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4,751 posts. Alias of Bradley Holland.


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Drejk wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
Apparently her best friends find them frightening, ugly and boy things.

I think the ugly was aimed at the Gronkle

thejeff wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:

My comment relates only to Adams assumption that Hama is white so that auto = privilege.

Ask the Japanese about their privilege over the Anu or resident Koreans, or any non Han Chinese or the Hutu and Tutsi, or Fijians and Indians, or Brahmin and Dalit.

Yeah, I get that, though it was actually EntrerisShadow, I think.

Race and privilege plays out differently in different cultures. And Americans do tend to be blind to that and to assume that it is all about them.

OTOH, the original articles are both talking about race in a specifically US context. And some of Hama's comments echo US white racist rhetoric. I guess the lesson might be that commenting on another countries racial issues is a mine field?

Yes a mine field on a hair trigger. Hama was not sensitive to that. He tends to use the same set of my world should apply everywhere else values as some Americans (everybody actually) do.

My apologies to Adam if I got the wrong person.

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Rysky wrote:
Wow... Just... *pinches nose due to stupid overload*

My middle daughter loves dragons and dinosaurs and she is having a dragon party for her birthday.

She went as Astrid* from HtTyD for her book week parade (don't know if you have book week in the US - but it's like Halloween without the candy and it's your favourite literary character and it's at school).

* Astrid has a different name in the books.

I spent hours making metal studs out of paper clay and painting them silver with my citadel paint. :-)
She came third and won a book...

Friends of ours are both art teachers and their son wins all the time.... He came as a dragon with a papier-mâché head... There is a friendly rivalry, we will never win but it is fun.

She came home very sad a few weeks ago and asked if she could change her party to a little pet shop party...
I asked why and she said are dragons for girls?.
I said yes they are who told you they weren't... ?
Apparently her best friends find them frightening, ugly and boy things.
I said you wouldn't stop your friends from having a party with things they loved, they shouldn't do the same to you. If they don't like it they don't have to come and you can invite other people.

We are having a dragon party again and her friends are invited.

My comment relates only to Adams assumption that Hama is white so that auto = privilege.

Ask the Japanese about their privilege over the Anu or resident Koreans, or any non Han Chinese or the Hutu and Tutsi, or Fijians and Indians, or Brahmin and Dalit.

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There is also Victorian age Vampire The Masquerade... One of the best VTM books, combine that with Mage, changeling, and Hunter and you have a cool game.

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This is a problem Americans tend to assign their cultural and racial baggage, to the rest of the world. There is an attitude what happens in the US applys everywhere else.

When you accuse a Serb or a Hungarian, or a Croat or a Greek of being privileged because of their skin colour you are being very ignorant of thousands of years of occupation and oppression and slavery. But hey they are white and everything must be easy and good for them because that's how it is in the US.

Brandon Hodge wrote:
Ravingdork wrote:
So they are giving it a fantasy vibe rather than a sci-fi vibe? A car made to look like a banana is still a car.
If historic heroics of the Second World War are directly synonymous with Superman saving Metropolis from superpowered alien threats, then sure.

I am seeing a Sherlock Holmes, hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Mesmerists, Landships, zeppelins, kind of book.

So if you wanted to have have the psychic side of a Victorian/Edwardian steam/ diesel punk game... Pathfinder meets Downton Abbey, this would be the kind of book you look at.

I'm in...

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Oh Vod you do make me laugh....

Not with you though.

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Sanitised... Squeaky clean... Disneyfied and about as edgy as a beach ball.

He had a good innings and an amazing life.

LazarX wrote:
JonGarrett wrote:

Acting was good, writing was...meh. Moffat's long past due for being put out to pasture, or we're just going to get more badly mangled recycled plots.

I'd probably have enjoyed the 50th Special more if Moffat hadn't been such an ass to several of the older Doctors, including getting a couple of shots in on Eccleston.

I don't see any real digs being made on Eccleston, If you're taking the War Doctor's closing quip about his ears.... that's par for the course. As to the older Doctors, I saw nothing but homages all around.

