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  1. Greywind

    Jokes

    7 points
  2. Roll 3d6. If you roll exactly 11, you hit a DCV equal to your OCV. If you roll below 11, you hit a DCV one point better than your OCV for each point you roll below 11. If you roll above 11, you hit a DCV one point worse than your OCV for each point you roll above 11. It sounds slightly complicated to write out in words, but it's very easy to do in play. I've never really encountered a player who struggled with it... EDIT: Obviously, this is the same thing greypaladin_01 suggested above; it's just a different way of getting there that generally lets you add or subtract smaller numbers.
    6 points
  3. I know this is the single most unpopular opinion on this board, outgunning even Linked and Shapeshift, but I think it's helpful to keep it in mind: Martial Arts in the HERO System is a hyper-tweaking of Skill Levels. You can have Skill Levels in Ranged Attacks and in HtH Attacks; you can have a Martial Art that includes both.
    6 points
  4. "It is I, Collateral Damage Man!!" as we break into a mansion to liberate a captive there.
    6 points
  5. I am celibate and not quite by choice, but I don't go around blaming women as a whole for my lack of romance. That's on me.Given my situatiopn it would besurprising that I would have received the soprt of attentions taht these guys believe is their birthright. Which makes cases like this all the more disturbing to me. Women exist for themselves, not for so-called "men" who assume every woman who dresses "attractively" is on display for them. A real man understands that.
    6 points
  6. Ukraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero He argues that the organization doesn't do anything and just looks on from the sidelines while countries like Russia, which guaranteed the sovereignty of Ukraine's borders forever in the 1990's, invaded and seized a large part of the country in the 2000's. https://thehill.com/policy/international/573543-ukraines-president-compares-un-to-a-retired-superhero?rl=1 One of the commenters observed: "He's not wrong. UN is toothless now..." So I replied: "When did it ever have teeth? Until there's a United Nations Tribunal on International Law which sends out heavily armed agents to deal with nations, leaders, or rogue actors who get out of line, there won't be any international defenders of freedom."
    6 points
  7. DShomshak

    Medieval Stasis

    Apropos of this, my experience writing and developing for Exalted suggests to me that some game writers -- though quite bright in other ways -- have a dubious grasp of geography and scale. Like, one writer who was creating a new country described it both as "small" and "a thousand miles wide." I reminded him that 1,000 miles is the distance between Chicago and New Orleans. This may be "small" compared to some countries in the setting, but it's a bit large and spread-out for some of the institutions he wanted the country to have. Part of the problem, I think, is that Exalted started with a world map and design went down from there -- and when you start sketching borders on a mpa whose scale is 1 inch = 800 miles, you tend to get pretty big countries. Discussing this on White Wolf's forum, I came up with this comparison for people who think you need big places for big stories. On the Exalted map, Ireland would fit within a quarter-inch square. Ireland, with all its weight of history, from the Tuatha de Danaan to the Troubles. Is Ireland too small for a Fantasy epic? Okay, you say it is. Half an inch on the map can include most of the Ancient Greek world. Most of the Greek myths and epics happen within a half inch square, with a few excursions B eyond the Fields We Know such as the Argonautica or Odysseus sailing to the Underworld. The Biblical Middle East fits within a one inch square. And all of China fits within a two inch square. Now, Exalted campaigns are supposed to operate on a hyperbolic scale. Threats to the entire world are a thing. But that doesn't mean that everything needs to be gigantic. (And indeed, every place that isn't sprawling is a city-state, because then you just put a dot on the map.) I also suspect that some cases where settings have huge spans of time but not much seems to be happening within them derive from a similar top-down approach, and would benefit from more bottom-up design. Like, don't start with 6,000 years or whatever and try to fill it. Start with now, decide what incidents are absolutely needed to explain current conditions (or to plant as story seeds, ore just as bits of atmosphere to help show what kind of setting this is), and figure out how much time you actually need to fit it in. Like, if the kingdom's leaders seethe in anger for a past military defeat and want to start a new war to avenge it, does the defeat need to be from a thousand years ago? When 10 or 20 would work as well? Or if the defeats did happen centuries ago, is it a point of the adventure that someone is deliberately dragging up and inflaming old grievances because they really really want a war? Dean Shomshak
    6 points
  8. I dislike agents that make the PCs feel less super. I dislike agents that require the PCs to be built on inflated points to be viable. I accept that a few "agents" are actually low-powered superbeings, through equipment, training or both. Most shouldn't be.
    6 points
  9. I don't. It's a disease. It's like any other natural disaster; it just makes like a royal PITA. OTOH, the liars, the grifters, the manipulators who trade the lives of others for personal and/or political gain..."hate" is way too mild. Many of them rate Dante's Ninth Circle...Antenor, the region for those who betrayed their homeland or political party.
    5 points
  10. Mr. R

    No place for a cleric?

