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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 31, 2015, 01:12:24 PM
In less depressing crazy news.. I've begun my research masters theses.  *gulp!*

Just remember, the best thesis defense is a good thesis offense.

LOL!

In less depressing crazy news.. I've begun my research masters theses.  *gulp!*
Congrats! and condolences.  I hope you've had your fill of sunlight and fresh air for the next few years.

My office sits in a blast proof building that partially sits underground.  Sunlight and Fresh Air typically are luxuries of the weekends off.
2  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: January 31, 2015, 11:14:45 AM

LOL.  Oh man.. my keyboard survived that early morning Ginger Ale spray.  That was good...
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 31, 2015, 10:49:49 AM
During training and at the start of our tour in Iraq, we were all "let's go fuck them savage ass motherfuckers up!"  It faded really quickly once you get there and interact with the  the populace and realize that the vast majority of them are the folks who live down your block who have the bad luck to live somewhere shitty.  A few guys kept their "kill 'em all" attitude and we kept them on tight leashes.  That said, buddies who worked different areas kept their bad attitudes a lot longer by having big firefights on a regular basis.  Chris Kyle was working out west and hunting the savages who later became ISIS.  (ISIS' tactics of mass rape and murder aren't even new.  Saddam's men used them for decades.)

**sigh** 

Anyway, I think I'm a better fit for Knight Errant than for Lone Star, but that could just be me.

I never met CPO Kyle, but from what I understand, he was a helluva operator.  Damn shame to lose him young.  Could have been a great teacher in a lot of venues.  The other thing that I forgot to tag on is that the "Kill em all" attitude is a NIGHTMARE for Operational Command and the Dept. of State.  We've got enough issues with the occasional fruit loop going crazy, grabbing his carbine and gunning down a village house or a drone taking out the target... +6-12 stander byes.  Having an entire platoon or service with that mentality would just be counter productive to literally everything. 

In less depressing crazy news.. I've begun my research masters theses.  *gulp!*
4  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: January 30, 2015, 10:31:37 PM
I'll admit, I wish we got 8 exclusives, but you can't win 'em all eh?
Who doesn't wish that?
Communists

Westboro Community Church?
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: January 30, 2015, 04:48:46 PM
Man.. I had GalCiv3 pegged as my Space Sim.. but this one.. hmmmmm.... *puts on keep an eye list*
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 30, 2015, 10:32:18 AM
Who knows, maybe Shadowrun will come true and I can run Lone Star!  lol.

You strike me as a better fit for Knight Errant's corporate culture. Or at least as it was presented last time I read SR material.


And I will gladly take a small coma.  

Well in that case, we do have some.... substances and... things we need to do some testing on down in R&D. Normally we use interns but if you're volunteering...

KE?  Hmm.. yea.  I could see that working!  Just as long as I'm not sent to Aztec.  I'm all for scientific experimenting on interns.. but sacrificing to the blood god?  Eh... sounds like a job that would get my suits dirty.
7  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: [DEVELOPMENT] What do you look for first/most about skill checks? on: January 30, 2015, 09:37:18 AM
My initial reaction is DC -> Check Type -> Time.  I put time last only because I've never had someone try to forge a new Katana blade in the middle of a car chase (hyperbole example), so time has never been an immediate concern in our play.  (Most actions have common sense tied to the time they take, so it only comes up sparringly.)  Where as the DC and Check Type are constant.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 30, 2015, 09:32:13 AM
<Everything me and Valentina typed>

To control the length of this, I've editted the quote.  Long conversation. lol.  First, thanks on the 17 out of 20.  While I don't have to transition at 20, I could easily go 25-30-40, I'm looking forwarded to dropping the TS from TSKoala.  When I designed my life and my education, I had no ambition for having a wife and child.  Now that I do (and my life is far more enriched with them than with my career), it just doesn't fit.  So.. 3 more, then go see what my skills can do somewhere else.  Who knows, maybe Shadowrun will come true and I can run Lone Star!  lol.

To the "I would rather be wrong and die than kill a child" mentality.. I completely understand it.  And you're also right about fear feeding tactical response.  ..and fear building stereotypes.  And the fear of being honest with ourselves leads to those fears being prevalent in many things.  As I've said in the past, I have a very good friend who is.. and I quote.. "The blackest black guy"  you can know.  Nylon head rag, half sleeve tattoos, can fire off more slang than Urban Dictionary.  Wears enough gold and silver to be Mr. T's child.  If I didn't know him, I would swear he's a thug.  That I do know him, I trust him with the life of myself and if needed, my family.  Which is a TERRIBLE realization.  

^ Until we can somehow.. and I have no idea how because even I'm guilty of it and I try to be as open minded as possible.. address our perceptions of one another, of our communities and admit that we've been pretty shitty to everyone of non Anglo-European descent, I'm not sure where we can expect a change in police response.  It's like walking into a bar fight... ...just a really really big one.

For the bloodlust of a soldier.. I'll tie that one back to police.  Just because one cop is a belligerent Judge Dredd wanna-be, doesn't mean they all are.  Same with the bloodlust and desire to kill.  While that may run in some of the grunts who somehow get past mental screenings, alot of the men and women who come home and have ended up in on my couch during my internships have a very hard time reconciling the fact that while they were doing their job, so was the guy on the other end.  And that guy had a family too.  etc etc.  Perfect example of this is World War 2.  My grandfather was a field nurse (would now be called a Devil Doc).  We kids would all try to make him into some hero of folklore who went to Europe and saw hell and survived, and he would always tell us "Boys, I did what I had to do.  Nothing more to it." and looking back I now notice his eyes when he said it more than his words.  

