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    This is exactly how if feels to talk to this forum about roleplaying games.
    Attempting to say controversial things that everyone will agree with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Guy View Post
    This is exactly how if feels to talk to this forum about roleplaying games.
    And this one, too, whenever a new edition is proposed.
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    So I just found this. This is awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurald Galain View Post
    And this one, too, whenever a new edition is proposed.
    Not so much the comic's message but instead the misplaced belief that all games are ways of reaching the same intended experience.
    Attempting to say controversial things that everyone will agree with.

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    I knew it would be an incredible amount of water. But things getting wet or drowned really is rather irrelevant at the impact point.
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    http://xkcd.com/1114/

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    But dude, all blades are made from the hearts of dead stars, 'cause that's, you know, where iron comes from. (Carbon, too.)
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    That's where pretty much everything except Hydrogen comes from.
    But he didn't mean stars but meteories.
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    Well, you would guess some of it was created at the big Bang what with all the heat and stuff... but small chance of any of that ending up on earth.

    Anyway, yeah, the big issue is that asteroid metal is presumably not as pure iron as earth's iron but polluted with all kinds of rarer metal, like Iridium and... stuff. And in fiction that makes it powerful. I guess in the real world... it doesn't.
    Then again Sir Pratchett has a star metal sword and that alone is reason enough to get one yourself, guys!
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    The 1110 strip, now as a playable "game".

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    Well, you would guess some of it was created at the big Bang what with all the heat and stuff...
    Your mom was created at the Big Bang.
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    Is anyone else enjoying the weird little science lectures more than the comic itself? Cause, I gotta say, turning the moon into a rocket via laser pointers far outweighs metallurgy jokes in my book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morph Bark View Post
    Your mom was created at the Big Bang.
    Well, technically, I guess... So was yours and everyone else's and we as well from a certain point of view... what's your point?

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    Is anyone else enjoying the weird little science lectures more than the comic itself? Cause, I gotta say, turning the moon into a rocket via laser pointers far outweighs metallurgy jokes in my book.
    Yeah, these are pretty nice. I still like the comics but even if some things are a little over the top those are fun to read. Now if only I could come up with a good question...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThirdEmperor View Post
    Is anyone else enjoying the weird little science lectures more than the comic itself? Cause, I gotta say, turning the moon into a rocket via laser pointers far outweighs metallurgy jokes in my book.
    Those lectures are the best things to come out of XKCD in years.
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    What if you would try to douse the sun with water?

    Adding Hydrogenoxide to a star? This will be interesting.


    And I also just now found the previous question about what happens when everyone points a laser pointer at the moon. Since the immediate result is rather disappointing, the initial question is increasingly modified to become more and more hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    And I also just now found the previous question about what happens when everyone points a laser pointer at the moon. Since the immediate result is rather disappointing, the initial question is increasingly modified to become more and more hilarious.
    He just loves crazy-fying "normal" questions, doesn't he? Like the glass-half empty one. That one's my favourite.

    The what-if page is collectively the awesomest thing I've read on the internet, easy.
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    Having been diagnosed with ADD recently myself, I wonder if Randall has it as well? He clearly is highly intelligent, you just has to look at his resumee for that, but starting with an ordinary and simple question and continuing running with it in completely random directions until you are too exhausted to go on, is just how it manifests for me in the most visible way.
    I got a suspicion when I had learned more about it and kept reading the comics, but they are short gags because of the medium. But the what-ifs are even more remarkable examples.
    And really, I love the Future Timeline comic to no end, probably because I also would spend all those hours on google to make that joke happen if I had the idea first.

    Or this: http://xkcd.com/87/
    Or this: http://xkcd.com/173/

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    Actually, I feel like I can stop wondering.
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    The charts are another of my favourites. Like the to-scale deep-sea trenches chart, or the money chart (that thing is so huge, I still haven't actually gone through all of it) or the planets' relative gravity wells chart, or...

    Well, pretty much just all of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    Having been diagnosed with ADD recently myself, I wonder if Randall has it as well? He clearly is highly intelligent, you just has to look at his resumee for that, but starting with an ordinary and simple question and continuing running with it in completely random directions until you are too exhausted to go on, is just how it manifests for me in the most visible way.
    I don't know if that's a symptom of ADD so much as it is scientist humor. After all, the essence of science is continuously asking the same question with small differences to see what changes, and the What If questions just tend to take that to an absurd (but fun) degree.

    He's close to a goshdarn polymath, though, given his extremely dedicated interest to multiple fields of science and creative art.
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    So apparently the world will end because a cat jumped on a keyboard.

    Totally called it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Succubus View Post
    So apparently the world will end because a cat jumped on a keyboard.

    Totally called it.
    Either that or you turn into Freakazoid.

    Stupid cat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feytalist View Post
    Either that or you turn into Freakazoid.

    Stupid cat.
    I would like to be Freakazoid.

    I was wondering whether damage to the earth crust in the Trench would be significant... but I guess it's just not enough power to really hurt it. And even if it was, it would just be an underwater volcano.

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    I really like the new one. http://xkcd.com/1121/
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    http://xkcd.com/1125/

    Oh god, this one had me cracked up!

    Took me a moment, I first thought it was about imperfect mirrors in observatories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    http://xkcd.com/1125/

    Oh god, this one had me cracked up!

    Took me a moment, I first thought it was about imperfect mirrors in observatories.
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    Thanks for explaining. I guess I should know that stuff but... meh. Can't know everything.
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    XKCD has now coined the Megayoda as as unit of power generation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kato View Post
    Thanks for explaining. I guess I should know that stuff but... meh. Can't know everything.
    That's xkcd. Half of the jokes are based on such obscure math or physics knowledge, that provide enough pride when you get them to outweight those that you don't.
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