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MMCJawa wrote:

I do think it's interesting that earlier in the thread, people were arguing that you can't paint all the people who complain about Sarkeesian, GamerGate, what have you as misogynists, because the people behind the death/rape threats are an extreme viewpoint that doesn't reflect gamers

But some of those same people think you can paint all feminists as bad, because of a few perhaps extreme individuals

That's a pretty interesting and informative pattern right there.

I would point out people on the opposite side are doing the same thing. I've concluded most discusion on the topic is generally going in circles with both sides pointing at the opposing sides most extreme elements and using them as a way to dismiss them.

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Loved the story. Art was really good as well.

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mechaPoet wrote:
Necromancer wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Linky
And here's some videos responding to each of the Tropes series.

Without actually watching these, this list kind of points at what I was saying earlier:

These video titles, by calling themselves things like "Feminism versus FACTS" and "Why 'Feminism' Posions EVERYTHING," belie the fact that they're not interested in having an actual conversation, but in accusing Anita Sarkeesian of lying and insulting her as "poison." If they had actual points to argue, or were interested in having an actual conversation, they'd present and interpret their evidence without relying on this accusatory language. You'd have a hard time convincing me that these "responses" are little more than mean-spirited attacks.

Actually you really really should watch them there the things that turned my opinion for being pro Anita to against

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mechaPoet wrote:

Right, well, I can see this is going nowhere fast.

So, let's just go in a completely different direction that pertains to the topic at hand: instead of (or in addition to, whatever) watching Dr. Sommers' video about sexism in video games that doesn't really go into many specifics, why not watch Anita Sarkeesian's videos? They do a great job of pointing out and giving in-depth explanations of prevalent and pervasive sexism in video games.

Because they really arent they cherry pick facts, leave a lot of things out of context? Heck I was for her videos to begin with till several of the inconsitencies were pointed out (Which you wont find on her you tube videos because she disabled comments)

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Yeah lot of bad grapes from the yes side and a lot of plane old being moronic jerks on the no side.

Cheliax

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Whats the art for each chapter opener like? (Genric or Iconic getting owned type?)

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As said before ran 2 groups through it first group would have failed on the second question (All would have automaticly answerd yes to whether redemption could be achieved) but modified it for that one because one character had the trait that made them Iomedae's daughter and the idea that she would slap her own daughter around or mute her for possibly talking back made me very uneasy (In all honesty having a character end up being Iomedae's child in general auomaticly makes that entire section none workable as written)

Second group would by themselves failed the first question (None of the main party members had any ranks knowledge religion instead they had one of the NPC'S handle those checks but as shown below that in itself would create it's own problems.) and again would have failed on the second question.

Another reason the second group would be pretty problamatic is that the Npc they relied on for info like knowledge religion was a redeemed Nurah so as written would have been a no win situation if she diddent go they would have failed 2 of 3 questions if she had they would still have failed the second question (Which in itself would have completly destroyed there redeeming of her)

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Yes but the fact I have to do that to make sure it is a none combat encounter is very problematic. At the end of the day my players all agreed that as written Iomedae dosent come across as a Lg goddess of Justice and honour (One actually asking me if this was another paladins of asmodeus moment)

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James Jacobs wrote:
Kevin Mack wrote:
Except having ran that bit by two groups both have agreed that as written it really dosent work for a goddess of honour good and justice.

Perhaps... but again... look at her role—she's a goddess of honor and justice, yes, and she IS good aligned, yes... but she's not a "goddess of good."

Which is, of course, semantics, but that's what the internet is for.

Well even at that as mentioned before you actually encounter her in the very first book (Admitadly in a dream/vision but dont think that would affect anything.) and her personality is a complete 180 turn on how she acts later.

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Except having ran that bit by two groups both have agreed that as written it really dosent work for a goddess of honour good and justice.

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A slap on the wrist that would turn probably 50% of Golarions population into chunky salsa

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thejeff wrote:
Scott Betts wrote:
Necromancer wrote:

Further information:

A detailed look at Dr. Sommers, her claims, and the data referenced.

This is really, really good stuff. Thank you.

"Really really Good stuff", except where it doesn't connect the points.

I agree with argument that there's a gender gap between hardcore and casual gamers and with the existence of a difference between the two classifications.

I'll even agree at least that there is no evidence that video games cause sexism or sexist attitudes and provisionally that millennials are less prejudiced.

None of this says that the games more frequently played by the hardcore gamers aren't sexist and that the sexism in those games, while they may not make those gamers more sexist, might still be part of the reason there is a gender gap.
Games not causing sexism certainly doesn't justify sexism in games. Nor does it justify the appalling abuse of some feminist commentators.

What really is the point of this again? Not quite shooting down a strawman, but not really on target either.

I think the point is that a lot of the evidence brought foreward that video games are sexist is frankly untrue or heavily misreported.

to Clarify I do think there is a problem with sexism in parts of the industry but I dont think that problem has much to do with the games themself.

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In all honesty more I hear from Salmond more I think he actually has no idea what he's doing.

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Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Sending Scotland broke is how the English forced the union in the first place. See the Darien disaster.

