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  1. Pattern Ghost

    Brick tricks

    I'm not sure if 5th has the Lockout Disadvantage or not, but that could be an option if the GM doesn't allow the advantages in a MP.
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    Brick tricks

    Many official characters have both a MP and an EC, so I'd say it's a valid approach. Of course, that may vary by GM, as usual. As for the brick tricks, I think it's a valid construct for a multipower, and I've had GMs allow it.
  3. Pattern Ghost

    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    This analogy* is unfair to dogs. *Edit: Hmm. It's probably more of a metaphor than analogy come to think of it.
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    How do I make ... Gleipnir

    I think the way I'd approach it is to have the sidekick and the powers granted by the sidekick in suit mode as two separate pieces. So, first you'd need a Follower who has slightly above human physical abilities (if modelling the manga closely), who can transform into suit mode/Mascot mode and gain an amplification of said abilities. (In the manga, Shuuichi has slightly enhanced strength and enhanced senses even in human mode.) Then, you'd need your character to have an only in alternate ID suite of the same enhanced abilities, with a limitation of having the Follower nearby to activate. Finally, you'll need some mechanism that makes the Follower "disappear" when the PC is wearing the suit. Maybe a physical complication on the Follower's sheet, or a lockout limitation on the cost of the follower itself. Using lockouts on both the follower's cost (not sure on how you'd do that with follower rules or if it's allowed, TBH) and the OHID powers for the PC would probably be most cost effective.
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    That's why I said "if you want to get technical." I usually build lasers with No Knockback as a way of defining them as lasers. However, I don't otherwise try to make them realistic. Because small weaponized lasers aren't particularly realistic. I was just offering up an optional way to look at the build.
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    Side effect, and not worth any points due to the rarity. Also: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17491105 http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/118/Suppl_18/S_592.3 This last one actually has pics of what appear to be deceased humans, and supports that occasionally Tasers can cause heart failure: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/129/1/101#sec-1
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    The thing about Tasers is, as soon as you stop applying current, the target recovers instantly. They don't actually knock people out. What they do is lock up the target's muscles. So, it might be better to build them as some form of Suppress (just vs. STR with enough fixed effect to bring a target down to 0 STR, scaled to what you want to incapacitate should work based on the STR 0 rules) if you wanted to get technical.
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    Advantages on CHAs

    But you could name the power "two steps forward, three steps back."
  9. Agreed. They seem to have the gist of it, but fail in the execution. Like the big fight with Luke and Danny. That was horribly staged, but they did try some typical superhero fight stuff like a fastball special. I'd watch a Bushmaster and Power Man buddy show. In fact, they could just insert Bushmaster into the Netflix MCU in place of Danny and I'd be fine with that. Much better chemistry between the two than between Luke and Danny.
  10. I'd be happy to see Iron Fist just dropped and replaced with a Daughters of the Dragon show. Dropped includes guest appearances, though to be fair he was a bit better in his Luke Cage season 2 appearance.
  11. Pattern Ghost

    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    That's addressed in the Vice article I linked. It probably bears some fact-checking, but outlines some of the barriers involved. (I just noticed it incorrectly names the Firearm Owner's Protection Act as the Firearms Protection Act. Vice stuff usually requires some effort to fact check, but the rough outline there seems decent enough.) The ATF doesn't keep a record of sales. The FFL (dealer) keeps the record. The only case where the ATF keeps the records is as I stated above, when the FFL goes out of business. I personally don't think they should have what would amount to a de facto national registry. I disagree. Um. No, you? I don't actually think anyone's coming for any guns any time soon. But things change. If we provide the current government with too much leeway in violating our constitutional rights (not just the right to keep and bear arms, but all of the others that have been weakened by first the War on Drugs and lately the War on Terror), then we're potentially screwing over people down the road. So, IMO, not letting the government chip away at our rights isn't an entirely bad thing.
  12. Pattern Ghost

