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Hrm. I have the potential to pick up a bunch of old issues of White Dwarf.

I forget, though... roughly when did they switch over to basically fully-warhammer? I'm looking primarily for the old school D&D content.
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It's still essentially readable up to about issue 108. [Hey, I liked harlequins...]

It stops being a fanzine around issue 9, moves onto a strong mix of content until issue 30 or so (comparable to early The Dragon) and then settles down into the format that it remains in (with regular columns for specific games) until 93, where it effectively becomes a house organ (one of the reasons 92 was so good is because it was the last of the legacy content).  Which is actually celebrated at 100.
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Wow.  This is one way to do a tribute video for Miyazaki.  It's so enjoyable seeing things from new angles and different experiences with the well known characters.

Via @CreatorsProject: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/see-miyazakis-world-reborn-in-a-stunning-3d-tribute

and +Nerdisthttp://nerdist.com/gorgeous-3d-tribute-to-hayao-miyazaki/
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+Michael Turner a bit like the stonehenge pushups you have them do at the dojo, but worse.
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That feels like a Monday. 
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For those who play D&D, this is the difference between a melee-oriented fighter and a wizard at higher levels. So many fights you don't get to take part in.

(The archer usually can't drop that many opponents that fast.)
 
I hate having to wait a week for a new episode like an animal....

#Gansgsta   #bingeingmasterrace  
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One of the next-best changes was changing touch attacks (especially spells) so they were attacks against normal AC, but got to add the spell level to the attack roll. You no longer completely bypassed the armor (normally a +4 weapon quality for those using weapons) and it let me get rid of the 'touch AC'.
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#rollforinitiative  

... or am I the only one to see a cloaked and hooded figure coming at me out of a fiery cloud?
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Looks more like a demi-lich coming out of that fiery cloud to me.
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I've never really been big on j-pop.

j-metal, OTOH, I could probably get behind.
 
OK this is fantastic.  They absolutely kill it.
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Barbecued Tomatoes

I've roasted tomatoes before, as an alternative to blanching, skinning, and seeding. Cut the tomatoes in half, seed, and put cut-side down in a baking pan with a raised edge. Keep them well-separated so the water has a chance to evaporate instead of simmering the tomatoes. Keep them there until the skins dry up and start to char a little (and peel off very easily indeed when you remove the tomatoes from the pan).

I have to wonder if this wouldn't work better, and more conveniently, in the Weber. Get the charcoal up, Real Hot, on both sides of a drip pan (pan has perhaps an inch of water in it, I really don't want to be chipping the crud out of it later). Then just halve the tomatoes cross-wise and place cut side down on the grill. The seeds and excess water should just drop out into the drip pan, and the tomatoes themselves will be in a more arid environment than even the oven. I should be able to place them fairly densely on the grill, I think.

I might end up with a little bit of char mark on some, but since the heat is indirect I don't expect that much.

Has anyone tried this? How'd it go?

I'm pondering a smoky chili dish:

* Slow cook the beef and shred it
* Roast the peppers (or smoke, for the hotter ones)
* Grill or caramelize the onions (not sure which yet)
* Roast the tomatoes
* throw beans away
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Haven't tried it that way yet but the theory is sound. 
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Prerequisites and Capstone Talents in Echelon

As a rule, cornerstone and common talents in Echelon do not have prerequisites, at least not mechanically. As far as I'm concerned, if you can come up with a good enough -- and my standards can be awfully low if it's cool enough -- explanation, you can take it. For instance, most normal humans can't breathe fire, but since PCs are pretty much by definition not normal humans I'm prepared to accept that your special snowflake can breathe fire because a distant ancestor got busy with a dragon, you have a pact with a demonic power, or (in a sillier game) you really need to back off on the peppers.

Similarly, Bill Willingham's character Dragavon is an immature (very immature) offspring of a dragon. He's surprisingly strong, amazingly resilient, and if he grows up -- and with Dragavon this is questionable because most dragon offspring are killed by their sires, and in his case because, well, Dragavon -- he'll come into his inheritance. In Echelon terms, somewhere in the higher tiers, perhaps Master tier or so, he'll suddenly get the Dragon cornerstone talent. In the meantime, he's a hedonist that can survive the trouble he gets himself into.

Capstones, on the other hand, do have prerequisites. They acknowledge the achievements of the character. When Echelon was still modeled after D&D 3.x/PFRPG I might look at ranks in skills, base saves, and so on.

I don't have ranks in skills anymore, not now that I'm using dice pools. I'm looking around for alternatives. I think I might go with the dice pools themselves. That is, where before I might look for "Heroic Lightning Reflexes" (that is, Lightning Reflexes talent at the Heroic tier), perhaps just look for "4d10 Reflexes". 4d12 satisfies this, 5d10 satisfies this, but 6d8 does not (even if 6d8 does have higher potential, and even higher expected, number of successes). This is a higher-tier character, but lacks the specific training needed.

Perhaps oddly, the changes I've made to talents means that many more can bump the pools. That is, instead of being specifically "Heroic Lightning Reflexes", you might get the 4d10 needed to qualify via cornerstone or common talents. Or even capstone talents, if you're higher tier (which incidentally is unlikely because prerequisites usually apply only within the same tier).

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oh, this might not have been obvious to the casual reader (it's kind of internalized for me), but the most talents don't have prerequisites because they bring their own baggage. For instance, if you take 'Heroic Mobility' (Mobility talent at the Heroic tier) it comes with Mobility (Basic tier) and Spring Attack (Expert tier).
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Ahh, Chris.

Is it from BC?

And really, I don't think you can get higher.
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If there's interest, I'll finish off this project and release it.

Well, I know I'm interested.
While digging through some paperwork for the new iteration of FUBAR, I found a pile of paperwork containing some modern urban geomorphs. There are about 20 of these in various states of completion. It's another one of ...
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Amplifying. +Eric Quigley does some great work and I want him to still be available in the market when I have a budget and can afford him. :)
 
Soon to be hunting for more work

Love re-shares, feel free to.

I'm soon going to be in the market to seek out new work.  I've got a few projects that I'm finishing up (and one cover I intend to finish by the end of the week), but after that I'm looking at only having a couple of potentially longer-term clients on my list.  

So if you're interested in getting some illustrations done I would love to hear from you.  Please feel free to contact me at quigleyer@gmail.com with any interested inquiries.

Some examples from my portfolio are attached.  Thanks for looking.
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That gives me hope +Eric Quigley
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Computer programmer, game designer.  Long-time denizen of rec.games.frp.dnd, writes "KJD-IMC" articles and working on Echelon d20.
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