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    [–] Gotta love true starting locations. FriendoftheDork 15 points ago in civ

    I'd just start in the medieval area, worked wonders for my Spain game

    [–] My players don't know that I'm planning on running Queen Euphoria for them. This happened. FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    I remember one NPC that didn't translate well at all to 4th ed when I ran it - a "tribal" kind with a magic spear and powerbolt spells. He died extremely fast to concentrated automatic fire from the PCs. Scene became like a joke with a paper tiger instead of a potentially dramatic one.

    Hmm maybe the fact that my PCs had an underground lair to hide them actually made it worse. Lair was really fun though!

    [–] What do you call a witch that only eats sand? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Jokes

    Intended or not, it made it better for me! I mean he could have said "dry-mouthed" but it wouldn't be as good.

    [–] What do you call a witch that only eats sand? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Jokes

    Pun is on Malefica, which means Witch. Malnourished...

    [–] Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling defeated FriendoftheDork 5 points ago in UpliftingNews

    Not agreeing with either statement, but I can respect the lack of hypocrisy.

    [–] Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling defeated FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in UpliftingNews

    The Japanese economy isn't reliant of whaling now, so not a good comparison. It is a tradition; like Spanish bullfighting, Chinese rhino-horn eating and American prisoner slave labor.

    [–] Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling defeated FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in UpliftingNews

    Last I had was not fatty at all, and most precipices I found suggested fatter sauces due to the lean meat.

    Of course don't eat blubber....

    [–] Japanese proposal to reinstate commercial whaling defeated FriendoftheDork 5 points ago in UpliftingNews

    not

    Wow, that's about the same numbers Norway do for commercial whaling of Minke Whales.

    [–] Fate of the Galatians? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in history

    They did, but not always. In most of the early republic and up to about the time of Caesar the conquered/allied territories were mostly left to their own as long as they paid their tribute/taxes/levies for war. After the Gallic Revolts the Romans started more systematically repressing Celtic culture and Romanize the area. Greek culture was not only left intact, but adopted and appropriated.

    Of course Carthage was just the good ol' normal genocide. Also much easier since most of the people governed by Carthage were not really Phoenician to begin with.

    [–] Fate of the Galatians? FriendoftheDork 2 points ago in history

    There are of course, genocides too. But some are considered "cultural genocides" where a culture is being systematically repressed and eliminated even if the people are left intact.

    [–] Does Killing Hands make Mana Strike redundant? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    I think even further back Killing Hands actually increased the Power of the attack, which is similar to AP now, or even higher damage considering Power actually made it harder to soak when you were unarmored too.

    Giving the unarmed adept some much needed AP damage would be a nice touch - would even AP-3 be too much?

    [–] Does Killing Hands make Mana Strike redundant? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    Not exactly what you were asking, but Killing Hands is made redundant by Astral Perception power and weapon foci. It could even be a fist iron or some glove that has been enchanted, if you want to stay unarmed, and the former power allows you to hit astral creatures.

    The power used to be, you know, more effective at taking down or killing enemies with unarmed, but now it's more of a PP tax.

    [–] Tips on spells for my magician? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    All set then. Don't forget your fake SIN!

    [–] Every group has this player! FriendoftheDork 6 points ago in Shadowrun

    What manner of munchkinery is this? Where is the last-2 from? Tiny gun = hold out pistol

    [–] Tips on spells for my magician? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    If you can get away with E resources it may be worth it, as there are limits to how much nuyen you will need. But yeah a force 2 or 3 health focus helps a lot.

    [–] Tips on spells for my magician? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    You can, but it is a debuff. Its like a street sam without the smartlink. If you are going to use Manabolt you need every dice you can get. Also, you may have a utility spell on without staggering penalties. The reflex spell is however something you want to cast first thing in the morning so you can rest away any drain long before you meet Mr. Johnson

    [–] Tips on spells for my magician? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    Get Increased Reflexes first, you want to be able to do more in combat and not twiddle thumbs while the Sammie shoots for 20 minutes. Also, acting first means you won't get geeked first automatically. If your average security guard on Cram gets to shoot before you, you're gonna have a bad time.

    Of course this assumes you have Focused Concentration or a Focus to sustain the spell. At least force 2, preferably higher.

    [–] Tips on spells for my magician? FriendoftheDork 1 points ago in Shadowrun

    You want Increased Reflexes spell and one defensive one (Combat Sense?). The Improve Attribute spells are also very good, but more of a support caster spell. Still, if you can handle the foci for sustaining a Improved Charisma spell will allow you to laugh at drain and be a good social character as well, while Improved Intuition is good for defense, initiative and Perception.