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    Yesterday, 05:03 PM
    If I’m running Star Wars, I’m likely running Strike! (Which is the best 4e derivative) with their Vehicle module.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:39 AM
    Ahh, so, we're back to inventing interpretations. Cool. I never actually knew that. But, by the same token, umm, I'm thinking that that's not really the same as flying one of the most advanced fighters out there. So, we're free to invent interpretations where it's actually R2, who, had never been shown to be able to fly anything previously, piloting Luke's X-wing, but, it's a...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    Sigh. No one said there were no explorers. What was said was that exploration wasn't done for curiousity's sake. Exploration was always done because of a search for resources. You move your village a couple of miles every few years because you're a hunter/gatherer society and you're looking for new game and you wind up crossing most of the planet before too long. It's not like the...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:08 AM
    LOL. Says someone who obviously has never seen the inside of a Sherman tank. Hint, tiller bars and caterpillar treads are not the same as a truck. Not even close. And, never minding that a flying vehicle is considerably more difficult to operate. But, without any training, apparently the farm hand can hop into the equivalent of an F15 and operate it without any problems. In fact, he's a...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:13 AM
    Alright, so back to this: So we're at 3:1 (Successes/Failures) in the SC. The PC keeping watch has heard a babe crying somewhere off in the dark. Let's say its the Drow Cleric of Sehanine. She also hears her a female's voice in her native tongue whispering a sad, hurried farewell and I love you. Footfalls then rush off in a direction away from camp. She rouses the camp quickly and...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:21 AM
    Huh. Luke is a farm hand. Never fought anyone. Probably never did more than fly in a couple of fairly non-dangerous races, maybe. Certainly wasn't eking out a survival in a hostile environment. Yet, without any formal training, is one of the greatest fighter pilots around. And fantastic gunner of said fighter ships. Considering he'd never actually been off world before, how exactly did...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:59 AM
    In this scenario, a Quartermaster would be serving as more than just as a logistical manager (of provisions and campsite). S/he would be managing the crew, intuiting their individual moods/needs, and providing accordingly (a more hospitable - cozier, prettier view - spot on the knoll, a favored stew, a bigger portion, a kind word, perhaps a passage of a book to read). That all looks good...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 09:55 PM
    Umm, how do we know that it takes lots of training to force move something? Because it took Luke a couple of weeks of training to do it? Really? A sample size of one determines how things work? Wouldn't it be better just to accept and move on? Why would I assume that just because it took Luke a week or two of training to lift rocks that he never could do it before or that no one ever could...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 09:51 PM
    Migration =/= exploration. ----- As far as enforcing population controls on Earth goes, well, the jury is still out on that. Every first world nation currently has birthrates far below replacement. It appears that as countries become wealthier, their birthrates drop. The only western countries currently with a positive population growth are ones with fairly high immigration rates - the...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 07:05 PM
    Awesome hawkeyefan . I think it would be good (for yourself and prospective players) if you, Ovinomancer, the lead poster and anyone else who is playing Blades to post their play excerpts and a postmortem.
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 02:19 PM
    Act now! Plan later! And don’t talk yourself out of fun!
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 02:11 PM
    Also, here I noticed that the you are not invoking the truename correctly, so your summoning spell may fail. I would suggest putting cthulhu42's name in a mention box directly rather than relying on the @ function. I will keep this in mind for player instruction once I get the opportunity to run the game. Were they the second series of videos he did? I seem to vaguely recall that his...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 12:23 PM
    Sorry, Zardnaar, but, morally wrong is just morally wrong. Full stop. It doesn't become morally right because we have to do it. It's just that that's the choice - abandon morals or not. Although, not to get too far into politics, but, it's extremely doubtful refugees are going to be much more of a problem in 50 years. At least, no more or less than they are now. It's just that the current...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 07:27 AM
    Now that I'm going to disagree with. I think that it's perfectly acceptable to sink the project when someone's decision effectively condemns generations to institutional slavery and massive human rights violations. And, you can talk about glass houses all you like, there is always the significant difference on Earth that if we're wrong, we can make changes to fix the problem. Vastly more...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 06:30 AM
    And again @5ekyu is conflating actions and non actions. It would make this conversation a lot easier if folks were a bit more precise.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 05:48 AM
    Ok, couple of points. 1. The Moral Issue People have made points that because some people are born into repressive regimes, it's okay that others are born into repressive societies. I'm not quite sure I agree with that, but, that's not the real issue. Umbran, your folks fled the Soviet Union. Ok, now, did they choose to go back? And, if they did choose to go back (for whatever the...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 05:35 AM
    Ezra was a soldier before he was a Jedi. And he joined the crew as a soldier, not as a Jedi. And, umm, nope. You take children, force them into soldier training, they are child soldiers. Every single Jedi presented in Star Wars is the result of horrific practices where a cult is kidnapping children and forcing them to be soldiers for their cult. Now, just like the obvious slavery issues...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 04:02 AM
    Alright, so let us say the Perilous Journey is on the Kings Road from Fallcrest to Winterhaven. Roughly 50 miles, on Riding Horses, that is a day's travel skirting the northern wisps of The Cloak Wood and dead through the ruin-pocked moors of Gardbury Downs. 1) Everyone spends 1 Healing Surge. 2) Complexity 1, Level +1 SC (4 Medium DCs @ 13 and 1 Secondary Skill for +2) 3) Roles are...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 03:08 AM
    Let me clarify one thing right quick. I don't mean "don't try to win." I certainly don't mean that. I just mean "try to win with reckless abandon." The game will reward you for it (in several ways).
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 02:57 AM
    So just a couple thoughts right quick. If they're from a background of careful, logistics-based, D&D hex/dungeon crawling where their decision-points are centered around creating "exposure-minimizing win conditions" for heroic characters, I would try to help them embrace the shift in Blades. It will invariably be revealed to them with more time playing, but they may enjoy the game more up...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 01:22 AM
    14 year old Ezra Bridger would beg to differ. And, taking very young children from their parents and forcing them to be soldiers is the very definition of child soldiers.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Thursday, 14th February, 2019, 01:09 AM
    Maybe not for so long, but, there are numerous societies that have stayed, more or less, static for centuries. And, to do so, created societies that were, by modern human rights standards anyway, shockingly repressive. It's not a risk when it's a virtually guaranteed certainty. We can afford change and changing societies, even ones that murder 1/4 of their population (Cambodia) because...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 11:32 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with BitD, hawkeyefan. Blades in the Dark is definitely on my "to play" list. Reading through (most of) the book was eye-opening in terms of how its rules mechanics push and reinforce the narrative, themes, and play style. Reading about it and playing it, however, can be two different things. So it will require corralling my group together to play this...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:15 PM
    When I have some spare time, I’ll throw together a quick play example with your group’s PCs to illustrate how I see this coming together.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 11:32 AM
    - decouple Dexterity from Initiative
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 09:38 AM
    Glad we agree.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 09:37 AM
    So, forced abortion. Fair enough. But, that's what we're talking about here. We're stripping away the reproductive rights of thousands of people without their permission. Now, we can certainly do that. Sure. But, let's not pretend that we're not committing massive human rights violations to do so. "Some sacrifices" seems a tad euphemistic. You are presuming 100% rational...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 04:36 AM
    And thus my point that generation ships are not possible.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 04:35 AM
    But you can’t take a bonus action in the middle of an attack action because just like the cast action, actions are not divisible.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 04:19 AM
    What’s the difference? If I can take bonus actions in the middle of an attack action, why can’t I do the same thing during a cast a spell action?
