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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / The Future of Hong Kong and China?
« on: September 25, 2019, 08:15:21 PM »
Quote from: moonsweeper;1105702
Lots of game printing in China due to reduced costs, especially for lower tier companies doing Kickstarters.

I never would have guessed. If I were buying things I would want to know where they are printed, but since I have everything I need.:cool:

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / The Future of Hong Kong and China?
« on: September 24, 2019, 02:28:01 AM »
Quote from: Spinachcat;1102205
the gamer community crapped itself because our precious Kickstarters were going to become slightly more expensive. And that's just gamers.
Not having to buy any gaming materials in many years, what does China have to do with Kickstarters and other gaming items/

Quote from: GeekyBugle;1105638
As far as I'm concerned anyone asking for the X-Card be implemented at the table isn't a suitable person to game with.

"Alright folks before we get started did anyone bring an X-Card with you?" Looks around the room, "OK, those with X-Cards can leave now so we can get the game started."


Gives all the appearances of being a well thought out satire and the beauty of it is the backers are all taking it seriously and missing that it is lampooning the target audience. Priceless!

Quote from: shuddemell;1105292
I would note that the increase in transgenderism could be due to multiple factors... most likely the trendy nature of the associated victim status that that confers. Because, this psychological disorder is by definition self reported. There is, as far as I am aware, presently NO other way to identify transgenderism medically or biologically, only psychologically.

Yes, very sick mentally ill people are being taken advantage of by predators and those predators attempting to force the rest of us to join them in exploiting those who desperately need help. These predators especially like to prey on innocent children and will seize on any aspect of childhood behavior to support a claim of transgenderism. The fact that a small child might want to play with toys geared for the opposite sex is not evidence of anything and should not be used to pigeonhole a child and ruin their life. If children are left to themselves to play without being micromanaged by adults we would all be a lot better off.

For instance, when I was a small child on the playground, all children played on the various playground equipment, the monkey bars/jungle gym, the slides, swings and several other items. We built snow forts and had snowball fights and both boys and girls played in those games. We didn't say that because a girl liked snowball fights it meant she was really supposed to be a boy, or that a boy that liked the swings was really supposed to be a girl. One thing all of these things had in common was competition, all of us always tried to out do each other.

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Male self-hatred; as "woke" as can be
« on: September 22, 2019, 01:15:50 AM »
Quote from: Pat;1103795
Just to throw out a hypothetical, what do you think the response would be if people started using "toxic femininity" to describe the negative aspects of femininity?

Shhh! Real Men don't talk about "toxic femininity," we just make allowances for it and get on with our lives. :eek: :D

JMiskimen that is a hoot!

Quote from: deadDMwalking;1105370
Gay pride is not equivalent to pedophilia.  Adult males walking down the street during a pride event with other adult men on leashes is not equivalent to pedophilia.   Gay men in camp dress with feathers, boas, and speedos is not equivalent to pedophilia.  

When they are exposing their junk in front of children and simulating sexual acts that is equivalent to pedophilia. Do you have a probation officer? Does that person know that you are out supporting the extremes of the LGBT++++ that are doing these things in front of children? Are you even allowed to be on the internet?

Hey Pundit, I had not listened to any of your podcast before, (I don't normally listen to any podcasts by anyone, they are too time consuming.) but if you turned all of your podcasts into blog posts, then I would be inclined to read them all.

I agree with pretty much everything you said. Your points about the abnormal vs the normal are very apt. Mentally ill people need to get help, not come insist that they rest of us enable their mental illness.

Everyone typically gives short shrift to mental health and that short shrift has led directly to our PC left wing world where more and more the mentally ill are in charge and making the rules. I don't remember who said it, but paraphrasing, it was something along the lines of "Never allow anyone who wants to be in a position of authority/power to be given any authority/power, because the mere fact that someone wants authority/power is proof that it is not safe for them to be given authority/power."

Quote from: Alexander Kalinowski;1105310

I do not see how she got from that to RPG Safety Tools. Since they are all actors, maybe that ramps up the drama queen factor which is where these Safety Tools ideas come from. IRL drama queens get shown the door.

Quite odd, but from watching this and reading about the system, if I ran it I would have to use pre-4th edition mechanics, they seem to make a lot more sense and be simpler to use than the 4th edition and later mechanics. I would say that "industrial espionage runs rampant" is the world we are living in right now. So the world has in a few areas at least caught up with the game.

Quote from: rawma;1105318
Unless your RPGs are sociopathic cruelty masquerading as games, I can't imagine needing "safety tools". But if your RPG runs to recreating the Stanford Prison Experiment, you probably could use some ethics tools.

I agree with this, he hits the nail on the head. Of course the Stanford Prison Experiment showed just how little moral conviction most people seem to have and how easily they are subverted.
In the study, volunteers were randomly assigned to be either "guards" or "prisoners" in a mock prison

the experiment has been criticized for unscientific methodology

Variants of the experiment have been performed by other researchers, but none of these attempts have replicated the results of the SPE.

