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  1. 12 hours ago, ScottishFox said:


    Since this is the same legislature that is ignoring the lawful results of the Brexit vote there's no moral high ground to be had.


    Also, I don't like that guy and he is most definitely NOT like the hulk.


    I would contest that the legislature is ignoring the results of the referendum, it has talked about nothing else for almost three years.  The problem is that the Government failed in its job to deliver a policy that the legislature could agree to.


    That slim majority for a referendum was followed by a General Election where the Conservatives were elected promising to honour the referendum by delivering a "smooth and orderly departure".  Labour promised a deal that protected the economy and jobs.  Nobody stood on leaving without a deal that the Conservative party swung hard toward when the Conservatives lost their small majority in that election.


    Personally I think the General Election was the last test of the opinion of the electorate.  Boris exemplifies the swing to no deal and does not represent the manifest will of the electorate for a deal.




  2. I have been known to fudge the odd roll or damage for dramatic effect but my players know that I will not avoid a TPK if their gameplay "deserves" it. 


    My last TPK was in the Sunless Citadel adventure for D&D 3.5, the party had ground their way through all the politics above and entered the dark druid's lair beside the Gulthias Tree.  It is a great story but they were now focussed on bearding the druid (though they had not quite worked out that is what he was) they ignored the numerous rooms with books and stuff in it and even avoided the recipes of weedkiller that I had also put in there to make their life easier.


    In the final battle with what were obvious undead, the cleric failed to try a single turn and they went for a straight head on battle.  I captured them first when they could have been killed, gave them a second chance and they still made the same mistakes.  They all died.


    I then gave the players a choice of semi-revenant characters, their original character after it had been rescued from the Gulthias Tree - a wooden man (with some damage resistance and a weakness to fire) - or new characters with abut 90% of the XP of the original.  Half of them went for something new, half for their originals.


    I think the players need to know you are willing to wipe the floor with them to give adventures that element of risk and danger that you need to make decisions relevant.  All I need now is to believe that doing this encourages them to learn a better way! 🙂



  3. Yeah, or you might simply buy N-Ray vision with enough levels to counter range penalties and the limitation, only what nearby cameras can see.


    I would give night vision benefits for free if there are such cameras in existence.  Of course, this gives the character an absolute power, it would not matter the security levels or relative disconnectedness of the cameras to anything else (which might be what you are looking for) or you might also add that it requires a skill roll that you might only require as a GM when there are well protected systems.



  4. 3 hours ago, drunkonduty said:


    Maybe Create Water only condenses water from the air in the immediate vicinity. Although, if that were the case there'd be a limit on it, which there isn't.

    Maybe the spell conjures water from elsewhere in the world and distills it in the process.


    As for saving drought stricken areas, yeah, it's the bomb. Better living through magic and all that.


    I think all of this means that the GM needs to think through what it means to live in a world where there is magic.  In such a world is a drought purely meteorological or does it mean that there are magical forces at work that might take against those who counter their drought?  Are there competing divine forces at play?  Obviously the odd little creation of water to ameliorate the edge of the drought for people is overlooked but a concerted effort to counter the effects of the drought might find that certain divine magics are blocked or drought-beating clerics might find themselves subject to the personal attention of divine messengers who want this to stop.


    So many stories can come from players thinking that they can exploit magical abilities without thinking through the metaphysical consequences.  I think I would refrain from countering magical abuse with scientific explanations...





  5. On 8/26/2019 at 5:19 PM, Christopher R Taylor said:

    William Munny crouches by the door of the tavern and is worried about ambush from the men he chased out of the room earlier.  He does a Presence Attack to try to cow them: 


    “Any man I see out there, I'm gonna kill him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I'm not only gonna kill him, but I'm gonna kill his wife. All his friends. Burn his damn house down!”



    My favourite stand down quote from Clint was in The Outlaw Josey Wales when bounty hunters come looking for him...


