Archive for March, 2012

Pathfinders RPG – Jeremy Powers’ Kind of Stuff

Jeremy – I have been wanting to tell you all about the games and stuff Jim has found. I know how you LOVE to play RPGs……LOL

Remember how you liked to get Dungeons & Dragons groups going?  Well, Jim started looking into it around our new home and found the BIG news is PATHFINDERS.  Apparently it’s the newest version of D&D with two ways to play.  1) The Pathfinder RPG and 2) Pathfinders Society.

It’s a big thing right now, and a lot of guys are playing.  The have a ton of fun and apparently it’s a bit addictive.  Jim tells me that the guys who get into this stuff take it all pretty serious, meaning they like to play a lot and make a big deal out of it.  LOL, there are guys who are roomates and play a lot when they aren’t at their “jobs”.

 

Here is some information about both games:

 

The Pathfinder RPG

It’s actually an evolution of the 3.5 rules set of Dungeons & Dragons, designed using the feedback of tens of thousands of gamers!  Yeah!

Guys like you & Jim.

It’s cool because you only need the single 576-page Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play!  The Game Master uses the Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, which is a massive tome of more than 350 foes for the adventurers to face.  The Pathfinder RPG is a fully supported roleplaying game, with regularly released adventure modules, sourcebooks on the fantastic world of Golarion, and complete campaigns in the form of Pathfinder Adventure Paths like Council of Thieves and Kingmaker.

It was designed with compatibility with previous editions in mind, so you’ll be able to use your existing library of 3.5 stuff with hardly any effort.  In fact, it was designed to smooth over a number of the rough spots in the 3.5 rules set, making several existing books even easier to use.  On the other hand, it contains numerous additional options and exciting new takes on classic character classes and races, infusing the game with a level of excitement that will carry it years into the future.

Since the release of the first playtest documents in March of 2008, more than 50,000 gamers have downloaded the rules and posted their feedback, resulting in a year-long open playtest that was the largest in the history of tabletop roleplaying games. Going back to the beginning of third edition, the rules engine that powers the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game has enjoyed more than 10 years of active playtesting and revision, making it the most robust set of fantasy RPG rules ever published.

The Pathfinder Society

On Golarion, the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the Pathfinder Society is an organization of explorers, vagabonds, sages, and treasure hunters determined
to plumb the depths of the darkest tombs, and collect relics and lore from bygone ages. Every member shares one common dream: to contribute to the Pathfinder Chronicles, printed editions of secret lore coveted by the Society wherein only the most impressive finds and bravest exploits of the Pathfinders are immortalized.

Pathfinders are a diverse bunch of scoundrels and wanderers. Their loyalties lie on all shores of the Inner Sea, and beyond their adventures as Pathfinders, they often find themselves mixed up in the murky politics of Absalom and the nations who seek to control the City at the Center of the World from behind the scenes. The campaign centers on the sprawling city of Absalom, where factions engage in a shadow war for control of the city’s politics and economy.

In Pathfinder Society Organized Play, you play a member of the Pathfinder Society, seeking fortune and glory all over the face of Golarion. At the same time, your character works for one of the competing factions, all with their own motivations and secret agendas.

Pathfinder Society Organized Play is a constantly evolving mega-campaign played by thousands of players and the adventures you experience are shared by players around the world. Play is organized into Seasons, throughout which the actions and achievements of you and your fellow Pathfinders create an ongoing storyline. Each season consists of at least 28 Pathfinder Society scenarios (short, 4-hour adventures) set in a variety of exotic locations across Golarion.

Since Jim started playing almost a year ago he’s been playing with a group of friends 2 Saturdays a month at the local Fantasy Shop, once a week online using the d20 Pro system, and he loves to go to the monthly Pathfinder Societies event as well – in various places.  His friend Chris is an awesome Game Master and Jim really wants to learn to do that as well.

He has a lot of fun playing and has made new friends.  These guys are really into it too.  They have cool “weekend long” events – like one that is coming up across the river in Illinois in June and the BIG one in Seattle in July!

 

LOL, and when he is not playing Pathfinders he is playing RIFT online.  It’s like the complete best of Everquest and World of Warcraft with the content on steroids!!  I love the looks of that one!  The content is amazing with a very cool real looking world with sounds.

 

It’d be so cool if you wanted to play too!  I know you’d love it and you’d love the guys who play, because they are not “nerd” gamers but every day guys.

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Grandma’s Message to Jeremy Powers

Jeremy, you wouldn’t believe how many lives your decisions have affected.

This beautiful song is from your grandma’s heart.

