I love both KD and Chronicles, the women and men that run them put in vast amounts of time to bring us good stuff.
I think Chronicles problem is their vision is too grand for the time the have available. They could take their current format pare it down to rotating interviewers and a smaller panel then release it in 45 min episodes. They don't have to get rid of anybody just assign people with the time to different interviews and discussions... For example Cherry and Steel talk to Erik about publishing, While Research and somebody else talk to Jason about the new classes.
Let me clarify what Comrade D was trying to say Guy. It was don't ignore his past, don't gloss over the bloody struggle, he didn't just magically go into prison and magically come out and make South Africa better. While he has in prison contributing the leadership of the downfall of Apartheid people like Steve Biko were being brutally murdered by the South African security forces. There was a bloody struggle going on. He was a part of the struggle and the struggle was not unjustified. To sweep that part of his life under the Capet is to sanitise history. What is amazing and what is truly great about Mandela was he chose not to go down the path of revenge. He embraced reconciliation, when he could have made white SA pay their butchers bill.
South Africa has a long way to go and there is a class and racial divide.
TheJeff while YD is in la la land he is right about immigration to South Africa, there is a very large Indian population in Africa and it began with the Dutch bringing them in as slaves and the British using them as indentured servants. Later many immigrated seeking the opportunities that the vast South African reserves of diamonds and gold offered everybody else in the empire.
Gandhi spent many years in South Africa as a lawyer and civil rights campaigner - for Indians only at first because he shared the same Victorian views of Africans as the Europeans, later he became more aware and while primarily focusing on the plight of the Indian people in South Africa, he did change his ideas about race and became more sympathetic to the plight of the native Africans.
Indian South Africans were subject to the same laws as native Africans when they were implemented in 49. Many SA Indians were a vital part of resistance to Apartheid.
When Apartheid ended there was a second wave of immigration from India, and this has caused some friction as the better educated and financed Indians are very successful.
So the Jeff before you dismiss people out of hand it is best you do some research.
Australian here.... I think age and maturity have an effect on play style. When I was young it was about killing stuff and looting the corpses, in my teens it was all angst, and pain, smash crash and trying to score with the barmaid (cause no real girl would have me), at uni it was about shades of grey, impossible moral choices corruption, and politics and now that I am old I like to have a balanced mix.
We alternate between tactical and heavy RP depending on the mood of the group that session. We drive our GM insane by following wild goose chases or circumventing his plot and somehow skipping straight to the bad guy.
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Oh you are confusing Rugby League with Rugby Union.... Only two states in Australia and some towns in the north of England play League...
It's funny, when I was young end of primary beginig of high school there was a group called The Christian Beach Fellowship( they surfed with God) who taught water safety and held barbecues, and soccer games did bible plays, mum used to pack me off to spend time with them while she was working during the summer holidays. I was playing D&D and had read everything Tolkien and Lewis had written by then, the D&D playing didn't go down well with the God Botherers so I was super surprised when I saw they had all of the Narnia books on the table of recommend reading for young Christians. I hadn't realised Lewis was preaching.
TPOV - some cool recommendations. I saw Red Cliff on SBS it was good but I think it was the short version. I was wondering if they have anything like SBS in other countries... It's a state owned TV station that has foreign language news, tv programs and movies, a for a lad before the invention of the internet a lot of those foreign movies had boobs ;-)
That does look good...
If you like horror the Finnish movie Sauna made my skin crawl, horror movies are not my thing. It is set in medieval Finland (make your players watch it before playing Reign of Winter, set the atmosphere)...
Trailer for Wild Zero - Rock n Roll, Zombie, Alien, love story... A little NSFW 1 second of boobs.
Hello all, I was inspired by Tinkergoths thread on the Canberra International Film Festival.
There are a lot of film buffs in the Paizo community and I thought I would start a thread, where we can talk about and recommend non Hollywood films.
I have a soft spot for comedies, and quirky to weird movies, so a lot of my recommendations will be a bit of a head spin...
I will start with my favourite movie from my childhood Storm Boy. It's dated but there is a vast emptiness and loneliness to Australia that the movie highlights so well.
A work friend handed me Enders Game to read. I had already consigned Card to my don't bother I disagree with the authors politics and beliefs bin. In return I handed him the Chronicles of Amber.
