Waiting makes me anxious. There are things I’d like to see get handled, but thanks to my medical insurance it won’t be done fast.
The most important are my kidneys, but since it’s not yet an emergency Health First—my HMO—has to verify that it indeed needs to be dealt with. That it’s important.
That tells me that comprehensive health insurance is a lie, and that we’d all be a lot better off paying cash for basic health care. And being foresighted won’t kill you.
That means being foresighted enough to teach our kids to be foresighted.
So now I’m pooped, I’m about ready to zonk out, and I’ve got to wait to find out what the problem is and to get something done about it. But in short it’s interfering with my work, and I have things to do, dammit.
So I ask, are there any petitions online urging that people get paid in full for what they do? Or that price gouging be outlawed?
According to this SSI recipients in the State of California get just another $10.00 in benefits to cover the cost of food. Ten dollars. Back when I was a kid back in the 60s food was more than $10.00 a month. Don’t know about you, but for me getting just $897.72 plus food stamps would make a big change in my life.
BTW, I tend to forget things, so I may be off regarding CA’s SSI.
There is no balance in RPGs. Not in any real sense. Unlike something like a board game such as checkers, and RPG is just too complex, too complicated to ever be balanced in any real sense. And they don’t need to be.
You don’t need a fair chance to participate, all you really need is a chance. And you don’t need to have the same chance to do what another player is doing, all you need is the chance to do something; whatever that something is.
What it comes down to is, it’s your brains that give you a chance. You’ve got brains you’ll think of something. And it don’t have to work, as long as you try something.
Most importantly, is it entertaining? I got a balrog to kill a dragon because I entertained the DM. I tickled his fancy and he played along with it. Don’t approach the task with the attitude that you’ve got to win, approach it with the attitude that you could lose and your character will die—assuming of course that the DM is being merciful. Be humble, you can always gloat later.
Oh, it also helped that the other players were also amused, the DM was pretty much playing to them, and they all applauded my success in my prank.
So don’t fret about any crap like game balance or lies like that. Do something, anything, it just might work. And remember that there are many paths through a forest, some are just easier than others.
What I need are more pants, at least another pair. But I don’t have the money right now, which means that at the moment I’m going out in my pj bottoms. They work, but there’s still the matter of appearance. You can spare a few shekels could you please send them via the donation button below?
To put this simply, in an RPG you don’t need rules. Not really. What you need to be is trustworthy, and that goes for players as well as for guides. What you really need is to be honest and to ensure that your players can trust you, and that your guide can trust you. All rules can do is give guide and player the illusion that things are under control, and that no one is getting an unfair advantage.
Thing is, there will be times when somebody is going to have an advantage, and it may not be the guy you think it is. And the thing is, there will be times when his advantage is going to be dammed unfair. So think instead of bitching. He can stomp your butt like a bug? Then hide your stupid ass and find another way to get to your goal. Remember, you’re supposed to be playing a role, not rolling dice.
Being heroic can be a bitch. Be ready for it and be prepared to take advantage of any advantage you have.