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    sinanju reacted to massey in Best jobs for Secret IDs?   
    Yeah, but I think you're talking about two different things now.  In the game, a Secret ID won't be revealed to the public unless the player just absolutely blows it.  The purpose is to add another dimension of gameplay and give obstacles for the player to overcome.  Amazing Man isn't going to have his Secret ID busted by an IRS investigation or because somebody tested a hair follicle, because that would be a boring game.  That's not superheroey, so it won't happen.  But if we're talking about a "realistic" scenario where supers are hiding their identities, that's when you start wondering about how they file their taxes and which cell towers they're pinging.
    Cool stories (and fun games) have different considerations than a realistic deconstruction of the genre.
    Although, this discussion has given me an idea for a story/character.  What about some kind of "SecretIDs R Us" company that sets you up with good alibis, covers your tracks, and provides red herrings to investigators?  Nobody is going to investigate your Secret ID if they think they already know who you are.  I mean, of course Batman is secretly Mark Manchester, the Gotham PD detective who got fired for police brutality 10 years ago.  His wife got killed by the Joker, and he went on a rampage putting guys in the hospital trying to catch that clown.  He almost went to prison, but the DA declined to prosecute because of the circumstances with his wife.  Mark had a big fast car, knew some martial arts, and a bunch of SWAT gear went missing right before he got fired.  He still lives in Gotham, runs a gym, and disappears for days when Batman is away on Justice League missions.  Who else could it be?  I hear he's even got an under the table connection to a big company, like LexCorp, where he gets some of his really cool stuff.
    Imagine being a really low-tier superhuman who gets hired to be Superman's "real identity".  You're about the right height and build, and you kinda look like the Man of Steel.  You're a construction worker in Metropolis, and you sometimes "accidentally" bend a steel bar or step out into the street and get hit by a truck, surviving unscathed.  "Wow I really got lucky there" as you leave a palm print in the hood of the vehicle.  You run off during disasters and come back to work with really lame excuses.  You tell government agents that you're definitely absolutely not Superman, and then place a call from your definitely-tapped phone line to a secret number and tell the gravely-voiced Batman-sounding guy on the other end that you're running late to the League meeting.
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    sinanju got a reaction from pbemguy in Build a Shared Champions Campaign World Wiki?   
    Here's an idea: instead of a single, unified game world, maybe provide options?
    Characters, organizations, artifacts, adventure ideas--they all could be tagged to indicate what sort of background assumptions work for them.
    [Character A] exists in a world where superpowers only came into existence a few years ago.
    [Character B] exists in a world where Pulp Heroes first appeared in the early 20th century, but now costumed supers are common.
    [Character C] has lived for millennia, revered as a god in the ancient past, and now is part of a team of modern-day superheroes.
    [Organization X] was formed as a supernatural adjunct to the Third Reich and is still around today.
    [Organization Y] was formed in the 1990s in response to the sudden appearance of superhumans.
    GMs looking at the wiki could see which characters/organizations/etc would fit the background they want for THEIR campaign. And they'd be able to see quickly which ones would need some work to fit.
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    sinanju reacted to Spence in What complications would Supergirl have other than vulnerability to Kryptonite?   
    No one has mentioned "Gullibility" or "Blind to the most obvious threats".
    Thinking of what I have seen of the CW series of course
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    sinanju got a reaction from Steve in Best jobs for Secret IDs?   
    Self-employed writer selling books on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, etc. You can make your own hours, and if you're at all prolific, you can make a decent living (or even get rich) in relatively few hours per week, allowing you to spend more time crime-fighting. Also, even if your face is known to the public, if you keep your nom de plume secret, nobody will know that it's Iron Maiden writing all those pulp-style thrillers. (I have a PC, Iron Maiden, who is in fact doing just this.)
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    sinanju got a reaction from Pariah in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Really? I've been reading about outrageous abuses of "no knock" warrants (and the deaths of innocents as a result) for a very long time. Ditto the "asset forfeiture" scam that permits the authorities at the local, state, and federal levels to commit blatant robbery, which has also been going on for decades.
