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Scythia wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
When you ask the depressed patient about suicidal ideation and planning, he looks into the floor, takes a long time answering and says "No. I just want to go home."

If that's all, then I have no reason to stop them. I certainly don't have any justification to forcibly medicate in that scenario. I don't begin with the assumption that the person is suicidal, and nothing you've added has shown me otherwise. What would I do, call the psych unit and say "I've got a patient who's not showing any signs of being suicidal, but they're severely depressed. We'd better involuntarily commit them for 72 hour observation and medication." ?

It's not perfect, but it's far better (in my opinion) than taking away a person's choice, and treating them as incapable. If you treat someone as though that are incapable, you encourage them to be incapable. Not all, or even most if the statistics are any indication, of the people with depression are incapable. I have no reason to believe this is not also true of the subset that has severe depression.

Is it worth it to forcibly violate the will of many, risking their minds and bodies, to save a few?

Not to mention that you might teach them that hospitals are places to be avoided. If I was held against my will for 3 days, then billed for it, I wouldn't want to chance a repeat performance.


I've just started watching a old classic, Rose of Versailles.

On a semi-related note, what are the anime theme songs you guys like the most? The ones you actually enjoy listening to even if not watching the show?

My big 3 are..

Born, the opening themse from Le Chevalier D'Eon.

Raison D'etre, the opening theme from Claymore (and my wife's personal favorite anime so far).

And at the top Sea of Miracles, the opening theme from Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight. One of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard in any language, and as an added bonus, I can imagine it being performed without any changes in the world of the show.


I think part of the problem here in the U.S. is that we tend to see any disorder as a magic bullet that explains all childhood problems and hope that some miracle pill will make them all normal (often meaning that they stop acting like children). When I went to school any problems got you listed as 'emotionally disturbed' and if possible, put on stuff like Haldol (which transformed me from a hyperactive kid to one who couldn't stay awake during class), before that all problems seemed to be blamed on dyslexia, right around when I got out was when ADD and ADHD started becoming the solution, and now I can't help but think autism is becoming the magic answer.

There are certainly kids who have all those problems (I've even met some) and absolutely need medication, but having been caught in the tendency to throw a pill at the issue has given me serious doubt in the reported numbers. Medication may certainly be the answer for some, but it shouldn't be treated as a one-size-fits-all solution.


I watched the first episode of Fairy Tale and just couldn't get into it. I don't mind some silliness in my anime, but I don't like it when it seems to be the entire point.


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Or to coin a meme, "Why not both?"


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Buri wrote:

I think the folks in this thread are too caught up on PDFs. When you're talking about digital distribution, there are so many more options and many of them better than PDFs. The ebook format, for example, is better at publishing book-like material than them with even more device support. But even then, these are just two of many formats.

Have a read...

Beyond the device formats, since a myriad of devices have browsers in them, you can even do away with specific formats altogether. So, the point I'm trying to make, is to not preach PDFs as the One True Way and anyone who doesn't do it is doomed. That's incredibly short sighted and ignorant of the technology and business landscapes.

I can't speak for anyone else, but for me the important part is the digital end. The specific format is negotiable, as long as the wait isn't too long.


GoatToucher wrote:
Let a comic retailer take all the Marvel or DC comics off the shelf. See how long they last. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

To be fair that was done by a couple big-box bookstores, who at the time could absorb a the hit better than a comic shop. Of course, nowadays they don't have that kind of wiggle room either.


Just finished watching Gargantia on the Verdous Planet myself. I highly recommend it.

Now starting Trinity Blood.


GoatToucher wrote:
Experience with businesses in general teaches us that large companies run by rich men (men proven to have made money in the past) with investments in the status quo (policies proven to have made money in the past) are not always quick to pick up on the new trends of digital media. One might look to the larger producers of comics for evidence. They have long been losing readership, and are undoubtedly missing out on income from digital distribution, yet they persist in the same old techniques because they are fearful of piracy that, we have already established, is going on anyway.

With comics part of the issue is the pushback from the retailers. They have tried to do same-day digital sales at a slightly lower price point only to have retailers pull everything from that publisher off the shelves in retaliation.

