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31  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 27, 2014, 05:02:17 PM
I know the new PbP is sexy, but let's not get lost out there. Wink
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: March 27, 2014, 04:20:26 AM
Remember that old Games Workshop game Mordheim? It was hot for a while before it got dropped in favour of moar Spesh Mareenz. Well, it's coming back... as a video game.

The tabletop game was one of GW's finest productions. This new version is being made by the people behind Blood Bowl, so hopefully it will measure up.

 Huh? x3
 Cheesy x50
 Evil x10000!

By which I mean I roll House Escher.
33  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Quick survey on: March 25, 2014, 10:17:45 PM
Stress, hell yes. Threaten Actions are how I use up my zip-tie reserves and bring back the grumpy, resentful intel.

Subdual, it's cool. Mostly hand-to-hand stuff, but I once was taken out by like 52 points of Subdual from taking a torrent of rounds small enough to be soaked by my body armor, but without Take It.

Blast, it's a ....yeah. On occasion. Sometimes frag grenades are the answer. Sometimes cars explode. Sometimes I have a PIAT rocket miniaturized as a .500 revolver shell and some wanna-be Space Marine who needs to check himself. Headshot, BOOM.

Falling! Because really what else is Falling Damage but hitting someone with the planet, just backwards?


I'd like to do more with Laser, because Laser.
34  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Shinobi 2 - What does the Fox-demon say? on: March 25, 2014, 04:22:50 PM
Jett stands very still, thinking on the Monk's words with crossed arms, before replying.

"The southern lands rarely go 10 years without a war. Or the Northmen attack them for being ripe and fat."

"I don't see that the Kitsune could worsen things."

"But I take your point. We won't fail, Priest."
35  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 25, 2014, 05:39:29 AM
Leona tries to look impartial instead of opportunistic.
"I'm working to support our group. If you desire another day of hunting, I desire payment for these delays."
(click to show/hide)
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 25, 2014, 01:33:40 AM
Have I recently mentioned I love how brutally pragmatic many gamers are?

Just needed to be said.

I'm very pragmatic. Not sure if that's from years of gaming, or "I am, that I am, and that's all that I am."

Not that I know you, but gaming tends to be really big on direct action-and-reaction results and I think that feeds pragmatic tendencies.
It's pretty simple: there are always rules, and you either have a bullet in the chamber or you don't. Gaming experiences tend to be empowering, while Real Life tends to be limiting. In Real Life you can wake up one day with Lupus, and never be the person you were again.
In gaming at least someone had to spend some fracking action dice first!
Fundamental choices also tend to be more volitional. In Fantasy Craft some races take social penalties, but it's all up front. In real life ...not so much. Shit happens, and it happens to you, and damn near everybody would roll Elf if they could choose.
Really, Real Life needs character sheets.
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: March 25, 2014, 12:56:17 AM
James Rebhorn (Homeland, White Collar, and so, so many movies)

...and in a surprising and thoroughly impressive move, Mr. Rebhorn wrote his own obit before he died.

That's an amazing obituary, if only for saying so little about himself and so much about what made his life good.
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: March 25, 2014, 12:53:15 AM
One last note on the conclusion of the Fred Phelps story.

Quote from: Associated Press
Westboro Baptist Church protesters demonstrating outside of a Lorde concert in Kansas City, Mo., over the weekend were met with an unusual counterprotest."

"On Friday, two days after the death of Westboro's founding pastor, Fred Phelps, about 20 members of the church — holding signs that read "God Hates Sluts" among other messages — were greeted by demonstrators with banners that read, "Sorry for your loss" and "Live your life and be awesome."

"We realized that it wasn't so much about antagonizing them," Megan Coleman, who helped create one of the counterprotest signs, told KSHB-TV. "We are here for people who need that message and need that positivity."

The counterdemonstration was, in part, inspired by the New Zealand pop singer herself.

After the Topeka-based church announced it would protest Lorde's show because “the young lady has not been taught and will not teach young women to be sober and godly,” she encouraged fans on Twitter to attend the concert dressed in rainbow colors and kiss Westboro protesters of the same sex.

Westboro members appeared unmoved.

"I don't even know what they're saying," Steve Drain, a longtime Westboro member, told KSHB-TV.


And that's the difference my agents, adjutants and agitators.
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: March 24, 2014, 03:05:57 AM
So when's the grave-side party?
Oh, and sayeth she; there will be no funeral, or at least a public one, for Fred Phelps.
It's amost like the cult doesn't want people intruding on a time of grief and farewell

I know, right? Two-hundred proof irony like that doesn't decant every day. Cool
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: March 24, 2014, 12:47:21 AM
So when's the grave-side party?

Rachel Maddow has a pretty good not-obituary of the man and the fallout of his activities.

Also, and it's so strange to recall, but Fred eFfin' Phelps was formerly a Civil Rights lawyer and Freedom Rider.
No story on why he turned to the dark side, but that's one pretty mixed legacy.

