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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 6 Season Marathon Voter, 7 Season Marathon Voter, 8 Season Marathon Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber. FullStarFullStarFullStarFullStarFullStar Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago. 1,687 posts (7,640 including aliases). 5 reviews. 1 list. 1 wishlist. 26 Pathfinder Society characters. 10 aliases.


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Five-star Hound of Tindalos. Er, GM. Whatever.

No worries. Real Life Comes First [tm].


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A reference to something from my youth immediately set me to statting up something exceedingly silly.

Who ya gonna blame? Cosmo!


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I know must stat up the Bloom County Basselope. (For which I must blame Cosmo.)


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Rednal wrote:
Several decades of smearing by her political enemies?

That's certainly part of it.

Part of it is also her gender; we as a society seem to spend an inordinate amount of time working to undermine the claims of women.

Part of it is also her (and her husband's) apparent blind spot to any appearance of impropriety. This is one of the things I find most maddening about her — either she sees no ethical ambiguity in the more questionable actions, or she doesn't care if there is. Both are concerning to me...but not so concerning as to entertain the logistical alternative.


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NenkotaMoon wrote:
thunderspirit wrote:
thejeff wrote:
NenkotaMoon wrote:
So I'm really a terrible person, a bigot, naive and what not.

I don't know. I don't know your opinions at all.

You're apparently conservative, but I don't know what you mean by that.

Related, you've presented little indication from where your ideologies arise, and why they are important to you.
Why should I, it seems like it would be futile anyway?

Meaning you'd prefer to wail and lament that we don't take your opinions seriously while simultaneously making multiple posts to intimate you're clearly so much smarter than the rest of us.

Okay then.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
TwoWolves wrote:


Or, go back to the promise of the original factions, and have tables muster by faction and compete for an exclusive goal, which gives a boon good for the next year. Silver Crusade vs Dark Archive vs Scarab Sages and so on. Bonus points if your actions can actively help or hinder other tables at the same event. Not PvP, obviously, but "throwing some marbles under your rival's boots during a chase" sort of interference, or preventing some misfortune from derailing an allied table.

NOPE.

Seriously, if that was a part of a given event I'd avoid it and warn everyone else I knew to avoid it, too.

Table vs. table competition is one of the things I hated about Race for the Runecarved Key.

I understand that TwoWolves would enjoy this, and he is not wrong for seeking something like that. However, as it would not be enjoyable for me, like Wei Ji I'd decline to participate.


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What Fergie said.

I'm always interested in contrasting perspectives. I do like to see something to back them up beyond "this is what I think and/or believe and if you don't then you're stupid", since knowing the foundation of a view is often critical to considering it. But I hope I try to listen to what's being said.

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I'm with Pirate Rob on my favorites: Legacy #1 and Siege #2. I also really liked Year of the Shadow Lodge.

I much, MUCH prefer GMing them because, like Abraham Z., I found as a player I was missing a whole lot of the story. As a GM, I try to pepper some of that in with the encounters, but it's not easy with the proverbial ticking clock.

For those who consider Specials to be meat-grinders: part of their purpose is as an endurance test for your PC, so in many ways they are meat-grinders. But the better ones do a decent job of mixing up the encounters so it's not just combat after combat after combat (*cough*BloodUnderAbsalom*cough*)


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Sorry, Rysky, there's no relief in sight for your pun-ishment!

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Doc Hopper wrote:
TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.
DOC HOPPER LIVES!

Note to self: create new PC named Ad Hoc Dopper.

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jon dehning wrote:

Three day total: $6003

So much food donated I will need two trips to deliver it all.

Just finished dinner with TOZ and Boomer.

Now, rest.

I have no words to describe the generous spirit of everyone who gave.

Thank you.

No, thank YOU.

This is quite possibly the most fun I've ever had at a convention weekend (and, as my extraordinarily patient wife can attest, that covers considerable ground), which is thanks in large part to the Minnesota crew (Jon, Andy, A.J., Jolene, Hilary, Jack, Keith, Ryan, and several other people I'm sure I'm leaving out) and their outstanding players.

Plus, the Great and Powerful TOZ came from Arizona. And the creative and quite-possibly-drunk Thursty came in from Canada, just to off some gripplis!

Great experience, would recommend.
Will definitely buy again.

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TOZ wrote:
A moment of silence please for the three new grippli recruits that did not survive Thursty's table this afternoon.

