I hope you and your family will have a very happy Easter. (: And lots of chocolate. Because chocolate makes everything better, so a very good day plus chocolate becomes even better. :D
Sadly, I am allergic to chocolate.
I say “sadly” because everybody always freaks out when I tell them, but it’s not really that big of a deal. I don’t really like the smell or what little I’ve tasted. White chocolate is fine, but regular chocolate makes me really really sick.
But Easter is always full of jelly beans, so we’re all good. I love jelly beans.
do you think it would be possible/fun to do a RPG over the internet? like with skype, screen sharing, online dice rolly things, etc?
We tried this one night in my Nova Praxis campaign. We were all able to play on our regularly scheduled night, but folks were going to be running late enough (and I live in an area with notoriously awful traffic) that we decided to just try it via Google Hangout.
Now, none of us are munchkins. We mostly play for RP and character development, so rolling wasn’t even an issue. The GM just told us to make rolls and we told him what the results were; no online rolling for public verification or anything.
I found it to be kind of difficult and clumsy. This is primarily due to the fact that nuanced social interaction is really hard to do via webcam. It’s like that awkward 2 second delay in cellphone calls that causes you and the person your talking to start every other sentence at the same time? And you constantly feel like you’re both interrupting the other person as well as feeling like they’re interrupting you? Now multiply that by 4 Player Characters and 1 GM/NPC, and it was just a really difficult hump to get over.
Now, I would imagine that if we did that on a regular basis we could adapt to the medium. Also, if we weren’t so used to comfortable with each other from our years of playing live together, it might not be as bad coming in fresh to online RP. I actually wouldn’t expect a new group who met online and played online to have as many difficulties as I did. I just found it rather clumsy and not particularly satisfying. I would definitely do it again if the alternative was not playing at all, but I didn’t really enjoy it much.
not all character development exists to make someone a better person
people turn into assholes, too. They become more manipulative, arrogant, clingy, irritated… complex.
and that’s okay, that’s important.
✧･ﾟ:*✧･ﾟ:* \(◕‿◕✿)/ *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧
I’ll respectfully disagree with you on this, LG!
As you stated in tags, “I don’t want to be around jerks in real life, why would I want to hang out with them in my fantasy worlds?” which is a fair an valid point to make. However, I think it is disingenuous of a story to exist in a world where everyone becomes a better person.
I’m right on board with you on how I also want to see heroes win, and not feel silly about wanting heroes to win. I love Superman stories, i don’t think they’re boring. I get tired of the constant gritty filter that tends to wash over heroes to engender a greater sense of realism.
However, and this is where i disagree, it would be an alternate form of filter to say that all people only get better in the same manner that “gritty filter” makes people only get worse.
I think that drawing into either direction too heavily isn’t a great option. Some people turn into jerks through their reactions and involvements and perspectives on events around their lives, both fictional or real. Some other people decide that being around jerks is lame, because it is lame, and decide to move on without them.
That is where I would find complexity. If a group of characters came up from the same starting point, and went through the same interactions, but character A takes it one way (developed into a jerk) and character B takes it another (developed into a non-jerk), it would make for a fully-rounded and complex story. Some folks are Magnetos, and some folks are Xaviers.
I gotta say, I was really REALLY pleased with my post. Even now, scrolling up and looking at it there, it really makes me laugh.
I know there are other ways to play and folks are welcome to play like that. My main problem is with using the words “development” or “growth” to describe someone becoming more and more of a jackass.
That’s not development. That’s regression.
This isn’t something I really feel that strongly about. I’m primarily just pleased with my use of Grumpy Cat in response to the smiley sparkles of the OP. Although that probably makes me a jerk and negates the point I was trying to make. :D
My latest for Slate: how Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel are changing superhero comics. I feel like maybe the Big Two are finally starting to understand that by investing in a wider range of characters, they’re cultivating a larger, wider range of readers. Comics fans are only getting more diverse and sophisticated, and it’s time for publishers like Marvel to lead instead of lagging far behind.
I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to write a piece like this. I’m peeking through my fingers, hoping the good news lasts.
So this week was Holy Week and I know that plenty of you are not Christian and many of you are non-religious. That’s cool. In case you haven’t noticed, I am. And I don’t know if it’s because Easter is coming up or not, but I’ve seen a lot of posts on what are otherwise quality nerd blogs mocking Christians this week.
I’m never going to make a post making fun of any particular religious group or areligious group. I’m not picking fights with or talking about how I hate atheists, because I don’t. I do love Jesus. I do love my faith and those things will rarely but occasionally come up on my blog. If you want to blog about the things you love, I’ve got no problem with that.
Love science and skepticism and Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson and NASA and astrophysics and all those awesome things. Some of them I love. Others I can ignore. But if you feel the need to blog about what you hate and I’m what you hate, I’m going to unfollow you. No rage-quit or nasty anon message. Just an unfollow.
So lets be nerd togethers. Lets obsess about things we love together and nod bemusedly about things we don’t both love. But let’s not make nerdom a place where people are hated. Let’s love and respect each other.
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“ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. “There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”
“Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world,” said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. “We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”
Founded in 2007, comiXology offers a broad library of digital comic book content from over 75 of the top publishers as well as top independent creators. Following the acquisition, comiXology’s headquarters will remain in New York.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.
About comiXology ComiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles and Paris.
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I am really concerned about what this means for comixology’s relationship with print comics and traditional brick-and-mortar comic book shops. It’s Pull List function is still little more than an after-thought, and the default Android App does nothing to help the traditional comics buyer. :-/
Ah well, enough old guy grump I guess. Progress and innovation and leaving behind relics of the past I guess.
why do people avoid happy backstories like theyre the plague stop listening to linkin park for a moment and realize you dont need to be miserable to have character development
One of the most entertaining characters I ever helped create ended up inheriting the illegitimate family business at 16 and *he loved every second of it*.
….I don’t know if that’s a happy backstory or just a happy evil person, but eh
You know my favourite thing to do as a GM?
Have a PC’s parents show up and be super embarrassing. Mum. “Oh look at you! 12th level necromancer! So fancy.” Dad: “It’s not too late to start working on the farm like your brothers.” Mum: “Stop it. You know li’l Thimbly is allergic to leather.” Mordo of the Dark Triad: “DO NOT CALL ME THIMBLY IN FRONT OF MY FRIENDS!”
What to do when your character concept clashes with the game
Okay, so that title is intentionally inflammatory and sensationalized. I just got a note from a dear, sweet follower who is really distressed because her character is having a really hard time in her current campaign. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen or heard of something like this happening. It’s actually happened to me several times quite recently in the past few months. Sometimes the GM makes it close to impossible, to play the character you want to. Sometimes you have a really clear picture of a character concept that you very much care about, but it just isn’t working in the GM’s world. So maybe this is a good time to tell some stories and offer some advice.