Oh, and sayeth she; there will be no funeral, or at least a public one, for Fred Phelps.
41  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: March 21, 2014, 09:16:45 AM
If our iron maiden had asked about soap earlier, there were actually the materials on hand to make it in time for laundry day.

I didn't think of that, but oddly enough...Leona would have. She's got quite the mercantile streak, especially where making things is concerned.

Also, I was originally set on Force of Nature, but now....straight Martial Artist could be really cool.
42  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: March 21, 2014, 12:56:43 AM
"I am no hunter any more then I am a sailor, and I have underthings to launder."
*She pauses, with an expression of almost-alarm*
"I suppose we all might."
*Leona releases a gusty, oddly humming sigh*
"So opens the Laundry Service of the Damned. If you've things that require determined scrubbing, I will see it done -so none wonder: I refuse Grumblejack's intimates outright. Also, my results would be improved with the procuring of soap and a washtub."

Leona's plan is to spend her last day on blessed solid ground washing things, and while they dry taking some time to practice her greatsword forms. It's also been entirely too long since she's had the chance to stretch her vocal cords as much as her hamstrings, so she'll also Perform for the wildlife something from the more melodious from the Asmodean choirbook -"His Silver Seductions" in C-, or the like.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 20, 2014, 03:21:35 PM
Apparently, Young Adult Dystopians is the flavor for the year.  Not sure I can take another Hunger Games / Divergent / The Giver style story.  For all the Dystopian societies cropping up, none of them sell the bleak, morale defeating human experience very well.

Might be due a subconscious fear that the world that our children are going to inherit is going to be broken due to our own hubris.  Or something.

Valentina for President; "I got this."
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 20, 2014, 02:05:42 PM
Pardon the vitriol but going over to their forums and screaming THIS IS TERRIBLE, FIX IT works worse there then it would here, and here's it's no good idea either.
Yeah, I see the error in the "screaming" part, but I'm struggling so much the basic system mastery required to make an effective argument swapping content for volume is about all I can do. It's damn hard to change the mind of someone who doesn't see a problem, has no incentive to correct that problem, and who doesn't speak Empathy.
45  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 20, 2014, 01:57:38 PM
I'm basically living this question right now.

I'm in the Legends of Arcanis campaign. It's using it's own system. That system has a few inspired elements, and a bunch of impenetrable ones. And a few more that're just broken* -and the worst "feats" I've ever seen. Like they have zero magnetism beyond possible mechanical advantages. There are no Sexy Feat in LoA, it's all complex and grimy and "+1 to hit is actually huge when taken 5 times because of how the probability bell-curve works!" Holy shit, wtb Basic Combat tree please!
Ohhhhh but the IP is SO. GOOD. When the clunky, inscrutable mechanics (here's a basic "you should know" for any player in that game: you should know how your character is going to turn out 40 levels from it's start to be consistently effective!) aren't getting in the way of the story it's magic. It's the reason I've ever gone to Origins. It's kept me from putting a bullet in my head. It's amazing middle fantasy married to brutal politicking and moments of high heroism. It's also maybe the only campaign I've ever been in that lets players act as agents of a Big Bad, but made that option so subtly repulsive it's not actually popular.

On the other hand is 4th Edition D&D. Simple-to-start-but-potentially-complex mechanics, the Revenge of the D12!, nicely balanced classes and races  -some Feat Tax issues sure, but the good outweighs the bad. Or has been said, "the space between the very top build and the very bottom is smaller then it's ever been. Playing a sub-optimal race/class combo (halfling berzerker?) is penalizing, but not actually crippling."
Too bad it had one of the worst Living campaigns I've been part of. From the outset the stated goal was "popcorn modules," -one-off, fluffy, forgettable, combat heavy, shallow adventures.
Well, mission accomplished motherfuckers. There was a whole lot of nobody worth remembering and nothing worth caring about. I say "was" kind of prematurely. It's still going on, but nobody gives a shit! The instant D&D Next was announced as About To Launch (what ithree years ago now), the mass reaction of the community I'm part of was, "cool, let's move on to that."
There were a couple of other non-gaming factors that didn't help -a fecund DM left the area, a couple of blokes got married and the new woman didn't like his old friends, some other things. But the lack of pull from the campaign itself did zero favors. Everyone hawked their sourcebooks and archived their characters.
My bile overfloweth. Goddamnit LFR, you are disappoint Son.

*weapons have Speed. Ok. A weapon takes 2 speed to Ready, but it's own speed to Sheathe. So, pull your Zweihander = 2.
Put it away? Six, on a scale of Twelve.
Now I get why it's that way: "it makes sense LOL" -ie, it's plausible to someone with no perspective on in-game consequences of their choices.
Casters can still do everything btw, since weapon skill progression isn't allocated by archetype and of course fucking around with things like weapons materials or types isn't a problem they have. They aren't as a broadly melee adept as a dedicated combat character -but I've played exactly ZERO rpg's wherein "I'm pretty good with everything" was even REMOTELY as effective as "I'm amazing with this one tool" and LoA is no exception.
Other examples exist, the entire advanced and combination spells/maneuvers mechanics, but this is a good place to start.
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