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Sorry for the delay, last week saw an impromptu trip and so our regular update was delayed.

Metahuman News
Last week we completed the second play test of World Builders 1. In this post test we focused on Neighborhood Watch. The heroes included Otis, a high powered time manipulator and crack pilot, Strife, a classic power martial artist, and Heliquin, who you may recognize from the Hall of Legends. With each character coming from different power levels this allowed us to play with the Bonus Willpower mechanics as well, pushing our clown princess to a whopping 14 Willpower for the scenario.

Running with the premise that the heroes were traveling through space, we had them landing at a space port for repairs. This is where Neighborhood Watch kicks in! The players select the following Talents to define the spaceport.
  • Heliquin, Acrobatics, to explore the stations gravity.
  • Otis, Street Smarts, looking to find out about the local underworld.
  • Strife, Fitness, as she is the girl who swole.
After three rolls and related questions had the following:

Hive Space Port
1. Spaceport has faulty gravity generators
1. Space port is home to a race of alien warriors - they are the dominate culture in the port and make up a large portion of the security detail.
1. Zero-G Dancers/Theater
1. Trade is primarily handled through barter
1. Squatter communities have cropped up in areas normally not accessible due to the gravity issues.
1. Muscle head culture is prevalent
1. Gang of dirty merchants run an illegal protection racket in the main bazaar.

Otis, also sets up our conflict, based on his roll, as the merchant gangs.

Taking a short break, we whipped up some alien gangsters and went to town in a classic bar room battle royal complete with tentacles and blasters.

Overall, the session ran about 3 hours and everyone seemed to enjoy the mechanics of neighborhood creation. To touch on the bonus Willpower before we go, this allowed Heliquin, a low powered street vigilante to hang tough, acting as the team's face despite her frightening nature, and when the shooting started.

Want to learn more about Metahumans Rising? Check us out at: http://housedok.com/
Order a copy of the core book: https://studio2publishing.com/products/metahumans-rising?_pos=2&_sid=145b3fa95&_ss=r
Or, pick up the PDF: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/277614/Metahumans-Rising

#Metahumans #MetahumansRising #Superheroes #RPG #Halloween
 
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Et bonne fête aussi à diaspora* et à la team. :)


Photo macro de Kara-a, photographe allemande.

#diaspora #dandelion #pissenlit #halloween
 
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Et bonne fête aussi à diaspora* et à la team. :)


Photo macro de Kara-a, photographe allemande.

#diaspora #dandelion #pissenlit #halloween
 

A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween


https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145807/a-transylvanian-transect-for-halloween

October 31, 2018
In the opening chapter of Dracula, Bram Stoker described the Transylvanian landscape as “an endless perspective of jagged rock and pointed crags...” It was one of the few kernels of reality in an otherwise fantastic tale about the world’s most famous vampire.

The setting for Dracula is the Southern Carpathian Mountains, also called the Transylvanian Alps. The average elevation in this region ranges from 1500 to 1750 meters (4,900 to 5,700 feet). NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) managed to collect some perspective on that legendary landscape on Halloween.

“What we are seeing in the figure (above) are the dramatic mountains and valleys in the area,” said ICESat-2 project scientist Tom Neumann of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The satellite captured elevation measurements with its Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) on October 31, 2018. The measurements are overlaid on topography data from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) to emphasize the terrain.

ATLAS measures elevation by sending pulses of light from the satellite to Earth’s surface. It then measures, to within a billionth of a second, how long it takes individual photons to return to the sensor. Each dot on the visualization above represents a photon detected by ATLAS. Most of the dots are clustered around the surfaces of the mountains and hills.

The natural-color image above shows a more detailed view of the area around Poenari Castle and Lake Vidraru (a reservoir) as observed on October 24, 2019, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite. Note the fall colors on the hillsides, as well as the foreboding shadows cast by the mountains. A drone flyover video gives an even closer perspective on the rugged landscape.