Um, I think they sent themselves broke with Darien. The Act of Union was England bailing Scotland out. The Scots were quite grateful at the time - well, the Scottish ruling classes, anyway.

Actually, Darien is a classic example of how it can be perilous to be a small country. It's not all that different from Ireland and Iceland.

Yeah As a Scott I was taught this and it is exactlly what happend. Scotlad spent a fortune trying to set up a colony and well lets just say it did not work out well at all.

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Very nice video and much more balanced and reaserched than certain other ones I can think of.

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Hi I was wondering if there were any summoning traditions amoungst the shontai whether spirit or animal?

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thejeff wrote:
So, did anyone actually read the article or are we just going to knee-jerk response to "white privilege" and the one quote about seeing race?

Seems Sara Marie did.

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thejeff wrote:
Kevin Mack wrote:
to be fair I do think that in this case the beheadings have more to do with the increase desire to bomb than anything else

More to do with public support and pressure, perhaps.

Strikes on ISIL in Iraq started before the beheadings (of US journalists, not of Iraqis) and there's been talk of expanding to Syria since then.

yeah but I seem to recall that before the journalists were killed there was a more lukewarm feel towards it all.

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JohnLocke wrote:
thejeff wrote:
JohnLocke wrote:
thejeff wrote:
JohnLocke wrote:
thejeff wrote:
For the record, while I don't expect this to be quick or easy, I also don't expect it to turn into another occupation
No, I'd imagine not. Obama's all about the lean, mean, drone strike and JSOC assassins machine.

The best bet, of course, would be for the U.S. to stay out of this conflict altogether. ISIL is a direct result of America's wars and policies - just as al-qaeda, the previous bogeyman, was. Have we learned nothing from history, here?

thejeff wrote:
Fearmongering the US into yet another war.

Everything is of course the US's fault. I know.

Most of those fearmongers cited are committed to bashing Obama for not doing enough to stop ISIL yet, while trying to avoid having to vote on authorizing anything, so that they can bash Obama for doing too much later on.

JohnLocke wrote:

I'm glad you accept America's responsibility in spreading war and death around the world. That's progress!

Who cares who's bashing Obama? When he arrogates the powers of war to himself, bypassing congress (who are pathetically supine, that's true) then he deserves every syllable of rebuke. ISIL poses no threat to the US - why get involved? What's the strategic interest here? Neutralizing a "future threat"? Protecting Israel? Keeping the money flowing to the "defence" industries?

Congress is not supine. That's not the point. Congress is actively avoiding responsibility while simultaneously attacking the President for taking the responsibility and not doing so.

As for who cares about the bashing, that's the motivation for the fearmongering you linked to. Far more than attempting to drum up war, it's about attacking Obama.

What's the strategic interest? Shutting down a force that's disrupting an entire strategically important region. Or at least

...

to be fair I do think that in this case the beheadings have more to do with the increase desire to bomb than anything else

Cheliax

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Wait there is such a thing as an ice cream Rodeo?

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U'h guys sorry if this is rude but A, this is the Ask Jason Bulmahn thread, and B' It's to ask none rule questions so maybe not the place to be having this discusion?

Edit nevermind seems to have solved itself.

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Hate to be a downer but I really dont see this one happening (Least not the way lot of people seem to want it to happen.)

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If people want to see the cover you can find it in the new product catalogue.

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Insnare wrote:

It wouldn't be racist it would be specist(although I am not 100% sure that specist would be the proper term because a construct is neither a race nor a species, you could then call it lifist)... whether it is a dick move or not would generally depend on the gaming table, wouldn't it? What goes at your table vs. mine is up to your gaming group and conversely up to mine.

As a side note, you should probably refrain from saying people are racist anyway, which is prejudicial, by the way and I just was bringing up an interesting point, which may or may not be plain semantics anyways... :)

On the side, since Pathfinder is a Roleplaying Game, I would also say that especially in the first adventure if you have a character from anywhere outside of Numera or even those within, it would be legitimate to treat a construct like a machine until the ice has been finally broken, an esprit de corps if you will has been established

except isnt the point of androids that they look more human than machine therefore at first glance they would appear as either a male or female human with strange tattoes.

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bugleyman wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
These forums, despite the opinion of some, aren't really any better than any others. There have been a few threads where I've had the entire Paizo Defense Force rise up and tell me to GTFO, that my opinions were unwelcome, and that I should leave these forums and not return sine I have the temerity to prefer some other system to Pathfinder.
The "Paizo Defense Force" is definitely a thing. Unfortunately.

To be fair while it is a thing it's a thing that in my experiance most game systems (or game companies) seem to have to various degrees Shadowrun has it, exalted has it 4e had it etc

Cheliax

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Out of curiosity will Innersea races have anything for Catfolk in it?

Cheliax

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Getting close to finding out what happend to the origonal group yet?

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Tels wrote:

Separate questions:

Assuming the Seven Swords of Sin module isn't retconned (a possibility considering it's origin as an attempt to build the room with the highest kill count), are the Council of Truth related to the Technic League of Numeria?

Could they be a rival group that attempted to secure technology and then those from Numeria wiped them out?

