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thejeff wrote:
Uchawi wrote:
The key is to mix up encounter challenges so it is hard for the players to predict the story pacing, so in that sense I develop an appropriate level encounter that may encompass multiple rooms, or create the same encounter above the characters levels. The same applies for single rooms, areas, regions, etc. A true sandbox in my mind is a roller coaster ride. You never know what is around the next corner.

How does that work?

My understanding of sandbox is that the GM doesn't restrict things to level appropriate encounters but lets the party figure out what they want to deal with. If they never know what's around the next corner, how can they choose properly?

They used to have things called "sages" and the like in earlier editions. People found out "what was around the next corner" by consulting them. If you go into the mountains and didn't bother to ask what might live in the mountains, and you run into the great wyrm that has lived there for centuries and everyone for hundreds of miles around knows it, it's on you for not asking.

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Hmmm, the commute is a little long. ;-)

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Caineach wrote:
meatrace wrote:
houstonderek wrote:


Germany is also very selective about who they admit into a regular university type setting. They don't let just anybody get free college. If you don't have the academic chops you don't get to go. Period. No remedial classes for illiterates in German universities. That seems to be an American thing exclusively.
I've never heard of classes for illiterates at university though, so you'll have to elucidate me.
I've heard of them. Some colleges do remedial HS stuff. They just count towards certificates and not degrees.

Remedial HS classes are common. I'm not sure they go as far as "illiterates" though.

There's a long way between not quite ready for college English classes and "Can't read".

Yeah, it's called "functional illiteracy" and quite a few college grads these days suffer from it. I could link to all of the articles, studies, etc, about the language skills of our current crop of text/Tweet/emojii kids as they come out of college, but I might get carpal tunnel. Sorry.

Damn, remind me to not forget the "functionally" part next time.

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Scythia wrote:

Perhaps we could set it up so that minors are no longer given a first name, and only those with names are citizen, with human rights. The only way to receive a name is to earn it by demonstrating knowledge, skill, or bravery. High school will go from basic daycare to a testing ground designed to weed out the rest and pass only the best. Fight for your right to exist.

Wait, that's that's not my education idea, it's my idea for the plot of a YA novel series (working title: Nomenclasher).

One of the Grognards here says Heinlein has already done that. He was apparently all about tests for citizenship.

Maybe not YA though… you might have something there.

I love people that completely miss Heinlein's point. ;-)

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meatrace wrote:

Or just make college free here to citizens and aliens alike, then you'll massively brain drain the rest of the world as all the smart folks come here.

Germany did something similar recently and I'm sure they're working the same strategy.

Germany is also very selective about who they admit into a regular university type setting. They don't let just anybody get free college. If you don't have the academic chops you don't get to go. Period. No remedial classes for illiterates in German universities. That seems to be an American thing exclusively.

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Like I said, I am done with Pathfinder Society. I might pop in and see if there are any 5e games at Comicpalooza, but that's the earliest I see myself looking at a convention. I'm done with PFS completely.

But, on a happier note, Kirth is moving back, so maybe I'll get a regular game going again.

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Andostre wrote:


I created a feat tree list for an earlier version of Kirthfinder (whatever version it was when I came onboard in 2009), and it was tricky.

I think you were in on the original play test. The idea pretty much started when we realized the Beta test was just for show, and the "we can fix it at the table" camp won.

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That was last weekend? Huh. Ever since they hired Frost v.2.0 to run FPS, my convention volunteering desire has dropped to close to zero.

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Quark Blast wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Quark Blast" wrote:
*And don't give me any asinine arguments involving adult consent. Just imagine your own mother/wife/daughter/sister "choosing" that sort of career path. Not a pretty life. Clearly those people are mentally ill and/or drug addicts.
No, but still better by far than being a medieval peasant.
Ha! Watch THIS and get back to me.

Yeah. It's incredibly horrible.

Is it on anything like the same scale, or even the same horror as black slavery in the US? Don't forget, it's not like anything was stopping their owners from sexually abusing them either.

No one's claiming all the problems are gone or even that we're not inventing new ones, but an awful lot really has gotten better. Life expectancy has risen, both at birth and at adulthood. Even with all the conflicts, deaths due to war are dropping.

