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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Bazza in Heroic Values   
    The author The Dark Herald is correct in identifying the virtues prudence, temperance, justice, and courage as important. However, he misses the mark in that they are not just for heroes, but are for everyone. This is why they are referred to as the cardinal virtues; cardinal here means basic/fundamental. 
     
    For those looking for  more information: notable books on virtue ethics have been Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue, and Edith Hall's Aristotle's Way. Other notable virtue ethics scholars in the twentieth century were G. E. M. Anscome, Iris Murdoch (Booker Prize winning author) and Philippa Foot (inventor of the trolley problem). Since the late nineteenth century, many manuals/textbooks have been published on virtue ethics; some are online, and others are in print.  
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from Trencher in Heroic Values   
    Here the previous collumn on “Prudence”
     
    https://arkhavencomics.com/2020/12/30/the-superheroic-virtues-prudence/
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from Trencher in Heroic Values   
    I am finding these columns to be fascinating, and pretty on point about the traditional heroic values.  The latest one is on Justice, and the History of Zorro. 
    https://arkhavencomics.com/2021/01/22/the-superheroic-virtues-justice/
     
    The Governor is the head of the serpent.  Utterly corrupt, greedy, and grasping.  He is however very intelligent and (depending on the iteration) is a man who with the help of the Capitan deposed Diego’s father as Alcalde.  Physically the least imposing of Zorro’s enemies, he is in some ways more dangerous than the Capitan due to his intellect.  Diego loathes him as a tyrant but needs access to him in order to foil his schemes.  While Diego feels that Governor is a very evil man, he is again restrained from murdering him by his sense of justice.  In his deepest heart, Diego wants the governor to be tried and convicted by the law and not removed by the actions of one lone vigilante.  (Depending on the version of the story, the Governor was allowed to go into exile provided he put Don Alejandro back in his proper place as Alcalde.)
     
     
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from unclevlad in Heroic Values   
    I am finding these columns to be fascinating, and pretty on point about the traditional heroic values.  The latest one is on Justice, and the History of Zorro. 
    https://arkhavencomics.com/2021/01/22/the-superheroic-virtues-justice/
     
    The Governor is the head of the serpent.  Utterly corrupt, greedy, and grasping.  He is however very intelligent and (depending on the iteration) is a man who with the help of the Capitan deposed Diego’s father as Alcalde.  Physically the least imposing of Zorro’s enemies, he is in some ways more dangerous than the Capitan due to his intellect.  Diego loathes him as a tyrant but needs access to him in order to foil his schemes.  While Diego feels that Governor is a very evil man, he is again restrained from murdering him by his sense of justice.  In his deepest heart, Diego wants the governor to be tried and convicted by the law and not removed by the actions of one lone vigilante.  (Depending on the version of the story, the Governor was allowed to go into exile provided he put Don Alejandro back in his proper place as Alcalde.)
     
     
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from slikmar in Heroic Values   
    I am finding these columns to be fascinating, and pretty on point about the traditional heroic values.  The latest one is on Justice, and the History of Zorro. 
    https://arkhavencomics.com/2021/01/22/the-superheroic-virtues-justice/
     
    The Governor is the head of the serpent.  Utterly corrupt, greedy, and grasping.  He is however very intelligent and (depending on the iteration) is a man who with the help of the Capitan deposed Diego’s father as Alcalde.  Physically the least imposing of Zorro’s enemies, he is in some ways more dangerous than the Capitan due to his intellect.  Diego loathes him as a tyrant but needs access to him in order to foil his schemes.  While Diego feels that Governor is a very evil man, he is again restrained from murdering him by his sense of justice.  In his deepest heart, Diego wants the governor to be tried and convicted by the law and not removed by the actions of one lone vigilante.  (Depending on the version of the story, the Governor was allowed to go into exile provided he put Don Alejandro back in his proper place as Alcalde.)
     
     
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from Starlord in Heroic Values   
    I am finding these columns to be fascinating, and pretty on point about the traditional heroic values.  The latest one is on Justice, and the History of Zorro. 
    https://arkhavencomics.com/2021/01/22/the-superheroic-virtues-justice/
     
    The Governor is the head of the serpent.  Utterly corrupt, greedy, and grasping.  He is however very intelligent and (depending on the iteration) is a man who with the help of the Capitan deposed Diego’s father as Alcalde.  Physically the least imposing of Zorro’s enemies, he is in some ways more dangerous than the Capitan due to his intellect.  Diego loathes him as a tyrant but needs access to him in order to foil his schemes.  While Diego feels that Governor is a very evil man, he is again restrained from murdering him by his sense of justice.  In his deepest heart, Diego wants the governor to be tried and convicted by the law and not removed by the actions of one lone vigilante.  (Depending on the version of the story, the Governor was allowed to go into exile provided he put Don Alejandro back in his proper place as Alcalde.)
     
     
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from wcw43921 in Good general resources for modern firearms   
    Ha! My Friend Francis is a mod on that site, and many, if not most of the light box photos are by him. Several of the subjects are from my collection. It’s a good site, especially for movie and video game references.  
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to archer in Babylon deepening   
    Wasn't there a TV series about the 5th Babylon?
     
    I forget what it was called....
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Yeah inconsistency destroys drama and suspense.  What's going to happen next?  Who knows??  Can she get out of this?  Maybe, depending on how the writer decides to make things work this time.  There has to be a base level of consistency to control expectations and understanding of the character's limitations and the world they are in. 
     
