Dragon Age Origins: Now with mods!

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:19 am
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
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Did I mention I started a new Dragon Age Origins playthrough with the Complete Bi Overhaul, Polygamey, and Improved Atmosphere mods? It's been great.
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elf: John Egbert with a rocketpack, captioned "THIS IS STUPID" in all caps. (This is stupid)
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I have to watch episodes with several breaks, because TEH STOOPID bothers me.

I mean, there's the standard TV show stupid where characters have to tell each other things that they already know, so that we the audience can catch up on what happened since last season. Fine. Normal TV stupid.

There's the stupid of watching combat scenes - streets somehow devoid of cars except for those belonging to the villains; martial artists spinning into HTH despite facing their opponents and having a clear path between them (you don't turn your back on an enemy if you don't get something from it - sure, spinning around may get you leverage for an attack, but nobody did that); old Western-style one-shot-insta-death bullet wounds (except, of course, for any character with a name), and so on. TV violence stupid. Fine. Normal.

There's the interpersonal drama stupid, which includes both "let's talk about stuff that we would never directly say, except for the audience to catch up" and "let's make sure the audience has been informed, AGAIN, of exactly who has what relationship with whom." Bleh. Fine. Gotta throw in some backstory exposition for the new watchers. Then there's the mind games and secrets bullshit, where everyone pretends that they haven't spent five years learning that you need to rely on your teammates and that means telling them when something weird is going on. Fine. Emotionally constipated characters in order to stretch out the tension.

There's also spoilerific stupid, so I'm putting that behind a cut. )

Made a Mastodon Account!

Oct. 13th, 2017 04:28 pm
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There was some discussion on twitter about how appalling twitter is, and since Mastodon seems to be the most popular alternative I decided to check it out. And then the helper tool led me to an instance that let me be sqbr@im-in.space and I had to join.

Anyway, if you have an account add me so I have someone to follow! I can't really speak to whether it's a good social network since my network right now is just me and the status account, but it seems ok for posting and stuff. And I know I have seen interesting looking people mention having accounts, so next time that happens I can follow them.

First Sentence of Fanfic Meme

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:44 pm
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Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine, copying her in just doing the top ten by kudos.
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I suppose I'm getting some Pathfinder

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:31 pm
elf: Life's a die, and then you bitch. (Gamer Geek)
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I have basically played no D&D since 1st ed AD&D. I remember writing up a character in 2nd ed (oh look; elves can finally be druids!) and again in... 3.5, maybe? But I don't remember actually playing in either of those; if I did, it was a single session of getting-the-party-together that later went nowhere.

I'm vaguely aware that D&D and Pathfinder are similar but not the same. I don't particularly need to know; until D&D gives up on the stupidity that is alignments (I do hear they've dropped alignment languages, at least) and the notion of dozens of character classes to allow variety instead of switching to a point system that actually lets people build the players they want... not particularly interested. D&D as a system is designed for a particular type of play, or at best, a particular range of types of play, none of which appeal to me.

I keep coming back to, "why aren't they using GURPS" if they want granular details about combat and character building, or, "why don't they switch to FATE" if they want free-flowing story adventures.

Anyway. Humble Bundle has Pathfinder books on sale, and in the way of HB, a large swarm are available for the $1 minimum. I'll get that.

I scrolled down. Normally, there's a $1 ("pay what you want") level, a mid ($8 here), and a $15 level. This time, there's also higher levels. At the top, for $45, you can get a set of miniatures.

The Red Sonja figurine shows everything I hate about D&D, the high fantasy genre, and the tabletop RPG industry.
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I wrote an off the cuff review on twitter. But overall: I liked the central arc, about a bladerunner who knows he's a replicant, and is numbed to the emptiness of his life, getting dragged into the mess caused by the events of the previous Bladerunner movie. Ryan Gosling does a good job of looking beaten up and sad, and the visuals were pretty effective in a bleak cyberpunk dystopia kind of way. But for a story about the question of who counts as a real person it sure could have done with 1000% less objectification of women and exotification of POC.

Also there were a lot of random loud Inception-esque BLAAAAARP noises, at least in the Titan-whatever cinema we were in. They undercut the emotion of various scenes and also would probably be unpleasant for people with some hearing issues.

Anyway, sound balance aside I've been pondering how the basic plot could have been made into a more enjoyable movie. I'm having trouble sleeping, I think in part because all those objectified boobs did bad things to my brain, so here's some rambling thoughts.

Spoilers like WHOA, and it won't make much sense if you haven't seen the film.


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Oct. 5th, 2037 08:13 am
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El Nysa
"Just because you say this is my final destination... do you think I'll just say 'oh, is that so' and accept it? I will move forward, and even if I lose myself... that's better than losing this vow. If I keep going until the day this war ends, the path I've walked on might someday become a source of encouragement to someone... Therefore I will put everything I have on the line and keep walking forward." — Allen Walker

Thread tracking ↻ El Nysa

Oct. 5th, 2017 03:30 am
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💪 action/log ✉ network ðŸŽ© top level/post
🌟 intro ðŸ‘¶ tdm âš” fight club ☢ gas attack plot 🔞 why would i need this
Sᴇᴘᴛᴇᴍʙᴇʀ 2017
🎩 ðŸ‘¶ In which Winter Is Coming is a bad dream and then he wakes up to a worse reality and no Tim. 

💪 ðŸ‘¶ In which he tries to save a trigger-happy sadboy from himself. (Slaine)
💪 ðŸ‘¶ In which a weird girl kidnaps him for ddr?! (Amira)

🎩 ðŸŒŸ In which his nametag's a lying asshole and beach sand doesn't go with feathergut. 
💪 🌟 ⚔ In which we learn why two wiry brawlers should never fight and they'll probably go out for snacks afterward. (Mikazuki)
💪 🌟 ⚔ In which we meet dadknight and he probably gets his ass beat by him. (Reinhardt)
💪 🌟 In which he already probably knew not to trust anyone called "Inquisitor". (Lavellen)
💪 🌟 ⚔ In which nobody saw the au'ra taking a shine to him. (Sadu)
💪 ðŸŒŸ In which sadboys reminisce about their fathers and there's a pretty clown. (Slaine)
Oᴄᴛᴏʙᴇʀ 2017


Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 3rd, 2017 07:27 am
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Hi author! I'm easy! … Wait, that probably didn't come out right. I am happy to read whatever you are inspired to create; I love the diversity of Yuletide and am not going to use it as an excuse to ask for That One Fic I Want. There is no That Fic that I want. However, I'm aware that "eh, go wild!" is a bit daunting for authors (certainly is for me), so I'll throw out some ideas of what I like. However, if you've got that WIP in a folder that kinda-sorta fits what I asked for, only not really, but it does involve the characters and you've been looking for an excuse to finish it - go for it! If you've got that story idea you chatted with friends about and it involves tropes I don't even mention - that's fine too! I want to read what you want to write! Optional details are optional!

I like a broad range of fic. I like explicit h/c torture-recovery slash; I like slice-of-life genfic; I like superhero AUs. There's a few kinds of fic I don't actively seek out, but even those are mainly because I don't care for the tropes and (of course) most stories aren't written to my particular taste - I don't normally read college AUs, but if that's the story you're dying to tell, I'd love to read it.

I love missing scenes, including backstory and what-happens-next fics; I especially love wildly cracky fandom tropes being woven into canon details. I like first-time UST falling-in-love fics; I like ensemble-cast plotty fics; I like polyamorous multi-directional relationships with varying types of sexuality and orientation, including ace aspects.

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