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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 21, 2014, 04:11:18 PM
Was reading a New York Times article today. 

In American Health Care, this is a re-occurring problem.  You have an emergency.  You have an in-network Primary Care doctor.  You go to an in-network Hospital.  You make sure if you need a specialist, it gets approved first.  You then find out, the in-network hospital uses out-network emergency physicians and you get tackled with a giant bill. 

2  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 21, 2014, 01:59:50 PM

Ex-Mounty Lawman/Grunt?
"I've seen some weird stuff there man..."

Close.  Former X-Games California Keanu Reeves-esque from Bill & Ted turned EMT.  Wheelman / Medic.  First question I got asked "Bikes are vehicles, right?"  "Harleys?"  "No. Schwin."  *flip* "Yep.  Cal 1."  "SWEET!"   Huh?
3  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Spycraft 2.0 Back in Print (on Demand) on: November 21, 2014, 01:52:03 PM
were do find color copy of books at?

In vaults.  Built on sanctified land.  Protected by Dragons.  Guarded by Knights.  If you can find one though, AMAZING production values. 
4  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 21, 2014, 09:46:51 AM
I do believe I incited the sarcastic gall of my players with the murderous transformer ice cream cow.

Lone Survivor:

Priest turned Spookhunter gunslinger.  Subplots from Fragile Minds.

Character ideas requesting to join the team:

Southern Baptist Televangilist - Advocate/Firebrand.  "Think Little Richard meets Macho Man Randy Savage" and he'll bring a soft-covered small book to the table each session and slam it down and scream "Testify!" every time something good happens.

An African American / Samoan Martial Artist named "Jet Lee Roy-hameha".  ...who is also really good at dancing and juggling fire.

Sleuth/ Investigator?  "Samuel L. Jackson with a an English Accent of Cumberbatch.  So, you know.. a very aggressive, angry Sherlock Holmes."

And we're waiting on the last two.

One is working on a hacker / intruder type.. but won't say the concept.. and the other is working on some sort of Snoop / Medic idea. 

I'm doomed.


5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: November 20, 2014, 05:54:55 PM
Anyone got news on Dragon Age: Inquisition?

General critical buzz seems positive along the lines of "Bioware, duh!"

Game play solid.  Story... very generic.
6  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 02:21:56 PM
So.. interesting problem one of the players just came up with. 

"So.. an evil half undead cult of dwarves who dress like Mall Santa Elves are trying to end the world and summon an elder god, who apparently gave birth to evil transformers based on tained life, magic and technology.  ...and the ONLY person who can explain that to people.. is an insane Roman Catholic priest turned paranormal investigator gunslinger with 1/3rd of his body covered in tattoos detailing his 'crusade' in what he calls 'the awoken testament'?  Except the tattoos are in varying languages and never in one steady language for more than a word or two.  Oh, and he refers to himself as the Divine Inquisitor of the Heavens.  WHO IN THERE RIGHT MIND is EVER going to listen to this guy? 

Followed by.  "Diplomacy check.  DC 1,000,000." 
7  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 12:49:16 PM
Two characters died to ice cream related injuries.
This is why we can't have nice things...

Did they die screaming for it?

One did.  Failed their will check and started having hallucinations.  The other died on impact.  Further in the fight, 1 died to a trampling, 1 to a gore and 1 had their sanity literally fail them before the Insane Priest / Ghosthunter was able to slay the beast. 

 Cheesy
Just to make myself clear if there's ever a chance I can reliably travel to wherever you host your games I WANT IN!

LOL.  Duly noted.  They're currently thinking of replacement chars.. so far.. "Southern Baptist Evangelist / Firebrand" hit my email.  lol
8  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 10:14:50 AM
Two characters died to ice cream related injuries.
This is why we can't have nice things...

Did they die screaming for it?

One did.  Failed their will check and started having hallucinations.  The other died on impact.  Further in the fight, 1 died to a trampling, 1 to a gore and 1 had their sanity literally fail them before the Insane Priest / Ghosthunter was able to slay the beast. 
9  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 20, 2014, 09:00:26 AM
So... The ice "cream" comes from an undead transformer bull...

Koala, you need to take the pills medical gave you, especially before cribbing the plot of Larry Cohen movies.

Yea!  And the tail acts as cover-obliterating semi-automatic ice cream cannon!  Two characters died to ice cream related injuries. 
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 05:06:38 PM
...
However admired or despised the underlying nature of a soldier (here used as a stand-in term for any members of formal military structure) is that of a government worker. They fight for We The People. We decide when, how, why where and against whom. And they stop when we demand it.
Ish.  The US Oaths of Service, which are different for officers and enlisted members of the military, are to defend the Constitution; not the government, not the people, not the land.  There is a Long tradition, basically venerated, which is good, of civilian control of the military, but I don't find it difficult to imagine a "mutiny" if the military is ordered to violate the Constitution.