This is a YouTube video: 

Today My Life Begins – Bruno Mars lyrics

I’ve Been Working Hard So Long
Seems Like Pain Has Been My Only Friend
My Fragile Heart’s Been Done So Wrong
I Wondered If I’d Ever Heal Again

Ohh Just Like All The Seasons Never Stay The Same
All Around Me I Can Feel A Change (Ohh)

I Will Break These Chains That Bind Me, Happiness Will Find Me
Leave The Past Behind Me, Today My Life Begins,
A Whole New World Is Waiting It’s Mine For The Taking,
I Know I Can Make It, Today My Life Begins

Yesterday Has Come And Gone
And I’ve Learned How To Leave It Where It Is
And I See That I Was Wrong
For Ever Doubting I Could Win

Ohh Just Like All The Seasons Never Stay The Same
All Around Me I Can Feel A Change (ohh)

I Will Break These Chains That Bind Me, Happiness Will Find Me,
Leave The Past Behind Me, Today My Life Begins
A Whole New World Is Waiting It’s Mine For The Taking
I Know I Can Make It, Today My Life Begins

Life’s Too Short To Have Regrets
So I’m Learning Now To Leave It In The Past And Try To Forget
Only Have One Life To Live
So You Better Make The Best Of It

I Will Break These Chains That Bind Me, Happiness Will Find Me
Leave The Past Behind Me, Today My Life Begins,
A Whole New World Is Waiting It’s Mine For The Taking
I Know I Can Make It, Today My Life Begins

I Will Break These Chains That Bind Me, Happiness Will Find Me,
Leave The Past Behind Me, Today My Life Begins,
A Whole New World Is Waiting It’s Mine For The Taking
I Know I Can Make It, Today My Life Begins,
Today My Life Begins…

Untangling from the last 22 years has not been easy.

Jeremy Powers, Count on Me

Hi Jeremy.  It’s finally Spring and it’s been absolutely gorgeous outside.   Everything is turning green with the trees budding in pinks and whites along with the beautiful daffodils and tulips blooming!  I love this time of year.

It’s now been 17 months since I’ve seen you, hugged you, talked to you and laughed with you.  OMG, that is almost a century!!  Oh, lol, god it feels like it though.  I suppose it’s more like almost a year and a half.  I’ve been quiet for quite a long time here, it’s been on purpose because times have been rough for me.  I am having a harder time lately.  It’s less easy to keep from crying and losing it.

Shit.  I try the positive thoughts and they help but I find myself doing it constantly.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I miss my boy!  Any parent who would condone this “disconnection policy” in the name of religion – any where – completely blows my mind.  My Jeremy, you won’t know until you have your own child.

Well, a lot to say but not a lot of time today.

I want to share this video with you (give it a minute to load).  I happen to really like Bruno Mars, but this song makes me think of you (actually all my children)!

I love you, love you, love you!
Forever,
Your Momma

Keep Your Personal Integrity, Jeremy Powers

Hello my Jeremy.  I wish I didn’t miss you as much as I do.  I so badly miss being part of your life!  My idea of family was to continue on to your adulthood and into the grandchildren.  We have a nice home with plenty of room for family fun – and we miss you.

I was reading something the other day that I couldn’t resist sharing with you.  I know I said I was done “beating the drum”.

What can I say? The words I read were SO PROFOUND that I had to share with you. I’m going to take most of the words that were written by somebody else and utilize them here, and I’ll give credit to the actual author at the end.

Jeremy, I have to consider that you have intelligence, and with that said, this is for your logical side.  I promise if Sarah Coziahr saw this, she would see the logic.  Please follow me here, because in the end if it doesn’t make sense to you, then just stay disconnected from me, after all, I am suppressive to you, right?

Scientology is a subject that teaches about personal freedom, and helps you to attain personal freedom.  According to LRH, anti-social personalities are threatened by this, and suppress others’ freedom to discover truth for their selves.

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Per what you believe to be true in Scientology…..this was written by L. Ron Hubbard:

“What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that, you have lost everything.

What is personal integrity? Personal integrity is knowing what you know. What you know is what you know and to have the courage to know and say what you have observed. And that is integrity and there is no other integrity.


Of course, we can talk about honor, truth, nobility—all these things as esoteric terms. But I think they would all be covered very well if what we really observed was what we observed, that we took care to observe what we were observing, that we always observed to observe.”

L Ron Hubbard
From the essay “Personal Integrity”

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The freedom to observe is part of being a free person, right?

Free people come to their own conclusions by freely making their own observations and investigations, right?

