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by Natael
Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 431182

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Ah, see, there's your problem. You're assuming that someone's actually "calculated everything out". That's, um, wrong. And the more stuff you add (and there's a lot of stuff in GURPS), the more likely that a broken interaction pops up that nobody foresaw. D&D used to be like that. 3e ...
by Natael
Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 431182

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Heh.. group I game with often has a couple of players who give... well, not minute long descriptions, but a good 20-30 seconds of flavor text to say "I cast Magic Missile" ( "I don't like you" I say, as I flick my fingers at them in a dismissive gesture, like I am flicking water...
by Natael
Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 431182

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Super Giant : (Solo Pseudo-Monster) The encounter consists of two Large feet/legs of the giant, and one Colossal Body above. The legs may never be more than 5 squares apart from each other. If they are forced further than this, the remaining forced movement is divided by 3, and applied to both legs...
by Natael
Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 431182

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Yeah. The GURPS games cover an enormous range of games, from WW2 to magical dragons... it stands for Generic Universal Roleplay, so it's not quite as good at doing a specific game as one dedicated it, but it's pretty good. It has a reputation for complicatedness, but the most difficult part is char...
by Natael
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What hardware do you own? (Consoles + PCs)
Replies: 44
Views: 4127

Re: What hardware do you own? (Consoles + PCs)

Good PC (quad core 2.8, 4 gigs ram, GTX 260)
Older MacBook Pro (1 gig ram, 1.8 ghz processor)
Wii
360 Elite
PS2
SNES
Genesis
DS

All systems, minus DS and Laptop are currently connected to my TV. My computers, 360, and a USB hard drive (with FTP share setup) are all networked together.
by Natael
Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Roguelikes
Replies: 65
Views: 8255

Re: Roguelikes

Only one I ever got into was Ragnarok, and loved it. Had sufficient graphics and was Norse themed. A lot of fun things to transform into, large variety of weapons to use. I tried NetHack, even with the graphics, could not get into it. Don't think I cared to learn another rogue like. However, I may g...
by Natael
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Thought/Emotion Evoking Games
Replies: 22
Views: 2672

Re: Thought/Emotion Evoking Games

What other game can you sleep with the farmer's son and daughter, marry the daughter, sell the son into slavery, then prostitute out the daughter for money, while smashing gangs in your power armor? Of course you can always play as a good person too. ..any tabletop roleplaying game with Power Armor...
by Natael
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mexico
Replies: 15
Views: 2034

Re: Mexico

From the sounds of it, we need to back off from this war on drugs, it is wasting money and is working about as well (if not worse than) alcohol prohibition. Legalizing, help get the cartels less profitable, make some taxes off of it. The whole thing looks less appealing to potential druggies/teens, ...
by Natael
Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Thought/Emotion Evoking Games
Replies: 22
Views: 2672

Re: Thought/Emotion Evoking Games

I'm going to have to heavily pimp out Deus Ex. Loved the story, fairly interesting characters, fun variety of weapons, kind of an experience system where you can level up skills, and you get augmentations that allow you to do things like run really freaking fast or turn invisible, actively defend ag...
by Natael
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 177322

Re: Making the world a weirder place

Despite my not seeing it as weird at all, people get real weirded out when I stand outside of my room (dorms that exit to an exterior walk way) in a bath robe, with a beer and cigarello. They get extra weirded when I make a point of my current underwear wearing status is ambiguous (they are always t...
by Natael
Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Favorite Apples to Apples combos
Replies: 39
Views: 15999

Re: Favorite Apples to Apples combos

Briareos wrote:Ah yes. Hitler and Visionary. An obvious one, but I lost my Apples to Apples privileges for a while after that.


My group would be weirded out by you for not choosing Hitler for Visionary
by Natael
Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Favorite Apples to Apples combos
Replies: 39
Views: 15999

Re: Favorite Apples to Apples combos

I once saw Canadians win American.
Doomsday won Indestructable.

Cher always wins Ancient.

Zuchinni unexpectedly beat out Chior Boys for Playful, for obvious reasons.

I've seen the KKK win for creative.
by Natael
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: XKCD PSN/XBL/Wii/Steam/Specific Game IDs
Replies: 188
Views: 241337

Re: XKCD PSN/XBL/Wii/Steam/Specific Game IDs

360 - Amazirific
Crackdown
Street Fighter 4
Rock Band 2

Feel free to hit me up for any of those even if I'm playing something else.
by Natael
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SO MOTHEREFFIN HAPPY Thread :)
Replies: 527
Views: 63741

Re: SO MOTHEREFFIN HAPPY Thread :)

Gonna see Watchmen at midnight, hopefully actually get enough sleep (probably not, and will just drink tea and coffee at work all day tomorrow). Found a car, going to buy the 96' Subaru Legacy on Saturday, so I'll finally be able to go hangout with people offbase without a taxi, huzzah. I have two G...
by Natael
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No Vote No Right To Complain?
Replies: 42
Views: 4084

Re: No Vote No Right To Complain?

How about stop voting for the lesser of two evils and actually use your vote to voice who you prefer, and then complain about the crap we have to deal with?
by Natael
Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Florida people
Replies: 231
Views: 57716

Re: Florida people

If you wind up doing something on a Saturday, within 500 miles of Montgomery, Al (which I think means Orlando is as far south as I can go), I'd be good for it if I have a couple weeks in advance.
by Natael
Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 305899

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I'm coming in new to the conversation, after having read a lot of what is going on (especially this most recent argument). From what I can tell, feminism is a human and equal rights movement with a focus on obtaining equality for women. in the western world, women have equal legal rights in all case...
by Natael
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2120
Views: 431182

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I'm going to go ahead and toot the GURPS horn again. The wonderful thing about GURPS is that I don't have to do crap like take dip levels in a class so I can finally get my imagined concept at level 12. I can start with it, and there are rules for having anything that it happens to be, likely in the...
by Natael
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am...
Replies: 45
Views: 3614

Re: Today I am...

determined to get back into my exercise routine and do some guitaring (my callouses are going away >.<).

