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by plaidrhino
Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:57 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Fun with Stats...
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Fun with Stats...

I was tempted to post this in Debate...its an exceprt from an email that was forwarded to me this morning:

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112
deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.


The rate of deaths over the same period in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the
nation, than you are in Iraq.


Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C
by plaidrhino
Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:41 am
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 4918

Next game: Saturday, January 14th, 4:00ish. Same place as usual.

Up until the first week of March, the game will be every other week.
by plaidrhino
Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:15 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy New Year's!
Replies: 11
Views: 799

that wouldn't happen to be the same Tecate that sat in the cooler from months on end when you guys were in Mira Mesa would it...
by plaidrhino
Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Debate
Topic: Church-State Quiz
Replies: 11
Views: 2755

managed to get 17...not bad for random guessing really...
by plaidrhino
Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:35 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Pokemon causes Cancer!
Replies: 8
Views: 506

I choose you Melanomachu!
by plaidrhino
Fri Dec 09, 2005 4:01 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Campaign Synopsis
Replies: 3
Views: 4307

The Second Story Arc: Unknown Foes

Tensions rise between the three companions as their search leads them to the fishing town of Levi Crossing. They must remain together however, for orcs, not seen in this region since their defeat at the Battle of Lion’s Gate, have been spotted along the coastline and southern roads. What has lead Fenny to this quiet town? Is this the home of one of the six Fenny has mentioned? Why have the orcs resurged from the depths? And how does this tie into the so-called “gods” with whom Selanie seemed obsessed? The answers are needed but what cost will the heroes pay to learn them.
by plaidrhino
Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Campaign Synopsis
Replies: 3
Views: 4307

Epilogue: Where the Wind Blows

The search for the wolf led to clues beyond a simple missing animal. Something strange was afoot. A local sage murdered, a family destroyed, and long dead soldiers walking amongst the living all brought ruination to the Harvest Festival and to the people of Bella’s Field. Now, resentment and paranoia spread throughout the community; none truly knowing why such horrific things have happened. Our heroes travel forth, for reasons each their own, in search of the madman who has brought despair to these peaceful people and caused this unnatural calamity. They search not for a stranger from a distant land but for one of their own.
by plaidrhino
Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 4918

Next game: Saturday, December 17th, 4:00ish. Same place as usual.
by plaidrhino
Wed Dec 07, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Happy Birthday Mord!
Replies: 17
Views: 1197

ditto from me
by plaidrhino
Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: A Letter to Keiron
Replies: 0
Views: 2640

A Letter to Keiron

Here is the letter Fenny sent along from the brothel to Keiron.

Keiron,

Well now, where to begin. It truly is hard to know in light of all that has happened these past few days. The comedy of the harvest festival…that whelp Maelene…no…I know…the murder of Selanie. Yes, lets begin there.

I can’t understand how we elves have fallen so far for so long. After all the events that led up to Selanie’s murder, it is clear that we are your superiors. I aim to see that the rest of the realm knows that as well.

Oh how I wish I didn’t let my joy slip when watching that young woman loose the shot that fell your mentor, if only to enjoy your pain for a bit longer. Personally, I was quite surprised and even slightly disappointed that he could not sustain more punishment.

Has the young lady shown any remorse for what she has done? I mean, yes I realize that the events leading to Selanie’s demise were set in motion by me but surely the lass must be held accountable to some extent. I mean…didn’t she just react the same way that the villagers did when they killed that mangy pup belonging to Radizze. And, if I know you at all, I am sure you were not pleased at what happened to that circus wolf let alone to someone who has become a bit of a father figure to you.

By now you are probably wondering why I am even bothering to write to you. Well, other than to gloat, as much as it pains me to admit this, I know my destiny is linked to the fate of you and your companions. I am unsure how but I know it to be true. Zhasjoul atleast knew that much though the fool was so wrapped up in the theatrics of the reading that all he could do is speak in vague and cryptic tones.

I plan to find out but in due time. For now there is still plenty of work to be done. There are others who will have to be dealt with as Selanie was and, simply because I can, I promise to have you and your merry men do the dirty work for me. You may try to fight the inevitable but in the end you will fail as I strip away all you have known as truth.

Till our paths cross again,
Fenris D’arqu Ocuulamin
by plaidrhino
Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 4918

Next game: Saturday, December 10th, 4:00ish. Same place as usual.

