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Veganism comes with certain nutritional problems that I have found most vegans are actually not clear on. Primarily, vitamin A and B12 are things that become problems. Now, this still takes a while, and ironically, most vegans quit veganism before ending up with deficiencies. So. It obviously is not a practical problem of note... but I don't understand how someone can go vegan without understanding the nitty gritty details.
I hand IHIYC his dirty laundry, the one in the closet which nobody has dared go close to in the years he has been hiding in it. To do this safely requires a hazmat suit, of course.
A while later, it's quite a show to see IHIYC getting... Eaten, probably... By a posse of knickers, socks and a pair of vaguely shirt-looking objects.
It is arbitrary. The clues given are screwed up. Most of the stuff is of the amazingly creative No save variety. A lot of it is stupid, such as the sex change and opposite alignment curse. There are three creatures in the entire sorry mess, all at severely different power levels. The entire dungeon is PASTEL, for the love of interior decoration. There are few opportunities for players to use their characters' abilities. The final combat against the demilich is similarly stupid (the thief's only option to do damage is to sling gemstones, which do damage in relation to their value, really Gary? Really?). It feels like a jumble of completely disconnected rooms, which is further reinforced by the fact that big A himself can realistically be taken out efficiently by using a trapped gemstone found two rooms earlier (which thankfully lets the PCs skip the combat with him). I played through it with some friends some time ago, and they looked pretty stunned at it. But its worst crime is that it keeps spawning homage adventures WHERE YOU USUALLY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE ORIGINAL STINKING PILE OF CRAP AGAIN!!!
There. You can excommunicate me now.
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
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I would go with Lovecraft for this. See, a mere planet is like a grain of sand to some of the forces out there in the darkness. They just aren't very interested in it. So, what the villain does is attract their attention, something that can only be done by fulfilling certain prophecies yadda yadda. If done, the world will be tossed into an entirely different cosmos, surrounded only by void unlit by stars. Bonus points if the heroes get to visit that future somehow to see the few survivors huddling together in the dungeons, safe from the horrors of the surface...
Honestly, and I apologize in advance if this is not politically correct, isn't the reason there doesn't seem to be a solution to the problem that it is a situation only made possible by large amounts of foreign capital? We like to think in terms of solution by returning to some sort of natural state, but without massive power and money used to prop that situation up, it would never have happened. At its heart is an even more vicious conflict than Ireland (which was certainly nothing to sneeze at, with millions dead and centuries behind it), also made different because the brits were one part of the conflict.
I wish it could be as tsuruki says, but that style of all-out warfare would likely escalate into nuclear war today. And, of course, the cultural war has been going on even longer than the nordic conflicts have, so don't hold your breath, I guess.
Wow... Congrats, I think. It is fascinating that gayness should be a problem at all considering you really are an unrepentant atheist. I mean, people without God can't have any sort of morality, right? :-)
This may not seem like a big deal to some but I went for a walk dressed up all by my lonesome. Sure it was 1 am but it was a mile walk along a road that was busier than I expected. There were no pedestrians but there were plenty of cars. One circled by twice. I got a little nervous but they never stopped. The point is that I did it without anyone there to support me in person. For me, that's a big deal.
Okay... Horns, fake t%**, twenty pounds of costume jewelry. No masterpiece, I admit, but meh. You do look like something vaguely femalish dressed as a succubus. We don't have all the budget in the world, ya know?
*picks up Ban hammer and starts stalking #44*
Next poster will interfere in a disastrous way for all involved.
On the subject of not killing. IIRC, the baskian ETA was remarkably skilled at launching operations without killing anyone. And good thing too. After decades of doing this, Baskia was given independence from Spain specifically because of this strategy. It could so easily either have become a bloodbath, or never resulted in anything.
There is no justification, Lord Snow. It is murder, and it is never okay. However, if you deny a whole population ways of living in peace and relative prosperity, armed resistance WILL happen. This kind of situation can only be resolved from the point of the stronger group - that is Israel, like it or not.
Every so often, a country has to deal with complicated situations. And if they choose the wrong way to do it, it isn't always fixable afterward. Certain situations require generations of work to correct. Now, every country has been there, more or less. And some of these situations have already happened. Mistakes are not easily dealt with.
