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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 24, 2014, 02:33:58 PM
Nothing.  Dragon Age is going to keep me plenty busy for the foreseeable future.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 24, 2014, 02:32:06 PM
Three quick questions:

1.  I keep seeing messages about party members approving or disapproving of my actions.  Is there some sort of relationship meter like in previous Bioware games where you can see where you stand with each member?
2.  How the crap do you upgrade Bianca (Varric's crossbow)?  I crafted a bunch of mods for it, but it doesn't show up anywhere when I go to the "Modify Weapons" station.   icon_confused
3.  Is there any way to see what the rewards will be for quests in the War Room?  If I'm going to have someone spend 19 hours doing a quest, it would be nice to know what I'm getting from it.

The Western Approach (?, the desert area) is a little frustrating.  The highlight outline for loot is the exact same color as the sand, so it's nearly impossible to see where things are.  I keep hearing the "ding" when I search, but can't find where things are for the life of me.  Wish there was an option to change that somehow.  I've also started having my first real bugs in this area, with the dialog wheel often taking anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes to show up during conversations.  Also had it crash back to the PS4 dashboard three times now.  frown
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 23, 2014, 08:45:36 PM
The sheer amount of detail packed into this game is absolutely astounding.  I just had a 15-minute, fully voiced side conversation with Dorian that went into a ridiculous amount of detail about Tevinter politics, social/caste structure, leadership, and religious beliefs.  This wasn't part of a quest or the main story, mind you, it was just a random discussion that just kept opening all these fascinating options and dialog choices.  This wasn't a one-time thing either...this sort of detailed conversation happens on a very regular basis.  I'm not sure I've seen a game world as fully fleshed out as DAI is, and that includes the Elder Scrolls games.

I have managed to stumble into a few areas that absolutely kick my ass (i.e. one-shot my entire party), without any indication that might happen.  Part of me thinks that's refreshing, and part of me finds that annoying.  Especially when these uber-powerful enemies look exactly the same as the mobs I just mopped the floor with 50 yards down the road.

The only glaring issue I have right now is that I hate, hate, hate how the mounts handle.  I'll gladly just run from place to place - even if it takes significantly longer - just because the mounts are so awful.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 23, 2014, 03:20:13 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 23, 2014, 02:42:38 PM

Stumbled across this Public Service Announcement: If You're Playing Dragon Age, Leave The Hinterlands.  icon_biggrin

Came to post exactly this.  The game really didn't hit its stride for me until I left the Hinterlands, started exploring other areas, doing the War Council quests, etc.  Once I did, things got really fantastic.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 06:57:34 PM
Is there any indication as to quest rewards (XP, items, power, etc.)?  Part of my problem is that I keep completing all these quests that seem to just have random benefits.  I have no way to prioritize the order that I'm going to complete these 3,205 quests because none of them give me any clue as to what I get out of it.  Feels like I'm just randomly doing whatever happens to be closest instead of progressing with any sort of plan.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 20, 2014, 05:24:38 PM
The iPad is a lifesaver on all my long cross-country flights.  I've caught up with a ton of the movies I missed over the last 4-5 years.  Outside of that, I mostly just use it for web surfing and e-mails.  I used to do a ton of gaming on it, but there hasn't been much lately that piques my interest.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 20, 2014, 04:38:40 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 20, 2014, 11:18:27 AM

For example, Bravely Default came out back in February.  It would be easy to forget now, in a season packed with blockbusters like GTA V and Dragon Age: Inquisition, that it was one of the best JRPGs I've ever played.  It's certainly my sleeper hit of the year, a strong contender for my personal GOTY, and bi-annual threads like this help keep it in mind.

Thanks for the reminder.  Bravely Default will probably go down as my disappointment of the year.  Such a fantastic game with a ton of promise for the first half...and such a lazy, piss-poor, drive-the-smoking-wreck-over-the-cliff second half.  Hugely disappointing.

The sheer amount of new content they released for FF XIV through the multiple patches this year give it my GOTY nod, even though it's not technically a 2014 game.  Well, that and the hundreds (and hundreds and hundreds) of hours I spent with it.  smile  A close second would surprisingly be Infamous Second Son, with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call in third.  DAI might slide in there as well, remains to be seen.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 06:26:26 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 20, 2014, 03:10:20 AM

Gratch likes a game?  TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF THAT POST! Tongue


When the game gets into story mode, I really like it.  Bioware has never steered me wrong in that department.

