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General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:18:38 AM »
I just finished "Use of Weapons."  The book was pretty good, but the ending just made me go, "Huh?"

General Chaos / Re: Early/Alpha Access Games
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:05:37 AM »
Squad is doing this with Kerbal Space Program, also.  I'm sure you've all heard of it.  I don't remember what the original price was, but it's $27 right now.

I like this type of model, because it enables developers to build games they wouldn't otherwise be able to build, with money they wouldn't otherwise possess.

If you would like to help me get more writing work in the EP universe, it would be good to buy. Plus, it's a solid 2-3 nights of tranhuman espionage gaming for $10.00, so it's good value for your money.

I bought it before you wrote it, so nyah!

Looking forward to the playtest.

General Chaos / Re: Favorite NON RPG Tabletop Games
« on: April 11, 2014, 03:05:30 PM »
Twilight Imperium: enormous space strategy game where various races jockey for the fallen imperial throne.  Favorite tabletop game ever.  It will consume half your day.

Takenoko: panda eats bamboo, gardener grows bamboo, emperor wants specific patterns of bamboo.  Good for less brainmelting fun than the heavy strategy games we normally play.

RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:52:04 AM »
An evolutionary alliance between trees and the ants that guard them has a sinister explanation, a new study suggests, finding ants hooked on nectar.

In Central America, ants act as bodyguards for acacia trees, defending them from weeds and hungry animals in exchange for room and board, one of the most iconic alliances in nature. (See "Ant Bodyguards Get Exclusive Contract From Trees.")

But Martin Heil of Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato in Mexico has found that the tree's sugary snacks are laced with an enzyme that prevents the ants from eating other sources of sugar.

One sip, and the insects are consigned to a life of indentured servitude.


RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:28:40 AM »
Could be useful as a setting for CoC:

On 17 December 1944, the ships of Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. The carriers had just completed three days of heavy raids against Japanese airfields, suppressing enemy aircraft during the American amphibious operations against Mindoro in the Philippines. Although the sea had been becoming rougher all day, the nearby cyclonic disturbance gave relatively little warning of its approach. On 18 December, the small but violent typhoon overtook the Task Force while many of the ships were attempting to refuel. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers, USS Hull, USS Spence, and USS Monaghan, capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 officers and men were lost or killed, with another 80 injured. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and some 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard. This storm inflicted more damage on the Navy than any storm since the hurricane at Apia, Samoa in 1889. In the aftermath of this deadly storm, the Pacific Fleet established new weather stations in the Caroline Islands and, as they were secured, Manila, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. In addition, new weather central offices (for coordinating data) were established at Guam and Leyte.

General Chaos / Re: Potential FTB Minecraft Server Up
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:52:53 PM »
My username is Decimator.

RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:11:57 AM »
Impromptu tracheotomy to save a choking woman.

After the Heimlich maneuver failed to open Larwood’s airway, witnesses said, Dr. Royce Johnson, professor of medicine at UCLA and Kern Medical Center’s chief of infectious diseases, used a friend’s knife to make an incision in Larwood’s throat to allow the insertion of the hollow cylinder of a pen as a breathing tube.

RPGs / Exalted Actual Play Podcasts
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:33:59 AM »
My google-fu is failing me.  Are there any exalted actual play podcasts floating about the internet for me to listen to?

RPGs / Re: Space Tycoon (working title)
« on: June 05, 2013, 01:35:27 PM »
Some idea fodder:

Realistic space program board game:
The rules for said board game are available for download from the company that makes it:

And Winchell Chung's amazing site for when you have a question about the science:

RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: March 11, 2013, 09:44:27 AM »
2,800 pigs dumped in river float into Shanghai.

BEIJING (AP) -- A surge in the dumping of dead pigs upstream from Shanghai - with more than 2,800 carcasses floating into the financial hub through Monday - has followed a police campaign to curb the illicit trade in sick pig parts.

Ross, did you ever get an answer on radius defense powers?

General Chaos / Re: Kickstarter: Cool Stuff
« on: August 19, 2012, 12:43:08 AM »

RPGs / Re: Eclipse Phase
« on: August 15, 2012, 04:39:13 PM »
Sense filters are cost Low, so the personal development angle is pretty easy to do.  What'll be interesting is whether he forgoes his development when the excrement strikes the oscillating air circulator.

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