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Gamma World

Gamma World is a science fantasy role-playing game designed by James M. Ward and Gary Jaquet, first published by TSR in 1978, it borrowed from Ward's earlier product, Metamorphosis Alpha. Gamma World takes place in the mid-25th century, more than a century after a second nuclear war had destroyed human civilization; the war that destroyed civilization in Gamma World is only vaguely described in most editions of the game, what details are provided change from version to version: The first two editions place a first nuclear war near the end of the 21st century, with the final war in the years AD 2309-2322, ascribe the final annihilation to a terrorist group called "The Apocalypse" and the ensuing retaliation by surviving factions. Versions would radically alter the reason for the collapse; the 2000 Alternity version is due to nuclear response. The 2003 d20 Modern iteration is due to rampant use of nanotechnology and AI; the 2010 edition introduces a humorous and radically different backstory that attributes the destruction of civilization to the activation of the Large Hadron Collider, which caused multiple realities to exchange features in an event known as "The Big Mistake".

All editions, agree that the cataclysm destroyed all government and society beyond a village scale, plunging the world into a Dark Age. In many editions of the game, technology is at best quasi-medieval. Some, such as the 2003 and, to a lesser degree the 2010 edition, feature advanced technology, well known and easily available. In contrast, super-science artifacts in earlier editions were risky to use due to the average Gamma World character not knowing how to properly operate such devices, or even what the device is at all; the post-apocalyptic inhabitants of Earth now refer to their planet as "Gamma World". Gamma World is a dangerous environment that little resembles pre-apocalyptic Earth; the weapons unleashed during the final war were strong enough to alter coastlines, level cities, leave large areas of land lethally radioactive. These future weapons bathed the surviving life of Earth in unspecified forms of radiation and biochemical agents, producing widespread, permanent mutations among humans and plants.

As a result, fantastic mutations such as extra limbs, super strength, psychic powers are common. Many animals and plants are sentient, semi-civilized species competing with surviving humans. Both humans and non-humans have lost most knowledge of the pre-war humans, whom Gamma World's inhabitants refer to as "the Ancients"; the only group with significant knowledge of the Ancients are isolated robots and other artificial intelligences that survived the war—though these machines tend to be damaged, in ill repair, or hostile to organic beings. Gamma World player characters include unmutated humans, mutated humans, sentient animals or plants, androids. Characters explore Ancient ruins and strange post-apocalyptic societies to gain knowledge of the Ancients and social status for themselves. Common adventure themes involve protecting fragile post-apocalypse societies, retrieving Ancient "artifacts", or mere survival against the multifarious dangers of the future. A recurrent source of conflict on Gamma World is the rivalry among the "Cryptic Alliances", semi-secret societies whose ideological agendas—usually verging on monomania—often bring them into conflict with the rest of the Gamma World.

For example, the Pure Strain Human "Knights of Genetic Purity" seek to exterminate all mutants, while the all-mutant "Iron Society" wants to eliminate unmutated humans. Other rivalries involve attitudes towards Ancient technology, with some Alliances seeking to rebuild Ancient society, while others want to destroy remaining artifacts. Throughout the game's many editions, Gamma World has always remained compatible with the then-current edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Attribute generation is much the same for instance with a range of 3 to 18, randomly generated by rolling three six-sided dice; the attributes themselves are the same, but with occasional name changes such as Physical Strength instead of Strength and Mental Strength instead of Wisdom. This allows Gamma World and D&D characters to cross over genres. Character generation is random, features one of the game's most distinctive mechanics, the mutation tables. Players who choose to play mutants roll dice to randomly determine their characters' mutations.

