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Sage LaTorra
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If you only read one ostensibly sci-fi piece of reporting about the inauguration which is actually hard-hitting critique, make it this one.

Thanks to +Lillian Cohen-Moore for the link.
Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve gone down the wrong trouser-leg of time?
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Board gaming on G+ gets a shout out. No mention of RPGs, but good to see the kind of stuff I actually get in my feed get mentioned as why G+ is still great.
Google's social network still has a large and active following.
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I have a theory that if you can think of any hobby, RPGs are smaller than it.
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The latest Hardcore History on the Achaemenid loops around the idea of a society in decline in a really interesting way. As usual Carlin is a self-aware commentator who still sometimes gravitates towards older comforting ideas. For all his awareness of the problems in the classic idea of empires in decline and his careful critiques of it, he still speaks from within that frame of reference at times. As usual he focuses on a few phrases to help navigate these ideas and one of them is "bread and circuses" from Juvenal:

"Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses"

I think bread and circuses are a good thing.

I'd never thought of it this way before, but Juvenal's critique and the mindset his quote has become emblematic of don't really resonate for me anymore. There's an implicit assertion that what people should care about is the (military) greatness of their nation ("military command, high civil office, legions"), not how the government serves them. Phrased another way, "bread and circuses" are "basic human needs and a lively arts scene."

And really I'd rather take culture (in the arts sense) and food over military conquest and the "greatness" of my nation. (Even using "greatness" here implies that the prestige of a nation lies in military conquest and grand play on a world stage, not how it serves its citizens.)
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I took similar issues with your interpretation as Zak did. My understanding of bread and circuses is far more narrow than "human needs and art" - more like "food and mindless, primitive entertainment". There's nothing in there about health care or other sorts of things a government should be in charge of outside of the military.
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Images are a huge part of bandwidth & data costs online. We're using machine learning to provide 75% bandwidth savings per image served. This is currently rolled out to just a subset of Google+ Android users but already impacting over a billion images per week. More over on the official Google blog: https://blog.google/products/google-plus/saving-you-bandwidth-through-machine-learning/
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I'm still waiting for BPG support, but this upgrade could bypass that.
I want to know more, the linked article doesn't offer many technical details.
http://bellard.org/bpg/
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12x2017: The Black Hack (Read)

Turns out I set my self up for success to get started. The Black Hack is only 20 pages, well laid-out, so it was an embarrassingly quick read for my first challenge.

I'll admit that all I knew going in was that lots of folks seemed to love TBH so I was a bit surprised at how accurate the name turned out to be: this is literally a hack. It'd be utterly incomprehensible to someone without some existing RPG knowledge.

And, uh, I kind of love it for that. I've read so many "What Is An RPG?" and "What Is This Game About?" sections that are roughly as long as The Black Hack that it's refreshing to just get a smart set of mechanics presented quickly and efficiently.

The epitome of that is probably the spell list. No spell is longer than one line of text, including spell name. I want to see if I can do that, especially for some spells where TBH assumes you know what they do. Like Animate Dead, which totally explains what it does as long as you're familiar with the idea that the caster can control the risen skeletons/zombies.

Overall TBH looks like a layering of lots of relative small simple ideas together to make something that's simple, fluid, and familiar. I like so many of these ideas, but I'm not actually sure what I want to do with them. I could run any classic adventure with the easy translation from existing stats, but I'm not entirely sure that any of these improvements makes me want to take on even that low level of overhead. Nothing here would make up for an existing bad adventure, and so many good adventures are deeply paired with the system/variant they were intended for in my mind.

All 12x2017 posts: https://plus.google.com/+SageLaTorra/posts/Dwvy3ijuRcU
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Colour me chuffed, glad you liked it! I'm working on a revision, unsure as yet how to format it because the brevity of TBH is one of its major selling points, but I will admit it has huge holes and part of me wants it desperately to be 'a complete game'

Anyway anytime you want to play a game .. hit me up
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2017 reminder: I prefer he/him. Thanks!

Why post this? One of the hosts of my favorite comics podcast, Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, [1] on twitter:

"Reminder to cispeople: Specifying your pronouns destigmatizes that and makes it safer for trans/non-gender-conforming folk to do the same!"



