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  1. 35 minutes ago, InfestedKerrigan said:

    Or disconnected enough to be past ambivalent about living.

    Well, I'm pretty disconnected and my survival instinct has kicked in a few times when I was near death's door. Honestly, kinda surprised me. I look back and don't really understand why I'd choose survival. But instinct isn't really a thinking thing, so it doesn't need to make sense.

    Still don't understand cutting. Apparently it works for some people. I try not to judge, but it seems kinda wasteful. Like defacing a tree. But I'm rather disconnected, so maybe cutting makes more sense for people that are better connected. One of those mysteries, I guess.


  2. 17 minutes ago, Ish said:

    So, in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, we see that in the future year of 2688 A.D. everyone lives in an idyllic utopia inspired by the music of the band Wyld Stallyns.

    It’s currently 2019 A.D. and one of the most popular memes on social media and pop culture is that of “St. Keanu.” Extolling Keanu Reeves for his humble personality, insightful interviews, and general, all-round sheer niceness. (And looking damn fine in a well tailored suit.)

    A lot of cultural drift can happen in 669 years... Maybe, just maybe, the future San Dimas isn’t that impossible?

    Just think, with immortality, making reality to match a film's sci-fi wouldn't be impossible....


  3. On 11/18/2019 at 2:54 PM, Raindog said:

    On December 21st, I am running a terrain day to help build terrain for Bolt Action to aid the up coming league.

    If you know of or can find tutorials to build hedgerows, craters, tank traps, sand bags, boccage, pill boxes, etc, can you link them to here?

    Hirst Arts has some pretty cool looking molds for sand bags and trenches. They also have pretty good ideas for a trench network, even if you aren't using their molds.

    https://www.hirstarts.com/tips32/tips32.html#222

    It's even got pictures with bolt action minis


  4. 16 minutes ago, Ish said:

    “Live forever or die trying!” That’s my motto.

    Right, but if it's really hard to breath and you're in a lot of pain and you aren't going to get better and it's pretty clear that continuing to live is burdening your love ones to the point where they pity you to keep living...and your body is giving you the choice between naturally dying or living...Would you really choose living forever knowing it meant living under those conditions?

    I'm not talking suicide, I'm talking about the basic will to live. Would you really stick with that motto if it meant a horrible eternity?

    I've been at death's door a few times. Survival instinct is certainly a thing that takes over. I don't think it denies free will, but it definitely overpowers weak will (though I don't know for sure if it would overpower a strong will to die, since it requires me to die to find out...).

    Dunno, sometimes I wonder if I'm creating the concept of free will because I fear being powerless. But, then again,  if I'm choice-less, that means any bleak way of seeing things isn't up to me.


  5. 15 minutes ago, Ish said:

    Ever realize that anyone of us – even you –could be an immortal... we just haven’t found it out yet?

    I've considered that one many times. Immortality can really only be disproved via death, making it impossible to prove.

    Sometimes I suspect that immortality is about free will and people die because we choose death. Given that age leads to more and more legitimate reasons to want to stop living, seems like a possibility - it's just a really bleak way of looking at things because it means that everyone you love that died did so because they chose to leave you. But I'm usually in a pretty bleak mood when I'm thinking of it (probably some bias in that conclusion).


  6. Huh, was going back though this thread and can't find my review of season 11 of Doctor Who.

     

    Doctor Who (Season 11)

    1/5

    Nothing wrong with the new doctor or the actors. Wish they were given a better script, nothing about the actors should have failed. 

    Not all, but enough of the episodes are focused heavily on real-world politics and, more so, are botched attempts at social justice. Had to stop watching this one.

     

    Like there's an episode about Rosa Parks where they establish that the entire equal race rights movement in America would never have come about if not for the intervention of the White British Doctor and her British companions. They completely omit the British role in American slavery and take the high road while portraying white Americans as exclusively racist.

    And then there's an episode that just insults Trump. Nothing wrong with American shows insulting our president, but for another country's show to be mocking our president for the entire episode - don't really want to watch that. And it's not a fun portrayal, they don't make fun of the president, they just insult.

