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  1. desolate

    RNG generator for dice, not random enough?

    It isn't a perfect generator. PHP rand() is pseudorandom (PRNG). While I haven't opened the plugin files, the seed most likely incorporates time(), processid, and uniqid to simulate randomness. My assumption is that they are not being reseeded with every call, resulting in the "clumping" you've experienced.
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    Outreach Team AMA

    It won't be posted anywhere, and if I see it reproduced I will zap it. If you want to create an original set of rules derived from the underlying concepts, then that is your prerogative, but it must be substantially different enough to be considered its own separate work and not a copy.
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    A brief thought on the future of T1

    T1 doesn't provide much in terms of competition, and it's a stretch to characterize it as a game. For one, the victory conditions are indeterminable. Supplementary rules have included conditions such as "death, knock out, or disqualification." How or when those conditions are actually satisfied is up in the air. Contrast with Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. Pokemon faint when they reach 0 HP, and Bros lose when they reach 0 stock. There is no question as to how HP is reduced or when stock is lost. In T1, the answer is unsatisfying: a random stranger on the Internet decides one of those things—death, knock out, or disqualification—happens, whether it's a third-party, an opponent, or yourself. It isn't that there aren't justifications for those decisions, but those justifications are not provided or supported by the rules; they are situational and non-generalizable, based on invisible or spontaneously generated criteria, and highly subjective. Further, the mechanism by which characters act is the turn, but the foundation concepts of action and turn are undefined. "How do I even play the game?" is not answered. Mismatch between players' answers to "What's in a turn?" has resulted in some interesting situations. The question is whether it's worth it to create a system that does provide meaningful competition, and what that could look like. Only hold-backs are player interest and technological limitations.
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    What's your favorite class to play?

    Healer, minion master, or rogue in RPGs. I don't want to do anything myself... and if I have to, I want the option to stop whenever I want by going invisible. 😐
  5. desolate

    Dice System - Roll 12 feedback

    Sorry for the wait. I had eye surgery. 🤕 It can persist, but whether it does should depend on what the character is actually doing to defend. If an archer is defending by hiding behind a rock, and then she runs out of cover to gank someone the next turn, then she's not really defending anymore. There a couple of potential issues: 1. Complexity. Persisting defense requires bookkeeping. 2. Stacking defense ad infinitum. I provided Ataraxy a number of reasons why I don't think it should be a problem, but I could be wrong.
  6. @Deus Ex Aizen @Paroxysm @Tenkai Matsumoto @Ataraxy Posting?
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    Symposium Against Doom

    @Grubbistch "Communicating with them is like trying to have a conversation with Gaia. There are offertory shrines to the genius loci that you can visit and pray at. Alternatively, I can arrange for a large quantity of drugs and we can try the vision quest method. I hear it's a thrill and a half." @Grimmholt "Yes, the Cedars is an appealing option, and it is within 1,000 kilometers of the Shawnee border. We would need to connect or tether the two somehow, or otherwise deal with the surrounding loci. The nearest benign options are the Forgotten Wood and the Hidden Valley." @supernal "That may ring true. The Cedars we're discussing were planted by us, which suggests that its current genius loci either chose to go there, was born there, or inhabited it ex post facto. It implies that it cannot grow without us planting more. In the same way lesser spirits can be bound, perhaps your suggestion is only a matter of scale and material cost. I will, however, caution that spirits do not like being bound."
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    Symposium Against Doom

    @Deus Ex Aizen "I'll contact our engineers to begin construction on dams for the country's waterways. There will be checkpoints at every city entry and exit, and I will be petitioning for a travel ban on top of it." @Grubbistch "Fantastic. The military will provide an escort." @Grimmholt "An aerial mobile command center is doable, but it will take time to construct and vet personnel. Once they're chosen, no one else can be allowed on board, nor permitted to approach the craft. If you or anyone else would like to requisition Enrele specimens for study, I can send you a package." @supernal "Do you have genetic samples of these teletypes? If necessary, we can grow them in a lab, or pursue alternative methods of increasing their number. As for finding out what the Enrele care about, we will attempt to gather a significant number for enhanced interrogation. Several professions require licensure, such as medicine or law. We will seize all of these at-risk professionals and their assets. Who evades capture will be illuminating." @-Lilium- "Yes, our strategic directives must be sufficiently protected from corruption, or at least the wrong type of corruption. Organizational restructuring of the military is necessary, and I agree with using a combined arms approach. It may be in our best interest to restrict military personnel to being on-base when off-mission until the crisis is averted." "If that's all on the Enrele, we'll take a short break and move on to discuss the genius loci, a hopefully less gray subject." After a period of 10 minutes, a priest handed out pamphlets on a selection of Terrenus genius loci (cities are conspicuously absent): Genius Loci Dominant Aspect Primary Effects In Expansion Period Threat Level Coconino Marsh Infection Poisonous bog spreads disease and plague Yes High Dark Forest Darkness Illuminance ranges from civil twilight to pitch dark No Low Forbidding Hills Battle All who enter must fight No High Forgotten Wood Memories Absorbs experiences from others Yes Medium Great Pine Barrens Mutation Rapid adaptation and biological intervention Yes Medium Haunted Glen Fear Manifests fear, nexus of Terrenus ectoplasm No Low Hidden Valley Vanishing Optical and visual distortions No Low Hills of Lost Hearts Passion Unstoppable love 💖 No Medium Labyrinthine Forest Space Complex path making, mazes No Low Moonwood Moon Gravitation, madness, lycanthropy No Low Ponkapoag Lake Beacon Guidepost for outsiders and extraterrestrials Yes Medium Shawnee Tundra Stasis Binds mana into a frozen state Yes High Hills of Noddendoddy Regeneration Always returns to original state Cannot None The Cedars Balance Seasonally cycles mana from surrounding loci Cannot None Peaceful Wood Sanctuary Cannot be acted against, nor act against others Cannot None No Man's Land Inspiration Facilitates heightened ideation and low-level suggestion Cannot None "Provided is a curated list of certain landforms that are inhabited by spiritual forces known as genius loci, and these forces are at least in part responsible for the natural laws of our world. For those of you who are not aware of how these forces work, I will provide a brief summary of the process. As you might know, we use technology and spells to manifest our intent in the world using mana. This creative power flows from the spirit world, and enters Terrenus through its genius loci. Mana enters our world with attributes based on the loci from which it emerged, and like our technology and spells, manifests their intent on the land. Additionally, whenever we use our technology or spells, we are increasing the influence of an associated loci on the land. Please see the next page for an illustration." Noel paused to take a sip of water. "A question typically posed after this explanation is this: am I increasing the influence of a loci whenever I use, say, a fire cantrip to cook? The answer is yes, although its contribution to expansion rate is negligible. We determined whether a genius loci is in its expansion period if it grows by at least 1 additional mile every year for three consecutive years, and its threat level based on a combination of factors: how easy it is to avoid? Is it growing? Are its effects detrimental to civilization? Its proximity to civilization? And herein lies our problem: most genius loci grow and overtake others, resulting in society wide changes, and others evidently expire and take societies down with them. Our current assumption is if the Shawnee loci follows a similar trajectory to Elendaron, then Valucre may very well become an ice planet if left unchallenged."
  9. I like the dice system. Nice and simple. I've taken to making Relics that are usable in the dice system. Just thought you should know that it motivated me.

