On the influence of a community

I came to an interesting revelation yesterday. I've been watching YouTube videos here and there, mostly critiques and commentaries on film, games and books. Some of the more entertaining material ventures into political and philosophical discourse between . . . well, between the rational and irrational. Most of it is trash, honestly, but I like... Continue Reading →

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The Philosophy of Magic: Storytelling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbZMqS-fW-8 Home viewing also allowed for a less "adult" form of privacy, a kind of comfortable intimacy with friends or family that you can't get in a theater. Getting together on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and the blow of a television to watch a scary movie is an oft-repeated familial ritual, in... Continue Reading →

On some peace of mind.

I'm taking a break. This #GamerGate bullshit is starting to wear on me. Yes, I understand that there are (or were) concerns about the quality of work from game journalists and news outlets. Yes, I understand that certain critics and schools of criticism aren't always careful about how they critique art. I understand that games... Continue Reading →

An Apology for the RPGPundit

This is the RPGPundit. Before, when I wrote that letter, I didn't know much about him. I had read his blog, one among many of OSR-like bloggers. I knew relatively little about #GamerGate. Something about women saying words about games online and people losing their shit over it . . . the usual excessive fanboy... Continue Reading →

On economic relationships

I have this idea in my head about how my economic model works. The linked article is the long(er) description; a (very) brief summary might be: Map a region. Assign resources, references and markets. Record data into a spreadsheet that calculates relative value for a given product. Run [the program] to produce an output in... Continue Reading →

On the fantasy race as “other”

Plot Points brings up an interesting question in their episode about drow elves: "Are the Drow too weighted down by racist associations to be a part of D&D in the 21st century?" I recommend listening to the episode to get their full take. For myself, the short answer is, "No." A slightly longer answer is,... Continue Reading →

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