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1  Gaming Stuff / Sports Games / Re: Football Games on: July 26, 2014, 08:31:55 pm
http://ootpdevelopments.com/newsletters/nl0134/ has me VERY interested.  If it's even half as good as OOTP baseball then it's going to blow everything else out the water.

I'm in for sure.

I received my copy of Second Season Football from plaay.com. Definitely cool looking, and reminds me of the far inferior sports games I used to make when I was a kid.
2  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: BBC - The Important Battle You Never Heard Of on: July 26, 2014, 04:30:44 pm
I am just happy that Quiberon Bay got a mention. People tend to look at The Plains of Abraham as the biggie for French colonial efforts in the New World. I am not so sure you even have a P of A without a Quiberon Bay. At least not the impact of it.

Heck, you may not even have a British Empire without Quiberon Bay. Alfred Thayer Mahan, the great American naval military strategist called it "the Trafalgar of the Seven Years' War," with good reason.

Isn't it interesting?

I do not think I even knew about its importance until I played Wilderness War (now there is a nod in favour of the hobby - as a tool towards learning). I believe playing it stops French reinforcements from arriving in New France. It may be a precursor to other card play too (not sure about that).

Then I picked up Crucible of War by Fred Anderson. "Oh" I said...... Yep, it was pretty important.

Love that book.
3  General Category / Site Direction / Re: Lurkers!!! on: July 26, 2014, 04:22:47 pm
Kev - post you bastard.


To properly complete the summoning, you have to spin around and say this three times.
4  General Category / Site Direction / Re: Free...or not? on: July 26, 2014, 04:21:02 pm
Well there is the potential that this becomes THE place for chatting about boardgames. And who knows, could also become valuable for resources and info, in the line of BGG or CSW. Not likely, of course, but the potential is there. So getting going on it might be worth doing because we may already be producing an archive worth keeping.

I'd certainly support it as soon as the mechanism to do so appeared.
5  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: BBC - The Important Battle You Never Heard Of on: July 26, 2014, 04:04:41 pm
I am just happy that Quiberon Bay got a mention. People tend to look at The Plains of Abraham as the biggie for French colonial efforts in the New World. I am not so sure you even have a P of A without a Quiberon Bay. At least not the impact of it.

Heck, you may not even have a British Empire without Quiberon Bay. Alfred Thayer Mahan, the great American naval military strategist called it "the Trafalgar of the Seven Years' War," with good reason.
6  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: I wish Vae Victis was in English on: July 26, 2014, 04:00:33 pm
Which is a big reason why I subscribe to Medieval Warfare magazine. It is in English, but it is published on the continent (Netherlands) and the contributors are from different countries. So you get some interesting subjects and perspectives at times. 

I enjoy MW too, and also subscribe to Ancient Warfare. AW also has an excellent accompanying podcast.
7  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Random movie vids on: July 26, 2014, 09:29:35 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUqzcQCIM8g
8  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Very rich ahistorical games on: July 25, 2014, 02:09:20 pm
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time would be perfect for this.
Next on my reading list.

Gonna be honest, the reading was difficult. The world got more and more involved, and as the books came, I'd lose track of what was going on. I stopped and started the series probably 5 times.

1. Read Book 1. Loved it.
2. Read Book 2. Its cool.
3. Read Book 3. OK, ah, this needs to get moving.
4. Read Book 4. Getting bored.
5. Quit.
6. A year later, start again with book 1, and get a book or two further than last time before quitting again.

Getting an Audible account and listening to the audiobooks of these was perfect. The two readers, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were amazingly good, and probably spoiled me for future audiobooks. I went through all 14 audio books, taking nearly two years. I listened to them strictly on my drive home from work (45 minutes, 5 times per week). I just finished last month, and was kinda bummed.
9  Gaming Stuff / Non-Roman Ancient DARs / Re: Chariots of Fire on: July 25, 2014, 01:44:06 pm
I met someone who wouldn't touch it (though it's his favorite era), because it's
all guesswork. I really wish I could convince him to try. He loves the rest of GBoH.

Well, if its his favorite era, EVERYTHING that he has read/studied/watched has been guesswork.
10  Gaming Stuff / Calandale / Re: The Minimal Life on: July 25, 2014, 01:40:59 pm
Yeah, more than that though. You don't have as many choices in the military.

Here's an example that would be important for me: you HAVE to go in for regular doctor's
check-ups. I just don't bother with that kinda shit normally - whether I have insurance
or not. The chaos of a normal life is somewhat mitigated.

That kind of paternalism, much as it might seem distasteful, would be very useful to me.

This is precisely right. We knew that we were essentially "children." They gave us money for clothes (uniforms). I had no bills. They cooked for me.  And someone else took care of the barracks, so I didn't have to go up on the roof and clean out gutters or sweep the chimney like I have to do now. I got on planes when they told me to, and got off them in strange places, where I was provided someplace to stay... even if it was pretty desolate.

