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Dude, you are speaking my language. My favorite monsters out of the MM? Goblins, kobolds, orcs, gnolls, and lizardfolk. When I world build, I often have Orcs at the very least and usually gnolls and/or lizardfolk as major political/cultural players. When your players are smart, they often wisen up real quick and see "Oh, the lizardfolk aren't necessarily the bad guys, they got their own wants and needs they're struggling for over here."
As for your battle tactics? Same page, yet again. I'm pretty certain it was you and I talking about how I don't really like players getting past level 10, partly because there's too much to pay attention to mechanic wise, but also because it often pushes "lesser monsters" out of the picture. Fuck that.
Life pro-tip, don't spam. If you are gonna spam, and it's gonna be about Valentines Day, you just might want it to be before the holiday.
I think we know what his spirit animal is. :)
Indeed. It speaks volumes to the amount of risks people are willing to take. I dread reading about what will be discovered once the snow thaws.
It's good that everyone is playing things smart at these locations, for the sake of safety. I'm kind of worried about people trying to cross over in more remote loations, such as the wilderness. That's not really safe any time of year, let alone the dead of winter.
- There's chicken little, and then there's . . .
Millions of people around the world participated in the women's march. The public and legal response to the travel ban was nearly immediate and it was loud and insistent. Even though Obama deported illegal immigrants by the truckload during his term, ICE is now under intense public scrutiny because of Trmp's rhetoric. People are calling, mailing, and faxing their congressmen in droves on an almost daily basis, to the point where a lot of them are hesitant to hold town halls during this recess because they're concerned about overwhelming turnouts. ACLU donations are up, the amount of feedback we're getting from the international community is up, and on and on I can go. Trust me. If there was a time where I felt confident people are no longer sitting on their hands, it's now.
That said, there's a huge difference between congress letting people like DeVos getting a position in our government and the government as a whole letting something as insane as this proposal happen. Both are wrong, but the second is so wrong that it's practically infeasible.
The only way that Trump could pull something like this off is either A) a major national event happened to turn the tide of public opinion or B) he scales back the scope of the operation to where it's actually something that can be pulled off both in regards to an actual operation as well as in regards to the confines of the law.
- I'm doing my best to stay 'in character' with monsters
Sadly, there's a lot of DMs that don't do this. The fact that you're willing to take the time to put effort into making your kobolds a serious threat shows that you even respect low CR monsters, which I'd awesome.
Yes. Okay. But this example, like coffeesp00ns' example, while both tragic, are very different. In this instance, The National Guard isn't being deployed to a single location as a response to an event. What's being proposed is probably a long term, multi-state effort using an organization that isn't designed to do the task that's proposed, legally or structurally. The amount of coordination needed would be a nightmare that would again make the travel ban look like a breezy Sunday afternoon. The amount of legal hassle involved to even try something like this would be mind boggling. The amount of legal backlash, even moreso. Then there would be the backlash of public opinion, both from a large number of concerned Americans and from the international community. The risk of that alone would probably prevent this.
I understand the concern, I really do. There's a lot to be worried about and there's a lot going on and there's a lot of information out there with very alarmist spins and I think we need to start realizing that whenever we read these articles. People are doing and saying some crazy things, sure. There's also some really far out there stuff that's being focused on and some things being blown out of proportion. Look at everyone talking about Russian ships off the coast and Russian jets buzzing our ships. They did that all the time when Obama was President and they didn't cause nearly the sensation that's being caused now.
I'm not going to lie. I'm scared right now. I'm scared about a lot of things, like nasty things people are saying in the internet, whether or not my job and my wife's job are at risk, the safety and well being of the minorities in my city, the well being of our environment (I think I read they just passed a law saying mining debris can be released into rivers again), and so many more things. If we're gonna get through this though, we can't always go around like a bunch of chicken littles or gossiping hens every time there is a leak or a sensational rumor. When we do, we give rumor mongers power over us for one, and two, every time we freak out over smoke when there's no fire, we risk looking foolish and erode our credibility.
I could be dead wrong about this, and if I am it will probably be the worse thing I'm ever wrong about this, but I honestly and truly think this is one of those things that just won't happen.
Edit: By "we", I'm not saying you or me or coffeesp00ns or anyone else is out of line and being a bunch of chicken littles. It's more of a rhetorical argument. I don't mean to insult anyone here.
Like the war with Iran, I don't see this happening either, but for other reasons. One, I'm pretty certain state governors are the only ones who can deploy the National Guard. Two, I'm also pretty certain that while they've been used for peacekeeping in the past, I'm pretty certain the National Guard doesn't have very in depth law enforcement training. Third, the backlash from the travel ban would probably be tame as hell compared to the backlash that this would probably see. If I'm wrong on any one of these assumptions, please point it out to me, so I can adjust how I feel about this.
I dunno. A small part of me is worried about something like this happening, but this really seems far away from realistic. I just can't really imagine it.
Counter argument one. The circle jerk was strong, sure, but there's a massive difference between a subreddit like r/history or r/worldnews and some of the more obscure, random bullshit. Was there a wall? Absolutely, but it was full of doors and windows that anyone could easily walk or see through that were very rarely locked. Now? The wall is down and a flood of shit is pouring out.
Counter argument two. r/all was always just a click away, so "admin curating" was always negligible at best.
I mean, if you're willing to take enough bites you'll eventually reach the pickle in a shit sandwich.