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41  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars Returns as a Tabletop RPG - FFG's Star Wars Edge of the Empire on: August 30, 2013, 03:44:07 AM
Just finished my third session as a player.  It's an inexperienced GM, but he's catching on and we're having a good time.  I am very, very fond of this system.  It goes fast, the rules are relatively simple, the action is fast paced and cinematic, and the rules encourage narrative.   
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 29, 2013, 07:36:55 PM
The internet, where every conversation ends up on either Nazis or furries.  Or  Otherkin.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 03:46:05 AM

Quote from: Octavious230 on August 29, 2013, 03:23:40 AM

I REALLY need my lawnmower thread back sigh. We had a murder in town today. Wooooooo!!!! Domestic dispute that could happen anywhere but when you add it to everything else it's quite depressing.

It didn't involve a lawnmower, did it? 
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 29, 2013, 02:28:31 AM
That's great.  It'll let me transition from the 360 (where I played Origins and have DA2) to the PS3 (or PS4, should that actually happen.)  That's assuming, of course, that EA doesn't charge $19.99 for it.
45  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: RPG for a 7 year old who loves Castle Ravenloft on: August 28, 2013, 10:58:16 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 28, 2013, 10:05:34 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 28, 2013, 08:19:27 PM

It might be a bit dark for the kiddo, but it's simple enough to change a few things and make it the same adventure but with fewer murders and nooses... not that castle ravenloft is all rainbows and unicorns.

There's other free official adventures available too; PEG Inc refers to them as one-page adventures. I just don't know the exact URL, but if you post in or search the peginc.com forums you should get a link. As well, there are about 4 sample adventure in the back of the Savage Worlds Deluxe book. As Blackhawk said, the core rule book gives you a lot of bang for the buck. slywink


http://www.peginc.com/product-category/one-sheets/
46  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: RPG for a 7 year old who loves Castle Ravenloft on: August 28, 2013, 10:57:09 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 28, 2013, 10:05:34 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on August 28, 2013, 08:00:31 PM

The big difference between the hardback version (~$25) and the  Explorer's Edition (the $10 version) is that the hardback has all of the rules for world creation, setting tweaking and that sort of thing.  Other than that, they're identical.  Look at it as the larger book being intended for the game master, while the paperback version is intended for the players, or for experienced GMs who want to carry less around with them.

I think you might be confusing this with the previous Savage Worlds Explorers Edition. For Savage Worlds Deluxe, the content is identical between the standard and explorers edition with the only difference being the physical size, page count and a bit of formatting. Aside from the missing more GM specfic content, the previous explorers edition (commonly referred to as SWEX) also didn't have rules for advanced race creation, social interludes, dramatic tasks and social conflicts. It also had about 20 fewer powers.

Oops, yep - the content is the same.  I purchased copies of the SWD EE for my players, but never really took a close look.  So, it is a question between full sized hardback and smaller paperback.  Just make sure it says "Deluxe."
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 28, 2013, 10:45:02 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 28, 2013, 10:16:12 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on August 28, 2013, 08:52:06 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on August 28, 2013, 08:12:03 PM

I always seem to have poor interwebs connections, must be living on the central coast of California that is doing it, I'm thinking of moving to Indy after the new consoles launch.

Don't do it!  Indiana is black hole.  Once it has you, it keeps sucking you back.  You can leave, but you always end up back amongst the corn and the mosquitos.

Not for everyone.    Cabbage Patch

Give it time. 
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 28, 2013, 08:52:06 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on August 28, 2013, 08:12:03 PM

I always seem to have poor interwebs connections, must be living on the central coast of California that is doing it, I'm thinking of moving to Indy after the new consoles launch.

Don't do it!  Indiana is black hole.  Once it has you, it keeps sucking you back.  You can leave, but you always end up back amongst the corn and the mosquitos.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 08:25:07 PM
I'll give a few flavorful, but mild examples:

~Practicing archery inside the house, leading to many arrows flying out through the outside wall and siding.

~When I was 12, our apartment had a small hole in the bathroom wall where the doorknob had hit it.  I entertained myself for months by spraying hairspray in and holding up a lit match, causing a colorful gout of flame.  I got carried away with the hairspray one time and blew a ten foot section of wall off of the opposite side, landing it right on top of my father's bed.

