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  1. Hey all. Been away from this forum for a very long time and thought I would look it up to see if it was still here. Pleasantly surprised to find many familiar names still writing. Wishing everyone a very lovely Holiday Season, and happy gaming - wherever it is you may be playing. Cheers to all!
  2. Had the pleasure of seeing Michael C Hall in "Lazarus" off Broadway over my holiday trip to New York in December, and this morning I went to send someone a message about the reviews it had gotten since they were asking me about the show... I didn't connect the dots on why the sudden interest about the play from my friend's e-mail until I went online and discovered Bowie passed on yesterday... feeling pretty sad. His music and his art was always a big favorite in my life. R.I.P David Bowie
  3. You seem to be confusing my views and then accusing me of claiming something I did not. I never said the vast majority of gun owners blow people away. I said very clearly I believe the vast majority hold a certain mindset. You got issues with me making a generalization based on my experience with criminals. Yet just like you, criminals are not the only people I know with guns. That aside, to further clarify, it is my view that people who buy, own, and especially the ones with CCDW rights to carry them do so because they predicate the need to have them to begin with on a certain set of beliefs in the first place --- beliefs which when put to the test, have proven all too often lead to deaths. You call all that bullshit. OK. No worries, that makes little difference to me. I know what I see, and what I see is people in this country sticking their heads up their asses on this issue because they are so busy upholding their "god given right" to be Johnny-Law when it suits them. Call it bullshit again. Stats DO speak for themselves - this country has more shootings on a given day that any nation in the world, it doesn't need to be 25K a day for my point to be made. Furthermore, considering the government ban making it illegal for the CDC to even research the impact of gun violence on communities for well over a decade now, fuck knows what the numbers really are at this point. You cannot limit gun violence to just death from guns, which are bad enough. There are a plethora of other issues at work around this, which represent a systemic problem in all communities where guns surface. All this said, nice chatting with ya'll I am outta here for holiday trip. Be well.
  4. I think the rate of shootings in this country speaks for itself.
  5. Not sure I get the ouija board reference exactly.... also not sure how social services work in UK, as here it is a pretty broad range of work. Mine has been limited in child and adult protective services, drug rehabilitation programs, and victim services advocacy through the district attorney's office. The jurisdiction for all these programs cross with law enforcement collaboration, and yes do frequently mean we are talking about dealing people that have been abused or injured by others that have engaged in illegal and criminal behavior. There are many other areas of services. To assume gun owners do not need the services themselves is rather short sighted however. I have worked with many a family who lost a child for example, to a father or mother that owned a gun. That parent was also in need of help, despite believing themselves "responsible." Such people rarely ever assume s/he has done anything wrong or other than exercising his/her constitutional right, so the issue is not what you or I or the NRA deem responsible, but how the owner him/herself thinks of it - which is what is at the heart of the problem with the idea of owning and using guns as a private citizen in the first place here, an attitude in Americans you yourself above basically discussed as being problematic.
  6. So your issue is my using the terms " vast majority" because you have "some US friends that own guns." Call BS all you like. Doesn't change my experience over this many years or my view. That you seem so offended by it is your problem. Fact remains, encouraging people to use their guns in this country IS NOT the answer to an already huge gun problem.
  7. Heh. Yes actually, I should be dead considering I have been shot on the job, but was fortunate enough to have not been fatally injured. As for the rest of your comments, they are off the mark. If you have not worked in a field where you have to deal with these types of people on a regular basis, you won't exactly have the same frame of reference. Disagree if you will. Doesn't change anything for me.
  8. Call it BS all you like. That is my experience on the job.
  9. There would not be enough time to explain it to you. And saying that people who carry guns have no intention of using them is an oxymoronic rationalization the NRA is only all too fond of shoving down people's throats here. In my nearly 30 years of working in social services in this country, often in collaboration with law enforcement and community based agencies, I have never once met a "responsible gun owner" as the NRA likes to call them, let alone someone with a CCDW license in particular who wasn't perfectly comfortable with idea of blowing any one, any where, away.