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 04:16 AM
    Ahh. Canon issues. This is why the movies don’t bother me. Cherry picking inconsistencies in an SF series to prove a point bores me to tears and is so completely meaningless.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 04:07 AM
    Because it can’t change. It can’t afford to change. Any change can potentially fail and over that long some changes will fail. And failure in this sort of system is catastrophic. It cannot be robust enough to allow for complete rewriting of society. Even partial change has to be avoided.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:31 AM
    How is the whole Rose side plot not a massive pile of world building? I mean if you’re going to complain about a lack of world building and then ignore the giant info dump in the middle of the movie, well that’s on the viewer.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:23 AM
    I so wish I could posted this more.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 03:14 AM
    Umm what? Star Wars Rebels would like to have a word. Heck, the Jedi would like to have a word too. Star Wars is full of child soldiers.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 02:02 AM
    Hrm. Could I cast Eldritch Blast and Misty Step between shots? Presuming of course that I’m over 5th level and have multiple attacks?
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, 01:58 AM
    And, again, I’ll note that no one has commented on what happens when someone violates the population controls. More responsibilities? Seriously? Violations of human rights that make North Korea look like freedom central and it’s just “more responsibilities”? And no you can’t have free speech because free speech allows people to disagree and that leads to changes in society. But you’re...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 11:18 PM
    Yup. C1 SC could just be the default. ...can change the complexity of the Skill Challenge to C2 or C3, adding new "extra-role" obstacles that the PCs have to deal with (that will create new emergent "journey story" and possibly snowball into "extra-journey" story). The Pass of Caradhras could be C2, Level+2 (with particular Dangers the players would be made aware of beforehand; eg...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 11:03 PM
    Note, none of 5eku examples are actually bonus actions so they do not apply.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 10:57 PM
    Yes, TomB, that is exactly my point. One other moral issue is that you couldn’t allow free speech. After all, any dissent would need to be utterly crushed. It’s not like a group can vote to leave. Which would basically require a totalitarian society of brainwashed cultists to continue to function.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 10:21 PM
    Go back and reread the thread. You'll find early on I talked about how a larger ship would alleviate most of the issues but, others insisted on that 2000 number. Dunno who as I don't pay that much attention to the poster. But, it is there. Funny thing this. Everyone else seems to understand my argument perfectly clearly, even if they don't agree and we can have a back and forth discussion...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 10:14 PM
    Totally agree. But, are we now going to allow those 10000 people to give up their reproductive rights for all following generations? The choices that these people make now will be binding on EVERY subsequent generation. How is that not a massive rights violation? I'm not really sure of the morality of allowing a decision to bind then next dozen, or dozens, of generations. Umm, no you...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 08:07 PM
    Here is one way to organize it in 4e: 1) Every day of a Perilous Journey by default costs a cumulative 1 Healing Surge to each member that they cannot regain until the Perilous Journey ends. 2) Every day of Journey requires the completion of a C1 Skill Challenge (level being that of the Journey): a) Quartermaster (folding Make Camp/Forage/Manage Provisions into one) b) Navigate c)...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 05:10 PM
    I think that other people in this thread are operating from their own notions of realism rather than yours. You seem to constantly move the goalposts regarding what constitutes "realism," so it does become quite vague, useless, and meaningless. You have suggested, for example, that the presence of dragons in D&D also constitutes "realism," as the idea for dragons exists in the real world. This is...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 02:39 PM
    So any and everything? Again, you seem to argue using self-redundant words devoid of practical discursive meaning.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 12:33 PM
    As a general reminder, Max previously cited the simple fact that an RPG has a longsword listed as a weapon and the mere presence of healing mechanics as evidence of realism in RPGs and the valuing thereof. Max may be genuinely employing an exceedingly large, if not vague, sense of what constitutes realism.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 11:07 AM
    So, now we have a capitalist economy on our ships? Crew have to pay for food and shelter? How, exactly, are we going to "incentivise" this? You're missing my point Innovation is EXPENSIVE. It takes many, many failed experiments before you get on that succeeds. There's a reason that companies spend billions of dollars on research. And, while, sure, you need to have supplies, you...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 12th February, 2019, 06:56 AM
    So, on contraception - you do realize that that's voluntary, right? We're talking about a closed system. Contraception cannot possibly be voluntary. And, again, very few contraception methods are 100%. What are you going to do about "accidents". And, as far as China goes, well, I'm not really sure I'd hold up China as an example of how not to violate human rights. And, as far as...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 11:55 PM
    This is a really great post and interestingly timed. On Friday I was thinking about starting a thread titled "The Implications and Utility of 'No' on Play."
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 03:28 PM
    It's up there with "your dad beating up my dad is unrealistic, so I changed the rules to allow my dad to beat up your dad."
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 08:07 AM
    How is it a strawman? You are not allowed to have children. The population has to be carefully controlled. How exactly do you plan to enforce that? Forced sterilization? Forced abortion? Also, since it's a closed system, any child born is replacing an adult who has died. So when Bob the Engineer dies, Suzie gets to be born and she has zero choice. She must become an engineer. She...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 12:24 AM
    Well, what would you call it then when you are born into a system where you CANNOT leave, CANNOT choose your job, CANNOT choose your reproduction, CANNOT choose a different path? Ok, not slavery, then Throat Warbler Mangrove. I really don't give a :):):):) what you want to call it, it's still monstrous and a complete violation of human rights.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 12:21 AM
    Couple of problems with your example though. When Windows crashes, I lose my essay. When your life support system crashes, people die. There is a bit more at stake here. And, again, we're talking about computer systems that are running an entire environment. A very, very large environment. As you say, the problems are when some systems aren't updated in a timely manner. Are you...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Monday, 11th February, 2019, 12:05 AM
    That's your takeaway? Mine is that in every fandom, there is a segment that is so toxic that they ruin anything they come in contact with by making sure than anything that doesn't appeal to them gets buried under unrelenting negativity and childish tantrums. This segment of fandom has climbed so far up its own ass that it is incapable of understanding that their tastes are not everyone's...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 11:49 PM
    I'm going to refer you guys to The Perilous Wilds supplement for Dungeon World (by Lutes, Strandberg, and Widjaja) Its an $8 PDF or $12 PDF and soft cover. Its beautifully put together and absolutely brilliant. Thought its for PBtA, it has great cross-system applicability (particularly those with conflict resolution mechanics, roles, and complications/costs/Fail Forward) as it cogently...
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    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 05:39 PM
    Just going to use these two pieces to bridge into a quick post. I don't agree with either of these positions above. 1) I'm not sure why your thought is that there is a preconcieved endpoint to darkbard 's game here. I don't see anything in the lead post that implies that. 2) If there is a preconceived endpoint (the group will travel from x to y and arrive unscathed in n time),...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 01:17 AM
    Wow, Shasarak, who claimed that arranged marriage is slavery? Not me. I claimed that as part of the slavery of the subsequent generations, just like slaves, they would be forced to lose reproductive rights. Never said anything about marriage. But, yeah, if you are forced into a specific job in society, your reproductive rights taken away, forced to conform to extremely rigid behavior,...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 12:55 AM
    Here is the way I see it: You are missing the point. In fact, you are even doubling-down here on the objectionable problem in your "clarification" here. I did not construe it as an attack on a poster's character nor did I think that you were saying that players are youngsters. The problem is your crass characterization of an entire generation of people. Let me spell this out for you then so you...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Sunday, 10th February, 2019, 12:42 AM
