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Messages - Spike

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I dunno. I liked the IDEA of the Coriolis setting, but upon deeper inspection I kept running into 'no there, there', if you get me? 

It doesn't help that the MY0 rules, and as you noted how equipment tends to go, produces no 'feeling' for the setting either, its just sort of meh.

I think that's easy to miss in the Year Zero line, because the (counts finger...) Four distinct play options each provide radically different approaches to characterization that it obscures how thin everything else is... of course since 'everything else' is also supposed to be unexplored, and thus easily served with a nice heaping of 'DYI' setting creation rules, also makes up for it.. both elements lacking in Coriolis. Which is why I steeled myself, and exercised rare discipline and did NOT buy the new Aliens RPG.... previewing it showed me the 'illusion of choice' in character creations (Eg every character winds up a near clone of every other character, mechanically), and.. well... MY0 rules.

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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Mandalorian Season 2
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:47:21 pm »

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Enjoy.
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:45:11 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?

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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Mandalorian Season 2
« on: January 07, 2021, 12:59:49 am »
Mebbee she needs to regain the ability to emote with her face?    ;D





I dunno. I just saw a youtube clip, and ol' Starbuck is entering the uncanny valley these days.  I'm about three seasons behind.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Forgotten RPGs
« on: January 04, 2021, 10:50:37 am »
I was going to drop a bit on CyborGladiators, but I can't find my book. Cute little thing, decent names attached to it (who? Don't remember), like it was a goofy side project done for fun on a slightly better budget than most. 

The premise is undead super-aliens kidnap lesser aliens (Humans! Catgirls! Bugmen!!!) and upgrade them with bionics to fight in gladatorial games. And that's pretty much it. The in game fiction suggests a campaign arc of playing, getting moar upgrades and leading a slave revolt, but honestly there isn't enough on the captors to really support that, as I recall.

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Meanwhile I look at this news as 35 new potential trashfires I can warm my cold black heart beside.

Disney's problem isn't that they haven't found the right properties yet. They've still got that backwards thinking going on for them. Disney's problem would appear to be that they have no idea what their actual business is and no idea how to recognize and groom actual talent.  That's a rot in the heart of their business that isn't going away any time soon.

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I think Orwell was spot on when he discussed the destruction of words as a tool of authoritarian control.  There's a whole thread on Tangency about rethinking geek speak.  I think what they're missing is that they've gotten old and now, like the mothers who were frothing at the mouth about satanism in the eighties, they're frothing in a panic over stuff.

I think Orwell was... well, not wrong, but off a little bit.  I think that the left sees itself is a state of perpetual revolution, even though they have power they don't have POWAH, so they are still revolutionaries fighting 'the man', whomever that is.

It is characteristic of revolutionaries, at least as far back as Thucydides (I've pointed this out here in the past), to corrupt language to disguise what they are doing, and you know the revolution is over, one way or another, when language gets 'fixed', because whomever wins inevitably re-asserts the common understanding of words as soon as they have power (or in this case POWAH).

Orwell is only right because the authoritarians are also the rebels. Once they've succeeded in setting up some sort of absolute feudal state and reduced the rest of us to primitive serfs working the land under their new regime (having gotten rid of that pesky ambitious and freedom loving middle class...), then they'll hate weird weasel words and 'that depends on what "is" means' language in a heart beat, to shut down the next group of revolutionaries that comes down the pipe.

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I, for one, LURVE the Big Purple.


Oh, not to post there, or even read there... no no nononononono.....

I think it is ever so useful to see exactly what indulging in the their brand of 'nice' leads to.  I hope their death spiral is long and slow and, in fact, never ending.  I would like to live so long as to see RPG.net hosted on a pole as a warning to the next ten generations that some niceties come with too high a price. I would look up at them and grin and give them a little wave...

HA!  Vir Cotto my man!

B5 for life! :)

A man of culture, I see...

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I, for one, LURVE the Big Purple.


Oh, not to post there, or even read there... no no nononononono.....

I think it is ever so useful to see exactly what indulging in the their brand of 'nice' leads to.  I hope their death spiral is long and slow and, in fact, never ending.  I would like to live so long as to see RPG.net hosted on a pole as a warning to the next ten generations that some niceties come with too high a price. I would look up at them and grin and give them a little wave...

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Sorry but I blanked out on the but where the OP says they don't own a copy of the game. Is the rest just made up?


Confused response: I stated quite clearly that I perused a borrowed copy, and that I couldn't do a full review for that reason.

What exactly was hard to understand about that?  Are you trying to troll me? :D

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: December 26, 2020, 02:24:15 pm »
First of all, its patently absurd to pay 2700 dollars to receive 600 dollars, no matter how you parse it.

