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Cyberpunk in general has had an identity crisis for like the last quarter-century for basically half coming true and half being just really fucking racist. But there have still been really cool modern spins/reinterpretations of it (e.g. DISCO ELYSIUM, another flawed game but one that handled its setting a million times better on a fraction of the budget).

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So I caved the other day and bought the Bad Cyberpunk game, a.k.a. 2077.

It is... both exactly as terrible as people have said and also as fun as people have reported.

By which I mean it's engaging to play in the moment; it has fun set pieces and some good character moments. But underneath all of that it's just so fundamentally... hollow.

toxic family stuff 

So yeah tl;dr my parents were *very* militant about cutting toxic family members out of my life to protect me as a child, so that's always been "normal" to me; as has growing up in a small-but-unconditionally-loving family. So reading about other people with experiences that are, uh. Not that is... A Thing.

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Even Granny Dad never got on with (she didn't really want to be a mother, and also dealt with mental illness, so there are Issues there), and basically only had contact with her because he felt I "deserved a relationship" with her and Peety-Pa, albeit under *very* controlled circumstances.

I even have one cousin I haven't spoken to in over twenty years because she tried to steal Dad's mobile phone when were were like fifteen.

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I guess it's kind of fascinating for me because we've never been a particularly big family. Dad's sister in particular struggled with mental illness and drug addition that made her unpredictably violent, and I never even saw her until Granny died. The one of her sons I'm aware of (she had several children, most of which were removed and placed in care) is a violent drug dealer my parents have never allowed me to be near (I think I've met him maybe once, when I was very young).

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Help I've fallen into a rabbit hole of reading forums for people trying to cut off toxic family members* and I cannot look away...

* Not related to any personal need, just curiosity.

Moving back to the Dropbox and OneDrive Mac-native apps after an extended period of being disappointed by Strongsync (wanted to love it, but it just wasn't reliable enough for regular use) and... aah yes that half an hour while Dropbox tries to make my laptop start fires and/or enter orbit while it "resyncs"...

So my brother-in-law and his wife apparently found a safe built into the floor underneath the carpet in one of the rooms of their house.

They've been spending their Saturday Morning Lockdown trying to open it.

The whole anthology which, of course, you can buy at your friendly local bookstore and also direct from here: csfg.org.au/product/unnatural-

(The proceeds of which all go to supporting our local speculative fiction society.)

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Pretty excited Louise Pieper won the Best Fantasy Short Story Aurealis Award last night for “Truth be Told”, one of the stories we put in our UNNATURAL ORDER monster anthology. :tentacle:

(Not playing favourites but totally playing favourites because it was one of mine. Favourites. I mean.)

Only true 90s kids remember Cryptie the Forklift Goth.

dnd griping, tumblr 

Like, OP's excuse is obviously that they're, like, twelve or whatever and y'all know what teenagers are like.

But I've absolutely seen experienced adult players who should (theoretically) know better do this sort of thing, too, and it's just like... don't. Please just... don't.

There are different ways to enjoy tabletop, not every game or group is for everybody, and maybe just... stop being assholes about it to each other, yeah?

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Where the "playing it wrong" element comes in is being That One Asshole who reads the tone of the rest of the game correctly then... intentionally decides their way of playing is "better" and boy howdy they're going to force everyone to accommodate them.

This, incidentally, is legitimately why being a DM is so difficult because theoretically it's up to the DM to set those boundaries.

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Like as someone who generally likes my tabletop to be:

a) crunchy (i.e. rules- and mechanics-focused)
b) powergamey (lol know those rules then exploit them), and
c) "serious" at least in the sense of taking its worldbuilding seriously

then people like OP make me absolutely *miserable* at the table. Like I don't think they're playing DnD "wrong" (because you can't), but I also don't want to play that sort of game.

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Like, I get where it comes from and, yes, historically rules-obsessed neckbeards *have* been extremely shitty to other types of players trying to get into the hobby. But the "answer" to DnD becoming more popular is not, like, to keep the scope of the game down to some narrowly acceptable "way to play" just, like. Shifted to the side a little bit.

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So like I saw this post today and, like...

Sigh.

I'm guessing that the person who wrote this is Young, and the Young Be Like That sometime so, like, okay. But this attitude ("you're doing it wrong you're supposed to be having FUN!") is, uh. Shall we say *prevalent* in Ye Moderne DnDiscourse and I need people to consider that it is actually, in and of itself, a form of gatekeeping.

... the chorus from this sounds SO MUCH like something else and I can't place exactly what and aurgh.

🎵 youtube.com/watch?v=PSYRbJjIT6

Anyway tl;dr I don’t fucking care what your aesthetic preference is and, quite frankly, neither is “woker” than the other because art movements just straight up don’t work like that; both have implications of class and race and colonialism and so on but it’s not as simple as one being more “moral” than the other because grow the fuck up, basically and, also, this is why we need more funding for the fucking arts in education, holy shit.

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Maximalism, on the other hand, is *actually* a postmodern movement, is specifically a reaction to minimalism (and related modernist movements like brutalism), and basically draws its aesthetic sensibilities from the Golden Age of Empire when the West was busy plundering the shit out of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and filling their homes with all the spoils.

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Like, to be specific: what we call “minimalism” in the West is generally considered a reaction to modernism in the same way postmodernism was, but they existed at the same time and basically took their own paths. Notably, minimalism’s path specifically drew on Japanese Zen aesthetics as a kind of reaction to the “clutter” of urbanisation in the ‘60s and ‘70s; it happened both there and here, ref. things like Wabi-sabi, “super normal” design, and, like. Marie Kondo.

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