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    I can understand why you feel differently. ...

    I can understand why you feel differently. However, I think you might be allowing "realism" to override several points (most already made, but I'll reiterate):

    For one thing - this orc is on...
  2. Our group described Mage: The Ascension as the...

    Our group described Mage: The Ascension as the best game when in the right hands, and the absolute worst game when in the wrong hands.



    Given that FATE has The Dresden Files right there for you...
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    The capacity for hatred is aleph-null. The...

    The capacity for hatred is aleph-null. The capacity for gnomes to make your hatred look pompous is at least aleph-one. The capacity for paladins to look down their noses at your self-centered...
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    It is an attack. The attacker is unseen by the...

    It is an attack. The attacker is unseen by the target, so the attack is rolled with advantage. The PC is attacking with surprise.

    The character gets to apply whatever benefits are within their...
  5. My group uses a similar biweekly format (twice a...

    My group uses a similar biweekly format (twice a month).

    My first campaign with them was Deadlands, and ran... 5 years and one month.

    We took a bit of a palate cleanser with (what for us is) a...
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    This thread contains a poll. Um, no. I was responding directly to what DM...

    Um, no.

    I was responding directly to what DM Mike said. In the first bit we are agreeing (and I am merely elucidating with an example). In the second, I am directly responding to how he says he...
  7. None tried it - we took it that this was a...

    None tried it - we took it that this was a religious stricture, and doing so was roughly equivalent to a Paladin violating their alignment/code restrictions - they'd lose their powers, and have to...
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    This thread contains a poll. Yah. If a 15 year old city kid decides to play a...

    Yah. If a 15 year old city kid decides to play a ranger, you shouldn't expect the *player* to know proper approaches to how to acquire food or shelter, or follow tracks. The game very explicitly...
  9. You would replace stupid vitriolic edition wars...

    You would replace stupid vitriolic edition wars with a similar screed against the entire line as a whole? That is not an improvement.

    We get it. You don't like WoD. That's been made abundantly...
  10. Folks, If you can't keep it respectful, things...

    Folks,

    If you can't keep it respectful, things will go very badly for you. This goes for both sides of the argument. If you can't be okay with other folks liking things you don't, or vice versa,...
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    This thread contains a poll. In cases where the character needs to take a...

    In cases where the character needs to take a physical action, yes. In cases like this, where what's called for is largely happening in the character's head, the result is apt to be ambiguous. If we...
  12. Thread closed, as game is no longer open to join.

    Thread closed, as game is no longer open to join.
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    This thread contains a poll. It isn't like this is a modern forensics game,...

    It isn't like this is a modern forensics game, where the PC can choose to take pictures of image processing, or take samples to the lab for analysis for approaches. Nor are players likely to be...
  14. There's this large swath of territory between,...

    There's this large swath of territory between, "this has no impact" and "the game depends on". Maybe we can consider what happens in that in-between, rather than driving to extreme strawmen used to...
  15. Moral superiority of the adventurers, sure. It...

    Moral superiority of the adventurers, sure. It is only "colonial" if said adventurers move in and take over the place. Settling down is not in the Murder Hobo Manifesto - they are typically...
  16. The urban element is a major trope of the genre...

    The urban element is a major trope of the genre from its roots in fiction. Saying "urban is merely a setting" is like saying for Space Opera "laser/blaster guns are merely another weapon". Yes, you...
  17. It seems the OP wants that. It isn't part of...

    It seems the OP wants that. It isn't part of Urban Fantasy in and of itself.
  18. Hey, Bobble, flinging insults may go okay on...

    Hey, Bobble, flinging insults may go okay on other platforms, but it isn't acceptable around here. We expect you to treat your fellow posters with a modicum of respect that is missing in this post. ...
  19. Okay, there's a fundamental logical issue here. ...

    Okay, there's a fundamental logical issue here.

    You spend a long post complaining about how WoD is fixed in one particular version of the supernatural, and then when someone points out that one...
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    Yeah, this isn't a critique of his prose in a...

