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

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    Griftlands was recently released on Switch and I picked it up. You can't help but compare it to Slay the Spire and I'd say so far it "holds up" although some of the mechanics seem a bit more ......

    Griftlands was recently released on Switch and I picked it up. You can't help but compare it to Slay the Spire and I'd say so far it "holds up" although some of the mechanics seem a bit more ... contrived, maybe? By that I mean that, in general, there are "classes" of cards that sort of interact with each other but not with other cards as much or as in delightfully unpredictable ways as in StS. The add-on and upgrade mechanics feel a little more interesting than StS - cards have more than 1 possible "upgrade" - so it's got that going for it.

    There are 2 "decks", 1 for combat and one for negotiation with some limited ability to choose which one you "do more" throughout a run. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about that, but it's kinda interesting. The other thing that sticks out compared to StS is that it's much more narrative/theme heavy. For a Roguelite it's kind of a weird design choice... I'm still OK with it, but I can quickly sense how doing the same dialog run after run will turn into a bit of a drag in the not-too-distant future. The story seems to have some "fixed" characters and situations, while others are random run-to-run. For example, a character you a "friendly" with on one run may hate you in another run: and that's another interesting mechanic - You get persistent bonuses for characters who "love" you and debuffs from characters who "hate" you... For killing their best friend or getting them fired from their job.

    So "overall" I'd give StS the edge as a "pure card-based Roguelite" but Griftlands is a strong contender based on the story, characters and bolt-on mechanics even if it doesn't show the same kind of "long-range replayability" that StS had.

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

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    Awakening is probably my favorite, but you need a 3ds to play it. If you haven't, yet, the Advance War series is also really good and kinda similar (Wargroove is a recent homage to it that's...

    Awakening is probably my favorite, but you need a 3ds to play it. If you haven't, yet, the Advance War series is also really good and kinda similar (Wargroove is a recent homage to it that's pretty good).

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

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    Love the game tactically and the underlying story is great... Compared to previous FE games, though, the support and intra-character stuff felt like such a grind. Having to run around for 30-40...

    Love the game tactically and the underlying story is great... Compared to previous FE games, though, the support and intra-character stuff felt like such a grind. Having to run around for 30-40 mins between missions really started to feel like a huge drag. The replay feature was awesome, but I dug my 3DS out to play Awakening again and Awakening just didn't have those problems (although supports were harder to get).

    5 votes
  4. Comment on There is no ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ in ~misc

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    As Americans, we can reasonably discuss the matter in the same way we "reasonably" engineer and pay for all the guided munitions that are killing children. It's not just Israel that pays the price...

    As Americans, we can reasonably discuss the matter in the same way we "reasonably" engineer and pay for all the guided munitions that are killing children. It's not just Israel that pays the price for that barbarism: America's name is on every one if those missiles and aircraft and so is our reputation and moral authority in the world.

    When Israel pays for and develops their own weapons they can get indignant about Americans asking why they are subjecting these people to disproportionate levels of violence.

    Israel has every right to exist and defend itself. What's happening now with levelling clinics and media buildings is retroactive to those goals and puts America in danger to boot.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on California will discourage students who are gifted at math in ~humanities

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    "If we eliminate advanced math from public education that will make everyone equal" works fine if you entirely ignore human nature and a few laws of physics. Now you have created a situation where...

    "If we eliminate advanced math from public education that will make everyone equal" works fine if you entirely ignore human nature and a few laws of physics. Now you have created a situation where there are two kids who are very good at math: one rich and one poor. There rich kid hires an expensive private tutor. Congratulations: you made the problem 1000x worse now.

    I guess the next step is to make it illegal to learn except in government-mandated ways? Go read "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. I used to think that short story was satirical... Now I'm not so sure.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on James Carville on the state of Democratic politics in ~misc

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    The point he made - or rather the question he put forward - that seems really critical but kind of got missed by everyone fixating on the personalities themselves is "both sides have their...

    The point he made - or rather the question he put forward - that seems really critical but kind of got missed by everyone fixating on the personalities themselves is "both sides have their extremes, why do people associate the left's more readily with the mainstream". Hopefully people see through that more with the Jan 6th attacks, etc.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Which is Your Favorite B-Tier Anime? in ~anime

  8. Comment on Song suggestions about: Cars, driving, trucking, racing, police chases, etc in ~music

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    Carefree Highway by Gordon Lightfoot

    Carefree Highway by Gordon Lightfoot

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What are some older MMOs that can still be played? in ~games

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    For anyone of a real certain age Neohabitat is the successor to Club Caribe by Q-link. Very interesting history, and probably the legitimate "1st graphical MMO" on a large scale. If you're "old...

    For anyone of a real certain age Neohabitat is the successor to Club Caribe by Q-link. Very interesting history, and probably the legitimate "1st graphical MMO" on a large scale.

    If you're "old enough" to remember or care, there are also servers that run Tradewars if you look around.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on The massive Republican push to ban trans athletes, explained in ~lgbt

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    The ones "driving the strategy" for the GOP could not give less of a shit about what bathroom a trans woman uses or what sports team she plays on. Same thing as abortion: You think they actually...
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    The ones "driving the strategy" for the GOP could not give less of a shit about what bathroom a trans woman uses or what sports team she plays on. Same thing as abortion: You think they actually give a magical shit about unborn children? Like really? Despite the fact that everything else they advocate for is about dehumanizing basically everyone? Of course they don't. If you even thought about it for a minute you'd realize how bizarre that would be. If they gave even a morsel if a shit, they've had 40 years to do something about it and all they ever do is "chip away at the sides" of Roe. Roe failing is secretly their greatest fear. They would dissolve as an extant national political concern almost instantly if Roe went away.