  10. No matter your view of the "right" or perhaps the "wrong" of Americans having constitutionally blessed weapons.... for lack of a better description.... what I find massively idiotic about the article I linked is that in the current climate of mass paranoia and hatred already climbing on a daily basis in THIS country (something which you may think you are already aware of...), it is completely irresponsible to encourage people in this way at this of all times. The huge amount of conflict currently happening seemingly everywhere with police killings in nearly every major city in the US, the coverage on the Planned Parenthood shooting, Black Lives demonstrations and occupations everywhere, now this in San Bernardino (in the wake of over-saturation of media coverage about Paris), ISIS, etc., the freaking nut job TRUMP comments every day.... the LAST thing we need to be doing here, especially if you are in LAW ENFORCEMENT, is to encourage the people to carry their god-given firearms - considering the very obvious mindset of the vast majority of people who carry them, let alone the ones who are only too happy to use them....
  11. R.I.P. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/12/08/remembering-life-and-legacy-john-trudell-162697
  12. Apparently the level of idiotic "advice" from "experts" has reached new lows in recent days in US... good grief! http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/san-bernardino-shooting/wake-san-bernardino-sheriffs-urge-residents-carry-guns-n476291
  13. ... will keep up with news on it to see
  14. LOL. SO by this I should take it to mean? the game is likely crap...?
  15. With all the nasty current news atm, I find myself going back to listening to some old stuff that just used to make me smile..... god bless Joe Elliott, lol
  16. Wow! apparently I found something which absolutely no one has an opinion about. An amazing feat
  17. Yeah it does, in several ways, but on the other hand once you learn how to best work them you can get some very good deals but it takes a LOT of effort to know how. Since the game allows you to join up to 5 guilds, your best bet is to find one for playing content and use the other four for trading, and I do mean buying/selling only. Becoming a member of a decent, and large, trading guild will save you loads of traveling around and research time since usually that part of the equation tends to be done by some of the officers organizing items for the inventory and for scouting bid locations. A good way to scope this out is by paying attention to the guilds which regularly have NPCs representing them at the major hubs in each faction since those spots are the most expensive to bid on. Some of the choice locations used to have more "raiding" minded guilds posting and they offered more choice wares, but since many have left the game, the spots have mostly been taken over by the wealthier trading guilds. These are the ones you want to join. By doing this you can then sell and buy more stuff at more competitive prices. Aside from the above, yes the system is really wonky. Players have been asking for a global AH since beta but devs are adamant that they will not add this to the game, so we have what we have economy-wise. At launch, bots were a MASSIVE issue they took months to lock down, which did a number of the cost of most tempers and max ranked mats, and there is something of a resurgence of this again with Orsinium, though they are quieter about the issue than before since (I suspect...) some of the botting is likely not really happening by outside gold farmers this time but by some of the trading guilds in game.... can't prove it, just a hunch based on the cost to mat ratio of TV stones and mats in IC, and also now with mats in Orisinium being pitifully difficult to find, even after farming for hours. It will likely get flagged and caught as before, but the damage to the economy is not a good result.... The main thing about this game, is that after you have played it a while especially at cap - and then begin to compare that with how other MMOs work, suddenly the others don't look as bad in terms of main systems integral to what MMOs are ( or should be) all about. Sometimes trying to re-invent the wheel is not really creative - it's just fuel for failure.
