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    wcw43921 reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Looking at films of some recent presidents trying to comfort victims one-on-one, it certainly looks like the victims welcome the human compassion. It (usually) seems to move the politician, as well.
     
    While public relations is definitely a big part of why politicians do that, I believe it does tend to foster a stronger sense of emotional support from leader to public. That's not a bad thing when folks are suffering.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Bazza in Jokes   
    Checked in at the airport and got bumped up to business class. Didn't teach anything about business.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from tkdguy in Futuristic Sports & Entertainment   
    I'm not so sure that future sports need equal death sports.  There's too much money to be made in keeping a superstar athlete alive and healthy--the longer the career he (or she) has, the more championships the team wins, and the more memorabilia gets sold.  Money money money, everybody's happy.
     
    Of course, there's always the possibility of destructive sports with machines--drone dogfighting and robot fighting events, a la Battlebots and the movie Real Steel.  Which brings to mind The Simpsons episode where Homer becomes a fighting robot--
     
    ANNOUNCER #1: "Do robots feel pain?"
     
    ANNOUNCER #2: "If so, then we are terrible, terrible people!"
     
    Hope that helps.
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    wcw43921 reacted to phoenix240 in Supers Image game   
    He can change to three different forms: man, wolf, and wolf-man. His mass is constant, so he’s a very large wolf. Not freakishly so, but still large. He heals quickly, is not affected my moonlight, and wounds from silver heal much more slowly than normal, though all injuries will heal without scar. As a wolf, his thoughts are much more instinct-driven, but his sense of hearing and smell are vastly sharper, and he’s a much faster runner. The wolf-man is about halfway between in both abstract reasoning and sensory acuity, and speech is a bit more difficult; he mostly uses it for intimidation. He can change just a part of himself, but it’s very difficult, requiring a great deal of concentration. Also, he can cast a few minor spells, mostly wards, especially against scrying so his apartment and office are very secure places as far as eavesdropping and extradimensional intrusions go.  
     
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    wcw43921 reacted to Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    2018: Where did this wall come from, and what is 'Amontillado', anyway?
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Hermit in You get to have ONE RPG made...   
    Futurama The RPG
     
    Welcome To The World Of Tomorrow!  I envision a template system like the original Star Wars RPG, with a large assortment of possible characters, such as Starship Captain. Starship Crew, Old Scientist, Young Scientist, Grad Student, Janitor, Bureaucrat, Space Soldier--and of course, Delivery Boy.  The catch is that instead of the players choosing a template, they roll on a table for one.  (Skills and talents can be customized according to the players' whims, however.)  For many of the characters, adventuring in space would be their weekend gig, as they try to seek a life beyond "Ya Gotta Do What Ya Gotta Do." 
     
    Then there's all the other good stuff--spaceships, ray guns, rocket packs, hovercars, alien worlds, alien life forms, adventuring in four, five, and even two dimensions. (And Zoidberg.  Can't forget Zoidberg.)  And of course, the robots.  You could have a supplement for the game devoted to robots alone, as player characters, helpers, and adversaries.
     
    Sounds like fun to me.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Pattern Ghost in You get to have ONE RPG made...   
    Futurama The RPG
     
    Welcome To The World Of Tomorrow!  I envision a template system like the original Star Wars RPG, with a large assortment of possible characters, such as Starship Captain. Starship Crew, Old Scientist, Young Scientist, Grad Student, Janitor, Bureaucrat, Space Soldier--and of course, Delivery Boy.  The catch is that instead of the players choosing a template, they roll on a table for one.  (Skills and talents can be customized according to the players' whims, however.)  For many of the characters, adventuring in space would be their weekend gig, as they try to seek a life beyond "Ya Gotta Do What Ya Gotta Do." 
     
    Then there's all the other good stuff--spaceships, ray guns, rocket packs, hovercars, alien worlds, alien life forms, adventuring in four, five, and even two dimensions. (And Zoidberg.  Can't forget Zoidberg.)  And of course, the robots.  You could have a supplement for the game devoted to robots alone, as player characters, helpers, and adversaries.
     
    Sounds like fun to me.
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from mrinku in You get to have ONE RPG made...   
    Futurama The RPG
     
    Welcome To The World Of Tomorrow!  I envision a template system like the original Star Wars RPG, with a large assortment of possible characters, such as Starship Captain. Starship Crew, Old Scientist, Young Scientist, Grad Student, Janitor, Bureaucrat, Space Soldier--and of course, Delivery Boy.  The catch is that instead of the players choosing a template, they roll on a table for one.  (Skills and talents can be customized according to the players' whims, however.)  For many of the characters, adventuring in space would be their weekend gig, as they try to seek a life beyond "Ya Gotta Do What Ya Gotta Do." 
     
    Then there's all the other good stuff--spaceships, ray guns, rocket packs, hovercars, alien worlds, alien life forms, adventuring in four, five, and even two dimensions. (And Zoidberg.  Can't forget Zoidberg.)  And of course, the robots.  You could have a supplement for the game devoted to robots alone, as player characters, helpers, and adversaries.
     
    Sounds like fun to me.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Sociotard in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
    One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, Three for a Letter, Four for a Boy.
     
