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5,088 posts. Alias of Bradley Holland.


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Freehold DM wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
Kirth Gersen wrote:
LazarX wrote:
the way Patrick Stewart did in Dune.
I'm still trying to forget the awful David Lynch rendition. The SyFi channel miniseries was everything the 80s movie should have been and then some.
Wow...I thought I was the only person who actually had that opinion.
a lot of people liked syfys Dune.

Loved the David Lynch version - will have to find the syfy version.

I have start forming my list of British heist movies.

BBQ Chicken, chips, potatobake, and pasta salad in a park with all my wonderful in-laws.

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I love heist movies can I suggest

Two Hands
Idiot Box
Chopper Based on a real criminal.
The Hard Word

I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
The obligatory question, then: What's "roo" like?

Depends on how you cook it, it has a strong taste, it's lean, and tends to get tough if over cooked. I like it in stir fry, I have had it as a roast and it makes excellent sausages and burgers. If you do a fillet or stake you need to cook it rare. It's expensive at the moment :-(.

Emu isn't anything special. Croc is nice somebody said croc tastes like chicken/fish I disagree, I do like what I have had just need to have more to pin down the taste. Both are expensive as well.

Ceaser Slaad wrote:
The floating meat pie sounds good. Alas, roo is kind of hard to get in America so I'm going to have to try the beef.

You can use anything for the filling I have had Tandori and chilli con carne as fillings.

Recipe for the traditional pie

Limeylongears wrote:

I have lived near (or in) cities with large Afro-Caribbean populations but never had curried goat I need to do something about that

And I've never heard of a floating meat pie. Is it anything like a pirk pie?

Edit: pork pie. I have no idea what pirk is , and frankly I don't want to.

Traditional Australian meat pie (filling of your choice Beef or Roo or steak & kidney are mine) sit pie in middle of the plate surround with mushy peas and mash pour so much gravy on the pie floats.

I love pork pies, I will add them to a ploughman's lunch if they are available.

"A ploughman's lunch (abbrev. to ploughman's) is an English cold meal which consists of cheese, pickle, and bread.[1] Additional items such as boiled eggs, ham, and pickled onions may be added. As its name suggests, it is more commonly consumed at midday". -wiki.

One of the best things I have ever had is a Vietnamese pasty.... They minced the filling of a banh mi and put in place of a traditional Cornish filling. I ate 3 of them they were so tast.

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Sarusan is a difficult prospect how do you balance a pre and post colonial Oceania/Australasia. Most Australian/NewZealand players want a colonial/post colonial with major threads of the indigenous past woven through, it's what most of us understand and relate to... Americans all ready have thier own story's of genocide, land theft and indigenous exploitation as part of thier history and if they tackle that in a Sarusan product they will have to be very careful on that edge.

On the other hand if it's pre colonial, than interest is limited, not because Oceanic/Australasian cultures aren't fascinating it's because are hard to shoehorn a faraway often misunderstood region into the U.S./Europe/Med/Near East analog focused campaign.

So far I have yet to find and RPG setting that does the region justice..... White Wolf came close, Shadowrun was a joke, TMNT down under was good for the animals.

I use Alkenstar as my post colonial Australia analog... Settled by the poor, the radical, the unwanted, survivors with that hard edge. It's harsh, dry and full of mutant things that want to kill you.

I think that would be the best you get.

If you have the Alkenstar Light Horse (mounted musket/riflemen) fighting Gnoll Raiders, while, version of Ned Kelly is holding up a whole town, as a 50' horned death spitter lizard has decided that the main road is the best place to sun it's self so traffic is backed up as nobody wants to go walkabout through the wastes to find a quick way around. Then you have Australia.

This year was a bit meh....

Before you go radically changing your play/game style.... Communicate with your players first, ask them for they want to see in a game, warn them if you do use what they have asked you will use it with your own twist. Then let them know they may see changes in the game style and they are welcome to provide feedback. Then try stuff out, have fun, and explore new stuff.

Nothing more off putting as a player than a GM going 180' in style without warning.

Floaters were invented by the British, but as they claim every time we won thier wars for them as a British or Empire or occasionally Commonwealth victory. Everything the British do is owned or owed to the members of the Commonwealth.

Vegiemite eating for the newb.... Take some Turkish bread toast till light brown, smother in butter so you have pools of melted buttery goodness. Take a knife and a small/tiny scrape of Vegiemite and dab it all over the toast, consume toast.

More advanced steps involve adding tomato and so on.

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English food can be very good. Home made Baked Beans on sourdough with bacon, poached eggs, corriander, and sausages is one of my favourites.

Then again you can have your Supersized Mac & cheese with cheese whiz and velveeta and grits in a big gulp bucket and think to yourselves you are the kings of cuisine....

