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.
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.
In the case of the impeachment of Donald John Trump we have it. No, not the extortion or any bribery, our grounds for impeachment is obstruction of justice. President Trump has flat out forbidden people to testify before the committee involved in the process. In criminal law when this is done by a party in an investigation said party can be, and will be, charged with obstruction of justice. To make matters worse, he's done it publicly. He's done it right where everybody can see it. In the words of Doonesbury's Mark Slackmayer he is "Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!"
Trump has committed a crime. He has committed a provable crime. A crime for which he can, and most likely would, be convicted of in a court of law. That is an impeachable offense. Even more, it is an offense he can be convicted of in the U.S. Senate by any party with any interest in the probity of our government. He is hoist by his own petard, and the rope is fraying.
You get right down to it, all before it is of no real consequence. Our president in an act of hubris has given us the reason we need to remove him. He has shown that he is an unreliable leader and to be utterly inept. We don't need him and we don't deserve him. And any fact that he's been this way all along only proves we need him out now. So my message is, impeach and convict on the grounds of obstruction of justice. Let's focus on that and stop flailing about like the proverbial decapitated chicken.
I can only conclude that some adventures are not voluntary. Today I slept a lot, my phone ran out of power, and my caretaker hurt her foot. The first mean that I slept a lot. The second means that I'm now out of contact with people I need to be in contact with. The last means the Roxanne, my caretaker, couldn't get my clothes back to me and I may have to wait a day or two for them. So I get to wait for tomorrow when my case worker with Serving Seniors can visit, and maybe Roxanne can too.
And for this day I get bupkis in the way of APs (Mythus thing).
Astronomers using ESO's SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could be classified as a dwarf planet. The object is the fourth largest in the asteroid belt after Ceres, Vesta and Pallas. For the first time, astronomers have observed Hygiea in sufficiently high resolution to study its surface and determine its shape and size. They found that Hygiea is spherical, potentially taking the crown from Ceres as the smallest dwarf planet in the solar system.
Now since Hygiea is large enough to be spherical, that would mean that Vesta and Pallas are also spherical and therefor dwarf planets. And since I don't believe in dwarf planets, it would mean that Ceres, Vesta, Pallas and Hygiea are planets 5 through 8 after Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Which means that Jupiter is thus the ninth planet. Making planets 10-13 Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The other planets are Eris, Haumea, and Makemake. Though there may be others.
That makes 16 planets overall, of which half are dainty little things. And 16 is a bitch to memorize, but some folks just have to memorize them. Poor souls.
But keep in mind that you have the rest of the Kuiper belt to deal with as well as the Oort Belt and Cloud. We could have lots more.