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1  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: Today at 03:25:53 PM
Fragile Minds is such a vicious, wonderful mistress.  Especially if you have people who can role play.  New player.  Advocate.  Priestly type.  His first encounter with things not of this reality, he started to become unhinged.  Cool points in.. 3... 2... 1...

To the point where he believes he's a Ophanim (Had to google that one) and is sent down to impose God's will on those which do not belong and in doing so, is writing the third book of the bible.  Except he's writing in in Mandarin Chinese using tattoos and his skin as ink and paper... because.. and I quote "Why does everyone think god speaks English?"

I can't guess which way the character will go next, so it keeps me on my toes.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 18, 2014, 08:45:37 AM
To be clear, I'm not suggesting that Spycraft Third Edition will wind up being oversimplified. I hope those of you who've managed to play some of it can attest to that.

I am saying that in general when you can go complex or not, and there's not compelling reason to go complex other than personal preference, it's almost always the better call to go simple.

And yes, narrative really is the god king of RPG design these days. I think as it should be.

I don't mind narrative being king, as long as there's enough crunch there to make me feel like I'm playing a game vs. re-taking my creative writing class.  Fantasy Flight's Star Wars.  I have a few issues with the engine, but I can play it.  It's fun.  FATE.  Too fluff.  Won't touch it.  Shadowrun?  I think that's an example of too crunchy.  If not for the IP, I'm not sure Shadowrun 5 sells.  (And I like 5th better than 4th, but it's still alot of lifting.)

Oh.. and.. seeing as you mentioned Spycraft 3.. <insert obligatory customer begging>. lol.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 17, 2014, 08:31:41 PM
LOL.  Oh!  Sorry Tracker.  I'm literally working on 80+ hour work weeks.  My brain is processing info about as fast as a Koala can run the Scouting Combine 40 yard dash.  I thought.. yea.. I get what you were saying now.  My point is your's, but in reverse.  If a corporation wants to sponsor a school, fine.  If Pfizer wants to have the "Pfizer Wing of Chemistry" at NorthEastern, go for it.  But said school, vice versa, shouldn't be able to brand itself on a Pro Stadium.  It seems like a drastic misuse of college funds. 

And that's ignoring the concept of for-profit schools.  I view those like for-profit medical insurance.  Who came up with that idea and can we return it?
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 17, 2014, 05:01:32 PM
The "University of Phoenix" is a for-profit college who bought the naming rights to the NFL's Cardinal Stadium. There is no University of Phoenix athletics program.

Cardinal Stadium's pretty neat. The playing field is natural grass over a pretty well-engineered drainage system, and the entire field can be rolled out of the stadium, as seen in the posted photo.

Pardon my lack of #sarcasm annotations.  But yes, you are correct.  That said, for a college to afford "naming rights" on a Pro-Stadium is a little insane.  That's like my local Middle School buying the naming rights of a 4 lane bridge.  "But it's great for advertisement!"  *insert losing game show music*

...I think I found the problem with US Education.  Colleges can afford Pro-Sports Stadiums.
I wouldn't call it the problem, but it certainly is a significant one.

(FWIW I think one huge problem is the proliferation of "education" employees who don't teach.)

"Assistive", "Professional" and "Administrative" staff?  Yea.  I think that's on the list too.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: October 17, 2014, 10:53:39 AM


...I think I found the problem with US Education.  Colleges can afford Pro-Sports Stadiums.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: October 17, 2014, 10:36:29 AM
*wanders back*  You know.. NEW work was supposed to be LESS insanity and MORE free time.  How is it the EXACT OPPOSITE?!  *hmphs*  That said!  Endless Legend.  CivV meets Heroes of Might and Magic with a hint of Tolkien-esque story telling.  It is good.  REALLY good.  All the factions have their own different spin.  Some want to unleash the zombie apocalypse and devour the world.  Others want to cure their diseased species.  Another wants to journey to the stars.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 17, 2014, 10:31:24 AM
I've got 3 problems with D&D Next.  First off.  $150 buy-in price.  *whistles*  And that $150 Core Book collection is spread out over half a year and the DMG is LAST?!.  Everyone have their Player's book?  Great!  I'll let you know when we can use them.  (Yes, I know the intro set is meant as a stop gap until the DMG is out, but.. ugh.. just annoys me.)  After the 4th Edition "We turned our Randomly Packaged Mini game into your RPG game engine", the increasingly skyrocketing cost of D&D is becoming annoying.  At this point, I'd rather play Warhammer.  At least the Orks are cooler.  Secondly.  The mechanics are better than 4e, but they're still very mundane.  I understand the changes.  It tried to go somewhere between 3 and 4.  Combining the best of both.  I don't enjoy it.  Probably the minority C_P is referencing.  (You like crunch, go play Intro to Calc.  RPGs are going Narrative Heavy / Rules Easy.)  lol.  Thirdly.  It doesn't do anything I can't already do with FantasyCraft, and do so with a superior feel.  The ONLY thing it has going for it is the built in world.  That's it.  Even then.. ugh.