    Just goes to show: you learn something new every day. You--that "no knock" warrants even exist. Me--that despite how well known they seem to me, plenty of people still haven't heard of them.
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    sinanju reacted to Trencher in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    No they do enough research to say whatever they want to imply, or what mood they want to create or what spiel they want to throw at you sound plausible but they are not journalists because they dont care about truth they only care about the SEMBLANCE of truth a veneer that they can sell to people who like to sound smart. And then you add the comedy as an convenient absolution of responsibility and you have a social disaster. It brought Donald Trump into the white house and it created the idea that every American lives in an action movie and no matter what you do it is justifiable because you are the hero. 
    Communists have developed tactics for taking over academia using social pressure and exclusions to do so.
    Off course right wingers use the fact that there are communists in academia to discredit the idea of academia itself. Because they themselves are very often anti intellectual and want a society where knowledge is the purview of the rich and powerful and their chosen servants. 
    This does not hamper the communists though if anything it helps them as it makes academia feel hunted by "the outside" making the environment ripe for indoctrination into the cult.
    Which is what communism is.
    Freedom of speech yes.
    Have voice yes.
    Be listened to yes.
    Be able to vote yes.
    Be given the benefit of trust when they are speaking from the position of being a minority of some kind and they speak from their perspective yes.
    Be allowed to dominate the conversation completely by pretending to be knowledgeable while making everything a cynical joke, avoiding intellectual responsibility and cultivate a veneer of trustworthyness to make your half truths and outright lies easier to swallow? NO!
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    sinanju reacted to Trencher in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Half truths do have a kernel of truth. But by setting himself up as an authority in practice but not in a manner that makes him take any responsibility for what he is saying because he is "just a comedian" have a long term negative effect that cannot be ignored! Enough already! This guy can take his sanctimonious lying ass straight to hell for all I care!
    And you know who can join him? Those low brow but try to feign wisdom by saying the most obvious truisms guys who run the South Park show! Sure they are right about a lot of stuff just like this comedian but when everything is drenched in a cynical funny ha ha crap then you loose track of what is important, what is ideal and what is true and humane! To hell with them too! Even though I will admit they dont lie as much as that comedian dude. 
    As for my anti communist spiel its based on a historic precedent. 
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    sinanju reacted to Lord Liaden in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Another blow to theories of deterrence.   But if the only use for cameras is to hold police who use excessive force accountable, IMO that's still worth the expense.
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    sinanju reacted to ScottishFox in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    Spend a few hours on a channel like Active Self Protection and you'll quickly realize that violence often is over minutes before the police arrive.  The idea of sending a response team that then has to call for an armed response team "if" things turn violent is like sending team A out to die.
    Just spend a few hours watching martial arts fantasy and self-defense theory melt away in the face of hundreds of real life deadly or violent encounters.  Doesn't matter if its citizens or police.  You have split seconds to react.  Not minutes.
    If Team A has to call for back up they are in serious trouble or are already wounded/dead.
    Just - Thank you.  So much better than I would have said it.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Ockham's Spoon in The Fantasy Races Thread   
    I threw out my idea (for dealing with multiple fantasy races) on another thread. They're all the creation of some ancient civilization (elder gods, traditional gods, ultra-tech/magical mortal civilization, whatever), and effectively different breeds of humanoid. Humans are what you get when any of the other races don't carefully police their bloodlines, i.e., mutts. The elves (and dwarves and goblins and et cetera) have specific appearances (as opposed to humans, who can vary widely) because that appearance is *the definition* of an "elf" or "dwarf" or whatever (again, like breeds of dog). Vary from it by too much, and you're considered a "half-elf" (etc). Vary even farther, and you're just another mutt (i.e., human). Some cultures practice infanticide on those who don't meet the criteria, others will simply banish you, or just view you as definitely a second-class citizen or worse, and would never let you marry their daughters. In this world, humans are more numerous than the other races (they can breed like rabbits and nobody cares--other races have to police such things, so tend to be fewer in number), but also the least respected--albeit, to quote the News Monster from Futurama, "numerous and belligerant."
