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76  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 09, 2017, 09:38:29 pm
Colorado:
clear creek, summit, lake, chafee, gunnison, hinsdale,
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of MY version of ProLife on: January 09, 2017, 06:01:53 pm
What does "as a last resort" mean? Taken literally you would be against US involvement in WWII. After all, we could have responded to Pearl Harbor by dropping the oil embargo and offering to negotiate.

And most people would call themselves anti torture. The question there is also how you define torture; where do you fall on "advanced interrogation techniques"?
78  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: January 09, 2017, 12:09:43 pm
We need a UK before we can begin again.
79  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 07, 2017, 12:36:35 pm
Colorado:

Larimer
Boulder
Gilpin
80  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne: King's Landing on: January 03, 2017, 10:35:28 pm
The Spyder has a point. In addition to Loras Tyrell, I will name Eustace Rykker and Rickard Chyttering to the Kingsguard. For the last position, I suggest that perhaps Eddard Karstark could take the role. I have met him many times, and watched him grow into a formidable fighter. He'd be the first Northman named in many years.

Another man I had in mind was Lucas Blackwood, to show the Riverlands some support. His father is a trusted military mind for Edmure, and this position could go a long way in winning the loyalty of House Tully's bannermen.

Forgive me, Lord Stark, but I believe the King is traditionally the one who appoints knights to the kingsguard rather than the Regent.  Our traditions and the rule of law are of paramount importance, especially in such troubled times as these.  As for House Tully, I fear it would be serious mistake to offer any concessions without some sign of their loyalty.  At the least, they should bend the knee if they expect to receive the protection of the Crown. 

As for Lord Tywin, I fear Lord Varys has gotten tangled in his own web.  Lord Tywin may be many things, but a "sensible man?"  No.  Surely every other man in this room knows that whatever else Tywin Lannister may be, he is not a sensible man.  At least...not unless we are to call the likes of the Mad King "sensible men." 

My Lords, I believe it would be to all our benefit if we put our rightful King on the Iron Throne as soon as possible.  Lord Stark and I stand with Lord Renly.  It is my sincerest hope that the rest of the Small Council will do the same.

One man's madness is another man's sensibility, Lord Baelish. I doubt anyone in this room would expect Lord Tywin to put his beloved daughter and granddaughter at an unnecessary risk.

And I see no reason for conflict between the Lord Protector and Lord Renly. If Lord Stark has no authority than either Tommen or Stannis should be king by right. I think it is clear that both Lord Renly and Lord Stark support each other for sake of peace and the good of the realm. On that subject, a humble functionary such as I will not stand in the way of the decisions of paramount lords as to who is or is not king. If Lord Stark and the great men of this council believe that Renly should be king, then Renly is king. My duty is to advise the king of the happenings of the realm, not to determine who should rule. I believe this is the sort of situation where "we all hang together or we all hang separately."

I will go to Dorne if sent, of course. However, I must warn you that I will not be able to provide advice of the happenings of the realm should I depart. On that note, my little birds tell me that Lord Stannis is singing sweet songs of a council position to the Lord of the Twins. Should Lord Frey make the...unfortunate move of siding with Stannis, supporting the Riverlands from the North would be difficult.
81  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 03, 2017, 10:24:54 pm
Not getting it that easy.

New Mexico:
Rio Arriba

Wyoming
Carbon
Albany
82  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Iron Throne: King's Landing on: January 03, 2017, 07:49:35 pm
Alas, I must decline the generous new role that Lord Renly has offered me. Though he was so kind as to call me a lord, I must remind you that I am no more a nobleman than I am a man. Even if the wise Prince Doran did not see sending a commoner and a foreigner to convey your request as an insult, his lords certainly would. (Giggling) I'm afraid not many people are happy to see a Spider. Perhaps Ser Barristan, as a famous and honorable noble with ties to House Baratheon who is serving as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, would be a better choice to show legitimacy than a humble servant such as myself.

I think I would better serve Lord Stark and yourself by providing advice for you here in the Red Keep. For example, my little birds tell me that Lord Stannis is not sitting idle. In addition to holding the royal navy Lord Stannis has collected a motley army of sellswords. It would seem that the Lord of Dragonstone has his eyes on the Riverlands himself; if you linger too long you may find that he has snatched away the loyalty of Riverlords. I understand that those close to Lord Tully are getting...agitated at the continued Lannister raids and that they expect him to march imminently. Unfortunately, it seems that Lord Beric has failed to tame the Mountain and that the Riverlands continue to burn.

As for the Kingsguard, I think Loras Tyrell would be an excellent choice. However, I would suggest other than Prince Oberyn or Ser Brynden Tully. For one, I doubt that Prince Oberyn would be willing to give up his *coughs* free lifestyle for the duty and dedication of the Kingsguard. Relations between the regency and Dorne might be complicated should he refuse. And it would be folly to expect the Blackfish to abandon his family while they are threatened and at war to serve in King's Landing. I understand he just recently left the prestigious post of Knight of the Gate because he thought his family and the Riverlands might be in danger. I doubt he could be compelled to accept a position on the Kingsguard. Choosing Ser Brynden could also create a future problem in the Riverlands. As you know, Lord Hoster Tully is old and infirm and his only son is currently at risk leading an army. Should Ser Edmure tragically pass away in the conflict, the Riverlands would pass to Lady Catelyn and then to one of Lord Stark's younger sons. Should such a tragic circumstance come to be, I believe both Lady Catelyn and the Riverlords would prefer Ser Brynden to serve as Castellan rather than be ruled from distant Winterfell. It is best, I think, to look away from the highest houses for the Kingsguard.