Edit: This session has been cancelled due to people having a life outside of the game!!!!!!
by plaidrhino
Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 4918

Schedule

Next game: Saturday, November 26th, 4:00ish. Same place as usual.
by plaidrhino
Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: boardgames...
Replies: 35
Views: 5681

Yea, boardgames are a lot of fun. I am all over the spectrum on them, from the trivial pursuit types and their pop culture editions to the more animated charade types and down to the strategic ones like Settlers of Catan. All fun in my book. I even host a boardgame lunch at my work once a month were a bunch of us get together and have a blast during out lunch break.
by plaidrhino
Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:16 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: XP/Fate Awards
Replies: 0
Views: 2614

XP/Fate Awards

So it looks like we are off to a good start. This thread will be a running log of the xp awards. Be sure to check it prior to a game in case you managed to level up. It will include any bonuses from the sessions as well as anything outside of the game like journal entries, character background developemnt, etc.

Cort : 4007/0
Ilyena : 4122/0
Keiron : 4395/0

Updated 01/03/06
by plaidrhino
Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:58 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Campaign Synopsis
Replies: 3
Views: 4307

The First Story Arc: Where the Winds Blow

Near the southern beaches of Ealandrel, the Harvest Festival is upon us once more in Bella’s Field. The townsfolk are excited for this year Councilman Maelene has brought in the Quickfoot Traveling Troupe to entertain the children and to celebrate the good crop. Unfortunately a wolf has escaped from the circus and has attacked a woodsman in the same spot where a young woman was found unconscious and without memory not hours earlier. Councilman Maelene has reached out for any help that can locate the wolf and bring it in before the festival begins with the hopes of rescuing this time honored tradition.
by plaidrhino
Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: Campaign Synopsis
Replies: 3
Views: 4307

Campaign Synopsis

The Story: All is quiet within the realms though it has been a long and winding road that has lead to this peace.

Over 650 years ago, during the Year of Belai, a devastating war between the Slaumount dwarves and the orcs erupted from beneath the earth in Slaugut Valley. The orcs drove the dwarves into refuge among the human lands using vile magic never seen in recorded history. The humans stood by their dwarven brethren to face the onslaught of the orcish armies only to suffer as great and humiliating a loss as the dwarves. The orcs pushed forward into the human lands for 2 years bringing with them hordes of demons with which they became blooded. Cities were ruined and kingdoms fell. Hope was lost. The dwarves and humans were broken.

At the Battle of Lion’s Gate, the blooded orcs moved in to strike the final blow that would bring the humans and dwarves into complete subjugation; but that was not to be. The elvan kingdoms from the north and south rallied with the gnomish artificers to face the orcs and their demons. Weilding power over the earth itself and augmented by the machinations of the gnomes, the elves decimated the demonic legion and pushed the orcs back into the shadows from which they came.

The toll on the kingdoms proved to be extensive. For the next 150 years, the elves aided the humans and dwarves in rebuilding what once was. The resources provided by the elves were tremendous and the humans and dwarves welcomed the elves into their lands with open arms; an action that later defined the tenet ‘Hold your friends close and your enemies closer.’

At the culmination of the rebirth of the kingdoms, it became apparent that the elves had worked their way into the political power centers of all factions. They had waged a secret war within the borders of the human and dwarven kingdoms and had won without their opposition coming to the realization of what was afoot. The humans and dwarves attempted to gain ground but it truly was too late. The elvan kingdom’s hold was too strong. The land was theirs to keep and the lesser races were now second-class citizens.

The elves ruled for about 300 years and would have ruled even unto this day had it not been for the workings of a lone human whose name has been lost amongst the wreckage of the wars to come. You see, the elves ruled by magic not with their hearts. Had they ruled with the latter, they would have known of the infinite possibilities found within the human spirit.

The humans never gave up hope in reclaiming their lands. They integrated themselves fully into the elvan and gnomish communities. They became involved in all aspects of the new life, biding their time and learning the ways of their new rulers. Of particular interest were the gnomish penchant for artifacts and the elvan affinity for magic, both of which the humans had never shown aptitude for.

Through arduous research and experimentation, one man devised the means of the elvan downfall. Using stolen gnomish technologies, he gave the humans their ultimate victory. He developed a way to not only steal the innate magic of the elves but also to harness it for use by the humans and dwarves. Today, this finding is the foundation for the Totemist Guilds. And with this discovery, the rebellions began in the south. Their actions were harsh and brutal fueled from the betrayal that stung still fresh within their hearts. Soon, the elves of the southern kingdom of Ealandrel were stripped of that which binds them to the fey and enslaved.

