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    TarlSS got a reaction from Dayham in Playing ‘villainous’ species as rebels   
    Well, it would really depend on if they even knew the difference. Probably they would. Think about it, that's exactly the story of Palpatine, climbing the ranks of bureaucracy on the backs of the ignorant. The Rebels would probably think he's just a good guy with good luck.
     
    I mean..if your Dark Side Force User runs around, "I'm using the Dark Side of the Force, Look at me, I'm a bad guy, and I love to eat babies but I'm helping you!" well, that might be different. More than likely he'll talk about the Dark Side being misunderstood or misinterpreted, and that will gain him sympathy. The smart play would be just not to talk about it at all.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Dayham in Playing ‘villainous’ species as rebels   
    Just like every African American is not a watermelon eating, basketball playing, drug using lazy cariacture of a person, the same goes for members of alien species.
     
    Storytellers utilize the stereotype because it's an easy shorthand and lazy. As we all know, this means people suffer for it. Wise people understand that people exist outside of stereotypes. Since the aliens in Star Wars are fictional, not many people are complaining because no one gets hurt- yet there are somewhat legitimate grumbles of racial stereotyping.
     
    There are many more Hutts and Pykes that are not crimelords or criminals- in fact that would not be mathematically possible given the numbers actually needed to populate a world and sustain a species. As with humans, most members of society would probably be doing drudgework, like cleaning, food prep, retail, etc.
     
    A person that insists that an individual must be a stereotype, or continually tries to put him in that place is quite simply, a racist. The Rebel Alliance as an organization certainly would not condone racism. Being a rough and tumble organization Hutts and Pykes would certainly face discrimination, but I don't think it would be a problem up the chain. I would say they would face similar troubles that women face in the US Army.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Voltron64 in Playing ‘villainous’ species as rebels   
    Just like every African American is not a watermelon eating, basketball playing, drug using lazy cariacture of a person, the same goes for members of alien species.
     
    Storytellers utilize the stereotype because it's an easy shorthand and lazy. As we all know, this means people suffer for it. Wise people understand that people exist outside of stereotypes. Since the aliens in Star Wars are fictional, not many people are complaining because no one gets hurt- yet there are somewhat legitimate grumbles of racial stereotyping.
     
    There are many more Hutts and Pykes that are not crimelords or criminals- in fact that would not be mathematically possible given the numbers actually needed to populate a world and sustain a species. As with humans, most members of society would probably be doing drudgework, like cleaning, food prep, retail, etc.
     
    A person that insists that an individual must be a stereotype, or continually tries to put him in that place is quite simply, a racist. The Rebel Alliance as an organization certainly would not condone racism. Being a rough and tumble organization Hutts and Pykes would certainly face discrimination, but I don't think it would be a problem up the chain. I would say they would face similar troubles that women face in the US Army.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Radarman5 in How do you name Star Wars characters... i use takeaway menus...!   
    Wow, c'mon, if you're gonna use takeout menus, please at least move the letters around a bit. I mean, if I come across a character named Moo Goo Gai Pan I'm just going to walk away from the table.
     
    At some point it does get a little offensive. I mean..think about coming to the table with a black character named "Fried Chicken" or "Grape Soda"...No. Just no.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from zwara81 in Will it be at Gencon?!   
    Shutup and take my money.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from GrandAdmiralCrunch in Will it be at Gencon?!   
    Shutup and take my money.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from ghaerdon2 in Will it be at Gencon?!   
    Shutup and take my money.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Bikeanimal in Will it be at Gencon?!   
    Shutup and take my money.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from sonovabith in LOL at EU in-jokes   
    Good work Age of Rebellion of including Stewjon.
     
    Anyone read the Diplomat example character's story?
     
    Planets Stewjon and Colstev. I never thought I'd see the day these things were referenced again. Well, kind of unavoidable if they're Obi-Wan Kenobi's home planet.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from kaosoe in LOL at EU in-jokes   
    Good work Age of Rebellion of including Stewjon.
     
    Anyone read the Diplomat example character's story?
     
    Planets Stewjon and Colstev. I never thought I'd see the day these things were referenced again. Well, kind of unavoidable if they're Obi-Wan Kenobi's home planet.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from progressions in LOL at EU in-jokes   
    Good work Age of Rebellion of including Stewjon.
     
