RPGs and the Unseen

Mar. 24th, 2019 03:07 pm
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No, I don't mean ghosts. I mean: women not polished up and packaged for the consumption of straight men. I mean: queer characters at all. I mean: anyone over thirty, but especially women.

I got angry and hurt last night thinking about how many of the things I love don't seem to love me back. How many of the JRPGs I love, where you fight god and form a family, relegate their female characters to male characters' love interests if they exist at all (looking at you, Final Fantasy XV). How many games and shows don't have a single queer character, or if they do it's as a cruel joke. How the Good-Natured Pervert (or, if you're not feeling charitable, Chronic Sexual Harasser) character is a fixture. How my friend keeps telling me to watch Gurren Lagann, but the first episode I watched was constantly talking about "being a man" in a way that felt like being hit in the face with a No Girls Allowed sign. How everyone says the Persona series is great, but I've also sat in on endless conversations about Atlus's treatment of women and constant flight from anything resembling queerness.

So I am now accepting two things:

1) Recommendations for things in the JRPG vein that will make me feel Seen; and

2) Suggestions for elements to put in an RPG of my own. I have RPG Maker and no artistic skill. I cannot be stopped.
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[BLOG] Some Sunday links

Mar. 24th, 2019 01:43 pm
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  • Architectuul looks at a new architecture project intent on the interface between land and sea.

  • Bad Astronomy reports on the impact of a meteorite with a house in Uruguay.

  • Caitlin Kelly at the Broadside Blog writes about the importance of lightening the loads of others when one can.

  • Centauri Dreams writes about how OSIRIS-REx is responding to unexpected conditions at Bennu like its relative rockiness. https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2019/03/21/working-with-the-unexpected-at-asteroid-bennu/
  • The Crux considers the remarkable versatility of ketamine, as anesthetic and anti-depressant among other things.

  • D-Brief notes a report that reveals universal patterns of app usage on cell phones by different people.

  • Dangerous Minds shares some vintage R.E.M. performances from 1981.

  • Earther notes that temperatures in parts of Alaska have just briefly peaked at 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Gizmodo notes the new accurate guide for walkers provided by a new Google Maps system making use of landmarks.

  • Kieran Healy breaks down some data from the 2018 General Social Survey.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that the Sylvester classic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" has been selected for preservation by the National Registry of the Library of Congress.

  • JSTOR Daily makes a case for treating the art of children not as mere scribblings but rather as art worthy of serious consideration.

  • Language Hat notes the sensitive translation by one man of the Bible into the 20th century vernacular Arabic of Egypt.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the Mueller report, what is and is not likely to be in it, and how one should react to it.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the extent to which the employment rates of women has been a driving factor in recent American economic history.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw celebrates his 13th anniversary of blogging.

  • Roads and Kingdoms interviews Shannon Mustipher on Caribbean rum culture.

  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at the new interactive theatre piece Amorous Playlist.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel explains why quantum tunneling does not violate the speed of light.

  • Towleroad notes that the André Aciman sequel to Call Me By Your Name, Find Me, is scheduled for an October release.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes how the denaturalization by Italy of a man who committed terrible criminal acts sets a bad precedent for citizenship generally.

  • Window on Eurasia lists five tactics that non-Russian republics in Russia could adopt to resist their abolition.

  • Arnold Zwicky begins a meditation that starts with the sight of a vegetarian reuben sandwich.

I'm done watching Steven Universe!

Mar. 24th, 2019 05:41 pm
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all five seasons; my life is now both complete and strangely empty. What whill I watch next?
She-Ra s#2 is scheduled for release in about a month, no word yet on TDP s#3...
Carmen Sandiego? Adventure Time? catch up with I don't even know how many seasons of MLP:FiM?
rewatch TDP s#1&2? Star Trek TAS even though I'm not done yet with TOS?
something else?
>(maybe I should do a proper poll for this...)
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(Apologies since this isn’t quite what you asked for)

It was starting to dawn on Sleeper that he may have gone a bit too far this time.

