If you ever find yourself running a beta or soliciting game feedback, remember this: players are often bad at identifying and articulating WHY they are unhappy, but they're MAGNIFICENT at recognizing and expressing that they ARE unhappy.
Your job is to figure out what's making them that way and to fix it; NOT to convince them that they're wrong. If their feedback doesn't make sense ("okay but Florp Points don't actually fit together that way!") you need to figure out what's driving it.
NOT to argue that they'd be having fun if they just understood better. The dissatisfaction is real. You are a doctor. Your patient may suck at describing their symptoms, but rest assured, if they're in your office, there IS something wrong. You have to figure out what and fix it.
If you follow me you should be aware that I ran out of mercy for Nazis and their obedient servants ~2 years ago. Just completely ran out. If that's the mast you pin your colors to in 2018, I genuinely think the world is a better place without you & don't care how you leave it.
In your sleep? Fine. Violently? Also fine. In excruciating agony? Don't care, you did this to you. Which is to say, if Mitch McConnell were to be kidnapped and burned to death on a live internet broadcast I would shed only tears of joy and relief. Don't be surprised.
Used to be, I wasn't like this, but we're in a civilization-level fight for survival. They're trying to disenfranchise and kill my friends, and creating conditions where I'm in constant danger because I can't afford medical care of any kind.
(1/2) I want to say this as clearly as I can: Public confidence in at least the IDEA that the law has impartiality and integrity, or at least STRIVES for it, undergirds our entire society. It's what makes legal remedies seem POSSIBLE, even if long brutal slogs to obtain.
(2/2) Remove that confidence and you also remove any reason not to solve, say, the problem of a rapist with a lifetime Supreme Court position by the simple expedience of ending his life. Americans are a get-it-done sort of people at heart. The GOP is playing with fire.
On the other side of this, if you are or might be the parent of a current or future Brock Turner? Remove even the fiction that the system might handle him, and someone's father or husband or brother will beat him to death with a shovel instead.
I have seen some absolutely stellar Kavanaugh video/image memes today. I will not be sharing them because a lot of women are having flashbacks seeing the rage-swollen face of a rapist pop up on their timelines with no warning and I don't want to contribute to that.
Please consider this before retweeting today: is sharing a hilarious slam on that awful shitbag excuse for a human being worth ruining somebody's evening?
It's fucking appalling how many fantasy worlds seem to be occupied entirely by white people (with perhaps a few POC crammed in a distant jungle across the sea-- Christ!). Fantasy has possibly the lowest bar to clear for diversity of ANY genre, and yet fails to do so CONSTANTLY.
As diversity becomes a more mainstream subject it also becomes a more nuanced one, with people taking up discussions around #ownvoices and wanting to see their lives and experiences portrayed by people who have... lived them, rather than as imagined by some white guy. Wild.
Which does not, of course, absolve us white guys of a moral obligation to make things better on this front, it just reveals the complexity that was always there.
the social security administration just fucked up and charged the bank account I used to share with my deceased father $400 to renew his medicare, so I am now overdrawn and on hold with a projected 45 minute wait time. -awesome-.
can't wait to find out if this old-ass cordless phone can hold a charge for 45 minutes of active use!
Finally found the right person and the right person and got it resolved. Only took about two and a half hours, but at least that's straightened out. Thank Christ.
Hey, since a number of you are new here following me on this dystopic hell site, you may eventually share something about shitty media that I post and have someone slide up into your mentions like "oh yeah let me tell you about that guy."
That person is a cop, but I figure I'll save them the trouble of stalking me and save you the trouble of wondering if they're full of shit: they're not, at least not completely. Like James Gunn, I've said some magnificently stupid and shitty things on the internet years ago.
Also, created some regrettable stuff as an artist I would not sign my name to these days. I have apologized for the shitty posts, grown away from the insensitive art, and tried mightily to do better in the years since.
so the person writing V5's safety appendix did some tweets earlier this year defending the practice of industry people using conventions as hookup opportunities with fans and freelance hopefuls. that's neat.
also apparently claimed I was lying about WW mandating alterations to my Changing Ways draft (too bad the book's developer, who does not like me these days, independently confirmed that I was telling the truth-- whoops)
at this point I legitimately can't tell if V5 is operating out of malice, incompetence, or suffering from some kind of monkey's paw curse, and I've honestly kind of stopped caring which it is because the results are the same no matter what
Our adult cat who came down with pancreatitis has had basically no appetite for three days now and is going back to see the vet in the morning. I am currently at the absolute limit of what I can spend on vet bills. I am terrified. He's my best friend.
"This is not a game for the faint of heart. Even experienced game masters should think long and hard about before bringing it to the table." --Polygon's writeup of their V5 playtest with the game's producer, Jason Carl
This is VtM one of the biggest mainstream games in the hobby
Only now it appears to be Lamentations of the Chicago Prince
I mean, this isn't like, the staff of Polygon cracked the book open at their office and things got weird, this is a guided tour playtest run by THE GAME'S PRODUCER specifically for Polygon. This is how White Wolf chose to present it to the gaming press.
It seems dumb but one of the most common Rubicons people who think of themselves as good, egalitarian, progressive, etc don't want to cross is language clean-up: "It's a joke, lighten up." I think the usual response, "That's not funny," is ineffective and misdirected. Here's why:
People won't generally be moved from an established position by an argument or criticism that doesn't make sense to them, and "that's not funny" doesn't make sense because, bluntly, exploitative humor often IS funny. The human laugh reflex doesn't have strong ethics.
