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by EdgarJPublius
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 403830

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Ugh, DnD powergamers.

Last 5e game I played in, every other PC was Variant Human and I had to spend an excessive amount of time each level explaining how I knew that the way I was building my character wasn't 'mechanically optimal' and that I was ok with that.
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8351
Views: 698634

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenanigans.
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 403830

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I do like the softer systems like FATE, but my players tend to prefer more crunch. If I go with a setting-agnostic system it would probably be GURPS, 3rd ed was my first TTRPG and I'll always have a soft spot for it. Also, the last game I ran was Shadowrun and just about anything would be lighter ru...
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2100
Views: 403830

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I'm looking for a TTRPG system that would be appropriate to run a heavily Half Life inspired game. Right now I'm leaning towards a slightly homebrewed D20 Modern, or a heavily homebrewed DnD 5e adaptation, but I'm wondering if there's any other existing products worth looking into for this? Or maybe...
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 3063

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Zohar wrote: because no one will force you to use the municipal service


I wish that were true of my Municipal Power Company...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3390
Views: 713606

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Went to go see a movie with my dad. It was a western mainly about a guy who was being held captive by some bandits when they got into an argument and killed each other. He escapes and claims the bounties on the bandits, then becomes a bounty hunter who finds groups of bandits and basically Gandalfs ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, [and so far the predicted negative consequences have failed to accrue.] Citation needed. Most states didn't even implement laws prohibiting guns in schools until the 80's or so. Before that there...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, Citation needed. Most states didn't even implement laws prohibiting guns in schools until the 80's or so. Before that there was a patchwork of local laws and I haven't been able to find any kind ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I haven't offered substantive criticism of the article because I don't care. The content of the article is immaterial to the argument I'm trying to make. The sideshow isn't media advancing one position or another. The sideshow is that Republicans have taken a position that we must arm teachers and D...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

EdgarJPublius wrote:1. Stop putting words in my mouth.


edit: moved to new post
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

It's hardly necessary to posit some far-fetched conspiracy or 'frothing' pursuit of ratings to ascribe an anti-gun bias to an arm of the British government. RE: ETA 1. Stop putting words in my mouth. 2. What makes this 'worth reporting' but not all the other ways in which our education system is def...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Are you saying it's not? And so what?
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I'm not defending the arming of teachers. It's a pointless debate. We apparently both agree that it won't make much difference one way or the other, so what's the purpose in debating it? it's not an argument that will ever really solve anything, and only serves to distract from productive conversati...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think the logic is that if everyone knows which teacher has the gun that teacher gets shot first and the gun gets taken for use in the massacre, rather than being used to stop it. They're still working on the assumption that the massacre's going to start no matter what, aren't they? They could tr...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, and so far the predicted negative consequences have failed to accrue. How many teachers in the US carry a gun in school on a daily basis? There's no concrete data on that, and even schools that e...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

I haven't found zombies in every farm, but every farm lost villagers around the time of the 1.13 update, and zombies may have despawned without me catching them. Also, I've found full zombies in addition to zombie villagers, I don't think infected villagers can become full zombies. As far as the des...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 8918

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I'm sure this article is a dispassionate and comprehensive view of the course curriculum, surely nothing was left out or embellished to advance a particular narrative :roll: Teachers in schools have been legally armed in many states for basically the entire history of America, and so far the predict...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

Has one of the recent updates changed anything about mob-spawning? I have on multiple occasions now found Zombies in the crop farms at the Arcology, which according to everything I know of mob spawning rules shouldn't be possible. This is probably what broke things earlier. The new villager transpor...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

Appreciate the offer, but Radorns contribution has gotten gunpowder production up to a reasonable speed.

With a bit of prep, TNT can be much faster for larger excavations. Also, significantly easier on the carpals.
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

Arcology Update: All the villager powered farms besides Wheat were broken. I'm not sure how it happened, but I have replaced the missing villagers and the farms are functioning again. Since I don't know why it happened this time, I can't guarantee it won't happen again, however I have added a villag...
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 145
Views: 26436

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I have been watching the latest season of Netflix's Mystery Science Theater 3000, and I have some thoughts concerning the infamous 'Mac and Me'. I'll try not to cover anything that was riffed on already. ⋅ Go with me on this journey: Naturally occurring carbonated water is totally a thing,...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 309
Views: 83028

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

natraj wrote:oh no he won't have any more silly marvel cameos :( maybe they'll edit him in, i think he would appreciate keeping up the silliness legacy