A free person also keeps their own counsel, and selects their own decisions, right?

You’re certainly intelligent enough to reach your own conclusions about facts you freely investigate.

If you’re commanded to NOT investigate, is that freedom?

Why would someone bar you with fear of excommunication for the crime of simply observing?

There can be only two reasons:

  • A) The internet is so dark and evil that your whole being will be swallowed up forever in a paralysis of eternal damnation, if you so much as dare to look.
  • B) Someone is trying to hide something from you about them.

Relax for a moment and ask yourself, which of these answers seems more reasonable, A or B?

I think that educated Scientologists are smart enough and observant enough to differentiate between harmful third party and reports from honest individuals who are simply revealing what they themselves have experienced and observed.

In that spirit, I’d like to say that it’s possible that you may not have granted yourself the right to freely observe and investigate the many hundreds of honest reports about the true scene in the church.

Jeremy, a year and a half ago I simply chose to put on my personal integrity hat, and do my own free investigation of these reports.

What I can tell you is that there are more of them than you might imagine. Secondly, the character and worthiness of the individuals making these reports is of the highest order.  Many, if not most of these individuals, are highly trained and processed, and most have long careers of service on staff in the Sea Org and Class V orgs.  In fact, you could easily know many of these people personally.
The church would have you believe they are raving SP’s or people who were tricked into turning sides!  Does that make sense?  Most of these people are highly trained (many VERY highly trained in LRH tech) and they certainly would know if they were becoming the effect of suppression and in danger of turning into an SP.  It’s worse, their training didn’t work!!  NOT.  It’s a bit funny to see how Debbie Cook was so highly respected and loved by everyone in Scientology, until it was reported she is now an SP.  Suddenly, and without question, people believe she is an SP.  There are a lot of people who are walking away Jeremy – simply because reform cannot happen on the inside when ONE MAN IS RUNNING THE WHOLE SHOW.

Jeremy, I simply put on my “Hat of a Scientologist” and applied all I had learned from L. Ron Hubbard with “study technology” “personal integrity”, “Data Evaluation”, following the Code of Honor and many other things I’d learned over the past 20+ years and evaluated for myself.  After months of personal investigation, and comparing the reports of other Scientologists to my own observations of ‘things that shouldn’t be’ within the church, I applied the Doubt formula to the situation.

I concluded that there are absolutely certain suppressive individuals within the church that have done great harm to the religion and the third dynamic over the last thirty years.

My Jeremy, sweetheart, I did not turn into a “suppressive person”, I simply chose to remain in the group who are loyal to LRH and to the Standard Tech of Dianetics and Scientology!  And for the reason quoted at the start,  (Someone is trying to hide something from you about them), I was declared a suppressive person – not because it is LRH policy –

I have found and listened to LRH, in his own voice,
saying why he cancelled the disconnection policy
and apologized for the families that had been harmed
and for the human rights abuses that were done in the name of Scientology!
It was a lecture called,
“Ron’s Journal 68”
and you will not ever hear that lecture inside the church
– I promise you.  
Why?  Because it’s old?
Why Jeremey?  
Ask to hear it.
Interpret it for yourself –
stop letting Matt Hanses tell you what he thinks! 

Jeremy, we love & miss you very much.  We’d like to be part of yours and Sarah’s lives.  I just want the both of you to grant yourself the freedom to make your own observations, and draw your own conclusions about the current state of the church and after you have ALL the facts, stand up for LRH and standard tech and be part of those who don’t want Scientology to waste away – if you indeed still support it.

The facts are that it is shrinking faster than the PR on the inside can say it’s expanding….the first thing all Scientologists need to do is stop listening and start looking (lol, another thing LRH said).  However, you are only told what is happening, you are not looking for yourself.

Just know that LRH canceled the policy of disconnection in 1968 and never re-instated it – and Mr. Young testified in court that he (Mr. Young) had written the policy for Miscavige, reinstating it. No one has the right to force you to disconnect from anyone. Only you have that right.

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For an in depth study of the subject and how it came to be “re-instated” you should go here and plan to spend a day:

http://www.wiseoldgoat.com/papers-scientology/hubbard_policy-letter_disconnection.html#evaloverview

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IN ACTUAL FACT, the church even announced publicly that there is NO SUCH THING as disconnection being pushed on people.  Jeremy read this:

http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/church-of-scientology-cancels-disconnection/

(As promised, I borrowed a lot of wording and concepts from Ronnie Bell, from Texas, who has just announced he has left the church for the same reasons.  His write up was phenomenal)!

Love Always,
Your Mom,

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