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    Today, 08:11 AM
    When I got home, I had some fixit work to do. So I had to get tools from the garage, and saw a spotty puddle that would normally be concealed by the car. It was right under where the loudest noises were coming from. Might be more than an alternator. Hope it’s not too bad, because I was surprised when my insurance company repaired my badly hail damaged car instead of replacing it late...
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    Today, 03:51 AM
    There is still time for Mearls in a box!
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    Today, 01:39 AM
    My car had been making some unusual noises today on the way to church. I figured I’d take it to the garage Monday morning. Well... I’m currently sitting in the back seat of my car at that garage, which is closed. Had to have my car towed here when it utterly died at an intersection. Even my hazard lights were nonfunctional. Probably the alternator. Bonus: Mom’s car was going to be...
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    He's done both bad and good performances before and after Twilight. I think he's one of those actors who only brings to the table what the script contains. Good writing, good. Bad writing, bad.
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    Yesterday, 10:03 PM
    A short video I just did giving a quick tour of my Outpost Zimonja build from Fallout 4 on my xbox, there's no voice over but I may do more videos of my settlements.
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM

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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    I’ve been playing since AD&D, but count me as another 3.5Edophile.
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    Yesterday, 03:47 PM
    Congratulations! It's no small accomplishment to conclude a campaign. I hope that your group celebrates/celebrated the end of the campaign in style. One group celebrated the end of our campaigns by going out to dinner and recapping the most memorable and funny events of the game. It was a lot of fun--and if another campaign I'm in ever actually ends I'm going to suggest doing the same.
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    Yesterday, 01:24 PM
    Or in non-verbal, non-linguistic forms. You mentioned the Tomb of Horrors picture gallery. Any map which is more illustrated than the "no-frills" minimal map. If I draw a picture of my PC, that's also presentation of material. Use of figurines; if a figurine is more expressive than a chess piece, then that figurine is part of presentation, because it influences the mind's eye. Mercer uses a lot...
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    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    BRG, you don't use any genre tropes when you run games? Who are these "lots of people" who run TRPGs without using genre tropes? Could you name, say, five of them? I've done a lot of TRPG that's squarely within the stock genres, such as Western, superhero, swords & sorcery, science fiction, horror; and a bit outside those genres, such as a Fiasco game set in the newsroom of a TV news team....
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    Yesterday, 02:56 AM
    I mean, I also expect the surprise will be Planescape™--but I want Mearlsbox 2019.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:53 PM
    One man’s waking nightmare is another’s paradise.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 09:50 PM
    delph Your initial post is hard to see for some. Here’s why, and how to fix it. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?348563-Dark-Text-on-a-Dark-Background-Tutorial
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 12:13 PM
    I am generally in favor of a "the more you do things at the edge of your ability, the more you learn" system. That said, I disagree on whether failure is essential. If I try a skateboard trick many times, the failures might get me closer to the moment when I can pull off that trick, but the first time I actually DO pull off the trick, is IMO the turning point in whether I can reliably do it...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 11:32 AM
    A method which predicts people's behavior... particularly, their unwanted behavior? Dude, you've just demonstrated that *I already have one*, because you have responded exactly as I predicted: "a few people* are going to jump in, and declare that such a resource is unpossible..." I did not articulate the *, which stands for my guess about which people would be first to jump in with that...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:11 AM
    Sounds a LOT like you're a Paladin with an Oath of Vengeance. If you can mystically sense their presence, and if you can do magical extra damage against them, then that's definitely what you are.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 06:06 AM
    I'm looking for resources for GMs at con or store games, who want to keep their games inclusive, and particularly who want pointers on (a) spotting misogynists and bigots early, when they're "testing the waters" and (b) deterring them or nipping them in the bud, before they start overtly bothering their targets. Any leads? Or links? My experience in previous threads indicates that a few...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 05:35 AM
    "looking carefully to see if anything is out of place" isn't an action declaration? In D&D 5E, I'd interpret that as taking the Observe action each six seconds, while moving at base rate. Similar rules apply in Hero System. If a guard were watching Grugr, then that guard might notice Grugr's caution. If the declaration were "Grugr strides down the hallway, as if Grugr owned the place", that...
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 01:59 AM
    Agreed.
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 01:32 AM
    THAC0!
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    Saturday, 18th May, 2019, 01:29 AM
    This sounds like a D&D Informercial.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 09:32 PM
    Yikes. That cyborg girl came really close to losing a finger there.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 09:29 PM
    Why did you say that name !? Seriously though, he might be ok. If they come up with a good script. :p
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 02:30 PM
    My great grandmother made Mardi Gras costumes and ball gowns, often with hand-sewn beading. She taught my mom how to sew, who, while not as proficient, is good enough to do pro-level work. She in turn taught me. I’m not a pro by any stretch of the imagination, and I’ve done some serious fabrication. Let me assure you, given the kind of materials for the suit and mask; the number, size and...
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 02:14 PM
    Breakfast had an international...no, multinational feel to it: Black Forest ham, labneh and aji on warm garlic naan. 👍🏾
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 09:58 AM
    Anyone remember Brittas Empire?
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 05:57 AM
    I actually noted that at the end of my first post here. The making the sphere thing was just me examining the limits of Fabricate. So I was saying you could make a product with just ruby dust, just like you could with wood. But what you could make from it would be limited, and you couldn’t change the dust from one mineral to another.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 05:34 AM
