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  1. Comment on Eric Whitacre - Water Night (1995) in ~music

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    My chorus butchered this piece one season! I loved this style.

    My chorus butchered this piece one season! I loved this style.

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  2. Comment on Leaked emails show crime app Citizen is testing on-demand private security force in ~tech

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    Fuck this fuck this fuck this!! Thuggery and fear mongering!! Absolutely reprehensible use of technology and utterly corrosive social posturing!!

    Fuck this fuck this fuck this!! Thuggery and fear mongering!! Absolutely reprehensible use of technology and utterly corrosive social posturing!!

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  3. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    Calvinball was an extremely formative example! I am ambitious and brilliant and will tackle that divisive philosophical and linguistic question in the cleverest and most obscure and arcane way I...

    Calvinball was an extremely formative example! I am ambitious and brilliant and will tackle that divisive philosophical and linguistic question in the cleverest and most obscure and arcane way I can imagine!

    I will check Invincible Sword Princess, I do like unique and abstract rpgs.

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  4. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    I'm with you. It was an exciting and novel moment for games. This is a coincidence, but this week I have finally recycled my completed copies of risk and pandemics legacy seasons 1 and 2. Today I...

    I'm with you. It was an exciting and novel moment for games. This is a coincidence, but this week I have finally recycled my completed copies of risk and pandemics legacy seasons 1 and 2. Today I will also finally trade away my unused copy of Seafall. I have however kept my nearly unplayed copy of Friedemann Friese's monstrous 504. My reaction to the first waves of legacy games was probably the driving force in my renewed interest in campaign games like Gloomhaven and the 7th Continent.

    (Plz excuse rapidfire series of namedrops, heh..)

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  5. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    Maybe I am specifically processing my feelings about legacy games. I have a friend who finds them grotesquely consumeristic. He sees no reason why the cardboard components of a game should dispose...

    Maybe I am specifically processing my feelings about legacy games. I have a friend who finds them grotesquely consumeristic. He sees no reason why the cardboard components of a game should dispose of themselves and I mostly agree with him. I was thinking about outsourcing some of those dynamics to a component that you were going to eat anyway -- and experiment with continuous data rather than the rinky dink arithmetic of small discrete numbers.

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  6. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    I hope this makes sense -- Games like the one you have designed here are the dominant archetype. I have dabbled with rules like "whoever is in second-to-last place wins" or "the game ends if any...

    I hope this makes sense --

    Games like the one you have designed here are the dominant archetype. I have dabbled with rules like "whoever is in second-to-last place wins" or "the game ends if any player's score lags too far behind the others" or "pass your turn to any player except the player who has had the most turns," etc. I noticed that these kinds of conditions give rise to puzzles which progress to completion by eliminating possibilities until only one result remains: a finished game. Secret scoring conditions or limited communication (in my opinion) barely forestall this narrowing of horizons..

    I think my goal is to capture some of the energy of the set-up stages. I like the anarchic aspects of deciding who gets to play with which color of pieces, and rules that require some interpretation and negotiation and trust (e.g. "The youngest player goes first." We ask: who is the youngest player? How do you know? Discuss. I would include a card that suggests that anyone who has brought a birth certificate to the table has ironclad evidence; then I would include a card that suggests how someone might forge a fake birth certificate using only a hand of poker cards; then I would include a card which incentivizes other players to turn a blind eye to blatant counterfeits; then I would try to build a contest between the supporters of contradicting sets of counterfeit documents..

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  7. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    A legal play and a treat, I hope. DM me your favored flavor and address for delivery.

    A legal play and a treat, I hope. DM me your favored flavor and address for delivery.

  8. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    Psh, I'm sure you could engineer a way to split papa's nachos into more than one hundred parts. I think it is wrong to convince someone that they should hold one hundred cake tokens somewhere in a...

    Psh, I'm sure you could engineer a way to split papa's nachos into more than one hundred parts. I think it is wrong to convince someone that they should hold one hundred cake tokens somewhere in a box in their home when you were already given a perfectly functional understanding of fractions. Get out those scissors, I say. Or maybe prepare a larger cake? Cheapass Games had the right idea when they realized they could skip mailing dice and tokens and instead count on players to provide functionally infinite supplies of components.

    Yes, this could be described as a somewhat pointless minigame -- such is cake. It does shake out pretty consistently though. We might play a tic-tac-toe game together despite full cognizance that the outcome is likely to be a draw. My project is to cobble together many rules like this into a package which will be playable and decidable.. it is esoteric..

