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16  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Realworld Languages Table on: August 12, 2015, 11:20:05 PM
Oh, for your big list? Attican Greek, the internal language of The Vatican.
Probably nothing else that has as few speakers but is of such potential importance.

Really? I thought the language of the Vatican was Latin.
Never heard of them using Greek for official stuff...and Google's not turning up anything for the connection either.

Fair enough.
IIRC I'm getting that claim from Tom Clancy novel. He's usually damn good about details, but who knows if I'm even remembering right.

Pope drops Latin as official language of Vatican.
17  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Realworld Languages Table on: August 12, 2015, 08:18:46 PM
Makes me miss the 2.0 language system

  To be honest most people hated it. Like deep and abiding loathing. A little too abstract.

  To me this is fine with a favor that lets you train up on a language for the rest of the mission. And If I were to do a revised Polyglot feat it'd probably give you 3-5 languages plus the option to temporarily have one until the end of the adventure for 2 action dice. So you could cover your bases and still be able to speak anything for a price.

Predictably I share Mr. A's assessment.
AFAIC it was an issue of not having to muck with a kind of gating and 2.0's was an unobtrusive solution.

Oh, for your big list? Attican Greek, the internal language of The Vatican.
Probably nothing else that has as few speakers but is of such potential importance.
18  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Realworld Languages Table on: August 12, 2015, 04:54:59 PM
Sure, sure and I respect all that. Still makes me grump a little.

Using Interests as the currency of acquisition's nice though as it's a fair sop to the sheer volume of options there are to learn. That's also a nice element for adding character flavor. For example my CT would have Urdu, Pashto and Arabic for all the background sand-flavored tango hunting she did.

I don't consider that a poor investment for even if they never see use that's about as useful as most interests (frex her others like composing piano music, communicating with felines) are as likely to ever be.
19  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Realworld Languages Table on: August 12, 2015, 02:21:35 PM
This just in: as a consequence of it being a former British colonial possession conversational English is common in urban Pakistan.
So sayeth a credible source to me.

Edit: I also bloody loathe having to wrangle with "realistic" language rules as I find them to be about as much fun as adding in "realistic" gender reaction modifiers to social skills.
20  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: The Play-By-Post Games You'd Want to Play on: August 12, 2015, 02:45:18 AM
I would love to play something that blends Sci-Fi or Modern with Fantasy races and tropes. Something like 40k with enough of a veneer of forced cooperation that a mixed faction party can work without compromising the necessary mistrust, snark, and opportunistic racial conflicts.
21  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: August 07, 2015, 11:39:05 PM

Cyberwarfare and the law; "things that do not mesh cleanly for $200 Alex."
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: August 07, 2015, 10:33:20 PM
It's also massively right wing (like WWII levels of right wing) and every military other than the JSDF are portrayed as worthless incompetents.

Y'know, as I watch Gate some more (ever so slowly Tongue ) and do a bit of preliminary research on the series, I feel that there was a bit of a wasted opportunity here.

Post is getting long, and my brain needs recharging.  Might comment more later.

Ideas, you haz them!
And I like. Pretty insightful.
23  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: August 06, 2015, 08:57:40 PM
On Steam Invisible Inc is 40% off 'til the 10th.
24  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: August 05, 2015, 09:08:41 PM
Why isn't it November yet?

 Cry Cry Cry

I feel that way about 2016 -"is this goddamn election over with yet?!" Tongue

Alternately whenever Mass Effect 4 comes out.
25  Community / License to Improvise / Re: STORMSURGE - Warstrider Gaming for Mastercraft on: August 04, 2015, 07:54:48 PM
I respect the association of pilots with knights or tight-knit bands of warriors, but there's a time and place for savage bastardry and having spare vehicles to expertly guide into position for maximum havoc is tactically valid and should be recognized as such.

I've got a story in my head about an 80's-ish action cop PC who ends up "starting over" when the department finds out that part of her takedown of the usual clique of rotten cops, bikers, gangers and mafioso may have involved a carbomb or two. And maybe that meth lab didn't "just blow up" -and cook the cook (along with a few people involved with the distribution end of things)- because a determined CSI happened to dig a boat-tailed 7.62 incendiary round out of the propane tanks.

The Police Union rep helped make sure the evidence ended up being interpreted as the responsibility of the deceased, but all the same off the book was the idea that, "you should transfer jurisdictions. To another time zone, if possible."

Hm. Perhaps "playing dirty" is a good resource of reputation loss if that covers "we know you did it and we can't/won't prosecute."
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: August 02, 2015, 10:16:25 PM
I just finished watching A Bridge Too Far for the first time.

It's heavy.

I can't think of more to say. See it, if you can.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Best Bond? on: July 31, 2015, 12:04:29 AM
If you don't like the author's description of his own character I don't know what to tell you other than to read the novels yourself.

Fair point.

Guess the idea just doesn't cross over well to the bigscreen Bond.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Best Bond? on: July 30, 2015, 11:08:15 PM
Understood, but is that not effectively a different character?

And if he's truly non-cerebral how does he effectively succeed at intelligence operations? I'm fairly confident that Super Spy is a thinking man's job. If an assassin is all that's called for I'm sure snipers and car bombs get a lot more done than one highly fallible caveman pointed in the direction of a dossier.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Best Bond? on: July 30, 2015, 10:22:18 PM
Duke Togo. Wink

Edit: ok, that's kinda lame.

Sean Connery.

Brosnan's probably closer to the ideal, if not the actual novel original because while Craig's pretty good he's Not Really Bond in what are Not Really Bond movies.

I was thinking a bit on Skyfall which is excellent but requires several un-Bond-like mistakes to work. Bond gets captured on the boat because he drops his guard. Silva gets a silly off-screen escape because he's not guarded by anyone that matters. Bond fails to interrupt an assassination, and then fails to get anything useful from the assassin that he didn't have to buy with an action die. I suppose it's also a consideration of how flawed Bond should be, and I favor him being The Best. Part of Cold War Bond wasn't just his universality, but how he was a British character who routinely outfoxed both the CIA and the KGB. Or outfoxed and seduced, but either way...

My point isn't about infallibility, but that Connery's Bond always felt intelligent. Calculating. His endless womanizing and drinking might have been a crutch, but it also felt like a facade. He knew better and was rarely out of options. He was "The Man For All Seasons." I can buy that his behavior could be explained as "mechanically ethical sociopath" but frankly I don't care if that's what Bond actually ends up being when compared to how he functioned. The character's an ideal, an archetype. He's Spycraft -not an SC PC.

Ironically in contrast is that while Craig's much more flawed he's also much more physically superhuman and does far flashier stunts. I'm sure part of that's the far greater technological possibilities of modern movies, but it's also taking the Bond idea to a kind of (admittedly gentle) exaggeration. IIRC classic Bond tended to get his Big Ben cleaned by actual martial arts minions and usually compensated with a gadget or by cheating improvising instead of being a John Woo-grade gunman in a better suit.

I've seen the others and can't remember a whole lot. Dalton seemed ok, and I haven't seen Lazenby since I was ineligible to vote.
30  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 28, 2015, 09:15:12 PM
Saw this and thought, "Happy Birthday MilitiaJim."

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