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  1. jerdge

    A Rant

    Gift cards are a good idea if you happen to know that the recipient is going to use it (e.g. a bookshop gift card to someone that actually usually buys books). Otherwise they're just lazy. At that point, cash is better.
  2. I think that this is a good analysis, and CN mechanics have probably generated a new feature, which is an "unbeatable" (i.e. "too costly to roll") very small group. Liking it to Citadel, and specifically to The Gremlins, is correct, as those structures had the same goal of "self determination" through political independence (read: "we can't get rolled that easily"), achieved by building superior stats. The difference is that Citadel was larger, in terms of nation count, and thus more unstable, and Gre fell prey to apathy and to Ramirus Maximus's political insanity. Which probably means that the wrong leadership is the most immediate threat to DBDC (not having a structure can work only to a certain extent, as someone will still have to make some decisions, and no structure means also no safeguards). The best asset in this sense is probably the activity on part of DBDC's veterans. I anyway find this analysis a bit lacking on the "political" side of things. Grouping most of the active players with terrific stats is not easy to do and keeping them together may prove to be difficult: being "outside" of politics, but politically and military active, means not having a safety net while still having enemies. People may at some point become wary of such an "unchecked" independent power, which "arbitrarily" punishes top tiers, and unite/make plans to undermine/co-opt it. In a sense, DBDC is neutral and can thus also be compared to OBR (or to WTF/GPA's top tiers), but without the benefits associated with peaceful neutrality... It will be interesting to see where they'll be in six or twelve months from now.
  3. Except when in the MHA, I have always had that SoD hovering above my neck as well. After some time you tend to forget about it, though. I am afraid that now I am too old to care anymore about it.
  4. jerdge

