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The possibility is there, but currently it's a long shot....a very, very long shot. Until the evidence that exists showing the harm caused to society by polygamy is debunked or discredited by mainstream science then the courts will continue to rule against it.
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
What was it Neitzsche said about nature? Imagine pure indifference as a power. Who would want to live according to that?
Lord Snow wrote:
Polygamy also has the giant hurdle of the most visible supporters being some pretty skeevy people. Most of the groups that practice it have pretty big problems with women having rights, and often with other young men who might compete for a wife (and I have yet to see a group of women with multiple husbands). As it currently stands, it's fairly easy to prove harm to society caused by allowing it.
On rare occasions the ability to bypass immunities can make a monster seem really frightening, but such tools should always be used sparingly. When the big, bad, god-dragon can do things like that I understand. When each acquired immunity is meet shortly by something that can bypass it such abilities stop being special - on BOTH sides of the equation.
As a former resident of New York, I can tell you that they don't accept any out of state issue weapon permits. Since everyone is treated equally, it isn't an equal protection clause violation. If they accepted stuff from one state and not another, or only from certain people there would be an issue.
Please please please someone pick up the Bodacious Space Pirates film.
This as well, as I know at least one state is considering trying to circumvent the ruling by no longer issuing any marriage certificates at all.
Unlike marriage, the potential for harm to others does come from weapons, hence restrictions. Personally, I think we need something built on the national level that fills a decent common ground between anyone can own anything without any paperwork and nobody can own them no matter what. Much like I think self defense laws need to find a decent ground between things like Florida's crazy 'stand you ground' laws and New York's crazy 'you must try to escape, even from your own home' laws.
But again, guns are a different topic and their continued discussion here will probably only lead to a threadlock.
The states couldn't provide a reason for the restrictions, other than those based on religion. At least not ones that aren't easily refuted. When you restrict something that causes no harm to anyone, and doesn't even have the potential to cause harm, there isn't a reason to to restrict it. Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness and all that. If someone doesn't like gay marriage nobody is forcing them into one. I'm straight, and I was able to get married to the person I chose, the only potential roadblock was whether or not she also wanted it. Why should it be different for anyone else based on what people not involved in that relationship believe in?
I was wondering who the 'Most Un-American Man in Government' was after people like McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover left....
Not sure whether it was Scalia or Alito who said something along the lines of 'Innocence is not, in and of itself, justification to be released from prison', but I don't expect anything decent out of anyone who can say that. Proof of innocence alone is enough reason to open the cell right away and hold anyone who objects in contempt of court.
That does make it harder to argue against.....
Although on the second amendment note, a national set of gun laws wouldn't really be a bad thing. Something less restrictive than the NYSafe act (which seems like it makes nearly everything more modern than a six-shooter illegal) and not as permissive as some of the southern states where a concealed-carry permit is just matter of asking for one.
But those things really have nothing to do with the decision on marriage.
Just finished the Familiar of Zero series earlier today. While it does hit the harem trope pretty hard, they did provide a believable reason for each attraction (aside from the main female character).
Thomas Seitz wrote:
THAT is why we said they Way didn't stand a chance against him...
I forgot to mention (if your group doesn't have a trapfinder in it) the Crypt Breaker alchemist archetype. It's pretty good at it, and can be a terror vs. corporeal undead (upping the die to a d8 at low levels, and then adding +1 per die and getting improved crit with them at level 14).
Most of us in the group think the GM amped up the vampires out of his own personal prejudices, or does Luvick have a touch AC of over 40?
Thomas Seitz wrote:
It's been a while since we played it - most of the group didn't like it since it seemed to be so disconnected, as if the purpose wasn't to have a cohesive plot (besides chase the macguffin) other than to go through classic horror monsters. The GM still complains about how we were 'lawful stupid' in that encounter, and how it destroyed Ustalav, then we remind him that with the power levels he gave those vamps of his the Whispering Way probably got wiped out in the first night.
