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Freehold DM wrote:
I work in psychology and am not state licensed. I have gamed with people who have had diagnoses running from depression to schizophrenia, and gaming has helped all but one of them deal with their issues in some way.
Nice to see someone else from the MH field on the message boards. Regards.
I work in psychology and am state licensed. Over the years I have observed (to be clear, NOT officially diagnosed) many players I've played with who demonstrate various mental health symptoms which may or may not meet clinical criteria for a MH diagnosis. As a practicing clinician, I've had a few clients over the years, who at some point stated that they were into RPGs.
It is my observation that quite a few gamers have had varying degrees of social deficits or other personality quarks that probably don't reach the level of a clinical mental health diagnosis.
As far as players with bonna fide mental health issues, I have GM'd a number of players who have previously been in treatment for clinical depression (Dysthymic disorder, major depression) and bipolar disorder (they have stated to me).
I think that the most common MH condition that gamers who I've known have had, is attention deficit disorder (ADHD). A large number of players I've known previously have told me that they have ADHD. I don't know if I'd go so far as to venture that 'gamers' are 'more likely' to have mental health issues than non-gamers, but my personal opinion is that this may be the case.
And if you have mental health issues, stay in treatment as needed and take your medications as prescribed. And live healthy and happy :)
Turin the mad was hoping to continue our Cthulhu campaign using that adventure, but for reasons I don't recall, we ended up going to the 1-session Carrion Crown, where we had 2 TPKs in the first session. Might as well have been a Call of Cthulhu game, given the casualty count.
I would as ever enjoy playing with Turin the mad, who I've gamed with since 1982, and Pheonixhawk, who I've gamed with since 2000.
Add to that:
And awesome fellow posters on my Age of Worms, Return to the Tomb of Horrors, Campaign Classics and other campaign journals: You guys rule!
Legendarius, are you still out in Loudoun county?
As I was re-reading this thread, (specifically the fight against the skeleton champion), I thought of the old Golden Axe video games, where those skeletons just hammer your character repeatedly, no matter what you do. Fun stuff. Turin, I may use your skeletal brute in some future game. He's priceless. Al
P.H. Dungeon wrote:
PH, this is a tragic development. Though I couldn't have helped with a system other than 3.5 or Pathfinder, I nevertheless feel that the rest of us in the GM community let you down, if your players skated through Kyuss and Dragotha without even one PC buying the farm...
I agree with you.
It would appear that the majority of the American people believe my 'wild accusations.' Your party nominated a hopelessly flawed candidate with a known history of corruption. You pay the price.
Only legitimate evidence is acceptable.
Those weren't imaginary millions donated to the Clinton Foundation by a Cossack.
The Norv wrote:
Those investigations were inadequate, and continually hampered by Clinton and her cronies who didn't play ball, and an Obama DOJ who didn't even attempt to seriously investigate her. If Trump wants to go after her, the evidence will be found. Hell, 20% of US uranium is now going to Russia, and investors donated millions to the Clinton foundation. That example alone (out of many) ought to do it.
This election has been slanting Trump's way for some time, even before the email-gate re-investigations and then cessations. The polls ALWAYS slant Democrat. The final results are always closer. The polls never tell you what the real outcome is going to be, as they always make it seem like the Democrat candidate is doing better than they actually are.
I'm suggesting that a Secretary of State who has sold/peddled influence to numerous foreign entities and governments for contributions to the Clinton Foundation, which the FBI is currently investigating (unlike the emails) is deserving of incarceration if her guilt can be proven, which I believe it will be.
Guy Humual wrote:
Guy, single payer is a nightmare. I have family that lives in Norway and Sweden. I never cease to be amazed at the misguided romanticism with this lousy system. Norway expropriates/nationalizes industries, and hits its citizens up with a 60% federal income tax, plus a 20% value added tax, and they can barely pay the bills. And in 20 years from now, when the immigrant population in their country doubles or triples, they won't be able to do that. There is Zero chance that their system will work here in the USA. And are you ready to pay 60% of your income to the feds to have their crappy health care system, plus a 20 VAT on anything you buy? I think not. And as a healthcare provider, I'm not willing to take the paltry reimbursement rates that that type of a system gives to its healthcare providers.
Guy Humual wrote:
That's correct. Obama has spent more than 1 trillion dollars per year than the feds took in in income taxes. That money was borrowed, and has been added to the debt, which now stands at close to 20 trillion.