    Bounty hunter #1: You’re wanted, Wales.
    Josey Wales: Reckon I’m right popular. You a bounty hunter?
    Bounty hunter #1: A man’s got to do something for a living these days.
    Josey Wales: Dyin’ ain’t much of a living, boy.

  6. 5 hours ago, archer said:

    I don't think taking the whip away from those MP's means much. If those MP's are philosophically part of the (British) Conservative Party except for not following the leadership's no-deal Brexit, it's likely that the MP's will be welcomed back into the party after Brexit is no longer the top hot button issue of the day.


    Well, if we go for a General Election in the next month or so, those people will not be allowed to stand as Conservative candidates, effectively ending their political careers.


    The expulsion of those people, who are effectively the most moderate of conservatives, is a sign to voters that the party has lurched to the right and was, I think, a key factor in the Prime Minister's brother resigning from both the Government and the Party.  That resignation will be very significant in any campaigning in the future.  The Prime Minister indicated, when Ed Miliband stood against his brother David for the Labour leadership, that only a socialist would do such a thing to his brother.  It is possible that action by Ed contributed to him losing the 2015 General Election.


    Of course, the Conservatives ran that election on a message of strong and stable government as opposed to chaos with Labour...




  7. 8 minutes ago, L. Marcus said:

    These are extraordinary times.


    I am feeling slightly better - the first element to my existential crisis (the PM telling his party that they might not be welcome to vote for the party) was a spoof news story that sucked me in.  Is a sign of how extraordinary times are that I was willing to believe such an outrageous statement...I only found out because I was determined to get primary sources for it (good habits).



  8. I have always pooh-pooh-ed the idea that we might be living in a simulation but the way politics have been going inthe UK have made me reconsider.  It feels like I am in a political soap opera where the writers have run out of ideas and we have jumped the shark.  Two events this morning to add to that feeling.


    One, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, tells Conservative party members that if they do not support the party in a No Deal Brexit and the expulsion of 21 of their most senior  and distinguished MPs from the party then they "are not welcome in the party" and "not welcome to vote for us".  It is an unbelievable story that the Prime Minister might do such a thing.  That is then followed by the Prime Minister's brother (also a Conservative MP and a Minister in the Government) deciding to resign as a Minister, step down immediately as an MP and to formally quit the party. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49594793)


    I would not have believed it in West Wing or House of Cards as believable story lines, why should I believe it just because I am told it is "real life"!!!!



  9. Hmm.  My question with things like the images, is how the images "know" who should get to see them.  I like the mental illusions solution, it provides for the targeting, I am also good with the limited invisible power effects giving the "detect kind of person" for free. 


    The real benefit in the free detect is enhanced as the detect is redefinable.  If you are looking for pod people you create an image of a rock that only pod people can see.  Anyone who ducks when it is thrown is a pod person.


    There would be a real need to define how specific the images can be.


  10. 3 hours ago, Pattern Ghost said:


    I don't think so. I think if we had a big button that made all guns vanish from the Earth instantly, we would still have the same underlying issues with violence. You'd simply be trading the lives of the people who could have defended themselves vs. superior force for the lives of the school shooting victims, no matter how the numbers fell out. Seems like a bad deal for someone.



    So why does that not play out in the UK for example. We have vanishingly small numbers of mass shootings and we do not get the poorly defended women and elderly being killed in sufficient numbers to get to US levels.


    Also, I do not consider access to high powered weaponry a fundamental right, not like the right to life, a real fundamental right that the US does not respect (am talking death penalty rather than abortion in the event that was not clear). Constitutional right, I may concede, not so fundamental.



  11. 49 minutes ago, ScottishFox said:

    In the Americas most murder victims are men.  In India a whopping 71.8% of murder victims are female.  This stat in particular brings up one of my big concerns for stricter gun controls - It makes it much harder for the elderly and women to defend themselves against violence prone men.


    I suppose I should look up the stats but British women do not seem to suffer due to a lack of access to guns...

