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Cheliax

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Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:

Men getting abused is a problem. However, it's a problem that is made worse by a patriarchal society that assumes that men are weak and pathetic when they are abused, and victim-blames them at least as much as women who get abused.

But, like, everybody telling people bringing up the abuse on this thread that "they're a bunch of entitled whiners who are crying because their privilege is threatened" has nothing to do with that, of course.

It couldn't be that, despite their "enlightened views," they're still bought into that line of crap.

WHOA! Hold up!

Okay, I never said anything about people being legitimately abused. That's a completely unfair characterization.

The OP made a point about men attacking a feminist blogger because she pointed out some of the more odious sexism that - while prevalent in all media - is particularly egregious in the video game market, since the target demographic is typically considered to be adolescent boys and young men.

Rather than addressing that, several posters completely ignored the very real issues about our treatment of women and instead said men are the ones who are REALLY discriminated against. They were insisting that there is a widespread institutional discrimination against men and that this discrimination against women was actually no big deal. That by taking steps to address this disparity between men and women we were actually guilty of REVERSE sexism.

That is entitlement speaking, and factually wrong besides. I stand by that.

After that, the conversation turned toward abused men. I've never said that a man who has been abused is just an entitled whiner. Again, though, another posted what a ridiculous argument this is. Feminists are not the people claiming men cannot be abused - it's typically a patriarchal attitude that insists a man never appear weak, in particular in his relationship with a woman, that creates an atmosphere that prevents these men from coming forward and treats them less seriously when they do.

Cheliax

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Simon Legrande wrote:

Just a couple of notes:

1. Rogues can use Arcane Strike to its full potential by taking minor magic talent.

Bards get it first level and don't have to blow a feat on it.

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2. A dervish dancer bard's performance only affects the bard. Yes it will make the bard better in combat but then there is no benefit to the rest of the party.

Still a better benefit than Sneak Attack, to which the same argument can be applied.

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3. Why does the bard automatically have higher CHA than a rogue? Why is this a fact that isn't up for debate?

It's not that the Bard necessarily has higher CHA. It's that the Bard gets so much more out of it. The Rogue gets a skill boost - and admittedly, a boost to his most important skill, UMD. The Bard, meanwhile, by boosting his CHA not only gets more performance rounds but also raises his spell DCs and Spells-per-Day.

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4. Somebody else already mentioned Shadow Strike.

You have to sacrifice a feat slot for something you should be able to do in the first place. This is a serious mark against the rogue.

EDIT: Damn! I started this at B&N and came home and missed all the responses. I got Ninja'd on all of this.

Cheliax

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thejeff wrote:
EntrerisShadow wrote:
Malachi Silverclaw wrote:
Not denying the badness of the things you describe, but what has any of that to do with 'reverse discrimination'?
So yes, there is a huge difference between things like Affirmative Action for people of color or Affirmative Action for white people. In the first instance, it is meant to correct years of a dominant hierarchy wherein whites enjoyed the sole privilege of higher education and people of color were segregated into school systems that lacked funding, attention, or proper staff. In the second instance, it is meant to reaffirm that privileged status for people who have always had it.
Actually, though we don't like to talk about it, it's really to correct for ongoning discrimination as much as past discrimination.

Sorry, I should have been more cautious with my tense. But yes, it would be correct to say ongoing discrimination.

pres man wrote:
The white guy sporting the power mullet, living in the trailer park, somehow missed this year's invitation to the Illuminati dinner. Maybe he'll get it next year.

Actually, what is interesting about your choice of analogy is how perfectly it summarizes who actually holds white men back - rich white men.

Not in a Secret Cabal "Illuminati" conspiracy sort of way, but it is true that rich oligarchs have rigged the system to stagnate economic mobility and keep the lower classes - well, lower. And a big part of that is making sure that poor white men blame poor black men, immigrants, and the influx of women into areas traditionally reserved for men for their lack of economic opportunity. Pretty much anyone NOT responsible for falling wages and shrinking opportunities.

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I think the Bard is just the most often brought up because it is so similar, but just so superior, to the rogue that it's an easy comparison. They're 3/4 BAB lightly-armored skill monkeys with a motif based around out thinking rather than overpowering opponents. But when it comes down to it, whatever aspect of that character you want to focus on, the bard does it better.

I want a whole mess of skills! Bard gets more.

I want to be sneaky! Bard has Stealth and a whole slew of Illusion spells to buff herself.

I want to be a master spy, a silver-tongued beguiler unmatched in disguise and intrigue! Bard has better CHA, better skills, spells to enhance herself (like she needs it) and I mean come on, seriously, we all know Bards are hands-down the best Party Face characters. Glibness, Disguise Self, Charm Person all make the rogue obsolete before we even do a Skill-for-Skill comparison.

I want to be a lightly-armored skirmisher! Bard might eclipse the rogue only slightly here, but she'll have cooler weapon proficiency (Especially for Finesse - the whip rocks) and performance is hands-down a better bonus than Sneak Attack. It's not situational, it actually boosts accuracy, and it improves the whole party.

I want to be an expert in disarming traps! A) Why would you want to focus on the lamest part of dungeon crawling? and B) Archaeologist Bard will take that focus and still keep pace in the skills department.

Cheliax

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Snorri Nosebiter wrote:
Entrers Shadow wrote:
I don't have much to add to the topic that hasn't been said already. All I can say is that every time a woman points out the sexism that is a major problem in our society, the MRA guys dismiss it and whine about how bad men have it. It's as inevitable as a white person crying from the halls of privilege about reverse racism. It's embarrassing.
just a quick point I'd like to throw in here: I find it a lot more embarrassing that the only way our society seems to come up with to battle racism, sexism, and any other ism out there, is to do the exact same thing, in reverse...

OK, take this from a fellow white man: You have no idea what you're talking about. 'Reverse' isms don't exist. Not institutionally. Are there black people who think white people are inferior? Yes. Are there women who think men are obsolete and we'd all be better off if the 'Y' chromosome disappeared? Yes. Are there people who think we should outright ban Christianity? Yes.

Do those people have any real power? No.

The people who do have power are the politicians who are claiming that 'real' rape shuts down abortion and, besides, she was "asking for it". It is the pastors of megachurches who say that gays being allowed to marry is an affront to THEIR rights. It is the criminal justice system that says it's okay to shoot unarmed black teenagers but unacceptable for an abused woman to fire a warning shot to scare off her attacker.

Blacks are more likely to be arrested for the same offenses, sentenced to harsher punishments when convicted. 1 in 5 women will suffer some form of sexual assault in her lifetime, and enormous wage gaps still exist on both fronts. More acts of terrorism have been committed by white Christian men than any other group since our nation's founding and yet we have never profiled them as terrorists nor spawned movements forbidding them from building their places of worship. Gay teens commit suicide at 4 to 6 times the rate of straight counterparts, and I won't even get into the homeless and murder rates for transgendered men and women.

When white heterosexual males complain that somehow society is being unfair to them, it is not only wrong. It's stupidly offensive and belittling to all of the REAL discrimination that is still rampant in our society.

Cheliax

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pres man wrote:
I think the guy is a bit cuckoo for coco puffs, but you do have to give him some mad props.