Naive optimism isn't warranted. There's a lot of work to do. But cynicism isn't the answer either. Giving up doesn't help anyone.

There are truly poor people in America, no doubt, but there are a lot of "poor" people in America as well, with late model cars and Dish Network devices on their roofs.

It's relative. Poor people way back when had just about nothing, and it is still like that in a lot of places in the world, but Western nations, for the most part, have mitigated quite a bit of the worst parts of being poor. Most economically stagnant people in the West at least have some access to medical care, homes, and some form of transportation, and also have access to free education (which helps the people who have the mental toughness to overcome their disadvantage and break out of poverty), and a host of services to make sure they don't die of starvation.

Now, we do need to up our game when it comes to the mentally unfit and disabled (a good portion of the homeless here), as we are dropping that ball regularly, but, for the most part, in the West, the poor are much better off than at any time in history prior.

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Krensky wrote:
Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
LazarX wrote:
I don't know. they no longer have open fist fights or outright duels in the Halls of Congress.
We haven't had anybody beaten with a cane on the floor of Congress in a woefully long time.
That we know of...

They all learned to be discreet after the Spitzer/call girl thing.

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LazarX wrote:
thejeff wrote:
LazarX wrote:
thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Quark blast wrote:
Educating kids beyond their INT is like giving me course work on quantum theory - it's a demonstrable waste of time and money. However well intentioned.
Right, but for all but a few people that have severe handicaps there's something thats not beyond their int that will give them a better life than burger flipping. They might not design their Flipsomatic robot replacement but they can learn how to fix it.

Somebody's got to flip the burgers. Or do all the other menial tasks.

We need to make that not a horrible life. I mean, it's a horrible mind-numbing job no matter what. We don't have to compound that by also making people doing it live in poverty.

It shouldn't be a horrible mind numbing life it should be a horrible mind numbing few years you get to complain to your grandkids about.

Unless we bring in a lot more automation, there's an awful lot more menial labor to be done in this country than we have teenagers to do it for a couple of years each.

And even with that automation, there isn't enough high-end mentally stimulating work to keep everyone working.

Education is a good thing, but not everyone can have a job that actually uses four years of college. That's not how the job market is divided. That's why even the lower end jobs have to be enough to live on.

Yes, your Fordship.
Well, other than that Ford was jerk and that I don't think it's necessarily a good idea for an individual business - just one that's necessary for survival of a democracy.
I guess Aldous Huxley is a bit obscure for this venue.

When what you write basically becomes true, everyone is too medicated to care. ;-)

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GM Niles wrote:
Although, I still think that we don't have near the problem with crazy fans the way "Football" (Soccer) programs do in Europe.

Ever been to ANY sporting event in Philly? They can make even the most sociopathic soccer hooligan blush.

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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, in spite of people railing against things I never said, I still see nothing whatsoever coming out of this aside from a $25,000 fine for Aaron Rogers, since he went ahead and confessed to ball tampering.


  • The balls were reported at 2 psi under, but now that's under question. Considering the temperature change was good for almost a full psi, it's a pretty darned important number.
  • The report that a ball handler took the balls into the bathroom for 90 seconds is just silly. That's just piling on. OK, he *could* have done something. But if you have no evidence, shut up.
  • Again, the Pats have a ridiculously-low fumble rate, and people ask, "How long have they been underinflating the balls?" Well, you're jumping ahead of yourself, mister. We haven't even proved the answer of, "Once" yet. Don't go piling on 'til you've proved Case #1.

My objections are twofold:

#1: As mentioned, I'm "lawful". "Cheating is OK because football is a multi-billion-dollar form of entertainment" holds no weight with me whatsoever. I work for a company worth many times what the NFL is worth (kind of limits who I work for, but...). We compete on a daily basis for sales. Guess what? If we cheat/lie/mislead/bribe our customers, we get sued/fined/penalized. It's the nature of working in a multi-billion-dollar industry. The notion that we should "cut the Patriots some slack because football is ultra-competitive" offends me to the core. If you don't like a rule, lobby for it to be changed. Don't break it and hope you don't get caught.

