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  1. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    AHHH yeah, Conquest is like that too! Each unit on the board has a corresponding card that makes a small "deck." At the start of each round, you choose the order you want to activate your units by...

    I like that you have to choose your orders for every unit at the start of the round so there's a bit of fog of war, you only know the state of the board at the start of the round, and you can guess what your opponent might do, but it's entirely possible to give a unit a charge order and for the enemy unit you're trying to charge goes earlier in the initiative and gets out of the way entirely.

    AHHH yeah, Conquest is like that too! Each unit on the board has a corresponding card that makes a small "deck." At the start of each round, you choose the order you want to activate your units by ordering the cards in your deck and placing it face-down on the table. You then alternate turns, activating the unit whose card you flipped over. It makes it fun because you don't know the exact order the enemy will activate their units, but as a round goes on you can still strategically attack units to try and wipe them out before they can activate.

    That style of activation is my favorite way to play by far. As you mentioned, It feels the most realistic and fun. I dislike games where each player takes turns activating all their units before the opponent gets to respond. It gives games an awkward flow, IMO. You end up with these lulls where one player can't react to anything happening on the table, but it is also hard to strategize until a good chunk of the enemy army has been activated cus fuck knows what they might do and what units you'll have left by your turn.

    Also, fwiw: OnePage is similar. Each round, players alternate activating units, but you don't have to predetermine your activation order. The great thing about playing casually with friends is that if you want to change the rules a bit, you're allowed. I am planning to experiment with playing Grimdark Future: FireFight with predetermined activation orders next week when my buddy gets back.

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  2. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    Of course! HAHAHAHA ooohhhh man. Your friend and I definitely have that in common. I convinced my friend to try some war games with me so my models don't just sit on the shelf. In exchange, I'm...

    Of course!

    my friend is the one who has caught the painting bug, and he's mostly just looking for somebody to play the games with so he doesn't feel like he's spending all that money just to paint them and put them up somewhere to look at (although we both know)

    HAHAHAHA ooohhhh man. Your friend and I definitely have that in common. I convinced my friend to try some war games with me so my models don't just sit on the shelf. In exchange, I'm his test opponent when he wants to build new Commander decks for Magic.

    As an aside, Rune wars looks pretty sick. I think it is going to get added onto the game back burner. The last games I will pitch are Reign in Hell and Legacy of Atmos. The former is a fully-finished skirmish game that I enjoy; the latter is still very early in development. Both are games created by YouTubers whose content I watch regularly. Both are big war game + ttrpg + board game guys who wanted to make games with interesting and fresh game mechanics.

    I am not sure how much this weighs on either of your enjoyment of a game, but for me, I am a huge lore guy. I love expansive worlds I can spend hours or days going down rabbit holes learning more about. If that is a factor, I would say Conquest and AoS have the best lore. Reign in Hell explicitly doesn't have lore, nor do the one page rule games (they have campaigns, but nothing super deep. Like they don't have their own novels or anything). 40k lore is uhhhhh interesting. If you can embrace that somehow the hyper-religious fascist genocide army is somehow one of the least evil groups in the game, then there is a lot of interesting stuff there. But it is not for everyone. Though I suppose "this isn't for everyone" is a good motto to have in war gaming in general :)

  3. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    (NOTE: Throughout this comment, I focus mostly on 40k and Grimdark Future. That is just for the sake of a consistent, easily-recognizable example. 40k is by far the most popular game in the genre....

    (NOTE: Throughout this comment, I focus mostly on 40k and Grimdark Future. That is just for the sake of a consistent, easily-recognizable example. 40k is by far the most popular game in the genre. If you have questions about another game, I am happy to try and talk about it if I know about it or know someone who plays it)

    If you both are interested in a great intro to wargaming, I cannot suggest onepagerules enough. The idea started as a way to make a free, simple-to-understand war game that you could easily use your GamesWorkshop models to play. They've gone on to add a bunch to it but the main advantages to onepagerules for someone just trying out the hobby:

    • All the rules are available online for free (or at least the basic versions. You can get access to more complex versions via their patreon [which they have one of the best patreon reward programs I've ever seen but that's a larger discussion]. I have played 40k, AoS, Kill Team, Necromunda, and another game called Conquest. Conquest is my favorite but is still expensive [less so than GW but still not great] and more complicated so I would suggest OnePageRules as a better intro). They sometimes update the rule pdfs to help make sure the armies are balanced and to account for new GamesWorkshop models but the changes are few and far between.

