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I think to minimize the "offense as a weapon", don't respond to a post. Flag it, and move on.
Knight who says Meh wrote:
They go into what I like to call, a basket of skittleables. You know, your yellow, orange, green, purple...
Which is all beside the point, and not even what's being talked about.
Is Paizo pro-LGBTQ? Yes.
Now that that is out of the way, what on God's green Earth does that have to do with an SJW dropping into a thread and blowing it up, and the wrong person getting in trouble for it?
David knott 242 wrote:
And this would explain offending posts not getting removed, how?
Let's say you manage a restaurant. You have a table of 6 people sitting and talking about various things. Someone walks by and misshears a statement. They decide to call out the person they misunderstood, while getting heated, while the table, for the most part, tries to explain that they misunderstood, and they need to stop, and do not get heated. Person relents, and walks away (then possibly complains to management).
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
It is consistent in it's inconsistency. Why bother having guidelines?Be up front. Say you don't care if this is a friendly place to all customers. If we don't personally like a post or poster, we'll take steps.
Boom done. No misunderstanding at that point.
If they want to be an overly PC Something Awful, then just say so.
Thing is, the situation (the discussion in the thread) had resolved itself, then some time later the removals happened. When that happens, it seems as though someone hit a "flag" and the posts were nuked from orbit without reading what actually had happened.
I agree that it's Paizo's forums, and they can do what they want. But to say that the moderation policy is consistent across the board is laughable.
M Firebird Firebender/ Testpilot/ Robot Jock
"Copy that, over." he lands, and picks up the unconscious forms gingerly with the mecha's hands, and places them in containment units on the waist as ordered.
I miss thri-kreen. Played a thri-kreen ranger in a dark sun game once.
I'm sure I'll get ridiculed for this, but bear with me for a moment.
The problem is Conservatism has come to mean conservative in all ways: personal, religious and in business. This had allowed certain folks to co-opt the openness of the message to mean that you must share Christian values or it's not America anymore. I certainly do not want to return to scarlet letters or Puritan values, I want all people to live as they'd like, and have an economy that people can flourish in, regardless of color, creed or religion.
The government is there to use force when necessary, not be involved in all aspects of business or daily life. My party did the DoMA, and it pissed me off. My party favors big business over the individual American, which is counter to what conservatism is supposed to be. "Those dirty Mexican/Blacks/Non whites" is something anathema to the original message, and isn't who I am or any of the other people I call friends and family that are registered Republicans.
It frustrates me to no end, but things change. I hope that the GoP returns to the simpler message, works with the other side of the aisle to make it happen, or dies to make way for another party that will.
Penn Jillette's thoughts on throwing his vote away:
Penn Jillette wrote:
When people say, “you’re wasting your vote,” all they are saying to you is “f!&% you.” They’re saying, “you need to support what I believe, don’t support what you believe, you’re wasting your vote by not voting for what I believe.” So when anybody says to you, “if you vote for a third party candidate, you’re throwing away your vote,” your answer must be – two words, and not “Merry Christmas,” – they must be, “f+!* you.” And if you want to do a more elaborate answer, and explain your position more, “f+@+ you in the neck,” is a way to make that clear.
That's the Cliff Notes version. Each of the nine remaining Deitus are still individuals, and not all old grudges die, but for the time being, they are united in this.
The game starts just after FTL has been "invented" *cough*rediscovered*cough* and there is a viable space industry, with several careers in space for educated folks. The players will play a crew of a vessel who have just finished their obligatory term of service with the space navy, and are striking out on their own. They also happen to be the first of the culmination of the Deitus' breeding program, and have the attention of all nine of them.
There will be shenanigans.
Mine started out as contemplatives of a normally peaceful, naturally psionic people. They all had minor to medium power psionic abilites, mostly used to help with day to day life. During their foray into the stars, they ran across a hostile race, and some asked how they could use their minds to fight. A think-tank and place of study was formed, and the most respected minds thought about and sought out different uses for mind powers. When people became to be able to alter themselves, and bend the will of other people, it was stopped, and declared taboo as it shocked the normally passive public to the core. So, a handful exiled themselves and continued to study what was taboo. Centuries later they came back, and entire fleets of starships could not stop them. There were 12, named themselves "Deitus" and took over, wanting to share their knowledge with others. Things went well for a while, until one of them attacked another, and the Psychic Wars started. Planets were laid waste as they and their followers fought amongst each other, and three of them perished before they saw the full picture of what they had done. Shamed, they went back into exile, living examples of power corrupting folks. Some time after that, the race was "degraded".
The gods on this world are actually immortal members of their previous existence. They aren't gods themselves, but such powerful psionicists that they might as well be. Course, no one knows they really exist yet.
I love lore in all forms. I'm currently running a space game where I had to plot a race's history for the last 5000 years (political stuff between tribes and eventually nations) that led them into space flight and terra-forming, along with the pre-history of their galactic "empire" prior to their down fall to a tribal society...
Another thing to consider...
Background for this idea:
Then there's bards, which is the main part of my suggestion.
In EQ, however, bard "magic" is composed (no pun intended) of songs, that act like spells, except that they have no duration as long as you concentrate on them (don't stop them). In place of conjuration, evocation, etc, they have singing, strings, percussion, and wind instrument skills. Each song falls into one of these things. Any song can be performed by singing as a default, but you get extra oompf if you use the correct instrument or method of delivery.
I bring this up because I would like to see a bard diverge a bit from being a pseudo rogue, pseudo caster, and have it's own unique play style. I also don't think it would be too difficult to mimic in a D20 game.
Fraal (coulda sworn there was an "h" in there...) are a race from the Stardrive Campaign Setting for the Alternity Sci-Fi game from WotC. They were a very "mind power" ish race, who had a character archetype called Mindknight, that were basically Jedi.