If you watch any of the original multi Doctor stories they call each other far worse and spend a lot of time bickering.

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I loved Capaldi - reminds me of a cranky Pertwee.

NuWho fans - need to get used to retcons, continuity faults and lies because that is the way it is and what I love about the show.

I would be very happy if a lot of "fans" rage quit show - then it would be my show again and I wouldn't have to listen to the butt hurt whiny fans cry about it all the time.

It's a very selfish attitude I know, but I loved it as it was and I like it as it is.

Brandon Hodge wrote:
Set wrote:
This has been weirdly understated. I've seen a few references to it, but this is the first link to / direct statement I've seen. Thanks for finding it RD!
There are at least four threads that have been talking about this over the last week.

Are you on this project Mr Hodge?

If so I will be purchasing it, you write stuff I like.

I love the Dream Scared press version and hope both will work together.

Europe is not a monolithic entity and while some Western European countries have reasonably humane systems - would you choose a Russian, Ukrainian or an Albainian prison over an American one.

zylphryx wrote:

Man I hope they redo SSI's WWII war games as well. Battle for Normandy was a classic.

Did they also do Redstorm Rising, Midway and Tobruk?

Kajehase wrote:
*uses a lot of nasty words due to missing Gallipoli yesterday evening.

That and All quiet on the Western Front... make me feel sad.

South Korea

Major General Chun Doo-hwan Coup d'état on December Twelfth 1979.

Roh Tae-woo became president for the 13th presidential term in the first direct presidential election in 16 years. Although Roh was from a military background and one of the leaders of Chun's coup d'etat -1988.

Kim Young-sam was elected president in the 1992. He was the country's first civilian president in 30 years.

South Korean business is dominated by a collection of industrial groups whose corporate organization is unique to Korea. These industrial groups are known as chaebols. Richard M. Steers, Yoo Keun Shin, and Gerardo R. Ungson defined the Korean chaebol as "a financial clique consisting of varied corporate enterprises engaged in diverse businesses and typically owned and controlled by one or two interrelated family groups." Steers, Shin, and Ungson indicated that there are six main characteristics of the chaebol: (1) family control and management, (2) paternalistic leadership, (3) centralized planning and coordination, (4) an entrepreneurial orientation, (5) close business-government relations, and (6) strong school ties in hiring policies.

Currently there are roughly 50 chaebols in Korea of varying strength and size. Over 60 percent of South Korea's gross national product (GNP) comes from the largest five of these: Samsung, Hyundai, the LG Group (formally the Lucky-Goldstar Group), Daewoo, and Sunkyong.

Chaebols consist of numerous companies tied together by internal affiliations, shared boards, and family connections. This federation of interrelated companies is often difficult to understand in the Americas and Europe since no counterparts exist in those regions.

Vod - the Military in Turkey is the only reason the government is secular.

From Wiki -

The Turkish military perceived itself as the guardian of Kemalist ideology, the official state ideology, especially of the secular aspects of Kemalism. The TAF still maintains an important degree of influence over the decision making process regarding issues related to Turkish national security, albeit decreased in the past decades, via the National Security Council.

The military had a record of intervening in politics, removing elected governments four times in the past. Indeed, it assumed power for several periods in the latter half of the 20th century. It executed coups d'état in 1960 (27 May Coup), in 1971 (12 March Coup), and in 1980 (12 September Coup). Most recently, it maneuvered the removal of an Islamic-oriented prime minister, Necmettin Erbakan in 1997 (28 February Process).[44] The military executed the first democratically elected prime minister Adnan Menderes.[45]

On 27 April 2007, in advance of the 4 November 2007 presidential election, and in reaction to the politics of Abdullah Gül, who has a past record of involvement in Islamist political movements and banned Islamist parties such as the Welfare Party, the army issued a statement of its interests. It said that the army is a party to "arguments" regarding secularism; that Islamism ran counter to the secular nature of Turkey, and to the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The Army's statement ended with a clear warning that the TAF stood ready to intervene if the secular nature of the Turkish Constitution is compromised, stating that "the Turkish Armed Forces maintain their sound determination to carry out their duties stemming from laws to protect the unchangeable characteristics of the Republic of Turkey. Their loyalty to this determination is absolute."[46]

Hmmm funding is being cut to both Uni's and the CSIRO... Conservatives in power at the moment.