    • The basic rules are pretty straightforward. There's still a degree of complexity that is pretty unavoidable in the genre but compared to the other games I've played it is very approachable.

    • As an extension of the above point, the games are shorter. Full games of Grimdark Future (40k) take 3ish hours, and the skirmish games take 30-60 minutes.

    • All of the rules are made to work with GamesWorkshop models. So for example, in 40k you have Space Marines, and in OnePageRules you have the Battle Brothers who definitely aren't space marines. They both just happen to be genetically modified humans turned into mindless war machines trying to find their way in a galaxy after the death of their fascist god emperor and have nearly identical-looking armor.

    • They have multiple ways to get armies for all budget levels. They have options for paper models and terrain for something like $4 an army. They sell the files needed to 3D print the models themselves for something like $10 an army (and it takes probably about a $30 spool to print a Skirmish army so if you already have access to a 3D printer you come out way ahead, and if you buy a $300 printer you still come out ahead after a couple of armies). You can also access all the files they use to make the official models for "free" if you are a $10/mo Patreon subscriber (free for as long as you are a sub, so not free). If none of those are up your alley, they do also just sell the models printed for you like any other war game company out there (except still cheaper than GW). There is a lot more to consider when making a decision on this topic, but I won't elaborate here. Again, if you want more info about any of this let me know. Hopefully, this wall of text makes it clear how excited and willing I am to talk anyone's ear off about this stuff.

    So yeah. Trying to shortly summarize: One page rules is a great casual war game for anyone who wants to get involved in the hobby without committing as much money as the other major players in the space. I mostly play one page rules when I play with my friends (until I finish painting both my Conquest armies and get them to try that >:)

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  4. Comment on What are some of your favorite tabletop RPG systems and settings, and what do you love about them? in ~games.tabletop

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    If you ever decide ttrpg are close but not quite what you are looking for, come give war games a try :) I enjoy playing both types (though I lean towards war games) and am always happy to chat...

    If you ever decide ttrpg are close but not quite what you are looking for, come give war games a try :) I enjoy playing both types (though I lean towards war games) and am always happy to chat about them.

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  5. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    It isn't the same because it is two different games in the same "world", but Command and Conquer did something close to this. The original games in the Tiberian Sun series were all RTS games. Then...

    It isn't the same because it is two different games in the same "world", but Command and Conquer did something close to this. The original games in the Tiberian Sun series were all RTS games. Then they released Command and Conquer: Renegade, an FPS that puts you in the boots of a commando in the last days of the First Tiberium War (the setting of the first Command & Conquer). I like(d) that idea. First, I got to play out the First Tiberium War campaign from this top-down, control the whole army perspective. I got to be the general making all the tactical decisions and moving my troops around. Then, when it gets to the climax of the First War, it zooms in on one individual's story, and we get to see how the war's final days play out in a level of detail that an RTS wouldn't allow.

    I'm sure if I went back to play the games again the games and story would be a lot worse than I remember. I was 9, and my family couldn't afford a computer or any games, so I binge-played them with my cousin whenever I visited him. Regardless of execution, I still think it was an interesting choice. I would love to see the C&C IP tall out of EA's hands and see if someone could nail the concept.

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  6. Comment on ‘Pre-bunking’ online misinformation in ~tech

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    Absolutely! I understand the impulse to defend independent journalism from unfair criticism. It is a good and necessary impulse in the modern day. While it might not have been the case here, you...

    Absolutely! I understand the impulse to defend independent journalism from unfair criticism. It is a good and necessary impulse in the modern day. While it might not have been the case here, you don't have to look too far to find instances where that IS what is happening.

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  7. Comment on ‘Pre-bunking’ online misinformation in ~tech

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    While it might seem off-topic at first, I think Dan Olsen's video on The Wall actually dives into this in a really important way. The full discussion can be found starting at this chapter but if...

    think our education system focuses too much on rote memorization and not enough on building critical thinking skills. This is backwards. Once people know how to think, learning things like math and biology will become much easier. Having "the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell" memorized is less useful than having the skills necessary to find and understand that information. And it has the side effect of teaching people how to spot conspiracy theories.