    Yeah, this isn't a critique of his prose in a technical sense. It is the content.
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    Funk is fine in music. It isn't like I haven't...

    Funk is fine in music. It isn't like I haven't tried it in cheese. I just find that funk is how food tastes when you shouldn't eat it.

    As for Piers Anthony - with respect, when was the last time...
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    Nobody is saying that everyone who has...

    Nobody is saying that everyone who has experienced shaming does or should react the same way. Just that having had the experience is perhaps sufficient to have issues with TBBT.



    You are...
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    The mage helping the bandit captain escape *is*...

    The mage helping the bandit captain escape *is* the hint about what they are dealing with.

    You may want to telegraph offensive capabilities that are beyond level appropriate - save-or-die, or...
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    Yes, but getting there means spending many, many...

    Yes, but getting there means spending many, many hours *not* looping around. Watching bad media in the hopes of awesomeness is for the young, or the drunk.
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    I have played a lot of Shadowrun in my day. And...

    I have played a lot of Shadowrun in my day. And I'd say.. go either 2nd edition or 5th. Do not bother with 3 or 4. If you want a bit of retro-future - what the past thought future technology would...
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    As I have come to accept that the number of hours...

    As I have come to accept that the number of hours I have on this Earth are numbered, I have realized that terrible things - funky cheeses, Insane Clown Posse, the works of Piers Anthony, etc - are...
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    The International Standard Unit of mass is the...

    The International Standard Unit of mass is the Kilogram. For length, it is the Meter.

    Let us take, for sake of argument, that the International Standard Unit of Cinematic Badness is the Zardoz. ...
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    I think there's a palpable difference between...

    I think there's a palpable difference between having some characters be nerds, and having them mostly be nerds. Same thing in Better Off Ted - the nerds are only a part of the cast, and by no means...
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    Which would make it two or three times better...

    Which would make it two or three times better than the previous FF movies, so... win?

    We would have the point that it is more a family of siblings/peers, rather than strict parent/child, so it...
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    Hear that whizzing sound? That's the reference...

    Hear that whizzing sound? That's the reference going clear over my head. :)
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    I don't doubt that Kamala Kahn/Ms Marvel and...

    I don't doubt that Kamala Kahn/Ms Marvel and Squirrel Girl will hit the big screen eventually.



    I am not sure I see what about their dynamic doesn't work. It isn't like the personality types...
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    Rowan Atkison is brilliant... but I can only take...

    Rowan Atkison is brilliant... but I can only take him in small doses before his style begins to wear on me.

    I definitely get more full-on guffaws and "hit the pause button because I am laughing...
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    Yeah. Laugh tracks are an attempt to do an...

    Yeah. Laugh tracks are an attempt to do an end-run around human behavior. If you need to use them to be taken as funny... you just aren't that funny.



    Well, I *was* trying to call out shows...
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    I kind of thought that was an unspoken truth that...

    I kind of thought that was an unspoken truth that came along with "sitcom". This is kind of, "Well, yeah, it is bad, but it also has these other issues..." :P

    I can think of a couple sitcoms that...
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    Well, families are still a thing, right? So, the...

    Well, families are still a thing, right? So, the Fantastic Four still works, today.

    The problem with FF movies has not been that "they don't work". It has been that Fox does not, at its core,...
  36. Dude. We have only a few rules around here - one...

    Dude. We have only a few rules around here - one of them being that you can't go around blatantly insulting people or questioning their personal character over a difference of opinion about game...
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    Okay. So that above thing... is really, really...

    Okay. So that above thing... is really, really weird.

    Sorry Henry!
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    To loop back, Morrus, you asked, "Why shouldn’t...

    To loop back, Morrus, you asked, "Why shouldn’t geeks be in the same mainstream sitcoms as everybody else?"

    So, now we see some reasons. You haven't been subjected to geek-shaming, so no, you...
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    I expect the latter. "We laugh at ourselves" is...

    I expect the latter. "We laugh at ourselves" is one thing. "Those people who used to push us around, steal our lunch money, and shove us into school lockers laugh at us," is quite another.
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    So, a possibly relevant question (for anyone,...

