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Quote from: jeff37923;282201
Scooped by CavScout.

Shit! I even read the list of threads to see if someone had beaten me to the punch, but I didn't suspect Cav's thread title. My bad.

For the record, I wouldn't use a bat'leth to hold up a convenience store, either. If you want to take out the cameras before you're in their range, you need a disruptor, duh. Stupid criminals.

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Play by Post Games / [OOC][Earthdawn]Dawning of the New Age
« on: February 04, 2009, 01:47:26 pm »
Oh, yeah: damage. Paul, if I hit, could you roll [step 14, d20 + d4] damage? My rolls have been suspiciously good lately; I need you to average it out for me. ;)

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Masked Man Robs Convenience Stores With Klingon Sword
Clerks Recognize Sword As Batleth


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Colorado Springs police are looking for a man who hit two 7-Eleven convenience stores early Wednesday, armed with a Klingon sword.

The first robbery was reported at 1:50 a.m., at 145 N Spruce St. The clerk told police a white man in his 20s, wearing a black mask, black jacket, and blue jeans, entered the store with a weapon the clerk recognized from the Star Trek TV series.

The robber demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount.

A half hour later, police received a call from a 7-Eleven at 2407 N. Union Blvd., where a man matching the previous description entered the store with a similar weapon. He also demanded money from the store clerk. The clerk refused and the robber "transported" himself out of the store on foot.

Both clerks described the weapon as a Star Trek Klingon-type sword, called a "Batleth."

Neither clerk was injured in the robberies.

Officers are reviewing the surveillance tapes from inside the store but Lt. David Whitlock said he does not plan to release the video or photographs "at this time."

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Play by Post Games / [OOC][Earthdawn]Dawning of the New Age
« on: February 04, 2009, 10:18:43 am »
I suppose I should roll my Great Leap, to make sure I make it over there. It's step 12, or 2d10:

2d20+0
18,13+0 = 31

That means I could jump 31 yards, if I got that right. Does that seem retarded to anyone else? Anyway.

Melee Weapons is step 9, d8+d6:

1d6+0
1+0 = 1

1d8+0
8+0 = 8

I re-roll the 8, for:

1d8+0
4+0 = 4

So, 1+8+4 = 13. Which means I'll hit anything with a physical defense of 13 or less, right? Seems like maybe I ought to read the rules again.

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Play by Post Games / [OOC][Earthdawn]Dawning of the New Age
« on: February 02, 2009, 11:02:52 am »
Garon is going to look for the dwarf who is hardest-pressed, and take a Great Leap over there, attacking the dwarf's opponent on the way down. With his sword. Hard.

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Play by Post Games / [IC][Earthdawn]Dawning of the New Age
« on: February 02, 2009, 11:01:40 am »
The urge for battle warred against the desire to protect his companions. The two had split up, now, Isil on the helm deck, and Coaul dashing toward the fire burning to starboard. He briefly questioned which one to follow, but then realized the point was moot: the ship was small enough that he could be to the side of either of them, or anyone else, within seconds.

Trying to keep a watchful eye for anyone preparing to assault his companions, Garon scanned the crowd of combatants for the dwarf who appeared to be in the most peril, and took a running leap for his enemy, sword held high, eyes gleaming, a grin at his lips.

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Help Desk / Internal Servers Errors
« on: January 29, 2009, 01:33:49 pm »
Quote from: Elliot Wilen;281017
I realize Engine seems to think otherwise but I know I've come across various fora I didn't know about when I've been searching for information.

And I've spent the last couple of days - before the crash - seeing if bot crawlage corresponded in any way to the frequency of errors or slowness of pageloads, and while I can't say for certain without being in the admin chair, my observations lead me to believe the crawlers aren't doing heavy harm to the site, and that the problems lie elsewhere. As such, I wouldn't consider blocking the crawlers a priority or even particularly necessary or desirable.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Pathfinder? Good/bad?
« on: January 28, 2009, 08:21:13 am »
Quote from: StormBringer;280935
Then, of course, those numbers are equally suspect.

