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  1. Okay, so, correct me if I'm getting any of this wrong... Your problem is that the government has the power to create legislation that unduly favors those with the power and influence to buy their favor, which the disempowered workers can't do. Your proposed solution is to negate the government's ability to do so. This would presumably bring about a change, because then the workers would still be without power and influence, but the rich would be... deprived from one of the vectors to exert theirs, leaving all the rest? How is that supposed to help?
  2. Certainly not a myth. Being unlikely is not the same as being mythical. I mean, that's technically true - the best kind of true! -, but at the same time, when Canada has three times the generational earnings mobility without the weird obsession with self-made men, I'd say that maybe the American attitude is somewhat misplaced. I fail to see how that is relevant.
  3. It's not a complete myth, though. Isn't it, though?
  4. I'm... not particularly jazzed about it. It feels like it has all of the downsides of Ars Magica without the clean system math or the creative thaumaturgy (so... the things that actually make Ars Magica worth playing), with a 4E-esque grid combat bolted on top. Also, the character creation rules inexplicably don't seem to include teensy-tiny little details like how much xp we should distribute between attributes and abilities, without which it's kinda difficult to make a character. But hey, at least we have a skill list that runs for seven pages and includes absolute essentials such as Knitting, Forecasting and Midwifery! Excellent! I've always wanted to role-play the Grieving Mother! In all seriousness, though... as disheartening as this summary is (thanks, by the way), I guess I'm still willing to give it a shot. I like the setting and I haven never played Ars Magica, so I probably won't mind some of these rough edges. Well I'm probably going to run it at some point because my campaign idea of "Psychonauts but on Eora" is just too sweet to pass up, but I was kinda hoping for something more than we got.
  5. I'm... not particularly jazzed about it. It feels like it has all of the downsides of Ars Magica without the clean system math or the creative thaumaturgy (so... the things that actually make Ars Magica worth playing), with a 4E-esque grid combat bolted on top. Also, the character creation rules inexplicably don't seem to include teensy-tiny little details like how much xp we should distribute between attributes and abilities, without which it's kinda difficult to make a character. But hey, at least we have a skill list that runs for seven pages and includes absolute essentials such as Knitting, Forecasting and Midwifery!
  6. the Codex has many downsides, but man, do I miss the ability to give a "participation award" rating to posts here sometimes
  7. This is... heartbreaking. The man whose magnum opus is a goddamn virtual novel about the subjective nature of truth and reality should never have to resort to words like "shill", "colossal ****" or even childish name calling. Alas, when one gazes long into the Codex, the Codex also gazes into him.
  8. ...Wait, so Feargus horribly mismanages Obsidian, which is a bad thing, but he may also be preparing to sell off the company, which would then come under new management, but that is also a bad thing? I'm confused.
  9. vampire is a ****ty IP that should've been allowed to die with the '90s It did die actually. But then we got The Requiem which is worse. The virgin Masquerade: > ****ty judeo-christian mythology is objective setting truth > overwrought metaplot featuring "ghost nukes" and elder vampires killed by orbital death lasers > system is a jumbled mess of '90s-isms > vampire archetypes include time lords and half-fairies > superheroes with fangs The chad Requiem: > vampire history is whatever grain of truth you can infer from the blood-red fever dreams of half-crazy elders > no metaplot, even significant setting elements come with different explanations the GM can pick and choose from > system actually facilitates the kinds of stories the game is about > clans correspond to archetypes typically seen in vampire media (but bloodlines still allow you customization) > Disciplines are creepy as ****
  10. vampire is a ****ty IP that should've been allowed to die with the '90s
  11. It's basically 4chan but somehow even more racist and utterly convinced that the ability to play video games that are really old makes them an instant expert on any subject from literary theory to geopolitics. Ironically 4chan's opinion on this scandal is pretty split. Anonymity isn't good for creating echo chambers. Yeah, one of the reasons why I prefer 4chan to the KKKodex. (Well, that and the fact that racist bull**** is usually met with "go back to /pol/" instead of the standard Codexian edgelording.)
