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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
What I want is for giant robot fights to be something visable. The middle of the night filming to cut CGI budget sucks. The super fast camera pans to cut CGI budget sucks. I want to SEE the fight in all it's splendor, not see enough that my imagination connects the dots.
I sometime see a poster and recognize them from past posts or if I like something they posted I go into their profile and check out some of their older posts to see how long they have been on the boards or what other cool stuff they may have posted....I don't see that as stalking. Stalking would be more like "I know you recently purchased the Beginners Box, want to get together at "someplace local to you" and get a game going?" That would be stalker to me....or knowing my online habits beyond Paizo that I haven't shared.
Took the kids to see Guardians of the Galaxy, or Sci-fi D&D...the characters came together well, their was good, campy humor and the story was interesting. It was D&D in space to me. You had fighter, cleric, barbarian, expert/rogue, and "arcane blaster/tech guru". BBEG(s) had uber-detructive "magic" and tons of "undead" minions. Heck make him a mummy-lord or lich with ghouls or wights for minions and an artifact of power......
My point is that if the D&D movie was a reskin of something like that it would work easily. The problem is that no body really sees the D&D license as a seriously profitable thing. How the heck Guardians managed to get funding and development is a mystery to me. So many other more serious and well-known franchises would be more obvious to pick but somehow the money and time went into Guardians and the movie was great. I was impressed with how many of the actors from Guardians I recognized considering how far down on the list of Comic Book franchises it was before the movie. You can almost guarantee that there are gonna be sequels that are gonna make HUGE amounts of money and has drawn in a much wider audience than Guardians had as a comic. Imagine a D&D movie that was as good and did as well in theatres.
It is easy to grab the ricasso, as BigNorseWolf points out, and use the pointy end to poke people, and this is part of how to use a greatsword, or a claymore, in combat. What should be addressed is how space would limit a weapon to being used in certain manners that could limit the type of damage done by a weapon. For example, a greatsword might realistically be limited to piercing damage in narrow confining areas....this opens a whole other can of worms with weapons doing different types of damage then those listed (I poke with the pointy end. I smash with the end of the handle) and rules to govern their usage that would slow the game down.Sometimes you have to sacrifice realism a bit to keep the rules from overwhelming the game. You could certainly houserule something like different type of damage and how, when, where they would be used and at what penalties but it doesn't seem necessary unless your group wants the added complication and realism.
Ken Pawlik wrote:
Have you considered just letting them sleep around? Is it wrecking your plot that your heroes aren't a bunch of Lawful Virgins?
This. If it isn't harming the story what is the issue? Some people play roleplaying games to play a role they wouldn't usually have an opportunity to play...such as promiscuity, super-skillful, powerful swordsman, master of magic, psycho dwarf...why is this one bad-wrong fun?
I really like the look of the rules so far (Starter box and the Basic Rules PDF) and will be purchasing the PHB soon....kinda pissy about a $50 price tag for just a PHB. I feel that is too much. $35-$40 I could've seen but $50 just seem like a gouge and a price that will make it hard for the younger crowd to get into. What 12-13 year old is running around with $50 for a PHB, $50 more for a DMG, and then has to figure out what to do about monsters for his game.....$100 and no monsters or adventures seem like a bad price point to start out.
Things I would like but seem far too easy to cobble together on my own:
You have a boyfriend who lashes out at you yelling when you question a ruling that has just been brought up, didn't enjoy the game as a player, is power-tripping as a DM and refuses to even discuss his rulings in a co-op game.
Lose him as a DM. Lose him as a player. Lose him as a boyfriend. You seem to make excuses for him yelling, disrespectfulness and rudeness towards you and that isn't giving you equal footing in this relationship. 10 years from now you will be saying when someone asks how you broke your arm "I shouldn't have made him mad, it's my fault for pushing his buttons".
Run. Don't look back. A creative gamer chick is a good thing to find and all women should be treated with respect in all situations.
And I believe that to a degree. I also believe that a community that is raising it's children with no respect for authority, a general hate and mistrust for white people, and little respect for the people around them could also be an issue here.We have no evidence that either is happening or happened in this instance but the people defending the protesting and such with no evidence of racism or inappropriate response are yelling "white devil"....
Yup, this is has become a "all cops are racist pigs" thread crying about how being black is being a victim. The blacks I know are far different from this breed of cop-hating, poor because whitey-makes me so that is taking everything said to the contrary as a racist white point of view. They are fun, cool people who have ordinary interactions within society. We joke at PTA meetings, laugh at movies, roll dice and share stories of our kids....they also don't hate white cops, or white people in general.
You all do know that Evil Racist Cop isn't the majority of cops, right? And Evil, Racist DA? And Evil, Racist Jury and Judge?
ON the topic of guns, OTHER nations have control over the crime in their nations but do not have their police regularly carry firearms. If they are able to protect themselves and control crime without firearms...which is that such a hard thing in the US?
