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I am probably working on Hubski.

Send me a PM or post with the tag #bugski if you think something is broken.

I filter #thebeatles.

I do not agree with everything that I post. I hope you don't either.

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Glad you enjoyed. I definitely wasn’t writing for a broad audience. :)

Aw shucks. Wayfarers originated from a skill system derivation of 1E and 2E that our group played for about 12 years across several campaigns. Most feedback is that it has the spirit of 2E but the flexibility of a skill system.

The first edition of Wayfarers was a bit too tight in terms of variance, and it’s a total pc killer. It also has a couple oddities that were simplified in the second print.

One of my favorite mechanics is proficiency checks. They are graded I to IV, and You roll 1d20 for each grade you have and keep the highest roll. Non-proficient checks roll 2d20 and keep the lowest. Keeping the 1-20 range reduces target number creep and bonus bloat.

I’ll send you PDFs. If anyone else wants them, let me know.

All that said, this is my magnum opus:

http://www.yeoldegamingcompanye.com/pdfs/TCRPGOE.pdf

http://www.yeoldegamingcompanye.com/pdfs/UCRAP.pdf

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 19, 2020

You got your wish. Bloomberg shit the bed.

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

I expect that Volvo driver was texting to execute such a blasé crash.

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Boeing finds debris left in new 737 MAXes, now in storage

I'm not flying in one, no matter what the FAA or Boeing says. FOD aside, no one would design a plane like the 737 Max from scratch.

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 19, 2020

I was saying to my wife yesterday that Bloomberg is probably Boomer racist. It's that old fashion racism that isn't racism in your mind because you don't use racist slurs. My grandpa tossed racist slurs around casually, and his kids made real progress by not doing the same. However, racism is not simply a choice, it is an understanding that changes your thinking. I don't think that all of my grandfather's kids have succeeded in that understanding. I suspect that Bloomberg is racist in that manner. There's also some evidence to suggest that he is a misogynist too.

I also hope that he performs poorly.

TBH Sanders not releasing his full medical records is BS. He promised to do so, and he had a heart attack. It's quite possible he has CHF. Everyone would demand the same of an opposition candidate.

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bugski: Markup tips are down

Yeah, I'd be interested to know if you can reproduce it. Thanks!

I used to crochet about 20 years ago. I still have some scarves.

I miss gaming. I created the Wayfarers rpg in 2008, and released a second edition in 2012. The second edition was distributed by Mongoose Publishing, who never paid me. In free time I used to work on the third and final edition.

I'll finish it someday, but I don't have that kind of time atm.

I want to start gaming again too. There isn't anything like a good tabletop rpg session.

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 19, 2020

Good luck! Same industry?

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bugski: Markup tips are down

The markup links on the site have been converted to reveal hidden text rather than the popup overlay. Is there still a link on the site that directs to that page?

mk  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 19, 2020

The Dem debate ought to be fun tonight. High stakes and Bloomberg debut.

Why did ‘select all’ become so difficult on the iPhone?

mk  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs worldwide

Oh, taxes? Well, yeah then. That's fucking bullshit. We need a progressive marginal tax on all income.

mk  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “I was just shaking”—new documents reveal details of fatal Tesla crash

    You are judging this accident from such a human perspective rather than seeing it from an engineering problem.

Actually, I think it's so difficult because self-driving cars is an engineering problem rather than a human one. It's like ironing and folding clothes. Looks really simple, but insanely difficult to build a computer to do it, because the domain is one that our brain is well-suited for, but computers are not.

If we see a squirrel add numbers, we see intelligence; but we are not much impressed with a computer adding numbers. If we see a computer dashing among the treetops we see intelligence; but we are not much impressed with a squirrel dashing among the treetops.

Self-driving cars are imitating human driving, and the imitation is hitting diminishing returns because computers are ill-adapted for the domain. We'd probably get more ROI changing the roads (the domain) at this point.

mk  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs worldwide

TBH that's actually how it used to work. In that sense, maybe your parents and theirs aren't lying. The ground moved beneath them, however. Banks were never in the business of lending to poor people. Banks lend to people that have money and have a plan to make more money. The more money you have, the easier it is to borrow it.

The current problem isn't the result of banks lending to rich people. If that were the case, we'd have been fucked from the get go. The current problem has to do with what the rich people are doing with the loans these days. The plans that rich people use to have involved building, hiring, and selling products. Now their plans are largely relegated to financial machinations which offered more for less.

The problem that HSBC is having, is that this has been going on for quite some time, and the longer you sell today for tomorrow, the smaller the returns. Now these returns are getting so bad, that they are now reaching parity with the costs of borrowing, as small as they are. Plan B is to pay rich people to borrow the money, but evidence suggests that they'll just use that money to sell today again. Plan C is probably going to be worse.

The rich people haven't changed, but the rules of the game they are playing have. The problem is structural. It looks and feels social, but it's structural. Banks used to give rich people more money, and they used to make more jobs. Now they don't.

mk  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The media's 7 stages of Bernie grief
mk  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Coronavirus Infection Found After Cruise Ship Passengers Disperse

The math is not good. The chances of asymptomatic people from this ship spreading it on flights or elsewhere are high.

If the R0 is really something like 4 or more, then it would be difficult to fly and not transmit it. The Diamond Princess is a pretty good experiment for casual contact transmission.

mk  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 12, 2020

I’m getting weird breaks on some comments, but having difficulty reproducing consistently. Is this happening to everyone else?

mk  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 12, 2020

Let me know if Tim Apple is down.

mk  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v2.5 - February 14, 2020

Shelves are done.

I started in on a new painting last night. This one is for my wife. It's the first time I'm painting with oil on canvas, and at 4' x 3' it will be my largest to date.

I got a nice mitre saw for X-mas, so I am going to be making my own frame.

mk  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 370th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

mk  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “I was just shaking”—new documents reveal details of fatal Tesla crash

Those 370k Teslas aren’t autonomous, and won’t be any time soon. But that’s not what Elon is selling. My point is that the last 10% isn’t only more difficult, it’s nothing like the first 90%. You could spend incredible effort training the car not to drive under semi trailers, only to treat a trash bag on the wind like a falling boulder. The cars don’t understand the road at all.