  12. No, it was the total ignorence. the inability to spell "ignorance" correctly is prestigious as ****
  13. It's basically 4chan but somehow even more racist and utterly convinced that the ability to play video games that are really old makes them an instant expert on any subject from literary theory to geopolitics. You sure are an expert on the Codex. Although I doubt you ever checked that place. lol I wonder, was it being called a racist or a Dunning-Kruger poster boy that triggered you such?
  14. It's basically 4chan but somehow even more racist and utterly convinced that the ability to play video games that are really old makes them an instant expert on any subject from literary theory to geopolitics.
  15. Yeah, basically this, but also: even armchair speculation feels less villainous and more... profoundly pointless? Human memories are not reliable in the first place. When you add years of resentment and confirmation bias into the mix, they become even less so. Also, human communication is a crapshoot on a good day. It's entirely possible that every party in this sad saga went into it with the best of intentions and maximal good faith, and then some misunderstanding happened (as it is wont to, because again, human communication, crapshoot), and then it didn't get corrected because everybody had more important things to worry about (because game development, stressful, literally the first kickstarter the company has ever done, shoestring budget, et cetera), and then things snowballed until drastic action had to be taken, which then everybody felt like crap about, they start passing blame around, then confirmation bias kicks in, everything gets filtered through that light retroactively, then it stews for years in everybody's head until accounts of the same series of events barely resemble each other anymore, and you'll never ever figure out what actually happened, short of a time machine. (But then you have a time machine and there are so many better ways to use it than to play arbitrator for game dev drama on the internet.)
  16. But that's not what's happening in the post you link. Avellone wildly overestimated how much he could get away with. It's understandable - he wanted his companions to really shine, and kinda lost sight of practicality and questions of implementation in the process. You may say that's unprofessional, that somebody with decades of experience shouldn't have made that mistake, but Fernstermaker himself said that he had very little oversight, and it's... not at all uncommon for people to act according to how they'd like things to be rather than how they actually are (especially when their misconceptions are not corrected in time). But then on the implementation side, you can also see the viewpoint of people saddled with the unenviable task of doing the extra work of cutting the result down to a manageable size at a time where resources are more scarce than ever and their ass is on the line. I dunno, to me, both sides seem like they have a valid reason to be angry at how things turned out, but I don't think we necessarily need to pick a scapegoat. They were caught in a ****ty situation because game dev work is often stressful and there's always more stuff to pay attention to, and yeah, we could say "but if management was better at allocating resources, they would've had a buffer for unforeseen problems and they could've ironed things out", or we could say "yeah but if Avellone could manage the colossal feat of actually writing to spec, they wouldn't have had to", or we could realize that yeah, things happened as they happened, a lot of time and effort was wasted on both sides, but the worst ****ing thing to do in this situation is to waste even more time and emotional energy on a goddamn internet pissing match over who is to blame years after the fact. So yeah, I have a hard time seeing either side as a villain here. It was a ****ty, no-win scenario, and yeah, it could've been averted with a little bit more foresight by either party, but at the same time, they were doing something the company has literally never done before, processes were still being ironed out and lessons learned, there was a lot on everybody's plate, and in an environment like that, mistakes happen. It's unavoidable. No use trying to assign blame after the fact.
  17. I applaud you for standing up to your principles so bravely
  18. Logical fallacy, if you are good worker you would not loose a job, and if it was really, really not your fault you would get a new one the second you became available on the market. Apparently, in Sharpie's world, no skillset ever becomes obsolete. Man, I'd love to live there.
  19. See, that's where the left went, as Roseanne put it, "so f... far you lost everybody". You take a piece of a sentence and insist it means something completely different and yo try to use it as shock value. And this may be a surprise, but it doesn't make for a compelling argument. So, just for the sake of argument: what constitutes as an acceptable form of governmentally enforced fertility control on the basis of race?
  20. And which quote screams white nationalism to you? Exchange the word white with Indian and you have a hero of equal rights for indigenous people. Just because white person talks about white race and white race situation in today's world doesn't mean person is white nationalist. Spoiler alert: calling for the sterilization... uh, I'm sorry, "adequate fertility control" of uncivilized savages... I mean "races that are unable to adopt the concepts on which white civilization is based" usually means that the person is a white nationalist.
  21. I have to admit, "movie had less rape in it than I wanted, 0/10 ruined forever" is pretty original as far as cinematic critique goes.
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