They will be out next election (3 years), or double dissolution (Soon I hope), the Conservatives may even sack the PM and we will get a new one (I don't see it happening).

Quirk of Australian politics - the Prime Minister can be sacked by his/her own party and replaced - It would be like the Democrats saying Obama is not working he is out and Clinton is in.

Its a good thing if the PM is a dud and a bad thing if the party is internally unstable.

Turkey & South Korea are not mature democracies.... They have a thin veneer... underneath is the Military in Turkey and Industry/Military in South Korea.

France - is reaping the fruits of its colonial past.

Squeakmaan wrote:
Dang, I'm just a biology research specialist

Commercial, Agricultural,or Education... Biology wise Australia has some very interesting stuff?

Number 2 to be born in....

Want to live in the world's happiest place? This is where you should go....

London (CNN) -- Australia has been revealed as the world's happiest industrialized nation, taking the title for the fourth year running.
The so-called "lucky country" beat Norway and Sweden to take the top spot in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Better Life Index.

There is a mod?....

I play off and on.

Kill somebody because they steal a TV or shoes... It's the same as killing somebody for pirating A Game of Thrones... It's a disgusting disregard for human life.

The goods can be replaced, the looters caught on film can be picked up later... No need for summary executions or making a frankly embarrassing situation for the US, much much worse.

OilHorse wrote:

In the back of a VW?

Some one had to say it.


Of the 3 Americans I work with one has taken up citizenship, one has no plans to go back and is thinking about it, the other is thinking about Canadian citizenship as her boyfriend is Canadian, but both have no short term plans to leave.

If you are a plumber, electrician or have trade you can make bucket loads of cash.

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You only need military equipment if you consider yourself an occupying army and the civilians you are "protecting" an enemy.

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Not the most powerful, influential, richest, or culturally significant.

Just the best.


Most workers are covered by an award, which may vary by employee age, geographical location and industry. For adults not covered by an award or agreement, the minimum wages is A$16.87 per hour, A$640.90 per week; set federally by Fair Work Australia. Junior workers, apprentices and trainees not covered by an award each have a minimum wage level set nationally.

Standard of Living - Australia is number one.

It’s official: Australia is the No.1 place to be. Crikey Article.

Australia according to the OECD Australia OECD Better Life Index.

The Economic Intelligence Unit conducts a survey of numerous quantitative metric to determine the best countries to be born in. In 1984, for instance, the United States won hands down. These days, things have changed. The “Where to Be Born” survey, based on quality of life indices and other happiness metrics, predicts the countries that offer the greatest chance for a healthy, safe, and prosperous life.
The list has changed quite a bit since 1988 when countries like West Germany topped the charts (Germany is now tied at sixteenth).

2. Australia
Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index and is the second best country to be born in. Australia is also the only non-European country to make the list, and the only country where English is the first language. The Oceanic country was ranked one of the best countries to be born in not only due to the country’s wealth – which includes rich gold and mineral deposits – but the quality of family life and the low level of crime. Australia also has one of the world’s highest life expectancies, with women expected to live to 86 years old. Despite being far removed from the rest of the world, living in Australia isn’t exactly the punishment it once was, making it once of the best countries for a young child’s future.

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Squeakmaan wrote:

But again, no evidence that those prices raise at all significantly. But here, let's ask a resident of Australia.

The 8th Dwarf, with the self admittedly highest minimum wage in the world, how much does a Big Mac cost in Australia?

Burgernomics: Aussie dollar is just right, says the Big Mac index.

From the article

The price of a Big Mac in America was $US4.80 in July. In Australia it was $US4.81 at market exchange rates, meaning that the Aussie was overvalued by 0.4 per cent, according to The Economist’s raw Big Mac Index.