    A friend recounted what happened to his character when he came out of the Houses of Healing. They asked for a donation and he basically refused saying that the gods probably don't exist and he wasn't going to pay for them. Well at the top of the stairs he trips over a silk scarf, rolls down the stairs, hitting every single carving and statue on the way, dislocating his shoulder, breaking a couple of ribs and the fingers of one hand. Now he gives generously. Still thinks gods don't exist, but goddesses: Yeah they are totally real!
    5 points
  11. I was cleaning out my spam trap on an older email address this morning, and noticed that I've received several messages from a former Attorney General, who is apparently running as a Republican for one of our senate seats next year. I then noticed that all of the messages are addressed using my Mom's first name, which is quite odd, as she hadn't been registered to vote in Nevada since the early 90s, has never owned a computer, has never had an email address, and has been dead for five years. It's funny that he's spouting the voter fraud line in his fundraising, while actively courting the dead vote.
    5 points
  12. 5 points
  13. That, Sir, is the whole reason I do it: I can have as many magic relics as I want (or don't), and dont have to have the entire world at some,magic level that it almost makes sense that people lose these sorts of things without spending their lives looking for them again. While in some precious age, it might have been easier to just replace them, in this one, not so much. It also goes a long way toward justifying the inability to just buy or create another one od that cool magic thing the bad guy has. It helps explain isolated pockets of civilization without having to go into evolution and the migratory habits of African Swallows, and it allows unexplanable wonders to exist without explanation. And, in reference to another thread, it helps explain "mideval stagnation:" we aren't still here; we are here again. Yes: it does rule out some,interesting ideas, but the value it brings to our games far outstrips the potential missed opportunities, at least for us.
    5 points
  14. 5 points
  15. archer

    Medieval Stasis

    Most people assume they live in a kind of stasis, whether they do or not. They have vague ideas that some places are older or younger than the place that they live. Or that some places are much more wealthy or much poorer. But they assume that people live much the same way as they themselves do. I remember back in high school that an illegal immigrant from Mexico was discovered half-starved locked up in the back of a trailer of an 18 wheeler. The police took custody of him but none of them could speak any Spanish and the guy couldn't speak any English. But on the trip from the freight yard through the more squalid parts of the tiny town to the courthouse (which was built in the 1930's and looked more ancient and run down than that), the guy kept saying dahleeze over and over. The police eventually had to resort to sending for the high school Spanish teacher because no one knew anyone who could speak Spanish. So the teacher eventually showed up and talked to the guy. He was under the impression that because the "vast city" he was driven through on the way to the police station was so magnificent, that he must be in Dallas. He knew that vast wealthy cities existed because he'd been told about them. But he lacked whatever it was that it'd take for him to grasp the scale of difference between a town of a few thousand people with paved streets, modest homes, and electricity vs a metropolis with a million people and (comparatively) unlimited wealth. Because apparently, he'd had no experience with either a tiny modest middle-America town or a thriving metropolis. . . . If you take away TV, public education, and yearly releases of new versions of the I-Phone, why would anyone assume that they were living in anything but an eternal stasis, whether it was true or not? People don't automatically know stuff. Most people aren't motivated to find out stuff even when the knowledge is easily available. People see and people accept what they personally see. What they don't personally see might as well not exist and certainly isn't very important. You could have vast upheavals in social systems in most eras and within 30-50 years, most people would accept things as they are and not think about things as they used to be or about how things might be....
    5 points
  16. archer

