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  1. I don't recall the "no combat" comment, but reading between the lines of his twitter feed for the last 6 months or so, I very much suspect that he's working on the alt-history Darklands spiritual successor that he's mentioned a number of times.
  2. Sigh. Second time in a week that I'm here posting an R.I.P. to a legend. Florian Schneider Autobahn was one of the albums that my dad used to sometimes play for my sister and I at very high volumes, with the lights all off in the house. Well, Side A, anyway-- Side B drove the dog nuts. My kids don't quite have the attention span for that yet (they're now 4 and 6), but I think I've posted here before about the year-long stretch during which the eldest nearly always asked to hear "Wobots!" when we were in the car. Anyhow, here's one of my favorites of Kraftwerk's less-celebrated t
  3. Oh man, Tony Allen has died. Easily on the list of greatest and most influential drummers in history, and, depending on who you ask, may well be at the very top.
  4. It's Herbie's 80th B-Day! That merits a few tracks. Here's Dolphin Dance. IMO, the best of the tunes he wrote that became part of the standard jazz repertoire. And Rain Dance! My favorite early-electronic Herbie. Head Hunters, which came out right after Sextant, was of course the huge hit of this era, but my tastes run more towards the weird early jazz-electronica than to the funky popular stuff. Lastly, Herbie himself dancing. Sort of. This was an incredibly influential live performance-- it's from the broadcast of the '84 Grammys and
  5. Ooh, this is a thing that I know things about! It actually is kinda subtle! It's certainly a shot across the bow of the federal oversight community, but the CARES Act has a fair amount of redundancy in oversight organizations built in. First, some background about Inspectors General (IGs). They are auditors and investigators that are within federal agencies, reporting jointly to both the head of the agency and to Congress. As such, they have some degree of independence (or at least insulation) from political influence. IGs at large agencies are presidential appointments, subject
  6. I think part of my struggling with the current cabin-fever conditions is in knowing how ideal I would've considered it had it happened before I had kids. Staying at home and seeing nobody but my spouse, apart from occasional grocery shopping? Amazing! I know that I really have no serious grounds to complain-- a global pandemic and my part of the suffering is that I have to spend time with my kids. We're not especially economically impacted. Both the wife and I can work remotely. She's under some pressure to keep her hours-billed up, but it's not anything she'd get canned over if she
  7. I'm guessing you meant Symbol, rather than Seal. The highest level seal spell is only PL5. (And, yeah, the Symbol of _____ spells are really good.)
  8. I don't understand a word of Japanese, but I'm a half-hour into this and enjoying it immensely. Anyhow, I noticed The Comet is Coming in your Best-of-2019 list, and I concur that they're pretty great.
  9. Yeah, I've been playing with a single-classed Priest in the party, and my #1 use of her tier-IX spells is Light of Eothas, specifically to reduce Dampener duration. Which feels pretty weird for what are, ostensibly, the ultimate abilities for the class. I'll have to make a note to put some of those potions in the quickslots of my most buff-reliant characters.
  10. I'm certainly not on the level of an Ultimate player, but, in my experience, it's pretty broad. There is probably a hidden quality to most statuses that flag them as "beneficial" or "hostile," and I can't recall any instances where they really missed something. I haven't tested Merciless Gaze specifically (IMO, it's an underwhelming spell that I don't really use), but I know that I've seen summoned weapons suppressed by Arcane Dampener, which certainly keys on the same "beneficial" quality. Everything I can think of that you would cast as a "buff" is going to count as "beneficial" such
  11. Sun and Moon is lovely if you buy into the Monk's Crit-seeking abilities (Swift Flurry, Enervating Blows, Stunning Surge, and Heartbeat Drumming). Because every attack gets you 2 attack rolls, you'll generate crits at a faster rate than other melee weapons do. And you buy it at Legendary enchantment, which saves on long-term costs and lets you get it ahead of the leveling curve. A Priest can also make use of its bonus to Fire PL in the daytime.
  12. Yes, pre-Citzal's, I used the Battle-Worn Grimoire for Chill Fog, Combusting Wounds, and Minor Blights. When tier IV opened up, Pull of Eora was the obvious choice. Kept a backup Grimoire with melee stuff for when that was most appropriate. He was probably less effective than a single-classed Wizard would've been at that point (being a tier behind on spells hurts!), but it worked well enough, and his value skyrocketed when the Lance came online.
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