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Hey guys. Long time no see. Hope everyone's doing well.
Probably shouldn't get too used to seeing me around, though. My absence here on Paizo has been pretty intentional after the first little bit of just not having the time to keep up. Between certain people's behaviors and certain unsettling trends in staff activity I finally hit the threshold point of "this place has changed too much for the worse" several months ago, hence my departure.
Steam (axioanarchist) or Skype (axi0anarchist) are probably the best places to get in touch with me. Barring that, over on GITP as EdgeOfOblivion.
It's been an experience over the years. Certainly there'll be things I'll miss. But I fear that time has come and gone.
Best of luck to all of you, and thank you for all you've done.
My go-to for Dragoon builds was the Warblade from 3.5's Tome of Battle. The Tiger Claw discipline had a lot of jumping-based maneuvers and Spear was one of its associated weapons. Combine that with the above-mentioned Leap Attack and Shock Trooper and you pretty much had the perfect Dragoon.
I haven't looked through Path of War's jumping-related maneuvers yet but that might also be a good place to start if you're not wanting to bring in 3.5 content.
Freehold DM wrote:
This is for Sun and Moon, the brand-new Generation 7, which will be released this November.
The only thing we know about it at all thus far is the three starters, the two legendaries near the end of the video (the sun lion and the moon hawk), and the name of the region and that it's heavily based on Hawaii.
Everything else is still up for speculation until the next release of info.
Patrick Curtin wrote:
However, as I get deeper into Buddhist philosophy, and the science of brain hackery I have decided that just because I have acted or felt one way for my entire life doesn't mean I have to continue that way.
That would indeed make a major difference. I have no interest in changing my comfort zones whatsoever and prefer to spend my increasingly-limited time and energy on pursuits I already enjoy.
I'm of a mind with Sherlock Holmes when it comes to lonely places... ;)
Not familiar with this particular quote. Either because it's been too long since I read Holmes or because I missed the story it's from.
The key to getting by in the city is drawing in your personal space bubble to just over skin level and putting up mental shutters.
Yeah, that would be a problem, my bubble is pretty big. Hence the need for elbow room.
A lot of which is probably based very heavily on the fact that I did grow up in a fairly spacey area: outside the city limits, with a full acre of land that was ours and pasture on all sides except the street. Other than the couple across the street - who were elderly and didn't come out almost ever, and we only saw two or three times, one of which involved trying to call an ambulance for my brother - our nearest neighbors were almost a quarter-mile away, and had large plots of land of their own, and like our house were set well away from the road with long, sometimes winding driveways.
So that's what I mean when I say I find cities too crowded... I'm not talking about scaling down from the little small-town yards of little neighborhoods all in rows, I'm talking about full landscapes between residences. ;) Which is probably also one of the reasons we never had nosy neighbors coming by. All our neighbors were middle-aged or older, had no kids or grandkids for us to play with when we were that age (not that we would have even if they did, or at least I probably wouldn't), and had large plots of land between us and them filled with livestock.
Yay I'm not completely alone in my desire for space to be alone in ^_^
And yeah, that's always been my preference. A rural or sparse suburban area on the edge of or within a short drive's distance to a larger urban area, so I can drive in, run any errands I need done, and drive back out to beloved seclusion. In Texas it was living in Yoakum and being within a 30- to 45-minute drive to Victoria, Gonzalez, or Cuero. Here it's living in East Brainerd, East Ridge, or Fort O and having easy access to the outer fringes of Chattanooga.
Fort O's pretty much been the perfect place for me. Close enough to Chattanooga and urban enough in itself to make everything I would ever need within a maximum of a 30-minute drive, but rural enough that I don't ever have to deal with crowds or excessively-close urban sprawl, have respectable amounts of greenery and elbow room, and can be left to my lonesome.
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
To each their own. Some of the LEGO gags they do are part of the charm for me. I probably wouldn't have played them if it wasn't for the LEGO look.
"The world of Dark Souls is caught in an endless cycle of Fire and Dark, and each game takes place in the final days of a dwindling Age of Fire. Someone must either link the Fire to continue postponing the inevitable, or just toss it all in and get a Dark Age going. Sort of like the choice between a Clinton and Trump Presidency."
