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  1. I'm a big fan of DCC, and ran two of these...

    I'm a big fan of DCC, and ran two of these adventures - The Old God's Return and Frozen in Time - just in the past few weeks. They're really spectacular adventures, but I'd suggest running them in...
  2. Ideally, I prefer consistency as much as...

    Ideally, I prefer consistency as much as possible.

    I love players-always-roll.

    Second place is "active do-er of a thing rolls."

    My least favorite is the D&D way of doing it, but I've...
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    I remember when WotC was talking about eSports...

    I remember when WotC was talking about eSports and everyone said, "No way they *really* meant eSports, that would be dumb. I'm sure it's an analogy of some kind!"

    Welp!

    I remember the D&D Open...
  4. This post is dumb in profound ways.

    This post is dumb in profound ways.
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    BitD is a refinement and progression of the PbtA...

    BitD is a refinement and progression of the PbtA system. It takes the best parts and further expands the framework.

    To me, this trend of paring down RPGs to their essential cores and streamlining...
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    Any joker can take a d20 table and expand it to a...

    Any joker can take a d20 table and expand it to a d100 or d1000 table. Anyone can add in stuff about wind speed, etc.

    True artistry is when you can distill the theme down into a concise set of...
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    I'd say the most advanced rpgs right now - in...

    I'd say the most advanced rpgs right now - in 2018 - have very little to do with AD&D, and question the OP's assertion that added detail makes a game more advanced. On the contrary, what you cut from...
  8. Thank you, forums poster Thomas Bowman, for...

    Thank you, forums poster Thomas Bowman, for coming forward with the "but what if women are sadistic, lying witches?" defense.

    I am sure that your fanciful what-if scenarios are extremely pertinent...
  9. You seem very ... confused ... about the...

    You seem very ... confused ... about the differences between lawsuits and journalism, and about the differing standards of evidence at stake.

    You also keep on retreating to a 'crime' comparison -...
  10. Enworld, bastion of such leftist policies as "hey...

    Enworld, bastion of such leftist policies as "hey maybe women shouldn't be harassed out of the hobby" and "it's okay to have gay characters in an RPG, if you want."

    Truly, the next step is to...
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    https://i.imgur.com/2Zh2KFG.gif
  12. This is neither religion nor politics. It is...

    This is neither religion nor politics. It is about the (alleged) behavior of a well-known RPG industry figure and (former) blogger for this very site.


    You keep saying this as if it's an...
  13. I don't think you have a realistic perspective on...

    I don't think you have a realistic perspective on this, but I don't really have the time to untangle everything that's going on in these two paragraphs. We can start with "Asking someone out and...
  14. Dude.

    Dude.
  15. It's super weird how mad you are about...

    It's super weird how mad you are about accusations against Fannon, while it's open season on the article's author.
  16. This isn't the court system, and the level of...

    This isn't the court system, and the level of proof required by a criminal court is simply not tenable as a standard for day to day living.
  17. lol Why? Because you don't feel great about...

    lol


    Why? Because you don't feel great about going to bat for a product called Tournament of Rapists?


    That is uh ... not how anything works. At all.

    You vote with your dollar by...
  18. Brother, you probably should have set the...

    Brother, you probably should have set the keyboard aside for a while before posting.
  19. Probably best not to host a game glorifying a...

    Probably best not to host a game glorifying a hate group.


    You mean Tournament of Rapists? That one?


    On the contrary, you can indeed vote with your dollar. I know I've done it.


    Why do...
  20. I hope you can read this from all the way up...

    I hope you can read this from all the way up there on that cross.

    Also - this is life. Allegations are pretty much what we get. But apparently here there's multiple, unconnected allegations from...
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    I'm poking some gentle fun. :cool: (The book...

    I'm poking some gentle fun. :cool:

    (The book doesn't exist, and even if it did exist, the excerpts would be written by whatever real-Earth authors bothered to write it, because Mordenkainen isn't...
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    This is going way, way far afield - but Henry...