Being polite I promised I would read it, unfortunately for me I dislike the book because where I would be able to forgive laziness, stereotypes and a predictable plot, because I have a soft spot for any scifi, I find myself bringing a very harsh and critical eye to the book.
I do find some characters interesting enough to finish the book, then I might spoil the rest of the series by reading the synopsis on wiki. So I don't have to wade through more books.
I find the use of the word bugger jarring, it has a few different meanings in Australian English, that in different contexts can be a term of endearment or a deadly insult much like the word bastard.
Has anybody else had outside influences make the works of an author or series of books difficult to read? Did you put them down or struggle on? Was it worth it?
This is the basic idea for my pitch:
I am not going to tell the players that it's XCom.
How would you guys like to play a modern day slightly supernatural game. I would like you to think of a character concept that would get you out and about, like a field archaeologist, CDC field scientist, A doctor from medicine sans frontiers, military, smuggler, I would alow people to be slightly psychic - suggestion, hunches and so on.
Then if I had time I would do a troop (one person playing their character and the others playing NPCs) style recruitment into XCom scenerio for each of the characters. Minimising the Alien involvement - hinting at a threat to humanity but from an unknown and "supernatural" force.
Slowly I would dripfeed the aliens and the set up of XCom. They would become an investigative team rather than a first response unit.
I have been playing XCom Enemy within it is brilliant and the background is excellent source for a campaign. The game, genetics, cybernetics, aliens, agents, new enemy faction (humans who want to use alien tech to rule the world).
Normally if I was going to run this as a RPG I would use GURPS, but I think Shadowrun would fit better.
I was typing on my phone while I was supposed to be working... Lesson in that for me somewhere :-)
I have been trying to find who hypothesised that the Doctor was the white guardian but he was hiding it from himself, but I can't find any reference to the article... So the golden rule applies - it's not valid until I can reference it.
There is a s*~& load of inconsistency in Dr Who... Expecting it or wanting will just do your head in.
Just who is the Doctor for example, at times it had been hinted that he is Omega, Rassilon, and another powerful figure from Timelord ancient history, is he The White Guardian..... How many regeneration has he had the Möbius episode indicates there are or could be others.
The Master is sitting on about 16 regenerations he was able to steal a few and the Time Lords we able to offer him more as well.
Sophie could totally pick up where SJ left off......
Those of us who have watched the show for 30 or more years, care about what kind of man the Doctor is.
For poor old number 6 Colin Baker, his character was destroyed by the producers, he had very little control of its direction. His Doctor was made unlikeable to kill the show by the powers that be.
This attempt to destroy the show ran into 7s tenure. McCoy's 7 while a master manipulator and not nice to his companion at times, was far less psycho than 6 and responsible for two of the best episodes ever The Curse of Fenric and Battlefield ..... But the good stuff came too late and the show was canceled.
I was watching from Jon Pertwee and the cancelation hit me hard... The failed American remake (Paul McGann was brilliant) was not Dr Who on so many levels (although his radio shows and the minisode were very much the Doctor). You Yanks have a gift for taking a good TV show missing all the bits that make the show good and turning it into something less than a sum of its parts.
So what kind of man the Doctor is is very important to me.
Wow you should have seen the old Five Doctors - they bickered and competed all the way through.
3, 4, 5, and 7 are my favourite Doctors having watched the show from when I was 3 years old.
I like the new Doctors but I miss 3 and Jo a lot.
It was a great show but I think it's time Moffat took a rest.
Lots of Polish immigrants in Australia as well, our highest mountain is called Mount Kosciuszko, Polish people are considered brave (serving beside Australians in North Africa in WWII) and hardworking a lot of immigrant s came out after the war and worked very hard. We get perplexed by the Polish jokes made by Americans.
The race books have such as the one above have been hit or miss... I found the dwarf book to be disappointing, retreading a lot of the old fantasy tropes... The elves are cool because they are not native to Golarion, Alien elves with Star Gates are very interesting, the Gnome bleaching thing also cool. Dwarves = Scottish Vikings as per usual.... Paizo have so much scope to do proper Viking and Egyptian style dwarves based on their Scandinavian and Egypt analogs...