Our current playtable is:

Fantasy -> FantasyCraft.
Sci-Fi -> FFG's Star Wars EotE or CL's Shadownrun 5.
Modern -> Spycraft 2.0 with FantasyCraft evil NPCs jammed in with the grace of a Sledgehammer.  Spycraft 2.0 doesn't have a defense against that sorta damage?  Great.  Neither do you!  Cannibalistic, Space Squid worshiping undead Santa Mall Elves?  Now 100% more terrifying when they can throw things at you that you have no defenses for.
Non-RPG -> Pathfinder Adventure Card Game / Eldrich Horror / Descent 2.0

(Edit: Clarified Modern)
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 22, 2014, 01:28:52 PM
72,000 pages and companies STILL move to Canada to avoid our taxes. lol.  (Burger Horton's, anyone? LOL)
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 19, 2014, 08:44:06 AM
I would have been slightly annoyed if the Scotts voted yes.  Scottland can break free, but the North of Ireland?  Nah.  UK has a problem with that. 
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 17, 2014, 08:40:35 AM
... our "Corporate Citizens" make the Nazis look like Boy Scouts of America earning their Eagle Scout.

Please explain.  This does not make sense to me.

Our SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) in recent years declared certain 'rights' to corporations that were held only for actual people.  From there, the term "Corporate Citizen" spawned.  The idea that corporations inside the United States are as important as actual citizens.  Terrifying concept made worse by lobbyists.  As Valentina put very fittingly, their behavior in recent decades has been terrible.

The socio-economics of the US is very much in dire straights.  And I say that as a guy who is lucky enough not to be in the bottom half of that stratosphere.  We've built a game where the powerful can get rich, the rich can get powerful, and the every day person just has to pray they find a way through to squeak out an existence.  When the $15T US comes do, we're all joking ourselves if we think our 1% is going to stick around to help pay it back.
11  Products / Z-Corps / Re: So Z-Corps kinda sorta has some competition on: September 16, 2014, 06:41:38 PM
*reads description*  So, it's a slightly more interactive "What would you do?" book.  I'm just not sure how you can cover all that material in what look to be very small books.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: September 16, 2014, 06:39:10 PM
The senator's claims were proven to be a bit hyperbole by the CBO.  The real number is around 20 cents on a dollar.  Which is still a ton, but not nearly half of 1.  As for nuclear disarmament?  The topic is a nightmare of logistics.  There will never be a non-nuclear world.  It's becoming too easy a technology to figure out that too many yahoos are going to attain them.  Can we scale back?  Sure.  But you still have to store the weaponized material for some insane time period.  And that takes bunkers, and personnel, and construction costs, and yadda yadda.  

Is our Defense spending out of control?  Dear god yes.  We've got M1s that'll never be used, ever.  Yet, we're building more.  The problem?  In America, no one wants to admit we need to make hard choices.  Taxes?  Gonna go up.  At least in the short term.  People are gonna have to lose jobs.  When you start shutting down Defense, you impact a bunch of other stuff.  But it's gotta get done.  

I mean.. hell.. our Education is barely mediocre, our COST of Education is about on par with holding your first born hostage for a kidney, our health care is the laughing stock of the world, our overall health is a joke and our "Corporate Citizens" make the Nazis look like Boy Scouts of America earning their Eagle Scout.
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Koala, something for you. on: September 09, 2014, 12:38:35 PM


Very good thinking Krenksy!  (Not actual daughter. lol)
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Hey Koala, something for you. on: September 08, 2014, 12:17:21 PM
Remind me never to show this to my daughter.  "Daddy.  Koala?"  No, sweetie.  "Daddy.  Koala."  No.  "DADDY!"  Ugh.  Fine.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 04, 2014, 02:46:29 PM

Y'know, adding this to the news that our solar power plants set the entire avian kingdom literally on fire, and I'm starting to think that humanity can't seem to win the whole environment issue.  Tongue

At 7 Billion people, you are probably correct. 

Echo this, though keeping the facts in perspective we charming First Worlders' do use a hell of a lot more resources and generate a far larger carbon footprint per capita. Tain't fair to plop the blame solely on numbers when concentration's a factor.

Oh, that is very true.  Consumption is a problem.  A very large one that no one wants to address become it's uncomfortable.  But that is a conversation not meant for video Games. lol. 
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