    While it might seem off-topic at first, I think Dan Olsen's video on The Wall actually dives into this in a really important way. The full discussion can be found starting at this chapter but if you only care specifically about the discussion around education you can jump to 21:40 into the video. Rather than the difference being memorization vs critical thinking, it is framed (correctly, IMO) as a battle over what the purpose of education is. Is the goal of education to prepare people for the "real world" by teaching what you need to know to be an effective worker? Or is the goal of education to educate people because we think education is ethically/morally good and important?

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  8. Comment on ‘Pre-bunking’ online misinformation in ~tech

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    I think they’re just saying that countering misinformation with fact-checking isn’t a perfect solution. To debunk a piece of misinformation via journalistic fact-checking, you’re doing it after...

    Are they saying that journalism isn't important? Or am I wrong?

    I think they’re just saying that countering misinformation with fact-checking isn’t a perfect solution. To debunk a piece of misinformation via journalistic fact-checking, you’re doing it after the piece has been published. You need to have an individual with the knowledge to see a piece as flawed, and the time, energy, and resources to research how it is wrong, present that counter-argument, and have a platform large enough to reach the same audience as the original piece. It’s like cybersecurity. You’re always fighting a losing battle if all you can do is react. Pre-bunking is for trying to make it so fewer people fall for misinformation, fact-checking articles are for informing people who were misinformed after the fact. Both are important and tackle the same issue from opposite sides and you probably need both to properly “fight” misinformation.

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  9. Comment on What’s something you’ve been mulling over recently? in ~talk

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    Oh man, this is a great comment. It makes me really mad that I didn't take my Adderall this morning, because I am having an impossible time sitting down and writing out the comment I want to...

    Oh man, this is a great comment. It makes me really mad that I didn't take my Adderall this morning, because I am having an impossible time sitting down and writing out the comment I want to write. What you're getting at touches on so many interesting aspects of queer history and internet trends and how they intersect. Things like changes in societal views of the queer community from being a catch-all outgroup to an in-group, the overall trend away from nuance in online spaces, the way globalization impacts symbols, or why the queer community places so much emphasis on symbols. Hopefully, I can sit down sometime after remembering my meds and try to flesh them out. Fingers crossed that my comment and listing some topic ideas will inspire someone else to think about them and write their own comment with their own views/thoughts on them.

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  10. Comment on Inside the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read in ~humanities

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    That's precisely why it was so controversial. Assuming best faith, which I think everyone should, her statement is a surface-level description of a problem that is worded in a way that plays into...
    • Exemplary

    I was struck by the controversy because I thought the facts of her statement seemed fairly obvious: students need stable home environments that support education and home cultures that prioritize it.

    That's precisely why it was so controversial. Assuming best faith, which I think everyone should, her statement is a surface-level description of a problem that is worded in a way that plays into racist stereotype of black and brown parents in America. The way it is worded implies (at least to me, and given how controversial the statement was, to others as well) that if we could just get those darn black and brown parents to be more involved in their kids lives like the other parents then their kids would be much better off. Which, yeah. Parental support is critical for academic success. Cool. We agree. That statement doesn't acknowledge or address the underlying issues that need to be solved in order for that to happen though. Notable omissions from her statement despite her singling out black and brown communities:

    • Poverty: Do their parents have less time to spend helping them with school work because they have to work multiple jobs? Are their parents spending more time stressed and focus on finances to spend time helping their children learn? She mentioned food insecurity and housing insecurity without mentioning the reason that people face those issues. What's her plan for addressing the issue of parents not having time to help their kids with school due to economic insecurity? Rather than phrasing it in a way that makes it sound like black and brown parents are choosing to not support their kids, she could have brought up the challenges that lead to parents having less time to support their kids.

    • Mass Incarceration: Are their parents not around due to America's historically racist police policies? Is the refusal to hire ex-convicts playing a role in why these children face food and housing insecurity? Would their parents have more time to help them with school if one of them wasn't in jail? Did their parents receive enough of an education to be able to teach/help their children?

