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Grognardy Dangerfield wrote:
I understand that being too ridged can lead to being too inflexible. Though the trend seems to be towards such loose standards that its hard to find anything of passable quality anymore.

As your post illustrates.

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SheepishEidolon wrote:
You both have a point here, it's a list easy to agree to.

"Millenials want more time for hobbies and better work-life balance." Well, no kidding, pretty much everyone wants that. This isn't unique to any generation. What may differ is whether the respondent views these as things they're actually likely to get.

The only items on the list I don't "want" are

- Being online as central concept in free time
- Don't fight for (radically) new political system

But again, stuff like "Few compromises at life style" is pie-in-the-sky unless you're a trust fund baby or are otherwise very lucky.

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
There are also a surprising number of young people who feel alienated by a society that constantly mocks their need for "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" without bothering to understand where the need comes from.

One can understand where the desire comes from. Believe it or not, lots of non-Millenials grew up feeling outcast, disenfranchised, and hated by mainstream society as well. However:

In my own defense, I'd point out that having all your friends blown up in front of you is potentially slightly more traumatic, in an acute sense, than being disenfranchised, but that's not a very strong defense: I'll even agree that it's arguably desirable to prevent any preventable trauma, without putting them on a scale. But understanding the desire, and even sympathizing with it, doesn't automatically equate to feeling the "need" to remold the world in accordance with that desire. Maybe that's where the "entitlement" thing comes in? Granted, maybe it's just sour grapes -- "nobody cut us a break, why should you get one?" -- I won't argue there isn't a very large element of that. But we're starting to veer off-topic so I'll leave it at that.

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Storyteller Shadow wrote:
All 3 of these "types" of generational examples exist for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers as well.

Totally agree. People's life experiences, and their subsequent approach to life, are a lot more important than their chronological age.

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I'm seeing at least three different groups of "Millenials." Let's look at some people who might currently be in their mid '20s.


[Name redacted] lives with her mommy, has a part-time sales job, has zero ambition in life at all except to spend as much time as possible submerged in social media, and might never have her own home or career. Any remotely negative comment about anything from anyone is almost too shocking for her to contemplate, and leads to passive-aggressive retaliation. This is the type of spoiled, self-absorbed, entitled kid that people think of. However, contrast her with:


[Name redacted] I recently recruited to our company. He's the same age and education, but hit the ground running and is absolutely kicking ass. He volunteers for the toughest assignments, and reliably completes them in an efficient manner with value added. If people like him were running the planet, I'd feel like we were in very good hands indeed and that I could safely be put out to pasture. In ten years, I assume he'll be my boss. However, contrast them with:


[Name redacted], coming off of tours in Iraq and/or Afghanistan with PTSD, now struggling to make a living among a bunch of civilians, and largely unable to connect with them, because their idea of a "safe space" doesn't mean that the area has been cleared of IEDs. There are a surprising number of young people who fit this description.

Trying to lump those three into a homogeneous "generational" group is an exercise in futility.
EDIT: I myself am an early Gen X-er, if that matters.

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More awesome mindless entertainment I finally got to see:
Ash vs. Evil Dead. If you liked the original Evil Dead trilogy, this show is a must-see.

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Chengar Qordath wrote:
The CR system might call a Shadow an easy encounter for a level 3 party, but I've seen quite a few level parties that wouldn't have much in the way of tools to deal with one.

That's more a failure of those parties than of the CR system, IMHO... then again, I'm coming from a background in which lack of a 10-ft. pole meant certain death.

One major failure of the CR system I'll readily acknowledge is that a 10th level NPC fighter is in no way a CR 9 challenge (closer to CR 5, in fact). But that's a C/MD disparity problem, a bigger issue than CR.

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Aranna wrote:
Everything you know comes from only two sources direct observation or being told by some other person.

There are no other possible sources? Really? Inductive reasoning, as opposed to deductive?

For example, I can be pretty sure the continents move, even if I can't see them do so, and even if no one tells me so, by looking at sea floor spreading, apparent polar wander, fossil asssemblages, global orogeny and trench situation, etc., etc. None of those are observations of what I'm concluding (and in many cases seem to have nothing to do with it), and further in most cases they are second- or third-hand observations from imaging methods, museum-going, etc. There's no way to start with one of them and follow a deductive chain all the way to the end. Yet all of them together can tell a pretty convincing story -- in fact, I'm more certain of that conclusion than I am of anything I'm told by a single person.

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Charon's Little Helper wrote:
In theory I agree with you - but going by the 3.5 HD etc., some monsters you build were crazy OP for their CR, and others were push-overs.