    Anyone read the Diplomat example character's story?
     
    Planets Stewjon and Colstev. I never thought I'd see the day these things were referenced again. Well, kind of unavoidable if they're Obi-Wan Kenobi's home planet.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Mikael Hasselstein in Is the Empire No Longer Sexist?   
    The Empire didn't explicitly discriminate against women so much as make their lives a living hell due to an implicit culture that valued 'women should be at home'. I don't believe Palpatine explicitly made any moves regarding sexism specifically, only that a military dominated by male clones for a generation, and then suddenly opened to the rest of the galaxy and ruled by a Sith lord fueled by hatred might naturally take on  an irrational 'evolutionary bias' against women.
     
    Women faced a glass ceiling as many did not feel they were reliable in combat, that they were distractions for the men, and they were subject to brutal ****, abuse and lax reporting by superiors.
     
    Not so different from the US Military now, really...
    The difficulties women face are not from policy, but the reverberating after effects of a very long history of patriarchal culture. In our case, plain old history, in the Empire's case, Darkside Magic and an army of entirely the same gender.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Kshatriya in "It's not like we HAVE to help the Rebellion..."   
    Dunno. If i was forced to play out equipment purchases, I would just leave after a couple of games. My time's too valuable for spreadsheets.
     
    Talk to your players. The problem is that this stuff doesn't get brought up, because frankly, it seems petty to do so. Instead you'd rather make an excuse and not show. It's like complaining about food in a restaurant.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from AK_Aramis in Rebels and the Loot/Money game. Suggestions?   
    The discussion's gone on for about six pages and pretty much going no where.
     
    We can't force you to accept the idea of revolutionary currencies, but I guarantee you that if it was put to a vote, or submitted to an academic forum, you'd be proven wrong. Good evidence and arguments have been presented time and time again.
     
    But the nature of the internet and free discussion means that you can continue being wrong for as long as you like. No one can stop you.  However, it also means I don't have to listen to you. So, that's what I'm doing. 
     
    So really, just agree to disagree, because frankly there's no point here. There's no way you're going to be able to prove your point, and even if you did, you'd win nothing.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from knasserII in Rebels and the Loot/Money game. Suggestions?   
    If the PCs are a regular unit, such as the Rogue Squadron or Katarn's Commandos, they'll be paid in Alliance specie, which would be good for services on Alliance bases and worlds.
     
    Let's not forget after Yavin the Alliance has several friendly or sympathetic planets such as Mon Calamari and Chandrilla where Alliance personel can spend money. It's not -many- planets, but it is TWO planets.
     
    You can pretty much buy whatever you could imagine- guns, real estate, more food than you could eat, more booze than you can drink, a good education..anything any single person could realistically desire, considering he's going to probably die within the next year.
     
    The galaxy might be big, but that's two whole planets where you could spend your money for what it's printed on, that's not nothing. Not even the US dollar has that kind of buying power.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from RedfordBlade in Star Wars: Rebels   
    Here's some insight for you
     
    The CIS was INDEED meant to serve as a 'backup plan' for Sidious. It's actually perfect how good a plan it is to lead the CIS into a war against the Republic- he could easily 'tip' the sides either way.
     
    We know Palpatine controlled both the Republic and the CIS, and he meant for the Republic to win. 
     
    However, the CIS was a security measure for Palpatine. 
     
    Think about this: If the Jedi Order discovers the identity of Palpatine as the Sith Lord AND the leader of the CIS, EG 'his worst nightmare'...NOT.
     
    Palpatine doesn't have to give two hoots whether the Jedi discover him, because as long as he can RUN away from them, he can rejoin the CIS as Sidious and lead the CIS to rule the galaxy. 
     
    How?
    As Chancellor he knows ALL the operational secrets of the Republic, and as master of the Clone Army, he still has control over the clones. Order 66 is possibly..one of many possible orders. He probably has a 'kill switch' for the Clone Army as well.
     
    So there's two scenarios that Palpatine has thought out.
     
    -The one that worked, the CIS exhaust the Jedi and he betrays them, leading the Republic and terminating the Jedi
    -The Jedi find his true identity, and Palpatine rules the CIS as his Sidious persona. They don't care that's he's a Sith Lord, they knew that already, and he controls all the droids anyway- they have no choice in the matter.
     
