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This is the end, my only friend, the end... [Oct. 6th, 2013|06:38 am]
Wow. Five years or more of my life. Stuff I'd imagine even my dearest friends did not read despite being on my "friends list", much like MySpace and now Facebook these last four years or so...

No one is here now. No one.
I always wanted to really say what I thought and felt. Now I can. But what's the point, really?
I don't care. I don't care about you and I don't care about me. In fact, if I don't hate you I have a feeling toward you that is akin to barely keeping the lid on hatred. So... yay and stuff.

The best thing about a potential apocalypse or world wide war is that, due to their weakness and statist dumbassery, not a single liberal could possibly survive. So bring it on, even if it results in the death of everyone I know...so what? The only thing that could potentially upset me about an apocalyptic scenario would be a loss of hot dogs. That's how much of a fuck I give.


End of line.
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Dave Arneson, R.I.P. and that's not all... [Apr. 9th, 2009|05:30 am]
Dave Arneson, the "Father of Role-Playing" and co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons passed away yesterday.
I was lucky to be able to interact with him on a couple of old-school gaming forums a little bit. I knew for a longer time of his deteriorating health than I did of Gary's last year, so the shock isn't as bad as news of Gygax's death was. I'm every bit as saddened, though.
Despite the wedge that came between he and Gary in the late 70's and throughout the 80's, culminating in the splitting of the D&D game into two different lines by TSR (a result of a legal dispute between Gygax and Arneson), and Dave being less influential in the direction of the game later, his contribution to RPGs in general can't be overstated.

In fact, if it weren't for him, D&D wouldn't have been what it was and may not have existed at all. He was, in short, the guy who brought the whole idea of 'role-playing' to the wargaming world, inspiring Gary to write D&D in the manner in which it was.
Dave's fantasy campaign world of Blackmoor was the very first, still the oldest and, in fact, still the longest-running, for he continued running the very same campaign for well over 30 years!

These are excerpts concerning Dave from a web-article on the "Braunstein" free-form proto-rpg events, that put into perspective how important his ideas were to the formation of the hobby, even if he never effectively made the transition to printed, professional material:
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On paper Braunstein 4 looked like a wargame or a boardgame. Most of the players controlled units (army, the inland navy or the secret police) and filled out order sheets to send them places each turn. Want to take over the radio station? Send some soldiers!

And it might have stayed that way, except for the nefarious wiles of one player: Dave Arneson.

Dave Arneson: Gamer Ex Nihilo

“Peaceful revolutionary. Gets points for printing and delivering leaflets to each of his revolutionaries, and more for handing them out to other civilians (who may be agents or guerrillas of course…). Starts at home. (B-4)”
–Braunstein 4, Banana Republic


When you started gaming you read all these books, and they told you you could be a cleric or a thief or an elf (or a vampire or a Prince of Amber) and they told you you should probably pick a caller and set up a marching order and listen at doors and all that other stuff. You marched your character around and talked in funny voices. Sooner or later you may have realized that the rules didn’t drive the game, your imagination did.

But what if you never had any of those books? What if no one had ever explained to you what roleplaying was? Were you a good enough gamer to become a gamer without even knowing what a gamer was? Could you have just started being a gamer out of thin air, without anyone ever telling you how to do it?

Dave Arneson did.

He lied, swindled, improvised, and played his character to the hilt. He came to the game with fake CIA ID he’d mocked up, so when another player “captured” and searched him he could whip them out. Other players were still moving pieces around the board and issuing orders like a wargame while Dave Arneson was running circles around them and changing the whole scenario. He was winning the game entirely by roleplaying.

You may think of Dave Arneson as one of the godfathers of GMing, but even before that he was the godfather of players. He was, literally, the proto-player.

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“You’re the student revolutionary leader,” Wesely says “You get victory points for distributing revolutionary leaflets. You’ve got a whole briefcase full of them.”

Much later, having convinced his fellow players that he is really, perhaps, an undercover CIA operative, and that the entire nation’s treasury is really much safer in his hands, Dave Arneson’s character is politely ushered aboard a helicopter to whisk him to safety.

Far below the streets are still churning with fighting, plastic soldiers colliding with innocent citizens and angry rioters. In his lap sits the forgotten briefcase of revolutionary leaflets. “I get points for distributing these right?” And with a sweep of his arm he adds insult to injury, hurling reams of pages into the downdraft of the helicopter where they scatter and float lazily down upon the entire town…

Final score: Dave Arneson, plus several thousand points


Big whoop, you say, this is all old timey stuff. We modern gamers are way beyond dungeon crawls and listening at doors and all that primitive stuff. We have indie games and story games and narrative control and yadda yadda yadda.

Yes indeed. But even skipping the “standing on the shoulders of giants” argument or the “know your roots” argument, look again at what happened in that game: Dave Arneson was winning entirely by roleplaying. He isn’t doing tactical combat or playing some dumb-ass linear quest, he is making his own rules and being, for lack of a better word, an excellent player by any modern definition. He is making the game.