    This is going way, way far afield - but Henry Louis Gates would probably beg to differ.
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    About a decade ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates (who is, by...

    About a decade ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates (who is, by the by, a giant D&D and comic book nerd) said, "America has lots of racism, but very few racists." That has stuck with me. The idea is that the bar...
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    We wouldn't have a word for it, but its...

    We wouldn't have a word for it, but its associated social woes would remain - I mean, people are talking about things when they are talking about racism, and those real-world impacts are not as...
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    That's just getting into a definitions game,...

    That's just getting into a definitions game, though. Personal racial animus obviously exists, happens from all directions, and quite often that's colloquially called 'racism.' The unfortunate problem...
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    Yeah, so this conversation is about what it's...

    Yeah, so this conversation is about what it's called in earth-books that are written and published in the real world.

    Mordenkainen can call it whatever he wants; this is about Paizo and WotC...
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    Brother, every conversation remotely like this,...

    Brother, every conversation remotely like this, you take the "everything is fine, please move along" approach.

    Transgender phrasing in the PHB? No need for it, you can already be those things....
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    It requires conversations like this one, though,...

    It requires conversations like this one, though, which you appear to have an issue with. Because we're not there, and we still won't if everyone just pretends it doesn't exist.
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    Another way to solve this problem, of course, is...

    Another way to solve this problem, of course, is to make Elf a class again.
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    Why is this even becoming an edition war, again?

    Why is this even becoming an edition war, again?
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    Despite my own skepticism, I brought Warforged...

    Despite my own skepticism, I brought Warforged into my 4e Dark Sun game - animate constructions of bone, sinew, and obsidian, created by the sorcerer-kings from the souls of fallen heroes. Perfect...
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    This would be like arguing that "race" is a bad...

    This would be like arguing that "race" is a bad term because there's no finish line. Or that "class" is a bad term because there's no students.

    Cherry picking one definition of an ambiguous word...
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    You know you're making a terrible argument here,...

    You know you're making a terrible argument here, don't you?
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    ...Yes, and...?

    ...Yes, and...?
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    So an elf wouldn't have a different ancestry?

    So an elf wouldn't have a different ancestry?
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    PF2 Hmmm, yes, I will definitely spend a permanent...

    Hmmm, yes, I will definitely spend a permanent character resource to acquire the equivalent of a non-magical shortsword, absolutely that is a reasonable way to spend a feat.
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    Where is "extreme speech enforcement" happening?...

    Where is "extreme speech enforcement" happening? Where do you see censorship? In what way do Shadow of the Demon Lord and PF2 fit into this argument, having already made a change? How in the world is...
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    Who's actually arguing this? And why's there...

    Who's actually arguing this?

    And why's there a big pile of straw on the floor?
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    I'm trying a kinder, gentler approach. I am burnt...

    I'm trying a kinder, gentler approach. I am burnt out on piss & vinegar from an unrelated discussion about the merits of homeopathy. :D

    (That is, none. It has no merits at all.)
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    "Some folks find the word 'race' problematic...

    "Some folks find the word 'race' problematic because despite its gaming history, it has real-world connotations that may be uncomfortable to some people. Maybe it's time to use a more respectful word...
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    So uh hey, it's 20 pages in. Has anyone...

    So uh hey, it's 20 pages in.

    Has anyone mentioned that PF2 is just following in the footsteps of the outstanding Shadow of the Demon Lord, which has been using Ancestry since its release?

    edit:...
  42. Maybe not at all - why do you need orcs if you're...

    Maybe not at all - why do you need orcs if you're playing with the enormous variety of humans? They're the extinct equivalent of Neanderthals.

    Or maybe Europe - inserted alongside humans, or...
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    This thread contains a poll. I would have voted in the poll, but I didn't see...

    I would have voted in the poll, but I didn't see an option for 'garbage parenting.'

    I think you should feel ashamed of yourself and try to make amends. I have no idea what your relationship is...
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    Oh man, from my experience, Dangerous...

