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  1. Comment on We Need to Get Ready for GamerGate Politicians in ~misc

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    The "free speech" defense in this is so incredibly stupid. It completely gives up on defending the meaning of the statement itself, and just says "it's not illegal." Okay, great. You may as well...

    The "free speech" defense in this is so incredibly stupid. It completely gives up on defending the meaning of the statement itself, and just says "it's not illegal." Okay, great. You may as well defend it on the grounds of grammatical correctness.

    And it's still a disgusting thing to say. You can't just act like an asshole, then turn around and act like the people you bothered are the real assholes for calling you an asshole, because you were intentionally being an asshole.

    I mean, I guess technically you can, and that's good enough for Sargon et al.

    12 votes
  2. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    The Rising of the Shield Hero I decided to give it a go because of all the buzz it had. Conceptually I think it's a bit boring, being a run-of-the-mill isekai, but it does a pretty great job with...

    The Rising of the Shield Hero

    I decided to give it a go because of all the buzz it had. Conceptually I think it's a bit boring, being a run-of-the-mill isekai, but it does a pretty great job with the characters. The protagonist is a gruff and flawed but likable underdog, his party is really sweet (if a little shallow), and the antagonists are... well, a little cartoonishly villainous, but meh, it's a little more fun that way. There's enough emotional depth in the Shield Hero's response to the hardship he faces, and the relationships he builds, to give the show a good amount of substance.

    Boy was the first episode a slog, though. Partly it's because I had been spoiled about what would happen, so expecting certain things just felt like I was constantly flinching. A part of it is that the Shield Hero gets an unreasonable amount of grief from nearly the beginning, which really didn't work particularly well. Finally, as the first episode of an isekai, it felt like most of it just doesn't matter. Yeah, yeah, he gets sucked into a parallel world, blah, blah, this really isn't going to matter all that much moving forward.

    Overall, recommended. Not a must-watch (unless you feel compelled to understand the memes), nothing ground-breaking, but it's a fun watch.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Added! I'll poke around a bit more soon. :)

    Added! I'll poke around a bit more soon. :)

  4. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Ah, yeah. Honestly, I wasn't even thinking of it as another social platform, more as a way to create a list of Tildes's favorite anime. :p /r/boardgames did something similar on BoardGameGeek, a...

    Ah, yeah. Honestly, I wasn't even thinking of it as another social platform, more as a way to create a list of Tildes's favorite anime. :p /r/boardgames did something similar on BoardGameGeek, a similar site for board games. Never use the forums there, but it was a neat way to see what games were popular on that subreddit.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Added! Now that I think about it, is there a Tildes group on either of those? It might be a fun idea.

    Added!

    Now that I think about it, is there a Tildes group on either of those? It might be a fun idea.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Oh, definitely, that's what I meant to get across. If you preferred the mind game side of things, I can see how you might not dig the show as much for not taking them far enough. I just liked it...

    Oh, definitely, that's what I meant to get across. If you preferred the mind game side of things, I can see how you might not dig the show as much for not taking them far enough. I just liked it well enough as a sitcom that the level of mind games seems about right.

    And sure, I've got profiles on Anilist and MyAnimeList. I only started using them recently, though, just to check them out. Don't even have enough experience to tell if I prefer one or want to keep up with them. :p

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Yeah, it might just come down to personal preference. It's mostly a sitcom with some mind game elements there for structure. I'm okay with that, since the mind games are there to give the...

    Yeah, it might just come down to personal preference. It's mostly a sitcom with some mind game elements there for structure. I'm okay with that, since the mind games are there to give the characters understandable motivations and get them into entertaining situations. If the draw for you was the mind games themselves, and you just liked the romantic comedy element as the framing device or for a funny contrast, I can see how you'd like the ratio less.

    So with the first episode, the overly dramatic game about the movie tickets kind of fell flat to me. It was moderately entertaining in its own right (personal preference), but I wasn't invested in the characters yet, and I could see it getting boring after a while.

    It's also based on a manga which I think is still ongoing. If they just kept escalating it, you're right, I think it would get absurd. It's like the problem of escalation battle shounen have. JoJo's manages to avoid it by having interesting stand powers, and—importantly—introducing new characters and powers for the characters to interact with. That's not really an option when this show's pretty clearly centered around two characters.

    And that ED came out of absolutely nowhere, but I'm so glad it did. :p

    1 vote
  8. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Kaguya-Sama: Love is War TL;DR: Really enjoying it! I just thought the first episode was okay, but I liked how the premise of the show addresses a common problem with romantic comedies: why don't...

    Kaguya-Sama: Love is War

    TL;DR: Really enjoying it!

