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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.

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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 ...

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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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Monday, 27th May, 2019

  • 01:16 AM - Aeson quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Lawzymercy! My Mom and her sister are both short-tempered creole women who both think they’re funny. So the cycle of one hurting the other’s feelings with snarky humor goes back & forth, eternally. Invariably, the snarky humor is intended to be lighthearted, and just as invariably, the other fails to see the humor. Aaaaand of course, the humorist never sees the other’s side. ...with everyone else caught between “Persia” and “Sparta” being alternately angry, with occasional patches of civility and even good feeling. Today, it is my Mom whose feelings are hurt. As per usual, I will be the one relaying messages between the (fr)enemy camps. Sounds like my sisters. I'm usually snarky so I don't hold it against anyone that is that way with me.

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  • 08:49 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Favourite D&D edition that’s not 5E
    I suspect the lack of a visible edition war vs 5Ed may have as much to do with ENWorld policy against edition warring as anything else. I say that because I know there are PLENTY of people in my area not adopting the new edition. They’re griping, but not as much online. Twitter is also vastly more positive about 5e than it was about 4e. It's also more positive about 4e than it was several years ago, actually. Though they've proven futile, the point of them is to get a decent, official, Warlord in 5e - not warring against 5e. Right. Those threads are full of two kinds of people A. Those who like Warlords and 5e, and disagree with the statements sacrosanct quoted about why Warlords don't work or whatever. (seriously, there isn't any less a consensus amongst warlord fans than amongst paladin or ranger fans) 2. Thread crappers who have nothing useful to add to the thread, but instead just seem to want to crap on the thread premise, and every thought presented by those who are genuinely engaging ...
  • 06:02 PM - acpitz 1 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Completely Blank Posts?
    No, we can’t turn those notifications off, AFAIK. https://i.imgur.com/9KozRJi.png
  • 03:41 PM - jayoungr 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. I re-watched TOS fairly recently. I don't remember it being in "Return to Tomorrow" (the Sargon body-stealing episode), but it was definitely in "The Paradise Syndrome" (the Kirok and the asteroid one).
  • 01:41 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Hypothesis confirmed. Post #13 quoted Post #12, and then I reported it. Everything got wiped. Thank you for checking this out, and finding out the cause! :)
  • 12:17 PM - Nagol quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Oh yeah, in case anyone gets any bright ideas: anyone caught abusing the report button while this bug is roaming free WILL be dealt with. I can see both advantage and disadvantages to my suggestion, but perhaps putting up one of those yellow alert everyone gets may be appropriate to both warn people about the problem and the repercussions of abusing it?
  • 11:03 AM - Morrus quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Morrus Umbran darjr I think I may have discovered the trigger for the posts disappearing: every one I know of that got blacked out was reported. Huh. Now that IS odd. What on Earth could cause that all of a sudden? The software hasn’t changed recently. I’m away until tomorrow night, but we might have to disable the post report button if it’s suddenly doing that. The software technically shouldn’t even *allow* a blank post, or one with less than (I think 3?) characters.
  • 09:42 AM - Zardnaar quoted Dannyalcatraz in post If there's one game where stat differences are justified, what game would that be?
    I can think of some female gamers* who care. * real-world ones This my wife doesn't want to play 1E RAW because of the gender limitations in it. She doesn't mind 2E or clones. I do not regard it as integral to 1E either. Even in 1E 18/00 is doable for very strong women IRL so it fails the realism test as well. I have never seen anyone legitimately roll 18/00 anyway.
  • 08:08 AM - acpitz 1 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post If there's one game where stat differences are justified, what game would that be?
  • 07:58 AM - acpitz 1 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Dude, I don’t know where you come from or where else you post/lurk, but what you think is going on here simply isn’t happening. Here’s another way I can tell you it’s a glitch, not an intention act: if a mod goes into a post to edit it, the system automatically leaves a note saying who edited it and when, just like you will find at the bottom of the note I copypasted from the bottom of your post you recently restored: Or the note that just appeared in your response above, or now in my post. Those notes won’t appear in an edit screen, either, so cannot be removed. And those doesn't appear when admins or mods don't want them to appear. Also why was my post up for ~10mins before it went down? About the same time one needs to read it through and make delete. Yes. Those edit notes come up when us mere mortals do something ... but moderation can be done with out trace. You can just wipe the content and that's it. I've been around and seen this thing happen not only nowadays but back in 90's as well...
  • 07:04 AM - acpitz 1 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Trust me, that is NOT what is happening. No. Not really. Occam’s Razor. Someone is butthurt and has the powers. see below:
  • 06:40 AM - acpitz 1 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Completely Blank Posts?
    Blanking out posts isn’t the style of any mod I know. If a post is going to be completely eliminated, it will be completely eliminated- including the poster ID and positive. It would be as if the post never occurred (except for any quotes of it). If text were simply being removed, there would be a Mod note telling everyone WHY...typically in red text. Things change. And some people can't handle the powers ... EDIT: can -> can't

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019

  • 05:36 AM - Tony Vargas quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Favourite D&D edition that’s not 5E
    I suspect the lack of a visible edition war vs 5Ed may have as much to do with ENWorld policy against edition warring as anything else. I say that because I know there are PLENTY of people in my area not adopting the new edition. They’re griping, but not as much online. There's always griping, of course, merely not adopting is a live-and-let-live 'rejection' of a new ed, if that's as far as it goes.. But, CoC notwithstanding, there was lots of edition warring here - and it's not exactly entirely gone, either. Look at how quickly 4e leading in even a trivial little poll like this drew the attacks.


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