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4,841 posts. Alias of Bradley Holland.


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Fear The Boot - General RPGs

Dan Carlins Hardcore History.

Mike Duncan's History of Rome

Monster Talk - skeptic science based discussion of monsters

Ray Harris A History of World War 2

How Stuff Works

Stuff you missed in history class

The British history podcast

The Byzantine history podcast

The infinite monkey cage

The Bugle - John Oliver

Wait Wait Don't tell me.

Hamish & Andy

Film Sack

Plus a lot more.


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Go with the first.... Gilgamesh

Epic hero has many adventures annoys the gods, the gods send his fighting equivalent Enkidu, they cant beat each other so they become best friends, go on many adventures annoying gods slaying giants. Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh realises he is mortal and goes on quest to make himself immortal..... I won't say what happens in the end.


I know what I am spending my money on this month....


Tinfoil hat time - Primeminister Harrold Holt the CIA or the Chinese?


Yes Pilger is a mostly good left wing reporter.

I don't think British and U.S. Involvement in the Dismissal is as extensive as he claims, I do think they were opportunists in application of diplomatic pressure and back room reassurances.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Who's gonna try to track you down, tramping about naked in the mango grooves?

The guy fom the electoral commission probably got eaten by a croc or shark or snake or spider or irukandji.


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Voting is compulsory in my country (Well turning up to vote is....What you do with your ballot paper is your business).

I think it's a $50 fine for not turning up.

I disagree with my Comrade... Voluntary voting is one of the many ways the proletariat is disenfranchised by the bourgeois.

By making polling stations difficult to get to and having voting on days that make the task financially burdensome, you diminish the voice of the worker.

If you think your system is broken then work to change the system, get active and vote for an alternative to your big two parties.

Small victories.


Ok should I continue to support my national team, when it's full of d#$@+eads, division and has a self defeating attitude?


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Kajehase wrote:
Engels > Marx.

I will give you Engels is > Zeppo but Groucho has it all over Engels... ;-)


Will the Wallabies ever get their act together?

Can they win the Rugby World Cup?

Are we doomed to have the All Blacks lord it over us for another 4 years?

Do you think that England and South Africa are the only serious opposition for New Zealand?

In the Super Rugby do you think that the Waratahs can win the competition two years in a row?

There is talk of opening up the competition to Asian and North American teams (South America having all-ready secured a club in the post 2015 comp) Should it work on the conference system like US football or a pool system....?


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Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
[Lurks in the shadows, creepily, watching naked Dingo harvest mangoes.]

Watch out for the crocs, snakes, spiders, sharks & irukandji.


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My prediction for the future of this thread is "there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."


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Sissyl wrote:
Uhhhh... yeah. Good morning. I trust your garden (or whoever's garden it is) has a pleasant climate?

Where Dingo Lives.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Comrade Dwarf,

Can't believe I didn't brag about this before, but I was going through my Facebook feed and thought of a question you asked a while back concerning aboriginal rights. Pretty awesome right-wing article attacking Comrade Kshama and Seattle in general:

Columbus Day arbitrarily renamed by Socialist Seattle

Ha the author of that article is a total bell-end.

Good on Seattle.


Royal Commission union witch hunt given extension Our conservative government has not been able to find the dirt its looking for extends Royal Commission in hope of finding something..... anything to justify the money it spent and the attack on the unions.

Even the SMH thinks its a bit fishy Unions royal commission extension reveals true motivations


The bogans with the Southern Cross tattooed on them tend to be racist f%@~-knuckles.

They have a massive problem with anybody that is not of European descent.

The majority of bogans are good people with a style and class deficiency.

Nobody likes a Bogan. By Area 7.


Ding is always good for a laugh.

Margaret Whitlam handed me my degree she was an amazing person in her own right.

That made my dad's day, He took more pictures of Gough than me on graduation day. Gough was his hero.

Paul Keating is mine but he is from right faction of the Labor Party.


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This sums up his impact

"In a rapid program of reform it called “the program”, the Whitlam government created Australia’s national health insurance scheme, Medibank; abolished university fees; introduced state aid to independent schools and needs-based school funding; returned traditional lands in the Northern Territory to the Gurindji people; drafted (although did not enact) the first commonwealth lands right act; established diplomatic relations with China, withdrew the remaining Australian troops from Vietnam; introduced no-fault divorce laws; passed the Racial Discrimination Act; blocked moves to allow oil drilling on the Great Barrier Reef; introduced environmental protection legislation; and removed God Save the Queen as the national anthem."

He wasn't perfect but he was a visionary.

"Maintain your rage"

Gough Whitlam


Gough Whitlam has passed away.

Vale Gough.


I stopped going to festivals after seeing a bunch of Southern Cross Tattooed bogans forcing people to kiss the flag at the "Big Day Out" and "Homebake" .

Also excellent use of f**@ knuckle.


