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Messages - Tait Ransom

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Quote from: Stephen Tannhauser;1090030
I was actually remembering my own experience as someone who loved the TBP community and got a great deal of entertainment, information and useful learning out of it, but gradually found it more and more unconscionable in its intentional ostracization of views and opinions like mine while still claiming to be about "tolerance" and "understanding". The tragedy was that they became so determined to expel genuinely malicious actors that they wound up being willing to expel merely those who defended the conditions that enabled those bad actors, like free speech or free criticism of popular ideas. And since objecting to banning on such grounds was ipso facto proof of deserving such banning, I simply cut out the middleman and stopped posting of my own accord. I don't delude myself anybody missed me, but a community which doesn't miss anyone leaving it is another manifestation of the same problem.


You've summed up my take and experience very well, unfortunately.

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After reading this, I checked in over there for maybe the second time in years.  I killed over an hour reading old threads I posted in way back when.

I really had some good times, and I hate seeing what it's turned into.  It was my online hangout for close to 10 years, and I miss it.  Doesn't look like there's any going back, and that's a pity.

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3/3.5.  I had some fantastic experiences running and playing it, and it got me back into gaming after 8 years where I didn't game at all.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Male self-hatred; as "woke" as can be
« on: January 30, 2019, 12:57:28 am »
Quote from: S'mon;1072806
While it certainly seems likely that women suffer more stalking, men may be less likely to complain or even to notice. Someone abusing me in a different forum may just be because we both happen to hang out in two related forums.


I'm betting you're right but I've seen exceptions.  I work in conduct and do some Title IX work on my campus.  The vast majority of stalking cases I've seen were male on female, but hands down the worst one was a female student stalking a male prof.  She was arrested at least 3 times and had him terrified.

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Quote from: Rhedyn;1072468
Anyone have anything they love or hate about this system?


Cypher is my go-to System now.  It is my favorite system to run by a mile.  It's very easy to adapt session plans on the fly.  NPCs are a snap to set up and combat runs very smoothly.  The intrusion mechanic is a lot of fun, and social encounters work really well.

I love it, though I find I prefer to use the system in other settings and genres.  I have a hard time coming up with stuff that feels right for the Numenera setting.  I think it does pulp well - I had a blast using it for The Day After Ragnarok.

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I haven't read any Eberron material since 4e came out, but I have almost all the 3e sourcebooks.  It is one of my all time favorite settings.  I ran a two year campaign that took the characters from 1st to over 20th level, and we loved every bit of it. It's really easy to drop stuff in where you need it.  I ran "The Red Hand of Doom," a mini campaign about a goblinoid horde with draconic support, about halfway through, and only had to do minor tweaks.

The setting allows for a variety of different types of adventures, and most elements can be played as they typically are or with an Eberron twist (ie: halflings may be dinosaur riding organized crime figures, while Gnomes can be information brokers).

Alignment was handled differently than in a a lot of D&D at the time, but overall I liked it.  The gods weren't as picky about their worshippers, so you could be in the temple of a Lawful Good religion, but the high priest might be lawful evil - could be out of himself, or may have done some horrible things "for the greater good" in the war.  The main thing is that it made Detect [alignment] spells to be not nearly as beneficial as they might normally have been.  That lawful evil high priest might still be a very useful ally who has no reason to turn on you.

I loved most of the new races - Warforged can be a lot of fun, Changelings have some neat options - though I never did much with psionics, so I can't speak to the Kalashtar.  

Overall, if you buy into a lot of the conceits of D&D but want a slightly different take, it's a fun setting.  It helps to like pulp, though, so it's not everyone's cup of tea.

As to Baker's politics, I don't recall seeing much of it in the books.  I recall that Changelings can change their gender, and any Changeling can get pregnant if in female form, and that some of them did not choose a gender at all.  However, that made sense for the race and did not really feel forced.  I would still enjoy the product even knowing that about Baker, as long as the politics are kept out.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Current Politicians You Actually Like
« on: January 04, 2019, 04:33:31 pm »
Quote from: SP23;1070511
Proving that the GOP is primarily motivated by misogyny and racism.


