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    archer got a reaction from Black Rose in Martial Hero   
    So Chuck Norris became famous because he defeated some lightweight?
     
    I knew it!
     
    j/k
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    archer got a reaction from Tjack in Quote of the Week from my gaming group...   
    Player: "I roll to seduce to the door."
     
    DM: < rolls eyes at the player who wants to roll to seduce everything > "Fine, roll."
     
    < player rolls a natural 20 >
     
    DM: "It doesn't work."
     
    Player: "If it wasn't going to work, why let me roll in the first place? My dad says, "If you don't want the players to do it, don't let them roll for it."
     
    DM, slightly exasperated: "Okay, you would have seduced the door if it was conscious. But since it isn't, you just talk dirty to a f----ing door in front of your very concerned party."
     
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    archer got a reaction from massey in Martial Hero   
    So Chuck Norris became famous because he defeated some lightweight?
     
    I knew it!
     
    j/k
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    archer got a reaction from Duke Bushido in Quote of the Week from my gaming group...   
    Player: "I roll to seduce to the door."
     
    DM: < rolls eyes at the player who wants to roll to seduce everything > "Fine, roll."
     
    < player rolls a natural 20 >
     
    DM: "It doesn't work."
     
    Player: "If it wasn't going to work, why let me roll in the first place? My dad says, "If you don't want the players to do it, don't let them roll for it."
     
    DM, slightly exasperated: "Okay, you would have seduced the door if it was conscious. But since it isn't, you just talk dirty to a f----ing door in front of your very concerned party."
     
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    archer got a reaction from pinecone in Star Wars IX The Rise of Skywalker   
    Because The Force Awakens had been so excruciatingly bad, I wouldn't have gone to see The Last Jedi at all if my wife hadn't dragged me to the theater. And I say this as someone who will play the prequel movies as background noise rather than listening to music.
     
    I thought it was noteworthy that, after seeing The Last Jedi, my wife had no interest in dragging me to go see the Solo movie.
     
    I know that most people will watch any old crap if Disney puts a "Star Wars" label on it. Honestly, I would have thought I was desperate enough to see new Star Wars material that I'd put up with any garbage that a filmmaker put out there because they couldn't bury the Star Wars goodness under a deep enough layer of crap to make the movie a flat out bad experience. 
     
    But it turns out that Disney proved conclusively I was completely wrong about that.
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    archer got a reaction from Vanguard in Swords in science fiction -- why?   
    A kyber crystal is the name of the jewel which channels the energy in a lightsaber in Star Wars.
     
    Referring to a "khyber knife" in a science fiction setting conjures humorous images of people wielding ridiculously short kyber-powered lightsabers in a classic lightsaber duel. (Come to think of it, don't anyone give Disney ideas along those lines or we'll be seeing that in the next movie.)
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    archer got a reaction from Vanguard in Swords in science fiction -- why?   
    When I don't want gunpowder weapons, I change the physics of the universe so that no matter the ratios of charcoal, saltpeter, and sulfur that you try, there's never an explosive reaction.
     
    That takes a lot of the steam out of fantasy players who want to "invent" gunpowder and introduce modern weapons into inappropriate settings.
     
    I start by telling them as a GM that it isn't going to work. After that, if they want to pour all their money down a rathole looking for things which will create an explosive force, I'll let them spend as much money on it as they want and dig through endless piles of dung if that's what makes them happy.
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    archer got a reaction from Tjack in Institute for Human Advancement   
    As odd as it might sound, stuff like that would matter to some people.
     
    When I was a kid, back in the dimness of pre-history, my dad invited a client who was visiting from abroad to attend a church service.
     
    One of my brother's friends pulled me aside after the service and, upset, asked me why my dad had brought a black man to church.
     
    I explained to him that the man wasn't black, that he was from India and was an Indian.
     
    That explanation completely satisfied him, even though it didn't change the complexion of the visitor in the slightest. And to this day, I'm not sure why "black" would be less desirable to him on some level than "Indian".
     
    Now as to why a Hindu Indian would voluntarily choose to attend a Baptist church service in the south back in that era, I attribute to either complete ignorance or outstanding bravery.
     
     
     
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    archer got a reaction from Vanguard in In a game i don't like because a friend is running it   
    If you're getting nothing out of the experience except boredom and frustration, tell him and quit playing that game. Give him the full explanation that it's the system rather than the group.
     
