Do you have an Android device? Do you wanna test a quick thing for me since I don't have an Android device and I also want more than one data point? Great. I need your help. Short thread for instructions.
A) Install that thing.
B) Use the on-screen controls to go to the right, jump over the pit, and continue on for a tiny bit.
C) There's a little cavern below and to the left. Go in there.
D) Follow that path and there's a shopkeeper guy. Walk up to him.
E) It should launch a store interface. At the top of that, there's a button that says "Get 100 Diamonds" or some shit like that. Tap that.
F) Watch the ad all the way through.
G) Once the ad is finished, verify that it added 100 diamonds to your total.
H) Lemme know if it worked?
My new least favorite gaming take: “If you don’t want to buy VtM because of their shitty politics, maybe instead play (game by designer that proudly works with or defends Zak S.)”
Night’s Black Agents? That’s literally by the guy who currently develops the VtM5 stuff you’re mad about. Urban Shadows? By a guy who blamed Zak’s victims for trying to “gatekeep” people like Zak. Miss me with that shit.
This is the problem with identifying art with brands and companies. It lets us divorce the harmful from the people who made it.
RPGnet banned support of Trump. Good for them. Now if only they'd stop banning victims for not being pleasant enough about their own victimization, and start banning people for outing people to GamerGaters. But that would mean meaningfully rocking the boat. Can't have that.
And it's not as if they've ever applied their policies universally. They will absolutely ban people for supporting Trump. But when one of their darlings praises Pinochet, you know they'll get glossed over and excused.
But it's interesting to see just how uncontroversial it is to be anti-Trump. If even goddamn RPGnet can take that stance, that's about as big a deal as, say, taking an official stance that "eating bread" is acceptable.
I'm 36. I shouldn't feel like everyone my age, everyone I grew up with is dying. But I do. Because they are. Disaster capitalism has been killing us for years, and I'm done with anyone who thinks we can wait for incremental reforms to save us.
Context: I lost ANOTHER FUCKING FAMILY MEMBER MY AGE OF A PREVENTABLE ILLNESS. And before you fucking ask, yes, he had fucking Obamacare, and yes, he lived in a fucking blue state you fucking vultures. He had "access" to fucking care but couldn't afford to use it.
I'M THIRTY GODDAMNED SIX. People my age shouldn't even be half-way through our lives. But we're dying because it's so fucking important that we make billionaires richer. HE DIDN'T DESERVE THIS and now he can't vote for your precious superhero oligarchs because THEY KILLED HIM.
All you people sharing memes about how "the US made its stance on Nazis very clear in the 1940s" are gonna have your minds blown when you find out about Operation Paperclip.
Operation Paperclip was the single most perfect example of "liberals hate socialists more than they hate fascists."
In a lot of ways, I think the attitude Americans have about the US's role in WWII and the inflated perception of its anti-Naziism is a very similar nostalgic position to Trump's MAGA. Understanding that can help explain why Trump was able to win.
We finished Old World Blues. That fucking ending. I've probably played that DLC nine times through, and every time it leaves me a little weepy. What a fucking brilliant piece of game design. Truly nothing else like it.
"There was Old World Blues, and New World Hope. And hope ruled the day."
FUUUUUUUUUCK @Obsidian, why aren't more games like this? Something truly memorable and special. Thank you all.
I keep seeing snippets from AAA devs that are all, "You shouldn't boycott AAA games that abuse employees! It just hurts them!"
This is a false dichotomy. You have limited cash. And if, instead of picking up the abusive AAA game, you buy indie, you DIRECTLY HELP creatives.
If I don't buy Red Dead Redemption, Abused Worker #526 isn't going to lose their bonus. But if I spend that $70 buying a few indie games, that will meaningfully help those creators, directly impacting their material situations.
If 500,000 people decided to take a stand and boycott Rockstar, that MIGHT influence worker pay. MAYBE. A tiny bit. But if 500,000 of us bought three indie games instead, we'd change those indies' lives forever.
Want to support trans creators? I hear that's a popular thing right now? So, I'm one of those. And my newest novel, #ULTRA, is a fucked up road trip with psychics and aliens and washed up pop stars who can kill you with their minds.
My most popular novel, #iHunt, is kinda like if Buffy was a millennial. Take that "Millennials are killing (some random industry)" and apply that to Dracula and the wolfman. There's #iHunt. Also bad sex and a bit where a guy in a MAGA hat gets killed.
If you're into tabletop RPGs, I also just published one that's great for one-shot horror games. It's like Alien, Event Horizon, and Pandorum in RPG form. Support for Final Girl stories, J-Horror, and it's brutal AF.
While this is slightly tongue-in-cheek, it's also not. I absolutely want to run a studio Doing Things Right. Four day weeks. Quality of life focus. Cultural enrichment programs. Free community youth mentorship after school programs with provided snacks.
