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Wednesday, 6th June, 2018

  • 07:16 AM - aramis erak mentioned evileeyore in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    ...e pretty straight forward. Also a lot of people GM where you are required to play the opposite gender a lot of the time, so why should it be an issue when you switch to playing a PC? I do wonder how people uncomfortable with cross gender character handle opposite gender NPCs? If you don't have an issue with them why with a PC? I'm uncomfortable doing it as a GM, even. I do it because it's required for verisimilitude, not because I enjoy it. Since I don't enjoy cross-gender and/or homosexual characters, I much prefer to play straight male PC's. I play elves because I can empathize with the eco-guerrilla and socialist attitudes typically attributed to them, and for the weapon proficiencies. I'm uncomfortable playing D&D halflings, because I don't grok their cultures as provided in FR, Greyhawk, Council of Worms, or Mystara... but I do kinda grok Kender and the Halflings of Dark Sun. The halflings of WFRP1 I can do comfortably... because they're better written. And, as evileeyore notes, the sociopolitical climate is quite different now than when I was a kid.

Friday, 8th August, 2014

  • 02:40 PM - Andor mentioned evileeyore in post Sleeping in armor
    evileeyore touched on it but one real reason to take your armour off is maintainence. Rivets pop, straps break, dents need to be pounded out. The reason a Knight was always accompanied by a squire was that between the armour, his weapons and his horse and tack it was simply too much maintainence for one man to do. It depends on the armour of course, a buff coat or breastplate requires a lot less upkeep than full gothic plate. IIRC correctly the way you cleaned chainmail was popping it into a barrel half full of sand and rolling it around for a while. Kind of like an abrasive washing machine. :) And not something done in the field, although you still need to fix those popped rivets.

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Thursday, 6th June, 2019

  • 01:46 AM - Tony Vargas quoted evileeyore in post The MAYA Design Principle, or Why D&D's Future is Probably Going to Look Mostly Like Its Past
    Better. Weird definition of 'functional'. But yeah, that is also subjective, but not what I was speaking to. "Better" is not only arguably subjective, but begs the question "better /at what/?" A 900 page rule book makes a better doorstop than a 32 page one, for instance. And, FWIW, it wasn't a definition, it was a metaphor. But I will stand by the assertion that RPGs get away with being a lot less functional than they're often presumed to be, because the role of GM often includes keeping the game you're running functioning, for that group, in that moment. Of course it is. You bias it by deciding what you are judging makes it 'functional'. Granted. But it doesn't make your original statement any more accurate. Or any less - once you retreat into subjectivity there's not a lot of accuracy to be had. Everyone will have a system they say is 'better' and systems they say are 'worse'. And some, when asked to support those assertions, will quickly find themselves saying "oh, it's a...

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Thursday, 21st February, 2019

