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Code Discussion / Re: New 'Piercing Weapon Only' combat skill
« Last post by Brokkr on February 04, 2020, 07:11:38 PM »
Imagine a world where there is a counter to riding folks.

Then imagine how on Zalanthas you would train up such a skill.
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Code Discussion / Re: New 'Piercing Weapon Only' combat skill
« Last post by mansa on February 04, 2020, 07:01:59 PM »
We did consider a "piercing weapons" skill when we were putting in place hack and riposte, that would be for non-stab weapons.

It was nothing like any of these suggestions though.  And had some fundamental issues.

Cool.  So you're saying there's a chance!

What were the issues that came up?  Is there something we should brainstorm around?

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Code Discussion / Re: New 'Piercing Weapon Only' combat skill
« Last post by Brokkr on February 04, 2020, 06:53:52 PM »
We did consider a "piercing weapons" skill when we were putting in place hack and riposte, that would be for non-stab weapons.

It was nothing like any of these suggestions though.  And had some fundamental issues.
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Code Discussion / Re: Should Arm's stat rolls go from random to an alternative?
« Last post by Narf on February 04, 2020, 04:59:42 PM »


Those are minor tweaks to the existing system. Changing to a point buy system or other system that gives every character equal "stat points" is throwing out the entire system and starting with something completely different.

Stat ordering is a major change.

Reroll by itself would be a minor change from a statistical perspective, but coupled with reroll undo it will on average have a sizable effect on your stats.

The racial modifications were pretty tremendous, but that didn't effect the overall feel of the system much.

Combined they significantly reduce the randomness of the stat system, progressing towards a point buyesque system... But with the caveat that you can still do things the old way. You don't have to order your stats or reroll them.

Personally, my preference would be to move towards a fixed system (not necessarily point buy) with the option to do things the old way, and make sure neither is numerically superior to the other on average.
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Code Discussion / Re: New 'Piercing Weapon Only' combat skill
« Last post by Heade on February 04, 2020, 04:40:36 PM »
Yeah, something like Bogre's idea wouldn't be bad. I wouldn't want to see something with 33%/33%/33% different effects, because it'd be unreliable to do what you wanted it to do, and all the other abilities reliably have one effect if they succeed.
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Code Discussion / Re: New 'Piercing Weapon Only' combat skill
« Last post by Bogre on February 04, 2020, 02:50:40 PM »
'Ward'

> Skill using spears / tridents against nonhumanoids, causing them to have an extra attack delay or lose a round's attack.

You ward off a desert-striped tarantula's advances with your spear, hampering its attack!
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Code Discussion / Re: Should Arm's stat rolls go from random to an alternative?
« Last post by Heade on February 04, 2020, 01:36:06 PM »
Arm has not always been this way. The stat system has been modified at least four times; racial stats were changed, the reroll option was added, the reroll undo option was added, and stat ordering was added. Most of these changes were meant to decrease randomness (not the racial modifications, but all the rest of the ones I mentioned).

The grandma's recipe metaphore doesn't hold water with regards to this, nor does the claim that a 25 year old system was what lead to Arm's success. The current system is not particularly close to that old.

Those are minor tweaks to the existing system. Changing to a point buy system or other system that gives every character equal "stat points" is throwing out the entire system and starting with something completely different.
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Non-Armageddon Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« Last post by tiny rainbow on February 04, 2020, 12:52:01 PM »
A bunch of interesting things... Into the dreaming :D

Mice Inherit Specific Memories, Because Epigenetics?, 2013, Nature
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F1 generation) show an increased startle to the fruity smell even when they have never encountered the smell before [..]“I don’t know if it’s a memory,” Dias says. “It’s a sensitivity, for now.”
Epigenetic markers of stress, a half-opened door to the unconscious, 2014, L'Information Psychiatrique
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all of the biochemistry of the brain is not subjectively appliable to all (that creates) consciousness. [..]Many of these stimuli probably do not leave much molecular trace: they will therefore be molecularly forgotten, others will leave a very long-lasting and lasting trace in the epigenetic brain. If we finally dared to attempt a biological definition of the unconscious, we could conceive of it as: [..]indelible marks not being registered in the cells of our brain at a given moment of our life; but which may remain partly possible to bring back to consciousness.
Epigenetics Has Become Dangerously Fashionable, 2016, Nautilus
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most of the transgenerational epigenetic effects have been demonstrated in rodents, who reproduce every few months; the extrapolations to long-lived humans are in most instances conjectural or based on unreliably small samples [..]human babies would never fly with a university ethics committee
Adaptive Behavior and Learning, 2016, J. E. R. Staddon
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Behavioral differences. How much evidence is there for such effects? The answer, realistically, is not much. But there is some, and new cases seem to emerge every few years. [..]These are puzzles for developmental biology. What matters from a behavioral point of view is to recognize the complexity of heredity and development and the simplism of the nature-nurture dichotomy
https://www.reddit.com/r/evolution/comments/6xwo46/epigenetics/


The Age of Insight review
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explores the neuroscience of aesthetics, attempting to explain why some works of art, such as Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," continue to haunt us.



A comparison of Christopher Booker's theories of story with Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley's theory of Dramatica
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Following the rules of Dramatica, writers can create an almost infinite variety of stories (over 32,000 in its current form, and potentially four times as many).
The Seven Basic Plots (Literature) - TV Tropes

The Plot Thins, or Are No Stories New? - The New York Times
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belief that archetypal stories are rooted in the human unconscious to his arguments about Tragedy and Comedy -- are highly familiar, lifted in part or whole from a wide spectrum of influential, even canonical works by writers and thinkers as varied as Jung, Freud, Joseph Campbell, Bruno Bettelheim, Sir James George Frazer, the Shakespeare scholar A.C. Bradley and the folklore experts Peter and Iona Opie.

Not only is Mr. Booker a voracious magpie (who does not always acknowledge the sources of his ideas), but he also turns out to be an annoyingly biased and didactic one. As "The Seven Basic Plots" progresses, it grows increasingly tendentious. Mr. Booker evaluates works of art on the basis of how closely they adhere to the archetypes he has so laboriously described

The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations (short list)

The thirty-six dramatic situations (1921)
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Two hundred of the examples cited have been taken from other literary genres akin to the dramatic: romance, epic, history,—and from reality. For this investigation can and should be pursued in human nature, by which I mean in politics, in courts of justice, in daily life.

Amid these explorations the present study will soon seem but an introduction to a marvelous, an inexhaustible stream,—the Stream of Existence, where meet momentarily, in their primordial unity, history, mystic poetry, moralist (and amoralist) writings, humor, psychology, law, epic, romance, fable, myth, proverb and prophecy.
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Roleplaying Discussion / Re: Whatever happened to...?
« Last post by DesertT on February 04, 2020, 10:39:44 AM »
If I am going crazy, it is from over-exposure to you :'(

I Love You Too!!

*ADORBS*
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Roleplaying Discussion / Re: Whatever happened to...?
« Last post by Kyviantre on February 04, 2020, 09:34:43 AM »
Glad I'm not going crazy!
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Who Says You're Not?!?!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

If I am going crazy, it is from over-exposure to you :'(
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