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Lord Liaden

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  1. 7 hours ago, mojo_bones said:

    The entire Warren thing just baffles me. So we have no proof that she gained any advantage. We have several family members who said they all were told the same thing so she didn't just make it up. She is far from the only person to ever believe they had a different heritage then whey actually do. ( I was 1/4 German until I was around 30 then suddenly I wasn't!). And this is a huge deal. OTOH We have Trump who claimed his dad gave him a small loan to start him off and he made billions all on his own. There is hard proof that none of that is true and the proof has been out there for a long time. Even with the proof out there he continues to say it. He gained a huge advantage both financially and politically from this lie. And again he received this money so he was fully aware all along that none of it was true.  How is it that Warren is demonized for this by the press? Seriously the Trump story is never talked about but every time you so much as mention Warren someone has to talk about her "heritage" as proof she can't be President.


    At this point, no one expects anything better from Trump.

  2. 4 hours ago, Toxxus said:

    Turns out Mental Defense offers no protection at all against Mental Paralysis attacks.


    "Mental Defense neither adds to the character’s
    EGO for purposes of breaking out of, nor offers
    any other protection against, Mental Paralysis."


    I feel I'm going to have to house rule this now or it will become the only move that gets used against any opponent that is even moderately threatening.


    There is an optional Limitation for Mental Paralysis, "Mental Defense Adds To EGO" (-½). You might require that Lim be mandatory for any MP used in your games.

  3. 21 hours ago, Pattern Ghost said:


    Those two aren't without merit, but I couldn't stand either one and wouldn't put them in the set.


    This whole "consensus" thing is tricky. :P


    And there it is. Casablanca and Citizen Kane are two of the most widely revered movies in film history; but Pattern Ghost doesn't like them and doesn't agree with that assessment. As he has the right to. What he would not have the right to, is to say that everyone who doesn't share his view is objectively wrong for doing so, and to denigrate their taste and intelligence because of that.

  4. 7 hours ago, Christougher said:


    Yes, that's what I'm trying to ask.  I don't know which factors contribute to favoring one weapon over another.


    For example, lack of cover implied by desert.  If it's a hilly/dune filled desert rather than flat, how does that affect things?


    Well, that would make for more places for individuals or small groups to hide from pursuers, or from which to sneak up on an enemy; but combatants in force would still have to advance over open ground, so missile weapons would still be valuable. In fact bows and slings that can fire in an arc over that cover would be even more useful. OTOH increased stealth possibilities would benefit a sneaky weapon like a garrote.


    It occurred to me that if a weight was made to hook onto the cup of a sling, so it wouldn't fall out, the sling could be used like a flail for hand-to-hand combat.

  5. 38 minutes ago, Christopher R Taylor said:

    Yeah I'll wait to hear from actual fans and viewers, the reviewer system is almost entirely broken and corrupted.  People were giving Black Panther 5 stars and calling it the best film ever made, and it quite simply is not.  Its a fun action film with some flaws and some great bits, but not a standout even in comic book movie genre.  Having already heard from fans who saw an advanced screening who were praising the cat and not much about the film its self is kind of telling.


    Quite a few people did give BP five stars, but if any people were calling it "the best film ever made" they must have been too few to easily spot in the crowd. You have the right to your opinion that it's not a great movie, but obviously there are very many people who would disagree with you, as is their right. Goose the cat is often being singled out -- he's a significant supporting character for the comix Captain Marvel , after all -- but only as one of several positive features that most audience tweets have mentioned. Under the review embargo they aren't allowed to say much about the film itself, only give general impressions.

  6. 30 minutes ago, Bazza said:

    There is still a press embargo in effect for actual reviews until about two days before the movie opens. 


    The embago was lifted for first impressions on twitter that have no spoilery information or plot details. 


    I saw something to this effect. Will find it so we are all on the same page. 


    That's SOP for movies nowadays, especially the blockbusters. Concern over spoilers, mostly.


    It's actually a good sign when the studio allows first-impression review tweets well ahead of the official release date. It shows they have confidence in the movie.

  7. 7 hours ago, Christougher said:

    Slings are taking the early lead.  The shell is interesting too.  Obsidian knives are simple and obvious, possibly overdone.


    I realized though, that with the answers I got, I didn't ask the right question.   What makes a race favor a particular weapon?  The water race favors spear and net because they're of everyday use.  Similarly my dwarves are born with a pick in hand - much more useful underground than an axe.  And the flyers have bows to keep out of enemy reach.  


    So what should this race favor and why?  Or more properly asked, what would make [Weapon- any weapon] become the cultural go-to for a race?  


    Out of time at the moment to write more.


    If as you say, many animals in your race's desert are poisonous, everyone using a ranged weapon to kill them makes even more sense. And the reptilian types may have tough scaled hides that are difficult to penetrate; but sling bullets kill primarily through concussive damage, rather than blood loss.


    Note that some archaeologically-recovered sling bullets have had small holes drilled in them. One theory is that they contained poison. If you choose to accept that theory, it sounds like your race would have ready access to lots of it. 😈

  8. 6 hours ago, Lucius said:


    Barring magically enforced taboos, I have a hard time imagining any weapon that can stroke from before, that cannot strike from behind.



    While most smaller weapons can be employed for a stealthy "backstab," a garrote is made to be used that way. It also keeps the victim from crying out a warning.

  9. Well, "political moralizing" can be overt, or integrated naturally into the story. IMO Black Panther, and Wonder Woman, are examples of the latter. They were cultural touchstones because they struck fundamental elements of human history and society; but those elements were a natural part of the world their characters found themselves in, and their journey of self-discovery through that world.

  10. I would recommend the sling. Cheap and simple to make from animal hide available in your environment, or preferably, some imported fabric like wool or flax; and natural ammunition should be plentiful, or easily fashioned from clay or lead as in ancient times. Since your race uses fire magic, slings could also be used to launch enchanted incendiary projectiles (maybe the "dormant fire" in obsidian could be "awakened"). Easily concealed, and since you'd like them to be able to "strike the opponent from behind," it could double as a garrote.

  11. This discussion highlights that the term, "best," is such an amalgam of subjective responses, individual viewpoints, and personal biases, no two people will be in complete agreement even on how to define it, let alone what examples of an entertainment like movies represent it.


    The Best Picture Oscar will represent what the majority of voting members of the Academy consider Best Picture. You can take that for what it's worth.

  12. I don't think Joe Biden has formally confirmed he'll run -- he's still "exploring."


    For my part, while I respect Biden and Sanders, their advanced age would be a factor for me were I voting for President, just from concern over continuity. But the field of announced candidates is wide, and as with Barack Obama, there's plenty of time for others to rise to prominence.

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