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  1. Comment on Wanting to play Pandemic during the pandemic in ~games.tabletop

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    Thank you for recommending Tabletop Simulator, I imagine this would be a more satisfying solution than what I had in mind, though I imagine I'd still enjoy the opportunity to mark up my physical...

    Thank you for recommending Tabletop Simulator, I imagine this would be a more satisfying solution than what I had in mind, though I imagine I'd still enjoy the opportunity to mark up my physical copy. I figure I would simply sticker and tear as indicated by the online game, and if the real pandemic resolves earlier than our estimates suggest then the group can continue with that.

    I hear you about the ethical question of playing with virtual fan-made editions. My instinct is to visualize the impacts on the groups involved, publishers and players, to consider whether the benefits justify the risks. Obviously I am grateful for the work of talented game designers, who generally are not wealthy people, but it would feel like a shame to postpone play entirely while we have the opportunity to engage with their designs in some fashion.

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  2. Comment on Wanting to play Pandemic during the pandemic in ~games.tabletop

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    This is off topic, but the link I posted was Google redirect link instead of a direct link. I don't know how I can change it for the thread, so here's the original :...

    This is off topic, but the link I posted was Google redirect link instead of a direct link. I don't know how I can change it for the thread, so here's the original :

    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/161936/pandemic-legacy-season-1

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  3. Comment on Wanting to play Pandemic during the pandemic in ~games.tabletop

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    Last month I bought this game, Pandemic Legacy. I've really wanted to play this game! Check out the reviews at board game geek if you're not familiar. From what I know, it starts with the already...

    Last month I bought this game, Pandemic Legacy. I've really wanted to play this game! Check out the reviews at board game geek if you're not familiar. From what I know, it starts with the already fabulous idea of your OG Pandemic board game and expands it through a year-long campaign (12 to 24 game sessions) into a pandemic-fighting epic of catastrophic proportions.

    But now we have entered the twilight world of Social Distancing, and it's anyone's guess how or when this real crisis concludes. Inviting several friends to my house once, let alone multiple times, seems dangerously off theme.

    I know we have developed great technologies and protocols for adapting board games to online play, but I'm not familiar with them. Playing a legacy-type game would, I expect, pose a special challenge that we will need to reveal new game features to the group without exposing them to the Internet at large. Is my aspiration practical? How should I proceed?

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  4. Comment on Dos and don'ts in open source in ~comp

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    True dat, but I'm inclined to say the rules for good social interactions are valuable enough yet troublesome enough that periodic restatements for each new context are a good pattern to follow.

    True dat, but I'm inclined to say the rules for good social interactions are valuable enough yet troublesome enough that periodic restatements for each new context are a good pattern to follow.

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  5. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I received an invite to Tildes over a year ago, but didn't follow through. While I had been posting on Reddit, I have also felt wary of most social media. It's so much more satisfying to have a...

    I received an invite to Tildes over a year ago, but didn't follow through. While I had been posting on Reddit, I have also felt wary of most social media. It's so much more satisfying to have a good f2f chat with another human being, with all the premium bandwidth that implies.

    But today, after being informed that my tech support job will transition to us all Working From Home, I realize I will see benefits to any social interfacing I can accomplish. I won't even be able to go weekend sittings at our Zen center when they go into lock down.

    My hope is that tildes.net will be become a rewarding outlet to visit during the pandemic, and into the post-apocalyptic hellscape to follow.

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  6. Comment on Gym class is so bad, kids are skipping school to avoid it in ~life

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    I recall dreading PE in elementary school. Just as the article described, I was routinely targeted for bullying. Though I wasn't particularly fat, I was uncoordinated. Whenever we would split into...

    I recall dreading PE in elementary school. Just as the article described, I was routinely targeted for bullying. Though I wasn't particularly fat, I was uncoordinated. Whenever we would split into teams, I was picked last.

    By the time I had entered high school I'd written off all sports as pointless. I knew where I excelled and I decided I was superior for preferring science and literature to sweaty Physical Ed. It wouldn't matter that I was no good at throwing, dribbling or catching.

    Still, I loved scouting activities. I remember enjoying the hiking and canoeing quite a bit. If similar activities could've been organized into PE at school I imagine my childhood attitude would've been quite different. As it is, I did not develop a genuine appreciation for bodywork until much later.

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  7. Comment on Remember Backing Up to Diskettes? I’m Sorry. I Do, Too. in ~tech

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    I remember hiking onto my college campus with a box of floppies to download an early distribution of Slackware Linux to install to my personal PC. The prospect of downloading an entire operating...

    I remember hiking onto my college campus with a box of floppies to download an early distribution of Slackware Linux to install to my personal PC. The prospect of downloading an entire operating system directly to my home would've been a grandiose fantasy.

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