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Must post... but has... nothing interesting... to say....

Kirk dramatic... sentence meter... OVERLOADING!

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!


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That was probably more interesting than intended.

*offers clothing*


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Kirk meter... overload... has caused... the... the dreaded...

KIIIIIIIIIIRK SHIIIIIIIIIRT RIIIIIIIIIIIIIP!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!


Great!

Now there's competition!


Yeah it's a realms fiesta...Purrs

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*skips a whole page of posts to catch up*


Elminster, Rockstar of Wizardry wrote:

Great!

Now there's competition!

throws things STOP GOING THROUGH OUR GARBAGE FOR IDEAS FOR YOUR CAMPAIGN SETTING!


Speaking of settings I wonder what would happen if you put some of the most interesting civilizations from history or fiction together in one campaign world?


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Aranna wrote:
Speaking of settings I wonder what would happen if you put some of the most interesting civilizations from history or fiction together in one campaign world?

they did that. It's called golarion.

Shadow Lodge

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Depends what you'd consider the most interesting ones.

Alternate answer: "Isn't that what Golarion is?"

Silver Crusade

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Aranna wrote:
Speaking of settings I wonder what would happen if you put some of the most interesting civilizations from history or fiction together in one campaign world?

Golarion?

*ducks*

Silver Crusade

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Ha! That's a triple ninja in under 60 seconds.


*ninja vanish!*


Freehold DM wrote:
Elminster, Rockstar of Wizardry wrote:

Great!

Now there's competition!

throws things STOP GOING THROUGH OUR GARBAGE FOR IDEAS FOR YOUR CAMPAIGN SETTING!

No, no. Let him have it. ~hands Elminster some garbage~ I even included Freehold DM's least favorite show. The one where Joss Whedon get beaten up every episode. You are welcome to toss that piece of junk out.


Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
Speaking of settings I wonder what would happen if you put some of the most interesting civilizations from history or fiction together in one campaign world?
they did that. It's called golarion.

Sid Meyer's Civilization I - V.


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Wooooo I am the ninjaiest of all!


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I have hit upon an idea for my campaign setting. As my world is a non-european one, I have had an issue with explaining how different types of swords from different terrestrial cultures came about in the setting. Considering that dragons in the setting are perhaps the most important creature among all races, I thought about comparing sword shape and to an extent type(piercing, slashing, and piercing/slashing) to the age category of a dragon that would most likely have that type of claw or tooth. I'm thinking a lot of the smaller and straighter blades would be associated with draconic youth, while older ones would be associated with larger, heavier or curved/sinuous blades.

Upon examination, the names of dragonic ages are a bit...boring, but maybe it can be spiced up a bit. Hm. I don't know. Just thinking out loud.


Go on...


Which civilizations did golarion use? I apparently mistakenly thought they used original material.

Sid Meyer didn't include fictional ones... And since it was a video game it had some very odd physics.

Speaking of Civ V I had a great time with one game I played in LAN.

I was playing the Egyptians and my start city was located on a bay tucked onto the end of a peninsula surrounded by mountains with two passes out. One leading to a very angry Asian person who kept trying to send land forces through the pass, and the other to a very friendly city state that showered me with cool combat units. The other way out was through the bay and around a sandbar where the Spanish Armada awaited my poor ships. So I was never able to found more than one city. But WOW what a perfect place that was. I had hills , mountains, rivers, some jungle, and a sandbar that were encrusted with a vast array of resources. I was able to build literally every wonder while the free combat units bombarded. One of my boyfriend's buddies took pity on me and became my ally. I was in constant combat from the ancient age till I developed nukes (that got the Spanish to back off) and advanced bombers which hit our Asian friend so hard he had to break off his assaults. I ended up winning on a cultural victory, Totally awesome!


Freehold DM wrote:
Wooooo I am the ninjaiest of all!

