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Messages - Ratman_tf

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: These FIVE men control your freedom
« on: January 21, 2021, 11:41:07 pm »
All businesses will do steps that try to undercut the competition. They'll be sneaky, underhanded, and mean in trying to crush their competitors. What they *shouldn't* be allowed to do is things that are illegal, like actually breaking people's kneecaps, smashing servers, and the like.

Is there a specific tactic that Twitter is using that you think is illegal, or that should be illegal?

So let's say an authoritairan, tyrranical faction takes control of the public square, and uses purely legal and legitimate means to sieze control of the cultural levers of power, do we tolerate that? Where do we draw the line? When do we draw the line? Do we draw the line or just go along with things?

I'd like to point out that Jim Crow was legal, and slavery was legal at one time. And people resisted sometimes using illegal, non-violent resistance. And sometimes violent resistance.

Well, that was part of my question - what do you think should be made illegal? The solution to legal slavery was the 13th Amendment. The solution to Jim Crow was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. How do you think the law should change to deal with Twitter and Facebook, then?

I don't have answers. I'm honestly asking if anyone has a solution. We're dealing with people who have straightforward said their goal is infringement on our civil liberites. I believe that free speech, even speech I abhor, is very important. But when the narrative is twisted and it becomes impossible to counter their bad speech because they control the public square, then there's no way to legally fight back.

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Uncle Joe wants children and teachers to catch Covid.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/21/politics/school-reopening-biden-100-days/index.html

What a science denier.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: These FIVE men control your freedom
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:23:29 pm »
Sigh. The problem isn't 'Jack can do what he wants with Twitter'. Because, yeah, he can, short of a First Amendment ruling (which would open up a can of worms I'm not comfortable with).

The problem is that Jack and his buddies will happily kneecap competitors. So the whole 'if you don't like it, start your own X' meme falls apart, because you are prevented from doing so.

What do you mean by "kneecap" here?

All businesses will do steps that try to undercut the competition. They'll be sneaky, underhanded, and mean in trying to crush their competitors. What they *shouldn't* be allowed to do is things that are illegal, like actually breaking people's kneecaps, smashing servers, and the like.

Is there a specific tactic that Twitter is using that you think is illegal, or that should be illegal?

So let's say an authoritairan, tyrranical faction takes control of the public square, and uses purely legal and legitimate means to sieze control of the cultural levers of power, do we tolerate that? Where do we draw the line? When do we draw the line? Do we draw the line or just go along with things?

I'd like to point out that Jim Crow was legal, and slavery was legal at one time. And people resisted sometimes using illegal, non-violent resistance. And sometimes violent resistance.

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I'm glad Trump fought the election. Our system should be up to scrutiny, and the resistance to questioning the methods and results from the embedded establishment just showed how much the Democrats and Republicans are used to simply passing the golden scepter until their turn to screw the country comes around, and not actually responding to the people they claim to serve.

But best of all, everyone who claimed Trump was going to be yanked out of office by some fascist quasi-military action are going to be dissapointed in the extreme. Trump is leaving, as he said with a loyal and joyful heart. And everyone who masturbated to the demented fantasy of "toppling a dictator" get to stew in their toxicity.

I think this will be the last populist president for some time. They're not going to make the same mistakes in our lifetimes.
Thank you Donald Trump. Whatever you are, you were the kick the pants that America needed.

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I don't even see the logic here. If there were fraud going on, why would they wait until a day later to start committing fraud? The most *convenient* thing would be to have those hundreds of thousands of votes distributed throughout the process. To intentionally wait seems like some sort of Riddler type supervillain move, where they deliberately wanted to leave a clue for others to notice.

To speculate, the opposition, believing their own narrative, didn't expect X turnout for Trump, and wanted to have enough "votes" to be plausible without pushing believablity too far, but had to push it in the swing states where Trump was winning by a slim margin in order to secure the election.

It's not even close to being like a supervillian move. It's more like a last minute move in reaction to a tight election.

But in plenty of other instances, it's been said that the Democrats have been plotting fraud for months or years.

I don't know about those other instances. I do think that the Democrats and the Anti-Trump Republicans wanted Trump out at any cost, and have been working on it since 2016. All the pushback and narrative spinning that has been done during Trumps presidency is right there, pushed by the mainstream media.

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As a hypothetical, let's imagine there was no difference between early and late voting. Then *that* could be cited as an inconsistency that suggests fraud. "The Democrats spent months squealing about how they wanted vote-by-mail, then *mysteriously* there was no absolutely no boost for Democrats in vote-by-mail. Are we really supposed to believe that Democrats went to the polls just as much?"

Vote by mail is the root of that issue, regardless of who wins, the other side is going to find discrepancies. Especially since this was the largest amount of voting by mail due to Covid, and implemented with short notice by the states and districts that hadn't previously done it.

I have no evidence. My suspicion is that we're not seeing top down co-ordinated voter fraud. I think we're seeing bottom-up voter fraud, only organized by the shared understanding that people who hate Trump think he's worse than Hitler and saving us from the Orange Holocaust was worth a little shenanigans.

The last minute voting shutdowns and Biden's miraculous last second wins in the states he needed seems more top down, but again, I don't have smoking gun evidence, and I don't think we'll ever get it. And the denials and obsfucation from politicans and media personalities who were dead certain the Russians handed Trump the 2016 election is a cherry on the shit sundae.

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I don't even see the logic here. If there were fraud going on, why would they wait until a day later to start committing fraud? The most *convenient* thing would be to have those hundreds of thousands of votes distributed throughout the process. To intentionally wait seems like some sort of Riddler type supervillain move, where they deliberately wanted to leave a clue for others to notice.

