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Dragon #130 had a flying carnivorous agave sword plant. I think you can pillage Gamma World for ideas and not run into too many issues in a fantasy setting :D

I did mention at the start porting over mutations. And AD&D has that little section on crossing over between the two for shi-fi/post-apoc meets fantasy.

Try again please.
Calm down lol.
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I never said anything about Geeky's statement.  However if you want me to, then I will.  It was easier to move and leave your life a hundred years ago.  His comment about the internet (although I would use the term World Wide Web in this case) is dead on.  Did you or did you not reference friends in the 80s and 90s creating an entirely new life...the 80s and 90s, before the rise of social media...hmmm.

There is no way it was easier to move around a hundred years ago.  Just transport alone is completely different.  What are you going to do a hundred years ago, jump on a Zeppelin to fly to the USA?
Not quite what he's getting at. In terms of raw distance travel, yeah, we have an enormous amount of flexibility.

What Geeky's getting at is the difficulty in leaving behind a life and starting over nowadays.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Here's your Mask Protocol
« Last post by SHARK on Today at 08:04:50 PM »
And yeah, sometimes non-violent protestors get tased.
So you're saying that last summer should have been the Summer of the Taser?

I think there's a problem of people looking only at the news headlines of their chosen politics, and get differently-biased views of policing.

To liberal people watching only liberal media, then there are dozens of cases of police abuse or killing of non-white people and peaceful protesters -- and white conservatives acting violent and are arrested peacefully or even let go.

To conservative people watching only conservative media, then there are dozens of cases of police abuse of white people acting peacefully -- and non-white people acting violent and being arrested peacefully or even let go.

I think judging from the generality of police behavior from a handful of cases isn't accurate. The police aren't one-sidedly either stereotype, and it's difficult to judge the spectrum of their behavior - but I also don't think it's necessary. One can say that it's wrong for the police to abuse and offer violence to people peacefully breaking the law regardless of their politics. We can talk about how police use of force independent of political side.
There's a massive difference between riots in a hundred cities and towns, 30+ dead, 150 federal buildings burned, and billions of dollars of damage. And prosecutors are dropping most of the felony charges, including violence against cops that was caught on camera.

Versus an "insurrection" where the cops pulled aside the barricades and invited people in, who stayed behind the ropes, and didn't smash the statues. And yes, a small contingent broke down some doors, took pictures of themselves muddying the desks of important nobles, and maybe swiped some stuff like laptops. And 1 got shot by a cop (the other 4 deaths are now known to be just unfortunate medical emergencies). And who are now being hunted down like terrorists.

You're making a false equivalence. Yes, there have been bad actors on both sides, but one side has been far worse, yet it's the other side who are being demonized by the press and hounded by the law out of proportion to their actions. Mostly, because of partisan politics. But significantly, because the protest was against the people in power, at their seat of power, and the reaction of the power-elite was a clear-fuck-no-we-can't-allow-this, based on a sense of noble privilege, and expressed as outrage at these common plebs who dared to intrude on their sacred place and defile their precious property with grubby hands.

The latter in particular pisses me off. Fuck partisanship and bias, sure. They suck. But the Capitol is not the palace of the oligarchy. It's supposed to be the place where the voice of all people are heard. If we are going to protect the right to protest anywhere, it should be there. But the response of the entitled on both sides, like Schumer and McConnell, shows they think they're the kings and queens and how dare we.

Greetings!

Exactly, Pat! Very well said. ;D

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK
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Greetings!
Gomiyev Boar--Gomiyev Boars are larger and more fierce than standard boars, though they are also intelligent and malevolent. Gomiyev Boars speak their own language, and also share a form of limited telepathy amongst themselves. Gomiyev Boars embrace a deep hatred towards humans in particular, but also other humanoids such as Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings. Gomiyev Boars travel the wilderness in packs, and lurk, watching humans and waiting for opportunities to kill, eat, and otherwise cause chaos and fear amongst humanoid populations. Packs of Gomiyev Boars often gather together so as to make coordinated attacks on isolated farmsteads and rural villages. Gomiyev Boars also make alliances with bands of evil humanoids, dark witches, and other such forces so as to further strengthen their resistance against the advance of civilization. Gomiyev Boars have two sets of powerful tusks, and have large feet, with 6 coal-black toes.


