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g33k last won the day on April 9

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About g33k

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    Eternal Intiate, never a Rune Lord


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    Games? I don' need to play no steeenkin' games!
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    Ars Magica, Deadlands, Anima, Shadowrun, D&D3.x
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    Role-playing games are GOOD for you. They are NOT the work of the devil.

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  1. g33k

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    If the OP were on break, away from his desk (in a break-room, outside to enjoy a bit of fresh air, etc) and reading it on his own device... I would find that really serious overreach by the employer. Break is supposed to be personal time, read what you want, etc. Granted: if he were at his workspace, the appearance of being "at work" (while viewing personal content) might muddy the issue, or worse.
  2. g33k

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    Can you expand upon this just a bit, please? If everyone was clear that some of the content was NSFW, what "response" was "particularly strong" in the women you consulted ... ? I ask because my gaming group is about 2/3 women. I have the PDF and am about to order the rulebook (presuming I get the Discount Coupon); nobody else has even the PDF (afaik). But maybe I should alter my "pitch" to the group...
  3. g33k

    Is barding a thing in Glorantha?

    Nevermind the barding, you fool! You just mentioned stirrups in a post about Glorantha! RUN FOR THE HILLS!
  4. g33k

    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    That line? The one between "genius" and "madness"? You just erased it, my friend. Well done.
  5. g33k

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    q.v. @SDLeary's "independently wealthy" and "Most simply do not have the resources to be able to do that." 😥 If I had to guess, I'd Guess @Mechashef is a gov't employee, or works for an employer who is mostly/entirely a gov't contractor.
  6. g33k

    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    Or when you need to discharge your firearm 1-handed ... because your other hand is a chainsaw... 🤡
  7. g33k

    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    Behind the times, old man. Get yourself a Taurus Judge or an S&W Governor, and a pouch full of speedloaders.
  8. g33k

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    Alas; you may be right. There is this terrible legislative/bureaucratic overreaction... macho assholes hang Playboy centerfolds on the wall, "accidentally" expose their female coworkers to internet porn... and the reaction ends up with RQG (or other reasonable content) being evaluated/banned as pornography. I'd think some freedom-of-speech advocates (in the States, I'd consider the ACLU/etc; dunno the Aussie flavor of that, if any) might want to look at this, because the "little guy" (as you note) can't afford to. We need to get away from the lowest / most-restrictive / least-tolerant common denominator being able to dictate to everyone (without allowing the macho assholes to harass women). Particularly worrisome (to me) is the OP's report that the PDF was on his OWN computer, and in an out-of-the-way (not obtrusively visible) place... and that didn't matter!?!!? Invasion of privacy?
  9. g33k

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    I don't wish to rock the OP's boat, but frankly some of this "criticism" is far beyond "reasonable." The standards by which these people are judging NEED to be pushed-back-on! 👿
  10. g33k

    Lunar PC rune magic in RQG Sartar?

    No no, you've misunderstood! The Lunar Coders each have a PC.
  11. g33k

    Orlanth the Abuser

    Fair enough. Apologies for misunderstanding. I thought it seemed kinda strawman to equate Handmaid's Tale with Orlanth myths; hence the sigh.
  12. g33k

    Orlanth the Abuser

    No. At least, I hope we aren't! An "impact" on violence forces nobody's hand. Not mine, not yours, not Stephen Paddock's. But your allegation that "telling misogynistic stories teaches us about misogyny" (in response to @Bohemond saying that "telling misogynistic stories encourages misogyny") is so overly-simplified as to be... not wrong, precisely... but surely not right. What -- in your opinion -- is the difference between "facts" and "factoids"? Ya got any credible ones for me? NIH (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2704015/) in 2009 -- APA (http://psycnet.apa.org/buy/2014-41977-001) in 2014 -- And the highest Impact Factor article I found via Google Scholar (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167213520459) a meta-study from 2014 -- Look... I enjoy a rousing action-adventure story with tons of violence. I've gone to "dark places" in PC's that I have played, games that I have GM'ed. But the facts are clear; and they show that media does impact & influence behavior (in lieu of studies to the contrary, I will presume RPG's count). You're welcome to your own opinion, of course. But the data doesn't seem to support (what seems to be) your opinion.
  13. g33k

    Orlanth the Abuser

    Some therapists do use roleplaying as a therapeutic technique, I understand. Somehow I doubt it's from a RPG exactly... 😉 *I* sure don't want to "therapize" at MY gaming-table! But I see it reliably reported that PTSD/abuse/survivorship of various traumas/etc CAN and DOES come up (IRL, in the players not the characters) at the gaming-table.
  14. g33k

    Orlanth the Abuser

    <sigh> Are the protagonists misogynists? Are we "supposed" to like the abusers? Our PC's -- with whom we are "supposed" to identify insofar as we role-play them -- are "supposed" to like Orlanth. FWIW (and admittedly tangential to this point) season 2 is reportedly triggering anxiety attacks in some viewers.
  15. g33k

    Orlanth the Abuser

    The evidence is actually that antisocial media DOES influence us toward antisocial behavior. Violent media begets violence, misogynistic media begets misogyny. I don't know that anyone has specifically studied written media (or oral storytelling, podcasts, etc... or RPG's?) in this regard. But in the absence of evidence to the contrary, I would presume a similar effect to media that HAS been studied: if the reader/viewer/listener/etc engages their imagination with the material (RPGs anyone?) & sympathizes/empathizes with the (antisocial) protagonist (Orlanth much?), they will be influenced that way. YGMV. But the available facts suggest you are mistaken. We humans are MUCH less rational creatures then we think; we bright ones are particularly unwilling to admit how much of our "thought" processes are outside our control.