    Immaterial (no pun intended)- the CF spell just needs ruby dust, not ruby gems. And ruby itself comes in many grades. Here’s a 35mm polished sphere made from low grade ruby: Not that visually impressive, and possibly less expensive than spheres of similar size made from other minerals.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 02:08 AM
    Considering her doing some of the work on a balcony and the demo in an exterior walkway- both of which look like they were parts of a residential building- I’m saying it’s an apartment. Now, it is entirely possible she could have the CN¥ to have a second apartment that’s been converted into a workshop. None of those power tools is cheap, after all.
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    Friday, 17th May, 2019, 01:40 AM
    As I watched that video, I kept thinking about 2 things: 1) although I like him, I have always had a problem with Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, because of all the amount of hands-on engineering and science innovation he’d have to do to get his web shooters to work. (Not to mention, sophisticated sewing skills.) And this girl’s apartment is a perfect illustration of the issue: it’s full of...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:45 PM
    Yeah, I figured I should include the 5Ed version, just in case. I would suspect- from the examples given- that Fabricate works on more than one material at a time. Clothes are made with more than wool or cotton, for example, because of the dyes and threads. Though it’s possible to build bridges with just wood, usually there is use of metal nails and/or rope.
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 07:46 AM
    Hmmm...The 3.5Ed version: The 5Ed version: I would say if you could use Fabricate to make a ball of wood from sawdust, you could make a marble of ruby from ruby dust. Maybe from corundum dust (rubies being red-colored corundum). Not from any other material, though, not even another mineral. Thing is...the 3.5Ed and 5Ed versions of CF just require 50gp of ruby dust, so, Fabricate...
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    Thursday, 16th May, 2019, 06:40 AM
    Ezra Castro, aka “Pancho Billa”, has died. https://sports.yahoo.com/rodney-harrison-simple-message-odell-185937943.html
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 11:59 PM
    Quality work with quick turnaround is a solid pitch.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 05:08 PM
    Isaac Kappy has died. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/isaac-kappy-apos-thor-apos-100126530.html
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 02:18 PM
    Reading Tales from the Den by Jae Mazer and Jessica Raney. Two local authors who wrote a ton of short stories and made a collection. Horror. Pretty good. Found a couple editing mistakes later on, but I've enjoyed what I read, despite Horror not being my bag. One interesting thing, is they don't identify who wrote what until the back of the book. I correctly guessed on two stories when I...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 09:06 AM
    C’mon, S’mon! You’ve never been handed a questionnaire that you had no interest in and considered not taking your answers seriously- answering at random- or deciding to mess with the results intentionally? Now imagine being chaotic evil, with that mindset as your default... We also know evil people often don’t even think of themselves as evil. Many of the worst even see themselves in...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 08:12 AM
    With a class that size? First, I know it may sound a tad wargamey, but one solution would be to tailor your campaign scenarios and pre-gens to ones that can accommodate larger groups: caravan defense, a raid in enemy supply lines, etc. Second, you could break the class up into teams of 4-5. Having done that, you could either: 1) run each group through the same simplified adventure,...
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 07:56 AM
    How much does anyone want to bet that Chaotic Evil Britons lied and self-IDed as other alignments 1) to remain concealed 2) to skew the polling 3) to sow chaos and uncertainty 4) for chutes* and giggles 5) all of the above
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 06:04 AM
    I don’t remember it in TOS, but seeding was definitely part of an episode in ST:TNG.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:35 AM
    That would seem to be a reptile malfunction.
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    Wednesday, 15th May, 2019, 04:28 AM
    Triggering the profanity filter? Personal insults? Calling for ”extermination”? This is not the kind of post we like to see here. Do not post in this thread again, and reacquaint yourself with ENWorld’s terms of service. Repeating this kind of behavior will get you booted quite quickly.
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 10:05 PM
    George R. R. Martin Wanted More 'Game of Thrones'
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 08:50 PM
    Edit: meant to post this in the What Are You Listening To? thread. They released it two days ago. :D
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 08:01 PM
    Damn, I’ve been struck down by Typonius, the god of clerical errors!
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 07:03 PM
    I’ll just point out that some of the names suggested thus far are just a problematic as the names being avoided. Don’t like “Geek Pantheon” because Greece doesn’t exist in your game world? “Olympian” has the same issue- Olympus, the home of the Greek gods, was on Mount Olympus, a particular mountain in Greece. My advice is to ditch the RW names as completely as you can, and substitute...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 01:17 PM
    One episode left. It's been a crazy ride. Whatever else I might think about how things have been going at least it's been entertaining. What I would like to happen: - Throne room. Dany orders Drogon to kill Tyrion for treason. Jon Snow does nothing. - Tyrion reveals his real father was a Targaryen, Drogon refuses to act. - Dany orders Grey Worm to kill Tyrion. Jon Snow does nothing. -...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:30 AM
    A lil’ something from Mom! Saturday, I went to the farmer’s market and got her some fresh peaches- her favorite fruit. (Easy points for Mother’s Day!) Well, she pitted & peeled 4 of them today, sliced them up, and sprinkled them with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate. They’re tasty, even for me, a non-peachophile. We anticipate them being even better after a night in the...
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 04:29 AM
    Welcome, fellow metalhead!
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    Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, 03:03 AM
    I think the problem with "Theater of the Mind" is that everyone involved has their own unique and completely separate mind. Every TotM combat I've ever played out (about 4 dozen) has had people "misunderstanding" exactly what the DM meant in one way or another. It's caused frustration and problems. Perhaps a third of the time the DM ended up drawing something to explain the situation after a...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 10:50 PM
