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malin

@malin@dice.camp

Working on an open-source RPG, so anyone can make any changes, and pass their ideas on.

Download: https://bindrpg.itch.io

If you'd like to collaborate on an RPG project, come and say 'hi' on Matrix:

https://matrix.to/#/#bindrpg:matrix.org

#rpg #ttrpgs #gemini #foss #TeXLaTeX

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masukomi, to random
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I'm using AI to generate placeholder images in my game's layout (good for feel & tone). I'll replace them with actual human creations later.

It's hard, because AI REALLY doesn't "understand" anything. So if it's not standard (i.e. the crap we come up with for games) it's gonna get tripped up.

This is one of those mistakes, but also it's SO DAMN CUTE I had to share.

I'm not sure what game these 4 belong in, but I'm confident I want to play it.

malin,
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@masukomi last year I found it impossible to use ML for any interactions. Has that become any better? Can you explain 'x does y to z'?

I suspect the limitation will remain forever, given the lack of understanding.

malin,
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@masukomi very thorough. Cheers!

LeviKornelsen, to random
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Any shapechanging spell in an RPG that doesn't include "Oh, and you can change whatever you like in the pants and chest departments, etc" has failed to understand why a great many people would pursue that magic.

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen
I wandered down this rabbit hope some years ago. Shapechanging overlapped with illusion, as both lead to disguises. The solution was to bar shapechanging from altering the face, with some Middle-Ages metaphysics.

"The face shows the soul. Red-heads transformed into a cat will become a red-haired cat"

So people show little clues about their identity, because some games need that balance.

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen always is. The character sheet doesn't have much details, so I'm just relying on players to govern what the 'essential' characteristics are.

LeviKornelsen, to random
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"Heliciculture" is the term for "Snail Farming", and snails are actually a pretty good food source if you're moving from being nomads to horticulture; it's honestly kinda surprising to me it didn't get more popular historically.

So now you know that.

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen
Sounds good but I cannot hear 'snail farm' without picturing a French person from a Warner brothers cartoon.

What about rhino beetle maggots? Meat eaters are always talking about their protein. Those guys are half protein - that's better than a steak.

LeviKornelsen, to random
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Okay, this diagram came out surprisingly professional.

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen looks clean. What does it mean?

nickdrawthing, to random
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I don't know why I'm feeling wrung out lately. By all accounts things are pretty good right now. But I'm just devoid of good vibes.
I want to be left alone for a week to watch bad movies and lie on the couch in silence. But I don't know why!

malin,
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@nickdrawthing some things have reasons, but most only have causes.

Some centuries, people would have explained these feelings with an elf of some kind.

rdonoghue, to random
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Conversation earlier today has me thinking a bit about the distinction between open and open source in RPGs (setting aside the topic of not-really-open RPGs).

There are plenty of open systems (that is, systems you can legitimately take and do whatever the heck you want with them) but a much smaller set of open source systems ( @malin keeps a nice list of them here - https://ttrpgs.com/post/foss_list - if you’re curious.)

It's a curious distinction.

malin,
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@masukomi @rdonoghue @genesisoflegend
If the source files are open, I think that still counts.

Got a link?

LeviKornelsen, to random
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Languages for Awen-But-Cards, basically "How to name things" notes and a tiny vocabulary.

I amused at the five different naming methods of varying feels.

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen is the 'the' is Mawag like in English? Or two sounds? What is the 'kh' sound?

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen
I imagine that the venn intersection of 'people who know your game + read the language section' and 'people who know IPA' is close enough to a circle.

Then again, the cards' space is limited.

LeviKornelsen, to random
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It's been a minute; let's do this again:

If you are a Tabletop RPG nerd and have less than, say, 500 followers (or think you have less than 500 that are actually active):

  1. Write a post to introduce yourself and your particular nerdery, if you haven't already got one pinned.

  2. Reply in the comments with a link to or copy of that post.

  3. Share, check back to find people you want to follow, all that.

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen

Scottish person who emigrated to Serbia.

Link me your open source RPG, and I will help (I set up the download options here: https://gitlab.com/chroniclesrpg/chronicles-core)

Check out the BIND oneshot, with rules and pre-made characters included, here:

https://bindrpg.itch.io/oneshot
(requires printing)

malin,
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@nickdrawthing This goes to a login page.

malin,
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@nickdrawthing I suspect it's less to do with 'fedi' in general, and more about the service (so, Mastodon, as opposed to your original link).

Opening links in a private browsing tab is probably a reliable way to check (I can open your post here on dice.camp in a private tab).

malin,
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@nickdrawthing That works.

zozo, to random
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It's a shame the four hour PbtA critique video was such a shitshow, because I think the underlying thesis of "Apocalypse World was very prescriptive in its One True Way of DMing, and that OTW is a style of play which can leave a lot of neurodivergent players out in the cold" is a fairly salient critique of PbtA games

malin,
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@zozo @Tim_Eagon Ah, the YouTube 3 hour ramble that might have been two sentences. When I was younger, you want down to the local pub with your family to get those rants in person.