It had just been- a point he’d wanted to make. To show them he wasn’t a child, a whimpering human infant, unable to do anything but eat and crawl and foul himself.

They had been in the stroller, crossing from one platform to the other. And Sleeper had known where they were going. It was obvious, he didn’t need to stay int he stroller with the other babies. 

So he’d hopped out, his host’s strong legs carrying him easily across the platform, turning his host’s sensitive ears away from the cries from his parents.

Then he’d jumped into the train, and the doors had closed, and they were gone.

His host’s eyes were weak, and Sleeper didn’t dare poke his head out to see with his own. He had no idea where they were going, but with every moment, his parents were falling further and further away.

He could do this. He- had done this before, right? The weeks in LIFE Foundation, when their parent had abandoned them. But even then, there’d been Agony and Scream, and he’d known the place.

He doesn’t know this one. The trains slows to a grinning halt and a voice warns for all passengers to disembark. Sleeper hovers, helplessly under a seat as the endless rows of feet clatter away.

If he stays, maybe his parents will find him. But maybe if he goes out, they’ll meet him on the way-

The lights in the train go out, and Sleeper dashes for the doors before he’s really aware of moving.

It’s the host. Stupid rabbit must be scared of the dark. He isn’t scared, not at all.

But it’s getting dark outside, the light turning from sunlight to dark gold as the streetlights come on. Sleeper wanders up the platform, and down again. It’s emptying fast, and he’s alone.

He- he wants his parents. Big, soft Eddie, warm and cuddly and holding him soft and safe. And even his other parent, welcoming coils slick and close, murmuring that they’re here and no one will ever hurt them again.

Sleeper lowers his head to his paws and wails, soft and squeaking. A low roar catches in his long ears, and he turns to see a floor-cleaning growling towards him. Sleeper tenses, he’s got to stay, he can’t run, has to stay so his parents can find him-

It comes closer, closer, so close the rabbit’s whisker tremble from the blast, and he breaks, bolts and runs and runs and runs until the world blurs into senseless colour and the host’s instincts envelop him complete and blind.

He comes back to himself some unknown time later, the little rabbit’s heart’s pounding ready to burst, sucking in air desperately. He has no idea where he is.

The street is dark and empty, rows of identical houses stretching away on either side as far as he can see. He’s crouched under a hedge, among the dead leaves and trash. A car passes by, a low engine moan and gone.

“Parents,” Sleeper whispers. “Where are you?” His voice is a squeaking wail.

As thought just adding to his misery, it starts to rain, a low, miserable drizzle haloing the streetlights, and damping his fur.

His host cannot cry, but Sleeper puts his head on his paws, and does his best anyway.
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lifeofcynch:

amkrii:

snapped-snape:

seasons-gredence:

seasons-gredence:

seasons-gredence:

have you ever seen the english subtitles for a chinese bootleg of harry potter and the chamber of secrets?

because

they’re

great

full album here

i can’t believe dobby invented hashtags

i don’t even care if you reblog it, i just need you all to look at that album for your own health

My boy snape saying what we’re all thinking

The dark lord

The four hogwarts founders

And my personal favorite

Giving early anime dubs a run for their Engrish.

I’M WHEEZING

If you every wondered where the DO NOT WANT meme came from, it’s from one of these filmatic trainwrecks; Backstroke to the West.

Hey just a quick reminder

Mar. 24th, 2019 03:42 pm
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bookrat:

dabidagoose:

adam-loves-dinosaurs:

dabidagoose:

adam-loves-dinosaurs:

adam-loves-dinosaurs:

Another quick reminder since i start seeing people saying “UwU both are good” in the tags and reblogs.

Reminder : it doesn’t matter how we portray them, they are dead so like let ppl have fun

But why does it matter dude I know it’s scientifically innacurate but ppl enjoying that innacurate version doesn’t have any negative applications???? Unless dinosaurs were brought back to life and ppl misidentified them or smthn it really has only negative impact keeping ppl from having fun with the fictional lizard dinos

It makes a big difference. People who make models for museums get passed over for projects because the owners don’t want to hear that their precious Jurassic Park lizards were actually weird birds, and “the public won’t get it anyway”. It makes a feedback loop so that even when people are presented with accurate depictions of past animals, they violently reject them. 