The craziest thing about Kucinich is that he is naively optimistic about our politics and how much 'We the People' can affect change. But he is also way ahead of his time (he warned us about the dangers of privatization before Enron - actually a big factor in why he didn't win reelection that year - and supported gay marriage at a time when speaking for equality was political suicide) and, having met him, I can tell you he is infectiously pleasant. Kucinich perfectly demonstrates the difference, for me at least, between looks and charisma.

Being chiseled, tall, and having a deep timbered voice makes things easier. But there are things that will always matter more than all of that combined. Hell - look at Prince.

I don't have much to add to the topic that hasn't been said already. All I can say is that every time a woman points out the sexism that is a major problem in our society, the MRA guys dismiss it and whine about how bad men have it. It's as inevitable as a white person crying from the halls of privilege about reverse racism. It's embarrassing.

Cheliax

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FrodoOf9Fingers wrote:
By the way, do you have any evidence that societies do better BECAUSE they have more open attitudes about sex? I'd really like to see it, but all I get when I search for related statistics is things like "more single parent families" and "decreasing population because of low birth rates". I didn't know either of those were good for nations...

Let's start with a direct comparison of the United States with The Netherlands.

Across the board, the Netherlands has lower rates of STI's, abortion, and teen pregnancy. The Dutch are known for having incredibly liberal attitudes towards sexuality - abortion is accessible and federally funded, prostitution is legal and treated like any other profession - in fact, in general, the concept of treating sex as shameful or taboo is rather foreign. Teenagers are expected to have sex and teenage partners sleeping over is no cause for alarm.

Not coincidentally, The Netherlands also has a lower divorce rate.

In fact, if you look at the best countries to live in ranked by Life Expectancy, GDP per capita, lack of corruption, general life satisfaction among citizenry, etc. - the list is consistently populated by countries who inherited enlightenment ideals and have liberal attitudes toward sex. Australia, Denmark, the aforementioned Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Canada, et al.

To be clear, it was YOU who made an assertion when you indicated in your post a lament that we, as a society, are having issues because we do not hold to Biblical sexual ideals.

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Nowadays, fornication is a fairly common thing, and marriage is almost like a used tissue thrown into the trash (Very sad generation we live in). Today's society doesn't much pressure on "staying true" and "stay pure"

While it's true that one cannot say any one thing is responsible for the welfare of a country, the facts bear out that having a repressive attitude toward sexuality is unnecessary for a vibrant and happy society. Enforcing mores meant to establish very strict rules, control women's sexuality and demonize homosexuality serve no beneficial purpose.

(As a semi-related aside, the notion of "purity" is probably the most perverse sentiment I can personally imagine. I find it disgusting that we are still raising young women with the notion that they can be reduced to what happens with their vagina. As if having sex somehow creates a stain on her soul that trumps everything else about who she is as a person. How unbearably genitally obsessed and misogynistic.)

But ultimately to the original point, real world religions can push mysterious ways or 'higher reasons' all the want - especially in Pathfinder rules, evil is evil is evil. I, of course, am of the opinion that there's really no excuse for the more disgusting tenets of religion when we can easily find contemporary philosophers and writers espousing far more ethically sound ideas. But while we can debate shifting real world definitions of good, in Golarion there is an objective good and an objective evil. If you're performing human sacrifice or murdering fornicators in Pathfinder, the religion is evil. You can't really claim 'mysterious ways' when the gods plainly interact with mortals.

Cheliax

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blahpers wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Atarlost wrote:
N. Jolly wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Most Bards I run into, swap out Versatile Performance through the Arcane Duellist archetype.
Most (good) Rogue archetypes trade out trapfinding and you still find people clamoring that it's one of the Rogue's main niches.
A ranger and a bard have more skills, combat, and magic than a fighter and a rogue even if the bard is an arcane duelist.

I have discussed this topic at length and have had my fill of rogue vs. everyone else in threads like this. I'm not going through that song and dance routine again.

You don't like playing rogues.. I've got a radical idea... don't play them.

Not playing them doesn't make them suck any less.

It just makes them not played, so people don't see how badly they suck, and the issues never get fixed.

Except, as mentioned, they are played, and many people like them, do not think they suck, and do not need them to be fixed.

Besides, if nobody were playing it, what difference would it make whether they needed to be fixed? If commoner was a PC class, would people be posting thousand-post threads clamoring to "balance" it, or would people just play something better?

Here is the thing - a lot of us complaining about the rogue actually love the concept. I don't harp on the rogue because I hate the class, but because I would love to see it work. (FWIW, I think the Slayer class might fix these issues, unfortunately evil sounding name aside.)

And 'just don't play one' does not solve the problem. This is a cooperative game and if a class cannot meaningfully contribute it not only causes problems for the player but the party and DM as well. My biggest problems with rogues honestly has been as a DM having all of the fun sapped out of encounters due to the power disparity.

Cheliax

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FrodoOf9Fingers wrote:

(They may even be killed).

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Not in a Good-aligned religion.

Without going into this TOO much, fornication and adultery are not in a nation's best interests. There are tons of statistical proof regarding children who lack one or both parents do worse in school, have higher crime rates, etc... (Although there are exceptions to this rule, and not every parent was placed into said position by choice. It's a generalization, but it's true). As fornication and adultery increase, more families are broken up, or are started without two parents, causing higher and higher percentages of children in families without both parents.

As for "not in a good aligned religion", why not? (This is a really, really touchy subject mind you, calling someone's real world faith lawful neutral or lawful evil is not very tactful). As for reasons stated above, does a "good" deity have to have laws that make everyone happy? Or does a "good" deity enact laws that are in the best interests of a nation? I think either can be determined as good, at least according to Pathfinder. In my opinion, however, good for a nation follows a more lawful approach...

This - I just, wow, what?

I mean, REALLY? I know we all want to be respectful of others' beliefs, but is nobody else shocked or disgusted that somebody would make the argument that a good society could approve of killing "fornicators"?

Disproportionate retribution against people who disobey societal norms is textbook lawful evil - I think there is a tacit admission to that in the fact you were so quick to warn posters against trying to put alignments to real world religions. That anybody could hold MURDER as a morally justifiable or even righteous punishment is mind-boggingly unethical. (Worse so if one says any premarital sex is tantamount to adultery.)

Posts like this remind me why religion is definitely best left to the realm of fantasy.

And for the record, societies with more open attitudes about sex and sexuality do fare better. Comparisons between places with progressive attitudes towards sexuality and premarital sex - Sweden, Denmark, etc. - and places with regressive attitudes - the Middle-East, the conservative parts of the US - strongly favor the fornicators.

Cheliax

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Detect Magic wrote:
EntrerisShadow wrote:
When you're of less use to the party than 1/3rd level NPC, the class is demonstrably broken.
Detect Magic wrote:
I'm fully aware of the problems with the rogue class; I've got a number of house rules to make them more viable.

It should say something, however, that you not only had to houserule the rogue to make it viable, but then STILL had to ban a class that continued to make it obsolete.

Seems like a simpler fix is just to reskin the Ninja/Vivisectionist/whatever as a rogue and ban the utterly useless Rogue-as-written altogether.

Cheliax

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Detect Magic wrote:

I was under the impression that Campaign Traits were only intended for characters participating in particular adventure paths. If this interpretation is correct, players are only able to select the "Trap Finder" if they're playing in a Mummy's Mask game. My suspicion is that traps will be more common in said adventure, and that the party needs at least one person that can deal with 'em. With that in mind, it doesn't seem to be a death sentence for the rogue; the trait just facilitates gameplay in the event that no one wants to play a rogue.