    So, a possibly relevant question (for anyone, really) that is somewhat personal so you don't need to answer it publicly, but bears consideration:

    Were you, as a kid, bullied for having some of the...
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    Yes. But let us not pretend that Disney's...

    Yes. But let us not pretend that Disney's actions (say, by launching a competing streaming service) were not a major factor.
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    Henry, really? "You must be ignorant or...

    Henry, really? "You must be ignorant or dishonest to disagree with me"? You used to moderate people who used that approach to discussion.
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    FrogReaver, let us be clear: EN World does not...

    FrogReaver, let us be clear: EN World does not have a strong concept of thread ownership. It isn't really *your* thread. You don't get editorial power. You don't get to say who posts in it, or...
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    There are differences, though. The issue at...

    There are differences, though.

    The issue at hand isn't that they are "scientists". It is that they are people matching geek stereotypes. They aren't the butt of the jokes for being scientists -...
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    Please be aware - Those were entirely rhetorical...

    Please be aware - Those were entirely rhetorical questions. Moderation comments are not up for public debate or defense. If you have an issue with or commentary on moderation, we ask you to take it...
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    I don't think there's anything fundamental, here...

    I don't think there's anything fundamental, here - I'm talking more about categorizing, and setting expectations.

    I just think about it, and realize there are parts of play where the GM is acting...
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    Boogeyman: "If I have the mechanics, I don't...

    Boogeyman: "If I have the mechanics, I don't actually role play - I just use mechanics."

    FATE, as an example, puts social interaction on the same mechanical footing as physical interaction.
    ...
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    I am suggesting, as someone said upthread, that...

    I am suggesting, as someone said upthread, that the GM has several functions, only one of which is adjudicating. When the GM is just deciding a result, for their own reasons unrelated to the rules...
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    I rather think that depends upon what the focus &...

    I rather think that depends upon what the focus & intent of the game is. Just this weekend, I played a game which had no combat mechanic. The PCs weren't people addressing their challenges via...
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    Why do you need rules for one, but not the other?...

    Why do you need rules for one, but not the other? GMs are capable of just saying, "Yes, this social interaction plays out in this manner, with these effects," and do so fairly, but they are somehow...
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    The thing about milestone leveling that breaks...

    The thing about milestone leveling that breaks the association of levels to combat is that it gets applied when you reach the milestone, *however* you reach the milestone. It doesn't have to be "you...
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    I think you are missing the point a bit. ...

    I think you are missing the point a bit.

    Folks are asking whether "violent" is the "natural state" for humans. They then have to turn and look for what the "natural state" for humans actually...
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    You aren't the only one in the thread that has...

    You aren't the only one in the thread that has tried to refer to something like the human "natural state". I was speaking to the entire concept with your post as merely a jumping off point, as it...
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    One option missed in the OP is "Ineffable: The...

    One option missed in the OP is "Ineffable: The exact nature of the gods is not known, or undetermined. Divine magic happens, but nobody has proof of why or how."

    This is how most of my games run...
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    The scientific community recognizes "good" and...

    The scientific community recognizes "good" and "evil" as human concepts, not natural states of the universe. The question of whether we are born good or evil makes little sense, when we *define*...
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    You say that as if humans *have* an identifiable...

    You say that as if humans *have* an identifiable "natural state" - we are a tribal, social species and an extremely extended infant period compared to other animals. We, more than any other creature...
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    The game's rules are certainly largely about...

    The game's rules are certainly largely about combat. The *could* have rules that were as rich for dealing with social/political action, or other activity, but they don't. If we hand players a...
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    Talk about your questionable choices. One...

    Talk about your questionable choices.

    One reason why we are okay with violence, is that in the real world, some people have issues letting things go, and that tends to escalate....

    Gentlemen,...
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    There's "questionable choice" and "end up on the...

    There's "questionable choice" and "end up on the wrong side of the moral argument". Splitting the party to chase down goblins in the woods is a questionable choice, and when they did that, they...
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    Um, be careful there. You started with simulated...