  10. No need to stick to a posting order. If it gets hard to follow we can reassess.
  11. desolate

    Symposium Against Doom

    @Grubbistch "We can certainly improve our outreach. The Empire values the participation of all species. Do you have anyone in mind for the task force to approach, and types of aid they could provide?" @supernal " I would say we're their primary resource, key personnel being the highest commodity, though we can create other resource problems as well. Their host bodies still need food and water. I suppose that brings up a few uncomfortable questions: who can we use to bait them into conflicts with one another, and which resources should we begin making scarce for which populations?" @Paroxysm "When we use chemical agents, we must make sure they cannot be easily reverse engineered. If there is collateral, side effects, or environmental issues caused by any bioweapons, we will have to be satisfied with their permanency. When you say other hostile agents of change, are you implying we create something to fulfill the role of natural predator? I'm also interested to hear more on how we might deploy these agents. Let's say we were to use bioweapons on Martial Town. Where would you start?" @Grimmholt "Yes, we must be prepared for counter-attacks should we engage in open defiance. Our alpha strike, if you will, must be definitive. The Enrele have attempted to sabotage VICTORY in the past, and I have no doubt it's out of necessity. Robotics are not susceptible to their influence, only the biological operators. This brings up a big topic in automation: now that we're facing the end, is it time to start phasing out the people element of the Empire's army? They seem to be the weakest link." @-Lilium- "We do have greater means to track and analyze what people are doing now than ever before. Everyone in Terrenus is connected through the Storage Movement, if not through their own Crook, then through another person's device. Giving VICTORY a backdoor into everyone's personal and possibly bio-metric data should be doable. The question is how to secure this information. Do we stop short of implanting bombs in the heads of key personnel?" @Tenkai Matsumoto "Yes, the parasite can be removed. If it's killed or sedated, it can be surgically removed with risk of brain and spinal injury, but it will not fall off itself. It can be forced to detach by means of incorporeal possession by another entity, such as a ghost, but it will fight and severely injure or kill the host in the process. As to the question of psionics, that is an admittedly underdeveloped part of our military strategy. If we were to budget accordingly, and focus on recruiting and retraining on psychic abilities, is there any insight you might offer on the advantages or disadvantages, or what we should focus on in attacking a group intelligence?"
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    Symposium Against Doom

    "Thank you all for sharing," Noel said, the animated quill transcribing their words. "Valid concerns all, but weighed against what? Notions of threats undefined, until now. Many of you have spoken about body snatchers, genius loci, political dissidents—let's start by defining one of these threats: body snatchers." An attendant handed out pamphlets containing information about the Enrele. Behind Noel, two holographic datasets appeared: charts on the Enrele population by major cities compared against average population, and then divided by known hive minds linked to region of operation by color code. "As you can see, we face a dire pandemic. Between all of the major cities, an estimated 6,310,000 people are taken. Across the rest of Terrenus, our estimates approximate 22,740,000 people are taken, nearly 8% of the Empire's population. If we include animals and other fauna in our calculations, there could be upwards of 113,700,000 Enrele alive right now." Noel took a deep breath. "Hive mind Aleth is projected to reach collective willpower capable of competing with a genius loci for control over natural law by 30 AO. Fortunately, we have observed that hive minds are competing with one another and are not allies. Unfortunately, each generation of Enrele—and they multiply fast—proves insusceptible to methods of detection, including undocumented changes in physical form, previously employed against them. Our only recourse to prevent the eradication of free will on this continent was to use most of our satellites processing an Empire-wide scan." He gazed thoughtfully at the graphs, chin in one hand. "Of course, our data is incomplete. Compromised personnel have been caught attempting to contaminate it, we are unaware of their methods against divination, and with magic being what it is these days... This may be our final chance to mount a defense."
  13. @Ataraxy Hey, jw if you're still planning to join us? I remember you saying your participation was tentative. ❓
  14. Cool, thanks for the update and welcome Tenaki! ㊗️ We'll KISS and say SAD happens 2 weeks after ANT, mirroring the approximate amount of time between when the threads were started. 💋