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991  Community / Off-Topic / Re: John Wick on Rpgs and game Balance on: April 01, 2008, 08:08:36 PM

Would you say that the expansion of the gaming industry into so many smaller games is due to the "all we ever played" was D&D?

People have gotten either bored, tired, or simply want something new.  I think that's why White Wolf was so successful.  The mechanics were not that best, but it was something completely different then D&D.  Same with Shadowrun, to a point.
992  Community / Off-Topic / Re: BSG: I don't get.... on: April 01, 2008, 06:50:45 PM
I thought DS9 was a) boring at first, the dominion wars was interesting, b) bigger I thought it was a ripe off of B5 which did thing alot better.

Right now, I'm chomping at the bit for Shatterpunk and Farthest Star.  Smiley  (damn production schedules)
993  Community / Off-Topic / Re: BSG: I don't get.... on: April 01, 2008, 05:21:03 PM
I guess I"m more of a Fantasy style sci-fi guy.  (Firefly, Star Wars, Bab 5, etc...)

Compelling human drama in a plausible military setting;
I think this one on the reasons I didn't care for it, I didn't see a difference between me and them and I prefer that in my sci-fi I guess.

the reverse religion perspective (and the fact that the cylons are religious at all);
Ok, I didn't see any religion and that was one of things I like about the original, the sudo egyptian/roman/greek stuff.
some of my favorite writers in the biz;
This is probably that other thing, I'm not a big fan of Moore.

Pat, don't get me wrong, if it works for you, great.  I guess I wanted something different.
994  Community / Off-Topic / Re: That time of year.... on: April 01, 2008, 03:14:57 PM
Here's another: People still playing WoW will be able to experience the new Hero Class - The Bard

Ok, That is so wrong in so many ways.... *checks calendar*  oh wait... nevermind....
995  Community / Off-Topic / BSG: I don't get.... on: April 01, 2008, 03:09:19 PM
Ok, not wanting to take over a thread.  I'm curious about what people see in BSG, I'm not trying to flame anyone, I really want to try and understand.  It seems I'm the only one of the sci-fi geeks I know that actually doesn't watch and doesn't like it.  I mean, I could barely sit through the first half of the mini-series.  I understand it was not meant to be like the original, but it didn't even feel like BSG in any way.  I mean sure the vipers look like vipers and the Galatica looks like the Galatica.  I even didn't mind the character changes, but there is something about the whole thing that is like finger nail on a chalk board.

What am I missing?
996  Community / Off-Topic / Re: John Wick on Rpgs and game Balance on: April 01, 2008, 02:52:28 PM
I have to admit, I agree with his idea to a point, in that any game can be a RPG and no game really is a RPG.  In my own experience, I've seen far too much min/maxing and power gamers that I have almost given up on RPGs.

The reason I say that is you can't write rules to govern emotions and motivations, these are subjective qualities of the character and the player.  The rules are there to govern the actions of the motivation and emotion of the character.  It is up to the player to give those, define those and to decide on what action would be taken by the character.

A few games, Spycraft with Origins and subplots and Traveller with their LIfe Path, have tried to help to define those for the character or present ideas for those emotions and motivations and even to rewards those.  But nothing can make the player follow those, it is the old adage of you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.  There will always be games that will help define the role, but not make the player roleplay.

my 2 cents
997  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 01, 2008, 02:11:46 PM
I guess that depends on how he does up the snoop.  To me, they tend to be the stand off, watch from a distance types.  Where with my sleuth, I'm thinking the in the  face, up close, questioning, etc...

But I could be wrong.
998  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 01, 2008, 12:23:34 PM
Can we use WOF?

Initial Character idea

Name:  Michael Shamus McManus
Origin:  Wise Investigator
Class; Sleuth
999  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: March 28, 2008, 11:37:04 AM
Nothing that I can think of right now.

Ok, I have a sleuth character in mind, he is slowly taking shade.  Hope to post a bio later today.

1000  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: March 27, 2008, 12:06:08 PM
My first spark is either Sleuth or Snoop.   I don't have the books here at work, so I'll have to look tonight to see if one grabs me more.
1001  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: March 27, 2008, 11:49:59 AM
I'd be game.  I just don't have a character idea yet.
1002  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV Season 2008/2009 on: March 25, 2008, 05:10:26 PM
Something for the Jericho fans to ponder over and watch for.

Jericho Seeks A New Home
1003  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The best speech I've ever heard. on: March 21, 2008, 04:29:33 PM
I agree with haughtyelf on that matter. I've taken my oath, and though it's for a different country the principle is the same.

That is my opinion, though I think most that have served their country will hold that opinion.

Add a Judge's oath to that one, and you got some serious weight on Your Eternal Soul(tm)...

Unfortunately, that line, not exact but similar,  is in many office oaths for politicians at the US federal level.  I wonder if we could get that them on that, a breach of oath.
1004  Community / Off-Topic / Re: GI Joe movie news (spoilers!) on: March 21, 2008, 11:00:29 AM
Ok, they just nailed the costume for the most popular character in the entire series.   

This has to be a good sign, or the rest is all down hill from here.
1005  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The best speech I've ever heard. on: March 20, 2008, 08:33:22 PM
I thank you for your reply.  Hopefully, you did not take what I said personally, it wasn't not meant as a personal attack and I can see if that statement had been said in instances where is wasn't as thoughtful, how it could come off as being less then sincere.
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