    Mace Windu was VERY right when he tried to kill Palpatine. There is pretty much no way to stop his plan short of killing him. If you tried and imprisoned him, he would have 2 loyal armies that would attempt to break him free and dissolve the government.
     
    The only other possible scenario where the Jedi win if Palpatine is allowed to live/flee, is that if they somehow escape the destruction of the Clone Army, raise a normal army from the galaxy's population, and fight the Emperor that way.
     
    And that's EXACTLY what they did in terms of the Rebellion. Except you know, I'm guessing they didn't plan to have only 3 of them left.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from evanger in Rebels and the Loot/Money game. Suggestions?   
    The Rebellion is more like the NVA rather than the Viet Cong. 
     
    The Rebellion has air and fleet support and well and regular military units. It is capable of waging set piece battles (Ala Hoth) and winning. Maybe. Kind of sorta. Not really.
     
    More likely, they can engage with Imperial military units and inflict heavy losses before retreating, or achieve some kind of non-combat objective like extraction or intelligence gathering. Most of it's victories will come from surprise attacks on lightly defended targets.
     
    But they have training, logistics, supplies and a chain of command.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Ryoden in Fluff question   
    I'll agree that the Jedi Order wasn't good and pretty incompetent in the movies..they did get exterminated after all.
     
    What I disagree with is that the Empire and the Sith are good, or can even be seen as good in any form. They're dictators, slavers, mass murderers and genocidal. It's pretty clear after they destroy Alderaan, a pacifist planet.  It's pretty clear they're very, very evil, like serial killer rapist evil. They'll do the worst things, and then justify it with some sophist pablum. At some point you have to ignore the words and look at the actions.
     
    They do a lot of stuff that clearly isn't just to win war..it's to **** with people and make them afraid. The Sith are not interested in freedom or any of that stuff..they're interested in power wielded by one dude, and all of them want to be that dude. It's pretty clear when the Sith are in charge. they'll just start cannabalizing one another. It's an evil, stupid and unsustainable philosophy that requires A Rule of Two to even progress.
     
    As for questions about terrorism or whatever, that's all garbage. That stuff comes from the fact that the United States hasn't fought a true opponent since WW2, someone that could actually stand up to us in a full scale war. In a true war you bomb cities and kill civilians in order to force the enemy to defend them, as well as destroy their logistical supply. You sort it all out in the end and you suck up your guilty conscience, because the other option is to lose, and to lose is to die. War is hell and it's never just or moral, it's about a bunch of apes ******* killing each other. Anyone telling you anyone different is a politician, and thus a liar.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Haggard in Fluff question   
    I'll agree that the Jedi Order wasn't good and pretty incompetent in the movies..they did get exterminated after all.
     
    What I disagree with is that the Empire and the Sith are good, or can even be seen as good in any form. They're dictators, slavers, mass murderers and genocidal. It's pretty clear after they destroy Alderaan, a pacifist planet.  It's pretty clear they're very, very evil, like serial killer rapist evil. They'll do the worst things, and then justify it with some sophist pablum. At some point you have to ignore the words and look at the actions.
     
    They do a lot of stuff that clearly isn't just to win war..it's to **** with people and make them afraid. The Sith are not interested in freedom or any of that stuff..they're interested in power wielded by one dude, and all of them want to be that dude. It's pretty clear when the Sith are in charge. they'll just start cannabalizing one another. It's an evil, stupid and unsustainable philosophy that requires A Rule of Two to even progress.
     
    As for questions about terrorism or whatever, that's all garbage. That stuff comes from the fact that the United States hasn't fought a true opponent since WW2, someone that could actually stand up to us in a full scale war. In a true war you bomb cities and kill civilians in order to force the enemy to defend them, as well as destroy their logistical supply. You sort it all out in the end and you suck up your guilty conscience, because the other option is to lose, and to lose is to die. War is hell and it's never just or moral, it's about a bunch of apes ******* killing each other. Anyone telling you anyone different is a politician, and thus a liar.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Aservan in Fluff question   
    I'll agree that the Jedi Order wasn't good and pretty incompetent in the movies..they did get exterminated after all.
     