To speculate, the opposition, believing their own narrative, didn't expect X turnout for Trump, and wanted to have enough "votes" to be plausible without pushing believablity too far, but had to push it in the swing states where Trump was winning by a slim margin in order to secure the election.

It's not even close to being like a supervillian move. It's more like a last minute move in reaction to a tight election.

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An overwhelming majority of current players and potential new players just don't care about this issue. Of those who do care, the number who LIKE it probably outnumber the people who dislike it, due to the wealth of players coming from younger generations and the dying off of older players (either literally or figuratively as they stay with a prior version of the game).

There's always a new generation coming into the picture. The aging wokesters are in the workforce and being replaced by... I'm going to coin them the memesters. Kids who have grown up with the internet and have a completely different perspective on social justice issues. They are going to be the new target demographic, and the wokesters trying to create content they'll enjoy are going to find they're completely out of touch. As the generation before them was.

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Scale dice modifiers replaced die caps starting with 2e. It's not a fan created system. It actually works really well in play.

I have a copy of the 2nd edition rules, (the blue book) and it still has the dice cap system. Was it later in 2nd edition that they changed it?

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In light of how worthless and imbecilic Star Wars has become, my best suggestion for a SW game is to recreate the setting as your own, either via alternate history or locations far from the movies (both time & space).

I set this current campaign in the Mandalorian time frame. Because I like The Mandalorian, and there's a lot of stuff being explored by the series that I can use as inspiration.

I've never had a problem with the lore interferring with my games in any setting based on a non-game IP. I just carve out a corner of the setting for my own thing, and keep all the cool stuff from the IP and ignore the stuff I don't like.

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THIS is a recent find for me. It is THE STAR WARS, aka the comic version of George Lucas' original script for the movie that differs significantly from the 1977 film.
http://readallcomics.com/category/the-star-wars/

Yeah, I put that on my Amazon wish list, which means I'll probably never get around to actually buying it.  :-

The pre-movie scripts are a fun place to mine ideas. But there's some goofiness too. Rebel boy scouts riding around on rocket pogo sticks...

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« on: January 18, 2021, 04:25:42 pm »
Pat and rawma -- I can't even tell what you two are arguing about at this point, but I think it's probably better for both of your blood pressures to just take a break and go do something else you enjoy. I get worked up over stuff on this forum from time to time, and I find it helps a lot to take a break and have a beer or something.

I think they should hate fuck and get it over with.

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I talk a lot about combat because Star Wars involves a lot of combat. The rules for skills seem just fine. Roll a bunch of dice and beat a target number. And non-combat interactions are pretty much the same no matter the system.

Looking ahead, I'm considering the scaling system.

In 1e, scaling in dirt simple. You roll just 1d6 for damage against vehicles, or 2d6 if you have a big repeating blaster. Vehicles double their damage code against character scale targets.
But the Companion has a different system, and introduces a bunch of different scales.
Character - Speeder - Walker - Starfighter - Capital Ship - Death Star
And a "dice cap" system, where if you roll higher than a set number, the dice is discarded. Affects damage, attack and hull/strength rolls depending on what's being compared.
Ex. A character shooting at a walker discards any damage dice that roll higher than a 2. This means fewer dice will actually be counted, and the ones that do are low rolls.
This... isn't bad, but it's really clunky.
The walker attacks back, and it's attack roll has a dice cap of 4. So it's harder for the walker to score a hit on a character.
Etc.

The fan created expanded edition has a sliding dice scale, you add or subtract the dice difference between scales.

None of them particularly appeal to me. The Rules Companion dice cap system is the closest to 1st edition, so I'll probably just use that and wish that WEG had come up with a simpler system when comparing different scales.

I'm also pulling in the 2d ed rule that rolling Str x2 greater than the damage roll means the attack has no effect.

Might get a chance to play this weekend. If we do, we'll finish up the intro adventure, and then move on to delivering the droid to NR Intelligence, and then open up the campaign and make it a little less linear.

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Hasten:
WOTC is a few personnel changes away from going full woke. It is an inevitable result of the local politics they came from, and that they now self select and filter all new hires through.

Delay.

WOTC going full woke means they will spend the majority of their time in Diversity and Awareness meetings, and less time working on actual RPGS.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: What's to be done about homelessness?
« on: January 16, 2021, 03:30:34 pm »
Why those states? And you're wrong about Washington - it has decreased there. From the site you source,

Since 2007 homelessness overall has decreased, but the ten biggest percent increases have been (in order) South Dakota (+72%), New York (+47%), Idaho (+32%), DC (+23%), Massachusetts (+22%), Montana (+18%), Alaska (+16%), Kansas (+13%), California (+9%), Minnesota (+9%).

Since 2018 which is the recent uptick nationally, the ten biggest percent increases have been New Mexico (+27%), California (+16%), Idaho (+15%), West Virginia (+12%), Kentucky (+11%), Georgia (+10%), Oregon (+10%), Minnesota (+10%), Kansas (+7%), and South Carolina (+6%).

Huh. And Washinton's spending on the homeless continues to rise.



Interesting.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Here's your Mask Protocol
« on: January 16, 2021, 07:22:27 am »
Did any of you miss what the Dems are saying? Don't worry about the COV! I mean, it's 2021 ~ Orange-man Gone ~ Time to RE-OPEN! FUCK THE SCIENCE! ITS RAY-CIS'd ANYWAY!
https://twitter.com/cbschicago/status/1349778522240389124

I didn't. I'm so used to horseshit about Covid I'm not surprised.

I wonder if masks are next? Who knows what tomorrow's right-think about Covid will be...

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