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Somehow we're now confusing a higher IQ with a lack of douche-baggery. Trust me, the two are NOT the same. As it happens, I've also observed RPG gamers AS A GROUP to be more socially awkward than average. Unsurprisingly, there's no study to back that one up, either (though for some reason it seems to be much less controversial =P).

Besides, what does IQ matter, anyway? I'm a card-carrying Mensan, and I'd much, MUCH rather be handsome. It seems eminently more useful.


I meant pen&paper, I have to do math RPGs, not video games. Sorry to be unclear.


I think it's amusing that people doubt that, AS A GROUP, gamers have higher than average IQs. It's blatantly obvious to me that this is the case, despite some (unsurprising) exceptions.

But hey, believe what you like. :P


berserker444 wrote:
...there seems do be a much higher left wing demographic amongst gaming communities as a whole than right wing, Just from watching different forums and etc. I wonder why that is? "goes back to further contemplating it."

Gamers as a group also have high IQs...which I'm sure is nothing more than coincidental correlation. *cough*


Rysky wrote:

And he did the inverse when Brexit occurred and he gave a speech congratulating the British on taking their country back.

In Scotland.

To a Scottish audience.

Egads. Even a ignorant 'Murican such as myself knows better than that!


Scott Betts wrote:
That speech, though.

That...was pretty scathing. Hopefully the reasonable undecideds (assuming such people exist) were watching it.

For the true believers, however, however, it be easily dismissed as "liberal media" bias, or as more of "crooked Hillary's" lies. Assuming it is read/heard in the first place. Which it won't be.


What a fantastic idea...here's hoping it proves profitable for you guys.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:

But i don't want to have to learn to speak lizard.

I spit when i make the TSSSS sound.

That's a common rookie mistake.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to molting.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Some non-Saudi Arabia deals:

For Hillary Clinton and Boeing, a beneficial relationship

Interesting. Apparently, Boeing made a(nother?) $900,000 donation after Hillary pressed Russia into signing a multi-billion dollar deal with them.

I'd have to doublecheck my timelines, but I think these Boeing deals are all going down while they were setting up operations in South Carolina to bust the union, but I guess that's neither here nor there.

Don't know about this website, but you can google around if it's ideologically unacceptable:

CLINTON CASH — THE GE-ALGERIA CONNECTION

Anyway, as I said above, it doesn't make much difference to me if it's a question of personal venality or realpolitik. Personally, I think it's more about networking, access-peddling and influencing policy ("She's great at making deals!" I believe is one of the constant refrains of her supporters).*

Nothing out of line with that, right? Must take some squinting to see something wrong in all that mess. As I had occasion to mention regarding the Wall Street speeches, I don't think she's any more monstrous than your average power-hungry capitalist stooge, just more successful. And, I guess, if you're a supporter of international capitalism, as most of you are, or supporters of American imperialism, no matter how begruding or reluctantly, as most of you are, you probably don't see anything wrong with hobnobbing with union-busters and facilitating deals between the captains of western capitalism and blood-soaked feudal monarchies and dictatorships.

I mean, even Carter did it, right? That's the way the system works.

And then Dicey wonders why I don't vote.

In other news: System which encourages, if not outright requires, corruption produces...corruption.

Your indignation makes sense if your goal is to overthrow the system -- which I gather yours is -- but make no mistake: Clinton isn't the problem; she's a symptom.


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Clinton is amazing.

Just think about it: She somehow hides billions in "dark money" using an organization NAMED THE CLINTON FOUNDATION, while managing to hob-knob with the lefty-elite, arm the Saudis, AND still be one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.

President? Screw that. Someone that effective should just take over the world (a feat she is no doubt pursuing at this very moment!).


And, somehow, Trump still leads in my state.

I really need to move. :-/


I still odd to assume that bringing in new customers = growing. Surely we'd need some way to measure people leaving?


Fergie wrote:
This isn't really a Left/Right issue, or a Democrat/Republican issue.