  12. 5 hours ago, csyphrett said:

    A gun is a tool. It's the means like old man said. The problem is the motive. Until motives can be verified before people do things, it doesn't matter what the tool is. A semifamous case here in Clemmons is a woman got fed up with her husband telling her to stop spending money on horses. Something I could relate to at the time. She went after him with a harpoon/spear he had got somewhere and had laying around. There's been two or three cases where a man shot his wife and then himself I'm going to say in the last five-ten years maybe and we're a one horse town so it's not like there's a murder every week.


    If a person doesn't have a gun, they will use something else. BTM used cookies.


    A gun just makes things easier.


    Until someone figures out why people act like they do, and how to solve that so they can deal with modern life, murder and suicide is always going to look better than trying to walk it off and trying to start over.



    Yup, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”.  That has been the refrain for decades.  It is true but it does not solve the problem.


    I would not argue that there are sociological issues to deal with but these presumably exist in other comparable countries that do not suffer the same mass shootings.  These folk also have access to the same improvised weaponry.


    Guns make it easy, ready access to guns make it easier.  What would happen if there were no guns?  Even if it only prevented school shootings, would it not be worth it?



  13. On 8/12/2019 at 4:27 PM, ScottishFox said:

    More people die each year in the USA to being bludgeoned to death than shot with rifles.  Stabbings are even a higher number than that.

    For every single person killed with a rifle - more than 400 are killed by medical errors.  But we won't be talking about that - we'll keep railing on about "assault weapons" because it riles up the constituents to vote.


    I think this is the wrong way to look at the statistics.  You do not compare causes of deaths in the US, you compare the same thing in comparable countries.  You look at gun deaths in the US compared to gun deaths elsewhere.  You do not look at deaths due to breast cancer in the US compared to suicides to decide whether you want to tackle breast cancer.  You see if deaths due to breast cancer in the US are significantly higher than breast cancer death rates in comparable countries.


    The comparisons of gun deaths in the US against comparable countries are stark.  There is something that needs to be done and Gun ownership is possibly the most obvious lever to pull.



  14. Welcome to the forums.  You will find folk here quite helpful.


    you are a long way in as far as design goes but your points spread is pretty broad.  Try going for 450 points, that is a lot for a beginner to play with and may provide constraints that you need to think about.


    I tend to ignore point limits to begin with, just buy the things you want and note the points you are spending.  


    I think your your biggest problem here is that you are building a character outside of a campaign.  The campaign would give you guides on what is a decent combat value, what is a decent defence, attack and everything else.


    If we go with the book standards, going with high powered superhero gives us characteristics up to 60, combat values upto 14, active points up to 90, skills up to 16- and defences upto 35, possibly 30 of that resistant.  These begin to give you something to measure Ares against.


    You mentioned STR of 80.  That looks good compared to the stat limit of 60 but if this is his primary attack then it is only equivalent to 80 active points, so you might look for other ways of boosting the attack.


    Start with the basic characteristics and a few powers to see how many points you have spent.  When you are stuck on a specific power, come to the forums and we will help you design it - would make a very long post to deal with everything you brought up in one post. 🙂


    Get some paper and start writing stuff down.  


    Does that that make sense?



  15. 2 hours ago, Thumper said:

    Mechanics to substitute for what is clearly an Attack


    It is not doing STUN or BODY, it is not actually breaking anything.  I am presuming here this is for use on kit not bought with points (you could disallow it versus such vehicles as the systems are better protected, more robust or so non-standard that the harpoon does not reach them.


    I suggested Mechanics as, while the system does not provide for damaging vehicles in this way, the skill does actually involve doing stuff to mechanical systems.  This is brute force Mechanics and has one job, to disable the electronics.  I would not think that shorting the electrics was a long job, so much less of a time penalty.  The attack would be the grab action on the vehicle, the mechanics roll simply to see if the harpoon struck a vulnerable spot...


    The more I think about it, the better it might work.  The success value of the Mechanics roll would provide a penalty to anyone trying to fix it....



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