    Does that include rewriting the entire operating system for every single automated or computer controlled element of the ship? Flawlessly every time so that not only can people still understand it, but, it also functions without error? How's your Cobol these days? Or your Fortran?
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 06:58 PM
    No worries. I have to catch up on some various lines of thought and questions. I don’t have the time right now and likely won’t tonight. Probably tomorrow.
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 05:01 PM
    Yeah, let me double down on Aldarc ‘s “I don’t always xp posts where I’m in full, or even partial agreement with the author.” I’ll gladly xp stuff I disagree with just because I like the effort to communicate or the way a point was put or how tempered it was amidst hostility. My xp is pretty arbitrary, because I’m not reading posts chronologically in threads like I used to. I’m just scanning...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 04:56 PM
    Imaro and Sadras Reread my last paragraph. You’ve completely inverted what I said. I basically said “the table dynamic of skilled play works UNLESS the GM screws up and plays asversarially. There is no assumption about adversarial play. It’s the opposite. Regarding MMI. It’s a concept that attempts to communicate by making a comparison of the dynamics of content introduction being...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 04:51 PM
    (1) I disagree with your baseless characterization of "the new generation" and its relevance to the discussion. (2) This is triangulation. (3) I have no oversight over the criteria by which Pemerton provides the XP that he does. Those reasons are his alone. I know from my own experience, however, that I do not always award XP with posts that I find myself in full or partial agreement. I...
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 03:50 PM
    Outsider Perspective: Is this line of debate going anywhere productive? It seems like instead of debating the placement of goalposts or the number of angels that can dance on the AC of dragons, that the participants should reset and refocus their lines.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 03:49 PM
    Ah. I see we have arrived at the overly pedantic portion of the discussion. Good to know. Note, you could get around this issue by having very large generation ships with populations in the millions. Essentially worlds in their own right. Of course once you can do this, the need to leave your own solar system gets a lot less important. Just build what are effectively tiny Dyson spheres...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 03:45 PM
    I gotta go with the indivisible camp here. Having extra attacks replaces the “one” attack you get when you take the attack action. The attack action though is still a discrete unit, regardless of how many attacks you make. So, by RAW, you cannot break up an attack action with a bonus action because there is only one action, even though that single action allows multiple attacks.
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  • Aldarc's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 03:43 PM
    Which I would call having a conversation, i.e., the parole of play. Declarations of any sort do not exist in isolation - no matter how much you may like the neatness of subatomic divisions of actions - but contextually as part of play. Declarations are textual, metatextual, and contextual. Normally, I would liken this perspective to bullcrap. However, the critical difference is that bovine...
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  • Manbearcat's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 03:04 PM
    Lanefan and Bedrockgames , I’ll get a reply up afterwhile on my thoughts on your responses. A few thoughts on this: 1) The issue I personally have with the anti-competition social dynamic you’re referring to is a few-fold. A - Humans stratify their peer groups and greater social arrangements via the establishment of dominance hierarchies. This is done via competition. It is a...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 08:46 AM
    Loathe puzzles in an RPG. Love mysteries, but, that's a different sort of thing. The second the puzzles come out, I completely check out of the game. Nothing sucks the fun out of a game faster than some riddle or puzzle to be solved. Puzzles are a lot like labyrinths. They are a staple of the genre that do not translate into the game worth a darn. Avoid at all costs.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 08:26 AM
    Yeah, the scene with Number One was fantastic. They even got an actress that kinda looks the part. There's is more than a passing resemblance: Very cool. Looks like this season is going to be a nerdgasm fest.
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 07:27 AM
    Hrm, you are forced into servitude for life from birth, have zero choice, cannot resign and cannot leave. In what way is this not slavery? Not only that, but your children, your children's children and their children as well are also forced into servitude with no recourse. Oh, you don't want to have a baby with that person? Sorry, too bad, we need your DNA. Oh, you're gay? Again, too bad,...
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  • Hussar's Avatar
    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 07:21 AM
    I do disagree SANcrosanct. Any revolver (other than those specifically designed to be used for hunting) has an actual effective range of about 20 meters. A quick google search turned up this: Sure, officers were issued pistols, but, rank and file weren't often. They were using rifles and other long guns. And always did. I'm really not sure why you would think that pistols were...
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 03:47 AM
    So in sum, you're still engaging in semantics for a pointless pissing contest... bucko. Edit: My general issue is that the declaration of intent and declaration of action operate in tandem as a standard part of play and parole. Sometimes players (and the GM) will emphasize the action over the intention or the intention over the action, but the general goal is the declaration of the fictional...
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 12:29 AM
    Well, that's perhaps not the best example. The Pilgrims wouldn't care one whit about the morality of forcing subsequent generations into a given life considering their religious beliefs. After all, the children of Pilgrims are also the chosen and are the only ones going to Heaven. Where you happened to live wasn't really a consideration. But, also, within a couple of generations, the...
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    Saturday, 9th February, 2019, 12:22 AM
    Now THAT was a Star Trek episode. Sure, the death scene might have dragged a bit, but, still, that hit all the high notes for a ST episode. They really seem to have picked up the ball and run in season 2.
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 10:57 PM
    This fake dichotomy between action and intent is less transparent than the lot of you are making it out to be. "I swing at it with my mace," for example, conveys both the action that is transpiring (regardless of intent or success) as well as the general intent to hit 'it' with the PC's mace. The GM may ask for a roll to adjudicate the success of this as an attack; however, the action and the...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 07:29 PM
    Exactly. It depends on the system and it depends upon specific artifacts of the system: 1) Tons (most) systems have various forms of player fiat; “I cast Prestidigitation/Mage Hand and do Fantasia thing x” doesn’t get mediated. 2) Plenty of systems require knowing both action and intent so Failure can be Forward (expresses as a complication of intent).
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 06:59 PM
    Of course, but I have nevertheless heard many people speak well of how 4e illuminate a difference between druids and other spellcasters through the primal source in 4e. A few people here on this forum have even indicated that they still maintain the primal source as a quasi-canonical explanation for druidic powers. There was a difference between Fey and Primal even in 4e. PHB2 suggested that...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 04:24 PM
    I'm kinda surprised, if not disappointed, that no one has mentioned the 4e Druid so far, especially given how 4e was really the first edition that distinguished the identity of the druid from both the cleric and wizard via the Primal magic source.
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 11:37 AM
    Yeah, I saw that on Reddit. Beautiful stuff. Here's a little memory web to help you keep track of what happens in chapter 3:
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 10:31 AM
    Just as a point - a generation ship won't be travelling for 300 years. Probably closer to 3000. You're not going to get anything that massive anywhere near an appreciable percentage of C. And, the point about captive populations is an important one. Sure, your first generation volunteered and trained for the trip. Probably had to compete against lots of other people to get a place. But,...
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 07:41 AM
    I was going to say. If Shakespeare wasn’t on the required reading list of most high schools in English speaking countries, about the same number of people would read him as read “The Faerie Queen”. I mean seriously. How many other five hundred year old authors do you think your buddy in a bar could name? How many have read Marlowe? Or Dante?
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    Friday, 8th February, 2019, 03:06 AM
    And, really, it's the iconography more than physics that has driven weapon stats in D&D since day 1. Why is the long sword the best weapon in AD&D? Granted, that's arguable, but, largely, it really is - best damage for a single handed weapon, best weapon vs armor adjustments for the damage it does, most common magic weapon etc. Because, well, the game is based on fantasy genre works and...
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Friday, 15th February, 2019

