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16  General Category / Site Direction / Re: So, how's it going on: July 25, 2014, 07:56:36 am
I thought that whole thing was a pretty interesting stress test of the non-moderation principle, as practiced here. The flame war was self contained and eventually ran its course. Kudos to the participants for moving on.

Well, that was just only religion though. Just wait until we hit the big time, definition of wargame, Twilight Struggle...
17  Gaming Stuff / Calandale / Re: The Minimal Life on: July 25, 2014, 07:54:37 am
It's amazing how stressful life becomes when we fill it with luxuries and conveniences.
18  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Nuts on: July 25, 2014, 07:12:09 am
Cashews for sure.

Peanuts are second for me, but only if they're seasoned. I snagged some Royal Oak peanuts, and I love the Virginia Crabbers Peanuts... basically salted with Old Bay seasoning. Reminds me when I was a kid growing up in Virginia Beach, when I liked putting Old Bay on anything, popcorn, scrambled eggs, anything.

I like almonds unsalted.
19  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: What has happened to BGG Wargaming General Forum on: July 25, 2014, 07:01:03 am

I basically only engage with Judd's monthly 'Wargames on Your Table' these days...and AWOL

Heya Steve! Good to see you over here.

Ditto from me. Steve, you're instantly recognizable by the spider avatars!
20  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Very rich ahistorical games on: July 25, 2014, 06:59:09 am
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time would be perfect for this.
21  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Standout Fantasy Wargames on: July 25, 2014, 06:54:54 am
I guess Warrior Knights fits in here? We played it a handful of times with the expansion, pretty fun. The diplomatic stuff is cool.
22  Gaming Stuff / Military Games / Re: Wargames on your table on: July 25, 2014, 06:51:54 am
Germantown on the solo table.
23  General Category / Site Direction / Re: Moving my content here. on: July 25, 2014, 06:49:21 am
I will probably post a thread over there explaining why and naming names  Shocked

Aww yeah!

Wait, is my name on it?  Grin
24  General Category / Site Direction / Re: I can see all the vids! on: July 25, 2014, 06:48:26 am
I switched over to the Mercury browser, but it acted the same way as Safari... white space, which when clicked on plays audio, then a page refresh shows the vids normally throughout the rest of the surfing session.

Haven't tried it in the past two days though, too busy with work and sleeping.
25  Gaming Stuff / General Gaming Discussion / Re: Played Recently on: July 25, 2014, 06:41:20 am
I've got Germantown on the solo table now.

Got some friends coming over tonight for steaks and gaming. We'll probably do some Battlestar Galactica.
26  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Religion on: July 23, 2014, 11:27:44 am

So, you're missing a piece. It's so they can get through their day in a manner that benefits society.
It gives reason to do what is necessary for a culture to survive. Religion is not one man's crutch,
but a tool (like any organization) for harnessing the individual into something greater.

People can sit around drinking booze all day - but a society based upon that will inevitably fail.
Institutions, like organized religions, are the tools by which society is able to progress. They can
be viewed as a part of a social survival of the fittest.

I don't think people care about society. I think that the natural condition of man is to be self-centered, "how can I make my life as comfortable as possible." Even if there is some sort of view to better society, its more often because a good society benefits "me." That is still man-centered.



Remember, I'm a cultural materialist. PEOPLE don't need to think they're doing well by society - any more than propagation
of the species is a particular desire needed for reproduction. It's that reward systems and morals are formed which inevitably
promote the overall strength of society. Why inevitable? Same reason as natural selection - the ones which are ineffective
cause their society to die out, change, or be absorbed.

This says absolutely nothing about the spiritual side of things though. Individual need for spirituality may
or may not be related to the growth of institutions.

But the CM-view can be used to show that religions have had an important place in
promoting overall cultures (as has war, btw) throughout history. Needs may have changed
though, with the coming of weapons capable of destroying all societies.

OK we might have to slow down a bit, because I'm not sure what we're discussing exactly. I jumped over a lot and just tried to engage with folks that were chatting with me. I'm a dumb Marine, and might've missed your position... oh heck, I might not even know what the question is.  Grin

27  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Religion on: July 23, 2014, 10:06:01 am

So, you're missing a piece. It's so they can get through their day in a manner that benefits society.
It gives reason to do what is necessary for a culture to survive. Religion is not one man's crutch,
but a tool (like any organization) for harnessing the individual into something greater.

People can sit around drinking booze all day - but a society based upon that will inevitably fail.
Institutions, like organized religions, are the tools by which society is able to progress. They can
be viewed as a part of a social survival of the fittest.

I don't think people care about society. I think that the natural condition of man is to be self-centered, "how can I make my life as comfortable as possible." Even if there is some sort of view to better society, its more often because a good society benefits "me." That is still man-centered.

28  Gaming Stuff / Other Games / Re: Card games....yes - card games on: July 23, 2014, 08:03:31 am
Decks of cards keep deployed Marines from shooting each other. Whenever we were in the hurry-up-and-wait-mode, someone broke out the cards for Spades or Hearts. Playing cards was the highlight of many, many, not so good days.
29  Gaming Stuff / Other Games / Re: Ye Olde Dead CCG Thread on: July 23, 2014, 07:02:14 am
My wife and I bought a few boxes of Magic cards after we were married. Never intended to collect, or to keep up with, we just filled two shoeboxes and slap decks together from those.

My kid and I broke them out and played a bit a few months ago, pretty fun.

I'm actually enjoying dabbling with Hearthstone on the iPad.
30  General Category / Fuck it all / Re: Who are you? Why are you here? on: July 23, 2014, 06:58:49 am
Air War was like the second wargame I ever bought. My brother and I struggled mightily, but still had fun playing it. I remember soloing the Linebacker scenario more than once.

I must have been an awfully lonely child.  Grin

I've seen it over your shoulder in a number of vids, Enrico. I haven't decided if a calandale treatment would be the coolest thing ever, or the lamest thing ever.

OK actually it'd be pretty cool.
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