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4,956 posts. Alias of Bradley Holland.


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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."


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).


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
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
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
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
Tracked Resources
Ready Pike +1 (1/day) (Ex) - 0/1
Shield Bearer (Ulfen, 1/day) - 0/1
Tactician (1/day) - 0/1
Special Abilities
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...

Wrath the tests at Maralinga were conducted by the British. Link.

Wiki entry.

Australia has the Beyond Blue organisation....Link. I dont know if the US has anything similar.

If you were in Australia I could direct you to support groups.

I wish you all the best Doodlebug, you have my admiration and you are going about things the right way.

Yes Queensland state elections.... The conservatives went from 73 Seats to Labors 9 seats... To 39 Seats for the Conservatives to 44-45 seats for Labor.

The Premier (American equivalent of Governor) lost his seat.....

This will have a run on effect in Federal politics.... We could be looking at the Australian PM being replaced by his own party because he is so unpopular.

As ugly as a hat full of a%*@~~+*s.

Hes got a head on him like a half sucked mango seed.

A few tinnies short of a slab.

About as useful as a one legged man in a arse kicking contest.

All froth and no beer.

All over the place like a drunken spider.

Bangs like a dunny door in a storm.

Bum nuts (eggs).

Champagne lifestyle on a Beer budget.

Couldn't organise a fart in a chilli eating contest.

Fit as a mallee bull.

Flat out like a lizard drinkin.

Given birth to a politician.

Goin to drain the one eyed trouser snake.

Got a head like a diseased rice bubble.

Hava optic at this.

I'm off - like a bucket of prawns in the hot sun.

Mad as a cut snake.

Sweating like a pregnant nun at confession.

Wouldn't shout if a shark bit him.

Full as a centipede's sock drawer

Go off like a frog in a sock

He needs that like a third armpit.

May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.

Unknown earth fortifications discovered in the Subcarpathian province.

How to Recreate a Sloppy Ancient Greek Drinking Game.

Abandoned 1882 rifle sparks archaeological quest in Nevada.

In Australia there is an ice cream called a Golden Gaytime

Its so hard to have a Gaytime on your own.

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Jessica Price wrote:
You'll forgive me, I'm sure, if I'd prefer to hear directly from female Australian gamers about their experiences before declaring Australian game milieus a bastion of inclusivity.

Shifty is not claiming it's perfect... It is different with different problems to the U.S. Experience.

That is why we scratch our heads at some of the complaints we see coming from the U.S.

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Shifty wrote:
Joynt Jezebel wrote:

Well, I am an Australian male in my 50's who has been roleplaying and GMing for over 35 years.

And young women, they do most things if they want to and anyone who is fool enough to tell them "girls can't do that" is likely to be told to "go f### yourself" or somesuch.

I think this is where our confusion is coming from, Australian girls seem to be a bit of a different set of personalities - they are quite happy going where they please and that includes gaming, which is probably why we look at the thread and think "what problem?", as there are certainly a fair few girl gamers kicking about and the issues we read about don't really happen here.

I could just imagine some grognards trying to pull some of the anecdotes in this thread at a Sydney gaming event... it would be a speed challenge to see who could throttle the person first.

As for martial arts, we have a lot of girls (40% as a guess) rolling on the canvas where we train, so no shortfall there :)
Families who fight and play together stay together.

It's ingrained into the national character that all Australians should be tough, self sufficient, and have a healthy disrespect for Authority and those that set themselves above others.

Australian women fought and continue to fight hard for equality Utopia Girls is an excellent documentary on how Australian women were first in the world to achieve equal representation.

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

One of my union brothers was telling another, Britishiznoid national, union brother about Danger 5 and I got to look very smart and cultured and awesome because I know about all the cool shiznit, but, in reality, I've never seen an episode and only know about it because I've read Comrade Dwarf's posts on it in the past.

Thank you, Comrade Dwarf, for helping me keep up my street cred.

No problem Comrade.

Danger 5 Season 1 Trailer

Danger 5 Season 2 Trailer

Tinkergoth wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Tinkergoth wrote:
All good I knew it wasn't a gore fest. That's usually not what I'm looking for in a horror film. Unless it's horror comedy in which case roll on the buckets of blood
Not film but have you caught Danger 5 Season 2 - buckets of blood....
I've never even heard of Danger 5, but I'll check it out.

Oh my gosh.... SBS should still have season 1 on catch up TV.

Tell me you have seen Italian Spider-Man.... It's by the same guys and also free on YouTube.

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DM Under The Bridge wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:

According to my wife, and I have to agree heartily with her, it would go a long way to getting women gamers to show up if gamers regularly showered before and wore deodorant to games.

It's a stereotypical thing to address, yes, but I have found it to be annoyingly true, and honestly, it's almost gotten me to leave, too.

Smelly stereotypical jerks bringing the rest of us down via association.

For the past few years, I dm and my players are mostly female. I don't want to be the smelly guy, so I have an ironclad rule of showering before a game, or shower before a shift if the game is straight after (if not straight after, eat, then shower, then go). It really helps to take this away as an issue.