Then play video games for a while.

Maybe even get a hair cut.

Almost done with work, and then going to best buy and gamestop, hoping to find Eat Lead and a fighter pad(not stick, pad).
by Natael
Tue Feb 24, 2009 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 177322

Re: Making the world a weirder place

Lets see, an ex girl friend of mine and I had a ninja sword fight outside of a Hollywood video once. Took a photo of Nixon into work (was at a grocery store) and had the bakery put it on a cake along with the text "We love you almost as much as Richard Nixon. Happy Birthday Stephen." for m...
by Natael
Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 751971

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

"If you grew up around here, then you know the $(LAWFIRM) is the local choice for $(CLAIM)." Apparently, "around here" means Maryland or DC or Virginia or Pennsylvania. You know, one tight-knit little community that spans three states (and a District). Where everyone knows each ...
by Natael
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 751971

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

On the topic of phone numbers, the only one I remember to heart, even from so many years ago, is the one for Unsolved Mysteries, 1-800-876-5353. This is not a commercial, but also kind of related: Working at Target, I stocked the freezer most nights, on the cartons for Stouffer's frozen dinners ther...
by Natael
Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 17157

Re: Tipping people

I'm going to have to agree with those that say tipping should only go with some kind of service where extra effort could be put in. If I get a little extra pampering at a hair cut (which is really easy when it consists of shave off most of my hair), if I never worry about refilling my drink and get ...
by Natael
Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: It used to be about the Magic, man!
Replies: 193
Views: 32314

Re: It used to be about the Magic, man!

The X-Men: Legends/Ultimate Alliance series does it well, though it is powers not "magic" (well, except for Dr. Strange I suppose :p ). You have a hefty suppy of energy that regenerates quickly enough to be effective each battle, but slowly enough that some times you'll want to be conserva...
by Natael
Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17959

Re: Homosexuals in the military

You misunderstand risk management. See, when there's a massive downside to the military being less effective (the United States and scores of our allies become unsafe from physical attack), that's the side of the equation you become conservative about. All this time I've never said it was a bad ide...
by Natael
Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Job Thread!
Replies: 82
Views: 6492

Re: The Job Thread!

Programmer in the Air Force. I'm happy with the pay, and I'm learning a lot, which is nice because I have no prior experience. Location kinda sucks though (dead center of Alabama), but the Asian food is pretty good here, so I'm not going to complain too much unless you mention sweet tea or putting g...
by Natael
Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 2D/2.5D PC JRPG?
Replies: 33
Views: 4799

Re: 2D/2.5D PC JRPG?

You could always try RPG Maker if you feel like expanding your creative side. I'd recommend XP or 2004.
by Natael
Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17959

Re: Homosexuals in the military

Except it's not a matter of homophobia, any more than it's a matter of sexism that prevents men and women from sharing the same squad bays and showers. As a bisexual man, I have the right to demand equal treatment under the law, and I have the right to demand to be treated as a person, but I don't ...
by Natael
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chrono Trigger
Replies: 273
Views: 28435

Re: Chrono Trigger

Quick question: Why didn't you use Crono? He is, without a doubt, the BEST character in the game. Give him Rainbow and the Frenzy band and you've got a fast character, with strong magic, 70% counter rate and 80% critical rate. That's an easy 1000 damage per attack. Given his speed, that's a lot of ...
by Natael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Structured Debate?
Replies: 47
Views: 8228

Re: Formatted Debate?

I think a formal debate would be rather entertaining, and would volunteer to participate in a test, if being new to the area isn't an issue. Getting people used to having some hard research behind their reasoning, and then showing what you can accomplish with it seems like it could very well be benf...
by Natael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge
Replies: 144
Views: 15995

Re: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge

I've been following this and twohundredsitups.com. Up to week 4, going to do day 2 today with the pushups. I think week 3 day 2 on the situps. I'm thinking I should adapt one of them for squats as well, probably the 200. Then I also tend to sit on the stationary bike for an hour a day 5 times a week...
by Natael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17959

Re: Homosexuals in the military

I recall when I was in New York when a large group of military men were out at night; and apparently they were out for recreation, as they would shout inquiries as to where the strip clubs were at. Surely, for the psychological well-being of the members, they'd be allowed some amount of time to kee...
by Natael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Helping the poor pay for college
Replies: 106
Views: 11720

Re: Helping the poor pay for college

Coming from California, which, despite the reputation for atrocious public education in the grade school level, has a really awesome program for low income people. My parents are dirt, bottom of the barrel poor, so I pretty much got the max out of this. California Community Colleges are I think $36 ...
by Natael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17959

Re: Homosexuals in the military

You have no idea how the military even works. It's not like the postal service where you go to work in the morning, go home at night, and own your own life. In the military, there's no such thing as "off the job". It is your life, and you've signed it over to the government. The compartme...
by Natael
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chrono Trigger
Replies: 273
Views: 28435

Re: Chrono Trigger

I actually just beat Lavos on the DS version for the first time, used Magus, Marle, Lucca. Magus is a beast the first time through the game, easily maxed out his magic defense and speed, plus a respectable physical defense, slapped the prism specs and dark matter was hitting for 3k on Lavos. He also...

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