    Um, be careful there. You started with simulated violence, but then use *real* physical conflicts (minor ones, as toddlers) as your example. Apples and oranges.

    De-sensitization to violence...
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    Perhaps. But I would likely *position* it...

    Perhaps. But I would likely *position* it differently. See above - I was not going to run a game in which 13-year-olds end up on the wrong side of the moral argument. If I'm going to present the...
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    So, let me continue from the perspective of my...

    So, let me continue from the perspective of my experience - since it was a recent one in which I actively questioned the tolerances for many things in my game and presentation...

    At the root, we...
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    A little while back, I taught my 13-year-old de...

    A little while back, I taught my 13-year-old de facto goddaughter how to play D&D. That gave me an entirely new perspective on what "safe" means.

    There's a little-realized fact that there's no...
  64. Dude. If it was a woman, you don't have to leap,...

    Dude. If it was a woman, you don't have to leap, because of the statistics involved.

    One in five women are raped at some point in their lives. 43% of heterosexual women report experiencing some...
  65. That language is inappropriate, and unacceptable....

    That language is inappropriate, and unacceptable. Do not post in this thread again.

    Anyone else think they want to try to push the limits? This person is getting booted from the thread. The...
  66. The question isn't about severity. It is about...

    The question isn't about severity. It is about the logic and form of the argument.



    Oh, most times it isn't like Snidely Whiplash, twirling his mustache, going, "BWAHAHAHA! Now I will say bad...
  67. That's fair. And then what we are looking for...

    That's fair.

    And then what we are looking for is a list of things for people to rate a game on. There's an arti and science of that, too, which can get pretty deep.

    There are a few things that...
  68. Well, there may be some thigns that nearly...

    Well, there may be some thigns that nearly everyone cares about - some specific questions everyone wants to know the answer to. That's okay.

    But you should approach it *from the question* rather...
  69. Oh, we are quite accustomed to honesty of...

    Oh, we are quite accustomed to honesty of opinion. We are also accustomed to rather unsavory rhetorical practices.

    You are now at the point of leveling insinuations against people in order to...
  70. Don't ask, "What would be a good metric?" Ask...

    Don't ask, "What would be a good metric?"

    Ask instead: "What matters to you about a game?" Not just as a thought exercise - Make an actual list of things that matter to you.

    We can try to...
  71. Okay. But do you not recognize that means the...

    Okay. But do you not recognize that means the strength of your argument comes only from your personal credibility?

    Do you even want that? Do you really want anyone to change their behavior...
  72. "...the whole hobby..."? Where are you getting...

    "...the whole hobby..."?

    Where are you getting the idea that anything other than a few vocal people here and on social media even give a fetid dingo's kidney about this - or are even aware of it?...
  73. I don't believe any of the victims of the Salem...

    I don't believe any of the victims of the Salem witch trials were running role playing games, so they are perhaps not a great example from which to extrapolate.
  74. I think you have a problem in that you are...

    I think you have a problem in that you are discussing what you see as a general issue, in a thread about an incident that does not support your points well at all.

    Find a documented incident where...
  75. thanson02 I am *terribly* sorry. There was a...

    thanson02 I am *terribly* sorry. There was a bug on the boards I thought was fixed, but apparently wasn't.

    It had the effect of erasing the content on your opening post when I tired to move...
  76. This should be over in the D&D forum. I'll move...

    This should be over in the D&D forum. I'll move it...
  77. We're going to need you to show more respect for...

    We're going to need you to show more respect for the other posters in the thread, even if you disagree with them.

    If you find you can't do that, please stop posting in the thread.

    And in case...
  78. Thread: I need quotes!

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    Sarah Connor was always such an optimist.

    Sarah Connor was always such an optimist.
  79. Just so we are clear- if you can get into and out...

    Just so we are clear- if you can get into and out of it... by definition it is *NOT* a closed system.
  80. Yes, if the con uses bad information, and then...