The decision itself, IIRC, was split right exactly right/left lines. I admit I'm surprised about the ACLU, though. This might be the first time I've completely disagreed with them.


thejeff wrote:
Cause it's all about the grifting.

Are you sure you didn't mean "job creating"?

;-)


This just in: Clinton spends too much time with donors, not enough time with voters. This from the same right-wing that gave us Citizens United.

I can't wait for this election to be over so we can get back to the normal deluge of political hay-making.


If the Clintons were guilty of half of what they've been accused of, the GOP would be too busy taking notes to sling mud.


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Yeah, but what about Fantasy Age? ;-)


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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.


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137ben wrote:

Well...sort of. With WotC, they don't sell PDFs of the core rules of the most recent edition. However, they do sell the core rules for every other edition they ever published. You can go on OBS right now and buy PDFs from the core rules of OD&D all the way through 4e essentials. The only one you can't buy digitally is the most recent one.

With Paizo, it's the exact opposite. You can very easily purchase the most recent edition of the Core Rulebook in PDF, but if you want any of the older editions, you are out of luck.

You seem to be confusing "edition" and "printing." There is only one edition of Pathfinder (unless you count the beta, I suppose).


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Steve Geddes wrote:

err, no it's not true of the printed product (it gets delivered without having to download it). I get my subs and never need to visit the website at all.

However, I don't think many people list "not having to go and get it" as the advantage of the subscription anyway. They list things like "getting it early" and "free PDF".

I can see that there might be an advantage offered with a digital subscription, but "not having to go and get it" doesn't seem to be much of one to me.

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?


Hey, the freedom to exploit and pillage free of interference is a freedom, too. ;-)


Steve Geddes wrote:
Melkiador wrote:
thunderspirit wrote:
Melkiador wrote:
Paizo doesn't exactly "cater" to the digital set though,
On the contrary — they offer it, whereas WotC, it seems, does not.
That's less like catering and more like takeout. Sure I don't have to cook the food myself, but I still have to go and get it.

I don't really understand that view. Even if there was a digital subscription you'd have to "go and get it" anyway wouldn't you?

As I see it now, when a new campaign book comes out you have to click through the purchase process and then download the PDF. The initial clicks take what, fifteen seconds? That's all that would be saved by a subscription (effort wise).

...which is also exactly true of the physical products, no? Yet they offer a subscription.

I think he has a fair point.


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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.


thejeff wrote:
Rednal wrote:
Paul Manafort - the campaign chairman who was recently tied to what looked like under-the-table payments and pro-Russia activities in Ukraine - has officially resigned from Trump's campaign.
Obviously coming and obviously this is what the Bannon & Conway hires were setting up for, no matter how much the campaign denied it.

Perhaps, but then why not do it all at once? Surely they'd want to get changes in campaign staff out of the news as quickly as possible, rather than stretching them out over days?


Rednal wrote:
Paul Manafort - the campaign chairman who was recently tied to what looked like under-the-table payments and pro-Russia activities in Ukraine - has officially resigned from Trump's campaign.

Hmmm...didn't see that coming after he survived the shake-up earlier this week. I wonder if the campaign anticipated Manafort's Ukraine troubles worsening.


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Nohwear wrote:
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


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rknop wrote:
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.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Capitalism!

Exactly. A little competition is good for everyone.


Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
The Repubs have infighting, but they regularly pull together and work like fire ants or termites. And they're (too) damn effective.

Oddly enough, I've seen that exact charge levelled at the Democratic party. :P


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This doesn't surprise me. I think Paizo is going to find continued growth much more challenging with a solid version of D&D in print. Furthermore, I'm not sure that's a bad thing.


Caineach wrote:
If 3rd parties start pulling significant numbers of protest votes then people with similar ideologies within the major parties know they have backing to be more vocal about ideas less mainstream within the major party. This can cause drift within the larger party towards your preferred ideologies.

