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Thomas Sanjurjo
I dunno, I'm making this up as I go.
I dunno, I'm making this up as I go.

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It's sad to say, but you can tell G+ is dying when you make a group on Facebook to manage a gaming group that started here, since you just can't do all the same stuff here anymore (Events, PMs, Easy Post to groups, etc.)

I've heard the question "What is Dungeons & Dragons?" Too many times in the last couple of days not to share this on my page broadly. As a 20 year veteran player, I think I know what I'm talking about here.

D&D is a collective storytelling game. It is part of a larger set of Tabletop Roleplaying Games, of which it is not the best, but is likely the most recognizable.

Specifically, Dungeons & Dragons is a tactical combat simulator with many roleplaying elements built in that raise it above a simple dice and mechanics game. The objective is for a gamemaster to craft a setting in which the players manage characters and they all, collectively, tell a story. There's no win or lose, just a story being told. The gamemaster is in charge of the antagonists (in most cases) and the characters struggle to overcome, explore, and treasure hunt. Play typically lasts over several multi-hour sessions, most of which is spent taking turns in some form of combat simulation, or dialogue surrounding it. Because of the extended nature of play, people become heavily invested in their characters, and in the friendships they make with the other players. Loss of a character can be devastating, on the order of a favorite protagonist being lost in a good work of fiction (though often worse, because it's your character, not just one you really like.)

I've played with many groups, and many different varieties of people over my two decades gaming. I'm currently running a tabletop game of Pathfinder (a D&D spinoff) for a priest stationed in Rome and several members of my parish staff. I'm also running a light campaign (which we need to get back to) for my son and one of his friends on the spectrum as a method to help with cognitive chronology and emotional recognition.

In all the uncharitable things that I think get said about D&D, there are very few people who take it for what it is. A game about building friendships.

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I leave you all with this gem from YouTube, and the past.

Am I going to spend $400 on a Zelda game...?


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Attn: +Michael J. Coffey​

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Basically, change everything.
I don't care if you think your login wasn't attached to a Cloudflare site, change your passwords. Just abandon the old ones, all of them, consider them dead.
This is, by far and away, the largest potential security breach that's happened on the web. It was bound to happen somewhere, because companies haven't embedded InfoSec into Dev teams yet, but here it is.
Change everything, abandon the old passwords. They should all be considered compromised.

I've been asked a couple of times to make a primer list for books to jumpstart libertarian thought. I decided to split it evenly between fiction and non-fiction, because both have valuable lessons. This list is obviously not comprehensive, and I'll admit that two books are on my 'to-read' list, but have been recommended so often by certain people for certain reasons that I can't leave them off.

In no particular order:
Ursula Le Guin's "The Dispossessed"
Frank Herbert's "Dune"
Robert Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"
Gorge Orwell's "1984"
J. Neil Schulman's "Alongside Night"

David Friedman's "The Machinery of Freedom"
Lysander Spooner's "Vices are not Crimes"
Henry Hazlitt's "Economics in One Lesson"
Murray Rothbard's "The Ethics of Liberty"
Gustave de Molinari's "The Production of Security"

Let these titles roll around under your skin a little bit, and you'll have a hard time not looking at the world differently.


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Wow, this.

I need to start back up with my Blender projects, and this is a good inspiration.

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