#2: I'm an old-school Niners fan. I accept that all of their records will some day be broken. But watching them be broken by a team with a stream of asterisks after their wins (tuck rule, Spygate, InflateGate) is hurtful. Can't someone win honestly? Or at least cheat cleanly enough that no one notices?

Again the Patriots have already been tried, convicted, and penalized for cheating (Spygate). If they are caught cheating again (intentionally deflating balls to improve...

Do not forget that Tyson just admitted he got the math wrong and it was 90 degrees that the balls had to be inflated in for that to happen. Couple that with the revelation that it was probably less than 2psi, and, well…

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That's the thing. I like to play games where the dice mean something. And, sometimes, they mean a "crappy" death.

If I wanted to script a death, I'd write a screenplay.

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Caineach wrote:

Someone did a response of why my previous post used bad statistics

The response itself is pretty terrible.

* If you do the math using fumbles per play instead of plays per fumble, you get a different number, yes. You find out that the odds are "only" one in 300 instead of one in 16,000 that the Patriots simply have been having good luck with fumbles.

* By-position analysis shows that the Patriots quarterbacks don't fumble very much, that the Patriots running backs don't fumble very much, and that the Patriots receivers don't fumble very much. All of which are independent (compare the NYG, who had the worst running backs, but the second-best receivers).

So even the reanalysis actually shows that, yes, there's definitely something there. The Patriots are systematically better at not-fumbling across the board in a way that transcends any one player or position and that is probably not due to chance.

This could be due to all sorts of things. The Pats could be systematically calling plays that are less likely to result in fumbles. The Pats could be systematically training their players better in ball-handling skills. The Pats could be paying more attention to ball-handling in their recruitment process. Or they could be doing something outside of the rules. The data don't tell us what they're doing. But I'm convinced they're doing something, when even the reanalysis shows that they're doing something....

Or, if you actually watch Pats games, if you fumble they pull you out of the game and might not start you the next week. They also have one of the best scouting departments in football, and rarely make draft mistakes.

I can't stand the Pats (grew up a Jets fan), but they do a lot of things right that have nothing to do with ball PSI.

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Joana wrote:

All the anecdotal evidence I've heard has indicated that the 5e launch was considered very successful, even that the development team was pleasantly surprised that it did even better than they were hoping.

It's always possible, of course, that a success for Wizards of the Coast is not a big enough success for Hasbro. :\

Pretty much. If it doesn't move millions of units, it's not worth Hasbro's attention.

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Don't read too much into the layoffs. It seems to be an annual tradition over there.

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Name a specific divination spell that would identify a threat years in advance.
Levels don't take years in most published material.

Yep, the way any 3.5 game levels, you go from 19 year old "wet behind the ears" pogue to 19 year old "Master of the Universe" in about six months.

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Quark Blast wrote:

My 2 cp here:

Jester David wrote:

Kickstarter and side RPGs are likely claiming some of the audience.

But that side competition that might erode away at D&D (the Strange/Numenera, 13th Age, FATE, and Star Wars) also chip away at Pathfinder's sales.

Looking at 4Q sales figures (which is the holidays remember?! biggest sales of the year and all) and they show that PF sales dropped significantly with the release of 5E. How significantly? Hard to say because profitability matters more than absolute sales. But the PF Core Rule Book may have had its worst holiday period since its first year.

However that's not my main point, which is that, IMO, fragmenting the market cannot be good for anyone in the industry.

I've tried to get answers from others deep in the industry <cough>Sean Reynolds...Keith Baker...</cough> that are always going on about this RPG Kickstarter or that RPG Kickstarter. And I get ignored - I am after all really no one to them so this is not unexpected, but I think guys like these are making a buck at the expense of the TTRPG industry as a whole.

For individual authors, and serious hobby-gamers who produce products for sale, Kickstarter can be a good thing. However, if the TTRPG "pie" isn't growing, then Kickstarter and the like are simply slicing thinner and thinner portions for everyone else as each new product enters the market.

In short, no one has been able to show me how that (more TTRPG choices) can possibly be good for the [larger]industry as a whole[/larger] and the big players in particular. No one has offered any evidence that Kickstarter and its clones are growing the TTRPG market.