Which, now that I think of it, might be part of the reason Wizards/Hasbro is reluctant (so far) to sell digital content. They might be worried about angering the retailers.


Diffan wrote:
I really like the Dungeon Dragon online subscription. To be able to easily reference ANY magazine, article, adventure, monster, item whatever in just a few seconds AND not take up a full shelf.and a half of space is awesome.

Some people prefer to pay for something once and own it forever rather than pay for monthly access. I don't mind the second, but the amount of content I need to be willing to do so is more than a couple of monthly magazines.


Adjule wrote:

I don't see them changing it. It will always be "If it has green skin, it gets dead". Don't get me wrong, I hate the whole enemy race thing too and wish it would go away. But when it comes to the default, they will always be there. Orcs, goblinoids, gnolls, ogres, trolls, giants... basically anything that isn't human with a different size (elves are tall thin humans with pointy ears, dwarves are short wide humans with beards, halflings are even shorter humans with pointy ears, and gnomes are super short humans). Notice how the only good orc is when it is mixed with human.

And do you have a link to Rich Burlew's explanations? Curious what he says. Also, one of the reasons I loved Eberron as a setting is because of the lack of uniform alignment and enemy races. He had LG red dragons, NE silver dragons, an actual nation of "monsters", and so on. I have no problem with the alignment system. I do have one when it defines an entire species (all orcs are CE, all dragons of a certain color are a certain alignment, etc). The only time I agree with the entire race = a single alignment is outsiders like celestials, demons, and such.

And if I remember correctly, 4th edition just made paladins Good, while 5th makes them anything. Either way, both are steps in the right direction.

Orcs and goblins being 'always evil' is a Tolkienism, although he at least had a plausible explanation for it.


Aranna wrote:
Dubs may not equal ruined in every case but often they get horrible voice actors and lose all the emotional content of the acting. Subs are reliably much better.

That I can understand, but too many of the sub-purists come across as treating dubbing as badwrongfun that should not be available to anyone. To me they come across as Firefly's browncoats or the all-too-common stereotype of the country music fan (with the attitude of anything other than country is crappy noise pollution) which actually turns me off of the very thing they are so insistent upon promoting.

My best friend is dyslexic and really can't watch subtitled stuff effectively, he can watch either the dialogue or the animation, but not both. My wife has a serious crosseye, and has lesser (but similar) problems herself. I tend to zone out when reading so I will always find the dub preferable unless the voice acting is so terrible it comes across as completely flat (unless the character is supposed to be that way of course). That being in addition to the two people I watch anime with being unable to really gain anything from subtitled stuff.


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Sharoth wrote:

Sword Art Online was a fun and enjoyable series. Now to (im)patiently wait for season 2 to come out on Netflix.

Sadly, Attack on Titan will be not watched for a while. It is subtitled and not dubbed.

Always nice to meet another person who isn't on the 'dub equals ruined' hipster bandwagon.


zapbib wrote:
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I join the Q-Q-Qism by agreeing with everyone's disappointment, but i think what paizo wants to dodge here are TWF-Dex to damage builds. Paizo just needs to make the feat to Dex-to-Dmg able to light weapons but not let them TWF, or give the damage just to the main attacks and not the off-hand. i don't know, maybe is my thing, but i really hate the fact that Slashing Grace is meant to be a Swashbuckler's feat (even though kensai can make it work) then why not make it a class ability? feats are meant to be open for any class, and i don't think of a single Swashbuckler build atm that don't get Slashing grace or Fencing grace.

And I will join the endless litany of repeating that they didn't even stop TWF-dex since sawtooth saber are a thing. Really the only more powerful option they stopped is TWF kukri, every other light weapons combinations seems weaker or equal.

And with all that, the iconic one dagger in a hand, a sword in the other (or wakisashi and katana) is still a really useless build.

I think a large part of that is the plethora of 'improve how you fight with this single weapon feats', making two weapon combat with anything other than a matched set of the same weapon an impossible hill to climb. First you have the incredibly high investment of two weapon combat, then you need to double up any weapon based feats on top of it. It's probably easier to build an effective character using two bastard swords than one who uses a sword and dagger combo.


