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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« Last post by Tubesock Army on Today at 08:14:07 pm »

Biden got more votes than any candidate ever, and part of that was R's voting against Trump. I also know R's who sat out 2016 because they didn't like Trump, who voted for Biden this time.

Oh, yeah. I forgot that part. "Sleepy" Biden getting the most votes ever just seems improbable to many people. Of course, I figure you got part of the reason for why that happened right. I don't find it improbable at all that some conservative Christians didn't like Trump's "pussy grabbing", or his picking on John McCain for instance.

I guarantee you the McCain shit is a large part of why he lost Arizona.
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The item saving throw for item being damaged is something that seems to get forgotten a lot:  like the items a character uses are impervious to harm.

If someone has a bushel of arrows in a quiver and they get hit with a fireball, dragon breath, etc. you can bet I'm going to make sure that those items, being mainly wood sticks, get tested with an item saving throw.

Some might deem such a DM maneuver as nasty, but I would deem it something that is applicable to both sides of a melee, allowing adventurers to take heed of this factor to their benefit if they can craft a good solution.

I like item saving throws conceptually.  In practice, it takes a lot of extra time to make all those rolls, and I'm not willing to slow down my game for that.

Yeah, making a roll for every arrow and bit of equipment would be tiresome.

For re-using arrows, I usually use a quick and dirty 50% rule. Half the mundane arrows used are recoverable. Magic arrows are always intact.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« Last post by Trond on Today at 07:40:01 pm »

Biden got more votes than any candidate ever, and part of that was R's voting against Trump. I also know R's who sat out 2016 because they didn't like Trump, who voted for Biden this time.

Oh, yeah. I forgot that part. "Sleepy" Biden getting the most votes ever just seems improbable to many people. Of course, I figure you got part of the reason for why that happened right. I don't find it improbable at all that some conservative Christians didn't like Trump's "pussy grabbing", or his picking on John McCain for instance.
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The item saving throw for item being damaged is something that seems to get forgotten a lot:  like the items a character uses are impervious to harm.

If someone has a bushel of arrows in a quiver and they get hit with a fireball, dragon breath, etc. you can bet I'm going to make sure that those items, being mainly wood sticks, get tested with an item saving throw.

Some might deem such a DM maneuver as nasty, but I would deem it something that is applicable to both sides of a melee, allowing adventurers to take heed of this factor to their benefit if they can craft a good solution.

I like item saving throws conceptually.  In practice, it takes a lot of extra time to make all those rolls, and I'm not willing to slow down my game for that.
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The setting I have in mind for my game will feature the possibility of playing Egyptian, Celtic/Tuatha, Hindu, Aesir/Vanir, on top of the standard Greek Pantheon. I have some ideas for powers for characters native to those particular gods. However, you are all going to be connected to the Olympian Family by blood.

You the players will know of each other through family events and meetings.

(Some notable deviations from the canon of the books proper)

This will be the 5th or 6th time that the multiverse has been recreated. Part of the variance in the stories of the gods occurs in part because as the Multiverse is reborn from the Cosmic Egg events unfold differently each time. Their are humans from the prior iterations of the multiverse that exist.

The Titans have their war with the Primordials and the Olympians have their war with the titans. there are two other major events in the mythic cycle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysiaca The Wars of the Olympians with each other.

The final of the wars of the gods with each other was the war between Hera and Zeus. At the end of this war the Gods of Olympus were forbidden to war amongst one another.

Athena's feud with Poseidon over Athens is tied to events that occur following the end of this war that feed into the War of the Giants.

https://www.brown.edu/Departments/Joukowsky_Institute/courses/greekpast/4816.html The War of The Giants. The War of the Giants was a proxy war the Gaea launched against the Olympians using her Children the Giants as key players in.