But yea.. humans are weird.  We treat each other like the boogeymen sometimes.  And we need honest conversations so we stop killing innocent people.  

As for Despair?  Nah.  I'm sure at some point we'll figure it out.  It's just all very sad that we've reached a level of animosity and fear that it ends up kids playing with a cap gun get killed and the people that are hired to protect us have to live with a reality that is on no level fair to anyone.  Them, their families, their communities or their citizens.  

And I will gladly take a small coma.  
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 29, 2015, 10:10:59 AM
Postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis are horrible diseases Koala.

Yes.  Yes they are.  We lost one of our receptionists to PPP.  (She literally ran away from home, developed what sounds like delusional schizophrenia and has since become divorced, never rejoined the family or kids...)  That said.. I'm honest enough to know I see a kid with a slit throat, my composure is going to fail and the person who did the cutting, no matter the reason, is going to get hurt.  Thus.. could never do the blue job.  

Given how there are people here who'd shoot a child who might have a weapon rather the risk being wrong, I think the job numbs one to such horrors.

That's like saying soldiers get numb to taking a human life.  They're two completely different things.  Shooting a child who might have a weapon isn't a symptom of callousness to value of life, it's a statement of the perceived eminent violence possible in our society, even at then hands of said child.  

In this we partially disagree and, given how skewed the stats are when the topic of race is factored in, clearly some "possibly armed" children and men are more "eminently violent" then others.

As for soldiers, I can't see how it's not numbing. People, granted people who very much might deserve a bullet or three, get made into targets. Targets get easier to take down. That isn't cause for a claim of a blanket devaluing of human life, but I'm not seeing how that's anything but human stress adaption.
For better or worse, we can get used to anything if the necessity exists.

Stereotypes exist for a reason.  I know that's a very non-nice thing to say, but it's sociologically appropriate.  In the perception of the common man, a "person who looks like type" is more likely to shoot you than "the person who doesn't look the type".  And that's the basis for human reaction.  We form perceptions based on the same things that give us stereotypes.  And to say that anyone is immune to stereotypes is either a liar or a sociopath.  

Our society is F'd.  

The perception of the ease of taking a human life for a soldier is somewhat distressing to me.  While they are trained to pull that trigger, the aftermath is very much a burden.  In the act of combat, they may be numb.  But they are not when they return home.

On a lighter note.. I've got 3 years left on my 20.  And I've begun to look around and realize.. dear god.. am I not ready to start a new, new career. lol.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 28, 2015, 02:33:50 PM
Postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis are horrible diseases Koala.

Yes.  Yes they are.  We lost one of our receptionists to PPP.  (She literally ran away from home, developed what sounds like delusional schizophrenia and has since become divorced, never rejoined the family or kids...)  That said.. I'm honest enough to know I see a kid with a slit throat, my composure is going to fail and the person who did the cutting, no matter the reason, is going to get hurt.  Thus.. could never do the blue job. 

Given how there are people here who'd shoot a child who might have a weapon rather the risk being wrong, I think the job numbs one to such horrors.

That's like saying soldiers get numb to taking a human life.  They're two completely different things.  Shooting a child who might have a weapon isn't a symptom of callousness to value of life, it's a statement of the perceived eminent violence possible in our society, even at then hands of said child. 
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 28, 2015, 01:13:07 PM
Postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis are horrible diseases Koala.

Yes.  Yes they are.  We lost one of our receptionists to PPP.  (She literally ran away from home, developed what sounds like delusional schizophrenia and has since become divorced, never rejoined the family or kids...)  That said.. I'm honest enough to know I see a kid with a slit throat, my composure is going to fail and the person who did the cutting, no matter the reason, is going to get hurt.  Thus.. could never do the blue job. 
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: January 28, 2015, 07:07:35 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/28/us/washington-children-stabbed/index.html

And this is why I could never be a Protector of the Citizenry.  ....because I would have lost it on the woman. 
13  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: So.. Tainted and other ways to turn PCs into NPCs... on: January 26, 2015, 11:55:30 AM
Action Dice isn't a bad idea.  If your pool = max 0, you become a nameless nobody?  Mix that with +TL = Stolen Action Dice and you might be on to something....

And it fits well with existing mechanics.  The Soul Drain Extraordinary Attack works (Against the PCs) by taking away current AD and max Vitality.  But, a special thing that works by reducing Starting AD and/or shrinking the AD, could work.  Also, losing Starting AD affects other things, like how often abilities can be used or how powerful some are, so it would have broad effects on the character beyond just having fewer AD.

Hey look.. blizzard!  *breaks out the writing utensils*  I'll post some initial drafts tonight.  Thanks gang!
14  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Grappling and Grapple Benefits on: January 25, 2015, 05:19:13 PM
Subsequent question: what happens if one party in a grapple is the victim of forced movement, such as an attack with the Shove trick?


The grapple ends as they're no longer in the same square, iirc.
15  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: January 25, 2015, 01:01:03 PM
Nothing like waking up to a string of emails that I successfully applied a payment to Crafty Games, Crafty Game's Kickstarter has successfully succeeded and a Prince of Taiwan wants to transfer me .. oh.. wait.. that one is SPAM.  So.. yea.  First two, awesomely awesome!
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