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12:44 AM
Almost ready for our Rolemaster game on Monday ... but our Forum is down ! xo
Didn't get my Character Gen app written in time :(
Will still work on completing it, just for the sake of it :)
 
Ben
1:26 AM
@vicky_molokh the idea of using the "11d1" is basically just guaranteed 11 damage each time. Since a d1 only returns one result. The concept is just more of a quirky feature of the particular weapon :)
Morning all!
 
@Ben hi
 
Ben
Hows things been going?
 
meh
yourself?
 
Ben
Just spent a few days in Central NQ at the Undara Volcano National Park.
 
Sounds good!
 
Ben
1:32 AM
I didn't even know we had volcanos in QLD
It was pretty cool though!
Apart from the kookaburras that kept stealing my breakfast! haha
 
haha
 
Lol
Ah Australia, the beautiful place where the cute animals who aren't horrifying or trying to kill you will instead steal your food
 
@trogdor Why not both?
 
There is no reason
Both can definitely be achieved
XD
To be fair I think most of the animals/wildlife there isn't trying to kill you, it just happens to be able to
Like snakes
Those aren't looking for humans to bite
Doesn't mean it never happens but yeah
 
probably true. it doesn't really care ... you just happen to be in the way
@Ben what were the volcanoes like?
Active?
 
1:39 AM
Well for snakes in particular it's more like "oh god look at that huge monster! I need to bite it if it comes any closer than that"
"it could kill me just by accidentally stepping on me in the wrong place"
 
@trogdor venomous snakes have got a "c'mon then! bring it! you 'n' me! Right here, right now!" attitude
 
Eh I mean, they aren't looking for a fight
 
But they won't back away from one
 
They are actually smart enough to know we are as dangerous to them as they are to us
No they won't
Because usually if you stumbled on them you put them in a corner
 
true
 
1:42 AM
And they also know most predators respond to running away by pouncing
Or alternatively giving chase
 
Ben
@BlackSpike Dormant. Have been for nearly 200k years.
But not extinct.
 
Not an expert on snakes ... but I learnt how to deal with the feral dogs on our local "low-income housing estate"
 
Ben
[eerie background noises]
 
Even the invasive brown tree snakes here, which are actually not very good at hurting adult humans at all, still posture when they see someone because what they are saying is "go away, don't kill me or I bite you"
 
@Ben overdue for an eruption? Eeep!
 
Ben
1:45 AM
Fun fact: the Death Adder isn't actually deadly.
 
@Ben Yeah, that's what they want you to think!
 
Ben
It's venomous, but it's not as lethal as the name implies
The Brown Snake is the one to look out for
 
Even though they know thier venom isn't very effective against something so much bigger than them, it's a survival mechanism to try to ward off a threat
 
We don't have many dangerous snakes in UK
 
Ben
Which is extra hard because 90% of snakes in Aus are brown
 
1:47 AM
Which probably partly exists because some other snake species are more dangerous
@Ben not to be confused with the brown tree snake
XD
 
Ben
Exactly lol
 
yup. quite common ... I'm a brown snake that's giving you the "c'mon then! I got this!!" .. .you don't know if it's a Deadly Killer, or merely a Painful Inconvenience ...
 
Yeah less venomous species probably evolved to fake it
 
Ben
The Daddy Long Legs is actually one of the most deadly spiders in Australia, but their fangs aren't actually long enough to pierce human skin
 
heh
 
Ben
1:49 AM
The Huntsman on the other hand is not actually dangerous at all, but they still do have a very painful bite, simply because they are large spiders with large fangs.
 
Daddy Log Legs is one of the few 8-legs I can abide
 
Ben
I actually had many Hunstman Spiders as pets when I was young
 
My aunt smashed her car up when she saw a Huntsman on the passenger seat!
 
Ugh
All for talking about snakes but I bow out with spiders
 
Ben
Lol
 
1:50 AM
@trogdor agreed. Lets get back to volcanoes
 
Ben
The normal reaction to that in Aus is "OI! NO FREE RIDES!"
 
@BlackSpike Lol
 
Ben
The ones in NQ are actually slow flow volcanoes. Not all fire and doom and lava explosions
 
@Ben aah, Hawai'i style :>
all they do is sit there and drool lava
 
All we got is Edinburgh Castle
 
Ben
1:52 AM
There are a whole bunch of them in the area, around 10-12.
 
@trogdor :P I wonder if brown tree snakes are edible?
 
Ben
One of the attractions is the Lava Tubes, where the initial eruptions filled waterways, they future eruptions burned through all the granite to create massive tunnels, over 30m in diameter
 
the volcanic "plug" is still there, big pillar of solid rock ... all the actual volcano got stripped away
 
Ben
@Shalvenay They are
 
I assume they are but there isn't really a lack of motivation to kill them
 
Ben
1:53 AM
Best grilled.
 
@Ben That sounds worth a visit!
 
@trogdor yeah, might be good to have a use for all that snake meat though ;)
 
Ben
I'm not usually one for geology, etc. But it was impressive
 
Dang, google-fu fail. "Thrud The Barbarian" ... "Careful, Thrud, that snake is poisonous!" ... "I thought it tasted funny!" ... can't find pic
 
Ben
Sounds like a job for @BESW
 
1:57 AM
In the 80s some mainland scientist tried to convince the locals here to eat the snakes, in order to keep the population in check. It was... not well-received.
 
Was it India that put a Bounty on some snakes, to try to reduce them ... ended up with people breeding them ...
 
oh my
 
Oh yeah, that sort of thing happens a lot.
 
@BESW yeah, bounty hunting kind of has a strong tendency to backfire in unexpected-at-the-time ways
 
Ben
"Free food? Sounds like an opportunity for a farm!"
 
1:58 AM
@BlackSpike May I console with you Conan the Librarian?
 
@BESW Excellent!
 
2:15 AM
ok, time for bed. Catch y'all on the flip side
 
Ben
Ciao ciao
 
2:43 AM
How are folks?
I feel good about giving a lore answer using new canon.
 
Ben
@Powerdork Sufficiently caffeinated
 
3:25 AM
About to stream our D&D 5e actual-play podcast in about half an hour: https://www.twitch.tv/events/wASQQYDGTRWp9jF9Rm9qeA

In a universe adjacent to our own lies a world known as Runia. This world, once peaceful and idyllic, is now threatened by a monstrous being from its prehistory. A group of adventurers known as Whiskey Company have risen up to do what they can to fight this entity known only as Nagat. They have trekked far across the mortal realms in search of the shards of Barrinoth, the Titan of Justice, in hopes of returning him to his full power.
 

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