Within the northern lands of Muldour, the elves were appalled at what had transpired. They demanded the city-states of the north to take action against Ealandrel but the Muldourans refused. For fear that they may be next, the elves, though this is speculation, performed a great ritual, fleeing this reality and abandoning their kingdom. The great elvan kingdom was gone with no sign it ever existed…all that was left is what is now called the Whispering Wood.

In the here and now, the kingdoms of Muldour and Ealandrel co-exist but the winds of change have begun to stir and none can know which will prove stronger, the heart of a Muldouran or the mind of an Ealandri.
by plaidrhino
Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:37 am
Forum: Broken Roads
Topic: House Rules
Replies: 0
Views: 2387

House Rules

Weapon Specialization:

Weapon Specialization is no longer limited to the figther class. Barbarians, Paladins, and Rangers can take the feat upon attaining 6th level. Rogues can take the feat upon attaining 8th level. Clerics worshipping a god of battle and choosing the appropriate domain can gain the feat at 6th level.

Favored Enemy Bonus:

The favored enemy bonus does include the damage bonus as described in version 3.0.

Fate Points:

Each character begins the game with d4 (+2 for haflings) Fate Points. New Fate Points can be gained by nomination from the players and, even then, at the discretion of the DM but will generally only be given for tempting fate in a monumental way.

Fate Points can be used to allow for a re-roll of any one die by the character expending the fate point. Alternatively, a fate point may be expended to cause the DM to re-roll any one roll as long as the effect to be re-rolled directly affected the character expending the fate point. Finally, fate points can be given to the DM in exchange to alter specifics of certain events recently passed. The DM can use the fate points as mentioned above but cannot use them to outrightly kill a character.

Spontaneous Casting for Evil Clerics:

Evil clerics do not spontaneously cast inflict spells. Instead, they cast cure spells just as the good and neutral clerics. It stands to reason that evil will be in need of healing too plus, having to touch an enemy for the inflict spell to work can make it difficult considering clerics are not truly a martial class.

Extended Casting Time for Spells:

Both arcane and divine spell casters can benefit from voluntarily extending the casting time of their spells. By focussing their concentration beyond the normal description of the spell, the caster increase the effectiveness or difficulty for resitance of the spell being cast.

In essence, for every full round the caster extends the spell beyond the normal casting time, the caster can choose 1 effect from below:

1. Increase the effective caster level of the spell by 1.
2. Increase the save DC by 2.
3. Add a +1 concentration bonus for overcoming spell resistance.

Of course this comes with some inherent disadvantages. Any damage taken during the extended spellcasting time incurs the same effects as if the spellcaster had been struck during the initial casting. This main difference is that mishap effects (failure by more than 5) are limited to causing mana burn (d4 per level of the spell) to the spellcaster whose spell was disrupted. In addition, the spellcaster will need to make a sucessful concentration check versus a DC of 10 plus the spell level plus 1 per each round extended. This check must be successful each round. For example, a wizard is casting fireball and extending the spell casting time by 3 rounds. During the next 3 rounds, the wizard will need to succeed at concentration checks with a DC of 14 , 15, and 16 respectively.

Added Class Skills:

The following skills are in class for everyone:
Climb
Concentration
Jump
Listen
Ride
Spot
Swim

Each character will get 3 additional skill points per level (including 1st) to offset these new class skills.

Strength Modifier for the Intimidate Skill:

Given the harsh nature of the realms and the common belief that "might makes right," a character may use their STR modifier instead of their CHA modifier for Intimidate skill checks.

Permanent Rules:

When falling below -10 hit points, the character does not automatically die. Instead, a Fortitude save is granted (DC 15 + amount of damage in excess of -10). Failure indicates the character has died. Success however, means that the character has stabilized but has suffered a grievous permanent injury. d4 points of permanent ability drain which may not be healed via any means short of a wish or miracle. To determine which ability score is affected, a d6 is rolled where 1 = STR, 2 = DEX, 3 = CON, 4 = INT, 5 = WIS, and 6 = CHR.
by plaidrhino
Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Your “coolest” gaming moment
Replies: 43
Views: 5518

[quote="opwunder"]This may seem strange, but for me, the coolest moments in gaming is when I can get an honest surprise out of my plyers when something happens that they really enjoy that they also did not expect. Like in one of my Agent games they figured out who the billionaire is that is frontin...
by plaidrhino
Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:51 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Your “coolest” gaming moment
Replies: 43
Views: 5518