Even when it was greatly stressful, more than anything else I remember the simple things that we did. After hours on a pitching flight deck with jets trying to either suck me up or blow me over the side, or chief petty officers yelling at me because I was in the wrong spot, I'll never forget simply smoking a cigarette from the fantail. Or reading a book in the shop when things were quiet.
11  Gaming Stuff / Non-Roman Ancient DARs / Re: Chariots of Fire on: July 25, 2014, 01:28:14 pm
One of my favourite GBoH titles.

Dynamic, free-wheeling and fun. Differences between chariots, tactical systems and armies. With a relatively simplified rule set.

What is not to like?   Grin

Same here, and one of my favorite calandale treatments.
12  Gaming Stuff / Calandale / Re: The Minimal Life on: July 25, 2014, 01:27:00 pm
It's amazing how stressful life becomes when we fill it with luxuries and conveniences.

I think this is one of the great draws to the monastic principles.

Or even the military life.

Military life is exactly what I was thinking about. Through seven years as a Marine, I only had worldly possessions enough to fit in two sea-bags, and I was satisfied.
13  General Category / Site Direction / Re: Galleries - Very Cool Feature on: July 25, 2014, 01:19:17 pm
I've been puttering around with the Gallery feature here (look at the blue menu bar at the top and click on 'Gallery', which is between 'People' and 'Links'). Not only can you upload images, but you can organize them by categories, sub-categories, asssign keywords, etc. You can also upload thumbnail images for each category.

Here's a little prototype I whipped up: my TCS Gallery.

I'm amazed that this site hosts images, given that it's free.

Nice find sir! And I agree with pnp, its cool you're figuring all this out so we don't have to.  Grin
14  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: MMP Update on: July 25, 2014, 01:14:53 pm
Nice, OCS Korea. I think this is the longest standing pre-order I've had.

Pretty sure it's probably coming with version 4.1a rules, I think that's what Reluctant Enemies came with.
15  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Religion on: July 25, 2014, 01:08:52 pm
Reposting my question after the ****storm:

I'm all for having a serious discussion, but it's tough to respond to the flurry.

I've been a Christian since August 2010. I was not a good person. I'm a liar. I'm a thief. I disrespected my parents. I was an adulterer and a fornicator. I never kept God in importance. As a matter of fact, I lived my whole previous 38 years constructing one idol after another. I worshipped myself. I worshipped money. I worshipped comfort. I worshipped the admiration of other people. I continually blasphemed the name of God who was kind enough to provide air to breathe. Anyone who claims to be free of these is just adding one more lie.

I realized that my life could be snuffed out in a heartbeat, just like it did for many friends of mine, and family I loved. If I faced God with all those things on my account, I'd be in trouble, and certainly hell bound.

Just like ourselves, God doesn't dig people breaking his laws. And just as we have a strong sense of justice, so does God. Those iniquities are worthy of punishment. You can't just say sorry and expect to be let go. That doesn't even fly down here either. It's reasonable that the fine requires payment.

God is rich in mercy, and wishes NO ONE to perish. That is why the Son assumed human form, lived the perfect life that none of us have, and willingly took on the punishment of death for those who will simply trust in him. Jesus Chrust paid the fine, and his perfection is given to us.

There are no rules to follow. The whole point is that we couldn't if we wanted to. Jesus did it all. So-called Christians who claim you gotta do this and that have missed the point.

Note, this is not "picking and choosing" as I'm sure I'll be blamed for. Jesus fulfilled the law so I don't have to.

So this is why Christians who assume their own self-righteousness are deluded. They forget or didn't even know all of this. Westboro Baptists are not Christians. The so-called church across the river in Kentucky that disavowed interracial marriage are not Christians. The faith healers that bilk money from hurting folks and fly around in jets are not Christians. Joel Osteen and his promises of having a better life if you just pray more is not Christian.

Now, I have beliefs, but I don't hate anyone. I believe homosexuality is a sin, because the Bible says so. But I am NOT an iota better. I'll never think less of y'all because you curse more than I do, because without Christ I am far worse. Such was I before The Lord saved me, so I'll never have any superiority.

Serious question here: Do you believe there have been other people in history who have 'fulfilled the law,' so-to-speak? For instance, Krishna? Or Buddha? Or Muhammad? Or even indigenous sacred persons such as White Buffalo Calf Woman? All who's teachings are very similar to Jesus.

Basically, do you think God has had other Sons/Daughters? Or is Jesus the only one?


Yo stemcider, glad to see ya shoot this to the top!

No one is good. Those may be great people, but they were sinners in need of salvation too. At the least, we're all wicked as children. If you're a parent, you know what I'm talking about.  Grin

On teachings similar to Jesus... remember, my position is that Jesus was the Son of God, in the flesh, living a perfect life as a propitiation for those who believe in him. Yes, the teachings were valuable, but his purpose was not to teach or give advice. If anything, he made life even harder for those attempting to do good on their own. He took the law and magnified it to make sure everyone knew they were no good. His words:

   “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire." (Matthew 5:21-22 ESV)

   “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28 ESV)

I also do not agree that other teachings by the great people you listed were similar to those of Jesus. The essential of all of them is that you must do better, try harder, and you can be a better person. Jesus taught the exact opposite. You can't fix yourself because you're too broken. He was better, and he loved his people enough to have his goodness credited to them.
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