It was easy to build critters with insanely high melee capability for their CR -- but they'd be pushovers when it came to spells or missile fire, so I always felt the results were just about right. (As far as underpowered, that came up when you tried to make a Large wraith, but that's a pretty minor corner-case.)

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You know what I thought was a huge step backwards?
Monster building.

In 3.5, we had tables explaining how to directly adjust the CR if you added HD, or if you made a critter bigger or smaller, etc. Pathfinder instead gives a table of target values for combat stats and says "just fudge it."

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We took baby Gersen to the park yesterday; they had ponies, pigs, owls, and an emu on display (I was very proud that she was the only person -- adults included -- who correctly named the latter instead of saying "look at the ostrich!").

This morning I knew she was up when, from across the house, I heard her yell, "I put the emu in the MAILBOX!"

I have no idea where that came from, but apparently she found it hilarious; she proceeded to repeat that phrase more quietly and chuckle to herself as she got up.

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John Napier 698 wrote:
during its accretion

Please allow me to congratulate you on being the only other person on the Paizo boards who uses the possessive correctly, rather than awkwardly substituting a contraction in its place.

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Theconiel wrote:
I work at a high school, so I overhear lots of good stuff.

When I taught high school, the stuff I'd hear in the halls on Monday mornings would choke a goat.

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MagusJanus wrote:
My job is to advocate for science and environmentalism, no matter what.

Hi. I'm a scientist, who happens to work in the environmental field. If your recent posts in this thread are any evidence of your work, PLEASE STOP "HELPING" -- you would advocate far better by taking up a different career.

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thejeff wrote:
Yeah, it's like the whole "there are no atheists in foxholes" thing.

I like These Guys.

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Sundakan wrote:
A lot of scholars agree that the way it is written is more correctly read as "The knowledge between good and evil", which COULD be interpreted that they now know the difference between right and wrong (hence shame at their nakedness)

The parenthetical aside seems like a total non-sequitor. Outside of cultural standards that seem firmly rooted in enforcement of caste/status, how is being naked "wrong," unless it causes you to freeze to death or die of sunburn? Or is the creation and enforcement of an artificial social hierarchy somehow objectively "good"?

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I'd like to see more size categories above Colossal, and distances like close/short/medium/long/extreme/continental/solar system/transgalactic, and to get the final DC, you'd maybe multiply the size modifier by the distance DC.

So, to notice a Medium batter (x1) from the stands (Medium range; DC 10) would maybe be a DC 10 check, but for him to read the newspaper you're holding (diminutive; x4) from that same distance would be a DC 40 check. We'd have to play with the scaling and so on, but that might be a simpler and better way to go.

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Almost done with Protector. Biological idiocy aside, when it gets into anticipating and countering alien technological advancements in preparation for fighting them, it's awesome. (The whole "war has been going on for years before the enemy is even sighted" thing is something that Niven is unmatched at across several genres; he practically defined that trope for fantasy in What Good is a Glass Dagger?)

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Trigger Loaded wrote:
accepting that means life sucks by default.

I disagree completely -- it just means life will probably suck if you sit around focusing on all sorts of mopey nihilism instead of acting to make it NOT suck for the brief time you're here.


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Aberzombie wrote:
My children to me pretty much every other day: I need [insert random item or food particle here].

That's Baby Gersen every 5 seconds or so, in response to nearly everything she sees. Which leads to comedy gold when we're at the grocery store and she yells "I need a beer!" or we meet one of Mrs Gersen's well-endowed mommy friends and she yells "I need boobies!"

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Sundakan wrote:
Set wrote:
Ah, like how there were never, ever any sequels to Highlander. None. At all.
Eh, Highlander 3 and Endgame weren't bad. Kinda weird that they made a 3 before making a second one though.

I totally disagree; Highlander 3 was dreck, and Mario Van Peebles is about as scary a villain as Tickle Me Elmo. Highlander 2 was unabashedly enthusiastic about being a comedy spoof of the first one, and in my mind it succeeded admirably in that.

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TOZ wrote:
I'm going to start requiring players to roll Perception checks to hear their comrades speak.

I actually need to do that IRL, judging by the number of "pardons" and "what-was-thats" that pepper my speech.

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This use of clone goes all the way back to Gygax & co. playing what would eventually become OD&D. IIRC, you made a bunch of clones and kept them in temporal stasis. If you got killed, one of the clones would wake up -- this seems to be ripped off whole cloth from Jack Vance's Clarges (aka "To Live Forever"), by the way.