Not to cast aspersions on anyone, but I think Thursty may have enjoyed their demise. Perhaps even relished it.

Aosrax wrote:
A sad day for the grippli, but I heard a rumor that they are like a hydra, and multiply upon death.

Grippli's Believe It or Not! :-)


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Scott Betts wrote:
Syrus Terrigan wrote:

Racism = Bad Thing.

Sexism = Bad Thing.
Bigotry = Bad Thing.
Crony Capitalism = Bad Thing.

Wrong = Bad Thing.

Bad Thing = No Vote From Me.

Is that any clearer?

Good luck finding your living saint to support. I'm sure eventually someone will pass your purity test. One day.

As I've pointed out before: the only person with whom I agree on every single issue is me, and I'm not running (nor would I have even Jill Stein's chance of winning if I did).

You find the candidate who's running who matches you on more issues than not, cos no one is perfect.


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Jessica Price wrote:
littlediegito wrote:
No one is asking you, or me, or anyone to change our identities or orientations or anything like that. We are being asked to listen, to empathize, and to be whatever force for change we are able to be however large or small that is. So instead of shouting 'Not all straights!' we should be saying, "I hear you. How can I help?"

What Diego said.

Please stop #notall... ing.

And this is why I am here. To learn how I can hope to do better.


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Far more bitter than sweet to my taste, though I wish her nothing but good fortune in the years to come. All hail Liz — still equal parts ninja and Abadar, and the mistress of the ironic Buhll-man at PaizoCon 2014!

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I am excite!


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Unacceptable.

Kidding aside, I don't know that I could drive 200 miles non-stop, let alone be part of team that runs that. Kudos.


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Mordenaar wrote:
Hey everyone, just a heads up, I'll be completely offline from Thursday night until Sunday night. I'm running 3 legs in a relay race that spans more than 200 miles. We run non-stop, so I won't be in any condition to post or check the boards until after sleeping in on Sunday.

Slacker.

I'm incommunicado this weekend too, due to Skål Con. At which I'll be doing a totally different kind of running.


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Guy Humual wrote:
To be clear, I'm not worried about Clinton, I'm uninspired by her. I'm complaining that I don't think she's got the interests of the average American at heart.

I can understand being uninspired.

I don't really understand thinking she doesn't have the interests of the average American at heart, based on her history. But whatever. If your "only incentive to vote for her is a presidential monster of cartoonish levels" then you're not paying attention to anything beyond what the same people who've tried to demonize her since Bill's first term as Arkansas governor want you to believe. In sum, you've been lied to, and have accepted it as fact.

Incremental change is positive in no small part because the opposite usually involves people being shot and riots occurring. If that's what you want, well, bully for you. I'll take incremental over massive collateral damage caused by revolution 99 44/100s percent of the time.

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Aaron C. Malone wrote:
*runs around prepping Cosmic Captive* Ow, my brain!!!!!!!!

Me too, But I'm not panicking.

Not panicking.

Not panicking.

*looks at calendar*

PANICKING!


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Will.Spencer wrote:
This election is Jubilex vs Pazuzu.

In terms of likeability, perhaps. Not in terms of competence or ability, however.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
spastic puma wrote:
From Kimmel's perspective, white males address this lie they've been sold with impotent rage and lash out at minorities who stole "their" jobs, threaten "their" freedom, and feel like they are drowning under the rising tide of equality around them.

Well, they didn't get to that conclusion on their own or at random.

Donald trump is more than the republican candidate, he's the ontological manifestation of the republican party itself: a corporate billionaire CEO that undercuts American workers, makes shady deals, bribes politicians to get what he wants, and uses the legal system to avoid paying their bills and then diverts attention away from their own behavior that is actually the cause of the problem with racist rhetoric towards those who are not.

+1 to this. It's the tidiest summation I've read in some time.


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Ask a Shoanti wrote:
Blackfingers wrote:


Also, I know it's a bit early to talk about now, but will Starfinder AP's have fiction?

How cool would it be if Eando Kline were placed in stasis and revived in Starfinder, appearing in a module or something. Perhaps as a pregen or an NPC.

I mean there is such a spell, right?

Spell? Bah!

We can rebuild him.
We have the technology.
We can make him better than he was.


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If the BBEG has been scrying on them, he's well aware of their tricks, thus should have plans to counter all of them. Resist/protection from energy would work (can't daze what you can't damage), as would spell resistance.

