But first I’ve decided to call the dragon’s world Orth. Which is a deliberate misspell in Earth in line with Gary Gygax’s various misspellings such as Ærth and Airth. But in any case…
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In this post we’re going off track to have a look a Ceratops Island, an island in the South Pacific were Orth’s last remaining ceratopsians live. The cerries as they are known are actually small animals about the size of a goat who are energetic little fellows bouncing around from rock to rock and climbing into the trees. They are essentially triceratops with three horns, curious, and they love people. In fact they are rather tame and interact with humans and elves and dwarves and orks on a regular basis.
In fact the cerries have been domesticated for a long time and would make for great pets if the current owner would agree to it. But this dragon is a jealous dragon and doesn’t want to see them taken from his island. His children see them as a source of revenue and would love to sell them on the open market, but Dad is adamant about this and has been saying firmly “no” for the past 1,000 years or so. It looks like the latest suit by his children is about to be tossed out of court , and they have tried pressing for litigation to see that his ownership of Ceratops island is revoked. That it is a sovereign nation in it’s own right would appear to put the kibosh on that.
Orth’s remaining ceratopsians are small, goat like in behavior, long domesticated, and the target of nigh draconian greed on practically all sides of the dispute.
We die. Given a century+ we all die.Damn all you can do about it. Some will die younger, some will die older, but we will die and in the long run you might as well say the heck with it and get ready to die.
Some of us can prepare for it, for most of us it will happen when we least expect it. All your bitching won’t change a thing. So get used to it and get over it.
As for the virus, it will take some and leave others behind, end of story. A 100 year old man has survived, people in their 30s have died. With my COPD and my low vitamin D I’m apparently in danger. But with my autism I apparently have an immune system that just won’t quit. So I need to be careful, but at the same time I need sunshine if I’m to have a decent supply of vitamin D.
As for others, we just can’t stay locked up for the rest of our lives. We need to get out, to do things and to socialize. We are a social animal and we need the contact. So some will die and some will live, and for the most part our species will change whether we like it or not. Their will be fatalities thanks to C19 end of story. There are times you will need to accept what you can’t change, deal with it.
In A Failure of Imagination author Caleb A Scharf points out that by and large scientists are scientifically conservative. As author Gregory Benford pointed out in his novel Time Scape it is a matter of “Not taught in School”. Or something like that. At least that’s what it sounds like to me.
And it’s not just H. G. Wells, his observations can also include Isaac Asimov and Author C. Clarke. Most certainly Robert Anson Heinlein. There are just entirely too many in science who let themselves shut down when they hear of something that disagrees with what they believe. I call it denial and I say it’s crap.
Just got a new refrigerator and I may be getting a newer IMac here soon. I just need some cables so I can transfer files from my old machine to my new one. Then I’ll be getting back on line and getting new copies of old soft ware. How is your day going?
May your children be just as you.May they leave you in the street to suffer and waste away. May they squander your fortune on mindless frivolity and leave themselves destitute. May you find yourself impoverished with no friends and no succor. May your friends disavow you and may your enemies prosper at your misfortune. May your family give up on you in despair.
May the angels disregard you. May the demons do as well. May God forget your name and may the stars ignore your passing. May it be as if you never were and may your name be blotted from the Book of Life. May the Jews have less pity for you than they do for Hitler.
May your death be an occasion for rejoicing and may the dogs reject your meat as if it were a poison. May you be cast out from existence to become as nothing in the realms beyond. May your mother curse you.
This curse I lay upon you for your have sorely pained me. As you have brought pain to the rest of humanity. May your death be lingering and ignored, for you are not even worth God’s time.
Now I can’t make purchases on Apple’s app store thanks to my OS being too old. I need Catalina but I can’t upgrade from El Capitan, something about their security settings. So I need a newer Mac that can handle Catalina. You can help could you please donate via the button in the sidebar? Just $1000 should do.
As part of my rewrite of Dangerous Journeys I’ve been thinking about how do handle the matter of surprise in an encounter. But then I’ve kept putting it off. So now I’m how to write about it and to see about getting your thoughts on the matter.
Now the first RPG got its start as a war game and it’s mechanic for determining surprise was a simple one; the responsible party rolled once for surprise after which it was assumed that everybody involved knew instantly where everybody else was and what they were doing. Problem is, in real life it don’t work that way.
You see, depending on how perceptive you are and what you’re paying attention to you can be surprised again and again. In fact, you can be so overwhelmed by events you’re constantly being surprised with no real chance to recover until things settle down. And it’s not just autistics like me. So I’ve decided to see about modeling this in Dangerous Journeys.
First, determine if there is a possibility for an encounter. Next check against the parties’ Perception, Mental or Physical, more specifically against the Notice sub-area. Should the check succeed then the party in question is aware of what is going on and is thus not surprised. If the check fails then he is surprised and the amount of surprise is equal to the number rolled on the check minus the target number needed to succeed in beats. So if the target number was a 36 then a roll of 36 or less would mean no surprise, while a roll higher than 36 would mean surprise. So if the roll was a 42 for example, then the party would be surprised for 42 minus 36 or 6 beats. This penalty is then added to the Persona’s initiative roll much as a weapon speed factor or the cost in an action would be.
In addition it is always possible to be surprised during the course of an encounter. Say your Persona has finished dealing with another party, a third party then attempts to engage him. He may not have been paying attention, so you get to determine if your Persona does notice this third party and if the check fails then your Persona is surprised all over again. I know, it’s mean, but it does happen in real life to why not in an imaginary one?
I hope I’ve made myself clear and that you can make use of this with your preferred system. In short check on the possibility of surprise using what ever mechanics for perception used by your role playing engine, and do so while there is any chance of the parties involved being surprised. Hope this helps.