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female Tiefling 10th level Duskblade
Memnon the Mimir wrote:
Memnon better not refer to Karrin as a damn dirty ape.
Male hu-man Paladin
Rhiannon d'Deneith wrote:
D'aaaaww, I'm glad we could make that more real. I know some games view PC death as routine, bring extra characters to put into the grinder, but this doesn't feel like one of those games. Death has to mean something in a narrative driven game and I'm glad it struck a note. I feel this game deserves something like this.
Kessel Cobey wrote:
Just re-posting this as it would have gone off last round when the shark came into bite me. Also, the old rolls for convenience sake were 24 to hit, 5 damage.
female Tiefling 10th level Duskblade
"Oh right," Karrin says with her best dumb valley girl smile at Nari, as if the fact that elan's psychic abilities only now occurred to her, "That will work even better."
"Okay then," Karrin says to the team, "Standard tank and spank, meaties in the front, sneakies to the flank, and squishies rain down hell. Hamar we'll give you a cold count of 100 to get into position, then we come up the center? Any questions?"
female Tiefling 10th level Duskblade
"Hamar," Karrin whispers, "Check the door, I need it opened safely and quietly. If you can open it, I take the lead, I need you on point, squishes in the center and Ekuur take the rear. If things get ugly I may need you to move up, but for now I don't want the rear undefended. Hamar be ready to flank. The rest of you, rain down justice on this thing, I want it to remember that the living aren't mere fodder or food for the undead, we are things to be feared in our own right, and if it's incapable of feeling fear, then you make it feel fear. That's the plan. Any questions?"
this plan assumes that we lost our caviler already, Mark if you're still playing I'll have Rhiannon take up the rear and have everyone give you a corridor for a first round charge. Ekuur will hold the front line with Karrin
Trump is Faux new's dream come nightmare. He's saying the things they've been suggesting for years, only not in a cleaver nuanced way, often even forgoing code words and phrases. At this point he's alienated the Latino vote, the black vote, the Muslim vote, and if the Republicans couldn't bring out enough angry white guys last cycle I got bad news for you: it's been four years and some of those angry white guys from the last cycle have passed away.
Trump is entirely a monster of the media's making, he's feeding on the free coverage, and by the time there's a concerted effort to quash him it could be too late.
female Tiefling 10th level Duskblade
"Oh, sure," Karrin says with an easy smile, "We're mercenaries by trade, but we're usually in the business to help people. Making money is important as well, you got to pay the bills and stuff, but mostly we try to help people. My name's Karrin, who are you?"
Karrin speaks with a valley girl inflection, kind of rambling, kind of cutesy, and she usually sports a good natured smile. She projects a friendly but dim witted persona.
Physically she's far from imposing, she's only 5'4, and slender, with a build more befitting a yoga instructor then a powerful front line fighter. She does however carry a glowing crystal great axe and swings it with ease. She has a big spiked gauntlet on her right hand and silver capped horns on her head giving her the look of a slight female Hellboy.
I only just read the news today and my first stop was over here at Paizo to read all the touching comments and farewells. If ever there was going to be a community that would understand what we've just lost I knew it would be this one. I'll miss you Sir Pratchett.
Pink Dragon wrote:
Please don't misunderstand me, I am very sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle, however Hamas is not Palestine. They are just one group amongst many.
I just clicked back one page and found the answers I was looking for with my previous question. I apologize for not keeping up with the discussion but I came into this one late.
May I just say that as of right now the discussion seems very calm and peaceful, so kudos to everyone involved.
I see that Anita has been awarded the Ambassador Award from the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards. I thought it was interesting to hear that "the Last of Us" writer was inspired by her work. Certainly the characters in that story were well written and very well received. It sort of echoes what I was saying about the usefulness of criticism in the locked thread.
What he wanted was equality. That last article you linked, about Cyril Ramaphosa, talks about (amongst other things) the continuing mismanagement of the mining industry. Seems like that would be an industry that should help build the nation yet somehow it's seen virtually no change. We're talking about a serious void in leadership at both the local and national level. It's depressing stuff, but folks forget that the industrial revolution didn't start off so well for the workers, in fact Karl Marx (whom you're no doubt familiar with, but for others I should explain that he was the least funny member of the Marx brothers) thought for certain that the unacceptable conditions he witnessed would lead to a worker's revolt. So ya, kind of funny, but not Duck Soup funny.
Anyways I'll repeat, things are bad in Africa in general, but things were worse in South Africa, and we're only one generation into life without apartheid. Most of these non violent revolutions and movements take a long time and it seems like most of the people in that last story you linked just have no idea what to do with their new found power and money. From the workers that blew their new living allowance on hookers and booze (they said second family in the story but I like my turn of phrase better), to the union leaders that sold out their fellow workers for cushy jobs on the surface. Seems like what we're seeing is the a low point in another revolution. Keep in mind that the industrial revolution was something like eighty year, or four generations, and so I'd guess that things are going to suck in South Africa for quite some time.
