[OOC] Out of Character.   Posted by Game Master.Group: 0
Peter Stewart
 player, 82 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 04:41
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Question for the GM:

The different varieties of Arabic are too similar to each other to be different languages, but they're not as close as many dialects. Are we going to treat them like they default to each other at -1 (Native becomes Accented, Accented becomes Broken) or just handwave it all and say "Arabic is Arabic, globally"?

(Talking about the language Arabic, not the language family)
Game Master
 GM, 90 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 14:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm pretty much treating a language as a language, barring some reason to avoid doing so. In short: I know that IRL, people from Lebonon and Jordan have a hell of a time understanding each other, but for game purposes that's too much effort. I may give it some "flair" and make individual words difficult to understand, but by and large "Arabic is Arabic."

On a somewhat related topic: Hungarian is in no way related to other European languages (well, nearby languages). It's much more closely related to Finnish than it is, say, Romanian or German. The more you know.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 61 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 17:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Hungarian is the mutant alien child that was brought into this world by combining Serbo-Croatian, Finnish, and some outer space alien cryptography that no one can make any sense out of. I tried to learn some of it but gave up after a few weeks. Russian makes more sense, IMHO.

  :)
Peter Stewart
 player, 84 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 18:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Observation defaults to Per-5 if you don't have it.
Ilse Stoica
 player, 32 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 19:11
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
You didn't know that? There's a reason I took them separately...

Languages are weird
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 63 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 19:52
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Ilse Stoica (msg # 225):

   Ain't that the truth, Ms. Stoica.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 43 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 01:16
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Ilse Stoica (msg # 225):

That's so true. Different versions of Chinese can't understand each other at all but they all can read the writing.
Game Master
 GM, 92 posts
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 14:19
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Hey, I just want to let everyone know I'm here and alive. In... two weeks, if all goes well, I'll be leaving for China. This is an extremely last-minute thing (which seems to be SOP in some ways). Anyway, I will try to post as soon as possible, but over the next few weeks the game will, perforce, slow way down. I do apologize.

I'm going to try to post later today, but it might not be until tomorrow.
Patience
 player, 49 posts
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 16:06
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Good luck!
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 65 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 17:18
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Good to know, and have a safe trip, mate. Enjoy the smog, eh?  :)
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 69 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 19:21
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
So where in China are you headed?  It's a big country.
Game Master
 GM, 93 posts
Sun 6 Aug 2017
at 02:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Tianjin. This'll be my ... fourth trip? Lessee. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen... Yeah, fourth trip.

Gonna try to post tomorrow.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 70 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 6 Aug 2017
at 02:11
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Hopefully close enough to the Yellow Sea to see more fresh air than many places seem to.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 46 posts
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 01:57
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 228):

Good LUCK GM! Have fun, I would love to go there.
Game Master
 GM, 94 posts
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 13:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Ma Itso Boggs (msg # 233):

It's on the Bohai Gulf of the Yellow Sea. Which is to say I might get to see flashes of light when the war with DPRK re-starts. :D
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 72 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 16:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Optimist.   Kim Jun Un is reckless, but not stupid.  My concern is that he can't read the US very well and he's dealing with another somewhat reckless individual given to snap decisions and afterthought, instead of some forethought.  Sort of like mixing glycerin and nitric acid in your blender (absolutely not recommended).
Patience
 player, 51 posts
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 22:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm a lot less worried about them starting a war, and more afraid they're comparing notes and trading tips.  Our new guy has expressed open admiration for Kim Jong-un, and where our past presidents have been opposed to dictatorships on principal, Trump's opinion seems to be more, "How do I get one?"
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 73 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 22:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I don't see most of that, except for Trump thinking about becoming a Dictator... He's still playing "The Apprentice" role even now.
That's why T. Jefferson and Co. wanted an armed populace ... it makes a dictatorship much harder to create.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 48 posts
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 01:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am really worried about the fat north Korean, I think he is crazy like some of those Arabs and thinks he is a god or something. I am just glad there are some good generals in charge.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 74 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 02:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Hope you are right Gabby...
Game Master
 GM, 95 posts
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 03:07
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Gabriella, GM question: medals? I'm not sure how to answer that IC since I'm not sure I understand OOC.
Game Master
 GM, 96 posts
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 14:30
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Damn you and your successful rolls, Peter! ;)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 51 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 02:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 241):

What about medals?
Game Master
 GM, 97 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 18:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Gabriella Conti (msg # 243):

Gabriella Conti:
I thought Set was the evil god" she says as she puts her hand to her chin. "Do we have any religious medals?"

Peter Stewart
 player, 87 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 18:48
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I think she means icons or symbols.