Andrew R wrote:
This would most likely drive the recidivism rate even higher than it already is and cost more in both money and societal effects in the long run. Treating criminals like s+&@ does not convince them to better themselves and avoid getting back into prison.
Umbriere Moonwhisper wrote:
My setting design tends to be geared around specific themes, not around "kitchen sink" gaming, so I'm used to being somewhat strict. I try to be reasonable about it (I'll look at 3pp and homebrew stuff instead of banning it outright), and I'm willing to tweak rules for players if the idea is cool, but if it doesn't fit, say, gothic fantasy for setting "X", it just isn't right for that game. In that vein, going from Victorian English intrigue to monster slaying would be a bit much for me to allow.
If I had to make an actual confession instead of just talking about stuff I hate or my own preferences, I would confess that I have never played in or GMed a 3.5 or Pathfinder game that didn't involve large amounts of player backstabbing, PvP, rules lawyers who didn't know the rules, the rules we did know being largely ignored, and the GM being a dick. In fact, I've never played a game that actually used the rules as intended, so all my homebrew is done off of pretty much no experience.
@Scott - I would be opposed to someone enforcing sexual acts on someone against their will also. Which makes me wonder why you even used that as an example. A person can freely choose to be a heterosexual or homosexual. But giving someone a "classification" that parallels a disease or mental issue for not agreeing with your views on sexual preference seems a bit wrong.
I'm sorry, I must have missed all the news reports on that scientific discovery. Are you telling me I've been making choices that screw with my head for no discernible benefit my whole life?
I think you're referring to people that verbally abuse, beat up, or kill homosexuals as being homophobic. I'm referring to the use of the term when people are called homophobic because they don't agree that homosexuality is right. It's there personal opinion and is completely fine as long as they aren't hurting anyone. Unless we all want to play the "thought police" and punish anyone that doesn't conform to our personal definition of morality.
You have the right to oppose my sexual orientation and gender identity. I have the right to call you a bigot and many other names because you choose to do so. 1st Amendment cuts both ways.
When dealing with the subject of transgendered and transsexual individuals, the typical reason for doing something is rarely applicable. Most eunuchs may not have had gender identity issues, but that doesn't mean people with such issues didn't gravitate towards the role.
Apologies for interjection, but there's a quote from Paradigm Press' Eldest Sons which seems appropriate. "Druids tend to treat their environments and the creatures that they dwell within them like family. And as we all know, sometimes people view their families as a resource to exploit."
I have never read this quote or thought of Druids in this manner before. You just opened me up to a whole new realm of storytelling possibilities I had never considered, and irrevocably changed how I will see Druids from now on. Thank you for interjecting, Lazar. This information will see much use.
I hadn't thought of picking up VM Ware. I might do that for my desktop so I don't need to reboot every time I want to game or stop gaming.
Good thing about De Anza system: first come, first serve, tells you immediately if you got into the class. Was clicking register button continuously at 8:59. Got in as soon as it hit 9:00, have been given an official schedule of the following:
19.5 units total. Generally pretty high, but I love LGBT studies, Algebra will probably be pretty easy, and I'm not too shabby at English. I think I can handle the workload. I don't like how late in the day English/Writing is compared to the other classes, but I got the class, and I'm not going to risk losing that by dropping it to try for a better time. I decided to add swimming on Saturdays. Can't see why not. I like swimming.
Thanks for the well wishes. It's not perfect, but I have all the classes I wanted.
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Well, my sister and I went and talked to the guys at the school today, and it turns out this whole thing was hilariously overblown. The school made it look like they were freaking out about the confidential financial data and wanted it disclosed, but that wasn't it. Their issue was when my mother said my stepdad had workman's comp. I listed my parents as divorced and provided Mom's information, and never mentioned my stepdad. Didn't know I had to. So, the college didn't know there was a stepdad. So, when she used the words "my husband" on the income certification, they couldn't figure out who she was talking about. Now that it's cleared up, there hopefully won't be any more issues.
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I'll be doing college in the Bay Area, then leaving for Boston, San Francisco, or Seattle when I have the education to do well instead of just getting by.
