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Erik Collett
Exacerbating the fun.
Exacerbating the fun.

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Corporations for Trump!

I'm on the street of NYC from my recent travels and I saw this little tribute. I was a tad flummoxed, knowing how much New York really dislikes this man. But then I spied the sponsor. (Circled on the photo.)

It's telling it wasn't even from a Republican or community source, but entirely a business who is profiting directly from Trump's push back to the stone age.

(Oh, and check the guy on the far left. Awesome!)

Welcome to Savage Rifts

I just ran my first Savage Rifts RPG game and setting. Well, technically, I've run two games in this little environment I've patch together, but this is the first time I've actually sort of GOTTEN it.

Keep in mind, this is all self-taught within a group who hasn't really been exposed to the Savage Worlds system. I knew I'd love it and it's somewhat fanciful abstractness, but I knew I had a long road to unlearning the hardened D&D 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder leanings that I've grown so used to.

The simplicity of characters is key, in all this. It seems that most of that simplicity is defeated in the conversion to Savage Rifts, unfortunately. The classic SDC and MDC that we had in Rifts as well as the massive damage potential, make Rifts a surprisingly tough game to balance. I can see how they did with the conversion by bumping up armor, toughness, and damage to accommodate.

I definitely enjoyed the experience, but I think that part of the magic of simplicity fades with the heavy punch of Rifts. Still, the fanciful environments that I normally see in the world I can bypass and use my own edgy approach to a post-apocalyptic world.

The most fun I had was writing a sort of overview or synopsis of what was going on in the environment and letting things run with it. The players could turn left at any time and, while they would miss generated content, I do have the freedom to pull things together on the fly. I could still make it interesting and engaging, even if they didn't follow the overall scope of my little story.

I think that's the real joy of using the Savage Worlds system. It's highly adaptable and can be a lot of punchy fun following a loose environment based story. The abstraction makes all the action more cinematic, but survival still can depend on a couple of rolls, but it doesn't mean you're completely out. Soaking, in particular, can make you pull back and reconsider when you've really stuck your foot in it. Bennies are contained luck, and burning through them too soon in a session could mean you're probably being a bit too aggressive in your playing. :D

But, again, that's entirely up to you!

Thanks to the crew (Joe, Dan, Matt, Ben) for coming over and letting me experiment on them! I think I've finally got it!

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I'm a sucker for new ways to interact with my PC. Well, here's the latest.

If I may geek a moment. Upgrading my crappy little home lab with the latest versions of vSphere ESXi using vCenter Server 6.5's built in Update Manager... It made my little nerd heart throb with joy.

I'd highly recommend it. You can let your host servers sit on whatever they're running, if you're worried. But upgrading the vCenter Server to 6.5 should be a top priority. It'll make everything else that much easier.

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Today, this happened.

I should probably round up the troops.


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Wow... Just, wow. Someone's gotta be feeling duped now.

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Wandering through clickbait sites... I nearly sprayed Cup-o-Noodle out my nose when I saw this.

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Because... Puscifer.

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This is fantastic. If it wasn't for the property damage, I'd have stood heroically by this man's side!

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I'm hoping to hear more things like this from Obama in the future. Peel back the crap and call what has been going on like it is.
"Look, we know that most Republicans don’t think the way Donald Trump does. Even in a banquet like this, full of hard-core Democrats. (Applause.) We have Republican friends, we’ve got Republican neighbors — at the Little League game, soccer game. At the parent-teachers conference, we meet them. Some great people. We don’t even think that most Republican politicians actually really believe that Donald Trump is qualified to be President. (Laughter.) I know because they — I talk to them. (Laughter.) They’re all like, man, this is really bad. (Laughter.) We’re just trying to get through this. (Laughter.)

But so the problem is not that all Republicans think the way this guy does. The problem is, is that they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years — (applause) — primarily for political expedience. So if Trump was running around saying I wasn’t born here, they were okay with that as long as it helped them with votes. If some of these folks on talk radio started talking about how I was the anti-Christ, you know, it’s just politics. (Laughter.) You think I’m joking. (Laughter.)

If somebody completely denies climate change, or is filled up with all kinds of conspiracy theories about how me and Hillary started ISIL, or that we were plotting to declare martial law and take away everybody’s guns.

We did a military exercise — the Pentagon does these periodically in Texas, and suddenly all the folks in Texas were all like, they’re going to take over right now! (Laughter.) I’m serious. And then the senator down there said, yeah, we better look into that. (Laughter.) And the governor says, well, I don’t know. What do you mean you don’t know? (Laughter.) What does that mean? (Applause.) Really? You think that like the entire Pentagon said, oh, really, you want to declare martial law and take over Texas? Let’s do it under the guise of routine training missions — (laughter) — and everybody is going to be — but they took it seriously.

This is in the swamp of crazy that has been fed over and over and over and over again. (Applause.) Look, I — and there’s sort of a spectrum, right — it’s a whole kind of ecosystem. And look, if I watched Fox News I wouldn’t vote for me. (Laughter.) I understand. If I was listening to Rush Limbaugh, I’d say, man, that’s terrible. (Laughter.) Fortunately, I have more diverse sources of information. (Applause.)

And I want to make a serious point here — because I’m really not exaggerating. Everything I’m saying are actual things that have been said and that people — a fairly sizable number of people in the Republican primaries believe. And the people who knew better didn’t say anything. They didn’t say, well, you know what, I disagree with his economic policies, but that goes too far. They didn’t say, well, I’m not sure if his foreign policy is the right one for America, but we can’t allow our politics to descend into the gutter.

People like Ted’s opponent — they stood by while this happened. And Donald Trump, as he’s prone to do, he didn’t build the building himself, but he just slapped his name on it and took credit for it. (Applause.)

And that’s what’s happened in their party. All that bile, all the exaggeration, all the stuff that was not grounded in fact just kind of bubbled up, started surfacing. They know better, a lot of these folks who ran, and they didn’t say anything. And so they don’t get credit for, at the very last minute, when finally the guy that they nominated and they endorsed and they supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less laugh about or joke about, much less act on — (applause) — you can’t wait until that finally happens and then say, oh, that’s too much, that’s enough. (Applause.) And think that somehow you are showing any kind of leadership and deserve to be elected to the United States Senate. (Applause.)

You don’t get points for that. (Applause.) In fact, I’m more forgiving of the people who actually believe it than the people who know better and stood silently by, out of political expediency, because it was politically convenient. (Applause.)

And if your only organizing principle has been to block progress and block what we’ve tried to do to help the American people every step of the way, so you’re not even consistent anymore — you claim the mantle of the party of family values, and this is the guy you nominate? (Applause.) And stand by, and endorse, and campaign with until, finally, at the 11th hour you withdraw your nomination? You don’t get credit for that. (Applause.)"
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