If you wanted to kill a wizard, you simultaneously had your army sack his fortress and kill all his clones -- I think Robilar did this once or twice.

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Visiting my parents over the weekend, I found some old Remo Williams "The Destroyer" books and read two of them in short order. If anyone wondered why Gygax included the Monk class, of all things, in 1st ed. AD&D, consider it thoroughly answered. In retrospect, I can't believe Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir didn't end up in Appendix N.

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Limeylongears wrote:

The 'lost' second verse of Jingle Bells, which nobody ever sings (the whole song can be found here), goes:

A day or two ago
I tho't I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright ?!
Was sitting by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank
And we - we got upsot.

There are two more verses after that, one of which was omitted in your link:

A day or two ago,
The story I must tell
I went out on the snow,
And on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by
In a one-horse open sleigh,
He laughed as there I sprawling lie,
But quickly drove away.

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you'll take the lead.

"Jingle Bells" is currently one of Baby Gersen's top 3 favorite songs (the others being "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and Howlin' Wolf's "Forty-Four"), and the only one she actually sings along with.

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_Ozy_ wrote:
it's the armor bonus, not the enchantment bonus that is compared.

"Enchantment" is not a bonus type in PF. "Enhancement," however, is.

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Wulfram Kane wrote:

An expended prepared spell can be 'recast' in this manner.

If the daily casting limit has been exceeded, the spell can be cast in this manner.

So, liches can cast infinite spells?

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Talonhawke wrote:
Okay I'll take a look. Now when you say basic the Kirthfinder list or the full CRB list?

The KF list was an attempt to create some sort of manageable set of options from the insane PF glut, which often seemed to have no rhyme or reason to ACP, ASF, and pricing. If we end up making a "generic medium armor" that ends up being zero numen, for example, we should be able to stat up any PF armor by starting with that and applying +/- bonuses, using the costs in Chapter 6 (which probably need to be modified to make it work).

So, PF "purple mountain ten mirrors cat poop armor" from the Oriental Equipment Guide (or whatever) might be generic medium armor with -2 ACP (400) and -10% weight (+200) = 600 numen cost.

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Anecdotally, I give sorcerers their bonus spells when a wizard would normally get a spell of that level (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.), and also give them the eldritch blast stuff from the 3.5e warlock, and also amped up their bloodline powers... and they're still not quite as good as wizards and clerics.

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And her confusion with pronouns continues to crack me up.
Yesterday (sitting on Mrs Gersen): "I sit in my lap!"

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Toddler Gersen: "Where is mama?"
Me: "Maybe she's hiding -- can you go find her?"
TG (shrugging exaggeratedly): "Where could she BE?"
Me: "In the bathroom?"
TG (touches mouth with forefinger): "Hmmm... maybe, in the wall!"
Me: "I don't think she's in the wall."
TG (touching foot): "In the sock?"
Me: "No, she's not in your socks! That's silly!"
TG: "In the dresser!"
Me: "No, probably not in the dresser."
TG (sniffing and touching diaper): "In the poopoo!!!!"

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M Goblin Beer Snob 1/Freethinker 3

It's great to be a full BAB character in melee in this system! It gets even better at BAB +6 when you have two attacks, two immediate actions, and a move...

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Bill Dunn wrote:
No, they probably just don't care about the opinions of viewers who can't be bothered to be as culturally literate as they are yet want to participate in the conversation.

You seriously think Marvel is doing this, and would keep doing it at a loss, just for the art? Get real. These aren't cheap indy flicks intended only for the fanbase. All those viewers who aren't "culturally literate" enough for you -- they're exactly the ones who enable studios to rake in big $ for summer popcorn flicks so they can keep making more of them. And those viewers' opinions are exactly what dictates whether those viewers keep going to spend more $ to see more movies.

The longer Marvel can keep making profitable movies, the longer you snobs can keep sneering down your noses at the people who make it possible. If you're against that, well, so be it.

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Burgomeister of Troll Town wrote:
I don't care what you guys say, Winnie-the-Pooh is f%+!ing awesome.

My daughter is currently obsessed. I now know it to be the result of your curse.

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I'm reading this thread.

Kirth Gersen wrote:
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
I've been reading Louisa May Alcott's gripping sword-and-sorcery saga Little Women...
It's posts like this that make me wish these forums had a "Like" button, the way Facebook does.

Post #2441, for posterity.

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If you like Eddie Deezen, be sure to add Surf II to your list of mindless comedies. And The Whoopie Boys, with Paul Rodriguez.

