selderane

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  1. When referring to literal definitions it's best to refer to a definitive source. Because Wikipedia doesn't know what the word "appropriate" means. From Merriam-Webster: In this context, to appropriate is to take possession of a thing exclusively. That means to appropriate a culture you literally steal it so no one else can use it. Culture doesn't work like that. Furthermore, no one has the right or authority to determine who may or may not adopt elements of a culture they find attractive because no one owns a culture. We don't go to Bob Smith to ask to borrow American culture. We don't go to Shinji Watanabe to ask if we may take his culture from his bookshelf and borrow it for the weekend. Cultural appropriation doesn't exist. It's a myth. Every culture borrows from every other culture it comes into contact with. And this is even more ironic since we're talking specifically about Japanese culture, given their history of xenophobia and isolationism to save themselves from the influence of other cultures. It's was that very idea of cultural superiority, and isolation from other ideas and traditions, that fed into the atrocities they'd visit upon their neighbors in the years leading into World War 2. Cultures that do not exchange between one another are cultures that are hostile to one another because they see nothing of value in those people.
  2. I wish I could remember the book, but it was about rebuilding Japan after their defeat in WW2. The thing people don't understand is that the Japanese truly believed, to their core, they were the superior race. They had unshaking faith in their Emperor and their victory. When they were defeated it wasn't like when the Allies defeated Germany. The German culture was a Western culture. But the defeat of the Japanese was a shattering of a millennia old worldview that touched every single citizen deeply. And to recover from their defeat at the hands of America they decided to do one thing: become America. And even that isn't cultural appropriation. It's flattery.
  3. I think he's Native American.
  4. When you realize that there is no such thing as cultural appropriation, because there is no such thing as a "pure" culture, this all becomes childish. Show me something you think is distinctly Japanese and I'll show you how it was influenced by all the cultures surrounding it. I leave you with this image of cultural purity to meditate on: Japanese men wearing the traditional suits of their fathers and forefathers, long into the mists of the ancient past.
  5. You could also steal numbered tokens from others games. Star Wars LCG, for example, comes with a bunch of 1 and 3 tokens.
  6. Spider are evil. Scorpion merely pretend to be evil
  7. It is multiplicative. http://www.cardgamedb.com/forums/index.php?/topic/37124-way-of-the-lion-bayushi-yunako/ "Correct, the first one establishes a new base of 6, the second one then uses that base to establish a base of 12. [Nate French, 08.09.2017]"
  8. Scorpion need a hug. Because they're misunderstood. Action: During a conflict, embrace target courtier for the feels. If target is a Scorpion, you may place one fate token on them because you know it's rough, bro.
  9. I guess I'm asking the question because I got to play my first game today and I was really surprised. It's not as complex as I was lead to believe. When I told someone I was skipping L5R at GenCon for Star Wars because of how complex it was they responded, "That's like saying you think a marathon is too hard so you're gonna sign up for a triathlon." At the time I didn't quite understand what they were saying, but now I do. Star Wars trained me for L5R. It also goes to show how few reviewers of L5R have any experience with the Star Wars LCG. And that's a shame. I just thought I'd throw this up for any Star Wars players who were concerned about the much talked about complexity of the Legend of the Five Rings LCG. It has nothing on Star Wars!
  10. You have no idea how destructive that sentiment is. It rips identity from the individual and permits any atrocity against them because you're no longer dealing with a person, you're dealing with an ideology; a collection of beliefs and goals. And ideologies aren't human and don't deserve the effort of what moderating our behavior actually is. Civility. And civility forces us to look past the ideology, past the politics, and see the person once again.
  11. Apparent FFG is unaware that they produce the "Star Wars LCG" and that the store tournament prize this past season for first and second place is a slippery plastic Death Star dial.
  12. Good thing this was a practice game before a tournament. Not focusing a ready character to play Telekinetic Strike anyway after Rebel Saboteur was revealed would have resulted in a call for a judge to, in my opinion, force it. Knowing your opponent has one in hand isn't something that can be undone and will alter your plays going forward.
  13. I don't think there'd be any issue with a discreet sticker on the face of the card. The concern about marked cards is being able to identify them from touch or while they're face down in your deck.
  14. I'd say look at the kinds of decks you'd like to play and just buy the Force Packs that have the cards you need. There's also eBay where someone is always liquidating their collection. It's too bad FFG won't do something like bundle older cycles together at a greatly reduced price to make the investment of getting up to speed less daunting for new players. Locally I know a few people who were interested but decided against getting in to the game because they believed they needed to drop a ton of cash to be competitive. Telling them with just two cores and the deluxe sets they could be very competitive wasn't convincing. And that FFG has done nothing to make long running LCGs inviting to new players doesn't help.