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All the World's a Stage: You keep me coming back {WoW}

Jul 25th 2010 7:39PM Role Playing with yourself is also known as writing fiction. ;)

All the World's a Stage: What's a good story? {WoW}

Jul 12th 2010 4:38AM Umm... While I have enjoyed running and playing in game worlds designed by others, I have at least three Dungeons and Dragons campaign settings that I designed from scratch. All have had fairly long running campaigns set in them. In fact, I am running a campaign at the moment with (now epic level) characters that has been running for about three years.

A DM is FAR MORE powerful in a world she has designed herself. She gets to set the rules, after all. ;)

(And it's not just DnD with pre-designed worlds - try the Storyteller Vampire series of games. They are pre-made for a particular campaign world and need serious tinkering to use for home brewed game settings. While 3rd Edition DnD was not designed with any particular game world in mind, just vague references to Greyhawk deities.)

All the World's a Stage: What's a good story? {WoW}

Jul 12th 2010 1:39AM Oops, I forgot to mention the Cthulhu game concerned above was set in the 1920s.

All the World's a Stage: What's a good story? {WoW}

Jul 12th 2010 1:38AM Role Playing is not as dependent on the system as most people seem to think. It is entirely possible to RP without a rules system. Having said that, my favorite rules system is 3.5e Dungeons and Dragons, house ruled to my liking of course.

I just want to say that this post has rather serendipitous timing. I was just sharing a story about a game of Cthulhu I once played with my friends, with whom I role play pencil and paper style once a month. The situation was this - my character had managed to seduce another PC. She got pregnant, and so the PC in question did the gentlemanly thing and married her. Of course, she was very happy with this development because she loved the PC in question. Unfortunately for me (the player), the player of the other PC decided that a wife and child was too much of a weakness for him, and so at their reception, he laced the fruit punch with arsenic or something, and planted a cultist symbol in the bowl. Since she was pregnant, he insisted she drink the punch. She died. I was furious, and even to this day I am still angry about it.

There were three problem-

1. If my foggy memory is correct, I insisted that my PC probably wouldn't just drink the punch, since back then they didn't have doctors telling prospective mothers not to drink alcohol during pregnancy, not to mention that she was French, and accustomed to drinking wine/champagne regularly. The Game Master overruled me, and my character's PC husband insisted she drink the punch.

2. No one else died from drinking the punch.

3. I was given no indication by either the player or the Game Master this was coming. I was completely blindsided, and lost a character I had liked a lot.

I had no chance to avoid character death, and that really hurt - especially since I considered (and still do, actually) both the GM and the player friends. The fun of the game kind of vanished for me, my next character was designed specifically to get revenge - and because the player of the murderous husband PC, and his PC, were the GM's favorites, I was never able to win. Eventually his PC did die, but only because of several botched first aid rolls in a row which the GM could not just fudge away because they were rolled publicly by another player. I never regained my enjoyment of the game. Which is quite possibly why I don't play Call of Cthulhu anymore.

For me, this was not a good story. For the murderous PC and the GM, it obviously was.

Cataclysm Beta: Worgen /silly and /flirt sounds {WoW}

Jul 1st 2010 8:28AM @jbodar
You're quite right. There is only one that uses "man". In part I stand corrected.

However, given that the /flirt command *randomly* selects a flirt, that one flirt would be terribly out of place when flirting with another female. :) It would be terribly out of place coming from a lesbian.

I'd like to see them give us the option to be able to select individual flirts to use as we feel fit, which would allow us to avoid such situations... However, I think that would take a lot of work (since they'd have to come up with a new command for every existing flirt emote), so I don't really expect them to do it.

Cataclysm Beta: Worgen /silly and /flirt sounds {WoW}

Jul 1st 2010 12:53AM I just also wanted to say that I'm a touch disappointed in how heteronormative the flirts are. I'd much prefer flirts that somehow managed to remain gender-neutral.

Oh well, I guess my worgens just won't flirt. :P

Cataclysm Beta: Worgen /silly and /flirt sounds {WoW}

Jul 1st 2010 12:46AM I think I recognize the worgen male voice as the same voice actor on the blood elf males... Am I wrong?

The Queue: In which Amy Pond is profiled {WoW}

Apr 22nd 2010 7:15PM Why, because she's intersexed? No fault of hers she was born that way.

People really need to do a little more research and have a little more sympathy for people.

WoW Moviewatch: Bad Romance {WoW}

Nov 27th 2009 10:44PM I hardly think it was an immature video, cliche definitely, but not immature.

I always find it funny that people say excessive attention to sex is immature, but won't let their children watch porn films because they're too mature. So which is it, prudes of the world? You can't have it both ways. (Please note: I am *not* advocating showing porn films to children! I am merely saying that our attitudes towards sex are laden with double standards.)

The machima itself was really well done, I didn't mind the song, but then again I didn't really listen to the lyrics. The dialogue did leave a lot to be desired. :(

One thing did make me chortle, though... There are no Motels in WoW. Motel is short for Motoring Hotel (or something like that), and considering there's no cars in WoW (yet), I doubt the term would have caught on. ;) Inn is a far better word because that's what's already in use in WoW to describe a place where someone can rent a room to spend the night. :)

I was sort of cheering the BE rogue by the way, until she hooked up with Mr Cuckold. I can see the whole cycle repeating itself - Mr Cuckold seems the abusive type just by the violence of his reaction... I hope she dumps him fast.

The Stonewall Family is October's Guild of the Month {WoW}

Nov 21st 2009 5:16PM @DeusExVeritas

We don't push our "lifestyle" down your (or anyone else's for that matter) throat any more than you do.

Our society is quite saturated with depictions of heterosexual relationships, and not just married couples with children. It's perfectly alright, for example, for a man and a woman to walk down the street hand in hand, or for them to kiss and hug on a bench in the park, or even for them to talk about their boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband at work at lunch... But in most places, woe betide the gay couple who try to show such tame public displays of affection, and they better not open their mouths to talk about their same sex partner! That's pushing our lifestyles down your throat!

That's the double standard that you're applying, DeusExVeritas. You'd be perfectly happy if we just sat down, shut up, and kept ourselves to ourselves - never told anyone, and just kept silent. LGBT folk die every day because of hate (whether or not by murder or suicide), and you expect us to just be quiet?

The divine is certainly in Truth, but humans are often too blind to see it. As you have proven. Why should anyone tolerate hatred?