So, everyone should just give up. We have enough, too few people and too little money for anyone else to jump in.

Whatever. If TTRPG wants to survive, they need to make product that appeals to the short attention span generation. So far they haven't. Enjoy the fact that people are willing to continue to write stuff for a fading hobby. It's had a good run, but, like many things, its time of glory is in the past.

The industry can be best described as "cottage". It will eventually all be kickstarter type stuff for a dedicated core of people holding on to their favorite hobby. It is never going to be as big as it was in the Eighties, sorry.

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"Seems to find"? When you generate it yourself, it didn't "find" you.

Let the battle of the cheaters commence!

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Muad'Dib wrote:

Having gone to Sonics game with more people in the audience wearing Lakers or Bulls jerseys than Sonics I can understand the frustration. (funny how you never see Bulls jerseys anymore).

What can I say, the Hawks have a lot of players with Attention Deficit Disorder...

Carroll must have a pharmacy that travels with him from team to team.

-MD

Carroll was a cheater in college, and Seattle leads the league in PED suspensions since he's been there. We might as well call this year's edition the Cheater Bowl.

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If it were contained to the Pac NW, it wouldn't be an issue. It's when a few thousand people who could't find Seattle on a map, have never left Texas, and claim "life long" fandom when they were wearing a Brees jersey three years ago that the "haters" go buck wild. I guess never having been "good" before that has insulated y'all from the bandwagon "fans" people who live in other places are laughing at right now.

We are actually happy that life long fans finally have something to cheer for, believe it or not.

Also, considering how many Seahawk players have been caught sharing the same Adderal scrip, I'd hold of on the "cheating" talk. Seattle leads the league in PED/substance suspensions since Carroll took over. And Sherman was only able to win his appeal because of a leaky sample cup. ;-)

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Aberzombie wrote:

I tried to watch the Pro-bowl last night, but found it...boring.

What's wrong with me?

** spoiler omitted **

The only thing wrong with you is you tuned in to the Pro Bowl and expected it to be anything but boring. ;-)

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My wife is an Aggie, she concurs.

The Texans are fine. We're a QB, DB (Joseph isn't worth the high salary he's up for with his time in), and a run stopping MLB (Cush, I'm afraid, after two surgeries and a PED suspension - no more juicing - isn't the answer any more). We have a patient owner, Crennell where he's proven he belongs and thrives, A HC that did well using four different QBs in situations that mattered (and not just garbage time) because of injuries, and went 9-7 after a ridiculous 2-14 with a journeyman hipster with a noodle arm and too much brain, not enough instinct, much of the season. We were a play or two from the playoffs, to be frank, as well. A dropped pass here and a spectacular play by the other guy there go the other way, we had 11-5 in reach.

But, we're Houston. We'll get optimistic, get our heart's broken, then move on to the Rockets for more abuse. We're used to it.

Also, you can always at least keep it Gulf Coast and jump over to 'Nawlins. Ok, they suck too, but team shopping isn't where it's at. ;-)

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captain yesterday wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Been watching sports since the Seventies, and I've never seen a bandwagon fill so quickly in my life.

yeah Jason has you here,

I myself have always been a fan of the Seahawks and the Sonics (R.I.P.) i worked at Seahawks stadium when it first opened (as a security guard, and when it was actually called Seahawks Stadium) my daughter was born in Seattle.
I've seen some pretty s@*@ty weather as a Seahawks fan, its nice to finally see some sun, so i'm going to soak it up:-D

You guys do realize I said "outside of Washington State and northern Oregon" (i.e., the place Seattle fans should come from). Locals following a team when they get good isn't really bandwagoning, it's a team finally putting a product on the field worth watching.

It's the "Seattle" fans born and raised in Texas, and still live in Texas, and have never left Texas, for instance, that my disdain is directed toward.

Y'all are supposed to support your team! ;-)

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Jason Nelson wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Been watching sports since the Seventies, and I've never seen a bandwagon fill so quickly in my life.
No bandwagon will EVER fill up as quickly as the Chicago Bulls bandwagon in the early 90s.

I was talking football, but I agree. But they did have something Seattle doesn't: arguably the best player to ever play the game, so it was a little less annoying.