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glxh9ZgP7kc
  19. I have been playing ESO since beta and currently have 3 vet 16s, a Templar healer, a Nighblade, and a Dragonknight, and then a Sorc at v12. To say the game is challenging from 1-50 was laughable even in beta, frankly - let alone now. It is beyond faceroll easy to level the entire game solo all the way to cap, even in the crappiest gear. The only time you need anyone, and a decent set up, is if you want to complete on-level 4 man dungeons, and even some of those you can solo, depending on your build. Vet dungeons on the other hand, for daily pledges, are more difficult but only by the degree to which you learn the mechanics, which can be done usually in one run and then instantly they are on farm as the mechanics are always - and I mean always - the same tripe, just in different order sadly. That's it. There are no actual raids in ESO, despite all the BS people may want to throw at you about 12 man Trials. Hel Rah Citadel and Atherian Archives are super easy since they have been nerf-batted so many times, and as is are now completely obsolete, and Sanctum Ophidia, which is the only 12 man moderately on par with raids you may have seen in other games, is really a snooze fest once you have done it even once all the way through. At this point, the game has become a total joke of a grind fest for Champion Points, since they never did away with Veteran Ranks as they claimed they would. You grind, grind, grind XP to get the points to progress your build - which in turn makes PvE even more faceroll since they continue to fail miserably at attuning the content to account for them. The new White Gold Tower Run and Imperial City 4 mans in Imperial City DLC were supposed to be the pinnacle of difficulty added into the game upon the DLC's release, but there was SO much fucking bitching from casuals when it went live that they nerfed it to hell already twice. Orisinium DLC now is the same. So much griping from people wanting to solo everything, so they released a solo Arena, Maelstrom Arena and of course, yet AGAIN, the bitch-fest that the Veteran mode is too hard, waaaa waaaa!! and that no one can complete it. I did it on the test server on all my first try using templates for god sake, and trust me I am NOT an uber elite type of player by any stretch of the imagination. The worst part about Champion Points is that is has totally destroyed PvP being worth anyone's time, save for the top 5% that have racked up a huge pool of CPs. Oh and here is the best part! They are now capping CPs by DLC release basically. There are many people, me included, that got upwards of 600 CPs since the system started and with Orsinium they took them away. They are limited until the next release comes, whenever the fuck that is. I think if you enjoyed Elder Scrolls, the 1-50 game is certainly fun to do and worth seeing for the beautiful world and some of the quests are really a fun experience. But once you hit Vet ranks, it is an entirely different game and not much fun to be found if you intend at all to become group minded given the constant changing of core systems, jacking around with you builds, etc. that the devs keep making. The game has not been live even two years and they have raised the cap four times, thrown CPs account wide and then in the trash, itemization is for shit, and PvP is not longer a worthwhile investment....
  20. I've been tracking all the info I can find on this game's development, and so far I kind of find myself fascinated with the ideas of it (though having not played as many MMOs as the rest of you, I may just be intrigued by something the rest of you have already tried elsewhere...) That said, if this progresses as they plan, it really seems like it would be different (at least for my experience) and something I might actually be able to sink my teeth into for a long while - at least until and IF there is ever a reboot of LotrO (NOT! I know... hehe) What do you all make of this? https://chroniclesofelyria.com/
  21. Ya I didn't think so, but seeing as how all the transfer are apparently not done, I just wondered. I certainly don't play anymore since I firebomed my original account after the class changes in HD, but I am glad I at least got to do so on a server I wanted rather than getting funneled over into one I did not. I hope that the folks still playing aren't negatively affected by the influx.... seems "refugees" are everywhere now, even in LotrO lol
  22. One of the things I had actually most liked about the server I played on last (Imladris) was that it was relatively quiet and not so crowded. I deliberately went there from Elendilmir to get away from the perception I had there were too many people I didn't want to deal with. I wonder now, with all the consolidation, if there will be such a thing as a low population server of those that are left standing, or if the goal will be to force people across them equally when they choose, so that no one server is getting fewer transfers than others. Since they always had the "recommended" server in the launcher, it seem like it would be pretty easy to make that happen with people who are not aware of the server they select/and/or do not have other players there they know.
  23. I guess others here already heard about this but this looks like Blizzard will be rolling out new subs after this hits the theatres... amazing how much product they have garnered from just one game....
  24. How to make a million: Create a script for Amazon.com that can strip the entire site of all "Recommendations" for an account. Charge a mere $.99 and allow for download via PayPal purchase. Plan your retirement in the Bahamas
  25. mtones


    Wow, that is disappointing. it sounded kind of cool in theory. Thanks for the feedback Are there any decent PvP games out there which would offer something similar - that works? I never thought I would ever get interested in PvP but lately with the experiences I have had in ESO I found I am kind of enjoying it despite myself... would like to try it in a different game that is actually working well (not GW2 pls) and which is zerg fest free if possible...
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