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Glad I live in Australia - highest minimum wage in the world, socialised healthcare, and no GFC.

Best country in the world...

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On page 4 I copied an excellent Cricket for baseball fans explanation.


The Shining Fool wrote:

Sorry, late to the thread, and I haven't read it all. Will reading it help me understand cricket? Because I find the game bewildering.

** spoiler omitted **

Are you familiar with Baseball?

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I didn't get one but thats probably because I am a godless socialist descended from convicts and Irish/Scottish troublemakers.

Then again the Poms aren't big on god bothering and bible thumping, they seem to find the whole thing as distastefully American as we do.... Probably because they booted a sizable group of religious nutters out (sent them to the US) after the Republic Democracy experimentation didn't work and got Charlie 2.0 back in and went with the whole constitutional monarchy thing instead and put people who don't believe in god back in charge of the church.


This one is for you Comrade.

Just because they were nice to some Jews doesn't mean that the Japanese Government didn't commit war crimes on a scale equivalent to the Nazis.

From the genocide, enslavement, and destruction of the Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Tiwanese, and Pacific Islanders to sexual enslavement of millions of "comfort women" to the murder and torture of POWs, to the institutionalised Cannibalism of Allied soldiers.

None of this they have taken responsibility for or apologised for.

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I hope it gets funding, that it's good, and that JMS finds a way to fit so many characters and story development into 2-3 hours.

Yes there was a difference and our little racist "Pestiferous Varmit" (Wodrow Wilsons opinion) Priminister Billy Huges was acting on his own.

Australia has been its own country since 1901.

"Wilson, a professor of jurisprudence and a former president of Princeton, had joined the war reluctantly and late. Not much interested in military affairs or the common soldier, he envisaged a peace based on decolonisation, disarmament and a League of Nations. Hughes, a former shearers' union organiser, had earned his law degree at 40, part-time. An eager warmonger, ‘the little digger' wanted to hang the Kaiser, reduce Germany to penury and parcel out its overseas possessions to the victors.

The bone of contention was German New Guinea. Wilson wanted it declared a trustee territory of his proposed league. It was Australia's strategic front door, Hughes reckoned, and the size of our casualty list entitled us to outright ownership. "Am I to understand that Australia is prepared to defy the opinion of the whole civilised world, Mr Hughes?" Wilson brusquely demanded.

Hughes fiddled with his hearing aid and pretended not to have heard. Wilson, dripping sarcasm, repeated the question. "That's about the size of it, Mr President," drawled Hughes.

In due course, on a glorious June day, the plenipotentiaries assembled in the Hall of Mirrors to affix their signatures and seals to the Treaty of Versailles. Australia got New Guinea, and the civilised world got the League of Nations. For the national seal, Hughes used a button from an Australian Army uniform."

If the French had had their way there would have been no WW2 because they want to break Germany up into its States like the Austro Hungarian Empire was.

Wodrow stuffed a lot of things up - I like his idealism but the US in comparison to all the other participants suffered little and made a big fat profit.

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Get back on topic...

Ha a mate of mine was from Dunedoo, he said all the old ladies in town kept an eye on who was a courting who, to make sure there was no cousins or second cousins getting frisky.

His nickname was Datsun he was a bit of an AJ but he was ok.

thejeff wrote:

Ah, finally some one actually bites on the troll.

And really, in a less entitled society, you'd be kicked out of the military when you lost vision in that eye and be begging on the streets.

Poor people getting to go to College just for military service is a exception, historically speaking. College is for elites who deserve it.

Mind you, I think it's a good idea. Though I think free college education for everyone is a good idea, so what do I know.

During the early 1970s, there was a significant push to make tertiary education in Australia more accessible to working and middle class Australians. The Whitlam Labor Government abolished university fees on 1 January 1974.

Then the f+%$ing baby boomers after they got their free education did this.