    Oh man, from my experience, Dangerous Journeys/Mythus by a country mile. I ran it in high school, and frankly have no idea how.

    I saw Powers and Perils upthread - I wrote a review on that a few...
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    Not quite true. 13A has the Commander...

    Not quite true. 13A has the Commander class, which is another solid chassis to start from - and arguably a better one, since 13A doesn't have an emphasis on tactical combat.
  46. This thread contains a poll. Yeah, that's a major component - but what's key...

    Yeah, that's a major component - but what's key about 5e here (and most editions of D&D and D&D-adjacent games) is that each individual spell operates as a keyword which can get re-used by monsters,...
  47. This thread contains a poll. No, despite the name "Storyteller" all of the WoD...

    No, despite the name "Storyteller" all of the WoD games in the 90's were both crunchy and combat-focused, with a kicker that the designers did a pretty bad job, and didn't even know how the math...
  48. This thread contains a poll. I can at least see and understand the argument...

    I can at least see and understand the argument for rules-medium. I personally disagree, but I can acknowledge the principle, and I've made a similar argument for 4e. (I mean, I ran a 1-30 4e campaign...
  49. This thread contains a poll. Yep, absolutely. And if all of the options...

    Yep, absolutely. And if all of the options (monsters, spells, feats, etc) were all self-contained for 5e, I'd agree.

    However, the way 5e is set up, spells are as much a rule as anything about...
  50. This thread contains a poll. No, still heavy. If you have two categories,...

    No, still heavy.

    If you have two categories, 5e is absolutely heavy. If you have three categories, it's still heavy. Just because there's heavier games in the world doesn't make it rules light. It...
  51. This thread contains a poll. If you have - what, 800? 900? pages of rulebooks,...

    If you have - what, 800? 900? pages of rulebooks, it's not a rules-light game.

    Additionally, there's book referencing required mid-game, which IMO automatically excludes you from the 'rules light'...
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    Oh the overt stuff was never okay - I was raised...

    Oh the overt stuff was never okay - I was raised in a nearly-entirely-white, nearly-entirely-wealthy suburb with a good school district, etc. Those aren't the kind of biases I was talking about. But...
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    Nah. Like I said, nobody is perfect. And I was...

    Nah. Like I said, nobody is perfect.

    And I was simply saying that - having lived in the USA through the 80's 90's and so on, I absorbed biases that were present in media, my family, friends, etc....
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    I am right on the same page. There's just so many...

    I am right on the same page. There's just so many random red flags, interwoven with what seem like they might be genuine sentiments.

    But I'm personally tired of being called a liar, a troll, and...
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    Yup. Nobody's perfect. If I'm letting any sexist...

    Yup. Nobody's perfect. If I'm letting any sexist or racist biases influence me - and I am a 43 year old guy and have lived my whole life in the USA, so I am positive they do, in ways that I am not...
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    Changing opinions and communities isn't a snap...

    Changing opinions and communities isn't a snap kind of a thing. It's probably pretty rare that people can point to just one thing that completely flipped their opinions around. It takes a build-up...
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    Well, near as I can tell, it's earned him a good...

    Well, near as I can tell, it's earned him a good degree of praise around most parts, raised awareness of misogynistic gatekeeping among people who didn't know it was an issue, and it has evidently...
  58. I am pretty sure there is a ballroom scene but I...

    I am pretty sure there is a ballroom scene but I haven't dug that thoroughly into those. :)

    I am also not sure about trimming too much because the way SotDL works, they are rocketing from 0 to 10...
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    Dude. Just stop.

    Dude. Just stop.
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    Am I going crazy? This has got to be what crazy...

    Am I going crazy? This has got to be what crazy feels like.

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    She can literally do whatever she wants - from...

    She can literally do whatever she wants - from arguing to giving up social media - and expect to be supported. I am flabbergasted that you don't understand that or think it's a dodge.

    A target of...
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    I'm not really sure what part of supporting her...

    I'm not really sure what part of supporting her "whatever she wants to do" is unclear or dodging the question.

