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Hyperborea » Flora/Fauna » 8/29/2019 4:24 pm

Kevmo
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Not trying to draw a line in the sand at all.  Again, suspending disbelief over the big items (everything Brock Savage noted) that don't impact the day to day life is easy.  I just can't suspend disbelief on a 13 year year with regards to animal/crop/plant growth and health. Again, not applying my standard to anyone else.

Hyperborea » Flora/Fauna » 8/28/2019 9:48 am

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Magic to support the supernatural is easy (obelisks, slice of the arctic, etc.), magic for the mundane...I have a really hard time with.  If i ever get a chance to play, I have to alter/adjust the calendar/cosmology to explain.  Wheat needs certain temps to ripen, no sun for that long at those temps would seem to destroy the ability to have trees, even in boreal forest, from what I've seen.  Myself, I'd make a calendar where there is a period each year of no sun, maybe making it a few days at the peak of the cycle and two months or more in nightfall, and a month in the years in between peak and antipeak.  Can definitely see the weather/light in nightfall causing many crops to fail, but the lack of a growing season at all for such an extended time + the life cycle of animals needing 'some' regularity.  Anyways, that's me.

Hyperborea » Flora/Fauna » 8/25/2019 5:57 pm

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Not to try to rock the boat, but I have some issues with the climate, sans magic.  The 6 month darkness on Earth is truly only at the north pole itself.  I lived 12 years in Alaska, and spent 10 weeks in Barrow, north of the Arctic Circle (summer, fall, and winter).  The winter is brutal, and almost all mammals that can migrate have - caribou south of the Brooks range, so not near the Arctic coast.  And they return annually to calve, since the annual summer provides tons of plants on the tundra.  
In Anchorage in December, Astronomical twilight starts and ends roughly 3 hours prior to dawn and after dusk.  So even with 5 hours of true daylight, you still have 7-8 hours of usable light.  In the summer of course, the sun goes down each day but is sitting just below the horizon so it doesn't get dark/dim for at least a month on either end of the solstice.
In Barrow, it's admittedly stranger.  In the winter you have a twilight that lasts roughly 10 hours a day in December.  True the sun never actually comes up, but is sitting just below the horizon, so you actually have some 'dusk' light to work with in the middle of the 'awake' period of 4 hours or so.  It's weird, but I've seen it - we would joke that the 'dim' had arrived.  Summer of course it is 24 hour sun for like 2.5 months and probably doesn't get 'dark' for at least two weeks on either end.
https://www.sunrisesunset.com

The tree line is another potential issue - In Barrow, no trees.  Trees are like 200+ miles to the south.  Comparing Anchorage itself to the 'Coastal Mainland' range, the winter temperatures averages aren't too out of line, but years 5-9 would be low if compared to months.  I like the concept, but the growing season requires certain daylight and heat for crops, otherwise, no barley for beer.  Interior mainland - maybe like going into Denali.  I'd think years 5-9 would be low if compared to months, but not like you're growing crops there.

Hyperborea » Flora/Fauna » 8/25/2019 8:52 am

Kevmo
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Question - if there is a whole year equivalent with no growing season, how do wild animals survive?  People can stockpile supplies, but animals?  Has this been discussed previously?

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » 8/21/2019 9:53 am

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Thanks to all - just got the referee package and was a backer of the otherworldly kickstarter. 

General Discussion » Introduction Thread » 8/19/2019 1:00 pm

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What's the best place to look for games?  my ideal night is Saturday night, I could do a roll20 - I'm in the DFW area.  Thanks!

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