That's some of, btw, the reasons why veterans deciding to recommit to returning to hunt ISIL as civilians is a super bad idea.
Why?  Is that worse than veterans gathering supplies for Ukrainians to help them resist Russian aggression?  (If so, why.)

The waste of lives is on us. The destabilization of nations is our fault.
A government that uses rape as a tool of policy is, IMO, worse than "instability."  It is debatable, though.  Letting the boundaries set by outsiders stand hasn't served Africa or the middle east too well.

1. Ah, indeed. Thanks for the reminder/clarification. I can't find fault in the logic in any way that I haven't presented already.
And for my part, I find "Defend the Constitution" a little ambiguous. As you said, that could be mean a legal military state.
Remember that the military has the advantage of being self-selecting and has a much more (AFAIK) restrictive legal structure. Anyone who doesn't fit in is in violation of it's culture, it's not a culture that has to take on people who don't.

2. Actually I've come to generally agree. MSNBC's been running a series on the Kurdish Resistance in Kobani, and seeing that footage makes a part of my soul roar, "JOIN THE FIGHT. GET THE FUCK OUT THERE AND STAND WITH THEM*!"
So as far as vets going back out Iraq/Turkey/Syria way I've got two general reservations; the first is that said vets are able to navigate the situation and shoot the right motherfuckers, and the other is that we have a grasp on why. To protect/avenge whoever's fine by me, but if they're going back because they can't find peace back in the Real World then I think we've got a problem we need to at least aware of.
And to be frank, and this is part of much larger essay, I'm not sure it's their fight to pick. This goes back to the "gov't employees" point -is it a positive to have citizens, however prepared and experienced, getting into any fight they want regardless of how worthwhile it is?
If this were 1976 and the topic was returning to Viet Nam to avenge themselves would this be a good idea?
I say no.

3. And a gov't that uses Rape as a policy tool has citizens willing to do the same. The people who need to push back against that ultimately aren't the international community.
I don't like it, but for example the above Kurds are the biggest local practitioners of FGM -Female Genital Mutilation.
That's not in the Koran, btw. That's just the locals being fucking barbarians. There's no taking the bad from the good, so there you go.

Also here's a bit of media slight of hand: Kurds are a large majority Sunni. So when chaos in Iraq and it's locales is explained as being "the Sunni, the Shia, and the Kurds" that is accurate in the sense of delineating power blocs, but it's incorrect to let the audience presume the Kurds are somehow "other Muslims."

*what passport, what travel money, what in-country contacts, what access to medications, etc etc. Tongue Reality's a dick.

There's alot of things not in the Quran that gets blamed on that poor book.  Even the 72 virgin thing is probably wrong and a mistranslated verse.  But, you're right.  In a world so advanced, how is it we are so barbaric.  Millions enslaved.  Millions more with very few rights as people, more treated like property.  Child marriages.  Female mutilation.  Mass murder of students while attending school in the name of a god who they seem to have no understanding of against an enemy of which they say only lip service against.  "The Evil of the west!" ... is why I had to murder 42 Afrikaan students today as they attended their school.  Or "The influence of America Devils!" ..is why we kidnapped and sold women and children yesterday.  

..at least Somali Pirates are just trying to get money to eat and be legitimate gangsters.  These people... *shakes head*  No real explanation except the root of evil comes in many, many forms.    
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 19, 2014, 04:56:41 PM
*reads*  *thinks*  *whistles*

The problem I've always had is the 'intelligence' of common citizen about these matters.  It's a good idea, in principle, to hold leadership to the fire for misuse or betrayal of their citizenry, but how often does it really happen?  You have a world who's budgets can't balance.  A world where roughly 37 million people live in legit slavery.  A world where power is bought and traded like they're MTG cards at a pro-tour tournament.  The US Congress and the past 2 sitting Presidents have had record low approval scores, yet, the citizenry voted each of them in for a combined 16 years.  I'll love the Warrior all day long, they didn't sell the soul of the nation for a job on a hill.  I will, however, be aggravated by those who don't vote, don't learn, or don't bother.  

Here's my total bullshit theory why with two general components.

1). Regard for information. How do we approach the importance of knowledge? And, let's be real, not everybody cares equally. If voting required high school graduate level testing the registered voter rolls would probably skew dramatically.
Seems to be an unavoidable paradox: we can have smart, informed voters or we can have an all-inclusive democracy.
I think the latter's the wisest choice, but I can get the appeal of the former.

