More to the point, in the US the idea of "very nice people dressed in blue will be coming to your door, forcibly taking your child to be vaccinated and probably incarcerating you fro child endangerment" is considered a nightmare scenario at best and would lead to public outcry on a level that I imagine many non-US citizens would not believe. We do NOT like it when government agents come in and boss us around, ESPECIALLY when they do it by force.
I know more people who would defend the government for the action than condemn it, including myself.
Honestly, I wouldn't want their next project to be Pillars of Eternity II. I want them to wait, recharge their ideas about the world and the game, and hear feedback. For the first 2 years after this one gets released, I hope they don't do anything but jot down ideas for the next one in a to be discussed later folder. Trying to push out too much just leads to burnout.
One of the things I would like to point out is that a lot of your problems are actually coming from the adventure path. It really focuses on having a slog fest with monsters, with very few casters. Optimized parties will destroy it. I highly recommend adding in more casters as you go. Bards are a great addition in book 4. I can't give you much advice for book 3, since I skipped it and ran my party through book 4 underleveled by 3 levels. I tended to double the numbers of mooks or give them an extra level (without increasing xp) to make even remotely difficult challenges. You probably want to redesign a lot of the encounters that revolve arround having 1-2 big bad monsters with no support. Consider adding in a few mooks. If nothing else, they give everyone something to focus on while the monk tries to tank the big bad
At this level, enemy's first attacks should be more or less auto-hits on everyone who hasn't focused on AC. Do not feel bad about it. It is how the game functions with AC not scalling as fast as hit bonuses. If your players don't have at least a 22 though, they are low and secondary attacks will decimate them.
One thing to keep in mind when dealing with your monk in combat
kingmaker book 2:
]How did your party deal with the Quickling? A few more of these guys can really make for an interesting challenge for the monk. They can permanently use stealth to hit his flat footed ac and if he can't find them he can't use crane stance. They also outmanuever him.
So, going back a little bit to the beefcake/cheesecake discussion, I think a good example of male cheesecake would be shoujo manga and anime. Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon, all of the guys from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Fruits Basket. Japan has explored the pretty boy quite a bit.
Just like at the end of the PS2 lifecycle some of its best games came out. Team Ico did things with Ico and Shadows of the Collossus that the PS2 supposedly couldn't do. Granted, one of their ways for doing this in Shadows was to get rid of every other person in the game
When I started playing in 2nd ed, figurines were sold with the core boxes and battle mats came with all of the introductory dungeons. These aren't some new thing. Those were not new products 20 years ago when I started. Reaper started in the 80s, and I still have some 1st ed dungeon maps. In my experience, games designed around not having them are a newer form of RPG, which seem to stress the mechanics less.
Or it is a will save, considering the people stunned the shortest were thee 3 casters.
Also, I would like to point out V doesn't know what spell/effect was used. I imagine she has a custom spell just like the protection from the sun.
The raven should have some worthwhile HP, due to advancing in level with his wizard. I don't think the cat or dino are technically animal companions, so they should just have basic HP for their races. With the dino, that might be enough to survive, though he's already injured from a triceratops horn through his chest earlier. For the cat, even min damage from 13d6 would knock it unconscious. Though it's possible I'm wrong about the cat. It might actually be a true animal companion at this point, in which case it gets better HP and evasion.
The cat is definetely an animal companion, but evasion wont help with will saves.
Luckily, Roy didn't dump his Int or Wis, and has decent ranks in sense motive.
As the current owner is not a vampire, I don't see how the treaty that ended the mexicican american war is relevant to his rights.
Because once the land rights were granted to the person after the Mexican-American War in 1865 they could then be transfered with the land. The current owner is just enforcing the property rights that still exist.
I agree they run a great kickstarter campaign and had no issues with them in terms of service or delivery, but when I got their gnomes and was a bit disappointed. Their minis are very 2 dimmensional. This is ok for a handful, but when you get a large quantity it really stands out. The greens for this kickstarter look like they are continuing that trend.
Oh yeah, I forgot annother one.Fine companies that pay people lower than a living wage to pay for the fact that their employees are on welfare programs. Fine them more than the cost to the government of those welfare bennefits.
Martin Kauffman 530 wrote:
To start: Real 4% across the board cut in all areas of the budget, including benefits, military ,social security, and pensions. Pay and hiring freeze for all federal employees. Eliminate Obamacare. Raise tariffs on imports. Raise taxes, including a minimum tax which would apply to all. Eliminate many subsidies and most foreign aid. re-evaluate progress after two years and make further adjustments accordingly. The inconvenient truth is that we are well on our way towards national bankruptcy and strict measures are needed. Too bad the spineless politicians of both parties will probably never do anything to stop our nation from economic ruin.