Depending on when you have to repay it, that would make perfect sense; many people borrow money to buy a house or car now, and repay a greater amount over time. For federal debt, it often never gets paid off; it simply diminishes in significance as the economy grows. The US owed more than its GDP at the end of World War II and never really paid off most of it; the economy grew so that the present day value of that debt, less the $3 trillion, is not really a significant part of the national debt.



See... A lot of think that is BAD. 

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Well I liked it.

I like it too. I agree with Pika's critiques, just not as vehemently.

I've been trying to collect pithy quotes for times like this, but since I'm still new at the pithy quoting shit, you'll have to accept that you get a half-assed paraphrase of a poorly remembered quote.  If you have to love, love passionately, if you have to hate, hate passionately. Half-hearted emotions are meaningless piffles.  Or something. By someone smarter than me.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: December 24, 2020, 09:23:07 pm »


You fail.

I repeat: he's threatening to veto the bill BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GIVE ENOUGH MONEY AWAY FOR FREE TO EVERYONE. All the rest of that isn't the primary reason he's threatening a veto. He want's $2000 instead of $600 to everyone. If they just changed that one clause looks like he'd sign. He wants other stuff done too, but his primary objection is it's not enough free money to everyone.

So how is that not socialist?


How do I fail?  What a weird thing to say in response to my post.  I never said why the Trumpenfurher vetoed it, I responded with why I was glad he vetoed it, myself and a lot of other people, as it turns out.

Now, you come along and say he vetoed it because it doesn't pay out enough, which is fine.  I said that the bill cost 2700 dollars for each tax payer, and that 600 dollars is a joke. Now you say that The Don wanted 2000 instead of 600. Well, I still think that's an awful shit deal... I'm still losing 700 dollars at the end of the day, but hell, I'd be happy to lose only 700 vs losing 2100... I'd rather not lose any.

Also, I didn't mention one word about Socialist, so I'm not sure what your stinger question is supposed to imply.  Lets go over my complaints and see if I missed anything...

Paying 2700 dollars for 600 dollars? Nope, we just covered that. Cheeto Emperor wants to increase it to 2000 dollars. That's a weak sister win, but its still a win. Maybe he also wanted to bring down the cost per person too? Who knows. 

The bill was too damn long, absurdly long: Not about socialism.

There was nowhere near the time, mandated by law btw, for lawmakers to actually read the bill before they had to vote: Also not about socialism.

There was an awful lot of money in this relief bill to countries that do not spell their name 'United States of America': Thats a lot of things, but I"m pretty sure my complaint was not about 'Socialism' there. It was about US lawmakers giving my money to other countries while whispering in my ear that it was all for me. 


Now, as it happens, sure, I think any redistributionist program of passing out tax payer dollars to non-tax payers smacks of a socialist policy, but frankly that's so far down the list of complaints I might have about this particular bill that it never even occurred to me until now.  So... congratulations? You have successfully discovered yet another reason to cheer it was vetoed. 

Thanks, Mistwell!

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« on: December 24, 2020, 06:50:27 pm »
Now can someone please tell me how Trump is the last stand against socialism and communism, while he's threatening a veto on the stimulus because it doesn't give away enough free money to everyone? You know, a plan BERNIE SANDERS proposed! AOC and Pelosi are also praising it.

Sure.  First of all, its patently absurd to pay 2700 dollars to receive 600 dollars, no matter how you parse it.  Second this bill is one of the biggest (longest in terms of page count) in history, if not the absolute record holder (I believe it is, in fact, the record holder).  Most of that 2100 dollars that American Tax Payers are spending to receive 600 dollars of 'stimulous' is not even going to projects or businesses in America, but are being paid to countries like Pakistan, Egypt and others.

Not that anyone is exactly certain, because in addition to being absurdly long, they were given a handful of hours to parse those 6000 thousand pages (That is ten pages per dollar received in stimulus, and 2 dollars and change for every dollars spent by a taxpayer...) so they could exercise informed consent in the performance of their representative duties.

As much as I enjoy getting money for sitting on my ass, this looks like a terrible deal on the face of it, and I'm glad its being quashed. I don't care who is doing the quashing, or who put their hands in my pocket to take all that money in the first place.

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Seeing as how I live in a wasteland of gaming, and recently I was working in the PNW, where I happen to be friends with the owners of FLGS, though such freindships have waned with the passing of years, my list of recent acquistions is absurdly large, even by my standards...

I have the Invisible Sun Black Box, Part Time Gods (2e), Synthecide, 7th Sea (Current Year Edition), Aethireum, About four Cyberpunk 2020 books, SuperAge, Hack the Planet, Shinobigami, Ryuutama, The Expanse, ICONS, Eclipse Phase 2E, Sunward and Rimward (both for EP 1E), Battlelords of the 23rd Century 7E, John Carter of Mars, Starfinder, Interface Zero for Starfinder, Mutant Year Zero: Elysium, and a couple of RIFTS supplements... and that's just what I remember.

All bought since September of 2020.






Hello, my name is Spike, and I have a problem....

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