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Lord Snow wrote:
What you have is an unrealistic expectation of your own safety that's the starting point for your view on the matter. Its very human and very understandable, but its definitely in the way of seeing things from another perspective.
Israel is the primary architect for the political landscape in which it dwells. There was a fight, they won (and continue to win), to the victor go the spoils. As part of that victory Israel has set conditions to ensure her own safety and identity as a Jewish state that perpetuate the problem. In most cases this is what history is: a series of problems you created by solving your previous problem.
No arms to the palastinian law enforcement means they cannot fight their own militants. Probably beats the alternative of the palastinian law enforcement fighting against you with heavy weapons, but expecting them to police their own under those conditions is impractical. This is making the best of a bad situation.
An embargo so restrictive as to exclude home depot prevents tunnels, but at the staggering cost of stiffing economic development and standards of living. The cost/risk/benefit ratio behind that line of thinking seems simply inhuman. How many Palestinians have to die or live in squalor because of it? How many Israeli lives does it save?
Doug's Workshop wrote:
Its a lose lose for the other states. Taking in the refugees would cost money, deprive them of a weapon, and invite retaliation any time Israel decided to snag some more land.
Also, they all look the same to us, but they were already a not so popular ethnic group BEFORE this whole mess started.
Lord Snow wrote:
. Suffice it to say that I find your view of things to be too one dimensional to ever be accurate.
I find that your inability to articulate a problem with my position speaks volumes.
There is a power disparity. Those with power take from those without. Thats the story of humanity. You don't read for the story after you've seen it enough, you read for the details.
Lord Snow wrote:
Complexity is an excuse for depravity. There are excuses for not letting them have concrete, there are none for depriving them to that level and then not cutting them a sufficient check to have a life when those restrictions ruin peoples lives.
Lord Snow wrote:
If you're going to deprive people of everything right down to concrete for fear of it being weaponized, then you're taking the entirety of their responsibility into your hands.
Israel is launching settlers that take their land from israel. Therefore israel isn't a civilian target anymore.
This logic is horrible. Launching a missile from granmas roof does not turn grandma into a legitimate target. The west bank is one of the most dreadfully overcrowded areas on the planet: there's nowhere to shoot from that ISN"T next to civilians.
And so far in this conflict Hamas has a better combatant to civilian ratio than Israel. (probably more to incompetence than will but still...)
Lord Snow wrote:
Israeli: Qatar? We can't have the talks in Qatar. i can't even legally enter the country
Palestinian: Welcome to my world!
Lord Snow wrote:
Its very much the point. They can't cross Israels borders, Israel makes sure they can't cross into egypts/Jordans borders, and israel has them carved up Into tiny, isolated units so they can't even cross their OWN borders.
Playing a 7-11 with 4 mid-optimum PCs and Harsk, for instance. What can you do to help Harsk step up and provide to the table, rather than get a weak attack every turn?
This is merely an advice thread. For helping harsk try Here.
Thats probably insufficient on its own, so make it a team effort
No. Cover most definitely is NOT total cover. Total cover is a wall fully in between you and the target. Going around the corner is a -4, if that.
What if they replace the irreplaceable Grand Lodge and Silver Crusade? A.K.A Welcome to the Wayfinder Faction, Now Go Home!
Sneak attack through a doorway, on the diagonal - not a valid attack - but my PC would have kept walking, so the sneak attack would have happened in another 5' as my PC moved down the hallway.
Hmmm? Its concealment that prevents sneaks, not cover.
And yes, my biggest pet peves with dms is not letting characters use their eyes. "You didn't say you were looking for the monster that I' responsible for telling you is in the middle of the room..."
I would suggest a higher point to snark ratio. As it stands, one could just as reasonably apply the terrorist label to Israels practices. Israel has a number of peaceful demonstrators held in indefinite detention and as cited above is inflicting a large number of civilian casualties per Hamas operative.
So, with This post we have some guidelines for how Aasimar and Tiefling grandfathering works. Played characters need to be played as aasimar/tieflings, DM credit should be declared aasimars/tieflings.
So, for those of you who don't have a notary in your gaming group, this thread exists to provide a time stamped proof positive record of your native outsideryness.
No but it might require some explanation about 8 hours later.
Lord Snow wrote:
Well, Israel does care and I know that for a fact. The thought of economic, academic and cultural isolation terrifies the people here - it's evident by the way the media goes bananas whenever some farmer in south America refuses to buy Israeli tomatoes, or some dreary professor would not attend a convention in Israel. Any such event gets twice the press and reaction as any attack Hamas can usually make.
But does it translate into policy changes? Broad ones over a long period of time.
And I'm not counting on the U.S exerting pressure, that's unlikely. In Europe, however, the winds are blowing in that direction.
I don't see what Europe could feasibly do that would be worse from Israels point of view than the 67 borders.
They have a couple of very valuable trading chips - giving up the right of return, and recognizing Israel in a truce that promises an end to violence.
a truce that would be broken before the ink was dry and a promise not worth the paper its written on. The palastinian government has no means of stopping the rockets. The second one government becomes for peace it splinters off to another group that isn't.
I'm reminded of a quote about slavery's effects on the slave owner being almost as bad as the effects of a slave (must have been a white guy, but yes, they are pretty bad)
Israel has a very clear motivation to reach an agreement with Palestinians. When asked, most Israelis say they support a two-nations solution. The only ones actually interested in perpetuating it are the religious, who want to unify the lands promised to the Jews by their God, according to that Book. The rest of us would really rather the madness stopped.
And the military, who find the 67 border indefeasible.
They have so far been unwilling to give up either, which is part of the reason that a diplomatic solution without outside intervention is very unlikely. However, that's very different from having nothing to offer.