    It's part of the GM's job to run a game that interests the players on some level. It isn't the responsibility of the players to hang in there, over the long term, even if they're bored to tears.
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    archer got a reaction from ScottishFox in The Advice Column   
    People are on their best behavior while dating you. If you don't like the way they handle money, present themselves, or treat you while you're dating, expect it to get worse rather than better once you make a long-term commitment to each other.
     
    Don't expect that you can fix them. People only change when they have a desire to change...you are never going to be in control of that for other people.
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    archer got a reaction from death tribble in Funny Pics II: The Revenge   
    https://sports.theonion.com/nike-recalls-sweat-wicking-shirts-that-pulled-gallons-o-1838185582
     
     
     

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    archer got a reaction from ScottishFox in Advantage costing   
    The short answer is "no".
     
    A slightly longer answer is "hell, no".
     
    For a more complete answer...
     
    As people have pointed out in this thread, there are point-efficient ways of building a power without resorting to using naked advantage.
     
    My experience with naked advantage is players trying to go over active point campaign limits by burying naked advantages somewhere on a handwritten character sheet like among the skills "He's so skilled with his energy blast that its armor piercing when he wants it to be" or "his energy blast doesn't cost END when he doesn't want it to (like every time he's low on END)" then hoping I okay the character without noticing.
     
    So I strongly prefer everything about a power to be written together in one spot on a character sheet so I can understand at a glance exactly how a character is supposed to work.
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    archer got a reaction from Sociotard in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    That hack's story from Feb 2019 points out that Ukraine at that time had already restarted the investigation.
     
    If you don't like the hack's story, here's one from May 2019 stating that the investigation had already been restarted at that point in time.
     
    https://112.international/article/biden-brought-his-people-in-ukraines-prosecutor-generals-office-to-cover-his-sons-business-shokin-39549.html
     
    Either of those news stories is long before Trump sent Guiliani to make first contact with Ukraine over the matter, much less before the Trump phone call.
     
     
    I'm saying, impeach Trump over enriching himself at the taxpayer's expense while in office. You can point to multiple incidents of Trump directing business to his companies while in office. That's illegal.
     
    In contrast, this Ukrainian phone call thing while useful for grabbing headlines and getting some Democrat officeholders off of the fence is going to get ripped apart like tissue paper if anyone cares to give a substantive defense.
     
    The investigation already being in progress for months before the threat of withholding money mitigates the claim that Trump was somehow forcing Ukraine to do something that it didn't want to do.
     
    Threatening to withhold money unless a foreign leader does what you want, even if you think you can find that in the transcript...that happens in Washington all the time. I just posted a video of Biden bragging that he'd threatened this same Ukrainian leader that he'd withhold money unless that Ukrainian leader fired a particular prosecutor (who just happened to be in charge of the investigation into a company where Hunter Biden sat on the board).
     
    Threatening to withhold money from a foreign country unless it does what we want has been the main way the US has motivated foreign cooperation since WWII.
     
    For the threat to be relevant in any manner in an accusation against Trump, you'd have to prove some underlying crime. Because threatening to withhold money unless a foreign country does what we want isn't itself a crime.
     
     
     
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    archer got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Would you please confine your spurious claims of someone being a nazi to the political thread where they belong.
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    archer got a reaction from Starlord in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    That hack's story from Feb 2019 points out that Ukraine at that time had already restarted the investigation.
     
    If you don't like the hack's story, here's one from May 2019 stating that the investigation had already been restarted at that point in time.
     
    https://112.international/article/biden-brought-his-people-in-ukraines-prosecutor-generals-office-to-cover-his-sons-business-shokin-39549.html
     
    Either of those news stories is long before Trump sent Guiliani to make first contact with Ukraine over the matter, much less before the Trump phone call.
     
     
    I'm saying, impeach Trump over enriching himself at the taxpayer's expense while in office. You can point to multiple incidents of Trump directing business to his companies while in office. That's illegal.
     
    In contrast, this Ukrainian phone call thing while useful for grabbing headlines and getting some Democrat officeholders off of the fence is going to get ripped apart like tissue paper if anyone cares to give a substantive defense.
     
    The investigation already being in progress for months before the threat of withholding money mitigates the claim that Trump was somehow forcing Ukraine to do something that it didn't want to do.
     