    What I disagree with is that the Empire and the Sith are good, or can even be seen as good in any form. They're dictators, slavers, mass murderers and genocidal. It's pretty clear after they destroy Alderaan, a pacifist planet.  It's pretty clear they're very, very evil, like serial killer rapist evil. They'll do the worst things, and then justify it with some sophist pablum. At some point you have to ignore the words and look at the actions.
     
    They do a lot of stuff that clearly isn't just to win war..it's to **** with people and make them afraid. The Sith are not interested in freedom or any of that stuff..they're interested in power wielded by one dude, and all of them want to be that dude. It's pretty clear when the Sith are in charge. they'll just start cannabalizing one another. It's an evil, stupid and unsustainable philosophy that requires A Rule of Two to even progress.
     
    As for questions about terrorism or whatever, that's all garbage. That stuff comes from the fact that the United States hasn't fought a true opponent since WW2, someone that could actually stand up to us in a full scale war. In a true war you bomb cities and kill civilians in order to force the enemy to defend them, as well as destroy their logistical supply. You sort it all out in the end and you suck up your guilty conscience, because the other option is to lose, and to lose is to die. War is hell and it's never just or moral, it's about a bunch of apes ******* killing each other. Anyone telling you anyone different is a politician, and thus a liar.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from whafrog in Fluff question   
    I'll agree that the Jedi Order wasn't good and pretty incompetent in the movies..they did get exterminated after all.
     
    What I disagree with is that the Empire and the Sith are good, or can even be seen as good in any form. They're dictators, slavers, mass murderers and genocidal. It's pretty clear after they destroy Alderaan, a pacifist planet.  It's pretty clear they're very, very evil, like serial killer rapist evil. They'll do the worst things, and then justify it with some sophist pablum. At some point you have to ignore the words and look at the actions.
     
    They do a lot of stuff that clearly isn't just to win war..it's to **** with people and make them afraid. The Sith are not interested in freedom or any of that stuff..they're interested in power wielded by one dude, and all of them want to be that dude. It's pretty clear when the Sith are in charge. they'll just start cannabalizing one another. It's an evil, stupid and unsustainable philosophy that requires A Rule of Two to even progress.
     
    As for questions about terrorism or whatever, that's all garbage. That stuff comes from the fact that the United States hasn't fought a true opponent since WW2, someone that could actually stand up to us in a full scale war. In a true war you bomb cities and kill civilians in order to force the enemy to defend them, as well as destroy their logistical supply. You sort it all out in the end and you suck up your guilty conscience, because the other option is to lose, and to lose is to die. War is hell and it's never just or moral, it's about a bunch of apes ******* killing each other. Anyone telling you anyone different is a politician, and thus a liar.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from knasserII in Fluff question   
    I'll agree that the Jedi Order wasn't good and pretty incompetent in the movies..they did get exterminated after all.
     
    What I disagree with is that the Empire and the Sith are good, or can even be seen as good in any form. They're dictators, slavers, mass murderers and genocidal. It's pretty clear after they destroy Alderaan, a pacifist planet.  It's pretty clear they're very, very evil, like serial killer rapist evil. They'll do the worst things, and then justify it with some sophist pablum. At some point you have to ignore the words and look at the actions.
     
    They do a lot of stuff that clearly isn't just to win war..it's to **** with people and make them afraid. The Sith are not interested in freedom or any of that stuff..they're interested in power wielded by one dude, and all of them want to be that dude. It's pretty clear when the Sith are in charge. they'll just start cannabalizing one another. It's an evil, stupid and unsustainable philosophy that requires A Rule of Two to even progress.
     
    As for questions about terrorism or whatever, that's all garbage. That stuff comes from the fact that the United States hasn't fought a true opponent since WW2, someone that could actually stand up to us in a full scale war. In a true war you bomb cities and kill civilians in order to force the enemy to defend them, as well as destroy their logistical supply. You sort it all out in the end and you suck up your guilty conscience, because the other option is to lose, and to lose is to die. War is hell and it's never just or moral, it's about a bunch of apes ******* killing each other. Anyone telling you anyone different is a politician, and thus a liar.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from RogueCorona in Fluff question   
    I'll agree that the Jedi Order wasn't good and pretty incompetent in the movies..they did get exterminated after all.
     
    What I disagree with is that the Empire and the Sith are good, or can even be seen as good in any form. They're dictators, slavers, mass murderers and genocidal. It's pretty clear after they destroy Alderaan, a pacifist planet.  It's pretty clear they're very, very evil, like serial killer rapist evil. They'll do the worst things, and then justify it with some sophist pablum. At some point you have to ignore the words and look at the actions.
     