I would also throw some baddies immune to fire in front of the party prior to that final encounter, just to show them that they may need a back-up plan.


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Melkiador wrote:
Paizo doesn't exactly "cater" to the digital set though,

On the contrary — they offer it, whereas WotC, it seems, does not.


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Melkiador wrote:
Yeah. There's a pretty good chance, I'd subscribe to a pure pdf series, Player Companion and/or Core. I might would even PDF-sub to an adventure path to get some DMing in. This is related to my earlier complaint that Paizo is too married to dead tree publishing, though they are still doing a lot better than WotC on that front.

Speaking as a grognard old-schooler who still very much enjoys the dead tree version in my hands, I'm rather happy that Paizo still indulges me.

Likewise, I'm also happy Paizo caters to you by providing digital content.


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thunderspirit wrote:
bugleyman 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.
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.

Probably too nuanced.

I think Bannon came in, actually took over some of his duties, and Manafort resigned in a huff.

Upon further examination, I was probably far too flippant about this.

From CBS This Morning


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bugleyman 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.
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.

Probably too nuanced.

I think Bannon came in, actually took over some of his duties, and Manafort resigned in a huff.


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Kryzbyn wrote:
I'm sure I'll get ridiculed for this, but bear with me for a moment.

I believe that most of us here would rather delve into what your beliefs are and from whence they originate as opposed to ridicule. I try to reserve that for colossal distortions and blatant falsehoods. (Emphasis on the word "try"; I'm not always successful, or close to successful as I'd like to be.)

Thanks for sharing your contrasting point of view, even if it feels buried in dissent. I'm always interested in other opinions that don't amount to a discourse of "you're stupid!" "no, YOU'RE stupid!"


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Ron Lundeen wrote:

That I love being part of them!

#3 in Strange Aeons
#2 in Ironfang Invasion
#5 in Ruins of Azlant

Speaking of which, you've got some autographing to do.

Now, and in the future. ;-)


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thejeff wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
Seriously, I don't like Hilary, but if she got away with all the stuff she's accused of then she's clearly a woman who can get s%#% done.
She doesn't have people taking the fall for her.

Of course not. She has them all killed.

</tinfoil hat>


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Kryzbyn wrote:
The "extremely careless" bit still doesn't sit well with me, but I can concede she did nothing illegal.

This.


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thejeff wrote:
Clinton has that reputation, but it doesn't really seem supported. I wonder why that is? Couldn't have anything to do with a 20+ year propaganda campaign, could it?

That and her gender, as we've spent generation upon generation teaching people that women lie to get what they want.

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Well, now I gotta, don't I?

Will look further next week when payday hits. :-)


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Freehold DM wrote:
At least SOME people here have avoided the suffocating embrace of Facebook!

We refer to these people as "grognards."

(The judges will also accept "curmudgeon", "prosophobe", "dinosaur", and "Luddite".)

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brock, no the other one... wrote:
Andrew Christian wrote:
And I will only be making revision suggestions based on the parameters set by the leadership team. Unless they change thier mind on how they want things to work, my suggestions will be to clean up the language currently in the guide. Focusing on that will be much more productive.
I would ask you to make suggestions based on what you think best for PFS and what you have read here, rather than pre-cull them down to what you think the team want to hear.

There's little concern of that from Andrew, I can assure you of that. He is adept at conveying his thoughts without sugar-coating, nor fearing its reception from the audience.

This is a positive and a negative at times. But it's part of who he is, and why he's trusted the way he is.


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thejeff wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:
I wish it was parody...
Just to be clear: You wish it was parody because it's crazy that some people believe this, not you wish it was parody because you think the Clintons really are murdering people right and left? Right?

I know you're smarter than that, Kryzbyn. Jeez, even the blogspeak drivel on Huffington Post at least links to pseudo-sources.

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to disapprove of Hillary Clinton without resorting to fictions, conspiracy theories, and half-truths.


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Turin the Mad wrote:
Rednal wrote:
He's suggested "Second Amendment People" could stop her from picking undesirable Supreme Court Justices.
This does not translate into assassination. People could do something about it without going anywhere close to such things. Remember the earlier post upthread about how few people call their Congresscritters' offices? :)

You can't be serious here.

He began the remark with "if she gets the pick" — which presumes she's already won the Presidency — then says, "although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is."

His intent is crystal clear.


