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Hama wrote:
Barry is SUCH an idiot. Freaking CW drama crap.

Flash has never exactly been the brain trust of the Justice League.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Skeld wrote:

James -

When you envisioned Korvosa, did you have a real city in mind, in terms of climate, location, etc.?

Thanks!

-Skeld

In terms of climate and location, San Francisco. In terms of personality, Magnimar is closer to San Francisco, with Korvosa closer to Los Angeles.

Is there that much of a climate difference between San Francisco and the City of Fallen Angels? (I've never thoght of LA differently since In Nominee :)


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Chad Nedzlek wrote:

This chart suggests that if you are starting a level six character under normal game assumptions, you would have 16,000gp in equipment. wealth by level

the GM in question may not be running a standard wealth by level campaign. the OP should confirm this by checking the gear of his peers.


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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
The unifying term is Intellectual Property, and that's most likely what would be used against you in whatever case that would be found.

That's not how the law works, I'm afraid. You can't file a complaint alleging intellectual property violation. You need to be more specific than that.

For example, you can file a complain alleging violation of USC Title 17, Chapter 5, which is copyright infringement. You can file a complain alleging violation of USC Title 15, Chapter 22, which is trademark infringements. You can file a complain alleging both, but you need to be very clear about what you think is a trademark violation and what you think is a copyright violation.

This actually gets back to some pretty fundamental aspects of the US rule of law. I only have to respond to what you actually say in your complaint, and depending upon your specific complain, there are things that I may or may not be able to say. As a simple example, parody is a legitimate defense to a claim of copyright infringement [Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 510 U.S. 569 (1994), Suntrust v. Houghton Mifflin Co., 252 F. 3d 1165 (11th Cir. 2001)] but not to trademark infringement.

He's not asking for a specific question of legal advice. He simply wants to know if he can get in trouble. And he doesn't need a crash course in law to get an answer. Which is as long as he doesn't publish, he's fine.


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Annoying characters are usually those run by annoying players. Or they are GMPCs foisted upon a group.


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CrystalSeas wrote:
Guy Humual wrote:
Get money out of politics
That would require overturning the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United.

That by itself wouldn't do it as money in politics was already a problem before that decision made it worse. It would however, be a start.


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If you want a place that's accepting of undead, the go-to nation is Geb.

Of course if you yourself are still breathing, then there might be problems.


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Knight who says Meh wrote:
It's hilarious to watch someone ridicule other people's belief in God while at the same time worship thier lord and savior Bernie Sanders.

Unlike most Republicans apparently, I can back a person for public office without insisting that he's some kind of supernatural being. I can even support Sanders even if he has positions which I do disagree with, (he does). If he had been on the ticket, I'd have voted for him, and I did vote for Clinton despite the fact he wasn't. And despite the fact that I've disagreed with her considerably more than I did with Sanders.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
All I know is Bernie Sanders had a HUGE town hall event, with people that voted FOR Trump and still managed to applaud for a guy like him that was saying "Changes in Energy do not mean we toss out coal miners. We need to reinvest in these places to bring EVERYONE back up."

Like I've said before. Sanders draws from much of the same themes that Trump did. Both of them are beating iconclastic drums.


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Hitdice wrote:


To quote Stephen King: “When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, There's just something about you that pisses me off.”

If only that was true. The actual motivation is even worse. If you actually READ the Book of Job, All that was done onto him because Satan suggested that it'd be a good idea to test him that way. For some reason, God needs to prove to Satan that Job can't be broken and he tells the Adversary to do his worst.


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Halek wrote:
So it is not banned just frowned upon. The reason I asked was I was challenged to optimize the most useless pfs legal character. Turning wizard into a commoner woukd make that easy.

We get people opening new threads about 7-8 int wizards about once a month or two on the average. Your idea doesn't even have the virtue of originality.

If you plan on doing this... do it with a PFS table that has your friends on it that will tolerate this bit of whimsy until you get it out of your system. Otherwise it's a great way to antagonise strangers.


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Endzeitgeist wrote:
@Drahliana Moonrunner: You're correct in that German display pride regarding achievements of their culture; at least now they do (late 90s/early 2000s was a different topic), but when it comes to pride in the country as opposed to the individual achievements etc., things tend to become a bit more strained...though admittedly, that has improved during the Merkel-years and the mostly positive feedback we received during that time.

