This is possibly the best gaming story, period. There's much to admire here but I love the observation "You can try *anything* in an RPG. The GM just works out what dice to roll." That's really so much of my preferred approach to rules & rolls, summed up so succinctly.
People who played at the original-original D&D tables have told me the reason the old editions (to which 4E was in many ways a throwback) were so "rules lite" for basically everything but straightforward combat is the idea was the table could work out other situations naturally.
A lot of people who had come up playing 2E and 3E rebuked 4E for (supposedly) "not allowing" anything but combat, because it had detailed and intricate rules for tactical combat positioning and codified rad combat stunts and didn't go into that detail for any other endeavor.
But I loved the feeling that 4E got the rules out of the way of the story and positioned 3E's universal d20 mechanic more as a "when in doubt, roll and shout" type thing.
Yeah, I personally think 4E's big misstep was being underexplained. The out of combat stuff of checks and skill challenges was presented as though it were a similarly rigorous plug-and-play subsystem, not a framework for answering in-story questions.

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Playing Prey (2017) is a lot of doing the Family Guy "TWO priests? How can that be?" bit but with buckets or trash cans.
My Imitation Crab Meat Morgan theory took a bit of a nose dive when the turrets kept telling me "no Typhon material detected", until one of them watched me try to pick up a container of ramen and didn't start shooting until it tried to eat my arm.

(No spoilers.)
Imitation Crab Meat Morgan theory picking up steam as I learn you can get a brain implant that lets Morgan wriggle through tight spaces by turning into a delicious Hostess fruit pie.
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So after having logged hundreds of hours playing various Dishonoreds over the last year, I decided to get Arkane's Prey after seeing my mutuals gushing over it as their new game Deathloop drops.
Not going to spend a lot of time playing it today as I'm not feeling great -- signs point to me actually being sick -- but the opening reminds me of Half-Life x Dishonored, which is two of my favorite franchises.
Assuming that the reading materials in the "apartment" aren't at all random -- which is a good assumption given that it's a designed environment both in game and not -- I have some theories about what's going on. But I'm not asking for confirmation, and I will block for spoilers.
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Every once in a while I think how much "injected with ______ DNA" was a thing in kid-facing sci-fi, like in cartoons and such, when I was growing up, and I wonder how much impact that had on our current nightmarish misconstrual of science.
Like, did cartoon mad scientists create fly people by injecting people with fly DNA because that's a natural naïve understanding of how DNA works, or is that a common misunderstanding of how DNA works because of all the cartoon mad scientists?
No, that was presented as actual genetic engineering... splicing genes together and then gestating a new organism. Which is roughly how genes actually work.

I'm talking about the idea that "injecting DNA into" someone would do the same thing.

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Right now my choices seem to be being wide awake in bed or dead tired out of it, so I am choosing bed because at least this is comfortable.

(Stop typing that advice, I didn't ask you.)
I think I am coming down with something/fighting off something, and that always makes me achy and fatigued, and the effort I have spent making my bed comfortable means a lot of that disappears.
So if I lie down my sore muscles and joints are supported and the temperature is nice and the texture is nice and I feel fine... but if I get up and try to do something, everything comes flooding back.
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Anti-LGBT hate group LGB Alliance gives away the game with their formulaic boilerplate mentions of bisexuals, as seen here. According to this group's extremist fringe gender ideology, being attracted to "both sexes" would have no incompatibility with trans attraction...
...but in order to dodge their own reputation for biphobia, they have taken to ostentatiously "including" bisexuals as being among the groups whose "rights" they "represent" (specifically by attacking trans rights and in no other way, ever), but always with that same boilerplate.
According to me (and who else would know?), I'm female. According to the way @AllianceLGB does gender identity - the sole issue they care about - I'm male. By their own insistent definition of bisexual, my existence is fully compatible with bisexuality even if they are right.
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So, uh, if you share that "Alex Jones blood libel rants turned into soothing folk song" video because you find the dissonance between the vibe and the lyrics hilarious or whatever, please ask yourself who benefits.

Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.
"But it's so ridiculous, it's not like anybody's going to hear it and actually believe it." I mean, why do you think he has a show? And says those things on it? Because people are prepared to believe it.
And if you and your friends decide the song is just a funny jam and then you start making in-jokey references to it, so now you're just off-hand casually mentioning the baby-eating goblins and vampires and cannibals and reptiles that run the world.
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