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I love the super crunch of Rolemaster. Surprisingly the consistency afforded to me by the heavy crunch allows considerable flexibility with the fluf. I suppose that is because I am confident with the system and know how to help players achive what they are looking for within the system.


Anybody that thinks that the rich and powerful have no hold or influence on politicians is naive.

Even if you kill the rich and redistribute the wealth, the guys with the guns doing the redistribution and killing hold the power.

There is no perfect way - equitable government is like absolute zero - impossible to achieve.

The best you can do is whack a mole reform - avoid voting for either of the big two and make sure the reform parties hold the balance of power that way reforms are enacted. Not perfect but better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.


Iron Crown's Space Master. The "Old school hardcore" RPG if there was one.


Are you talking about the Fermi Paradox? There are lots of variables that Drake did not include in his equation.

Do you know how insignificant a portion of our own galaxy we have searched is? Take a tea spoon to a sandpit dig out some sand... That's it on that spoon - we know the size and shape of the sand pit and that there are billions of others out there, but we haven't finished looking through ours.

Life is out there and beyond microbial I would say it's very very rare.


I admire and respect Paizo especially for thier inclusiveness - love them no.

They are not perfect and can be a tad self righteous.


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No more end of times than 476 CE or 1453 CE or 1066 or 790's or the early 1200's or 1914 or 1939.


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Has anybody tried Mordheim?

it's available as an early access game, the screenshots and clips look interesting.


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Its either Yellow Dingo and his sentient wind turbines in Texas or Cosmo's fault.


Chris Lambertz wrote:
Jiggy wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
The titles actually have a rule to wrap on smaller screen sizes

Really? I haven't seen a single wrapped title, even when it's this guy:

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16 , Marathon Voter 2013, Dedicated Voter 2014 aka RainyDayNinja
As an experiment, I tried shrinking my browser window really small, but it never wraps the title.
IE is notoriously cranky with CSS rules like this. I'd recommend checking to be sure whether compatibility mode is enabled or not. I can assure you that titles are designed to wrap though.

I hate IE so much - I test software for a Financial Institution and we have to make sure we are backwards compatible with IE8... Its insanity inducing.


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Just taking race out of this - 1000's of US citizens are being killed each year by their own police. 1000s

Then you distract yourselves from the issue by going around in circles focusing on race and not on the death toll.

It's shocking - each one of you is 100 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than an English person.

Instead of arguing about the minutiae you should be talking to your politicians abot the numbers.


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While you guys seem bogged down in race - The central core of the matter is why is it so acceptable for police in the US to kill so many Americans?

Why so many Americans?

You are at war with yourself...

From the Economist "British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period."


All those lists don't answer the question of comparable western democracies.....

Why do US police kill 450-1000 a year (depending on who's stats you are looking at) and comparable western democracies significantly less - Australia with 6 being a stand out.


Kelsey - rabbits a non native invasive species in Austalia are dealt with by chemical and biological methods.

I suggest you read up on rabbit plagues in Australia. I have been in a mouse plague it is terrifying. In some places you can't walk without the crunch of writhing bodies under your feet, or you can't unsee what you thought was a blanket suddenly scatter and run up the walls, and you as you enter the room.

Rabbits are much much worse.


My point was a lot of people were saying that the death rate by police would be the same in most other western countries- clearly it's not. 6 in one year for Australia comes closest... The UK went a whole year without the police shooting somebody. In 3 years they discharged their weapons 18 times for 9 fatalities.


Statistics on police shootings Business Insider Link.

Discuss....


Cricket or vampire?


thejeff wrote:

Doesn't really matter. Pick one and run with it. Just make sure your players are on the same page, before you go throwing contrived moral dilemmas at them.

The only thing worse that arguing over contrived moral dilemmas is arguing over them because of assumption clash about what the actual facts are.

This....

