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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    The stamina meter and block/parry system is pretty Sekiro-like, but it lacks the stealth element, and combat is more aggressive. Like... Bloodborne does Sekiro? Kind of? The feel of combat kind of defies analogy, despite the distinctly From Software mechanical systems.


    I’ve heard that the story is quite good. I just haven’t played enough to form my own opinion yet, except that I feel that the character introductions were rushed. I get the distinct impression that the writers expect me to already have some familiarity with the characters from the marketing....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Got Jedi Fallen Order, played through as far as the game would let me while it was still downloading (basically the tutorial and first zone.) Liking it a lot so far. Comparisons to Dark Souls et al. have not been overstated, although the flow of combat is very different from your typical souls-like. It feels like you would expect fighting with a lightsaber to feel, very fluid, almost effortless strikes, without long wind-up or recovery periods, which makes combat far less methodical than I expect in this style of game. The holomap is straight out of Metroid Prime, complete with color-coded “doors”...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    I don’t know what to tell you, man. WotC clearly disagrees.


    Yeah, I think that’s the design intent behind aim....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    From what Jeremy Crawford has said in D&D Beyond interviews, it seems like the intent of these alternate and enhanced features is basically to fix perceived problems with the classes as originally written, without invalidating the player’s handbook. (He didn’t say that, but it’s pretty easy to infer from what he did say.) Evidently pretty satisfied with the rogue as-is, but felt that ranged rogues needed a slight boost. Presumably because melee rogues can use their bonus action to get a second chance at sneak attack damage via two-weapon fighting but ranged rogues can’t. Hence, an addendum...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Thank you, that’s very kind of you to say....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Here’s the thing, though. As bogus as the concept of race may be, it would be irresponsible to ignore it, because of the way our sociopolitical systems are stacked in favor of white folks. Until and unless we can fix the systemic issues that do real harm to people based on these made-up categories, we can’t discard those categories. That’s why I say race isn’t real but it does matter. Rolling with the astrology metaphor, if the police unfairly targeted Scorpios, it would be irresponsible to ignore that correlation, even though the categorization system is inane....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Most of us were taught that race is real but it doesn’t matter, when the truth is exactly the opposite. Race is not real, but it does matter.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    Ooh, allowing the talisman to work as an arcane focus is a good idea! Maybe add an Invocation that lets you treat the wearer of the talisman as the origin point for your spells....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The LGBT Thread II
    Some finer points on the English: We say transgender, not transgendered. No “ed” at the end. Though, for this character, the term bigender might be an appropriate description, rather than genderfluid (more on that later).

    Your Storytelling Hints section also has some language that, to an English speaker, doesn’t come across the way I think you meant it to. To be specific:


    So, “he becomes she” ends up sounding kind of insensitive. I’m sure that was not your intent, and it’s difficult to explain why this sounds so wrong to me, but I would recommend...
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    Last edited by Charlaquin; 11-07-2019, 03:10 PM.

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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The D&D thread
    This latest UA is probably my favorite so far. My thoughts:

    Cantrip Versatility is fabulous, and I think every casting class should get it. Spell Versatility for the learned spell casters I’m a bit more conflicted on. On one hand, I think it’s great to offer a retraining option for these classes so that players don’t feel stuck with a spell choice that they don’t find themselves using much. On the other hand, this is an enormous boost to these classes flexibility. Swapping out one spell per long rest seems pretty reasonable while out adventuring, but this also means with maybe...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Movies
    I liked TFA, but I didn’t love it. I gave it a lot of credit as the first Star Wars under Disney. They had to play it very safe, to prove that they could make something that felt like Star Wars, especially as they were breaking away from the old EU canon. I didn’t care for the mystery box, but I understood they needed something to get fans invested in the new canon. I was thrilled when TLJ pruned down the mysteries and refined the plot into something more focused. And I’m worried that the next one could end up undoing that work. But again, I have hope they’re going to pull it off.
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  • Charlaquin
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    I have hope that they’ll be able to pull it off. Maybe not confidence, cause I don’t think J.J. Abrams is a very good writer. But hope....
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  • Nah, last I heard is that the 6th season will be the last.


    Yeah, chalk that up to the production drama. The show was conceived as a serial, but networks generally prefer series marketed towards children to be episodic. So, the first season was almost completely episodic, with only the barest hints of an overarching plot. Then they got renewed for a second and third season, which later got divided into two smaller seasons each, and expecting this to be all they were going to get, they made a plan to do as much of their planned story as they could in the time they had, though...
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  • Charlaquin
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    Correlation is not causation. There is a correlation between high midichlorian count and aptitude with the force - a strong enough correlation that the Jedi Order developed a test for it and kept records on the matter. But that does not necessarily mean either phenomenon is caused by the other.


    Anakin’s midichlorian count was so high because he was conceived by midichlorians. Essentially, they took the place of the genetic material that would normally be provided by a father. Qui Gon recognized this fact, and believed Anakin was the chosen one because of it. Not because “oh,...
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  • Always Sunny does some things very well, but I couldn’t get past the transphobia. It was only a couple of episodes, but the completely ruined the show for me. I haven’t watched BoJack either, but I hear good things. Watch Steven Universe. It is so, so good....
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  • Charlaquin
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    Midichlorians are not an indication of force ability. They communicate the will of the force to force-sensitive people. Just sayin’.
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  • Charlaquin
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    You’re thinking of Vapaad. Juyo is the base style, which while powerful, was incomplete. Vapaad was developed to address the flaws in Juyo, but doing so required one to tap into the dark side.


    It’s pretty strongly implied in TFA that Kylo is inexperienced. He obviously has a great deal of raw power, but his training, both under Luke and later under Snoke, was incomplete. Heck, everything about the character, from his voice, his appearance, his movements, his fighting style, and if you are into non-film sources of canon, even his lightsaber design, scream “raw but unfocused...
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  • Let me reiterate, I do not care what the creator thinks. Whether they are consciously biased, subconsciously biased, or anything else, I don’t give one wet fart what the creator thinks. The creator’s thoughts and opinions do not matter. The messages their works send matter. Similarly, I don’t care about offense. People may be offended or not offended by just about anything, it’s a terrible basis on which to critique creative works, especially because often times you need to offend certain people to send a strong message. What I care about is the tangible effects of a work. The messages...
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    Last edited by Charlaquin; 11-04-2019, 09:06 PM.

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  • A lot of that is just a result of access to global communication. There have always been and will always be people who hate any given piece of media, for any number of reasons, legitimate and not. It’s just that the internet gives a platform to anyone and everyone who wants one. As a creator, it’s important to be able to separate earnest criticism from mindless hate. Getting the two confused only leads to trouble....
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  • What beliefs the creators hold is irrelevant. What matters is the messages the stories send, intentionally or otherwise.


    Misogynist is an adjective, not a noun. While there are obviously some exceptions, most people don’t actively hate women. However, we are all affected by the society we live in, which is systematically biased against women. We are therefore all liable to think and act in
    misogynistic ways from time to time, especially if we are uncritical of systemic misogyny within our culture. The same is true of any systemic prejudice. In general, intersectionalist...
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