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NobodysHome wrote:
houstonderek wrote:

Don't worry, we Texas and East Coast fans are just as tired of all of the Seattle fans that didn't exist until a couple of years ago. The ones that couldn't pick David Krieg, Curt Warner, or Steve Largent out of a line-up, claim to be "life long" fans, and are old enough to know them. And probably have never been to Seattle in their life.

Been watching sports since the Seventies, and I've never seen a bandwagon fill so quickly in my life.

OK. You get a gold star just for Steve Largent.

Now there lives one of the "most underappreciated Seattle players EVER!"

My wife and I also hand-contructed a fabulous "clipboard Jesus" for my brother, just before they traded poor Charlie away.

And I have to love my POOR brother! He used to love going to an empty stadium for an enjoyable afternoon of hilariously-atrocious hijinks. Now he actually has to deal with football. He's not sure whether to be delighted or disgusted...

EDIT: And just for "full disclosure", I was a die-hard 49er fan through the 70's and 80's 'til they forced out DeBartolo, browbeat Montana into leaving, and generally destroyed the organization from the top down.
I still hate Steve Young for taking advantage of it all. Feh on his HoF career, I say. Feh! Now, where did I put my onions...?

EDIT2: So really, all I root for these days is for the Raiders to finally finish a perfect 0-16, and for Dallas to get humiliated one more time. Old rivalries die hard...

The funniest thing is, DeBartolo wasn't nearly as criminal as the Owner of Pilot and the Browns, Haslem, yet Haslem still gets to keep his team.

I was always kind of a Knox fan, thought he was a classy coach, so I followed the Seahawks a little in the '80s. My traditional team growing up was the Jets (and I'll go back if Johnson ever sells the team), but now it's pretty much just the Texans. Astros and Rockets in their sports, U of Texas for college (didn't graduate, but went there for a couple of years), and the Penguins, as I loved, loved, LOVED watching Mario Lemieux back in the day. If it weren't for his illness, he'd go down as the GOAT, I'm sure.

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Don't worry, we Texas and East Coast fans are just as tired of all of the Seattle fans that didn't exist until a couple of years ago. The ones that couldn't pick David Krieg, Curt Warner, or Steve Largent out of a line-up, claim to be "life long" fans, and are old enough to know them. And probably have never been to Seattle in their life.

Been watching sports since the Seventies, and I've never seen a bandwagon fill so quickly in my life.

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Aberzombie wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:


I haven't much paid attention to football this year

Funny how that happens when your team sucks. ;-)

*ducks*

Houston (since I live here now)? Yep, the blew other goats.

Hey, we were Cleveland playing eight more minutes of football away from the playoffs after going through all three roster QBs and a reject from last year. After a 2-14 season, we'll take that all day long!

One thing you'll learn about living in Houston is that we have low expectations for our teams and just enjoy that they're here. ;-)

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Irontruth wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Considering the number of options in Pathfinder, and the insane number of options if the DM allows 3.5 and 3PP material, it would due madness NOT to plan your character to at least some degree. Just looking through all of the books would take a ton of time every time you leveled if you didn't have some idea what you wanted your character to look like.
Quota achieved, since this point has been made on every page of this thread I believe.

There was this guy called "Irontruth" that has been posting here for a while, on threads that repeat themselves continually, and knows how the TL;DR thing works. What did you do with him, and what's the ransom so we can get him back?

;-)

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thejeff wrote:
Terquem wrote:
What I can't seem to figure out, is how it is that when it comes to "planning" players are zealous in creating characters and disinterested in any other sort of planning that might come their way. Heck, in most of my games I can hardly even get the players to talk to each other, let alone hope they will come up with a plan, even to open a door.
Because PF is a character building game with an annoying interactive part bolted on. :)

The internet supports this theory. ;-)

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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, it's getting more interesting...

- A Yahoo! sports hack, er, "writer" tested ball deflation and claims it made a measurable difference in his performance.

- I was wrong in my previous statement that "each team uses the same balls". Turns out only the New England offense used those balls.