Disappears in a cloud of smoke and tears

Shadow Lodge

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Aranna wrote:
Which civilizations did golarion use? I apparently mistakenly thought they used original material.

Varisians are very strongly based on the Romani.

Cheliax is basically an (openly) evil Roman Empire.

Taldor is Europe during the decline of the nobility, most strongly Britain, France, and Germany (I think, correct me if I'm wrong).

Galt is Revolutionary-era France.

Andoran is early United States viewed through a slightly stereotypical lens.

Lands of the Linnorm Kings are Scandinavia by way of Norse Mythology.

Most of the Tian Xia countries have direct analogues in IRL Asia - Japan, China, Mongolia, Korea, Taiwan, and so forth.

Osirion is Egypt, and even uses an echo of their pantheon.

Qadira is the Middle East through the lens of Arabian Nights/1000 Tales of Scheherazade.

There's more but those are the obvious ones off the top of my head.


Aranna wrote:

Which civilizations did golarion use? I apparently mistakenly thought they used original material.

Sid Meyer didn't include fictional ones... And since it was a video game it had some very odd physics.

Speaking of Civ V I had a great time with one game I played in LAN.

I was playing the Egyptians and my start city was located on a bay tucked onto the end of a peninsula surrounded by mountains with two passes out. One leading to a very angry Asian person who kept trying to send land forces through the pass, and the other to a very friendly city state that showered me with cool combat units. The other way out was through the bay and around a sandbar where the Spanish Armada awaited my poor ships. So I was never able to found more than one city. But WOW what a perfect place that was. I had hills , mountains, rivers, some jungle, and a sandbar that were encrusted with a vast array of resources. I was able to build literally every wonder while the free combat units bombarded. One of my boyfriend's buddies took pity on me and became my ally. I was in constant combat from the ancient age till I developed nukes (that got the Spanish to back off) and advanced bombers which hit our Asian friend so hard he had to break off his assaults. I ended up winning on a cultural victory, Totally awesome!

That sounds AWESOME!!! Civ V is on my to pick up next time Gamersgate or Steam Games has a sale. I need to work my way through Civ III and IV first. Have you played Beyond Earth yet? I may start a playthrough on that this weekend.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Galt!!!!!!

Shadow Lodge

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Should've seen THAT coming =)


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David's making me listen to mid 80s Rod Stewart!

Shadow Lodge

Sad news, looking like another rainy Halloween tomorrow.

Good news, I don't have to work during it. (Though I will have to get out at some point to pay rent.)


Sharoth wrote:
Aranna wrote:

Which civilizations did golarion use? I apparently mistakenly thought they used original material.

Sid Meyer didn't include fictional ones... And since it was a video game it had some very odd physics.

Speaking of Civ V I had a great time with one game I played in LAN.

I was playing the Egyptians and my start city was located on a bay tucked onto the end of a peninsula surrounded by mountains with two passes out. One leading to a very angry Asian person who kept trying to send land forces through the pass, and the other to a very friendly city state that showered me with cool combat units. The other way out was through the bay and around a sandbar where the Spanish Armada awaited my poor ships. So I was never able to found more than one city. But WOW what a perfect place that was. I had hills , mountains, rivers, some jungle, and a sandbar that were encrusted with a vast array of resources. I was able to build literally every wonder while the free combat units bombarded. One of my boyfriend's buddies took pity on me and became my ally. I was in constant combat from the ancient age till I developed nukes (that got the Spanish to back off) and advanced bombers which hit our Asian friend so hard he had to break off his assaults. I ended up winning on a cultural victory, Totally awesome!

That sounds AWESOME!!! Civ V is on my to pick up next time Gamersgate or Steam Games has a sale. I need to work my way through Civ III and IV first. Have you played Beyond Earth yet? I may start a playthrough on that this weekend.

I have played a little Beyond Earth... But since I am alone it isn't as fun. The Civ V LAN parties are a lot funnier than single player.


