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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
The Sword wrote:

Great Britain...

Living here is... Well... Great!

Great to hear, because if the unthinkable happens this November (and it is entirely within the realm of possibility), that is one place I'd consider moving.
If the unthinkable happens you should also consider moving here (another from Australia - City of Adelaide).

Living somewhere where Humanity and its institutions are mostly good, trustworthy, and competent, but it's the natural world that's constantly plotting to destroy you...would be a change of pace, I'll admit. Europe might still be my first choice, though.

Anyone have anything to say about "Brexit?" I know it's complicated, but I kind of feel like it would be a move in the wrong direction. In a time when Big Business, Big Theocracy, and Big Muscle are trying to force us to believe "these are the End Times, War Is Forever, the Age of Miracles Is Over," the EU, when you really think about it, is nothing short of a big, real, modern-day MIRACLE that screams "Yes We Can" louder than President Obama ever could.

Also, are we quite certain that at least a large percentage of Britons who support Brexit aren't just doing so because it sounds like something that might be good to put on their morning toast? Because I'd heard about how the BNP tried to rebrand themselves using Marmite's official slogan....

As far as moving to get away from the possible apocalypse in November, heading North is a possibility. We Canucks are a friendly people and the social conservatism and other nuttiness (mostly) stops at the border. The only thing that might mess that up is if certain people have War Plan Red the 21st century version in their back pockets. Of course if that happens, the Brits, Aussies and Kiwis might not be in great shape afterwards either.

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A very nice tribute. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

I'm interested in this overall. I was a fan of Star Trek (particularly TNG and DS9) and Babylon 5 before getting into D & D so this is an interesting idea. One thing I am curious about is the core races for this and thus far for me personally, I'm excited about Androids and Lashuntas, but the Ratfolk are just not a race I have ever been overly enthused about. They're in so that's fine but I don't think I'll ever make a Ratfolk character. In science fiction and video games and other places, there have been cat like aliens so hopefully Catfolk will get in, maybe not as a core race although I would be happy about that, but some where in the setting as a heroic race (maybe have a faction or variant of the race going the Kzinti route but hopefully if Catfolk do get in to StarFinder they will be a heroic race by and large and regarded in setting as a generally heroic race like Lashuntas or Androids or Humans will likely be). Reptilian aliens have also been present in SF and video games, etc. so Nagaji, Kobolds, Wyvarans (a real stretch on that one, but just putting it out there as a possibility) and possibly Reptoids from Bestiary 5 as well. Kasathas would be too powerful for a core race probably but if they could be a core race I would be quite happy.

Also based on this quote:

James L. Sutter [i wrote:
Creative Director[/i] wrote:]So how does all this science fantasy goodness fit into the Pathfinder setting? Simple: Starfinder is set in Golarion's solar system, but far in a possible future—one in which the gods have mysteriously spirited Golarion away to an unknown location, and refuse to answer questions about it. In its place, the cultures of that world have evolved and spread throughout the solar system, especially to a vast space platform called Absalom Station. Gifted access to a hyperspace dimension by an ascended AI deity, the residents of the system suddenly find themselves with the ability to travel faster than light, and the race is on to explore and colonize potentially millions of worlds. But there are horrors out there in the darkness...

I wonder if this actually means that the races of the OTHER planets (Castrovel, Akiton, Verces, Triaxus, etc.) in Golarions solar system have evolved and spread throughout the solar system, which could get elves into the setting more fully as the elves had substantial populations on both Castrovel and Golarion. Then again this could just be an attempt to make sense of that paragraph and the meaning will be made clear in time.

I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

Thank you, latest caller! Let's get this fire burning again!:

-...But Not Particularly Happy About It: 5
-...But Refuses to Admit It: 3
-...But a Suspected Secessionist: 3
-...Bordering On Our Resource-Rich But Disaster-Prone TMI Territory: 11
-...And Maybe a Bit Too Enthusiastic About It: 8
-...And Suspiciously Taciturn About It: 4
-...But Not For Much Longer: 3
-...True-Blue, Red-Blooded, White-Hat Citizens Remaining: 12 Sum Total: 49

Denmark Hamletopia: 2

(It's OK to be) UK: 18

Poland: 2

South Africa: 1

Italy: 3

Australia F***EN 'STRAYA!: 8

Sweden: 2

Canada (C'mon, Australia's got you OUTNUMBERED!): 7

UAE: 1

Germany Oliver Hardy: 6

France Stan Laurel: 4

New Zealand Middle-Earth: 4

Osirion Egypt: 1

Belgium, man!: 1

Finland Coolesteverland!: 4

The Netherlands: 2

Mexico: 2

Chile (not so much a country as a vertebral column for a continent): 1

Planet of the Action Figures Taiwan: 1

Ethpaña: 1

Israel (Please clear the runway!): 1

(Somebody cry for us!) Argentina: 1

(Imma chargin') Malaysia: 1

Norway Snoreway: 2

Slovakia (ancestral home of Jesse Ventura James George Janos!): 1


A couple questions. One Canada's even with Australia at eight a piece by my count (and the count of David M Mallon's map) and what exactly is this "Our Resource-Rich But Disaster-Prone TMI Territory" that I keep seeing on your list?

Nutcase Entertainment wrote:
Dragoncat wrote:

Chalk another one up to Canada.

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: Where the weather can't seem to make up its mind.

Pretty sure the weather part is true for anything East of Ontario.