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Crusinos wrote:
And, yes, NSFW movies will be good. They can't be any worse than the supposedly SFW jokes I overhear in some of the labs... I will never look at pickles the same way again...

Along the lines of stuff like Porky's, I also have a soft spot for Screwballs and The Cheerleaders -- they're really dumb T&A movies (the latter more blatantly so than the former), and don't pretend to be anything else.

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Man, I used to use I-95 a lot, too, when I lived in Connecticut, and later on in Virginia and South Carolina. Either the U.S. highway system is really good, or I've lived in WAY too many U.S. states (8 so far).

Or maybe both.

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A few months back I got half-smashed and watched Cold in July, with Don Johnson and Sam Sheppard. The seemingly random, almost jarring genre shifts -- from psychological thriller to buddy comedy to action shoot-'em-up -- are a breath of fresh air for people who think Hollywood movies are too predictable.

In Joe Landsale's book, the genre shifts actually make sense; in the movie, just go with them, they're great.

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If you like the really bad NSFW late-night "comedies" that Joe-Bob Brigs used to present on The Movie Channel, I can probably think up some recommendations along those lines as well.

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And of course I feel like I don't even need to mention Cheech and Chong...

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Super Troopers -- Broken Lizard's subsequent offerings (Club Dread, Beer Fest) sadly fell far short of this comedic/stoner masterpiece. (Slammin' Salmon was pretty good, but still not up to that bar.)

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One of my favorites is Takin' Care of Business, with Jim Belushi and Charles Grodin (and Mako, and a super-hot Loryn Locklim) -- now slightly dated but still immensely fun. Jim is in prison but wins baseball tickets on a radio show, so he decides to break out of prison to see the game, then break back in so they can release him the next day. Somewhere along the way he gets mistaken for a high-powered ad exec. Hilarity ensues.

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Comedies are always great for turn-your-brain-off time. I like the classics (Caddyshack, Airplane!, Animal House, Vacation, et al.) and stoner comedies (Grandma's Boy, The Stoned Age, Harold & Kumar, et al.). Some of the really fragmented, inappropriate, and stoopid skit-based ones can be a lot of fun as well (Kentucky Fried Movie, Movie 43).

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Fellfire wrote:

How to Drink Scotch Part 1: Water? Ice? Food?

You forgot straight out of the bottle.

Raymond Chandler, in The Big Sleep, wrote:

"How do you take your brandy, sir?"

"In a glass."

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Me, too. I should mention that I'd have likely been hit, too, except I instinctively took my foot off the gas when the sports car flew past me, so the whole thing took place in front of me instead of on top of me. Moral of the story -- slow down anytime something is happening you either don't understand or can't keep track of the spacial relations of.

With all that said, on a lighter note, I-10 is a pretty nice highway here, with big, convenient 3-lane feeders on either side.

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Aberzombie wrote:
Interstate 10 (I-10) is the southernmost cross-country interstate highway in the American Interstate Highway System. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean at State Route 1 (SR 1) (Pacific Coast Highway) in Santa Monica, California, to I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida. This freeway is part of the originally planned Interstate Highway network that was laid out in 1956, and its last section was completed in 1990. I-10 is the fourth-longest Interstate Highway in the United States, following I-90, I-80, and I-40. About one-third of its length is within the state of Texas, where the freeway spans the state at its widest breadth.

I drive on I-10 in Texas every day. Once saw a guy killed in a horrific accident right in front of me there.

A kid in a sports car going at least 95 mph sideswiped another vehicle, which plowed through the separator and into the toll/HOV lanes, struck the median barrier, rebounded all the way across all 4 lanes, and finally smashed head-on into a minivan that was trying to merge onto the freeway and had nowhere to go to avoid it (the driver's side of the minivan was crushed so badly it became part of the out-of-control car, so I assume no one could have survived that). I'm still trying to un-see that.

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Aberzombie wrote:
I think every dude had that issue.

Or, in my case, wishes they did.

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Jiggy wrote:

It was 7th level, fighter versus wizard. Want to guess who won?


You mean a CR 7 PC wizard can defeat a CR 3 NPC warrior who happens to have a couple of random pluses and an extra couple of feats? Say it ain't so!

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Toddler Gersen, being barely 2, usually says stuff like "Want eat that!"
Sometimes, though, she'll say, "Brag Boog Blog Bleeg" or something, just to see if I'm paying attention.
Invariably, I'll respond, "Brag Boog Blog Bleeg?"
And she gives me THAT LOOK, which makes her seem 14 instead of 2, and very clearly enunciates, "Dada, what are you talking about?!"

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