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991  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?
992  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
993  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.
994  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
995  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.

996  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.
997  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.
998  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
999  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.
1000  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.
1001  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.
1002  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The best speech I've ever heard. on: March 20, 2008, 06:01:46 PM
The following is my opinion:

This sort of discussion reminds me of the quote "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it".
Something about that phrase rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it has become trite or cliche.

I find that idea of that phrase being cliche or trite, offensive.  As a former member of the US Military, that quote is at the heart of the oath of office that I and every other military member took when joining or reenlisting.

I will uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America, against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

I'm pledging my life so you can pray, worship or believe wherever and whatever you want.

I'm pledging my life so you can say, think or have any opinion you like, regardless as to whether I agree or not.

I'm pledging my life for your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happeness.

That, to me, is not trite or cliche.

Although, I am no longer a member of the US military, I respect any person who currently or in the past as taken that oath.  We owe them our respect, gratitude and support.  Their sacrifice should never be forgotten or diminished.

The previous, again, is my opinion.
1003  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Movie News, Reviews and Reaction thread. on: March 17, 2008, 10:43:26 AM
I should have mentioned - it's made by the people behind Naked Gun and the Scary Movies. That's a good sign to me.

Yeah, that does sound like good news, I thought the first Scary Movie was hysterical, I didn't seen the others though.

1004  Community / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Digital Footprint? on: March 12, 2008, 05:00:40 PM
I was just thinking of all the logging that goes on with normal IT operations.  Web logs, router logs, traffic monitoring, etc...   Web traffic logs at my company's website is normally 75MB to 100MB per day.

And as Pat said, Forums, Blogging, etc... tend be more active then just browsing a news site or something.  Also, what about email lists and newsletter, these sometimes don't come from a person, I don't send alot of emails, but I normally get 100+ day.
1005  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Movie Quote game on: March 12, 2008, 03:26:37 PM
The Untouchables

"After that my guess is that you will never hear from him again. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone. "
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