It is kind of rough telling people they have to stay in the palastinian areas. You wouldn't want to stay there either. It doesn't help that the biggest barrier to the right of return is maintaining a racist government: there are plenty of Palestinians already in Israel who aren't blowing things up, but if people had a right of return they'd quickly make jews a minority in israel.
Whats the definition of a terror tactic?
and eschew the rules of warfare. Ie because they're f*$&ing terrorists. Religion has nothing to do with it.
When they're not muslims using these tactics they're either freedom fighters or founding fathers.
A lack of fiddly bits that play off of each other.
A lack of viable options (all magi look the same)
Not capable in combat: i can have fun role playing anything on my own thanks, I need class mechanics to be useful in combat.
Fails to mechanically perform its thematic goals (the rogue isn't actually that great at skills, the swashbuckler isn't any more mobile than any fighter in a chain shirt)
Lord Snow wrote:
And... you say Israel can't strike Hamas down, but the flip side of that is that Hamas can't really strike Israel down either.
No, but Hamas can get itself to win a landslide election with this tactic. It can perpetuate itself with this tactic. Israel's bombs are making more hamas than they're killing.
A victory cannot, and will not, be achieved through military means. Freedom for the Palestinian people would come either from diplomacy (not a high chance, but it's there)
Its not. The palastinians have nothing to offer israel. They cannot guarantee an end to the rocket attacks. The palastinians simply have nothing to bargain with.
or international pressure on Israel.
I don't think israel cares. Even IF they needed america (i don;'t think they do at this point), in Americans eyes, the palastinians are muslims and therefore terrorists*. No one will side with them: its political suicide.
*I cannot stress how incorrect this is, but it is however how most Americans see it.
Norse, did you save this post? Because I can swear to Ifni, that you've posted this word for word the last time someone put up this question.
Nope. Similar thoughts I'm sure.
OP, despite what the Viking canine put up, PFS does not require DPR champions to meet it's scenarios. What is extremely helpful are players who can do a bit of lateral thinking, because the course for success isn't always laid out like a railroad track for you to follow. Be a bit flexible, and find ways to synch with your party members and you should do okay.
*backfoot headscratch* I'm pretty sure i said pretty much the same thing. I said you DON"T want the DPR/kill it fast champions. The only thing i did differently was set a bar well above the pregens.
Harsk< Goldi Locks zone < Slumber hex happy witch.
Which changes how you role play, not how well you role play. You can have a well role played suave, debonaire swashbuckler (high cha), a character thats a bit lacking in social graces (7 charisma hippy elf) or a well role played abraisive insulting dwarf (5 charisma).
Lord Snow wrote:
Unless Egypts plan was a withdraw from the west bank and issuing passports to the Palestinians then hamas' best bet is to fire the rockets and try to keep attention on their situation. Even a ground invasion is better than the slow inexorable division and de facto annexation of what little territory they have left and it is in fact better than any alternative short of genocide. They are the " I hate isreal more than you do" party and because of that you can't shoot them out of power. Israel is getting what, 1 hamas agent per 50 civilians on a good day? Those 50 civilians have families that are going to be voting for the most anti israeli party they can find.
Strike them down all you want, you only make them stronger.
Who were promptly told
"No, we're not going to pay you" and
"You owe the banks a debt that you have to pay them, you slackers"
Question to all: How have you built strong characters who could hold their own, without having them dominate encounters?
One way to do this is to have an on off switch. For example on my rogue druid, i can either put strongjaw and animal growth on the velocirraptor and send him in to one shot something, or just send him in as is to do a reasonable amount of damage.
Charon's Little Helper wrote:
Nope. Not a rule at all.
To be more helpful, this should be broken down into two seperate questions.
How strong should my character be for PFS? How much and what kind of optimization should i invest in?
What kind of background and personality should I have in PFS?
This is a hard question to answer, because there's no "power level" you can assign a character.
You want a character that is well above the pregens. Those things are simply going to die, and get the rest of your party killed as soon as you hit the 5-9s. You need to be able to carry your party a bit if you get sat down with some underpowered characters.
You want a character built strong enough to hit the 1-5's like a mac truck, because if you don't, the 7-11s are going to flatten you.
You want a character thats below
-A slumber hex happy witch with a maxed out slumber hex dc.
These characters are just going to mow through the scenarios.
What KIND of optimization?
PFS throws a lot of adventuring basics at you. Swarms, damage reduction, swarms, unbeatable damage reduction, swarms, darkness, blindness, energy damage, swarms,inorporeal creatures, invisibility, energy drain, swarms, flying opponents, oozes... you want to be able to handle everything to SOME degree more than you want to be able to roflcopter 90% of encounters.
You want to be able to step into multiple roles. You could have no healer in the party. You may have NO melee. You have have NO ranged and come up against flying harpies. Versatility is its own power.
What kind of role play?
Some long term, sweeping epic of you and a 50 page backrgound with NPCs you have complex, wonderful and subtle interactions with is pretty useless in pfs. You keep changing DMs, the dm usually can't fit your background into the story, and they have more things on their mind.
If you want your character to stand out or even show a personality, something thats a little over the top and that you can sum up quickly is going to work better than a wall flower or some deeply nuanced, multi layer onion.
There is no vs.
You, the player, are what give your character breadth, depth, and life. Statistics, good or bad , will not do that for you. Making a sub optimial character does not enhance your role play, at all. In gaming circles this is known as the stormwind fallacy. For the more philosophy minded, its known as the false dilema or either or fallacy.
Brom the Obnoxiously Awesome wrote:
No, but it was one of the more popular ones people were clamoring for when they asked, so fingers crossed.