TOZ wrote:
Gambit wrote:
Which is funny, because in 5E this isnt even a feat, just a natural property attached to some weapons.
As it should be.

What? Using a martial weapon in the manner it was designed for? Sacrilege I tell you!


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I think it has been stated that Aang died young due to the distress of being frozen for 100 years.


I'm planning on playing a Daring Champion Cavalier in an upcoming game and I was wondering if anyone knows of a 3PP order that has a decent swashbuckler feel to it.


Cyrad wrote:
Deadmanwalking wrote:
Cyrad wrote:
The whole point of the swashbuckler is a class that allows many tactical decisions for melee combat.
I'm not entirely sure that's true, but if you want it to be, I don't think Saves are the place to put that tactical decision making. Too high-stakes to gamble with. Anyone with actual good tactical instincts will always use the Save-Booster on Saves they're at all worried about rather than doing anything else, since failing a Save is so potentially awful.

That's what makes Charmed Life perfect as a reactionary ability. Saving against effects are definitely the sort of thing that captures the imagination of a character that uses cunning, luck, and wit to defy the odds. That's much more fun than a passive bonus, which I argue is more important.

I believe the class is all about tactical melee combat, because the entire class's kit involves damage bonuses and deeds, a class feature designed to enable active tactical maneuvers and decisions.

One should not have to choose between doing cool things or risking being taken out of combat entirely based on not having awesome save dice. And, as has been mentioned before, poison saves are never really once per turn, but are forced in bunches. Charmed life as is ends up being pretty useless in that situation.


Deadmanwalking wrote:

Grey Lensman wrote:

I might consider adding a feat for an additional Charmed Life benefit. After all, Extra Hex, Extra Rage Power, and several other similar items already exist for other classes.

Yeah, that's a viable choice. Though a few more options might be good if planning on doing that.

That might also make a two level dip in Swashbuckler too good, since the bonuses aren't actually level based. You might want to put some sort of level-based limitation on them if going that route (ie: go with "add your Swashbuckler level up to a maximum of your Charisma modifier" instead of just "add your Charisma modifier").

Or perhaps no more benefits are allowed than 1/2 swashbuckler level?


I like that one too. I might consider adding a feat for an additional Charmed Life benefit. After all, Extra Hex, Extra Rage Power, and several other similar items already exist for other classes.


Set wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:
Looks like they're bringing in another super-powered villain next season, namely the Absorbing Man.
Cool. He's got great powers. People who turn into metal, wood, bone, stone, gas, liquid, energy, etc. have always been some of my favorites. Such a great and versatile powerset! Also nicely visually dynamic, for on-screen appearances.

I'm always going to think of his Oops! moment in Avengers EMH where he absorbed Mjolnir. It seemed like a good idea at the time, until he was shown that he doesn't control the hammer, Thor does....


Lord Snow wrote:
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If the writers embrace their immunity-from-cancellation, it's possible that some good episodes could come out of that, as they could throw formula to the wind and do something shocking, like bury their lead, the massive sucking void of personality that is Coulson, who they have to tell us is so terribly cool and we must love at least three times an episode, in case viewers begin to wonder why he's so 'popular' (in the way that Hannah Montana was popular, because Disney said she was over and over and over), when he actually hasn't ever been cool (or even mildly interesting or witty), on-screen.
I don't know, dude. I started watching the show because of Coulson, without any prior knowledge about him from the comics or anything like that. He's kinda neat. I like that he is understated, that he is a fan of vintage and superheroes, and that he just seems so... nice. While still being an action hero. I'm all for that.

Coulson only exists in the comics because of the movies. He didn't make it in until after he died during The Avengers.

I started watching because of Coulson as well. He was the only main character anyone knew before tuning in, after all.


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Alexander Augunas wrote:

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Daring Champion is more attractive than Swashbuckler or Cavalier to me.

Them getting precise strike deed is the problem. I'm crossing my fingers that this deed will be errata'd off their list.

I still think the problem is with the Swashbuckler rather than the Daring Champion.