Sage bloodline sorcerer?
Vilverum Fae wrote:
In the 4th book of the AP you might end up working with vampires. Our group figured that it was better than going alone since our only leads to the overall plot were in that direction. Then the guy we were dealing with decided all this talk made him hungry, and he needed a fresh meal (screaming kidnap victim) who he would chomp into right in front of us. Things didn't go well.
Of course, the encounter was also amped up by GM's reading of too many vampire fiction novels (master vamps win, it's pretty much in the script, and they don't let you leave without making you feel powerless), it turned into a fight we couldn't win (touch attacks in the upper teens on the die roll were missing).
I made it a point after to not be present whenever that GM even hinted vampires (it wasn't his first time with something like that). Even good GM's seem to have blind spots, and vampires were his.
Valandil Ancalime wrote:
The archvillain and direct underlings I expect to have an understanding of the PC's abilities, even ones that don't get used much. Once the PC's get a certain level of fame, certain things do become general knowledge (Ignia the Ever-Burning Flame is someone who most people would expect to use fire magic), but I never expect new abilities that have never been used once to be known to every random encounter.
I played under a guy who loved having giants grapple people and use them as bludgeons and missile weapons based on their high bonuses (this was before Pathfinder. Once my warrior got a feat that gave him an attack of opportunity against such things (even bypassing improved grab and similar effects, and as an added bonus adding all damage dealt to the check) he was never again targeted by such an attack (never used the feat even once). The group still comments on it.
Congratulations to everyone whose lives have been changed for the better with this.
Sadly, the pessimist in me thinks we should brace for a major uptick in hate - that seems to be the immediate norm when things certain people don't like happen.
IMO, High School DxD isn't so much Hentai as it is the harem trope dialed up to 11, almost to the point of it's own self-parody. (and I'm not quite sure about the 'almost' part)
I'm awaiting even a sub for The Abyss of Hyperspace, but it looks like I'll be waiting longer.
John Benbo wrote:
8 episodes in, but so far, I'm enjoying Turn A Gundam. It feels very different than any other Gundam I've seen with its almost War of the Worlds vibe. Plus, Loran seems to be the most pyschologically well adjusted main hero Gundam pilot of all the ones I've seen (teenage angst Amuro and Kamille and homicidal tendancies Heero and Setsuna).
I thought Duo and Quatre were very well adjusted (until Quatre's sister died in his arms, anyways).
My gaming group normally only has one copy of most campaign world supplements. We have two of the most heavily used ones, if they have a lot of 'crunch' in the books, especially if multiple players are constantly dipping into it (the 2E FR pantheon bok, since in 2E we tended towards 'god squad' style parties, and the 3E FR main book).
Because D&D 5e seems to be focusing on promoting feelings of nostalgia, I would not be surprised if they bring back iconic settings (even as one-offs or licensing deals) and adventures. I believe they are at least considering a strategy like this.
My semi-educated guess (or maybe even less than that) is a two-fold strategy. Nostalgia to pull the old players back, and being simple enough to lure in new ones at the same time. If they do feel that 'splitting the customer base' was one of their mistakes from the TSR days, then we won't see many campaign settings. I'd expect the FR, with maybe one or two more at most, and those aren't likely to be high-fantasy type settings (so Greyhawk and Dragonlance would most likely be out. It sucks for fans of those settings, but IMO those three feel a lot like variations of a theme) but would more likely be something with a completely different feel. Eberron is the top candidate out of what's left. It's reasonably popular, and far enough away from the theme and feel of the other big three to be much less likely to split the customer base.
I think he just believes her conclusion was mistaken?
Everything I heard about TSR during those days tells me that 'splitting the customer base' was just one of their many mistakes. Someone who went over what passed for their books says it was the biggest one, and I am inclined to believe that myself since she really has nothing to gain by lying, and as she is currently involved in running a successful company I'd say she is also competent at the job (making me think she is less likely to make a mistake than me, even if I had the benefit of seeing the books).