All versions of Gamma World eschew a realistic portrayal of genetic mutation to one degree or another, instead giving characters fantastic abilities like psychic powers, laser beams, force fields, life draining and others. Other mutations are extensions or extremes of existing features transposed from different species, such as electrical generation, quills, extra limbs, dual brains, gills, etc; these were offset with defects that ranged from the fantastical - such as skin that dissolves in water, or a scent that attracts monsters - to the mundane, such as seizures and phobias. Characters in most versions of Gamma World earn experience points during their adventures, which cause the character's Rank to increase. Unlike D&D, however, t

Urbana-Lincoln Hotel-Lincoln Square Mall

The Urbana-Lincoln Hotel – Lincoln Square Mall is a historic building complex located at 300 South Broadway Avenue in Urbana, Illinois. The Tudor Revival style hotel was built in 1923. In 1964, the mall was built as an extension of the hotel; the hotel, the mall, the building complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. As of October 2017, the mall was still in operation, however the hotel was closed. A local booster organization called the Urbana Hotel Company began raising money for a hotel in Urbana in 1921; the group raised $223,000 by selling shares in the hotel, construction on the Urbana-Lincoln Hotel began in 1923. The hotel opened to guests by November of that year and was formally dedicated on January 31, 1924. Local architect Joseph Royer designed the hotel in the Tudor Revival style; the hotel was not profitable, the Urbana Hotel Company went bankrupt in 1937. A new management company, the Urbana-Lincoln Company, took over the hotel in 1944 and extensively modernized it in the following decade.

The hotel was incorporated into the mall's plans from the outset and was sold to mall owners Carson Pirie Scott shortly after the mall opened. After failing to turn a profit, the hotel was slated to be demolished. In the 1970s, the Jumer Hotel chain purchased the hotel; the new owners renovated and reopened the hotel in the decade, an addition was built on the building in 1982. The Jumer Hotel chain sold the hotel in 2001. From 2001 the hotel was sold multiple times. In 2010, developer Xiao Jin "XJ" Yuan bought the hotel for $600,000, renaming it the Urbana Landmark Hotel. Yuan made renovations to the hotel, including fixing the roof, upgrading the HVAC and plumbing systems, modernizing some rooms. Yuan's plans were to open the hotel in phases beginning in 2012. In May 2016, Yuan put the hotel up for sale for $5.4M. As of October, 2017, the hotel was no longer in operation. Due to a general sentiment that Urbana's economy was stagnating, local business leaders reached out to several large retailers in the late 1950s in an attempt to attract a store to the city.

Carson Pirie Scott expressed interest in the city if it were willing to build a large commercial development, sparking the Lincoln Square Mall project. The city began plans for a mall in 1960 and hired nationally recognized developer Victor Gruen to plan the mall; the Urbana Central Development Company, a subsidiary of Carson Pirie Scott, acquired the land for the mall in 1961, the name Lincoln Square was chosen the following year. The mall was built and opened in 1964. Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. and both of the state's U. S. Senators attended the mall's grand opening on September 17; the mall's stores sold clothing and other fashionable goods in order to draw shoppers from surrounding areas. The mall was successful during its first two decades, most of its original businesses either stayed or were replaced by similar businesses. Starting in the mid-1980s, competition from surrounding malls led to the beginning of the mall's decline. Carson Pirie Scott sold the mall in 1988. Herberger's and the mall's ownership group renovated the mall in 1994, but Herberger's went bankrupt three years and its store closed in 2002.

The mall continues to house many smaller stores and law offices. Urbana Landmark Hotel Lincoln Square Mall

New Synagogue (Dresden)

The New Synagogue is a synagogue in Dresden, Germany. The edifice was designed by architects Rena Wandel-Hoefer and Wolfgang Lorch, it was built on the same location as the Semper Synagogue designed by Gottfried Semper, destroyed in 1938, during the Kristallnacht. The boundary wall of the New Synagogue incorporates the last remaining fragments of Semper's original building; the outer walls of the synagogue are built off plumb, intended by the architect to convey the feeling that the Jewish community has always been set off from the German city. The synagogue is a contrast to the city center with which it is juxtaposed, it is set on a slight rise just at the edge of Dresden's baroque center, flattened by allied bombing during the war. The center is being rebuilt with buildings whose exteriors are precise replicas of the baroque royal city that long made Dresden famous; the synagogue stands beside this careful reproduction of the past, but it is not a replica of the historic Semper Synagogue. It is a modernist statement.