I'm not nearly as fond of the "get a new quest every 3 steps" dynamic that the open world brings though.  It's the main reason why open world games don't generally click with me...jury is still out on this one.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 12:26:54 AM
About 3 hours in, and enjoying it so far.  Feels much more like Skyrim than Dragon Age though.

Anyone else feeling a bit of quest overload?  I started in the Hinterlands this afternoon and within 30 minutes, I picked up 19 new quests.  Seemed like overkill to me.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 19, 2014, 05:57:46 PM
Sleeper hit would be Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call.  I was expecting a rehash of the first game, but they did a fantastic job of creating a huge game that is an absolute joy to play.  This is something I'll likely play consistently for years to come.

Disappointment would probably be Dreamfall Chapters.  The story and characters are excellent, but the last-gen graphics and shit-ton of technical issues are really disappointing.  Add in the fact that you only get about 4 hours of gameplay and have to wait months for the next installment, and it makes me regret pulling the trigger early.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 19, 2014, 02:46:38 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 19, 2014, 05:16:58 AM

Quote from: EddieA on November 17, 2014, 10:11:57 AM

Rollers of The Realm for PS4/Vita, a pinball RPG

Picked this up, its a fun little pinball game. Interesting elements to it. You have to level up your party, get new equipment, etc. As you take damage it wears away your flippers making it harder. It was really easy until I got to the third area. Now I am having to grind to get some money for better equipment.

Thanks for the feedback.  Doubt I'll grab this until after I'm done with DAI, but it's certainly in my queue.

Wish they'd release it for iPad though, as that's my pinball device of choice.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 02:44:37 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on November 19, 2014, 01:38:33 PM

I decided to get it for the ps4. It took me over two hours to play through the "introduction" and get to the title screen. Hysterical. If I continue on at this pace, from what I'm hearing relating to overall content, I may not finish this game until Easter 2015.  

Two hours?  Wow.

I doubt it took me 30 minutes to get to that point.
53  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: November 18, 2014, 05:52:27 PM
All the iOS Final Fantasy games are on sale today.  I might finally break down and buy either Dimensions or FF III.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Longest Journey game (kickstarter) on: November 18, 2014, 04:40:55 AM
My willpower finally crumbled, and I grabbed Dreamfall Chapters yesterday.  I needed a short game I could fit into the couple days before Dragon Age hits, and this fit the bill perfectly.

Just finished, took me a little over 4 hours.  I'd give it an A+ for story, music, overall atmosphere, and voice work.  The dual world it creates is fantastic, the characters are very well developed, the writing is excellent, and there's plenty of intrigue in the way they set up the next chapter (although the ending bit with the baby was really odd).

Unfortunately, it gets a D on the graphics and technical side.  All sorts of graphic bugs, ranging from the "annoying, but liveable" to the "damn near makes it unplayable".  Most of the issues seem to be with the lighting effects, which are an absolute disaster.  Random lens flares, lights that stretch into thin lines across the screen, shadows that don't match the source at all, etc.  I also experienced random frame-rate drops into the single digits, no matter what setting I used for the graphics.  In addition to the bugs, the animation is incredibly clunky, there's not even an attempt at lip syncing (which is incredibly distracting in a narrative-driven game), there are low res and blocky textures, etc. etc.  Graphics-wise, it feels like barely a minor upgrade from the original Dreamfall, and that game came out over 8 years ago.

As much as I enjoyed the story, I'd be very hard-pressed to recommend taking the plunge on this first chapter as-is.  Hopefully they can get a few of the technical bugs ironed out before the next chapter comes out...that would go a long way towards making it more enjoyable.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 02:24:01 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 17, 2014, 01:03:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 17, 2014, 12:55:50 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 17, 2014, 10:11:57 AM

a pinball RPG


Rollers of The Realm - I haven't seen any reviews or hands-on previews yet, but it seems like an interesting concept.

Thanks, I had completely missed that.  I'm a complete sucker for anything pinball related, so I'll definitely be checking this one out.  A little concerned at how incredibly basic the tables look, but it's certainly an interesting concept.  