The ICESat-2 flyover passed between two castles connected to the Dracula legend. Poenari Castle was once the home and stronghold for Vlad Tepeş, a warrior and ruler of Wallachia in the late 15th century. He became known as Vlad the Impaler, not because of any supernatural strangeness, but because he often had the bodies of his enemies (often Ottoman and Hungarian soldiers) impaled on stakes as a warning to others who might challenge him.

To the east, the Bran Castle is often cited as Vlad’s home and as the inspiration for Stoker’s gothic novel. Yet historical evidence suggests Vlad the Impaler never set foot in the castle, nor did Stoker know much about it. And the castle described in Dracula is very different from the real one at Bran. That has not stopped tourists from flocking to the area, though.
#Halloween #dracula #Transylvania #EOS #NASA #ICESat-2
 

A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween


https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145807/a-transylvanian-transect-for-halloween

October 31, 2018
In the opening chapter of Dracula, Bram Stoker described the Transylvanian landscape as “an endless perspective of jagged rock and pointed crags...” It was one of the few kernels of reality in an otherwise fantastic tale about the world’s most famous vampire.

The setting for Dracula is the Southern Carpathian Mountains, also called the Transylvanian Alps. The average elevation in this region ranges from 1500 to 1750 meters (4,900 to 5,700 feet). NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) managed to collect some perspective on that legendary landscape on Halloween.

“What we are seeing in the figure (above) are the dramatic mountains and valleys in the area,” said ICESat-2 project scientist Tom Neumann of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The satellite captured elevation measurements with its Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) on October 31, 2018. The measurements are overlaid on topography data from NASA’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) to emphasize the terrain.

ATLAS measures elevation by sending pulses of light from the satellite to Earth’s surface. It then measures, to within a billionth of a second, how long it takes individual photons to return to the sensor. Each dot on the visualization above represents a photon detected by ATLAS. Most of the dots are clustered around the surfaces of the mountains and hills.

The natural-color image above shows a more detailed view of the area around Poenari Castle and Lake Vidraru (a reservoir) as observed on October 24, 2019, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite. Note the fall colors on the hillsides, as well as the foreboding shadows cast by the mountains. A drone flyover video gives an even closer perspective on the rugged landscape.

The ICESat-2 flyover passed between two castles connected to the Dracula legend. Poenari Castle was once the home and stronghold for Vlad Tepeş, a warrior and ruler of Wallachia in the late 15th century. He became known as Vlad the Impaler, not because of any supernatural strangeness, but because he often had the bodies of his enemies (often Ottoman and Hungarian soldiers) impaled on stakes as a warning to others who might challenge him.

To the east, the Bran Castle is often cited as Vlad’s home and as the inspiration for Stoker’s gothic novel. Yet historical evidence suggests Vlad the Impaler never set foot in the castle, nor did Stoker know much about it. And the castle described in Dracula is very different from the real one at Bran. That has not stopped tourists from flocking to the area, though.
#Halloween #dracula #Transylvania #EOS #NASA #ICESat-2
 
they may say, but #halloween is first and foremost pumpkin season!
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Autumn Colors - New York, Halloween 2019


I know others are knee deep in snow (or in the dark from fire)...

New York today: 70℉, and very humid... people in shorts and light-weight costumes.

Yellow leaves have now suddenly peaked and are shedding, but no reds or oranges really, yet.
I know, I know: "your time is gonna come" for cold and snow... but not today!

Still waiting for fall. But I'm happy to wait for winter. "We'll see".
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Trick or Treat! ("Strange Days Indeed") Climate-wise & otherwise.

More images of New York in Autumn: http://www.fenichel.com/NYC/cpboat3.shtml

#halloween #newyork #NYC #allhallowedsaints #DíadeMuertos #costumes #autumn #trickortreet #myphotos
 

Halloween around the world | BBC News

Halloween has become a global phenomenon marked by celebrations throughout the world, involving parades, costumes and trick-or-treating.
Here is a selection of photos of Halloween festivities from the past few days.
#photography #festivities #halloween
 
Some of you might find this useful... :-)

Halloween: The best, movie quality, fake blood recipe of all time

#Halloween
 

Halloween-Kostüme











Da sach ma einer, Stricken wäre uncool....
:)
Crochetverse/Stephanie Pokorny Costume Gallery! | Crochetverse
#halloween
Crochetverse/Stephanie Pokorny Costume Gallery!
 