Replicating the results would be easy. All you have to do is what happens IRL with the police and other authorities, just fail to *effectively screen out bullies (while claiming that you are screening out bullies). Or rather make sure at least a few bullies are included as guards. A few bullies will be followed like sheep by the other guards the same as we see with some police incidents where the presence of one or more cops who is a bully results in bad behavior by all or most cops that are present at an incident.

The same holds true at the game table. If you let a bully run over you (because he is the DM or a fellow player and because you are unwilling to speak or just get up and leave), then I really don't see how Safety Tools would help, the bully would still be in control. In my view, Safety Tools would only be of use in a group of 100% sheep and zero % wolves. If a wolf is present the sheep are silent and (aside from some pathetic and ineffectual bleating) go silent to their death. You don't need Safety Tools, you need  Sheep Dogs that confront the Wolves and protect the Sheep. If you are a milquetoast personality and you join a game and you become aware that there is a mean dominant personality(ies) present, but not equal numbers of noble dominant personality(ies) present, then exercise a tiny bit of common sense and run. Then find a different game.

*Bullies in any profession are incredibly easy to spot if you spend a little time with people, most school kids can identify bullies an instant, while apparently those with many degrees using the best tests created by so called "experts" seen completely unable to complete what is a simple task.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, police training in various academies can range from four weeks to 6 months. However, this range excludes any field training that the recruit may need to take.

If you can not identify bullies in four weeks you too incompetent to be involved in deciding who graduates from a police academy. If you had 6 months to do the job, then failing to screen out people who should not be cops, can only be malicious and intentional.

Well that was a complete waste of 8 min and 39 sec of my life that I'll never get back. Nonsensical drivel, has this person ever played a real TTRPG? I would not tolerate for a minute such nonsense at my table and I would not play at a table where such things were present. If you like a game, play it. If you don't like a game, then leave it. Simple decisions.  Refs also simple decisions, don't put things in your games that only sick pieces of garbage would enjoy (unless of course sick pieces of garbage is an apt description of you and your friends).

Quote from: shuddemell;1105251
While I understand your point of view, the notion of rational is very subjective. There are places where this right is upheld, and I highly recommend the film "Choosing to Die", featuring Sir Terry Pratchett for an exploration of assisted suicide as a "rational" choice. It's not an easy film to watch, but it does highlight some of the thought processes going into it as they follow a few people choosing that option in Holland, where assisted suicide is legal.

I would note that Sir Terry ultimately made the rational choice to choose to die a natural death.

Quote from: deadDMwalking;1105079
UK court rules against paralyzed man in 'right to die' case

I think that if you have gone to court to explain and defend your reasoning, it would qualify as a Rational choice.  In this specific case, the court did not deny him the opportunity to present his case as they could have/would have if he was not of 'sound mind'.

Sometimes courts take cases that have no merits. We read every day of frivolous lawsuits that not only are not dismissed, but the person with the frivolous lawsuit wins. Corrupt judges and juries are a reality.

Sometimes courts take cases just to send a message.

And sometimes courts take cases so they can kick the decision to someone else, in this case Parliament.  The message being, go change the law.

Quote from: shuddemell;1104834
Most of my life has been spent in that same buckle, and anecdotally, I have much the same observation, and I was born here in 1965 and I went through the Satanic Panic period here. So it's gone from raving loonies on the right to much the same on the left.

I wonder sometimes about the Satanic Panic stories that people tell and what those communities they live in must be like. I have never encountered even a hint of Satanic Panic IRL. Now the communists aka the left aka Democrats and their lunacy and Anti-American zealotry is impossible to miss.

Quote from: deadDMwalking;1105216
You're insisting that gender means sex, and it doesn't.  
The full Season 8 of Call the Midwife was just released to Netflix.  One of the episodes (probably 4) deals with a young woman who is about to get married, but is concerned because she has never had her period.  Lo and behold, she was identified as female at birth because she presented with female genitalia.  The reason that she hadn't had her period is that she had internal testes.  

So she was 'female' per her birth certificate, had been raised and identified as a girl, but was, genetically, male.  

Now, that's not a common situation - apparently about 1:1500 births the genitalia is vague enough that an expert is required - but that's not nothing, either.  If everyone in the United States in that position were a country, it'd have a population greater than Samoa.  

There is a lot of science that says that gender is not the same as sex.  All squares are rectangles; not all rectangles are squares.

The abnormal cannot be used to redefine normal. Genetic defects are a very tragic thing, but they are no reason to throw reason out the window.

Quote from: jhkim;1105234

The vast majority of people are (removed fictional term) not intersex. The issue is how we handle the exceptions. You say that intersex people have a "sexual problem", but that's putting your dogma ahead of the science in a circular fashion. They are rare, but whether it's a problem or not is an open issue. Among intersex people, there are many who are opposed to the common practice of doing genital surgery on babies, who are unable to consent.

Intersex is a tragic genetic defect and we should be doing research to try to find out how to prevent it the same as other birth defects. We should not be doing genital surgery on babies. Mutilation doesn't help anyone.

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