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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« on: December 02, 2020, 07:18:52 pm »
Well, I did day one at running my testing site (still inactive) and I quit on the spot. The ineptitude in the administration was astounding, and the lack of training and equipment being offered was terrible. While I saw nothing in the testing that would indicate it would give false readings, there was a market push to get the clinics placed near wealthier neighborhoods and "get the word out" to them...and. while the tests are not particularly expensive, they are not free.
Are they just rushing the process, and if so why? And what was bad about the equipment?
Everything is rushed. No training standards and no dedicated preceptors/educators allotted to assist in training (at least none that didn't also say "fuck this, I'm out" like I did). Supply chain is non-existent (but I was assured it was "under development") and supplies were drawn from various sources without standardization. Why is it rushed? Because we gotta get people tested so they can have a Merry Christmas together... That's my cynical guess.
The public officials didn't get that shutting down non-essential businesses crippled the supply chains. That caused all kinds of problems for the labs doing the research at the start of this whole thing, and I guess they haven't learned. Not to mention all the businesses shuttering their doors for good. The testing requirements for travel were a joke over the Thanksgiving holiday. Some states were requiring a test within 3 days before arriving, but many of the tests were supposed to take 2 to 7 days before the results came back, and they often failed to meet their own standards, or slipped when it came to basics like notifying people.

Central planners at work.
No argument from me. Halfway though the day, the refrain of Kenny Roger's Gambler was echoing through my head. It was a tough call between walk away and run.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« on: December 02, 2020, 06:54:52 pm »
Well, I did day one at running my testing site (still inactive) and I quit on the spot. The ineptitude in the administration was astounding, and the lack of training and equipment being offered was terrible. While I saw nothing in the testing that would indicate it would give false readings, there was a market push to get the clinics placed near wealthier neighborhoods and "get the word out" to them...and. while the tests are not particularly expensive, they are not free.
Are they just rushing the process, and if so why? And what was bad about the equipment?
Everything is rushed. No training standards and no dedicated preceptors/educators allotted to assist in training (at least none that didn't also say "fuck this, I'm out" like I did). Supply chain is non-existent (but I was assured it was "under development") and supplies were drawn from various sources without standardization. Why is it rushed? Because we gotta get people tested so they can have a Merry Christmas together... That's my cynical guess.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« on: December 02, 2020, 06:20:50 pm »
Well, I did day one at running my testing site (still inactive) and I quit on the spot. The ineptitude in the administration was astounding, and the lack of training and equipment being offered was terrible. While I saw nothing in the testing that would indicate it would give false readings, there was a market push to get the clinics placed near wealthier neighborhoods and "get the word out" to them...and. while the tests are not particularly expensive, they are not free.

I still believe that COVID is a real health issue (but not the end of the world), but I have lost my trust in another player in the central Florida healthcare system. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have minded the money for the gig so long as I felt we were doing the right thing, but that's not what I was seeing there and my tolerance for bullshit just wasn't having it today.

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I played a D&D session at age 9, but i really didn't get into it until about 2 years later.

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Shadowrun has also suffered from a split take where some people want the gonzo "pink mohawk" style while others want the more serious "black ops pros" feel. In Shadowrun, these two don't blend very well, whereas CP always went with something in between (you had to have style AND substance, if you went too into style > substance, you just died looking good).

Mechanically, CP net running was, while not great, at least faster than the SR Matrix. Of course, in practice many considered deckers/hackers to be NPC only. I saw this in both games, but the feeling was far stronger in SR.

CP bad guys tended to know how to use their toys, but the lack of magic kept the arms race to a more narrow range. Conversely, SR bad guys had to regularly forget some of the things that their magic and tech should bring to their fingertips. Hell, by SR5e, runners were encouraged to make covert intrusions into secure sites while maintaining active wifi networks that were hooked into all their gear.

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CP2020 has a setting?  :o

ahem.

I liked Shadowruns original setting, but it seemed to lose track with each successive edition.

