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  1. I experienced login issues on the evening of day one and day one only. Didn’t get an error message giving me a specific reason, just the little loading pinwheel spinning and spinning and spinning... I just shrugged, chalked it up to the fact that it was prime-time on day one of a much hyped new service and just watched something on Amazon Prime.
  2. A few growing pains, as to be expected by the rollout of any massive service... we all know about day one bugs on MMORPGs, right? But nothing any worse than I’ve seen with other streaming services.
  3. Respectfully to all involved, but perhaps we should segue the discussion on be psychology, metaphysics, and philosophy around suicide to the Realm of Chaos sub forum and return this thread to silly random thoughts.
  4. Okay, I’m hijacking the thread again, but no one’s told me to shut up yet and people seem to find it interesting. I found this excellent picture that illustrates the heraldic concept of “this is on top of that” that I was talking about earlier. When writing the description for a coat of arms, known as a blazon, heralds use a specific set of jargon, syntax, and keywords that works almost like a programming language. Just like two computers on opposite sides of the globe fed identical lines of machine code will spit out the same data, give two heralds the same blazon and you’ll get the same shield. The blazon for the below shield would be Gules a pale argent on a chief azure three mullets of the second. Which “translated” into words normal people is would be Red, a vertical line of white, on a horizontal line at the top of blue, three five-pointed stars of white. The first line in most blazons tells you the color of “the field,” this will be the main background that everything else sits on. In this case it’s red, so we begin simply with the word: “Gules...” Next, we need to know if their are any complex designs (“charges”) like lions or dragons or just simple geometric shapes (“ordinaries”) on the field. In this case, we have a vertical white band that takes up approximately 1/3 to 1/5 of the space, this is a very common design an is the ordinary known as the “pale.” (There’s a modern variation that’s 1/2 to 4/5 of the space known as the Canadian Pale. It was invented in 1964 for their flag.) So in the blazon we need to identify the shape and it’s size: “Gules, a pale argent...” This shield has two ordinaries on it, the white vertical line and the horizontal blue line that take up about 1/3 to 1/5 of the shield. This line across the top is known as a “chief” and is always along the top. A horizontal band across the middle is a “fess.” Since the chief will be going “over” the pale it is listed second in the blazon: “Gules, a pale argent, a chief azure...” This shield has three complex shapes or charges on the chief. All the various charges used in heraldry have specific names and there is a whole lot of rules on how that all works. But suffice it to say that it’s kinda like keywords. Every herald knows that “lion rampant” means a lion posed to attack and a “lion dormant” means a lion sleeping and a thousand other variations. In the case of our example shield, we’ve got the five-pointed stars that were common in English heraldry but not the heraldry on the continent that favored six-pointed stars. Well, the French nabbed the keyword “star” first so that charge is always a six-pointed star by default. So the five-pointed star came to be called a “mullet.” We add them to the blazon with just a bit editing to be certain to get them where we want. Like so: “Gules, a pale argent, on a chief azure three mullets argent.” Alternatively, when a blazon has lots of colors repeated in it, you can just refer back to one previously mentioned. “Gules, a pale argent, on a chief azure three mullets of the second.” A herald will read that “of the second” bit and then return to the start of the blazon and look for the second color mentioned. Basically, like a 20 GOTO 10 line in computer code. If it read “...of the first” the stars would be red, if it said “..of the third” they’d be blue. (Both of those are bad examples that break the rule of tincture, but you get my drift.) Thank you for coming to my TEDTalk.
  5. Barring any sudden developments, like sick kids or an unexpected marriage proposal from Anne Hathaway, I plan to be there.
  6. Fair enough. I was really late in jumping onto this anyway.
  7. Just got the game and made a team, Sweeeeet Transylvanians.
  8. “Hold My Beard”
  9. The High Crusade by Poul Anderson is a rip-roaring adventure from the golden age of sci-fi, although I like The Excalibur Alternative by David Weber better. (Weber's book most definitely owes its existence to Anderson's, it's essentially the same story.) Both involve medieval armies encountering aliens and spiral out from there... Might be a fun way to wean yourself off of medieval drama and into sci-fi adventure. And give you perfect justification for having the Kingdom of Equality-tane do battle with Space Marines.
