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  • Birthday 10/12/1976

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    I'm an urban hermit, a hiker, a rationalist, a skeptic, a freethinker, an empiricist, a materialist, a naturalist, a scientist, a bibliophile, an INTJ, a white hat hacker, a secular humanist, a teetotaler, a social-liberal civil-libertarian monarchist, a furry fan, a playtester, a licensed amateur radio operator, an ordained minister of the First Church of Atheism, a card-carrying pirate, the Star Lord, a Lord of the Rose, and a proud member of the Bayesian Conspiracy.

    I try to operate by Crocker's Rules.
  1. Re: WWYCD (kind of): Advice Time for Scarlet! Mike the Demoness: "You're asking /me/? Are you sure that's a good idea, what with the horns, goat legs, fire, and so on? Well, it's your choice, I guess. I could say a few things about what happens when your goal is getting something big to burn forever in the night, but you can probably guess what they'd be. My advice to you - figure out what your long-term life-goals are, and if going public will help you reach them, go for it. If it won't, don't." Rubber Mousie: "The fact that I'm made of a living rubbery goo makes the whole 'secret identity' thing fairly academic for me. But tell you what - before you make up your mind, why don't you go online, and look up the statistics on how often police officers, who don't have secret IDs, get killed or hurt while they're off-duty, or have their families hurt?"
  2. Re: WWYCD: Mindset Mike the Demoness is a secular humanist, with rationalist, neo-objectivist, and libertarian leanings. (And some of her Hunteds-of-the-week think the fact that a demon espouses atheism is proof that it's really devil-worshipping in disguise... and break out the holy-water pistols... but I digress...) "My goal is to preserve and promote human, and other sentient, life, starting with my own but including everyone else's as a close second. To do that, I want to live in a country where the rule of law is enforced, as long as those laws are designed to protect the individual rights and fundamental freedoms. Where those laws fail in that task, I'll violate them if I feel I need to in order to preserve lives, and then deal with whatever the local justice system has to say about that." "If a government is unable to protect its citizens, then it falls on us, the citizens, to protect ourselves, in the name of self-defense. If somebody is pointing a gun at you and threatens to shoot you, then it's within your rights to use lethal force to save your own life at the expense of his. By initiating force against you, he has demonstrated that he does not wish to live by the rules of civilized society, and thus does not deserve the protections such a society offers to those who /do/ follow its rules. If you prefer to use other methods to save lives, such as altering an attacker's mind so that they no longer pose a threat - or, even better, so that they start living by the law of the land - that's on the same moral ground." "Just don't let me catch you violating any minds without permission, outside of the necessity of self-defense or the common defense of others, or else you might feel a touch of the flames of your afterlife a bit early, yourself..."
  3. Re: More comfortable in fire than out Hm... In that case, it would probably be simplest to ignore the actual game-stats involved in the home town's fires burning unless/until it comes into play (after all, according to Dante, at least some parts of Hell have already started to freeze over, so it's not /all/ smoke and brimstone), and simply deal with how the character interacts with the ordinary game-world's flames. (Hm... now I'm wondering if it would be worth trying to build "Extra-Dimensional Movement, requires someone in the target dimension to perform a summoning ritual for future reference...)
  4. Re: More comfortable in fire than out It's kind of a DC's "Vertigo" style of thing. Dealing with where souls go in a game is always something of a touchy subject, of course, but one way to describe this bit would be "the afterlife coming to call early". If the mortal is, at present, truly destined for a pleasant afterlife, do not pass purgatory, then there's nothing in them for these hell-flames to actually catch hold of and burn. (The flames may have certain side-effects, such as incinerating their clothes or setting a forest ablaze, but the mortal wouldn't actually be damaged by the hell-flames themselves.) If these devil-worshipers' worshiped devil has promised (and is able to fulfill that promise) of sending them to an afterlife of debauchery instead of torment, and the worshipers are fulfilling their end of the compact, then I expect they'd be as immune as any saint.
  5. Re: More comfortable in fire than out Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to propose the Desolid version, and ask for GM's permission to skip having to buy 'affects solid' for everything else. (Now, all I have to do is figure out if "Does not affect true innocents or people possessing True Faith in their religion" is worth more than a -0 Limit on his Fire EC... or if there's a decent Limitation to describe 'His fire-based Damage shield occasionally accidentally activates when his emotions run high'...)
  6. Should you ever split up an Elemental Control? For example, I'm working on a telepath PC with two low-cost powers and two higher-cost ones; at what point would it be better to keep them in a single EC or split the EC so that the low-cost powers get a low-point EC, and the high-cost powers get a higher-point EC (and thus a higher point savings)? And - assuming that splitting up the EC frees more points... would you, as a GM, let a player get away with such a construction?
  7. How often do you play out everyday situations, the sort that tend to be featured more often in sitcoms and soaps than in comics, with your Super-Powered characters? "I don't know if I /can/ get my ears pierced, with my medical nanites doing their best to heal me all the time..." "Yes, my music collection is a huge stack of vinyl records instead of an iPod I can fit in my pocket. You see, most digital compression techniques remove sounds that the human ear can't hear - but with my ultrasonic hearing..." "I only sleep eight hours a week - which gives me 48 extra hours to... uh... um... hey, pass the TV remote, wouldja?" "Bars are a lot less interesting when you have Immunity to Poisons, including alcohol." "Yes dear, I know you don't have any lipstick on your collar - but you seem to have forgotten that I have Discriminatory Smell..."
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