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Peter Kisner
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The prices on those last two look actually pretty good.  Hopefully tax and oversea shipping don't ruin it.  I've been looking on and off for some futuristic minis, and these have some nice ones.
This week I am just going to plug a few minis companies outside of the USA that look like they have some fine figures.  If you have utilized their website or bought their minis, please do share any information you have on the...
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Yeah, I try to stick mostly with 28mm when buying anything wargamey so it can do double-duty in my RPGing. I try to add some new sellers into the mix of painting tips and such from time to time on the Monday Minis & Modeling post on the MF WARS corner of the CMG Blog Triad.  And sometimes on the Sunday Miscellanea post.
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Deadly grace of the Thri Kreen leap.
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Wally Wood cover!
EC comics was the powerhouse of the Fifties and would have continued for many years possibly out doing Marvel in the present, but during the Comics Code came along with its sorted history and well changed the face of comics. ...
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This is one of those things I'd almost convinced myself was a dream, since no one else (even my parents who'd let me stay up to watch it) seemed to know what I was talking about when I brought it up.

But the magical havoc wrought by the iron-crowned, three headed mouse queen (as a kid I thought it was a king) and her multi-cephalic spoiled brat child will be forever etched into my childhood memory.

Unless you've seen this particular version of the Nutcracker I'm pretty sure you've never experienced anything similar.

This is the nutcracker as if reinterpreted from someone's half remembered, Carcosa-tinged fever dream of the original:  Vaguely familiar but not how you remember things, generally whimsical and charming but with a dash of surreal horror.
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you make a mask, a disguise depicting a specific person, for some purpose. (similar idea for a videogame, where classes and races are masks, masks can be layered over one another. this would be core to the stealth and data-se...
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ah, thanks for the share.
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You said it.
Same thing every time:
A chance encounter.  They quickly grow close, thing get intimate.  But pretty soon you come to realize they're just super needy. All they do is take and take.  You want to break things off easy, but they've got their hooks in you now.
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http://www.polygon.com/2015/3/5/8153213/the-games-industry-is-wrong-about-kids-gaming-and-gender

It's hard to imagine how this is a surprise.  Teenage me would've told you some of this stuff 20-25 years ago: "More girls involved in the same hobbies I am?  Yes please!  Where do I sign up?"
The results of a new study, revealed yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, show that today's young consumers are far more progressive than the games industry gives them credit...
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More that they should report on news objectively, which was the entire stated point of Gamergate in the first place (If one was to believe them).

I personally don't have problems with them, but I don't think they have any legitimate journalistic integrity. My original comment was "Says Polygon anyway, consider the source."
This report states that the survey shows the gaming industry is "wrong" in that young gamers truly want more female protagonists as opposed to shying away from them to maintain sales.
They then further imply Gamergate is to blame.
I mean to say that I question the article's validity as there is a clear agenda at play, not necessarily disagree with it. That is up to the reader to decide. 
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Dungeon designers, FYI:

"A University janitor spent 7 years making this impossible maze. His daughter recently tweeted the pictures. Art connoisseurs are going crazy for it for it’s brilliance and because it’s impossible to solve."
   - sixpenceee
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Monster Summoning Duration

Has anyone tinkered with the duration of various Monster Summoning spells?  I'd mostly played later editions prior to the last couple years, and never noticed before how inconvenient the spells are as written in S&W:

"Duration: 6 rounds (minutes)"
"The allies do not appear immediately; there is a delay of 1 turn (10 minutes) before they appear."

This seems long enough to be impractical for any combat you didn't plan ahead of time, and also long enough to trigger a wandering monster check (depending on location).

I was thinking of giving casters the option to either take a single full combat round to summon them, and they last 6 rounds after that. Or to use a 10 minute ritual to summon them and they stick around for the rest of the hour, combat or no.

Edit:  Maybe amend the 1 hour version to only monster summoning II or lower.  At those levels an hour of spell gives you a couple weird hirelings.  Above that it starts to provide beasts with game-changing abilities.
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My thought was that having both the 6 round and 1 hour versions as the same spell would set up a constant choice:  Take the time to cast the spell when you're safe, but possibly use it up before seeing combat, or save it for one quick use when you most need it.
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Crazy Thought:  Cacodemon for Dummies

Reading the brief Cacodemon spell description got me wondering why it's such a high level.  The caster is basically summoning a powerful infernal creature with no constraints, which can stay as long as the GM wants and basically do whatever it wants, unless compelled by additional (not provided) magics.

This strikes me as more like a trap than a spell most high level magicians would actually seek out to use.

Almost the sort of thing first level would-be-cultist teens would stumble across and try out in the woods after a bottle of purloined wine.  Just the event to kick off whatever passes for horror movies in a fantasy world:  one of those terribly bad ideas in a Faustian vein, but available for any old schlub to try.

I don't know, is it just me or is this spell begging to be made into a first level ritual?
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Agreed.  Lamentations of the Flame Princess has a 1st level spell, Summoning, that fits the "messing with things one shouldn't" bill perfectly. 
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Psionist class is up.

Mainly just a bit of S&W reskinning, kludged together with Microlite style spellpoints and 0-level powers swiped from a Basic Fantasy supplement.  But in case you're in the market for that sort of thing, here ya go.
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3 powers overall
It is restrictive, but I think it's compensated for by two things:

A)  Flexibility in "casting".
As long as they have enough hit points remaining to spend, the psionist can activate any power they have as many times as they want.

B)  Level of powers available
A Level 3 psionist will have an average of about 13 hit points, so they could take and use any powers up to 6th level.
Those 5th and 6th level powers might not be something you want to use all the time (since they drain HP so heavily).  But, for example, walking toward a gang of orcs with Death Field switched on could certainly be worth the HP cost in some situations.
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Followup to the eagle hunting story.
A photographer recently snapped perhaps the only girl in the world learning to hunt with a golden eagle.
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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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