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    twitter is mostly bad, but without it, we...

    twitter is mostly bad, but without it, we wouldn't have birds rights activist, pixelated boat, da share z0ne, dril, NOT A WOLF, or any other marvelous humor accounts.\

    edit:

    More than his...
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    Maybe it would have gone away temporarily, but it...

    Maybe it would have gone away temporarily, but it definitely wouldn't have shone a bright flashlight on misogynistic gatekeeping. And it certainly wouldn't have expressed any support for a new...
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    No, "Whatever she wants to do" literally means...

    No, "Whatever she wants to do" literally means "whatever she wants to do."

    billd91 answered it well - see his post.


    I take the opinions of a first-person party to the situation with quite a...
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    No. Also no. You are talking about misogyny...

    No. Also no.


    You are talking about misogyny and trolling - still - like it's an inevitable thing that just floats around in the air, like pollen.

    What should she do? Whatever she wants to do....
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    You've been referred to a summary of his argument...

    You've been referred to a summary of his argument and conclusions. That's not what 'appeal to authority' means.


    Dear Mr. Mearls,

    I was so upset about your tweet saying misogynists should...
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    Well, I for one, am relieved that you've moved...

    Well, I for one, am relieved that you've moved from implication to straight-up support of fascism.


    Confronting them is not engaging them on their terms. Ignoring them and letting them direct the...
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    Hey, maybe I'm reading you wrong, but this whole...

    Hey, maybe I'm reading you wrong, but this whole comics derail you've been very strongly invested in the idea that Marvel's pro-diversity initiative was disastrous. Moreso than just debating facts...
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    Read the link I just posted upthread. And posted...

    Read the link I just posted upthread. And posted many pages beforehand. Yours is not a novel objection, and there's been a solid response to it for 70+ years now.

    A society that values tolerance...
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    I think you missed the quick discussion of Karl...

    I think you missed the quick discussion of Karl Popper's paradox of tolerance we had a while back. There's been an answer to this since at least 1945. Here goes again, because this 'why aren't you...
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    Bull. "Please, Mr. Mearls, stop doing anything...

    Bull.

    "Please, Mr. Mearls, stop doing anything to piss off alt-right incel D&D nerds! They are scary!"

    Dude, seriously. This whole damn time you've been doing this thing where you're both...
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    If you are feeling specifically targeted by that...

    If you are feeling specifically targeted by that tweet, then maybe you have some soul-searching to do.

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    For something you claimed to not care about, you...

    For something you claimed to not care about, you sure are posting a bunch of lengthy opinion pieces about her qualifications.


    yyyyup.


    That's not how fighting works. That's how retreating...
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    Nah. "Taken seriously" is only half a phrase....

    Nah. "Taken seriously" is only half a phrase. "Taken seriously by whom?" is the question.

    Again, the point may not be (and probably isn't) to persuade the person you're calling out and convince...
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    You're implying a moral equivalence between the...

    You're implying a moral equivalence between the harassing misogynistic gatekeepers he's referring to, and the people who think harassing misogynistic gatekeepers suck.

    And what he's thinking is...
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    Eh, for the most part. On that last point, it's...

    Eh, for the most part. On that last point, it's absolutely true that white guys can be the victims of racial or gender-based animus. But I would like to distinguish that point from the overall...
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    Hahah, thanks. Yes! There's more purposes...

    Hahah, thanks.


    Yes! There's more purposes to statements than explicitly trying to persuade the person you're calling out. One of those is showing support to other people.


    No, because...
  79. Yes! That was my thought, too - this is supposed...

    Yes! That was my thought, too - this is supposed to be a cosmopolitan city, proud of its freedom, where malcontents and rebels of all sorts head off to.

    I've been trying! But when push comes to...
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    Nah. It's really not a hard question, and it's...

    Nah. It's really not a hard question, and it's addressed within the paradox itself.


    Again, nah. I can acknowledge that it's great when people go out and engage. Good on them.

    The problem is...
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    Karl Popper was on it in 1945. "The paradox...

    Karl Popper was on it in 1945.