    Oh, don’t get me started on my Great Grey Army...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:26 PM
    Ugh. On the one hand, why would he make that up? On the other, who told him that? We've been burned far too many times by GRRM himself regarding book releases. I'm wary of believing anything about asoiaf until it happens. :hmm: That was surprisingly good. Even after all the seasons, all the actor swaps for Gregor, and all the hype placed upon it.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 07:24 PM
    Drunken military sailors on shore-leave emerging from wharfside bar get accidentally drawn into the decoy fight, turning minor skirmish into full-blown brawl. The distraction could- in whole or in part- involve releasing of a shipment exotic creatures being brought into the docks on a cargo ship- they were intended for sale to the wealthy.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 02:02 PM
    I have an idea on how to explain Drogon's dominance this episode. Euron only managed to get three scorpions constructed and their crews trained. The ones that killed Rhaegal. The rest of the scorpions were literal cardboard cutouts. Dany figured it out because she is also a cardboard cutout this season.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 01:36 PM
    Janx replied to unfinished works
    Yep. I've got stories I started, and have to get back to. Some day.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 10:40 AM
    I have the DVD collection for S: A&B. Need to watch it sometime.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 10:34 AM
    Here is a show of atletisism.. athlethesisi.. athlathlethism.. he go fast:
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 10:07 AM
    I wouldn't really say that they had special gifts (beyond their training), but they were doing crazy martial arts moves in the fight scenes. Running on walls. Making ridiculously high jump kicks and stuff. Thanks for reminding me about Space: Above and Beyond. That show had one of the best plot twists when they find out why the aliens were attacking them.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 09:56 AM
    It feels like there's 5 episodes of plot development missing from in between episodes three and five. Did I really just see northmen killing unarmed soldiers and civilians just because Grey Worm went crazy? Like, were those former Bolton men, or what? Jon was right there and they just go in and slaughter people without even waiting for his command? What?
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 07:00 AM
    Here are chapters 13 and 14 of Book 6 of Caesar's history of the Gallic Wars (or rather, a translation of them into English, thus losing or warping various nuances and connotations from the original Latin). You tell me: does this match your understanding of True Neutral? Chapter 13 Throughout all Gaul there are two orders of those men who are of any rank and dignity: for the commonality is...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 06:51 AM
    One can consider Gygax's favorite novels, and make reasonable guesses at how and why he wrote up various classes, spells, monsters, etc. in D&D. In the case of the Druid, I would bet long odds that Gygax was trying to write rules for the druids depicted in L. Sprague de Camp's stories about Harold Shea. Which is to say, Gygax wrote a class and a spell list based on a few paragraphs about...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 04:00 AM
    I tried the aji on a piece of toasted roasted garlic bread: For a first try, attempted on a whim, it came out pretty good. If I make it again- highly probable- I’ll do things slightly differently. The green onion I used was just something I had in the fridge, pre-sliced. It’s a little big for aji, which uses slices much smaller than that. I used Campari tomatoes this time, but might...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 03:45 AM
    That’s something I whipped up following a trip to the Farmers’ Market and a local upscale grocery. That’s a bakery-fresh onion roll, topped with Black Forest ham, roasted chicken, Butterkäse, American cheese (the legit deli sliced original, not Kraft “cheese product” slices), radish sprouts, mayo, mustard and black pepper. It was very tasty, but I didn’t put enough of the radish sprouts on...
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 02:39 AM
    What’s with all the pole dancing? With people in the background? I mean, it looks like she’s the A student in a class of haters.
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 01:56 AM
    Fleming Begaye Sr. has died. https://www.npr.org/2019/05/12/722629025/world-war-ii-veteran-and-navajo-code-talker-fleming-begaye-sr-dies-at-97
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    Monday, 13th May, 2019, 12:36 AM
    Did some cooking last night. Here’s the dinner that resulted: Simple: fried some commercial smoked sausage Traditional: did some cabbage with slices of bacon Experimental: I cut some cauliflower into slabs, basted them with butter and seasoned the heck out of them, and baked them on an oiled sheet pan at 350F for a while. The bottom side browned nicely, the texture was almost...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 10:07 PM
    César “Silver King” Barrón has died. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/12/sport/silver-king-wrestler-dies-london-roundhouse-gbr-scli-intl/index.html
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 10:06 PM
    I don't know if anyone remembers this (or even saw it), but there was a television show called Freedom that aired back in 2000. 20 episodes that were haphazardly put together about a group of resistance fighters who are trying to fight back against a coup in the USA. I remember the show having a really small budget and that totally showing, but I really enjoyed it. It only aired once here, and...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 10:01 PM
    I have short stories, novels, homebrewed campaigns, jewelry designs, painting series, and musical compositions that are currently incomplete, many of which are likely to remain that way.
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 09:14 PM
    Only just saw the movie yesterday (it was awesome), and I haven't had a chance to read through everything here yet, so apologies if someone already mentioned this. In their interview on Ellen Brie and Scarlett mentioned that when Brie was shooting her scenes for Endgame they hadn't even started with the Captain Marvel movie (didn't even have a script), so Brie had no idea at all what the...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 04:57 PM
    Obviously this means we will need to start all over. :angel:
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 08:01 AM
    I picked up the new Chemical Brothers album... Lots of electronic musicians would be proud to make that CD. The Chemical Brothers shouldn’t be. Instead of leading the pack like they usually do, this sounded derivative. Dated. The only song I thought truly up to standards was “We’ve Got To Try”. Or, as my Mom put it, “This album sounds old.” For diehards & completists only. OTOH, the...
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    Sunday, 12th May, 2019, 05:13 AM
    It’s a hypno-pig.
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Sunday, 14th April, 2019

