True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.
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Don't trust "factcheckers". Maybe it’s just my innate cynicism and a background as a professional sceptic that always makes me doubt someone who claims to be “unbiased” when giving you “the facts”.
Why Truman fired MacArthur. Fascinating account.
Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' slowed down is amazingly good. (Thanks beckyc)
The third most likely person to become the next President of the United States, and how he would do it. OK, it’s beyond unlikely, but not impossible…
Brilliant picture of Jeremy Corbyn at his own party conference protesting to bring back the position of Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health. Now, see if you can guess which politician it was who abolished the position of “Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health”…
Amazingly, there is an article on the website of Standard Life all about collecting tabletop games. Pretty good article too, although there are a couple of factual errors. They should have asked me! (One of the people interviewed described H1 Bloodstone Pass as “almost impossible to get hold of”. We had one in stock, although ironically we sold it last week to a bloke in Denmark.)
Jewish Labour Movement heckled by Corbynistas at the Labour Conference. The speaker (not the heckler thank god) was a friend of mine at Magdalen.
The winning images from Astronomy Photographer of The Year 2016. I think I like the one of M94 best.
D&D's Most Greatest Weapon - The Peasant Railgun. (To get this, you need to appreciate that in at least some versions of D&D, passing an object from one person to an adjacent person is an action that is treated as almost instantaneous.)
A very high percentage of male Pashtun Afghans are homosexual paedophiles. (Of course, they don’t consider it to be homosexual, which is forbidden by their religion, “because they aren’t in love with their boys.)
The French civil servant with only 10% of a brain. (I know that sounds like base political satire, but actually it’s a serious scientific article about a bloke in France who is missing 90% of his brain.)
Vintage gun adverts. (That is, vintage adverts for guns, not modern adverts for vintage guns.)
Hillary Clinton seems to have been a big fan of the late Robert Byrd. Who’s Robert Byrd? This guy.
Some idiot left the floodlights on all night before the Euro2016 final. Moth-based hilarity ensued. (By half-time, the moth that landed on Cristiana Ronaldo’s face had fifty different accounts on Twitter.)
Philip May might be no SamCam, but he's more stylish than Dennis. (Except for those turn-ups.)
Sorry – bit overdue…
The Appendix N Blog. (Appendix N of the AD&D 1st edition Dungeon Master’s Guide was where Gary Gygax listed all of the literature that influenced him.)
If a political party vows to defend the welfare state against "neo-liberals", to defeat the "dictatorship of the markets", cut the retirement age to 60 and realign "taxation against capital and in favour of workers", it's a left-wing party isn't it? So why do people still call the French Front National a “far right” party?
The draft syllabus for Politics AS and A level looks to be very robust. A level politics under this syllabus would actually be a good preparation for a Politics degree rather than the somewhat wishy-washy A-level subject it currently is.
Someone asked me the other day if we had any "politically incorrect" board games in stock in the Shop. I had to admit that we didn't. I'm all for tweaking the sensibilities of the terminally politically correct, but I think even I would draw the line well before this point.
What does the galaxy need most after the destruction of the Second Death Star? A Central Bank. (I would actually love it if this is the plot for Episode VII, but then I liked all the stuff about taxation of trade routes in Episode I…)
The genius of Tusk. (And isn’t Christine’s hair truly tragic in that photo?)
The best business schools now recruit people with both experience of industry and teaching ability. (…and so does my university, which is how I’m there. However, since the business school is only in its second year, it might be a while before we catch up with Harvard…)
...and Sony has just finished making Betamax cassettes. (I bet there are still fanboys out there arguing that the picture quality is better than VHS.)
7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding (Actually, they’re more things you might like to avoid than really appalling sins, but hey.)
'Virtue signalling' is not virtue. Good point. (And I am aware of the irony of linking to this post using social media.)
Why We Should Defend The Right To Be Offensive. (I reserve the right to believe that some of the comments on this article were made by idiots.)
Good advice for writers, especially of non-fiction. This article grabbed me early on when he took the piss out of Neil ‘my hair will blow ever so attractively in the wind if I stand on this clifftop’ Oliver.
Paedophiles should be allowed to adopt. (How could that possibly go wrong?)
“At this year’s NUS Black Students’ Conference, I had sex with someone. The other party later informed me that the sex was not consensual. I failed to properly establish consent before every act. I apologise sincerely and profoundly for my actions." We have a word for “sex that was not consensual”: rape. And I wonder if there is an NUS White Students’ Conference…
And the lesson to be learned here is this: make a self-deprecating joke to a conference that could be misinterpreted as politically incorrect if removed from the context in which it was made, then it _will_ be removed from its context, selectively quoted and used by a social media mob to hound you out of your job, no matter how great your previous accomplishments. Richard Dawkins is angry about this, and really so should we all be. This is typical of the condemnatory articles that didn't think to check facts.
Doctor Who Online does look to be defrauding advertisers. They’ve tried this with The Shop on the Borderlands (we sell Doctor Who RPGs), but I was too sceptical. Combine a proprietary analytics system that massively overstates traffic with quite persistent selling, and yes, I think Mr Sandifer is on to something.
Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes. (And that’s before you include the cost of state education, state healthcare, public sector salaries etc…)
So let me get this straight - Scottish votes for Scottish laws is right and proper; Welsh votes for Welsh laws is right and proper; Northern Irish votes for Northern Irish laws is right and proper but English votes for English laws is "racist".
The key sentence in this story is I feel "That complaint was referred to the police who decided not to prosecute." And we assume, with good reason.
The most decade-specific words in Billboard popular song titles, 1890-2014. (A remarkable illustration of the decline of western civilisation…)
Remember how Rotherham's Labour council allowed the gang rape of 1,400 children by muslims because of political correctness? Would it surprise you to learn that one of those councillors' sons has just been detained in Turkey while trying to join ISIS?
Brad Torgersen has done his job well. Kudos. (Predictably, some people are embarrassing themselves on Twitter right now by complaining about this.)