That said, there's till the issue of the vivisectionist alchemist. My solution is simply to ban 'em. Solves the issue pretty easily, in my opinion.

I'd much more likely ban the rogue.

Having been DMing for a party the past few weeks that consists of a Wizard, Sorcerer, Sword-n-Board Fighter, and a Rogue; I can tell you it sucks a lot of the fun out of it for me. If I don't want the rogue to sit there to the side and watch the grown-ups play, I have to do a lot of adjustments. The casters will always have something to do, of course, and even the fighter will always hit things real hard and keep on trucking. But my choices essentially always boil down to either kill the rogue, not challenge the rest of the party, or specifically play counterintuitively. They could be a party of 3 and I can honestly say it would make no difference if she were there.

Even when it comes to roleplay, the Sorcerer can outshine her with his pumped up Bluff and Diplomacy and insane CHA score. At least an alchemist could be brewing healing potions or providing buffs.

Now, I understand if she had optimized we'd be looking at a different story - a bit. But that's the thing: NONE of these characters are optimized. The Sorcerer is all blasts all the time, the Transmuter Wizard's spelllist is mostly a flavor vehicle (He wanted the most 'traditionally' magical of schools, which pretty much boiled down to transmutation or conjuration, and he took the weaker option because he loved the polymorph ideas), and the fighter's not even two-handed or power attacking. Even though nobody is optimized, the Rogue is probably the closest to optimized of the group (High DEX, small size two-weapon fighting - generally agreed upon as the best-of-the-worst rogue build) and she still drags them down.

The problem is that other classes do EVERY SINGLE THING the rogue does, but better. It would be one thing if the Rogue were a Bard-style jack of all trades that's good at everything but not excelling in anything, but the problem is it sucks at everything. I could choose almost any other class in this game and make a build that will surpass the Rogue in all of its designated roles, or far exceed it in one designated role and perform comparably in its others. Leaving behind the theorycrafting, I've never been in a game where encounters did not have to be tailored to make the rogue useful. I've seen a 12th level rogue outshined by a 4th level Fighter cohort. When you're of less use to the party than 1/3rd level NPC, the class is demonstrably broken.

Cheliax

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Am I the only huge nerd who flashed back to this when reading the thread title?

The only way I could see this going down is if two beings are given charges by different lawful good gods who think there is only one right way to solve a problem. Say, some elder force of destruction (maybe not even evil, just very unpredictable CN?)is locked away under the charge of a LG god, but it is the only being that might know the secret to stopping a world shattering cataclysm. One good god tells his charge to commune with this creature, the angel is told to let absolutely nobody speak with it ever for fear that even a minor breach will let it free. That I would see as something a good character would see as worth killing for - even though they would feel absolutely remorseful about it.

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Indus wrote:

1) Is the act of "finishing off" disabled enemies an act that falls within the very gray purview of Chaotic Neutral, or does this press toward evil?

2) If it presses toward evil, by how much? All the way to Chaotic Evil? Half way?

3) How do you handle this sort of thing in game?

Thanks for any help. Chaotic Neutral is an alignment that gets defined many different ways, and this situation is giving me trouble.

I know I'm late to this party, but I am a sucker for Chaotic Neutral debates. (Now if only I could find several dozen other topics on this, fallen Paladins, and how to handle homosexuality in a campaign. But alas, that's just not the world we live in. Le sigh.)

1) I say 'no'. These were obviously bad guys. Thugs. Good might do the honorable thing, but as long as the people he's dealing with are capital 'E' evil then neutral can justify a lot. ESPECIALLY chaotic neutral. Lawful neutral might hold his word as his bond, true neutral might be more concerned with his immediate safety. But that, to me, is chaotic neutral played correctly. This is a case of messing with the wrong freaking guy.

2) I'd say if you still don't buy that, it would only push slightly toward chaotic evil.

3) Even though mechanically I wouldn't make this shift his alignment, I would still provide some in-game consequences. Someone mentioned earlier that, particularly if this took place in an urban environment, the chances of nobody noticing are slim. For that matter, these are brutal thugs --- who knows with whom they are allied?

Cheliax

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I think for sure the Cleric of Asmodeus would get along better with the Paladin of Iomedae. At least between the two, there will be a mutual understanding of the importance of contractual obligations and order. (Also, Lawful Evil doesn't necessarily mean malicious. Just ruthless. A merciless assassin who performs his duties without question, for instance, could still find common ground with a Paladin easily.)

Cheliax

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ENHenry wrote:
EntrerisShadow wrote:


Things I do not get:

-How anybody could enjoy the program 'Dads' enough that it survived past the pilot

-How we first discovered that pineapples are edible. That is a fruit that seems to shout in big bold spines, "DO NOT TOUCH ME"

-The intelligent people I know who are also religious fundamentalists

Dads - it's more of the same crude humor of Family Guy. Seth macfarlane is, dare i say it, an acquired taste. :D

Here's the thing, though: I like Family Guy. I love American Dad. (Honestly a far superior show.) I think even Cleveland Show wasn't really given its fair shake. I found Ted hilarious.

But even loving all of that, Dads is just godawful. The jokes are like 80's sitcom jokes that Family Guy would parody.

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Pineapple - my theory is that, if it exists, a human has tried to eat it, shoot it, or have sex with it - or sometimes all three. Just like we figured out pineapples, coconuts, and psychedelic mushrooms, we also figured out from the Darwin Awards that eating nightshade is deadly, live crocodiles don't make good sex toys, and flinging yourself from a trebuchet is a bad idea.

Given, although that does bring up another point I don't think anybody gets.

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Religious fundamentalism - contrary to conventional opinion, devout belief and scientific curiosity aren't mutually exclusive - otherwise, we wouldn't have Newtonian physics, genetic theory or certain key theories of electromagnetism (or we'd have had them much later than we did). It takes all kinds, and most importantly people understanding that ignorance and stubbornness is not the exclusive province of any group - idiots abound from Sea to Shining Sea. :)

Yes and no. Newton was a product of his era and was able to push the boundaries of what we knew at the time without running into any glaring religious inconsistencies. But how a person of an intellectual curiosity could believe that the earth is 5,000-years-old or that species do not evolve in the face of overwhelming evidence is mind-boggling.

Belief in the supernatural, I grant, is a philosophical difference that by its definition cannot be debated on an empirical foundation. But it's the obviously, plainly false things that get me.

Cheliax

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littlehewy wrote:
No, BG2 and NWN yes, but SoA no :)

Not to quibble, but BG2 is Shadows of Amn.

Baldur's Gate
--Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast (Expansion Pack)
Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn
--Baldur's Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal (Expansion Back)

There was also Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, but we'll just pretend that NEVER HAPPENED.

Cheliax

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Vod Canockers wrote:
EntrerisShadow wrote:

This is probably the easiest question in the world to answer:

Think of damn near every single person that you know. Does anybody you encounter in your day to day life really concern themselves with how much good they're doing in the world? Or how they can reign death upon their enemies? Most people are just concerned with paying their bills, keeping themselves and their family fed, and amusing themselves.

