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  • semicasual
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    It's probably best to think of it as a world infested with bizarre, inexplicable tech the way most fantasy settings are infested with magic. Here's an example:
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  • semicasual
    replied to Halfway [Quest]
    Inquire about an auction.

    Hey, if we're going to run a successful business, we'll need to learn to leverage our connections....
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  • semicasual
    replied to Urchin Quest
    We went with "Sex - female, gender identity - female, expression - male". On account of how being a girl on the streets alone sucks even worse than being a boy on the streets alone....
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  • semicasual
    replied to Urchin Quest
    Our name is Ah Fang - meaning "Little Beauty." Our mother could be a sap....
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  • I'd use Numenera as a model here - make your starting a character an [Adjective] [Noun] who [Verb phrase].
    Choice 1: Adjective. (e.g. "Strong," "Quick," "Clever," "Tough", and "Suave"). These determine what your starting attributes are.
    Choice 2: Caste (e.g. "Dawn," "Night," "Eclipse," etc.) This determines your characters Exalted caste (if applicable), and all of their starting ability point distributions.
    Choice 3: Focus ("Masters Martial Arts", "Sails the Seas", "Leads...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Justice Democracy's (very excited)
    Is "voted with Trump" our only metric for corruption? And what makes the democrats named in this video "corporatist"?...
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  • semicasual
    replied to The Out-of-Context Game Quotes Thread
    A: “What are you in for?”
    B: “I tried to take over the world.”
    A: “Uh.”
    B: “I had a dungeon and minions and all. I’d have done it too, if it weren’t for meddling adventurers.”

    "All I'm saying is, there are simpler, easier, and more cost effective ways of marking a door than by nailing a two-headed crow to it. Where are they even getting all these two-headed crows?"

    "Who makes a gate out of rotting cow legs!?"

    "All the evidence suggests the people who built this house had more money than sense. I'm going to kill their...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Back Alive or Maybe Dead [Quest]
    "You seem pretty comfortable around powerful folks, Bo. Where'd you learn that?" Ash let the question float across the table.

    Bo seemed surprised to be directly spoken to. She had been quiet up until now. "I have... practiced. Before I came to the frontier, I lived in Nexus, among many people who came from many places. Some were wealthy, some were magical. Once, I gave sutures to an Anathema." A look of disgust passes over her face.

    "Huh. Did you know they were...?" Ash dragged the last word out.

    "No,"...
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  • semicasual
    replied to What to get my future niece or nephew?
    If your niece/nephew is a child under 1 year old, I'd suggest a collection of music or books on tape. People tend to focus on toys, clothes, or equipment that the parents can use. But music and speech are great for stimulating little kids, and they're easy for parents to use as well.

    Don't get them anything electronic, especially not "smart" devices. Those can wait until they're at least 6.
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  • semicasual
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    That's what I was saying. Frankly, we haven't interacted with any of the Shiba girls to guess if we'd develop a tolerant respect or a deep mutual hatred during the first year of marriage. Gotta watch out for that.

    I'm sticking to my guns with "Get a title, maybe some land", but I'm curious - if we were adopted into the family, would that preclude a marriage?

    Also, can homosexual marriages happen in this society?...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    What's wrong with vanilla? I like vanilla. Vanilla mixes well with all kinds of other flavors . Kasai, up to this point, hasn't shown any goals other than "Uphold the Oaths", "Make Money", and "Build a Reputation." ​We're pretty much set on the first and third, so I figure now's a good time to focus on the second.

    OK, how about this - can Lord Ilysen give us a title of our own? Maybe a small estate? I'm not sure how you're using nobility rankings, but IRL lords had the right to assign fiefs to vassals.


    I have no strong feelings...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    My first request is for you to put a horizontal line or some other divider between your story and your OOC commentary.

    My second request, in character, is to ask to became one of Lord Ilysen's sworn retainers. Steady employment with someone who respects Kasai in a community full of people who think Kasai is some kind of hero... sounds like exactly what we've been shooting for since the beginning. Alternately, we could just ask for money and equipment to carry on with our knight-errantry elsewhere, but I feel that would be a waste.

    Also, we should ask what became of the...
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  • semicasual
    replied to 2016 Election Result Thread
    I would like you to explain the first part.

    As to the second, there are people who are pleased when a dictator is in power - those who benefit from the dictator's actions. In our case, that means large corporate entities who benefit from deregulation and social conservatives. There are others who think they will benefit - working class people who have bought the hype that Ol' Donny Boy will bring them jobs - but I'm skeptical that they will ever be served. Much as I'd like to see him universally reviled, I suspect Ol' Donny Boy will have a more complex legacy than "he sucked...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Urchin Quest
    ...and if she's at all helpful, ask if any of these books contain pictures of river dragon anatomy, so we can know if that thing we grabbed was a spleen or not....
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  • semicasual
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    Learning new moral lessons late in life is hard. Sometimes a sudden shock is needed to get a body to re-evaluate things....
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  • semicasual
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    OK, so. Stardew Valley is insanely addictive. I've been playing more or less nonstop for 2 days. I suppose it helps that there's so many different things to do. Every morning starts by working the farm, but by 9 AM I'm usually out in the town meeting people, or foraging in the woods, or dungeon-diving in the mines. I never get bored, because there's always enough variety for me to find new things to do, and the ever-ticking clock simultaneously creates a pressure to use your time wisely and forces you not to keep grinding on the same things all the time.

    I'm midway through fall of...
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  • What's the basis for determining whether someone knew they were infected?

    This bit:

    ...sounds important in context. Superficially, I agree that committing murder-by-slow-illness should be a felony, but if that law was being disproportionately applied then I have to wonder whether it was being intentionally misused....
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  • semicasual
    replied to Ex3 Intro Fiction Critique and Discussion
    I've got the most extraordinary feeling of deja vu....
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  • semicasual
    replied to Oathsworn [Quest]
    Because Kasai's not thinking of himself.

    Ever been so angry that you entirely stopped thinking about what the consequences of your actions might be? So full of self-righteous indignation that you've convinced yourself that killing is good act? Or maybe just so desperate for a resolution that you stop thinking about the risk and just take whatever comes?

    The whole duel idea is reckless. Even fighting to first blood would seem to be a dangerous route to what would feel like a hollow victory. So if we're going to duel at all, might as well go for broke.

    As for...
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  • semicasual
    replied to Ex3 Intro Fiction Critique and Discussion
    Sure, go wild....
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