Scaly raptors are also a gift to the anti-evolution fanatics, who like to pretend that the rarity of big mainstream feathered dinosaurs is in some way indicative of conflict and confusion in the paleontology community. 

Also I get to tell my kids the dinosaurs did not die out and are still around today, which makes them all happy.

In class today

Mar. 24th, 2019 03:42 pm
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Me: So! How many school lunches do you eat in a month? And how did you calculate that?

Class: *maths maths*

Student: One hundred and forty, Miss!

Me: *whut* Aaare yoooou suuuure?

Student: Yes miss!

Rest of class: o_0

Me: How about you show us how you got that?

Student: *marches firmly to the board* I have five meals every week, and times that by twenty eight is one hundred and forty.

Me: *trying very hard not to laugh* how many weeks are there in a month?

Student…

Student:…

Student: OOOOH

Entire class: *cracks up laughing*
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kakushimiko:

safelyendangered:

heaven

webtoon / website / facebook / twitter / patreon

I want to go to dog heaven 😫

Reminds me of that Twilight Zone episode where they guy won’t go into heaven if his dog’s not allowed.

(it turns out that was actually hell, and heaven totally allows dogs)

LGBTQ+ Pro Shippers Exist

Mar. 24th, 2019 12:12 pm
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fandompolicersneedtostop:

corrin-anti-weapon-triangle:

antis-delete-your-blogs-pls-thx:

pro-ship-spring-bonnie:

anti-anti-a-la-bi-bi:

khrysoprase:

whogivesa-ship:

Antis like to pretend we’re all cis and straight, so let’s correct that inaccuracy for them. I’ll start:

Hi, I’m Vi. I’m a queer nonbinary trans man and pro ship.

I’m Seth, I’m a pansexual trans man and I’m pro ship.

I am Kuro, I am a bi/pan person/gal who is currently questioning her gender and I am proship

I’m Bon Bon, I’m a panromantic asexual trans guy and I am very much pro ship!

Hi, I’m Mouse, I’m a grey ace panromantic nonbinary person and I’m pro ship!

Greetings, I’m Corrin - a pansexual, non-binary person and I am incredibly pro-ship.

I’m fandompolicersneedtostop, a bisexual woman who is pro-ship!

I’m Skull Bearer, and I’ve been Skull Bearer for longer than most antis have been alive, and you can ship whatever the hell you want.

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Mar. 24th, 2019 07:47 am
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I had a bad week last week and then the 7KPP alpha update showed up like a miracle to save me, so I've been obsessing about that nonstop since *checks clock* Wednesday morning? First thing in the morning, too. I got a push notification on Twitter of all places, heh.
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The sky that I could see above me at Yonge and Eglinton Saturday afternoon was the most perfect blue I could imagine.

Afternoon sky a perfect Derek Jarman blue, north up Yonge #toronto #yongeandeglinton #yongestreet #derekjarman #blue #sky #afternoon #dlws

Sense8 RPG system - FATE notes

Mar. 23rd, 2019 07:49 pm
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I want an RPG system for a Sense8 game. This may involve much more work than I have time or energy for right now.

Off the top of my head, FATE Core is the most likely candidate. The system needs to be flexible and allow for characters with drastically different ability levels. And I'd love to see a FATE-based writeup of "sharing" that allows for swapping abilities between members of a cluster.

The biggest problem I can see: How to make non-sensates still viable as player characters, without just saying, "oh, you get an extra half-dozen fate points because you don't have the telepathic abilities." (I don't think Amanita and Bug had more resources and abilities than cluster members.)

Even if it were set up as "you play a sensate... or, I guess, you could play a normal human, if you wanted, but why would you?" It'd be interesting to have a game where the starting premise is, "you have a deep trust for your fellow characters; you know they're as invested in your success as they are in their own."

Set the game immediately post-canon. There be spoilers here. )

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