  • 04:49 AM - Maxperson mentioned Hussar in post Sage Advice Compendium Update 1/30/2019
    ... isn't allowed by the RAW. Right? Bonus actions are not actions, and the bonus action rules clearly state you get to decide when to take the bonus action on your turn (unless there are timing requirements in the bonus action itself). To use your example, you could: - Move - Attack action, take first swing - Move some more - Take a bonus action without timing requirements, because this qualifies as "any time on your turn" - Move a little more - Take second swing, completing the Attack action - Action Surge - Move a little more - Take a second action It's not my argument. If actions are naturally divisible like 5ekyu and other are claiming, then you can in fact trigger the Action Surge in the middle of your Attack Action or Cast a Spell Action. There's no inherent timing conflict built into Action Surge that would prevent it. You get to choose when to take your action, and you get to choose when to Action Surge. However, if actions are not naturally divisible like Hussar and I are saying, you could not do that. You would need a rule that explicitly allows you to use it during the action, such as reaction rules or smite.

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019

  • 08:57 PM - Lanefan mentioned Hussar in post Monster spawned by a typo
    ...menestra, the original creator of the Lynch Mop realized she had made a significant discovery...once she recovered from the beating administered by said Lynch Mop...and set about trying to replicate what she had done, only in a manner less dangerous to herself. She succeeded, and went on to become very wealthy through selling her design to other wizards; some of whom went on to refine her design and add the pack tactics. Construction of a Lynch Mop requires a mop, on which are cast in sequence Enchant An Item, Golem, and Animate Dead over a 24-hour period. Not less than 3000 g.p. of fine gold dust must be included in the casting of Golem; this dust is sprinkled over the mop and - if the spell is successful - absorbed by it. A Lynch Mop can be given no orders or instructions whatsoever. On completion of the spell sequence it animates and then acts as noted above. Note that construction of a Lynch Mop is generally considered a non-Good act. Lan-"have fun, everyone; and thanks Hussar !"-efan

Friday, 8th February, 2019

  • 02:32 PM - jasper mentioned Hussar in post The Battle Continues Over "Childish Things"
    @Hussar I guess my point is, if adults aren't reading Shakespeare and kids are, then doesn't that place Shakespeare largely in the same reading bracket as comic books? After all, it's not like kids can't understand Romeo and Juliet or get the nuances of A Merchant of Venice. It's not like these are really all that subtle. ... No. Because great adults of the school critic a lum, have proclaim Shakespeare and Melville are GREAT LITERATURE. And we must force it down you rugrats throats so you can be educated. Other wise you will start thinking Avengers are literature. And then we have trouble right here in River City.

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019


Tuesday, 15th January, 2019

  • 03:09 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Hussar in post Titans - Surprisingly Good if a bit uneven
    rather than just focussing on Dick Um .... Anyway, Hussar and Tonguez, I am a sucker for there DC Universe shows, and I didn't know this had released on Netflix (thanks!). How is the maturity level for teens (say, a mature 12 year old)?

Friday, 11th January, 2019


Thursday, 27th December, 2018

  • 05:44 PM - lowkey13 mentioned Hussar in post No Magic Shops!
    ...not my job to yuck on their yum. Some people really enjoy that. They should just enjoy it with others who do so- not me. And, to be honest, I sometimes put in a temporary prophylactic ignore even if *I* am engaging in that. If I am 1% responsible, or 99% responsible, for behavior I don't like, it allows for a cooling off period and then I can go and evaluate whether or not this is a person I want to converse with (is it the other person, or me, or a combination?). I have lots of great discussions here with people that disagree with me. And I learn a lot from them. What I don't enjoy, and what usually ends up poorly, is when someone feels the need to "challenge me" because ... well, they can do that with someone else. You want to discuss something with me? Great! You want to challenge me and argue about arguing? No thank you. So I think we have slightly different ideas when it comes to what a discussion really means. It's not that I don't have discussions - it's just that, as @Hussar and others have pointed out, certain individuals tend to be a little more aggressive in their ... discussions. Which is great in some places, with some people, and not so great with others. This is supposed to be a fun place for people to discuss their hobby, and that's how I treat it. :)

Monday, 10th December, 2018

  • 04:21 PM - Sadras mentioned Hussar in post Cantrip Auto-Scaling - A 5e Critique
    This is a tall order. You want the cantrip to be effectively weaker than 1st level damaging spells, so no quadratic power up, but also useful enough to use as a viable action presumably at those higher levels? But maybe not? Maybe balance is of no concern and it is purely thematic and your idea of magic in the setting? Other than making cantrips a limited resource the only other option I can think of would be roll over the damage dealing cantrips into first level and give bonus spell slots. Both those mess a little with balance but then again it depends on the theme of the campaign. For example, in @Hussar's Savage Worlds campaign their table agreed to nix cantrips. EDIT: Magic is one of those areas where special consideration by the DM is required when designing his/her gaming world. So keeping damage-dealing cantrips at their base perhaps ensures that cantrips are really only viewed as play-play magic for those with true arcane/divine power, at least for that setting.

Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

  • 01:35 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post Defining RPG's Take 2 - Prescriptive vs Descriptive
    ...at good at it. And so a game - like a RPG - that says "Player moves must engage the relationship between the protagonist who is the centre of the player's action declaration, and the rest of the fictional environment in which s/he finds him/herself" is going to produce wildly varying action declarations. And if the rules then say "The game includes a referee who will adjudicate the outcomes of such declarations", those adjudications will vary quite a bit as well. (Over the past few years, I've participated in multiple thread about that, with particular reference to adjudication of declarations of actions for high level non spellcasters in D&D.) All this has nothing to do with prescriptive vs descriptive. The rules of a RPG don't describe anything. They set out permissions, limitations, requirements, procedures for doing things, etc. That's what makes them rules. The mechanics of a RPG are a subset of those rules, and mostly they set out procedures but often also requirements. Hussar wants to bracket PC build mechanics, so let's look at some others: The DM calls for an ability check when a character or monster attempts an action (other than an attack) that has a chance of failure. (Basic PDF, p 58) Every character and monster has a speed, which is the distance in feet that the character or monster can walk in 1 round. (Basice PDF, p 63) The game organizes the chaos of combat into a cycle of rounds and turns. A round represents about 6 seconds in the game world. During a round, each participant in a battle takes a turn. The order of turns is determined at the beginning of a combat encounter, when everyone rolls initiative. Once everyone has taken a turn, the fight continues to the next round if neither side has defeated the other. (Basic PDF, p 69) Those are all prescriptions. They state procedures to be followed in the context of various sorts of action declarations. And obviously the examples could be multiplied. As far as I can tell, the real diff...

Friday, 16th November, 2018

  • 03:44 PM - Yaarel mentioned Hussar in post Worlds of Design: Fantasy vs. Sci-Fi Part 2
    Hussar What the Norse understood to be ‘magic’ (seiđr) was achieved by the forces of ones own mind (hugar). What the 1950s science fiction writers understood to be ‘psionics’ (psi + electronics) was achieved by the forces of ones own mind (psyche). These are tautologically identical concepts. In this case, the ‘fantasy’ and the ‘science fiction’ are the same, except the choice of language to describe it. It is easy to have a ‘science fiction’ movie in a Viking Era setting, where the ‘mindforces’ (hugar) accompanies a plausible explanation. Actually, the movie Outlander resembles such. It is a Viking movie where the dragon is a space alien. To me, I can find no meaningful distinction between fantasy and science fiction. I am comfortable with the need of scifi (aka speculative fiction) to be able to represent both.
  • 01:25 AM - Yaarel mentioned Hussar in post Worlds of Design: Fantasy vs. Sci-Fi Part 2
    @Hussar I use ‘scifi’ and ‘speculative fiction’ as synonyms ... because scifi has fewer syllables ... and enjoys an official sticker on the spines of many library books ... and is the kind of thing that shows up on the Syfy channel. In other words, the obsolete distinction between ‘science fiction’ and ‘fantasy’ seems nonuseful. But the broad category of scifi (aka speculative fiction) along with a multitude of distinctive subgenres seems useful.

Monday, 12th November, 2018

  • 07:53 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    I keep saying that this is a problem with 3e/4e/PF and you keep focusing on 4e, trying to turn this into a “vs 4e Edition war”. But this isn’t 2008 and I have zero interest in that kind of discussion...I don't have any views about 3E. I've played only a very small amount of it, and as a design I think it has a number of well-known problems. The most interesting thing to be about 3E is that if you apply a level-bonus to AC but call it "natural armour" then many RPGers will regard that as a simulation even though it is just a label with no meaning in the fiction whatsoever (ie the best possible magic armour is +5 plate for around +14 AC, while there are natural armour bonuses in the 30s - what is "natural armour" that is so much better than what the best smith can possibly forge?). Mutatis mutandis for many other aspects of 3E. I agree with Hussar (from past threads, not this one) that PC build in 4e owes quite a bit to 3E. But encounter build/design and action resolution in 4e is wildly different from 3E - very much to the benefit of 4e!

Sunday, 11th November, 2018

  • 07:08 AM - Sadras mentioned Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    @pemerton and in part @Hussar You have pushed for the merits of a defined skill table at various levels and/or mentioned 5e DM's giving varying DCs on skill checks as issues of the game. I'm wondering if you have the same contempt, because it can only be described as contempt after so many posts, with TotM. Let us face it TotM can produce some varied results, not all DMs will have the exact same picture in their mind and certainly players will have different ones. I'm wondering if you are consistent in your contempt for unsurety across the board or if you're just cherry-picking?
  • 04:43 AM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post Mike Mearls on how 4E could have looked
    ...hat the examples that I have in mind as illustrating what 4e permits, and as thereby marking the difference between the systems (eg 15h level fighters cutting down phalanxes of hobgoblins (statted as swarms), the forge scene, etc) are properly not feasible in 5e (because even a 15th level fighter should be threatened if surrounded by 20 hobgoblins, should most likely have his/her hands burn off if shoved into a forge, etc). I don't care whether or not anyone else wants to play a game in which 15th level fighters are capable in that sort of way. I'm simply explaining why the 4e framework makes stuff possible - encourages it, even - which the 5e framework does not. I want that stuff even if no one else does. To put it even more bluntly - I'm not trying to show that 5e players are irrational. I'm rebutting the suggestion that 4e does not offer anything different from 5e. It obviously does, and this thread has only underlined that fact. Which is why I was replying specifically to Hussar who seems to want a different conversation than you do.

Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

  • 06:21 PM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    I don't give my wife special treatment, her character has the same risk and rewards as anyone else. She wouldn't want it any other way, nor would I when she'd DMing. However, I'm realistic in that as much as I like my players they could get a job out of state (or I could) tomorrow. I know my wife is going to be in my campaign for the long haul. So yes, her vote on what the next campaign is going to be and whether we allow option ___ has more weight than others. This brings up another interesting axis on Hussar 's objective player over DM stance... What if the DM is more committed to playing than the player? If I have a player who hates horror games but is often late or cancels often enough to be noticeable (but we still enjoy playing with him in a casual sense)... should their preference still be held in higher regard than mine as the DM who shows up to every session? Should their preferences hold as much weight as everyone else's in the group? This is why I don't like this blanket... "Not catering to a player" = "Bad DM" rhetoric. Way to many factors to make that a blanket statement.