Orfamay Quest wrote:
thejeff wrote:

Death spiral mechanics, where characters get less effective with every injury, might be realistic, but they're very much counter to a genre where heroes commonly rally and win fights after even serious injuries.

And, more to the point, they're generally considered not fun, since once you start losing, you keep losing (even more badly), but you need to play the fight out to the end.

Remember as a kid when you were playing Monopoly and it was obvious about an hour into the game who was going to win, but it still took three more hours to finish the game unless Mom sent everyone off to bed before that? That wasn't fun then, and it's no more fun now. From a dramatic standpoint, you need a chance of heroic reversals. From a ludic perspective, you want to minimize the tedium.

The death spiral not only doesn't solve any problems, it makes problems worse.

Maybe it's the other way around. No penalties for the fatigue and hits you take means you dig in and grind the combat out for another hour or so of game time... Fun fun fun.

Rather than learning to withdraw and comeback, and make use of tactics and environment.

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HP is also a reflection of stamina and fatigue... Still it's too vague... That's why I like Rolemaster broken arms and legs, bleed stacks, guts spilling out. Combatants flee and surrender a few rounds into combat.

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Feros wrote:

Her first PM? Winston Churchill.


Yes, that's occurred to me too - the monarch is now the vizier!

My fellow Americans, I think we are actually reaching a consensus here - let's rejoin the British Commonwealth!

You will need to understand Rugby and Cricket... You are getting better at beer. You must always do your best to annoy the English and you have to know the difference between England, Britain, Great Britain, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations.

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This lists some of the free stuff out there Linky

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We love the queen because we get a day off work.

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GreyWolfLord wrote:
Oceanshieldwolf wrote:

@8th - Ehrmagherd, those shirts are hilarious. And spot on. Eshay-lads indeed.

Other random thoughts:

* I'm with Scythia, I watched Mad Max a few years back and almost couldn't make it through to the end. Looks like a student film. I appreciate where it was headed, but some of the sets were...laughable. And the social commentary incredibly hamfisted.

It doesn't exist. ;)

Mad Max starts with Mad Max 2.

Thunderdome was a logical progression (for the "movie starz" approach of the eighties) that was...unfortunate in many ways, but at least we got the costumes.

I never did understand why the gyrocaptain in Thunderdome is "not-the-same-character-or-is-he?"

* I am intrigued that there will be a sequel to Fury Road.

* That you never get to see the faces/culture of the dirt biker/pass gang, or the foreign-tongued bristlemarauders is, to my mind more annoying than intriguing. And the dirt bikers costumes seemed uninspired.

Add me as another who thinks the Mad Max Universe really starts with Road Warrior. I don't think the first movie is bad, actually it's pretty good and Mel actually makes it shine.

However, there's this disconnect between the first and the second. You go from a relatively civilized area with some savage characters and actions, to this complete wasteland of a place where everything and everyone is completely bonkers.

It's like two completely different worlds...a complete disconnect.

Road Warrior and Thunder Dome at least seem to be in the same world. The first one and the other two seem completely different worlds to me and hence two completely different settings and themes.

Even the character of Max is different between the first one and the second two.

I am wondering if this new movie somehow branches that disconnect and is something that connects the first with the latter two (something that really does need to be done). Going from civilization exists but with pockets of savagery to it's entirely gone, the...

Mad Max is the very beginning of societal breakdown - the TV in the background is showing lots fuel riots and foreign wars. In Australia the cities are verge of collapse it's only the police holding things together and they have a high attrition rate. Also Australia is as big as continental USA the majority of the population lives on the east coast the further west you go the less people & infrastructure you get except for the big mining towns.

So the cops are holding the bike gangs out of the big cities and the gangs are preying on the small towns.

In between 1 & 2 there is a world war society collapses industry and infrastructure is all gone the majority of people die. Australia may be as big as the U.S. But we have less people than New York.

So going tribal is the best bet for survival, raiding takes precedence over trading if your tribe has nothing of value. Savagery becomes the norm. Just like the collapse of Roman Authority in Britain.

Cool we have something similar we call it The Queens Birthday (not her real birthday and not the same day in all states) Holiday.

Have fun :-)

G'day TG thanks for the shout out.

I have been playing since the mid 80's lots of systems, I am one of those people that abandoned 2E because it was the game of choice for "Munchkins and Cheese Lords" in the Town I lived in. Being a high school student and not having an income other than lawn mowing money and all the players in my 3-4 RPG groups all in similar positions, we became the systems guys I was the go to guy for all things Rolemaster, another friend was GURPS, another was Palladium, another was Shadowrun and so on. It meant DMing was shared we all got a break. We also knew what to get people for birthdays. The nearest shop with a few D&D books on the shelf was an hour away. The nearest game store was three hours away. We bought our stuff by mail order and shared the shipping. So I am tighter than a frogs arse when it comes to spending money on RPGs.

