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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / abstracted wealth
« on: April 07, 2015, 03:29:24 PM »
I have no desire to play Accountants & Actuaries. The less minutia I have to track, the better.

Quote from: Thornhammer;824035
Which Illinois college town was this?  It sounds awful familiar.

It happened outside of Illinois college towns, as well. It permeated the entire Chicagoland area. It still has a small but determined presence, but pathfinder seems to have supplanted it.

Quote from: jeff37923;824029
And thank you for completely misrepresenting my position and letting me know that I am a bigoted backwater ass. Do you feel better now?

What makes you think I was talking about you, so specifically? Did you recognize yourself as such?

Trying to equate legitimate concerns over legally endorsed discrimination with the SJW Outrage Brigade is ridiculous. SJWs are not laughable because of their stated goals, but by their interpretation of innocuous media and tactics they follow allegedly in support of those goals which actually make things worse.

GenCon absolutely should support a policy of nondiscrimination for its customers, not just because its the right thing to do, but because its good for their business to do so and anyone who thinks otherwise should not attend GenCon so I don't need to run into their bigotted, backwater ass when I attend.

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / oh god the storygames they burn
« on: April 03, 2015, 01:29:34 PM »
Quote from: jhkim;823654
I'm still unclear on where the burning is, or what part of tuypo is burning. :-)

Yeah, I clicked the link expecting something seriously fucked up, but ended up with a collection of mildly banal games, the most offensive of which appears to be Twilight the RPG.

As for the complaint about Monsterhearts - I don't see it.

Not so much the game itself, but the hypocrisy of many of those cooing over it when it comes to games they don't like is palpable.

Quote from: Spinachcat;823677

Discrimination, of any kind, is bad PR among young educated employees, so coming out against Indiana is meaningful in the competition for talent.

Bingo. Competition for talent is it. I work for one of the largest financial services firms in the world (who, as per our corporate social media policy, I cannot name) and they go out of their way for inclusion. We have a corporate culture which has a huge focus on diversity. We have chapters of PRIDE in every location, for example. We've had transgendered guest speakers come and talk about inclusion. Corporate policy is employees should be allowed to be themselves without fear of harassment or discrimination or feeling they have to hide.

Why does it go to all this trouble? Because it doesn't ultimately care about things like race or sexual orientation or gender, it only cares about talent. But to attract talent from the largest pool it needs to show that it's ok with people who are not the "norm". It's not that the corporation cares so much about gay rights, it's that by supporting gay rights it can get better employees, because if your bottom line is profits, then why would you care who your employees screw? As long as they do a good job. Right?

The company gets involved in charitable activities quite frequently as well, and even will front money for employees to get involved in a charitable event. This is again optics, but this time it's to build a relationship with the communities it serves. It's creating goodwill which means loyal customers. And again, it launches diversity ad campaigns to show it welcomes all people. Why? Because then you have a larger customer base. If you're a business and you only care about profits, then a gay person's money spends just as well as anyone else's, right? Appealing to a wider variety of people is getting more customers which is making more money. It's not hard to understand.

Given that the State of Indiana has already buckled like a belt and quickly passed an amendment to the law prohibiting any kind of discrimination including specifically sexual orientation all while backpedaling in a manner that would impress unicycle performers in the circus and that GenCon applauded the move and seems mollified, this is all a rather moot point now.

But the larger point that corporations do engage in political activism, as the supreme court ruled they could; if you think this sort of thing isn't going on all the time, you're incredibly naive. Corporations influence politics to a huge extent, through donations, PACs, Lobbies, and activism. All the time. Whether or not they should is a valid discussion, but the reality is they all do, and GenCon is not unique in this by any measure.

Quote from: RPGPundit;823591
I'd go one further and get rid of the government's involvement altogether.  Marriage is whatever ceremony you and whoever you consensually get to agree to it want it to be; government stops treating married people different from single people.

The ceremony is a wedding, not a marriage. Marriage is a legal status. But I agree marriage should be abolished. Its outdated.

Quote from: Bren;823596
I'd take the tax break that paying taxes separately at the single rate would give me.

Unless you or your spouse make significantly more than the other, in which you'd get a tax break for being married.

My wife and I got married for tax reasons, since I make a lot more than she does. It save's us thousands of dollars per year in tax benefits.

Quote from: Rincewind1;823339
It's almost like it's magical invisible hand of free market at work!

Isn't it though?

Variety is the spice of life. I play tons of games. I've run or played dozens of different RPGs. I am also an avid board gamer and video gamer. I cant imagine wanting to play just one kind of game much less one specific game. There are too many cool games out there. I will play an RPG system for a few months or even years and then move on to something else. I've taken away ideas of how to approach other games from those I've played which I feel is enriching.

I acknowledge I am pretty unusual in this. My geek tribalism isn't around a game, but around games as a category.

This means I get to do some gaming every day. What could be better?

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / How I Ended Up Here
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:56:50 AM »
Quote from: TheFailedSave;821917
Thanks again everyone! I will look at that nWoD blog post soon. You know, for being a bunch of miscreants and haters (according to you guys don't seem so bad J/K

The tone here can often get abrasive. Those with delicate sensibilities find their tender bits grated raw here fairly easily. If you're at all thick skinned, you'll do fine.

Other Games / Video Games: What are you playing?
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:48:10 AM »
I tried Payday 2 on a whim and got sucked in. I like I can just dial it up for 20 minutes to pull a job and move on. I mostly run solo because most PD2 players are batshit crazy achievement obsessives and I just like shootin' stuff, but trying to persuade some friend to try it out.

Quote from: Brad;823253
Angie's List is currently under a major class-action lawsuit for fraud. They jumped on the "Fuck Indiana!" bandwagon for what appears to be a diversion.

So, yeah, believe what you want, this is just hyped up bullshit.

How about Big Pharma company Elli Lilly? Or any if the other major corporations doing business in the state? Let me guess, that's just a diversion too.

Lots of diversions.

But this has been a good exchange because now I know you're a fundie extremist for your particular -ism and thus there is no having a reasonable discussion with you on this subject.

Quote from: Bren;823241
Presumably he tried both lifestyles on before choosing one. :rolleyes:

It's the only way to be sure.

But seriously I suspect an April fool. This is just too textbook. But watching the response either way is interesting.

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