    I just thought the first episode was okay, but I liked how the premise of the show addresses a common problem with romantic comedies: why don't the two just talk to one another? Since the two main characters are both highly competitive, over-analytical, and romantically inexperienced, they're afraid of being the "loser" to confess love first.

    And the more I watched, the more likable the characters became. I think an important part about the main couple is that, while they think that the person who confesses love first becomes subservient to the other, they never actually want to dominate the other, they're just afraid of being the loser. It's a bit of dramatic irony, and makes them a lot more sympathetic. There's even a recurring joke about other students coming to them for relationship advice, and they actually give good advice just by faking expertise. The fact that they can reason through a situation and support others, but are too anxious to help themselves, is a surprisingly nice and realistic touch.

    Then there's Chika, meme queen. I hate the "dumb character" archetype, but Chika manages to occupy a similar space but in a much smarter way. It's not that she's dumb—quite the contrary—but that she's oblivious to the game between Shinomiya and Shirogane (and that makes sense, because their stand-off is so silly it probably wouldn't occur to anyone else). So, combined with her general goofiness, she can keep throwing wrenches into their plans without turning into a lazy or mean-spirited trope.

    Plus, the voice actors are absolutely fantastic, and I think they're all relatively new up-and-comers. The animation is also pretty great, making plenty of subtle but really neat choices.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Reddit custom logos nostalgia in ~misc

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    This may be a weird thing to dwell on, but the decline of custom logos makes me think of the decline of reddit-wide memes and the sense of community in general. I mean, I know a lot of the jokes...

    This may be a weird thing to dwell on, but the decline of custom logos makes me think of the decline of reddit-wide memes and the sense of community in general.

    I mean, I know a lot of the jokes were silly—like ice soap, Ameristralia, even the dreaded "narwhal bacons at midnight"—but the fact that they existed at all showed a level of camaraderie across reddit as a whole. That just doesn't happen anymore, or at least not nearly as much.

    Same goes for the custom logos. It kind of humanized the site, or at least the admins, by essentially having reddit at least recognize something going on for no other reason than its own sake, or to do something fun for the users.

    Maybe it's inevitable that the community wouldn't be as tight-knit as it grew larger and had a more diverse audience, but it's still nostalgic to look back on. I know there are subs with a much stronger sense of community, and a part of me thinks that if reddit was run differently it wouldn't be quite so fractured as it is now.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    After last week's thread, I finished KonoSuba 1 & 2, and went on to Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. I absolutely adored it, and it was such a refreshing show for a couple of reasons. First, it's...

    After last week's thread, I finished KonoSuba 1 & 2, and went on to Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. I absolutely adored it, and it was such a refreshing show for a couple of reasons. First, it's technically a reverse isekai; and second, I've been watching Hunter x Hunter on Toonami, so it was nice to have a show about positivity and understanding to chase those Chimera Ant blues away. :p

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    The thing I like about the show is that those are two completely different questions. :p Best girl would probably be Wiz or Eris. My favorite would probably Aqua, who just seems like the most fun.

    The thing I like about the show is that those are two completely different questions. :p

    Best girl would probably be Wiz or Eris. My favorite would probably Aqua, who just seems like the most fun.

  12. Comment on What have you been watching/reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Suuuper late to the party, but I started watching KonoSuba a while back, and am nearly done with season 2. Super charming, lots of fun, and despite being clearly set in a video game, it also warms...

    Suuuper late to the party, but I started watching KonoSuba a while back, and am nearly done with season 2. Super charming, lots of fun, and despite being clearly set in a video game, it also warms the D&D corner of my heart in a few ways. (Namely, the one-spell-a-day wizard, and the dungeon crawl episodes.)

    Plus I understand so many more memes now.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 announced for March 2020 in ~games

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    That's fantastic news! Especially since both the tabletop and digital sides of Vampire have been in an awful state since the mid-2000s. Hopefully the tabletop game also has some good news coming...

    That's fantastic news! Especially since both the tabletop and digital sides of Vampire have been in an awful state since the mid-2000s.

    Hopefully the tabletop game also has some good news coming its way. White Wolf was resurrected to put out a new edition, and it was such a dumpster fire that I actually agreed when Paradox shut them down again. Now they're being outsourced to Modiphius, which will hopefully handle it better. (Though Onyx Path has been trucking along with the old editions just fine, as far as I can tell.)

    3 votes
  14. Comment on what creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

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    I have no opposition to being paid for my labor. :p And I fully know that paying someone in exposure is absolute bullshit, but as an independent creator, I kind of have to put out a portfolio of...