Jaelithe wrote:

Better to have such equipment on the chance that deploying it becomes necessary, than to simply say, "No, it sends the wrong message." Simple possession doesn't do so. (As a matter of fact, just the opposite.) Inappropriate use, however, does.

Having the stuff in storage and pulling it out periodically to maintain it and make certain your personnel can employ it with proficiency is simply prudent. Should it ever be used in response to what's clearly understood as civil disobedience? Of course not. But don't tell me that it mightn't come in extremely handy in certain appropriate instances.

If civilian authorities demonstrate, however, that they can't employ restraint and common sense in utilizing materiel at their disposal, it should be confiscated or never distributed in the first place.

I agree with this. Whipping out the heavy equipment and unleashing the SWAT teams for raids on a crime kingpin's lair, or dealing with hostage situations is something I understand and can get behind. Using that same stuff to check for underage drinking at the local bar or to break up someone's weekly poker game should result in a whole lot of people no longer having badges.


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In a democracy the population is supposed to be in control, not under it.


A sword and dagger using swashbuckler or swashbuckler-style archetype is what I want to see.


Suichimo wrote:
Grey Lensman wrote:
Suichimo wrote:
No idea why, considering we now have three 3/4 BAB FULL 9th level casters. If all 9th level casters were 1/2 BAB, I don't think I would mind this nearly as much.

4 actually, but they are all divine casters. The 1/2 BAB divide for 9 level spellcasting only hits the arcane casters as a result of backwards compatibility. Once the Cleric and Druid exist in that fashion, Oracles and Shamans pretty much have to as well or they won't see the light of day in many gaming groups.

The full BAB restriction is kind of important seeing as how non-spellcasters are so easily eclipsed by high level magic anyways. Once a full BAB class with more than 4 level spellcasting shows up, well, I don't really want to think of that.

I completely forgot that Druids got 3/4.

The crazy thing is, 3.5 had both a 3/4 BAB Sorceror and 1/2 BAB Cleric in Unearthed Arcana, the Battle Sorceror and the Cloistered Cleric.

Both of those could be interesting archetypes, but I'd be hesitant to put either as the base chassis for a class.


Suichimo wrote:
No idea why, considering we now have three 3/4 BAB FULL 9th level casters. If all 9th level casters were 1/2 BAB, I don't think I would mind this nearly as much.

4 actually, but they are all divine casters. The 1/2 BAB divide for 9 level spellcasting only hits the arcane casters as a result of backwards compatibility. Once the Cleric and Druid exist in that fashion, Oracles and Shamans pretty much have to as well or they won't see the light of day in many gaming groups.

The full BAB restriction is kind of important seeing as how non-spellcasters are so easily eclipsed by high level magic anyways. Once a full BAB class with more than 4 level spellcasting shows up, well, I don't really want to think of that.


Rynjin wrote:

Firstly, never said Warpriest was an unneeded concept. It had the potential to be what everyone wanted.

Second, Arcanist, Hunter, sure. Unnecessary, pretty much unwanted.

Swashbuckler though? That was, hands down, the MOST REQUESTED CLASS pre-ACG announcement.

The Swashbuckler class as requested wasn't unnecessary. The thing we were given was, though.


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My knee-jerk reaction is that the swashbuckler was done better by a cavalier archetype in the same book.


You know things are bad when people would rather have the National Guard enforcing things under martial law than the local police.


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Personally I think the best special effect in Captain America was when he punched Schmidt and the Hugo Weaving face slipped slightly off giving the faint reveal of what was underneath. Big explody special effects can be cool, but it's the small ones that don't look special that I consider to be the pinnacle of the art.


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Slaunyeh wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I meant Lady in the nobility sense, not in the more universal female sense.
I guess that's a subtlety of the English language that eludes me then, Lady sounds pretty female to me. And that's what makes it funny.

It's always female, but can denote a noble title rather than just pointing out what parts someone has.


Freehold DM wrote:
To paraphrase a movie I hate, I don't think that word means what you think it means.