So I'll repeat: I fundamentally do not believe that the ball-underinflation had an impact on the game result. But it's too prevalent (11 of 12 balls), too consistent (-2 PSI each), and too consistent with Belichick's history of pushing the boundaries of the rules to claim it's unintentional.

So yet again the Pats have been caught intentionally tampering. Yet again it's the appearance of impropriety that's important.

I find that I am now fascinated in watching how this plays out...

Inflate a ball to 14.5 PSI (the minimum) in a room at 72 degrees, have them inspected inside, then take them outside into freezing weather. Let ideal gas law do its thing. "Cheating" without cheating. Voila.

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Gruumash . wrote:

Ah but I still think Marino was the reason they are considered good receivers. I would say Brett Favre needed better weapons around him to make him great.

I would agree Pete does deserve to be in the HoF. But you can't separate baseball from football on that level? I mean the whole voting is different. I am not sure how many players who are in the HoF don't deserve to be there. While I agree there maybe some who are not in there who should be.

Seeing as he put up sick numbers with the Jets and Minnesota, I'm not so sure about that.

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There are plenty of good players not in the HoF, and plenty that didn't deserve to be there inducted. HoF in any sport means nothing to me as long as Pete Rose isn't in Cooperstown ;-)

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Duper and Clayton were the first pair of WRs to both collect 1,000 yards in the same season on the same team in a much run happier league. And they did it on a team everyone played permanent nickel against, since the running game was a joke easily contained by a four man front. Say what?

;-)

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Gruumash . wrote:

I think Marino should be on the list before Favre.

I can totally see this. And everyone always forgets about Johnny U. He was pretty bad ass.

I don't count anyone from the pre-merge. I pretty much stick to the SB era, and, by the time Unitas made it to a SB, he was the back up. Too few teams, barely any black athletes for much of the pre-merge era, etc. Plus, that dude that went from the Rams to the Eagles, Van Brocklin, was a better QB, frankly. He just played for the Eagles most of his career, unfortunately.

As to Marino, he's an honorable mention, but his lack of playoff success after his second season, in a relatively weak AFC back then, doesn't excite me. Elway actually made it a few times without much of a team around him before Davis showed up and took him to the Promised Land, so I put him ahead of Marino.

Favre broke all of Marino's records playing mostly in really, really cold games after November, and never really had a wide receiver pair as good as Duper and Clayton. Plus, he had those scrubs Bennett and Green, who was just as unimpressive as Sammy Winder (Denver) and whatever flavor of the day Marino had behind him (he only had one RB go for 1,000 yards in his career).

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Aberzombie wrote:
Gruumash . wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
I'm a firm believer in maintaining the "illusion of integrity".
This, to me, is another aspect of it. Whether or not this is a real controversy, it reflects badly on the game as a whole. Part of that is the media's fault, methinks. They blow stuff out of proportion way to often.

So how come the Illusion of Integrity of the game was not called into question when Aaron Rodgers admitted to over inflating the his balls? Seems a bit of a double standard as well as a mountain being created from a mole hill in this case because of the animosity the media has against Bill and the patriots because he does not like to talk to the media. Again my own humble opinion. I did not want to get into this but they keep pulling me back in :)

So if the Patriots lose draft picks shouldn't Green Bay also lose them by that argument? A fine I get but draft picks seems over board and how many other teams have been doing this? Because if you tell me Green bay and New England are the only ones I think you are lying to yourself or are naïve.

I haven't much paid attention to football this year

Funny how that happens when your team sucks. ;-)

*ducks*

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Jason Nelson wrote:

I know some QBs have strong feelings on the ball inflation, but I doubt that it had much impact in a 45-7 blowout.

As a Seahawks fan, I look forward to the game; it should be a good one. Some commentators say the Seahawks won't be able to match up with the Pats because they don't know what's coming, whether NE will pass, run, or come out in some crazy formation. That's okay by us. What has made the Seahawks successful lately has been playing their own game as well as they can and betting that the opponent can't make enough successful plays against a relatively simple system executed with speed, strength, and precision, and without making mistakes that allow the Seahawks to pounce with an explosive play.

Will it work in the Superbowl? We'll see...

