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https://bnonews.com/index.php/2020/09/ron-paul-suffers-apparent-medical-emergency-during-live-stream/


Ok, I hope he's ok. But between this, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Joe Biden, I'm wondering why there are so many people in government with one foot in the grave.

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Media & Inspiration / Dune trailer
« on: September 09, 2020, 07:01:09 PM »



Looks great. Sounds terrible. Lots of pointless dialog that doesn't mean anything. I can only hope that none of that shit except the Gob Jabbar scene are actually in the finished film.


MEH

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So we're playing a Starfinder Society adventure that's actually broken up into 5 mini-adventures. Which my brother picked because we're limited to two hours at the local gaming pub due to the beer bug.
What I found amusing is that in a society session, you get 1 experience point for the scenario, and 3 exp to level up.
But the smaller mini-adventures are less than a full session, so you do all 5 of them to get the 1 session xp.
Which would have been no problem if the society used the regular xp system in the book. Or even a 1/100 or 1/10 ratio.

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Media & Inspiration / They finally got around to Blazing Saddles
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:37:14 PM »
We used to joke that Mel Brooks could never make a film in today's social climate.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-max-adds-proper-social-context-intro-blazing-saddles-1307351

No thank you. I don't need some social justice busybody putting my entertainment "Into the proper social context". Piss right off with that nonsense.

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Other Games / Transformers CCG cancelled.
« on: July 20, 2020, 02:58:12 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/TransformersTCG/posts/3046902772098194

Dunno if anyone here played. I'm a big Transformers fan, and really enjoyed the CCG. At first, it looked like a cheap merchandising tie in, but the gameplay was fun and surprisingly deep once you got into the game and understood the mechanics. You could tell the team loved the Transformers IP with all the work they put into lore references and mechanics tied to the characters.

I'm sad to see it go.

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Other Games / Warhammer 40K Ninth edition
« on: May 29, 2020, 03:27:29 PM »


I sat out 8th, but I've pulled the trigger on getting into 9th when it comes out. I've decided on the Sisters of Battle for my new army.
I've got the 8th edition Codex en route, and just ordered my first Cannones HQ. I'm planning to assemble and paint one box worth of unit(s) per week.

Once upon a time, I would have collected an army and have it collecting dust in between maybe one or two games a year, but I'll be looking into the local game stores and clubs to find a regular group.

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Media & Inspiration / Were the Jedi celibate?
« on: May 07, 2020, 12:07:09 PM »
I've seen this comment pop up in the fandom from time to time.

I don't remember any time in the prequels were it's claimed the Jedi were celibate. They were forbidden to form attachment, but friendships were clearly tolerated, and a general "love your fellow man (being)" ethos was encouraged.

So, could Jedi get it on, as long as they didn't form an attachment? Could Jedi form families? How did this affect alien Jedi who maybe had different ways of relating to their mates and offspring?

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Media & Inspiration / Dune film news. (bleargh)
« on: April 14, 2020, 01:18:43 PM »
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/04/behold-dune-an-exclusive-look-at-timothee-chalamet-zendaya-oscar-isaac?fbclid=IwAR3vgiGyPlCyDSpD7_dypVXHSmWMJ9tMwfTNz-2P8OlmBxcGdy_3BOXkMWo

"The director has also expanded the role of Paul's mother, Lady Jessica. She's a member of the Bene Gesserit, a sect of women who can read minds, control people with their voice (again, a precursor to the Jedi mind trick), and manipulate the balance of power in the universe. In the script, which Villeneuve wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, she is even more fearsome than before. The studio's plot synopsis describes her as a "warrior priestess." As Villeneuve jokes, "It's better than 'space nun.' ""

Because it will expand and enrich Jessica's character to make her into a space ninja who flips out and stabs people. *rolleyes*

I remember how they "expanded" Princess Irulan for the Sci-Fi miniseries, and it was all awful. All in the name of giving women bigger roles, but resulting in shallow changes that don't add anything to the story.

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I'm surprised no one's started a thread yet.