I think I'm supposed to demand your gamer credentials after this. ;P


Craig Bonham 141 wrote:
Trust? I don't trust any company. Companies (with very few exceptions) exist for one singular reason, to make a profit. Any ethics they exhibit usually exist only due to limitations of law.

I wouldn't even count the limitations of the law as part of corporate ethics. If something illegal saves 10 million, but results in a fine of 1 million, they are still 9 million ahead and will likely do the same thing again. The fine merely becomes another expense.


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Still not as bad as Cartoon Network.....


The thing with trust is that it can take years to build up, but only moments to destroy. The people I know might be able to regain their lost trust, but probably not in the short timeframe by which corporate results are measured.


Set wrote:
And the few that do pop up tend to be villains. June Covington, Superia, Moonstone. Or their intelligence gets downplayed. Emma Frost used to be smart enough to build psionic machines that swapped people's minds. That was decades ago. Now? Not so much.

Would that be back when Emma was a villain? which kind of proves the point


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I expect that if I take a dump stat that every now and then it's going to bite me. I don't expect it to be the primary target in almost every encounter, or an albatross across the neck of the entire party for an entire campaign.


Pay attention to minor names (including place names) from historical, fantasy, and sci-fi novels you read. While most people remember the names of major characters, most won't be able to remember characters and places that only get mentioned once in the book.


It really only needs 3 simple fixes.

One, bloodline spells become available once the spell level is reached instead of the one after.

Two, bloodline powers come from a pool of abilities that the player can pick and choose from similar to oracle revelations.

Third, an addendum that states these powers can't ever be taken by a wizard and any future feats or magic items that would do so are to be ignored as obvious editing errors.


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
What are MAD and SAD classes?

Multiple Attribute Dependent or Single Attribute Dependent.


DungeonmasterCal wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
I personally can't stand having stats below 10 on my characters. So while it might be optimal to drop my warrior's Cha and Int to 7, I will never do it. Other people will. So our cookie cutters will be different.
While there's a certain romance to having PCs have average or less than average numbers in some abilities and having them overcome these drawbacks to become heroes, I prefer my heroes to be on the "superhero" side of things. Like TOZ, I don't like stats below ten.

I've known too many GM's who if they saw a tendency for a person to play super characters with an Achilles heel would ruthlessly exploit it whenever they could. Often for weeks of real time on end without any breaks to play to the character's strong points.


Hama wrote:

I've been looking over the PCs from several of my previous campaigns that I ran, and all of them had one thing in common. Very very similar ability scores.

While, yes, point buy is there to mitigate injustice and make PCs relatively similar in ability, it gives them a sort of uniformity which is beginning to annoy me.

I am seriously considering of going back to the old system of roll 4d6, drop the lowest, 6 times than distribute as desired. Re-rolling all of them if the combined bonus of all the stats is +3 or less.

I am not cruel enough to go for roll 3d6, or even words, roll 3d6 in order.

Any thoughts?

What I started doing is a random d6 roll and then boosting the corresponding stat by 1d3 (or 1, if the stat is either the highest or a dump stat) for any characters in games I run.

I missed seeing things like the stronger wizard, smarter priest, and characters with bonuses in stats that would otherwise be low. We haven't gone back to the full rolling since we don't want to have the equivalent of a 15 point buy character in the same group as a 35+ point buy character due to wildly different dice rolls.


Last I knew Harmony Gold was little more than a guy in an office that existed to ensure no one could make anything off of Macross but them.


I was referring to such things as final training including sneaking out and killing someone while returning uncaught, as well as the notion that being exceptional in any way as something reserved for the elite more than the warrior part. Sparta was a hellish place when you start looking at it.


MagusJanus wrote:
What about using one or more of the new iconics from Advanced Class Guide for the cover?

We could have the Swashbuckling iconic channeling Julie d'Aubigny.


If Athens would be evil, how much worse would Sparta be?


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Would ANY of the Greek city states be anything other than evil?


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Kalshane wrote:
(Of course, the fact that the Earth Bender guy whose name I can't recall was able to take out Zuko is a little surprising.)

Not really, sadly. I don't think Zuko has ever won a single fight that was actually important against a quality opponent.

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