Discworld


Linothorax is your friend.... Are you playing Trojan War, Persian Wars, Peloponnesian Wars, Philips Wars, Alexander, The Successor States or Rome of the Kings, Or Early, Mid, Late Republic or empire.... Anything after Troy or the Kings is Iron Age... In fact the Hittites "allies" of the "Trojans" had iron...


Kicking the bucket was the best thing Thatcher ever did.


For very good depiction of Scifi/fantasy Psionics I recommend

"The Saga of Pliocene Exile (known as the Saga of the Exiles in some markets) is a narrative surrounding the adventures of a group of late 21st and early 22nd century misfits/outcasts who travel through a one-way time-gate to Earth's Pliocene epoch, in the hopes of finding a simple utopia where they can finally fit in.

However, the reality is far removed from the dream. The time-travelers arrive to discover the Pliocene is already inhabited by a dimorphic race of aliens ('exotics'), the Tanu and the Firvulag. The exotics, who have fled their home galaxy because of religious persecution, are marooned on Pliocene Earth as well.

There are five categories of 'metapsychic' powers in the series: creation, coercion, psychokinesis, farsensing and redaction.

Creativity: the ability to create illusions, change shape and manipulate energy. The Firvulag are described as being naturally gifted at creativity, often using it to assume monstrous forms. More powerful individuals could use it to crudely change states of matter (air to plasma and thus throw lightning bolts and so forth) but the most powerful can actually manipulate and change the very form of matter (air & water to fresh cherries for example).

Coercion: the ability of metapsychic mind control over other people.

Psychokinesis: (or PK) the ability to move physical objects through space metapsychically. The most powerful PK Tanu used this ability to levitate a number of Tanu and their chaliko steeds as a Pliocene Wild Hunt.

Farsensing: the ability to communicate with others and to sense remotely via metapsychic means. Analogous to telepathy, clairvoyance and remote viewing. In the story "Intervention", this ability is initially termed ultrasensing.

Redaction: the ability of psychic healing and, to a certain extent, mind reading. This is most commonly described in the books for mental or psychological healing, but it is also used for healing physical ailments as well. It was also used in the Galactic Milieu to help latent metapsychics achieve operancy. It could also occasionally be used for interrogation and torture. In the Galactic Milieu recidivist criminals would be adjusted with this power."


Vod Canockers wrote:
Morgen wrote:
I was always fond of the Shire but I'm not sure if that qualifies as a country... :/
The Shire is a country.

"The Shire" was a dependency of the Kingdom of Arnor... The Thain being the direct representative of the King.

Even after the fall of the Kingdom of Arthedain (successor to Arnor) the Thain still upheld the Kings Law and as the Rangers (remnants of the north kingdoms) provided military protection.

When Aragon/Elessar claimed the thrones of both Gondor and Arnor, the Shire was his... He just forbade full-grown men from entering.

In Britain, "shire" is the original term for what is usually known now as a county; the word county having been introduced at the Norman Conquest of England. The two are synonymous. Although in modern British usage counties are referred to as "shires" mainly in poetic contexts, terms such as Shire Hall remain common. Shire also remains a common part of many county names.

The word derives from the Old English scir, itself a derivative of the Proto-Germanic skizo (cf. Old High German scira), meaning care or official charge.


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There was this little boy, who after watching TV one night asked his father, "What is politics?" And the father said, "Well, let me explain it this way. I go to work every day and bring home the money - so I am what you call a Capitalist. Now your mother takes the money, pays the bills and makes sure everything runs well - so she is called the Government. And because we take care of you, you would be the People. Now your nanny is the Working Class and your little baby brother would be what we all consider the Future." The little boy said, "Okay," and went out to play. Later that night, he was awakened by the baby crying. He got up and went into the baby's room and, WOW, did it stink ....very bad diaper. So he went into his parent's room, but his mom was sleeping and his dad was missing. So he went looking for his dad and he heard sounds from his nanny's room. He tried the door, it was locked then he looked through the keyhole and saw his dad and the nanny going at it together in the bed. So the little boy decided to go back to sleep. The next morning when he saw his dad he said, "Dad, I know what politics really means now!" His dad very proudly said, "Well, great. Tell me in your own words." "Well," said the little boy, "Politics is when the Capitalists screw the Working Class, while the Government sleeps, the People are ignored and the Future is in deep s*!*...."


Yo mamma is so classless...

- she is a Marxist utopia.


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It's been my experience that people I have gamed with that have had poor hygiene issues have had mental health issues. From a seriously low sense of self worth, to depression, anxiety, and so on.

In a previous groups it took a lot of work to encourage those people to get counselling or to talk to their doctors about their medication as they stopped taking it because it as having bad effects.

Telling people they stink and handing them soap... May be counterproductive.


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Old college song. - about a rival residential college - Robb College (Slytheryin to me).

"if I had the wings of a sparrow,
And if I had the a$@~&&#~ of a crow
I would fly over Robb College tomorrow
And s&~! on the Stroppers bellow.."

I went to Sir Earle Page college....