    I Am Better Than All Of You

    Satire should be short, but it's a worthy try, Myth. (Rush's judgments are also a worthy attempt: some of their defects are basically inevitable, and few that criticize them would be able to do better, IMHO.)
  5. Keeping it short: I never understood why people consider their and everyone's treaties like they were pieces of a domino. I am talking of the idea of engaging "this" alliance or "that" one because of the defensive treaties that would be activated, trying to bring as much firepower to your side while you try to limit the firepower activated on the other side. While it may seem right from the perspective of the single treaty, if you look at the whole picture it means that you use people's treaties against them and - this is clearly the corollary that makes the entire thing fall apart - you admit that others can use your treaties against you. Treaties are agreements that you signed for your own purposes and to support your direct counterparts. If some party that is distant in the treaty web started some conflict and you find yourself entering on this or that side depending on the order in which treaties are "activated", well... something is definitely wrong. An alliance shouldn't let their Foreign Affairs be dictated by those that can best manipulate the treaty web, but they should rather operate with their objectives in mind. This isn't necessarily "realpolitik" - you can still pursue an honourable and "losing" stance (or whatever else you fancy to role-play) - but it's just self-determination: you do what you want to do, you defend/attack what you want to protect/destroy.Your true allies will understand when you can't help them (or rather: their allies) because it's incompatible with your decisions. In short: your treaties are yours, not anyone else's.
  6. This analysis was very good up to the point where you (apparently) left your personal taste/preferences cloud it. I am totally OOC in this and I really don't see how NG and CnG (or anyone else) deserve to be called names for doing what everyone else has been/is doing, which is to play "CN politics" to their ends (in short: "sustainable fun long term"). I am not saying they didn't do it well/bad and surely they seem to be losing right now, but who hasn't been losing in this game at one point or another? If you're going IC at it just disregard this, of course.
  7. Good read, despite the slightly too numerous "cookie cutter" and "I am not saying that" parts. Thanks for doing this.
  8. Pax Corvus is neutral. If you don't know anything of them you're truly missing on something. I definitely agree on your opinion on Sard: he's one of the best players in the whole game. As for people wanting the GOONS (and/or the MK) "gone": AFAIK people would like to keep the game-related drama, but not at the cost of having to bear RL-related crap, and - if the two can't be separated - they'd rather get rid of both. I personally disagree with that analysis as I maintain that individuals, not alliances, should be held responsible for RL-related offenses, but I acknowledge that it's definitely not an issue of "not realizing what they'd lose". They do realize it very well and there's in fact a specific part they want to lose.
  9. Quite obviously Pizza Hut and Dominos are not a thing around here (Italy): www.pizzahut.it and www.dominos.it are actually up for sale... I tried Pizza Hut decades ago in Great Britain and maybe 4-5 years ago in France and in both cases it wasn't really that bad (although nothing comparable with a true pizzeria). A couple of years ago I tested it again in Ireland (there was nothing else still open at that hour, to be frank) and it was definitely the worst thing I ate in Ireland in the time I was there. That stuff shouldn't be called "pizza" in the first place, and I doubt it should be classified as food either, actually. I guess it got worse with time, or I stumbled upon a very very bad sho- restau-... How are we supposed to call them, by the way?
  10. The solution to his bad reputation is to worsen it. If it gets worse enough he may even make a living out of it! What I seriously don't get is what's wrong with Pizza Hut. Any honest job has dignity and I'll never understand people that make fun of others because of the job these last have/they fancy these last have. Rather than the pics stuff (~who-the-heck-cares-BTW~) his lack of respect for Pizza Hut workers is the most telling thing about his character. And it's not good.
  11. Whatever you do will in your life will most probably count very little in terms of the entire planet, and even if you'll be the next Alexander or Pasteur, well... we're on a ridiculously irrelevant grain of dust that pointlessly rotates around a N-th class star at the periphery of an immense thing that, too, is basically irrelevant compared to the Universe. And we don't even know how much the Universe (we know) really counts in terms of ~everything~. Whatever you do will be insignificant. But history is not static. In many countries most children become adult, the principles of law apply to everyone and human rights are protected and - although nothing is perfect and there's no complete justice - it has not always been like that. History is not static, and whatever improvement was put in effect by people like you. The great revelation is that nobody can do whatever you don't do: you are the only one that can do your part, thus it's very important that you do it. If you donate your blood, for example, someone will be relieved and you may even save a human life. You can choose to change something, which means that you too can leave your mark on that ~everything~. I don't know about you, but when I choose to change something here and now - when I donate blood - I don't really give a damn about stars and nations, or galaxies and world crises. There can be only one that does the things that I do, and I am content with that. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. (Gandhi)
  12. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    Thanks for that comment Gairjuki, and for the time you took to write and post it. It's very interesting.
  13. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    I've never understood the disapproval for those that donate to the game. The game would probably not exist without them. I'll intervene into the discussion to say that it's really blown out of proportion, if all it's about is Rush's comment against RL analogies despite him having a RL-related avatar.
  14. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    Maybe - just maybe - letting Hime post whatever she wants wherever she wants, as long as she's not offensive; and expecting that Hime lets others post whatever they want, or wear whatever avatar they want, as long as they're not offensive... and trying to have fun in the game instead of "always" trying to show how and why others would be "bad" at something... Maybe - just maybe - it would go a long way to enhance everyone's experience of CN. A debate over the differences between IC, OOC and RL would certainly be interesting and instructive, if we could be civil about it. As it's happening in this blog entry it won't be anything else than a train wreck. Which - hey! - is OK if a train wreck is what you're looking for!
  15. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    This argument of yours must be totally incomprehensible for anyone without knowledge of past issues. Assuming that any of you three (Hime, Potato and Rush) still knows where you started from and where you're heading to, by the way.
  16. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    Maybe I am not getting something, but I thought that RP was about having fun with "make believe" stuff that, while obviously linked with RL in some way (otherwise there would be no common ground to start from, and it would thus be incomprehensible to everyone), it's mostly imaginary, at least in the part that counts and that provides fun. And yes, everyone's imagination, even Shakespeare's, is rooted in reality, but that doesn't make it any less an imaginary thing. I thought that OOC was talking of the RP stuff, but without pretension and without the acting effort. And I thought that RL was the (bigger) part has nothing to do with the RP. And all of this would have its place in these forums, and such roles would be interconnected, but separated (otherwise, how could I even make any distinction at all?) And then, sure, there's the fact that we always play a role and we don't tell all to everyone, in RL and in CN and everywhere, and we're not 100% "sincere" with anyone: full disclosure is impossible or at least (a lot) undesirable. Would a spouse share her husband's sexual preferences at the next meeting at the local church? If not, does that mean that she's "role playing"? To quote Pirandello, each person is "uno, nessuno e centomila" (google it) and we know, at least since the times of the ancient Greeks, that we don't even know our own self that very well, but I am not sure that this means that "role playing" is universally a useful criterion to interpret what people do on the Internet. Sometimes they don't just pretend that they're dicks or stupid, for instance...
  17. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    Chax, I must say that that is an amazing comment. Probably the best thing of your I ever read.*applause*
  18. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    Hoping to stop the off-topic debate on the jurisdiction of the Mods: Myth is right in the sense that the CN staff reserved for themselves the right to warn or ban any player without notice for any reason or for no reason at all, thus they may warn (or, more probably, ban) anyone they in any way become convinced has acted in an unacceptable way, no matter where that happened and even if it really happened. It's obviously a very rare occurrence, also because the Mods have no duty to do anything for what happens outside of the game and the forums, but it isn't impossible. It might sound harsh or wrong or whatever anyone want, but it's been written in the TOS since day one! Those that find it unacceptable can just stop playing the game. Can we stay on the topic of the boundaries of acceptable RP now, please?
  19. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    Well obviously every one will have their specific take and sensibility about this issue, but I think that those leading in the joke (case in point: Tamerlane) ought to have a specific and authoritative opinion on the matter. Which I am curious to hear. As for satire in general, it's expected to offend someone, otherwise it wouldn't be satire in the first place. One may like it or not, but I personally think that satire has a positive overall effect over society and I am thus inclined to like it more than not (except when the target is the weak/oppressed, which anyway automatically makes it something else than satire, IMHO). According to my personal experience (no real authority then) satire of religion usually targets either clergies, stereotypes or the literal/stupid interpretation of the "original" religious message, rather than and in opposition to the "genuine" popular religiousness. Which is why I took it almost for granted that this Mushlim stuff couldn't possibly be against Islam at large, unless we consider all those engaging into it as complete idiots. Which last thing doesn't really seem a fair or even just a remotely realistic assumption.
  20. jerdge

