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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« on: September 28, 2020, 09:46:23 PM »
I do not want anyone to call me a science denier which is why I personally follow the WHO recommendation to not wear a mask.
The science is settled people.
There's a call for you from someone named 'Karen'... :D

Your reply is adorable.  Is that what I'm saying?  Mmhmm, it sure is.  If you can come up with so much as one attested and verifiable case of that happening, that's still about a drop in a bucket in the millions of RPGers out there.  Not really an issue.

I don't believe you can come up with one.  With Gamergate as the example that proves the rule, the serious lynch mobs -- as opposed to grumblers just whinging on the interwebs -- are almost always the reactionaries.

Richard Meyer would like to talk to you (granted, that's comics, not gaming).

Shall we discuss Zak Sabbath? I don't know if he's still knocking around here, but considering he wrung a court-ordered apology out of one of his detractors, I'd call that 'verifiable'.

Other Games / Re: Warhammer 40K Ninth edition
« on: September 28, 2020, 04:37:34 PM »
So they're rolling out some of the changes to Necrons on Warhammer Community. I already foresee some anger forthcoming.

Because they changed Reanimation Protocols AGAIN.

Originally, 'We'll Be Back!' (WBB) kicked in once and any failures meant those models were removed. Then 5th edition rolled around, and the newly named Reanimation Protocols (RP) now kicked in every turn as long as the unit was still in play. If a blob of Necron warriors 20 strong lost seven models, it could reanimate three the next turn, and then (assuming it took no casualties) could still reanimate the other four on subsequent turns. Since prior WBB rolls were on a 4+, the new RP rolls were now on a 5+ but it was a pretty good trade off in my opinion, as a unit left to its own devices might just reconstruct itself!

The writeup is kind of incoherent, probably to prevent Necron players from realizing this is a nerf to RP. Essentially, you roll for the wounds taken (which isn't the problem here) and for every 5+, you 'reanimate' one wound (which makes me think this is a ham-handed attempt to make it equivalent to the old Feel No Pain rules). While this is pretty simple for Necron Warriors, it nerfs multi-wound units (such as Destroyers) slightly as they have to 'reanimate' enough wounds to comprise a full model. No 'roll 5+ to get back a three-wound unit', you have to make three 5+ rolls to get him back up.

The bad news is that this only happens after an enemy's shooting/fighting phase, and it only occurs once, which seems to obviate the way it ran originally. And you cannot modify the RP roll by more than +1/-1, so it can't be any better than a 4+.

If anyone has any counter-arguments, I'm listening.

The sad part is not only would Omega be accused of being Abelist by the rpg SJW crowd they would call for doxxing him and losing his job.
Got a question, for what it's worth.  Of course, Everyone Knows that the RPG SJWs are everywhere, lurking in the corner of every gaming store and club with burning eyes, ready to point the finger at you and scream "SINNER!!!"

But let's bring a dose of reality into this.  How many of you have actually ever had this happen, outside of (hell, even within) Internet forums?  Anyone actually had one of your fellow players dox you and cause you to lose your job over something like this?

No, I didn't think so.
That's adorable. Just because it hasn't happened to any of US means it's not really an issue.

Is that what you're saying?

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: September 28, 2020, 11:02:18 AM »
Nothing to see here, folks!
That bitch needs to be put on the next flight back to her hometown. Posthaste.

Go ahead, call me a racist. She's as dirty as any Chicago Dem. Did they ever untangle who she was actually married to and when?

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: September 28, 2020, 08:39:03 AM »
In a country of 328 million, 1285 cases is an extremely small fraction - and that is spread over 4 years and thus hundreds of elections (including state and national elections). That does not contradict the FBI finding. I support finding and prosecuting cases of fraud. But there's a huge difference between 1285 and the supposedly millions of illegal votes that many are claiming.

If the amount of actual fraud is anywhere close to this, then it's far more common for a valid voter to not have a valid ID - which could be more than a million people. (ref) The effect of the law here is to put an additional bureaucratic hurdle and cost for such people to vote. Unequal bureaucratic hurdles decreases voter turnout.
That's the one's we've caught, not the total number.

I would say that it is more a problem with the existing American ID systems than anything. The government should really issue all citizens an ID, rather than making ID a privilege that you have to jump through bureaucratic hurdles and pay money to obtain. However, given our existing wacky ID system, then most of the voter ID laws cause more change by making it more difficult for a few valid citizens than reducing fraud. (Especially since not all forms of fraud are prevented by voter ID.)
One, the federal government lacks a mandate for such. Most states have easy to get photo IDs anyways even if you're poor (and frankly, if you're not willing to haul your fat ass down to the building to GET the ID? I'm not certain you should be voting).

Two, Democrats lose their marbles when photo ID is brought up. It's like they're worried about something...

Media & Inspiration / Re: Banned... an RPGnet cancellation brings me here
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:28:20 AM »
They need to just wipe the Tangency board off the forum entirely.

Straight up say 'No politics. We don't care if you have a Donald Trump body pillow or Joe Biden's face tattooed on your chest. This is a place for games. And don't act like an asshat either.'

But of course, because they're actively involved in 'diversity' (except the intellectual/political kind) and 'safe spaces', they'll never narrow the rules down to something sane and normal.

Generally alt history only starts catching flak if it's utterly improbable.

When I say 'improbable', I am NOT referring to Alien Space Bat interference. That comes up sometimes. What I mean is changes that stretch the credulity of the reader by positing nigh-impossible changes.

