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16  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: May 18, 2015, 04:00:42 PM
Sorry I didn't post yesterday.  Was down for the count with a migraine.  One of those where you pull the blinds at 1500 hours and sleep til 0400.

Fair enough, folks.  I'll go with random laborer.  Maybe toting bags for my betters (other party members) while entering town.
17  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: May 16, 2015, 04:22:48 PM
... some kind of wild prophet of Mitra that preaches doom and destruction for all the peoples sinful conduct in the eyes of Mitra.
Might even coax the good father from the keep...

Is that a thing in this setting?  Not to mention, that could be fun.
18  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: May 15, 2015, 07:50:18 PM
Lars left town disguised as a menial laborer.  No one will care if he comes back.  Though, he should probably come back as something else.

Hmmm.... I'm tempted to come back as the priest who left with the doomed expedition but that's WAY more trouble than it's worth.

Anybody else have thoughts?
19  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Players looking for a FC GM on: May 11, 2015, 03:04:39 AM
Sorry to hear that.  Hope your father gets better.


Yes, I'm still in.  Traveling for the next two weeks but should have stable internet and thus, the ability to post.
20  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: May 05, 2015, 07:43:40 PM
"Why, thank you.  I shall endeavor to complete all that's necessary so that we may proceed."  Rubbing his arms, Lars continues, "Now, I think that it's time to come in from the cold and find a warm bed and a good meal.
21  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Is it undead in here, or what? on: May 05, 2015, 10:06:31 AM
I believe so. I seem to remember something about it a few years ago.
22  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: May 05, 2015, 08:42:04 AM
"Only partly true, my winged friend.  As I have studied the Contract of Creation, I believe I have found a way to turn aside the Archon for a short time.  Though, should I fail, it will be free to act.  Nonetheless, our master did not send us here to defeat the Archon but rather to prepare the way.  I'll stick to the task at hand."

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23  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: May 05, 2015, 08:28:20 AM
So, any more that needs discussing, or are we moving back to town? And who/how are further investigations done?

I'm good to get on with the investigations.

One note: I'll be traveling for business again.  Not sure of internet connectivity once I'm out of the country.  I suspect it'll be fine.  But, if you don't hear from me ...
24  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: May 04, 2015, 01:58:28 PM
"I would be happy to."

Lars sighs. "Though I will miss the opportunity to drape the priest's corpse over the altar.   Ah, well."
25  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: May 02, 2015, 09:17:50 AM
Ban big cities?  But seriously.  The FBI says that in most jurisdictions, an average of 48% of violent crime is gang related.  These gangs tend to be fighting over drug related activities.  The easy way to end it is to get narcotics out of the black market by legalizing them.  Disputes are solved in court, there is less violence in the streets, and folks can get help without having to admit they are/were criminals.  I don't see a downside.

So, deal with the criminals, perhaps even enforce the laws that we already have, rather than create new ones?

Radical.  Might work though.  Just need to find some spines.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: May 02, 2015, 09:10:38 AM
Elder Sign is decent too.  Infuriating.  It's like Yahtzee on evil.  But fun!

I have the mobile version of Elder Sign.  Evil Yahtzee's not a bad description.  Fun though.  I imagine it would be more fun with friends.  Particularly ones with knowledge of the Mythos.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: May 01, 2015, 10:54:48 AM
Mostly because other countries have culture, size, and other issues that make direct comparisons between say, the US and the UK or Mexico not very helpful.  The US is as large as Europe.  Comparing most European countries to US states makes more sense to me, and even then we have individual states.

I agree ... which may seem contradictory with my previous statement.  However, since Valentina mentioned a need for verifiable data, I'm curious as to why it would be seen as inconsesquential.  If they have data, then let's take a look at it and see if it fits with the US.  

As you pointed out, such solutions are unlikely to be a good fit for the US.  Texas is roughly three times the size of the UK with roughly 1/3 the population.  Trying to use a UK solution in Texas is unlikely to function in the same way.  Not to mention that you still have 49 other states to deal with.