    Threatening to withhold money unless a foreign leader does what you want, even if you think you can find that in the transcript...that happens in Washington all the time. I just posted a video of Biden bragging that he'd threatened this same Ukrainian leader that he'd withhold money unless that Ukrainian leader fired a particular prosecutor (who just happened to be in charge of the investigation into a company where Hunter Biden sat on the board).
     
    Threatening to withhold money from a foreign country unless it does what we want has been the main way the US has motivated foreign cooperation since WWII.
     
    For the threat to be relevant in any manner in an accusation against Trump, you'd have to prove some underlying crime. Because threatening to withhold money unless a foreign country does what we want isn't itself a crime.
     
     
     
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    archer got a reaction from Hugh Neilson in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Would you please confine your spurious claims of someone being a nazi to the political thread where they belong.
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    archer got a reaction from ScottishFox in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    That hack's story from Feb 2019 points out that Ukraine at that time had already restarted the investigation.
     
    If you don't like the hack's story, here's one from May 2019 stating that the investigation had already been restarted at that point in time.
     
    https://112.international/article/biden-brought-his-people-in-ukraines-prosecutor-generals-office-to-cover-his-sons-business-shokin-39549.html
     
    Either of those news stories is long before Trump sent Guiliani to make first contact with Ukraine over the matter, much less before the Trump phone call.
     
     
    I'm saying, impeach Trump over enriching himself at the taxpayer's expense while in office. You can point to multiple incidents of Trump directing business to his companies while in office. That's illegal.
     
    In contrast, this Ukrainian phone call thing while useful for grabbing headlines and getting some Democrat officeholders off of the fence is going to get ripped apart like tissue paper if anyone cares to give a substantive defense.
     
    The investigation already being in progress for months before the threat of withholding money mitigates the claim that Trump was somehow forcing Ukraine to do something that it didn't want to do.
     
    Threatening to withhold money unless a foreign leader does what you want, even if you think you can find that in the transcript...that happens in Washington all the time. I just posted a video of Biden bragging that he'd threatened this same Ukrainian leader that he'd withhold money unless that Ukrainian leader fired a particular prosecutor (who just happened to be in charge of the investigation into a company where Hunter Biden sat on the board).
     
    Threatening to withhold money from a foreign country unless it does what we want has been the main way the US has motivated foreign cooperation since WWII.
     
    For the threat to be relevant in any manner in an accusation against Trump, you'd have to prove some underlying crime. Because threatening to withhold money unless a foreign country does what we want isn't itself a crime.
     
     
     
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    archer got a reaction from Bazza in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Would you please confine your spurious claims of someone being a nazi to the political thread where they belong.
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    archer got a reaction from tkdguy in Supers Image game   
    The big bruiser is The Skipper. He doesn't have a nautical theme but he has the annoying habit of calling people "lil buddy" so the Skipper tag just sort of stuck. He's a bit on the dim side mentally but his personality is bright, cheerful, and he's always ready for a fight. He's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, if you stay on his good side. Definitely a hero's hero. (The Skipper over the years has developed the secret desire to own a boat if he can find one which can bear his weight.)
     
    The purple guy is Freezo. His original freeze gauntlets used to have some feedback issues. A couple of times as a beginning hero when he was trying to introduce himself, he started off with a dramatic entrance and announcing, "I'm the Amazing Freez...ow!" as the gauntlet feedback nearly froze his own hands off. It was easier going with "Freezo" than trying to reintroduce himself to the public and, in comparison, at least "Freezo" is much better than "Freez-ow!"
     
    The lady is the Scarlet Ninja. Veronica is colorblind and a bit touchy so don't criticize her choice of costume.
     
    The codename of the short fellow in the front is Buzzcut. Spencer Graham is a former Marine and an ace tactician. He's the field leader of the group but he usually palms off the public relations aspects of the job onto one of the others. He's sort of like Captain America on steroids...lots and lots of steroids.
     
    Together, they are The Slammers!
     
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    archer got a reaction from Quackhell in Supers Image game   
    The big bruiser is The Skipper. He doesn't have a nautical theme but he has the annoying habit of calling people "lil buddy" so the Skipper tag just sort of stuck. He's a bit on the dim side mentally but his personality is bright, cheerful, and he's always ready for a fight. He's the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, if you stay on his good side. Definitely a hero's hero. (The Skipper over the years has developed the secret desire to own a boat if he can find one which can bear his weight.)
     