Inside, the sanctuary building is a cube Within this cube is set a square worship space, curtained off on all four sides by an enormous draping of curtains made of chain-mesh in a golden metal, evoking an echo of the scale of the Temple at Jerusalem. The building was shortlisted by the jury for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2003. On New Year's Eve in 2012, the mail box was broken at the entrance to the synagogue in Dresden and a blasphemous inscription was spray-painted on the external wall, interpreted as an anti-Semitic act. Information about Dresden Synagogue

Vladimir Heavy Draft

The Vladimir Heavy Draft is a Russian breed of heavy draught horse. It was bred in the early twentieth century in farms and collectives in Ivanovo Oblast and Vladimir Oblast, to the east of Moscow; the most important influence on the development of the breed was from three Clydesdale stallions foaled between 1910 and 1923. The Vladimir was recognised in 1946; the Russian Empire had no indigenous breeds of heavy draught horse. The Vladimir was created at about the same time as the development of the Russian Heavy Draught in Ukraine.:277The foundations of the Vladimir breed were laid between 1886 and 1924. Initial breeding began at the stud farm of Gavrilov Posad, in Ivanovo Oblast, where local horses were cross-bred with imported Clydesdale stock, with some limited influence from Cleveland Bay and Suffolk Punch.:511:276 Some use was made of Shire mares between 1919 and 1929.:276:327 The three foundation stallions of the breed were all Clydesdales. Two of these – Border Brand and Lord James – were foaled in 1910, while Glen Albin was born in 1923.:276The amount of cross-breeding was progressively reduced during the 1920s, over the next twenty years the character and type of the breed were fixed.

Official recognition came in 1946.:276 The Vladimir is a draught horse of medium power, with energetic and active gaits.:327 It is more solidly built than the Clydesdale, unusually deep in the girth – thoracic circumference may reach 2.07 m. It is clean-legged, though feathering can occur. Bay is the most usual colour,:276 with white markings to the face and legs.:327 The Vladimir was bred for agricultural draught work. It may be reared for meat.:511 It is fast-growing: at six months, foals may reach a weight of 200 kg.:327 Because of its lively movement, it is found suitable for pulling the three-horse troika of the region.:276

SD Itxako

Sociedad Deportiva Itxako, known as Asfi Itxako for sponsorship reasons, was a Spanish women's handball team from Estella-Lizarra, Navarre. Itxako were the EHF Women's Champions League runners-up. Itxako Reyno de Navarra is the professional top level women's team of the S. D. Itxako; the S. D. was founded in 1972. The women's handball department started in 1990 with a young age category team. Ten years in 2000, the senior team won the promotion to the top division for women's clubs in Spain, Honor Division. Itxako's first appearance in a European competition was the Women's EHF Cup 2003/04, they were defeated at the eight-finals by Győri Audi ETO KC. In 2008 they finished second in the Spanish league, tied in points with the winner Elda Prestigio. During that season Itxako reached the finals of the EHF Cup but lost the title to Russian club HC Dinamo Volgograd. 2009 brought the first title of the club. The success was doubled; the club didn't enrolled any handball team for 2013–14 season as they are experiencing serious financial problems from 2011 after losing main sponsor Asfi.

On 17 October 2013, the club was liquidated by a court order. Spanish League: Winner: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Runner-up: 2008 Queen's Cup Winner: 2010, 2011, 2012 Supercopa de España Winner: 2010, 2011, 2012 Spanish Cup Runner-up: 2004, 2008 Semifinalist: 2008 EHF Champions League Runner-up: 2011 Cup Winners' Cup Quarter-finalist: 2006 EHF Cup Winner: 2009 Finalist: 2008 13 seasons in División de Honor Ambros Martín Name: Polideportivo Municipal Lizarrerria City: Estella-Lizarra, Spain Capacity: 2,000 seats Address: La Merindad, s/n Official website European Handball Federation – S. D. Itxako


Bobingen is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It lies on the rivers Wertach and Singold, on the edge of the Augsburg-Westliche Wälder Nature Park, in Augsburg District, some 13 km south of Augsburg itself; the placename "Bobingen" goes back to the Alamannic settler "Pobo". About 993, Bobingen was called "Pobinga". About 993 came Bobingen's first documentary mention in the Vita S. Udalrici. Bobingen in today's administrative region of Swabia was an administrative centre of the Augsburg Church Estate; as a result of the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803, the city came under Bavarian sovereignty. In 1847, the railway arrived, joining Bobingen to Hof. In 1899, the rayon factory was founded, starting production in 1902. In 1953, the town was raised to market town, in 1969 to city. In 1972, the communities of Straßberg and Burgwalden were amalgamated into Bobingen. Bobingen now belongs to the Augsburg district. In 1975, the communities of Waldberg and Kreuzanger were amalgamated into Bobingen. In 1993, the city hall was completed.