[quote="mordraine"]Hey, I have one! I had a cartoon published in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book once. w00t![/quote] Well since we are going down memory lane regarding TMNT, I have a few. When I lived in MA (near Springfield where Eko's Overstock parcel seemed to hit limbo...) I used to r...
by plaidrhino
Mon Nov 07, 2005 4:11 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Don't shop at Overstock.com
Replies: 53
Views: 15868

[quote="Neuro"]It was the most horrendous thing I've ever seen. A dude riding a bicycle mooning people and with this sort of megaphone traffic cone thing sticking out as though he wanted to broadcast his farts. Plaid Rhino already had dibs on Angelina Jolie.[/quote] I can't help it if people often ...
by plaidrhino
Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 1
Views: 534

I couldn't view it so really have no clue as to what this post is all about other than coffee...this fell into my lap today and i figured i would share...

http://www.cannabis.net/weblife.html
by plaidrhino
Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:58 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: We Hatess Them
Replies: 14
Views: 1141

[quote="Skyman"]JC, Sounds very cool no matter how correct it is. Speaking of friends doing stuff. I've got a friend chasing down new species of reptiles and such in South America rainforest. [url]http://www.lizardchasers.org/[/url] Site is under construct but theres stuff there. He's told me that ...
by plaidrhino
Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:37 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: We Hatess Them
Replies: 14
Views: 1141

[quote="jimmy corrigan"]that's frackin' cool! what other entymological coursework have you had?[/quote] I haven't really had much in the way of direct entomology. A lot of it stemmed from zoological studies that included sections on entomology. Probably the most insightful were the Comparative Anat...
by plaidrhino
Wed Oct 12, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: We Hatess Them
Replies: 14
Views: 1141

On a side note I discovered a new species of grasshopper while doing some neurobiology research in the Isles of Shoals. The course ended after 2 weeks and the professor took over the classification and naming of it. I never got on lick of credit other than brief mention in the Cornell University and University of New Hampshire science department newletters.
by plaidrhino
Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:08 pm
Forum: Debate
Topic: Indy bill to limit reproduction procedures for gays, singles
Replies: 162
Views: 26493

[quote="Cthulhu"]Here ya go.. [url=http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/marzipan.asp]Edible Babies[/url][/quote] Damn Damn Damn...and here I go thinking that I can get me some of those for the company Halloween party and top my homemade kitty litter pie from last year....then I go read this at the bot...
by plaidrhino
Fri Oct 07, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: Debate
Topic: Non-political Debate
Replies: 70
Views: 12789

[quote="Wintermute"]That's why, as a GM, you need to carefully look over concepts. I've had a few players get very offended when I rejected their characters, but in the end it's the GM's call.[/quote] I completely agree with this. Over the years I have come across many people who have tried to abus...
by plaidrhino
Thu Sep 29, 2005 8:03 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Anti-MMORPG ad
Replies: 12
Views: 1750

Anti-MMORPG ad

Thought this was pretty funny.

http://craphound.com/images/wowdanddad.jpg
by plaidrhino
Tue Aug 30, 2005 3:36 pm
Forum: Spam: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Topic: Vampire: The Wild West
Replies: 15
Views: 3107

is the 7:00 show different from the 9:00 show?

kidding aside. that was one of the funniest things i have read in a while
by plaidrhino
Fri Aug 19, 2005 6:34 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: if'n you like cats...
Replies: 17
Views: 1519


[quote="smartmonkey"][url]http://www.stuffonmycat.com/media/2/20050818-FROOTLOOP.jpg[/url]



Holy crap! A cat with everything I consume in a week piled on top of it!



[/hyperbole][/quote]




Like you would ever eat anything as healthy as Special K...

by plaidrhino
Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Glad I never had kids...
Replies: 20
Views: 1317

I must say that I am really surprised that no one has tried to pin this kids behavior on Bush.

That aside...it does sound like some of the stuff my mom had to put up with me and my two older brothers...god I need to make up for that childhood...
by plaidrhino
Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:50 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: It's what I would have guessed.
Replies: 7
Views: 520


[quote="Wintermute"]Haha, just found this, also very cool!



