about the underarm incident.....


Mate no offence taken. I saw that you we're laughing at yourself and laughed along. I am an Australian and I started this thread when the English were having a too good season and needed some teasing.

I'm currently in a situation where I can't move about much so it's either the history channel or World Cup cricket.

I posted a few pages back an explanation of cricket for baseball fans if you are interested. It's 3 different games played billions of people (What was the British Empire) plus some new countries.

I should restart my Australian Rules Football if you want something obscure and insane.


Charles- my commiserations for the current humble state of the English Men's team... ;-)

FPM... The rest of the world lets Murica exist for the entertainment value ;-)

Most importantly my hope that West Indian Cricket wasn't going to fade away has been restored by Chris Gayle's batting.

I have been surprised by India's form and attitude turn around as well as the skilled play by Ireland, Zimbabwe and Afganistan.

This is an excellent World Cup.


Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Comrade Longears wrote:
Yes, they do. Essentially, it means different people are suited to different things.
Citizen K(e)rensky wrote:
I presume it comes from that different breeds and types of horses are suited for different types of races.

The sport of kings, huh?

Vive le Galt!!!

Anyway, La Principessa was complaining to the boy's mother about my lacksadaisacal, slacker-ish ways, and the mother responded, "Horses for courses. He was meant to be a stay at home dad. I think it's his calling."

[Shrugs]

I'm guessing it's more emotionally satisfying than throwing boxes for a living.

Used a lot in Australia as well especially when talking about cricket.... You don't play 20-20, or limited over specialists in a test match.... It's horses for courses....


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Good on ya mate. Congrats Comrade.


Tinfoil hat time......

Below is from wiki.

Aum Shinrikyo a Japanese Doomsday cult bought a sheep station (ranch) called Banjawarn in Western Australia (the empty part of Australia...terrifyingly, mind numbingly empty)

They used it to test the sarin gas that they released in terrorist attacks in Japan.

On the night of 28 May 1993 a mysterious seismic disturbance was detected in Western Australia and found to have emanated from south of Banjawarn.

The event sent shock waves through hundreds of miles of desert but was witnessed only by a few long-distance truck drivers and gold prospectors. They reported seeing a fireball in the sky and hearing a protracted low-frequency sound. The cause of the event remained a mystery, however.

The speculation on the seismic event was used by Bill Bryson in his book In A Sunburned Country (named Down Under in the UK) as a metaphor and an example of the world's lack of interest in Australia and its affairs. He points out that in 1997 there were just 20 articles in the New York Times on Australia (compared to, for example, 50 on Albania), and that this was a good year. He describes this as a shame, as Australia is "A country where interesting things happen,… all the time".

Bryson goes on to describe the seismic event at Banjawarn in detail, drawing on the NYT article, concluding that Australia is a country "so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world's first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed".[12]


I still think Lamellar is the right way to go.

From Ultimate Combat:

Lamellar is a type of armor in which small plates of various types of materials are strung together in parallel rows using fine cord. Lamellar plates can be constructed from lacquered leather, horn, or even stone, though steel and heavier iron are most common. Lamellar armor can be crafted into various shapes, including partial pieces such as breastplates, greaves, or even entire coats. The properties of specific suits and pieces of lamellar armor are determined by their material.

I had a go at making a Linothorax (Lamellar) wearing hoplite - probably a Lochagos in rank (Commanding 80 or so men).

Demosthenes:

Demosthenes
Human (taldan) fighter (phalanx soldier) 5 (Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player's Guide 105)
NG Medium humanoid (human)
Hero Points 1
Init +3; Senses Perception +5
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Defense
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AC 23, touch 12, flat-footed 21 (+7 armor, +2 Dex, +4 shield)
hp 38 (5d10)
Fort +4, Ref +3 (+1 bonus vs. Trample attacks), Will +1
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Offense
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Speed 30 ft. (20 ft. in armor)
Melee +1 heavy shield bash +5 (1d8+3) or
. . gauntlet (from armor) +8 (1d3+3) or
. . unarmed strike +8 (1d3+3 nonlethal) or
. . καθαρῶ (long spear) +5 (1d8+4/×3)
Special Attacks phalanx fighting, ready pike
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Statistics
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Str 16, Dex 15, Con 11, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 12
Base Atk +5; CMB +8 (+10 bull rush); CMD 20 (23 vs. bull rush, 21 vs. drag, 21 vs. overrun, 21 vs. trip)
Feats Combat Reflexes, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Shield Bash, Power Attack, Shield Focus, Stand Still, Two-weapon Fighting
Traits militia veteran (any town or village), shield bearer (ulfen), tactician
Skills Acrobatics -3 (-7 to jump), Appraise +2, Climb +2, Craft (armor) +5, Craft (weapons) +5, Diplomacy +1 (-1 vs. Creatures that threaten, accuse, or challenge you and haven't apologized), Handle Animal +5, Intimidate +6, Knowledge (engineering) +5, Perception +5, Perform (oratory) +5, Profession (soldier) +5, Ride +2, Sense Motive +0 (-2 vs. Creatures that threaten, accuse, or challenge you and haven't apologized), Stealth -1, Survival +5, Swim +2
Languages Common, Kelish
SQ elysian bronze, hero points, pride, stand firm +1
Other Gear +1 lamellar (steel) armor, +1 bashing heavy steel shield, καθαρῶ (long spear), 1,875 gp
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Tracked Resources
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Ready Pike +1 (1/day) (Ex) - 0/1
Shield Bearer (Ulfen, 1/day) - 0/1
Tactician (1/day) - 0/1
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Special Abilities
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Combat Reflexes (3 AoO/round) Can make extra attacks of opportunity/rd, and even when flat-footed.
Elysian Bronze First crafted in the deeps of time by the titans and bestowed as gifts to monster-slaying heroes among the lesser races, Elysian bronze retains the brazen coloration of its namesake but is as hard as steel. A weapon made of Elysian bronze adds a +1 b
Hero Points Hero Points can be spent at any time to grant a variety of bonuses.
Improved Bull Rush You don't provoke attacks of opportunity when bull rushing.
Improved Shield Bash You still get your shield bonus while using Shield Bash.
Phalanx Fighting (Ex) Polearms and spears are one-handed if wielded along with a shield.
Power Attack -2/+4 You can subtract from your attack roll to add to your damage.
Pride -2 to diplomacy and sense motive vs. those who threaten, accuse, or challenge you, until they apologize
Ready Pike +1 (1/day) (Ex) +1 to hit and damage if you ready a brace weapon.
Shield Focus +1 Shield AC
Stand Firm +1 (Ex) +1 to CMD vs. Bull Rush, Overrun, Push, Pull, Trip, and saves vs. trample.
Stand Still When taking an AoO, you can make a combat maneuver check to end opponent's movement instead of attacking.
Tactician (1/day) Gain a +2 trait bonus on an attack of opportunity.

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wraithstrike wrote:
MechE_ wrote:
havoc xiii wrote:
Herolab allows you to toggle what it shows.

Thanks guys, this is good to know. (I did say that I wasn't familiar with Herolab.) Though with this knowledge, I can safely say that it was much more willful ignorance on the part of my player(s)... Ugh, infuriating...

On a side note, another reason I'm feeling cooler and cooler towards Herolab is that I have a growing number of houserules, which players seem to forget more frequently when using herolab. (However, this may also be willful.) Of course, is not a negative reflection on herolab, but more of a "the tool doesn't necessarily work well for me".
** spoiler omitted **

HL allows you to use house rules.

HL also has a community that will give you suggestions and tips on how to implement them.


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Eastern Armor can be used to cover this.

Just a thought...

Low end Linothorax = Lamellar cuirass +2
Standard Linothorax = Lamellar, leather +4
lorica hamata = Chain shirt +4
lorica squamata = Scale Mail +5
Muscle cuirass = Breastplate +6
lorica plumata = Lamellar, steel +6
lorica segmentata = Banded mail +7


Europeans were very much into human sacrifice.