    Mushlims?

    Source: The Fall of the Mushroom kingdomI thought that Mushlim jokes were intended to satirize stereotypes about Muslims, not really Muslims themselves. Am I wrong? Tamerlane, your take?
  21. It changed when it became standard to activate military treaties, i.e. when non-chaining clauses became the norm. The treaties themselves aren't really decisive anymore, now: everyone is tied to everyone else (one to four/five treaty chains away) and the real choice/event is when you enter a war. Which in fact is the news that is communicated by/to (and discussed with) your allies. I think that a root reason for the above mechanism is that aged nations with big treasuries and nuclear capability are now very common, thus every grouping has some room to pursue their own FA path without risking to be obliterated once and for all - or not caring about it, for that matter - no matter how bad they screw up. Multiple FA trajectories (often "FaceBookNations FA", BTW) mean that the world is multi-polar or at least considerably chaotic, thus you can't really trust each other anymore: maybe your direct allies are reliable, but some of their allies most likely are not, and everyone wants an ad hoc exit to be used as needed. Add to this that many players are tired of the game and you can't trust them to be pursuing a sustainable FA path, which adds to the uncertainty and mistrust... Ultimately what changed is the surface, anyway, not the "real" structure of the FA game. Replace signing treaties with "activating" them and you're back to your intense discussion among allies about what is happening (and about what really drives the game of politics).
  22. I really doubt that any neutral "decided they needed the help of nobody because they'd never be in a war". At any rate, I talked with several neutrals during my years in CN and I don't recall a single one ever saying anything even remotely similar to that stance. Maybe they just hide and conspire when I don't look, who knows? I am similarly skeptical about neutrals "shunning and laughing at" anyone's allies. Can you please point to some significant instance in which that would have happened?
  23. jerdge

    Of Trolling

    Well "dirty" as it's not very white knight like.. I don't "morally" condemn trolling (in a game) and I can't even claim I never did it...
  24. jerdge

    Of Trolling

    Well trolling is a dirty activity and one can't be too choosy when going about it. I think that whatever works is viable as long as it works. Even getting everyone to face-palm and tell you that you're an "idiot" (I am exaggerating a bit), if that means that the thread is anyway wrecked, is a victory of sorts. It's probably not very hard won and it isn't a style anyone should be gloating about (IMHO), but it gets the job done, thus it's not an entire failure. It's a matter of perspective, I guess. Your entries are always good reads, anyway. Thank you.
  25. jerdge

    Of Trolling

    I must protest against this blog having such unfrequent entries. And I must thank Ktarthan for being Ktarthan (your nation slogan... ) On topic. The point of trolling isn't to convince or to build a reputation, but to derail and bury the thread/arguments under pages of stupid discussion. Discrediting the troll can't get you anywhere, save maybe where the troll wanted to bring you. In fact there's only one way to neuter trolls, which is to ignore them. If you can actually do it.
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