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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

HeckRuler Re:5thed is irrelevant. (181 comments)

Yeah, gee, that would be kinda neat.

I could never get into the 1994 sega genesis game. It might have been fun a the time, but the platform is showing it's age. The interface was just too cumbersome to be enjoyable.
Never played the SNES vesion, but I imagine it's similar to the genesis version.
There was a mega-drive version!?
The 2007 FPS game had some aspects of shadowrun, but it's an entirely different genre.
The 2013 PC version was a throwback. It would be a GREAT game if it was released in the 90's. Painful dialog, simplistic combat, rail-road plot. And that fucking clown in the end. It just didn't have the magic.

But oh, wait, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE is a solo-only game. No multiplayer. No friends. No social interaction. No open-ended world with open-ended rules limited only by your creativity. It's like you don't even understand the premise of table-top roleplaying. Do you even know who Gygax was?

That multiplayer game is still TBA though, and the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.


How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

HeckRuler Re:5thed is irrelevant. (181 comments)

Just had a Shadowrun one-shot.
DEAR FUCKING GOD! I love the setting and tolerate the magical bullshit they throw in for whatever reason. But the mechanics of the system are just SO BLOODY PAINFUL.
Guy with a grenade launcher. He rolls his to-hit, minus distance penalties, minus lighting conditions, negated by thermal vision, we roll scatter direction and distance (the rules are internally inconstant about the distance they scatter), his hits reduce this damage, the targets dodge (just reaction, as it's not melee)(and only half that because it's area effect), the damage is applied, they resist with their armor and body (plus 1 for cyberlimbs, plus 2 for bone lacing, you just have to know), but for that guy the damage is -2 per meter distance from the blast, and that guy is next to a wall so he gets the blast wave twice.

And HALF those rules don't apply when the mage whips out the magic casting system and we have to distinguish between direct/indirect, elemental, permanent/mental, sustained, the different schools, and each spell does things a little differently. The magic spell casting ability is not to be confused with the magic attribute, the force of the spell, the threshold of the spell, the hits the spell is cast with, or the drain value of the spell. It didn't help that he confused DV as the damage value as opposed to drain value, but WHATEVER.

And mechanics aside, the whole thing suffers from a failure to engage different players. Indeed, they go out of their way to give players special things that only their character can do: Matrix, astral, rigging, driving, stealth, social, combat. You can specialize in those fields and if you didn't, then you pretty much just sit there while the other players do their thing.

The whole god-damned thing is kludge by authors who want to be game designers but don't know how.

But I do like me some cyberpunk.

2 days ago

eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

HeckRuler Re:Civility (116 comments)

a game where most of the participants act like that one asshole

Every single starcraft match I've watched has had every participant sit there like a robot with a slightly furrowed brow until the match is over. "dramatic flare" reduces your APM and lets the zerglings rush you.

5 days ago

eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

HeckRuler Re:Not Surprising (116 comments)

On the flip side, do you know the rules to rugby? Lacross? Cricket?

If I were to say the fencer on the left had a beautiful Pris-de-fare, but the fencer on the right's remise landed first, do you know who got the touch?

Because there are things out there which people enjoy, which you might not be aware of.
Hey, if you like to know which hollywood celebrity is sleeping with who, or what caliber the Austrian special forces use, that's fine.

And some people like reaver drops and forge-first-expansions.

5 days ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

HeckRuler Re:no, just people (184 comments)

There's a whole world of bigotry out there that doesn't revolve around racism. Sure, it's typically used in association with easy visual targets, like the color of one's skin or gender, but bigotry can also crop up with regard to sexual orientation, nationalism, wealth, cultural trends (those hipster, amIright?), political orientation, or really anything at all. As soon as you carry negative associations with a group or label, you've engaged in bigotry whenever you deal with that someone of that group. Me? I detest salesmen. Even the nicest of people, if introduced as a salesmen, get the stinkeye from me. What can I say, we all have issues.

You could quite easily argue that the presumed bigotry from the above post is targeted towards military involvement. Considering he has two references to the "war-mongering military industrial complex". Or kings, as he has two references to that as well.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is: Fuck you and your "you played the race card" card.

