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I personally dislike the term "adventurer," because I don't like the idea of so many people running around doing this that they need a name.
Imagine if the Rebel Alliance had just hired "a party of adventurers" to blow up the death start, or if Gandalf had simply posted a want-ad for "some adventurers" in order to take the ring to Mordor.
Not for me, thanks. To me, that's one of the negative corollaries of an overly codified and stimulationist ruleset.
You seem to be confusing "edition" and "printing." There is only one edition of Pathfinder (unless you count the beta, I suppose).
Steve Geddes wrote:
Yeah, I guess I don't understand what you mean, then.
If you don't have a book and want it, without a subscription you would have to spend the same 15 seconds to order it as you would a PDF. Shipping, while a delay, requires zero effort on your part. I think that's the point of wanting a PDF subscription option...not having to order things.
But maybe I just don't get what you're saying?
Erik Freund wrote:
Keep the modules coming. Keep the setting books coming. But please, for the love of sanity, stop publishing rules, and stop using them in your modules and setting. It really does cause GMs like me to refuse the run the game, and turn to other systems that are inherently self-limiting by virtue of fewer rule books.
100% in agreement...in fact, this is a large part of why I rarely play Pathfinder any more. Unfortunately, I believe people like us are in the minority, so it's tough to (fairly) blame Paizo for NOT catering to us.
At the risk of starting an edition war, I feel that the last two editions of Dungeons and Dragons are more niche rpgs. That is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just how it feels to me.
Interesting. If anything, I'd say 5E is about as "mainstream" as RPGs get. Which, in fairness, is "not very." :P
Myself, I haven't purchased any 5e books of them. I would have if I could get PDFs of the core books (or if there was a complete core book reference online along the lines of the PRD), but you can't. Yes, in fact, the lack of availability of fully useful PDFs is the reason I haven't purchased hardcover D&D books.
This. Even putting aside the casual, patronizing contempt with which they treat their customers, this was the an absolute deal-killer for me.
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
To many people "I've got mine, and tough luck if you've lost yours" is a thing, otherwise Social Darwinism would never have made it into the dictionary."
Don't forget the irony that the FUGM people usually did so only through the forbearance of their betters. They just don't know it, because they assume everyone is as rotten as they are.
It may even be worse than that. Here in AZ, we stamped our feet and refused to update our driver's licenses to meet the necessary standards for federal air travel, because it was going to be "too expensive." We then turned around and created an entirely new form of ID card that does comply, meaning now anyone who wants to both drive and fly has to get BOTH forms of identification.
Turin the Mad wrote:
A letter from a Bernie delegate on how the Clinton-Kaine campaign shouldn't take those votes for granted.
"If an appreciable number of those Bernie voters opt to stay home or vote for a third-party candidate in the fall, here comes President Trump."
So...congrats? Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face...
Edit: Not directed specifically at you, Turin. Rather, to the author of that article.
Personally, I'm kind of hoping that we can use 3D printing to create good housing at a fraction of the current costs, and that with a drastically reduced cost of living, people might be able to do a lot more with what they're able to get from their work.
That seems like the opposite of what 3D printing is for. Genuinely curious...how do yo see that working?
If you want to write off the concerns about Trump as "partisan bashing," there's nothing anyone can do to stop you. World-weary cynicism is all the rage, and easy to affect. I get it.
I also, however, think this goes well beyond garden variety partisanship. I'll freely admit I don't think W should have been president, and I'm unlikely to find the 2020 Republican nominee any more tasteful. That's partisanship.
This isn't that. Trump is a threat to the integrity of the system and our national identity. Neither he, nor anyone like him, MUST EVER be president.
Yeah, sometimes being decisive can matter more than the decision itself. Maybe not often, but sometimes. :)
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
I'm going to miss that bond. I'm going to miss a lot of things from this POTUS.
You and me both. ;-)
P.S. You just have to laugh at the "worst president evar!" the GOP was trying to sell for so long. They appear quite relieved to turn their attention to Hillary and let that particular canard go.
People. Stop. This isn't funny any more. We are flirting with disaster.
I know we're all jaded by the incessant hyperbole in politics, but Trump is genuinely dangerous. He is fascist, racist, sexist, and a gleeful authoritarian. If you don't believe me, don't take my word for it. Don't take the media's word for it. Just look at what Trump himself has said. Take *his* word for it.