    They do a lot of stuff that clearly isn't just to win war..it's to **** with people and make them afraid. The Sith are not interested in freedom or any of that stuff..they're interested in power wielded by one dude, and all of them want to be that dude. It's pretty clear when the Sith are in charge. they'll just start cannabalizing one another. It's an evil, stupid and unsustainable philosophy that requires A Rule of Two to even progress.
     
    As for questions about terrorism or whatever, that's all garbage. That stuff comes from the fact that the United States hasn't fought a true opponent since WW2, someone that could actually stand up to us in a full scale war. In a true war you bomb cities and kill civilians in order to force the enemy to defend them, as well as destroy their logistical supply. You sort it all out in the end and you suck up your guilty conscience, because the other option is to lose, and to lose is to die. War is hell and it's never just or moral, it's about a bunch of apes ******* killing each other. Anyone telling you anyone different is a politician, and thus a liar.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Inquisitor Tremayne in Fluff question   
    I'll agree that the Jedi Order wasn't good and pretty incompetent in the movies..they did get exterminated after all.
     
    What I disagree with is that the Empire and the Sith are good, or can even be seen as good in any form. They're dictators, slavers, mass murderers and genocidal. It's pretty clear after they destroy Alderaan, a pacifist planet.  It's pretty clear they're very, very evil, like serial killer rapist evil. They'll do the worst things, and then justify it with some sophist pablum. At some point you have to ignore the words and look at the actions.
     
    They do a lot of stuff that clearly isn't just to win war..it's to **** with people and make them afraid. The Sith are not interested in freedom or any of that stuff..they're interested in power wielded by one dude, and all of them want to be that dude. It's pretty clear when the Sith are in charge. they'll just start cannabalizing one another. It's an evil, stupid and unsustainable philosophy that requires A Rule of Two to even progress.
     
    As for questions about terrorism or whatever, that's all garbage. That stuff comes from the fact that the United States hasn't fought a true opponent since WW2, someone that could actually stand up to us in a full scale war. In a true war you bomb cities and kill civilians in order to force the enemy to defend them, as well as destroy their logistical supply. You sort it all out in the end and you suck up your guilty conscience, because the other option is to lose, and to lose is to die. War is hell and it's never just or moral, it's about a bunch of apes ******* killing each other. Anyone telling you anyone different is a politician, and thus a liar.
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    TarlSS got a reaction from Kubly in Fusion Cutter   
    UHMMM. But this makes sense.
     
    You can buy a chainsaw for ~100$
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=chainsaw
     
    Cold steel swords start at ~300
    http://www.coldsteel.com/category/4_1/Default.aspx
     
    You can't easily buy a sword at all. If you go take a trip to the sword store, you're just going to get crap display pieces. Finding a real, battle ready sword is an exercise in Google Fu, and I'd reflect that as requiring an average skill check. I mean, it's not like you could ask your mother to buy you a sword for christmas and expect it to be any good.
     
    You can find "Full tang battle ready " swords on amazon for ~$30. Are you really going to trust that? No.
     
    A chainsaw however, is a fantastic backup weapon. You can get one at Home Depot. Anyone could have a chainsaw. If I had a katana, and was fighting a guy with a chainsaw..I don't know who would win. Honestly, I would say a katana might even be a backup weapon to the chainsaw. If they were both wearing modern stab/riot armor, I'd give it to the chainsaw guy.
     
    In a time of guns and blasters, swords are well, an diletante's weapon. No one would seriously use a sword, and that's why Jedi are special. I mean, even in our world the primary melee weapons are axes and knives. Think about it. If you spent all day practicing with a chainsaw like some kind of...chainsaw viking warrior, that would be pretty terrifying. I don't doubt that it could be done, considering people wielded 20' pikes into battle.
     
    If knights had chainsaws in medieval times,when everyone wore armor, I think chainsaw armed and trained knights would literally destroy sword armed knights with prejudice.
     
    A fusion cutter is like a chainsaw blowtorch. That's just crazy. I think prices in the book reflect what would realistically be on the market. Buying a sword in a time of guns is just..hard. No one would make them. Buying power tools? Now that's easy.
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