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A huge thumbs up to the upcoming video game South Park: Fractured But Whole for turning a joke into a literal video game. The easiest level has the lightest skin tone.  As you select harder levels, your character's skin tone gets darker.  :D

Yes, there are video games like this in T-America.  Black people tend to love the honesty.  A lot of white people whine that it's inaccurate.  But it's not.  You can get them with gender shifts, or class, or other things; and a few even have interstitial options.
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Once upon a time, the roots of Monopoly began with a board and accessories that could be used to play two diametrically opposed games: the Landlord's Game and the Single Tax (aka Prosperity).  The first is similar to the familiar version, in which players try to gain as much money as possible to bankrupt everyone else as a means of winning.  The second does the exact opposite, collecting money into public funds and distributing it for public good.  There's a version where everyone wins when the person who started with the least money has doubled their holdings

I find the earlier versions of the game much more engrossing, as they use the same set of gaming equipment to explore different economic principles and practices.  In essence, it's a simulation, not just a game.  I wish that these earlier versions were available.  The boards can be seen and are described in the rules, but the cards are described only en masse, and not all could be recreated by examining the board.  There aren't many cooperative board games available, and I think it would be fun to play either the Single Tax or Prosperity versions.

GOP D&D

Mar. 27th, 2017 01:52 pm
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New game.  Do not read with mouth full.

Okay, everyone, roll for initiative ...
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge

Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so
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* My first gaming convention when I was in high school, I mentioned to a vendor that I made up my own monsters.  He said, "Doesn't everyone?"  :D  It was the first time I was in a place where creativity was assumed as the norm.

* My first science fiction convention, around the same time, one of the dealers scrambled under a table to measure an anklet on me.  It was enlightening to see someone else move through space the way I do, looking for the most efficient route instead of the most socially approved one.

* Several years later, in college, I noticed that pros were consistently picking me out of a field of 400 people in a con.  I had no idea why, so I asked one, who explained, "It's because you treat us like people.  Everyone else here only wants to talk about our work.  You let us talk about the weather."  So now I know why famous people like me.  \o/


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This summer camp for nerds is aimed at adults.  It sounds like a cool idea.  As for the name Epic Nerd Camp, though? They're never going to beat the Klingons.  You don't get any more epic than rejecting every language on your planet to dress up like aliens and snarl at each other ... and then correct each other's grammar.  ;)
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This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "roleplaying game" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem is posted as the second freebie due to new prompters.

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Here's a thoughtful article about how to handle characters with different power levels.

A couple of my observations:

1) There is no such thing as overpowered characters, only underpowered opposition.  Superman is ludicrously powerful, but well placed in handling planetary-scale threats.  Spiderman is modestly powerful, well placed in neighborhood watch, can pinch-hit usefully at city level, and has no business in much larger conflicts.

2) It can be loads of fun to watch two mismatched characters who can't get rid of each other.  Dvorak is considerably more powerful than Qwerty in almost every way ... but Qwerty is like the annoying little sister who tattles every time her older sister sneaks out the window and won't stop following her.  That's never going to stop being funny.
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This is the freebie for the October [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "sportsmanship" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest.

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GenCon just tipped the scales at 13/25 women speakers, the first time a gaming con has had a majority of gaming girls on the guest list.  \o/  Way to give that glass ceiling a good ol' Magic Missile!
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In case you missed it, I posted a new Love Is For Children story late Friday/early Saturday, so I know some folks may need to scroll back to find that.  "What Little Boys Are Made Of" tells how Tony learns the craft of blacksmithing.  Begin with Part 1.  
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This story fills the "meet the parents / family" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "When the Wheels Come Off," "Against His Own Shield," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Tony Stark, Howard Stark, Master Tom, Obadiah Stane, Master Ewan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Howard Stark's A+ Parenting. Child abuse and neglect. Rebellion. Tony Stark's misspent youth. Brief references to underage drinking, sex, and other unwise activities. Obie. Because Obie Is Always a Warning.
Summary: According to canon, Tony Stark is a blacksmith. This is how that happened.
Notes: Craftsmanship. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship.