    This is *why* elves are graceful and beautiful (they were playthings). Dwarves were bred to labor in mines and other enclosed places. Halflings were intended as quiet,  unobtrusive servants). Giants, goblins, hobgoblins, orcs, and the like were bred as cannon fodder. More exotic forms ( minotaurs, for instance) were bred to be hunted for sport. 
    This rationale satisfies my desire to explain how and why so many different intelligent races co-exist.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Chris Goodwin in Why NOT use a multipower for magic?   
    Traditionally, wizards/mages/whatever have always been rare. If just anybody can learn magic and use it easily, that's certainly a viable campaign environment, but it doesn't fit historical model (where mages, real or imagined, were rare) or mythology or fiction. If that kind of Xanthian "Everybody has magic!" campaign is what you're after, go for it.
    But most campaigns are going to have relatively few mages. And as Chris said, if you're gating off magic to that extent, giving mages access to Multipowers isn't unreasonable.
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    sinanju reacted to Tjack in WW2 game: Fireteam '44   
    Now you need a hero with sonic powers...the Howling Commando!
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    sinanju reacted to ScottishFox in Coronavirus   
    Meanwhile in North Dallas we are clocking in at a devastating, way-of-life altering 2.2 deaths per 100,000.
    It will probably get worse before it's over, but I can't fault people who think this thing has been grossly overblown.
    We suffer a mortality rate about 100x higher than that by way of over-eating here.
    If I take the top ten things that kill Texans the last entry is 6x higher than Coronavirus.
    Add drug overdoses, suicide, firearms accidents and homicide the bottom of the 13 item list is still almost 3x higher than Coronavirus.
    South Dakota didn't even shut down and they're clocking in at 3.5 deaths per 100,000.
    It's not hard to understand why people in rural areas believe this was economic ruin in return for nothing at all.
    We'll find out over the next month or so now that we're opened up.
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    sinanju reacted to Badger in Coronavirus   
    I never disagreed on a macro level.  
    But, you didn't have to tell us you have no sympathy, people in rural areas already know.  hence, why self-sufficiency becomes a big thing.   More about survival.   As unlike the rosy picture you painted, there is rarely that larger community that rallies around you, when in need.
    I started to post more, but I realize banning is possible due to my feeling on the matter.  ANd I just don't care if you see the other side of things.
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    sinanju reacted to Tjack in Coronavirus   
    Mine wasn’t as awful as I’d heard. The prep was unpleasant but I just stocked up on TP,  baby wipes, magazines and a Tom Clancy novel. Those things are the size of a brick.
        The procedure itself was like being at a college party.  Somebody I didn’t know gave me a pill to swallow. I felt sleepy and while I was out cold I was violated and filmed.
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    sinanju reacted to Ragitsu in Coronavirus   
    I must say...I don't appreciate the insinuation that people who want more localized manufacturing are parochial xenophobes. While it is possible some people (especially during recent times) have adopted this desire because someone more powerful with nationalist agendas manipulated them into buying the hog (for the powerful one's benefit, natch), I've been hearing this discussion for decades now and from people across the political spectrum. Also, his last comment about government reveals an attitude which is endemic to the United States of America; it is one very much born out of living here for an extended period of time while in possession of an at least halfway decent brain. Personally? I would kill (okay, not actually) for a government closer to what Canada has, or Denmark has, or Australia has, or...
    V from V for Vendetta said "“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
    I prefer,
    "The most pointed is V's belief: "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." I am not sure V has it right; surely in the ideal state governments and their people should exist happily together. Fear in either direction must lead to violence." - Roger Ebert.
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    sinanju reacted to ScottishFox in Coronavirus   
    Population of America:  328 million - 67,913 deaths
    Population of Italy: 60 million - 29,079 deaths
    Population of Spain: 47 million -  25,264 deaths
    Population of France: 67 million - 24,900 deaths
    Population of UK: 66.6 million (satan!) - 28,808 deaths
    Population of Germany: 83 million - 6,866 deaths
    Population of the 5 European countries is still less than that of America (328 vs 323).
