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I tend to RP my characters to an extent as well, like a former Imperial Soldier who always keeps a set of Legion armour and weapons on them or similar...but not quite to Paes', uh, depth.

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Is that a fact?

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Oh no, nothing like that.  Though they probably do approve...the outfit straddles the line between neoliberal and neocon, but that's the only game in town these days.  I don't alter my writing for them, but my positions may be far more nuanced and come with more caveats than they realise.

Anyway, this is to do with defence procurement and overall strategy for the next decade.  I've yet to look over the details themselves in full depth, because it's a couple of hundred pages long, but it looks like the team are going to write an assessment of it and present it to some subcommittee or another.

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That's a good point.  I'll have to try out Requiem because that sounds like a lot of fun.

Fair warning: it's Skyrim's answer to Dark Souls.  Very immersive, but very brutal.  Unlevelled, much harder, much less forgiving.  Up to a point, anyway.  Sword and board with heavy armor and some magic can take on most things once you're level 40 or so...but, well, to put it into perspective, it is strongly recommended you not do Bleak Falls Barrow until level 10.  People have done it lower, but even then you need a LOT
of silver to survive.

Also, you run the risk of running into ebony armour clad, level 80 vampire bosses while at level 12 or so.  Just to give you an idea of what you're letting yourself in for.

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I never saw the point in being a packrat.  The game throws so much money at you that you don't need to go all Morrowind and steal everything that's not nailed down, in every single bandit camp, to make a buck.

You know, I eventually realized that after a couple of weeks of playing.  I'm not sure where the compulsion comes from.  I suspect that it might be old habits of playing point and click adventures where if something isn't nailed down, chances are I'll most likely need it.  So the tendency is to grab everything in sight "just in case".  I'm not so much of a hoarder anymore though--especially with my blacksmithing and enchantment maxed out.

Playing the Requiem overhaul cured me of that compulsion.  Lower overall carry weight, plus weight affecting stealth, plus no fast travel (and expensive horses) means you have to plan each quest like an individual expedition.  Coins also have weight...so gems become truly valuable.

I think that's a good idea.  Forcing you to make the right item choices for a particular quest and taking the time to plan enhances the user involvement. Also using your companion as an item box allows for choices.  I absolutely hate the idea of going on a quest and finding out at the last minute i forgot to take something important. I think I should just slow down a bit more.  I think I missed something in some of these backstories from Fallout 3, for instance.

Yeah.  Requiem often fills in that stuff even where Skyrim didn't.  I mean, for example, did you ever wonder why the basement of Helgen was full of spiders, and a little bit before it there was a room with potions in?  Obviously, the Legion was planning to clear out the nest, but got interrupted by Alduin wrecking shit.  But now you'll actually find a note that explains that.

There's not as much attention to detail with Skyrim as there could be, but it is there.  Sometimes.  Though you often have to look past the levelled items lists and levelled enemies to figure it out.

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My think tank is submitting a report to Parliament, to do with our fancy defence strategy overhaul.

Hopefully, this means my name will be on something that gets given to MPs, which will help me find employment where I'm not stacking shelves and working tills, or writing for peanuts.

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By coincidence, I'm also writing a book.  It's about a REMF with Neocon tendencies who dabbles in racism and the Pick Up Artist community, who gets banned from a forum and thinks it would be the height of wit to come back on while making a bunch of Wu-Tang Clan references and references to his own previous account, because he thinks he is so smart no-one else will get it.  And he'll show them.

Unfortunately, admins had him pegged from the moment he signed up his alt account, and he was banned and went back to furiously masturbating into a sock, in his parents basement.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Cooperation and Collaboration
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:04:50 pm »
this community does actually give a shit

Not about you, it doesn't.  Obviously seeing the ban notice on your other account didn't sufficiently clue you in, but you're not wanted here.

Well you've said many words which interest me.

Hi New Guy. Say more things and I'd be glad to contribute if/where I can.