What I do now is scout around for beta Tests, one offs, freebies, free systems and Free intro/quick start games. And occasionally talk my group into testing stuff out. I have recently run the Alpha test for Rolemaster Unified, at no cost all I had to do was sign up to the ICE forums. Also the Bargain Bin in RPG stores is a good place to pick up cheep stuff...I am goIng to haggle over a $20 4e Gamma World Box I saw the other day if it's still there, see if I can get it for $15.

If you take a look around I found a few Betas and quick starts. In the sale section you can get the D20 Bab5 2e Hardcover for $15. It's an easier search for free stuff on drive through RPG, because you can target companies, and search Quick Starts.

I am also in a situation where I am on extended medical leave, my medication makes me lethargic, nauseous, and fuzzy brained. I have player I trust to help me out if I start to forget or trail off to remind me to stay on course. Mostly I play now not as exhausting as running a game.

Have you thought about bringing in new players. We have an interview technique that is typically Australian. We organised a meet up of Paizonians at a pub, shared stories drank beer and decided who would fit our group best, then we asked them if they were interested in joining our group. We have one player with some social anxiety about new people, so those we chose had a second "interview" at another pub a few weeks later with the rest of our group, then a third pub meeting to decide what we were going to play and 5 years later we still have both of the people we picked and they are now good friends.

What's Victoria Day...? asks an interested Aussie.

Holy f!$%, I just shed a proverbial for you mate. Good luck, just a tip from 19 years of relationship, relationships have to be a two way street of communication, compassion, and compromise, both of you need to be doing all 3.

Other ways to shake things up is to test alternate rules. It puts speed bumps up for system masters and optimisers. You just say ok we are going to test wound thresholds (or what ever interests you) next session have a read of the rules before the game.

The benefit is your and your players may find new things that make your game fun.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Never saw the original movies, might have to check this out.

1 and 3 polarise people. If you do watch the first movie do not watch one dubbed with US voice actors, you need the 2003 release not the 1980's release.

The first movie is the set up - it's the reason Max is the way he is.

Thunderdome is just a steeming bucket of dung.

Tinkergoth wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Tinkergoth wrote:
Cat-thulhu wrote:
Oh and Tinkergoth this one was almost filmed in Australia as well, but when they went to film the rain came and all they could film was flowers and bird life - strangely Millar decided that wasn't the direction he wanted.
Yeah, I know. I was really disappointed by that but hey, unfortunately timing had them scheduled to start filming during a rare occurrence of heavy rain in that region

Penrith Lakes feature in the movie... That's both Australian and post apocalyptic.

Which reminds me of a Tin Tin T-shirt

... I need that t-shirt like I have never needed anything before in my life.

I had heard bits and pieces of it were done here, but the vast majority was filmed in Namibia. Better that they did that than tried to make do or CGI something together.

There is also Tin Tin in the Shire (Sydney suburb not Tolkiens invention) and Bankstown

I don't actully believe the third movie exists, just like there are no prequels to Star Wars. But the first two movies were big on social comentary as well.

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My thoughts on the MRA issue....It's a film that explores women fighting to determine their own reproductive rights, it's not just feminist it's humanist and realist with bonus explosions.

It's also original and exciting because George hasn't taken anything away from the Maxverse he just shifted the lens slightly so we get to see what is ignored or peripheral in your typical action movie and it's fresh and can only make story telling like this better.

George said he didn't start out making a feminist move but the story as he crafted it went in that direction. He wanted to get away from the typical action movie made and cut by the same typical action movie makers.

So the MRAs can go "sooky la la" in a corner because nobody is interested in their butt hurt tears, and the rest of us humans can watch a fresh take on an action movie and hope that other directors get the hint.

Tinkergoth wrote:
Cat-thulhu wrote:
Oh and Tinkergoth this one was almost filmed in Australia as well, but when they went to film the rain came and all they could film was flowers and bird life - strangely Millar decided that wasn't the direction he wanted.
Yeah, I know. I was really disappointed by that but hey, unfortunately timing had them scheduled to start filming during a rare occurrence of heavy rain in that region

Penrith Lakes feature in the movie... That's both Australian and post apocalyptic.

Which reminds me of a Tin Tin T-shirt

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The Jalopnik interview Ambrosia linked is interesting. The guy that built the cars built Pricilla Queen of the Desert.

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Kajehase wrote:
Favourite convenience food - pasta with a lighttly fried egg, ketchup, and some raw carrot and/or bell peppers on the side. (or, y'know, prefab pizza - Dr Oetker makes one that's not as good as real pizza, but better than warm sandwiches).

English muffins make good mini pizza bases.

Stuff you eat when you have zero time or energy. Convenient because it's quick, student because it's cheap.

Yep my 1 year old is climbing things....its weird combination of pride and fear when you find her climbing the bookshelf and has made it a meter up. We have pushed the sofa up against the book shelf now.