    "The paradox states that if a society is tolerant without limit, their ability to be tolerant will eventually be seized or destroyed by the intolerant. Popper came...
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    First off - aaa Second. A few quick...

    First off - aaa

    Second.


    A few quick notes. First, I often see exactly this argument made in bad faith by folks who don't want to change, but also don't want to be called an asshat. Now, not...
  83. That sounds like a great idea. Thanks - I'll use...

    That sounds like a great idea. Thanks - I'll use that for the next adventure.
  84. Representation in Freeport and How Far We've Come

    This has minor spoilers (mostly descriptions) for an adventure so old it'd be entering college this year.

    So after wrapping up our delightful 4e Zeitgeist campaign at Level 30, we were all in for...
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    Right now? 5 men, 2 women. 4 of them are...

    Right now? 5 men, 2 women. 4 of them are straight and married (2 to each other), and 1 is straight and unmarried. My last two players, I dunno - I've never asked. I know they're dating, but don't...
  86. Okay! I got some feedback from my players. ...

    Okay! I got some feedback from my players.

    Most prominent in the negatives? Everyone hated Naval Combat, honestly myself included. The system was overly complex, and not sufficiently enjoyable....
  87. Something like 3-1/2 years, give or take, with...

    Something like 3-1/2 years, give or take, with mostly weekly sessions of 3-1/2 hours each.

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  88. We did - at least the parts that made sense -...

    We did - at least the parts that made sense - although I had to rush it a teeny bit. I am kicking myself for not doing more with all the resurrected Eladrin women now, though I guess most woke up in...
  89. That's a wrap! Finished our Zeitgeist 4e campaign last night!

    It's like finishing up a great book series - bittersweet. I don't know if any of us were ready to say goodbye to the Zeitgeist campaign, but after finishing Adventure 13 last night, we brought it to...
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    Oh yeah, in my own game, Pemberton/Gradiax blew...

    Oh yeah, in my own game, Pemberton/Gradiax blew Harkover/Inacht's cover way back in Adventure 6, IIRC.

    It seemed like exactly the kind of thing Pemberton would do.
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    I got my playing-card deck of The Writhing Dark a...

    I got my playing-card deck of The Writhing Dark a while back (not the tarot version). Really attractive cards, beautiful wax-sealed envelope. And it came with some postcards that are proudly...
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    Thanks RangerWickett - you are a gentleman and a...

    Thanks RangerWickett - you are a gentleman and a scholar
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    Hah! Well uh ... That would definitely be an...

    Hah! Well uh ... That would definitely be an approach I could take. :D

    Thanks! Email sent.
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    It's pretty important context. Sent from my...

    It's pretty important context.

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    Oh and my main worry about the finale is map...

    Oh and my main worry about the finale is map size. Even at 1"=10' (which I used for the voice of rot and other encounters through the campaign) both maps end up like 3-1/2' square if I eliminate...
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    Oh yeah I'll give a complete rundown once it's...

    Oh yeah I'll give a complete rundown once it's done.

    Spoilers follow, for those reading along.

    We stuck very close to as-written, by and large, but didn't do the full climax helix part at the...
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    I don't think that's a response to the actual...

    I don't think that's a response to the actual post I made, and I'm wondering if you're confusing me with someone else?

    What people do at their home games as consenting individuals - which includes...
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    Honestly, I'm not buying this excuse. It's too...

    Honestly, I'm not buying this excuse. It's too on-point, and doesn't make much sense in any other context.


    (1) The accusation of 'virtue signaling' is basically saying the other person isn't...
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    Yeah. It can both be true that... (1) Assault...

    Yeah. It can both be true that...
    (1) Assault and harassment are not the same thing and shouldn't be treated as such, and
    (2) Both assault and harassment are serious issues that convention staff...
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    Remember, a lot of these folks are sticking with...

    Remember, a lot of these folks are sticking with unrealistic legalistic standards that simply don't apply in actual human day to day life.

    And only applying them on one side, too. It's cool, you...
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