  • 11:21 AM - S'mon quoted evileeyore in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Ask Ireland about spicy nazi pug jokes. That was Scotland - in the UK. Ireland is practically a Free Speech zone compared to the UK these days.
  • 11:03 AM - Hussar quoted evileeyore in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    /snip I ask in case my future facecrime causes the progress police to ask me to leave social media for the good of my family. And, again, demonizing and dehumanizing the other side. And you wonder why you have so much trouble having a conversation? I got the word from you Dad! No really, all funny aside, it's right there in what I quoted from you. You can hardly expect me to think you'd get upset when I was using your own words./snip Wait, what? Umm, you realize that I was quoting Celebrim there right? In the post where I'm talking about dehumanizing the other side? So, no, you didn't get the word from me, you got it from Celebrim. You folks are the ones insisting that the mob with pitchforks is out to get you for holding your opinions. And, again with the hyperbole. Going to jail for facecrimes? WTF? Sigh. Yup, par for the course. Derail the discussion as much as possible and then stand back with wide eyed innocence about how it's the other side that's totally...
  • 09:11 AM - Sadras quoted evileeyore in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Is Zak unredeemable? Can he never make amends for his abusive past? Is his Social Credit Score forever to be null? ...(snip)... Will the mob ever allow him back? If it's a definitive no, and I'm pretty sure it's a definitive no, maybe you can see our hesitation to trust your mob with those pitchforks and fiery brands. Those are hard questions. If we believe in our society a person is redeemable, then stripping one of his accolades does, for me, seem to counter that belief. The personal issue I have with this is - separating the artist from the artwork. Do we, don't we? Do we not watch Kevin Spacey movies anymore or anything produced by Harvey Weinstein? Am I not allowed to enjoy Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris or Polanski's play-gone-movie, Carnage? There are posters on these boards that routinely quote from Frank Mentzer's RPG material, do we chastise them? Are future generations not permitted to see/read/buy that material, including the RPG work Zak S created but others with already pu...
  • 09:02 AM - Hussar quoted evileeyore in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    /snip Will the mob ever allow him back? If it's a definitive no, and I'm pretty sure it's a definitive no, maybe you can see our hesitation to trust your mob with those pitchforks and fiery brands. Nice. We're a "mob" now. And you wonder why you are having trouble having this discussion with people. And, how can anyone actually answer that? Excuse me while I consult my crystal ball? Maybe my Magic 8 Ball of future prediction of how much people will accept sexual predators into their hobby will result in better answers. Seriously, how is, "We're not going to buy this guy's products, nor do we want this person to be the "face" of our hobby" turned into "pitchforks and fiery brands"? When you characterize the other side of a discussion as a mob, only interested in mob justice, I'm thinking that perhaps, just perhaps, you're part of the problem. If you are incapable of characterizing the other side of an issue without demonizing and dehumanizing them, don't be shocked when you ar...
  • 06:54 AM - Hussar quoted evileeyore in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    He probably was very well trained, in the Duluth Model. This is true. And it's great when one side consistently gets to decide that disagreement is bad behavior. It has a real chilling effect on the disagreers... Very good point, it's why I decided to stop being silent here today. Oh please. Are we really going to go down this road? Let's compare things shall we? A poster here, after repeatedly violating board rules in numerous threads, specifically compared what we're doing to murdering innocent people (lynching) and got banned. After months, if not years, of bad behavior. Every possible opportunity was afforded to this individual before getting ejected from the community. And this is chilling? Or, (sorry about this Celebrim) the comparison between state sponsored public torture of political prisoners by one of the most repressive regimes in modern history (Maoist China) and the MeToo movement. :uhoh: See, there's disagreement and discussion and then t...

Monday, 18th June, 2018

  • 02:58 PM - Eltab quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    I and many other fans were just hoping the midichlorians and immaculate conception were the product of Lucas being out in the sun too long. Midichlorians sounded to me like an unnecessary and ham-handed attempt to 'science-ize' The Force. Nothing was added but something vital was subtracted from the universe-defining conceit. As I suggested somewhere upthread, I thought Shmi was providing a lame excuse because she did not want to dredge up horrible memories of what really happened.

Sunday, 17th June, 2018

  • 06:51 PM - Tony Vargas quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    It's because in the last twenty years the term has shifted away from "Author Insert Overly Competent Character" into "Overly Competent Character". So, just the usual linguistic entropy: specific idea lacks a label, so one is created for it, gets over-applied & mis-used until it loses all meaning, and a new one must be coined. Yeah, I hate that. Seems like 20yrs is a short cycle time, too.
  • 02:06 AM - quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    It certainly does now. Okay, not all of it, but many of us were ignoring Shmi's immaculate conception just as hard as we were ignoring midichlorians. So it's best said, that in the original trilogy, the whole "the Force will guide you" could easily be seen as mystic mumbo-jumbo. Now however Star Wars is a deterministic universe were [-]God[/-] The Force decides how things go. No. It's not "now". It's not "new". This is literally the way it's always been. This is the way Lucas wrote it. And by the your own admission the only reason you're upset now is because you've been plugging your ears and covering your eyes while going LALALALALALALA. AKA: trying to ignore it. But again, by your own admission: the "it" that you're ignoring has been in the movies since the beginning. And I think you're giving Snoke too much credit for "explaining it away" as the Force in action. Qui-Gon made the same explanation in The Phantom Menace. Obi-Wan makes the same explanation in A New Hope.