    And then we have an episode that explains why Indians (India Indians) are good and Muslims are bad.

    And that's where I stopped.

    I don't like watching TV where I get upset after/while watching it. Same reason I don't watch the news. It's really sad that Doctor Who has become such a show. I'm done with this one. They've alienated me as a viewer, with just half of season 11. I'm even disinclined to purchase the previous seasons because I fear they will misinterpret it as approval of the current season.

    In hindsight, show has been going downhill for a while. Others have pointed that out to me and I pushed on anyway. This season was a straw (or a pile of straws) breaking the camel's already burdened back. Done.


  7. 13 minutes ago, TheBeninator said:

    @paxmiles

    Not sure what to tell you. There are inaccuracies in the things you say, and I have tried in vain to explain them, but at this point I don't know if it matters so I wont bother trying again. You seem to have made up your mind already.

    Ill pull myself from this exchange and spend my efforts on folks who wish to engage in constructive dialogue.

    Well... I've also tried in vain to explain my stance. You also seem to have made up your mind already and don't seem interested in constructive dialog.

    Can you please remove me from that sign up sheet? I won't be participating in this escalation league. 😢


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    18 hours ago, TheBeninator said:

    Thanks,

    That's actually not a full sized unit, still room for another 12 (60 total).

    The unit however is a bunch of peasants. weapon skill 2, low leadership, Resistance 3, strength 3, light armor and a shield. They are just there to hold a line, they really cant put out the hurt.

    The only good thing they have going for them is numbers, and if I invest a bunch of extra points, I can give them a pretty insane static combat score (8). So although they will die in droves, you have to kill at least 8 every turn else you lose combat and potentially flee from the great peasant horde.

    If you flank them however, poof, peasants are toast.

    Truly, they are glorified clanrats.... Peasant crusaders on the other hand are glorified plague monks, except that they are a special choice >_<

    Daemon Core choices are all capped at 25 except Myrmidons which can take 30. Non-core can't be in units larger than 15 models (most are less).

    As for CR, we're capped at +6 as far as I can tell. For starters, we lack access to magic standards. There's a non-stacking CR +1 manifestation. Then BSB, Standard, and 3 ranks. That's it.

    So, yeah, yuck!

     

     


  9. 1 hour ago, TheBeninator said:

    Do you honestly think that I am relishing in the idea of holding down a new player and elevating myself by crafting specific rules that eek out advantages for myself only? If I was serious about winning, I wouldn't be painting peasants.

    No I don't. That's why I described your comments as making me "feel" a certain way.

    2 hours ago, Andrewgeddon said:

    How you came to this conclusion from Ben's comments is beyond me. Narrative campaigns often have rules that differ from the rulebook. You're making it sound like every rule being put other there is a "gotcha!" rule put in place to hurt you or your army. It's clearly not the case, at least to everyone else.

    It "feels" like a witch hunt because each new rule proposed is a rule that hurts DL armies. As for it not being the case to everyone else, I get the distinct feeling that the other players are largely ignorant of how DL armies function - in fairness, they have a really weird army book by comparison to other factions.

    2 hours ago, Andrewgeddon said:

    It seems to me that the army you want to play (Wrath) doesn't scale down to 2k points. You were given to option to "make a case" of letting your Harbinger not be your general so that, when the game scales up to the point where you could bring in a Scourge, you could still keep Harbinger you had been building up throughout the campaign and still have your Wrath general. Isn't this what you specifically wanted?

    I thought about "making a case" but I've already done that, a few times, in this thread and that is apparently being ignored. And I really shouldn't need to justify fielding characters that are appropriate for my faction at this point level. This "hero" level DL just isn't a thing - the DL rules just don't support Harbinger Generals. The Harbinger is kinda the General's assistant and has a very limited role without another type of character being the general.

