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Messages - Ghostmaker

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Other Games / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« on: February 22, 2021, 02:46:43 PM »
This game is turning out to be another Fable.

It's just flat out boring to me. It is able to stagger on because there's a dearth of cyberpunk games out there. I also found the "choose your own genitals" to be quite jarring at the start of the game. If you're going to do that, you don't have to have a floppy dick appear.
The whole character customizer is completely pointless, since:

(a) there's no third person view option
(b) your character doesn't show a reflection, even in surfaces where NPCs are showing a reflection
(c) some if not all of the cutscenes don't show your character either
(d) none of it matters anyways in-game.

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So this happened.

https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/infraction-for-bushido11-17-permanent-ban.834052/

Now, here's where I start scratching my head. Bushido11 was banned in 2018 for, quote:
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There are three large problems with what you've posted. First, you were banned from this thread, yet here you are posting in it again. Second, responding to redtext is against the rules, and here you are doing that, too. And lastly, not only did you sealion in support of MRAs, which is a violation of our sexism policy, you decided to do the above violating of your threadban and replying to moderator redtext in order to*continue to sealion in support of MRAs.

This blatant and willful disregard of*multiple*rules of this site at a single stroke like that indicates that you're not going to be a good fit here, and as a result you're permabanned under Rule 1 and Rule 10. Appeals may be sent to the Admin email.
On Saturday, March 20, Sphinx of Black Quartz posted that his ban was reversed on appeal. However, if you access bushido11's post history, he started posting again on the 12th, over a week before the announcement.

I could buy it taking a day or so to dig up the infraction record, but eight days? And for a three year old ban for 'poor fit on the forum' and 'supporting MRAs'?

Now, I suppose after three years bushido11 wrote an amazing verbal sucking-off of admin that got them to reverse the ban. Or that the originator of said ban (ANT Pogo) had departed and someone else decided he had been too harsh. But this just seems a BIT suspicious and weird.

I could be wrong, I admit. But does this trip the shenanigans detector for anyone else?

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Other Games / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:23:10 AM »
My opinion is that nothing is going to fix 2077. They could patch every bug, but the core gameplay issues remain.

There are a number of excellent videos illustrating the frankly jarring disconnect between what was promised versus what was delivered. Open world and AI behavior; interacting with NPCs; combat and upgrades; vehicles and safehouses... etcetera.

One of my personal favorites is how in Red Dead Redemption 2, you can walk around and pick up items for later purchase right off the shelves, or browse an in-game catalogue. In CP2077, it's a last gen basic bitch open a window and buy shit interaction.

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The problem with slow, 'Romero' zombies, even if they require headshots, is:

(1) they're still vulnerable to structural damage. Kneecap a zombie and he's gonna be even slower.
(2) they don't duck, or usually wear helmets (zombie soldiers and SWAT members are the exception, obviously).

Romero zombies are also not superhumanly strong. They're just relentless. But relentlessness won't let you punch through brick walls or armor plate.

So yeah. Patiently headshotting them will remove the issue unless you're just completely swarmed under.

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Frankly, Disney seems to be going out of their way to piss off anyone who's to the political right of Mao.

The worst you can say about Carano's tweet was that it was hyperbolic. It was hardly offensive. But the woketards have been after her ever since she refused to play the pronoun game.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: NYT: don't think critically!
« on: February 22, 2021, 08:07:38 AM »
As I have remarked before, now that a Democrat is in office dissent is now suddenly unpatriotic.

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Aren’t D&D zombies ripped mostly right out of voodoo anyway? They fit the dictionary definition to a T: “a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.”

You for one should recognise the differences between a DnD Zombie and a Voodoo Zombie.
It depends on what lore you’re working with. The beliefs are not exactly readily shared. Bokors apparently steal the souls of people and place them in jars to create zombies. Salt breaks the spell. Some anthropologists tried to claim that real zombies were created using pufferfish venom, though the veracity of this is disputed.

D&D necromancers appear to be able to animate any corpses they find. Whether this enslaves the soul of the deceased is never explained AFAIK.

It’s a square peg in a round hole situation for sure. Zombies having their souls consciously enslaved is definitely a lot more horrifying than the corpses being soulless puppets.
Nope. In the case of a zombie, it's basically flesh puppeted with necromantic energy. A galvanized corpse. The soul has nothing to do with it (and I recall at least one adventure where an annoyed spirit asks an adventuring party to dispose of his shambling corpse so that it won't hurt anyone).

There are undead along the vein of 'enslaved or mutilated souls', typically evil incorporeal undead, as well as some oddities (like the bodak). But zombies? Nope.

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Aren’t D&D zombies ripped mostly right out of voodoo anyway? They fit the dictionary definition to a T: “a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.”
To an extent. Night of the Living Dead hit theaters in 1968 and I think that had just as much influence as voodoo zombies on D&D.