TN adventurers simply do what they do for value-neutral (no pun intended) reasons. The good character fights the dragon to save the village and protect innocent lives. The evil character does it so he can extort them later or establish himself as a bigger threat. The neutral character does it for gold, or to test himself, or for thrill.

Or the neutral character watches the dragon devastate the village not caring. (Or so that the dragon has more loot for him to take later on.)

Two things about that:

1. We're talking about role-playing adventurers. If you're going to make a TN character, he still needs to find an excuse to be a part of things.

2. Neutrality is not psychopathy. "Ha, I'll let that dragon kill everybody and take the treasure for myself!" is definitely E-V-I-L. I can see the argument for neutral ignoring conceptual evil, because to some degree we all have to do this. I can see the argument for self-preservation, but see number one for that.

Cheliax

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People --- almost always family members of course --- who forward you every idiotic, blatantly false chain e-mail as gospel truth.

I am preparing for the onslaught after Halloween passes and we liberals begin our fictional War on Christmas, but just the reminder that I'm related to people who believe this stuff is depressing. Why can't they keep their insanity to themselves?

Cheliax

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Moro wrote:
I love FATAL, it should regarded as the very pinnacle of game design.

Wait, is this one a joke? I honestly cannot tell.

Cheliax

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I love using Fey as villains. Here's the thing: Most monsters are just evil. If you encounter a Bugbear, you know the solution is to kill it and just keep killing it until it's properly killed.

But dealing with Fey is a different beast altogether. Even quote unquote 'good' Fey are capricious, mercurial creatures that only offer the most cryptic of help or advice. A few, granted, are just plain ol' "Kill on Sight" baddies, but for the most part, you never quite know where you stand.

Sure, maybe you should kill that Satyr. But he may also be the only hope you have of finding a guide through the treacherous forest. But he may screw with you a bit on the way. But he might reward your diligence if you impress him. (Note to self: Idea for next session.)

Ditto with evil Druids. I think they get less attention because it's harder to picture the motivations for an evil Druid. What does an evil Druid want? A Cleric of Urgathoa is going to raise an army of zombies. A Cleric of Zon-Kuthon is going to 'enlighten' (re: torture) an entire city's worth of victims to appease his dark god. A Cleric of Asmodeus is going to instill a tyrannical dictatorship and trek with devils.

Evil Druids, though? Harder to pull off. Typically it's a noble goal (e.g. The protection of a sacred Grove) taken to an ideological extreme (e.g. Preemptively destroying every neighboring civilization as a potential threat.) but it seems like Paizo specifically introduced things like 'Plague Druids' just to make it easier to use them as bad guys.

I think Neutral Outsiders get under utilized. You see a lot of Angels vs Demons, Agathions vs Devils, Demons vs Devils, and so on, but very rarely do you get to see the Aeons or Kalyrauts getting involved.

Edit: OH! And evil gnomes. Where are all the evil gnomes? I think an evil gnome has the potential to be absolutely terrifying.

Cheliax

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Arcutiys wrote:
EntrerisShadow wrote:

I have zero interest in being challenged in video games, and I really don't get people who do. Seriously. What's the accomplishment there? Are you going to tell your boss you beat Halo on Legendary in one life? Is it going to score you a date with an attractive woman? Is it going to win you a trophy your family and friends give a crap about? No, no, and no.

Some challenge in a game is fun. (The 2008 Prince of Persia was so dull precisely because you couldn't die.) But I have better things to frustrate myself over than playing the same 1/2 hour chunk of Dark Souls just to say I did.

You come off waaaaaay hostile, bro. Cool it, stop acting like you're telling someone they're having badwrongfun.
Ciretose wrote:

Are all your accomplishments judged purely on how they are perceived by others?

Interesting...

All right, now I think we're getting the point of the shun thread.

Shun! Shun! SHHHUUUUNNNN!

Although I'd like to point out that confession was sort of meant tongue in cheek. If you do enjoy beating games on Insane Hardcore Murder Mode, knock yourself out. To each his own.

Of course, my experience has always been a sort of snobbish disregard for those who don't. I understand this isn't indicative of everybody who enjoys playing that way, but those gamers---those 'Hardcore' gamers who cannot stand that video games have become accessible to the unwashed masses---irritate me to no end.

Yeah, I know, every hobby has them. But still, perhaps my rant came across a bit harsh because there's always seemed to be a stronger undercurrent of it among video gamers than anywhere else I've encountered.

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I have zero interest in being challenged in video games, and I really don't get people who do. Seriously. What's the accomplishment there? Are you going to tell your boss you beat Halo on Legendary in one life? Is it going to score you a date with an attractive woman? Is it going to win you a trophy your family and friends give a crap about? No, no, and no.

Some challenge in a game is fun. (The 2008 Prince of Persia was so dull precisely because you couldn't die.) But I have better things to frustrate myself over than playing the same 1/2 hour chunk of Dark Souls just to say I did.

Cheliax

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Oh, this isn't one that comes up a lot, but something that has always been a source of contention between my fellow players and me:

-Paladins don't gamble. They just don't, I'm sorry. If you're playing a Paladin and your GM allows it, fine, cool, whatever. I'll let it go. I hate it, though, and not one of my NPC Paladins would ever indulge. To be sure, in my world you'd definitely get some aside glances from the other Paladins if they caught you doing it. It's not "fall-worthy" (something that's just way too abused) but it's just a really terrible way for a champion of light to spend her time-it would be like if you eyed somebody eating from the bins at the grocery; not something you would turn someone into the authorities for, but distasteful and rude. If you win, you're taking money from poor saps having a run of bad luck. If you lose, you're throwing good coin away that could be put to better use vanquishing evil or helping the less fortunate. Since I am apparently the only person in the world who holds this opinion, I'll include it here.

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Lumiere Dawnbringer wrote:
EntrerisShadow wrote:

Tieflings? Pfft. Lame.

Down with Paizo!

I also agree Tieflings are lame, but I do have to admit that's partially a personal prejudice in that I've never seen one played well. As a race, the are apparently very attractive to angry teenage boys and men who never grew out of being angry teenage boys because that's about the only way I've encountered them.

tieflings merely require a player that isn't an angry emo teenage boy

(Sorry I cut the description. Brevity and all.)

I've actually never seen a Tiefling played what you would describe as 'emo'---correct me if wrong, but I would imagine you mean full of angst and pseudo-philosophical. (I did notice a lot of appeal for Drow, among those types when I was younger and some of my friends were really into the scene, and now Dhampir among some of the younger players, but I digress.) Tieflings I've always seen played like ludicrous caricatures of 1990s Anti-Heroes. That is, always played as an excuse to act like an anti-social jerkward. Every Tiefling player I've encountered was essentially Wolverine of the setting turned up to 11.

But again, I recognize that is a personal hang-up. Though it has created a pretty large mental block that makes me cringe a little inside at the thought of playing a Tiefling.

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Ellis Mirari wrote:
Ironically, a non-evil drow/tiefling/goblin/etc. is much less "cliche" than the evil ones, yet the former was the star of a popular novel series and is thus unusable by anyone anymore.

Not only that, but the depiction of goblins as evil is racist to begin with. I mean, who the hell are you pinkskins to judge?!?

In other news, not only are good drow wicked cliche, but drow are wicked cliche. They're so boring I've only ever used them once, and that was in the Scarred Lands where they were different. They were LE.

Tieflings? Pfft. Lame.

Down with Paizo!

