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Old 03-05-2023, 08:38 AM   #2761
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Whiskey Fungus Encrusts Tennessee Town

The ethanol-fueled fungus known as whiskey fungus has thrived for centuries around distilleries and bakeries. Itís been the source of complaints from residents who live near Kentucky bourbon distilleries, Canadian whisky makers and Caribbean rum manufacturers.

Now it is driving a wedge between some residents of Lincoln County, Tennessee, and Jack Danielís, the famed distillery founded in 1866 in neighboring Moore County.

For months, some residents have complained that a sooty, dark crust has blanketed homes, cars, road signs, bird feeders, patio furniture and trees as the fungus has spread uncontrollably, fed by alcohol vapors wafting from charred oak barrels of aging Jack Danielís whiskey.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/03/...ennessee-town/
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Old 03-14-2023, 09:43 AM   #2762
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Some new specialisations for your Polearm skill for late-TL 8, early-TL 9 settings.

https://soranews24.com/2023/03/13/ja...vids%e3%80%91/
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Old 03-14-2023, 12:04 PM   #2763
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Some new specialisations for your Polearm skill for late-TL 8, early-TL 9 settings.

https://soranews24.com/2023/03/13/ja...vids%e3%80%91/
Wow, looks like the old 'sleeve-entangler' has had an upgrade.
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Old 03-15-2023, 03:45 PM   #2764
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These are sodegarami and sasumata - they are described in GURPS Martial Arts on p. 224 and given stats on p. 230. I suppose this spring-loaded version might offer a bonus to an initial attack at the cost of a slower re-Ready.

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Another weapon set practically begging to be put into the hands of an ultra-strong demon fighter, apparently a very large one who uses sword-and-board style: from Japan's Kofun period archaeologists have unearthed a seven-foot iron sword and 1 foot x 2 foot bronze mirror shaped into a shield, buried in a Kofun period (ca 4th century CE) grave. They believe the items, far too heavy for ordinary military use, were apotropaic.

What they didn't find was an inhabitant of the grave, so... maybe someone out there wants his stuff back?
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Old 03-17-2023, 01:00 PM   #2765
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What they didn't find was an inhabitant of the grave, so... maybe someone out there wants his stuff back?
Yeah, a coffin without a body is always good story fodder, but when teamed up with an oversized sword and a rather heavy mirror shield, well...
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