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Any and all who are confused by invokes and compels and how they relate to your High Concept, Background, Trouble or Adventure I, II, or III, please check the Space Jesus thread, I think(read: hope) I found a Mass Effect-y way to explain things that helps.


WE HAVE BEEN BREACHED!!!!

So, we wandered off to Games of Berkeley over lunch, got a couple of Eldritch Horror extension packs, NobodysWife got a lamb wrap and some tabuli (from Bongo Burger, NOT Games of Berkeley) and I got her leftovers (nearly half). Then she asked, "Ummm... where did you put the Halloween candy?"

Out came 120 full-sized bars and 21.2 pounds of minis. She opened two bags of minis (I got two kinds, one in 5.6-pound bags and one in 5-pound bags), filled our (rather large) candy tub, and grabbed one or two choice morsels for herself.

And here I thought that hiding the candy in the garage 'til Halloween would work...


TOZ wrote:
*skips a whole page of posts to catch up*

You'll never know what you missed...


Aranna wrote:
Speaking of settings I wonder what would happen if you put some of the most interesting civilizations from history or fiction together in one campaign world?

Riverworld?


Drejk wrote:
TOZ wrote:
*skips a whole page of posts to catch up*
You'll never know what you missed...

I know exactly what I missed.

Nothing.


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Celestial Healer wrote:
I would pistol whip you myself, but I already owe you a smack with a morningstar.

Borroweth thou mine!

However, please to not get blood all over the Rainbow Brite decals and if I could hath it back after your smackething, that would be appreciated. I need it to belt Rhodoks with.


Hey now!

These shenanigans will not stand!

Shenanigans I declare on thee!


Pah! Bah!

Shenanigansagain!

I will absorb your shenanigans with a contemptuous smirk, returning them with added shilly-shallying, skylarking and gadaboutery!

See how you like that, super alias boy ;)


Treppa wrote:

Getting near ME2 end game. The tension is palpable.


  • Will I be able to find enough platinum and E0 to finish my upgrades?
  • And what about iridium? What about iridium?
  • There's no fuel depot in this system. Will I be able to deplete it with only - oh no! - 11 probes left?

Oh, the drama.

If you strip-mine 10 or 20 planets from Rich to Poor near the beginning of the game, it'll give you enough minerals to get through the entire game. In addition, importing a ME1 save gives you a bonus 100,000+ of each mineral right off the bat.

To save on resources, don't bother researching the med-bay upgrades. If you're playing Paragon, your scars will be gone by the time you get the resources to research it anyway. Also, it makes Shepard look like a jerk because she doesn't give Garrus the option to use it.


I say, are we about to have a bit of a scuffle?


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Freehold DM wrote:
Treppa wrote:

Getting near ME2 end game. The tension is palpable.


  • Will I be able to find enough platinum and E0 to finish my upgrades?
  • And what about iridium? What about iridium?
  • There's no fuel depot in this system. Will I be able to deplete it with only - oh no! - 11 probes left?

Oh, the drama.
I absolutely love that aspect of the game. It's what I would so for a living in the universe.

You're a madman. A g%%@%&ned maniac.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Treppa wrote:

Getting near ME2 end game. The tension is palpable.


  • Will I be able to find enough platinum and E0 to finish my upgrades?
  • And what about iridium? What about iridium?
  • There's no fuel depot in this system. Will I be able to deplete it with only - oh no! - 11 probes left?

Oh, the drama.
I absolutely love that aspect of the game. It's what I would so for a living in the universe.
You're a madman. A g$!$+*ned maniac.

You know what I love even more? Managing my inventory in ME1. Also, have I ever mentioned that I love bikes?


Bickering Partisans wrote:
I say, are we about to have a bit of a scuffle?

We are! And a jolly good thing too, by Lizzie's Pearly Corset!

Silver Crusade

How is the Inquisition going, Dave? Killing some dragons? Romancing anybody cool?


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Orthos wrote:
There's more but those are the obvious ones off the top of my head.