Vive le Galt!

A bit off topic, but I've always hated the Forgotten Realms Drow as a very intricate, powerful society . . . consisting entirely of stab-happy for the evulz CE psychopaths.

Now, I'm not super familiar with Golarion Drow (other than the whole good elves turning drow when they become evil enough, which bothers me in its own way) but the idea of a bunch of chronic needlessly malicious murderers building a powerful underworld society that rivaled even the most powerful human settlements just bothered me. Every other mundane CE evil 'society' is barely held together under strong leadership or external threat and then disbands or implodes on itself due to the nature of chaotic evil. THAT makes sense. What doesn't make sense is a delicate power scheme in impressive underground labyrinths featuring powerful magic. That screams Lawful Evil and Drow should, over all, be Lawful Evil.

I also agree Tieflings are lame, but I do have to admit that's partially a personal prejudice in that I've never seen one played well. As a race, the are apparently very attractive to angry teenage boys and men who never grew out of being angry teenage boys because that's about the only way I've encountered them.

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In the games I run relationships tend to play an enormous role, though the mechanical aspects of sex are generally left out. But I greatly enjoy role playing the social aspects. Homosexuality comes up on occasion, though I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that the only gay character outside of a game I ran was when one of our female players played a sex crazed fighter in the world's most transparent closet. In her defense all of her female characters were pretty sex crazed as well, though they were also interested in men.

I have played several gay NPC's. Actually my gay hobgoblin warlord is still an easy favorite among our group for NPC's I have run. So far I have not had an obviously gay PC, although the only time my character's sexuality even came into play was when another player decided to "make a man" of my young Druid by purchasing the services of a lady of the evening, and I suppose even so it would not preclude him being bisexual.

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Bomanz wrote:

I'm confused...is it Rogues that suck now? Or is it still Monks?

O woe, why tis surely blaster sorcerers too.

I don't think anybody said blaster sorcerers suck, per se, just that they are mechanically not the most powerful route you could go with a sorcerer.

Now monks, on the other hand, get all the hate. Although as a GM I hate our monk because she is nigh unto invincible.

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Pendagast wrote:
spontaneously cast summons vs spontaneously cast heals thats an equal trade.

No way, not even a little. Wands of CLW are cheap, cheap, cheap.

Wands of SNA? Not so much. At least not ones that will be of much use. Plus those spontaneous summons get WAY better with each level (letting you keep them around for more rounds per caster level) whereas Cure spells hit a maximum efficiency pretty quickly. Sure it's a little gimped compared to Summon Monster, but summoning is bar-none the most powerful thing a caster can do low levels.

Wildshape also gives druid a Fly ability before anybody else in the party. That's nothing to sneeze at. It also gives them pounce before even the martial classes. With the proper feats Wildshape is beastly. (Edit: Er, no pun intended of course.)

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I think very much in terms of general and selfish. In particular, our groups have problems justifying why these people are even traveling together, so I go generous so my character (at least) will be considered indispensable to the group.

The ultimate generous character is, of course, the Bard. IIRC, there is a Bard archetype that trades the Rapier and Whip proficiencies for proficiency with the Net and Trident. You are the penalty stacking king. The wizard can't hit some ultra-dextrous little bugger because of its high touch AC? Start your bardic performance, use your boffo BAB to hit it with the net, and hand it off to the fighter to hold onto. The rest of the time you're casting Good Hope, or Haste, or Grease, or using wands of CLW and so on. Out of combat, you use your high Bluff and Diplomacy skills to get the best deals on trade goods and lead the party to its next quest.

Some honorable mentions: Cavalier (Challenge makes him basically the game's only effective tank and teamwork feats make for a great buddy system), Cleric (Lots of Buffs and spontaneous cures), and Paladin (just by being near her your saves improve, and she has some great Lay on Hands buffs)

The ultimate selfish character? There are two. The monk. High saves, high AC, moves like lightning, giving you the ultimate in survivability. But he hardly hits, and when he does it doesn't really do enough damage to quickly take an enemy out, which is about the only way most martial types can be generous to the party. The monk can penalty stack, too, but honestly the monk usually has to do it just so he can get a shot in. Out of combat your class skills as hardly useful and CHA is about your only dump stat so prepare to sit quietly or muck it up for the party face.

The second for an entirely different reason is the Summoner. A Summoner IS his own party. Druids might get a little out of hand with their animal companion and summons, but they are at least limited to a weaker summon list and have fewer per day. And an animal companion is far more limited than eidolon. An eidolon can be built to outclass a fighter in combat with a summoner spec'd for healing or blasting. Why is the rest of the party even there?!

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Kydeem de'Morcaine wrote:

I've been in situations like some of you have been describing.

Recently, I've been putting the following in my prep materials before starting a new campaign.

Quote:
I give a lot of leeway about character concept and build. I try to provide a reasonable number of plot hooks and motivations. But if you want to make an anti-social, anarchist, loner, hermit; then YOU the player need to find a reason that he will 'play-nice' with the rest of the team and go on the adventure.

{I may need to add shop keeper in there also.}

I will definitely work with a player. But I've had too many players/PC's that just constantly say "my PC wouldn't care about that." As far as I can tell, they really expect me mind read what they want and then to re-write everything for just their character. Without any regard for the other players at the table.

We had a guy like that once. It came to a head when the party had opened a gate to a pocket dimension that was obviously leading to the next part of the story.

(Spoilered for convenience)

Spoiler:
Guy: My character wouldn't go in there.
(Collective groan from the table. This is the third time this has happened.)
DM: What?
Guy: He wouldn't go in there. It's none of his concern.
DM: Make it your concern. You want to play, you have got to be part of the story.
Guy: Hmm . . . okay . . . well . . .
DM: OK, you think of a reason he would go in there. We'll deal with the rest of the party and come back to you.
(All of our characters go through the portal and role-play a moment. A few minutes later he turns back to the guy.)
DM: Got a reason yet?
Guy: Hmm, uh . . .
DM: Suddenly a Tarrasque-Pit-Fiend-Balor appears behind you! You are clearly no match for this unholy blight and if you stay you will surely die! The only escape left to you is the portal. . . but that's irrelevant because you pissed yourself when you saw the hell-beast and slipped on the stream into the pocket dimension. You will take a -4 to all Diplomacy, Bluff, and Intimidate checks until you find a change of clothing as you vaguely smell of urine and cowardice.

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Threeshades wrote:
Pendagast wrote:
I dont like the rule that doesn't prevent guys from playing chicks.
Sounds like you had some bad experience. And I understand there are players like that, but there are also people who do an admirble job at playing a character of the opposite gender. Some are better at it than playing their own gender.

Actually the most frustrating thing about playing the opposite gender...

1st Player: "I turn to Honora, Favored Daughter of Emerisk and ask him-"
2nd Player: "Her."
1st Player: "Yeah, her. I ask if he would-"
2nd Player: "She."
1st Player: "I ask if she would be willing to assist us after the noble's ball."
3rd Player: "I ask Honora to accompany her as her date."
1st Player: "Dude, why are you hitting on this guy?"
4th Player: "Wait, Honora is a chick? I have to change my notes."
2nd Player: "Screw it. Honora is now Phallus the Masculine, of the Testicular Clan."
4th Player: "Wait, so is Phallus a dude? Because I don't want to write this down again."