    As for Wrath, I dropped that idea a while ago because of the Aves limit and because I really shouldn't need him at this point level. Not sure why people keep bringing that one back up. My alternate selection was a Miser of Sululag, which is legal at 2k, but then that was also banned. And then it was suggested that I must play Undivided chaos or play Envy - at that point the campaign is picking my army. The equal for Knights Equitaine is if we banned Cavalry - it could be done, but what you can bring is really limited.

    And hearing about "hero" level characters from the point of view of a Knights of Equitaine player really hits hard, since all their characters are hero level, and are really cheap, and have really good equipment at the hero level. So it's rules that restrict DL armies, but don't restrict Knights of Equitaine players. If you look at some battle reports for DL players, you'll notice that DL is a faction where the army is all about the characters.

    And if you want to talk about Fluffy story armies. The plot of this adventure is that Chaos is leading an incursion on the realms of your happy-go-lucky races. Having a big scary chaos creature sounds entirely fluffy, especially at low point levels. Allows you a villain to rally against.

     


  10. On 10/30/2019 at 11:36 AM, Wentwizard said:

    What: The Invasion of Chaos will be a 4-5 game escalation campaign set in the 9th Age World. Players will be split into two teams: Order and Chaos depending on the factions of all the players. The campaign will be played over a series of several weeks with one scenario occurring at a time. Battles will start small (2,000 points) and get larger as the campaign progresses (up to 4,500 points). At the start of each scenario, players will be matched up on a 1v1 basis between Order and Chaos, and the outcomes of each battle will be tallied up to determine the following scenario. Bonus points will also be given to reward hobbying.

    ^That's what I'd be interested in playing. That sounds fun.

    On 11/17/2019 at 9:02 PM, Wentwizard said:

    There will be a few special rules for this campaign to help create a sense of continuity from one battle to the next. Each army will be led by a general and their (in)famous retinue of chosen warriors, who will gain experience and new abilities as the campaign progresses. Detailed description of the rules to follow, but for now start thinking of ways to make your general stand out and which unit of Core troops might make the best choice for your general's favored retinue!

    10 hours ago, TheBeninator said:

    I believe at the 2k level everyone will be restricted to "hero" type generals. Meaning no high princes on dragons, demon lords, dwarf kings, dukes on pegasus, ect. 

    Also, I believe casters will be kept at adepts.

    2 hours ago, TheBeninator said:

    deceivers and harbingers look like the appropriate character candidates for DL, but feel free to make a case for something different.

    ^this doesn't sound as fun, and keeps sounding less fun with each additional "surprise" modification. I don't really want to play the army that you pick, I want to play my own army. I don't feel that I should have to "make a case" to play my army the way I want. If that's really unreasonable, then count me out.


  11. 1 hour ago, TheBeninator said:

    Hero is an old term, it more or less boils down to. if it can be a bsb, or is cheaper than your bsb option, it’s probably a hero. With some exceptions

    as wentwisard said, it’s about a story and having some fun battles, don’t worry too much about the specifics. If you aren’t sure, wentwisard will make an exception for you. You already agree that a Scourge has no place in a 2k game, so your heart is in the right place.

    deceivers and harbingers look like the appropriate character candidates for DL, but feel free to make a case for something different. 

    Despite the rule book having suggestions for 2k games, the game is not balanced or priced with scaling in mind, therefore the scale will favor certain factions over others. Hopefully with the changing point limits each scenario, it will balance that favoring out.

    For starters, your comments really feel like a witch hunt against my specific army - which is not fun. I'm very close to dropping out, as I don't feel welcome in your "fun" escalation league which seems stacked against DL, while greatly favoring armies like the Kingdom of Equitaine.

    Beyond that, sounds like you want to start at 1k. At 1k, I'd only have 400pts for characters, which would limit me to a Deceiver or a Harbinger.

     


  12. 5 hours ago, TheBeninator said:

    I believe at the 2k level everyone will be restricted to "hero" type generals. Meaning no high princes on dragons, demon lords, dwarf kings, dukes on pegasus, ect. 

    Also, I believe casters will be kept at adepts.

    Another houserule? I get the distinct feeling that Daemonic Legions are a faction you've not explored much.

