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  • No, the name is not a typo.  Superhero:44 is the name of a game so rare that most people who kn...
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  • Another exploration of a dramatic situation from Polti's The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situatio ns.  W...
    · Dec 14 '21
  • Continuing in The Thirty-Six, based on Georges Polti's The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations, today's s...
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    Here I am Guerilla Livestreaming Beatles Park in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on the 4th of July. https://youtu.be/q2n6n5y1y9M I got my picture in the paper. Then we enjoyed family game day at Eclectic Geekery. It was a good 4th for us.
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    I met the artist on Mastodon and got permission to post. I like the aquarian background.
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    Happy New Year to you too.
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    Two of Thirty-Six
    Continuing in the series I'm calling The Thirty-Six, based on Georges Polti's The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations (original version and a modernized ta...
    hairylarry
    Dec 19 '21
    Sometimes the DM has to send a rescuer to avert a TPK. This can seem like the hand of God tweaking the PC's nose. So, best if the rescuer fits into the narrative, somehow, and it's also best if the rescuer helps the party survive rather than single handedly waltz in and save the day.Sometimes the DM has to send a rescuer to avert a TPK. This can seem like the hand of God tweaking the PC's nose. So, best if the rescuer fits into the narrative, somehow, and it's also best if the re...See more
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    Dec 20 '21
    Yep. It can be done correctly, but it's very easy to Tom Bombadil a rescue.
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    Three of Thirty-Six
    Continuing in The Thirty-Six, based on Georges Polti's The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations, today's situation is "vengeance of a crime" in which an "av...
    hairylarry
    Dec 20 '21
    Like Hamlet, "I must avenge my father's death." A ghost story with vengeance as a dramatic situation. Definitely medieval and it ends in a TPK as a dramatic resolution.
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    Tabletop Games for Thanksgiving Gatherings.

    It used to be poker or Monopoly. Or maybe hearts if it wasn't a poker family.

    What do you play now? Here's two of our favorites.

    Apples To Apples
    D&D Family Game

    Please post your game suggestions for Thanksgiving in the comments.
    ZDL
    Nov 23 '21
    Carcassonne is a tile-laying game where you try to place limited meeples to control resources that are revealed as the tiles are laid out. You have to balance playing the long game (risking losing access to meeples) against the short game (getting sparse resources but keeping meeple flexibility).

    I've only ever played the base game or used "The River" expansion. Both are good, though I actually think the river does a good job of keeping things localised.
    Carcassonne is a tile-laying game where you try to place limited meeples to control resources that are revealed as the tiles are laid out. You have to balance playing the long game (risking losing acc...See more
    hairylarry
    Nov 24 '21
    I will ask my kids about Carcassonne. They turned me onto Ticket To Ride.
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    Nov 25 '21
    This Thanksgiving it was Doodle Dice and Qwirkle. For Black Friday it's family game.
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    I added our aggregated feed to the right column on the Main page. So when you post it hits Gamer+. If you have a gaming blog, vlog, channel, etc. with an RSS feed let me know and I'll add your feed.
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    Nov 14 '21
    Why did I read that as "aggravated"?
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    Nov 15 '21
    Good to hear from you ZDL. Vivian and I agree that aggravated feed fits. I also added our tumblr feed just below the aggravated feed.
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    Next Monday night on Inspired Unreality our opening topic will be Science Fiction and Fantasy literature. If you have favorites or opinions please comment here and I will use this thread as a resource for the discussion.
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    Jul 6 '21
    I'm not sure "realism" is a net good in this genre. SF used to be a vision of hope. Unrealistic hope, yes, but it gave ideals to strive for. When (not "if"!), in the process of striving for said ideals you fell short, you still made the world a better place in the process.

    We've lot ideals. We're wallowing in cynicism and self-pity. And it reflects in the world around us: people are more self-involved, nihilistic, and short-term focused.
    I'm not sure "realism" is a net good in this genre. SF used to be a vision of hope. Unrealistic hope, yes, but it gave ideals to strive for. When (not "if"!), in the process of str...See more
    hairylarry
    Jul 7 '21
    Yes, Megan brought this up in the discussion. This isn't just happening in Science Fiction. Comedys used to be funny or they wouldn't last. Now cringeworthy is a goal that somehow is supposed to have humor embedded in it.
    ZDL
    Jul 7 '21
    She's ... not wrong. Comedies in general haven't been funny in ages. It's been more frat boy pranks and sorority "mean girls" for ages now.
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    We had a good chat last night about Science Fiction and Fantasy literature starting with a discussion about Science Fiction as a late nineteenth and twentieth century phenomenon where Fantasy literature encompasses all of literature going back to the earliest written words. Now they are often indistinguishable. Then we discussed the dystopian trend in Science Fiction. The Golden Age (thirties and forties) saw mostly optimistic science fiction stories but in the second half of the twentieth century starting with the New Wave through today there has been a darker trend with many dystopian and post apocalyptic stories. Then closing the chat we each discussed our first experiences in Science Fiction. Viv and I both started reading SF in the fifties. I mentioned A.E. Van Vogt and Robert Heinlein and Viv mentioned Clifford D. Simak, Andre Norton, and Ursula K. Leguinn. Megan started Science Fiction with the TV series Farscape. What a difference 40 years makes. Please post your introduction to Science Fiction and Fantasy in the comments.We had a good chat last night about Science Fiction and Fantasy literature starting with a discussion about Science Fiction as a late nineteenth and twentieth century phenomenon where Fantasy literature encompasses all of literature going back to the earliest written words. Now they are often indist...See more
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    Jul 7 '21
    I worked at the library shelving books and after I read through all the SF in the children's area I started checking out the Science Fiction they had upstairs. Now I read on my Kindle using Overdrive so still a library patron.
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    Jul 9 '21
    Books have always enthralled me. When I was approaching my teen years A well written story would keep me reading till I fell asleep with the book in my hand. Mother complained about it but she never denied me access to books. We lost my father when I was in 7th grade. It was a traumatic time for us but we survived. When I reached Jr.High School I volunteered to help with the school library. It was a great way to learn just how libraries operate and why books have to be shelved in the right place for things to run smoothly.Books have always enthralled me. When I was approaching my teen years A well written story would keep me reading till I fell asleep with the book in my hand. Mother complained about it but she never d...See more
    hairylarry
    Jul 11 '21
    I still read at night until I fall asleep. Sometimes I have to reread a page or two in the morning. And what am I reading now? The new N.K. Jemisin Hugo nominee, "The City We Became".
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