EDIT: the word "other" seemed important.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 30, 2015, 12:39:38 PM
I emphatically refuse to dismiss a broad body of information because it "could be biased."

You and I can agree to disagree about how we weight the conclusions, but I will not pretend that knowing nothing and having possibly slanted information is a push. That's not on the table.

I'm not sure where I suggested that we throw the baby out with the bathwater.  If you got that impression, then you have my apology as that was not what I was saying.  As an engineer, I would agree that imperfect data is better than no data; however, I must insist that no data is better than bad data.  There's a world of difference between imperfect (slightly biased) data and bad data (propaganda).
What I was trying to say was that we don't have a definite causation relationship.  At best we have correlation but that doesn't mean much.  After all, you can correlate the increase in global temperatures with the decrease in the number of pirates in the Caribbean.  And, I don't think we can cool the globe by adding pirates to the Bahamas.

As for Cain and Able, that's a myth.  [EDIT]Removed other religious references and ... rant?[/EDIT]

Our opinions and beliefs about the modern bible (collection of myths and folk stories from various bronze age people vs. the inspired word of Almighty God) actually isn't relevant to my point.  I referenced Cain and Able because everyone knows the story.  It's part of the western world's ... for lack of a better word, cultural DNA.  I can compare a CEO with a radical new vision for his company to Moses leading the Children of Israel to the Promised Land (increased profits for investors) and folks will know what I'm talking about.  It's the cultural shorthand that I was going for when I mentioned Cain and Able.

We've all gone round and round on many topics and angles, and yet nobody has asserted the supremacy of an improvised weapon over an engineered one. I'm sure "how to kill somebody with a rock" is an existing body of knowledge, but it's a non-factor in actual modern violence.

Blunt instruments, including rocks, are still used to commit murder.  However, I'll accept the concept of your statement as is (assuming I got it right): folks will opt for engineered weapons if they are available.  However, does that automatically mean we should ban engineered weapons?  I don't think so.

That said, I do concur: the state of the society matters more than the proliferation of it's weaponry.

Which, to my mind, raises the question or why we aren't talking about society.  If arms don't make the fundamental difference, then let's talk about what does.

You'll notice too that we came to this agreement when we produced matching information from reliable sources. As yet the impact of arms control laws in other countries has yet to be demonstrated as even remotely consequential.

I'm not following you here.  The impact of arms control laws in other countries would seem to be extremely consequential to the debate.  Please elaborate.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 28, 2015, 05:55:31 PM
@ Valentina

The only things that I think we've been able to determine is this:
1) statistics are inconclusive at best
2) those same statistics are often twisted to support a particular viewpoint

Let's agree that being safe is more about society than what weapons society has to use.  After all, Cain slew Able with a rock.  He probably would have used a Glock(tm) if it were available but a rock would do.
30  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 28, 2015, 05:22:41 PM
After remaining silent for some time, Lars speaks.  "We are eye deep in specifics.  Let us swim up to the surface before we drown on them.  The real question is this: What will prevent the bugbears from being able to overcome the keep?  Only those things that would prevent or serious imperil victory need be done.  Thorn would not collect an army of bugbears if he intended for us to defeat the entire keep on our own.  Yes, we act as a force multiplier - fighting from within the walls, sowing chaos, etc.  However, the bugbears will be the hammer that crushes this egg.  We merely need to get it in position.  Let us focus on that."

He pauses to make sure he has their attention, then continues.

"The ravens summon reinforcements.  The wizard is a combat squad by himself.  His toy golem is worth multiple soldiers.  The captain is a paladin.  The priest can call the forces of the pretender.  These should be our targets.  Disabling the soldiers is nice but nothing the bugbears can't handle.  Let's focus on dealing with those individuals.  The rest will ... fall into place."
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