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

  • 01:04 PM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    Now, that being said, I would say that there are differently levels of justification for things. I don't want X because I don't like X and I'm the DM so, what I say goes, is a pretty darn weak argument. If that's the best justification you can come up with, well, at that point, I'm of a mind that I'll just suck it up and let the player have their way because it means that the player will be more invested in the game. I'll address the direct response to me a little later but I did want to touch on this... Does this work in reverse? If a player's justification is that I don't want to play X because I don't like X and we agreed to only play games everyone liked so what I say goes do you as a DM consider that an equally weak argument? Is there a point where the player should just suck it up and let the DM have their way? If so what is it. This is what I'm trying to figure out with you Hussar, because while I get where you're coming from in a general sense I am also getting the impression that compromise from your point of view is the DM always conceding to the players. Now if that;s the case just state it as opposed to claiming compromise when the player never has to. It's similar to the question I asked previously... if you always concede to the player at what point do they actually need to be open minded or adaptable?

Thursday, 1st November, 2018

  • 01:05 PM - jasper mentioned Hussar in post Burning Questions: Why Do DMs Limit Official WOTC Material?
    Hussar Every Dining out hussar votes steak, steak, steak, steak, steak, steak,. Some times Fried shrimp with steak. The rest of us vote on variety. Sooner or later Hussar is going lose the vote. So he has to learn to got along with reasonable demands. Or hit Steak and Shake alone this Taco Tuesday. Sorry If I told the group the Convoy/Train/Plane leaves at 1600 hrs 2 times before the event, 2 times in the ride to the event. 2 times at the event. And at 1545 I tell you to be ready, you turn and run away deeper in the con. You are the one with problem. So Matt Mercer must allow me to use my Vulcan with wolverine claws, phaser, and magical missile or he is a bad DM. Got it.

Tuesday, 30th October, 2018

  • 03:11 PM - Imaro mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ...sagree with you, I do also think refusing to play in a game that everyone in your (presumably stable and long-standing) social group wants to play is a bit gauche. Unless the game or campaign concept is bringing up some kind of psychological issue, the fun of hanging with your social group should trump the relative negative feeling towards the game as a whole. I think they key here isn't the DM's pet campaign or the player for whom the particular system is a bęte noire, but the other players in the group. If they're ambivalent about the DM's concept, better for the DM to make a change. If they're enthusiastic, though, the player with the problem may have to be the one to change their attitude. Granted, this probably points more to the importance of saving strong aesthetic considerations for the internet, and not bringing them into casual social encounters. Nobody wants to hear your "TLJ ruined Star Wars" diatribe at the office Christmas party. :) This is pretty much where Hussar 's blanket "Bad DM" characterization of this falls flat for me. There seems to be this sentiment that the DM is supposed to be extraordinarily flexible, accommodating, not really own anything, cater to players, etc. But I don't see this line of thinking ever reflected back towards players (admittedly by some though not all posters in this thread). As a player if I'm not feeling what the DM has suggested but the rest of the group is cool with it... why would I force him to change it and why is he a bad DM if he doesn't cater to me specifically? If I have that big of a problem with it (to the point that I refuse to play) why am I not being held to the same standard of... friendship, camaraderie and social enjoyment should trump your lpersonal wants... that apparently DM's should be held to?

Monday, 29th October, 2018

  • 06:05 AM - pemerton mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    There is a difference in arguments between, "X is true, because Y is an authority" and "X is true, because of X, Y, and Z reasons", even if those reasons are from various authorities. One is a fallacy, and the other is not.In the abstract, sure. But here is Hussar's argument: X is true because I believe X, I'm an English teacher, and therefore I would know. And here is your argument: X is true because I read it in a book, and the book is right because the people who wrote it would know. Those arguments are both appeals to authority. Fallacies are fallacies. Period. If you engage in one it doesn't automatically make you wrong or right, but it does make the argument logically invalid.Maxperson, every argument I have ever seen you run is logically invalid. (I have never seen you make an argument in mathematics or logic.) Practally every argument every human being has ever made in the history of humanity is logically invalid. The argument that If you jump off the roof of a bulding, you will fall is logically invalid. That doesn't make it a bad argument; it just means that it is defeasible by contrary emprical evidence. That an argument is not logically valid doesn't make it a bad one. That my best reason to believe X is that someone w...
  • 01:32 AM - Maxperson mentioned Hussar in post What DM flaw has caused you to actually leave a game?
    ... the status of Paris as the capital of France are authorities is enough to prove my point! There is a difference in arguments between, "X is true, because Y is an authority" and "X is true, because of X, Y, and Z reasons", even if those reasons are from various authorities. One is a fallacy, and the other is not. I'm not an attorney. I'm an academic lawyer. And yes, authorities can be wrong. That's why argument from authority is defeasible. But as I already posted, practically every bit of inference you engage in is defeasible. For a good discussion of what bits of your "knowledge" you would have to erase if you resolved to accept only non-defeasible inference I recommend Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy. Short answer: practically all of it. Fallacies are fallacies. Period. If you engage in one it doesn't automatically make you wrong or right, but it does make the argument logically invalid. All of these things you are mentioning are irrelevant to whether or not @Hussar made an Appeal to Authority as his only response to my argument. Not only was it an Appeal to Authority, but his next response was an Ad Hominem attack. If he really is an English teacher, he should know better.