    They have no "hopes for upholding bigotry", per se. They care about:

    1. Money.
    2. Regulatory capture / ablation so they can make more money.
    3. Less taxes so they get more money.
    4. Literally nothing else. Not abortion, not trans people and what bathroom they are in, not Dr Seuss or anything else.

    Some/most of their supporters/thralls are bigots, and they need those issues like bathroom stuff to maintain their narrative that those things are related to the things they actually care about (the same people who want to tax us are the ones who want trans women playing sports with your daughter!)... But it's so important to understand they just don't care about it either way. They would be just as happy if they could whip their people up about the "price of cheese in Madagascar"... They would talk 100 percent of the time about the price of cheese in Madagascar every Sunday on Meet the Press. It's not really bigotry in the level where it matters, it's just a fill-in-the-blank.

    As someone who's worked in National politics and just sort of stumbled into Tildes without realizing how predominantly pro-trans it is, I have to say my beliefs on the issue s have been moved in that direction a lot lately. I'd like to see these b.s. laws get ripped to shreds, but to do that it's important to understand what's driving them and it's maybe hard to see that when you're staring down the barrel of it: it's not bigotry, it's money. The best way to stop it is to make it hurt their bottom line somehow so they pick something cheaper to focus on. It's also important to understand that, like abortion, their worst case is that this becomes "decided" in some way by the Supreme Court. They desperately want this to be a conflict that rages for the next 40 years, they don't want it getting settled either way because- again - it makes no difference to them who plays girls' sports, they just need the people they drag with them to feel like their lives are being destabilized in some way that warrants overlooking insignificant things like regulatory capture and huge tax loopholes.

    15 votes
  11. Comment on What's something that was ahead of its time? in ~talk

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    The BBS systems that were a precursor to the modern web. In a lot of ways, the appeal of Tildes as a community is a throwback to that era: Smaller groups of people with sometimes different but...

    The BBS systems that were a precursor to the modern web. In a lot of ways, the appeal of Tildes as a community is a throwback to that era: Smaller groups of people with sometimes different but usually "interesting" insights. It was such a rush when you repeat-dialed for an hour and finally "got" one of the nodes available.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on 2-person boardgames? in ~talk

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    Innovation is a really fun 2-person card game, but really Dominion is probably the best 2-player game I've ever played. I tend towards card games because with kids they're just easier to clean up.

    Innovation is a really fun 2-person card game, but really Dominion is probably the best 2-player game I've ever played. I tend towards card games because with kids they're just easier to clean up.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on New York Times angers Italians with "smoky tomato carbonara" recipe in ~food

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    Reminds me of something I saw a while back where they tried to sue to stop manufacturers in the US from calling their cheese "parmigiana". In the modern "brand is everything" age where a lot of...

    Reminds me of something I saw a while back where they tried to sue to stop manufacturers in the US from calling their cheese "parmigiana". In the modern "brand is everything" age where a lot of Italian economy (especially exports) depends on differentiation/perception around those things you can sort of see why they'd get wound up about that stuff.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on The Republican Party is now in its end stages in ~misc

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    Interesting read. I've been thinking about the parallels of the U.S. and the latter stages of the Soviet Union lately. A friend who spent his childhood in the USSR wryly quipped that with all the...

    Interesting read. I've been thinking about the parallels of the U.S. and the latter stages of the Soviet Union lately. A friend who spent his childhood in the USSR wryly quipped that with all the shortages, power outages, etc. It's reminding him of those times, too.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on Which TV series are most important/meaningful to you? Why? in ~tv

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    It definitely holds up. Explosive crying when Zukoh asks Iroh to forgive him.

    It definitely holds up. Explosive crying when Zukoh asks Iroh to forgive him.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Gina Carano fired from ‘Mandalorian’ after social media post in ~tv

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    Thanks, yeah I was kind of thinking about it as a contract issue from both sides. Hadn't heard of the Morals Clause before, that's really interesting.

    Thanks, yeah I was kind of thinking about it as a contract issue from both sides. Hadn't heard of the Morals Clause before, that's really interesting.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Gina Carano fired from ‘Mandalorian’ after social media post in ~tv

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    I wonder if we'll start to see "cancel clauses" show up in contracts for actors/athletes/etc.

    I wonder if we'll start to see "cancel clauses" show up in contracts for actors/athletes/etc.

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

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    Yeah, I'd pitch in for that too.

    Yeah, I'd pitch in for that too.

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

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    Just got Valheim off of Steam based on the reviews for it where everyone was hyperventilating over how great it is. Only got to play for 20 or so minutes so far, but it definitely has that "first...

    Just got Valheim off of Steam based on the reviews for it where everyone was hyperventilating over how great it is. Only got to play for 20 or so minutes so far, but it definitely has that "first time you played Minecraft" feel to it. Looks like a pretty cool game to play multiplayer on, so looking forward to playing it a little more.

    6 votes
  20. Comment on What does "performative" mean? in ~humanities

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    I take it to mean actions or choices made to satisfy a hegemony in lieu of or irrespective of one's actual beliefs or ethics.

    I take it to mean actions or choices made to satisfy a hegemony in lieu of or irrespective of one's actual beliefs or ethics.

    4 votes