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Comment: Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (Score 5, Interesting) 195

by LordLucless (#47709475) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

To offer a counter-opinion:

I played 2E in high school, missed most of 3E (except for the computer games loosely based on that ruleset, which I love and still play today) and these days play 4E. I've played a couple of encounters with the 5E playtest bundle.

My group play D&D more as a tactical skirmish game than as an RPG. We play RPGs too, but we tend to use indie or White Wolf (does White Wolf count as indie these days) systems for that. D&D 4E as a tactical skirmish game, is awesome. I'm not sure if you'd consider my style to be "adversarial" DMing. I'm certainly deliberately trying to bring the team down in combat, but I'm not trying to "beat" them - I'm the DM, if I want to "beat" them, rocks just fall.

A perfect encounter, for me, is when the party beats the monsters with no deaths, but feels like they only just pulled it off. A perfect adventuring day is when the whole party finishes the last encounter for the day with no surges, and dailies used. If I've killed one of them, I've failed; if they haven't been challenged, I've failed. If they've felt like they were on the edge of disaster the whole time, but pulled through by the seat of their pants, I've succeeded.

5E is not the edition for us. Like you said, it's clear and simple, streamlined, and without as much math, but we enjoy the complexities. We like the billions of permutations 4E offers for characters, despite the balance and function issues such an array of options present. For me, 5E doesn't have the in-depth combat complexities that 4E offered as a skirmish game, but neither does it have the narrative elements that support role-playing that systems like Fate, or Storyteller do.

That aside, I still wouldn't be buying 5E, simply because I no longer trust Wizards management of the brand. I avoided the 3/3.5E debacle, but 4E was just as poorly managed. There are whole classes that are practically unplayable (Seeker, Runepriest, etc) because WotC decided to switch to Essentials mid-stream; others were neglected ever since they were printed (Assassin, Artificer, etc). Martial characters got two hard-cover Power books; every other power source got one - classes that were printed after their power book got zero. Dragonborn and Tielfling were the only races to receive dedicated books, giving them far more options than other races. And that's aside from stuff like expertise math-fixes due to insufficient QA in the first place.

TL;DR: I'll keep 4E for a skirmish game, and keep using indie systems for role-playing. 5E fills neither niche.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 1) 297

by LordLucless (#47700063) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

As a matter of protocol, the Swedish goverment is not allowed to make any decisions on extradition before the extradition has been processed by the court system

No, but they're allowed to re-iterate the law. If it's illegal for them to extradite Assange, then they should be able to say that. If its legality needs to be determined by a court, then obviously there is a risk that they may extradite Assange, and his caution is warranted.

Comment: Re:Real people just don't like dealing with Hipste (Score 2, Interesting) 371

by LordLucless (#47688581) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

No, businesspeople will not take a Hipster seriously when this Hipster insists on using provenly bad technologies like Ruby on Rails, JavaScript and NoSQL absolutely everywhere, especially when the Hipster was told that C++ is being used because the other 10 million lines of code in the system are written in C++. Businesspeople need software that works, not software that's built upon technologies solely chosen because of how much hype they've gotten, or how much they tickle the fancy of some Hipster.

They'll also not take seriously self-righteous morons who use the word "proven" as a justification for their technical prejudices, instead of to denote some objective reality. Or actually, they might, but the rest of us won't.

Comment: Re:Technical People (Score 4, Insightful) 194

by LordLucless (#47677119) Attached to: The Billion-Dollar Website

Sadly this is true, but it shouldn't be. Technical people should have the professionalism to analyse requirements and check that the requirements fit the purpose.

Most I know do. The problem is that they're not sufficiently expert in the domain (in this case, health care) to determine the purpose, and the purpose the client gave them is wrong.

Specs aren't just some bureaucratic hoop that needs to be jumped through to get a developer to sit down and code, and they're not something a developer can just wing, and get right anyway, because they already knew what they were and were just being anal about getting you to write down.

They are important, and if they're not done properly, the dev will likely spend a lot of time doing the wrong thing correctly, and you will be billed for it.

Comment: Re: Translated into English (Score 5, Informative) 306

While that's true for lots of the objections raised, it isn't true for all of them. This, for example:

When Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., installed solar panels a few years ago, for example, the local utility, Dominion Virginia Power, threatened legal action. The utility said that only it could sell electricity in its service area.

Government-created incumbent monopolies seem to be playing their part as well.

Comment: Re:Oh noes! (Score 1) 371

by LordLucless (#47636507) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

The death of a language starts when developers leave it in droves for something else. I don't see that happeneing for Java. Do you?

Pretty much. Nobody I know starts a new project in Java. Sure, they'll maintain it, and if they already run it, they'll add new features to an existing Java system, but if I ask someone to start a new web project, and ask them what the best language to develop it in is, I don't know anyone that would say "Java" (whereas go back 10 years, and it would have been all I heard). And Java desktop apps never really took off.

The only thing that's keeping Java relevant for new development is Google, with Android - and funnily enough, Oracle was busily involved in suing them over it. I feel like Oracle must be deliberately trying to run Java into the ground at this point.

Comment: Re:Nerd Blackface (Score 1) 442

by LordLucless (#47610305) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

The Sheldon character holds down a high paying job and manages to interact with an admittedly small circle of friends. He's already doing better than a good segment of the population.

Do you really think that an IRL Sheldon without script immunity would be able to do the same? The TV Sheldon also seems to be a pretty crap physicist, given to conspiracy theories, junk science, and an inability to distinguish between fiction and reality.

Comment: Re:The "dying industry"... (Score 1) 113

by LordLucless (#47605791) Attached to: Spain's Link Tax Taxes Journalist's Patience "professional journalism", and the "vibrant one" comprises bloggerss, press releases and Google Adwords, yes?

Professional journalism was dying long before the internet. Papers were spewing out nothing but press releases and rebadged wire stories long before blogging became a thing. The very fact that the newspapers were offering basically nothing is what allowed blogs to eat their lunch so thoroughly.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.