I live near Seattle, and all of the gaming events I usually attend have been postponed or cancelled. biweekly Starfinder Society is suspended. I had an X-Wing miniautures Store Championship to attend saturday but that's been rescheduled for April.
The gaming pub I usually go to has been open on reduced hours, and sanitizing all the tables between games. Attendance is down (due to cancelled events) but not completely gone.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Knitting purity spirals. (D&D mentioned)
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:08:39 AM »
https://unherd.com/2020/01/cast-out-how-knitting-fell-into-a-purity-spiral/?=frbottom

"Where does a purity spiral end? Results may vary. "I get lots of emails these days from people in all kinds of walks of life where this is happening," said James Lindsay, one of the three grievance studies hoaxers, and a long-time foe of intersectional social justice ideology. "I get reached out to from Dungeons & Dragons societies, rock climbing, from religions."

I like to think we've reached saturation on this intersectional, purity spiral nonsense. People are naming it and calling it out. People are finding others who assure them that they aren't the bad guy for going against the groupthink.
And that knowledge means people aren't psychologically trapped in unhealthy communities.

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Media & Inspiration / Wonder Woman 84 Trailer
« on: December 08, 2019, 10:28:40 PM »


Do I have to spoiler block Steve Trevor? He's in the goddam trailer.

First impressions:

I really liked the first Wonder Woman up until the nonsense fight with Ares. So I'm really-really glad this one features a real supervillian, and some commies as the baddies.

The rich dude, if it turns out to be lame Hollywood "Orange Man Bad!" analog, I'm going to be dissapointed. If so, I expect they'll try to tie "Not Trump" to the commies in a clever symbolism. *throws up a little in mouth*

Steve Trevor. Hm. I really dislike the comic-book-ism of playing up a character's death, and then bringing them back. But Wonder Woman wouldn't be the same without Steve Trevor. I'm surprised that I'm fine with him coming back out of the revolving door O' death.

Well, looking forward to this with some extreme reservations.

[I totally submitted this post in Pundit's forum accidentally. Mods feel free to reject/delete the other one.]

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Wonder Woman 84 Trailer
« on: December 08, 2019, 10:27:21 PM »


Do I have to spoiler block Steve Trevor? He's in the goddam trailer.

First impressions:

I really liked the first Wonder Woman up until the nonsense fight with Ares. So I'm really-really glad this one features a real supervillian, and some commies as the baddies.

The rich dude, if it turns out to be lame Hollywood "Orange Man Bad!" analog, I'm going to be dissapointed. If so, I expect they'll try to tie "Not Trump" to the commies in a clever symbolism. *throws up a little in mouth*

Steve Trevor. Hm. I really dislike the comic-book-ism of playing up a character's death, and then bringing them back. But Wonder Woman wouldn't be the same without Steve Trevor. I'm surprised that I'm fine with him coming back out of the revolving door O' death.

Well, looking forward to this with some extreme reservations.

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Pen & Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Dwimmermount
« on: December 04, 2019, 01:00:27 PM »
This thread is for discussing the Dwimmermount mega dungeon and it's peripheral products. If you wish to discuss James Masilewski or the kickstarter issues, please do so on the already established threads.

https://www.therpgsite.com/showthread.php?41438-Has-the-Man-Behind-Grognardia-Ever-Re-Emerged
https://www.therpgsite.com/showthread.php?24039-Backers-pissed-at-James-M-and-Dwimmermount

So I figured I'd buy the PDF version. It was on drive-thru for 6 bucks this weekend, and I see it's still ten after the sale.

I really like the idea of getting xp for "lore", and having it be an advantage in navigating the dungeon.
The art is hit or miss. Most is good but there's one artist who does a lot of amateruish, thick ink lines and everything is in profile so he doesn't have to draw perspective stuff that I really don't like.

The dungeon is intertwined with the history of the setting's world(s), which is great in that it makes the dungeon that much more epic, and bad in that the setting is baked into the dungeon, and dropping this thing into Greyhawk or Forgotten Realms or you home campaign is going to take a lot of conversion work. Better to part it out for ideas and write you own mega-dungeon. (Which is an approach mentioned in the introduction)

For 6 bucks, I found it good enough. I doubt I'll run it as-written, but there are some good ideas, and a dungeon full of inspiration.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Knitler's Women
« on: October 03, 2019, 02:11:27 PM »


Someone from the online knitting community talks about the recent(ish) blowup over supposed "racism", and the usual SJW backlash she received for not agreeing with the groupthink.

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