#geeknights | Logs for 2015-04-07

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[00:08:13] <GauntletWizard> http://i.imgur.com
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[05:55:46] <Bronz|work> Hello
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[06:12:03] <Bronz|work> Hey Sketch, aria.
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[09:36:27] <Bronz|work> Act natural: http://i.imgur.com
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[13:11:56] <Bronz|work> Hai Apsup
[13:13:08] <Apsup> Hallo Bronz.
[13:14:25] <Bronz|work> How was your easter times?
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[13:17:03] <Apsup> It was ok. There was a Miyasaki evening on tv on saturnday. Finally saw Totoro, for the first time.
[13:19:21] <Bronz|work> Worth watching?
[13:19:57] <Apsup> Definitely.
[13:20:29] <Apsup> They also showed Laputa, but that I had seen before so I missed some of it for the sake of going to sauna.
[13:22:47] <Bronz|work> Sounds like a day well spent.
[13:27:44] <yoshokatana> morning
[13:29:48] <Apsup> Moring yoshokatana.
[13:37:31] <Bronz|work> Oh hi yoshokatana, I hadn't noticed you. aplologies for being rude
[13:44:16] <yoshokatana> no worries
[13:44:41] <Bronz|work> Ok, worries = gone.
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[15:11:11] <Bronzdragon> Hello
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[16:44:04] <Apsup> Hallo again Bronz|not-at-work-anymore.
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[18:24:30] <GauntletWizard> My roommate has a real job now
[18:24:49] <GauntletWizard> no longer working from home
[18:24:53] <GauntletWizard> which means I can no longer send him NSFW images and have him describe them for me
[18:25:15] <GauntletWizard> I miss having a mechanical turk who understood my sick sense of humor
[20:40:01] <open_sketch> https://docs.google.com
[20:40:03] <open_sketch> first draft of new game
[20:40:10] <open_sketch> modernization of my favourite RPG as a teen, RECON
[20:43:40] <Apsup> open_sketch: I have a challenge for you. While ago I saw a forum thread title "flashlight droppers" and misread it as "fleshlight droppers". That made me see a vision of a smallform rpg where GM controlled npc, in pre-set setting, drops a fleshlight and players are characters who witness this and have to react to it.
[20:43:53] <Apsup> It just needs a system.
[20:44:23] <Apsup> Though, it could work with minimal systematic design, as jeepform type thing, maybe.
[20:50:53] <open_sketch> that is amazing
[21:12:41] <GauntletWizard> PATROL looks pretty good
[21:13:25] <GauntletWizard> though I usually rpg to escape from the horrors of the real world, not relive 'nam
[21:14:06] <open_sketch> yeah
[21:14:19] <open_sketch> i subscribe to that thing Vincent Baker retweeted a few days ago
[21:14:29] <open_sketch> "I don't write "games", i write equations that hurt people."
[21:14:37] <GauntletWizard> that is... fitting
[21:14:42] <GauntletWizard> and terrifying
[21:15:01] <Apsup> Most people have not lived the 'nam on real life, so rpgs allow people to think about how it might have been.
[21:15:21] <open_sketch> yeah
[21:15:28] <open_sketch> a large part of the motivation for this is like
[21:15:35] <open_sketch> to make an even-lighter version of RECON
[21:15:41] <open_sketch> that is less terrified of actually talking about human beings
[21:15:45] <Apsup> RPGs are like any other games or any other story telling media. They don't have to be fun, not in the ha-ha sense at least, they can be sad, or scary or horrifying too.
[21:16:01] <open_sketch> RECON gets /so close/ to actually engaging with a human element so many times
[21:16:15] <open_sketch> but it was written in the 1980s by politically conservative american nerds
[21:16:31] <open_sketch> so it always retreats from those moments at the last minute
[21:16:35] <open_sketch> lest they question the war
[21:17:08] <Apsup> In the rpg campaing that I currently play, there is lots of exploration of living in basically slavery and one character is really showing how mosterious man can turn in order to get something better in life. Lots of good themes going on in that game.
[21:17:13] <open_sketch> the alignments in PATROL are based on the ones in RECON, just actually engaged with a lot more
[21:17:31] <open_sketch> RECON had Idealist, Opportunist and Malignant
[21:17:39] <open_sketch> plus some sub-alignments
[21:19:19] <open_sketch> Principled is a mixture of Idealist and Idealist-Pacifist, Pragmatist is a mix of Opportunist and Opportunist-Karmic, Righteous is Opportunist-Righteous + Malignant-Psychotic, and Egocentric is Malignant
[21:20:51] <open_sketch> the thing is that in RECON there was absolutely nothing mechanical to alignments at all
[21:21:02] <open_sketch> save that Idealist characters got a bonus to interacting with children
[21:21:07] <open_sketch> (no joke, the game was wacky)
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