The all male games I have joined didn't have a problem with one or more of them stinking up the house. I suspect they were doing the same thing as I prior to the game. Maybe Australian roleplayers have learned hygiene.

I have played with guys with poor hygiene - one had a mental illness and we had to work hard to get him to take his medication and look after himself. The other his parents were abusive and neglectful - we (mostly his flatmate)had to teach him how to wash his clothes, cook a good meal and other social niceties. So I do my best not to be judgemental.

When I was young D&D was a refuge for a lot of young men - for a few hours you could escape from social isolation, your own social inability, bullying, your lack of physical prowess.

I guess it is a similar experience for some of those people today, although WoW (and the alike) has also offered an even more threat free environment.

A lot of them carry issues of low self worth and low self esteem and that leads to the neglect of themselves thier health and hygiene.

As the RPG industry becomes more socially acceptable, I can see a movement to cordon off and move on those who don't fit the fashionably geeky profile. It's sad but that's the way the world is.

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Message board troll wrote:

Points out only 1 ! is necessary, excessive use of the ! demonstrates MBT's lack of class and style.

Tinkergoth wrote:
All good I knew it wasn't a gore fest. That's usually not what I'm looking for in a horror film. Unless it's horror comedy in which case roll on the buckets of blood

Not film but have you caught Danger 5 Season 2 - buckets of blood....

Use the leadership feat and scale it based on level. Use negatives for characters under under 7th level so that the pet doesn't outstrip the PCs but can still survive.

In 1E there was a weapon speed and weapon vs armour table.

TarkXT wrote:

I'm just going to flat out say weapon evolution in D&D, really most rpgs in general, make absolutely no sense. It's like try to track the evolution of the banana in siberia.

No connection at all to anything. No correlation to anything.

Really I kind of despise how weapons are handled in in D&D. Different weapons perform different functions absed on the context and situation. A warhammer is picked due to its ability to bite into armor and damage an opponent.

But in pathfinder terms a warhammer is every bit as effective as a longsword against an armored opponent.

When I hear designers and optimizers talk about martial proficiency not meaning much since players tend to pick only one or two weapons anyway I want to throw up my hands and go "of course they do! They're all functionally the same!"

That is why I prefer Rolemaster... Rapier versus lightly armoured opponent = deadly not so much so against an armoured opponent.

Interesting article on the Middle Earth Economy..... Link

Chengar Qordath wrote:
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Also keep in mind that the Great War was the first total war which put such heavy emphasis on the mass destruction of civillians.
Not really. Arguably mass destruction was new since it was the first major war with large bombs. But many ancient wars didn't worry much about civilians. Heck - raping & pillaging was one of the major advantages of soldiering in some cultures. In the not so distant past - Napoleon's troops were infamous for it - though it backlashed on him in Spain (and somewhat in other places) with all of the guerrillas he had to deal with.

Not to mention World War I was one of the less terrible wars for civilians as far as military action goes, thanks to the nature of trench warfare. A relatively static front line gives all the civilians plenty of time to clear out of the war zone. By far most of the civilian deaths in World War I were from malnutrition and disease.

Granted, a war that's "less terrible for civilians" can still be pretty nasty. But compared to something like World War II or the Thirty Years War...

The Armenians and Belgians would like to differ with you in regards to less terrible for civilians.

Núrn was a semi-arid place due to its close proximity to Gorgoroth and consisted mostly of short grass landed plains, fertile enough to support farming to support the armies of Sauron, as opposed to the arid plateau of Gorgoroth, which is north-west of Núrn.

The Dwarves farmed the valleys and in the case of the Lonely Mountain traded extensively with Dale. That is why Dale was so rich.

Charon's Little Helper wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:

If you asked JRR or GRR for the history of a type of weapon, I am sure they would be to give you a 10 page essay on where it came from. That is why they are the the masters of world buildin.

Meh - JRR was the master of histories in epic poetry, languages etc. His world's economy etc was mostly nonexistant. One reason he probably ripped on industrialization so much. :P (Plus he blamed industrialization for the horrors he saw in WW I.)

The thing is if you asked JRR why such and such used axes he would have a history and a background to the weapon. The industrialisation thing is a tangent - interesting but a tangent. The whole point is world building.

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KutuluKultist wrote:

Golarion is not the historical past of earth.

Golarion is not the historical past of earth.

Golarion is not the...

and fantasy RPGs own much more to Hollywood and pulp than to history books.

It annoys me to no end when people repeatedly flagellate this deceased equine.

No Golarion is not based on the historical past of Earth.

It like Hollywood and the pulps does draw its flavour from historical earth... That is why there are pyramids and Arabian and Viking analoges Golarion.

For some people the history of weapon development is important to the internal consistency of their campaign.

Looking to historical equivalents is the only route people have to provide the background they require.

If you asked JRR or GRR for the history of a type of weapon, I am sure they would be to give you a 10 page essay on where it came from. That is why they are the the masters of world buildin.

Remains of hand held guns from the Wars of the Roses.... Link to BBC article.

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