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Okay, cards on the table I am an atheist.  I suppose if I were to get technical I'm an atheist bordering on agnostic but there it is.  I'm not an anti-theist, although I admit I shake my head at the concept of organized religion.  I may not agree with tenets of a specific religion, but I don't rail against those religions or those who hold religious convictions except for the reasons stated below.

I have long held the belief that a person, any person, has the right to their faith.  They have the right to believe in a deity, to worship that deity within the bounds of the law, and not be shunned or discriminated against because of their faith.  I agree that where a faith brings comfort and enhances a life then I'm all for it.

For me there are three points I do have a problem with when it comes to religion, and most of this comes from religious dogma rather than faith.

Firstly, never state a belief as if it is an established fact.  I respect a persons right to believe in a deity, and that they believe unswervingly that such a deity is there and they have every right to hold that belief.  But when they say "there is a God" rather than "I believe there is a God" that is where I take issue.  The existence of a deity is not a proven fact.  Similarly when they quote their holy texts and state "this is the word of God".  Again, not an established fact.  Nitpicking by me possibly, but its a bugbear of mine.

Secondly, I do not believe that religious institutions should get special exemptions from the law.  And for me that includes tax and employment law.  I am all for taxing religious institutions and ring-fencing that money for local services so the churches really are putting into the local community rather than their own coffers.  Also I believe that all religions should be subject to employment law and end discrimination based on race, religion, gender and sexual orientation.

Thirdly, the biggest one for me, is that I despise anyone who attempts to use their faith as a justification or excuse for bigotry.  Those who openly practice discrimination should not be able to claim religion as a defence.  I have sadly seen the religious more than once get on their supposed high horse and rant and rave against the innocent and demand that others be bigots with them whilst demanding protection from the law so that they can't be held accountable for their hate speech.

I think if I ever were to become religious I too would be a solo practitioner.  I have friends who are pagan and I respect the pagan tradition a lot, mostly because I have found that the biggest hate mongers have been followers of the monotheistic religions.  Broad generalization I know but its held true so far sadly.
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Ronnie Bradley you're an atheist after my own heart. Very well stated sir!
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s are not competitive in my opinion and never should be seen as competitive.  The players aren't competing against each other, with the possible exceptions of Toon and Paranoia and they aren't competing against the GM nor is the GM competing against the players.

The GM is offering a challenge to the players, a mystery to be solved or foe to vanquish, but is not competing against the players.  Players don't compete against each other, or shouldn't be, they are working together.

Its why I have never understood the idea of RPG competitions where there are prizes for best GM or player.  I think this fosters the wrong atmosphere imo.  It can also give rise to power gamers and thats not a good thing either.

Its an interesting perspective but for me, RPGs should never be seen as competitive.
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Opening music aside (which I agree is shockingly bad) this is not a bad game at all for the 48K Speccy.  I think the only thing I would have perhaps hoped for was an upgraded version for the 128K Speccy, improving the sound and music which I think could have added a wee bit extra to the game.
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I love tabletop games.  be it board games, card games, war games, role playing etc.  Tabletop as a show has introduced me to games that I have subsequently bought as they just grabbed my attention.  Games such as The Hare and The Tortoise, 12 Days, Munchkin, Ticket To Ride, Castle Panic, Pandemic and a few more besides.

However I've come to discover my least favourite subset of tabletop gaming, the deck builder.  I just don't find them interesting and for the first time ever I've come across an episode that hasn't made me want to check a game out after watching it.
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This looks quite fun. I've played the Speccy version which I enjoy.  Its a shame this was never released on the Mig as it would have been interesting to see/hear what they could have done with it.
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Interesting game, one I'd not heard of before.  The difference both graphically and sonically between the ST and Amiga versions is quite marked.  Overall the Amiga to me has the best version of this game.  I may have to check it out.
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+Ronnie Bradley Yes, surprisingly the Amiga and the ST version seem to be developed totally independently. The usual way was to recycle at least some graphics and most of the time the entire code from the ST on the Amiga.
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