Irrisen = Russia (by way of mythology)

Brevoy = also Russia (this time from the Middle Ages)
Arcadia = pre-Colonial America
Realm of the Mammoth Lords = Neolithic Europe (by way of Robert E. Howard)
Mwangi Expanse = sub-Saharan Africa
Ustalav = north-eastern and eastern Europe with a Gothic theme
Mendev = the Crusader States (albeit in a different climate)

Even the shape of the continents are roughly analogous to Earth. This basically sums it all up.

When creating my own as-yet-unfinished campaign setting, I decided to go the Robert E. Howard route and do everything but bash you over the head with a stick labeled "THIS IS EARTH WITH THE PLACE NAMES CHANGED."


Celestial Healer wrote:
How is the Inquisition going, Dave? Killing some dragons? Romancing anybody cool?

I'm 40+ hours in, have killed precisely one dragon, and have gotten about 1/3 of the main quest done. I feel like I haven't accomplished anything...

Also, there's no replacement for Liara.

Silver Crusade

David M Mallon wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
How is the Inquisition going, Dave? Killing some dragons? Romancing anybody cool?
I'm 40+ hours in, have killed precisely one dragon, and have gotten about 1/3 of the main quest done. I feel like I haven't accomplished anything...

Oh. Well, get to it then. Did you side with Mages or Templars?


Celestial Healer wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
How is the Inquisition going, Dave? Killing some dragons? Romancing anybody cool?
I'm 40+ hours in, have killed precisely one dragon, and have gotten about 1/3 of the main quest done. I feel like I haven't accomplished anything...
Oh. Well, get to it then. Did you side with Mages or Templars?

Saved the Tower in DA1, but made peace with Templars; sided with Mages in DA2; saved Mages in DA3, but conscripted them rather than bringing them on as allies. Nobody likes the Templars. Not even Cassandra.

Silver Crusade

The mages quests are better than the Templars, so good choice.


Celestial Healer wrote:
The mages quests are better than the Templars, so good choice.

I'm getting the strong impression that after DA1, Bioware just said "f&+@ it" and just started writing the Templar Order as if they were the default villains of the story. There was some real moral ambiguity in DA1, which turned into forced-but-not-actually moral ambiguity in DA2*, finishing with straight-up black-and-light-gray morality in DA3**.

*:
Meredith is a crazy power-mad b$@#% from the get-go, and her getting the red lyrium buster sword before she went on her kill-crazy rampage was just a formality. Orsino is a bona fide reasonable authority figure up until the point at the end where he completely breaks character, snaps, and turns into a giant monster for no reason. What a twist?

**:
The two Inquisition members who, by class, are Templars (Cassandra and Cullen), both quit the Order to follow the Inquisitor/Herald, and if the Inquisitor/Herald decides to take the Templar spec class, they learn it from Ser, a Templar who was never a member of the Order to begin with. Not a single member of the Order that I've seen has been portrayed as anything but an irredeemably power-mad zealot, while the Mages (even bugf+&% crazy Magister Alexius) are portrayed as being at least a little bit sympathetic.


It seems with each passing year, the more regional food items from my home territory trickle into Syracuse. First it was Magic Hat #9. Then they built a Stewart's. Now I come to find that they've got real Canadian ketchup chips at the local corner store. Next thing you know, they'll be serving Michigan dogs, sweet fries with jam sauce, and poutine at every local diner...


Only in the North Country of New York will you find a town called Street Road.


Did you kill the Hinterlands dragon at around 20 hours? I always do.
You should be around 12th level before attempting it or it could be done earlier.

On David's advice I restarted with my dragonkeep loaded... only I have no idea which characters I had loaded in at the time. I guess I will figure it out when I get as far as Skyhold again. This time I went Qunari Mage and will be chasing after "The Iron Bull" as he seems quirky and moldable. Still I hope I don't just end up another notch on his bedpost, that would be disappointing.

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