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Sunday, 10th March, 2019

Saturday, 9th March, 2019

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

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

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

Monday, 4th March, 2019

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

  • 06:04 AM - Shasarak mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post What the heck is going on with the professional RPG industry in regards to Zak S?
    Yes. But that is a good example of the adage that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics: 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.

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019

Monday, 11th February, 2019

Friday, 8th February, 2019

  • 11:12 AM - pemerton mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post The Battle Continues Over "Childish Things"
    ...mer has written in his or her entire lifetime. You could poll 1000 people over the age of 60 about when they read Great Expectations and they'd still have read it in high school. IOW, the works that were considered "adult" of yesteryear are fodder for 15 year olds today.I'm not sure what the connection is that you're drawing between the high school literature curriculum and the amount of words students write; nor how you're relating that to nineteenth century reading habits. Nineteenth century British adults didn't read Dickens because they were too illiterate to read anything else; and the fact that a work is set for high school students isn't really the basis on which it would be classified as "young adult" as best I'm aware of both library and bookshop practices. The fact that a vast majority of people in predominantly English-speaking countries don't engage with serious literature once they finish their compulsory education is an interesting one. It may even be alarming (as Dannyalcatraz suggests). But I don't think it follows that Dickens is young adult writing whereas (say) contemporary Marvel comics (or whatever it is that adults are reading) is serious adult stuff!

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018

Monday, 26th November, 2018

  • 12:01 AM - Yaarel mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Do you believe we are alone in the universe?
    Dannyalcatraz The age of the Earth depends on conflicting dating methods. The 4.5 billion estimate depends on the analysis of meteorite rock. It seems to be a decent method, so I will be more cautious about arguing the antiquity of the earth.

Sunday, 18th November, 2018

  • 01:31 AM - Jester David mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Big Changes At White Wolf Following Controversy
    Again, it's a metaphor - just like vampires are a metaphor for all sorts of evil things in the game that are reflections of the real world. It's akin to all sorts of stories. People used to claim that Lady Bathory was a vampire, when she tortured and murdered girls to bathe in their blood. Dracula was based upon a real historical figure - Vlad the Impaler. In Silence of the Lambs, they reference serial killers in the sort of tropes associated with vampires and werewolves. It's the same idea here. All of which are historical. It has the value of time and no one still alive being affected. As Dannyalcatraz says, what would the response be if they claimed the ICE camps were the result of vampires? The attacks and lynchings of Black Lives Matters activists? Or, the best one, what would the reaction be if White Wolf had put out a book that said Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was really the result of a rogue vampire pack, and the shooter was a cover? Because like the Chechnya one, that also accidentally overlaps with claims that the story presented by the western media is not the truth and is really propaganda.

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018

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Sunday, 28th October, 2018

  • 09:26 AM - ozzie831 mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post [3.5] Looking for character suggestions
    Dannyalcatraz Im pretty sure "technically" we can use any 3.5 material including dragon magazines. The only thing that I can think of that we cant use is templates, mostly because our DM doesnt really know what they are. Most of the problem is that Im new-ish. Not "new-new" but new enough to not understand magic spells per day or what level spells I get at what class level or how wisdom adds more spells per day. Or like how power points work from a psychic warrior. Even just typing it hurts my brain. There is just WAAAY too much :):):):) to learn. Also Ive just never really been into magic in any fantasy genre. Like its cool but to put it into perspective, If i was going to be any fantasy race in real life, it would probably be a dwarf. No that doesnt mean that I NEED to be a dwarf in D&D haha (their movement speed is a huge downer). Healing someone while beating them is quite an awesome concept XD. That did make me giggle. Umm in the beginning of the campaign, there were literally 0 unde...
  • 05:32 AM - ozzie831 mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post [3.5] Looking for character suggestions
    BlackSeed_Vash Thanks for the info. Now Im just not sure what I want to do. I keep being told that a dedicated healer is a bad idea. So maybe Ill be a buffer/debuffer/ battlefield controller/skill monkey. Dannyalcatraz Thanks for the info. It probably is because I messed with some of the font setting after some of my post went a bit wonky and I tried to fix it. Hopefully your solution worked and that people can see my post haha.

Sunday, 24th June, 2018

  • 05:06 AM - Let's Greenfield mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Excel and Massive Campaigns
    Yeah, that's all spot-on, @Umbran. I really don't know MS Office-just started with it(I have been a complete luddite for a decade, or so)-so I was hoping I saw a solution to a new problem. I'll have to look into Access. But, I also agree that the maintainence will probably wind-up being too much of a hassle. " Could you expand on what the problem is you think it would help with?" @Dannyalcatraz, "the problem" is that I'm essentially author of a giant soap-opera, more so than a rpg. Everyone is the campaign (Greyhawk) winds-up being affiliated with each character somehow, or is planting the seeds for such. As I put together more interesting encounters, or plot-threads, it becomes helpful to know that Character X actually ran into Character Y so many seesions ago. Or that it take two degrees of separation to get to Bad Guy X, that otherwise wasn't obvious to the players. My game sounds like it's based purely on plot-twists, but it's just shook-out that it's a massive conspiracy kind of thing. And it's obviously a mile above my head.

Saturday, 23rd June, 2018

  • 11:31 PM - Let's Greenfield mentioned Dannyalcatraz in post Excel and Massive Campaigns
    Thanks, @Dannyalcatraz. That's a shame that a program that powerful can't be used for cross-reference. I've learned one way of doing it, but it's very, very cumbersome. If I do conditional modifiers, it will show me every instance of duplications, but that's only a little helpful; I want to take-what I presume should be-the column header[Character] and find out exactly who that character knows from other columns. Hmmmmph...