So that means Zuko must have ended up with Mai. His name has a 'K' sound in it and hers ends in that long 'A'. They never did say if she came back after leaving during the comics. But now we can figure it out.
My main group isn't going to switch - nobody wants to invest in the cost of the books. Another group that bounces from game to game will, but the GM has a large disposable income and a short attention span. So how long it will last is anybody's guess.
I'm going to be one of the few ex-Trekkies to put in a mention for Star Trek:The Animated Series. While it was disowned by Roddenberry, and the animation quality is not something that even Filmation should be proud of, It had better storylines than much of the original series, and introduced some rather neat alien crewmembers.
One of the great things about animation is you don't need a makeup budget. Freaky-looking aliens often cost the exact same amount as normal looking humans and never have the actors complain about sitting in the chair for hours.
Blayde MacRonan wrote:
Le Chevalier D'Eon... awesome series. It has that right mix of history and fantasy that just makes it so good.
It is. My only problem with it is that Lea is pretty much of a 'corpse sue'. It seems like EVERYBODY of any real importance they meet thinks she was perfect and was in love with her.
You don't need to explain to someone who is already dead. :P
They prefer nobody seeing a movie they spend millions on to "encouraging torrenting"? They certainly should rethink their status as a movie making company. Seriously.
IIRC Sony's music label arm had put malware on the CD's to 'prevent piracy' or some crap like that.
The only problem I have with it is the use of the overdone 'cram both names together' crap. I hated it when the tabloids coined 'Bennifer' and like it even less now that any public couple (real or fictional) gets a similar moniker. Blegh.
Chris Mortika wrote:
I feel like I am alone in my feelings about those shows. I thought the lions, while looking cooler, were piloted by 4 (quickly 5 when Sven was written out) very flat characters who never grew in any meaningful way. And the villains they had were even more one-dimensional. Plus the lame -try-everything-even-though-the-only-thing-that-ever-works-is-the-sword- is something that destroyed my suspension of disbelief even as a kid (I got a soft spot for the vehicle pileup solely due to seeing something other than blazing sword take out the monster of the week in the first episode I saw).
I have two answers to this.
One: Crunch isn't required, but it helps
Two: Trying to exactly duplicate a character from other media is nearly impossible
A character from a long running television show, novel series, or comic book is going to have had loads of development, and will be able to do things that a class based system won't allow them to do without serious multi-classing (or often even with it). Almost no writers follow the character making rules from Pathfinder or any other RPG, even in books [b]based on[/I] a specific RPG (although they will follow the rules more closely).
It's as good a guess as any with the information we have available. Not everyone with powers is going to be Inhuman, though. I think Scorch from S1 is a good example of "gifted, not Inhuman." He didn't know how he got his powers. I really feel like if you went into an abandoned temple and briefly gained a stone cocoon after a crystal farted on you, then you'd be prone to remembering it. It's possible that Wanda and Pietro will fall in that category.
Also a good point. I mentioned the Inhumans in the manner I did to bring up the point that it is an explanation which shouldn't be discounted out of hand. But, as you rightly point out, it shouldn't be accepted to the exclusion of all other possibilities either. Anyways, we will have definite answers eventually, as the comics will not let a storyline like that sit for too long (I think it's part of the next relaunch of Remender's title) and Avengers II is due out next Summer.
They should screen it at the White House to send a message (even if the movie isn't any good) and invite all the world leaders to it.
Where are Dingo and his petitions when you need them?
So much for dubbing means it must have been ruined. Direct from the horse's mouth.
I'd say there is a chance. It isn't certain, but given the ties Quicksilver has to the inhumans in the comics (being married to one of the royal family and having a kid with her) I can't discount the possibility either.
Freehold DM wrote:
Wait, does that mean you are watching something dubbed, then subtitled back?