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  • If you feel a dreamcatcher will help, get one. If you feel like there is some lasting thing going on that this dream is just the start of, and you want outside help, see a psychiatrist or psychologist (I can never remember which is which).

    However, I would also say that if this is an isolated or rare incident for you - i.e. you aren't dreaming of terrible things on a regular basis like I do - that the "solve" could be as simple as not doing whatever it was that you did before going to bed (some people get weird/awful dreams when they eat dairy within a few hours of going...
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  • Drake
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I think you are conflating "they fucked up because they took my pictures hostage" which is actually a shitty way to implement a new pricing set up, with "they changed their pricing, likely as a means to not have offering their service become unsustainable due to lacking profits" which if you think is a malicious or inappropriate act makesyou one of the folks doing the thing I hate.

    Because yes, a company can fuck up. My point is that trying to pay their employees for their work, and as a result having to ask for some money from those that use whatever they provide,...
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  • Drake
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Actually, it seems you aren't.

    I specifically said I wasn't talking about people that are saying they don't see the value. My hate is directed at those that ascribe stupidity, malice, or both to the people asking a price for their works/wares.

    To phrase that differently to hopefully get you to understand;

    Good = "I'm not going to buy a meal at this restaurant because I can eat at my Gram's house."
    Bad= "It's ridiculous that this restaurant charges for meals. They should be giving them away like my Gram does for me."

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  • Drake
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Not costed what it should be and "shouldn't have any cost at all" are entirely different things.

    I'm not saying that a price can't be wrong - I'm saying I hate when someone says that asking a price at all is wrong, not just doesn't seem worth paying to them. And I'm not talking about the things which have a moral component inherent to them like charging people for the necessities of living healthy, just the shit we don't need - merely want - and how some people are shit-heels that think someone is in the wrong should they dare ask for any amount of compensation for providing...
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  • Drake
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Yes, it is. But it's not limited to only that.

    See also @Kammerer's example of "I can get this free somewhere, so I'm pretending that means it is actually worth $0" - which is absolute bullshit. That my grandma will give me a free meal doesn't mean restaurants don't have a right to ask me to pay, and yet that very same reasoning gets applied to all kinds of stuff to not claim anything true (i.e. "I don't like the price") or subjective (i.e. "I don't find it worth paying the asking price") but to claim the ridiculously out-of-touch and infuriating position...
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  • Drake
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I hate when people insist that something is not worth paying for, but they still want it.

    I just don't get how a person can want something but not see it as having any value, and then start talking about how unfair it is that whoever makes the thing is asking for money in exchange.

    It just seems to me that either you want a thing, and thus it has value to you (even if that isn't a value that matches the price being asked), or a thing has no value to you, and thus you have no desire for it. So every time I hear someone say something along the lines of "I want that,...
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  • Drake
    replied to Alpha playtest
    Yes, I agree - I was merely pointing out that phrasing can be misleading to readers, especially if they aren't themselves familiar with how statistics of dice rolls actually work (i.e. there are legitimately folks that get confused enough by phrasings like "1 in 20 rolls" that they believe their d20 is broken if they've gone 20 rolls without rolling a natural 20, and tons of folks that are prone to misapplying probability to think that the dice "have to turn good soon" if they've had a string of unfavorable rolls).

    That confirms my original interpretation as being...
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  • Drake
    replied to Alpha playtest
    It's not really accurate to say things like "every 7th roll", because that implies that it isn't perfectly normal for someone to go 8 or 12 rolls without that thing which has a 15.4% chance per roll to happen happening - and it is actually perfectly normal for that to happen, statistically speaking. What would be statistically strange is if someone did actually have 1 in every 7 rolls do the thing which each roll has a roughly 1 in 7 chance of doing.

    That aside, perhaps I misunderstood when I read the section on criticals and messy criticals, but I thought that if you got...
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  • Drake
    replied to You Know what I love MK I
    Yeah, that's some good stuff.

