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  1. Table Top RPG Stuff

    Nuke, that is hilarious. The neat thing about running a game in this manner is that the DM can basically roll out in the open and near TPK everyone without feeling guilty, because it's up to the players to really survive.
  2. Table Top RPG Stuff

    I'm in a 3.5e campaign at the moment. It's my first time playing pen and paper DnD. We've been going for about 6 months. The model my DM picked is very interesting. it's definitely taking some cues from video games, and MMO's: This has been pretty damn successful. You of course have people that play more than others. You have people that roll up a character and then can't come back for any other sessions. However the flexible nature, where you have that pool of players, makes it much easier to manage. Anyway, if you are thinking of starting any kind of tabletop game, think about this strategy. It really does work. If you are in the Philly area he's always looking for players, too. I can put you in touch. It's my board name at There is a dedicated wiki that really enhances the game. Email communication makes it much easier to organize games, as well.
  3. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    Turns out that they do. I'm not sure I like the methodology of the study, but there you go.
  4. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    Yeah, I regularly read Cory Doctorow, who is a big proponent of self publishing. He is always saying that he has made more money off of self publishing and using social media than he would have otherwise. The issue with his argument is that his fame has already been established (particularly through In our current model, getting off the ground and into the industry really requires a publisher. You might be able to say that using the "free model" works, but I'd add that it only works once your feet are wet. GRRM is a very crafty guy, and I think he has a lot more of ASOIAF written than we think he does. He's used his "5 year gap" to drum up support for ADWD by using his original artistic medium, television screenplays, and now will never worry about money again.
  5. Jojen Reed's fate? (ADWD Spoilers)

    You know what else can happen? A lot of blood sacrifice. Someone has to keep the Weirwood Internet going.
  6. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    Ebooks and books aren't the same thing, though, and that's my problem with the industry treating ebooks as if they are books. For example, making libraries do a complicated rent dance (described upthread) in order to stay within copyright. That's why I thought that TerraPrime's example equivalence between copying and ebook and stealing a hammer from a hardware store to be utterly ridiculous.
  7. Jojen Reed's fate? (ADWD Spoilers)

    I was referencing Sixskins talking about the taboo against mating while warging. Kind of a kinky bestiality thing going on there.
  8. Jojen Reed's fate? (ADWD Spoilers)

    Yeah, I was going to say, "This wouldn't be the first person eaten in ADWD". Interesting that this cannibalism theme keeps coming up, as another taboo subject, incest, is pretty well covered. What's next? Bestiality? Oh wait, that was kind of covered in the prologue. Hmmm...
  9. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    They are qualitatively different, apples and oranges, ketchup and mustard. I understand where you are coming from, but I don't really find it to be a helpful comparison.
  10. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    Exactly. I could care less that some entrenched businesses survive. Apparently America is all about making sure that a bunch of morons who can't do anything other than reboot film material, publish pointless business management textbooks for $150 a pop, or otherwise make 100% profit by hitting CTRL-V, survive. Just like some banks I've heard about. Shryke, you keep talking about 'libraries', but I think you need to be specific: what you're talking about is public libraries, and those only make up part of the equation. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that public libraries, far more than any other kind, are at risk. This is mostly because of an inability to reform their business models. Even as a serials librarian in a private university, my wife sees this firsthand: you have an older generation that refuses to reform things like cataloging protocol to something more crowdsourced. Why? Because it's a change. Research/university libraries, like my wife's and as opposed to public libraries, have a much better chance of making it out of the recession alive and well.
  11. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    You're right. I was specifically thinking of these companies lobbying against Fair Use, which is something that helps everyone, but that's still more of a govt failure.
  12. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    Have you looked at films coming out of America lately? Many "big hits" (which are less and less big lately, due to a lack of disposable income) are just reboots of old IP. Supporting this industry is a crime to good taste. I also think it's a big drag on innovation, as we have, what, 3 big recording companies? A handful of large publishers? You get the picture. Because you can hold the rights to some IP for centuries under current laws, it basically encourages hoarding IP. I'd be happy seeing one aspect of IP law changed immediately: dead people should lose rights to the IP they produced. Fuck their kids, I don't give a shit. Just look at the Beatles: Yoko Ono got it from John, and Michael Jackson got it from Yoko, and now who has it? The Beatles are mostly dead: it's about time for it to become Public Domain. Instead, Apple makes a big deal out of selling decades old music in the iTunes store. I wouldn't call for dismantling the whole CFR (patents, IP law, copyright). But America is increasingly ruled by dead people, and I am not the only person who thinks it is hurting us. Exactly. This is the kind of stupid shit that has to stop.
  13. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    IP law is all that is propping up a failing publishing industry. It's more or less subsidized by ridiculous notions like, "You are not allowed to copy your mp3s and give them to your family" or "You can only take out an ebook if nobody else wants it". The only useful part of our current IP law regime, Fair Use, is being threatened right now by the same group of morons who can't create a business model that would make money off of ebooks. I brought up artists because I don't see it as much different from paying painters to create works of art that go into warehouses. ETA: Look, I get it. Writers and musicians should be able to make money off their product. The answer is not to prop up, say, UMC, through ludicrous laws that give dead people reign over your mp3s.
  14. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    I don't really see the difference between doing this and, say, subsidizing artists.
  15. Library books vs. torrented ebooks

    How about drug patents? Good point. I'll think more about it.