Of course, saying that he "doesn't suffer bigoted fools lightly" is a little ironic. "Not suffering [group]" pretty much makes him a bigot himself. It's not that bad of an irony though. I mean, really, bigots. Fuck'em.

5 days ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

HeckRuler Re: Pft (962 comments)

Freedom of speech is a larger subject than the first amendment, the constitution of the USA, and the USA as a whole.

While the first amendment restricts what the US governments can do, it is Valve and such's policy that affects people's freedom of speech while playing these games.

Yes, they are legally allowed to do what they wish with their property. It doesn't mean that has zero impact on my freedom of speech.

And no, I don't think that they should be forced to let these hate-filled douchbags shit up the gameplay on their servers. But don't imagine for a moment that they are absolved of all issues revolving around freedom of speech. If they went full authoritarian commune-nazi, they would no longer have me as a customer.

about a week ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

HeckRuler Re:Time will tell (353 comments)

People are bitching because they are seeing a company that was taking advantage of new technology under the radar suddenly getting fought tooth and nail by the established old guard.

You are right that licensing fees by the studios are a major cause of this problem, but those problems only apply to the company paying those fees and all services that company offers.

And just like the established old guard needs to adapt to a brave new world of changing technology, so too do the customers that were riding the wave of first-adopter-perks. The political landscape of the industry has changed. Sucks for anyone that liked the old ways of doing things. Sometimes the beaver population is just no longer there. To be a real dick about it: Nobody moved your cheese, the cheese is simply no longer there.

about a week ago

China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

HeckRuler Re:China has an internet? (58 comments)

It's a joke.

Whoa there, it turns "innovation", "IP", "the free market", and "network neutrality" into sad jokes. And there's not a lot of respect for that sort of stuff in China. The country is still fairly repressive by modern standards.

But it very much funnels users and money back towards China. This sort of thing will not be fought by the officials in China. The minor officials get shark-fin soup, so they're all for it. But the higher ups like it just the same as it keep money from leaving the country. It's essentially protectionism.

about two weeks ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

HeckRuler Re:Help me understand (390 comments)

Yeah, jesus christ does Mycroft-X have it wrong.

Imagine his scenario applied to the wee little people:

Right now Verizon doesn't pay it's customers any additional money for the data being sent their way (Transport is usually paid by the shipper -- when I order a physical product I pay for shipping to the vendor, who pays the transporter).

He wants to purchase a search result form Google, who would pay Verizon to send it to him. Oh hell no.

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

HeckRuler Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

So are you assuming the "separatists" are pro-Russian Ukrainians who somehow got their hands on a missile, or are you assuming the separatists are Russian military?

Even then, for both cases, you have to question how much training such soldiers received. Is #1, where some dumbasses with a missile shot down a convenient target, so much of a stretch? Also, why can't #1 and #3 be true?

about two weeks ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

HeckRuler Re: You read it here ... (435 comments)

Yeah, this, and he would have picked that up if he was an engineer worth his salt who could read english.

I'd even go so far as to say that it's OH-SHIT mode wouldn't give two shits if BOTH the grandma and the little kid would both be hit. Seriously, the alternative is trying to swerve away, off the road, into god-knows what, or barreling headlong into traffic, in an effort to play hero. At a policy level, that's fucking stupid.

No. Oh Shit = Hit the brakes. That's it. No grand overly convoluted AI ethic and morality neural-net enforcing Asimov's three laws. Keep it simple, stupid.

Imagine a car manufacturer who does not build in such a device!

Imagine a table saw manufacturer who doesn't have a shut-off when someone puts their finger in it! Because that's possible today. There's a competitor that creates such table saws. They're really expensive. Regular table-saw manufacturers haven't been sued to oblivion.

about two weeks ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

HeckRuler Re:You read it here ... (435 comments)

A driverless car cannot stop within abrupt short time.

Uh..... yes it can? Better than a human can at any rate if you boil it down to reaction times. It's still, you know, a car.

Just one, one only, example: If presented by either hitting a 4-year-old child or an octogenarian; should it take a random selection, or being programmed? If the latter is the case: who is it programmed to kill?

I imagine it'd be program to slam on the breaks and stop, minimizing the damage. Don't give me that bullshit about swerving to the side. In that case it's program to kill whoever is in violation of it's right-of-way.

