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  1. A bit of an update. I've been reading through many of the OSR PDF's I have downloaded and am in the process of deleting a lot what I doubt I have no attention would ever use, and looking over my DriveThru records reveals that a good deal of the DnD retro-clones have been downloaded through proper channels leaving just a handful of that I should actually purchase. Fortunately, most of those are cheap if bought as PDF's. I still need to go through many of the non-DnD related stuff to see what I would be interested in. Of the one's I have obtained by unquestionable means include Swords & Wizardry, Basic Fantasy, Old School Essentials, OSRIC, and For Gold & Glory. Of the one's I would like to invest in are Labyrinth Lords, Castles & Crusades, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcery, and B/X Essentials. All of these encourage me to creativity and offer a good cross section of rule choices in which to set campaigns. Related to these, I would like to add Dungeon Crawl Classics. I have only done a cursory look at the non-DnD stuff I have downloaded, but I have read through Aftermath! by FGU, and it looks like system that looks fun to play and run and inspires some creativity on my part; although since the copy I have downloaded is just a scan of the original box set, it would be a pain to actually run it. I noticed that it is available on DriveThru. If it is reformatted for PDF use, it might be a good investment to purchase. If not, I would hope that someone with some game creation since would take it over to re-write it and re-release it. There's also the old WEG Star Wars and TSR Marvel Super Heroes games. Both are readily available and all of the IP owners seem okay with free distribution of those products. There are a number of systems that I am interested in for their historical value but am unsure if I would want to run. Rolemaster/Starmaster is top of the list in that regards. Also, there are some systems that I did own at one point but have gotten rid of during one of those phases where I swear I am done with roleplaying and never want to return to it. (I've since learned to just put my books in the closet when that mood comes upon me.) I did buy a PDF of 4th edition Pendragon and would like to re-purchase 1st edition Warhammer.
  2. I'm trying to compare to a product that I haven't done anything with in almost 25 years; so, my ability to an exact comparison is limited, but FGG looks enough like ADD2 that it would be easier to describe the differences. First it includes the weapon proficiency options offered in the Fighter's Handbook, and it rewrote the paladin description so that he isn't too much of a goody two shoes for most adventuring parties.
  3. I got a PDF of For Gold & Glory that was offered for during the height of the lockdown. It's based on ADnD 2nd edition with some options that I really like. My first genuine introduction to roleplaying playing 2nd ed., and in spite of many complaints, second edition is still my favorite. It makes me want to run and play a game based on 2nd ed. again. I might even have to order the hard back version of the game; so, I can give them some monetary support to create more products.
  4. I've invested in the system and am interested in giving a try, but I have too many irons of the fire at the moment to do much work with it. I am also in the process of supporting a Facebook page and Discord channel for the discussion of RPG's with an emphasis on super heroes and science fiction. I do long hours at work, and I haven't done much to grow my brand, but if you want to lead a discussion on ICONS, I'd be willing to give you an invite.
  5. I'm currently trying to put together a game using all three core rules at once. It required a little bit of home brewing, but it wasn't tough. As far as getting them out of the DnD mindset, maybe, you can offer some kind of bonus reward when they play more heroically and let the players know ahead of time that being brave will bring on quicker advancement, but you would also have to maintain trust by not taking advantage of their bravery overly much. You get what you reward, as they say.
  6. Recently, I developed a yen for old school revival gaming systems and have downloaded several PDF's for perusal purposes, but if I were to play them seriously, I would feel ethically inclined to make sure I owned a legal copy. A lot of what I have downloaded, I know is legal. Some I know, I should buy a legitimate copy, but there are some that are in a gray zone. They are scans of old books that are out of print, and in some cases, the original publishers are out business. The question is, how can I check whether a download is free and clear or would require some action on my part to make right?
  7. I don't know if this has been mentioned, but villains based on hip culture seems to be popular in teen based hero groups. I'm not too up on modern teen hip culture, but how about Social Medium, a magic using villain who uses social media platforms to control the minds of victims.
  8. One of the biggest drivers in medical costs in our country is an unfriendly regulatory environment that causes doctors and hospitals to spend way to much time, energy, and money jumping through bureaucratic hoops. I have worked in the hospital environment before, and I am currently trying to get back in. Most of the actual effects of our regulations is turning the medical profession into a fear based environment where a lot of resources go into self-protective choices. Reforming the bureaucracy associated with the medical profession to the minimum necessary would go a long ways toward improving services and reducing costs. Another driver in medical costs is the availability of insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. All of these options increase costs to medical providers by increasing the amount of paper work that is needed to do medicine. In addition, they also function as invisible moneys that have a real affect on the supply and demand curves even though they are effectively fake money. This pushes the value of medical services to the point that they cannot be obtained without outside resources like insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. You want to decrease the cost of medical services you have to decrease the effects of invisible money.
  9. I have connections who have been to Cuba and who are from Cuba; so, I have a lot of first hand accounts of what life on the inside is like. Cubans who live and work in the tourist friendly areas have it pretty good, but Cubans who live in areas outside of the tourist zones not so much. They struggle for basic survival, they live in constant fear of the secret police, and they lack even the most basic of human rights.
  10. Anyone who thinks that Castro wasn't that bad or that Cuba is a great country, should spend more time hanging out with Cubans. I know a few. They tend to be great people, but they also live unnecessarily hard lives as a result of the Cuban regime. They often live without the rights and necessities that even our poorest people take for granted.
  11. Bloomberg's ads were invasive and annoying and probably did him more harm than good.
  12. Regardless of whether or not we are talking about the Republicans or the Democrats, there is a divide between party leadership and the rank and file party members. Trump's initial advantage was his appeal to the disaffected party members within the Republican Party, Independents, and even some Democrats, and by doing so, he managed to beat both the Democrats and the Republicans leaderships. Bernie speaks well to the disaffected within the Democrat Party and the party leadership feel their positions threatened. That being said, I think the Democrat's best option to win disaffected voters away from Trump was actually Tulsi Gabbard, but she spoke the party line even less than does Bernie; so, she was attacked grievously by both the party leadership and the MSM.
  13. I totally forgot the Ray Harryhausen movies. I also remember having a grade school teacher read the Chronicles of Narnia and Pilgrim's Progress during story time. Obviously, this was before those with certain political and philosophical views started raising a ruckus about such readings.
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