EDIT:  There's a few additional videos on the Steam page, which show lots of gameplay.  This page also has links to a bunch of previews.  I'm more intrigued the more I see.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 12:55:50 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 17, 2014, 10:11:57 AM

a pinball RPG

57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 05:30:10 AM
DAI for PS4.  Also picked up Dreamfall Chapters this afternoon.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 17, 2014, 12:32:02 AM
Breaking my FF XIV obsession + a gaming lull until Dragon Age = bad for my budget. 

I spent way too much money and grabbed Resogun on PS4 (very fun), Endless Legend on PC (jury is still out), and Dreamfall Chapters on PC (very good).  Just killing some time until DA on Tuesday.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 14, 2014, 10:47:29 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 14, 2014, 10:46:05 PM

Origin should accept the same password you were using to log into Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Is it possible you added an authenticator to your account and it's waiting for a response code?

-Autistic Angel

Nope.  It did finally decided to accept the new password and let me log in...after about 2 hours.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 14, 2014, 05:21:46 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 14, 2014, 05:06:05 PM

Or maybe Dishonored (I bought it and never played it, think its supposed to be good)?

Very good...I loved Dishonored.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 14, 2014, 03:49:23 PM
Back to FF XIV for a few days until Dragon Age hits.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 14, 2014, 02:44:45 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 13, 2014, 02:37:47 AM

I have never had a problem with any game running in Origin.  My one encounter with their technical support occurred when I was trying to register my copy of The Sims 2 to unlock the Sims 2 Ultimate Edition, and they had the issue solved in minutes.

I'm the exact opposite.  I refuse to buy anything through Origin anymore because I have had nothing but issues with their service.  Games disappearing from my library, downloads not working, corrupted downloads. endless login issues, etc., etc.  They've been nothing but frustration for me and I won't use them for anything anymore.

EDIT:  Case in point.  I've been trying to do the Dragon Age Keep thing, which requires me to log in with my Origin account.  Says my password was invalid, so I went to their site and changed it.  That was nearly 20 minutes ago, and it still won't let me in with the brand new password that I just used.  I fucking hate Origin.   finger
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 12, 2014, 03:34:07 AM
I'm now even more annoyed with myself for playing through the DA games of so many different platforms.  Played through DAO once on 360 and once on PC, DA 2 once on PC and once on PS3, and now I'll be playing DAI on PS4.  Nothing from my characters is going to carry over.  frown

Very excited for this one though (great review, btw). 
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 03:25:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2014, 02:48:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 10, 2014, 02:36:44 PM

Nothing for me this week.  Waiting for Dragon Age next week.   drool

Heresy! Next week is for GTA V only!

Not a chance.  I'm the one person on the planet who absolutely can't stand the GTA games.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 02:36:44 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 10, 2014, 03:44:22 AM

Will pick up ACU some time, but my 35th wedding anniversary is next weekend and there's way too much going on to be able to devote the time to it.


Nothing for me this week.  Waiting for Dragon Age next week.   drool
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 10, 2014, 05:02:34 AM
Helpful info, thanks.  I still alternate between frustrated as hell and utter amazement with this game.  I really struggle to kill enemy captains, especially when there's a big mob around at the same time.  This leads to lots of deaths and subsequent promotions that just make the game harder.  Stealth kills on Captains also causes me to tear my hair out.  I've had at least 4-5 lined up perfectly, and when I hit the button to land the blow, it decides to kill the guy next to the Captain instead of the actual Captain.  Frustrating.

That said, moments like these more than make up for it.

-  Took down my first Warchief tonight during the story mission (Mogg the Other Twin, I think).  Battling him on a platform in the middle of what must have been at least 30 orcs.  Backflipping, dodging, and parrying like crazy, all while slowly chipping away at his health.  Just as my own HP went into critical, I landed the final blow...which sent the entire mob of Uruks running in terror and restored me to 100% health.  I literally jumped out of my chair with an audible "YES!!!" when he finally went down.