It's not often I agree 100% with thejeff. It's usually 50-60%

The GM has to communicate what the level of moral, grim, gritty or swashbuckle s/he is going to set for the game and the players need to negotiate what level is comfortable for them. If either fail to do so then they are crapy players/GMs.


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Eltacolibre wrote:

@Blackbloodtroll:

Greek heroes are not defined by good or evil tho. Greek Heroism is like God of War the game, it is all about epic deeds, Hercules was a horrible human being but was still considered a hero, not talking about the clean cut version of Disney. Kratos is definitely evil.

Just saying that Spartans were heroes in the ancient greece definition of heroes, but they were not good that's for sure.

Heracles was driven mad by the Goddess Hera forcing him to murder his own children and then he not Hera had to atone by doing the 12 Labours...

Hmmm all powerful being makes hero murder children.... Hera was a dick GM.


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thejeff wrote:


Edit: Or just make them actually inhuman monsters and ignore the moral issues. They're only there to be killed anyway.
But frankly, if your players are after a "fun filled game of murder and theft", then their character probably aren't very good anyway, so it might all be moot.

Isn't that what I said...

99% of people in this thread have played characters that killed and looted.

Every game table top to electronic we play or a majority of movies we watch we revel in the violence and looting.

From Space opera, sword and sandal, pirate, western or war. It's all about committing acts of violence and taking land, loot or status.

People enjoy make believe and they enjoy being the group of heroes fighting against the odds even if you are blasting storm troopers, killing the English or Nazis or Martians.

On the other hand in a story or a game murdering your way through a bunch of infants is a dick move and its a dick move by a GM to put players in those situations. If you cut your way through an Orc lair in Neverwinter Nights you aren't put in that situation, Jack Sparrow doesn't murder his way through a ship full of women and children and so on

That's not what players want... GMs on power trips want that s##$ so they can torture players.

I ask at the beginning of a game is this going to be a fun romp or an angst filled emotionally exhausting grind. If it's the type of game where I am going to be depressed at the end then I walk.

I have done the woe is me crap back in my old WOD days... I am well and truly over being a "serious role player".

I am in a game to get the Robin Hood, James Bond, Han Solo, Luke, Spider-Man experience not the Hannibal Lecter, Dexter experience and any GM who puts that crap in my game will cop an ear full of uncensored discussion of what a dick he or she is.


Zardnaar wrote:

Fantasy works do not usually mix the genres although you can find it if you look hard enough. It is not very commen with the major fanatasy authoers anyway.

David Gemmel- Yes with the Jon Shannow books
David Eddings. Not so much.
Tolkein. Nope
Feist. Nope
GRR Martin- Nope
Robert Jordan- Not in the early books
Terry Brooks Not in the early books, yes in the later books (lost technology in a post apocalyptic world).

etc
etc
etc

Pathfinder is more or less D&D as well and early D&D had a tech level replicating Dark Ages to the 14th century. Things like Expedition to the Barrier Peaks were isolated and contained for the most part and easily avoidable.

Fiest - I think there is a description of a fleet of star ships being destroyed in one of the books.


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It is simple... If you don't want to be a s!*~ty DM and torture your players with moral dilemmas don't have monster children.

Goblinoids hatch fully formed from something like frog spawn just a little smaller....

Orcs drop a clone from a cyst once or twice a year.

They are not human and monsters after all.

The core premise of the game is killing things and taking their stuff. If your players are after a fun filled game of murder and theft then don't be a dick DM and ruin the fun with moral dilemmas.

On the other hand if you want to wallow in a bitter soup of emo angst and guilt and that is what is fun for your players go for it moral dilemma the adventure as much as you want.


Guang wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:

The problem I see with Sarusan is that it will be the Oceania of myth and dreaming... It's too far away to have a Colonial or post colonial history.

If you want something coffee table (with a U.S. Perspective & baggage attached) but still good I recommend the following episodes from Stuff you missed in history class . I do find they lack a little nuance and come with a how quaint filter - but they are reasonably well researched.

