Man my life is boring..... I should have been a communist, rather than a middle class Chardonnay socialist.
My great grandmother was a half French Mauritian (creole) half Scottish, Australian born communist that rode motorcycles and married a black man (Australian Aboriginal) in the 1930's. She then became a fire breathing baptist and things went downhill from there...
I am an atheist and i think what the pope says is very important, it effects the lives of millions who are of his faith directly and millions who don't indirectly.
If the Pope just said yes to condoms for catholics, Millions of lives would be saved, through disease prevention and the limiting of over population.
And the schism over doctrine starts now!!!
Its a good idea.... I am not up in arms
- Some people were saying we shouldn't celebrate anything in schools just "learn" about it.
We can homogenize the world to sterile boring no anybody offending gruel...
Or we can share and participate and have a good time.
I am on this planet to have a good time with the people I inhabit it with. The more holidays, parties and festivals I can attend the better.
Even if its as simple as making a card for somebody, I am there.
I am not here to crawl in into a safe room for fear of offending everybody.
As a GM I wouldn't go easy on them, if they are not up to the job or can't adapt then that's thier problem. Real life doesn't take it easy on you if you are inept, I'll adapted, not flexible or under prepared.
As a player I would be hiring retainers or henchmen. Especially if I was the squishy spell caster. It would be good to have a couple of sword swinging brutes on my payroll if there was ever an argument over the division of treasure.
Lord Fyre wrote:
The people don't but the institution does, if you are part of an institution that has done the wrong thing, then it is important that you as a member work to get that institution to make amends, and redress its wrongs.
Jessica Price wrote:
No a child who has lost thier parent/s would not be forced to participate and appropriate steps are taken by the teaching staff and the child would be treated with sensitivity and empathy.
You can not cottonwool people either because they do not learn to cope with loss. Should we stop mums and dads picking up thier children from school because it may make children without parents sad.
My daughters are taught, that families are all different, some kids have 2 mums, some have Aunts and uncles, some are grandparents, some are extended families, some are 2 dads, some are just one mum or one dad and so on.
They are taught my uncles (my uncle and his partner) are are men who fall in love with men and mums best friend is a lady that loves ladies and that's the way the world turns and we should love them and respect them for who they are.
I am very proud of the school my kids go to, the teachers are excellent, and the P&C group work very hard to make it a welcoming place where difference is celebrated and where people are encouraged to participate as much as possible.
Not some sterile joyless place where you do nothing but" learn".
Lord Fyre wrote:
That would be nice, it won't bring them back or restore the native cultures they destroyed but it is positive.
Jessica Price wrote:
I prefer what they do at my children's school, they celebrate everything, Easter, Diwali, Ramadan, Passover, Chinese New Year(and so on). They teach tolerance and respect for all cultures and most of these celebrations are lots of fun.
My children's school is a typical Australian government run primary school. Not teach children about the other cultures that you live with and not participating in and sharing your culture is a good way to breed racism, mistrust and ignorance.
I am an atheist (its up to my children to make thier own decision on what they believe) but I also acknowledge others believe differently to me and I am happy to participate if invited especially if its going to be fun, like Diwali or Chinese New Year, or be respectful if it is Easter or Passover.
Besides all these days are great fund raisers for the school, it lets them buy extra epi pens, interactive white boards, vegetable gardens and so on.
Yep, see if you can find pictures of trench raiding equipment, nasty stuff.
I tear up at the end of that movie all the time, All Quiet on the Western Front does the same.
Not many portable radios at this time. A field telephone if you are lucky, a runner is the most likely form of communication, especially in the case of the Russians who were under equipped.
Cossacks were crazy people with swords, at very common in Russia. Most Cavalry units were issued with swords at this time, primarily because they were all still mounted on horses. There were still some units using lances... Not effectively against a British mad minute (30 rounds from a bolt action rifle on a 12 inch target at 300 yards in 1 min) or a machine gun, but the belief was once you could make a breach in the trench line, the cavalry could pour through and roll up the infantry.
The one place mounted soldiers were efective in WW1 was the Sinai, Palestine, Syria campaign.
As for swords Bayonets got to ridiculous lengths at this time, due to the reach theory.
No it isn't - I don't know about American football, but I will talk about it anyway.
Let's say Washington runs the same formation against you game in game out. You have your defensive moves worked out and your counters are perfect. So it's all down to the skill of the players, the bounce of the ball and the direction of the wind.
All of a sudden the Red Skins go from a throwing game to a running game. You keep running the same defensive plays as before, and you wonder why you are loosing.