Absolutely. I believe the most information we have about D&D 4e sales is that they're self-reportedly "strong," that they've sold their first print run [pretty early on, right? Does anyone know how many copies were in the first run?], and that it's outselling anything else at the moment. That's really not very much information, and moreover, doesn't say anything about how much people like it. 4e got enough hype - slashdot advertising! - to sell an assload, to people who weren't even gaming at the time, but that doesn't mean they'll stay interested and keep buying; sales figures [even these largely speculative ones] can really only tell us how many people bought the thing, not how many liked it, or are still playing it, or will continue to play and buy it.

Now, if we could get hard figures on, say, an ongoing basis, we could start to get a sense of how "popular" the game really is, but given that we don't have anything like those figures, we can't do anything but speculate based on the information we have. Anyone who says differently, the man tells me, is selling something. Metaphorically, anyway.

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Help Desk / Politics, Cavscout, and Jackalope.
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:53:29 pm »
Quote from: Spinachcat;280906
Maybe a more focussed site with less non-RPG options would be stronger and make for a better community.   Maybe the less we know about each other's picadillos and the more we share about gaming stuff, maybe the better it would be for everyone.

Why not try it? Seriously, there's been a lot of talk about this lately, but an experiment would decide the issue reasonably quickly, and non-destructively. Just lock all the non-gaming forums altogether, without removing them or anything permanent of the sort, and give it a shot for a few weeks; see what happens. Why not?

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Help Desk / Politics, Cavscout, and Jackalope.
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:51:45 pm »
Quote from: Spinachcat;280906
Tyranny?  Really?

Relatively speaking, of course! Pundit doesn't, you know, steal our babies to drink their tears or anything. Right? ;)

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Help Desk / Politics, Cavscout, and Jackalope.
« on: January 27, 2009, 03:28:03 pm »
Quote from: HinterWelt;280850
Nice but you really need more homo-erotic references. ;)

Damn it! I knew I forgot something. I probably should have called him a turdburglar - pardon me, a "TURDBURGLAR" - too, in the spirit of the thread. I am an icon for the failure of all mankind! :D

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Help Desk / Politics, Cavscout, and Jackalope.
« on: January 27, 2009, 03:10:31 pm »
Quote from: gleichman;280844
Leave.

Not while there's a single chance I might cause you to feel a even moment's displeasure, Brian. Your unhappiness is like nectar to me; I'm your personal Horror, drinking in the sustenance provided by your irritation. Oh, so sweet, so sweet, like a baby's tears...

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Help Desk / Politics, Cavscout, and Jackalope.
« on: January 27, 2009, 02:57:38 pm »
I'm done talking about me, by the way. If anyone else would like to continue to whine about how a community that lasted a decade and produced over half a million posts is a "failure," please, feel free to do so; no one involved in it thought so, so I don't much mind. :teehee: I'm pretty confident in its history, and I don't mind letting it stand without me to defend it.

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Help Desk / Politics, Cavscout, and Jackalope.
« on: January 27, 2009, 02:30:50 pm »
Quote from: RPGPundit;280830
So, the long and the short of it is, one way or the other, you failed, right?

Yes, after ten years, 500,000+ posts, and me no longer having enough time to continue, I definitely failed. Mea culpa.

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Help Desk / Politics, Cavscout, and Jackalope.
« on: January 27, 2009, 02:28:46 pm »
Quote from: RPGPundit;280828
Of course you do, because your mob rule (that's NOT how democracy works, by the way) would mean that whatever little clique got the most votes could make any rules they wanted.

That's not really my experience, but I understand that it's yours. As I say, I can only share my own experiences, and I hardly expect you to turn the power you have over to everyone else; that would be most uncharacteristic of you.

Quote from: RPGPundit;280829
His triumphal competitor-site...

Competitor? Pundit, if a site that closed several years ago and is being archived online is a competitor, you're in bigger trouble than I thought! Please, don't get the impression that these are active websites, or websites that are in any way competing with you today; they're simply examples [and freespeech isn't a very good one, since that's more design exercise than forum, anyway] of democratically-moderated sites that worked just fine. There's nothing more to it than that, seriously.

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