  10. On the book front, I highly recommend 1066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth. I haven't listened to it as an audiobook but I've read the dead-tree edition a half dozen times. Obviously, the Crusades were a few decades to a few centuries after 1066. The First Crusade (1095–1099) and the Third Crusade (1189–1192) being the most well known... Since the First Crusader was the most successful one for Christians and the Third Crusade had all the "big names" like Richard the Lionheart, Balian of Ibelin, Saladin, et. al. Still, the Norman Conquest of England isn't too far removed from the early Crusades and it is an event of singular importance in the history of Great Britain, western Europe, and the English-speaking world. (The Fireforge Games Templar and Teutonic Knight models are all Third Crusade era.) Howarth takes the somewhat convoluted succession crisis that triggered it and explains it in a easy to follow way, but he also takes care to explain why the succession dispute was mostly just a fig-leaf for the real causes of the war: economics, population pressures, and naked ambition. Howarth also makes it about more than just names, dates, and dry recitation of battlefield stats. The book is still a work of history, but he weaves it into a cohesive narrative that makes it feel almost like you're reading a novel.
  11. I came here to have a good time and I’m honestly feeling so attacked right now...
  12. Your General is renowned for his cautious and pragmatic approach to warfare... (If you won you last game) Rather than risk the lives of his men pursuing a risky break-through, he orders his men to fortify their position. He secures his supply lines, has his scouts reconnoiter the area, and confers with his closest lieutenants. (If you lost your last game) Rather than rush off in an uncontrolled rout, your General’s level-headed stoicism has rubbed off on his troops and they withdraw to safety in an orderly fashion. The rearguard bravely holds on long enough for vital supplies to be moved, the scouts have already found a new safe camp, and his lieutenants rally their units keeping morale high. So, give the player who missed a week whatever the “average” or “median” result would be had they played. Presumably there’s some sort of result chart, right? X for a Win, Y for a Loss? There should be a point halfway between X and Y...
  13. Would post this in the Random Photo Thread, but it does kinda have a spoiler for the big reveal at the end of Chapter 1:
  14. Yep, he’s a Bloodthirster.
  15. I’m just surprised that Hirst Arts hasn’t leveraged their decades of brand building and good reputation into starting a 3D printer file shop. Yes, their plaster molds are great, but I think that’s a business model that isn’t going to last much longer. If they took their mold designs and replicated them as downloadable files for 3D printers, I bet they’d clean up.
  16. I’ve a large WHFB Empire army which was made up of samurai and ashigaru from historical miniatures manufactures and not GW stuff. It’s been in storage back in Michigan, but I’m trying to make arraignments to get it shipped to me here... If that happens, I might jump into this league. Big, fat, monstrous creature sized “if” on that though.
  17. The section on how to make corrugated metal, at the bottom of the linked page, should also prove useful for Gaslands.
  18. “Be excellent to each other and party on, dudes.”
  19. So, in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, we see that in the future year of 2688 A.D. everyone lives in an idyllic utopia inspired by the music of the band Wyld Stallyns. It’s currently 2019 A.D. and one of the most popular memes on social media and pop culture is that of “St. Keanu.” Extolling Keanu Reeves for his humble personality, insightful interviews, and general, all-round sheer niceness. (And looking damn fine in a well tailored suit.) A lot of cultural drift can happen in 669 years... Maybe, just maybe, the future San Dimas isn’t that impossible?
  20. [Conan] shrugged his shoulders. "I have known many gods. He who denies them is as blind as he who trusts them too deeply. I seek not beyond death. It may be the blackness averred by the Nemedian skeptics, or Crom's realm of ice and cloud, or the snowy plains and vaulted halls of the Nordheimer's Valhalla. “I know not, nor do I care. “Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content." —Robert E. Howard, ‘Queen of the Black Coast,’ Weird Tales 235 (May 1934) [emphasis added]
  21. “Live forever or die trying!” That’s my motto.
  22. Ever realize that anyone of us – even you –could be an immortal... we just haven’t found it out yet?
  23. Just another Warhammer 40,000 miniature inspired by classic Heavy Metal album covers...
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