    If Spider-Man can now fly in one scene because that's super cool, suddenly there's no danger of him falling.  Or maybe there will be, just because it would be cooler next time.  The audience has disconnected emotionally from the entire thing at this point.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Michael Hopcroft in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Boy, they must be hoping really hard the superhero bubble doesn't burst for the rest of the decade. Either that or they're convinced it can't burst and the current trends are forever.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Jhamin in Complexity of character write ups from 4th to 6th editions   
    Your arguments make sense for a PC that has to balance his points and keep within campaign limits.  Mechanon is an uber-villain who gets to ignore all that.
    Mechanon's got a zillion powers now and as an uber villain his point totals and active point limits and END totals are ridiculous anyway.
     
    Built in weapons multipower: 150 active points
    1) Pulson Beam Array: 15d6Blast variable advantage +1/2 (+1)
    2) Disintigrator Array: 5d6 RKA, variable advantage +1/2 (+1)
     
    This does leave him without his 22d6 main blast, but you could replace that with a 3rd slot if you wanted.  Otherwise, this gives him 90% of what he can do now with his main multipower and actually increases his flexibility while making his sheet a lot easier to read.
     
    I'm not arguing this is how he should have been written. I'm not sure Mechanon needs an affects desolid Pulson Beam or a Megascale Disintegrator beam.  I am arguing that at some point his three offensive multipowers with a bunch of slightly different slots crosses over from a lot of utility into "too much to keep track of".  I miss 4th edition Mechanon that could still take on a whole PC team but whose writup fit on half a page.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to eepjr24 in Creating or fixing roads   
    I ended up going with Transform. It's much easier to figure the math using area of effect, I didn't have to play with Opaque or Configurable (for rougher terrain), and I don't have to worry about people arguing whether they could turn it sideways and use it as defenses. There is another spell for that already. 😃
     
    I will likely design another one with Tunneling for use in creating tunnels, still have to figure some things as I don't want matter to be destroyed as part of the process.
     
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Tjack in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    If Disney thought it would make money, he would be.   Despite the happy, shiny, facade they have always been powerfully more about sales rather than character development.   As possibly they should be. They are a corporation not a charity after all.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to zslane in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Not all comic book tropes and practices are good ones worthy of imitation in other media. Just sayin'.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    I think a useful way to view this is to look at it from the reverse.

    Let's recast Wonder Woman as a guy!  Wonder Dude!  Its fresh and exciting!  That Steel guy is too black, we need to change things up and make him a white person!
     
    See how that seems and works?  Its cheap, lazy, and stupid.  Its even insulting.
     
     
    Its also comparing apples to lamp posts.  I was referring to the sales of individual titles, not overall sales for the entire company including digital and resales of old trades, etc.  
     
    Every industry analysis done indicates comics books are in dread state right now but do go on talking about how rosy things are for them.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    I think that Marvel does best when they take advantage of good writing and ideas rather than rewriting existing characters with a niche category.  It has to do with what your goal and ideas are: are we doing this because we think it will attract new readers by pandering, or because we have great ideas and great stories to tell? 
     
    Thor's sales had been down for a while because it was bad writing and often bad art for years.  A fresh character always attracts lots of readers, for a while, but without the great writing and ideas they always fade away.  Overall Marvel's sales on all their titles, even their best-selling ones, are so low they'd have been straight up canceled in the 90s.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Duke Bushido in Top Secret [TSR]   
    As a stand-alone one-thin-book complete game, too.
     
     
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Tjack in Does anyone use hidden die rolls?   
    There is also the evil GM reason for hidden die rolls. If your players start getting a little too complacent about things like sneaking into a villain base for example, nothing amps up a players real world paranoia like seeing their GM rolling dice and writing down numbers...
      A little adrenaline does wonders for keeping things moving and people focused.  Asking players to roll dice without telling them why does the job even better.  
      But keep these tactics on reserve for when it’s really needed for optimum effect.
        And yes I am a mean son of a mother.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Ninja-Bear in Does anyone use hidden die rolls?   
    Me too!
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from archer in City Entry Form   
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Sick Call   
    Message sent, I hope it is not too serious and he recovers fully soon.
     
    I remember him from wayyyy back in the old Email group and Red October days.
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to GhostDancer in Sick Call   
    Scott Ruggles, my first acquaintance with you and Scott Bennie is a bit like yours, given that my Secret Identity is Will "Suffice" Geiger.
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from GhostDancer in Sick Call   
    This is unfortunate. I met Scott before he turned pro, when we were in the same Fanzines. And in Carl Rigney’s sometimes PBM, sometimes live at convention games. After the endless volumes he wrote in that game, it was only natural that he would become a full time writer. 
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    Scott Ruggels reacted to GhostDancer in Sick Call   
    From: Sean Patrick Fannon
     
    For those among my friends and followers who know Scott Bennie - or who know his work - I have the difficult news that he has been hospitalized and undergone surgery. I do not know what his current condition is, but according to his sister, he is undergoing significant rehab. He has no access to a computer or the Internet and is very much cut off. As I understand it, you can send him an email address to the following address, using the following information to ensure a message is hand-delivered to him by the Volunteer Resource team. This will be the only way he knows friends and fans are thinking of him. youvegotmail.ARH@fraserhealth.ca Robert Scott Bennie Unit: Baker 3 Room 109
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    Scott Ruggels got a reaction from Duke Bushido in Hey "Forum" why so stingy with the Up-Votes?!?   
    This ain’t Reddit, so I only pass the upvotes out if I agree strongly, actually laugh, or a thank you for information. It’s alternate communication, not ass pats. 
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