Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - dndfreak

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 249
Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: February 14, 2016, 10:00:16 pm »
The most tremendous 4th grade language.

If he is doing that intentionally, doesn't that make him smart?

Is tricking dumb people smart?


Does it require much intelligence to perform? No, not really. But it is the smart move, since 'dumb people' can be used to describe a vast majority of the voting block. I'd argue that the more informed and involved you are in politics, the more effort it would take for a politician (or anyone, for that matter) to shape your opinion. It is easier and more efficient to talk in such a way that anyone can understand you, assuming you believe the content of your message is strong enough on its own that you don't need to disguise it.

Let's be honest: Americans in general do not have a strong education or reading level, which probably goes hand in hand. If Trump is speaking on a low level, doesn't that mean he's not excluding people from his audience by disguising his message from them? Ordinarily, politicians use carefully crafted phrases to include disclaimers that let them fall back later if they're proven wrong, or to use doublespeak and hide the true purpose of their words. Higher level speech is often both a shield and a distraction which clouds the reality from voters. If Trump is speaking simply, that also means he's speaking relatively plainly, or honestly. The very reason voters trust Trump is because they can understand him; because someone who makes so many definitive statements is seen as more relatable and reliable than the doublespeak standard we're used to seeing in politics. In short, he's speaking their language and no one else is.

I also wonder what sources were used to compile this comparison of reading levels. Did it use only interviews, or pre-written speeches, rallies and other public appearances as well? While bearing in mind that most interview answers are still pre-practiced responses, I have to imagine that the grade levels would be far closer if it used only interviews, as Trump's public speaking opportunities are usually far more candid and informal than those of the other candidates.

PC Games / Street Fighter V
« on: February 14, 2016, 09:13:31 pm »
I just picked up this one for $45 from GmG, downloading the beta now. Steam also gave me three SFV beta invites, so if you wanted to get you hands on one for the day and a half left until launch, let me know.

Music / Re: "What are you listening to" thread
« on: February 13, 2016, 11:20:50 pm »
Lots of seemingly fictional bands are real.

The band Graystar from Jimmy Neutron exists, and the lead singer went to my high school.

There was a band in Jimmy NeutrohgodIrememberthisnow

Portable Games / Re: Nintendo 3DS
« on: February 13, 2016, 04:06:01 am »
I just checked the DSi shop and there's a discontinuation of service on the frontpage as of 2/27/14. Basically it says that WFC functions of games and such have been discontinued, but shops and other payment-based services are unaffected.

However, what I want to point out is that the old DSi/Wii shops are not tied to an account, just to the device itself, which means the only way to keep purchases is with a full device transfer.

There's a game on my reccomended items frontpage which was released 1/28/16, so the shop definitely still works. Just, a lot of multiplayer stuff won't be multiplayer anymore.

Everything Else / Re: Edgy thread
« on: February 11, 2016, 11:50:17 pm »
Why are you trying to send me to a hot [sticky white stuff] factory, Slinku?

You're doing it to yourself.

Everything Else / Re: Edgy thread
« on: February 10, 2016, 11:21:48 am »
I was surprised to check and learn The Road to El Dorado has nothing to do with Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch) because she looks exactly like how Chris usually draws women.

Enjoy, you creepy bastards.

One side note is that if you really want to go deep on this, google 'Chris Sanders Pinup'. I had a professor who had used them as figure references a couple times for an exercise one night and now I can never look at Nani the same way.

Music / Re: "What are you listening to" thread
« on: February 09, 2016, 09:17:24 pm »
I was thrown off by Neutral milk Hotel before realizing I knew the name because I had a course in Young Adult Fiction and was made to read multiple John Green novels, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

I didn't know they actually existed. I thought it was supposed to be a fictional band.

Portable Games / Re: Ph... Phone Games?
« on: February 09, 2016, 08:52:23 pm »
Lords of Waterdeep is very similar to Stone Age, just with some hidden information added and dice removed. I haven't played with any of the dlc packs, so can't really comment on them.

As for other iOS board games, I do recommend Carcasonne highly. Ascension is technically a card game and not a board game but is a pretty good design and can be played over and over mixing and matching expansions and new strategies and such for infinite replay value. And then there's Fortune Street, if you've never played a version of the squeenix gem yet and want to know how a well-designed Monopoly would play out.

If you are interested in a card/board game that has an actual populated online lobby I highly suggest and will always suggest Spectromancer, which is also on Steam. Spectromancer was originally created about twenty years ago by Richard Garfield, fresh off his successful sale of Magic: The Gathering to Hasbro. Spectromancer has a similar conceptual design to Magic and the ties to Garfield are readily apparent, but the twist is that rather than pre-build a deck of cards, you pick a class and are given a 'hand' of twenty randomly selected cards from the game's pool, which are not spent when used but are hidden information until your opponent sees you play it. This means that while the game's setup is semi-random, the game itself plays very chess-like. There are no drawing new cards as the game progresses and as a result you're very capable of planning several moves in advance. The only hidden information is what cards your opponent has yet to play, and even that can be deduced because the opponent's 'hidden' hand is still sorted by color/cost, and certain things like how they choose to spend their resources of each color tells you which they'll build up for and which they want to have on hand, that sort of thing. And if random starts aren't your jam, there are extra modes for draft and constructed play as well, not to mention a long-ish single player campaign with a plethora of Hearthstone Tavern Brawl-like scenarios that mix up the standard formula.

I suggest using Challonge. I used to use it a lot when I was working for Shadow Era.

I don't think I'm going to be in this. I still haven't been able to track down a game.

Portable Games / Re: Ph... Phone Games?
« on: February 08, 2016, 06:05:49 am »
Has anyone tried the iOS version of summoner wars? Or for that matter, iOS versions of other board games.

Most official board game stuff on iOS has online multi support, but I haven't met anyone new in years who owns any of them. I was wondering what people here have.

My collection includes:
Summoner Wars
Settlers of Catan
Stone Age
Lords of Waterdeep
Penny Arcade: Gamers Vs Evil
Tanto Cuore
Fortune Street
Ticket To Ride
Greed Corp
Kard Kombat / Spectromancer

Plus a bunch of other Async play games like Hero Academy and (I think) Civ Revolution.

PC Games / Re: What are you playing now?
« on: February 05, 2016, 06:02:57 am »
I just finally picked up Xrd Sign on Steam. Thirteen hours later, I can no longer feel my thumbs.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: February 04, 2016, 03:36:27 pm »
Cruz was more desperate for a win in Iowa than I expected.

Everything Else / Re: Who are you?
« on: February 02, 2016, 08:55:13 pm »
I came back and didn't change my gender. I feel like I'm missing out.

« on: February 02, 2016, 08:52:59 pm »
Throw it on the ground. You aren't a part of this system. Man.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: February 01, 2016, 04:15:02 pm »
I don't really see what you're going for, here. You do realize the double entendre with 'fix', right?

Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 ... 249