My humble suggestion for the vacancy would be that you select a suitable man of ability from the Crownlands for the Kingsguard. While the Crownlands are small, they surround King's Landing and are an area from which Lord Stannis will seek allies. By naming a Crownlander to the Kingsguard, you might honor these lords and show that you respect their importance. Perhaps the brother of Lord Rykker of Duskendale, Ser Eustace Rykker, or the nephew to Lord Chyttering, Ser Rickard Chyttering, might be appropriate.

If your Lordships intend to pursue House Lannister I would suggest that you start with King's Landing; I'm afraid that young Tommen has reached the Westerlands and is, for now, out of your reach. There are a number of Lannister men who continue to hold posts in the city, especially in the ports. I would suggest that you replace these as soon as possible, perhaps by bringing in honorable and loyal Stormlanders and Northmen to ensure that they remain loyal to the Crown and cannot be swayed over to Lord Stannis or to Lannister gold. I would also suggest that a message be made explaining both King Robert and Joffrey's deaths; the public do not understand what has occurred and will soon reach answers of their own if not convinced of the proper motives of Your Lordship. I would also suggest that ravens be quickly sent denouncing the actions of Lord Greyjoy. The longer is allowed to play king the more others might consider doing the same.

Finally, For the good of the Realm, I must point out that before leaping right into a war it would at least be customary to attempt peace negotiations with Lord Tywin. He is a sensible man and you currently hold his only daughter. Perhaps our eminent colleague, Grand Maester Pycelle, might have some insight on this matter? I would be curious as the Grand Maester's learned thoughts on all these affairs.
83  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: January 02, 2017, 02:24:10 pm
I didn't know you were the siberian leader lol

He hasn't been for long; he only took over as Kolchak last turn.
84  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: January 01, 2017, 04:30:31 pm
I'm happy to continue, of course.
85  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: A New ASOIF Game on: January 01, 2017, 02:56:21 pm
It's more important what you think than what we think. These games live or die based on the GM's willingness and/or ability to keep them going. The one thing I'd note with these is that some of them would require a good deal of GM creativity and innovation to keep interesting. With Balon's rebellion, for example, it's hard to see it going a different way. The Stark-Arryn-Tully alliance would never abandon Robert and all the leaders of those houses have an ironclad legitimacy. Robert was also blessed with Stannis's military prowess, Renly's political skills, and Cersei (and thus Tywin). Added with Balon's stupidity and lack of charm needed to gain allies and you get one of the most lopsided wars imaginable. I say go for whichever one you feel most confident you can make a good game.
86  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: January 01, 2017, 12:18:58 am
Arizona:
Apache

New Mexico:
McKinley
Sandoval

Wyoming:
Sweetwater
87  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 30, 2016, 06:44:26 pm
Alright, let's do this.

Arizona:
Yavapai
Coconino
Navajo
Gila
Maricopa
88  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 28, 2016, 10:39:33 am
Nevada:
Elko
White Pine
Lincoln
Clark

Arizona:
Mohave

Utah:
Box Elder (best county name imo)
Joab
Dutchesne

Edit: since we're choosing names I am of course the Heavenly Kingdom of Deseret.
89  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 27, 2016, 02:27:54 am
All from Utah:

Davis
Morgan
Weber
Utah
Summit
Wasatch
Tooele
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: UK party affiliation on: December 26, 2016, 11:53:22 am
Normally I'd say Conservative without hesitation. If I had a Remain MP I'd continue to support them but otherwise right now I would support the Lib Dems.
91  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 11:10:42 pm
In that case I'll go back to Salt Lake and Deseret.
92  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Work in politics? on: December 25, 2016, 07:03:00 pm
I have been a judicial clerk and twice worked for the DC office of my Congressman.
93  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 02:46:59 pm
Also, I think it's more fun when we play just to play instead of focusing on the actual "objective." Indeed, the original rules never specify that that is the goal... But idk

Yeah, can you just get rid of the objective?

Sure. I'll still keep track though (why not). Might keep track of other things as well.

If you're keeping track it's still a goal...I'm just not sure what you're going for in this game anymore. Are we competing for something or what? I started by thinking we had to conquer everything, then you introduced the population rule, and now I just don't know.
94  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Will Trump be a better President than Obama? on: December 25, 2016, 01:31:10 pm
Obama did little/no harm which is far more than I expect out of Trump.
95  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 01:18:19 pm
Oh, forgot to say. The de facto goal is to get the most population Tongue

Ugh, changing the rules on us. I'll move to Cook County, IL if we have a set goal like that.
96  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: County Annexation Game IV on: December 25, 2016, 12:50:27 pm
How about Salt Lake County, Tan.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: word association game on: December 14, 2016, 09:36:09 pm
Marketing
98  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 14, 2016, 04:52:00 pm
Please don't take it personally, but the game went on hold too many times because one or two players were inactive. I propose we allow Lumine to close this turn, provide results and reopen for players after the break, so at least we know something's moving.

I agree with this
99  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: The Sword of Damocles - (Sign Up/Rules/Commentary Thread) on: December 14, 2016, 12:50:26 pm
Why? It's not like we're moving at a breakneck pace. At most we're talking about one turn.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Finals Thread on: December 14, 2016, 12:48:39 pm
10 minutes until my last exam, electronic discovery. This semester is coming to a much much needed end.
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