    Coronavirus

    We can look at what's in the video. Eventually. The doctor is Ryan Cole, who is a board certified dermatopathologist (studies skin dieases) according to this pro-Ryan Cole website. More on this website later. https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/rfk-jr-podcast-dr-ryan-cole-pathologist-early-treatment-keydelta-variant/ According to this website, he also has specializations in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Surgical Pathology...all from highly credible institutions. His hospital privileges are at a local VA hospital. https://health.usnews.com/doctors/ryan-cole-724324 Now Ryan Cole is also the CEO of Cole Diagnostics, whose website looks like a typical website for medical testing services. https://www.colediagnostics.com/ But if you go to the shop tab on his website, you can buy cactus, watches, shoes, perfume, lamps, and backpacks...so I'm not entirely sure what his business is. https://www.colediagnostics.com/shop?page=4 But if you believe that pro-Ryan website I listed earlier, it says after diagnosing COVID (presumably through his lab services) that he believes in a multi-vector approach to treating COVID which includes monoclonal antibodies (a treatment which actually works), steroids (which are pretty standard to treat patients having breathing problems), ivermectin (horse de-wormer), hydroxychloroquine (as pushed by the previous administration), the cholesterol drug fenofibrate and the anti-depressant drug fluvoxamine. Fenofibrate, well, there's been a study in the UK and a small one out of Israel suggesting that it could have a positive impact on COVID. Fluvoxamine, on the other hand, hasn't had a clinical trial. There's been a couple of studies where patients with mild symptoms were given the drug or a placebo then self-reported the results. But so many people dropped out of the study mid-way through that the results, even for what it was, is inconclusive. Fenofibrate is relatively benign as a drug but Fluvoxamine can have serious side effects including increasing the risk of suicide. https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/therapies/immunomodulators/fluvoxamine/ So if you believe the pro-Ryan article, he's experimenting on his patients with unproven and possibly dangerous therapies. As for the video, it was posted by thewatchtowers dot org which is a site devoted to conspiracies and which no one takes credit for in the websites "About" section. Their Reddit page say the subjects up for discussion include "Politics, Crime, Economy, UFO's, Conspiracy's, Corruption, Paranormal and Faith". Dealer's choice on whether "the watchtowers" is a reference to Wiccan beliefs or to the Jehovah's Witnesses publication. The video as listed on their own website https://thewatchtowers.org/scientist-shows-vaccine-effects-in-autopsies-dont-believe-it-see-for-yourself-if-you-want/ praises this doctor for being as courageous as America's Frontline Doctors, which is the medical scam site which we've discussed here previously. (Other articles tell such things as how people who are vaccinated set off store alarms because of the vaccine in their body. Another article about how an occupational therapist in Hawaii claims that he's seen 32 elderly people pass away immediately after getting their Moderna vaccination.) The doctor's speech itself: At the one minute mark, he says we've done studies on lab animals and determined that the vaccine when the COVID virus isn't present causes the same diseases in the body that having COVID does. And a few seconds later he says that the vaccine causes COVID. It would have been nice if he'd mentioned who "we" were and given us a link to the studies themselves. Because multiple studies which conclusively prove that the vaccines cause COVID would be a cause for concern if it were real in any way. He says multiple times that people have died because of the protein spikes floating around in the bloodstream...but he doesn't give any names and doesn't claim to have done any pathological exam of anyone who has died in such a way. He shows pictures of a heart which supposedly has inflammation after the person got the vaccine. But we don't get any "before and after" pictures of the same person to see if the person already had an inflamed heart before getting the vaccine or whether the heart was normal until getting the vaccine. He's also not telling us how many vaccinated people he had to look through before finding one with an inflamed heart (or lung, or whatever). He's also not being clear in admitting that most doctors can look at people who are old, overweight, or have other visible problems and determine just by looking at them that they likely have something or other in their body that's inflamed. So is he finding his examples by randomly picking vaccinated people out of a hat and getting a wide cross-section of people or is he cherry-picking to find the people who most likely have a pre-existing inflammation. He cites a 200 fold increase in a particular heart disease in children which he claims in from them getting the vaccines but doesn't cite a source for his claim. He also doesn't tell us how many cases there were to start with because going from one case to three is dramatic statistically but not a dramatic increase otherwise, even if true. The 16% decrease in fertility in rats cited from the Pfizer study would be concerning if true. (It'd be more concerning if I didn't think the world was way over-populated but that's another matter. And randomly decreasing fertility without publicizing it to people would be ethically wrong regardless, IMO.) At about 8 minutes in, he claims that all the supposed inflammation is caused by micro-clotting...but that you can't see it on "x-ray or scan". He also says "if we look at this in the patients, we know it's micro-clotting (emphasis in the original)". It'd be interesting to find out where he gets this knowledge from looking at this in the patients since normal inflammation isn't caused through blood clots, the pictures he's shown aren't of clots, and the x-rays and scans don't show clots. I'd normally go through the rest of the video but I'm old and have been doing three doctor appointments and errands all day today and I'm wiped out. If anyone wants to make a request for me to go through the last five minutes of his speech and give my impressions of it, go ahead and ask. In any case, getting back to BitChute. The reason why the website which this video is posted to is relevant to the discussion is that shows up on BitChute rather than a credible website is that the information which is most often posted on BitChute is not credible. And if it were posted on YouTube, it'd be removed because it's a pack of hogswallop which is pretending to be credible information from a doctor who is in the business of trying to sell horse de-wormer, cactus, shoes, and backpacks. Not everything which is posted on BitChute is automatically nonsense. But there's often a reason it shows up there rather than websites which at least try to have some kind of very minimal standards. And the organization which chooses to post a video is often relevant as well. A wiccan-named organization which admits it is into conspiracy theories, UFO's and alternate spirituality...they're probably trying to find information which promotes their point of view rather than be an unbiased source of the news of the day.
    5 points
  17. 5 points
  18. Pariah

    Take your pick

    By "aliens" do you mean the Goa'uld, or green-skinned alien space babes? (Asking for Cancer....)
    4 points
  19. 4 points
  20. Cygnia

    Halloween 2021

    Spoilered for a naughty word
    4 points
  21. It was an oversight on my part that Aid was supposed to be excluded from Increased Maximum Effect. So yes, it's (accidentally) allowed in CC as written.
    4 points
  22. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    4 points
  23. I am going to spoiler this (I think; I've never tried that before) because it's a subject that-- I have no clue. Honestly, to me, the two subjects combined here are not social problems; they are not a political problems-- they are only "problems" because people being too hung up on what other people "should be," and too unwilling to say "I don't care who does this; it's a crime, and should be prosecuted" simply because of who is doing it. At any rate, if you are one of those people who can see humor when it exists, enjoy. If you aren't: it's spoilered. You don't have to uncover it, and no one else is going to make you do it.
    4 points
  24. Tjack

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

    I am such a Star Trek geek that I know why that’s not true. Have pity on me.
    4 points
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