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61  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.
62  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.
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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."
67  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 27, 2015, 09:56:43 PM
Hello everyone.  Been out of pocket for a few days.  The wife took her mom on a little vacation so I've been dealing with my munchkins.  I love 'em but I'm really not sure how my wife deals with 'em.

I'm catching up on the IC.  Hope to post soon.
68  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 20, 2015, 07:50:26 PM
Teeth filled Lars' grin; determination was etched across his face. "Yes, he needs to die. If he is so willing to sing Mitra's praises, I'm happy to arrange a private audition. Though, I'm happy to have some help."
69  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 20, 2015, 12:45:53 PM
Lars spoke up after remaining silent and listening while the Knot exchanged plans.  "We must, I think, be careful that we do not overplay our hand.  As Aiden has said, we need not do so much that they risk calling for reinforcements.  That would be at cross purposes to our plans.  Our lord delights in contracts that favor one side over the other.  However, setting up such contracts is difficult as it requires the other side remain unaware that it is getting the short end of the stick ... so to speak.  If I am understanding the plan at present, we will do all six of Creamor's steps at once.  Assuming that is the case, I can support the activity.  Letting it linger from one day to the next may well cause them to summon their reinforcements.  At present, it is nothing more than a series of unfortunate events."

He extended his hands toward the fire for a moment to ensure he was correct before he continued.  "When are the rangers due back?  A day or two delay is likely unremarkable in winter.  However, a longer delay may cause them to send out a search party.  And, we have neither the time nor the ability to remove all traces of the battle that happened here.  Again, that would prompt them to summon reinforcements."

"Who are our priority targets?  Barhold, obviously.  However, I would suggest that they ravens must be a higher priority.  Otherwise, I agree with Creamor."  And a moment, he added, "What about the stew?"
70  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 18, 2015, 12:11:59 PM
Good plan on the loot.

If it matters, I'll spend an AD on the tracking roll.
71  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 17, 2015, 09:53:30 AM
As Grumblejack rips Varning asunder Lars shakes his head.  "You would have made a fine sacrifice to our Master."  Nevertheless, he offers the appropriate prayer of dedication for the victory.

When complete, Lars looks toward Aiden.  "Yes.  Though I'm a bit rusty.  I haven't done any serious tracking since I left home to become a priest."  Scanning the ground he eyes Varning's bow.  He picks it up and tests the weight.  Lighter than mine.  Though, more durable.  After a moment of contemplation he tosses it back down.  "I'll grab my bow and start right away."

He retrieves his bow and begins hunting for sign.  While doing so he calls over his shoulder, "Does anyone else need medical attention before I get too deep into tracking?"

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72  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Way of the Wicked I: The Knot of Thorns (IC thread) on: April 16, 2015, 09:16:43 PM
Lars drops the bow and heads toward Varning drawing upon the fire of his master's realm.  He takes up a position opposite Grumblejack.  At least Varning should make an appropriate offering to my Master.  As he draws closer, he shouts, "Varning, will you yield and be willingly sacrificed to our Master?"

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73  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 14, 2015, 10:39:41 PM
Based on the map, it looks like Lars could charge Varning.  Am I looking at that correctly?  I'm away from my book at the moment so I can't double check myself.
74  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: [OOC] Way of the Wicked on: April 12, 2015, 01:26:54 PM
I'm good with that.
75  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: New to Fantasy Craft on: April 11, 2015, 07:10:16 PM
I guess I just want peoples opinions on how well its handles less 'heroic' characters

Do you mean less heroic or less competent?  The reason I ask is that I'm not sure how you're using the word "heroic."  FC characters are exceptionally competent and do indeed lean toward cinematic.  However, the campaign qualities I suggested would put them about as far away from cinematic as you can be.  That is, at least as I define the term.

Another option would be to have them design characters for a given level and then leave them at that level for the long term - in a semi-Mutants & Masterminds kind of way.
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