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    Pariah got a reaction from Trencher in Do you use CBR?   
    What the Professor said.
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    Pariah got a reaction from L. Marcus in The Academics Thread   
    My six-year-old demonstrated the beginnings of an understanding of Algebra tonight. I asked him, "What is five Q plus five Q?"
     
    He just kind of looked at me funny, so I asked him again: "What is five Q plus five Q?"
     
    After a moment, he answered, "Ten Q."
     
    And I said, "You're welcome!"
     
    (True story.)
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    Pariah got a reaction from Old Man in The Academics Thread   
    My six-year-old demonstrated the beginnings of an understanding of Algebra tonight. I asked him, "What is five Q plus five Q?"
     
    He just kind of looked at me funny, so I asked him again: "What is five Q plus five Q?"
     
    After a moment, he answered, "Ten Q."
     
    And I said, "You're welcome!"
     
    (True story.)
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    Pariah reacted to Michael Hopcroft in Coronavirus   
    Which is the worst thing we can possibly do. Take it from someone who has a great deal of trouble finding hope: it's going to be difficult, but we have to try.
     
    I'm not going to say "or we let Covid win" because Covid has no consciousness. It's a virus, something that we know about. It will take a while before we get the vaccine, but in spite of the obstacles the greatest minds on the planet are working on that Grail. That in itself is cause for hope. Our way of life will change, but it has changed before. It wasn't that long ago that cigarettes were health necessities , people drank cocktails on their lunch hour, and corporate head offices and boardrooms came equipped with a wet bar. It wasn't that long ago we locked up as many mentally ill as we could find, not out of concern for their welfare but because we didn't want to have to see them anymore.
     
    Positive change is possible. I would like to think that some degree of positive change is inevitable. It never happens by itself, and sometimes it takes terrors and tragedies to make us take a hard look at them and think "This might be a good idea after all" or "Seriously? How long did we let this go on unchallenged?" And it does not come without cost -- a lot of people have died from this disease, and there will be many more before this has run its course -- we are only in the first wave. But there will be an end.
     
    There will be things we will miss, but also things we didn't know we would ever want.
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    Pariah reacted to pawsplay in So what do we want to talk about?   
    I don't automatically take Vulnerability, but if it makes sense, it's an easy go to. Particularly if I'm already squeezing my brain trying to come up with another Psych. If you look at Champions 3e characters, a lot of them have Vulnerabilities. You might think, well, if I take that, I'm going to end up paste. That's likely to happen anyway. If you're a flying blaster, it's all fun and games until you are Flashed and Entangled. Vulnerability can actually be an asset, because if you have a Vulnerability to fire, and the GM brings out a fire enemy, you know, "Okay, this one is gunning for me." 
    Someone mentioned Hunted as an easy option you can take instead. The inability to Presence Attack a Hunted, IMO, actually makes them potentially more dangerous. Presence is situational but can affect anybody. With a Hunted, there will be baddies you have no choice but to take head-on in some fashion.
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    Pariah reacted to nitrosyncretic in So what do we want to talk about?   
    I don't think there's any mathematical sweet spot and the group sets it's own standard by what it chooses. That said, these are close to what I see in my game -- but that might be the legacy of playing 4th ed. The only exception is that resistant defense is often zero and rarely more than 3.
     
    I know that focus is on building a character as envisioned. So beware spending too much thought on covering every basic action (eg offense, defense, ranged, movement).
     
     
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    Pariah reacted to Michael Hopcroft in So, your two statements... What are they/would they be?   
    Another idea to throw out is:
     
    1. Powers are flashy and exciting
    2. Super-fights in controlled conditions are a popular spectator sport that sometimes spills out into the main world
     
    Any major problems with these?
     
    I have about a week to settle on statements for my Roll20 game that my players are likely to agree to. I don't know if they would go for something like "60s Batman with real superpowers", but I know I would enjoy it. I have to find a statement set that I'm reasonable sure my players would want to play.
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    Pariah reacted to Tywyll in Examples of Conditional and Constrained   
    Thanks! This is really helpful.
     