Let's see, four INTs from Wilson. I'd say the only reason you won is because McCarthy was too much of a wimp to go for it, twice, on fourth and goal from the one, and some idiot mishandled an on-side kick. Basically, Seattle just waited for Green Bay to implode and make their multitude of mistakes irrelevant. Green Bay kicked Seattle all over the field for 57 minutes, then got lazy. Seattle's "speed, strength, and precision" were not a factor.

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Gruumash . wrote:

I think it is hard to put Peyton manning in the GOAT conversation due to his lack ability to win the big one, he only won one. Elway won 2 and Brett Favre ... Well his Int to TD ratio is not the best.

Comparing Brady to Montana is hard because they played in completely different eras and Montana certainly had more weapons than Brady did. The time they played in there was not really a salary cap and the Niners could hold onto their good players without much trouble. As for the "Tuck Rule" and other things about Brady's play you could go into a whole bunch of circumstances which could have go another way for other quarterbacks that helped them at the time. In Super Bowl XXIII the Cincinnati Bengals lost their best blocking back and short yardage back the night before because he did cocaine. Might have been a different game and Montana might have lost that game. But he did not. they played the game and he won. The world is full of what ifs. The "Tuck Rule" was a rule and it helped the Patriots have another chance to go to beat the Raiders ... but they still needed to make the plays to win the game and the rest of the games in the playoffs to get them to the Super bowl.

As for GOAT: Brady and Montana are neck and neck. then Bradshaw, Elway, Marino and Manning. Favre I would put after them in my own humble opinion.

I won't get into the deflate ball controversy. I am not biased at all and we don't know what is going on yet.

Sorry, but I'm not taking "I'm not biased at all" from a resident of the Boston 'burbs. ;-)

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Considering the number of options in Pathfinder, and the insane number of options if the DM allows 3.5 and 3PP material, it would due madness NOT to plan your character to at least some degree. Just looking through all of the books would take a ton of time every time you leveled if you didn't have some idea what you wanted your character to look like.

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GM Niles wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
GM Niles wrote:

This is only a story because people are making it one. Underinflated balls? Sounds like a bad porno title....

How about we focus on the fact that Tom Brady could become with a Superbowl win the undisputed greatest QB of all time. And Bill Belichick can probably already claim that title...

And no, I'm not a Pats fan. I'm from Louisiana and I root for the Saints...so yeah.

However, I am an alumnus of the University of Oregon, so if the Eagles make a move and get Marcus Mariota. I'm instantly an Eagles fan.

There will always be dispute. Many think Montana would have won another one or two with the Niners had he not been unceremoniously shoved out the door and forced to play for "I can't win a game in the playoffs even when my team makes a clinching INT" Shottenheimer.

Also, there will always be "the Tuck Rule" play that would have stopped this dynasty before it even got started, the aforementioned fumbled INT by the Chargers would have knocked the Pats out of that Super Bowl winning year, "Spygate", and a few other things the Pats have been caught doing. Plus, losing to Eli, twice, puts a little damper in the GOAT debate.

Montana just beat all comers for a long time, no rules interpretations or mistakes by the opposition that could have sealed the game to help.

Now, I personally think Brady is Top Five all time (with Bradshaw, Favre, P. Manning, and Montana), just edging out Marino.

Sorry, had to edit "Niners". I originally put "Saints" because of your post. ;-)

"Shakes his fist!"

My top five and yours look markedly different...Favre!? Bradshaw!? Manning!?

Where the heck is John Elway!

John Elway was Jim Kelley until Terrell Davis pretty much single handedly carried the team on his back. And the Super Bowl against the Falcons was helped considerably by Eugene Robinson's inability to keep it in his pants, and the subsequent constant wave of press distraction that tore the Atlanta squad up before the game.

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GM Niles wrote:

This is only a story because people are making it one. Underinflated balls? Sounds like a bad porno title....

How about we focus on the fact that Tom Brady could become with a Superbowl win the undisputed greatest QB of all time. And Bill Belichick can probably already claim that title...

And no, I'm not a Pats fan. I'm from Louisiana and I root for the Saints...so yeah.

However, I am an alumnus of the University of Oregon, so if the Eagles make a move and get Marcus Mariota. I'm instantly an Eagles fan.

