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... where some of our entries have gone, why we haven't been posting or replying much, and why we've been acting strangely in general. ^^;

Relationship and mental health stuff )

I hope you're all doing okay out there! Insofar as is possible, anyway, omg.

Also Alias drew this new avi awhile back, but I hadn't updated my DW yet. Oops!

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The old World of Darkness (and new Chronicles of Darkness) books often completely reinvented the mythical creatures you played as, and then smugly asserted that the folklore got it all wrong. So I was thinking, what if the folklore was the "secret truth" and the WoD/CoD versions were the folklore / pop culture understanding? What if ...

  • Werewolves show up in action movies as noble beasts who fight pollution on behalf of Gaia, but are actually monsters that humans turn into endangered animals who avoid humans whenever possible?

  • Kitsune are portrayed in dark urban fantasy as arrogant princelings, who serve their stern lord Inari and endanger the humans they romance. But She is actually a harmless rice goddess, and foxes who take human form place themselves in mortal danger by doing so, much like transgender humans?

  • Vampires are depicted in pop culture as rich bloodsucking seducers, who tempt mortals into a life of eternal debauchery. But what if they actually are exactly like that sparkle in sunlight?

Maybe not that last one ~

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Today we and [tumblr.com profile] alias-pseudonym met up with a very old friend of mine at a board game café! (We'll call her 'K' for now.) We met years ago on a Sonic fanfiction site, back when I was a conservative Mormon. Both of us have grown a lot since then, though, and it's always great to see people we knew pre-transition accept our new (and cuter) self. And to meet awesome people in this city that we just moved to.

Also, Above and Below is a really neat game that combines the best parts of cave crawling with village building, worker placement, and excellent art. By the end of it I had Frog and Robo from Chrono Trigger in my party (or at least I decided the frog and robot villagers were them), while K had a guy who looked like Solid Snake. Alias still won, though; it caught on to the actual strategy a lot quicker than we did.

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Be the sort of creator a totalitarian government would lock up, because that's the only way we stop it from getting to that point.

-- [twitter.com profile] Delafina777 (Thread)

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Via [personal profile] tim, we have two twitter threads where actual boots-on-the-ground antifa talk about their tactics and the need for their tactics. The first one, especially, emphasizes non-violent direct action to intervene in order to protect vulnerable people, while still being ready to commit violence should all else fail.

It's reassuring to know that organized antifa, black bloc, etc. know what they're doing, know how to deescalate, and have very clear goals. It's also important to reiterate that hate speech isn't nonviolent; speech that threatens to hurt other people is violence. It's a form of terrorism, of making people feel unsafe just because of what they look like or who they love. Or other immutable characteristics.

Personal example involving transphobia )

The thing I expressed concern about, before, wasn't that people were saying they'd punch Nazis; Nazis should fear being punched, when they go to advocate for white supremacy and ethnic cleansing in public. It was that a lot of the people I'd seen on Reddit specifically seemed to be advocating for Nazi-punching from a place of toxic masculinity, and wanting to escalate conflicts to the detriment of more vulnerable people than white cismale Reddit users.

I'm very glad to know that people like that aren't in charge, and that vulnerable groups of people are preparing their / our own defences and tactics. I don't think I can participate in the same ways that they can, but I want to make it clear that I support organized antifa, and am not trying to scare or warn people away from the concept of resisting fascists. Goddess knows we need more people doing so.

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To paint three miniatures:

Three female miniatures on Jewelfox's desk, from left to right: A human wizard in green and grey casting a spell out of a book, a human wizard in blue holding a book and a staff, and an elf soldier in green and silver carrying a lit torch. The magic effects and the torch's fire are done in translucent plastic.

But that's partly because we're perfectionist. They say to remember that you're painting an army (or other group) and not a model, and that's useful for when you've got one of those blocks of twenty identical models from Warhammer. But this is for Frostgrave, where you're playing a single wizard and up to nine assistants. So each model counts a bit more.

... also I haven't done painting in awhile, and I take frequent breaks.

Anyway, it's about one model per evening, and I watch [tumblr.com profile] alias-pseudonym play Elder Scrolls Legends or something while painting. The ones on the left and right are going to be a Sigilist (book wizard) and her hired captain, while the one in the middle is going to be a rival mage whose captain I still need to paint.

Also in the works: An all-furry warband, thanks to a miniatures line that I Kickstarted.

Did I mention I like Frostgrave? >_>; It's not as cute as Endless Fantasy Tactics, but it's a very fun pick-up-and-play kind of skirmish game. I feel like it works better than D&D at what D&D itself does, because everyone plays a wizard (thus eliminating power discrepancies between "martials" and "casters") and you're fighting each other to get magic stuff from a ruined city, not murdering people with different skin colours in order to steal all their loot.

jewelfox: Lapis Lazuli, from the Steven Universe TV show, giving an ambivalent thumbs-up. (lapisthumbsup)

Because I've known people who identify as younger than their chronological age, on the inside, and I'm starting to realize that this is one of the biggest things we're struggling with right now.

Identitythings and dysphoria )

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It reminds me of the wide-eyed idealism I had, the kind that takes an awful lot to crush but they somehow managed it.

It was a really big part of my life, and it's so easy to think of myself as still part of that community.

Maybe I just shouldn't think about it at all anymore.

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SA has been hitting it out of the park lately, with its Onion-esque takes on current events. Check these out if you need to laugh in order to keep from crying!

(Content note: Refers to, and skewers the subjects of, recent depressing news stories that you may not want to be reminded of.)

Read more... )

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Partly because pretty much all of the people I've been close to lately have been one or more of the above, including the Q, the I, and the A.

And partly because the kind of people who are pissed off about adding letters to the acronym deserve to be pissed.

The people I care and have cared about are here, and deserve to be recognized. Anything that makes them feel included is good.

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We tell stories, paint minis, collect identity words, and share them all with our readers. If something we write helps you, let us know.

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