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511  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Late 2044 (turn 2) on: May 19, 2014, 03:17:48 PM
Congrats to Spacebourne, prepare your HQ for it's imminent egging. (kidding, kidding)
And honorable mention to the Copperhead 2 for hitting all the right notes but not managing to bribe the right judge.
Don't worry, they'll all be dead of tragic carbon monoxide poisoning when they're found buried alive in manure later this weekend. Angry Wink
512  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Welcome to the Corps! on: May 19, 2014, 02:34:22 PM
So I've made a character.
Not mechanically of course, but setting-appropriate (I think), properly motivated, and otherwise good to go. Cool
513  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Z-Corp is real! on: May 19, 2014, 02:25:32 PM
Wow, yeah...-that's harsh.
The President example in particular as the ultimate "value added" life. If you're working out functional importance most political figures are about zero -they know how to command others to do things. Badly. Posturing for CSPAN isn't really a survival skill.
But they might be damn useful as leaders later. Well, probably not. They do get replaced pretty regularly after all.

Though I think it is worthwhile to consider that the standard walker is mostly harmless. It's a human deprived of it's most useful tools and armed with one of the least effective bites found on mammals. Dangerous in huge numbers, but how long before weather and wildlife start thinning their herd? What if the challenge isn't just curing them, it's keeping nature from killing them first?

I always wondered that about NORAD and a nuclear WW3. What nightmarish irony is there in maximizing the preservation of the lives of them who had the most to do with getting the rest of the species murdered? The Bomb drops, the sky burns, and decades later out come the Premier and the President -two besuited jerkoffs contributing zero to human survival. And their retinues of Generals without any Soldiers.

As for Black Ops stuff. It's simplistic, but I'm going with Shepard's Law: you don't. You save as many as you can, however you can. You don't become the monster. There will be enough of that happpening on an individual level anyway. You suck it up and wave it off for your troops as much as for the people not being killed.

If there's a cure and it leaks out, so what. That rumor will be ancient for weeks before there's even any truth to it. Supposedly those "bon3R! MAXs1ze noW" banners that crowd the Internet and your spam box are a million dollar industry. Men are buying dick-extending pills because of a "wierd trick a housewife discovered." What people believe about a cure is almost totally pointless because they're so stupid about medicine to begin with. And this'll be the survivors who're already in tiny numbers and likely not at all coordinated, so what could they do anyway?

As for tit-for-tat fish the problem there imho is application. You can believe anything you want, but wanting to make those beliefs a matter of public interest is problematic -nevermind the poor sods who're in the middle, what few that they are. Too much Culture Warrior mindset, not nearly enough basic rationality.
514  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Z-Corp is real! on: May 19, 2014, 11:10:14 AM
LOL.  You know.. I never thought of it like that.. I just always got the "NOT A LIBERAL" = "Someone trying to pick a fight with a liberal". 

Maybe I should start labeling my trees.  "NOT A EUCALYPTUS".  ...and then frown at it. 

Let me be clear: I know being a Marsupial is a sensitive topic. I intend no slur upon my respectable pouch-bearing brethern.
I welcome any and all open dialogue with such a community.
But no kicking, biting, or scratching. I mean it. Decorum, people. And fur allergies.

But yeah, dehumanizing. Way too much "I AM NOT LIKE YOU AND THAT IS GOOD" and not enough "WE SHARE IMPORTANT COMMONALITIES. LIKE A LOVE OF CAPITALIZATION. AND TIG OL' BITTIES."

My bumperstickers would be "Cui Bono?", because it's important and "Are you a Jeweler?" because it's whimsical. Wink
515  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Z-Corp is real! on: May 19, 2014, 09:44:26 AM
It's meant as a training exercise for a total collapse with no immediate help forthcoming, I believe. and a Zombie Apocalypse is picture perfect for that. I give them props for using something everyone can relate to.

It's also low impact for the psyche.  No one wants to train shooting a mother of 3 who has small pox and wants to escape containment.  Shooting a mindless, blood thirsty zombie?  ALOT easier.

And if you throw on the tinfoil hat and squint you can hear the conspiracy nuts saying that's the point.  It's easy to dehumanize human-like targets in preparation for ... something bad.

Seen this bumpersticker locally for a while now: (this is in red on black, big block lettters*) "NOT A LIBERAL."
Hmm.
Not very useful.
Could also be "NOT A MARSUPIAL" or "NOT A DICKENSIAN URCHIN" or "NOT A VENUSIAN."

Nope. "NOT A LIBERAL."

Important we all know that. Could be a Libertarian. Or an arachno-arnarchist. or a Whig! Seems unlikely, though.

I posit that, given the modern political atmosphere, people are proudly dehumanizing themselves.

*on a black and red big blocky truck, appropriately. Maybe they were sold as a package deal? No?
516  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Late 2044 (turn 2) on: May 19, 2014, 01:21:27 AM
Also, congratulations to Mihini Nui and Medwyn for being the first contract winner of Stormsurge! Cheesy
517  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Late 2044 (turn 2) on: May 19, 2014, 01:12:01 AM
(For those who enjoy edge-of-the-envelope musing the maximum possible ammo bonus is +200% from a strider with the Extra Core Slot trademark and 4 Campaign Packs. Then its just a question of what do you put in the arms...?)

