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  • Fun way to complicate things: repeater stations. Find the original in a crowd of very loud copy-cats. Each station is a potential site of interest in the mystery.
  • Posted By: GrahamThat's wonderful, Eric, thank you. What happens if they drive towards Edinburgh, triangulating as they go? First, they localize it to Scotland. So they drive across Scotland and do a bit more triangulation. It looks like the southea…
  • Your countryman Dr. John Snow pioneered the method of choice, a practical application of which Prof. Weeks has described above.
  • ***************************** TL;DR: JDCorley is right. ***************************** I have actually done the whole "triangulation with loop antennae" thing as a senior physics project, except I was triangulating the electromagnetic waves from li…
  • Posted By: Luke WheelPosted By: Ryan MacklinFor me, the dissonant part of Inception=Lacuna is Heartrate. I don't see that analog in Inception. But it's not as if it couldn't be reskinned or even outright hacked. - Ryan You're right, you need a mech…
    in Inception Comment by Eric July 2010
  • Posted By: Paul T.These sound more like archetypes than skills. Like, why does "Stealth" include looking for traps and backstabbing? Well "Thief" or "Assassin" includes both, quite easily. Which might give you something like: Thaumaturgist:Castin…
  • Old-skool games created behind the Iron Curtain.
  • Debits and Credits: Debt Slavery and the Credit Spiral “Work your fingers to the bone and what do you get? Bony fingers!” An interesting thing that happens in Shadowrun is that despite the fact that the characters are getting a brand new identity s…
  • Just read The Ends, okay? Seriously. Some excerpts: Why Crime? "Why yes, Big Brother is watching. However Big Brother has ADHD, so I'm going to sit here drinking my soykaf like any of a billion wage slaves are doing right now. And then Big Brother w…
  • Posted By: Bret GillanThe beginning of3-D matter printing? 3-D printing has been around long enough to have a dedicated following in the DIY community. Here's a post on MAKE magazine from 2008 discussing what people were doing with it then. I might …
  • Time for more image macros! Here's a bunch on a theme:
  • This thread needs more image macros. How about a trip down image macro memory lane? A classic: This one was a real trendsetter: Award-winning macroship: Ah, the good old days...
  • I was using my discretionary income to support struggling local treasures rather than these out-of-towners and their bling-encrusted exploits. Also, get off my lawn.
  • Posted By: joepubAudition Week from American Idol
  • There are a host of perfectly plausible medical reasons why someone might have a sudden psychotic episode. One undiagnosed brain tumor and you're an axe murderer.
  • On a similar note: C'était un rendez-vous Word.
  • Posted By: AndyPosted By: TulpaYokohamaKaidashiKikouis a real postmodern post-apocalypse. A world without ambition, conflict or drama. It is postmodern in a way the traditional moralist tales of Fight Club and No Country cannot approach. Abandon the…
  • Posted By: wundergeekBuffy just isn't universal in the way I'm hearing Dr. Who is universal in Britain. It has a cult following that is very large, true, but mention kitten poker to most people and they'll look at you like you've just grown horns. B…
  • Posted By: jaywaltSerial killers? Like when they come on the investigation porn shows (CSI, Law and Order), they're usually pretty exciting. And now we have two entire shows devoted to them (Criminal Minds, Dexter). This is correct. The serial kil…
  • Posted By: Jared A. SorensenSure, but forget about that stuff for a moment. Do you really see a Harry Potter RPG session going down like a D&D 4e session? "Harry is flanked by Draco and Goyle, that's a +2 to hit him and Draco has combat advant…
  • Posted By: DevPI was literally thinking about tentacles in the shower, and *bam*, there's jaywalt. ...wait, what?
  • Posted By: jaywaltGuys, you forgot the most important part of kraken... Chronosbane Kraken Probabilistic Tentacle(minion) Whenever a Chaosbane Kraken is encountered, designate a number of spaces (relative to the potency of the given kraken) to be …
  • Posted By: ndpOnce I ran a game of Primitive where I used my cell phone as a kraken, and pieces of gum as it's tentacles. Boy were those cave men surprised! I think they all ended up getting killed by a volcano. You remember correctly. Our cultural …
  • Fuck yeah, history!
  • Posted By: MatthijsMendel, I've never heard of Phoenix Wright. Did he/she do interesting stuff? Yes. Very much so.