  • 12:04 AM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    You . . . might want to scroll up a bit, and then maybe apologise to DannyAlcatraz. - He was directly discussing accuracy of such throws with HawkDiesel, which is where the possibility of missing a throw would be being discussed. You were the first person to start talking about balls. DannyAlcatraz was discussing caber and hammer throws. Not balls. A ball of equivalent weight would be much harder to throw than a caber or hammer to equivalent distance - even harder than a humanoid. If you’re just going to twist what people say to “win” internet argument points, find someone else. I couldn’t be more bored by such nonsense. You’ve misunderstood my response, actually. The hammer throw is a ball at the end of a chain, and the other major example ITT is a “weight” which is just a heavy ball with a handle. To the other element of the reply in question, he stated to hawk that it is very possible that such objects cannot be thrown accurately. I argued that there is no particular reason to beleive that is true. He replied as if I’d said that people don’t ever mi...

Friday, 12th April, 2019

  • 04:04 PM - doctorbadwolf mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    ...My only concern is what fits the tone of the fiction. Throwing somebody up* is vastly different than throwing them horizontally, mitigated proportionally by the weight difference between thrower and throwee. Newton's 3rd law and all. *In the vertical projectile sense, not the regurgitation sense. Realistically, the thrower in a “running start assisted horizontal leap” maneuver would proabably fall prone as part of launching the throwee. Or at least, have to use their movement to not fall prone, which is the same thing in terms of resources. I’m not sure I care enough about simulation to bother with that, but it’s worth noting. However, your first statement is spot on. We don’t make players enumerate what feats of athletic and acrobatic prowess they have practiced, we just sail by that, for all manner of stuff that requires tons of practice and/or training. I’m not gonna worry about how much training something requires irl when determining how to adjudicate it in game. edit: Dannyalcatraz I don’t think that there is any significant chance that a ball can’t be thrown accurately. Balls are aerodynamic. Distance would suffer, but it’s almost certainly possible. As for the idea idea that a single person performing the maneuver in the video might not walk again...come on, man. You’re wildly speculating. More likely, they fall over at worst, and they’d have to have some bigger team members and only throw the smallest members in that manner. Performing that maneuver with someone whose mass is half your own would not be soemthing with a more significant risk of injury than simply lifting heavy things, or running full speed in full gear, which are things I doubt any of us make any sort of issue of in game.
  • 07:53 AM - Hawk Diesel mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post How do YOU handle a Fastball Special, and other team manuevers?
    Dannyalcatraz You make some good points regarding the caber toss and the weight throw. But a there are a few pieces I think you might be missing. 1) These movements and competitions are not meant for accuracy, and so good technique does not stress it except to make the throw within the particular inbounds area. Nor are time constraints typically a factor in normal competition. While throws made with such weights with accuracy and/speed would surely suffer in distance, that does not mean that inventive individuals could not develop new throwing techniques that better balance accuracy with distance. 2) These competitions use ideal throwing implements. But the implements do not have any input into the execution of the throw. If we are talking about launching a person, and that person is as practiced at being launched as the thrower is at launching a person, then there may be opportunities and techniques made by both the thrower and throwee that improve distance and accuracy. So long as the throwe...