George Carlin's joke about Porky Pig raping Daffy Duck had me in stitches the first time I heard it. 50 million people a day laugh at someone eating shit on a dirt bike on Youtube. Incongruities or false congruities amuse the human brain.
really amazed that with the original EIC taking over and 'saving' the Escapist from being a gator shithole, their very first announcement is... almost perfectly calculated to appeal to gators and put everyone else's back way up.
Film Robert now saying "look at the history & credentials of everyone involved," and okay, sure, but a first impression of incompetence and media illiteracy a ton better than open malice?
also if that crusted asshole Yahtzee is still there, then the Escapist is still a site that's happy to let evil squat in its front yard and shit on the walkway, which bodes ill for any forums or comment sections
Hospitalized feral kitten update: The kitten has hookworms. This is treatable and he should be able to pull through if there's nothing else wrong with the little guy. We'll be picking him up in ~2 hours. Final bill is gonna be $567. Any help is divine.
Update: kitten took a bad turn this afternoon, is running a high fever. Antibiotics have been administered and they want further IV treatment and monitoring tomorrow. Bill is now close to $800. I am reaching out to people but, yeah, this is scary.
Gonna be sitting up with the kitten tonight, feeding it and taking care of it. Vet gives it 50/50 odds. Kitten's a fighter and so am I; going to try to help it tilt those odds in its favor any way I can.
It makes me sick to do this right after people have just been so generous but I got a deathly ill feral kitten I am trying to save today. It's at the vet's right now being given fluids while they run tests. Bill estimated somewhere between $480-700.
Its three siblings have died over the last few days of I don't know what. Buried one of them yesterday morning. Saw the last of the litter staggering around the driveway last night, with his mother refusing to feed him.
I just... I can't let an animal begging for help just die in front of me. The world is awful and cruel, but not in front of my own two eyes. Not if I can do -anything- to try to stop it. So we took him in overnight, gave him a saucer of kitten formula.
Ideally you want to do this for your community-driven IP -before- a giant PR meltdown and having your brand infested by the alt-right but better late than never I guess. Not holding my breath but it would be nice if they engage this seriously.
Tbh, this makes me nervous.
First off, because I'm still not seeing active curation of spaces they already control (like their own Facebook comments). Second, because this message focuses on messaging-control, branding-control, and product promotion rather than actually managing communities.
That's not to say they won't or can't engage in community curation, but such efforts aren't what this post puts front and center.
This whitewashes Zak and paints a noncommittal "both sides are bad" weasel-answer as affirmative support for anti-fascism. It also contains several falsehoods (Ken Hite himself defended the "triggered" thing as non-problematic when it was first spotted). This is rank apologia.
I'd be delighted to discover they've finally gotten spooked bad enough to drop the edge-driven marketing, but if that's the case, it won't show up until the 2nd round of supplements. V5 is already off to the printers, it's fucked.
I'm going to say this and then bow out of this discussion because it has escalated way past my (nonexistent) pay grade:
DO NOT HASSLE ANYONE MENTIONED. DO NOT HASSLE ANYONE _PERIOD._
Dog claims to have received at least one email (a legal threat) that did not originate with its alleged sender. I would not take anything else sent to him at face value, either.
I don't have the resources to interrogate his allegations and neither does anyone reading this.
I -do- know freelancers have been receiving harassment as a result of his article and I am going to be livid if that intensifies because of this. Don't try to sleuth out who he's talking about, or who might be behind any false messages. This is not the wild west.
So. I try to be clear, honest, and specific when I talk about things, but sometimes I'm vague or circular about names when I discuss industry shit. It's not that I don't think people should know these things, but there are responsible and careless ways of releasing information.
Once you hit a certain social media size the tragedy of the commons kicks in. If just 1 in 100 of your follows thinks "I'm gonna tell that guy the shit he said or did is no bueno," without ever considering that to be harassment?
In my case, that would mean 43 randos materializing out of thin air to yell at somebody. Even at 1 in 500, that's still 8 angry dudes jumping into their mentions. That's not something I want to do to anyone who isn't locking babies in cages or repping for GG.
so @root_of_all_eli noticed this in the V5 playtest and uhm. That's... "unfortunate" would be the charitable interpretation.
So there are three possible interpretations. Worst: It's exactly what it looks like.
Second worst: Someone is playing silly buggers, deploying 4chan "humor," not realizing how deadly serious people are with their mad-on at what White Wolf's doing, or that in 2018 the world has zero patience left to distinguish Nazis from people playing Nazi for laughs.
@TheSteelShep@grammatonninja@thedicedog They sure did. I wrote that chapter for Onyx Path. The stuff about werewolves using rituals, silver, and will to do body mods for religious or decorative purposes? I wrote all that.
@TheSteelShep@grammatonninja @thedicedog The transphobic shit got added in development without my knowledge, after I turned my drafts in, by demand of White Wolf. They pre-emptively banned me from their forums so I couldn't denounce that shit as not my writing.
@TheSteelShep@grammatonninja @thedicedog They also added in a bunch of gross anti-abortion and antivaxxer shit to my stuff too, while they were at it.
White Wolf's current line is "we are unflinchingly depicting the real darkness of the world, NOT trying to court the worst of humanity as our new customer base," but the worst of humanity is seething in the comments of everything they post. This was not unforeseeable.
People with 10, 20, 30 years of experience in the RPG industry told them, from the day Martin Ericsson did his first magazine interview not long after Paradox purchased the White Wolf IP, that he was playing with fire and he was going to burn down Vampire if he kept on like that.
They've been warned, talked to, begged on hands and knees, from people who know what they're doing, who shepherded this IP through its greatest triumphs and most catastrophic fuck-ups, not to do what they've been doing.