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I always play my C/E and N/E characters as unflinchingly polite and supremely likable.

If you're going to be doing some horrible things, it helps a lot if you're able to make people like you so they will have a hard time squaring the circle of this nice guy being an utter sociopath.

One of my favorite story hooks are the unpopular heroes trying to defeat a beloved villain. It prevents the typical, "Kill, loot, rinse, repeat" mentality of so many campaigns by requiring the players to first reveal the true nature of the big bad.

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Bard, hands down.

No full BAB? No problem, because I can buff/penalty stack. Haste+Inspire Courage+Grease = Extra attacks and bonuses for the whole party against the enemy's flat-footed AC.

Spell list? Not much for blasty, but no problem, because blasting is for chumps. I get some of the best utility spells in the game, including being the only class to get Glibness. With my natural Charisma I can make the NPC's believe I'm the deposed king and build my own army.

I may not know as much as the Wizard about Arcana, but I'll come damn close, and there's not a knowledge I don't have a chance at. PLUS, while I may not get the same amount of skill points as the rogue, I get to roll some of them up into my highest ability modifier and condense them, effectively making me the best skill monkey in the game.

And if I want to get down and dirty like a fighter, or mix it up with some traps like a rogue, there are so many archetypes which give me sweet bonuses as well as my awesome bard spells/inspire courage.

You just cannot beat the bard for all around versatility, effectiveness, and utility. People complain about the Schroedinger's Wizard who is only god-like because of lenient DM's----every Bard is Schroedinger's Bard. There's not a feasible situation he could not be of some use in.

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Alitan wrote:

ES...

Just because somebody is cursed with berserker rages doesn't make them chaotic. I'll grant you that Logan is rather iconoclastic, and VERY touchy about taking orders. But I can't see dubbing him chaotic. He's not nearly random or whimsical enough for that. Imo.

To be clear it is not the rage part that makes me think Wolverine is chaotic (although the restrictions on Barbarian alignment seems to indicate that Paizo and WotC think so). I think Wolverine is chaotic because his spot on the team is always as the The Lancer, a person whose role is to challenge the established leader.

To clarify, I also don't think that's bad. This is necessary, and any GOOD leader will have one and afford him great respect. Leadership needs to be challenged. But to constantly challenge authority and do your own thing is the very essence of a chaotic character.

Furthermore, in those instances where he's not on a team, he's usually a disaffected loner with few close relationships who never stays in one place, and makes a point of remaining unpredictable. Everything about the character screams "Chaotic!"

Jmacq1 wrote:
I'd have to disagree there. I've never bought the notion that "Good" characters in most fantasy RPGs can't or won't kill a whole lotta bad things in the course of their adventures and likely not shed many tears over it.

For the record, it's not just that Wolverine has killed. He's killed SEVERAL people who, while perhaps not innocent, did not pose an immediate threat. The justifications ranged from reasonable to flimsy, but it was usually vengeance of some sort. Since morality it not a Zero Sum game, and motivations matter, I would place this at squarely neutral in most stories, good in others, and occasionally downright evil (vengeance extending out to those who were only tangentially related to his previous victimization.)

For the record, both of my nonlethal characters were actually non-good. The monk was trying to intellectualize what he couldn't understand intrinsically, and the other was chaotic evil character who simply saw death as they end of his fun. My good guys will kill if it comes down to it. But I do think violence, to a good character, should be the last resort and never something he seeks out. I don't think a Paladin killing a bad guy in self-defense is an evil act. I do think a Paladin trying to find a bad guy who was currently minding his own business so he could pick a fight and smite him to death would be.

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Bard. The answer is ALWAYS Bard. Anyone who says otherwise is lying to you.

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GeraintElberion wrote:

So, in 88 posts I've had one response to my request for an example of how to do evil that is

a: not boring
b: not oh-noes-emotional-trauma

Maybe I just didn't grab anyone's attention and we all got exciting about people twisting words like bandit and greed but I'd still really like to read some examples.

I don't know what's considered boring to you, but I am currently playing an evil character who's not traumatized. He's a CE Fey-blood Sorcerer, so as you could imagine it's heavily focused on enchantment. My challenge was to be as evil as possible while never directly killing a single innocent.

So far he's managed to rack up a higher kill count than most mass murderers simply by using some well placed words and spells.

He fooled his cousin, a well respected public official, into killing his wife and best friend. He tricked a jewelry shop owner into leaving him in charge, razed it and burned it to the ground, and then pinned the blame on a recently freed slave. Then sold the stolen gems back to the jeweler . . . you know, so he could get back on his feet. Currently he's working for both a LE General of an opposing army and a CE pirate lord who are trying to kill one another. And since he couldn't resist, while on the base of the LE general he went ahead and turned half the guard staff against the other half by convincing them there was a traitor in their midst. Didn't even have to roll a bluff check on that one since there totally was. And most recently settled a dispute over 50 gold by polymorphing the other person into a turtle and making it the party mascot. Going to use the gold he got from that to get a druid cast "Awaken" so he can be sure his new friend is 'enjoying' every moment of his new life.

But nicest guy in the world. Totally friendly, talkative, and always quick with a kind word. Has a sort of obnoxious love of puns; just about the only trait I share with him (I hope). No tragic back story. Actually had a pretty good life, idyllic small town, lots of friends, close with his family . . . well, except the ones he framed for murder anyway.

I think the best way to play evil for fun is to remember that being evil isn't about always being evil all the time. It doesn't mean you have to be an anti-social jerk. In fact, it helps if you're not. Be a villain with good publicity.

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Firstly, why do people assume every Nader vote would've gone to Gore? For that matter, if Gore was so worried about it, maybe he could've made some concessions to the progressive wing of the party the way the Democrats have moved further to the right after every failed (and victorious) election of the past 20 years.

Scott Betts wrote:


  • that support or opposition to abortion rights doesn't matter to you

Granted, abortion rights are a major difference between the two candidates. (Not so much the parties as there are plenty of Blue Dog Democrats who are just horrible when it comes to women's reproductive rights.)

Quote:
  • that support or opposition to campaign finance reform doesn't matter to you
  • that the minimum wage doesn't matter to you
  • that the way government taxes small businesses doesn't matter to you
  • that how we approach strong economic rivals like China doesn't matter to you
  • that support or opposition to union rights doesn't matter to you
  • This is where Democrats have the weakest argument. Obama has embraced SuperPACs, and no Democratic candidate has taken a hardline stance on the minimum wage, and Obama lackeys like Rahm Emmanuel have shown exactly how much Democrats care about unions. Democrats and unions are in an abusive relationship wherein the Democrats mistreat and ignore unions and cow them back into submission about what will happen if they leave.

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  • that support or opposition to women's workplace rights doesn't matter to you
  • Granted.

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  • that how the country deals with criminals doesn't matter to you
  • that support or opposition to curtailing defense spending doesn't matter to you
  • etc.
  • How many Wall St Criminals have been persecuted by the Obama Administration? How much reform have the Democrats pushed to empty our prisons of nonviolent offenders and end the whole sale privatization of prison system? Clinton and Obama both increased defense spending, and Obama's plan will increase defense spending AGAIN. Meanwhile, the Democrats are parroting plans the Republicans offered in the 1990's.

    These things matter very much to me. Which is why I don't vote for two major parties that have made it very clear it doesn't matter to them.

