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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Last post by Roko's Modern Basilisk on October 23, 2016, 06:30:27 pm »
A hardboiled / mystery story revolving around the candy industry. When a jelly bean heiress disappears, a private investigator is enlisted to to find out what happened to her; meanwhile, a terrorist group poisons & labels batches of particular type of candy (like in the Glico case) while getting manefestoes published in newspapers. The private investigator uncovers massive corruption & family politics in the (financially and literally) incestuous candy industry, and uncovers that the person who hired him died 20 years ago -- in other words, he was probably hired by the same terrorist group that has been trying to take down major industry figures, and that this group probably also kidnapped & killed the heiress. He follows this lead to the end, and eventually discovers that this group is, in fact, being funded by a minor candy company that couldn't compete with the big players. Embarassed by being tricked into performing corporate espionage, the private investigator attempts to commit suicide via a poisoned box of candy -- but it doesn't do anything.
Aneristic Illusions / Re: Apple and Haugheys legacy
« Last post by Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 23, 2016, 05:19:57 pm »
Or at least, that not everybody uses. I completely have no idea why anyone would define a thinker as someone who talks.
I was trying to make a shitty joke about intellectualism but I didn't think it through and committed to it too hard.

I think I like you.
Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« Last post by Mesozoic Mister Nigel on October 23, 2016, 05:18:04 pm »

Britain’s biggest banks are preparing to relocate out of the UK in the first few months of 2017 amid growing fears over the impending Brexit negotiations, while smaller banks are making plans to get out before Christmas.

The dramatic claim is made in the Observer by the chief executive of the British Bankers’ Association, Anthony Browne, who warns “the public and political debate at the moment is taking us in the wrong direction”.

A source close to Brexit secretary David Davis said he and the chancellor Philip Hammond had last week sought to offer reassurance that they were determined to secure the status of the City of London.

However, the government’s stated intention to take control of the freedom of movement into the UK is widely recognised among officials to be a hammer blow to any chance of retaining the present terms of trade for banks, particularly given the bellicose rhetoric of major politicians on the continent.

A Polish woman is booed by audience members on BBC1’s Question Time when she says she feels no longer welcomed by 52% of British voters who backed Brexit. Speaking on Thursday’s programme, filmed in Hartlepool, the woman says she’s lived in the England for 23 years and was never discriminated against before the Brexit vote

Downing Street has rejected the suggestion from the French presidential hopeful Alain Juppé that he would tear up a treaty with the UK to push back the border for migrants from Calais to Kent.

A source made clear that the prime minister, Theresa May, who has spent two days meeting world leaders at the European council meeting in Brussels, would expect any French leader to maintain the agreement.

Juppé, the current favourite to win the presidency, said he wanted a complete renegotiation of Le Touquet treaty, the deal that keeps border checks and thousands of refugees and migrants on the French side of the Channel.

“We can’t tolerate what is going on in Calais, the image is disastrous for our country and there are also extremely serious economic and security consequences for the people of Calais,” he said in Paris.

“So the first thing is to denounce the Le Touquet accords. We cannot accept making the selection on French territory of people that Britain does or doesn’t want. It’s up to Britain to do that job.”

 :lulz: This is amazing.
Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« Last post by Cain on October 23, 2016, 04:47:30 pm »
I would've said Brookings was far more postwar liberal centrist myself.

The only reason it looks leftish is because of the insane rightwing think tanks like Heritage which were explicitly set up to drag the conversation right of said postwar liberal consensus, and it's actually frequently cited by conservatives.  They've got some notable PNAC neocons kicking around the place, as well (O'Hanlon, anyone?).
Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« Last post by Cain on October 23, 2016, 04:39:07 pm »
This was obvious and forseeable.  The UK was a great place to have a bank due to the City of London secrecy laws, EU common market access and historical Commonwealth links.  Not to mention fortuitous positioning between the American east coast and the Mid East (time zones for business) and historical banking links in China and the Middle East.

Not to mention these banks like to employ the best and brightest, no matter where the fuck they are from. 

The EU vote will have convinced them off the necessity to move, but the post-Brexit racism is likely confirming that as a good decision.  This is the same reason you don't see tech companies setting up in Idaho or Montana, other than the lack of infrastructure.  No-one wants to put their employees in a place where they're going to be shat upon simply for being foreign/different colour skin/not hetrosexual.  Market uncertainty plus intolerance is a deadly cocktail.
 :lulz: :lulz:
Aneristic Illusions / Re: EU Referendum 23rd June: In or Out?
« Last post by The Wizard Joseph on October 23, 2016, 04:27:22 pm »

I've heard of a run on the banks, but NEVER heard of prime banks ditching nations before, much less the fucking UK. That third currency drop might just be on the way, and worse than the first two, as these banks ditch Pounds for euros and the Swiss franc with no intention of coming back.

Ready for the UK to be the new "rogue state" on the block? That sounds like what's happening here. Never would have thought I'd see the day.
Aneristic Illusions / Re: Apple and Haugheys legacy
« Last post by The Wizard Joseph on October 23, 2016, 04:18:49 pm »
There's a Socrates joke there somewhere. Talking while you think is... an unpopular method.
You know what I like?

Not working for Lilly.  It's hard to explain, a year and some later, how bad those 5 months were.  And it's also hard to explain that - as panicky as I was working on my own and trying desperately to find a full time gig - it was still better than working for her, and as worried as I got, quitting that place was one thing I never, ever second-guessed.

That's where I'm at 6odd months after I walked. I haven't had a single regret, even as I started spiraling into a horrible depression and had about half of my life support turn out to be shit. Even as I was giving undue ear to the idea of checking out I was proud of 2 things I quit, nicotine  (over 3 years now, a couple blunt-wraps aside) and THOSE FUCKERS. Folks around town tell me a lot of personal stories about themselves or family getting ruined one way or another by their shitty practices and often shittier personnel.

I'm looking for my next thing. Don't know what.
Games Workshop thinks it's totally fine to let your game be completely unbalanced.  They said as much, almost in as many words.  It was mostly done as a "Fuck you, America" stunt, because the tourney scene is a lot bigger here than anywhere else, but a lot of people aren't complaining about it, and some people are just happy to take advantage of the power differences between armies.  Their Warhammer Fantasy reboot? No points. At all. Just throw models on the table, it'll be great!  If a person cheats, just don't play with them!  THESE ARE ACTUAL THINGS PRINTED IN THE ACTUAL RULES.  WHAT THE FUCK.

Not to mention all the fuckery they pull with brick and mortar stores, and their products going out of stock and out of print within a year and players have to special order it (or find it on Ebay for an arm and a leg, which incidentally can get a brick and mortar store blacklisted from being a GW seller, selling GW products online).  And they're about as sue-happy as Trump is.

ETA: I don't know much about SJG, either, only a hazy sort of wariness when it comes to IP.  I've asked my friend for the deets, him being in those kinds of loops to hear the gossip.

Sometimes I admire the ruthlessness of the Warhammer scam, but that sounds like they're just not trying to improve the game at all and have committed to fuckery in lieu of creativity. That's going to cost them in the end. I am pretty sure most of the 40k gamers of my acquaintance have given up on the new edition and only the fuckers in because they have buckets of disposable cash and a Space Marine fetish are still actually playing.

SJ Games is a totally different creature. They're still supporting some of their oldest titles. My only complaint was when I picked up a 5th ed "GURPS lite" pdf and realized that the bellcurve on attribute costs had been done away with for flat point cost per and the merti-flaw system had been fuckled. It removed what i considered elegance in the system's fairness and flexibility, but made the math easier and prevented certain forms of stat minmaxing so it's no big.
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