Right ... can't have anything to do with them being gaffe machines who aren't great interviewees and who are pushing unpopular policies.  Must be racism and misogyny.  

PLEASE keep on thinking that!

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Current Politicians You Actually Like
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:03:48 pm »
So far, I'd say I like Cortez and Pelosi, as they'll do most of the heavy lifting to re-elect Pres. Trump.

Leo Berman was a bit out there even for my right of center tastes, but he came through for one of my students when they needed help in Austin.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Stacey D calls for boycott of Garycon
« on: December 30, 2018, 09:56:07 am »
Quote from: jeff37923;1070007
You know, I'm going to catch some flak for this since I'm pretty much the one who outed jhkim, but we should not let that get us that riled up. If we believe in Freedom of Speech, I mean really walk the walk and not just talk the talk, then jhkim voicing his own opinion on another media platform is his privilege. Yeah, it is negative towards this forum and shows a serious disregard for the posters here in what he said, but he is well within his rights to do so. Freedom of Speech means that people are allowed to say things we don't like as well as that which we do like, that is one of the fundamental differences between TheRPGSite and places run by social justice types who can't handle anything negative in their hugbox.

I guess that I just don't want people to be irritated by the location of the post and not the content of the post. Let's face it, Freedom of Speech allows you to say whatever you want, but does not insulate you from the consequences of what you say.


To his credit, jhkim didn't say anything there that he hasn't or wouldn't say here.  The difference between us and the sjw/sjt crowd is we can think you're wrong without thinking you're evil, too.

Jhkim deserves no worse than to be challenged or confronted openly - not shamed, attacked, or driven away.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Stacey D calls for boycott of Garycon
« on: December 29, 2018, 07:51:55 pm »
Quote from: kythri;1069969
Links and other lunacy stripped.

I'm curious how FGG no longer being able to donate product for a Humble Bundle charity drive "hits them where it counts" but, I'm a simple man.

The only one potentially hurt here is the charity that benefits from the Humble Bundle, but, hey, who cares about collateral damage when you're on a holy crusade?

I don't play 5E and I'm not particularly fond of the products, but I will get that bundle as soon as I'm home.  I only wish I could do so in Stacy D's honor.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Stacey D calls for boycott of Garycon
« on: December 29, 2018, 10:21:51 am »
Quote from: HappyDaze;1069953
Don't you know: Political parties no longer allow multi-classing even if your mental stats are high enough. It supposedly prevents obnoxious level dipping.


Good one!

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Stacey D calls for boycott of Garycon
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:19:16 pm »
There is so much anger in the hobby because people are bastard coated bastards with bastard fillings.

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I haven't played a Palladium game in years, but love their settings and sourcebook.  I think the system is clunky, though, and would love to see revised rules.

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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / RPG.net showing its true colors
« on: September 18, 2018, 03:55:53 pm »
Quote from: Armchair Gamer;1056383
I saw this coming over a decade ago, when Geza Echs was banned. It's why I had "I accept, believe and profess the Catholic faith. Yes, all of it" in my signature until I left (with some modifications after people misunderstood it--although judging from later comments, it didn't help). RPGNet is perfectly tolerant of all forms of religion--so long as you will bend the knee and offer the ceremonial pinch of infant to their patron idols, Antitrump, Venus Paneros, and Moloch.


Yep.  When they banned Geza Echs, I left.  I knew that they'd head this direction sooner or later, and I hate that I was right about this.

It used to be a great community.

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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Beyond the Supernatural
« on: September 13, 2018, 09:34:41 am »
Quote from: Spinachcat;884695
RPGPundit, start up a thread about Systems Failure!!


Agreed!  I'm not really a fan of post apocalyptic, and I think Palladium's ruleset is clunky as hell, but I LOVE me some Systems Failure!

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