I'm hoping for some of both. Maybe also have an adventure in which you have to fight off hordes of invading rabbits.

Rabbits bah! You need to read about the Emu war.


The problem I see with Sarusan is that it will be the Oceania of myth and dreaming... It's too far away to have a Colonial or post colonial history.

If you want something coffee table (with a U.S. Perspective & baggage attached) but still good I recommend the following episodes from Stuff you missed in history class . I do find they lack a little nuance and come with a how quaint filter - but they are reasonably well researched.


Its a vast history what are you looking for pre-colonial, colonial\post colonial?

Starting books

Pre Colonial The Original Australians: Story of the Aboriginal People.

Colonial The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding..

This is a very good list from Goodreads.

I have an interest in Australia's military history so if you have any questions I can point you in the right direction.


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Just watched A night at the Opera and a Day at the races I am going to watch Duck Soup tonight.


The whole country is in mourning. When you walk past a house you will see a cricket bat out by the door or in the window.

Often a ball will be beside the bat in sympathy for the bowler.

It's very moving. My 6 year old nephew has put his bat, his dad's helmet and a ball out.


EntrerisShadow wrote:

I'd say probably the closest is New Zealand. No lawful state on earth will ever be good, since the entire history of the world is one of oppressors' victory over the oppressed, (Human beings are just terrible. Every revolution pretty much begets another wave of abuse.) but they were the first to give women the vote, they have recognized seats in their government for the indigenous, and they have some of the lowest rates of crime, very little political corruption, and one of the best track records on universal human rights in the world.

And for being so good and inoffensive, we typically forget to include them on our maps.

Nope.... Not New Zealand massive drug and domestic violence problems. New Zealand is definitely not Dr Seuss' Solla Sollew where the troubles are few.


TheMonocleRogue wrote:

Australia

Because when you're on a continent with the deadliest wildlife ever and a landscape riddled with death traps and the occasional brush fire you learn to make friends really quick.

Nah mate... Neutral Good... Tending towards true neutral.

We work together for the greater good but we will break rules to do so... Or we will bend rules if it will be funny.

We boo our Prime Ministers if they show thier f*#@ing useless mugs at sporting events... Except for Hawkie he is a deadset legend and held the world record for drinking a Yard glass of beer.. He allways gets a chear.


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A shambles.... Outdoor butchers stall with all the meat hanging up and on tables dripping blood and slowly going off in the sun. (That's where we get the word from).


Jaelithe wrote:
EltonJ wrote:
I would like to issue an apology on behalf of Myself for any feelings of separation and prejudice that you have felt from me in any of my posts ... The Savior caught a homosexual couple who were his disciples in bed having anal sex, and did not reprove them or admonish them, but he set them up as an example of loving one another.
Which "Savior" did this? Book, chapter and verse, please.

The dude just worked out one of the main messages (most important if you ask me) of the Bible is "be excellent to each other", don't harsh his cool by demanding he do homework and having a hostile attitude.


It is a tragedy and incredibly sad for all involved.


yellowdingo wrote:
Helaman wrote:
Atrocious wrote:
Berselius wrote:

This is probably old news by now but in case nobody knows, Darren Wilson was acquitted. No charges, no trial, nothing. Last time I checked there was rioting in Ferguson and protests in every major american city.

I just...I just don't know what to say. I'm Caucasian but I have three black relatives who share my blood and I love all three of them deeply. Yet I'm scared one day one of them will be shot by a cop just because they black.

Does anyone else have thoughts on this?

You need a reality check. Statistically it's far more likely your relatives will be killed by another black person than a police officer.

Just as a white person is statistically more likely to be killed by a white person than a police officer or a white woman is statistically more likely to be killed by her spouse than a police officer.

But hey, I'm Australian. Our gun deaths (even via cop) are few.