I keep bringing it up because I just seriously don't get it. I've never had the positive experiences, the comfortable engagements or lack thereof that people seem to associate with big-city living; that sort of thing has always been exclusively a small-town thing in my experience.
People always talk about how small-town people are always getting into each other's business, but again that hasn't been my experience; most of the time in small towns that I've lived in I've been completely ignored, everyone leaves everyone else to their own space, while in bigger cities is where I'd always have to deal with random people trying to chat or people constantly coming to my door or neighbors always wanting to bother me with questions.
I'd get some random person knocking at my apartment door at least twice a month when I lived in Phoenix. When I moved back to Chattanooga with my parents, we never got unexpected visitors once, and the only knocks came from delivery service people. Since moving to Fort O a couple of years ago, it's happened all of once [not counting maintenance or apartment staff visits].
I didn't ever feel alone in a big city. I always felt penned in, crowded, cramped, and constantly being watched. I always felt like I couldn't move without running into someone. That I could never just spend time alone because there were so many people and that you couldn't go anywhere without running into someone. There was no space because it was all taken up with people.
So hearing so many people say that's what their experiences have been like is utterly baffling to me, and I can't make sense of it. It's so completely opposite from the entirety of my own life.
This is the weird thing, I've never had these experiences.
I've never had someone just come up and start talking to me in a small town. That only happens to me in larger areas. The only places I got random people trying to strike up conversations was on the buses or Light Rail in Phoenix. In the small town I grew up in, I'd get the occasional random hello but nothing more from passersby. I never had the nosy neighbors or constant questions. Maybe it's cause I'm a guy?
I've heard the "alone in a crowd" argument but it just doesn't hold water for me. The physical presence of the crowd itself is a large part of the problem, not just the desire of parts of that crowd for interaction. I need some damn elbow room.
Between this and the thread about strictness in raising kids from a year or two ago, I'm starting to wonder if I live in a small personalized bizarro world. My experiences just do not match up with anybody else on the internet.
So regarding the earlier conversations and such with regards to cities and crowds and preferences.
Due to some internet prompting, I took the Myers-Briggs Personality Test for the first time a couple days ago. Discovered I am very heavily and extremely typical INTP-T personality. With 100% on the Introvert scale, no less; N, T, and -T were all over 70% as well, with P a little over 50%. Scint always gets INTJ, and I could definitely see bits of myself in the J section, so it's probably not as surprising that I got closer to half-and-half on that part.
So yeah, that explains a LOT about my dislike of cities and crowds and my disinterest in what they have to offer.
And by those younger players who've come to gaming from anime or other non-classic genres.
Yep, this is me. Techno-fantasy has been my thing since the start - it was video games that got me into gaming and fantasy rather than books, playing the heavily-tech-focused Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI was what got me into the fantasy/sci-fi genre in the first place, and is generally the sort of feel I prefer in my games; my group's homebrew world greatly reflects this, with a lot of steampunk and magitek influences and greater acknowledgements of the tech-versus-nature debates and places where the debate has been completely bypassed for a blending of the two from day one, and the comparisons between the two approaches.
Oh! RPG! is on sale on Steam right now, and, having played the first chapter alone, I can tell you all: it's worth it, if you can get it! It's... surprisingly good! There are funy parts, and intriguing parts, and compelling parts, too. I've only done the first cahpter, but it's definitely worth the (current) two-dollar price tag.
Even I can afford that!
I honestly could not tell you a whole lot, since as I said I don't tend to go sightseeing. =)
Lookout Mountain is probably the big one, and the attached Civil War battlefields. So if you're a big history or Civil War buff, I hear it's a must-see.
There's the Chattanooga ChooChoo and Ruby Falls (which isn't technically in Chattanooga but fairly close) of the other commonly-advertised attractions.
Beyond that, despite living here I am not the right person to ask. I've been to Lookout Mountain all of once in the five-plus years I've been here, and never visited either of the others.
Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Because some people simply will not take "no" for an answer until they come to the conclusion personally, which they may never reach.
captain yesterday wrote:
NY is the only city on that list I've never been. Yet.
I had an opportunity to go to Chicago a couple years ago, a family reunion on my dad's side was being held there. Would've been completely covered by my parents as far as travel, hotel, food, and other necessities.