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Imagine voting for this guy unironically while simultaneously claiming Trump was mentally unfit for office...
Remember they were unironically declaring how 'we voted a dictator out of office' after the election.

Setting aside the whole cheating question, you don't get to vote dictators out. That's kind of the point of being a dictator; you ensure the people can't remove you through peaceful transfer of power, usually by way of 'roll the tanks!'.

My guess is when Biden finally collapses into drooling idiocy, Harris will declare a national emergency and suspend elections 'for the duration'.

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What bothers me is how they expect everything and anything to be catered around the character either in a wheelchair or another similar disability.

- No rough terrain, stairs or ladders. Every and any adventuring area must have wheelchair accessible ramps

- Somehow evil, intelligent creatures will somehow never target the character first

- The sheer ego and entitlement of expecting every and any player to want to help the character with a disability even if it puts said character at risk

If one does not give into their entitled demands then everyone and anyone is an abelist.

What does piss me off is the " just because you can cure your disability does not mean the character would do so". Bullshit...utter complete bullshit that kind of toxic insane garbage comes from SJW players who do not have any form of disability. That's the only explanation because if they suddenly lost their sight you can bet they would want to see again. I wear glasses and without them while not blind I have trouble seeing why the fuck would I want to play a blind character unless it was by personal choice.

If one day an alien race would arrive and ask if anyone with a disability would want to be cured no strings attached you can bet most if not all at least 99% would say yes. None of this "yeah I want to remain blind because of reasons and feels" trash.
Ah, but all of that is accounted for in the wheelchair's magical abilities. It can levitate! It gives attacks! It's almost immune to damage!

If this was a more conventional magic item it would be rejected on the grounds of being overpowered, especially for its price (100gp). But because it brings 'representation', it's celebrated. Which is even more bizarre: who the hell wants to play someone stuck in a wheelchair?

Someone suggested this and I have to agree: this is about someone's creepy fetish for disabled people.

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I think the mods are trying to make the users terrified of not knowing where the boundaries are by giving vague guidance on some issues, and eliminating posts deemed offensive so that one cannot see what the tripwire for a ban was. Having the rules in a constant state of being hard to comprehend is an old tool of establishing an environment of terror to instill discipline. One eventually stops initiating any action not explicitly endorsed or managed by the leadership cadre. God help you if you wind up associated with a faction of the leadership that finds itself disfavored.
Unsurprising. Such is the nature of any kind of despotic system.

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https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/das-golem-receives-a-%F0%9F%9A%AB-seven-day-ban.877239/

See, now this makes me want to make an account, join a game with 'name your own/build your own powers' and name one after the Sneering Imperialist perk from Fallout: New Vegas. Just to be a dick.

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"nO oNe WaNtS tO tAkE yOuR gUnS!"

Bidenharris recently made this statement to Congress:

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Three years ago today, a lone gunman took the lives of 14 students and three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever.

For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones. They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay.

These families are not alone. In big cities and small towns. In schools and shopping malls. In churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. In movie theaters and concert halls. On city street corners that will never get a mention on the evening news. All across our nation, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends have known the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence. And in this season of so much loss, last year’s historic increase in homicides across America, including the gun violence disproportionately devastating Black and Brown individuals in our cities, has added to the number of empty seats at our kitchen tables. Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

Over these three years, the Parkland families have taught all of us something profound. Time and again, they have showed us how we can turn our grief into purpose – to march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change.

The Parkland students and so many other young people across the country who have experienced gun violence are carrying forward the history of the American journey. It is a history written by young people in each generation who challenged prevailing dogma to demand a simple truth: we can do better. And we will.

This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.

No mention of actually punishing people who commit crimes with guns. No mention of how Cruz conveniently slipped through the system again and again thanks to the 'Promise Program'. Nope, it's all about banning 'weapons of war' and turning law abiding citizens into criminals through fiat.

But nobody wants to take our guns, right?

"Gun control is the assertion that a woman raped and strangled in an alley is somehow morally superior to one who shoots her attacker stone dead."

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: Enjoy.
« on: February 14, 2021, 11:41:56 AM »
*makes popcorn furiously*


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As related before. Back in the 90s iteration of this stupid I was at ground zero when the moral guardians stepped up their campaign from bitching and trying to "cancel" people to actively sabotaging a major art and indie comic con. They got every comic artist they disapproved of censored at their tables and disapproved art removed from the gallery. Cosplayers were restricted or in a few cases outright denied. They even had armed security in the gaming room watching us.

Next year they had completely taken over the con and "fixed" it. A year later it was gone. A con that had been around over a decade. As of a year or so ago the new iteration of this stupid was at it again.
Which convention was this?

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