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Peter Kisner
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Subterranean reservoirs and submerged worlds?

Via +Kyrinn S. Eis .
 
Founts of the deep, indeed. :)
Remember all of those science-fiction movies and books from Jules Verne, like "Journey to the Center of the Earth"? Apparently not everything is made up. There might be a lot of unknown stuff down there... and if there is water... could there be life? Maybe not as we know it but in a completely diff
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I heard about this! Very cool!
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I agree with the attached. If your account is set to send notifications every time you clic +1, I respectfully request you please turn this off.
 
PSA

Unless you have changed the settings, everything you +1 gets shared with everyone single person who has you circled

Please turn off +1 sharing.

I do care about what you post. I wouldn't have you circled if I didn't. But, I don't need to see every little thing you like. Especially if you like things that probably shouldn't be on my monitor at work.

If this is not an option please let me know so that I can remove you from my circles.

I hate to have to do this but G+ does not give me the option to filter this on my own feed so I have to ask people to do it on theirs. +1 sharing is the one thing that a google plus user can't control themselves. 

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1047397?hl=en&rd=1
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I still have to sift through several repeat offenders in my feed. I try to post right when I see them but they never get the hint.
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OUR MOTHER CHAOS RULES ALL
From Molly Brooks, a cartoon about sports. Specifically, hockey.
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This is the closest anyone has ever come to explaining the appeal of watching sports. I kinda wish more sports stars would invoke Mother Chaos.
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Thanks to +Paolo Greco for pointing this out.
My kids watched it probably ten times in a row tonight.

Aptly described by +Joyce Donahue as seeming, "like someone's conception of the life chaotic."  Kind of reminds me of how hectic, counter-intuitive and reckless my life has felt sometimes.

I really like how the protagonist appears more puzzled than daunted by the adversity, and to some extent seems to flow with it.

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So, dice types:

RAW seem to indicate that different die types are better at emulating the feel of specific genres.

Do you find this to be true?

Additionally, is there a particular die type you prefer overall for Tri-Stat games?
And if so which and why?
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I think the intent of differing die types was to reflect the awesomeness of the central characters. In a 2d6 campaign on average 1 time in 36 any character will both achieve something impossible and fail at something they shouldn't even have to roll for. In a 2d8 campaign the luck factor shrinks to 1 time in 64. 

That being said I agree with Darcy. 2d6 works fantastically across all campaigns.

If you get the opportunity check out BESM 3.  They change the system from varying dice types depending on campaign (roll low), to beat the target number (roll high) on 2d6 irregardless of campaign. 
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Recently +Beloch Shrike​ mentioned using ancient Akkadian to generate fantasy names.

And looking around it turns out there are a couple of Akkadian dictionaries online which could be put to this use:
http://www.assyrianlanguages.org/akkadian/index_en.php

Sumerian too if you're interested:
http://s155239215.onlinehome.us/turkic/40_Language/SumerDictionaryEn.htm
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I'm sorry if I came off as serious. If it was actually a secret I wouldn't have shared it publicly.

Though I suppose I am running the risk of people finding out that my super-cool sounding monster name is just Akkadian for "Beast" or something. =P
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Pregnant heroes for a fantasy setting.
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A common problem applying to various tools and articles of clothing in areas where the veil is thin.
A fear submitted by aa6aap to Deep Dark Fears. The new Deep Dark Fears book is now available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, iBooks, and Google Books. Thanks!
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What?  What's wrong with it?  It's just a statue of the town founder.
Looks perfectly normal to me.
 
This is going into my Eclipse Phase game tonight.
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Ooh, that's terrific.
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#itsgameable

Stay off the moor, lads.
How often are legends validated by archaeological finds? Not frequently, but when it happens, everyone starts believing a little. 500 years ago, the British Isles were terrorized by hellish black dogs. One of the most famous ones was called Black Shuck, a giant hellhound with burning red eyes and
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The kids and I shotgunned Over The Garden Wall yesterday.  Pretty much loved it.

Some of the highlights:
1.  Finished the last episode and had to repeatedly remind myself that it is not currently autumn in the real world.
2.  Loved watching the intro (linked) again after completing the series and remembering where everything ties in.
3.  Daughter (7) insisted on watching every episode back to back.  This is generally unheard of, but figured it would probably not go well if she went to sleep with things unresolved.  As it was she only woke up once in the night with bad dreams.
4.  Son (5) didn't seem too interested while it was on, but today begging to see "the movie with the brothers in the woods".

Was sweet, and I'm glad it resolved pretty well.
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I would honestly like to find a rock to paint a face on, so I can respond to people with ROCK FACTS.
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Pursuant to avoiding inconvenience to those with a particular interest in mind, I almost never do Public postings.  Instead most posts will be go to one of the following circles:

* RPG Discussion - Posts of anything even marginally role-playing game related.

* General Interest - Personal updates, pop culture, cultural or scientific curiosities, stuff about my kids or family (not related to RPGs), etc.

If you are adding me to your circles then please let me know which circle(s) you want to be in.
If you don't then I'll assume you want the RPG circle if you've ever posted anything gaming related in your own profile.  Otherwise I'll assume you want General Interest if I know you.

If I can't remember you (I'm sometimes bad at this) and you haven't posted anything RPG related before, then I won't circle you back.

Note:  I typically attempt to practice Christianity in the Roman Catholic tradition.  I also tend to feel that maybe people in general have a responsibility to look out for each other's well being in some ways that good governance might help facilitate.  So it's not inconceivable that religious or political topics might show up in General Interest.  But for the most part I'm pretty loath to bring up such things, as I'm trying to curb my own epic attempts to fix something wrong on the internet.
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