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Awesomeness By Analysis

(permanent link) added: 2008-01-17 21:32:26 sponsor: Mystyc (last reply: 2008-01-20 21:18:40)

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Most skills take a certain measure of practice to master...unless you are insanely smart. Need to make a million-to-one shot to stop the Doomsday Device from exploding the world, but have never even fired a gun? Just run off some mental calculations about your gun's firing speed, friction, gravity, and the slightly off-kilter scope, and it's a done deal.

It's like a Xanatos Roulette with physics...and usually pulled off by the same Magnificent Bastard. In general, though, it's any situation where calculation takes the place of practice.

Example: In the Disc World novel Jingo, Lord Vetinari pulls off a juggling act despite never having attempted it before.
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