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I don't see any evidence that voter fraud (in the pretending-to-be-someone-else sense, at least) is a widespread problem, and as a result I consider most voter ID laws to be a solution in search of a problem.

However, if you're going to implement them, such an ID needs to be:

1) free, to avoid running afoul of the 24th Amendment;
2) not disproportionately applied to geographic areas, in violation of the 15th Amendment; and
3) easily obtainable, to preserve an equitable standard for all.

Since these three things would each cost money, it's not surprising there's little-to-no inclination to do them, even among those who aren't motivated to use such laws as a means to disenfranchise particular segments of the population.


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Kryzbyn wrote:
Why not Zoidberg? (tm)

I'm not hearing a no.


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Triphoppenskip wrote:
I've been through six Presidential elections since I've became old enough to vote. So far I've voted red three times and blue three time, honestly I'm not too thrilled about either of the two this time around. I'm leaning towards Clinton I guess because I see here doing less damage than Trump especially on the social issues but man I really feel like I'm being put between a rock and a hard place for this election.

There's some truth to this. This'll be my eighth Presidential election and I'm still waiting for someone to vote for rather than against.

But like I've said elsewhere: you can't hire the best possible candidate, you can only hire the best applicant for the job.


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Wow! Quite a response! :-)

Kujo and Rycky Rych, I'm going to refer you two to my high sub-tier of this scenario and pull you out of the lottery for this one, since that'll make that table legal.

I'm rolling early to give y'all the chance to find another table if you don't make it.

For the rest...
1=Chris Marsh
2=GM Fuzzfoot
3=qwerty1971
4=Daniel Baker 417
5=GM Skipper
6=GM Zinou
7=Alex Mack
8=Qstor
9=RainyDayNinja
10=cartmanbeck
11=Jayson MF Kip
12=XperimentalDM
13=Luthor Volandis
14=Great Green God
6d14 ⇒ (2, 7, 1, 11, 7, 10) = 38
GM Fuzzfoot, Alex Mack, Chris Marsh, Jayson MF Kip, cartmanbeck, and...
1=qwerty1971
2=Daniel Baker 417
3=GM Skipper
4=GM Zinou
5=Qstor
6=RainyDayNinja
7=XperimentalDM
8=Luthor Volandis
9=Great Green God
reroll: 2d9 ⇒ (2, 5) = 7
Daniel Baker 417 are in, with Qstor as first alternate.

Anyone who doesn't make it here is welcome to try on my high-tier thread too, if you want.


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CorvusMask wrote:

Aaaand now Wizards is doing both Fantasy Grounds & Roll20 support with official D&D material.

I have to say, even if Paizo didn't offer modules and APs in roll20, map packs and such would be nice indeed

Yep, saw that yesterday.

This is rather disappointing. I have the ability to extract images from a .pdf, but it's tedious, and I don't have the ability to share the work I've already done, meaning it's tedious for another GM who offers to run online as well. I'm not interested in sharing map pack or pawn images or other intellectual property, but the custom maps, in particular, would be nice.


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A "joke" that wasn't amusing to anyone concerned about security.

But it was about Hillary Clinton, who's a lying woman (even though, when comparing Ms. Clinton's rankings to those of Mr Trump, that label is as inaccurate as Mr. Trump himself), and a lib'rul besides, so it's fine.


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Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
thejeff wrote:
I do hope that support can be harnessed and used to push the party farther left, even with Clinton in office. Public pressure. Primaries. State and local elections. Mid...
The rice cooker presented for VP indicates otherwise.
Kaine isn't perfect, but he isn't dull. He seems to be a non-attention-seeking, self-effacing man who, like many people of faith, works hard and works intelligently to make the world a better place. I'm still reading up on him, but I admire him for what I've learned so far, even if I don't agree with all his positions.

The only person I've found with whom I agree on all positions is me. And I'm not running for office.

You try to find the best fit, or (more often than I'd like) the least bad choice. It's like interviewing people for a position where you work: you can't hire the best possible candidate, you can only hire the best applicant for the job.


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Same circus, different clowns. (Though, to be fair, the DNC clowns appear less incompetent.)

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What TOZ said. It's not a race. :-)


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thejeff wrote:
Third parties are marginalized in this country because we use a first past the post electoral system, not a proportional one.

This bears repeating.

Again, and again, and again.

The electoral system itself is essentially hostile to the concept of choices beyond "either-or." That's both a feature and a bug.


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Gary Teter wrote:
What if the sun was sentient?

If?

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