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I'm going to let this point sink in for just a minute.

These names you see here. They are literally just the tip of a huge iceberg.

Events like these have been going on for decades. It all came to the forefront during the civil rights era where enough people were taking stands to stand up for themselves and their fellow humans.

But since those days, as technology exploded by fantastic leaps and bounds. More and more racial events began to come out. Slowly at times, trickles here and there. During this entire time, incident after incident was occurring all across the country.

But only a few incidents would pop up into the collective conscious of society. Then, something else would take it's place. Yet these events were continuing to occur, unabated, and we'd hear about how some police had to defend themselves or some other such comment.

Yet.. cell phones with video technology has literally and finally began to change the course of conversations, and bring to light all the lies we've been told.

Yet this, is still just the tip of the iceberg. These names, are adding up daily, as one new atrocity after another comes to light.

For every single "Gloucester Initiative" that does good by a community, we have another Black life being extinguished. This is all across the country.

This country needs to look extremely hard at the institution of law enforcement in our country. When you have such a disproportionate number of human beings being killed across the country, over and over again by law enforcement officers. Something dramatic needs to change. It has to change.

Otherwise it starts to look like Hydra has infiltrated the law enforcement branch throughout the country with a specific and brutal intent. The suppression and elimination of minorities.

I reference Hydra from the Marvel universe. Because as insidious as they were, this feels like the pop culture equivalent for nefarious activities by the very people who are sworn to Protect and Serve.

Are there good cops out there. Hell yes. Are there a lot of them. Hell Yes. But are there a lot of dangerous law enforcement officers out there as evidenced by name after name. Sadly yes.

It's almost like the police should be psychologically screened for racist beliefs and have a zero tolerance law/rule in place for proven behavior on their part. Some would say that it's hard enough being a police officer. Well if other countries around the world can avoid killing their populace, then maybe, just maybe, we can live up to their standards.

We have a problem America. It's time to recognize it and really deal with it.
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Absolutely +Meguey Baker please do!
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If you haven't heard about this show over on Geek & Sundry, I suggest you take a few moments and go give it a visit. 

My observations about the show are going to avoid spoilers, and be a general overview with some thoughts.

First thing that comes to mind. Awesome, a show that will showcase roleplaying and be something we can link to, and share so that our friends and family can see "What it is we've been doing all these years."

Wil Wheaton is doing a great job DMing. Using quite a few of the interactive techniques that have been learned over the years of gaming. I love the way he's been having the players make decisions about things, there by investing them into the story, making them as important to the story as the DM.

Speaking of the cast. They are just killing it, especially Laura Bailey. I just really dig the way these folks are starting to really wear their characters well.

The setting is wonderful, and I must say I'm extremely fond of this new Fantasy AGE system they are using. Mostly because it involved 3d6 thus generating a bell curve of expectations, which can help people get rough ideas about the odds to achieve results. While the idea of Stunting to generate different results is also a pleasing thing to see.

My only current observation of late is that it feels like +Wil Wheaton is going with the clutch move of having a lot of smaller decisions being resolved by the dice, and it feels like they are depriving themselves of a bit of self-determination or a reliance overly much on dice rolling. While they are all doing wonderful on the ROLEplaying side of it, it feels like too many smaller inconsequential decisions are being ROLLed.

In more cases I think even using a more passive result, would spur better interactions between Wil and the Group. The old taking 10 and adding the associated modifiers to generate standard results.

Is this lots of dice rolling a bad thing. Not really. But I think it creates the environment of a dice resolving everything issue, which removes player and storyteller control out of it.

Which at times, makes sense. This all being said, I am still really enjoying the story so far. So to all those who helped make this season of Tabletop possible, and then by proxy this fantastic show as well, Thank you! You've helped expand Gaming culture to a much wider audience!


"TITANSGRAVE: THE ASHES OF VALKANA is a gripping serialized story where Wil Wheaton takes a group of 4 celebrity role players and their characters through a life threatening adventure in a world far from our own where goblins wield laser rifles, dragons destroy hovercrafts, and great war machines plunder the land. The world of Valkana has been at peace, but that is about to taken from the land from an ancient evil that has begun to stir. Will the heroes be up for the challenge or will they be destroyed?