Bush took the debt from 6 trillion to 10 trillion. Totally unacceptable, and the Republicans who went along with it are also to blame.
Clinton had a surplus because of the dot.com boom on Wallstreet that masked the financial debacle he created. That debacle arrived the last year of his presidency and continued through the early years of the Bush 43 first presidency, which didn't change course.
What cost Reducing are you talking about? Arizona premiums are going up over 100 % in 2017. Everyone's premiums are going thru the roof. Insurance companies are pulling out of Obamacare faster than a 3rd world banana republic, because they're losing hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It is unsustainable, without bleeding everyone who pays into the system to subsidize everyone who doesn't. I'm a healthcare professional. I see this every day.
Freehold DM wrote:
Bush is cut from the same cloth as the Clintons. They wasted 2 trillion on wars that achieved little. I'm not defending Bush 41 or 43.
The debt went from 10 trillion to almost 20 trillion under Obama. Who are you kidding. That's the debt of all prior presidential administrations combined.
Spare me the fiction. My family plan went up $9,000.00 last year. Many other families who actually pay for their own insurance are being bled dry by the insane increases in premiums. Even Bill Clinton admitted it. Its not even debatable.
Turin the Mad wrote:
Please educate a fellow washed up GM. Other than oozes, constructs and elementals, what other types of critters ignore sneak attacks?
KILLER GM’s 2016 Campaign ‘Styes 3, Hour of the Knife, Feast of Dust and Maure Castle / Legacy of Worms’ Campaign
I have been a total slacker on posting since the initial post above. The group has played twice. In the first game session there were TWO (2) character fatalities. The characters started the campaign trying to help their town/village which is on the frontier on the brink of a goblin/dwarf war. An important caravan with supplies for the character’s town was waylaid by goblin invaders, and the PCs opted to go after them. The PCs arrived at the layer of local menace where they found their caravan wagons outside being ransacked by a dozen goblins. The PCs wasted all of the goblins without incident. The group then went into the lair of Louie, the Troll Chef Magnifique and his ogre henchman Frankie. The PCs dispatched some more goblins and then got to the Troll’s lair. Long story short for the sake of time and simplicity, the PCs played smart, but the PC meat shield Bob the Fighter got critically hit and dispatched by Frankie the Ogre Henchman (casualty #1), before finally beating Louie the Troll Chef into tomato paste. Frankie opted to surrender, and the PCs strangely accepted and let Frankie go. The PCs then took on the goblin leader Smitty and his mystery friend (who happened to be a greater barghest). The PCs made short work of Captain Smitty, the goblin leader, but Mr. Barghest greased Bob the Fighter #2 (casualty #2) before fighting the PCs to a stand still. I thought I’d save the Barghest for later instead of finishing the fight to the bitter end there, and Barghest Dimension Door’d out. The PCs then went back to town and did their usual thing.
In the second game session, there were Zero character demises (please accept my apologies). The group was sent to the ruins of Brookmere to disrupt a meeting wherein a representative of the goblin king was trying to bribe a tribe of gnolls and another tribe of goblin-like ogres, called "maugres," to join his war effort against the dwarven lands. The PCs first fought with an advanced Mimic (CR 5). The mimic at one point had three characters glued to him, and it appeared that a TPK might be possible, but the last character dropped the mimic to two hit points, at which time he surrendered. The PCs gained the mimic as a guard dog for their yet-to-be-found or built headquarters. The PCs then missed an advanced Owlbear that I had hopes would carve them up, and eventually stumbled on the main threat of the day, an advanced ghoul (ghast) Rogue 6/Fighter 1. At one point, the ghast had three of the four characters present paralyzed. The characters played very smart, at times running around the room so that the ghast could only charge after them and get one attack out of its usual three (owing to his paralysis attacks). Eventually, I couldn’t get an ample opportunity to try to coup’ de gras any characters, and the group wore the ghast down. Full props to the players for their brains and good sense.
The third session is coming up later this month (July). The characters will be attempting to help fight against the goblin war effort by assisting in getting a peace treaty between the orcs and dwarves signed. The PCs will be sent to help safeguard the orc monarch and ensure that the treaty gets signed. The PCs will be protecting the orc prince against multiple assassins who are all gunning for him (the Von Trap Family Slashers, Moose & Rocco: the Hammer Brothers & others). When I imagined this scenario, it had the feel of the movie ‘Smoking Aces.’ I just wasn't sure where to set the adventure.