There will always be dispute. Many think Montana would have won another one or two with the Niners had he not been unceremoniously shoved out the door and forced to play for "I can't win a game in the playoffs even when my team makes a clinching INT" Shottenheimer.

Also, there will always be "the Tuck Rule" play that would have stopped this dynasty before it even got started, the aforementioned fumbled INT by the Chargers would have knocked the Pats out of that Super Bowl winning year, "Spygate", and a few other things the Pats have been caught doing. Plus, losing to Eli, twice, puts a little damper in the GOAT debate.

Montana just beat all comers for a long time, no rules interpretations or mistakes by the opposition that could have sealed the game to help.

Now, I personally think Brady is Top Five all time (with Bradshaw, Favre, P. Manning, and Montana), just edging out Marino.

Sorry, had to edit "Niners". I originally put "Saints" because of your post. ;-)

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Aberzombie wrote:

This thread did not see a lot of action this season. I partly blame myself. I hardly watched any football this year.

However, with the Superbowl coming up.....

11 of 12 game balls used by Patriots in AFC title game underinflated, report says

An interesting article. Of course, no real details. It could very well be that they filled the balls to the absolute minimum and the cold air caused the pressure to drop just under said minimum.

But, s&~&, what would be done if it was shown they did do this intentionally?

They'll get a fine and lose some draft picks.

Underinflated balls didn't cause Indy to not show up, after all.

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BigDTBone wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

** spoiler omitted **

No doubt, the Gulf Coast is where it's at.
Too true. I miss Galveston.

I miss Galveston all the time. Drive right past it to a beach much further south and much cleaner ;-)

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Heroes are kind of irrelevant to the survival of the Realms. Playing an FR campaign takes a bit of a MERP attitude, I think. Players, generally speaking, will stamp out the smaller fires while the cadre of Mary Sues wipe up the big stuff.

I love FR, mostly for the lore and whatnot, but I generally only run a game there if I am with players as into the setting as I am, and who kinda get that their story might not be THE story of the setting.

I have my homebrew with only a few ex-characters in NPC roles (and they're generally absorbed in their own stuff, running kingdoms and thieves' guilds and the like) for the players who want to really drive the setting and become the Biggest Heroes Ever[™].

You can do that with FR, and I've had fun in those games, but I guess I'm too much of a fan of the place to want to mess it up too much when I am running stuff in it.

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Vic Wertz wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
How long after Pathfinder was released did it take to get a stable of non-English versions on the shelf? 5e is six months old or so, if it was in that time frame, I think it would fair to bring up their lack of foreign language editions. Otherwise, not so much.

Tracking down the exact answer would take a bit, but I know that we had announced French and German even before we released the English version and I believe both of those languages had their versions of the Core Rulebook out quickly. We released in August 2009, and I'm pretty sure French was out before year end, and German was pretty close to French.

(Also, I've learned that Lisa has already revealed that Chinese and Hebrew translations are in progress, and there are still others to be announced.)

Right on :-)

Well, I guess we know how many quarters they'll be beating Pathfinder in anything other than English.

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Distilling all of this down: basically, just act civilized, and people will judge the hobby on its merits. People that want to play will, people that find it boring won't. Simple.

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I added that because some people are just too tolerant, and I think it does society a disservice.

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Jiggy wrote:
It's true that some women (maybe even most, who knows?) simply wouldn't be interested in RPGs. But that's not relevant to a discussion about removing the barriers to those who are interested.

Most likely "Most". Most likely the vast majority, in fact.

Like the vast majority of men aren't interested either.

This is a niche hobby, people.

All the more reason we shouldn't drive away anyone who might be interested.

Yep. Well, I think we could do with less creepers and the like, but then, my tolerance only extends so far.

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Shifty wrote:
houstonderek wrote:
Lilith wrote:
bdub wrote:
I'm curious if women gamers prefer female or male GMs.
I prefer a GM that can tell a good story and keep the game's pace moving—gender doesn't even equate into it at all.

Cookies are good too. A DM that can provide sweet discs of lovely sweetness? Priceless.

This is a thing? Did the GM ride in on a unicorn? :)

Dude, I bake like a champ. But I was referencing Lilith's specialty.

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