Evidently you haven't been here in the past month. At this point it's everything east of Manitoba that has been oddball as far as the weather goes. Markham (just north of Toronto), Ontario, Canada reporting in.

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What you look like in UV

MW: I don't know if you don't respect procedures because you're ignorant, because you're a lunatic or just because you're French.

Charles Scholz wrote:
Steven Purcell wrote:
Failure is not an option!

Apollo 13

L: Where did you get this? T: It was given to me. L: Not just a thief, but a liar as well.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Correct and Correct!

Readerbreeder wrote:
Steven Purcell wrote:


The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther! And I will make them pay for what they have done!


Star Trek: First Contact

One of the better ST movies: "And he piled upon the whale's white hump, the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it."


Te'Shen wrote:
Steven Purcell wrote:
Waiting for me to ... commence a conversation, one can wait a rather long wait.

Sounds like the Treant in The Two Towers.

Steven Purcell wrote:
L: So it's a drinking game? G: The last one standing wins!

Reminds me of Legolas and Gimli in Rohan.

Then again, I could be wrong.

The first one is actually Prince Albert Windsor to Lionel Logue in The King's Speech.

The second was Legolas and Gimli in Rohan.

They did it they created a son of a b@%+* they did...


The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther! And I will make them pay for what they have done!


Waiting for me to ... commence a conversation, one can wait a rather long wait.


Failure is not an option!


L: So it's a drinking game? G: The last one standing wins!


L: Where did you get this? T: It was given to me. L: Not just a thief, but a liar as well.


Attack warning's for bloody real!

I Axebeakause this is kind of fun.

Somebody better Adhukait the Paizo staff to allow these posts

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Just to get back to our regular reason for coming to this thread... Belkar may be suspicious but he might need a bit of work on how to resolve the issue.

Okay I'm a bit late to this discussion but just to put in my 2 coppers

Beaver and Giant Beaver (we even have a prehistoric critter for this one - Castoroides)

More Inevitables, more Angels, more Archons, more Agathions, more Asuras, more Oni, more Proteans.

For prehistoric life that either are dinosaurs or in the bestiaries get lumped in with them: Therizinosaurus; an ornithomimid (Gallimimus, Struthiomimus, etc.) an ichthyosaur and a gorgonopsid.

For megafauna, Paraceratherium, Elasmotherium, Moa, and Archaeoindris.

A non-mystical dogfolk race like the catfolk or ratfolk.

A new order of true dragons, maybe a bit like the Hex and Tome Dragons that showed up in Dragon 343, focusing around a particular school of magic.

Maybe some critters from the Cambrian Anomalocaris and Opabinia for a start.

Physics is fun

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We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.
— Winston Churchill, Speech in the House of Commons, 4 June 1940

Super ants

The tiniest frogs

I'd have to go with TNG/DS9 era Star Trek for SF. Replicators, transporters, holodecks (fully immersive D&D sessions and video games among other things), interstellar travel it all adds up nicely. Also I don't think I would find being there overly annoying like some posters seem to think would be the case, but then I've been a TNG & DS9 fan for many years anyway, so I might be of a somewhat different perspective. Babylon 5 would also be very cool in its own ways.

For Fantasy, the far from the front lines areas of Eberron, pre-Spellplague Realms and/or Golarion would work, especially if in transferring over there I developed the abilities of some sort of caster (cleric, oracle, druid (if I got transferred to a wilder area), wizard, sorceror, witch) but yeah I'd probably avoid fantasy worlds as much as possible since you'd be quite easily squished, eaten or otherwise die in short order.

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Starship dimensions comparing the sizes of various SF starships and structures side by side

Bump to keep the thread going

How people in science see each other (supposedly)

Multi-tools from Rome to the present

Mimicing mimicry

Leaping lizards (and robots, and maybe dinosaurs)

Sabre-toothed wrestling ninjas

Spinning spider silk

438. A man in New England dies in the late 1890s but before he dies he kills his young son. The son's name? Howard Phillips Lovecraft. As a result, either the Cthulhu Mythos doesn't exist or is fairly different.

Reasons to be glad your character is a PC, or you think your job is tough?: The Worst Jobs in (British) History

Roman and Anglo-Saxon

Medieval (adds some time period colour to the game for the NPCs)











30 cool science stories from 2011

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An armourers take on female fantasy armour

SPQR vs Semper Fi: Roman Empire vs A US Marine unit - fight!

If you can discover a better way of life than office-holding for your future rulers, a well-governed city becomes a possibility. For only in such a state will those rule who are truly rich, not in gold, but in the wealth that makes happiness—a good and wise life. - Plato, "The Republic"

Humming along in flight

“He lyved lyke a lyon and dyed lyke a dogge.” - John Rastell, 1529

The Daily Chart advent calendar

Knowing slang can be a very good very thing to avoid embarrassment

360. In the 1950s, around the time of the Suez Canal crisis, France joins the UK (with the Queen as head of state) after some delicate negotiations. The United Kingdom of Great Britain, France and Northern Ireland becomes the new economic heart of Europe and creates a very different Europe from the one we know today.

359. A whole bunch of different choices that would ultimately lead to this North America.

Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today. - Admiral David Beatty witnessing battlecruiser HMS Invincible exploding in the battle of Jutland 1916.

A fuzzy little gift

Fueling the invasion

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If 7 billion people lived in one city...

Flying rhinos

Leaping roaches!

Top pictures from space 2011

Top solar system pictures 2011

Rat empathy?

The raptors: grounded hawks?

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