~[REDACTED] - nah, I'll keep that one to myself. slywink

~Homemade napalm.  'nuff said.

~Mailbox baseball.  We had a bat we'd cut the handle off of, filled with concrete, then welded the handle back on.

~Mailbox bombs.  'Works' bombs in 2-liters, resulting in turning mailboxes inside out.

~My old truck had a concave hood where someone had jumped.  We used to go the mall, fill the hood up with rubbing alcohol (it held two bottles), then light it, driving around with flames shooting six feet over the top of the truck, all while cranking Gregorian chants.

~Homemade thermite.  'nuff said.

~Got into an autoduel down the main drag in Terre Haute.  I cut some guy off, he got pissed, swerved in front of me and hit his brakes.  He had a shiny new truck.  I had my old dent-covered '73 Ford - so I just rammed him.  He tried to sideswipe me.  I let him, then returned the favor.  This continued for probably a mile.  When we got done, my truck looked the same.  His, by that point, looked like mine.

~Used to take the passenger's side headlight out, find alleys and floor it, knocking every trash can we saw flying into the air, or crushing it under the wheels.

~Found a plumbing store that hadn't locked up their back storage.  Stole all the toilets and distributed them to phone booths around town.

~Military smoke grenades.  'nuff said. 

~As an aside, didja know that smoke grenades used to use the same fuse as the souvenir empty grenades?  Yeah.

~Me, my friend, and his girlfriend in my truck.  Road closed sign.  You can guess the rest.

Now keep in mind that these were my 'mild' examples.  I was a horribly screwed up, destructive little shit when I was a teenager.  My childhood had left me that way, and it wasn't until I was 19 and found myself with a son that I realized what I had become and turned things around.  A few folks around here know my story, and my greatest source of pride is the fact that, as an adult, I have ended up nothing like what I was raised to be by my father.  I am still absolutely amazed that I was never arrested.
50  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: RPG for a 7 year old who loves Castle Ravenloft on: August 28, 2013, 08:00:31 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 28, 2013, 03:52:22 PM

Unfortunately I can't refer back to the old thread where I think it might have been mentioned, but where do you start with Savage Worlds? With Pathfinder there is the start box, with Savage worlds there is an incredibly long list of books and PDFs. Note: I am not interested in PDFs really. I looked at one of the books at my FLGS and they are pretty massive and it's not clear what I need.

Without restating what has already been said, the big thing to note is that Savage Worlds is one book.  Each setting has an additional book you can buy if you choose to play that setting, but all of the rules are in that one book, so you can start and stop with that one purchase - no need for intro sets, basic rules, etc.  The big difference between the hardback version (~$25) and the  Explorer's Edition (the $10 version) is that the hardback has all of the rules for world creation, setting tweaking and that sort of thing.  Other than that, they're identical.  Look at it as the larger book being intended for the game master, while the paperback version is intended for the players, or for experienced GMs who want to carry less around with them.

Make sure you get Savage Worlds Deluxe.  "Deluxe" is their second edtion.

Also, a point I made in that other thread - if you do play it with a 7-year-old, consider making a rule that villain damage can only ace once.  It'll keep the spiky damage from accidentally killing players.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 03:50:45 AM
I'm 40 now.  Let me check some statutes of limitations, do some math, and get back to you.

I did some nasty, nasty stuff when I was a teenager (no, I never killed anyone.)  I did stuff that made the front page of the paper and the 6:00 news.  I did stuff that, in the post-9/11 world, would get you visits from DHS.  All the really juicy stories are things I don't discuss.  Not out of some worry about prosecution, but because I am ashamed about what kind of person I was back then.

I was a major asshole as a teenager.  I am very, very happy I grew up and wised up before I landed in prison.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Squirrel wars on: August 28, 2013, 03:44:28 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 27, 2013, 10:48:55 PM


State law is a little opaque on the subject. The way I read it, squirrels are considered a game animal. One may only kill them in season (which starts in Sept). A pellet gun apparently isn't considered a firearm, although the law is hazy on that point. Certainly if a neighbor saw me leveling my BB pistol at a squirrel I'd have some 'splainin to do to Officer Friendly. Quite possibly from within a jail cell.

