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Cavern of Inane Natter / I just brought my 33 YEAR long tabletop to an end!
« Last post by Aramax on December 16, 2014, 08:30:52 AM »
Well its official, I've ended my 33yr long tabletop(the first 31 was one long ass fantasy game).Im a little bitter. Attendance has been flagging over the last few years and it's finally gotten to the point that I'm just too tiered of player wrangling. Another concern has been piss poor RPing from a couple of my old timers and my 23 yr old son cheating his ASS OFF! AHH ,it's nice to &^%$@ here where no one I know comes! Another irratating thing is that the last few games,when I could get every one here,was that the games were spectacular! And still it made no diff in attenedance! I ran an awesome Joker game, with a truely classic plot, but did it matter,no. I realize we are all older now and we all have things that interfere in our gaming lives. I cancelled more than my share of games and untill I switched to my Gotham setting I was running a sub par supers game. I don't think the players ever really were happy w/ the switch over from fantasy but we had been beating that horse for 31 yrs, you think they'd be ready for a change! I don't know what my gaming life holds for me,but I knoow GMing runs thick and hot in my soul. Sorry about the rant but I needed to blow off some steam w/ a little anonymity.
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Sagely Advice / Re: The Royal Voting Exchange of Strolen's Citadel!!
« Last post by Aramax on December 16, 2014, 07:49:02 AM »
Aramax, I loved on your Queen Nekcrola, thought she was a lot of fun, really just bled old school. Thanks for drawing that out. 

Would you mind looking at my Cosmic Era mech post...

http://strolen.com/viewing/The_Martell_Griffin_and_the_8th_Plague_of_the_Lake_Superior

Debt paid
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Therafter / Re: Therafter Out of Game Discussion
« Last post by Gossamer on December 16, 2014, 06:30:41 AM »
(5) +6 total of 11.
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Setting Forge / The Pneumatic Spires of Athens
« Last post by Siren no Orakio on December 16, 2014, 06:13:42 AM »
Bits and pieces to be fleshed out further. Input heartily desired. Capture chat log, with active listening techniques trimmed out. ;P

(05:08:14) Cheka_Man: what could have turned the Earth into a rl steampunk world I wonder?
(05:08:47) Chaosmark: Ridiculously high natural magnetic fields.
(05:09:08) Chaosmark: Kinda hard to get electrical components working when the environment itself causes electrical surges.
(05:09:16) Cheka_Man: which would fry tech
(05:09:40) Chaosmark: Yes.
(05:09:51) Cheka_Man: but steam, clockwork ect would be unharmed
(05:10:02) Siren_no_Orakio: The electrical isn't really the issue:
(05:10:41) Siren_no_Orakio: mechanically, you end up rolling over to internal combustion engines very quickly
(05:12:00) Siren_no_Orakio: What you really need is to murder the laws of thermodynamics. :p
(05:16:25) Siren_no_Orakio: And once you get to the kind of a magnetic field to the point where you can't build an electrical engine, it'd, uh, do things like automatically force railroad tracks to spin into alignment like a compass
(05:16:51) Siren_no_Orakio: ... Which would be a pretty awesome natural disaster to inflict on a steampunk world
(05:21:08) Siren_no_Orakio: The biggest factor is societal, imo
(05:21:29) Chaosmark: "Mmmyeah, we're just gonna put this magnetar right here...Have fun, guys!"
(05:21:53) Cheka_Man: lol lol
(05:22:26) Cheka_Man: a magnetar at the right place would make a steampunk world
(05:24:44) Siren_no_Orakio: What you need is a society that is inward turned, building arcologies around the concept of steam distribution: Steam technology works, and it works well, but you have to have
(05:25:21) Cheka_Man: yes
(05:25:26) Siren_no_Orakio: You have to have efficiency of scale and tightly controlled distribution networks
(05:26:20) Cheka_Man: so it would be a sort of communist world then?
(05:26:36) Chaosmark: So an extremely hostile world, one that forces tightly-knit enclaves?
(05:27:18) Siren_no_Orakio: It doesn't have to be either communist, or hostile, though a hostile world helps
(05:29:37) Chaosmark: I'd imagine it'd need to be somewhat hostile, simply because human nature is to spread out everywhere.
(05:30:55) Siren_no_Orakio: If i was going to What If the Earth into steam punk, I would start by averting the Great Plague of Athens, and interrupting the formation of the early Roman Empile
(05:31:01) Siren_no_Orakio: Well, Roman Republic
(05:33:46) Siren_no_Orakio: Give the Athenians at least two-three more centuries to develop early steam technology from the aelopile/Hero Engine.
(05:36:23) Siren_no_Orakio: Get trade of technology along with the Germanic tribes, let it spread out to India and China - one of India / China / Greece fires off the Industrial revolution aroud 750 AD, with the critical difference that the math for the Maxwell Equations isn't ready yet
(05:37:31) Siren_no_Orakio: Electricity is a known force, but by the time anyone can control or predict it, they already have the massive steam plants and arcologies starting to build around them
(05:43:52) Siren_no_Orakio: So now you have the great spires of the Greek city states, fending off the various northern tribes - at least until someone develops calculus
(05:45:24) Chaosmark: This sounds like an interesting alt. history.
(05:48:41) Siren_no_Orakio: It could be
(05:51:05) Siren_no_Orakio: Hero of Alexandria was -><- that far away from beating freaking James Watt to the steam engine by 1700 years
(05:51:54) Siren_no_Orakio: All someone had to do was put his stuff together in the right order
(05:52:43) Chaosmark: No kidding.
(05:52:57) Chaosmark: Hero was right up there with Archemedes in terms of ridiculously advanced inventions.
(05:53:35) Siren_no_Orakio: I need to hit the sack - Can you grab this and toss some of your thoughts on it into a forum post? Maybe we can turn it into something enjoyable.
(05:53:37) Chaosmark: I remember reading some summaries and going, "Man, I wish I could have a translation of the original. This is good stuff."