LeviKornelsen, to random
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The main difficulty with Free Speech Absolutism as a position is that I don't believe anyone who says that's their position. Like, even a little.

malin,
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@LeviKornelsen
Nobody believes that. Nobody's generally against free speech (whatever that means).

I find people get confused when they try to speak in terms of general rules, without any examples, which means there's no concrete topics.

Others are just using 'free speech' as a code word of course, which just muddies the water far worse.

kyonshi, to linux
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Despite working in IT I am quite ignorant when it comes hardware/electronics.
Today's project: trying to figure out why that sbc I put batocera Linux on doesn't want to run it's fan.

I still haven't actually come to a conclusion. The Le Potato sbc has a different gpio layout than the raspberry, and batocera is weirdly different from anything I am used to.

In the end I learned that not connecting one of the cables to its pin lets the fan spin on full power. And that's OK for now.

#linux

malin,
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@kyonshi
I feel you. Everything should have a man page.

I've transformed my Linux notes into a knowledge base, and I've been thinking of making them into man pages.

We have various categories for 'config files', but nothing for setting something up for the first time. I want a walkthrough of the software, which works like a well-commented script to start using the software, so I'll make one, if I ever get the time.

bedirthan, to random
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Tired: Don't split the party
Inspired: Designing a campaign around an ever fracturing and reassembling party because scheduling is hard

malin,
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@bedirthan just end the session in civilisation. Start a new short-term objective each game.

LeviKornelsen, to random
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  • malin,
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    @LeviKornelsen
    Drugs, entering or leaving in large quantities.

    Plagues.

    Writing.

    Lakes drying up.

    (check out Lake Chad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Megachad_en_disappearance_of_lake_chad.jpg)

    Redefining what 'property means', e.g. copyright law, or a few indigenous people who have/ had different ways to have property (I've not heard of a single culture that has none, but the details vary quite a bit).

    alex, to random
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    The “great” thing about England is that when these articles come out and you google the person who wrote them it’s not something boring like “their dad is a trust fund manager” it’s “their dad is a baron, their grandfather edited the newspaper this appears in, and their family founded the private Bank of England

    *all true of this writer

    malin,
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    @mxtthxw @vfrmedia @onepict @alex I demand a link.

    pteryx, to random
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    So, there are licenses for driving a car, which call for a test and can be revoked if someone commits (most) crimes related to misuse or dangerous use of a car.

    There are licenses to practice law, which call for a test and can be revoked if someone commits (most) crimes related to twisting, abusing, or violating one's legal position.

    I have never heard of a business license being revoked for reasons like this... and reasons are multiplying like mold on our economy and society.

    malin,
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    @ramsey @pteryx @Xenograg
    Why not? What about business which don't pay their taxes?

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    When you fully accept that gamers are largely fundamentally competent at having a good time roleplaying, you realize that most design objectives OTHER THAN "save people work" and "get them excited" can be managed with a box of parts and a discussion of how to assemble them.

    But those two, hoo boy.

    malin,
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    @LeviKornelsen
    The fastest system is a coin flip.

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    @LeviKornelsen
    Put some gold in the ruling class's blood and make them learn geometry. This 100% works according to this guy who knew for definite that it'd work.

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    I think calling the multitude of playable human-likes in an RPG "species" is POTENTIALLY much better than calling them "races".

    But as soon as you do that, you're saying overtly that this is a biological grouping, and therefore that traits assigned to them are biological in nature, and you should know that.

    If you then assign cultural traits to a species without calling them out as such, you have made... Let's call it... an error.

    malin,
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    @LeviKornelsen
    Why not both?

    D&D mostly did the culture bit. Elves' +1 with bows and swords was explained through their hunting practices, dwarves' 'notice sloping corridors' comes from their living underground, and so on.

    It sounds like you might decouple race and background at this juncture, but there's only so much detail and RPG can take before you're accidentally playing Shadow Run.

    LeviKornelsen, to random
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    Saw a "They/Them is bad English" in the wild and attempted the approach of just entirely casual "Nah, it's proper English, and old as fuck [William the werewolf example]; you're just not used to how utterly fucking wild English actually is and always has been", and dumping a few examples of that.

    Which appeared to actually make a good impact. So: That was interesting.

    malin,
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    @LeviKornelsen
    I don't find this surprising. Polarising posts saying 'they are not reasonable', while mocking 'facts and logic nerds' try to turn a few bad encounters into a rule.

    It shouldn't be surprising that someone thinks and reasons, but hasn't encountered this topic.

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