This is why God invented blowguns.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 11:42:53 PM
Language, she is a changin'.  Any word's primary definition is what people think of when they hear it.  That's what words are.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Squirrel wars on: August 27, 2013, 07:58:34 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on August 27, 2013, 07:35:53 PM

So, any tips or stories about getting rid of squirrels? Any gimmicks that really work? Firearms are not an option, unfortunately; discharging my shotgun would bring down a SWAT team in minutes.

Unfortunately, living in Indiana, that was my first, second, and third suggestion.  A .22 and a homemade suppressor would solve the problem fairly quickly, not that I would ever endorse such obviously illegal activity.   ninja
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 07:44:20 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 07:31:58 PM

This eschews the point and I'm going to choose to ignore it.  

There are people all over the world who see reality in a way that is contrary to reality. How is it that if someone says they feel like a woman even though they are a man suddenly validate the misconception? Rather than it being looked at as a mental issue like so many other mental disconnects?

They aren't denying reality.  They are stating that 'male' and 'female' applies to more than just the number of penises present.  It refers to that, it refers to how one sees ones's psyche, and it refers to how one fits in with society.  If someone is physically male, but associates more closely with female, and prefers to fit into society as a female, than why should we tell them that they can only choose based on one of the three criteria, and the one that actually has the least to do with how they live their lives from day to day?
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 27, 2013, 05:06:29 PM
Well, hell.  I'm in.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chelsea (Bradley) Manning - when does gender assignment change you on: August 27, 2013, 05:03:48 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 04:39:12 PM

Quote from: Fireball1244 on August 27, 2013, 04:09:55 PM

Gender is a mental state

I'm not trying to start a ruckus here, but chromosomes say hello.

It is a modern usage, and not a universal one.  It is one that is starting to catch on, however, and I can see it becoming standard in another generation.

The idea is that 'sex' refers to a physical status - chromosomes, plumbing.  Gender, on the other hand, is used to refer to a social role and/or construct.  It has been used in certain social sciences this way for decades.

Like I said, it isn't a universal usage, but it does provide a word for a concept that is becoming more relevant to society, and I have no problem watching the language get tweaked a little in this regard.
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 27, 2013, 04:52:27 PM
Gotta go... flashbacks...
59  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 12:26:27 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 27, 2013, 12:21:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 11:57:24 AM

Congratulations!

Could you define urban fantasy? Is it exactly what it sounds like? And by that I mean...fantasy set in...an urban setting?

Buuut. What are the hallmarks of said genre.

If you have Netflix you can stream Dresden Files which will explain it nicely

Or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Supernatural.
60  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 27, 2013, 04:01:19 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on August 27, 2013, 03:05:16 AM

I am listening to other people, I am only calling the claim that pot has never harmed a single person in human history bullshit.   Once again, yes its safer then alcohol or tobacco, but stop with the claims that it has not harmed anyone ever.

Of course not.  I don't think anyone can make absolute claims for 'all of human history' in the literal sense.  How about 'documented medical history?'
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 27, 2013, 03:03:28 AM
Brett, you're not listening to what people are saying.

Pot cannot, by itself, kill you.  Alcohol can.

Either can be a contributing factor in other types of death.

As to cancer - the studies contradict one another.  It might cause cancer.  It might not.  It might protect against cancer.  There are studies that show all three results.  It is hard to do thorough, controlled studies on the long-term effects of illegal substances.
62  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: RPG for a 7 year old who loves Castle Ravenloft on: August 26, 2013, 08:31:41 PM
The brilliant genius who suggested Savage Worlds was right on target. 
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 04:25:46 PM
Download Speed: 57968 kbps (7246 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 11321 kbps (1415.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 40 ms
8/26/2013 12:24:24 PM

To be honest, I'm not sure what my theoretical speed is.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 26, 2013, 12:50:36 AM
http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=octopoverl-20
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Re: Re: Marijuana. Just watched a documentary. on: August 25, 2013, 10:27:41 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 25, 2013, 03:19:08 PM

Quote from: Canuck on August 25, 2013, 02:55:16 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on August 25, 2013, 04:33:44 AM

  No, no one has said sex should be illegal.