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    Loot the body!

    Cheliax

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    meatrace wrote:
    Irontruth wrote:
    I don't think the Rebecca Watson/Richard Dawkins incident is necessarily all that important in the grand scheme of things. Rather that a lot of the surrounding comments and vitriol are indicative of the level of sexism that still exists within atheist groups and society in general. So I can understand a desire to split from some of the established groups and forge an identity that is both atheist and feminist.

    I spend most of my shift today furtively reading articles about "elevatorgate" on my iPhone but couldn't find any examples of sexist remarks aimed at this woman. I don't consider "the guy just talked to you, I think you're overreacting" to be misogynistic in tone.

    I'm about 1000% behind Dawkins on this one. Especially the trollish tone.

    I agree with Dawkins essentially (The guy was tone deaf, certainly, but hardly misogynistic and saying so doesn't make you misogynistic) but two things bother me:

    1) Comparing it to Muslim women. Yes, what happens to them is horrible, but that kind of equivocation is a logical fallacy. Dawkins should know better.

    2) Does he really have nothing better to do than participate in a flame war on the internet?

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    Irontruth wrote:
    A Man In Black wrote:
    Irontruth wrote:
    Sexism is still an issue within the atheist community. Look at how something that shouldn't have been an issue exploded just last year...
    For the love of all that's good and reasonable, do not link Conservapedia. It is the worst.
    If there's a factual error in the facts of the incident, feel free to point them out. I'm not a fan of the site either, but they had an relatively accurate and concise summary of the incident. So if your only problem is the domain name, stfu.

    I don't think that's a good reason for someone to stfu. I don't know about Elevatorgate, so I can't tell you the factual errors in the story. But I can tell you a site like Conservapedia (which I do know still includes several debunked or wholly made-up statistics on its main atheism page) has no credibility. Knowing that, I didn't bother to read the article. You might as well make an argument about the Trevor Martin case by linking to the Klan's website for all the interest Conservapedia has in telling the truth about a prominent atheist.

    As far as the atheist+ movement is concerned, I'm not surprised, but I don't think it's going to gain a whole lot of steam. Like somebody already said, it's pretty much like herding cats in the first place, and I think the majority of us will see it as a No True Scotsman fallacy (That's just speculation on my part, of course) and have no problem identifying ourselves as atheists whether or not some sexist jerks call themselves the same.

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    Abandoned Arts wrote:
    I guess what I'm getting at is - you probably wouldn't make a point of specifying that you were "Teaching Pathfinder to a Gorgeous Guy" - even if that's what you were doing - because the gender and appearance of the "noob" in question generally don't seem to matter within the confines of our beloved hobby unless the aforementioned "noob" happens to be a lady.

    This is actually kind of genius. Gentlemen, I think we have finally found a way to attract more women to our hobby. Would any of you qualify as 'gorgeous' and consider partial nudity for a series of YouTube videos?

    C'mon? Anybody? OK, not even gorgeous . . . just, like, slightly better looking than Seth Rogen?

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    Since this is just saying our political beliefs without arguing or defending them, I'll just post the basics.

    I'm Pro-Choice, 100%, all the time. Abortions should be legal and federally funded. I believe all men should be pro-choice by default. If you don't have a uterus, you don't get a say. Period.

    The government needs to get out of marriage altogether. I feel that encouraging a lifestyle choice is discriminatory, and it's unfair that as somebody uninterested in being married there are several tax incentives and programs that are denied me because I'm not choosing the 'appropriate' path. That being said, it's unrealistic, and if the government insists on endorsing marriage, the denial of equal rights to gays is unconscionable.

    The banks should not have been bailed out. The management should've been fired, the top executives jailed, and the banks nationalized. Iceland is a great model for this.

    I support Universal Health Care.

    Undocumented immigrants should have the same rights as full citizens, with advocates and the ability to sue for equitable compensation and benefits. Companies should still be punished for hiring them. Remove all incentive to hire, while still providing penalties, and boom, immigration problem solved.

    I believe in a steeply progressive tax system in which the first $20,000 of all income is untaxed, with several tiers up to a top marginal rate of 90%. Capital gains would be taxed as income.

    Eliminate the current system and replace it with a Parliamentary style government that provides proportional representation. Publicly financed elections with all private funding banned.

    We need to stop the preferential treatment of religion. Tax the churches, only established scientific fact should be taught in public schools, and a completely secular government that does not endorse or fund religious establishments in any way. But people should be free to practice their faith individually.

    Abolish the death penalty. Rationally, it is expensive and an ineffective deterrent. Ethically, you don't compensate for murder by making murderers of us all.

    Scrap NDAA, the Patriot Act . . . bah, I'm not even going to bother listing them all here. You know the bogeymen every civil libertarian is going to put in their cross-hairs; just fill in the list yourself.

    Cheliax

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    Nepherti wrote:
    I don't like the idea of fantasy armor. That rule people seem to follow where the less armor it covers on a woman, the higher the AC bonus. I can't stand that pic of the Barbarian in the CRB.

    While I agree in principal, I disagree about your specific example. Bikini Mail is horrible, stupid, and sexist. But Barbarians are supposed to be lightly armored bruisers who take the hits and keep going in. Having your armor eat the blow is for Paladins, Fighters, and Cavaliers (you know, wimps) --- but not the barbarian.

    I think too often, since Bikini Mail is such a common and overused trope, people look for it in every instance of a female character and chafe if she has an ounce of skin showing. Sometimes it makes sense. Conan, the quintessential barbarian, wore a loincloth for chrissakes! Comparatively Amiri is dressed like a nun. It fits her, much like Seelah's cover-all full-plate fits her character.

    I still can't come up with a decent justification for Seoni, though. That's plain ol' cheesecake.

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    dbass wrote:
    Kryzbyn wrote:

    No one trusts the media at large anymore. They hold less sway than ever. And those that still do somewhat, according to ratings, are watching Fox News.

    The truth is the media is biased. Period. FOX is right wing, MSNBC is left wing. It's just the way it is.

    If you want to be educated about politics you have to either 1) listen to both sides of the arguement with an open mind (which usually means listening to multiple news stations and reading lots of articles from CNN...a hastle), or 2) you realize that everyone has an opinion that to them seems valid, and respect that.

    No. I'm sorry, but just no.

    MSNBC is a news organization whose opinion shows skew toward the Democratic. (Liberal my ass. There's no such thing as liberal news on television, unless you have satellite and get Democracy Now.) This is more pronounced since they fired Pat Buchanan, but that guy was quickly devolving into racist old codger territory, and no serious organization would want him.

    FOX is a 24-hour propaganda machine that not only just reports on stories that support their side of the agenda, but make things up whole cloth. It is NOT a fair comparison.

    Just because there are two sides does not mean both are equally valid. If you say the earth revolves around the sun and I say the sun revolves around the earth, it doesn't mean they most likely revolve around one another. It means one person has made their decision according to facts and one has not.

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    Actually there are SEVERAL candidates that are anti-war and pro-Civil Liberties: Jill Stein, Stewart Alexander, and Gary Johnson (even though I have some of the same issues with him as I do Ron Paul) to name a few.

    While some of Ron Paul's ideas are actually good, the basis of his platform is still the sort of deregulation that lead to the financial collapse in the first place. How anybody can look at what happened and say, "That's what we need: less regulation!" boggles the mind. And he advocates a return to the Gold Standard, which which history has shown to be a fool's errand.