The time I was referring to was mainly in the 79-84 era. Keep in mind that the period you're thinking of was one of stress and a lot of self-evaluation.


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Not only is your GM right. Your GM is totally within their purview to disallow ANY item even if the rules allow it, if he feels said item is inappropriate.

The GM runs the game, not the rulebooks. Remember this credo.

And I'd label this item inappropriate even if the campaign was starting at 20/10.


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moon glum wrote:
Torbyne wrote:


The Vandermeres used an interesting defintion of science fiction for the anthology 'The Big Book of Science Fiction' (great anthology BTW): science fiction is fiction about the future. By that definition, star trek is science fiction.

That's about as useful a definition as a warranty on an Edsel, given the track record of futurists through the ages. I vastly prefer Usrula LeGuin's take that what we consider science fiction should be better named speculative fiction. The definition being stories that speculate a world setting somewhat or more different than our own. It's advantage is that it's not a definition that hangs on science.

I have absolutely no problem with Star Trek, or Eberron,, being considered speculative fiction.


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wraithstrike wrote:


The other allows you to cast spells that call out a specific creature type on your eidolon.

And I believe that Enlarge/Reduce Person are the only spells in that criteria.


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Stormstrider wrote:

Can 'humanoid' target spells, be cast on an Eidolon?

Under the Summoner section, it states: "A summoner may cast spells on his eidolon even if the spells normally do not affect creatures of the eidolon’s type (outsider)."

But in this case the Eidolon is a quadruped beast. It definitely does NOT have the humanoid qualifications. One of my players is saying that since it says: "... normally do not affect creatures of the eidolon’s type (outsider)" then that means that any humanoid spell can be cast on it.

I tend to think that for a 'humanoid' target spell, the target still has to meet the humanoid qualifications. What do you all think please? Or is this clarified anywhere in the RAW?

Only spells cast by the Summoner on their OWN eidolon. It's specifically there to allow the use of the Enlarge Person spell on the Eidolon.


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Orville Redenbacher wrote:
Trump loves to attach his name to a winner (or a loser that makes him money) Though he is desperately trying to prevent the GOP plan from being called Trumpcare

I think the name that will stick is RyanCare or NoHealthCare.


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William Ronald wrote:
I am interested in learning what Season 6 scenarios that are truly not dependent on a character in the party having the technologist feat in order to succeed at their missions. Are there any recommendations? (Ironically, a few players are interested in Starfinder.)

None of them are, really. Having the feat makes things a bit easier in a couple of scenarios, but I played them with no one in any of the parties having it and we survived.

There was such a big backlash against the tech scenarios that Paizo aborted it's presumed plan to make technology the theme of Season 6.

To this day, I don't understand the reason for that backlash.


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Showed him the rent rates for Jersey City. Sent him packing more rapidly than an Elder Sign.


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What level slot is used before you start playing with the rod? That slot determines whether a least, standard, or greater rod is needed.


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_Ozy_ wrote:

Here is the exact text from the Paizo website:

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Casting a quickened spell is a swift action. You can perform another action, even casting another spell, in the same round as you cast a quickened spell. A spell whose casting time is more than 1 round or 1 full-round action cannot be quickened.
It's 1 round, or 1 full-round action. A spell has to be longer than 1 round for you to be unable to cast it.

My copy of the CRB backs you up.


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Adam Daigle wrote:
For folks interested in forge folding, check out this article by my bladesmith friend Todd Gdula (who is also the father to at least two of my kitchen knives).

Some of you folks may know that Trenton is the capital of New Jersey. It is also home to one of the last full time blacksmiths in the country. Fortunately he has an honest to goodness 16 year old apprentice who is looking forward to the day when his name is scratched on the shop's list of owners.


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Murdock Mudeater wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Generally as a rule of convenience I'll allow the Eidolon to hold the weapons it wields. So basically it'll be summoned wielding the weapon it was holding when it was dismissed. No sheathes or anything like that.
What about a Heavy Crossbow and Bolts? They're simple weapons and the Unchained Eidolon doesn't mention anything about it being exclusively melee weapons (perhaps an oversight?).

Haven't thought about it. Not likely to think about it unless I have to.


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Now that we've had shows such as "Drunk History" and "High" Court, do you think there's room for "Drunk DM"? Have you ever been or been run by a Drunk DM?


