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Old 04-11-2008, 02:45 PM   #101
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Too many Templars? Is there such a thing?
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:45 PM   #102
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Sounds great!
Sounds, the more I think about it, like a background for a DF campaign.

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Where do I send the money to get you to write this up? I am hoping for a full-color hardback at about 248 pages...
Start with a large check to SJ...

(As it happens, I've been noodling with similar ideas for a while with an eye towards something Pyramid-related, but I've always had more interesting things on my very small plate.)
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:47 PM   #103
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Too many Templars? Is there such a thing?
Once you get beyond a certain number ordained by the sacred geometry, it starts to thin out the Merovingian bloodline and you have to take too much mandrake root to summon the spirit of John Henry. Or something.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:49 PM   #104
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I personally thought that was the most plausible proposal for active suppression.
Though it still runs into problems of "Why didn't they suppress other problematic technologies/social changes?". Active suppression is really only possible if the suppressing entity has force supremacy.

I would tend to assume passive suppression, such as my fire elementals idea -- i.e. it's not that there's successful suppression, it's that technology imports don't really work, for one reason or another.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:58 PM   #105
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Gremlins! Gremlins, gremlins, gremlins!

[ Anthony- the fire elemental crackheads thing was your idea? Cool!]
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:26 PM   #106
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Gremlins! Gremlins, gremlins, gremlins!

[ Anthony- the fire elemental crackheads thing was your idea? Cool!]
The fire elemental crackheads is one of the standard explanations for preventing gunpowder on Yrth, you'll see hundreds of references to it throughout the forum, like this:
http://forums.sjgames.com/showpost.p...56&postcount=8

Mind, I also recall some novels/short stories where fire elementals, gremlins, demons, sprites, etc., prevent the use of gunpowder and other technologies.

Not that I can remember the name of them off the cuff...
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:33 PM   #107
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I like the idea of using fire elementals, gremlins, etc along with active supression by the High Guild and its pawns.

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Old 04-11-2008, 03:42 PM   #108
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The fire elemental crackheads is one of the standard explanations for preventing gunpowder on Yrth.
I think I was the first to mention it in this particular thread, but it's hardly that exotic of an idea.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:05 PM   #109
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I suspect that, at most, you're seeing an "if I were king" sort of thing, and lest we forget, SJ is king. Kromm is Lord Privy Seal or something.
Yep. Me agreeing publicly that some GURPS rule or even entire book isn't perfect for me isn't a dig against Steve or the authors of the rule/book, and isn't a hint that I'm seeking proposals or discussion pertinent to a revision. It's just, you know, an opinion. I'm allowed to have those. Steve is a great boss that way. GURPS is a corpus that spans hundreds of volumes for four major editions, written by dozens of authors over a period of 22 years; it's unlikely that any two of those involved will ever agree on everything.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:06 PM   #110
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When the legion fires a catapult-load of a few hundreds grenades on you, and there are little explosions going off in front, behind, above, and all around, your options are limited.
If you don't have Missile Shield to protect you from the fragments maybe but the concussion of a blackpowder grenade runs about 2D. That's less-than-lethal if it falls between your feet.

It's _fragments_ that make explosive weapons really dangerous. For someone who can ignore the fragments you have to start talking about MOAB-scale things.
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