Possibly even a splinter faction of the original Technic League that got driven out?

Is there any chance that the Council of Truth is involved with Iron Gods?

Or do you think the Council of Truth should be retconned out of Golarion to be replaced with the Techninc League?

Council of truth are mentioned in the city of secrets book and Shatterd star adventure path so not much chance of them being retconned out (Also have nothing to do with the technic league or Numeria)

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That a hardback or a setting book?

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It begins Muhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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TheAntiElite wrote:

Originally I attempted to give the commissioner benefit of the doubt - he kept coming across as slightly bewildered, a little Mr. Magoo-ish, unsure why one of his boys would act out in such a fashion but sure there is a logical explanation.

Then he went on Hannity and blew that out of the water.

what did he say on Hannity?

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Wow glad it wasent just me who saw that.

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Hoping for a new devils book like the demon one we got for the worldwoun Ap so 10 or so chapters of iconics getting owned.

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Enjoying most the book but yeah the divine grace feat is......well put it this way just put ot on my Aasimir Oracle 4/sorceror 4/mystic Theluge 9 and her lowest save now is reflex at +17 (this is without stat boosters cloaks or feats adding to that save)

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not sure why but I assumed the Aether was soul

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A Kind of hoping it's a side scrolling beat em up like those two D&D ones

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Always like movie Bob's take of the whole Mandarin thing

Iron man 3 manadarin

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Yeah Salmond seems to be going into a bit of a meltdown now.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Neongelion wrote:

Howdy James,

Just curious, will we be getting artwork of

** spoiler omitted **

in all its glory? Mayhaps in the final book of IG?

Yes.

while speaking of said thing

Spoiler:
Will we be getting full details on what happend on the ship? How many crew it had etc?

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Ssalarn wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Nope it was retconned, ask James Jacobs yourself if you must:) there are no paladins of Asmodeus in pathfinder, its a fact

No, James Jacobs doesn't like paladins of Asmodeus in Golarion, because they don't jive with his personal aesthetics. The rules that allowed them to exist in the first place have never been changed.

At best, you can say that there are no longer paladins of Asmodeus in Golarion, assuming you can actually show an official retcon. The rules of Pathfinder still very much allow them and there's a fairly comprehensive blurb in Council of Thieves that discusses all the ways that a paladin might serve an Evil deity.

Actually since inner sea gods which contains an updated version of said article (and as most up to date is the canon) the paladins of asmodeus have been completly dropped. In fact more than just dropped completly rewritten to clearly state otherwise.

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Also did everyone foget about the mythic adventures book or something? (Seriously going by that it seems the secret of mythic power is to take half your clothing off.)

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A recent thread elsewhere in the forums New Iconics desexed Has gotten me wondering how much input is actually given by the paizo staff to Wayne in regards to the look. I'm fairly certain you have said in the past that your mostly hands off.

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Yep pretty sure you are seeing something that is not there.

Also define recent since I'm pretty sure the art for this book would have been orderd over a year ago if not later.

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Not really seeing the censored thing maybe people are seeing intent in the artwork thats not actually there?

If memory serves Paizo tend to be fairly hands off with fine details about the iconics (They provide race/ethnicity/gender and basic armour/weapon but thats about it) letting wayne have a pretty free reign with the art and since he dosent seem to frequent these forums all that much I doubt any of his desicions were based on any threads on them.

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I just look at it as something that makes the books more unique.

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thejeff wrote:
Sunderstone wrote:
GreyWolfLord wrote:


Hated Damien though. His origin always felt sort of contrived to me, and didn't really like his character.

Yes and No.

In a way it was a logical thing to happen considering the Batman/Talia thing. If they skipped Jason Todd and Tim Drake, we all might have liked Damian more. I personally never liked Jason Todd's character, even more so as Red Hood. I could also do without Tim Drake, and would have rather had Damien in those shoes. Maybe Spoiler (one of DC's better sidekick/supporting characters) could have been better as a friend to Damien than Tim. She could have softened him gradually, and/or Damien could have corrupted her at the same time. Lot of lost potential there.

I really liked much of what they did with Damian. And always kind of liked Tim Drake too. Unlike Tim though, Damian was made for a specific story arc with an ending. Not just to be the new Robin. That let him be a very different character.

Damian and Tim weren't really close in anything I saw. Dick and Damian did bond and that was handled well.
Stephanie (as Batgirl) had at least one really nice issue with Damian. After the mandatory team-up, where he has to go undercover as an ordinary 10 year old schoolkid on a field trip, she tries to teach him to play, with mixed results.
Yeah, I would have liked to see more of them together.
But then New 52 and no more Stephanie.

Stephanie is actually back now if I'm not mistaken.

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Very nice story but does anyone else think she looks a lot like that female dwarf from dragon age awakaning?

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Pretty sure Russia had nothing much to do with Libya.

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Aranna wrote:

You need proof?

Proof of looting

Even if the ring was fake the rest isn't.

Except it dosent prove the rebels looted the crash site just that someone did which keep in mind was (and far as I'm aware still is) an unsecured crash site covering a large area.

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and once again looking at a comment section makes me lose more faith in humanity

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