In a nod to 'Old School' gaming, I opted to set the adventure in a 'historic location.' While the intent of the dwarves & orcs was to hold the peace conference in a safe & secure castle or manor, the orcs, dwarves, assassins and PCs all show up/get misdirected to the wrong manor house. In this case, TEGEL MANOR to be exact :O
We'll start Tegel Manor some time later this month. Sorry for the delay in posts. I will attempt to get posts up sooner given the classic adventure that is Tegel Manor, and its potential for absolute repeated character annihilation. ~KGM
Though this thread is clearly dated, I have read some of the posts and have a few thoughts, as someone who has been called a Killer GM by some past players. A fair number of the examples of bad DM'ing listed in the posts above strike me as being perpetrated by DMs who frankly have personality problems, serious social skills deficits and/or other cognitive issues going on with them. Effective DM'ing requires good social wherewithal and people skills. Knowing the rules, making the game fun, and providing logical consequences are all a part of it.
While I have certainly greased my share of player characters, I do it according to the rules, and also conduct myself as a sensible, amicable person during the game. As far as the game mechanics go, I keep encounters to within 3 or 4 CR's/EL's of the average party level. When I read stories of traps greasing half of a party with no save or way to avoid it; or CR/EL 20 opponents being dropped onto a group of low level characters, that isn't a "Killer GM," rather, it's a moron and a social idiot who has little ability to engage in a game that requires mutual reciprocity of all participants, good impulse control, diplomacy and solid people skills.
In short, these types of Kooks, masquerading as Killer GM's are giving us real Killer GM's a bad name. These clowns shouldn't be running a game. They should be involved in group therapy and social skills training through a local mental health provider.
KILLER GM’s 2016 Campaign ‘Styes 3, Hour of the Knife, Feast of Dust and Maure Castle / Legacy of Worms’ Campaign
Hello everyone. I’ve returned from a lengthy lay-off, and am attempting to resurrect something resembling my old Pathfinder game. I have one player from my last campaign and four new players I've never rolled with before. The game will be held only monthly, and we've just started in March. I hope to have the first game's post up sometime later this week.
This campaign will consist of four parts. I’ve composed a very brief and rough outline below of what I’m expecting to include in the campaign. As things often change, I have no idea how much of this will come off as planned, but I'm leaning towards the following:
Part 1: a homebrew adventure “the Goblin Wars,” starting at 4th level to 7th level, the characters will be wading through a war-torn landscape of goblin/dwarf confrontations, looking to find a cache of hidden gold.
Part 2: 7th to 10th level, the 2nd ed Ravenloft adventure Hour of the Knife (using Pathfinder rules), followed by some adventure yet to be determined, and then conclude with a homebrew that I’ll call the “Styes 3” (nods to Richard Pett).
Part 3: 11th level to 13th level: Feast of Dust, a new Pathfinder module written by Nick Logue.
Part 4: And Lastly, I will either conclude with a homebrew adventure I’ll call “Legacy of Worms” which is based off of the Age of Worms adventure path, which I ran ten years ago; OR Maure Castle.
All the characters are starting at 4th level. Most players (one notable exception) are already hitting me up to use every Paizo book in existence...
The players and their characters for the first game session were (note the characters nick names are mine, and not what the players call their characters):
Bates the Rogue #9: Is being played by the player of Bates from many past games I've done campaign threads for on these boards. The player is the same, the class (rogue) is the same, and the feeble attempts at survival are the same. He just isn't playing a skulk anymore. I'm starting him at #9 because I think his character bought the farm about eight times in the last Tomb of Horrors and 2014 campaigns I ran the character in. I didn't count to be exact though. I will confess that I did NOT waste his character in our first session, because he was beaten into unconsciousness in the first big encounter, and charmed throughout the second... I thought I'd spare him till next week.
Patsy the Useless Bard: I didn't even bother attacking him during the 1st session because he was largely inconsequential to what happened, that there was no reason to go after him. In the rare moment when he did hit an opponent, he did about 3 hp of damage per hit. Before the game ended, the player of Patsy started playing another character (see Presto below) along with Patsy who actually did a few worthwhile things.
Chef the Gnome Alchemist and his riding dog Fido. An interesting character, but his bark is worse than his bite...