CP2020's setting I have actually never seen. All I have seen was the weird theme park kingdoms version for Im not sure what version.
But I really like the Nights Edge setting for CP2020. A techno-horror/Supernatural setting for CP2020.

SR has the richer setting though. But it is totally YMMV and some like it, some hate it and some jettison the magic part and play it as a straight-up cyberpunk setting.

CP2020 feels more like D&D in that its a "make of it what you will" system and has a rather generic setting as its foundation.
Nights Edge takes things in all sorts of directions and plays with various techno-horror themes in particular. Sometimes with a bit of added supernatural to the mix.

Then theres one most overlook. The Cyberpapacy of the Torg RPG. And the Nippon Tech setting as well. The Cyberpapacy one in particular is an interesting mix of religion and cyberpunk combined. 

Another obscure one worth a glance is Chromosome for the Amazing Engine system. A biopunk setting overall. Needed a little more fleshing out. Bu theres enough there to build off of.
Shadowrun's setting has had some real ups and downs. I really started losing my love for it in 3e, with the constant metaplot like the Renraku Arcology Shutdown (birth of not-Skynet) and the Year of the Comet (freaky shit all over). The 4e and 5e times just kept adding to this in ways that didn't really appeal to me.

One thing Shadowrun did was to take social issues and make them less real. For example, racism was everywhere in Shadowrun, but written in ways that made it feel cartoonish. Shadowrun racism felt as much like real world racism as Cobra (from GIJoe) felt like a real world terrorist organization.

OTOH, much of Cyberpunk 2020 (and now Red) feels like a grittier setting which can have a more nuanced approach to real world issues if you want it to, and it is my preferred medium for dark & dingy (but with chrome) stories. Please note that this does not apply to Cybergeneration or Cyberpunk 3 (Dollpunk) where the setting itself went very...strange.

I too like Torg, but mainly the newer Torg Eternity version. Cyberpapacy has lots of cyberpunk elements, but with the social setup of the middle ages. You don't just take a stand against the corps, you're a heretic opposing the One True God (in the machine--the matrix here contains both heaven and hell) and his rightful servants. Pan-Pacifica (the replacement for Nippon Tech) is cyberpunk in attitude (Electric Samurai are totally cyberpunk) in a Resident Evil setting that lacks cyberware (but has biotech). And, lastly, there is Tharkold with it's occultech (demon-crafted implants) and a post-apocalyptic slant similar to Terminator's dark future or the physical world of the Matrix (outside of the computer simulated Matrix). Lots of different options in Torg Eternity for a variety of cyberpunk flavors.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Cyberpunk RED
« on: December 01, 2020, 08:17:50 pm »
I just got my hard copy in from CoolStuffInc (which is also my FLGS) and it looks great. If you're looking to pick up a copy, they're out there.

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Fair enough. "Death" was not the best word. So revise to "0 HP", whatever that means in 5E.

My point still stands about -1 being a nothing penalty.
You could go with -1 max hp/HD after each time a character hits 0 hp. This would recover +1 max hp/HD per long rest. For those that do "yo-yo healing" this can rapidly drop such characters' maximum hit points. This really matters as it means the instant death threshold is lowered.

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Most public gatherings are forbidden unless it is the lunatic fringe.
Where are you that they make exceptions for the lunatic fringe?

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Well, 4 years later; we are now 6 years into D&D 5E, and it's grown into a pretty big edition of D&D.  Eventually, it happened anyway.
In terms of overall quantity of material released, it is still a small edition of D&D. In comparison with other game lines released in the last 10 years (excepting Pathfinder), it is a fairly big line. However, some Modiphus lines can challenge it, and even Torg Eternity has 14 hard cover books (and 4 more set to drop this month) released since 2017.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: November 30, 2020, 11:05:57 pm »
A quick Google search shows that SHARK'S source, former 3-star general Thomas McInerney, is as much of a deranged fucktard as he is.