In the case of the Middle East, the West has had a monstrous policy. Again and again, countries on the verge of democracy and prosperity, countries that could have been valuable friends and allies given a little more time, have been thrown into wars and revolutions that ruined them. It was probably a result of the fear of prosperous oil-producing countries - but the price is one everyone is still paying. It's like the treatment of Germany after WWI. Not every mistake can be fixed.
Lord Snow wrote:
I was using the word "terrorist" to signify that Hamas are specifically and intentionally targeting their violence against civilians, and are ruthless when it comes to sacrificing their own civilians for the slightest of edges. The argument that they "don't have a choice" is both meaningless and condescending - there's always a choice, as the peaceful uplifting of South Africa rather recently proved. And not holding Palestinians responsible to their actions is not treating them as equal humans to Israelis. Every man or woman has to answer for their own actions, and Hamas has accumulated quite a bit of that.
What, you want them to assault army bases instead? Israel has what, the sixth largest military in the world? Face it, the only thing they can affect is civilian targets. Against military targets, they have nothing, no chance, no hope. And due to their lack of resources, their operations WILL cost them people. I find criticizing them on that basis a bit... odd. The alternative is to stop fighting back, which is as impossible to them as it is to the Israeli by now. And no, as was pointed out earlier, the change in South Africa was hardly a peaceful revolution. I maintain: The lives the could live, the change the majority of them would want, given that they are human beings, ARE out of their grasp, because of security measures put in place because "the Palestinians can't be trusted".
Finally: If every man and woman must answer for their own actions, why are the Israeli setting all Palestinians to answer for what the suicide bombers and rocket-flingers do?
Terrorist is a boo word. Like freedom is a hooray word. The most basic part of understanding propaganda is that someone using either hooray words or boo words is selling something deeply simplified and generally useless. Nothing against you, Lord Snow, and you may even be right in that Hamas is worse, but using terrorist like that doesn't help your message.
The IRA lost the hearts and minds of the people of Northern Ireland when the economic situation improved. Big surprise. People have better things to do with their lives than killing people and making political statements - if given the option. Things like getting their kids to good schools, work to get food on the table, and perhaps a forty inch plasma TV. Making sure their parents are doing okay. Falling in love and keeping up with what Justin Bieber is doing. Improving on their cooking. Debating politics. Reading obscure fantasy novels. Wasting time on forums. Going to prison for driving too fast. You know, stuff. Life.
The problem is that it is seen as a security and military problem primarily. That has always been a good way to increase suppression and authoritarianism. If you have someone imprisoned for causing someone's death, you can ALWAYS say "he killed someone, so we can't let him out this year, he might do it again". But it is at its most basic level a failure. Not getting out, he grows angry and feels you are being unjust, and causes trouble. So, you send in some thugs with knuckledusters to teach him he shouldn't cause trouble. Now he realizes he has to fight for his life. His behaviour grows worse. Then you can CLEARLY not let him out, because he now hates your guts. Brilliant. There IS no solution that way. And perhaps worst of all, there are many in politics and the military, that stand to gain from that path.
Even if the Hamas are worse, they, like the IRA, are merely reflections of what they see as their enemies.
Find out through play and from what they put on their character sheets what they enjoy. If someone has put up various combat modifiers for different situations, they enjoy combat. With a big backstory, they want to roleplay. If they put together clues and such, they probably like mysteries. Once you know what brings their jollies, GIVE THEM THAT. If they turn uberpowerful, up the challenge level or end the campaign if you need to, in favour of a new one.
When making campaigns, start with the end and work backward from there.
Reward considerate behaviour like peace-brokering between other PCs. Gloss over bad stuff. If they start attacking NPCs, it is often best to just say "okay. You kill them." and continue doing so without a single check until they get the hint and stop. NPCs can be replaced. A PC that thrives on random murder needs to either change or be kicked out.
Granted! You are now the owner of a bar built entirely of chocolate. As the weather grown warmer, the bar melts into indescribable sludge, and eventually the top of the building built over the bar collapses, killing more than two hundred people and leaving you to pay billions in damages.
I wish all the succubi came to my party to brighten my day instead of hanging around with UDS.