I heard somewhere that they had filmed a bunch of cameos with him for future movies in consideration of this eventuality.
by EdgarJPublius
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

It's the corners. I didn't think waterlogging was supposed to work this way, but if a waterloggable block has two adjacent water sources, it will become waterlogged. And waterlogged blocks count as sources, so once the outside corner becomes waterlogged, it cascades. Ran into that problem messing wi...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

Oh and raudorn, do you have coordinates of the PoIs and transport nodes you've visited? I can now quite easily add markers to the map. Transport lines may be a hassle (and route planning is a no), but a marker can at least have a pop-up text with pictures and links. I did some of that early for the...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8351
Views: 698634

Re: Trump presidency

It's not really a dog whistle if the non-dogs are hearing it. The right hears it, believes it, sees it as a positive. The left hears it, believes it and rails against it. Much of the center either doesn't hear it or doesn't believe it, therefore ignores the right and ridicules the left as paranoid....
by EdgarJPublius
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen
Replies: 19
Views: 11792

Re: Star Citizen

I don't like the comparison to DNF for games that haven't been in development 10+ years and haven't had a mid-development developer change. Star Citizen has spent a lot of time in development, but plenty of well received games have spent longer (although, that is becoming less true every year). That...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8351
Views: 698634

Re: Trump presidency

duodecimus wrote:At what point does the American people ask for outside help to 'drain the swamp'? Think you'd be willing to let the UN do some spring cleaning? Maybe Canada?


What do you imagine that would even look like if it were to happen?
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

So, I took the plane/teleporter from the USS Nimitz to spawn, and when I got there, the airport was gone, along with a big swath of spawn. https://i.imgur.com/tLBdNqe.png Looks like everything southwest of the spawn tower got wiped and regenerated. This includes the airport and spawn airship. Ping _...
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Class vs class
Replies: 69
Views: 8251

Re: Class vs class

And I'd love to see social media that is not an espionage network in disguise. I don't know how to get there from here though. For that you'd need to make one of your own and lose money on it. It also wouldn't change the inherent toxicity, since it won't change people's behavior in regards to what ...
by EdgarJPublius
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: College Football Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 6185

Re: College Football Discussion

I think Football right now is in a similar place to Formula One and motorsports in general as back when Jackie Stewart was pushing for improved safety. I see lots of the same kinds of arguments about how making the game safer will somehow 'kill' the sport, and it's up to the players to know their li...
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

I tried playing a bit last night and it was very choppy, lots of rubber-banding, etc.
It was fine the other day after the update though.
by EdgarJPublius
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

Seems good to me, haven't found any problems on the test server or in my own single player experimentation .
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8351
Views: 698634

Re: Trump presidency

The President in particular is very much a figurehead — he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial ...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 37831

Re: Black Panther

It's a perfectly cromulent number.
by EdgarJPublius
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4261
Views: 621026

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sableagle wrote:
Yablo wrote:Are there any safe sports left?
I think pistol target-shooting in the UK has had a very good safety record for a couple of decades now.


Well, actually... Shooting sports in general have a pretty good safety record. I think I read somewhere that they have a lower rate of injuries than golf.
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

Oh yea, I've got a Brick Joke and Golf Club too, I think I got them back when we did a game day on the server. Never realized there was another way to obtain them, I assume it has something to do with that command block next to an anvil in Plains City? I always wondered what that was for.
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 34231

Re: Firearms Regulations

The whole thing is basically just a layer of technological abstraction on top of the existing NICS process. The buyer still fills out a 4473, just digitally, that generates a token they can give to the seller who then can use it to verify the pass/fail status of the buyer. Mal-actors wouldn't be abl...
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

I'd be willing to replace anything you've lost while alpha testing. Also, if you wouldn't mind, could you PM me about where you've been looking?
by EdgarJPublius
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 34231

Re: Firearms Regulations

The ideas I've seen proposed would have safeguards against abuse. Mainly that it would require consent of the person being checked, and that the result would be 'pass/fail', no other information would be communicated to the seller besides whether or not the buyer is legally able to purchase a firearm.
by EdgarJPublius
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1431152

Re: Minecraft

The origin of the Bureaus is actually in my trying to solve that same problem (secure storage) after server hiccups emptied my ender chest multiple times a while back. The idea was to have secure storage rooms scattered across the server so that no single incident could take out all my storage at on...

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