Still turned it down. In part was because of wanting to stay and work and earn money so I could move out and get an apartment on my own again and didn't want to miss a week or so of income (didn't qualify for paid vacation at the time), but mostly it was because I had no desire to be in Chicago whatsoever and a great desire to avoid it.
It isn't that you HAVE to have a car. It's that you GET to have a car. The greatest moment of freedom in my life was when I got my first car and the world was open to me.
The thing was, when I was growing up, I didn't have anywhere to go in a car.
I lived in a small town in southern Texas. It was an hour drive to any place that a teenager would theoretically want to go - you had to go to the larger cities around if you wanted to go see a movie, go to most restaurants, or do most other "social" events. And since I had no interest in most "social" activities, I never wanted/needed to go to them (which probably influenced and continues to influence my lack of interest in what most bigger cities have to offer, even now twelve to fifteen years later).
Most of the kids in my school who had cars would just "cruise", which as far as I could tell was just "go and drive around with no destination in mind". Which I had no interest in.
I had no desire to get a job, so that motivation was out.
So when your greatest goal in life after getting home from school is to sit in your room and read or play video games, what's the point of having to deal with the expense and upkeep of having a vehicle?
Things are different now, but now also includes having to go to and from work - often at late or unpredictable hours - as well as make cross-state or cross-country trips to visit friends and family. Things that were neither desires nor problems when I was in high school.
Honestly I think it took having to endure eight years of public transit to convince me that I needed a car if I ever wanted to be able to operate on my own schedule. =)
Freehold DM wrote:
Very much so.
New York is on the short list with LA, SanFran, and Chicago as the "US cities I hope I never have to visit".
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
That could potentially be pretty cool - just so long as they stick to toys. I don't understand why there need to be all these LEGO-fied computer games and movies. It's like they think the distinctive "LEGO man" physique somehow adds something to Batman, Harry Potter, Darth Vader, Iron Man, etc etc etc in intangible media where they don't NEED to be given stumpy legs, rigid crescents for hands, and heads shaped like Yankee Candles. <--- Oh, THERE'S your next joint-marketing venture!
The fact that the games are just plain silly fun?
Yeah Scint is Catholic so it's reactionary for her.
Though she tells me that the wording has changed slightly in some recent years.
I like suburbs but it's more of a tolerance than a preference. As much as I would love to live in a smaller town area, it'd be pretty impossible to keep doing the jobs I know how to do in a strictly more-rural locale. So a suburb on the edge of some place more urban becomes the compromise.
That said, even that has its limits. I don't think I will ever be able to live comfortably in any place much bigger than Chattanooga. I'm certainly never going to go somewhere as big as the Phoenix valley to live again.
Also never going to go back to relying on busses for travel. I may not have cared much about driving as a teenager, but at this point in my life I am never, ever wanting to be slave to someone else's transit schedule if I can do anything at all to prevent it. I simply cannot stand the idea of losing the flexibility and independence of being able to drive my own damn vehicle.
The rest of the "issues" of rural living aren't problems for me. All my friends are online anyway so not having people locally to do hobbies with is irrelevant. I'm very much not interested in people-watching on any level. I'm not a shopper, almost all my entertainment is - again - online, and - yet again - I'm not interested in forming groups with people locally, that's what the internet is for.
I guess it's less "rural" that I'm personally interested in and more "small-town". I just will likely never understand the appeal of having so many people so close together. And more to the point, it's not something I want to understand.
Yeah, I guess if I put forth the effort I could get over most of these complaints and adapt. But I don't want to, I have no interest or intent to visit a big city unless I absolutely must and even then for no longer than completely necessary, and I'd rather expend my very limited time and energy on things I actually want to do.
Patrick Curtin wrote:
And you can feel uncomfortable in a Podunk rural place should you be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I don't doubt it. It's just never happened to me.
I think the difference, at least speaking personally, is that everywhere in large cities feels like "wrong place wrong time" to me. I lived in the Phoenix Valley for eight years and there wasn't a day that I didn't feel wary or uncomfortable sitting waiting for the bus, even in the quiet parts of Tempe and Scottsdale; the entire time of my life there was just one "hurry up and get to the office/apartment" after another, as those were the only places I felt at all safe.
I've never had that feeling in a smaller town.