I'm leaving Job Corps July 2. My flight is to San Jose, and from there I'm getting a ride home from family. I'm staying with Grandma for a bit until I can find an off campus roommate at De Anza.
Woo, tangent - there's no Sappho in Golarion, as of yet, nor an actual isle of Lesbos. By extension, lesbianism would be an in-universe misnomer.
That assumes that the Common language is English. Since the Pathfinder rules come in multiple languages, I like to suppose it isn't, and us playing the game is the same as English being spoken in movies like Gladiator and Troy: it's what is easiest. In this case, the word Lesbian isn't a misnomer, as it's just a translation anyway.
Also, a great many common English words have geographic and historical origins, and removing all of them would make it impossible to play the game easily.
You know what really grinds my gears? Sexism, as well as the continuous arguments about which gender is the one society is discriminating against. Personally, I think everybody need to read this, and realize that our system of sexism in incredibly convoluted and harms both genders, not just one. NEITHER gender is the one being screwed over, because they BOTH are, and if I hear one more argument about which one has it worse I am going to rageflip something or someone.
This is why I sometimes wonder whether being transgendered is good or bad. On the one hand, I can understand both the male and female sides of this issue. On the other, I can never see anything simply. It always has to be complicated.
The truth is, BOTH genders have privilege, and BOTH are discriminated against. TV Tropes did a good job of explaining this in Double Standard. Sexism is a two way street, not a one way street, and both genders both benefit and suffer. The sooner we learn that instead of arguing about which gender is the disadvantaged one, the sooner we can work on solving the problem.
I say that if you want to go with a non-lethal form of self defense such as this, that should be encouraged. I'm not anti-gun when it comes to self defense, but guns aren't for everyone, and if we can provide for another tool that doesn't kill the assailant, I'm all for it. That way, if somebody isn't comfortable with a gun, they can still have at least some protection.
As for issuing it in a school setting, I'd much prefer it over a firearm. At least if a teacher misuses spray (and I do think there will be inevitable incidents of misuse) there won't be corpses. As pro-gun as I am, I can't say the same about a pistol or shotgun.
A Pathfinder equivalent of D20 Modern has been brought up more than once on these boards, and, inspired by some pictures like this, this, this, this, and this, I've done some thinking on what I think would make a good modernized game based off of the Pathfinder system.
If you viewed the pictures I linked to, you have no doubt noticed what they all have in common: an example of magic or a fantasy trope in a modern environment. This brings us to my first thought on a modern Pathfinder: the fact that I think it needs to be a fantasy game. A big part of Pathfinder is the fantasy elements, and I've grown quite fond of them. I want to keep those elements for this project. Personally, I rather like the idea of elves in jeans and t-shirts and wizards keeping their spellbooks on touch screen tablets.
On to the class system, one of the biggest parts of how D20 works. I like the D20 Modern Advanced Class system, but not the basic class system. Rather than have basic classes for each stat, I'd like to go with Warrior, Expert, and Mage. Furthermore, I'd like to have a variety of archetypes for the advanced classes, allowing a large array of customization without having a whole mess of classes.
As for D20 Modern's background system, I'm looking towards a hybridization with the Pathfinder trait system. I'm looking towards making backgrounds a trait category and having players select one trait from each category at character creation. I want to tie class skills to this system rather than classes, so that how you grew up effects what skills you've developed. Each trait would have five associated skills, and you'd pick three from each trait you have.
Combat needs to encourage movement more, perhaps by making Shot on the Run something built into the system. The cover system should encourage players to use it, while allowing for cover to be destroyed or penetrated. Fixed DC reflex saves for explosions and automatic weapons are simply a no-go. They don't keep up with level changes. I'm not sure what to do instead yet, but something different needs to be done.
The biggest thing, however, is that it needs to have it's own campaign setting while being easily modable to a homebrew effort, just like Pathfinder is. You need to be able to pick this up and play it without having to spend forever building your own setting first.
This wasn't a very long OP, as there aren't a giant number of steps necessary here. They are, however, some rather big steps. Still, I think a Pathfinder D20 Modern can be an excellent game rather than aspiring to D20 Modern's mediocrity.
More thoughts, regarding to specific campaign setting details, later.