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Aberzombie wrote:
Doctor Fate (also known as Fate) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character has appeared in various incarnations, with Doctor Fate being the name of several different individuals in the DC Universe who are a succession of sorcerers. The original version of the character was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Howard Sherman, and first appeared in More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940).

Not all of them are sorcerers. The current version is a Lord of Order who manifests as a helmet, and possesses anyone who puts it on. He's also a major class jerk.


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That Danica "Winnie Cooper" McKellar from the Wonder Years, not only graduated as mathmatics major she actually co-authored the Shays-McKeller-Wynn Theorem.


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Anzyr wrote:

The correct answer is: C. All of the above.

That's why it's so expensive. You however can not quicken spells that are longer than a full round casting time, such as Summon Monster or Sleep spells that are one round casting time.


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Ascalaphus wrote:

Yeah, this is a well-known trick.

It's a way to get a weapon proficiency out of a "mere trait", but let's be honest, Weapon Proficiency (something martial) would rarely be worth an actual whole feat normally. So it's nothing to be up in arms about.

I think we can.. disarm... any controversy about it.


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thejeff wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
thejeff wrote:
If a lack of scientific consistency (except when explicitly modified by magic) breaks the setting for you, then I'm sorry, but the setting is horribly broken. The Starfinder setting will be. Pathfinder's Golarion is. Every published D&D setting I'm aware of is - some in different ways than others. The same with most other fantasy (and even non-fantasy) RPGs I know. And these aren't mistakes or screw-ups, this is by design. This is the intent.
For that matter Star Trek is just as broken when it comes to consistency in the way it drapes science and it's tech. The transporter is an infamous example of this. The way warp drive is applied is almost as bad.

And Trek doesn't even have the excuse of being actual fantasy.

Basically, any non-near future hard SF setting is playing fast and loose with science. Anything with FTL, certainly. Some handle it more consistently (being a self-contained work by a single author helps enormously here) and some have better handwavy technobabble than others, but they all essentially rely on "We're declaring these to be the tech premises of the setting. Don't question them."

When we find out that DNA was a method of carrying a holographic message from the ancient Progenitors, I stopped referring to Star Trek as science fiction in any degree. My reaction to the episode mirrored that of most of the characters involved in it.


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thejeff wrote:
If a lack of scientific consistency (except when explicitly modified by magic) breaks the setting for you, then I'm sorry, but the setting is horribly broken. The Starfinder setting will be. Pathfinder's Golarion is. Every published D&D setting I'm aware of is - some in different ways than others. The same with most other fantasy (and even non-fantasy) RPGs I know. And these aren't mistakes or screw-ups, this is by design. This is the intent.

For that matter Star Trek is just as broken when it comes to consistency in the way it drapes science and it's tech. The transporter is an infamous example of this. The way warp drive is applied is almost as bad.


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For me it would be an oportunity for a story event. Hmm... a soulless human body just lying there... waiting for someone or something to call it home.


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You must venture out to the Long Walk on the Cursed Earth, and and use your final days to deliver the Law onto the Lawless.


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Matthew Shelton wrote:

Portals have existed before, and we've not been given any evidence that portals have range limits. So it's not implausible that humans (or a common primate ancestor) originated on a very old planet somewhere, perhaps billions of years older than either Earth or Golarion.

And again...Word of God has already laid it down for us. Humans came into being separately on every world they're found in.


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bugleyman wrote:

So Fergie...neither the Democrats or Republicans actually give two s!+@s about American workers, but the Republicans are more successful because they're better at pretending to care?

This is a serious question. I'm asking because there seems to be a common thread among former Obama voters who voted for Trump. Many of them specifically say they voted for Trump because he said he would "bring the jobs back." Of course, Trump hasn't presented a coherent plan for actually doing so, but that doesn't seem to matter to these folks. Just saying he is going to do it seemed to be enough, despite the fact that the man has a clear history of using foreign manufacturing and labor to save costs.

As far as I can tell, Trump won because he lies even more readily (and bigly!) than other politicians do. Are you suggesting the Democrats should out-lie Trump in order to be successful? :P

No, because the Democrats are already considered to be liars. They're not ever going to be trusted by the 40 percent who voted for Trump. It's that middle 20 percent who decided that 8 years of Obama didn't lift their prospects enough or at all that gave him the election.

