G.I.R.L. Really?

So, have any of you ever heard the acronym “G.I.R.L.” when referring to women on online games?  Maybe some of you would know it more from the full term of “Guy In Real Life”, as it is often colloquially called.  It is a phrase that really irritates the ever loving crap out of me, like seriously guys.  The kind of spineless and hateful pieces of crap that use this term really just get my goat sometimes, but of course I do not feed the trolls themselves.  It does not do one well to actually show rage online, but inside it still eats at you especially when one is trans such as myself.


On Dogs and Alignment

I find it interesting that for a dog, the ultimate compliment, the ultimate praise, the pinnacle of achievement is the phrase, “Good dog.” What, your dog just fetched a ball? Good dog. He sat on command? Good dog. He saved a baby from a burning building? Good dog. Ok, extreme example, but you get my point: Whether an invaluable service animal or a family pet, the best thing you can say to your dog is that he is good.

We know, if we take the 3.5 PHB as canon, that most humans are, naturally, neutral good. If given the choice, average-guy-on-the-street will choose to do good, even if it means breaking a law to do so. We see examples of this general societal mindset when we’re outraged because a hero is punished for a life-saving action that violated a law or a company policy. Like this lifeguard, who was fired for saving a drowning man outside his “zone.” The lifeguarding company has offered the guy his job back, but think about it. If this guy had been LG, he would have let the guy drown, or at least alerted someone who could have saved him without violating his company policy. NG, save the guy without thinking about it. CG, I dunno, save the guy and then sue the company? The point is, put on the spot in a life-or-death situation, Average Person acted NG. Just like the PHB says he should.

Rituals of the Random

Luck – a : a force that brings good fortune or adversity.dicebubbles

b: the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual.

If you are a gamer then more than likely you use dice. I’d be willing to bet that you own some dice. I personally have a set in my purse, just for those instances I might need some in a jif (You never know!).


MechWarrior Online Primer: Roles


Ok, let’s rap for a second, guys.  We all know that giant robots are both large and robotic, and that, in MechWarrior Online, by PGI Games, they’re also just absolutely covered in weapons.  Now, if you’ve been following this weekly column then you know that there are different sizes of ‘Mechs and that different weapons are effective at different ranges.  These two facts, combined with the varying speeds your giant robots can achieve through the use of different engines means that ‘Mechs can serve a number of different roles on the battlefield.

The role of your ‘Mech is primarily determined by three factors: Size, Speed & Loadout.  Since these three factors are really the only variables in MechWarrior Online that means that the previous sentence was kind of pointless.  It’s ok though, keep reading, we’re gonna get to the actual meat in just a second.  The important thing to know here is that your role determines your strategies and how you should pilot your ‘Mech.  Know your roles and you will immediately see an improvement in your game!  Well, theoretically, anyway.


Fun with Tyranids: Sarge is Acting Weird

Everyone, it is thursday, and you all know what that means.

No, not that you perverted little buggers, its time to talk about bugs silly.

Fun with Tyranids:  Sarge is Acting Weird

Today we will be talking about the often ignored HQ choice the Tyranids have, known as The Parasite of Mortrex.  He is a little flying bugger that has some really really cool abilities as long as you can get him across the field.  Regardless of how hard he is to keep alive he has some really lulz worthy abilities that can really make playing him as your HQ as tons of fun.

First of all, he has wings so that makes him a jump infantry, giving him an awesome 12″ movement which gives him some great mobility.  He also is obviously a Synapse creature and because of his rending claws has the rending special rule.  Also with the Implant Attack special rule, any wound rolls of 6 automatically cause instant death regardless of toughness, which of course means they rend as well meaning they are AP2 which is just awesome.  Sure it doesn’t get past those pesky invulnerable saves, but still it is definitely something, can really mess with your opponents. (more…)