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And that is most certainly not a position which I am expounding.
I said there are no easy answers. Not that there are no answers.
Any solution will be complex, as this problem is complex.
You are making it out to be something simple, which it is most definitely not. It is an immensely complex problem, and will require an equally complex solution - it ain't going to be solved by one person or by one set of policies. It's nice to spout rhetoric about "evil companies" and "wars to see who gets to pollute the most", but that's simply that - rhetoric. It doesn't help anyone with anything.
When did this turn into an environmental discussion?
I'm all in favour of environmental protection, and finding - as you said - new and more efficient niches for energy production. But you yourself cannot pretend you are outside of that system Capt. You are using the internet after all, one of the biggest pollution generators on the planet. (As an example, if the Internet was a country, it would be in the Top 5 polluters in the world).
Yes, people are short-sighted and selfish. But the point is - you cannot stop that man cutting down a tree if he is using that to feed his family. He doesn't care about the environment. He cares about right now... and right now, his family needs money.
Because that discussion isn't just about big evil companies and people not caring about the planet and all that other crap that people spout. Down there in South America, each person that cuts down a tree does it to survive.
As much in favour of population control as I am, you cannot condone the slaughter of billions of people simply because we are too populous.
When it comes down to it, there are no easy answers. You cannot possibly suggest that everyone on earth should stop driving, stop flying planes, stop using the internet. (Stop having electricity, etc). It's not a solution, because of the realities - not of whole countries or groups, but of individuals persons.
Yes, we might be doomed. We might have already totalled our planet beyond repair. But I'll still have hope that we as a species will find solutions to these problems. We will compete with ourselves such that we find ways of living within our means. And maybe... just maybe... one day we'll live long enough explore the stars. :)
See, I found Gary Oldman's argument in that scene to be very compelling - he is right, in a fashion. But that same scene also illustrates the problem - eventually destruction comes for you too.
That being said, I think instead of conflict, one might substitute competition and have the same basic argument without the nuances of violence "conflict" usually implies.
You could adapt Dark Heresy or Rogue Trader to fit this, and they're decent systems in their own right. Is the setting Psychic in any way? Might have to take out the psykers from that list if not.
I think this is the root cause of our disagreement then. For me (at least in this game), winning is telling a good, fun story, preferably full of detail.
That might be an irreconcilable difference in our perspectives. /shrug.
As a note, I'm not condemning your perspective, just pointing out that we want different things from the game, which is completely fine.
My point is, Reviarti /was/ useful there, and did add to the game for some people, added a layer of depth to the storytelling that would not have existed without her. Which is exactly what we seek here, is it not?
I agree that Mind Blank takes away some instant gratification from Divination spells. That I will definitely agree to, but I also think that is a good thing. A good GM will use that to their advantage, helping them to foreshadow, drop hints, etc.
To me, that is much more compelling storytelling than "yup, it's that person."
Uh huh. That's definitely exactly what I said.
Divination can be extremely useful for storytelling. For example, when Reviarti scryed Dark Vai at the crater, she did not have Mind Blank cast, but was instead using her true Invisibility champion power. Yet, Reviarti still could've learned something. I intentionally dropped a hint about her wings, which I know some people were able to use to figure out who the attacker was before I revealed her identity. Reviarti choose to be upset about the assumed Mind Blank, instead of focusing on what information she /could/ glean. Which isn't really Mind Blank's fault.
That's kinda the point - there's a counter to everything. Yes, even Mind Blank.
The real reason why Mind Blank exists is exactly for times like this - divination spells would take away any sense of tension or accomplishment. If we could find Kara, or this serial killer, or Dark Vai with just a quick spell.... where's the storytelling?
Not necessarily, since dispel magic requires a target - that spell does not. That's especially important since Mind Blank is basically the only way to defeat True Seeing and have invisibility spells still be relevant at higher levels. That power gives an option against such foes.
Bigger range would be agreeable though. A level 8 version might do something like 500ft radius, which would be a considerable portion of the school. Not sure on the exact distances obviously, just tossing out numbers.
My favourite sci-fi books will probably always be the Star Wars expanded universe books. The Coreallian Trilogy, the Courtship of Princess Leia, the Suncrusher series, the X-Wing series. Not because of their deep social commentary, or any message that they were trying to send - just because they were fun as hell to read. Maybe because I'm a huge Star Wars nerd (and someone who believes that the prequels have merit, even if they are plagued with issues).
Might be because I generally find fantasy more compelling than sci-fi, and Star Wars has that element of fantasy in it (ie magic, The Force).
Man... I have to go re-read them books now.
Oh that's completely cool with me. I'm just sad that nobody ever debates ethics with Tyrrin, since she's my only character really well equipped for that discussion. ;)
Tyrrin's not even a Good character (Lawful Neutral), so I can see her and Alreenneesha butting heads over it. I look forward to it. :)
That little couplet sprang to mind and I thought it was good enough to share. ;)
I would like to point out something for timelines - Taron may be the only Taron which exists in any timeline, but that doesn't make the people which exist in this timeline any less unique. As has been told to Vai multiple times - she is NOT Dark Vai. They are different people. Apply that broadly, and you could say that every instance of every person in every timeline is a unique person.
Curses, ninja'd by Reviarti.
Naw, it's not Culture tech.
Dragon Empire is closer to Star Wars, but with magic to fill in some of the sci-fi stuff.
Basically, they have laser weapons, datapads, but cybernetics is much less common/more expensive, and definitely nothing as advanced as a Neural Lace, for example.
Orbital bombardment is their typical MO, and would be the worst fear for Agartha.
Sadly I think the Gem planets already all have histories and such.
Also, being primitive doesn't really matter to the Empire, they'll indoctrinate if they want to. Belsayv has been spared thus far because there's not much of use on it compared to other things. It's low priority, but it'll get hit eventually.
Re: The discussion of keeping track of things:
Sometimes I feel as though people are not aware of how powerful the tools available on these forums. You can literally search each alias individually (both yours and other people's), you can search each thread on it's own. It's pretty easy to find any section in the backlogs quickly if you have a vague idea what you're looking for.
Beyond just that, you can go into anyone's alias and look at the most recent posts. It's really easy to look things up, and usually only takes like 20-30 seconds to find a post.
I'm not sure if people know that these are options or if they just can't be assed most of the time.
If you aren't sure if a post of yours has been replied to, just go to the most recent post on that alias and start reading. If it's only been a page or two of gameplay, that doesn't take long at all.
Once again, I pity Fieri. I would've suggest a C-section, but I know of your experiences with those, so not gonna happen. ;)
But yes that pretty much solved everything for me.
Just to give a tally for this, I believe the ones remaining are Vickory, Yrrin, MG's Mysterious Stranger (assuming he has come along and even possibility introduced himself at some point maybe?), and Sadie.