Let's start with the fact that he's a dedicated white supremacist who was so convinced that Obama wasn't "really" President on the grounds that -SURPRISE!- he wasn't a natural-born American, that he encouraged a US Army officer to go AWOL. This was part of some retarded scheme to subpoena Obama's birth certificate. The Army had no patience for this kind of bullfuckery, and Lt Colonel Terry Lakin was convicted, sentenced to prison and dishonorably discharged. Nice going, eh?

Then he got himself booted permanently from FOX News for claiming that John McCain squealed on fellow prisoners in Vietnam.

He reminds me of Major General Edwin Walker, another white supremacist jack-off who tried to incite men in uniform to disobey lawful orders on the grounds that the current commander-in-chief was a commie who was too friendly to the "coloreds" and a Catholic to boot. I figure it's only a matter of time before McInerney, like Walker, gets arrested trying to sodomize an undercover police officer in a public restroom. Twice.

The fact that a moron like Thomas McInerney was able to get three stars ***  on his uniform goes a long way to explain why this country has lost almost every war since 1945.

Greetings!

Deranged fucktard? Really, Elfdart? Go fuck yourself, moron. You just love going to bat for fucking Marxists.

Lieutenant General McInerney is a white supremacist? Oh yeah. Now I know you are getting on your knees so some Marxist can fuck you in the ass! Cock-sucking pussy Liberals like you love calling everyone and anyone a "Hu White Supremacist!!!" Oh, REEEE!

Shut the fuck up, jackass.

From the Blaze Video, as they discuss the Media station's interview with Lieutenant General McInerney, the general discusses the event which occurred in Germany. I would expect a Lieutenant General might have some relevant contacts and information on such developments.

I am open minded, and await to see more information. Regardless of your flaccid opinion of Lieutenant General McInerney, the Blaze network provides interesting discussion, which is why I posted the video of the discussion, jackass.

You though, being a Marxist cunt full of jello, well, we all know you just suck down whatever BS the MSM serves up, with absolute certainty.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK
You're the one putting up unsubstantiated click-bait, you dumbass. You try to claim that you're open-minded, but that's a fucking lie. You just fucking hate America and want to cause more strife.

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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Mandalorian Season 2
« on: November 30, 2020, 10:23:14 pm »
That predates the Prequels. It was around at least as far back as ESB, and may have been mentioned in ANH (but I don't think it was).
The quote in ESB is about using the Force out of fear or anger, not that if you are afraid of something then you'll automatically join to the Dark side. Those are two entirely different things.
Or they are entirely related things that just got more explicitly restated later. Which is the only possible true way...from a certain point of view.

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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Mandalorian Season 2
« on: November 30, 2020, 09:06:40 pm »

If I could get rid of one thing from the Prequels, it's the dumb idea that fear leads to the dark side. I'll take 15 Midicholorean references instead.

That predates the Prequels. It was around at least as far back as ESB, and may have been mentioned in ANH (but I don't think it was).

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: November 30, 2020, 06:07:09 pm »
I’ve heard that the 1.8M claim mistakenly used primary ballots out with general election ballots in.  Dunno. 

But social media is abuzz; apparently at the Arizona hearings today an (ex?) US Army colonel, cyber-security guy named Phil Waldron testified that some software named Spiderfoot tracked raw voting data being routed to Frankfurt, Germany

Greetings!

Interesting hearing more about servers in Germany. I have heard there was some kind of shootout between special forces and CIA operatives defending the site in Germany. Evidently, 5 Special Forces members were killed, and 1 CIA operative was killed, but the servers and computers were seized by Special Forces. These servers evidently processed American votes funneled to them from America, whereupon they could have been potentially tampered with and corrupted by such foreign agents working against America--and in league with Deep State American traitors, who were working closely with them to subvert our election.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

...and I saw one of the babies and the baby looked at me.

Greetings!

Whateva! I don't know much about what went down in Germany. Who knows? I suppose if anything did really occur, whatever will eventually come out.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK
You "don't know much" but you're quite happy to put your unsupported conspiracy theory bullshit out there, because any repetition of your crazy-ass shit is good in your eyes. Fucking pathetic.

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