What COVID-19 taught us so far.

Much will be written over the coming decades about this Coronavirus global crisis in many academic disciplines. Sociology, political science, economy, obviously medicine… this will be perceived in the coming decades as the big crash of the 21st century, if the next big disaster doesn’t come to happen. Fingers crossed, let’s assume, COVID-19 will be the hardest thing we will have to face as a western society in a long, long time.

Much is still to be discovered about this crisis; questions hanging as how were we so unprepared, how will we be re-opening our borders, economies, and regular social activities.

However, at this point, we already know a few things that Corona has thrown at our faces:

– Globalization and international cooperation is still very weak and has proven helpless at giving global crisis a common response.

– Western countries didn’t trust Chinese government reports. Italian outbreak wasn’t taken seriously, because no one thought this virus could hit so hard. UK and US late reaction being the supreme example of that.

– The European Union has been languishing for a good decade already. This can very well be the turning point for its future. Will it remain as a mere common market, and German puppet of foreign policy or will it step up and become the European common alliance for unity and solidarity, rising above the economic tool it has proven to be?

– The free market and non-intervention policies have vastly proven incapable of dealing with extreme situations. A strong social state and governments’ capacity to coordinate national-level response has been the only way to stop the virus and envision a solution for this crisis. No state has simply let the market adjust and provide a price-based solution to the crisis. It would have been the ultimate disaster and failed state. The consequences these learnings will have in public healthcare systems and philosophical bases of coming years policy making can be huge. And so they should.

– The relevance of the foot soldier. Every good general knows that wars are won by making sure logistics and provisions arrive to the frontline humble gunmen. History scholars know. Now we also know that the stability and security of our social wellfare system lays on the base of health workers, supermarket cashiers, transporters, first respondents, similar jobs that have been coping the lower tiers of salary lists. How are we going to move forwards now that we have been faced with the reality that a marketing director isn’t as paramount as the supermarket cashier is? Will the nurse that healed a lawyer or the truck driver that kept the food supply running see how their salaries are reviewed after COVID-19?

Changes in Space Marine Doctrines. GW rights and wrongs

Since the breakout of 8th edition Games Workshop (GW from this point on) has consistently tried to maintain a balance in the rules and strengths of the wide range of factions available to play in the 40.000 system.

As much as the many decisions I contest from GW, I believe is nothing but honest admitting this point. However, the problem here comes from the fact that Space Marines are the faction that influences the meta scenario the most. The large number of SM players and the room for choice in tactics, doctrines and troops, make the Space Marines specially proclive to get out of hand.

And that seemed to be the case with Iron Hands, clearly target of GW’s efforts to bring them down to a more abordable strength for rival players.

Being this the general scenario, here comes my opinion. Iron Hands were over powered from several sources;

  • Combination between general doctrines and their own Chapter rules
  • Combination between Iron Hands stratagems and Space Marine stratagems
  • Strength of auras from Fierros

The problem never came from Combat Doctrines themselves, as there is a long list of other Space Marine Chapters that were not over powered at all. I am confident I will find enough consensus when I say Dark Angels, Blood Angels, custom chapters, Imperial and Crimson Fists, and more were not bringing unbalance problems to the meta of Warhammer 40.000.

Why then to try and balance out the meta turning a lever that affects (and hits hard) other Chapters than Iron Hands? I believe it is simply GW’s game developers and testers making the wrong choice. And here is where I need to make the effort to explain:

In my eyes there was nothing wrong with a Chapter specialising in one particular combat doctrine. As long as the perks of fighting under it were not too advantageous, this is a Chapter that is renouncing to tactical flexibility in favor of a clear style of fighting. Nothing wrong to me.

Going further with this argument, if it was GW’s intention to have the Space Marines travelling through the doctrines why not to leave it free for them, and costly (in Command Points) for the Astartes that wanted to remain in the same doctrine constantly. Again, this is a way to represent on the board the tactical stiffness and lack of reactivity.

So, my solution would have gone for allowing Space Marine players to make their choice between tactical flexibility or stronger firepower (or/and survivability):

  1. Combat doctrine progression as newly implemented
  2. Stratagem to stop that progression for whooping 3 Command points
  3. Make more expensive the Iron Hands stratagems that were too powerful

And there you go, on those three simple steps you create a new scenario where the “Brohammer players” can still deploy their list, but they will need to have the game going their way from the very beginning or they would not be able to react to any unexpected events during the battle (and there always are).

At the same time, you don’t take collateral damage as Imperial Fist further than representing the tactical stubbornness of your chapter (knowing Imperial Fists players they’ll pay the price gladly). And of course, Dark Angels players and custom Chapter players would also have the full range of possibilities as they wish.

Was it so difficult, my beloved Games Workshop?
What do you readers think? Let me know in the comments below.

Why stopping climate change is such an unbearable task for modern economy.

These days Madrid is hosting the climate summit with global 2025 targets on sight. It was suposed to take place in Santiago, but the Chilean government could not grant the smooth functioning of the summit due to local revolts. Chileans protest against the neo-liberal policies run by Sebastián Piñera’s office.

The celebration of this summit brings some thinking about ecologic challenges being faced by global economy. The bigger truths are usually unsung, untold, unspoken of. In most cases they are like the big elephant in the room. No one assess them and brings them on to the table, as they are uncomfortable to deal with.

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I’ve got myself a Villain

Well known it is that fans follow sports driven by passion and emotions. I am one of them. It isn’t coincidence that I have never been able to participate in debates of the best this or best that without referring to the way players made me feel when I watched them.

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Lamar Jackson driving into the 49ers second level. San Francisco’s front had a hard time reading his fake handoffs
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Se acabó.

Bueno, señores, pues hasta aquí han llegado las aspiraciones de los New Orleans Saints en ésta temporada 2018 de NFL. Ha sido un viaje movido y lleno de cosas para, posiblemente, digerir con más tiempo. Pero en estos momentos, a la mañana siguiente de ver mis sueños romperse en una amalgama de mal playcalling, mala ejecución y peor arbitraje, solamente puedo enumerar los elementos que siguen:

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Comments on the Conference Championship Games

Here is how the NFL Playoff tree is looking like before this weekend’s games. I am not calling this article “predictions” because there’s no room to predict anything with the Patriots: they win. They win a lot. They win always. And they win even more when is playoffs, cold and when they face Andy Reid’s team deep in the playoffs.

With the New Orleans Saints there is no room for predictions either. They are my team, and I am too scared of the high stakes, the Rams, and the red moon.

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Predictions Divisional Round: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs

The Divisional Round weekend starts strong with a matchup that epitomises what the NFL playoffs truly are about; the Kansas City Chiefs who have completed a very successful regular season under Andy Reid’s renown strong starts (5-0), and the Colts. The Colts being the red hot team that makes it into the playoffs against expectations and now is a fearful foe to confront in January football.

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If this wasn’t attractive enough as storyline there are more to talk once we scratch slightly the surface.

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Divisional Round predictions & Wild Card round aftermaths.

Despite the general content surrounding the Wild Card round, I felt more disappointment throughout the games than satisfaction. On Saturday the Colts vs Texans game, lacked competition, and Sunday the Chargers vs Ravens wasn’t much of a game when it comes to excitement and equality until the end. Truth to be said, all games where tactically very rich and attractive to watch, but I was showing games to a novice and those were not the best ones for a newcomer to watch. Hopefully the Divisional Round will be loaded with excitement and close scores.

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