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Is there any kind of link to the Swordsfall guy drama?  Looking around produces his multiple twitter apologies, but I'm having a hard time locating the initial claims of bad behavior.

https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1srjtdf

Thanks kindly, that adds a lot of context!

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Is there any kind of link to the Swordsfall guy drama?  Looking around produces his multiple twitter apologies, but I'm having a hard time locating the initial claims of bad behavior.

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As much as I hate what GenCon has become, I'm going to have to throw cold water on this.  Sorry.

Zak's going to lose. He just is. He's not a protected class, therefore under US Law GenCon have every right to bar him from attendance. Furthermore, we do not want to create a precedent where someone can sue their way into a private gathering.  Imagine if Pundit created his own Con and then Anita Sarkeesian bullied her way into getting a panel by threatening a lawsuit.

If you read the complaint, he's suing primarily for the public statements they made around the ban, not the ban itself.  They have the right to bar him from attendance, they do not have the right to libel him on very public platforms to an audience primarily made up of his clients and customers.

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A con has every right to ban people for whatever reason, real or imagined, but yes, going and trumpeting about it on the Internet is extremely unwise.  It would be different if he was being banned for something that happened at the con, with video and a bunch of witnesses, because then he wouldn't have ammo to claim that the con management was libeling him with false accusations.  They should have kept their mouths shut.

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Lots of systems do correlate degree of successes to damage.  FFG's Genesys/Star Wars, Shadowrun, White Wolf, and the common factor for all of them is that they don't have thresholds that you have to roll over, any success is a hit, so you just count the number of successes and add that amount to the damage.  It makes the math very straightforward so you don't have to rely on a subtraction-deficient group member working out the numbers involved.

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As far as I can tell it was actually the opposite, she was condemned and demands began for her to be run out of town, then it was discovered that the player was a woman of color and therefore allowed to play anything.

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Wait but this is IIUC more about general dysphoria - not I will make my boobs smaller to not be attractive supposed phenomena.
My point is that the excessive demonization/sexualization of women’s bodies by the media compared to men’s may be a key risk factor in why so many women and girls are disproportionately developing dysphoria and seeking irreversible surgery in the first place.

It's hardly new, this is just the new flavor of the same issue that led to eating disorders being a big thing among girls.  Only now instead of an insecure teenager harming themselves with an eating disorder, they're harming themselves with medical body modifications.  Of course, now there's an industry profiting off of it, so where eating disorders were rightfully being discouraged as harmful, getting your body hacked up and permanently damaged with hormones is stunning and brave.

And boys aren't immune to it either, they just tend to harm themselves through attempts to match an unrealistically Hollywood-chiseled standard of male attractiveness, going to steroids and other damaging methods of excessive exercise that can lead to serious injury when there's no professional trainer keeping an eye on things.

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Alignment being a quantifiable, semi-permanent thing in D&D has always struck me as dumb; some random Drow grocery shopping probably shouldn't be radiating pure evil, unless they're shopping in a Whole Foods.  Arcana Unearthed tossed alignment wholesale and not only did the system not suffer for it, I think it came out a bit ahead in the bargain.  The one and only thing that I think is a positive for the alignment system is Planescape, the cosmology that arose from nine different afterlives is pretty cool.

That being said, I also have no beef with '<insert group here> is actively antagonistic to humans and a threat'.  You wouldn't want to live near a bunch of orcs in the same way you don't want grizzly bears hanging out by your kid's school, they're dangerous and liable to kill people and not overly interested in talking things out.  They don't have to be inherently evil or stupid for that to be the case, just hostile.  Even among humans there are ample cases throughout history where a given group has gone and wiped out another group without even attempting a peaceful resolution, it's still happening today.  It would be even more common in a world where several intelligent species are competing for resources.

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Articles / Re: Why People Fear Rules Lite Games
« on: January 22, 2021, 03:02:16 PM »
In a similar vein, I have found through extensive research why people prefer rules lite systems over rules-heavy systems:

1. They're too stupid to understand rules more complicated than 'do whatever and flip a coin, I guess'.
2. They can't trust the other people to have any flexibility within rules, because they're subhumans who can't conceive of trust or empathy.
3. Newer is better.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Enjoy.
« on: January 13, 2021, 08:55:53 PM »
Note to self: If I ever need a few days... who knows, maybe weeks, of Internet Laffs all I need to do is necro this thread, or any other Zak S. thread, which will automatically function as a 'Summon Obnoxious Idiot' spell, and I can watch the entire fucking forum degenerate into a tarball of the most hilariously misguided semantic debates.

Where is my :chef kiss: emoji?

dereksmartdereksmartdereksmart

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Superhero RPGs set in the 20th century could pretty easily have an anti-commie theme to them, as could any retro-futuristic setting where you need to rocket into space to save Mars from those dirty reds.  There are also some military special ops RPGs floating around here and there that would easily be adapted to that theme.

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A Rifts book, not making any sense?  Why I never.

I really do appreciate Rifts for being a balls to the wall batshit crazy setting, but like others have mentioned it does require a fair bit of tweaking from a GM to smooth over the rough patches.  The Coalition being a dictatorship paranoid of magic does make sense, given that magic blew up a large percentage of humanity and got another large percentage eaten/enslaved/both by demons and Cthulhus.  And keeping an underclass uneducated so your dirt farmers don't get uppity ideas about things like voting, that makes sense too.  A blanket ban on all literacy on the other hand is nonsensical, since you need someone sufficiently-educated to build and maintain your giant skull robots.  So, tweaking.

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The Modiphius books are for sale cheap at Humble Bundle.
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/conan-modiphius-books
I'm not interested in the system, but are they worth getting for background material?

If you do get the Humble Bundle, bear in mind that you can designate where the money goes, and the EFF is a pretty decent charity to direct your payment towards.

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Shouldn't this thread belong in "The RPGPundit's Own Forum"?

It is gaming related rather than purely political, if people are going and brigading others online for the crime of playing as other ethnicities.

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"Luke's pissed!" -> Spend Force point to upgrade attack.
"Han used a spare advantage on his attack to give a bonus to the next person." -> Add one boost die.
"Luke isn't going to move or get cover, so he'll spend his maneuver to aim." -> Add another boost die.

With those buffs, taking down three troopers with one triumph and a lot of successes is still really lucky, but not impossibly so.  Plus you could say that Luke at this point already had the Sense power to add Force dice to his attack rolls, given that he proceeded to do exactly that like one day later, so if you add in a Force die that could be another couple successes.

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