As opposed to deaths in custody...if you happen to be aboriginal. Take the death of a police officer in the northern territory. He was king hit in a nightclub. What wasnt admitted to at the trial of the killer was that the dead police oficer was drunk, off duty, and had just got done sexually assaulting the daughter of his assailant (he slipped his hand up her skirt for a grope). That along with the CCTV footage of the assault was supressed by the prosecution. The other police officer there with him was not subjected to questioning.

Aboriginal deaths in custody is a highly complex issue and should be addressed elsewhere, this thread is about the volatile and complex issue or race & policing in the US.

Not sure that you Dingo my favourite crazy Northern Territorian can improve the situation by bowling tangentialy topical Yorkers.


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Terquem wrote:

"let's talk about why 'Dwarf' should be a class and not a race" [BECMI]

no, seriously let's talk about that?

Because Dwarves are all class!


Wow racist much.... Them foreign Asians are not as good as our Merikan Asians, they come over here and steal our university places... Because they get any easy free pass because they are rich foreigners.

Xenophobia, nationalism and jingoism...

You live in a capitalist system you get what you can afford to pay for.


Magic stunts technology.... Like slavery stunted Greek & Roman technological growth.


eakratz wrote:
Istanbul, not Constantinople.

" Its nobody's business but the Turks......" They Might Be Giants.

I disagree with it being Byzantium/Constantinople/Istanbul

It's Venetian/Athenian to me.


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Still waiting for a post and pre colonial Australia (Oceania).

The closest I get to post colonial Australia is Alkenstar- I changed the history to match harsh land former penal colony except that there was a relatively smooth melding of the indigenous and colonial populations.


South Australia it's asbestosis, melanoma, serial killers, heat exhaustion, fallout, and boredom.


Tinkergoth wrote:
No I'm pretty sure that just proves you're sane.

All the way through the song all I could think was I should go listen to Salt &Pepper, they were a positive example of empowered female hip hop.


Ummm

I think I am getting old.... Did not enjoy that one bit...


There is a poster called Peasant Railgun... Hasn't posted since March though.


Cassowarys are more of a Queensland bird.

Not the Yowie either.


This Drow player illustrates one of my points .....Link........


Mutants & Masterminds is the better way to go - you can have varying power levels within the framework of the game, plus it has mecha, magic and other Scifi, and fantasy settings books.


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Skeld wrote:

My best advice is to never put yourself in a situation where you're alone with that player.

-Skeld

Or let them have anything sharp.... Psycho much....


DM Under The Bridge wrote:
The 8th Dwarf wrote:
The only thing that happens in the NT is shark attacks, croc attacks, people getting nude, drunk, and or stoned or nude drunk stoned people being attacked by or attacking sharks or crocs.
You forgot the snakes.

I didn't want to list everything that will kill you in the NT, people need surprises :-)


Freehold DM wrote:

HILARIOUS.

Why don't I live there again?

It's Australia's Florida.... With less old people and more deadly animals.


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News headlines from the NT.


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The only thing that happens in the NT is shark attacks, croc attacks, people getting nude, drunk, and or stoned or nude drunk stoned people being attacked by or attacking sharks or crocs.


Krensky wrote:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
ShadowcatX wrote:
The article specifically mentions that this isn't about race.
Yeah. I would give more credence to that statement if I hadn't heard of the concept of "lying."

Now, now... They may not be lying. They may honestly believe that it's not about keeping the icky black folk out but that it's about promoting the wonders of afrikaners culture. Which, to be honest, seems to involve getting your ass kicked by the British Empire and treating native africans... poorly.

Anyway, we call those sorts of people deluded, not liars.

Is that any different to American history- Genocide, Slavery Segregation, manifest destiny, and so on.

I am a descendent of the Boers I suggest you read their history, Boer/Afrikaans are culturally distinct and like the US do not have a spotless record.

While I understand the need to preserve their language culture, history, and the memory of their struggle. Exclusiveness will not help it grow or preserve it in the long term.

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