-  Had a Captain who had been terrorizing me for hours, I think his name was Tumuk.   He'd always show up at bad times, and I could never quite managed to take him down.  I saw that he was doing one of those "Duel" events with another low level Captain.   The duel starts, and I take out his opposing Captain with a quick headshot.  Tumuk, thinking he'd won, goes strolling off with his posse in tow.  I stealthily pick off his entourage one by one as they cross the bridge, and I sneak up on him to land the killing strike...forgetting (of course) to check his intel to see if he was immune to stealth or not.  Turns out that he was immune, so a large battle ensues.  I'm frantically fighting off the growing mob along with Tumuk when I decide to check his intel.  Turns out he takes damage from explosions, and...oh look...there's a campfire about 50 yards away.  I break out of combat and sprint to the fire, with now a huge line of baddies behinds me.  I run past the fire just enough to get them all around it, then turn around and shoot a Focus shot straight into the flames.  Boom goes the dynamite, the boss is down to about 1/4 health, and I was able to finish him off pretty easily.

As a crusty old jaded gamer, those "this is why I still love gaming" moments are much harder to come by these days.  I've experienced a bunch with this game just in the first 10 hours, which is pretty impressive.  smile
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 09, 2014, 08:02:43 PM
So I gave this another shot this weekend, and it has finally started to click.  While I still find myself frustrated as hell at times, I'm having far more fun than I was expecting.  A couple stupid questions:

1.  How do I tell my what my Power level is?  The Captains I'm fighting are anywhere from Power level 5 to Power level 20, but I have no idea how that compares with my level. 
2.  There's one Boss that has killed me multiple times, and has gotten promoted through a number of other events.  I've run across him a couple times in the field now, and he's to the point where he can kill me with one shot (and did so twice in the last hour).  Am I just better off running like hell every time I see him until I get stronger?  Or have I created an unstoppable monster because he's killed me so many times?
3.  I may have asked this before (apologies if so), but what are the "must have" skills?  I have 5-6 skill points saved up because wanted to get some of the skills at the next level, but I can't decide which is the best route to go.

Glad I tried this again, I was about *this* close to trading it in on Friday.   thumbsup
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: November 08, 2014, 08:48:38 PM
Finally got around to finishing this today.  I've always said that the next open world game I like will be the first...and this was the first.  smile  Really enjoyed the story, the game looked incredible, the combat was fun, and there were just enough "goodies" to find and things to do without it feeling overwhelming.  A solid A game in my book.   thumbsup
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/07/14 on: November 08, 2014, 05:12:08 AM
Kinda burned out on FF XIV right now, so I might try to wrap up Infamous Second Son.  I also want to finally get around to watching Farscape:  Peacekeeper Wars and there's the Utah/Oregon game tomorrow night.  Probably not much gaming time, now that I think about it.
70  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 04:10:38 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 05, 2014, 02:26:06 PM

What you will see is the Republicans submitting a lot of "for the people" bills that they know Obama will veto, just so that in 2016 they can show how the Democrats rejected every attempt to help the country.

Unfortunately politics has become more about the next election than about getting anything done. The 2016 election starts today.

Yup.  No one gives two shits about actually getting anything done.  It's all about posturing to get elected next time.  Rather sad, really.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: November 01, 2014, 05:54:23 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 01, 2014, 02:11:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 31, 2014, 04:26:43 PM


Shocking, I know.

What happened with inFamous: Second Son?  Did you finish the game with Good Karma icon_smile or did that new system update brick your console? icon_frown

Still messing around with it, I'm at about the 70% mark.  I kinda put it on hold because the new FF XIV 2.4 patch this week added so much new stuff to do.

And have you tried playing Final Fantasy XIV on the PS4 yet?  I'm curious how it handles.

It works fine, but I don't think I can ever get used to using a controller.  I'm sure I could swing it with some practice, but I think I'd rather just stick to PC.  Having a keyboard mouse setup for the big screen was pretty cool, but there's no way to really do that comfortably the way my room is set up.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 04:26:43 PM

Shocking, I know.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Public speaking on: October 30, 2014, 11:08:10 PM
I think that moving around is pretty much a requirement as a speaker.  I can't imagine listening to someone who stood rooted in one spot.  That said, you need to be careful how and where you move.  A good rule of thumb I've read is the "vision cone".  Hold your arms up at about a 45 degree angle and imagine they create a cone that goes outward (think of the guards in Metal Gear Solid).  You're safe to move anywhere, as long as the audience stays within that cone at all times.