    I wish they hadn't felt the need to change the name of some limitations (limited power has been around forever, why change it's name and make it more complicated?).
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    Pariah reacted to Michael Hopcroft in Implications of no free recovery   
    I would go further and simply say that END completely recovers between fights. I am assuming that after a fight anyone, including a superhero, takes some time to catch their breath, re-hydrate and/or eat when possible, and do whatever they normally do to get back up to speed physically.
     
    Think of it as the halftime break or post-game recovery of athletes who exert great energy during a match and at a certain point are send back to their locker rooms to rest, replenish their fluids (and some probably take the opportunity to take a bathroom break), and replenish their energy for the second half. After the game is over, they players get a chance to shower, change into street clothes, and so forth. Professional teams usually provide a post-game meal, because a player in a team sport expends a lot of energy. During a match, of course, players will take recoveries on the bench (or on the field in some sports) in most team sports quite frequently. And in their years playing the sport they will have learned how to manage their energy. Likewise, energy management is one of the first things an effective superhero learns. They may easily exhaust themselves in a fight but they are almost always ready for the next one.
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    Pariah reacted to nitrosyncretic in Implications of no free recovery   
    The author just confirmed to me that you don't have to keep track of endurance, recoveries, or segmented action outside of combat.
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    Pariah reacted to L. Marcus in The "Nice Happy" Thread   
    Last night, my bestie A. became a mom!
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    Pariah reacted to Cancer in Ruin A Band Name By Adding, Subtracting, or Changing One Letter   
    Yet more revisionism:
    Paul McCartney and Wangs
     
    In what may be wayyyyy too accurate these days ...
    Bob Seger and the Silver Mullet Band
     
    For people liking 1980s female vocalists ....
    Blandie
     
    Taking a letter away from Boston gave you Boson.  Introducing another geek band by doubling down the s in the middle,
    Poisson
     
    A change of genre, and she'd fit right in:
    Roberta Flak
     
    And it's more than one letter, but I am quite fond of
    Oreosmith
     
    Also a bit of a cheat:
    Billy Jor-el
     
    Bump the 't' one slot down the alphabet:
    Suyx
     
    Getting to the core of New Age music:
    Yawni
     
    Old-time country music ...
    ... well, turn the first letter in Buck Owens into an 'f'.
     
    Sting becomes Stink (or perhaps Stingy)
     
    Things most of us can figure out:
    Eric Crapton
    Nirdvana
    The Boobie Brothers
    Kansag
    ZZ Pop
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    Pariah got a reaction from Cancer in Ruin A Band Name By Adding, Subtracting, or Changing One Letter   
    REM Speedwagon
     
    Boson
     
    Musk
     
    Run-DMV
     
    Aerosmite 
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    Pariah got a reaction from Tom in Coronavirus   
    I think it's inevitable that we are going to lose some things as a result of all this. The key, I hope, is that will figure out the right things to lose. The things that don't work. The things that are unnecessary and really have no place in a modern civilization, save for cultural inertia.
     
    The fact is that things will never be the same after all this. But that can mean one of two things. It can mean things will be worse, or it can mean things will be better. I hope by the time we're done with all this, we will have figured out which is which and chosen accordingly.
     
    ( Now, without drifting too far into Political thread territory, that outcome is going to depend a lot on how we choose our leaders in the next election.)
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    Pariah got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    An example of what I'm talking about: Distance learning. That's been my life for the last 10 weeks. And I hate it. As I've mentioned elsewhere, it takes away the things I love most and leaves me with all the annoying stuff. That's how it affects me.
     
    However...it works really well for some of my students. There are some kids who just aren't built to start the day at 7:30 in the morning. (Like pretty much everybody in my first-period classes, it seems.) For those kids, if it works better for them to access the material at a different time, then that's probably what we should do for them.
     
    There are other kids, I've learned, who need the structure and just can't function very well in a completely asynchronous environment. For those kids, having class in a traditional classroom during the traditional school day is the better choice.
     