    When I lived in hurricane country, my friends and I used to celebrate such an occasion with a home-cooked meal whenever possible, since if the power had been out long enough we'd been eating less perishable foods from one smaller cooler while leaving all the good stuff we didn't want going bad sealed away in a larger cooler. I loved those meals....
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  • Drake
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Yup. It's all part of the philosophy, which is actually that an addict is always an addict - we aren't "recovered" no matter how long we've been sober, we are "in recovery" because it is an ongoing process, not an on-or-off state of being.

    Even those of us addicts that don't go to meetings on the regular anymore might find a day we are feeling like we might use and could use some support, and swing by a local meeting (which are thankfully never too hard to find) to get it....
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  • Drake
    replied to Wanting to make custom (character) sheets
    I like to start with InDesign or Illustrator these days, though if I add form filling or interactivity to the sheet I usually do that in a full version of Adobe Acrobat - not sure I can't do it in InDesign, just familiar with the how-to in Acrobat so I haven't bothered to find any new ways to do it.

    Really, my suggestion boils down to this: try whatever you can get your hands on, and see what works best for you. Years ago when I first internet-met Mr. Gone I was using MS Paint to make my character sheets, and I think he was already using the version of Adobe Acrobat he still uses...
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  • Drake
    replied to Favorite Old Scarred Lands Books
    The (revised) Creature Collection holds a special place in my memory because it was the first Scarred Lands book I ever got my hands on.

    But I think my favorite of the old books might just be Edge of Infinity. Most D&D settings tell you about the material world in heavy focus and barely mention anything about other dimensions/planes of existence (and many of them actually share the same set of other planes), so this book really set the Scarred Lands apart from the rest of the crowd, and inspired the high-level portions of many of my campaigns.
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  • Drake
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    As a person that didn't like the 4th edition game as a whole, it really bums me out when people crap on the good parts of 4th edition - which there are many in my opinion. The whole idea of "sucks by association" bothers me....
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  • It's kind of hard to tell if you are agreeing with me, since that is basically what I said - Shadowrun is, just like Vampire, a mature role-playing game unless the players decide to not play it that way - or trying to say I'm wrong.

    So which is it? Are we in agreement, or have I somehow misstepped by suggesting that maybe Vampire wasn't the first mature-themes-intended-to-be-handled-maturely RPG to hit the market?...
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  • I don't see it as any more conflation than the earlier comments that vampire is mature because you play the evil.

    The point being that Shadowrun deals with mature topics at the core of its setting, just like Vampire does, and it is entirely up to the play group whether they focus on those mature aspects or load their characters up with mirror shades, trench coats, katanas, and broody anti-hero tropes and run rampant. Just like with Vampire....
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  • Drake
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I hate it when people jump into a conversation, drop their opinion that everyone else is wrong about the topic, and then act like there isn't even anything to discuss. Just like "Yeah, you are wrong... but whatever."

    Keep your fucking mouth shut unless you are going to actually explain your position so I can judge it on its merits, rather than have nothing to go on but your apparently blind confidence that you aren't wrong.
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  • The world of Shadowrun is dark and dystopian, and the characters you are encouraged by the game to play within that world are not shining beacons of goodness amidst that world; they are criminals, maybe junkies, and definitely scraping and clawing just to get a taste of anything wholesome. Plus, they are often confronted with choices that boil down to be the "bad guy" and profit, or be the "good guy' to your own detriment, which can be a very similar struggle to a vampire struggling against its beast - and that's before factoring in that Shadowrun characters can also contract a...
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  • I don't think "opened" is appropriate, given the games already out in the world before Vampire came along such as Call of Cthulhu (since 1981) and Shadowrun (since 1989). Widened might be a more accurate word to use....
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  • Drake
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    I too am hoping that survey results in some things changing with WotC's outlook on what to release.

    I'll settle for Eberron, but I'm really hoping for them to quit forgetting that Mystara is not just one of the official D&D settings, but it is the setting to a lot of folks because they got into the game via the boxed set rules. But then, I've been saying "They cancelled the wrong game line" for as long as I've been a D&D player because they (TSR) cancelled the doesn't-say-advanced-on-the-book version of the game right around the time I started playing....
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