First off, if you get caught not practicing proper firearm safety, police should be allowed to confiscate the weapon even if legally owned if they feel that a ticket would not be effective punishment. Secondly, if you do not practice proper firearm safety and somebody gets hurt, there should be felony criminal liability. Third off, if you do not properly lock up your firearm and your child or somebody else not allowed to legally own a firearms gets ahold of it and shoots something up, there should be felony criminal liability on your part. Essentially, people who did not act in a safe and responsible manner would be held accountable for their failure to do so. In many areas of the nation this is already the case, but not as often or as universally as it should be. A gun is a tremendous responsibility, and people who do not act safely with them should be dealt with strictly and consistently.
Secondly, when you have a background check to get a gun, your mental health history should be able to be checked.
Third, get the mental health field a ton of federal funding (maybe by taking the money away from that bloody drug war) and work to treat mental illness more seriously. Also, recognize that mental healthcare does NOT just mean dealing with mental illness. It also means dealing with issues like anger management, depression, and impulse control that do not mean one is mentally ill but that can lead to violent crime or suicide. Ideally, most people recieving this federally funded mental healthcare wouldn't have mental illnesses.
Fourth, do the same to Child Protective Services and related organizations so that there can be more supervision of at risk families and educational resources for substandard parents who are actually trying to get better.
Fifth, tell schools that if they do not crack down on bullying offenses, they will lose funding. This sort of behavior needs to be jumped on early before it develops.
I love many things, but two stand out in particular.
I love the Trapper Creek Job Corps center. Job Corps has a lot of very bad centers, but this isn't one of them. There's a lot of stupid stuff, but it's free, it's safe, and the center staff are generally good people. I actually learn useful stuff in my vocation (Office Administration), with our program being the only one in Job Corps with the latest office software available. I have a cool work based learning assignment as a librarian with the freedom to run things as I wish. If I need something that's actually important, I generally get it, even if staff has to go out of their way to do it. It's also a place where the staff try to make you a better person, and I feel I've become less annoying, less anxious, and a harder worker in my time here. I've made friends since I came here who like me for who I am, faults and all. I'm definately glad I came here.
I love the University of Montana. I don't meet the enrollment standards because I didn't take the right classes in high school, but they admitted me into the Fall 2013 term anyway. The school has good programs for the majors I settled on taking, and cool electives to take on the side. The people are friendly and the campus is pretty. The school itself is always helpful, and is quite accomadating with my transgendered situation. I love the fact that there are other transgendered students there, and many D&D/Pathfinder players. I love the free cable and high speed internet that comes with a dorm room. I love the city of Missoula, aesthetically and culturally. I love EVERYTHING. I love the school so deeply I can't wait for August to come.
Very useful. I have much of it on my laptop.
The election results are in. Three states (Maine, Maryland, and Washington) had measures on the ballot to legalize gay marriage. One (Minnesota) had a measure to ban it. Wisconsin had an openly gay woman (Tammy Baldwin) running for Senate. Maine and Maryland legalized gay marriage. Washington has yet to finish counting all the votes, but the results counted so far lean towards legalization. Minnesota's effort to ban gay marriage failed. Tammy Baldwin got elected. This election is without a doubt the most inspiring thing I have yet to see in American politics.
The White wrote:
After looking through some of the books (namely UM and UC), it has occurred to my group that PF has pretty much given up on being a fantasy game and just gone "screw it, let's go Steampunk". Especially after UC. I mean, just look at the picture of the Spellslinger Wizard... Not that this is a bad thing, just an observation and a thread to see if anyone else has noticed this and what people's thoughts are on it. Personally, I quite like it.
Steampunk IS fantasy.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Did the gunman think they were Muslims?
Probably, and it's b!*%*@$%. Not only are Sikhs not Muslim, it wouldn't make them the enemy if they were. Look at Indonesia. The biggest Muslim country around, and they haven't blown up any Americans, nor do they seem inclined to.
Robert Jordan wrote:
If that's your first reaction to hearing your child is a suspect odds are you knew something was wrong and should have called the cops before they did anything.
To tell them what? She thinks something is up with her son? The cops won't do anything. Unless she actually knew precisely what she was planning, of which there is no evidence, the cops would have neither cause nor inclination to do anything.