Monday, 1st April, 2019

  • 08:30 PM - Satyrn mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post What do you call it when...
    Is there a name for that thing where someone fully quotes a 20 paragraph post, and then types a one line response below it? In this scenario, the response is germane (i.e. not "Me too!"), it's just that the length of the quoted text is completely gratuitous to the point of distracting from the response/discussion. Because most of my responses are one-liners, I'm sure I've been guilty of this. But the alternative, shortening the quote to the single line or paragraph that I'm responding to, gets viewed negatively here, too, and I would not be surprised to discover that @Dannyalcatraz has fielded reports about me doing that.

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019


Monday, 11th March, 2019

  • 10:38 AM - Hussar mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    I have a friend who could be described as having an east-Asian fetish, Japan specifically (Weaboo, I think the term is). I don't think there is a racist bone in her body, and she is highly respectful of Japanese culture. There's more to it than that though. Even Dannyalcatraz, who I believe is black, when asked where is he from, would not be repeatedly questioned when he answered New Orleans. No one else seems to get this blank stare of disbelief as when an Asian American or Asian Canadian states that they are Canadian. Like I said, that video resonates really, really well. It's an ongoing thing and it happens all the time. I mean, sure, people in Canada have asked me where I'm from. But, when I say Toronto, they don't then keep asking. Have you ever had complete strangers question you on your nationality? I've seen it repeatedly. And it only ever seems to happen to people of Asian decent. It really is offensive as hell. If you feel the need to question someone's nationality, remember, that person may very well have been questioned fifteen times previously that week and just might not appreciate the sixteenth time. Again, I don't give a fetid dingo's kidney about your friends. Really, really don't. I'm telling you, in no uncertain terms, ...

Sunday, 10th March, 2019

  • 03:16 PM - Aldarc mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    What solution? I don't believe anyone in this thread has proposed a solution - so what exactly are you saying we should be "wary' of? Dannyalcatraz did propose diversifying our depictions of "evil," such as using glowing eyes, which is something that could not be linked to particular human demographics. So apparently we should be wary of the great harm that would befall our noble hobby should such nefarious solutions ever saw the light of day.
  • 02:49 PM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    ...reasonable one.So imagine that you are introducing a young friend or relative to LotR, and you come to this passage (quoted upthread by Doug McCrae): "Frodo saw a dark ill-kept house behind a thick hedge: the last house in the village. In one of the windows he caught a glimpse of a sallow face with sly, slanting eyes; but it vanished at once. ‘So that’s where that southerner is hiding!’ he thought. ‘He looks more than half like a goblin.’" You wouldn't be any more self-conscious reading that to a child of East or Central Asian background, than to someone who was white? You wouldn't be self-conscious at all? You think it's an unreasonable response to see racist ideas in the notion of sly, slanting eye in a sallow (= yellow/brown) face, which - apparently in virtue of these features, as nothing else is mentioned - looks more than half like a goblin, that is, looks sinister and evil? Btw, this has absolutely nothing to do with academic debates and literary criticism. As Dannyalcatraz already mentioned upthread, this is something that 5 year old children of colour will notice. Nor is it particularly related to offence. Who knows, and who cares, whether or not JRRT intended to give offence - I suspect he didn't much think about that at all. And some people of colour may be offended by this, but others may not be - perhaps they're pretty used to it, and maybe they even find JRRT rather tame compared to other experiences they have had. The point that I (and others) have made is about the meaning that JRRT is conveying, and the tropes used to convey it. These present a certain sort of person as of inherently or naturally sly and evil appearance. It is this idea that is racist, and (in some, perhaps loose, sense) an element of "colonialist propaganda" insofar as it is an element of a larger body of 19th and first half of the 20th century racist ideologies. I have no problem being pinned to actual positions that I express misogyny was brought up in this thread, and ...
  • 10:49 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Dannyalcatraz - once again, I appreciate your strong posts on this topic. Although I am white, many of those to whom I am close are not. These issues around representation and racist tropes affect them every day, in just the ways you describe.
  • 12:31 AM - Aebir-Toril mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    I'm sorry Dannyalcatraz I didn't notice that line of Lychee of the Exch.'s post when I XP'd it.

Saturday, 9th March, 2019

  • 03:34 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    A friend of mine, who is Black, discovered a copy of Little Black Sambo at her local library, in the children's section. She spoke to the librarian, and explained how much hurt she had suffered from that book as a child. She told the librarian that she didn't want it removed from the library but wanted it shelved differently, so that a new generation wouldn't accidentally stumble across it and have the experience she did. (The bigger context for this being that, when my friend was a child she was one of the few Black people in her Australian suburb, whereas today there are many.) The librarian saw her point and arranged for it to be so. What I am trying to get at is that the notion that care and respect = censorship is in my view far too narrow. This is what I understand Dannyalcatraz and lowkey13 to be saying also. That's not to say that people of good will can always agree on how to go forward and how to engage with the past and the artefacts that it has left us. This is culture, and politics, and so of course there will be passion and disagreement and sometimes harsh words. Even among the like-minded. What I'm trying to get at is that a response of "censorship" or "loss of creatitivy" or "erasure" is one that more often derials than furthers our human endeavours.