    Looks like good omens to me.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Tech priest support in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    OK let's make this simple enough for more people to understand.
     
    You're black and you have to go to court. How do you feel when you see a statue of someone who fougt for you to be a slave, property, with no legal protection or human rights, out in front of that court, or your local city hall, or your state capitol?
     
    Get it now?
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    wcw43921 reacted to Michael Hopcroft in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I actually unsubscribed from the newsletter of wargame publisher Avalanche Press today when it features, for the second week in a row,, prominently displayed images of the Lee statue on Charlottesville that someone literally died over. They were clearly making a statement, that they wanted it to stay up and that as far as they could tell "wargamer" automatically equals "conservative". The most dedicated wargamer I know, who specializes in the American Civil War, is an African-American liberal and one of the most generous people I have ever met in my life. The stereotype rings false.
     
    I told Avalanche in no uncertain terms how they had lost my business. Wargamer and Conservative do not imply one another in the least.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Cygnia in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
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    wcw43921 reacted to death tribble in Supers Image game   
    She is called the White Widow.  She is rumoured to turn into a giant spider but no-one can recall ever seeing this happen. The four extra limbs seem to have little or no use but there is this certain something that people just can't put their minds to. When she dances they move but they don't seem to have any other purpose. The dances have a hypnotic effect on people. It is also during these dances that she seems to be invulnerable as she was peppered with machine gun fire to no noticeable effect. She works with others who have a hedonistic bent but is not seen to have any contact with any out and out criminals. Thus her status in the superpowered community is ambiguous. 
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    wcw43921 reacted to Cygnia in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
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    wcw43921 reacted to Michael Hopcroft in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    In the NFL Preseason, the controversy over not standing at attention during the National Anthem as a form of protest has intensified after recent events. I'll leave it to someone else to fill in all the details.
     
    My thought on the subject is probably going to be rather controversial, which is that the anthem is not an essential part of sporting events. I don't go to a Timbers match to show I love my country. I go to a Timbers match (when I can get tickets, which are never easy to come by) because I love soccer. Although I get goosebumps at the start of every season when the Timbers Army sings the anthem, for me that is not the most essential part of the experience. More significantly, I do not understand how outward shows of patriotism in which everyone is expected to join really shows off anything.
     
    Love of country is like love of God. It is an internal process. If you believe your outright show of religious fervor is going to win you points with God, you're missing the point. Patriotism is the same. I do not have to prove to anyone that I love my country, and more significantly that I love its people. When you make a massive effort to "show" your Patriotism, yet your behavior does not match the values it represents, then what good is your exhibit? Who do you think you're going to impress?
     
    That's why I approve of the NFL players taking a knee if that is what they see fit to do. They seem to me no less patriotic, but they also don't believe it's either one-way or unconditional. If the people in charge of the event tells me the flag represents something it does not, and that something is in defiance of my own core values, I would be strongly tempted to sit down.
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    wcw43921 reacted to mattingly in Foods for those that just don't care anymore   
    Give your fish frequent pep talks and generous praise. Encourage it to actualize. After all, the difference between fish and super-fish is superficial.
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    wcw43921 reacted to GM Joe in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Bannon's out:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-decides-to-get-rid-of-white-house-chief-strategist-stephen-bannon/2017/08/18/98cd5c40-8430-11e7-902a-2a9f2d808496_story.html?deferJs=true&outputType=default-article&utm_term=.cb39f9c231d3
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    wcw43921 reacted to Simon in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Easy comparison here as a way to show that there is no equivalence between the two sides (and why attempting to draw one is offensive in the extreme):

    ISIS shares a large amount of similarity with Neo-Nazis.  Both claim to religious justification for hate and terrorist actions. Both seek the elimination or subjugation of entire races and/or religions. The main difference between the two is the color of the skin of their members.  Neo-Nazis are credited with more terrorist attacks on American soil than ISIS and are more of a concern for DHS and the FBI.
     
    Now...picture an ISIS march in NC.  ISIS members and supporters marching armed and calling for jihad on all non-Muslims.  Feel free to add some ISIS sympathizers (but not active ISIS members) in with the group.  They're not armed and they're not really into the whole jihad thing, but they think that ISIS makes some good points and want to show their support by marching with them.  Continue the formation of this picture by having an active terror attack take place during this rally -- an ISIS member drives a car into a group of counter protesters.
     
    If you think there is any "equivalence" to be drawn here (the counter protesters were armed/the counter protesters were angry/ the counter protesters were yelling at the ISIS marchers), you're no better than the ISIS sympathizers.  And we lock them up.
     
    Why is it different for neo-Nazis? 
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    wcw43921 reacted to Tech priest support in And now, for your daily dose of cute...   
    Prepare to die from cute overdose.

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    wcw43921 reacted to Nolgroth in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to peaceably assemble. The fact that these scum-sucking, pieces of worm- ridden excrement showed up armed shows intent and malice aforethought to make mischief. I don't hold the counter-protestors completely innocent, but the white supremacist bastards were looking to do harm, not stage a peaceful protest.
     