It's not a new guy.  It's Pope Lecherous, trying to make you forget his spam/racism/PUA apologia/Neocon ravings by having a new account. Not banning this one must've been an oversight, which has since been corrected.

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I never saw the point in being a packrat.  The game throws so much money at you that you don't need to go all Morrowind and steal everything that's not nailed down, in every single bandit camp, to make a buck.

You know, I eventually realized that after a couple of weeks of playing.  I'm not sure where the compulsion comes from.  I suspect that it might be old habits of playing point and click adventures where if something isn't nailed down, chances are I'll most likely need it.  So the tendency is to grab everything in sight "just in case".  I'm not so much of a hoarder anymore though--especially with my blacksmithing and enchantment maxed out.

Playing the Requiem overhaul cured me of that compulsion.  Lower overall carry weight, plus weight affecting stealth, plus no fast travel (and expensive horses) means you have to plan each quest like an individual expedition.  Coins also have weight...so gems become truly valuable.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Unlimited "Israel, What the fuck" thread
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:42:39 pm »
It's a popular position among Democrats, too.

The real question is why political support is so strong among the political classes, when only 51% of Americans feel more sympathy with Israelis than Palestinians.  And that comes back to lobbying, pressure groups.

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I never saw the point in being a packrat.  The game throws so much money at you that you don't need to go all Morrowind and steal everything that's not nailed down, in every single bandit camp, to make a buck.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Unlimited "Israel, What the fuck" thread
« on: July 19, 2014, 10:11:07 am »
But gee, didn't you know that according to conservatives and Libertarians, it's okay for Israel to do this as retaliation for the Holocaust. Or something. You know, gotta blow off all that steam, because the war of 1948 wasn't enough.

The only "conservatives" I know who support israel are those campy asshole, televangelised christians who take their cues from shitdicks like John Hagee...or AIPAC funded shitdick politicians.

Outside of that, on the ground, I don't know anyone who supports israel as a state...

So, apart from the majority of conservatives, conservatives do not support Israel.  Good to know.

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Makes sense. Im probably just reading too much into this. How do you think Putin is going to play this? Keep blaming Ukraine? Maybe distance himself from the separatists? "Mistakes were made"?

Speculation is fun, but at the end of the day, Occam's Razor is usually a good rule of thumb until the evidence points otherwise.

I suspect Putin will pretty much stop supporting the rebels entirely at this point.  He wont publically say anything, I'm fairly sure, but Moscow has to prioritise its relationship with America, as rocky as that is, over the rebels.  Crimea is secure, eastern Ukraine was always a bonus prize at best, a testing ground for the limits of  "special warfare" in actuality, and now a headache and pain in the arse.

In Putin's position, I'd close the border and let NATO support Kyiv to the hilt.  Russia has the long-term advantages in Ukraine anyway, a fight was never the smartest option from that POV.

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Ah, apologies for my misinterpretation.  In my defence, I'm normally reading seven different things at once, and yesterday was no different.

The problem is the narrative has been this for a long time before now, and I don't see this changing that in any way at all.  Ever since before the fall of Slaviansk, Russian nationalists have been bitching that Putin isn't doing enough, isn't supporting the rebels enough, isn't putting the full pressure of the Russian state on the Ukrainians.  Downing a plane wouldn't really change that narrative, at this stage it's too firmly entrenched.  I've gotten the strong impression from Russian nationalist circles I keep an eye on that nothing Putin does, short of dunking Obama's head down a toilet at the next international conference, is ever good enough for them.

Plus, based on the information we have currently, it is sufficient to posit a seperatist cause for the downing of the flight, based on capabilities, previous actions, suspicious Twitter deletions and (interestingly, though not confirmed) intercepted phone calls between the Donetsk Militia and some commanders on the ground.

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When done properly, it is pretty delicious.  I mean, it's not bacon or anything, but it's certainly less bland than chicken or fish.

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