And again, if I could pick the winning lottery numbers in advance, I'd be rich.

The validity of your argument is irrelevant when your premise never actually occurs.


Kryzbyn wrote:
It's not naive, it's fighting condescension. If enough people vote for a 3rd party to knock one of the other two out, it's progress, or evolution of a sort. Don't tell me my vote is wasted anymore than gaming is a waste of my time. Right in the neck.

Yeah, and if I could pick the winning lottery numbers in advance, I'd be rich. Neither one is going to happen.

A third party candidate will not win without systemic changes (or, as the jeff noted, one of the existing parties collapsing...in which case the party isn't really a "third" party). If voting for someone who cannot win isn't a waste, I'm not sure what is.


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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.


Kryzbyn wrote:

Penn Jillette's thoughts on throwing his vote away:

** spoiler omitted **

Hear it in his voice!

That is a surprisingly naive view for him. I don't *like* that we have a two party system, but that doesn't make it any less a fact.


Paul Watson wrote:

Lou,

Given people are still talking about Benghazi even though that was investigated to death and found nothing to be wrong with her conduct, I doubt another ten inquiries would be enough. As thejeff said, right now any Republican call for an investigation into Clinton is "boy who cried wolf" stuff. She's been investigated for more than 2 decades and bugger all has been found. She's either no more guilty than any other politician, or she's a criminal mastermind who's able to evade all areas of government and the FBI leaving less trace than a high level rogue with a ring of invisibility. One of these things is a little more likely than the other.

Well, we did already decide up thread that Hillary Clinton is secretly one of America's most prolific serial killers.

So there's that...


Trump's attack dog thinks that 9/11 wasn't a thing.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.


Guy Humual wrote:
He values it at 4 billion IIRC

No doubt an auditor would find him to be an entirely objective source! ;-)


So...who has Trump dog-whistled for assassination today?

Too soon?


Kryzbyn wrote:
I wish it was parody...

I believe unintentional self-parody qualifies.

Or are you seriously suggesting we lend ANY CREDENCE AT ALL to the idea that Bill and Hillary Clinton are among the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history? o.O


Kryzbyn wrote:
A barbell could slip and break his neck, perhaps.

Yeah...no. Not at all what I was suggesting. Kinda the opposite, actually. But I suspect you know that?


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Something occurred to me yesterday. You know how people dislike Hillary because she's been around for 20 years and she's a Washington Insider?

If she were a man, we'd call that "experience."


Perhaps, but there's a big difference between the rightmost fringe of the Republican party and the electorate in general.

I hope.


I saw it over the weekend. Much better than the reviews would indicate, but nothing spectacular. I'm glad I paid $5.

Spoiler:
Batman was awesome.
When/where/WHY did the Enchantress learn Kung-fu? :P


CrystalSeas wrote:
Jokes aren't going to get anti-Trump voters to the polls.

I bet you don't like bards... ;-)


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If you're not with him, you're against him...and accidents happen. Just sayin'.


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Trump only fires the best nukes.


Krensky wrote:
Well, there's always a passport, but that's almost $200 and a six week wait.

I have one for unrelated reasons.

It just really bothers me that the AZ state government is willing to massively inconvenience a huge number of citizens just to avoid admitting their own bone-headed intransigence.

Hmmm...that sounds like someone else I know... *cough* Trump *cough* :P


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thejeff wrote:

Thing is, we don't have an actual national ID system. Because we're paranoid or something.

Mostly we make do with state issued driver's licenses, which have basically all of the drawbacks of a national id and few of the advantages. Since that covers the vast majority of people, including everyone with any power or influence, there's little provision made for those who fall through the cracks.

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.

Really.


Samy wrote:
Wow, I had absolutely no idea how difficult it is to get ID in the US.

It really depends on the state where you live. The joys of federation. :P


It appears this may be the beginning of the end for Trump (a.k.a. sanity reasserting itself). I'm actually torn, because if Trump does implode, the GOP may just nominate someone electable.

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