Saturday, 16th June, 2018

  • 11:42 PM - Savage Wombat quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    It certainly does now. But keep in mind, before Snokes outright declares it (and it explains Rey's immediate mastery of the Force, so arguing against this is futile), all of it could pretty much be handwaved as 'mystic mumbo-jumbo'. Okay, not all of it, but many of us were ignoring Shmi's immaculate conception just as hard as we were ignoring midichlorians. So it's best said, that in the original trilogy, the whole "the Force will guide you" could easily be seen as mystic mumbo-jumbo. Now however Star Wars is a deterministic universe were [-]God[/-] The Force decides how things go. Or more accurately, The Force enforces equality of outcome... ;) The mere fact that two droids, directionless, were randomly brought to the son of the movie's villain living in squalor, before leading him into the desert to be stumbled upon by the one person who could take them to save the princess - that's the power of [-]the Plot[/-] The Force at work. We overlook this because the setting is fine ...
  • 08:16 PM - Savage Wombat quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    That is definitely on the list of things I dislike about TLJ. But that applies to the entire franchise. The Force pulls everyone where they need to be. What author am I remembering that pointed out you could replace the word "Force" with "Plot" and explain everything?

Friday, 15th June, 2018

  • 10:53 PM - Savage Wombat quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    Really? Failed? You consider "Okay, I'll give you three free lessons, after that you have to steal these books and do a lot of reading" to be a 'failure' state in terms of the movie? See, I consider that to be a solid success. Not only that, she convinces him to get hi butt back in the game. She suffered a setback, and she had to use ingenuity to overcome it. Mary Sues don't suffer setbacks - everything goes as planned. Even in the rest of Star Wars, the heroes tend to win in the end - Empire being the famous exception. To use an earlier example, Luke didn't fail to rescue Princess Leia. He was the one who established the goal and pursued it, and accomplished it in the end. There was just a lot more setbacks along the way, which provided room for other characters to contribute to the story.
  • 09:41 PM - Mallus quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    Not only that, she convinces him to get his butt back in the game. So Rey playing supporting character to bitter old hermit Luke, which leads him to his final, triumphant showdown with Kylo on Crait is evidence *she's* a Mary Sue? How does that work? I mean, other than demonstrating the rather limited utility of the term (in its more recent, broader definition).
  • 10:44 AM - Lanefan quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    Aside from not knowing how to use a blaster pistol and not turning Ben to the light side, name one failure or setback in the movies. Just one.Well, she does get her butt well kicked by Kylo Ren a couple of times in TFA - the first is when she gets captured and the second is when she gets lucky in the final battle; she's losing until the ground splits and puts her on one side of a chasm and he on the other. And shortly before she gets captured she fails to persuade Finn - one of the few actual friends she has - to stick around. She sails through TLJ pretty free and easy, though.
  • 04:39 AM - Savage Wombat quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    Competent heroes have setbacks, suffer failure, and often grow in some capacity. Mary Sues start at the top of their game, never suffer significant setbacks of failures, and have no character arc. With a competent hero the story and character are written well enough that one will feel they have a chance of failure, you may come to worry if the character is in a dangerous situation. I really feel that, by your definition, Rey falls well into the "competent" territory and falls short of the Mary Sue label by a good margin. Just because she succeeded at using a couple of force powers during a crisis doesn't means she's never failed at anything and always been in control of the situation.
  • 03:55 AM - Tony Vargas quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    It's because in the last twenty years the term has shifted away from "Author Insert Overly Competent Character" into "Overly Competent Character". I've never seen it RPGs... but I suppose the DMNPC and "DM's Character That Is A God/Uber Powerful Quest Giver Named Elminster In His Campaigns" could be it's gaming variant. To me, the expansion to RPGs made perfect sense, gamers are inserting themselves into genre, in a sense, as a matter of course. But the term always struck me as saying something about the author (player), not just the character, that wouldn't apply to a pro - or would be career (If not litteral) suicide if it did apply, so it seems like an extreme negative in that context.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 08:13 PM - Doctor Futurity quoted evileeyore in post Why Did "Solo" and "Rogue One" Feel Like RPG Sessions?
    I dunno mate... Lucas still has the Prequels and the rereleases to be raked over all the coals for... I think the first three movies just had enough people telling Lucas "NO! Bad George, you can do it that way!"... and no SW movie since has had that. It depends on how you review J.J. Abrams' portfolio. Star Trek 11 and 12, Super 8.....but then again we have Cloverfield Lane, too. I think I'd rather watch the prequels over the prior three Abrams films, but Cloverfield Lane is one of the best shaky cam monster movies ever so....shrug? (All jokes aside I'm just not much of a hater so I suck on the internet. I enjoyed the prequels, loved the original three, and even though the new Star Trek films cause personal pain on a deep level I still concede they are at least fun to watch. Plus I loved TFA and TLJ and don't care what anyone on the internet thinks, and Solo was a blast. So I am a very easy date when it comes to movies).


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