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In case anyone hasn't heard yet, (not that anyone who used to listen here actually does any more) I have a blog now! It focuses on RPG design. I plan to update between tuesday evening and thurssday morning. I'm working on a big post about RPG theory, but it looks like it'l be another two weeks 'till it's ready. (Overambitious) Till then, i'm posting buffers. The first one is taken from here, so you've probably read it already. Anyways, I don't plan to post here anymore, aside from rambling nonsense I'd rather not be too widely available. 

  • Listening to: ...Nothing.
  • Reading: The Future
  • Watching: The past.
  • Playing: with your mind.
  • Eating: Inspiration.
  • Drinking: Knowledge.
Is it really so fucking much to ask that my computer, in its entirety, be made pocket-size?

That's what I was expecting with my new galaxy- and don't get me wrong, it is leaps and bounds closer to what I want than the old iphone was.

It still isn't what I want though.

Its priorities are all fucked up.

It has a file browser but it's so rudimentary it's basically non-functional unless I manage my files via my computer. Why can't I change the default save destination folder? Why can't I just DECIDE where my files save when I save them? Why can't I do mass file moves? Why can't I decrompress files? Why do my pdfs STILL crash my phone?

Sure, live backgrounds are cool, but they don't MATTER.

Why is the screen brightness control- the single most essential tool to stealth phone use- hidden behind at least five screen transitions?! Should it not be readily available at the touch of a single button, IF ANY AT ALL?

Sure, screen gesture controls are cool, but none of them do anything useful, and of the ones I might use, none of them work! And the ones that do are all limited to only two apps which I don't use!
  • Listening to: ...Nothing.
  • Reading: The Future
  • Watching: The past.
  • Playing: with your mind.
  • Eating: Inspiration.
  • Drinking: Knowledge.
I've been researching diceless RPGs recently. You can't do that without hearing people rant on and on about how awesome Amber is. As always, I avoided the big name. They're NEVER what people say they are. (D&D is steeped in backwards wargaming tradition and struggles to remain relevant despite still being the face of the industry; MET and its WoD is a social game for pretentious cosplayers, goths, emos, and wannabes; etc.) Still though, even the big-blands usually have something useful I can learn from. So, finally, I finished reading (and being thoroughly impressed by) Marvel Umiverse, and decided, "you know what? It's time to crack open Amber."

Amber is actually a (really fucked up while simultaneously really bland) novel series by some guy people seem to think is a genius. It was made into a standard RPG setting, which I can't find. Then someone made a diceless of it. I was NOT impressed.

1. The attribute auction is completely retarded. It is explained in reverse order of importance, is explained very poorly, and doesn't represent anytging at all. The attributes themselves are arbitrary and strange. Even afterward, you still don't really know what you have in any regard. Finally, and worst of all, your characters' attributes are literally just a comparison to the other PCs. They do not represent anything at all! But that's all ok because of number 2.


2. Nothing matters! There are no rules. You have no true control or freedom. The DM decides EVERYTHING, right down to your character family and history. The players are nothing, the DM is everything.

There don't need to be any other reasons, though I'm certain there are. I couldn't even finish reading the first chapter, it was so horrible. It was actually painful to read. I have never seen an RPG go so far in the wrong direction on purpose.

Then I went back to the internet to get more details. Was I missing something? Why do people love this game?

I couldn't find any legitemate reasons. They're just all idiots.

Don't get me wrong, I love diceless RPG design. However, if you are going to make a game which represents something, it should actually represent that thing and be founded upon at least some form of internal consistency. "Because I say so." is not a valid core mechanic! It is the complete opposite of the authority and  impartiality rules which define mature RPGs from a childrens game of pretend, and it is the antithesis of player autonomy and emergent narrative.

I can't even imagine how people manage to play this. The moment a DM said "this is who your parents are and who you are" I'd stand up and leave without hesitation.
  • Listening to: ...Nothing.
  • Reading: The Future
  • Watching: The past.
  • Playing: with your mind.
  • Eating: Inspiration.
  • Drinking: Knowledge.


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Jeffrey Alexander Malcolmson
Age is important to me, in regards to the level of work I put out, because I am finite. I will eventually die. I am working on a time limit and I need to get as much done while my body can still do work, before I start to lose my body and mind to the corrosion of age. Before my hands are crippled by arthritis, preventing me from doing delicate art work. Before my mind is destroyed by alzheimer's or whatever I wind up getting. I need to take advantage of the excessive emotions a young mind produces, to work with overwhelming passion.

Art may be my trade, but it is not my goal. If art was my goal, I'd be done by now.

I have things to do.

Current Residence: The 4plex next to the arena in Sylvan Lake Alberta
Favourite genre of music: I like what I like. No single genre can satisfy my taste.
Favourite photographer: Nobody in specific at the moment.
Operating System: Windows 7 is satan's ballsack.
MP3 player of choice: 4 gig Hip Street mp3 player bought at a Wal*Mart checkout lane!
Shell of choice: I like crab shells. I mean, they have armor on thier eyes, even!
Wallpaper of choice: A photo of a horrible car accident involving a man and his new and now dead and bloody wife.
Skin of choice: Mine, but sometimes I wear other peoples'.
Favourite cartoon character: WAY too many to list here.
Personal Quote: "I would rather go to hell as myself, than go to heaven as a pawn for a book."

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lilfix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
[link] trailer
gxdgraphics Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
BTW, Happy 8 Months Jeff and Nancy!
gxdgraphics Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Hi Jeff, how are things? Haven't heard from you for a long time. :-)
williamsquid Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Thanks for the fav!
Karantinos Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
thanks for the favs!
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