Second Amendment. Other nations control their guns and while that isn't 100% effective at keeping them out of the public's hands it cuts down the number of illegal guns down by a huge degree. The US has millions of guns in private citizens hands. Criminals can get them easily here, whether they are stolen by some other criminal, obtained legally by a person who hasn't gotten a Felony charge but either wants to make money selling them to others illegally or start doing worse crimes himself....there are tons of ways that criminals get them.Disarming cops would make it open-season on the police in the US. I wouldn't be surprised if it happened and within days there were entire cities that no longer had a police force due to officers getting slaughtered in the streets and the rest quitting in fear for their lives.
If the dude attacked an officer he was a danger. If he then tried to re-attack the officer why does he need protection? I would feel good knowing that a dude who robbed a store and attempted to overpower a cop in my neighborhood was no longer around. That would be me feeling protected by the police. If he really did those things is still yet to be determined but that isn't determined by a riot or discussions on how much damage an unarmed man can do. Hopefully it is determined by a fair court.
Yeah, sorry Exception to the Rule. I should have said "most" instead of making a general statement that is only mostly true.
Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
Or maybe THAT'S what people want you to think.....see I can do that too.
As I said, there are witnesses backing up both versions of the story.
That police department recently got in vest cameras and vehicle cameras and supposedly haven't had them installed yet but it was happening soon. Supposedly. I don't know how true that is or if the department is trying to shine us with "yeah we got them (a year ago!), just haven't gotten them installed yet (and don't plan to!) it's on our to-do list".
Real eyewitnesses? I know there are some but we don't know who is one right now.
Have you not heard of the Knock-out game? Walk up punch a dude and knock him out. A handful of people have died from that recently. The idea that a 6'4" 290 lb dude would "take a while" to beat someone to death is ridiculous. Supposedly this incident was the officer getting ready to exit his vehicle to talk to the dude when the dude shoved him back into his seat and punched him repeatedly through his window. Officer was supposedly knocked silly and dude went walking away. Officer regained his senses and supposedly exited the vehicle with gun drawn and yelled for the dude to freeze. Dude supposedly raised his hands and turned around saying "Whatcha gonna do? Shoot me?" then charged at the officer thinking to surprise and overwhelm him. Officer fires upon the dude.IF that is what happened then there is justification for the cop's actions. Witnesses back up this version.
But witnesses back up the other version(s) also....
Democrat, Republican, Tea Party, etc.....just different corporate shills. Voting is just pick-you-own-flavor of evil. That is a revolt for another time.
Paul Watson wrote:
So, FH, when is the right time to use a taser? Apparently it's not when being attacked by unarmed peple if they're too big. It's obviously not for confronting armed people. So when should a taser be used, in your expert opinion? What body mass index is it acceptable to use it on and how should the police evaluate this at the time?
A taser is an undependable item for use in law-enforcement, not only from the POV that they are not as effective as people think but also in that they can cause fatalities which lead to "he shocked the poor unarmed boy to death!" riots. They shouldn't be used by law enforcement IMO and in the opinions of a good number of law-enforcement agents.
Yeah, thanks for making me have a pretty foolish pasttime while you do the same exact thing and are somehow not foolish but just idly speculating. You are speculating but anyone else that disagrees with your speculation is a fool? Nice.
A huge unarmed man....why does the officer need to put his life in jeopardy? I have seen tazer demos done using a police tazer where the dude shocked resisted it, especially the ones that shoot out the wires with prongs at the perpetrator. Why doesn't a cop have a right to protect himself so he can go home at night? Shoot, cops would die at alarming rates only armed with non-lethal means.I wouldn't want to make the choice between gun and night stick with someone as big as that dude and find out that night stick wasn't enough....as I am choked to death, pummeled with my own nightstick, or have my neck snapped by someone who outweighs me, outmuscles me and has a violent end in mind for me.
I wouldn't want my family to find out that I made that wrong decision either.
There are a few roguelikes for android that I find amusing and a bit of a throwback to 8-bit stuff:
The thing that casts doubt in my mind about him kneeling with hands in the air is that he had 4 bullet hits to his arms.....that's either really bad aim or he had his arms down shielding himself...which means he wasn't shot while his hands were in the air as "witnesses" claim. There was also no mention of gunpowder residue on him except that the clothing hadn't been examined....if you shoot someone in the top of the head you would have to be really close to them, which would leave residue on his head.
I don't like my children asking why that man has his entire butt sticking out showing off his underwear and not getting in trouble.
There is a difference between civil disobedience and a legal protest, yet you guys refuse to see that there is a difference. The police are responding to people who are violating the law, not peaceful protesters. Once the protest becomes disorderly, and starts turning into a mob-mentality the police have tried to peacefully stop it by trying to get the crowds to disperse....this is met with the crowd getting even more rowdy and then the police take the next step, followed by the crowd, etc.... These aren't peaceful, innocent protesters being gassed they are a group of people that has become too disorderly and angry and are progressing into violence being told to disperse and go home by police trying to protect the general public and then the protesters continue upping the response. Grab some signs and march in front of the courthouse. Don't lob bottles and other nonsense at officers trying to keep a mob from becoming violent.