    Speaking as one of those evil Right-wingers, those monsters wearing human form do not represent anything I believe in.
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    wcw43921 reacted to megaplayboy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    My updated understanding of Antifa is that the group has something of an internal rift philosopically.  Some want to focus on protecting counterprotesters against violence, and only using force defensively--several black pastors credited the group with protecting them from violence in Charlottesville.  Some want to aggressively engage fascists and white supremacists in hand to hand combat.  
    The group apparently originated in Germany in the late 1980s, as a movement to fight the resurgent neo-Nazism that followed reunification.  
    The underlying philosophy, AIUI, is that fascism is such a uniquely dangerous threat to democracy that it should be aggressively challenged everywhere and denied even a foothold, including unfettered access to public forums.  Obviously a controversial position, but not an unprincipled one.  
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    wcw43921 reacted to Christopher in Supers Image game   
    "I was a artificer once. A mage specialising in magical artifacts, bound magic. As artificer items are more powerfull in the hands of a artificer, it does happen that we get called into battle. I had a nemesis once, the necromancer only know as "Kael". We fought many times. Finally I beat him, deep in his cave lair. And then, I died. Not even from the cave collapsing, just simple exhaustion and over-exertion from our battle. Turns out that theory that magic and your lifeforce might be connected might be a solid one.
     
    But that was not the end of me, as it should have been. Among the many items I carried, were a few partially finished ones. This little gem in my head was one of them: My Soulstone. As the name implies it saved my soul from going into the afterlife. If there is one. Before you ask: I do not know.
    Now because it was a bit experimental, it took me some time to regain consciousnes after death. By that time, my original body had already decomposed.
    Now pulling oneself together is never easy. But you would not believe how hard it is if the only material for a body you have is solid rock. It took me I do not know how long to modify enough rock to allow mobility, much less speech. So between being out and having to make myself a new body it was burried some time. Apparently enough that nobod even remembers my nation of origin, much less my nemesis Kael.
     
    Of course, being a Necromancer he is back as well and wreaking havoc once more. Apparently some "be able to move while your mortal enemy does" kind of spell. I am not quite sure, Ritual Necromancy is not exactly my area of expertise. So we are fighting again.
    And no, I am not going to die in hopes of that "defeating Kael once and for all". I do not trust a thing he says. And I would not bet a piece of lead against this being just a ruse in hopes I kill myself trying to defeat him. Again."
     
    Sirianne Thunderstrike was a Artificer mage in a previous age of magic.Then she died. And came back with a body of granite, animated by magic flowing from the soulstone in her "head". Now animating a magically modified stone body is not easy. However her extensive knowlege in the creation of magical items allowed her to streamline the process. The downside is, that she can pretty much not create any new items or use any other form of magic anymore. Also moving the body can exert her magic ability, so she does still tire. So she is stuck with what little survived the cavein.
     
    The Goldstaff of Janimakai is one of those items. It allows some basic magical effects, in particular blasts. And it acts as a very effective bludgeon.
    Being bereft of her choosen profession - tinkering while creating magical items - but being in a age of technology, she picked up another craft altogether: Mechanic.
    While the team vehicle she made seems to have a sliver of her magic and it and seems to perform slighly better with her at the helm, it is largely operating within the laws of non-magical, superhuman physics.
     
    She simply goes by the name of Craft nowadays.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Tech priest support in In other news...   
    It's fitting that this story be mentioned on a website with "Hero" in the title. In fact I couldn't resist.
     
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/us/veteran-beaten-death-trnd/index.html
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    wcw43921 got a reaction from Nolgroth in Futuristic Sports & Entertainment   
    I had an idea for the Star Wars universe called Blaster Masters--basically paintball/laser tag, but with stun blasters.  I saw it as a sort of introductory adventure where the players could learn the basics of the combat system by running through some non-lethal combats.  The idea could, of course, be adapted for any sci-fi game universe, and could even be played professionally, with tour circuits and sponsorships and all else.
     
    Hope that helps.
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    wcw43921 reacted to Tech priest support in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    If I had to deal with NK and my people were telling me the best Intel said there was a danger of that maniac actually launching a nuke, I think I would go for a massive conventional strike at all major government and military installations plus communication facilities.
     
    Also I would, as soon as I believed most of their anti air power was neutralized, use massive high altitude cargo planes to drop huge amounts of packaged basic food on the population centers of NK. those poor plops have been starving for decades, it's become a way of life to them. They may not understand that there are alternatives. They may not believe anything else is possible. Also they've been told the west is evil incarnate.
     
    Most of them have had no contact with the world outside NK. If we make the first contact they have with the world food literally dropping down from heaven onto them in packages labeled in Korean and claiming it to be aid from South Korea, it might create an unstoppable paradigm shift in the people's view. "Hey people! There are alternatives to lifelong hunger! The rest of the world does not hate you! You have been lied to, started and abused for decades! Have some bread already!"
     
    They say to win a war against tyranny you need to win the hearts and minds of the people. Maybe in NK we should start with the people's stomachs and let the rest come around.
     
    We won ww2 by sending bombs to the people of Germany and Japan. We won the cold war by sending food and aid to them. Let's see if that model still works.
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