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

  • 10:56 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    I think the connection between JRRT's orcs and certain stereotypical presentations of "eastern"/Turkic peoples is fairly self-evident. And what Hussar and Dannyalcatraz have said about the pulp origins of contemporary fantasy is likewise pretty evident. Then there are peculiarities that are distinctive to D&D, like Gygax's Monster Manual describing dwarves as brown but nearly all D&D art depicting them as white.
  • 05:03 AM - Hussar mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do orcs in gaming display parallels to colonialist propaganda?
    Let's be honest here, and I think Dannyalcatraz hits it right off, fantasy as a genre started off pretty deep into racist territory. The grand daddy's of fantasy (and a large amount of science fiction as well) weren't exactly the most tolerant of men. And, yup, I'm saying men, since the writers of spec fiction up until the latter half of the 20th century (and WELL into the latter half) were almost universally men. Whether you want to point to Lovecraft or Howard or Burroughs or a host of others, a lot of the initial ideas for fantasy were pretty heavily grounded in strongly racist and misogynistic tendencies. This isn't a secret. So, it's not really surprising when you can see elements of that in D&D. I mean, sure, Drow are just dark skinned evil elves... in BDSM gear... matriarchal, dark skinned, men hating elves in BDSM gear... :uhoh: :D It's not really a stretch here. IMO, the key is to recognize the origins of these things, don't pretend that they aren't there, but, also, as DannyA mentions, there are things ...

Monday, 4th March, 2019


Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

  • 06:04 AM - Shasarak mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Yes. But that is a good example of the adage that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence_against_men#Criticism It is so bad that men get prosecuted 96% of the time which means that women escape prosecution 95% of the time. Which really does explain why Dannyalcatraz does not see anything.
  • 05:31 AM - Hussar mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    On the question of "threshold". Well, despite my earlier claims, there is actually a pretty simple threshold for businesses. Is associating my product with you costing me money? If yes, then, well, I no longer want to associate my product with you. So, really, questions about "why didn't they do anything earlier?" basically miss that point. They didn't do anything earlier because it wasn't hurting business. Now, it is. So, now they do something. Dannyalcatraz - the part that REALLY baffles me, is in the last several times this has come up, there hasn't actually been any real discussion of the veracity of the charges. They've pretty much been open record - yup he got drunk in the bar, yup, he chased a woman through the hotel, yup, he assaulted a security guard. Not a whole lot of secrets there. Same in this case. Same in every other damn case that seems to come up regarding gaming. Yet, every single time, it's "well, we can't do any more than wring our hands because we don't know the facts". :uhoh: What? Bwuh? We KNOW the facts this time and pretty much every previous time as well. The facts are public record. Why is this even a discussion?

Thursday, 14th February, 2019

  • 09:35 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post How Did I Become a Grognard?
    ...ams that are provided ("diagonal" hexes, "square" hexes, diagonal squares, square squares) show how 6 attackers (for hexes) or 8 attackers (for squares) can surround a single figure. The text makes it clear that both minis on grids and "theatre of the mind" (ie mentally visualising the situation) are contemplated as approaches. Rolemaster books (mid-to-late 80s) contemplated the use of hexes for combat positioning; from memory it's also a feature of DragonQuest. And I'm sure other systems in the 70s/80s features it. (Eg Classic Traveller (1977) defaults to "bands" which can be tracked on lined paper, "us[ing] cardboard markers or cast metal miniatures to represent the characters", but the rules suggest that a group may use squares or hexes if they want to have more tactical manoeuvring (Book 1, p 29).) I never used squares or tokens until I GMed 4e D&D, but I was familiar with the idea from my first encounters with RPGs (which for me was Traveller). EDIT: cross-posted with Dannyalcatraz.