First off, we are no where near on our way to national bankruptcy. That is just crazy talk.
Second, I love how you think reducing the wages in a sector where we already have a hard time convincing qualified people to take jobs would be a good thing. The public sector is underpaid and their bennefits, which used to make up for it, have been slashed to a point where they are no longer any better than what the private sector.
I find that statisic funny because I do not know anyone who on their first play through chose male shep. Every single person I know who has played the game prefers fem shep.
You have obviously never seen a sprite based h-game.
1. Let the military determine how it will assign its own budget so congress stops buying things it doesn't want or need.
Expansion set 2 is definetely in my list.
You assertment is not backed up by data. As the data clearly shows, yesterday (46.7K) was ~.1 standard deviations (18K) from the mean (48.9K) and less from the median (47.6K) excluding the first 2 days. The day before was about the same above the mean and median. They were basically as close to average as random variation will allow.
The slowing down of stretch goals has more to do with them increasing the distance between strech goals to account for previous strech goals scaling into affecting more people.
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
I never said I supported Obamacare. I said it will be better than what we had, and I think your doom and gloom is gonna be more or less unfounded (assuming they get the kinks out of the servers for the rollout of one of the lesser parts of it). I am arguing against your accusations that government run health care is worse for citizens, because in pretty much every other country that does it that is the opposite of true.
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
No more so than insurance companies here. In fact, not only is it a lot less of a problem there. Reports I see show delays for seeing doctors to be shorter (wait lists in the US for primary care physicians can already exceed 2 years), costs of prescriptions lower (because the government bargains down prices en mass, the US is subsidizing the rest of the world), and since care is paid for based off of results instead of procedures overall costs go down.
The US currently has the most broken health care system of the industrialized world. It can't really go down for most people.
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
You mean like most of Europe and some of Asia? They pay less for health care and have comprable, often better, coverage. At least until you get into top of the line care, where the US wins but pays through the roof for it so most people can't afford it.
Not really. See above.
Emphasis added: Do you have any actual evidence to back up this claim, because all of the ecconomic studies I have seen have shown increased buisness taxes actually cause an increase in both jobs and pay. This is because money invested in personel isn't taxed (its an expense), so the companies spend more on them when the return on money they keep is lower. 50 cents on the dollar, or lower, isn't worth fighting your employees over when 80 cents or more is.
Scott Betts wrote:
I know that everyone at GE is convinced the HR department works for Siemens.
Mythic Evil Lincoln wrote:
Not only that, but it took so little time for one to attack the other, when they had pretty much the exact same complaints a few years apart.
wicked cool wrote:
I'm not sure how you consider 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, or 7 even remotely similar to Shield. Dr. Who and Sherlock I will say are better and have a similar feel, and I haven't seen any Sleepyhollow.
The video rights for X-men, Spider man, and some other IP has been sold to other companies before Disney bought them out. They have to wait for those rights to expire before they can use it.
I have found the first 2 episodes to be highly reminicent of Wharehouse 13 and Eureka. I enjoyed both of those shows, but didn't feel the need to go out of my way for them. I think the cast needs some work. It feels like they are relying more on cliches for people to immediately know their characters than actually making unique ones. A lot of that has to do with how they brought the team together. It hasn't given them a chance to actually build any relationships between characters. Fitz-Simmons are the only ones who have any pre-existing relationship. If you look at Whedon's other shows, Firefly starts with half the crew established with eachother and Buffy quickly introduces a supporting cast that are best friends.
Also, because the waves are much smaller (they had at times ~600/day for last kickstarter vs 1K/week budgeted for this one) they don't necessarily need to get dedicated trucks for international shipping and will likely be able to handle it through their normal delivery system.
Mark Sweetman wrote:
Yes, but the Bones 1 you were getting a bunch of kobolds, skelletons, and small insects, where as with Bones 2 there are a lot more larger creatures. Cents/model is not the best way of determining these.
The $250+ average last time was because people pledged for multiple core sets and lots of extras. As the kickstarter went on, the average increased instead of decreasing. They haven't released nearly as many add ons, and many people wait until towards the end to up their pledge for what they want then, rather than updating a bunch of times in the middle. They also haven't said whether people can add 100 for additional core sets, to my knowledge.