In 1994, the city held a thousandth-anniversary celebration, as well as celebrating 25 years as a city. In 2004, the city saw the completion of the expansion of the city hospital. In 2005, the city's buildings underwent beautification. There is more than one version of the story about the Bobingen Büble. In a second version, the story ends with the characters' arrest and execution. This, cannot be true from an historical point of view, as there were no gallows in Bobingen, therefore no hangings could be carried out; the Church Estate's High Justice establishment had its execution place at Schwabmünchen. The following legend is the earliest version, drawn from Alexander Schöppner's "Bayerische Sagen": Three hours south of Augsburg on the so-called Hochstraße, lies the great and beautiful village of Bobingen. There, however, it is not good to ask "Wo geht's Bobingen zu?", quite a few have ended up with bloody heads from it. At the least one will be mauled with insult and scoffing, with blasphemous talk, whomever one wishes to ask.

This came about as follows: Once, a long time ago, there was a young man from Bobingen, prosecuted before a court. The accused appealed to a lawyer with a good name in Augsburg to fight his case for him, he advised the young man to behave like an idiot before the court, to answer every question asked of him by saying "Bobingen zu", at the same time pointing with his right hand under his nose from right to left. He did just as he was advised, since neither a confession nor anything else could be got out of him, the court released him. After a time, he came to the town on business and met the lawyer, curious to know the case's outcome. After hearing of the fortunate success, he said "It is now time for you to pay me for this advice. Kernstadt with Bobingen-Siedlung Stadtteil Straßberg Burgwalden Reinhartshausen Waldberg Kreuzanger The mayor has been, since 1996, Bernd Müller. Places on the 25-seat city council are apportioned as follows: SPD: 10 seats CSU: 9 seats "Free Voters": 2 seat Free Citizens' Union: 2 seat Greens: 2 seat Arms description: Azure a peak argent, therein a horseshoe sable.

Arms history: The meaning of the horseshoe in the municipal coat of arms is not clear. The horseshoe could to some be a reminder of a once intensive horse raising industry in the town. Others see in it a reference to finding horseshoes – which happens around Bobingen – which are called "Ungarneisen", they date from the Battle of Lechfeld in which the Hungarians were defeated. A seal from the time around 1815 with a horseshoe in the shield has its roots in a local emblem that places along the so-called Hochstraße, following Prince-Bishop Clemens Wenzeslaus von Sachsen's wishes, assumed for marking border stones, border posts, posts around pastures. After the national emblem was bestowed by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1837, the municipal arms bore the Bavarian national colours overlaid with the black horseshoe. Since 1969 there has been a city partnership with the French town of Aniche. Staatl. Realschule Dr. Jaufmann Hauptschule Laurentius Grundschule Freie Aktive Schule Grundschule Bobingen an der Singold Krankenpflegeschule im Städt.

Krankenhaus The hospital of Bobingen is located at the Wertachstraße 55, next to the river Wertach. The municipal hospital belongs since 2006, together with the hospital of Schwabmünchen, to the Komunalunternehmen Wertachkliniken, owned by the cities Bobingen and Schwabmünchen; the official name is Wertachklinik Bobingen. The Wertachklinik Bobingen provides the main departments anaesthesiology and reconstructive surgery and internal medicine and the departments gynaecology and midwifery, ENT and plastic surgery with attending doctors. All departments together provide 130 beds; the first hospital in Bobingen was founded in 1858. PoliceThe police station of Bobingen is located at the Hochstraße 22 in Bobingen; the area of responsibility is the town of Bobingen, the town of Königsbrunn, Oberottmarshausen and Wehringen. Rescue serviceThe rescue station