    Total Deaths in Europe is much higher (so far) at 114,917 vs. 67,913.
    Deaths per million population:
    America: 207.05
    Italy: 484.65
    Spain: 537.53
    France: 371.64
    Germany: 82.72  (What are they doing?)
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    sinanju reacted to massey in Coronavirus   
    Depends what your goal is.  I think the United States needs to make a strategic decision to bring key manufacturing centers back onto US soil.  It doesn't matter if they're 100% crewed by robots, it's becoming clear (to me anyway) that we need that stuff under our physical control.
    Employment is a secondary concern, but still important.  You'd create some amount of jobs here by moving factories back, even if it wasn't as many jobs as you'd have had back in the '50s.  As always, these issues are incredibly complex.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Grailknight in Alternatives to Capital Punishment/Life Imprisonment in a Superhero setting   
    My campaign (currently on hiatus while I run a Traveller game online) is one in which superpowers are new. It's been just over a year since the Wild Card virus imbued 7,000 residents of Hudson City, NJ with superpowers.
    It's been a chaotic year, to nobody's surprise. The current approach is placing captured superpowered bad guys into a single federal prison where the warden is a Wild Card. Her power is the ability to a) boost the stats of normal people to haman maximum for a period of several weeks, and b) to neutralize the powers of wild cards for an equal length of time. So she empowers the guards to Captain America-like levels (as well as a select number of federal agents) regularly, and keeps the prisoners' powers suppressed. This is, obviously, a stopgap solution as it depends entirely on her willingness and ability to continue in this position indefinitely. But it has given the authorities *some* option for holding otherwise unstoppable bad guys safely, reducing the likelihood that defeated bad guys will be summarily executed.
    This was not planned, by the way. I introduced the warden as a lieutenant of the first campaign season's Big Bad. Her power is invisible, so the first time the PCs tried to fight after running into her, they got a nasty surprise when they were reduced to their normal pre-Wild Card stats (and no powers). The Big Bad had "the gift of gab" and had persuaded her to work with him. Once she was freed of his influence, she turned state's evidence against him in return for immunity for her own behavior--and it occurred to the authorities (i.e., me the GM) that she could be very useful to them. So now she works for them.
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    sinanju reacted to Hermit in Sheep In Wolves Clothing (Campaign brain storming)   
    We posted at roughly the same time I think, but yes, at least half of the villains I plan to be 'on the record' just to make it a challenge.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Scott Ruggels in Shapeshift, Transform, and You   
    Except that it's not. I agree with Duke Bushido on this. Transform *actually* turns you into [whatever]. Multi-form *actually* turns you into [whatever]. Shapeshift only presents the ILLUSION that you have turned into someone or something else. And illusion that, unless you buy every sense group in existence, will always be seen thru eventually.
    Next time I want to play a shapeshifter, I'm going to use Transform vs Self.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Scott Ruggels in Shapeshift, Transform, and You   
    Duke Bushido is a man after my own heart. I love shapeshifting characters (like Mystique), but 6ED Shapeshift sucks for that. I transform into a Schwarzenegger-sized thug or a slinky asian female. If I want it to be convincing, it's gotta cover sight, hearing ,smell, taste, touch--and those are just the basic senses. If you to want to cover *everything*? It's ridiculous. And as DB points out, you never *really* turn into whatever it is, you just pretend to.
    There's gotta be a better way.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Sundog in What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...   
    Oh come on! It's not like it wasn't COMPLETELY OBVIOUS that he'd come back as a zombie after he got swarmed by them on that away mission. They never found his body, so you KNEW he wasn't really most sincerely dead.
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    sinanju got a reaction from Grailknight in What Fantasy/Sci-Fi book have you just finished? Please rate it...   
    Oh come on! It's not like it wasn't COMPLETELY OBVIOUS that he'd come back as a zombie after he got swarmed by them on that away mission. They never found his body, so you KNEW he wasn't really most sincerely dead.
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