    • Historical Education Policies: How much education did their parents receive? From what type/quality of school? Did that education pay off for them? Did the education system continuously fail them to the point they are wary of said system or the value of education? Schools in the US were desegregated 60 years ago. We are ~150 years from when black people were banned from being taught how to read and the time between then and now was filled with official US policies to keep black and brown families at an educational disadvantage.

    • Honestly, I don't feel like writing all the other things that feed into this. Housing insecurity and its relationship to Jim Crow and Redlining. Terrorist attacks against black communities that got too successful. School-to-prison pipeline. Food Deserts. The list of systemic issues being overlooked goes on.

    The problem isn't that her statement is wrong. It is that it is just a gesture in the direction of an issue without actually addressing the issues nor offering any semblance of a solution. Black parents don't need to be told that being more involved with their kids academics makes them more likely to succeed. What they need is solutions to the problems they are facing that prevent them from being more involved in their kids lives. Systemic problems cannot be solved by telling individuals that they just need to try harder.

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  11. Comment on How does one "deal" with a recession? in ~finance

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    Really? In my circles it is the opposite. Every time one of my friends has moved companies, it has been through an external recruiting service. All of the times I have considered moving jobs,...

    Really? In my circles it is the opposite. Every time one of my friends has moved companies, it has been through an external recruiting service. All of the times I have considered moving jobs, pretty much every interview came from an external recruiter. Usually, they'll come to me with an interview for one place and they'll ask if I want to hear about other listings they have. It really is the same experience as with real-estate agents in the city I live in. Both of the tech companies my wife has worked in HR for have exclusively hired through external recruiters. Looking through my LinkedIn right now and my inbox is probably 80% external recruiters with Google and Amazon sneaking in to bug me every once in a while. I think the only times I know someone got hired and it wasn't through an external recruiter it was because it was an internal referral.

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  12. Comment on What's changed here on tildes? in ~talk

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    That one is on me unfortunately :/ by the time I got my life in some semblance of order that I could take on a personal coding project, they had already committed to Lemmy.

    I do wish they were able to get the Tildes software working like they originally planned, though.

    That one is on me unfortunately :/ by the time I got my life in some semblance of order that I could take on a personal coding project, they had already committed to Lemmy.

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  13. Comment on Nationalism is underrated by intellectuals in ~humanities

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    I could make the same statement about atheism. I definitely could have drawn similarities with atheism in 2008-2014. I avoided mentioning my beliefs in public or online because of the...

    If you doubt this, go to any random public church fundraiser sometime, strike up some smalltalk, then mention casually how you abandoned your faith and you won't be raising your children with God in their life. See how fast you get ghosted or the conversation steers to "bringing you back on the right path."

    I could make the same statement about atheism. I definitely could have drawn similarities with atheism in 2008-2014. I avoided mentioning my beliefs in public or online because of the condescension or hostility I knew was in store for me if one of those atheists was around. The types who didn't give a shit what my personal beliefs were, the mere fact I believed God could exist was enough to invalidate my opinions on anything and everything. Obviously I wasn't capable of critical thinking; if I was I wouldn't believe in God. Belief in God was seen as an open invitation to call a person slurs and shout at them. I had people tell me at 18 that since I was religious I was going to be a bad parent because I was going to force my poisonous religion down my child's throat. Didn't matter that I didn't plan on having kids. Didn't matter that I think religion should be an individual's choice and children should be introduced to many religions and be supported to follow the one they believe is correct, or to follow none of them if they don't believe. None of it mattered. I was religious therefore I was r*tarded and should be banned from "procreating" (I will never forget how weird the choice of words always felt). You're right about one thing, the atheists would never ghost me. They'd be friends with me and then roll their eyes and make mean-spirited jabs any time my faith came up and then act confused and defensive when I would get pissed at them for mocking me to my face.

    Hell, some of the most hateful and exclusionary movements of my lifetime sprang from the atheist community! The new atheist movement on YouTube and Twitter was the blueprint for Gamergate and many of the big New Atheist YouTubers would go on to be major figures in gamergate. Same for the incel community.

    My faith is something that has constantly been in flux my whole life. Nothing has ever felt quite right and so I've gone to approximately 12 different churches of various denominations, been atheist, been agnostic, read the Quran and Torah, went to my local Buddist temple and talked about the spiritual side of Buddism. In my experience, Christians will be a bit pushy and try to convert you but once you say no they usually drop it and move on. Atheists usually just try to make me feel like garbage for believing in God and bully me into abandoning my beliefs.