India and China are still a pretty crummy places to live as well if you're born in the wrong area or to the wrong caste or class. If anyone who thought Nelson Mandela becoming president of South Africa was going to fix some 350 years of colonial rule, then they were crazy.
Actually let me add a quote from that same article: “Could it have moved quicker in 18 years?” Ramaphosa asked. “My answer is no. Our expectations were far too high. To get education to sink deep into the minds of a nation takes a generation and more.”
Why can't we compromise? Give everyone a open sky with a safety net?
Thorri Grimbeard wrote:
Which is fine because my contention is that biologically we've pretty much stayed the same but culturally we've changed. There are females in the military now because it's acceptable now, not because women of this century are more aggressive and violent.
I'm not arguing that women warriors throughout history have been rare, but I'd maintain that this imbalance likely has cultural or physical reasons rather then purely psychological ones. What percentage of women went off to war throughout the ages? Probably less then 1%, But remember far less then 100% of men went off to war as well, as far as fighters and warriors go (before we had drafts and inscription anyways) we're probably dealing with a smaller percentage of the population with a unique mindset in the first place. Most folks probably preferred to stay at home and tend their families and property.
Culture throughout the ages has tended to place men in heroic roles, so it's hardly surprising that young men love the idea of war, and the few stories that I'm aware of about female warriors (I.E. The Amazons) usually has them cast as villains and ultimately the stories end with them being defeated. It's not surprising if women aren't interested in the stories where they always lose.
Again nurture vs nature, is it that women don't like combat and aren't interested in fighting? Or were women throughout history denied the right to learn combat and warfare? Knowing modern women and looking at the few historical reference we have I tend to believe it's the latter.
Also this 2.7% number, these are woman who see "frontline action". It's the sort of term that I object to. The problem with these modern wars is that there really isn't a frontline. It's not really a fair number to throw around. Lots of women in the military have seen action without being called frontline.
From that same article you linked:
"Women made up 67 of the nearly 3,500 Americans lost in hostile fire in Iraq and 33 of the 1,700-plus killed in combat in Afghanistan; more than 600 others in Iraq and 300 in Afghanistan were wounded."
And the vast majority of that numbers would have been racked up while women weren't allowed on the front line.
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Slave women, I read somewhere, did most of the work on American plantations. The idea that they are physically incapable of carrying 100 lbs. of battle gear seems pretty suspect to me.
Also I should point out that women (carrying that aforementioned 100lbs of gear) have been on the "front lines" in the Canadian armed forces since '89 or so, and the Canadian military has been actively recruiting women for combat roles since '98
The 100lbs was in resonance to Wolf's comments on high tec weapons getting lighter.
Freehold DM wrote:
There was a little thing called World War 1 that is a fine argument against mutual defense pacts. However with nuclear weapons in the mix I'd like to think that super powers casually going to war with each other is a thing of the past. Now we have proxy wars or super powers invading non-super power aligned countries (the old definition of a 3rd world country I believe), which explains why many of these countries are struggling to get nuclear weapons.
Which is a perfectly reasonable opinion. The USA needs more conservatives like you Kryzbyn. Folks might never agree on certain points but I like to think that mutual respect would lead to compromise that would be good for everyone.
I would guess that it was. Who wants to guess that they're also trying to crack down on welfare mommas?
I always thought that "flip flop" was a silly term and a poor criticism of a supposedly intelligent and educated human being. If someone can't change their opinion based on new evidence or reason how is that a good thing? Why is blindly sticking with your original opinion a good thing? I mean it's wonderful if your opinion was seen as progressive and then later accepted by the mainstream but I have a lot of respect for someone that can admit that they were wrong and then change their opinions, far more so then someone who refuses to change.
Republicans get a bad rap on this one, the crazy religious right republicans get all the press, but I'm sure there's a large number of free thinking republicans are fine with this ruling if not in open support of it.
All in all this has been a good day, you had DOMA thrown out, you had the supreme court say it could not rule on Prop 8, and now abortion rights in the state of Texas have been upheld. It makes me sad that these fights were necessary but I'm glad to see the right outcomes.
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Yay for the death of DoMA, less excited about Kirth being driven out of the discussion. Didn't agree with him on some things but his arguments were mostly friendly.
Okay so I was watching the Daily Show tonight (my only source for US news) and I see the crazy folks over at Faux are dumping on this guy . . . and when you start sounding like the crazies at Faux news it's time to walk away from the argument. So no more questioning the source of this leak for me.
Not to be too skeptical but are we sure that this guy is completely on the level? I mean I'm not surprised that the US government is monitoring people, that doesn't come as a surprise, but some of his other claims do sound a bit fishy. Supposedly he doesn't have a high school diploma but yet he's got a $200,000 salary? Maybe the guy is telling us the truth but parts of his story make me hesitant. Also I wonder why he'd wait till now to break the story?
I'm curious about that second Hodor spoiler. I think anyone that's read the books or seen the show probably could probably guess the first one but the second . . . man I can't wait to read about that.
Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
I don't get the rage aimed at Angelina. Shouldn't women be raging at the medical system for making medical testing so expensive? Choosing what course to take is probably better informed by genetic testing and the fact that it's been shown that pricing for medical procedures can be pretty much arbitrary depending on what hospital you go to.
"Devil's Advocate" wrote:
Then please explain why a corporation, whose (if we can agree on this) motivation is primarily to make profit, would go out of it's way to spend substantially more money on one group of employees than on another? What rational is there, if the females are willing to do the same work and have the same qualifications and experience, but are willing to work at the same job for less pay would they ever choose men over women, (when the only different factor is that they need to pay the men more)?
But women aren't willing to work the same job for less. It's only when people compare pay stubs that we see a difference. What you're suggesting is that companies plan to be sexist and pay women less, which would be pretty callous, and if all this gender inequality came from corporate planning then you'd think it would be pretty damn easy to fix.
The problem is that people at the top don't even know they're doing it. That's why there's a struggle.
Nobody would be my guess. I think your idea of what a feminist is comes from Rush Limbaugh or some other raving lunatic. I'd guess that the average feminist would see the sorceress as just another sad typical female representation in video games, and while they might want female characters that appeal to them, I'd think they'd have bigger issues to deal with like the pay gap, the birth control debate, the abortion debate . . . you know the important stuff.
Course if every male character I had to pick from looked like Justin Bieber or Robert Pattinson because games used teen girls as their focus groups and target audience then I'd be a bit miffed at the selection as well. Course I'd be used to playing a female character by then.
I blame religion.
No, scratch that, I blame the idiots that think religion is a good substitution for education. Just because you believe you follow a religion doesn't mean that you're automatically prone to doing stupid things, but if you're using a 2000+ year old book as your source for morality and science you may want to notice that we've progressed as a people since your religion's scripture was published and it hasn't really been updated.
Kids are going to have sex, not because of increased sexual imagery, but because of ragging hormones. It's kind of why teens were having sex before television. This is why RPGs, video games, and other obsessive pastimes need to be introduced into schools at a very early age: to keep teens awkward and unsure of themselves, and so they can experience their first klutzy bumbling sexual encounter at university like it should be.
It's not a simple problem. Unless you're just going to pretend that teens are going to stop having sex.
I don't think that's how conservatives think though. I believe their line of reasoning is thus: kids shouldn't have sex. So they should stop. The end.
I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong though :)
Personally I'd prefer to get funding without threats of death or rape, but thankfully I'm not interested in writing about edgy topics like Mario Brothers, or making controversial statements like "The damsel in distress plot is overused", I mean otherwise I'd be asking for it.
Yes, constructs, not real threats, crazy people that are given increased attention because they're saying crazy things. You think folks like hearing a well reasoned argument as to why it's wrong to pay women less for the same job or why it's acceptable to believe that a woman shouldn't have the right to choose? Of course not, having a real voice of opposition would make their horrible stance make them seem like monsters, so it's best to find crazy people and pretend they in any way represent the feminist movement.
Exactly why is examining video games tropes controversial? Is it because she's female? Because she's using a feminist lens? Is it because she asked for money so she could fund her work? I really don't see what is at all controversial. Glen Beck, Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, these folks have made a living saying inappropriate things, I'd expect to see them receive hate mail/death threats (though I doubt Beck or Rush have to sort through many rape threats).
What is controversial about pointing out that Double Dragon objectified and sexualized Marian by making her a damsel and by showing her panties in that brief cut scene that starts the game. As a kid playing that in the arcade it never crossed my mind how that scene might play out in the eyes of a girl my age. I was playing a male character living out a male fantasy but young women at the time wouldn't have had many female characters to identify with . . . unless they fancied themselves as powerless victims.
Personally I love good criticism. You can't get better at something if you can't see your own mistakes and insightful criticism of video games can only lead to better and more complex stories in the future. Video games designers that learn from feminist criticism will make games that appeal to female players which in turn will expand the market. For me it's win/win, but somehow people are threatened by these reviews, and for some reason we have people calling her work controversial. To me it feels like the gaming industry has retreated to their tree house and put a big "no girls allowed" sign up --- only folks have also been making death and rape threats apparently, so this attack on her is less boyish and more thuggish. More akin to something one might expect in the middle east.
Detect Magic wrote:
@ Guy Humual: Rich and powerful people aren't rich and powerful because of their gender. They're usually rich and powerful because they are "in the family", so to speak.
So why is it that most CEOs are male? Why are most governors, senators, congressmen male? I'm not even going to bring up race inequality, but being white and male does have it's privileges. I'm not suggesting that all white men have greater advantages then everyone else. I'm sure Tiger Wood's kids will have far more advantages then I or any of my kids would have, but when I was going to school I was given shop class which taught me the basics of wood working and machine working which is a far more marketable skill then home economics, which is what the girls got, which taught them sewing and cooking.
Now granted chefs probably make more money then machinists or carpenters do, but even that profession seems to have a lot of men at the top, and I'm not even sure you could find a seamstress job in North America these days.