Sex while driving, however, probably is illegal.

Definitely should be legal.

And/or mandatory.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 25, 2013, 10:23:43 PM

Quote from: FishPants on August 25, 2013, 07:28:57 PM

Agreed but the problem is pricepoint to dedicated server ratio.  VD was one of the cheapest options out there (now I see why); while I love OO I'm not going to dig into my own pocket for a few hundred a month for top tier server hosting.

If it comes to that, set up a mechanism and put me down for $5/month, zero expectations, indefinitely.  I certainly get more out of OO than other services I pay for.  I bet others would agree.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 25, 2013, 07:45:50 PM
The lesson?  Never rely on VD.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looking for feedback : Video reviews on: August 23, 2013, 08:34:23 PM
I've watched the Splinter Cell review.  You're off to a good start.  You've managed to avoid some of the pitfalls I see in other video reviews.

~The content sounds fairly natural.  A lot of video reviews are written by people for text reviews, then read.   Heavy adjectives and metaphors (for example) are fine in read text, but sound awkward and unnatural in speech.  You avoid most of that.  I don't know if the copy is being read verbatim or is improvised from an outline/talking points, but it isn't bad.
~You spend your time showing the game, not the reviewer.  A shot of the reviewer isn't a bad idea, but some places spend as much time on faces as they do on gameplay.
~The video content you show actually reflects what is being discussed.  That's a big thing that some sites never get right.

There were a couple of things that stood out as needing improvement.

~There was a lot of dead air.  Some of that may just be because the game itself is so quiet, but there were a few times when the video was just silent for an extended period.
~The volume of the gameplay was much lower than the reviewer's voice, making me either strain to hear the video or have to turn my volume up and down.

Those two can probably be solved the same way - fade the gameplay volume up a bit when the reviewer stops talking to let us watch, then fade it back down when he is narrating the review.

69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dungeons & Dragons on: May 08, 2013, 07:13:24 PM
Poor casting takes a backseat to the writing.

"Just like you thieves; always taking things that don't belong to you."

Groggle.  Phlumph.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [360] Heads up to XBox Live Family Pack subscribers on: April 12, 2013, 01:09:44 AM
Microsoft has cancelled this service, and it is no longer renewable.  That means that each member of your household will require a separate account going forward, which could more than double your bill. 

Unfortunately, Microsoft failed to make an announcement or warn anyone, and lots of people are discovering they no longer have service.   If you have a renewal coming up, you might want to rework your budget.
71  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 17, 2012, 11:42:45 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 17, 2012, 04:06:24 PM

 Your conversion sounds great; is it something you might eventully make available via the savageheroes or savagepoedia sites?

Maybe.  I'm writing it up and formatting it for others to use in case I decide to, but I'm also borrowing heavily from some of the other conversions out there, so I'd have to look into permissions/credits if I did so.  My droid system, for instance, was modified from a version I found in a .pdf (which is, incidentally, the same version used in the 'invitation only' version.  I have no idea which was first, but I modified it a fair bit.)
72  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 16, 2012, 08:58:16 PM
After not getting any leads for a while, I ended up buying some from Paizo and CoolStuffInc.  I ended up spending a little more than I wanted, but I got enough to cover a lot of types of encounters.

Quote from: kronovan on May 10, 2012, 05:29:38 PM

And bravo for choosing Savage Worlds as the RPG system for a Star Wars PnP. It works great for space pulp settings and some of those fan-made adaptations for Star Wars are awesome. Something to be aware of, is that there's a really good fanmade apdaptation hosted on a website that's only accessible by invite -IIRC the creator got some cease & desists from LA- so you won't find links to it on savageheroes.com or savagepeodia. PM me if you want more info on that.

I found the invite-only site a while back, and contacted the author for an invite.  It's a great conversion.   I ended up grabbing five or six others from here and there.  In the end, though, I ended up writing my own, as most of them just didn't go into enough depth for me.  They all seemed to try to convert the West End Games Star Wars system rather than writing one for Savage Worlds, which is what I'm doing.  Instead of a list of ten weapons (all from WEG), I have a list of about 70 (all canon), which is enough to give the players trade-offs: range for damage, damage for AP, range for rate of fire, power for ammo capacity and so on, instead of having every 'blaster pistol' be identical.  I have about twenty types of armor plus a fully fleshed out equipment list and a group of setting rules, along with a full droid character system  I'm working on races and force systems right now.

