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They don't know you can see them, when their tail's sticking out from their hiding place.

... the one that got into our den didn't, anyway.

We captured-and-released it by stuffing a towel into the door crack, startling the mouse out from its hiding place (this took a few tries), and putting a really big plastic container over it. Then we got a large, sturdy flat object to slide underneath the plastic thing carefully, and carried it outside that way, being careful not to get near it as we let it go.

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So, I went out to GM the first session of the in-person Fate game we planned with the other players. Who are a guy we already knew, and his two friends.

(Content Note: Fictional pepper spray, and sibling abuse.)

The Premise

One of the characters was a mad scientist college student, one was his (doormat) assistant who took the same classes, and one was a Fighter-class fantasy adventurer who stumbled upon their "Time Fridge," when it teleported them to an alternate timeline.

Yes. Time Fridge.

(Name shamelessly stolen from the Faulty Logic webcomic.)

Cue Doctor Who theme )

All in all, it was a really fun experience and educational as well. ^^; I feel like I'm learning a lot about game design, which is now my Dream Career, by playing out these new games on the table. And seeing just how much they empower players, GMs, and creatives.

This is what I wanted, long ago, with the "Fursona Project" and "Fursona Code" and "Become Your Fursona" website. At their core, at the most basic level, I wanted people to be able to live as their personal characters, and have a common design vocabulary and resources to help express what they're like. I'm still learning the historical reasons why, but d20 and Pathfinder did not deliver on that.

From what I am seeing, Fate Core has delivered on that promise.

Now to see if we can kick off this online campaign properly.

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A box of Fire Warriors would come with the following:

  • Six, instead of twelve, Fire Warriors. (Gun drones are sold separately.)
  • Twelve cards with artwork and rules text.
  • One "SERGEANT" token for the Shas'ui.
  • Six "WOUND" tokens.
  • One "PINNED" token.
  • One "FEAR" token.
  • One "CHALLENGE" token.
  • One "GO TO GROUND" token.
  • One "PHOTON GRENADE" token, double-sided to show if you've thrown it this turn.
  • One "EMP GRENADE" token, also double-sided.
  • Four "BLIND" tokens to put on the targets you hit with the photon grenade.
  • One token to show that they're inside a transport.
  • And one last token, to show that they're in reserve.

You would not be able to use it unless you had bought the WARHAMMER 40,000 STARTER SET for $99, which includes one Space Marine Dreadnought and three Chaos bikers. Along with blast templates, cardboard range rulers, two decks of cards in different sizes, twelve six-sided dice with weird symbols on them, an insert that says where to download the dice-roller app, and enough different kinds of tokens that only fishers and jewelry hobbyists already have an appropriate box for them on hand.

A large plastic box divided into three rows of compartments, each one filled with a different colour of 5 millimetre beads.
"WTF are these beads doing in my token box?!" Source

On the plus side, at least their points cost would be balanced.

(Fantasy Flight Games produces Twilight Imperium, the XCOM board game, the X-Wing miniatures game, and a whole bunch of other board games. They are notorious for their token fetish.)




Image credit: JT Custom Tackle, used without permission.

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... you have to plan your day's outing around when and where you'll be able to use public restrooms, without potentially being injured or making a scene!

(We may have said this before. IT BEARS REPEATING.)

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Jewelfox is standing by herself at a bus stop on the side of a suburban street, while a mom is trying to get her kids and things in the car behind her.

Little kid voice: She is waitin' on the bus.

Jewelfox: ^_^

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So, I went back and edited the Mythic playtest document some, to add in a link to Yamikuronue's deconstruction of This Present Darkness as inspiration for Mythic's example mythos. But then I got caught up in reading said deconstruction, and in the process it occurred to me at one point that the tag cloud in the side bar was kind of funny if you read tags together and out of context:

"Costume Deconstruction"

"Endless Summer enjoying tea"

"gender roles Got Your Number"

"Java Jesus language"

"Mary Sue memories"

"personal poetry politics"

"Steampunk tao"

"Twilight Vampire Ryan wedding"

I don't know about you, but I definitely like a little steampunk in my Tao. Or the other way around.

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When I was around six to eight years old, my mother of origin told me there were two ways a woman could get pregnant. The usual way, that I knew a few of the terms for from reading children's books about them, and when God just gives her a child.

I decided that when it came time to start a family of my own, I would opt for the second way.

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We just came back from a one-off game of the Firefly RPG, that [personal profile] rev_yurodivy really wanted to go to, where we played the crew of the Serenity.

(We were River and Yuro was Simon, in case you were curious.)

Not particularly NSFW, just silly )

If you have any questions, ask Yuro, because they were more awake than we were (and we only watched the movie besides).

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Back when the first editions of Dungeons and Dragons saw print, the writers had to explain to players from the 70's and 80's that this wasn't a game like Chutes and Ladders that you were trying to "win." In fact, the game could continue indefinitely, with a new adventure for your character in every session.

Having said that, players through the years have tried to achieve their own personal win states for whatever roleplaying game they were in. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for how to win most of the roleplaying games we have personal (or substantial second-hand) experience with!

(These suggestions are not completely serious, but they aren't completely UN-serious, either.)



Babylon 5: Level up enough times that a single PPG shot won't kill you.

Call of Cthulhu: Don't die or go insane this session.

D&D / AD&D 1.0: Figure out how the heck to play Dungeons and Dragons.

D&D / AD&D 2.0: Cause your DM to pull their hair out, burn all their RPG books, and join a convent. Alternately, if you're the DM: Kill all the players. Not the characters, the players.

D&D 3.0 / 3.5: Get to level 6, so you can finally go into a "prestige" class and play the character you wanted to.

D&D 4.0: Win or survive every combat encounter, until you best the final boss fight and beat the game at level 30.

D&D 5.0: Survive D&D 2.0 dungeons, using a D&D 4.0 character, until you acquire one magic item from the D&D 3.5 rulebooks. (This may take several years.)

D20 Modern: Get to level 4, so you can finally go into an "advanced" class and play the character you wanted to.

FATE Core: Insert your own win condition here (then invoke it as an Aspect during play).

Pathfinder: Convince the GM to let you play the character you want to play.

Pathfinder Society: Buy enough Pathfinder stuff, and kiss up to enough Venture-Captains, to get the boon (and the books) that you need to start over from level 1 as the character you actually wanted to play to begin with.

Traveler: Don't die during character creation.



Special bonus for those who've been subject to it

FATAL: Cast FATAL.*




* Although really, the only way to win is not to play.

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A one-star review of the "Microsoft account" Android app, written by Lynn Mcrea:

Att is hacking and tearing up all Microsoft products and Apple

Att Bad People they Hack into cash registers NEwYork caused Home depot break in They also put a whole droid into my nook and into blackberry Help they are Bad people NY ATT Mafia Here they hack libraries and stores cash registers playing gospel music while they hack.Dirt Scum in Alabama Clean up ATT before they hurt our troops.The boys leaving out have ATT hacked devices Arny Navy Marines Air force can confirm but they have zippers Local Police have zippers Mine is only open enough to say Protect Our Troops

This is the best product review ever.

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