    Even with an increased commitment to educational technology, most public schools operate more or less the same way they did in the 1700s. The current crisis has forced us educators to reevaluate what public school should look like. It turns out we don't have to do things the way we've always done them.
     
    There's still a huge learning curve ahead of us, and educators are more susceptible than you might think to academic inertia. But we can do it differently, and we might just be able to do it better. If we can do it better, then that's something worth striving for. And I feel that is something good that could come out of this crisis.
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    Pariah got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    I think it's inevitable that we are going to lose some things as a result of all this. The key, I hope, is that will figure out the right things to lose. The things that don't work. The things that are unnecessary and really have no place in a modern civilization, save for cultural inertia.
     
    The fact is that things will never be the same after all this. But that can mean one of two things. It can mean things will be worse, or it can mean things will be better. I hope by the time we're done with all this, we will have figured out which is which and chosen accordingly.
     
    ( Now, without drifting too far into Political thread territory, that outcome is going to depend a lot on how we choose our leaders in the next election.)
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    Pariah reacted to Clonus in Coronavirus   
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    Pariah reacted to Ternaugh in What Are You Listening To Right Now?   
    A Kind of Magic by Queen. It's one of the albums that I tend to play loud.
     
     
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    Pariah got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Coronavirus   
    An example of what I'm talking about: Distance learning. That's been my life for the last 10 weeks. And I hate it. As I've mentioned elsewhere, it takes away the things I love most and leaves me with all the annoying stuff. That's how it affects me.
     
    However...it works really well for some of my students. There are some kids who just aren't built to start the day at 7:30 in the morning. (Like pretty much everybody in my first-period classes, it seems.) For those kids, if it works better for them to access the material at a different time, then that's probably what we should do for them.
     
    There are other kids, I've learned, who need the structure and just can't function very well in a completely asynchronous environment. For those kids, having class in a traditional classroom during the traditional school day is the better choice.
     
    Even with an increased commitment to educational technology, most public schools operate more or less the same way they did in the 1700s. The current crisis has forced us educators to reevaluate what public school should look like. It turns out we don't have to do things the way we've always done them.
     
    There's still a huge learning curve ahead of us, and educators are more susceptible than you might think to academic inertia. But we can do it differently, and we might just be able to do it better. If we can do it better, then that's something worth striving for. And I feel that is something good that could come out of this crisis.
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    Pariah got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Coronavirus   
    I think it's inevitable that we are going to lose some things as a result of all this. The key, I hope, is that will figure out the right things to lose. The things that don't work. The things that are unnecessary and really have no place in a modern civilization, save for cultural inertia.
     
    The fact is that things will never be the same after all this. But that can mean one of two things. It can mean things will be worse, or it can mean things will be better. I hope by the time we're done with all this, we will have figured out which is which and chosen accordingly.
     
    ( Now, without drifting too far into Political thread territory, that outcome is going to depend a lot on how we choose our leaders in the next election.)
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    Pariah got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Coronavirus   
    You're not wrong. 
     
    Having said that, Uncle Ted is a nutcase, IMHO. To quote the MCU, his mind is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him. He came to tour my workplace once, and he was polite and well-spoken, but clearly not digging in the same ditch with the rest of us.
     
    To some audiences, I suppose that's a feature rather than a bug.
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    Pariah got a reaction from TheNaga in What Are You Listening To Right Now?   
    They look like they escaped from a Robert Palmer video.
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    Pariah reacted to Michael Hopcroft in In other news...   
    Anything that poses a threat to honey bees is a problem. We don't need to add any more hazards for our leading rural pollinators.
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    Pariah got a reaction from aylwin13 in Favourite number between 1 & 20   
    The square root of 169.
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    Pariah reacted to Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    Treason against one's country reportedly lands one in the second round of Cocytus instead. I'd think that applies to leaders who deliberately push for reactions to a deadly plague that will result in much more death and suffering so they can gain material wealth or political power.
     

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