Join Wil as he guides Aankia (Hank Green), Kiliel (Alison Haislip), Lemley (Laura Bailey), and S’Lethkk (Yuri Lowenthal) through this epic, yet troubled world…"
TITANSGRAVE: THE ASHES OF VALKANA is a gripping serialized story where Wil Wheaton takes a group of 4 celebrity role players and their characters through a life
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Something to read later!
 
Creative Assembly has a good video-labeling policy for Total War: Warhammer
Or just watch this grand battle, Total Warhammer. Alongside this non-gameplay video for Total War: Warhammer, Creative Assembly has explained how it's going to label promotional materials fo...
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It's funny, I find this music soothing and peaceful to listen to. I think there was some study done about how heavy metal listeners, become more serene or feel at peace and calm while listening to said music of choice.

Also it sounds a bit like BabyMetal for parts of it.

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First they say.. It's nice, but nothing will come of it.

Then they say.. Well drawing people.. but still nothing really will change.

This process repeats over and over again. Eventually their tune begins to change as well. The media can no longer dismiss the subject. Because they are finding out.. they don't matter.

People are coming from somewhere to go see him and show their support.

More and more... word of mouth, and a consistent, unwavering message. Completely backed up with historical facts lending the one thing that none of the other candidates of any party can show.

Authenticity.

Real Authenticity is unrivaled and priceless compared to transient money, and opinion.
 
Watch the progression as the media evolves from writing Bernie Sanders off, to seriously considering him the possible 2016 Democratic nominee
Polling from 5% to 15% to 35%...

This movement to retake America from the rich elites that have stolen it from us is just beginning. The more that people start to listen to what +Bernie Sanders has to say, the more they realize that his solutions are precisely what this nation needs.

#FeelTheBern #TheRealDeal
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One other thing Cliff. It's good to temper your expectations early. Not because this won't happen. But because this will be a long slog, so we need to continue building up momentum.
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I like Samuel L Jackson. He's an enjoyable actor to watch and his performances have created some legendary pop culture references.

But of late, when watching Youtube I keep encountering him, hawking some aspect of some Mother Fried Credit Cards on this Monday to Friday Network.

It is getting to the point, where the sheer sound of his voice is evoking an involuntary shudder and rush to speed up time for the 5 seconds I have to listen to him tell me some shit about a credit card.

Mr. Jackson. I beg of you, please stop doing these Capital One commercials. You are clearly rich enough to never have to do one again. Please preserve your appearances for good movies. Cause really at this point, you are switching from the cool bad ass, to the guy who sucks the soul out of everything good and evil. Leaving us in a situation where you just suck. Please stop.

Fire your manager who keeps getting you these credit card gigs. Replace him with someone who gets you in a Good Will Hunting quality movie please. That will erase these credit card commercials from my memory.. though I know it's not going to happen and I'm going to hear your droning voice that makes Michelle Bachman the lunatic-dingbat sound pleasant, which she isn't. She never sounds pleasant, she opens her mouth and pure lies and drivel froth out. Don't be that guy... please.
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I am sick of these mother fucking snakes on this Motherfucking plane!
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These are the wedges they'll try to use to besmirch Bernie. They'll say he's got a bit of trouble with people of color. This all goes back to a warning I mentioned months ago.

First they will ignore you. (Bernie who? From where? Is Vermont even a State?)

Then they will Laugh at you. (Kookie old guy who doesn't even comb his hair. Talks with a Bronx Accent.)

Then they will Fight you. (He's got a black problem, he's got a Hispanic problem, he's nice but Hillary will win, etc.)

The fight you stage is going to go on a very long time. But the fact Bernie is drawing crowds so early hasn't been seen since the days of the Kennedy's and FDR and Roosevelt's.

The key to remember, he's a real authentic guy, he's honest. He admits his faults, and works to correct them. He's been on the right side of history for a very long time, and despite all the people giving half-assed answers for why he'll not win, it's only the fear of encountering a real authentic individual, who's got a record to back it all up, that freaks naysayers out. The fact he's drawing support from not only the liberals of the democratic party, but he's pulling in people from all across the political spectrum, republicans, libertarians, he's getting people from across all ethnic groups, and across all strata of society.

Bernie Sanders is the Real Deal. 
 
If you see a post attempting to swiftboat Bernie Sanders on racial issues, leave this image in the comments.