Which one is more believable. One has a couple friends of the 4 time felon saying "he didn't do anything" and the other has a couple people who don't know the officer or the 4 time felon who say they saw him come at the cop.
It shouldn't involve destroying other private citizen's property or businesses. If you are demonstrating against the police/government then why are you stealing TVs from Old Man Harry's store?
I understand revolt and revolution but there is no cause here in my eyes for it and this is all an excuse to loot and pillage under the guise of racial hatred and tensions.
You are when you do it in certain areas that impede roadways and such...
It is only getting attention because the journalists found a small story where the 2 players in the story were one living white guy and one dead black guy. Each journalist embellished it to appeal to whatever political/racial/moral side they are on and unleashed it to the ignorant masses who ate it up, got riled up and now spew it out in all it's violent, vomitous glory. If skewed journalistic overreaction hadn't occurred, anger levels wouldn't have elevated to this point....but then the journalists wouldn't have the extra news to cover and feed us.
So I guess that protesting happens after dark always...cause that's the only time I have seen video of gas and smoke and all the other stuff going on....
Yeah, we should definitely just ramp down the police so the lawless people eventually get tired of looting and vandalizing the area and go away....I would hate to be a person living in the area as the criminal element sees the police backing down and decides to start targeting houses and whites. If the Police back down you may as give the city to the criminals and the person making that decision will have every drop of innocent blood on his conscience. Innocent blood is harder to clean off than the blood of a criminal.
I would like to have a base party that I create of between 3 and 4 characters and then have 2 or 3 party spots left for npcs to join. Also I think that I want full control over the NPC's inventory and leveling but that they should have in-story reasons for leaving the party at some point to continue on their own story, to be soon replaced by another NPC that either is met soon, was met in the past, or maybe a hireling/mercenary, or something like that. I don't want only one PC that I create. I also don't only want to only be able to have one NPC in the party.I could see the NPC needing to breakoff from the party at some point due to needing to report recent events to his Church/Guild/Company/Commander/King, or to find something that the party could use at a later date to help prevent event X from happening (possibly rejoining the party to accomplish that) or dangerous events uncovered could directly effect the NPC's family/village/pet space hamster and he needs to go protect them while the party continues the quest....
Freehold DM wrote:
I'd like to see the hard evidence of gunfire at police along with the hard evidence of two dozen police cars being burned/destroyed along with the hard evidence of molotov cocktails. No statements to press or pictures, I'm talking a live feed. The Ferguson pd has lost all credibility with me, they are relying too heavily on their word as police officers and not providing anything else. I trust them about as much as I trust a politician.
This. We get better footage from Iraq and Isreal than we are getting from Ferguson.Incidentally I believe the cop was justified in the shooting but that the response from both sides is unacceptable. Looting and rioting isn't how you protest. Throwing things at the police isn't how you protest. Police taking a hardline and helping escalate the tension isn't how you handle a protest either but when violence escalates on one side and the other's reaction is to up the ante you are only going to keep increasing the level of escalation. Someone needs to step back and reign in the violence.
Jesse and Al are gonna be here to help get everyone rational soon....
Do you have a link, my google-fu is lacking and I can't find anything on it....
Just thought I would toss this here:
Going through the list reminded me of some games I really liked, like Dungeon Hack which was basically a randomly generated dungeon crawl in the Eye of the Beholder III style of play. It was different every time but the lack of a good story left it as nothing more than a mindless crawl. I would love to see randomly generated dungeons with set goals and targets within them to help with replay value on the game.
I remember playing Menzoberranzan but I really don't have any impressions from the game left on me....anyone have any thoughts on that game? I wish I could remember it besides just knowing that I played it....
Funny! I like the pairing also...I hope it ends up in a glut of games based on Pathfinder, like SSI did with D&D in the 80s. There were a bunch of games of different types, I just hope for better quality than some of SSI's offerings...
I would like to see turn-based combat also, like Temple of Elemental Evil, but I envision a twist: after combat having the option to see a clip of combat in a real-time format using the choices you made during the turn-based combat....sort of a cinematic view of the combat afterwards.
Another option I wouldn't mind is something like the Elder Scrolls series of games. I enjoy the open gameplay and first person perspective for that series and would love to see Golorian from that viewpoint....
For other game ideas I am just going to list some games that I loved from the past:
I will post more as the ideas come but those are my major thoughts.
So if you threw the smoke bomb on the surprise round, then everyone is in initiative, did your rogue get to go first after the surprise round? Because if the group you were ambushing had a lower initiative than you then you would have gotten to attack them while they are flat-footed still...if the smoke bomb isn't a problem with getting off a sneak attack.
Bah, haters are gonna hate. He listed games he thought were crap, but meanwhile their predecessors (KOTOR, NWN, Fallout, etc) are some of the best games in their genre and have sold a butt-ton of copies. The exposure that Pathfinder would potentially gain from such a game is something to look forward to also. Having a very well-known name in gaming make a video game from your IP is going to be a great thing....even if haters keep hating.