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  9. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    Haha, I might have linked this page instead but yeah. And I think a lot about nim games. Maybe you are right and "be fair" is more confusing than it is colloquial. I was just thinking that it...

    Haha, I might have linked this page instead but yeah. And I think a lot about nim games.

    Maybe you are right and "be fair" is more confusing than it is colloquial. I was just thinking that it would be interesting if something happened when the condition arises that there is not enough cake left to alter which player has had the least.

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  10. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    I don't know yet.. would you like some cake? We have one cake and you can have some of it but do not finish it.

    I don't know yet.. would you like some cake? We have one cake and you can have some of it but do not finish it.

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  11. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    I think most of those scenarios should be negotiably legal given the above phrasing. And I am very attracted to infinitesimal remainders -- I have not seen any truly asymptotic behaviors in a...

    I think most of those scenarios should be negotiably legal given the above phrasing. And I am very attracted to infinitesimal remainders -- I have not seen any truly asymptotic behaviors in a modern board game and I think it would be fun and interesting if players were tasked with conceptualizing/notating one.

    I may make a note of the phrase "in one sitting", than kyou..

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  12. Comment on Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review in ~games.tabletop

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    No context is missing -- this is as fragmentary as it appears -- yes ttg is my preferred abbreviation for games.tabletop. I think this gives a workable policy for managing a cake. I am hoping that...

    No context is missing -- this is as fragmentary as it appears -- yes ttg is my preferred abbreviation for games.tabletop. I think this gives a workable policy for managing a cake. I am hoping that another part of this game could make reliable references to how much cake yet remains such that whatever number that generates could never be Zero.

    I am also hoping that it is sufficient instructions for playing a game with these rules but no cakes. If I sent you a game in the mail with no cakes included, perhaps you could still follow these instructions by just imagining a cake?

    edit: someone has tagged this as a "ttrpg" thread but I really do mean just a euro-y tabletop game like catan or canasta rather than a roleplaying game.

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  13. Esoteric tabletop gaming rules review

    Players are understood to be sharing a cake. How much cake do you want? Be fair. Anyone who has had the least gets to size the next piece. Don't finish the cake! Is this plausible ttg rules text?...

    Players are understood to be sharing a cake. How much cake do you want? Be fair. Anyone who has had the least gets to size the next piece. Don't finish the cake!

    Is this plausible ttg rules text? Do you recognize the instructions?

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  14. Comment on Tildes Film Festival: Final call for nominations in ~movies

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    I wanted to see this movie when it came out and I thought I found a torrent but it turned out to be a similarly black and white movie from 2016 with the same title and the same premise of two guys...

    I wanted to see this movie when it came out and I thought I found a torrent but it turned out to be a similarly black and white movie from 2016 with the same title and the same premise of two guys at a lighthouse. I got forty five minutes into it before I realized that Robert Pattinson wasn't going to show up. I wound up really disliking the 2019 one tho..

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  15. Comment on Fox News has aired 126 discussions about trans athletes but referenced only nine trans women athletes -- none of whom dominate their sport in ~lgbt

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    Ok so now I gotta ask, are we still plunking interns in front of the tv like I heard they did on early daily show? Or are stats like these compiled out of transcripts provided by fox themselves?

    Ok so now I gotta ask, are we still plunking interns in front of the tv like I heard they did on early daily show? Or are stats like these compiled out of transcripts provided by fox themselves?

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  16. Comment on quit it; let go of the contest at hand for the broader context. push up thru quits until you find a level you're winning, then try to end the game. in ~games.tabletop

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    this parses as strategy advice, I hope. do you know any games it might apply to?

    this parses as strategy advice, I hope. do you know any games it might apply to?

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  18. Comment on Job hunts after a toxic work experience in ~life

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    What field are you in? I read your longish post a couple weeks back about coping with negativity and I've been reflecting on the limits of a "better to listen" approach. Everything you've written...

    What field are you in? I read your longish post a couple weeks back about coping with negativity and I've been reflecting on the limits of a "better to listen" approach. Everything you've written here makes me feel very tired and I can relate to the feeling of general distrust.

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  19. Comment on Recommendation: Person of Interest (2011-2016) in ~tv

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    I'm on episode four. Linda Cardellini's in this one?? edit: I'm on episode ten.

    I'm on episode four. Linda Cardellini's in this one??

    edit: I'm on episode ten.