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While I sympathize with the thought, I think it is vital for as many peeople as possible to learn the symptoms of NPD. It is common and getting more so, and it is a disorder that makes people hurt others regularly. Not to mention the cost of having these people act as they please in various positions of power. Trump is merely a textbook example (at least if his private persona is anything like his public one). As for the stigma of mental illness, I would welcome it if NPD finally got even a little bit of it and bipolar, depression, ASD, GAD, schizophrenia, etc, got a bit less. Somehow that has never happened.
One thing about old school gaming is that it was all barely coherent additions to a simple core system, and all the while it gave suggestions to principles of doing things. You had a set of stats, and these shaped your combat abilities, but mostly there were few rules for things outside of combat. The basic stats were often disconnected from most other abilities. A good example is the Strength stat in AD&D. It gave you bonuses to hit and damage, it gave you carrying capacity. But it also gave you a Bend bars/lift gates percentage. It was entirely possible to use a Strength ability roll on a d20 to resolve issues, but this was not usually a good fit. The campaign guide for 2nd edition suggested using 1d4+X, since strength results shouldn't vary too much. So, three different ways to check for strength, with different chances of success, and little actual guidance to which should be used. Instead, the adventures usually told you which roll should be used. As a result, players could never be very certain how any strength related check should work, only that a higher strength was better.
For the soldiers who were involved in torture, that is up to the military regulations - and the military regulations will be judged accordingly, and the view of America will as well. In short, unless there is a serious reckoning, and a lot of involved people (symbolically) hang for it, the stain on America will remain.
But for the doctors and psychologists involved? Bundle the monsters up and send them to the ICC for crimes against humanity.
Another stupid, thoroughly insulting thing that should put all this in even worse perspective is that after destroying the setting by smearing snot over it and setting fire to it - they published only the campaign guide, the player's guide and an adventure (which sucked). For years, that was all that existed. If they had to do it so badly, one would have thought it was for a good cause at least, hmmm?
As someone who began FR with FR Adventures, the hardback detailing the changes that had come with the Time of Troubles, I never got into first edition back then. It was, however, the part of the setting that was awesome. Second edition expanded sharply on it, turning the rather focused world with vaguely known surrounding areas into a true kitchen sink, with every conceivable villain subject to the family friendly TSR code of blah. Even so, if you do read the text that is there, it's a plenty dark world all the same. With third edition, suddenly having colourful NPCs in a setting was a huge faux pas, meaning every piece of focus was thrown at the villains, which made it incomprehensible that the world had not already gone to complete grimdark. No, I didn't much like that part of it, though admittedly some quality stuff was made for third.
And then, through a GEEEEENIUS move, they decided to take FR, a much celebrated setting even if many don't like it, and almost-destroyed it. The SPELLPLAGUE happened! And then a hundred-year time leap happened! See, they figured that they needed to shoehorn it into their POINTS OF LIGHT model for 4dventuring!!!! The two main obstacles to this were a) the magic system and the gods, and b) the NPCs and history of the Realms. The SPELLPLAGUE was the cure for a), and the time jump solved b). This is heavy-handed drek, of course, but I mean, it was ABSOLUTELY VITAL that they got a neat POINTS OF LIGHT setting that featured DRAGONBORN! They had to, no matter what it cost!
Okay. Fine. What Forgotten Realms did they leave? Oddly enough, despite all this, NOTHING CHANGED. Every town, every road, every Harper stronghold, every single thing except a country on the periphery, was precisely where it was a hundred years before.
Yeah, that is some deeply troubling, utterly uninspired hack work. They even, at the end of third, released a trilogy of adventures where the plotline was to prevent a massive disaster! And then they STILL used that disaster to excuse the change to the Realms.
EDIT: Just wanted to add that Vomit guy is probably best qualified to express my feelings on the 4th edition Realms disaster.
Assuming Zone of Truth doesn't let you know if someone has succeeded or failed against it is there a series of questions you can ask that person that will reveal they succeeded?
Postmodern thought is centered around the idea that there are no truths, and everything is subjective. This is, of course, utter baloney, but that doesn't stop loud people from preaching it. The problem with it is of course that if someone draws it to its logical conclusion, there is no way to appraise anything that happens - and Trump seems to be doing just that. Hopefully the result is horrifying enough to discredit the idea.
The problem with not using pastes is that you have to stand and chop spices for bloody ages, for something that then takes about ten minutes from start to finish to prepare. I am all about learning the principles, but not in the fast food file.
If I were to guess, Trump is a narcissist. Narcissistic Personality Disorder means you have poor empathy, always feel you deserve the best in anything, strive like someone possessed to get everything you can to prop up your nonexistent self-image, and you go into an incandescent rage if criticized even the slightest. If someone like that is intelligent enough (and it seems he is), they go very far indeed. They are, of course, among the most dangerous types of people to have in a position of power.
Well, there is a pretty sincere risk that you guys inflict Trump as president of the US and A on us. That is going to be fun, isn't it? It's going to be a huge blow to all of us if it happens, and the willingness to deal with America in any way, shape or form is going to be severely impacted. Trade deals don't usually prosper unilaterally. Nor will people actually dare to risk cooperation in security and military matters with a country run by someone as unpredictable as Trump there. Expect HUGE fallout from it, and it is quite likely that the role America has now will end very quickly with Trump as POTUS.
This is, of course, just as I understand things. It is a huge mistake coming. Deal properly with it.
EDIT: I shouldn't call presidential candidates that. Bad Sissyl. Even when they deserve it.
On these boards, it is something like the height of faux pas to fave your own posts. It simply isn't done.
Now, you can, without looking like you're covering yourself in masses of plastic bling.
This thread is for those who have wanted to favourite their own posts. It is certainly allowed to favourite others' posts as well.