Probably not explaining it very well (much easier to demonstrate), but hopefully that makes sense.
74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 30, 2014, 06:58:04 PM
If you enjoy Breakout-style brick breaking games, be sure to check out Grey Cubes.  Been having a blast with it today.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 29, 2014, 12:02:39 PM

Quote from: Fireball on October 29, 2014, 07:49:23 AM

So, I have been tangentially aware of this for awhile, but not really paying attention. I don't see how anyone could argue that women are treated horribly and deeply objectified in many (most?) mainstream games, or justify any sort of harassment of those who point this clear fact out.

This childish, hateful behavior makes me sad.

What makes me even more sad is that after cracking the lid of this thing to look in, I quickly came across posts from Adam Baldwin (Firefly) and Nick Searcy (Justified) that make it pretty clear that they are immensely hateful and intolerant people with no ability to think beyond their limited and selfish perspective. That was heartbreaking.

Surprised you didn't know that about Baldwin.  He's always been very staunchly anti-gay and ultra-conservative.  As much as I love him on Firefly/Angel/etc., he pretty much seems like a raging asshole off the set.
76  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: October 27, 2014, 11:59:38 AM

Quote from: Purge on October 27, 2014, 11:52:29 AM

I am a positive person - I am grateful for my life, both for successes and challenges.
I am open to the world, and push positive energy out which reflects and comes back to me. I have faith that these good things will happen (without evidence to prove they will).

God, the universe, the life force, whatever you call it, it reacts to the frequency of your life - the higher the frequency, the better it is.

My faith requires no history lessons, or the indoctrination of my children. Just as both plants and animals which are loved and fed as they grow, feeling and living and loving, the moment we live in is the solely the present.  since we have no tardis to examine the events or motivations of those who've crafted the faiths we hold so dear, I've release myself of the baggage and bondage to the words and ideas of the past.

I have faith that this is the right thing to do.

(my 2c)

 thumbsup thumbsup
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/24/14 on: October 24, 2014, 06:39:09 PM
Trying to finish up a bunch of stuff before the FF XIV 2.4 patch drops next week.  It adds a new playable DPS class (Rogue-->Ninja), so I need to get my Healer and/or Tank geared up so I don't have to sit in queue for ages.  Will probably spend some time with Infamous Second Son (68% complete) and Theatrhythm FF as well.

And of course the big Utah/USC matchup on Saturday night.  Gonna be a blast.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 03:37:33 AM
Debating whether to bite on Dreamfall Chapters now, or wait until it's finished.  I really want to play, but I'm afraid I'll forget major plot points if there is a significant gap between installments.  I really want to wait, but my love of that series may just win out.
79  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: October 19, 2014, 03:29:46 PM
The first expansion to FFXIV was announced yesterday, entitled "Heavensward".  Looks to be pretty awesome, and includes:

-  Level cap raise from 50 to 60 across all jobs and professions.
-  Massive new areas.
-  A new player race with both male and female characters.
-  Multiple new jobs.
-  New Primals, one of which will be completely unique to FFXIV.
-  Many new dungeons more than 3 or 4.
-  High-end raids
-  Airships, Airship, Airships Free Companies can band together and build their own airships.
-  New gear and recipes.

Will be out in Spring 2015.  Between this expansion and the ongoing patches (2.4 is rumored to drop this week), they are consistently adding a huge amount of content to the game.  Every time I feel like I might be getting burned out, they drop in something totally new that keeps things fresh. 

Bard is up to ilevel 107 (max is ilevel 115), I have one other glass maxed as well and am working on White Mage, and I've started getting serious about the crafting and gathering classes.  Still so much to do...  smile
80  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Liberal Fascism in Houston on: October 18, 2014, 06:46:25 PM

Quote from: Rip on October 18, 2014, 05:19:25 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 17, 2014, 02:44:57 PM

The people of Houston and their religious leaders must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that their religious affairs are beyond the reach of the government.

If there was ever a chance that I would hate voted for Abbott, this statement would put the nail in that coffin.  So if they want to engage in blatant political maneuvering, snake handling, polygamy, or child marriage, their religious freedom should keep them sacrosanct from government oversight?  Bullshit.

What one engages in and what one says are two different things. One of them is protected by this thing called the 1st amendment.

You're correct, the church has every right to say whatever they please from the pulpit.  The government also has every right to ensure that what they say is in compliance with the guidelines of non-political speech that provides them the significant tax-exempt advantages they enjoy.  If those regulations are violated, then the church should have no problem paying their taxes.
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