To reiterate, a system is an organization used to get things done. At least that's how I understand it.
Role Playing Systems
A role playing system -RPS- is an organization of tools used in playing a role in an imaginary world. As far as I can see, an RPS consists of the following elements:
It can go into further detail, but that should suffice for now.
Dangerous Journeys RPS
The Dangerous Journeys role playing system is one designed around the emulation or simulation of adventure stories of old. Modern day examples of this would be Duck Tales from Disney, and Star Trek: Discovery from CBS. At least that's what it looks like to me. Other role playing systems include the D20 System and Basic Role Playing. Unfortunately I'm spacing the names of others right now, but there are more.
In general an RPS is a basic system and rarely goes into great detail. Not all are all that generic, but for the most part they are. When you have an RPS to deal with you want to keep it basic and to save the finagling for a role playing engine -RPE-. We'll be dealing with role playing engines later.
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We'll start with what a system is. According to the description linked to, a system is an interconnected set of mechanics which taken as a whole performs an action. That is, it gets something done.
In the case of a role playing system -RPS- the system is a set of interconnected mechanics which describes in general how playing a role works in the RPS in question. The system details the following:
The Social Description
The Statistical Description
The Physical Description
How Things Work
Where the action occurs
Now that is what I've come up with, you may come up with more. But at the moment I'm sticking with this.
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I'm having trouble on the web what with sites not loading, most especially FaceBook, though it happens with other locations. I have the feeling it's because people have to fuck with the software. Either deliberately, or because they just don't care. In addition, it's because certain parties just don't want to invest in the resources the Internet needs to function adequately. So may I propose this law: You may not interfere with communications. That's it. No conditions, no exceptions. Simply, you may not interfere with communications.
Because we need reliable communications. For our safety. For our health. So we can keep in touch with others, inform them, and let them get in touch with us. The greedy and the fools are endangering our lives and that we just can't tolerate. Not on your tin type.
To reiterate: You may not interfere with communications. Now let's get off our butts and start doing something about it. Enact laws, bring suit against those who either mess with the system, or who won't let the system handle what it needs to. Enact and assess fines, restrict or ban access to equipment a party will use to interfere with communications. And open up access to competitors so monopolies can't interfere with what is necessary.
You know, it has occurred to me that the late Gary Gygax was wrong when he asserted that rules aren't necessary in an RPG. Now when you think of them as prescriptive, they're not. But think of them as descriptive and they very much are.
What is the difference between prescriptive and descriptive?
Prescriptive is a matter of what must be. Descriptive is a matter of what is. Criminal law is prescriptive, scientific law is descriptive. A rule in a game tells you what you should do, a law in science tells you how something works.
Take for example falling in DnD. In the original your character suffered 1d6 in damage for each 10' he fell. He fell 30 feet he suffered 3d6 in damage. With a d6 for hit points for each level in the original rules the longer the fall the better the chance he would die. It was really more a matter of luck than it was a physical matter.
Later in Dangerous Journeys Gary devised a variant on the above, in Mythus the damage suffered was still 1d6 per 10', plus a multiplier of 1d6. So a fall of just 10' could still do between one and 36 points of damage depending not only on how long the fall was, but on how hard the character landed, and what he landed on. Now given that the average mundane character in Mythus has something like 60 points he can take in damage, a 10' fall no matter how hard, how he landed, or on what shouldn't kill him. But not everybody can take average damage.
But my main point regarding the rules (mechanics if you like) of an adventure guide (as I like to call them) is that they are best employed as descriptions of how things work in the AG's setting. Think of them as models, or simulations of reality. Emulations if you like. The original mechanics of Tensor's Floating Disk described them working one way. A later version had the magick working another way, a milder way. We learned about the spell when it first came out, and being young and smart and creative figured out how to weaponize it. Let's face it, you've got a half ton of mass moving at 3 miles an hour it's going to mow things down. And I can just hear DMs of the day going "Ack!" and looking for ways to stop the carnage.