Mac and Cheese as far as I understand is dried macaroni and a powdered cheese sauce.

Student or convienience meals. Not an everyday thing.

Next question is what is everybody's favourite convience food?

Mine is Jaffels (toasted cheese sandwiches). Every Australian house has a toasted sandwich maker. It's not just cheese that we put in, It's cheese + last nights bolognese, or stroganoff, or a tin of flavoured salmon or tuna, or salami, Devon, or Sweet Jaffels like Nutella or apples and custard.

Cool thanks guys :-)

Aeglos - I am doing ok, thanks :-) How's life for you?

Ok Mac and Cheese - I have seen it at our supermarket - should I try it?

Thanks Misroi. Side dish I understand, as Abed would say... cool cool cool... I would add garlic black olives, basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and some anchovies or chorizo...

I have been binge watching Community and Abed is always eating buttered noodles...I was also reading a food blog about bad customers and people kept complaining about people that ate buttered noodles. I checked out Google and buttered noodles appears to be just butter and noodles. ... Is just throwing a bucket load of butter in noodles a main meal in the U.S.?

I had imagined it to be something like butter chicken....

Vod Canockers wrote:
Why don't you find a wine snob forum and ask there?

Because the Paizo community are cool friendly and helpful people, with diverse interests and collective know how.

Love Port, must have a cheese and fruit board or dark chocolate and coffee when drinking.

Before we had children our game nights were dinner, wine or beer and cheese appreciation nights as well.

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The late 70's - 80's Ninja craze - good times. Ran around a mates backyard with rubber shuriken, nunchucks, and bokken smashing the crap out of each other. Star Blazers, Astro boy, MONKEY!!!, then Robotech.

There are some good podcasts Fear the Boot & Know Direction....

I have stopped reading fantasy - I have lost interest and I don't know why.

I have no problem with the current title of the thread. There are many players and GMs that combine recreational activities. I have DMed drunk.... Have had a lot of stoned and drunk players. Generally no problems because the guys I play with are able to tell the difference between serious RP, casual game, beer & pretzels and a lets get hammered and wake up next day face down at the table with no idea what frak we did game.

As for weird stuff from other DMs it's has been the usual wish/fantasy fulfilment.

Iron Sky 2 has Hitler on a T-Rex....Link

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Set wrote:

Random memory from a college era AD&D game.

GM's character is an elf named 'Elrod' (Elrond, minus one letter).
Player 1 "Elrod? Does that mean something?"
Player 2 "He's an archer. El Rod. It's elvish for 'the shaft.'"


Shaft! Isaac Hayes 1971:

Who's the black private di*k
That's a sex machine to all the chicks?
You're damn right

Who is the man
That would risk his neck for his brother man?
Can ya dig it?

Who's the cat that won't cop out
When there's danger all about
Right on

You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother--
(Shut your mouth)
But I'm talkin' about Shaft
(Then we can dig it)

He's a complicated man
But no one understands him but his woman
(John Shaft)

Looks like I am making a new character.

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Not British KC.....

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Anybody that favourites posts about cricket is a legend.

I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Kreepy Kajehase wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Kreepy Kajehase wrote:
No, no. The one you're wearing.
You asked me to pass you YOUR skinsuit. I assure you this one's mine, and it isn't actual skin, anyways.
Oh but it is. And my closet - my clothes.

Look, I came here for an argument, this is just contradiction!

The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:

What are you hiding from in my closet, and whatever it is, isn't the closet the first place it's going to look?

EDIT: T8D, you have a chimp in your closet?

I wish, just a picture of one on a T shirt.
What you do have In Your Closet is a bunch of funnelwebs. They've established a tiny communist utopia with a hospital, a Mongolian barbecue, a playing-card factory, and an air force.

Wouldn't be surprised by the funnel webs.....

You da man Puna!

Limeylongears wrote:

What are you hiding from in my closet, and whatever it is, isn't the closet the first place it's going to look?

EDIT: T8D, you have a chimp in your closet?

I wish, just a picture of one on a T shirt.

Very close - I do own a tux 20 years old, a pair of Windsor Smiths that need the soles replaced on no t shirts with whales, Monty Python, Star Wars, Star Trek, Big trouble in little China a chimpanzee but no whales. Don't have gun do have a bokken and a pair of sai. Not enough rugby jerseys.
The beer I wish...

Sharoth wrote:
Is the monster still in there?

If it is I would like it to tidy up for once....

As a GM on separate occasions I have brought back two characters via npc spell casters, both characters had died heroically, both players said afterwards that they couldn't reconnect with the characters as they both felt that the character deaths were significant to the story.

I think it has something to do with timing... The quicker you bring back a character the less time the player has to start planning and getting excited about the character concept they just thought of.

What is in my closet?

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