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Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 11:37 PM - practicalm quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Games That Changed How We Play
    Champions (aka HERO) was among the first, if not actually being first. Might be Tunnels and Trolls. I cannot remember if there were classes.
  • 02:56 PM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The economics of Continual flame
    Immaterial (no pun intended)- the CF spell just needs ruby dust, not ruby gems. Yep. I'm just talking about the Fabricate spell, and what it could accomplish. Making perfect crystals from dust does not seem to be its purview. And ruby itself comes in many grades. Yes. Spell components, in general, speak to gold piece value, rather than weight or size. Effectively, the spell component needs *value attributed by people* to be used, which is interesting and appropriate for magic.
  • 01:12 PM - Mad_Jack quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    As I watched that video, I kept thinking about 2 things: 1) although I like him, I have always had a problem with Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, because of all the amount of hands-on engineering and science innovation he’d have to do to get his web shooters to work. (Not to mention, sophisticated sewing skills.) And this girl’s apartment is a perfect illustration of the issue: it’s full of gear and power tools. Parker would have needed at least as much, plus unfettered access to a chem lab, and there’s no evidence in the comics he had either, much less both. A relationship with Tony Stark or other Marvel Comics technocrat- as hinted at in the MCU- makes much more sense. 2) boobs 1) The short hand-wavy version from the comics is that Parker did all of his engineering and construction at his high school, which could (however unlikely) theoretically have a good enough machine shop and chemistry lab to make the shooters and webbing, considering the fact that Parker is a genius. Now, how the ...
  • 02:20 AM - Umbran quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The economics of Continual flame
    I would say if you could use Fabricate to make a ball of wood from sawdust, you could make a marble of ruby from ruby dust. Note: "the quality of objects made by the spell is commensurate with the quality of the raw materials." Is sawdust high quality wood? No. That says to me that if you use sawdust, you're goign to end up... with the equivalent of modern compressed fiberboard, like used in lots of IKEA furniture. Do that with ruby dust.. you get this cloudy ball of compressed bits, not a single flawless crystal.

Thursday, 16th May, 2019

  • 11:54 PM - Oofta quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The economics of Continual flame
    Yeah, I figured I should include the 5Ed version, just in case. I would suspect- from the examples given- that Fabricate works on more than one material at a time. Clothes are made with more than wool or cotton, for example, because of the dyes and threads. Though it’s possible to build bridges with just wood, usually there is use of metal nails and/or rope. Nails in construction is actually a fairly recent development, a lot of construction was timber framing, basically building with joints and pegs. As far as clothing, who says you can't have pre-died items or simply undied? If you're making cloth, why do you need thread. Even if you need thread, what's wrong with making thread out of the same material as the cloth? Like a lot of things in D&D there's a lot of leeway and interpretations of how things work, so do what makes sense to you of course.
  • 08:44 PM - S'mon quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The economics of Continual flame
    Yeah, I figured I should include the 5Ed version, just in case. I would suspect- from the examples given- that Fabricate works on more than one material at a time. Clothes are made with more than wool or cotton, for example, because of the dyes and threads. Though it’s possible to build bridges with just wood, usually there is use of metal nails and/or rope. Oh definitely. If you have the materials you can make the product (if you have the skill).
  • 08:41 AM - S'mon quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The economics of Continual flame
    Hmmm...The 3.5Ed version: Sorry I was going by the 5e version, like most people I keep forgetting about the merged boards. (edit) Both versions say "Product" though the 5e examples make it clearer..

Wednesday, 15th May, 2019

  • 01:41 PM - jasper quoted Dannyalcatraz in post YouGov D&D Alignment Survey - how many Britons identify as Chaotic Evil?
    How much does anyone want to bet that Chaotic Evil Britons lied and self-IDed as other alignments 1) to remain concealed 2) to skew the polling 3) to sow chaos and uncertainty 4) for chutes* and giggles 5) all of the above * weeeelllll, not so much “chutes”... Um "Chutes" does not translate to American. Please explain.
  • 01:18 PM - JacktheRabbit quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The Pilosus, a player race with 6 Genders for your 5th edition Sci Fi setting
    I don’t remember it in TOS, but seeding was definitely part of an episode in ST:TNG.And yet it was contradicted on the series finale of ST:TNG. My point was arguing that multiple sexes makes sense and using engineered races as an example is incongruent. The Newcomers were a modified slave race, we don't know how much of them is natural and how much was done to them to make them more useful or controllable slaves.
  • 01:14 PM - 5ekyu quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The Pilosus, a player race with 6 Genders for your 5th edition Sci Fi setting
    I don’t remember it in TOS, but seeding was definitely part of an episode in ST:TNG.Iirc it was the ssrgon body stealing episode and a discussion of Vulcan history *or* the Kirok and the asteroid one, or both.
  • 09:28 AM - S'mon quoted Dannyalcatraz in post YouGov D&D Alignment Survey - how many Britons identify as Chaotic Evil?
    C’mon, S’mon! You’ve never been handed a questionnaire that you had no interest in and considered not taking your answers seriously- answering at random- or deciding to mess with the results intentionally? Now imagine being chaotic evil, with that mindset as your default... Well I do think more than 2% of the population are likely to be close to D&D 'evil', though the kind of people who helpfully fill in surveys may skew to lawful good I suspect.
  • 08:50 AM - S'mon quoted Dannyalcatraz in post YouGov D&D Alignment Survey - how many Britons identify as Chaotic Evil?
    How much does anyone want to bet that Chaotic Evil Britons lied and self-IDed as other alignments 1) to remain concealed 2) to skew the polling 3) to sow chaos and uncertainty 4) for chutes* and giggles 5) all of the above They weren't asked "Are you CE?" per se - they were asked When it comes to defence spending, which comes closer to your view? Britain should increase spending on the armed forces so we can ensure we are protected against threats and remain a global power 43% Britain should not increase spending on the armed forces so the money can be better spent elsewhere on things like education and healthcare 40% and If you had to choose, which of the following sets of values would you say most closely resembles your own: Honour, trustworthiness, obedience to authority, and reliability 29% Freedom, adaptability, and flexibility 17% An even split between the two 46% Thinking about the way you live your life, do you think it would be most fair to describe yoursel...