The basic idea here is to posit, somehow, that the formation of the early Roman Republic is disrupted, and that the inventions of Archimedes and Hero of Alexandria are built upon to generate an early steam-power revolution, igniting in the early second to third century. This will be a massive mess to work out. :D
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OOC Area / Re: OOC
« Last post by Lady Wolf on December 15, 2014, 10:08:36 PM »
My turn again?

Yep, waiting for the info from my informant and then we discuss strategy and what to do next.
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Therafter / Re: Old School
« Last post by Ayna on December 15, 2014, 10:07:08 PM »
Ayna's shouted response to Asha was lost in the cacophony of gunfire as she smoothly adjusted her aim to focus on the sub machine gun wielding target, trusting Marcus coudl more than handle 2 opponents on his own in close quarters.

Strike roll (23:04:34) Minion: Lady_Wolf rolls 1d20 and gets 10+9=19
Damage Roll(23:05:56) Minion: Lady_Wolf rolls 2d6 and gets 3+3+1=7
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Sagely Advice / Re: The Royal Voting Exchange of Strolen's Citadel!!
« Last post by axlerowes on December 15, 2014, 08:02:34 PM »
Moonlake commented on your prologue.  It is so short! Almost like a back a cover piece.

Do you want votes on that stuff  as part or just once the book is done?
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Sagely Advice / Re: The Royal Voting Exchange of Strolen's Citadel!!
« Last post by axlerowes on December 15, 2014, 07:59:54 PM »
Aramax, I loved on your Queen Nekcrola, thought she was a lot of fun, really just bled old school. Thanks for drawing that out. 

Would you mind looking at my Cosmic Era mech post...

http://strolen.com/viewing/The_Martell_Griffin_and_the_8th_Plague_of_the_Lake_Superior

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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Report from the navel: gazing is 86% complete...
« Last post by MysticMoon on December 15, 2014, 02:54:31 PM »
Unfortunately, it's a task I am often forced to endure. Then, one day, the progress bar reaches 99% and I am allowed continue with the other assorted tasks of my life. At somewhere around the 93% mark currently.
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Site Help / Re: MY XP is growing!!!!!
« Last post by MysticMoon on December 15, 2014, 01:42:35 PM »
I guess that explains all of my XP... all that obsessive site checking pays off :P
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