Okay, a second example: You are sitting in a driverless car, with 4 of your family. A bus with 12 passengers comes up frontally (driven by an imperfect human driver, I guess). The whole thing on a narrow bridge, if you hit the bus, probabilities are it will slide to the side and tumble into a canyon. How would you think your perfect driverless car ought to be programmed?

To stop and share the narrow bridge, allowing the human-driven bus to navigate it first. Sorry, but you haven't explained how this is a critical scenario that will lead to crash.

I think you're trying to describe the scenario where how the car should sacrifice itself to save the bus. A us-or-the-bus scenario.
In that case: Slam on the breaks, minimizing the damage.

Really, you think that the car is going to have some sort of morality judgement function. No. It's going to have a "crash imminent mode" where it tries to stop. That's it.

The outcome of such a reaction might be hitting a kid. Or hitting a bus. Or whatever. But as a standard oh-shit procedure, it's solid.

the perfect driverless car becomes a pragmatic killing machine.

Pft, please. No more so than SCUBA gear, power tools, and industrial robots.
Shit hits the fan, they try to stop.

And it will never be perfect. Just good enough.

about two weeks ago

Utility Wants $17,500 Refund After Failure To Scrub Negative Search Results

HeckRuler deserves to burn in hell (110 comments)

The fact that a company blatantly states that they try to "enhance online branding and clear negatives by blanketing search results with positive content" means that are bold-faced EVIL. They are no longer even trying to hide it. That have accepted that society is malleable and that they can make a buck distorting the truth for the highest bidder.

They are mercenaries. They might not be shooting people in the face for money, but they're destroying the truth for money. They are paid to go censor people in the open square. It's not even the polite sort of lie of an advertisement or a commercial. No. They are paid to suppress the statements of others. To effectively gag them.

This company and ones like them are not just leeches on society, they are ACTIVELY WORKING AGAINST SOCIETY. I have no better definition of evil. Their existence is detrimental to the rest of us. Anyone who does business with them should be scorned and their names remembered.

about two weeks ago

DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

HeckRuler smoothbore .50 cal longarm? (188 comments)

Hmmmm, if it has guidance in the bullet, does that mean you need to fire it out of a smoothbore barrel?

Also, where is the computer assisted laser pointer?

about three weeks ago

Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

HeckRuler Re:Could it be ... (95 comments)

"Playing". Because the best sound comes from a vinyl LP powered by a Magnetar with monster cables, of course.

...Wow, it'd be sad if our first contact was the sound of their bombs killing themselves off.

about three weeks ago

Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

HeckRuler Re:Perspective (138 comments)

Last couple of times I touched it I thought it was too easy.

It's almost trivial to get a farm going in a good spot. Being able to gather seeds, till the surface, and plant instantly makes the food economy dirt simple.

It doesn't give you a super-powerful fortress that can repel the goblin hoards and megabeasts, but it certainly makes the early game less engaging. I mean, remember when you seriously needed fishermen just so you wouldn't starve before your first harvest?

Starting a fortress on the tundra, or with an aquifer, or in a desert makes for a more interesting time.

about three weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

HeckRuler Re:Crazy rant full of BS except for one thing (608 comments)

Yeah, I was going to say that. He's just facing burnout and age.

But "New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness"? That phenomenon is known as being young and stupid. The new technologies are exciting because of the additional capabilities they give us. If you thought the technology was exciting just because it was new, then you've been misguided the entire time, and marketers must have loved you. They could slap "NEW" onto an old product and generate some more sales. A fresh coat of paint and it's a top seller again.

Ignore the paint. Cut through the bullshit. Does the new thing work better? If so, it's worth learning.

Or hey, you can stick to the stable and clear COBOL platform that you know so well. Since all your peers are dying off you can charge an arm and a leg for being a master at it. Hopefully you didn't gamble your decades on something like RPGII.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

HeckRuler Re:Perl (536 comments)

riiiiiiiiight, but that's not what they're talking about when they say that removing the semi-colon would make white-space significant.

about a month ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

HeckRuler Re:Know your history (361 comments)

HAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, it's too good of a post not to pass along.

about a month ago


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