Don’t think Dave Arneson would kick your ass in some Sorcerer or Dogs In The Vineyard? Then you haven’t been paying attention. He would, as the kids say, take you to the net.

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What happened after Braunstein 4? Major Wesely went off to the army and Dave Arneson started running his own “Braunsteins” in a little patch of imaginary world called Blackmoor. He sent his players into dungeons. To resolve combats he used a miniatures rule system called Chainmail. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Farewell, Dave. Thank you for everything. Rest In Peace.

On top of that, Jerry Mapes, a tireless supporter of the old-school D&D way, and founder of the Original D&D and First Edition AD&D forum, K&K Alehouse, also passed away yesterday. Very, very sad news. He was a scholar and a gentleman to be certain.
It doesn't stop there... Aaron Allston, who wrote many D&D adventures and supplements throughout the 80s as well as editing all of Frank Mentzer's D&D boxed set rules into the massive D&D Rules Cyclopedia is in the hospital in poor health after a heart attack. I hope the best for him.

Not to be outdone, Wizards of the Coast, the company that owns D&D now and is busy making a mockery of it, just two days ago, pulled all of their pdf files from sale and distribution, including the legal pdfs of the Original rules and many classic rulesets, adventures and supplements.
Ugh.
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Daniel Hannan FTW! [Mar. 26th, 2009|09:20 pm]
This guy kicks fuckin' ass! No notes. No teleprompter. Not only could he teach Obama a thing or two about speaking without the afformentioned aids...He could certainly teach him a thing or two about economics it seems.
He needs to come over here and speak directly to our president with the very same words.
You can't spend your way out of recession. Keynesian economics are, in short, full of FAIL.

Now witness this British bad-ass.
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Franz Kafka Airport [Mar. 24th, 2009|07:43 pm]
I had to watch this one about three or four times from laughing too much and missing more shit, plus, between the spoken words, the bits on screen and things in the background it was easy to get caught up in laughing my ass off about one and ignoring the rest. Holy fuck. I haven't laughed that hard in a very long time.



Prague's Franz Kafka International Named World's Most Alienating Airport
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Hilarious. [Mar. 16th, 2009|04:42 pm]
Holy fuck! I couldn't stop fucking laughing! This video is awesome.

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Reagan QFT [Mar. 10th, 2009|07:57 am]
"How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin. "
Remarks in Arlington, Virginia (1987-09-25)
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Obama's Speech [Feb. 25th, 2009|08:49 pm]
Meh.
All the same ol' shit. Government is the answer. We're here to save you. It's all the fault of the big, evil rich people. Saying "tax cuts" when they're not - they're welfare checks renamed.
Automakers and banks need to be more responsible and corporations should answer for the harm they do. Bitch, bitch, bitch.
Yeah. Stop providing all the jobs in this country you big, evil rich people! What are you thinking?

No mention that private business could be viable answers to many problems and actually would provide real jobs...and not at taxpayer expense.

No mention that government forced these banks and so on to make loans to people that they knew couldn't pay them back.

No mention that these people who are getting tax cuts already don't pay income tax. (And of course, no actual tax cuts for businesses, large or small, which would enable said businesses to reinvest in themselves and expand and provide more jobs and/or better paying jobs...but why mention that? That's capitalism and that's evil.).

No mention of the unions that helped to strangle the fuck out of the failed automakers.

No mention of the real reasons companies move overseas. Taxes. Reduce the highly disproportionate taxes on business and watch them flood back over to their home country. Here.

No mention that education is far better served by the private sector. No mention that no matter how much money has been dumped (wasted, rather) into public... I mean.. government education, the scores and the level of education in general has dropped and dropped.


Big-Government Democrats. Helping you to become more dependent...on them.
*applaudes*
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Reagan QFT [Feb. 24th, 2009|11:02 pm]
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden."
-Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, 1981
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Order confuzzled. [Feb. 21st, 2009|06:34 pm]
It's so annoying when you order something and the order is somehow screwed up and you receive the wrong thing or wrong type or what-have-you, especially when you already have the wrong one they sent.
It's especially annoying because now, after already waiting on it to arrive, ya now have to wait for them to respond to your email, ship it back, wait for them to receive it, wait more for them to ship the corrected order back. Ugh. If only I didn't already own this, I'd probably just keep it and eat the cost and re-order what I wanted to begin with.

I don't suppose anyone wants a light gray "Musketeer Vest" from Purple Unicorn? (It's isn't really light gray. The cool and odd thing is that it looks like it has a slight green cast to it when paired with a green shirt, looks more beige against other colors and looks a bit more grey against black and white).
It normally goes for around $50 or $60 (depending on if it's on sale or not). I bought it cheaper through their Etsy storefront for $45 (including shipping and handling).... but I'll sell it for $35. That way I can just go ahead and re-order and not have to wait as long and not feel guilty about it. -lol-
Anyone out there want it?
Nah.
Nah, I didn't think so. :)
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Since I've been so serious, here's some humor to soften the blow. [Feb. 20th, 2009|07:37 pm]
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