Meh I have a 6 month old... I have suffered a poo-splosion and vomit-Vesuvius at the same time. Let's just say the pyroclastic flow was stomach turning.


"We have a great objective - the light on the hill - which we aim to reach by working for the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand. If it were not for that, the Labour movement would not be worth fighting for… "

BEN CHIFLEY


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A conservative government survives essentially by dampening expectations and subduing hopes. Conservatism is basically pessimistic, reformism is basically optimistic.

Gough Whitlam


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So Mr Hodge is there any chance of you and maybe Misters, Pett, Logue, and Jacobs doing a Alternate Earth Edwardian/Diesel Punk setting...?

With mesmerists, clairvoyants, hermetic orders, strange cults, Airships, Dreadnoughts, Colonial Wars, Queen Victoria, The Great Game - Downton Abbey, meets the X files, the LXG, REH and Lovecraft?


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Cartoon Network shows them 24 hours a day....

;-)

..............the same flaming episodes of Adventure Time over and over and over and over again.


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Tacticslion wrote:
If it helps, The 8th Dwarf, tell your wife I, Tacticslion, not only love Princess Bride, but also David Gemmell and have never read that book. Clearly my tastes and judgement are exquisite, and Gemmell should thus be pursued outside of that book. :)

She reads LotR and Princess Bride once a year as well as several Austins, and a Bronte or two.

I actually re read Knights of Dark Renown a few times and mine it's themes for some games... The ending was like getting to cloud city in the Star Wars movie and having George walk on camera and say "ummm not got time to finish - he is his dad, she is his sister (sorry about the eww moment), hand, carbonite, Sarlac, swap out Wookies for Ewoks (cause George has a small person fettish) 2nd Death Star, some redemption for dad and boom.


David Gemmell (died mid series but that's not my problem with him) poorly executed a wonderful premise.... Knights of Dark Renown - it started so well and then it's like he realised he had to much story for one book or too many characters. All of a sudden it was wrapped up in two or three chapters. My wife who picked up the book at the same time as me rage quit reading Gemmell (she threw the book across the room, and she cherishes books). No mater how much I tried to sell her on his other well crafted multi book stories, she has never read another book of his.

I don't know if was him, his editor or publisher - but not short changing your readers is a must.


Infused only lasts 1 min


We don't have basements in Australia (in residential buildings)... I think it would be cool to have one.

That and the red plastic cups you drink beer from.... Is there only one plastic cup maker?


Farage = Oswald Mosley.

UKIP = BUF


Bummer I am not allowed to use 3rd party stuff...

You also want a hybridisation funnel


Explosive missile discovery

As a standard action, the alchemist can infuse a single arrow, crossbow bolt, or one-handed firearm bullet with the power of his bomb, load the ammunition, and shoot the ranged weapon. He must be proficient with the weapon in order to accomplish this. When the infused ammunition hits its target, it deals damage normally and detonates as if the alchemist had thrown the bomb at the target.

Alchemical weapon ability

At 2nd level, a grenadier can infuse a weapon or piece of ammunition with a single harmful alchemical liquid or powder, such as alchemist’s fire or sneezing powder, as a move action. This action consumes the alchemical item, but transfers its effect to the weapon in question.

The alchemical item takes full effect on the next creature struck by the weapon, but does not splash, spread, or otherwise affect additional targets. Any extra damage added is treated like bonus dice of damage, and is not doubled on a critical hit. The alchemical treatment causes no harm to the weapon treated, and wears off 1 minute after application if no blow is struck. At 6th level, a grenadier can use her alchemical weapon ability as a swift action. At 15th level, this ability becomes a free action.

This ability replaces poison resistance.

Use it with pitted poison ammo - you can have explosive acidic poison round.


Currently running a 5/5 Alchemist (grenadier) /gunslinger (pistolero) and having a blast. Alchemical weapon and explosive ammo - nothing in the rules say they don't stack - also throw poison into the mix and it's all fun and games.


I admire your crazy.... Been thinking about the same thing except with Rolemaster.


They have relationships - beyond the binary or default... Physical stuff is very subtle.

Ninja'ed


Except they are characters in stories - the graphic novels have fully fleshed out the iconics. As a SWM I am perfectly happy to have GLBIQT characters - it is just as natural as having Asian, African and Middle Eastern analogs... Although the lack of oceanic/Islander and South American analogs needs to be addressed in Golarion.


Errrgh why did I go there and read that.... It a very strange post, it looks like it has 100% troll DNA.

On a happier note - congrats Crystal on going freelance, I didn't know you had left, knowing your talent there should be a very long que forming to send you work.


Maori Pā.The word pā (IPA paː) can refer to any Māori village or defensive settlement, but often refers to hill forts – fortified settlements with palisades and defensive terraces – and also to fortified villages.


Historians uncover the truth of Gallipoli's underground war between Diggers and Turks.


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Amazon Warriors' Names Revealed Amid "Gibberish" on Ancient Greek Vases.


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Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb at Amphipolis.

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