    Yes, if the con uses bad information, and then publicly announces an incorrect conclusion, yes they are at some risk of liability.

    But, that's huge IF. That isn't what happened here. This is a...
  81. I am not sure where you are going with this, but...

    I am not sure where you are going with this, but let us be clear that the room captain was by no means the only way that the con had to contact them directly.

    From the UKGE's page, titled "Keeping...
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    Before you get even snarkier about it... There...

    Before you get even snarkier about it...

    There are elements of rules that we are aware of, that sometimes out of tradition we don't use. Like weapon vs armor type tables. The fact that we didn't...
  83. Well, also to be fair, this guy was not an...

    Well, also to be fair, this guy was not an employee, and firing him was not denying him a paycheck.
  84. I know of several games in which the entire group...

    I know of several games in which the entire group played such - the ranger's companion, the paladin's warhorse, the wizard's familiar - it's a thing.

    Heck - Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers had a...
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    Robert Downey Jr. dumps a whole lot of money into...

    Robert Downey Jr. dumps a whole lot of money into saving the world with technology...

    Oh, wait a minute...

    https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/robert-downey-jr-footprint-coalition-1203233371/
  86. We have a rule against arguing moderation...

    We have a rule against arguing moderation in-thread. Morrus is really quite specific on that point.
  87. If you are going to try to make this political,...

    If you are going to try to make this political, please leave the thread now before you get booted. There will be precious little pataience for this.

    This is not about politics or government. ...
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    Yet, there they were, on the sheets. ...

    Yet, there they were, on the sheets.

    Because, really, the idea that they were in the DMG, and therefore somehow secret... is kind of missing how the DMG wasn't secret. Let us not pretend...
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    What Crowley did with the M25 is one of the more...

    What Crowley did with the M25 is one of the more colorful ideas in the book. It deserved its moment.
  90. Ah, but in this case, it isn't just old. It is...

    Ah, but in this case, it isn't just old. It is older than our species, and it is unlikely that we can have a functioning society without it.

    Shame is perhaps the single largest way that social...
  91. Why not? Really. Why not? He can still...

    Why not?

    Really. Why not?

    He can still go to the other cons. He can play games. He just can't run them. What is he losing - the chance to run a handful of games a year? Why is that such...
  92. What you fail to see is that, if it isn't made...

    What you fail to see is that, if it isn't made visible, there is no need to answer to anyone, and behavior does not change. This is proven by history. When these things stayed quiet and private, as...
  93. Folks, do not get heated. Do not invoke the...

    Folks, do not get heated. Do not invoke the language filter - that is an indication to the moderators that you are no longer discussing in a calm manner, and will have to be removed from the thread.
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    No, I have to - my personal machine is running...

    No, I have to - my personal machine is running Windows 7, and support for the OS is ending this year. They *do not* recommend just putting Windows 10 on my old hardware. So, upgrade it is.
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    Well, I had to replace/upgrade my computer this...

    Well, I had to replace/upgrade my computer this year anyway....
  96. Some of what you say does not match my...

    Some of what you say does not match my experiences, both interacting with and working on convention security teams.



    That's not usually how it works. There's a convention security team, and...
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    Standing by un-measurable assertions is easy. It...

    Standing by un-measurable assertions is easy. It still looks like standing by your 1974 Ford Pinto* as a great car. :p




    *Which had a reputation for blowing up if it got rear-ended
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    That's nice. Do you still use a rotary-dial...

    That's nice. Do you still use a rotary-dial phone, too? Drive a car that uses leaded gasoline? Listen to a lot of The Captain and Tennille? :p
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    Be careful what you wish for... Are you...

    Be careful what you wish for...



    Are you sure the reputation is "more complex", and not just "more confusing"?

    But, note that in your explanation, you left out a step:


    In 3E-5E, you...
  100. Thread: I need quotes!

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    "But that's not the point! The point is that I...

    "But that's not the point! The point is that I am now a perfectly safe penguin, and my colleague here is rapidly running out of limbs!"
    -Ford Prefect
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