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10 - 1 this turns into a piracy debate at some point…

But can there be an ethical thief? No. By definition there cannot. Value is irrelevant. Medium is irrelevant.
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Ok Gnomeworks, I dislike much os OD&D but your just a rude asshole.
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Design, Development, and Gameplay / Suggestion to pin this
« Last post by DeadVerySoon on Today at 05:02:14 PM »
You might consider pinning this as a suggestion: the book "The Art of Game Design by Schell"

I have a vague memory that Steve Jackson wrote a book of game design, cannot find it
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If a person steals a digital copy of the book, is it the same thing.  I say yes, but ONLY if that thief could have afforded  to purchase a legitimate digital copy.   If not, no money has actually been lost, the data is still there for those who can afford it to buy.

This assumes that the thief would have spent money at all in the first place. Ability to pay does not imply willingness to do so.

Obviously that problem only applies to digital goods. Theft of physical items is still theft regardless of whether or not the thief could afford the goods.

 I'm saying that if the thief were NOT able to pay, it calls into question whether digital theft harmed the owners. What do you mean by "..would have spent money at all in the first place."? 

I never said that ability to pay rules out a rich thief.  I'm saying that ability to pay and unwillingness to do so DOES make this harmful to the owner of digital content.

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Design, Development, and Gameplay / The Holy Grail
« Last post by DeadVerySoon on Today at 04:52:55 PM »
I have some board game ideas, and am searching for the Holy Grail.

I would like the game to be playable / accessible to the max.

Meaning, persons of diverse age, gender, interest level, playing style and experience/skill level have an equal opportunity to participate, enjoy, win.\

Meaning, if a guy drags his girlfriend to come play, it's her first time, only female there, she hates competition, she is reluctant, hates the theme, how to make it a pleasure for her anyway?  Just an example.

Meaning, equal opportunity to "win" by being violent or by being the diplomatic type.

Ideas?

Ways to scale the difficulty?\

Ways to make it play with any number, odd number, even solo.

Ways to either handicap vets or give reasonable buffs to newbies.
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If a person steals a digital copy of the book, is it the same thing.  I say yes, but ONLY if that thief could have afforded  to purchase a legitimate digital copy.   If not, no money has actually been lost, the data is still there for those who can afford it to buy.

This assumes that the thief would have spent money at all in the first place. Ability to pay does not imply willingness to do so.

Obviously that problem only applies to digital goods. Theft of physical items is still theft regardless of whether or not the thief could afford the goods.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Imprison anyone who refuses the vax!
« Last post by Kiero on Today at 04:49:31 PM »
Observing the higher cases in the jabbed here in the UK and proposing some reasons why that might be the case: https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/vaccines-and-boosters-associated

As I have been saying all along, the jabs fuck up your immune system. Less noticeable in young people who are otherwise healthy, with other means to defend themselves, potentially deadly in old people who's myriad defences no longer function.

Luckily Omicron is even more pathetic than Delta was, but it's bypassing the jabs.
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Your failure to understand something doesn't mean it's stupid.

Don't expect me to do your critical thinking for you, jerkass. I understand perfectly well what the intent was, and I can explain why it's stupid, which I will do later for the benefit of you who apparently need information spoon-fed to you.

Nah, you are just self-righteous prick :P

That may be, but ad hom is boring. Attack the argument or STFU, because I personally don't have two shits to give about your opinion of me on a personal level.

Which part is the one you think is stupid, though? Is it the build point thing, allowing only non-humans to get extra build points, or max level reductions based on number of added build points?

Primarily the max level reduction as the "price" for the extra build points. Anyone who has actually played D&D for any length of time knows that the vast majority of games don't see 10th level, much less anything past that. Which means that non-human characters can buy more power for literally free. Not only is this obviously bad design, but it has knock-on effects for the kinds of party racial compositions you are likely to see, as well, which may result in parties not demographically matching the fiction. I bring up that second point because I'm having issues with that in my games right now, where the last couple groups have been largely non-humans in a setting that is supposed to be human-centric.

Increased XP requirements to level are a staple of pre-WotC D&D, so I'm ambivalent. I personally don't like them conceptually, but I don't know of any solid argument against them and pondering it for a few minutes didn't yield anything obviously problematic in my mind. I think they make the game more difficult to balance in general, but "clunky" isn't synonymous with "bad."

Build-a-bear approaches to characters typically sound good, on paper it allows for more customization and such, but in general I find they're less than ideal. Can they be functional? Sure. But character class as a game structure exist the way they do for a reason: mucking with that can have awkward and wonky results.

GnomeWorks didn't say.

There are plenty of things, good and bad, to say about OSR games. But if someone can't even come up with a single concrete criticism, it's not the start of an discussion. It's just someone with nothing to contribute being an insufferable asshole.

Cry me a fucking river, I'm sorry you're too incompetent to recognize bad design when you see it.
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Other Games / Re: City of Heroes is back
« Last post by DeadVerySoon on Today at 04:45:54 PM »
For anyone that ever played it (or those that didn't but might be interested) City of Heroes/Villains has been back for a while and is totally free to play AND is receiving updates via an awesome team of volunteers that have full permission to host it.

I have been playing it with some friends again and it still remains the best playing and best written MMO I've ever played.

https://forums.homecomingservers.com/

Is how to get it

Before I even look, is this just another scam.  "Free to play, but if you want to have anything worth having, buy this and this and this"

otherwise known as the scummy "Pay to Win" model, like World of Tanks.
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Media and Inspiration / Re: Superman is gay.
« Last post by DeadVerySoon on Today at 04:43:57 PM »
Sad thing is, I like the idea of Superman having a son, and going through the process of passing on the torch. Dunno if the idea will stick, or get retconned. Probably retconned since it looks like they're using the son as a boring, activism mouthpiece instead of imbuing him with actual character.

In the DC comics series, there is a furture superteam named The Legion. Those who auditioned for membership and were turned down form their own group, the Substitutes.  Generally rejected for useless / duplicate / inadequate super powers.  One member is Laurel Kent, daughter of Superman, who only inherits invulnerability,no other powers.
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