    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    Not exactly, but I'll get back to this at the end. I can only find some stories about staff reductions from budget cuts around 2011/2012 time frame. I'm not aware of any more recent budget cuts. The up surge in gun sales during the Obama administration, and the rising popularity of suppressors has caused them a huge workload that they struggle to keep up with. Processing for NFA items (more on this in a minute) has been pretty slow the last few years, for example. I'm not aware of anything else going on at the moment. They've always had a hard time with record keeping for the purposes of traces (more on that below, too.) They never actually have. It's not really one of their functions. More on this, too in a minute. The answer is zero. The ATF's role isn't one that would have a very direct impact on preventing shootings. With regards to private firearms sales, the ATF's role is primarily enforcing regulations. You have to have a license to sell firearms or manufacture firearms for sale. The ATF is the enforcer of these licenses. The National Firearms Act of 1934 made it more difficult to obtain certain classes of weapons, including fully automatic weapons, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns and silencers (among others). It did not make them illegal, but there is a requirement for a tax stamp to transfer an item on the NFA list. The cost of the stamp is $200 (fairly prohibitive in 1934; the average annual income was $1600 according to Google). The ATF manages the applications for tax stamps. Finally, when someone purchases a firearm, they fill out ATF Form 4473, which the ATF processes. When you fill out a form 4473, you're basically attesting that you aren't a prohibited person. Lying on the form is a criminal offense. The background check is run trough the NICS by the gun shop after filling out the 4473. Most states also require a state and/or local level background check, and some impose further licensing or permitting requirements. So, from the buyer standpoint, here's what typically happens: You go to the retailer, you decide to buy a firearm, and the store fills out a 4473, then phones in the NICS check. If there's no state level background check or waiting period requirement (almost always is), then you get your gun and walk out the door. In Washington, for example, there's a requirement for a state background check for a handgun, which usually takes a couple of days to get back. It's waived if you have a valid concealed pistol license. In other states, there may be a mandatory waiting period. Now, from the LE side, the ATF has a couple of additional roles it plays. First, it enforces laws against straw purchases. A straw purchase is basically when someone who isn't a prohibited person buys a firearm for someone who is. Most gun stores are actually very proactive in spotting these, and they're required to report them to the ATF. The ATF sometimes does sting operations to catch straw purchasers. Or, in the case of Operation Fast and Furious, facilitates the straw purchases (:facepalm:). Another role the ATF plays is in tracing firearms. Their system for traces is frequently criticized (rightfully, IMO) for being antiquated. (I'd advise fact checking or bias checking anything from Vice, but that article is still pretty spot on as far as how bad the system is.) But as far as keeping track of who owns what? Not so much. Edit: Another thing the ATF does to prevent trafficking is to investigate multiple gun sales within a short period of time. Link with info on that. When you fill out a form 4473, the gun shop/seller keeps the form on file. All FFLs are required to keep the forms on file for (IIRC) 20 years. After that, they can do whatever they want. Many destroy the forms. If an FFL goes out of business, then their existing paperwork all goes to the ATF. This has been until very recently actual paper forms. (Some shops now use an electronic form, which should provide for better record keeping.) I think the two links two paragraphs up pretty much cover traces. Traces are, of course, only useful after a crime has been committed. As for prevention? The ATF plays no role. That's on the background check system. The system needs an overhaul. Here's a link from the ATF's What We Do page about their role with firearms. In the case of many of the recent mass shooters, the systematic failure was in various agencies failing to get the shooter onto the prohibited persons list. We don't have nearly the level of reporting that we should. Final thoughts: I get the impression that when you're mainly talking about the recent problems we've had here with mass shootings.I believe mass shootings are contagious in the same way that suicides are contagious. Remember the recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade one after another? Calls to suicide prevention hotlines increased after these deaths, and there was a fair bit of additional advertising in my area for the hotlines. It's because it has been very well known for decades that when suicides get a lot of press, people commit more suicides. I believe the same kind of contagion is true in the case of mass shooters. Most of them who leave manifestos specifically mention their predecessors. Washington Post link. The Atlantic link. Scientific American link. I think one thing we can do is figure out a way to get more agencies to report possible prohibited persons. I think we have a fair idea of some indicators of potential shooters. The Parkland turd gave more than ample warning signs, but law enforcement failed at early intervention. I think that once a mass shooting is in progress, it has been proven that rapid, competent engagement is the best response. That doesn't mean a school resource officer and two local PD sitting outside the building like cowards. It means competent, brave individuals meeting force with force. Like this man. (Also at Parkland, but off duty.) Or this one: Lone resource officer's quick action stopped the Maryland school shooter within seconds. Unfortunately, we don't have a sufficient supply of such people. Disclaimer: I made a bunch of assertions in this post that I felt needed some links to provide further clarity/information. Aside from straight informational links from government sources, I'm not endorsing any of these articles. I scanned them and believe them to be generally accurate in their factual assertions, but it's up to the reader to detect any political bias or slant in the articles and to critically assess any large claims made in anything they read. Well, this got quite long, apologies to anyone who suffered all the way through it.
  13. Pattern Ghost

    The Coming Epic Failure of the DC Movie Universe

    The suit looks a lot better in this pic, with the lights on. However, one (annoying) YouTuber made a point that this highlights: They said they liked the suit because it reminded them of an old school Kirby New Gods look. Which goes back to it leaning a bit more toward tech-looking than mystic-looking that I mentioned earlier. As to The Big Red Cheese looking goofy, well . . . his nickname is The Big Red Cheese. The only recent incarnations of the character that I've seen have been in animated features, and it looks like they're playing the kid in a grown up body thing up in this as they are in those, with that gee-whiz sentimentality. So it seems inline with current takes on the character. Though in the older comics, it seems he had that kiddishness offset by the Wisdom of Solomon, and generally acted like a mature adult at all times while in Captain Marvel mode. Isn't that the mentally disturbed version from Kingdom Come that's being controlled by one of Silvanus's worms by Lex? Pass. Too dark for my taste.
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    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    What happened to the ATF and which crises, exactly?
  15. To be fair, if they changed those two, they'd get dinged by people for deviating from his comic origin. Also, I didn't see him as sexist so much as just plain arrogant toward everyone.