HYVE 20's. Angry
ALL OF THEM. Evil

Edit: which reminds me: Fire-Blossom is absolutely on my "to-research" list.
518  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Late 2044 (turn 2) on: May 18, 2014, 11:48:00 PM
Like Gatac I have corrected my original Hoplite design as it was...wrong.
I have also updated it, and as such it is markedly meaner. Evil
If my having done so was against the spirit of things, please let me know and I'll spin it back to as it was allowing for the actual rules. Thank you. Smiley

Edit: oh, and the Spartan and the Persephone are correct now as well. Everything ACE makes should be up to code.
519  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: May 18, 2014, 11:18:36 PM
Check, that I will surely do.
520  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: May 18, 2014, 10:48:57 PM
Leona will return to her conventional "Sabrina Vilhelm" disguise via the Crown.
521  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Contemplating BattleTech-style combat add-on on: May 18, 2014, 05:39:22 PM
Right on. Cool
Happy, and I mean sincerely happy, to have been useful in that regard.Smiley
522  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Contemplating BattleTech-style combat add-on on: May 18, 2014, 04:54:42 PM
Ok, to illustrate my "thinking" here's how I was confused about armor.
1) I thought the total, say 10.5 for a Medium, was per location. I'll admit it didn't parse out in regard to weapons damage values...but I undercut those doubts with a reminder that plenty of systems that don't make sense to me aren't necessarily wrong because of my confusion.*
2) I thought armor had to be bought in the designated increments -12, 24, 36, 47, etc. Thus I didn't grock to the idea that I was buying a pool that I could slosh around with as I saw fit.


*This lesson is why I don't participate so much in the homebrew stuff. I've learned over the years that I just don't see everything the same way everyone else does, so it's x2 as frustratingly mystifying when I also have no solid grasp on how the math is supposed to work. Thus when there's a flareup about, say, The Superior starting a combat with 8 Edge I literally don't see what the problem is. If Pat and Co didn't design One In a Million nobody else would either because they'd be too timid.
I love 1-1,000,000 for being so audaciously, brutally perfect an expression of the art of the combat master -eff with a veteran Soldier at your peril because s/he is one tiny, slender chance away from your coroner wondering how someone turned a frozen tuna into an improvised javelin....and why it ended up in your brainpain.
In an industry of Linear Warriors and Quadratic Wizards, mechanics like that do a lot to level the playing field.
523  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Late 2044 (turn 2) on: May 18, 2014, 03:51:39 PM
Also, yeah. Zounds. Shocked
That glass cannon Scout with the EWS 3 (?!) -totally looks like bad goddamn news.
Don't get me wrong the Battle Hyperlaser is menacing, but the freakin' cloud of static that thing will be pumping out?
THAT worries me.

And it's amphibious. Yeah. I haven't forgotten ACE's other legs signature: hoverer. No doubt there.

Does look like it has the same problem as the Hoplite in that it's a rocket -goes straight really easily but is not so clever about being flanked (turrets FTW). But in that weight class with that much bang-bang, that's a small damn flaw. Get a row of those things popping out of the local floodway and you're buggered hollow if they get the first volley off. That much EWS makes it verrrry verrrrrrrrry likely they will.
You'll know they're there when the instrumentation goes ape, but you won't know much else.
Watch the water.

It also has Spoilsport.
I hope those pilots get paid real well. Evil

Tl;dr: BRING IT ON, FISHFACE!
524  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Late 2044 (turn 2) on: May 18, 2014, 03:11:33 PM
Notes as I collate the designs for trials~

The Spartan has 13 point assigned to armor. Max armor for a Medium frame is 10.5.


Holy cow I have been doing that wrong.
I thought the points limit was per location, not total budget. Will fix ASAP.

SON OF A FRAGGLE.
DONE.
Seriously. Late night design "inspirations"? Over-rated.
525  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: STORMSURGE: Late 2044 (turn 2) on: May 18, 2014, 01:36:35 PM
Prototyping is our watchword. We have a very goood simulations department. Cool

My enthusiasm for the next wave of events and news is undimmed. I quite like the blackly humorous bits of flavor people have been putting together -all in this bubble of "it's just business" as though we were just making cars....that incidentally, through no (legal) fault of the manufacturer, also happen to be stompy, shooty levellers of towns.
I get this image that we've all got lobbyists who gleefully obstruct and impair any attempts at regulation even as the tech races past and beyond cumbersome governmental attempts to control weapons proliferation.
And it's fun. Not just this game, but this atmosphere of reckless spending and gruesome (awesome) combat footage and being so totally able to thumb our noses at imagined protests and embargos and stern congressional committees posturing for CSPAN. Makes me wonder if protesting isn't actually Feeding The Trolls? Three million people paralyzing DC in outrage isn't just demanding action, it's a 17% spike in ACE share values. It's high-fives and champagne and Donald-Trump-as-Tony-Stark-wannabe Guy DeVore deciding "hell yes cruising the new office staff is worth a sexual harassment suit" as he slicks down his hair in the mirror.
I wonder if that's what being a conquistador or a samurai or an Enron trader feels like? "We can totally do anything. It's got to be sanitized by notions of honor or divine sanction or *snort* 'legal compliance,' but once you're past that it's just you, the sword, and that tasty peasant quivering in the mud. It's Evolution, Baby!"*

Big Strider Business isn't racist -Africa isn't "the Dark Continent" for it's melanin levels, it's for the rivers of black ink that pump through it's mountains, down it's waterways, through it's battered ports and across the globe.

*I'd code in a link to the Pearl Jam track of the same name, but I can't copy/paste. =P
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