    The purple guy is Freezo. His original freeze gauntlets used to have some feedback issues. A couple of times as a beginning hero when he was trying to introduce himself, he started off with a dramatic entrance and announcing, "I'm the Amazing Freez...ow!" as the gauntlet feedback nearly froze his own hands off. It was easier going with "Freezo" than trying to reintroduce himself to the public and, in comparison, at least "Freezo" is much better than "Freez-ow!"
     
    The lady is the Scarlet Ninja. Veronica is colorblind and a bit touchy so don't criticize her choice of costume.
     
    The codename of the short fellow in the front is Buzzcut. Spencer Graham is a former Marine and an ace tactician. He's the field leader of the group but he usually palms off the public relations aspects of the job onto one of the others. He's sort of like Captain America on steroids...lots and lots of steroids.
     
    Together, they are The Slammers!
     
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    archer got a reaction from ScottishFox in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Here's as complete of an account of the Trump-Ukraine phone call as exists. Judge for yourself how much pressure was applied by Trump.
     
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Unclassified09.2019.pdf
     
    (A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation.· (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty "Officers and-NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place. A number of factors can affect 'the accuracy of the record, including poor telecommunications connections and variations in accent and/or interpretation.)
     
     
    In the transcript, Trump at one point mentions that VP Biden bragged about stopping the prosecution of Burisma. Here's the video of Biden at the a Council of Foreign Relations event where Biden did the bragging and a transcript of Biden's remarks.
     
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/09/27/flashback_2018_joe_biden_brags_at_cfr_meeting_about_withholding_aid_to_ukraine_to_force_firing_of_prosecutor.html
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    archer got a reaction from Quackhell in Supers Image game   
    Yeah, it was definitely the dinosaurs.
     
     
    Searching is definitely some esoteric art rather than a science.
     
    I can look up bizarre information in a couple of seconds which came in really handy when I was reporting and writing news copy. "Doctor successful brain transplant" will find me all the information I need on that topic in the amount of time it takes to type it out. It drives my wife nuts how fast I can find stuff. And how I can tell which of the results on a search page will give exactly the right information without having to click through them all, even when the descriptions don't give a good clue.
     
    But images are apparently sorted completely differently than information. Every time I try to find superheroes, I end up finding furries or nude pictures.
     
    Anyway...
     
    Duke, you win this round. Very awesome story and a unique, compelling take on the character. The story leaves us wondering whether Trump is the intended consequence of time travel, the unintended consequence of time travel, or one of the things in history which went wrong and should be corrected...a perfect story hook.
     
    Winning gives you the right to post the next picture for us to consider. If you choose not to post a picture, just let us know. Scott jumped the gun and posted a picture so he can have your turn if you don't want it.
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    archer got a reaction from Doc Democracy in Advantage costing   
    The short answer is "no".
     
    A slightly longer answer is "hell, no".
     
    For a more complete answer...
     
    As people have pointed out in this thread, there are point-efficient ways of building a power without resorting to using naked advantage.
     
    My experience with naked advantage is players trying to go over active point campaign limits by burying naked advantages somewhere on a handwritten character sheet like among the skills "He's so skilled with his energy blast that its armor piercing when he wants it to be" or "his energy blast doesn't cost END when he doesn't want it to (like every time he's low on END)" then hoping I okay the character without noticing.
     
    So I strongly prefer everything about a power to be written together in one spot on a character sheet so I can understand at a glance exactly how a character is supposed to work.
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    archer got a reaction from Armory in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    The thing that gets me about J.J. Abrams is that he explicitly will say in interviews that he doesn't honor the source material then goes on to make movies which crap all over the source material.
     
    I have no clue as to why Warner Brothers thinks J.J. Abrams will save DC by crapping all over DC's superheroes.
     
    The problem so far has been that their superhero films have been crapping all over their superheroes. So their solution to end that is bring in the "self-proclaimed king of crapping all over source material" so that their movies will stop crapping all over their source material?
     
    < boggles >
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    archer reacted to Quackhell in Supers Image game   
    Well, I know which one I would vote for now. Wow. Well done Duke Bushido.
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