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Tycho / 22 hours ago

Gabe liked Destiny when it was very much not a cool thing to like. Kiko and I used to give him shit about it all the time. Kiko never got entirely wrapped up in it, but it had me pretty fucked up for a while - to the extent that I still maintain an active eye on lore developments even if I don't feel like grinding whatever new dust they've invented.

I was just about to say that I never wrote any fics, thereby elevating me above Gabriel's more commonplace pursuits, but that's not even true. I definitely wrote fic, I just did it with him. And then, arguably, despite my claims of moral primacy, heedless of the danger, I went on to write several more at Bungie's explicit direction! And then Ikora said one of my lines in the game dialogue? I guess that makes it an Ascended Fic or something. Maybe it's like how Great Moms Get Promoted To Grandma or something, like it says on the mug. Who knows.

I don't draw too bright a line between fanfic and just… fic, and that's probably apparent from the usage cases above. I think there is Fiction of varying qualities, and I guess I don't think it's especially interesting if we start talking about whether or not an amateur writer learning how to do shit is an official licensee or something. If "fan fiction" is given to rough-hewn tropes and obsessive tics, it's like any young work. Good form comes with time. Learn from everyone.  And then, then, learn to file off the serials.

Know this! Tonight at 4pm PDT, the next chapter of Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team's final chapter is revealed. Pursued by the idiotic white dragon Hibernax, The Collection's Agency decides that's no reason not to stop into a rustic spa. Unfortunately, there are rude guests in the hot springs. Well, in a manner of speaking. Come get your fill of artisinal "actual play" D&D and cool prizesat 4pm, and stay after at 6pm for Table Talk and additional prizes. As always, many thanks to Elderwood Academy, Level Up Dice, and Codename Entertainment/Idle Champs for the continued support.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 3 days ago

I installed the Demo for Tales of Arise, mostly to see what its vibe would look like in 4k, and I can tell you that in the fifteen minutes I played it the vibe was very good. I decided that, purely as a matter of considered chastity, I would save myself for Deathloop - a game that, even in the best case scenario, involves playing the same areas over and over again until they are utterly known to you from every angle. I've been impressed with how fresh they've managed to keep it given that, and I've also spent a lot of time hunting down other players, but I don't think I can do that and effectively grind a JRPG. Even if the vibe is very good in 4k.

Gabe is nuts about it; one of the ways you can tell is that it ended up in the strip. It seems like most people who start into it get sucked in. I've tried a couple times to get back into the swing of a longer-form game like this, I like to see a bar go up like anybody else. Or... maybe I thought I did. I certainly did at one point. As soon as they show me a bar now my eyes narrow.

Almost all of my time is invested in Run or Round based games now; individual sessions might be short, but I just do more of them. My go-to games right now are Storybook Brawl (Deckbuilder Auto-Chess) and the beta for Hero Realms (PvP Deckbuilder). I don't even care if I lose a game like this, which is good for me, because that happens. Every round of either of these is just a chance to play around with a huge lattice of cascading variables. I can get "good" at them later. Right now, I just want to throw a bunch of alien wings or fronds or whatever into a big pot and see what happens.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / 6 days ago

Everything is good downstairs. Upstairs is a complete mess! But that's been true for decades.

I guess it's true what they say - you never really know what's going on in another person's scrotum. It's just as true today as it was whenever it was said the first time. That might literally be two sentences before this one. I guess what I would say is that I thought everybody being able to talk all the time about everything was more or less gonna be an unmitigated good, and being up to my ass in it now for a couple decades I think there are probably hard limits on what we as people can process and make sense of. I don't have a solution for that. The Internet we have now is an arms race of algorithms designed to make war out of every distinction. One of the outputs of this system is ad revenue. The other is, well, War.

Remember that the Management of Motorsports has been made difficult if not impossible with the return of in-person school! It was like a year and a half where the world operated in a radically different way, and I guess the kids were in the house every day? It's only been a couple weeks of school now and I don't even remember that. A year and a half? Really? Shit.

(CW)TB out.

ASUS x Gundam

I am ridiculously excited to announce that coming up on Saturday the 25th (my birthday!) I’m doing an ASUS x Gundam PC build with my son Gabe on the PA Twitch channel.  Thankfully Chris Barr from ROG North America will join us to supervise and provide valuable info.

Also Jerry will be there.

-Gabe Out

Tycho / 1 week ago

What kids in the house watch on their own time is fairly constrained, but what we watch when we're together might be a little broader than what's considered normal. For example, Derry Girls is probably the piece of media most prized by our clan, and it's replete with filthy language, blasphemy, and references to the sort of intimate congress that - despite its apparently scandalous nature - produced every human being on Earth. Because of the way they experience the world, with unrelenting immediacy, I honestly don't even know if you could show them a piece of media they'd recognize as true if it weren't Rated R.

"Swearing," Oaths of the classic variety, are so commonplace in the culture they're steeped in that I might remark on a particularly novel usage thereof but as a generality they're aware that these words aren't for use in the house and are tied to specific contexts. Beyond that, I think saying a no-no word is one of the safest forms of rebellion there is. I just don't care about this shit. And neither do they, really.

Behold! For tonight, we're playing Dungeons & Dragons. I, your humble Dungeon Master, will twiddle the knobs of a wholly invented universe while my friends attempt to break it. We call it Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team, and it's something like a dark office comedy that takes place on multiple planes of existence. We've been playing it for about four years, and of course it's based on something we've been playing for more than a decade, so it might take you a little bit to catch up. That said, if you've been with us for a while, we're back up to our old shenanigans with the Classic "C" Team characters tonight, so do stop by at 4pm PDT - only on Twanch.

(CW)TB out.

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