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Here ends "What Little Boys Are Made Of." Thank you all for sticking with the series this far! I love your input. Final thoughts on the story overall are welcome, in addition to reactions on this specific chapter.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

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This story fills the "meet the parents / family" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "When the Wheels Come Off," "Against His Own Shield," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Tony Stark, Howard Stark, Master Tom, Obadiah Stane, Master Ewan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Howard Stark's A+ Parenting. Child abuse and neglect. Rebellion. Tony Stark's misspent youth. Brief references to underage drinking, sex,and other unwise activities. Obie. Because Obie Is Always a Warning.
Summary: According to canon, Tony Stark is a blacksmith. This is how that happened.
Notes: Craftsmanship. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

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This story fills the "meet the parents / family" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "When the Wheels Come Off," "Against His Own Shield," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Tony Stark, Howard Stark, Master Tom, Obadiah Stane, Master Ewan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Howard Stark's A+ Parenting. Child abuse and neglect. Rebellion. Tony Stark's misspent youth. Brief references to underage drinking, sex,and other unwise activities. Obie. Because Obie Is Always a Warning.
Summary: According to canon, Tony Stark is a blacksmith. This is how that happened.
Notes: Craftsmanship. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship.

Begin with Part 1. Skip to Part 4.

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This story fills the "meet the parents / family" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "When the Wheels Come Off," "Against His Own Shield," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Tony Stark, Howard Stark, Master Tom, Obadiah Stane, Master Ewan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Howard Stark's A+ Parenting. Child abuse and neglect. Rebellion. Tony Stark's misspent youth. Brief references to underage drinking, sex,and other unwise activities.  Obie. Because Obie Is Always a Warning.
Summary: According to canon, Tony Stark is a blacksmith. This is how that happened.
Notes: Craftsmanship. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests.

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Read more... )
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 They do shit like this.  And yes, some of them can do that in real life too.  I'm telling you, they are like oldschool D&D mages.  Everybody laughs at level 1, but by level 9 they are fucking unstoppable.
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A close relative is currently stranded in Albequerque due to the car dying on a long trip. So [personal profile] dialecticdreamer offered to help by writing ficlets in exchange for donations to the car fund. Well, one donor asked for something from Love Is For Children, so I'm filling this prompt for Zelofheda. If any other fans of this series would like to express their appreciation, by all means chip in a few bucks with a note that it's from me and the Pay It Forward project. This story also fills the "emotional overload" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Betty Ross, Bruce Banner, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, JARVIS.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor mishaps. Lingering symptoms of past abuse and neglect. Current environment is safe.
Summary: The Avengers enjoy game night. Clint and Bruce wind up playing together for much of it. Bruce gets upset easily.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family of choice. Team as family. Fluff and angst. Toys and games. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship. Cuddling. #coulsonlives

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests.

The next posted story is "What Little Boys Are Made Of."

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Undertale

Sep. 24th, 2015 07:42 pm
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 Undertale is a video game where you can choose violent or nonviolent actions.  Fascinating.
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 Viridi is a game for people who don't like shooting, hitting, lots of blinking lights, nerve-wracking counters, or the other stuff typical of video games.  You grow succulent plants.  :D  It's meant to be a more relaxing, meditative experience than other games.
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 Ingress is a phone game that involves traveling around to control territory, which at least gets people out of their chairs.  It teaches some interesting skills for grassroots organization and cell structure.
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This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

EDIT 9-25-15: For a followup, see the demifiction "In The Soup" by Ng_moonmoth.

Warning: The following poem contains canon-typical violence, hostile language, boundary violations, and other minor mayhem. No supervillains or would-be heroes were seriously injured in the making of this poem.

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