    And this is not to say all atheists are big mean bullies and I hate them. I have plenty of atheist friends who are great and aren't like that. However, this comment to me implies that secular folk/atheists are naturally more open and accepting than religious people and I very strongly disagree with that idea.

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  14. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    There have been several games I've been playing lately, but hands down my favorite has been Splitgate, which is pretty much if you took Halo and added portals from the Portal games. It is really,...

    There have been several games I've been playing lately, but hands down my favorite has been Splitgate, which is pretty much if you took Halo and added portals from the Portal games. It is really, really fun IMO. I've always been a PS-owning Halo fan, so playing a game that scratches that same itch is nice. The portals add a lot of unique, fun gameplay I haven't gotten from anywhere else recently. Though, it does suffer from a similar problem Fortnite had with the building mechanic. The portal system is easy to learn but challenging to master. Portals are really powerful and allow for an absurd amount of mobility. If one team (or even one player sometimes) has a significantly better understanding of how to abuse the portal system, the games can feel unbalanced. I've been playing for ~5 days, and I have only had 1 or 2 games that felt like that. The other big pro the game has is that it supports cross-platform play (but not cross-platform accounts). I play a lot of Rocket League because I have a ps4 and my two best friends have a PC and an Xbox. Any game that supports us playing together will automatically get a big gold star from me.

    Note: I also mute everyone's mic as soon as we enter the game, so I cannot tell you anything about the community.

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  15. Comment on Monica Lewinsky’s verdict on the Johnny Depp–Amber Heard trial: we are all guilty in ~life

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    Getting a bit off topic of the trial but yeah the comparison of how Amy Schumer got treated for making unfunny jokes vs how Kevin Hart got treated for years while making homophobic jokes is...

    I mean, Kevin Hart is just as unfunny (if not more...), and most people will just say that he's not funny and stop there.

    Getting a bit off topic of the trial but yeah the comparison of how Amy Schumer got treated for making unfunny jokes vs how Kevin Hart got treated for years while making homophobic jokes is just... a bummer.

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  16. Comment on How politics poisoned the Evangelical church in ~humanities

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    I want to come back to this later when I have time and mental capacity to flesh out my thoughts more but I really appreciate this post. I agree with it a lot. I'm just having a really hard time...

    I want to come back to this later when I have time and mental capacity to flesh out my thoughts more but I really appreciate this post. I agree with it a lot. I'm just having a really hard time organizing my thoughts into words.

    What I'm not convinced of is that this means that we should withdraw from public life altogether, or somehow divorce our beliefs from our politics.

    IMO the push you're describing is a subset of the rationalist/logic movement where feelings and emotions need to be divorced from making decisions. It is a really common mindset on this site. To me, this is one side of the coin, with the other being what this article is criticizing. Beliefs should not be divorced from your politics. It does not matter if your beliefs come from "logic" or from a religious book. Your morals should be your guide to your politics. There is a world of difference between someone advocating for religious laws and someone following their morals (which they derived in part from their religion) to make political decisions.

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  17. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

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    I'd like to cancel my Netflix subscription one day. I have to find a place that has access to consistent subs for Korean and Chinese TV shows first but after that I think that's the only real...

    I'd like to cancel my Netflix subscription one day. I have to find a place that has access to consistent subs for Korean and Chinese TV shows first but after that I think that's the only real thing left holding me to Netflix.

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  18. Comment on Review: Balldo in ~life

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    This gives a whole new meaning to “balls-deep”

    This gives a whole new meaning to “balls-deep”

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  19. Comment on Happy 4th Birthday, Tildes! in ~tildes

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    I would say it's probably unlikely. The last one happened in 2020 with no talk of one happening in 2021. It is certainly possible though. Grzmot did most of the heavy lifting and it appears they...

    I would say it's probably unlikely. The last one happened in 2020 with no talk of one happening in 2021. It is certainly possible though. Grzmot did most of the heavy lifting and it appears they are still around (or at least they were as of April 1st). I'd love to see the results of a 2022 tildes census though.

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