Opposition to the cynical demagoguery Mr. Trump is selling has to transcend partisan bickering. This man must never be president.
I know, right! Look at all that time Patraeus -- who was actually guilty -- got!
Wait...did you just complain about me putting words in your mouth, and then, in the next sentence, claim that "people like me" elevate every non-issue into a crisis?
I think I see the problem. :P
Oh right...the liberal (yet 100% corporate owned) media did it!
Was it an "obvious joke" when he called illegal immigrants rapists? Is the rampant misogyny also a joke? Or the part where he sure did admire Saddam?
Wake up. The only "obvious joke" is his candidacy.
Scott Betts wrote:
And yet his numbers won't take a hit. Just goes to show that his supporters don't actually care about little things like the law.
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
I see this a bell weather sign of the times. It started with boxes such as AppleTV and Rokku. The Cable hegemony has been showing signs of breakup for some time. HBO, Showtime, and others are now offering services which require nothing more than Internet access to acquire. Home entertainment is going to become more of an al-a carte affair.
I don't disagree. However, CBS All Access, at least in its present form (very limited access to recent shows, ALONG with ads) is crap.
Yeah, I saw that. That's Trump's style. All you small businessmen backing Trump. Remember that's how he treats you. Cuts you off, breaks the deal, doesn't pay and then fights you in court with better lawyers than you can afford until you settle for pennies on the dollar. That's what you're cheering for.
That's how we Make America Great Again...if you think the gilded age and robber barons were great.
Orfamay Quest wrote:
That the United States is a democracy is not a lie. A lot of people think that you need to be a direct democracy to be a democracy, but that's simply untrue. The US is a representative democracy, because even in the 18th century, it was well-understood that direct democracy is unworkable for something as large as a medium-sized city.
That's technically true, but strikes me as semantics. In common parlance, there is no distinction. How many people, do you suppose, when asked out of the blue would agree with the statement "in a democracy, the person who gets the most votes wins?" 99%? 100%? Will of the people, and all that?
Yet that isn't how our system works.
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
To each his own. I consider Wrath of Khan the only one of the Star Trek films to have merit as a movie on it's own. None of the others would be worth watching if the Star Trek stuff were filed off of it, and several of them, First Contact in particular were painful to watch, and are in the category of "Never subject myself to this torture again!"
I've pretty much concluded Star Trek simply isn't a good fit for movies.
While it is -- by definition -- true that all illegal immigrants are criminals, that's not a very useful distinction. By such a binary standard, literally everyone you know is a criminal. I'm not terribly concerned about people whose only crime is circumventing our broken-by-design immigration system. I can promise you I would do the same in their place.
As for racism...this so-called criminality doesn't explain the anger directed against illegal immigrants. Misguided economic resentment from the less sophisticated is a part, sure, but even that doesn't explain why Hispanics are nearly always singled out (in Trump's case, as "rapists" and "murderers"!).
Hell, given our demographic prospects, the United States should just let any healthy person under the age of 30 who is not guilty of any meaningful crime into the country legally, and then tax their wages. Problem solved.
P.S. I also just fixed Social Security. You're welcome. ;-)
On the right, it's all about scapegoats - you're worse off and it's all because of the lazy blacks living off your tax money and the illegals taking your jobs and the gays doing something or other.
LOL. The racism and xenophobia I "understand." But what DO people imagine homosexuals have to do with their economic marginalization?
My immediate reaction is to ask why the republicans aren't nominating nominating Micheal Steele. At least in that interview, he comes off as a rational, articulate, and respectful man. In other words, the opposite of Donald Trump.
Sure. In theory, one should always borrow as much money as possible as long as one can earn a higher return on the money than what is paid in interest. In practice, it doesn't matter what the expected rate of return is if you encounter a liquidity crisis. All the bridges in the world won't matter if we miss a bond payment.
If I had my druthers I'd up the capital gains tax, the corporate tax rate (which, despite what you may have heard, isn't anywhere near the "highest in the world."), and the social security tax ceiling. I'd also quash offshore tax shelters. Then I'd invest the resulting windfall in education, infrastructure, and paying down debt. I'd also ramp down military spending, and release pretty much the entire non-violent prison population as quickly as feasible.
I literally couldn't have said it better myself. And if you know me, you know that's painful thing for me to admit. ;-)