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  1. Alexander Kalinowski

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    I cannot see my avatar in the forums although I have set one in the options and I cannot edit signatures.
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  3. Alexander Kalinowski

    A GMing telling the players about the gameworld is not like real life

    Well, sure. But we've got to acknowledge that realism is a continuum and where it starts is highly subjective. Some HEMA folks, for example, seem to have pretty high standards. Otoh, I can see why, for example, someone would consider an axe strike on average doing more damage than a knife cut a...
  4. Alexander Kalinowski

    Where Have All the Gamers Gone?

    Only if manly man have never been a total FAIL at raising a family. Oh wait, they did. Sure, if Maher attacks my tribe, I'll attack his twice as hard and tell him that it should be an object lesson to keep the peace or else. Let's see how worthwhile his brand of manhood is in direct confrontation.
  5. Alexander Kalinowski

    Observations on matching "One vs. Many" combat mechanics to cinematic combat

    I know, believe me. Personally, I have no issue with the complexity of, say, D&D 3E or Shadowrun (any edition). But I get that not everyone feels the same way, so my current sweet spot is somewhere between D&D 5E and D&D 3E.
  6. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    That's good. Because I suspect some people would even want to punish felons who have served their time. As to the first point, it's a matter of principle: does stripping of awards serve any other purpose than punishment? If that is the main purpose, it is punishment by private citizens, outside...
  7. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    You got it backwards, I'm afraid: we have given up on people taking justice into their own hands. It leads to lynch mobs. And in modern times to internet lynching mobs. We have laws against sexual harrassment, established procedures to detecting it and agreed upon sanctions. We have those so...
  8. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    Sure it's about punishing him. No doubt it is. THAT is an open-shut case. If you wanted to condemn him, you would merely say it. Condemnation is a verbal thing. But you want him to feel it. That is the punishment. It's the modern vigilantes equivalent of "Let's beat the ********** bloody." I...
  9. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    If you don't take justice into your own hands, you're an enabler? So you need to punish Zak Smith over allegations that you consider credible? Let's say he was convicted of some of the charges made. Then he would have to pay the price that society has agreed upon that should be paid in such...
  10. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    I'm not arguing against you (not) doing that - it's your prerogative entriely and that's fine. Personal freedom and all that. I don't think I have ever bought anything by him. But I wouldn't rule it out now. I wouldn't even rule it out if he was convicted of any charges. Here's why: it's not my...
  11. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    That is actually a fair question. The bar is pretty high at this point, for, due to my lack of personal stakes in the case, my interest level is fairly low. (I do take some interest in public reaction to such cases though, which is largely why I am here.) So the requirements would be pretty...
  12. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    Can you guarantee that three people (not necessarily women) from your past won't ever come forward publically and make up some false claims about you? I can't and I have been a saint, LOL. If you think back of your life, can you think of 3 people (again, not talking about women) that have been...
  13. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    You made a comment that could be read as sarcastically implying that I think sexual harrassers of women should not be held accountable. If you do that again, I will flag the post. "It would just be CRAZY if both the president and Zak S were held up to the standard of not sexually and otherwise...
  14. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    You're right. The main point in all of this is that absent of clear evidence, it's impossible to come down on either side.
  15. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    I would kindly request that you refrain from putting words into my mouth and then arguing against the strawman, thank you very much. At no point did I suggest Zak Smith, if(!) he had been sexually harrassing/abusing anyone, should not be legally held accountable for it. And I would kindly ask...
  16. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    What would be the value of an award that can get stripped based on hearsay? It would be nil. What's even the value of an award that is, in part, based on personal conduct and not strictly professional excellence? Why would I, as an industry professional, even want an award if that would give...
  17. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    I hope you're not implying we should hold anyone to the same standards as a man holding the highest public office in the land.
  18. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    That's a logical fallacy. I do not care about the actual subject because without verifiable evidence it's all rumor-mongering to me. I do care (at least enough to post here) about people not exhibiting the same attitude to the issue. There's nothing to be empathic about as I have no way of...
  19. Alexander Kalinowski

    Where Have All the Gamers Gone?

    Maher stands for a certain (unimaginative) type of manhood. And he has been watching with perplexity as a different type of manhood has been growing in numbers, alright? So he's raising questions about those "rivals" because he's feeling threatened. My nerd friends have all been very successful...
  20. Alexander Kalinowski

    RPG Writer Zak S Accused Of Abusive Behaviour

    Which explains my general skepticism towards awards and brands.
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