Da' Fighter the Fighter: fairly capable, but was beaten like a red-headed step child all afternoon.
Doc the Cleric: he has a high AC, and is a healing machine.
Presto the Wizard, came in during the final encounter when the player's other character Patsy the bard simply wasn't accomplishing anything worth while.
I look forward to corresponding with you delightful gents that I’ve previously met during campaign journals past, and new posters as well. Regards, KGM
I'll add my name to the petition for a Tian Xia AP, on the condition that the writers of the AP each read the Master Li & Number Ten Ox Trilogy of books by Barry Hughart before they start writing. What I don't want is a standard AP that has Chinese names and concepts slapped on like a cheap coat of paint.
I am re-starting my group. We play Pathfinder 1 (one) Saturday per month for about 6 or 7 hours, starting at around 9:30 or 10 am. I am located in Stafford Virginia. I have 3 players at present. The game will start in February or March 2016. The players are currently deciding what genre they want (if you join us, you are welcome to offer your opinions also), but the system will be Pathfinder. I run the game at my residence, which is just off I-95 and Route 1.
Gawd, I love these stat blocks. I miss the days... And the first question anyone reading these stat blocks ought to be asking themselves is why Paizo isn't paying Turin to write for them. Turin does every one of those blocks from the ground up. In a past life, Turin was crunching numbers for some emperor or another...
Killer_GM, there's a video in the OP. About the 17 minutes mark he starts explaining his theory for why schizophrenia is something that's purely made up, and caused by, psychiatry.
Perhaps the video in question (which I haven't watched) is put together by Scientologists. They have a very dour view of psychiatry in general. I've worked with people who have schizophrenia. How does psychiatry "cause" people to have psychotic symptoms. All people who are eventually treated for psychotic symptoms or schizophrenia actually have to demonstrate the symptoms before they are ever prescribed any medications for the behaviors. Whether or not you like medications, unless you want to commit 'schizophrenics' to insane asylums or give them lobotomies, medication is the main way to keep many of these individuals stable and able to function in society. Many of the perpetrators of mass shootings/killings in recent history in this country have supposedly had this condition. I respectfully disagree with those who would suggest that 'psychiatry' or psychotropic medications cause the condition. Ridiculous. You can make arguments for/against the medications, but the meds do not cause the condition. End of story.
I think you are correct that wages as a whole have not significantly increased for a long time. Mine have, but then I work for myself and can create new clients/business as much as I have the time/desire to do so. The stock market has only done well because the Fed has dumped trillions (with a T) into it. Both Republicans and Democrats are responsible for this. It gives the appearance that the economy is in better shape than it really is, but even more importantly, it funds everyone's pensions. And when people's pensions fails, then the government is in real trouble, and they want to prevent this. And make no mistake, Democrats are as beholden to Wall Street as republicans are, even though they suggest otherwise.I don't believe that trickle-down is a fraud. The country has to actually have prosperity to have trickle-down. Having the Fed buy up bad debt and bailing out the stock market only masquerades as prosperity. More business paying taxes generates more tax revenue. I think that is preferable than just taking more, knowing that it will result in people working and making less (Supply & Demand versus Keynesian economics).
I find it interesting that many on the political left (and I am by no means suggesting where your political inclinations are), think that 'Conservatives' worship at the trough of Wall Street. Conservatives stand to lose as much, if not more than anyone, by Wall Street's abuses. The more money the fed prints to bail out Wall Street, the less my money is worth. That hardly benefits me and the hard working people who play by the rules, save & invest, and who aren't independently wealthy. Mainstream republicans may support Wall Street bailouts and indiscriminate military action abroad. 'Paleo-conservatives' have (I think) a more sensible view on a number of these sorts of issues.
Whatever you think of the Fairness Doctrine, it was in place for 40 years and the country thrived.
The country's thriving was in spite of the Fairness Doctrine. And I would contend that the country did a lot more 'thriving' from 1980 to 1988, and it's been a downhill slide ever since, even without the Fairness Doctrine.
I might make the same observation about your statements as well. I do however thank you for your concern.
The FCC and numerous prominent politicians have in recent years wanted to bring back the “Fairness Doctrine, (which was repealed in 1987), that mandated private radio stations devote time to all points of view during discussion of controversial topics. This actions, if implemented (and they did try) would have been to stifle free speech, and have the government arbitrate what is “fair” and “correct” on your car radio.