    Rulebook wise, the modifications for a 2k game are minimum army size is only 3 units, table space is 3'x4', and 0-X items are halved (rounding up).

    Both the Daemonic Legions and the Kingdom of Equitaine have the same character limits: 25% of points. At 2k, that's 800pts. There's no rulebook difference between heros and lords, and it's not a component of my faction.


  13. 45 minutes ago, TheBeninator said:

    Thanks,

    That's actually not a full sized unit, still room for another 12 (60 total).

    The unit however is a bunch of peasants. weapon skill 2, low leadership, Resistance 3, strength 3, light armor and a shield. They are just there to hold a line, they really cant put out the hurt.

    The only good thing they have going for them is numbers, and if I invest a bunch of extra points, I can give them a pretty insane static combat score (8). So although they will die in droves, you have to kill at least 8 every turn else you lose combat and potentially flee from the great peasant horde.

    If you flank them however, poof, peasants are toast.

    Truly, they are glorified clanrats.... Peasant crusaders on the other hand are glorified plague monks, except that they are a special choice >_<

    Are you a Line Formation?


  14. Well, "really being hurt" is an overreaction.

    And that Scourge really does have no business being in a 2k game.

    It's just that "general" selection has a very large impact on daemon legion armies. While some armies select subfactions, Daemonic Legions determine it via their general.

    And most of the Daemonic Legion generals have a very high point cost, which isn't really friendly for a 2k game.

    My backup General is a Miser of Sululag, who is about 800pts, but is fine for 2k due to not counting towards Aves like the Scourge does (who is also about 800pts).

    That said, neither are really 2k friendly. I'd much rather my reoccurring character be a 200-300pt Harbinger, but the army takes a hit if the Harbinger is the general.

     


  15. Oh, with general and core unit selection, do they have the option to take further upgrades/models DURING the campaign, or is whatever we start with the fixed profile for the entire campagin?

     

    Or rather, should I purposely take the unit I'd bring as core in 4.5k to the 2k game because I won't be able to change it later? Likewise, should I take the upgrades for my General that I'd want at 4.5k in the first 2k game?


  16. 7 minutes ago, TheBeninator said:

    I dont speak for any of the final decisions for the campaign but I do have some insights.

    1) Yes, the retinue would be a core choice since it will be "upgraded" over the campaign. This is to elevate a core choice into something great, not an already great unit into something neigh unstoppable. 

    2) Yes, you miss out on being officially labeled wrath due to the lack of a GD for DL. The solution is to use the ol' imagination.

    Oh, I get that. The issue I see is that the General determines eligibility of the manifestations for the Harbingers. So if we start with no access to a given, Sin (gods?), then we can't get it later if we are stuck with the same General for every game, doesn't matter how high it escalates. It's like if the Escalation league banned O&G from taking Forest Goblin for their leaders.

    Any chance we could just have a required reoccurring Hero-Character, rather than requiring them to be the general?

    And for the record, the issue isn't that we don't have enough points in characters for the Scourge, it's that the Scourge also counts as Aves and we can't take that many points in Aves at 2k.


  17. Vampire Diaries (season 3)

    2/5

    This season wasn't very good, but it held my attention. They kinda went overkill with the drama and ended up kinda like game of thrones in that they killed lots of fully functional characters really quickly. I suspect they'll have resurrect or magic those characters back, because they really did throw away a lot of very good characters.

    One of the underlying nonsensical plots of this season was that the female protagonist is totally in love with vampires, yet has a very strong sense of repulsion at becoming a vampire herself. Reminds me of the Harem anime where the perverted protagonist's aversion to sex is because the series isn't allow to show sex, so they have to dance around the idea of narrowly avoiding having sex, over and over. Same thing, but becoming a vampire instead of having sex.

    I will note that none of the characters really have any hobbies. They're either in a heavy teen drama situation, in a life or death situation, or otherwise having to do something related to the supernatural, or in a romance situation. They really could use some calm coping skills, like painting models.... 

    Season wasn't very good, but the show is still a sold 3/5 and I look forward to the next season.

     

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