The defeat of Typhon by Zeus was the climactic end of these events https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhon

However during this war the Tuatha and the Aesir both rose up and were used as proxy forces against the Giants (and were used by the gods against each other in a fashion of a Proxy war)
The events of the Labors of Hercules (in the fashion they occurred in) happened during this War http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/labors.html)
The Jotun and the Fomorians are both tribes of Giants that broke away from the main part of their lineage. And at the end of the War of the Giants sued for peace.

Following the final defeat of the Giants (and many of the monsters of the Primordial Chaos who had allied with them), peace has been hammered out that has lasted for around 3000 years.
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Media and Inspiration / Re: The Mandalorian Season 2
« Last post by Lurkndog on Today at 06:52:31 pm »

I don’t remember if they had Cara Dune namedrop the Big Bad Bastard she was specifically chasing after.  “I’m chasing Thrawn” is a pretty meaty hook to throw out there.

True, but it's not like Thrawn has even appeared, let alone become an ongoing storyline. So far it's just a tease.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« Last post by Tubesock Army on Today at 06:46:29 pm »
Another thing that people are ignoring is that there were a fair amount of Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016, who did not vote for him in 2020. When megadonors like Sheldon Adelson are turning their back on Trump, you kmow he's in Trouble. And Steve Bannon himself (he's a criminal scumbag, yes, but he's also a shrewd political operative, by any estimation) said that groups like The Lincoln Project would only need to peel away 3 or 4 percent of Trump voters in order to deny him a 2020 win. In the end, I think Republicans had a lot to do with Trump's defeat. I think there were a lot of R's who either aren't evangelicals, or who gritted their teeth and voted for Trump on the economy and judgeships. Many of these have turned on him because of the direct negative impact this administration's inept Coronavirus response has had on the economy. Well, that and "scandal fatigue". The Lincoln Project is not an anomaly. There are a lot of R's who voted for their party's nominee, hoping that he would at least make an attempt to rise to the challenges of his office. The difference between these voters and the MAGA crowd, is that the Lincoln Project types are smart enough to see, and mature enough to admit, that they made a mistake.

The truth of the matter is that if Trump had the maturity to have reigned in his ego, even a tiny fraction, and put just a bit more effort (you know, more than "none") into actually doing his job, instead of "owning the libs", he probably would have coasted to a second term. The hilarious part of watching conservative denial over Biden's victory is that the fault is really Trump's own.

How do you reconcile your facts like Lincoln Project peeling away 3 or 4 percent of Trumps vote with Trump increasing his vote from 62 million to 74 million?

Trump got more votes than he did last time. Biden got more votes than any candidate ever, and part of that was R's voting against Trump. I also know R's who sat out 2016 because they didn't like Trump, who voted for Biden this time.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« Last post by Kyle Aaron on Today at 06:35:41 pm »
I remember old Drumpf had asked NASA, when he started, if they could do a manned lunar flyby by late 2018. They said no. That was two years he gave them. Of course, it's been another two years since. Four years in all. By contrast, consider what the US achieved from JFK's speech in May 1961 to May 1965. Let's not speak of 1965-69. Ahem.

Fifty years on, the US is unable to do what it did fifty years ago. It's like the contrast between Afghanistan and Vietnam - it takes you longer and costs you more money to lose a war than it used to.

It's sad, really.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« Last post by HappyDaze on Today at 06:35:19 pm »
Read a few entertaining pieces on how Trump's diehards are like bigfoot hunters. They will claim something is evidence even when it is not and will seek to refute logic with "belief" in the existence of the myth they so desperately want to be true.
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/us-elections-government/ny-gop-republican-bigfoot-denver-riggleman-20201204-deemyxqp3rct7eezgkfjowiahm-story.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/denver-riggleman-bigfoot-qanon/2020/11/26/d8de7274-2dbf-11eb-bae0-50bb17126614_story.html

Here's an even weirder side note to the same thing:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/you-know-what-they-say-bigfoot-big-tent/2018/07/31/120486f4-94f4-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: 2020 Election Commentary
« Last post by SHARK on Today at 06:10:39 pm »
Greetings!

Tim Pool discusses various political events.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

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