And that's the sort of thinking you get when you think of what we're doing as games. You can't nerf physics. Physics basically says that this is how matters work and you're not going to change a damn thing. You can cheat, but if you want to cheat you'd better damn well know how it works.
And I've got more thinking to do here. I'll address this further later.
I have to ask this, is President Trump a competent human being. As I type this I'm being left with the impression that the leading Republican on the committee has no real idea what he's talking about, but that he's still a competent human being, only willing to obfuscate and blather because he's afraid of being wrong.
The impression I've been left with here is that he is convinced he can't be in the wrong, because he can't understand how he could be wrong. The very notion that his actions are improper simply can't and won't occur to him. This leaves me with the question, is he competent to hold the office of President of the United States?
In short, the man simply can't understand what a quid pro quo is. Based on his career as a business man I rather doubt he ever put together a business deal knowing what he was doing. From his actions as President I rather doubt that deals are really part of politics and governance. I can only conclude that his "Art of the Deal" is a load of blather.
You know, Mike Pence maybe a fundie, but he could be a competent fundie. Trump is neither, and I suspect we'd have a better chance of surviving Pence.
That's what I'm doing right now, fretting. In a little over a week my urologist is going to be poking into my left kidney to get a pair of stones out. Before then I'll be going into the hospital for a couple of days so he can be sure I'm taking my antibiotic. Then maybe a couple of more days to be sure I'm recovering from the surgery.
All this, as you may have guessed, paid by you. Through your taxes of course, just think of it as an investment in my future productivity.
My hope is that after this I'll have more energy and greater strength to get things done. I mean, I owe fans of the adventure guide Mythus some work, and it's about time I got serious about it. But we'll see. I'll let you know how it goes, and between now and then I'll see about posting about regarding Trump, adventure guides, and criminal greed among other things.
People have been asking for some time just why extra terrestrials have yet to contact us. After getting more than enough grief trying to load FaceBook (go ahead, you try), I can only conclude that they aren't going to because they can't. Not really. Anybody wanting to contact us is going to want to make contact with us as a group, and not any particular sub-group. But how are they going to do that when our communication system in the form of the Internet is so fucked? I mean, the first thing they would need to do is to repair the Internet, and at the moment they just may not have the resources. Or they may simply not have the motivation.
I mean, why would they? Are we really worth the time? How would they benefit from contact with us? Far as I can see, we are doing a bang up job discouraging them from making contact. It comes down to this, our software is royally fucked. It is a cobbled together miss with more mistakes than an Alan Moore first draft, with no real editing and no real proof reading. The only thing more complicated is the U.S. Tax Code, with the only difference between the two is that the Tax Code is deliberate.
Come the Singularity (which see) we will have entities who will need well written and well edited code. It will be a matter of survival for them. Once they're online sloppy coding may well become a death penalty offense. And no appeal.
Our mistakes will be corrected. Not for our sakes, for theirs. And we will have no choice in the matter. We're just not ready for it. Revolution is coming, and we may not be leading it.
Learned today that I have surgery coming up. On Jan. 14 of 2020 I go into the hospital to prepare for the actual cutting on Jan. 16th. My urologist wants to make sure I've taken the antibiotic, and that I haven't had anything to eat or drink since midnight the morning of the 16th. But before then I get to fret and fuss.
Fortunately it's being done at UCSD Health, which has a good reputation, and the last time I was there I was shown professionalism in my treatment. The same sort of professionalism Jolly Blackburn went through recently at his local VA hospital.
So two days to get ready, the surgery, than maybe a couple of days to start on the road to recovery.
But then I may have two more surgeries coming up; one on the veins in the calves of my legs, and another on an artery in my heart. In the latter case it may be for Prinzmetal Angina, and that can require stenting. And all while this is going to The Cheetoh will be going through some times of his own.
And since I can, I'm going to ask you for some help at this time. You can, drop a shekel my way via the donation button below.