And be sure to use the term "swiftboating" in the text of your reply, because it is powerful messaging. Make people recognize the artifice of criticizing Sanders on racial issues for what it is. Evoke the events that wrongfully defamed John Kerry*. Draw parallels. Link Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiftboating). Make people remember, and make them consider that the bulk of these attacks on Sanders's history as a fighter for racial equality come from his political opponents in the Clinton camp than his ideological allies in the Black Lives Matter movement.

*This is not an endorsement of Democratic-establishment centrist John Kerry. There were lots of good reasons he shouldn't have been president, but those weren't the reasons he wasn't.
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That's the other thing +Joe Morrison , Hillary seems to walk into one scandal after another, often over things that don't really matter, but are somehow given sketchy gravitas, and turn from something innocent into oddball scandals. But that's been a cornerstone of Hillary & Bill. They took things that didn't need to be a big deal and kept turning them into one. I'm behind Bernie Sanders all the way. I still feel the same about Hillary as I did back in 2008. She's not the annointed one, she's way to deep in with the big money to be really free to benefit our country. Is she a bad person? No. But I don't trust her. I don't. If something does happen to her over the emails, it's only going to further her negatives as Untrustworthy. 
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Here is something to put a smile into your evening.

May your night bring you what you want as well as what you need.
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Good stuff all D&D player's can appreciate.
Slavish Roleplaying. There is inherent in D&D, and other paper-pencil RPG's, a social gaming contract. That is to say, that we're gathered at this table in the spirit of teamwork. Though inter-party conflict can be rewarding, woven into the tapestry of the game is the idea that each party member ...
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This is a highly accurate read of what's going on with the Bernie Sanders story.

The fact the guy has literally been true to his positions from the beginning without wavering in his belief that the larger the middle class is, and the more we take care of everyone in the country instead of just a handful. The better our country will be.

The reason Hillary isn't mentioning him much any more.. (though don't be surprised if you see her surrogates start to come out slowly to try to stem the tide) is because it would put her record of being for or against something that she then changed her mind when it was politically convenient. Where as Bernie Sanders.. hasn't wavered. He's been authentically consistent. When you put anyone else up against him that's running. It doesn't matter which party. His record obliterates everyone else's. Including Hillary's. (She knows it too. It's her gigantic weakness in the primary.)

He doesn't run negative campaigns. He enjoys a good discourse and likes talking about the things that are hard to deal with. He doesn't back down, or get all wonky and try to change the subject or obfuscate.

By the way, it's NOT just Democrats that are all for Bernie Sanders. There are more and more Republicans who feel that he's really saying the right things as well. Because the average Republican wouldn't mind good healthcare for themselves and their family, or good education, or even if the truly rich were taxed higher. Because they fall right in line with this same thing. They are just as likely to be recipients of the benefits as well as the prosperity this will engender for the US. (See the average Republican works next to you. None of them fall into the top 10% or 1% or .01%. They are living paycheck to paycheck as well.)

They've seen enough bullshit for a long time too. They also appreciate real authenticity. Which they know they've not actually been receiving by their own party.

If a corporation is too big to fail. It's too big to exist. Same with the Banks. And Wall Street.

Further, why do you think Wall Street is seeing Bernie as a living Nightmare. Because he won't cater to them, and since he likes the European nations and is also willing to look abroad at other countries and how they resolved their issues... Wall Street is literally shitting it's pants in terror that Bernie will remember Iceland, and how they jailed the guys at the big banks for crashing the markets. Imagine what Bernie would do with those criminals at the top now?

Yeah a lot of people can imagine it, and realize supporting him, helps us take our nation back from the Oligarchy and Big Banks & Businesses that have been taking it all for the last 40 years.

Feel the Bern! It's coming America. Someone who will stand up and rally the people who've been screwed for so incredibly long. He will lead, and all it will take is the grass roots of the average person standing up saying "NO MORE!" To the Oligarchy, and supporting him and each other.

"So Say We all!"
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I must admit I'm interested. Though the rules, seem incredibly light, and leave a lot open.
 
Color me interested.  No points.  Measure to the model.  Free ruleset.  Free army stats available right now.   hmmmm

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On the other hand this time around the rules might be worth the cost.  Although ti looks like they decided balance is hard, fuck it the players are only going to complain anyway.
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Lifelong gamer and Storyteller. 29+ years gaming experience... A Master of Fantasy.

I love gaming, table top, computers, some consoles, and I love good shows and stories. With a typical bend towards the sci-fi and fantasy. 

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