The problem is, people who want to Do Things Right get fucked so hard by people who Do Things Wrong. The CEO who ground a studio into the dirt walks away with a seven figure income. I'm broke.
With all this talk of crunch in game dev, I keep thinking back to one of the last weeks at my last studio. I was asked, “Would you say you work as hard as (two people working 70+ hours)?”
No. Absolutely not. I have a family. I don’t consider neglecting them to be a value.
But this is important: The company claimed those people sleeping in the office, working 70+ hours were doing so voluntarily. Even if they were (and they weren’t,) it should NOT BE ALLOWED. Because it sets an unfair comparison and expectation for others.
There’s a single young man fresh out of college who is working 100+ hours. He’s sleeping in the lobby on a sofa. Am I working as hard as him? No fucking way. And the fact that he can be held up as a desirable state of employment means those working realistic hours are inferior.
So... I finally got to sit down and watch @BootsRiley's #SorryToBotherYou thanks to the complexities of international distribution. Short thread review ahead.
Lately I've been talking a lot about coherent leftist narratives and storytelling, along with fiction that presents anti-capitalist agendas. They're extremely rare. It's not a perfect movie, but it's easily the best example of those things I can point to.
It does David Lynch style surrealism in a way that isn't insufferable and pretentious, and in fact uses metaphor with clean, evocative communication.
Marvel is trash.
Disney is trash.
Star Wars is trash.
Never fucking dare tell me they’re forward-thinking. They capitulate to Nazis. They donate to the GOP. They treat creative people as throwaway resources of content churn.
So here's another draft from #iHunt: The Chosen One. It's standalone. It's about student loans. I'm basically doing a series of "proof of concept" scenes/chapters, which I'll string together as part of my outline building.
The way I tend to write/outline is, I do a series of "proof of concept" bits that I know I want to happen. Then I build the outline around them. They end up like the "skits" in hip hop albums, adding connective tissue to the greater whole.
I plan to do a Twitch session where I talk about outlining and integrating it into a workflow so it doesn't feel like you're just spinning your wheels. Hope to do this to help people get ready for #NaNoWriMo.
So. For More Than Night, our upcoming urban fantasy game, we're looking at doing a persistent chat-based game on our Discord. Partly to playtest new ideas, partly just to have fun. If you're interested in getting in on the ground floor discussions, join!
My current plan is to have #MoreThanNight support three basic play styles mechanically:
1) A small group tabletop style environment.
2) A mid-sized dramatic LARP environment.
3) A large-sized persistent chat sandbox environment.
Ideally, you should be able to shift seamlessly between play styles. If you have an organized LARP between a few cities, you should be able to use the persistent sandbox material to handle "downtime" between events. Or the tabletop to handle small-scale covens and gangs.
The system isn’t broken. It’s working exactly as it was intended, for the kinds of people who made it. The Founding Fathers were the Donald Trumps of their days. Privileged rapists with no regard for anyone but land-owning white men.
And if you’re out there saying, “the Democrats will do X, Y, and Z to fix this when they retake power,” they won’t. They’re part of the same exact system and they’re not going to remove power from the system any more than Obama ended war or closed Guantanamo.
When you say things like, “history will not be kind to Mitch McConnell,” I feel the need to point out how many liberals are now obsessed with the Founding Fathers.
It's a much shorter book than the original. The game was supposed to be good for one-shots. The original took forever to get to the meat of the game. We felt that we had to make the book bigger to appease audiences. This time? Super tight and barebones.
Kanye serves a very important purpose in America. Thanks to Kanye, comfortable white liberals can performatively call a black man stupid and ignorant without being called racist.
And while yes, the 13th Amendment outlaws some forms of slavery, it explicitly allows others. Almost every single abolitionist I know at LEAST wants the 13th Amendment amended. Most want it abolished and replaced.
Stop trying to pretend the only thing it does is ban slavery.
I attest, “I’ve always hated Kanye’s music, too,” is the white liberal arts college version of, “I like all music except rap.”
I get some of the points about the new contrapoints video. Some I think are reaching. But the response to the video is one reason I don't work out complex feelings about my gender in public very often.
I am so deathly afraid that if I present my conflicting feelings, that I'll be perceived not as an individual, but as an usurper trying to speak for a community.
So, yay, more visual novels! This is a good thing. But I can't quite put my finger on why an article talking about how if you don't like (insert very Japanese genre), you'll like (games by non-JP developers) "reinventing the genre" rubs me the wrong way.
Actually, replacement works to explain. “Don’t like burritos? Think beans are gross? Here are four non-Mexican chefs who might change your mind. They’re reinventing the dish.” That’s it.
I wouldn’t be bothered if it was framed differently. “Can’t find Japanese VNs? Here’s some great English-first language ones you should try!” It’s that reinventing thing that makes it seem culturally imperialist.