If these guys came from domesticated pigs, you can hardly blame them for hating humans.  I don't think we would care for another race that kept us imprisoned and raised us for food either.

Greetings!

Yes, indeed, my friend! I thought, "Hmmm...what if a group of boars were mutated, and gained superior intellect, and their nature was malevolent, infused with a kind of racial memory of always being hunted, imprisoned, and slaughtered by humans?" I kept having these visions of groups of boars lurking in the forest, watching humans working a farm nearby. The boar's gaze full of hatred and rage...and then, several of them speaking amongst themselves, whispering together about a scheme to catch the humans by surprise, biting and tearing into them relentlessly...the young boys being flung into the air...a woman trampled under their feet as she screams...the triumphant boars forcing their way into the farm house, eating everything in reach...guzzling a large urn of milk. Satisfied with the silence of their victory, save for the dying moans of a few victims bleeding out, the savage boars gather together, and head off into the forest.

Then I thought, what if there were hundreds of evil, malevolent boars? Or thousands of them, out in the wilderness? Scheming against humanity and civilization. *Laughing*

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK
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Now the fight continues against the American Federation of Teachers as well
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXoDsxWMuKs
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Here's your Mask Protocol
« Last post by moonsweeper on Today at 07:53:37 PM »
i get why people have fun pointing out supposed hypocrisy but consider: we are now an openly politically tribal sociey, so yes it is indeed okay when it hurts them and not us, because it's them and not us.
I throw bricks at both sides. And if the second amendment allowed, I'd be throwing nukes. I'm mostly peaceful like that.

it does allow they're just real heavy and hard to throw and it doesn't have any language about planes or launch silos.

that's how Big Nuke gets ya, you buy the war
head and learn you can't get a silo
12th century technology to the rescue!
https://youtu.be/cs8gamnMIS0?t=50

Remember...close counts with horseshoes, hand grenades, and thermonuclear weapons!
And anthrax!
Doesn't that depend on how far the trebuchet can throw the sheep?
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About two decades ago or so, on the Citizens of the Imperium forum, there was a guy who wasn't satisfied with Traveller. He wanted to be able to take his character's personality, download that personality onto a picotech bot, then have it as part of a neutron star's crystal memory structure as a virtual being, before uploading into an artificially gestated biosculpted human body. Basically, do everything in the last chapters of Alaistair Reynold's Revelation Space novel.

He was stopped short when somebody asked him, "How do you roleplay that?"

I think a similar question kills Eclipse Phase, "How do you actually roleplay this game?"
This question is true of scifi in general. It’s never been about realistic exploration of what the future could be like, given that humans have been shown to suck at predicting things. (E.g. smartphones and social media have rendered large swathes of scifi obsolete.) It’s mostly been about holding up a mirror to humanity.

Actual transhumanist and posthumanist fiction is so alien as to be unrelatable. If it’s not a comedy with flying monkeys and weirder shit, then it’s going to be very surreal as it describes the adventures of our alien descendants.

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Was going to mention Gamma World, but its not a fantasy setting. But you can port over mutations fairly easy.
That's a good point. I've certainly ported over critters from Gamma World, but it tends to make D&D feel like Gamma World. But just porting over a few mutations here and here would do a good job of making D&D feel like a fantasy world without making it completely gonzo. A lot of the plant mutations, in particular, would be great. Instead of giving plants a half a dozen, give them one, maybe two
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Here's your Mask Protocol
« Last post by Pat on Today at 07:45:15 PM »
i get why people have fun pointing out supposed hypocrisy but consider: we are now an openly politically tribal sociey, so yes it is indeed okay when it hurts them and not us, because it's them and not us.
I throw bricks at both sides. And if the second amendment allowed, I'd be throwing nukes. I'm mostly peaceful like that.

it does allow they're just real heavy and hard to throw and it doesn't have any language about planes or launch silos.

that's how Big Nuke gets ya, you buy the war
head and learn you can't get a silo
12th century technology to the rescue!
https://youtu.be/cs8gamnMIS0?t=50

Remember...close counts with horseshoes, hand grenades, and thermonuclear weapons!
And anthrax!
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