Washington are still playing within the rules of the game - nothing they are doing is broken. It's you as defensive coach that has failed because you failed to adapt your plays.
It no point crying to the ref and asking for them to change the rules and stop the running game because you can't cope and taking out you crayon mid game and scribbling out the rules you don't like is dickishness as well.
I am ranting because I can :-)
And I like it when I get people to shout at me on the Internet.
None of the classes need fixing if you can't adapt don't punish your players.
I got to 13th level with a witch, my main tricks, were slumber, misfortune, and fortune. It threw the GM a few times allowing us to take out two of his BBEGs in a few rounds.
The GM had never GM'ed Pathfinder before and was a bit flummoxed, he didn't moan about my character being broken, he got pro-active.
He did some research, the evil organisation we were fighting had already thrown hit squads of assassins against us, suddenly there were elves, half elves and monks in the hit squads.
Our enemy started using intellegent undead, it became more difficult.
The enemy had assessed our tactics, one would delay until after I acted and kick awake anybody I slumbered.
I had to change my tactics... Feeblemind is my best friend.
You have an excuse if you are new and inexperienced. But if you are a long time GM and you can't cope with the random stuff that players pull the you need to take a good look at yourself.
When there are new players on the field with different tactics, you can't keep going back to your old play book and having a big cry when your well trodden old plays are stomped on by switched on players.
You adapt, there is no broken only different and different requires you to think and some people don't like troubling the little grey cells so they moan.
If you can't come up with your own answers ask others there is no shame in that. This not a gentleman's game of cricket with all the politeness and FairPlay. It's meant to be challenging and exciting and DMs are supposed to play dirty within the rules to make it fun for all.
Any DM who says X class is broken is lazy.
If X class is breezing through your game you need to take time to look at the class and figure out how to moderate them through game play not through nerfing.
Just because your old tricks of handling the existing characters are stale and don't work for a new class is not an indication of broken it is a challenge to be taken up.
Get off your arse and be creative. NPCs and monsters arent stupid.
I am happy,
As the game has got more popular, the community population has grown and that small town feeling where felt that you knew all of the other commentators on the board has subsided. So it is not as friendly as it once was just because there are too many people to establish a good relationship with.
With a lot more people come a lot more complaints, the percentage doesn't change just the volume. So the storms of whiny crap and "dis is teh suxxors" can be overwhelming.
But there are gems of threads that need to be highlighted, where people are surprisingly mature, insightful and helpful.
Also some staff are good at moderating and commenting (Shout out to Lilith, Chris, Judy, James, Cosmo, Vic and Jason) and others not so good (they trigger confusion or alienation and should probably wait 20 mins and reread before they post their replies).
Gark the Goblin wrote:
No real scandal... Australia has done very well out of the GFC and the government has done a lot of what it has set out to do.
The problems people have with Julia are the ingrained misogynistic tendencies in the conservative parties, and the press, they hammer her about a lot of inane crap.
She did make some promises she went back on and looked a right burke and that is where she lost my support.
One Nation was a joke - it only survived because the Conservatives in power at the time gave them oxygen enough to act as a distraction. That oxygen disappeared when they won a seat.
They were Primarily anti Asian, anti Middle Eastern, and anti African immigration. A lot of support came from 1st and 2nd generation European immigrants, who brought their racism with them.
The One Nation party "peaked at the 1998 election on 9 percent of the nationwide vote, electing one Senator in Queensland. The party has never approached these heights again, and while it nominally still exists it attracts a negligible percentage of the vote." (wiki)
The leader of the party was called Pauline Hanson - she was parodied mercilessly. A Drag Queen called Pauline Pantsdown had 2 top 10 hits with "I am a back door man" and "I dont like it". Backdoor man had a federal injunction raised against it as it was in the middle of an election and seen as prejudicial.
As for religion..... Most Australians are ambivalent, they will say I kind of believe in god but that's about as far as they go. We dont have much time for "God botherers" and we have less time for "god botherers" that bother us about god. The main churches have some power, but that is because it was established in the past.
Hillsong (evangelical) got popular for about 5 mins and has faded, there were some scandals - proving that any and every church run by human-beings is corrupt.
As host I supply the coffee, and occasionally Mrs 8th Dwarf will try a new recipe out on the guys. Some times I see something cool or different at the various international supermarkets and buy that for the guys to try.
The guys bring snacks even the GM will bring a block of chocolate.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Preach on, Comrade Dwarf!