WW2 Alt History A: Hitler, despite the temptation, decides to NOT attack the Russians and break the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. He has his hands full with subduing Europe and opts to purge the filthy Cossacks and their Communist masters another day.

That's plausible (even if Hitler was starting to lose his marbles around this time).

WW2 Alt History B: Hitler breaks the pact and annihilates the Russian army by utilizing powerful super-soldiers to back up his conventional units.

That's kind of the plot for Kieron Gillen's series Uber. Still workable even with a dose of Alien Space Bat magic.

WW2 Alt History C: Hitler breaks the pact and annihilates the Russians in the middle of winter.

Hahah no. There's a reason General Winter is a 'thing' in Russia. The Germans simply were not going to take Russian territory when they were freezing and low on fuel for vehicles.

Does that make sense?

I played a 20th level one shot last halloween where we were rescuing two small children from the local village held hostage by a sort of home-brew lich. 

Every round that fucker blasted an AoE attack of Necrotic Damage, sufficent to kill the little bastards. And they were chained to the wall. I don't know if it was teh GM or the module writer (I suspect a mix of both) but there was literally nothing a party of five 20th level characters could do to keep those little shits alive the whole fight.  The encounter seemed to have a hard counter to everything we brought to the table, like it was written with abusing the rules in mind. 

Just in case, I have since refused to play with that GM again. Even if it was the module he was using, his choice of modules indicates his severe lack of judgement.

THe entire experience of the night, up to that point, was that of playing against someone who had made an exaustive study of what experienced players did and then designing a series of challenges that deliberately subverted what players did, or made up new rules (creatures/spells/etc) that did not obey the rules of D&D to make normal solutions unviable.  It was one long night of 'no, you can't do that' and 'these things attacking you can't be damaged or dispelled' and 'the fire can't be extinguished or dispelled, its a curse so it needs to be 'remove curse' and so forth.

So, yeah, we didn't rescue any hostage children. Thanks for reminding me of one of the most frustrating gaming experiences I've had in twenty years.
Wow. That's the sort of experience that could make someone swear off RPGs in general. While I'm a firm believer in Rule 0, if you've cooked up a custom baddie it should always have a counter, or some other weakness that the players can figure out how to exploit. Even if it's mildly obscure, that's what divinations are for! And if the PCs outfox you, smile, chuckle, and call it a learning experience.

(Reminded of the BBEG in the Pathfinder adventure path Second Darkness. If you confront her with some element of her past -- her old clerical robes -- she actually freezes up for a round, then goes completely bonkers spraying spells in all directions (hitting allies and suffering a serious spell failure chance). The fact this wound up in a sidebar makes me suspect a Paizo playtester pulled it on the GM and they had to improvise.)

You have my sympathies, sir.

I was sorely tempted to write a character background for a bioconservative neo-octopus who persists in pointing out that, y'know, if you've just burned your house to the ground it's going to be hard to convince some people that fire is awesome. So maybe, just maybe, the Jovians have a point about eschewing certain technologies in the short term.

That and EP (at least, the editions I've seen) never explains WHY the Jovian habitats have such problems... which leads me to wonder if certain radical autonomists are sabotaging the habitats. Which would most certainly piss off a number of factions and not just the Jovians (Firewall would certainly disapprove, since there are MUCH more serious targets).

But yeah. Body dysphoria should only be a long running issue if you're sleeved into a morph that you're having trouble adapting to, or if you're literally rock-on-ground poor and can't afford a morph swap.

Media & Inspiration / Re: Banned... an RPGnet cancellation brings me here
« on: September 23, 2020, 10:14:03 AM »
Honestly, the bizarre behavior of TBP could fill a thread, but I'll leave it at this:

The mods there are notoriously left-leaning, thin skinned, and blatantly play favorites. And as a friend of mine pointed out, nothing can be done about it in practical terms -- except leave.

Welcome aboard, soundchaser :)

It deeply worries me that we're having to go to Penthouse for clear thinking on the problem.

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: September 22, 2020, 11:02:26 AM »
Honestly, at this point I don't really care. Trump is going to get another SCOTUS pick; the word is out that Romney will vote yes (I cannot help but wonder if someone passed him a note with Harry Reid's infamous response, when Reid was confronted about lying regarding Romney's tax returns: 'we won, didn't we?').

I also think it's very unlikely Sundown Joe will upset Trump. The Democrats have foolishly leashed their horses to the riots, and that will not make them popular no matter how many times they scream 'ORANGE MAN BAD'.

The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.

Tenser's Floating Disk, sure would come in handy.
LOL, I'm an idiot. Completely forgot the ol' floating disc.

Depends on the system, obviously, but I would treat any normal-sized PC carrying a child in such a manner as at the very least encumbered.

If the kid is small enough and you can fashion a papoose or baby harness, I'd treat it as normal weight, or even reduce it a little.

PCs, obviously, have access to some useful tricks to getting around these issues. Reduce person for short periods can lighten the load (and of course lead to 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' jokes). Summon monster might be useful to negotiate rough terrain for brief periods, and mount or phantom steed can make for easy carrying on the open road. Called and bound outsiders may or may not object to carrying children (and vice versa); while a hound archon or earth elemental might not complain, a bone devil might not be a great option.

Putting kids in an extradimensional space such as a portable hole is a questionable idea, unless you've got someone in there with them as a caretaker (in addition to the issues of air, food, water, light, etc).

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