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Friday, 15th February, 2019

  • 05:26 PM - Hriston quoted Hussar in post Sage Advice Compendium Update 1/30/2019
    Sorry, the English teacher in me has to stop you there. Your sentence is grammatically wrong. It should be: If it rains this afternoon, then yesterday's weather forecast will be wrong. IOW, it must rain first, THEN the forecast is shown to be wrong. This just proves George Bernard Shaw's maxim, "those who can't, teach." The sentence you've written here is nonsense. The forecast doesn't become wrong when it rains. It was either right or wrong from the moment it was made. If using the past tense here bothers you, I suggest using the future perfect tense, "will have been", which actually makes sense. As a teacher of English, however, you should know that while a first conditional sentence usually uses the simple future in the consequence, other variations are also possible, including making a deduction about past time using the past tense, as in the example I posted. This really highlights the problem of interpretation with treating conditional sentences as if the condition must...
  • 09:45 AM - ccs quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Ahh, so, we're back to inventing interpretations. Ahh, one of those SW fans who's too rigid about it for some humor. Cool. I never actually knew that. But, by the same token, umm, I'm thinking that that's not really the same as flying one of the most advanced fighters out there. (shrugs) I don't know. Luke claimed it, the rebels basically accepted it. Me? Well, I also don't worry about Flash Gordon manages to fly a ship. They fly their ships because that's the genre. So, we're free to invent interpretations where it's actually R2, who, had never been shown to be able to fly anything previously, piloting Luke's X-wing, {WARNING: Star Wars humor ahead.} Oh no. If you watch the movies in the order they're released of course you wouldn't realize that R2 is this capable. For an astro-mech droid he's still pretty crafty & tricky though. And 3P0 comments on this. But as you watch ESB, RotJ.... And then you watch him in action throughout the prequels & Clone Wars...
  • 09:01 AM - Zardnaar quoted Hussar in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    Sigh. No one said there were no explorers. What was said was that exploration wasn't done for curiousity's sake. Exploration was always done because of a search for resources. You move your village a couple of miles every few years because you're a hunter/gatherer society and you're looking for new game and you wind up crossing most of the planet before too long. It's not like the Vikings were just out for the heck of it. They were hunting for new lands to expand into. Some of the documented voyages were for exploration sake. Most of the time it was for new land to settle or trade with. Ancient human migration we don't really know but it was probably food. Food was easy on the coast. As kids we ate dinner off the rocks more than once.
  • 08:26 AM - Zardnaar quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    LOL. Says someone who obviously has never seen the inside of a Sherman tank. Hint, tiller bars and caterpillar treads are not the same as a truck. Not even close. And, never minding that a flying vehicle is considerably more difficult to operate. But, without any training, apparently the farm hand can hop into the equivalent of an F15 and operate it without any problems. In fact, he's a better pilot than the horde of TIE fighter pilots who had years of training, as well as the couple dozen or so Rebel pilots that get shot down. AFAIK, a T-16 isn't even shown in any of the movies. Does it have shields? How many engines does it have? How many weapons? It has ion cannons? Torpedo launchers? That's quite the truck you're driving there. Oh, an with, what, a couple of weeks of training, Luke holds his own, and then later, defeats Vader in a saber duel. That's some pretty intense training there. :uhoh: Good grief, whinging that Rey is a Mary Sue character in Star Wars is...
  • 08:24 AM - ccs quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    LOL. Says someone who obviously has never seen the inside of a Sherman tank. Hint, tiller bars and caterpillar treads are not the same as a truck. Not even close. And, never minding that a flying vehicle is considerably more difficult to operate. But, without any training, apparently the farm hand can hop into the equivalent of an F15 and operate it without any problems. In fact, he's a better pilot than the horde of TIE fighter pilots who had years of training, as well as the couple dozen or so Rebel pilots that get shot down. I just explained who's really flying & fighting that X-Wing. AFAIK, a T-16 isn't even shown in any of the movies. Sure it is. It's the wedge winged model Luke's playing with while 3P0's in the oil bath. 104831 I'll just assume there's shots of a "real" one in action somewhere in the Special Edition re-edits...
  • 07:07 AM - billd91 quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    And Rey's the Mary Sue? Really? This is where we're going to draw the line? That she manages to fight off Kylo Ren after he's seriously injured and bleeding all over the place? Or we're hung up because some kid can force move a broom and that totally breaks canon? Blarg? It’s the same old sexist BS. Guys can be super-competent action heroes all over the place - from Luke and Anakin to John McClane and Indiana Jones. But if it’s someone with a vagina she’s gotta be a Mary Sue.
  • 06:13 AM - ccs quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Huh. Luke is a farm hand. Never fought anyone. Probably never did more than fly in a couple of fairly non-dangerous races, maybe. Certainly wasn't eking out a survival in a hostile environment. Yet, without any formal training, is one of the greatest fighter pilots around. And fantastic gunner of said fighter ships. Considering he'd never actually been off world before, how exactly did he learn to fly fighters? Especially the most advanced fighters around with an X-Wing? It's like expecting a crop duster to be able to fly an F-15. But, hey, that's perfectly fine. No problem. Crack shot, expert pilot, engineer, all learned while farming. :uhoh: R2 doesn't get nearly enough credit....
  • 05:34 AM - Zardnaar quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Huh. Luke is a farm hand. Never fought anyone. Probably never did more than fly in a couple of fairly non-dangerous races, maybe. Certainly wasn't eking out a survival in a hostile environment. Yet, without any formal training, is one of the greatest fighter pilots around. And fantastic gunner of said fighter ships. Considering he'd never actually been off world before, how exactly did he learn to fly fighters? Especially the most advanced fighters around with an X-Wing? It's like expecting a crop duster to be able to fly an F-15. But, hey, that's perfectly fine. No problem. Crack shot, expert pilot, engineer, all learned while farming. :uhoh: And Rey's the Mary Sue? Really? This is where we're going to draw the line? That she manages to fight off Kylo Ren after he's seriously injured and bleeding all over the place? Or we're hung up because some kid can force move a broom and that totally breaks canon? Blarg? Star Wars different than RL, civilians have flying cars t...
  • 03:57 AM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Huh. Luke is a farm hand. Never fought anyone. Probably never did more than fly in a couple of fairly non-dangerous races, maybe. Certainly wasn't eking out a survival in a hostile environment. Yet, without any formal training, is one of the greatest fighter pilots around. And fantastic gunner of said fighter ships. Considering he'd never actually been off world before, how exactly did he learn to fly fighters? Especially the most advanced fighters around with an X-Wing? It's like expecting a crop duster to be able to fly an F-15. But, hey, that's perfectly fine. No problem. Crack shot, expert pilot, engineer, all learned while farming. :uhoh: And Rey's the Mary Sue? Really? This is where we're going to draw the line? That she manages to fight off Kylo Ren after he's seriously injured and bleeding all over the place? Or we're hung up because some kid can force move a broom and that totally breaks canon? Blarg? Remember when Luke went up against Vader in the ...
  • 12:12 AM - Jester David quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Umm, how do we know that it takes lots of training to force move something? Because it took Luke a couple of weeks of training to do it? Really? A sample size of one determines how things work? Wouldn't it be better just to accept and move on? Why would I assume that just because it took Luke a week or two of training to lift rocks that he never could do it before or that no one ever could come by it naturally? Seems a bit of a stretch. Luke was moving lightsabers after getting ONE lesson on using the Force, and that was related to blocking blaster shots.