[url]http://gprime.net/video.php/nintendothemesacappella[/url][/quote]


that was awesome

by plaidrhino
Tue Jul 12, 2005 12:18 pm
Forum: Congregatio Invicta
Topic: Future Thursdays...
Replies: 10
Views: 3067

hehe not that i have been to any of the thursdays thanks to scheduling conflicts but if you find yourselves gaming on the weekends, let me know. those seem to be the best for me.

btw, congrats on the new position, thats great
by plaidrhino
Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: City of Heroes!
Replies: 802
Views: 217254

There is Imperious Rex (LVL 8 Magic Defender), Rook One (LVL 6 Natural Scrapper) and Captain Armada (LVL 4 Technology Blaster). Still not sure which I will play the most. Haven't done much along the lines of groups...just been playing around getting a feel for the game. Getting to the point now where I want to learn more dynamics of the game.
by plaidrhino
Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:05 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: City of Heroes!
Replies: 802
Views: 217254

I just started up too and created a few characters on the same server as you guys...I'll have to look some of you up to figure out what the hell i am doing :)
by plaidrhino
Fri May 20, 2005 12:07 pm
Forum: Spam: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Topic: The Order of the Stick
Replies: 1
Views: 1271

The Order of the Stick

A friend just sent me this link. Check out the comics. Some pretty funny stuff.

www.giantitp.com
by plaidrhino
Sat May 07, 2005 6:22 am
Forum: Aleph Null
Topic: Gone, but not forgotten...
Replies: 2
Views: 7404

yea....aleph null was shaping up to be one of the funnest games i played in. i definitely look forward to it coming back.
by plaidrhino
Mon May 02, 2005 7:28 am
Forum: One-Shots
Topic: Exalted: Children of Dragons
Replies: 56
Views: 24771

i have always wanted to try exalted. if i am up and around by then count me in
by plaidrhino
Thu Apr 14, 2005 6:46 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Smartmonkey = Teh BroXen.
Replies: 31
Views: 1303

glad to here things went well...when you are up an running so to speak...we should get together and get you that D20 tattoo you have always wanted...
by plaidrhino
Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Hey Smartmonkey
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Good times....good times....
by plaidrhino
Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:33 pm
Forum: Congregatio Invicta
Topic: So, for this Thursday...
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

and of course thanks to work screwing me again i can no longer make it. damn client just gave me some new safety data that needs to be entered and reconciled before i can proceed with the lock fo these 2 databases. bastards. i am jonesing for a game but can't get my friggin schedule to calm down
by plaidrhino
Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:10 am
Forum: Congregatio Invicta
Topic: So, for this Thursday...
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

what time should i be there by?
by plaidrhino
Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:31 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: What High School Stereotype are you?
Replies: 14
Views: 985

wow my highest was a 38% Ghetto Gangsta
by plaidrhino
Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:28 pm
Forum: Congregatio Invicta
Topic: So, for this Thursday...
Replies: 17
Views: 3131

seeing as this is my first venture into the fray with you folks, is there anything in particular i should bring and ummm where am i to bring it ?
by plaidrhino
Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:35 pm
Forum: Congregatio Invicta
Topic: Scheduling
Replies: 35
Views: 6680

Awesome thanks. I even put in a bogus request at work that covers me from having to stay late that night. hehe...
by plaidrhino
Tue Mar 22, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: Congregatio Invicta
Topic: Scheduling
Replies: 35
Views: 6680

Hey folks, my pool league has a bye for 3 weeks so if you guys have anything planned and don't mind a guest I would love to come out.
by plaidrhino
Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:41 am
Forum: Spam
Topic: Your D&D Stats
Replies: 33
Views: 3291

Neutral Good Fighter

STR 16
DEX 14
CON 14
INT 16
WIS 14
CHR 12
by plaidrhino
Thu Mar 17, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: Action Hero Test
Replies: 17
Views: 1012

I scored an 11. Riddick
by plaidrhino
Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:16 am
Forum: HyphenCon
Topic: plaidrhino's MnM scion sign-up
Replies: 11
Views: 5158

Bad news folks. Thanks to an employee moving on to bigger and better things, I am stuck with a lot of work on my hands that is gonna keep me busy until atleast the 1st week of April. I am not gonna be able to make this though I do have every intention of running this once I can get past these deadlines in work for any folk that expressed interest.
by plaidrhino
Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:52 pm
Forum: Spam
Topic: what's your name?
Replies: 16
Views: 943

I rank 69 in 2003...<insert joke here>
by plaidrhino
Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:33 am
Forum: RPG Discussion
Topic: Super Munchkin
Replies: 14
Views: 1496

i really am gonna have to give this a try. the munchkin stuff is great