[1] Available on Play Music: https://play.google.com/music/m/Ij6yqu2nrwkqv2zcxasykmvxqte?t=Jay__Miles_X-Plain_the_X-Men

[2] https://twitter.com/RaeBeta/status/816462639979077632
Daunted by complex continuity? Can’t tell a mutate from a warpie? We are here for you. We have trained for this responsibility for decades. We have the backissues, the calluses, and a really detailed map of the Summers family tree. We’ve been explaining the X-Men informally for years–to our friends and family, to the Internet, and, occasionally, to patient strangers on the street. Now, we’re making it official, with Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Me...
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Just updated my Twitter and G+ bio's to do the same! Good call!
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I'd recommend going for $25+ because this gets absolutely ridiculous:
- Rat Queens
- Saga
- The Wicked And The Divine
- ODY–C
- Pretty Deadly
- East of West
- Southern Bastards
- Prophet
- Casanova
- Bitch Planet

And for bonus coolness it's the Saga collected edition cover that depicts breast feeding and pissed off all the people who get pissed off about that kind of stuff, which I entirely support.
Celebrate Image's 25th anniversary with an epic library of comics!
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Comix Experience in San Francisco had an enormous painted wooden replica of the SAGA cover displayed in their window. It probably didn't raise eyebrows too high in that area, but it was still impressive.
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I know a lot of RPG folks have been asking for this: events are coming to the new G+. 
From better commenting, to showing you more of what matters, to bringing back Events, we’re making a bunch of improvements to Google+ based on your feedback.
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Any chance we will get a one page view of communities rather than the multiple tabs they have now?
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I guess since I was there a few weeks ago New Mexico lost all the plants and mountains and new resembles the Sahara. #TIL
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+Steve Segedy​, at least as of February 2013, Google existed in the MU. (Bizarre coincidence that I'm reading this now.)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Rr0P2hcBPtAMRylQsf8Citp_jzmmTx7HvEznVD9pJkreJvqfnficwp331U11VT31lxP1-CyEvQE
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My good friend Ed, who runs a wrestling zine distro, reached out to me to help him put together a fundraiser he's doing. So I designed this shirt for him. All sales of this shirt (and zine profits this month) will go to the Trans Lifeline.

The words (lyrics?) are an interpretation of an Against Me! song (more details on the order page). I'm proud to be a part of this effort!

if you don't want a shirt, maybe consider donating to the Trans Lifeline directly? https://www.translifeline.org/donate

thanks!
Full text: i lost the confidence to wrestle a match, so i found three moves and held them together with my weak arms, in a broken down ring that my father gave to me. and may lou thesz turn in his grave, and les thatcher kiss my dirty callused fingers. may the likes of this match never make o
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12x2017

This post collects links to all my posts about reading + playing 12 new games in 2017. I'll update it and link to it from each new post.

- The Goal: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SageLaTorra/posts/JpHmmbfFLvs
- The Black Hack (read): https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SageLaTorra/posts/VZevrk11QRa
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Three-day weekend. Got in some needed rest. Also, on Saturday ran a Dungeon World one-shot in Japanese at Cafe Daydream in Kanda. I felt like I was running at maybe 60%? But that's the magic of this game: The players were all-in, and really brought up all of our energy.

We had: Titanis the Paladin (Uzura-san), Liina the Bard (Kanona-san), Jack the Bard (Tool-san), and Obelis the Druid (OldGeese-san). The scenario - after starting with directed questions - turned out into a Thieves' Guild (but in this city, this guild are "Gentlemen-Thieves"/Gizoku, basically "Robin Hood Types") quest to liberate a powerful natural artefact that a noble family stole/came into. Went from "Pirates of the Carribean" to "Dark Souls" across the course of the adventure.

It was everyone's first time with DW: Though no stranger to Japanese "more story focused" RPGs, this was definitely new ground for everyone. It went really well, everyone was excited to try it again!

(also my vocabulary list grew by about 10 entries; luckily there was only one language miss on my part: I confused 啓示 (keiji: Divine Revelation) with 刑事 (also keiji: Police Detective). I thought the paladin dreamed of his soul being on trial in a kind of celestial court, and being commanded to do the mission; but it was actually a council of saints in his dream giving him a revelation!)
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I love the sheets in Japanese😀
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