Halloween-Kostüme











Da sach ma einer, Stricken wäre uncool....
:)
Crochetverse/Stephanie Pokorny Costume Gallery! | Crochetverse
#halloween
Crochetverse/Stephanie Pokorny Costume Gallery!
 
Metahuman News
Work on World Builders 1 continues, but we're taking a break this week for a free story seed. This adventure was designed with younger players in mind, as such we take our inspiration from trick or treating. We hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday, be it Halloween, Día de Muertos (the Day of the Dead), Samhain, Girl Scout's Founders Day, or National Doorbell Day.

The Unending Halloween
In this light heated one page adventure, the heroes must defend the city from Jack O’Lantern, the spirit of Halloween. Jack has demanded all the trick or treater's candy, or be cast into an unending Halloween night! Time is fleeting. The heroes will need to act quickly if they hope to save Halloween before Jack's madness takes control.

Designed for all ages, Gms can scale the challenges to any Power Level. The story seed can be located here: http://housedok.com/jack-olantern-rising-a-spoopy-halloween-story-seed/

Author's Note: We want to take a moment to acknowledge the religious and spiritual significance of Día de Muertos and Samhain. While Halloween can be a fun holiday, it has deep roots in Gaelic traditions and has seen a revival in modern times. Día de Muertos is a Mesoamerican tradition honoring family and loved ones that predates the conquest of the Americas.

Want to learn more about Metahumans Rising? Check us out at: http://housedok.com/
Order a copy of the core book: https://studio2publishing.com/products/metahumans-rising?_pos=2&_sid=145b3fa95&_ss=r
Or, pick up the PDF: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/277614/Metahumans-Rising

#Metahumans #MetahumansRising #Superheroes #RPG #Halloween
Jack O’Lantern Rising – A Spoopy Halloween Story Seed
 

Halloween dogs: the Tompkins Square Parade - in pictures | The Guardian

Canine companions in cute and creative costumes took part in the annual Halloween dog parade in Manhattan
But no one went as Snarls Barkly...

#photography #dog #canine #Halloween #parade

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/oct/20/halloween-doggy-style-the-tompkins-square-parade-in-pictures

 
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Night Aggressions


Hold onto your butts. Last year around this time, I started work on a horror story with fellow author, Trent Becker. It got out of hand. It's a lot longer than we had anticipated. Skip forward one year, and we are releasing it, one chapter at a time as blog posts. So, if you want a scary story to start reading for Halloween, we've got one.

Chapter 1 landed today and can be found here.

About Night Aggressions.
It's the 90s, and two besties working at a fast food restaurant called Taco House and a local sheriff are about to be taken for the ride of their lives dealing with the townsfolk who have turned aggressive and against their own. Killing those who have not been infected.

We'll be releasing a new chapter every Friday until it's done and dusted. Feel free to follow along at the Emerald Dragon Tales blog where it will be posting. If you use RSS readers, here's the RSS feed for Emerald Dragon: https://www.emeralddragontales.com/1/feed. If you read along, be sure to sound off in the comments on the chapters to let us know how we're doing and how it's going, so Trent can see too. Trent isn't on Pluspora, so it'll be the quickest way to throw some love his way.

#AmWriting #reading #horror #Halloween #FreeStory
 
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*Originally posted on Halloween Day 2016, to G+, R.I.P. April 2019*

Happy Halloween /All Saint's Day &/or Día de Muertos !!


From a city with many puppets, and authentic Gothic settings too.
Here's one local resident readying the broom, sweeping up.

More Prague images 'here' (Google collection/albums) and @ http://www.fenichel.com/prague

#Prague #Praha #travel #Czechia #czechrepublic #czech #halloween #halloween2016 #halloween
#gplusrefugee #cityscapephotography #cities #travel #myphoto #witch #diademuertos #broom
 
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