2). Time and effort. I have lots of it, so I have time to look this shit up*.
I remember, back when Bob Dole and dinosaurs wandered the Earth, having two parents raising me. At least for a while. These days the "minimum" standard of living is having two earners able to afford the cost of children.
Once that basic standard's reached that leaves the actual burden of making people out of the little nippers, and ain't nobody got time for that!

*Generation Boomerang, woooo! Tongue

But this goes back to my loathing of the term "'Murica".  Something dumb happens?  "Murica."  Something really insane or damaging to the populace by a politician?  "'Murica".  Damn it people, how did THAT become Okay?  The hell are we suiting people up to defend our country for if you're just going to shrug and go "'Murica" to god damn everything.  Israel and Spain.  2 years reserves.  For everyone.  Great idea.  From there, lets figure out how India handles voting.  They've got one of the highest turn outs in the world.  And then, after that, MAYBE we'll get somewhere.  

Reading a ballot does not take a terrible long time.  Its not like you're reviewing a peer review thesis for each politician or bond referendum.  Just at least take part.  Best quote I ever heard from a WW2 vet.  "Boy, how'd we go from having men storming the shores of Normandy to these idiots partying on the shores of Jersey?"
12  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: So... Spycraft 3.0 is a bit down the road. What about that ol' 2.0? on: November 19, 2014, 04:03:54 PM
Idea:  An uncommon boss fight based around a creamery that's turning people into mind dead cannibalistic freaks.

What that turned out to:

GC:  "Before you, in the middle of a giant empty warehouse floor, you see an elaborate device that seems to be creating gallons of ice cream per minute. The manchinery is a dark black, grungy metal with bits of rust and tarnish all over.  The gears and belts squeal and squeak in cringe worthy unison as they move.  Exhaust of white smoke with a sick sulfur smell discharges from the top.  Fluids move through pipes and hoses that are occassionally transparent.  Quality Control, you're sure."

Player 1:  "Well, we found the problem.  I search for a how the mechanism is powered." 
<Die Roll Result:  24>

GC:  "You find no wires or anything seemingly plugged in to give this machine power."

Player 2:  "Ugh.  Magic.  I hate magic.  Can we punch it?"

Player 3:  "Punch something that's full of fluids that turn people into zombies?  Good plan."

Player 2:  "..right."

Player 4:  "I fire a shot from my 9mm at it."

 Shocked Shocked Shocked

Player 4: "You said don't punch it.  I shot it."

GC:  "As the bullet pings off the metal, your shot hitting but seemingly to do no damage, a loud groan is heard, the floor shaking as the machine starts to quake." 

Player 5:  "By god.  This is your fault!  But fear not!  I shall smite thee!"

GC:  "As the floor shakes, and the machine groans, you also hear a very Michael Bay-esque sound of a Transformer.  Where once was a Dairy station creating ice cream now stands a 9' tall, frothing, undead bull.  It's horns seem ready to gore, ice cream froth coming from it's mouth and ears.  It's 'hide' is mostly metal with hints of rotting flesh, it's eyes unholy red and glowing.  For behold!  Besty the Unholy Cow!"

"Roll Will vs. Fear.  ...and then roll for initiative."

Mouths were agape and blinks were had by all for a solid minute.

13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: NetFlix to be in Oceania on: November 19, 2014, 11:11:55 AM
By order of the Ministry of Truth, Netflix has always been available in Oceania.

Wasn't it only available if you accessed it via a VPN? 
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: November 18, 2014, 02:25:54 PM
*reads*  *thinks*  *whistles*

The problem I've always had is the 'intelligence' of common citizen about these matters.  It's a good idea, in principle, to hold leadership to the fire for misuse or betrayal of their citizenry, but how often does it really happen?  You have a world who's budgets can't balance.  A world where roughly 37 million people live in legit slavery.  A world where power is bought and traded like they're MTG cards at a pro-tour tournament.  The US Congress and the past 2 sitting Presidents have had record low approval scores, yet, the citizenry voted each of them in for a combined 16 years.  I'll love the Warrior all day long, they didn't sell the soul of the nation for a job on a hill.  I will, however, be aggravated by those who don't vote, don't learn, or don't bother. 
15  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Saturday Morning Spycraft on: November 18, 2014, 01:50:12 PM
Hey gang,

I think we've sorted out where the snafu was - the new file was up, but in an effort to not hit all our previous customers with multiple emails (1 for the bundle, +1 for each product they'd purchased previously), we simultaneously were unable to update previous customers' files. That's why we couldn't see the old files on the server, but you guys couldn't get the new ones.

You should all be receiving an update email by now, and your files have been updated in the system. Enjoy (finally)!

Woot woot!  We had an almost party death last night, so this is actually extremely useful as 5 out of the 6 need to re-roll so we're throwing all the books into the pile in celebration of the last of the line publish.
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