The Celts made it into an art form, from Wicker Men to triple death sacrifices.

The Romans......Gladiatorial games started out as a funerary ritual and turned into part of the mass marketing machine of the imperial cult.

The Carthaginians like to shove children into ovens called Tophets..

The Spartans ritually disposed of unfit infants..


Also from Wiki

The blood eagle was a method of execution, that is sometimes mentioned in Nordic saga legends. It was performed by cutting the skin of the victim by the spine, breaking the ribs so they resembled blood-stained wings, and pulling the lungs out through the wounds in the victim's back. Victims of the method of execution, as mentioned in skaldic poetry and the Norse sagas, are believed to have included King Ælla of Northumbria,[1] King Edmund of East Anglia,[1] Halfdan son of King Haraldr Hárfagri of Norway, King Maelgualai of Munster, and possibly Archbishop Ælfheah of Canterbury.

The historicity of the practice is disputed. Some take it as historical evidence of atrocities fueled by pagan hatred of Christianity. Others take it as fiction: heroic Icelandic sagas, skaldic poetry and inaccurate translations.

The Stora Hammars stones are believed to date sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries AD, before Christianity was prevalent in Scandinavia. Further, since the alleged execution of Christian Kings all date between the 8th and 11th centuries AD, it would be incorrect to assume that the Blood Eagle was developed in retaliation to Christian practices.


Readerbreeder wrote:
LazarX wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age.
Are they going to go old school and include human sacrifice as well?
Was that a part of Norse worship? I know of human sacrifice for some gods of the Indian and pre-Columbian North American cultures, but I don't think I've ever heard of it as a part of the Norse culture.

From Wiki

Human sacrifice[edit]
It has been a topic for discussion whether human sacrifice was practised in Scandinavia. There has been great disagreement about why, for instance, two bodies were found in the Oseberg tomb or how to interpret Ibn Fadlan's description of the killing of a female thrall at a funeral among the Scandinavian Rus on the Volga.[48] The many discoveries of bog bodies and the evidence of sacrifices of prisoners of war dating back to the Pre-Roman Iron Age show that ritual killings in one form or another were not uncommon in Northern Europe in the period before the Viking Age. Furthermore, some findings from the Viking Age can be interpreted as evidence of human sacrifice. Sagas occasionally mention human sacrifice at temples, as does Adam of Bremen. Also, the written sources tell that a commander could consecrate the enemy warriors to Odin using his spear. Thus war was ritualised and made sacral and the slain enemies became sacrifices. Violence was a part of daily life in the Viking Age and took on a religious meaning like other activities. It is likely that human sacrifice occurred during the Viking Age but nothing suggests that it was part of common public religious practise. Instead it was only practised in connection with war and in times of crisis.[49]


Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age.

"Look up there ? in the sky! " cried Conn. ?The grey man! It is he! The grey man with the single terrible eye" ..... "Look! He rides the winds and races along the clouds. He swindles. He fades into the void! He vanishes!"
"It is Odin, god of the sea-people," said Turlogh somberly. "His children are broken, his altars crumble, and his worshippers fallen before the swords of the South. He flees the new gods and their children, and returns to the blue gulfs of the North which gave him birth. No more will helpless victims howl beneath the daggers of his priests ? no more will he stalk the black clouds." He shook his head darkly. "The Grey God passes, and we too are passing, though we have conquered. The days of the twilight come on amain, and a strange feeling is upon me as of a waning age. What are we all, too, but ghosts waning into the night?"

Robert E Howard.


Unearthed grave sheds light on Batavia shipwreck mass murder.

The story of the Batavia is very interesting and something you might want to throw into any pirate themed adventure.


Archaeologists excavate fortified site from ancient Kingdom of Judah.


Untouched Mycenaean Tomb Found in Central Greece.


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Historic Indian sword was masterfully crafted.


Dude don't get depressed it makes hating England less fun... Come now chaps, stiff upper lip, and all that, what what, tallyho...

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