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  1. Comment on Dungeons & Dragons has made a surprising return to mainstream culture in ~games.tabletop

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    Thank you. I am one of today's 10,000. :)

    Thank you. I am one of today's 10,000. :)

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Dungeons & Dragons has made a surprising return to mainstream culture in ~games.tabletop

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    I haven't read the article (thanks, NYT), but honestly, it's not too surprising. All it took was a) the older generation of Satan-fearing pearl clutchers to forget about it/die off, b) the "dumb...

    I haven't read the article (thanks, NYT), but honestly, it's not too surprising. All it took was a) the older generation of Satan-fearing pearl clutchers to forget about it/die off, b) the "dumb jock must persecute nerd" attitude to shrivel up (once PC gaming went mainstream, that was inevitable), c) distribution to transcend the physical (sites like Drive-Thru RPG are the best thing that could have happened to the industry), and then d) old timers starting to introduce newbies once again.

    11 votes
  3. Comment on Free Internet access should be a basic human right: Study in ~tech

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    I completely agree with this. Internet is not a luxury, it is infrastructure.

    I completely agree with this. Internet is not a luxury, it is infrastructure.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving in ~life

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    Ah, Hyperbole and a Half. I like this site alot.

    Ah, Hyperbole and a Half. I like this site alot.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on What is your dream game? in ~games

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    My dream game looks very much like Stellaris on the surface. You are the god-emperor of a galaxy-spanning government competing against other such governments for control of the galaxy's resources....

    My dream game looks very much like Stellaris on the surface. You are the god-emperor of a galaxy-spanning government competing against other such governments for control of the galaxy's resources. Let's call this interface the A-Scale.

    At any time, you can go to B-Scale. Now, it's closer to Master of Orion, where you're dealing with a small corner of the border, and it's more about skirmishes and incursions, where you're helping to shape the borders themselves by sending scout ships and fleets.

    At any time, you can go to C-Scale. You are the governor of a single world. You try to maximize your planet's resources and population, like SimCity on a planetary scale.

    At any time, you can go to D-Scale. You are the admiral of a single fleet, Homeworld style. You get to design ships, assign captains, set targets, and wage a tactical war.

    At any time, you can go to E-Scale. Now, you're a starship captain. You receive your orders from fleet command, and manage ship resources (engineering, tactical, and the like) to take out other ships and accomplish your mission.

    At any time, you can go to F-Scale. Now, you're a starfighter pilot, like Elite Dangerous. Dogfighting and making attack runs on capital ships. Some missions may even have you piloting insertion shuttles.

    At any time, you can go to G-Scale. Now, you're a star marine, boarding enemy ships and fighting against their crews in close quarters combat, trying to achieve a goal, whether that goal be to take command of the enemy ship, raid it for intel, or simply blow the reactor and escape.

    At every scale, though, the war is raging outside, and the things you do at any scale affects both the higher and lower scales.

    14 votes
  6. Comment on Has anyone done a Play-By-Post game? Tips? in ~games.tabletop

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    I've done play-by-Discord (and in fact, I'm in one right now), and honestly... the lack of immediacy pushes it into "out of sight, out of mind" territory for me. "I'll post in the morning" becomes...

    I've done play-by-Discord (and in fact, I'm in one right now), and honestly... the lack of immediacy pushes it into "out of sight, out of mind" territory for me. "I'll post in the morning" becomes "crap, I haven't posted in days."

    5 votes
  7. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    I'm just wired differently. I like long games. My favorites are ones that I personally never complete, which is why sandbox is my thing.

    I'm just wired differently. I like long games. My favorites are ones that I personally never complete, which is why sandbox is my thing.

  8. Comment on In 2020, I can no longer abide the 100-hour RPG in ~games

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    Finally, a useful review! puts game on discard pile

    All of those 20 hours are a good time, and then the game’s done! There’s no more!

    Finally, a useful review! puts game on discard pile

    2 votes
  9. Comment on What's a question you're hesitant or afraid to ask? in ~talk

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    The thing is, if she's Julia now, then that's who she is. Susan isn't really who she was, it's what she was called before. A person's current identity is retroactive, in the sense that when you...

    The thing is, if she's Julia now, then that's who she is. Susan isn't really who she was, it's what she was called before. A person's current identity is retroactive, in the sense that when you talk about someone's past, it's always from the perspective of the past of the person who is, as opposed to the present of the person who was.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on What's a question you're hesitant or afraid to ask? in ~talk

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    Think of it this way. You have a friend named Susan. In 2015, she changes her name to Julia. Do you say "Back in 2013 Julia did X" or "Susan did X"? Same basic principle. :)

    Think of it this way. You have a friend named Susan. In 2015, she changes her name to Julia. Do you say "Back in 2013 Julia did X" or "Susan did X"?