But the real major issue is that the Democrats could not even energise their own base. A significant number of Obama voters voted for Trump. A significant number didn't even bother to show up.


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bugleyman wrote:

So Fergie...neither the Democrats or Republicans actually give two s+&*s about American workers, but the Republicans are more successful because they're better at pretending to care?

No... it was Trump that was the success, not the GOP itself. Clinton even with all her baggage would have slaughtered any of the other members of the 2016 clown car, including Mike Pence. Which is why despite all of the hopeful dreams, the Republicans aren't going to impeach Trump unless he puts them in a position where they have no other choice.


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Adam Daigle wrote:
This totally isn't important for this discussion, but I feel the need to clarify that Earth is not in a "dead magic zone." (At least in Pathfinder.)

No... thanks to Inhotep it's a world of corrupted magic where even casting Cure Light Wounds can open you up to taint. (At least in the Masque of the Red Death setting a.k.a. RPGA's Living Death Network Campaign)


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thejeff wrote:
Tom Kalbfus wrote:
Overlooking the possibility that there might be magic stargates within outown galaxy which lead to the Starfinder Galaxy. If humans are in both Galaxies, their ancenstors must have crossed that distance somehow. And if there were any gods on Earth that have lost their powers due to the dead magic zone, they woul know about such things.

You may not like this, but all indications are that humans on Golarion, Earth and Androffa (as well as other places?) don't have any direct ancestral ties. They didn't migrate from one place to another. (Nor, for that matter, did all the apparently similar animals on Golarion & Earth.)

Amazing examples of Hodgkin's Laws of Parallel Development.


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Bkwrm88 wrote:

Using a phone that was made with practices that don't align with your morality is a bit less egregious than actively tearing up someone's home every time you travel. I felt that I addressed the difference in the two fairly well in my initial post, mostly because I figured that would be the go-to response. In my opinion, though, they aren't at all on the same scale. It would be like, in order to place a call, I caused a random building to be magically transported to....I don't know, Antarctica. Maybe the building is an old ramshackle shed that no one uses, so no harm, no foul. But maybe it's an apartment complex with lots of hardworking families that in no way deserved what just happened to them.

The argument that Good characters don't want to "cede the Universe to Evil" holds a bit more water, but it feels like a handwave to me. Like, we need characters to behave in this fashion for things to work, so lets construct a reason why they would do so. After all, it's great that you were able to travel to Narendra III to stop the Space-Drow from attacking the Space-Orcs, but if you ripped up Heaven to do it, how much did you really accomplish?

I realize that this could very well be coming off as complaining, and I don't want it to. I see a lot of potential RP opportunities with this FTL system, which is great. But, at the same time, I feel that - at least the way I am currently envisioning it working - the mechanics of FTL somewhat limit the agency of the players, as certain types of characters simply wouldn't be willing to pay the price that FTL entails.

I'm also not quite that sure that it works quite the way you describe it as doing so.

And by the way I wasn't talking about how smartphones were made. They can be made in the most humane ways possible, but it doesn't change the consequences of both mining the rare earths that go into them, and the environmental consequences of tech winding up in landfills after disposal.


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thejeff wrote:
Knight who says Meh wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Knight who says Meh wrote:
Are you honestly going to look at Obama and Bush and say Democrats don't care about unemployment?
I can look at Bill Clinton's "Welfare Reform" and point out that at times, they can be just as enthusiastic in punishing the unemployed and the poor for being poor as the Republicans. He certainly did damm little to reverse the attacks on Unions perpetrated by his two predecessors.

Sigh

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The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) is a United States federal law considered to be a major welfare reform. The bill was a cornerstone of the Republican Contract with America and was authored by Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL-22).

Clinton didn't veto it and it is therefore entirely his fault. Republicans get no blame for anything they can get any Democrats to sign onto.

This is a thing Democrats need to learn.

I can fully blame the Republican Congressfolk for the bills they create. Just as I can blame the Democratic Presidents who sign off on them. The guilt of the first party does not absolve the actions of the second.


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I just watched X-Men:Apocalypse the other night and I'm seeing the scene where Apocalypse lays into Xavier to the point where his hair is falling out.

I couldn't help imaginging this as the thought going into his mind.

"My god! I'm regenerating into Patrick Stewart!"