    Paul, for that matter, is still a conservative hardliner on women's and gay rights, and has that nasty racism cloud hanging over him. Unlike other Republicans, at least, I would say a lot of Paul support comes from camps of well meaning people who only know a couple of things about him and are not seeing it anywhere else since our two party system effectively shuts down outside voices.

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    I'm not surprised by this at all. Republicans are huge consumers of adult entertainment, despite all their lip-service to the contrary. For instance, you only need look at the preparations Miami's adult venues and escort services made for the Republican National Convention. And the state with the most internet porn consumption? That bastion of social conservatism, Utah. Jameson knows, despite having to play to the political game and claim to stand up for 'traditional values', Republicans will ultimately be good for business, and as a 1%er they'll be good for her tax returns as well.

    Now, why anybody who isn't absurdly wealthy or a religious loon would want a Republican in office is beyond me, but her stance I understand. It's crap, and she and the rest of her ilk can take a long walk off a short cliff, but I understand it.

    Cheliax

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    I'm glad you posted this since I had actually crafted a pretty long post about it in a locked thread. I tend to dislike the idea of having law refer to anything but the laws and customs of the land. It's why I dropped the Lawful Requirement from Monks. I hear all the time about typically 'chaotic' individuals having a personal code they follow, and I think almost all of us do. Even 'If it feels good, do it!' is a personal code and a sort of ethos that will inform the character's actions. I'm only concerned with how that 'code' influences how you will interact with your surrounding world, and define lawful in accordance with that. So this is how I would define it:

    LG - Do what's right within the confines of the law; if law and good conflict, Good supersedes law. But you will exhaust every legal option possible before getting to that point. It's not necessarily 'more' good, but it's usually the most respected since lawful good does everything within the confines of the law and satisfies itself with gradual, lasting change.

    NG - Do what's right. Period. You won't hesitate to break an unjust law, but you will worry more about what good you can do than the underlying order of it all.

    CG - You actively seek to agitate and overturn laws and social orders which harm or denigrate others. It's the difference between, say, helping slaves escape to freedom under cover of darkness, and attacking the slaveholders plantations in broad daylight. Both are breaking the law, but one wants to get away with it, while one wants to engineer immediate upheaval.

    LN - I see this as similar to Lawful Good, but when Law and Good collide, Law wins handily. I often hear this described as the alignment that will, by definition, follow the law WITHOUT QUESTION but that's far more the realm of LE (more on that later). More likely they trust that those in authority know better than they do, or if they're in positions of authority, are willing to make hard choices that trade off lesser evils for greater goods.

    TN - You, me, and just about everybody you know. Will usually commit victimless crimes if they're unnecessary. Will be altruistic to their friends and family, but probably don't do a lot outside of their social circle. Have probably balanced some good deeds and random acts of kindness by also doing thing that were dishonest and selfish, although they regret the latter.

    CN - Flouts the law often and openly. Like CG will try to agitate and upend the system, but are more concerned with the stuff that prevents them from doing what they want than major injustices. This is a small 'l' libertarian (not the political party, just to be super clear) on steroids. Alternative interpretation is, I suppose, somebody with a severe disorder that has a view of society that follows no earthly logic and is completely incomprehensible.

    LE - Two flavors: The person who uses the law to their greatest advantage at the expense of others. Lobbyists are the quintessential example; sure it's not illegal, per se, but it is harmful to large swaths of the population. The second is somebody who follows the law mechanically, without question of wrong or right. LN may not question torture if it gets results, but to be the one doing the torturing, even if the law says it's OK, is an evil act and even a mostly neutral person will be disgusted by it.

    NE - Like TN, but with victims. I needed money, so I robbed somebody. I couldn't have witnesses, so I murdered them. Has done incredibly selfish and dishonest things without regretting it, so long as they got away with it. Every thing a NE person does begins and ends with the question, "How does this benefit me?"

    CE - Hurts others for the sake of hurting others. Can be self-interested, but it's unnecessary for the equation. A NE person is defined by their selfishness, but a CE is defined by their maliciousness. They'll kill, maim, steal, rob, rape, torture unless doing so would be actively detrimental to them. And sometimes even then.

    Cheliax

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    Aretas wrote:
    EntrerisShadow wrote:

    Absolutely, 100% not. First of all, it amazes me that we would even begin to consider expanding the definition of terrorism when we're already reluctant to apply it in appropriate scenarios. (Every time a Christian fundamentalist bombs an abortion clinic or murders a doctor that's an act of terrorism. But you never hear it called that.)

    Secondly, it's bad enough that if one is suspected of terrorism (suspected, mind you) their civil liberties are completely squashed in the name of 'security'. The last thing we need is to expand that definition to start including citizens without ties to political or revolutionary religious organizations.

    We would be much better served by investigating and eliminating the poverty and prison culture that creates gang bangers in the first place, but unfortunately we're far more interested in this country in skipping right to the most asinine, violent solutions possible.

    When is the last time someone bombed an abortion clinic? Or murdered an abortion Doctor? How frequent does that happen?

    Thats is not an honest comparison with the gang violence that kills everyday in Chicago alone.
    I disagree with you but I have enough respect not to call you're solution and analysis asinine.

    Since I posted this just before work and have just now come back to it, I got ninja'd several times on the "pro-life" murderer thing. I feel that's been answered more than adequately.

    But as far as calling it asinine, good for you for being more 'respectful'. I prefer to call a spade a spade. The solution was asinine, and that is about the kindest word I can come up with. (Racist and Fascist sprang to mind.) I'd take it further and say Social Conservatism, and all of its answers, are asinine. It's a 'philosophy' based on a delusional adherence to prejudice and bigotry that dresses itself up in flowery terms like 'traditional values'. It's entirely the province of the dull-witted, the heartless, and the fundamentalist. I have no more respect for a social conservative's "solutions" than I do that of a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist's rantings because they're usually grounded in about the same amount of reality.

    Cheliax

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    Absolutely, 100% not. First of all, it amazes me that we would even begin to consider expanding the definition of terrorism when we're already reluctant to apply it in appropriate scenarios. (Every time a Christian fundamentalist bombs an abortion clinic or murders a doctor that's an act of terrorism. But you never hear it called that.)

    Secondly, it's bad enough that if one is suspected of terrorism (suspected, mind you) their civil liberties are completely squashed in the name of 'security'. The last thing we need is to expand that definition to start including citizens without ties to political or revolutionary religious organizations.

    We would be much better served by investigating and eliminating the poverty and prison culture that creates gang bangers in the first place, but unfortunately we're far more interested in this country in skipping right to the most asinine, violent solutions possible.

    Cheliax

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    Patrick Harris @ SD wrote:
    Cornielius wrote:

    Huh?

    You are looking for rules that would encourage in-character sex so you can give a player character a wasting std?

    Why?

    I suggest you turn in your GM card.

    Back when we still played Star Wars instead of Pathfinder, my Balosar infiltrator got an unfortunate case of Gamorrean gonorrhea from a Twi'lek prostitute. Sometimes that's just where the game goes. Just because our content != your content doesn't mean we're invalidated as players (or, for that matter, GMs).

    QFT. It depends on the group. It's not WrongBadFun just because it wouldn't be your cup of tea.

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