I wish we had a choice, our so called "Labor" party has sold out.
The conservatives call themselves the "Liberal" party and is lead by a former trainee Jesuit priest, we call the mad monk, he likes to pose in speedo's.
The only effective and respectable politician has retired from leadership of the Greens and now the party is run by people the right and left can use as examples of crazy greenies.
The Australian Democrats imploded years ago after they knifed thier best chance in the back.
The National party (farmers party) are lap dogs of the Liberal party pretending to be cattle dogs.
Fabius Maximus wrote:
I disagree with Sheldon and Tim (Tim only said that to get sacked) on Bab 5 but I do agree with Tim on the Phantom Menace.
Delectatio Morosa wrote:
...and so it begins.
Fixed it for you
Did Derp Farce 9 rip off Bab 5?
Why didn't JMS sue Parramount?
Vincent Takeda wrote:
Wow you had to watch the Human Centipede one and 2 to want to watch BBT..... And you willingly self inflicted mental trauma in the name of pop science.... My hat is off to you, you are a scholar and a jellybean dude!
As I suspected there is a cultural difference...as to why I found your definition slightly insulting. The people I listed are nerds, proud nerds.
As I said above I have been called a history nerd... I can talk to you about various subjects until your ears bleed.
For us a nerd is a person who studies too much and has too much knowledge of a subject for their own good.
A geek is the type of person who doesn't have knowledge about anything useful, although their knowledge of their favourite obsession is encyclopaedic.
This is from the Macquarie Australian Dictionary (revised on a yearly basis)
1. a social misfit, especially one who is overly preoccupied with some interest or pursuit that is seen as unfashionable.
Jessica Price wrote:
The more I think about it the more your definition appears to be very wrong. There are a monumental number of nerdy men any women who are very socially adept. Carl Sagan, Professor Brian Cox, Dr Pamella Gay, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Neil Degrass Tyson, Dr Julius Sumner Miller, Professor Mary Beard I could keep going.
The disservice and danger your definition presents is magnified when it comes to women. For example, Professor Beard presented one of the most fascinating documentaries on the people of ancient Rome I have ever seen, she is a brilliant communicator but because of her appearance, her age, the way she walked and talked there was a controversy (aside from political controversies of her own making that (some opinions she has expressed that I disagree with).
It's hard enough to get shows that have women presenting Science and history they also generally are only allowed to be good looking presenters as well (Bettany Hughes, Dr Alice Roberts, Kari Byron). I suggest you start de- stigmatising the word nerd and using it interchangeably with you definition of geek (which I like).
Warner Bros. Television tried immediately to turn Singles into a television series. When Crowe balked at the notion, the company proceeded with the idea, engaged a new writing and directing team, changing elements and the name to Friends, which ran successfully on NBC from 1994-2004.
Singles is very 1990's...
Scott Betts wrote:
Ha had a look at a few of the indices.... My country mostly top 3 to 5 a few top 10s and one of the best places in the world to be born in (as long as we are better than the English and Kiwi's it's all that matters).
Currently we have a socialist government but (sadly) the conservatives will win the next election.
I didn't read the fire arms freedom indice I don't mind being last on that one.
Don't get me wrong the majority of troops are British (Scottish, Welsh, English and Irish) and they are highly professional and excellent soldiers. The same with the French they are amoungst the best in the world.
The Brittish had a problem at staff level with inbred aristocrats stuffing things up, until the more professional types roll in later in the conflict. This was the case with both WW1 and WW2.
The French had political and high command problems that caused their armies not to be as effective as they could have been in WW1 and crippled thier armies in WW2.
The French and Engilsh who had been fighting each other since 1066 were not natural allies, they mistrusted each other and failed to collaborate effectively... The failings of 1914-18 lead directly to the same levels of suspicion and failure to communicate and was a major contribution to the disastrous Battle of France in WW2.
I have had no regrets buying hero lab, if you are short on cash you can pick up the extra bits as you need.
It is a very good product and if you have an iPad 2 or better there is a free app to display character sheets.
The only negative is the official character sheet on HL is un polished and could be set out like the app.
I have to disagree - Fire Fly was an excellent show that failed because Fox did not know how to market it and the people in charge did not like it and did not understand it.
It was shown out of order and at the wrong time on its first run.
So people had no idea of what was going on.
It had mass appeal - the Movie made bucket loads and was a success.
The Browncoats are a real thing.
Just because it is successful does not make it good... By your hypothesis Jersey Shore is a good show....