  • Yes, it's a psychological thing. Gambling and games of chance pervert evolutionary incentives to trick our minds and emotions. And, from Ecclesiastes and the teachings of the Buddha to modern self-help books, people have long recognized that peace o…
  • Posted By: Graham on TwitterIf I gave indie gamers Snakes and Ladders, they'd argue what the narrative theme was. Is it fear of snakes? Social climbing? Fatalism? ... Let's take it to Story Games. I'll post "Is Snakes and Ladders Buddhist?". Then yo…
  • Well, the first thing I thought of, just after reading the words "Selous Scout" and before reading the wikipedia article, was... After glancing through the wikipedia article, I have a, shall we say, substantially different reaction. I'd say start…
  • Posted By: JDCorleyWell, duh, Deckard! This is a noir story, right? Definitely Deckard then. If it were a normal drama, sure, Roy. But it's not. This is correct.
  • Posted By: Jim CrockerThe Satellites have written a message in the desert in hundred-foot high letters that if so much as a SINGLE one of them falls as a result of action from the ground, they will collectively direct their fire at the Yellowstone S…
  • Posted By: Jason MorningstarTherefore I'm re-tasking everyone with new duties - I want reports on conditions on the ground. Electrical systems are down, no EM can survive for long. What's happening out there? How are people reacting? Are there ways …
  • Posted By: David ArtmanWMO/ICSU/IOC WORLD CLIMATE RESEARCH PROGRAMME JOINT SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE SIXTY-THIRD SESSION CANADIAN FORCES STATION ALERT, ALERT, NUNAVUT, CANADA 15-19 FEBRUARY 2059 Look, guys, I know it's just me left up here, but I'm the …
  • After some more thought, I think at this point the nuclear option is established as achievable, but subject to the particulars of the situation: exact levels of radiation hardening, altitude of targets, and so forth. The Trident II missile system ha…
  • Questions for the design team: how does that satellite network accomplish intra-satellite communications (radio, laser, etc...)? Can the satellites repair themselves or upgrade their physical structure (who thought that might even be a good idea, an…
  • Posted By: Jason MorningstarRelated question for team submarine: Can you hack the missiles in-tube? I'd guess you could change targets from among a small universe of possibilities (like a UTM coordinate), but can you alter them to do something total…
  • Posted By: Simon RogersThese could be clever enough to shut down ones in danger before the missiles were even near (rather than detecting radiation). And if they were super radiation hardened to prevent just this eventuality, it would give them even…
  • Posted By: akooserWe talked with the shielding team before one of them flipped on a personal communication device (the team is now vaporized). The platforms are hardened against nuclear attacks. So even a direct hit would fail to bring one down. ..…
  • Subversion strategy: use orbital attacks as a power source. It takes 2.6 kilojoules of energy to boil 1 gram of room-temperature water. Thus, 1 terajoule of energy can boil about 380 million grams of water, or 380 thousand liters. That sounds like a…
  • Posted By: Simon RogersFor the US alone there are 14 nuclear-powered submarines, each armed with 24 Trident II SLBMs, with 8 MIRVS. Add another four British ones, a whole bunch of Russian and Chinese ones, and even excluding all the missiles in silo…
  • Posted By: Simon RogersThey reach an altitude of about 1200km on a ballistic trajectory. I'm not sure what would happen if you put all their thrust into gaining altitude. Low orbit satellites can be up to 2000km high, but I don't think their lasers …
  • Posted By: Jason MorningstarI think the elaborate underground lair type plans may be more wishful thinking than practical - you'd need to fab every component on site. The chip plants in Asia are gone, the machine tool facilities in the midwest are s…
  • Thanks to communications systems, reflection from the sun, and electrical noise, the satellites themselves are nontrivial EM sources in the targeted radiation band. Thus, you may not need to shoot them down if you can get them to shoot each other do…
  • Another Giant Detailed Setting example: Ptolus. It is XBOX HUEG and, for the most part, set up like a travel guide. You can thus easily start at a city block or neighborhood level and scale upwards. Knowing that there is an actual and defined "upwar…
  • It's not going to directly affect setting details, but previous near-human-extinction events serve to illustrate just how close we can come to total annihilation and still pull through. Note: genetically speaking, modern humanity has an effective …
  • Posted By: GrahamWhat fascinates me about this thread is how obscure some of the characters are. Seriously? I mean, sure, sometimes people read books or see movies that you haven't. I hadn't head of "Lord of Light." Here's what I see in this thread,…
  • Posted By: komradebobPosted By: TristanKing Arthur technically dies, then is taken to Avalon to "heal". And he will return (be reborn?) when England needs him the most. Isn't there something similar about Barbarossa? Correct.
  • *****SPOILERS AHEAD***** Very well known sci-fi example: Spock. Obi Wan Kenobi, sort of. Wulfgar, prompting R.A. Salvatore to say, ""If the character's owner wants a character to come back, it will come back even if the creator and writer…
  • Posted By: Graham1. Do you know what dripping is? 2. How do you measure temperatures, weights and volumes? 3. Do you have smoked fish over there, particularly haddock? 4. Do you have long-grain or basmati rice? Does it go under those names or do you…