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Creation Date: March 1st, 2010 06:15 PM
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In Moot Member Blogs Dear Mom; traveller memories. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #579 New July 7th, 2019 11:01 PM
Well, mother, after my friend David, a devout Catholic (in case you're interested, Catholicism being a big thing for you) ran a session of Dungeons and Dragons, I was hooked.

Dungeons and Dragons is no different than any other game made by the big popular mainstream game companies like Parker Brothers, Hasbro or whoever. When you play Monopoly you roll dice to move your piece, and you decide whether or not to buy a property, or make a deal if it's already owned. You are essentially role pl ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Alien Realms Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #578 New July 7th, 2019 01:24 PM
I bought Alien Realms maybe a year or two after it was first published.

http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Alien_Realms

I was attracted to it by the abstract cover art, but when I read through the pages I discovered more abstract character oriented scenarios, and no dungeon crawls. Even at that late in "the game" I was still under a lot of misapprehension or misunderstanding of Traveller's "true colors", so to speak, in terms of it being more of a law enforcement oriented game and tool than ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs More online harassment Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #577 New July 6th, 2019 10:58 PM
I sent a real angry email to the local PD about being stalked online. Having my net connection nuked during games and my net browser history being repeated to me in game chat. That's on top of all the other bullshit I was put through.
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In Moot Member Blogs Life in the Milky Way Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #576 New July 5th, 2019 05:32 PM
Or, more broadly, life in the universe. To me life is a system of chemicals that is able to duplicate itself through the use of other chemicals, elements and compounds with known physics. It's why animals on our planet are considered life and why a crystal lattice in some rock isn't.

I think solar radiation, and I mean extreme solar radiation, breaks down unshielded chemical processes. And therefore you get life on Earth, but not the moon because of our magnetic field generated by our spin ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Stewart Cowley 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #575 New July 3rd, 2019 05:32 AM
Suffice it to say that the TTA books, in a time that was pretty mundane, were another bright spot in a world that seemed to be going backwards or standing still.

You younger readers have to imagine a time when you couldn't just log on and look up some factoid. Oh sure, you could call the library and ask a question, and they'd happily look it up for you, but rarely did anyone do that, and it was kind of a pain because you had to interact with someone. There were cars, phones (land lines), ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Stewart Cowley memories Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #574 New July 1st, 2019 10:42 AM
I've made it a point not to write about the 70s. I didn't like the 70s. Nothing really good for me personally came out of that era, and other than a few familial events it was a pretty boring time to be alive. However, in the wake of Star Wars' success (or perhaps coincidentally, though I doubt it) there was a flurry of scifi stuff put onto what had been up to that point a predominantly Star Trek oriented fanbase, audience and market. One of those things was a series of books authored by th ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Pseudo Science 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #573 New June 30th, 2019 08:28 PM
So I tract down that pseudo science doc from the 70s, and it's far more campier than I remember, but still has that veneer of authenticity. Or it would were the material just not so laughable. However, I didn't get as angry at it as I thought I would. Oh sure, I burst a few blood vessels, but not like I would have ten years ago.

Ultimately I guess it doesn't really matter whether people believe in big foot, UFOs, ghosts, ESP and whatever else. But I still think it highly irresponsible to ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Rogue One thoughts Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #572 New June 28th, 2019 10:13 AM
So, I saw Rogue One in the theatres like a lot of other people. I didn't think too much of it, but neither did I dislike it. I suppose my one observation of it is that it was very dark in tone, and it felt like the same people who wrote the Blade Runner sequel also wrote Disney's new Star Wars' film. That is to say the graphic novel feel and story structure (lots of self referencing and odd quirky moments that don't belong) were apparent in Rogue One. So was a lack of spontaneity and explor ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Filing divorce papers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #571 New June 25th, 2019 12:26 PM
My gut and I have had a long and interesting "marriage", but it's time we went our separate ways.

Tried rewatching Rogue One, but found it too dark and dismal in tone to really get into it. Such is Disney's direction for Lucas's creation.

My TV now displays regular 4:3 TV shows properly, but boy do those DVDs, in terms of image quality, look grainy and have a lot of video noise. In widescreen "stretch" format the image looked wonky, but it looked nice. I can't figure that one out ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Pseudo Science Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #570 New June 22nd, 2019 07:34 PM
Traveller has the Ancients visiting Earth in humanity's distant past. Grandfather wasn't quite old enough to get Ancient "Droyne" to Earth's Jurassic nor Triassic periods or before, so his selection of fauna on Terra was limited to what had evolved after the big meteor strike. But it does make one wonder if there are photographs of Grandfather and his offspring's vessels revisiting Terra after the invention of photography, and if humans with their fledging cameras snapped pics of "flying sa ...More Read More
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