Not only am I going to run it for my kids, but my Pathfinder group ended up a person short this week and I got volunteered to run a SW Star Wars game as a one-off.  Our first game was the past weekend, and it went beautifully.  Only one of us (not me) had any real experience with Savage Worlds, but it was so easy to GM that I didn't have any trouble at all.  It went over well enough that the group is wanting to ditch Pathfinder in favor of making it a full blown campaign.

One cool trick I found:  Starwars.com has a crawl creator, but you can't save.  I made a crawl as an intro to the adventure, then recorded it with Fraps.  I played it on my big-screen to kick things off, and everyone loved it.
73  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 04, 2012, 01:54:49 AM

Quote from: TK-421 on May 03, 2012, 11:34:43 PM

I'll have to search but I think I may have some. I just have to remember where the heck my miniatures case got stored when we moved in twelve years ago.

You may have some Star Wars miniatures, but probably not the "Star Wars Miniatures (TM)" line I was referring to, as those only came out eight years ago. slywink
74  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 03, 2012, 11:09:07 PM
I went ahead and bought a few online so I'd have them ready, so my budget is more or less gone for this project.  I suppose I'll call the thread dead unless someone has a really, really good deal.
75  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Anyone have any Star Wars Miniatures they don't want? on: May 01, 2012, 04:46:25 PM
Summer is getting ready to start, and I don't have as much to work with this year as usual, so to help keep my kids busy over their break I was going to try and run a game of the Savage Worlds RPG with them set in the Star Wars universe.

I've heard that the Star Wars Miniatures line of plastic minis from Wizards of the Coast was ideal to use as RPG miniatures. Unfortunately, they're out of print. They don't seem to be going for high collectors' prices, but because they're out of print, they're no longer available in stores. I've seen them cheap online - many less than a dollar each - but once you add in $4+ shipping each, it gets crazy.

I was hoping that someone had some lying around somewhere not seeing use that would be willing to part with them. I'm also interested in the maps.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car is brokeded. on: January 05, 2012, 05:45:38 PM
I was overdue for some bullets anyway.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car is brokeded. on: January 05, 2012, 04:13:08 PM
Looks like good news.  It was a 'valve spring.'  I don't know what that is, but it looks like it isn't available on Steam.  Oh, well.  In any case, it'll run me about $200 for the fix, which is only about $100 more than I have.  That's actually good news, as I was afraid I was looking a three to five times that much.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My car is brokeded. on: January 05, 2012, 02:29:39 AM
It's 12 years old, 170,000 miles.  It had 100+ of that when we got it 10 years ago.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My car is brokeded. on: January 04, 2012, 08:59:42 PM
This morning on the way to take the kids to school my van (2001 Windstar) starts chugging and losing power, and the engine light starts blinking.  I'm able to get the kids to school and take the van directly to the local auto place.  A few hours later they tell me that the #4 cylinder has zero compression, while the ones next to it are fine.  They also tell me that they don't do deep engine work and actually getting it diagnosed and repaired will require taking it to a different place (there's only one place in town that does it.)  I took it there, but they won't be able to get to it until Friday, if not Monday. 

The phrase 'deep engine' sounds expensive, and I'm more than a little stressed right now about what this is going to cost me.  I know absolutely nothing about cars.  I have no idea what zero compression is caused by.  Can anyone suggest a best case/worst case scenario and approximate repair costs?  My finances are completely locked right now because of this, and I can't plan because I have no clue what it is going to cost me, other than the ~$100 for diagnostics from two shops.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: January 02, 2012, 09:33:48 PM

Quote from: Azhag on January 02, 2012, 07:00:29 PM

Look online for the DLC reviews. Most only really provide 2-3 hours of gameplay, so up to you if it's worth it.

I did that, and other than Shadow Broker, got reviews that were all over the place.  One says to avoid Arrival like the plague, the next says it is the best of the lot.
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