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The same way that Good characters can reconcile using the automobile, computers, smartphones, and other aspects of technology, despite their environmental effects.

In the Starfinder mythos, Good characters will know that if they don't participate, they cede the Universe to Evil.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Pathfinder adventurers merely need commune ("Is there a place called Earth? Yes? Good! I want to go there.") then interplanetary teleport (possibly with a vision first), maybe with a pearl that keeps you in a shell of air and aim at the moon to get out of its dead magic zone or whatever. Mythic helps, but you can snag that at any ol' hole in the mana wastes.

Pathfinder PC's would have some reason to ask for Earth as it's not even known by name in Golarion. This arguably would also include the Reign of Winter PC's who aren't likely to have heard even the Russian version of the word as the name of the planet isn't likely to come up in the chilly Moscow winter conversation of the Czarist era.

Or on the other hand the tendency of humans or other landbound sentients to name their world after the local version of "Dirt" might be so common that the name "Earth" might correspond to a nigh infinite number of worlds.


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Generic Villain wrote:

Hey all. So my Dad has a pretty impressive blade collection, and several examples of Damascus steel (or pattern-welded if we're being all specific). They are definitely not san-mai or Wootz.

Anyway! Is there a way to estimate how many layers of steel are in a Damascus blade? I've looked online and can't find anything. It could be 60 or 600.

I doubt it's that many. The main reason Japanese Katanas had so many layers is because the steel used for them was quite frankly... crap. So the swordsmiths had to result to multiple layers to prevent them from shattering on the first strike.

Damascus Steel however was of considerably better grade.


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Keep Calm and Carrion wrote:
Those who are baffled by the orbiting nature of Ioun Stones might want to read the Jack Vance story they were lifted from, "Morreion". Vance's Dying Earth setting also gave D&D its prepared magic mechanic and some specific spells, such as Prismatic Spray and Black Tentacles.

Say it by it's proper name.. "The Most Excellent Prismatic Spray". :)

Unfortunately Gygax left behind the best thing about Vance's magic... the incredible spell names.


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the Queen's Raven wrote:
You may claim Prima Nocta, because you're the GM!
Or Prima Slicia which is the first slice of pizza. because you're the GM!


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Pan wrote:
So instead of rearranging the deck chairs on employment, like the GOP, how does the democratic party approach this problem effectively?

It doesn't. Because the steps it would need to take, would never pass muster with the moneybags that the DNC and individual Democrats are beholden to.

The moneybags in question were and still are, absolutely abhorrent to the idea of a Sanders Presidency, they would much have rather lost to the Republicans than let one come about. The DNC rigging things as much as they could in Clinton's favor was nothing more than following marching orders.

It will however take nothing less than a Sanders to bring this Party about.


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Landing on an aircraft carrier comes to mind as something you definitely not want to overshoot.


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MMCJawa wrote:

I can't say I blame the folks who are less than excited about job retraining. The older you get the harder it is to pick up a new trade, especially if you have a family and other obligations weighing in on you, and you lack the mobility to just pick up and move to where ever the job openings are. And after you finish that job retraining, remember you are going to be competing with a ton of younger folks fresh on the job market.

There's also the psychological emasculation which goes from being a senior experienced practitioner in one career with all of the perks and status (including a higher salary) that implies to being asked to start all over at the bottom rung of a completely unrelated career.

So when some female liberal Democrat from New York comes and tells you that she's going to kill your industry and offer you retraining as compensation, it's understandable that you'll be a lot less than thrilled about it.


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Ravingdork wrote:
Balkoth wrote:
So this thread is about what to do in case of disagreement and who has the most reasonable case.

No it's not.

"In your opinion, what do you think is the right trade-off between effective loss of feats and effective increase of WBL?"

^ This is what the thread is about. This is what the OP set before us to try and answer. Don't go around moving the goal posts. Make a new thread for that.

That's not the question at all. The OP is playing a crafter and he wants to charge full book price for the items his partymates want him to craft for them. And he came to the messageboards for justification for such a stance in the mistaken opinion that he needed us for validation or that our discussion would count as such. Where it's really a question of group dynamics, ergo will his group accept such a stance or not. Some folks have brought up WBL issues in an effort to complicate the matter to make it interesting, but it doesn't change the basic question.

As usual, the messageboard community took this as another opportunity to get into a never-ending argument.

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