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Great post; and certainly of import to my own experience in D&D and in Super-hero RPGs. And in Call of Cthulhu as well.
Note: Minor edits to clear up a point about the Arthurian tales.   Many years ago I had been only DMing for months when a guy I knew invited me to sit in on a game he played. He said it had a ranger, a cleric, a magic-user ...
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In the meantime, some news from the Philippines!
Lakan Extra Premium lambanog puts the Philippine 'street liquor' among top spirits recognized by Monde Selection, a world-renowned quality-certifying institute
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As for other spy stuff, there's a young adult spy film called Barely Lethal coming out... 
As a solid series of super-heroic films come pouring out of the DC & Marvel universes, a lesser noticed trend has been emerging: spy films. True, there's never been a lull, really -- what with the continuous Bonds and the (relative) newcomers like Jason Bourne. However, I'm talking about the ...
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Time period? Hi, I'm just curious -- what's the official time period that we're looking at the game taking place in?
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Damn, dude! Hope that it heals quickly (and fully)!
So I had several things in the pipeline for this week: the next History of Post-Apocalyptic RPGs list, an update on samurai games I'd missed, and some discussion of how I've been using the Icons in our 13th Age game. Then I h...
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There are rumors of traveling waters that find new homes in different lands.
 

Mystery 'lake' appears in middle of Tunisian desert and becomes overnight tourist attraction

A mysterious lake that appeared suddenly in the Tunisian desert has created an impromptu “beach” in the drought-ridden country.

No explanation has been given for the sudden appearance of “Gafsa Beach”, which was discovered by shepherds three weeks ago.

Authorities have warned that the water, which started off a crystalline blue and has since turned a murky green with algae, could be carcinogenic but Tunisians have not been able to resist cooling off in the 40C heat.

More than 600 people are believed to have flocked to the pool, locally dubbed “Lac de Gafsa”, where they have paddled, scuba dived, launched themselves off rocks and relaxed on lilos.

There has been no official explanation for the lake's origins and while some geologists believe seismic activity may have caused groundwater to rise to the surface by disrupting the water table, others disagree.

According to local authorities, the volume of the pool could be one million cubic metres over more than one hectare, with a depth of between 10 and 18 metres.
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/africa/mystery-as-lake-appears-in-middle-of-tunisian-desert-and-becomes-overnight-tourist-attraction-9642769.html

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new post, and a return to my "Things I Learned From Champions" series.
Thing I Learned From Champions: A 500 pt. Character is different from a 250 pt. + 250 XP character. Labels: Game: champions, System: hero. I think that most point-build veterans know what I'm talking about here; they've had first hand experience. But first, a little background.
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As above. Also, I may get players to make their characters in stages, especially in Hero, GURPS and other "point build' systems: E.g., for Champions, make the character as a 75 point "normal, pre-superpowers, then at, say, 150, 200, 250, 300, then 350 points. The players will start play at 350 points in this case, but the staged creation may help with creating backstories.
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If you're looking for a list of the Play on Target Podcasts, look no further!
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What happened to the Waters of Mars?
 
So wonderful. I'm still totally betting that those methane plumes are vestigial subarean methanogens doing their funky thing. It would be lovely to find evidence of multicellular life on Mars - and I guess so much depends on how long that ocean persisted. 1.5 billion years is a very respectable chunk of time - way longer than the Cambrian explosion is old, and almost as long as multicellular life has existed on Earth - and plenty of time for single-celled life to emerge and maybe even more complex forms. I'd love to know if there was even an oxygenation. :)

So much more to be revealed. :)
A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say
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Did anyone put up reviews of the 1248 setting or the HERO Traveller books? 
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I think only the first two 1248 books saw print. I know the fourth did not, but I'm not sure about the third.  Moot now, as all are PDF only from Far Future.
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And that's how they summoned Zuul.
 
These songs are examples of how art and science can come together to create something incredible. Musician Stef Conner learned to read several ancient Babylonian and Sumerian tablets written in cuneiform script, using historians' research to figure out likely pronunciation. Just listen to the results.
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Trying to improve performance of HTML 5 animations in an app for Android. Where should I look to improve the speed of animation. Reducing the number of objects? 
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You're welcome; glad I could help!
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Fond of Speculative Fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, and all the interstices), fond of RPGs, a lapsed fan of many SF movies, TV shows, comics, and novels who finds his old fascinations reignited once in a while.
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