    I have no opposition to being paid for my labor. :p And I fully know that paying someone in exposure is absolute bullshit, but as an independent creator, I kind of have to put out a portfolio of free stuff. After that, hook 'em with new titles, expanded titles, and hard copies!

    1 vote
  15. Comment on what creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

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    Yeah, I think it feels right for a bit of extra content. Maybe having ALL the items illustrated, plus some items being expanded with things like ways to use it in your game (plot hooks,...

    Yeah, I think it feels right for a bit of extra content. Maybe having ALL the items illustrated, plus some items being expanded with things like ways to use it in your game (plot hooks, variations, randomizers, etc).

    If you want to see what I've got so far, here's a link! I know it's belated and in a blog that I'm slooowly reviving, but there you go. :p

    And yeah, no focus on combat items, and only one sword because I thought it would be neat to have a cursed sword as a soul cursed to be a sword. I could expand that in a full version with, say, random tables for different spirits, or a minigame of trying to push or pull the sword towards a certain alignment. Just creating a cool longsword is relatively easy, IMO.

    I wanted to create items that aren't necessarily cool (though I hope some are!) but interesting, and maybe something the players could use as a tool to solve problems in a creative way.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on what creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

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    That's a good point, but I wonder if it would still apply to me because I'm already going to publish stuff for free on the blog. So, if most of the content is free on the blog, then the PDF is...

    That's a good point, but I wonder if it would still apply to me because I'm already going to publish stuff for free on the blog. So, if most of the content is free on the blog, then the PDF is kind of an upgrade to the free product, but compiled in one place, and probably a few bonus illustrations and expansions on the items.

    Ah, well, I'll mull it over. Plenty of time before I'm done writing all these!

    3 votes
  17. Comment on what creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

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    I was also thinking around $5 for a few reasons. It's cheap enough that people would be more willing to take a risk on it, it will probably hit the sweet spot of ~5-10¢ per page for a PDF, and...

    I was also thinking around $5 for a few reasons. It's cheap enough that people would be more willing to take a risk on it, it will probably hit the sweet spot of ~5-10¢ per page for a PDF, and (importantly) DriveThruRPG is a major hub for RPG material, and it would put me in the running for "Most Popular Under $5." If I do pretty well in that category, which is for obvious reasons less competitive, then I'd get quite a bit of free extra publicity. :p

    2 votes
  18. Comment on what creative projects are you working on? in ~creative

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    D&D stuff! I've made a point of coming up with (on average) at least one magic item per day this year. :D I've also got a partner in this who's going to illustrate her favorites. If we both keep...

    D&D stuff! I've made a point of coming up with (on average) at least one magic item per day this year. :D I've also got a partner in this who's going to illustrate her favorites. If we both keep up with it, I want to make a PDF of 365 magic items and their illustrations out, and put it up for "sale." Quotation marks because I'm not sure what if anything I'd charge for it, or make it a pay-what-you-want deal.

    Also, I'm working on way to give 5th edition and old-school feel without going overboard with pages of house rules. I plan on posting it on my blog when it's all done, with my thought process behind the decisions. Ideally I want it to be one page or less of rules modifications/options.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    I'm going to bounce between shops tonight looking for what I can get my hands on! The health potion recipe I saw seemed a bit more pink than red with just orange & cranberry juice, before adding...

    I'm going to bounce between shops tonight looking for what I can get my hands on! The health potion recipe I saw seemed a bit more pink than red with just orange & cranberry juice, before adding raspberry cordial. I suspect with a redder blood orange juice, it should be about perfect.

    We user Roll20 because, despite its faults, it's the most convenient option out there, and simple to play in a browser. I've also looked into Fantasy Grounds, but haven't gotten around to learning the ropes yet. It looks perhaps a bit better (and better supported by the developers), but there's a learning curve, set up time, and doesn't immediately support as many games as Roll20 does out of the box. You might not even need that much if you run a simpler system, or don't care about combat maps or public die rolls.

    We don't use webcams, just voice chat. Discord has worked a LOT better than Skype for us in terms of sound quality, features, and reliability. We just created a channel for our game, and instead of scheduling calls, we can just join the voice channel when we're ready to play. If you want to use webcams, then I think you'd need to use calls, and I'm not sure if Discord can do the Skype thing of floating a thumbnail video while you focus on another screen (e.g. Roll20).

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    It certainly does help loosen people up! And yeah, that makes sense. If it's just pomegranate juice, it'd be a bit dark, but mixed with some other things it seems to balance out about right. Just...

    It certainly does help loosen people up!

    And yeah, that makes sense. If it's just pomegranate juice, it'd be a bit dark, but mixed with some other things it seems to balance out about right. Just orange & cranberry juice comes out a bit more pink than red.

    2 votes