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Friday, 12th July, 2019

  • 08:22 PM - Morrus quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Why do you play games other than D&D?
    One thing I’ve noted from non-American gamers is that gaming seems to be a more diverse hobby overseas. Well, we’re certainly not American.
  • 06:46 PM - GrahamWills quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Why do you play games other than D&D?
    It has to do with being a representative sample and the bias that self-selection introduces to the data collection process. [GenCon Attendees] won’t have nearly as random a selection of hobby participants as data collected from, say, a list of 1000 people who bought games from a set of websites or a similar number of people selected entering or leaving game stores. In my 42 or so years of personal experience in the hobby across 3 states and 5 cities, I’ve only gamed with 2 other people who ever attended an RPG convention...and they went with me. If you expand the selection parameters to include CCG tournaments, I get to about a dozen. I doubt that my experiences are typical, however. In fact, based on my time at ENWorld, I suspect they’re not. So while the GenCon crowd may be an actual mirror to the hobby’s general demographics, odds are pretty good that it isn’t. As a statistician, there is always the question "can I generalize from sample to population". I am thoroughly aware of the probl...
  • 12:46 PM - TarionzCousin quoted Dannyalcatraz in post RPG Attack Site Closes As Author Outs Himself
    Especially if they try flying by jumping off a cliff or building while flapping their arms really fast.Admittedly, it hasn't worked yet, but....

Thursday, 11th July, 2019

  • 08:44 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Dannyalcatraz in post RPG Attack Site Closes As Author Outs Himself
    Well, given that his company had: I’m thinking he is the living embodiment of How to Win Friends and Influence People. Yeah, I read about the lunacy from the linked article. Still makes me curious how many people like that do it for the attention, or the 'Salmon' effect of swimming against the stream, and how many people -actually- believe the tripe. Awful either way.

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019

  • 08:15 PM - doctorbadwolf quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Doing away with Extra Attack
    I can’t speak to new gamers, but I bet the sentiment against such a move would be strong with veteran D&D players. I know some who get annoyed with the lack of extra attacks in other systems. It's not just veteran players. I never actually liked the system of DnD until 4e, I just liked the worlds and character concepts, and no one I knew played anything else that was the same kind of fantasy. But even back in the day, I didn't like not being able to make a character who attacked more frequently than other characters, even if at a loss of damage per attack.
  • 04:25 PM - abe ray quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Scientific names
    I need to know more than that! It’s a sentient member of the species that’s concerned about the environment around him/her and wants to preserve it by removing “junk” from the oceans floor. It has limited magical abilities as well. I think it’s the first creature you mentioned but it’s under giant first.

Monday, 8th July, 2019

  • 09:24 AM - Samloyal23 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Scientific names
    You don't need homo in the gnome scientific names- gnomus happens to be the actual Latin from which we get gnome, and thus is the counterpart for homo which means man or human. Pixie dragons would be Draco feia. The word Pixie comes from the Latin word pictus, which means painted or covered in pictures. The Romans called pre-Celtic peoples of Scotland "Picts" because they covered their bodies in images. It was legends about them that gave us Pixies. So, "Draco Picti", maybe?

Sunday, 7th July, 2019

  • 09:38 PM - abe ray quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Scientific names
    Have we done mudmen yet? If not, tell me about those. I believe that we have done them early in this thread actually.

Saturday, 6th July, 2019

Thursday, 4th July, 2019

  • 01:13 PM - Sadras quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    If you saw me in person... Warning: evoked disturbing image I seriously cannot be the only one who sees a Laurence Fishburne likeness in this photo?

Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

Friday, 28th June, 2019

  • 10:15 PM - DM Dave1 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    Why? We’re are making good time, neither tarrying nor running. I bet our faces are expressionless. One or more may be dressed as a cleric of some sort, and another might be dressed as a traveling drummer. The others could be peasants or serfs going from one location to another for the harvest season. And while we're carrying some sort of weapons, it's plain we're not soldiers as we have a haphazard way of walking. Nor do we seem to be joking loudly or singing as we advance.
  • 07:37 PM - lowkey13 quoted Dannyalcatraz in post Mearls' "Firing" tweet
    While we’re discussing grammar and this thread (?!).?? It’s “PRAH-leen” not “PRAY-leen”!!!! Wrong. It's EE-tn.
  • 07:33 PM - BoxCrayonTales quoted Dannyalcatraz in post The urban fantasy market seems awfully stagnant
    I was just looking at werewolf lore, and the closing paragraph in the section I just quoted isn’t quite...accurate. While werewolves were indeed associated with other creatures like witches, vampires, and revenants, they weren’t interchangeable. There are distinctions, especially with the first two. Those could often assume the form and abilities of werewolves, or even occasionally call on them as allies or thralls. They were not werewolves in the strictest sense, any more than a D&D spellcaster using spells to do likewise. But werewolves proper were not ascribed much in the way of special abilities beyond the shapechange itself and a supernatural resistance to damage. Some might lead a pack of actual wolves. Not that it needed much in the way of more powers: an oversized, intelligent wolf (or the modern anthropomorphic wolf-man) you can’t kill without special (expensive) materials or actual (outlawed) magic would be terrifying to the most people. That’s before you add in their contagion a...

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