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 09:02 PM - MechaTarrasque quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Help me name the fantasy-historical pantheons
    I’ll just point out that some of the names suggested thus far are just a problematic as the names being avoided. Don’t like “Geek Pantheon” because Greece doesn’t exist in your game world? “Olympian” has the same issue- Olympus, the home of the Greek gods, was on Mount Olympus, a particular mountain in Greece. My advice is to ditch the RW names as completely as you can, and substitute references to the game world. You might even use a language translator like Word Hippo or Bing Translate to make things sound a bit better. So “Olympus” might become “Theopolis”, and the the inhabitants, “Theopolitans”. Or perhaps the gods’ city is on a mountain in your campaign world- let’s call it Mount Eskan. The deities who live there might be called “Eskanian”; their city, “Eskanopolis”. Olympus is also in Arborea on the Great Wheel, so according to Planescape, it is available to all settings.
  • 07:44 PM - Mercurius quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Help me name the fantasy-historical pantheons
    I’ll just point out that some of the names suggested thus far are just a problematic as the names being avoided. Don’t like “Geek Pantheon” because Greece doesn’t exist in your game world? “Olympian” has the same issue- Olympus, the home of the Greek gods, was on Mount Olympus, a particular mountain in Greece. Would Garius Gygaxius be the Father God?

Sunday, 12th May, 2019


Saturday, 11th May, 2019

  • 12:46 PM - MarkB quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    Agreed with all about the facts of BW’s sterilization. (All similes ultimately fail at some point.) The point is, regardless of the infertility’s causation, the prospective alternative Darth Vader’s negative view of himself based on infertility would probably be seen as a weakly written characteristic in him, and it isn’t any better for her. And some would assert it is worse, given the historical context of how men have viewed and valued women. Would it really be any weaker than what we got? Anakin's clingy, one-sided love and desperate fear of abandonment isn't exactly a great motivation for a villain. Having him be truly in love with Padme, but finding that he was physically unable to give her the family that both he and she wanted, would hardly have been any weaker as a motivation.
  • 01:55 AM - Hussar quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    But Darth Vader didn’t become a Sith because he was sterile.* I mean, really- imagine if the window into the Vader’s darkness revealed he became what he was and corrupted himself because he was infertile. But somehow, this is OK with Black Widow? * “Duh!”, as his kids might say. Becoming a cold hearted killing machine wasn't because she was sterile. She was forcibly sterilized as part of her transformation into a cold hearted killing machine. Why would anyone even think that her "dark side" moment is because of her forced sterilization? The forced sterilization was a symbol of the horrific things they did to her to turn her into a monster, not the reason she became a monster. And then, when she destroys a family, she begins to try to redeem herself by switching sides - the whole "red ledger" thing. At the end, she balances the ledger by saving a family through her own self sacrifice. As I said, I'm really not seeing the issue here. Umbran, if the only thing you too...
  • 12:59 AM - MarkB quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    But Darth Vader didn’t become a Sith because he was sterile.* I mean, really- imagine if the window into the Vader’s darkness revealed he became what he was and corrupted himself because he was infertile. But somehow, this is OK with Black Widow? That isn't what I was saying. I simply meant that revealing actual horrific details about Black Widow's past for her to feel monstrous about runs the risk of leaving us, the audience, agreeing with her assessment, alienating us rather than evoking sympathy. The infertility does not.
  • 12:34 AM - Ryujin quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    But Darth Vader didn’t become a Sith because he was sterile.* I mean, really- imagine if the window into the Vader’s darkness revealed he became what he was and corrupted himself because he was infertile. But somehow, this is OK with Black Widow? * “Duh!”, as his kids might say. Except, if I remember the lore correctly, BW was sterile because she was a spy, as part of her training. She wasn't a spy because she was sterile.

Friday, 10th May, 2019

  • 06:02 PM - MarkB quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Avengers: Endgame SPOILER THREAD
    ...and yet we have all the other movies indicating otherwise. Questions of religious redemption and the requirements therefor notwithstanding, how many times does a shady character have to save literally millions of people (or more) before we start thinking he or she is on a path of atonement? I'll put it this way. I always knew Darth Vader was a villain in the Star Wars trilogy, but I still fully bought into his redemption arc in Return of the Jedi. And then I retroactively unforgave him once I saw what he did during the invasion of the Jedi temple in Revenge of the Sith. People can accept the idea of a character with a shady past who's on a path of redemption, right up until they're confronted with the full reality of that past, in detail. Or to put it another way, a lot of us will judge someone on the basis of their worst day.


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