    Same basic principle. :)

    11 votes
  11. Comment on Tell me about your smartphone! in ~talk

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    I use a ZTE Max XL. It's... well, it's a budget camera. (I would say a budget phone, but I find that smartphones are camera first, phone a distant second.) It has a 6 inch screen (I hate tiny...

    I use a ZTE Max XL. It's... well, it's a budget camera. (I would say a budget phone, but I find that smartphones are camera first, phone a distant second.) It has a 6 inch screen (I hate tiny screens), a 4000 mA battery, and 16 whole GB of storage (I am never owning a phone with less than 32 GB again.) More likely than not, my next phone will be a pre-owned Galaxy S7 or S8.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Police Owe Nothing To Man Whose Home They Blew Up, Appeals Court Says in ~news

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    A superhero doesn't (usually) have the financial backing of the government though. And often, the ones that do have funds (Batman, Iron Man) wind up making restitution somehow (the Wayne...

    A superhero doesn't (usually) have the financial backing of the government though. And often, the ones that do have funds (Batman, Iron Man) wind up making restitution somehow (the Wayne Foundation, Tony Stark's bottomless pockets.)

    14 votes
  13. Comment on Blizzard confirms departure of veteran developers amid cancelled projects in ~games

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    Warcraft for Mobile, coming 2021.[1] What, you don't have phones? [1] Completely fabricated, which is not the same thing as wrong.

    Warcraft for Mobile, coming 2021.[1]

    What, you don't have phones?

    [1] Completely fabricated, which is not the same thing as wrong.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Gun Shops in ~misc

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    I live in the heart of one of the nation's largest cities, and police are more than a half an hour away. Of course in your case, you're speaking geographically.

    I live in the heart of one of the nation's largest cities, and police are more than a half an hour away.

    Of course in your case, you're speaking geographically.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on 6 Ways Mario Kart Tour Triggers You Into Gambling Your Money in ~games.game_design

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    Well, like I said, it's what the article said. It's my fault for assuming the writer knew what he was talking about.

    Well, like I said, it's what the article said. It's my fault for assuming the writer knew what he was talking about.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on 6 Ways Mario Kart Tour Triggers You Into Gambling Your Money in ~games.game_design

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    The the article is clickbait, because it claims the opposite, that you can win the races, but without paying for premium items, you can't win the rankings.

    The the article is clickbait, because it claims the opposite, that you can win the races, but without paying for premium items, you can't win the rankings.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on 6 Ways Mario Kart Tour Triggers You Into Gambling Your Money in ~games.game_design

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    Free to play, but pay to win. I mean that in the most literal sense of those two phrases, you can play all you want for free, but it's not possible to win without paying.

    Free to play, but pay to win. I mean that in the most literal sense of those two phrases, you can play all you want for free, but it's not possible to win without paying.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on Why Moving the Mouse in Windows 95 Made the OS Faster in ~tech

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    I KNEW IT! My SO swore up and down that it was my imagination, even when I did it with them in the room, but I knew it was happening! Vindication!

    I KNEW IT!

    My SO swore up and down that it was my imagination, even when I did it with them in the room, but I knew it was happening! Vindication!

    11 votes
  19. Comment on A good discussion, deleted, *again*? in ~talk

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    A good point is made about safety, privacy, and doxing. It's an angle I hadn't considered. But then, doesn't it become a question of whether discussion can even be fostered on that platform, and...

    A good point is made about safety, privacy, and doxing. It's an angle I hadn't considered. But then, doesn't it become a question of whether discussion can even be fostered on that platform, and what steps need to be taken to protect user privacy? Or does the question go even deeper than that? Have we reached a point where discussion boards (at least larger ones, and thus larger targets, like Reddit) have reached their end of usefulness?

    1 vote
  20. A good discussion, deleted, *again*?

    I've noticed a trend (with Reddit, but I don't exclude the possibility it could be happening elsewhere) that people post a topic, then a day later they delete it. I've always been of the opinion...

    I've noticed a trend (with Reddit, but I don't exclude the possibility it could be happening elsewhere) that people post a topic, then a day later they delete it. I've always been of the opinion that the best use of a discussion forum is to leave an answered topic for future posters to find. Especially when a community is hardcore anti-repost.

    Am I the only one who gets annoyed by this, or have others come across this too?

    14 votes