In 1989, the Hawke Labor Government set up the Higher Education Contributions Scheme (HECS), an $1,800 fee was charged to all university students, and the Commonwealth paid the balance. A student could defer payment of this HECS amount (in which case it was called a HECS debt) and repay the debt through the tax system, when the student's income reached a certain level.

In 1996, the new Howard Coalition Government, while otherwise retaining the HECS system, created a three-tier HECS fee structure. Fees were charged on the basis of the perceived value of courses. Courses considered to have most likelihood of generating higher income for students in the future (e.g. Law and Medicine) were the most expensive and those least likely to generate higher income (e.g. Nursing and Arts) were the least expensive. At the same time, HECS charges increased by an average of 40%. Universities were permitted to create full-fee places on which they could charge full up-front fees to students who missed out on a HECS place.

The 8th Dwarf wrote:

At school it was added to the list of excuses to punch me in the face and/or ostracise me, fat, red hair, nerd, not good at sport, plays that psycho game where people kill themselves.

My mum and dad were very cool with it.

I had friends that would play Starwars, Mechwarrior, and Startrek RPGs but not D&D because of their god botherer parents.

I will elaborate more... I grew up in a small costal fishing/farming(sugar, tropical fruit, bananas, macadamia nuts, dairy and beef)/ tourist town - 12 hours drive from my state capital, 4 hours from the next states capital. The nearest "city" (25,000 pop) was an hours drive, or 2 hour bus ride.

Australians don't like overtly religious people, they find them annoying, "god botherers" or wowsers, and nutters are generally what they are refered to as. Quiet religious types are just fine, as long as they don't talk about it.

So when Australian 60 Minutes did their story it was all about the murders and suicides and the drugs and steam tunnels.

We used to be very open about the game before then, after that it just gave the bullies more ammunition, in their minds they were bashing dangerous psycho's and teaching them a lesson. So we hid that we played.

A friend of mine who was in the year above mine got harassed so much he brought a knife to school and pulled it on a guy in class. He was expelled, I felt so sorry for him, his father used to bash him, and school which used to be a safe place for him became hell because of ignorant f~~@heads. I can't blame him for loosing it, things got better for him in the long run. His new school wasn't full of arsehats and his mum divorced his dad.

The other confusing thing was all of a sudden we were "bad boys" and "dangerous" and girls took an interest in us, for all of a week.... Until they worked out how boring we were and how un-dangerous the game was.

On th whole, it was unpleasant and made life difficult.

Don't "help" other players with their characters or "how they should play" unless asked by the other player. Even then just offer options and advice don't tell them that they have to do something.

I have seen many posts where people starting out are overwhelmed by people pointing out what they should have done when creating their character and what their characters should do in a situation.

This can be off putting for female players, because despite your good intentions it comes across as patronising.

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Here are just two of the criticals done in the last Rolemaster game I GMed.

Force of blow focused on foe’s groin,
severely damaging reproductive organs.
Shock kills foe four rounds later.
+ 11 Hits, SUP

Heat fuses together foe’s lips. Foe cannot
speak…or scream. (-10 enemy morale)
+ 2 Hits, -50, Ftg(-10), SUP

Homer XVI

Idomeneus too, with the merciless bronze, thrust at Erymas, struck him in the mouth so the spear passed clean through the skull, below the brain, and shattered the white bone, smashing the teeth, filling the eyes with blood. And blood spurted from nostrils and gaping mouth, as death’s black cloud enfolded him.


This is awesome...

I count 5 world wars in the modern period before the Great War.

People keep talking about fresh water as possible cause for WW3, it's like battery efficiency, when there is a big enough market for it, desalination is going to be the next money spinner and money will go into making desal more efficant.

I would go GURPS as well, but for less classes D20 Modern or Mutants and Mastermids would be the go.

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At school it was added to the list of excuses to punch me in the face and/or ostracise me, fat, red hair, nerd, not good at sport, plays that psycho game where people kill themselves.

My mum and dad were very cool with it.

I had friends that would play Starwars, Mechwarrior, and Startrek RPGs but not D&D because of their god botherer parents.

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