Thursday, 14th February, 2019

  • 10:31 PM - Asgorath quoted Hussar in post Sage Advice Compendium Update 1/30/2019
    And there's no difference with any other Action. The only reason that you think that you can interrupt an Attack Action is because we resolve them sequentially. Mostly because there's no other way to resolve them at the table. But, that's the thing. They don't actually resolve sequentially. They occur, more or less, at the same time. There's nothing to interrupt. It's an Action and Actions can't be interrupted except in specific circumstances. Barring a rule that states that you can take a Bonus Action in the middle of an Action, you can't. That's not a phantom rule, that's just the way rules work. There's no rule that states I can't declare that I have a fly movement, but, barring exceptions like a Fly spell, I cannot do that. There's no rule stating that I don't crit on a 15 to 20. After all, I do crit on a 20, so, why not on a 19 or an 18? But, again, I don't because the rules don't say that I do. Barring the specific exception of higher level champion fighters. On and...
  • 09:40 PM - Shasarak quoted Hussar in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    2. The exploration done on earth was not really done out of "curiousity". It was done out of necessity/search for resources. Whether you want to talk about those coming across the land bridge to North America, or Magellan, it doesn't really matter. No one explored the continents nor colonized those continents because they wanted to know "what's over there". America and Australia were dumping grounds for malcontents and convicts as well as giant sources of wealth. Maybe that is true for Europe and on the other hand in the South Pacific humans were exploring fine before Magellan was born.
  • 06:29 PM - Umbran quoted Hussar in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    Although, not to get too far into politics, but, it's extremely doubtful refugees are going to be much more of a problem in 50 years. There is a fine line between "refugee" and "people suffering economic dislocation". For example, as climate shifts, weather patterns shift. That means the temperature and rainfall shifts - that means where you can grow various crops will move. Much of the heartland of America, currently devoted to agriculture, may become untenable for that purpose. All the farmers, and the people who support the farmers, will need to move. These aren't foreign refugees, they're our own citizens. As another, only partly related branch of discussion, we were talking about how immoral it is to restrict breeding rights - we have 7.5 billion people on the planet, and that number is growing. The planet does have a limit on its carrying capacity. That limit is apt to drop as the climate warms. As we get close to it, we need to ask ourselves what is more moral: 1) Inst...
  • 06:17 PM - Zardnaar quoted Hussar in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    Sorry, @Zardnaar, but, morally wrong is just morally wrong. Full stop. It doesn't become morally right because we have to do it. It's just that that's the choice - abandon morals or not. Although, not to get too far into politics, but, it's extremely doubtful refugees are going to be much more of a problem in 50 years. At least, no more or less than they are now. It's just that the current population of most first world countries have forgotten that, not that long ago, about 10% of their populations were foreign born. Give or take. It's only in the post war era that we saw such a drop in immigration and mobility. I think we're around 20% foreign born, in Auckland its 40%. Morals are subjective and vary by time. Survival of the species is basically natures primary goal. If things get as bad as the horror stories make out (11+ billion declining food and oil etc) due to global warming I bet on violence.
  • 05:12 PM - Janx quoted Hussar in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    ... the sun dies. Everything we've ever done will be lost and thus be as if it never happened. Biggest waste of time ever. Hopefully we can be nicer about it than the guy who made the pyramids, but yeah, it's gonna suck for some people for awhile, in order to achieve the next big thing. And yes, I can make that decision for future generations. It's the ultimate right of all people in the present, because they are here, and the future is not. --- btw, I just thought of a horrible metaphor that seems to apply. If you don't think it is morally right to get on a generation ship because you would subject your descendants to generations of hardship and restriction of rights, think about that and find a parallel situation here and now. Like, you know. Black people. You are basically saying black people should not breed because they are knowingly bringing future generations into the world that they will face the kind of things we don't talk about on EN World. Now I know Hussar don't mean it that way. But that's the extreme end of where that line of "moral" thinking goes. And it turns out, that ain't right either.
  • 01:05 PM - 5ekyu quoted Hussar in post Sage Advice Compendium Update 1/30/2019
    Because, 5ekyu, no one is claiming that Actions cannot be broken up by non-actions. That's never been claimed by anyone and would be wrong if it were. After all, my character can talk while attacking. My character could drop a weapon in the middle of attacking (also a non-action). There's a number of things you can do that are not "Actions" as in the game defined term. However, Bonus Actions are a game defined element. And you cannot take a Bonus Action in the middle of an Action because Actions are discrete. You can't drop a Bonus Action in the middle of a Dodge. You couldn't drop a Bonus Action in the middle of an Attack Action when the attacker only had one attack. Where does it say that the Attack Action becomes multipart as soon as you gain multiple attacks? It doesn't. All it states is that as part of your Attack Action, you can now make multiple attacks. That's it. That's the full extent of having multiple attacks. Now, any exception to that is stated in the exception -...
  • 10:00 AM - 5ekyu quoted Hussar in post Sage Advice Compendium Update 1/30/2019
    And again @5ekyu is conflating actions and non actions. It would make this conversation a lot easier if folks were a bit more precise.Well, unless a claim can be made and supported that says the phantom indivisible action rule specifically restricts itself to preventing bonus actions dividing the actions (and within those only some bonus action) then discussions can and should include the other things that the indivisible action prevents. I mean without a specific reference inside that phantom rule addressing non-actions or specific call-outs in those non-actions that are stronger than "You choose when to take a bonus action during your turn, " then why aren't they also prevented by the indivisible phantom rule? Why isnt "Show me the rule that supports what you are saying - that Actions maybe be interrupted by any non-action. " just as valid or invalid as "Show me the rule that supports what you are saying - that Actions maybe be interrupted by any bonus action."? "The general rule is th...
  • 06:56 AM - Umbran quoted Hussar in post Generation Ships--- Can we build one now?
    But, it's morally reprehensible to think that that decision is acceptable for the next twenty to thirty generations. You want to be very, very careful with that logic. It has wide-reaching implications. I wish to avoid politics, but let us just say that the culture you live in right here and now is not, by those measures, particularly clean. Then, there are platitudes about splinters in eyes, pots & kettles, glass houses and stones, that then apply to your position. Not a good look. Also, it would seem to me that this is a choice that each person boarding the ship gets to make for themselves. I don't think you get to sink the project because you have no stomach for the moral implications. You get to choose not to go yourself, and that's fine. But, there is the larger issue here as well. In order to create a generation ship, you need the technology to create a self sustaining biosphere in a closed system. Note, the Earth is NOT a closed system - we have a sun that injects LOTS...
  • 06:43 AM - Zardnaar quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Ezra was a soldier before he was a Jedi. And he joined the crew as a soldier, not as a Jedi. And, umm, nope. You take children, force them into soldier training, they are child soldiers. Every single Jedi presented in Star Wars is the result of horrific practices where a cult is kidnapping children and forcing them to be soldiers for their cult. Now, just like the obvious slavery issues of droids, Star Wars chooses to ignore these issues, but, they most certainly are there. You might not like it, but, it's not exactly hard to miss. They didn't know if there would be a sequel to ANH plan b was scaled down movie see Splinter of the Minds Eye. So they retconned it in Empire. Disney knew there would be another movie and had a budget way bigger than 7 million which even when adjusted for inflation pails to the budget for TFA. I have an original Splinter of the Minds Eye. Kyber crystals are an old concept. Looks like they may retconned TLJ. Apparently Matt Smith is a new bad...
  • 06:39 AM - Zardnaar quoted Hussar in post Star Wars What I Would Have Done
    Ezra was a soldier before he was a Jedi. And he joined the crew as a soldier, not as a Jedi. And, umm, nope. You take children, force them into soldier training, they are child soldiers. Every single Jedi presented in Star Wars is the result of horrific practices where a cult is kidnapping children and forcing them to be soldiers for their cult. Now, just like the obvious slavery issues of droids, Star Wars chooses to ignore these issues, but, they most certainly are there. You might not like it, but, it's not exactly hard to miss. I can't remember but by law do force sensitive children get handed over. Even if it's forced though real world morality doesn't apply because we don't have to deal with force sensitive children falling to the dark side. Each kid is a potential wmd.


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