As a side note, one of the reasons the 1st kickstarter had a slow burn was because it took a while for the upper pledge levels to become a deal. People saw it but were not willing to put in the high pledge ammounts for only 30 minis. Once it started hitting arround 100 minis, it took off. This kickstarter has the success of the first one to build off of, so enough people are just willing to make the leap blind before seeing what gets added. This will give it the more traditional U curve for major kickstarters.
As far as I know you have to go through amazon payments. I didnt know you could do paypal last time.
Many of the large companies doing kickstarter set up a seperate paypal outside of kickstarter for people who have issues with Amazon payments (including many international backers). Usually it takes a few days to set up. Reaper did it towards the later part of their last kickstarter.
Cralius the Dark wrote:
There were a lot of complaints in the last one with lack of monsters from what I hear. I'm guessing there will be a decent number of things on large bases. There will definetely be a handful of humans though, especially since there were some class-race combos that were not done.
Skeletal Steve wrote:
I'll just end up paying the penalty in my state. Buying even the lowest amount per month looks like it would easily take 1/3 of my take home pay or more per month. I'll just eat the penalty like most people. Just more tax I have to pay.
Or since that means you are likely taking home less than ~10K anually, you will easily qualify for the subsidies that can completely pay for health insurance.
edit: heck, looking at some of the numbers you may qualify for medicaid, if you are under 15K
I would be unsuprised if political leaning translated to personal gaming preferences. The more politically liberal GMs I know tend to favor free form systems, while the few libertarian GMs I know tend for more old school authoritarian GM systems. It is a fairly small sample set though. I do find this trend interesting though, since the people who "want the government out of their lives" the most want to have the strictest control over the game.
I'm curious how anyone could conduct a meeting if any yahoo from the audience can just shout out of turn.
That was pretty much my take on the story. But I do not like the idea that he is being charged with assaulting a police officer when the officer was off duty, sustained no injury, and they claim it happened once he left and the cameras were no longer on him.
Once you hit 80 every would be level turns into a skill point. You may feel like you have something wasted for a few levels, but you wont miss it too much since leveling is quick.
I'm confused. Why would you come into a discussion about the effectiveness of a combat character build and then proceed to do nothing but lament editions of the game long ago passed?
The same reason you don't see many ranged rogue builds, only worse. Rogue damage doesn't actually scale with level unless you are getting multiple attacks with sneak attack. Being restricted to 1 attack puts you at not dishing out enough damage compared to your friends. By level 10, your DPR is 30. Front line melees tend to be in the 80s and can break 100. 70+ was considered the minimum to really be doing it as your primary thing when the old DPR olympics was being done. 1 attack per round really hurts.
Not to mention, your build isn't valid. Vital Strike and Spring Attack are not compatable. Though that is a rule I disagree with and house rule away.
Skeletal Steve wrote:
1. Many of the families already in this position are not paying taxes on their income because it is low.2. Pre-existing conditions are a major part of this bill, as has been pointed out above. Without laws specifically preventing insurance from ignoring these people, they will be left out in the cold or have exorbanant prices.
So the bill does something similar to this. Then they realized that if everyone could now afford health insurance, the companies would jack up the prices. So they created exchanges, allowing people to compare prices and bennefits easily by region, to drive down costs. It also allows the government to do much of the negotiation of price, and they have more bargaining power than any single person, further driving down price.This only works if everyone buys into the system, because the costs get averaged. If the low insurance risk people don't buy in, as many don't now, costs are higher. Unfortunately, often those people also have unexpected accidents that they can't afford and discourages them from using preventative care. This causes the system to take the hit, a larger hit than if they used preventative care, leaving everyone else to foot the bill. This is basically what we had before, and it was bad for everyone.
He achieved something that every president in the past 50 years has attempted and failed at. He created a law that will likely last a long time, and as it gains popularity with implementation will drive the Republicans who opposed it into a shrinking minority. I has been a short term loss for what will most likely be a massive long term gain in both public opinion and future clout for the party. Sadly, it is crap to what progressives actually wanted and it will become hard to upgrade, but the law has already been a massive boon to many.
I can see you arguing that this will not drive down costs, but I will point out that most experts are saying insurance prices in most of the exchanges are below what was expected. Heck, Trader Joes is cancelling their insurance for employees who work less than 30 hours, because it will save the vast majority of those employees money. They are getting hit by a bad loophole where you don't qualify for exchanges if your employer offers insurance, but equivalent insurance from the exchanges is 1/3rd of what Trader Joes charges for their insurance after the tax breaks their employees likely recieve (people with high income spouces are an exception).