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Hey FL players: Seeking Mr Eaten's Name is back, it's complete, and it allows you to render your character permanently unplayable. I'm planning to do that, but before I do:

Cider party!

I am going to be playing this month and last month's Exceptional Friendship stories and then going RL-traveling starting July 5, and from what I understand the next steps of Seeking are a good place to be when you're playing in little bits on the road, but also put you out of reach for social actions. Therefore:

I will send you a sip of Hesperidean Cider if you send a social action of your choosing to an_ocelot THROUGH JULY 4, with a note that it's for Cider.

Taking a sip of someone else's Cider will drop your Wounds slightly and give you 1 x A Taste of the Garden. That unlocks opportunity cards that will drop Wounds somewhat more, slightly increase Nightmares, provide an Extraordinary Implication, and consume 1 x A Taste of the Garden.

I will respond to everyone's requests, though if you send me more than one I will send one to start and then leave the rest for later. Make sure you stay in the Fifth City until you get your sip, because once I leave the Fifth City you won't be able to accept my social actions. I'm hoping to leave on July 5, as I said, but I'll keep y'all posted.

(There's a early-stages guide to Seeking here; note that new Seeking has no required social component (you can buy Midnight Matriarchs to betray instead of inviting other players, and you can speed your progress a little by receiving an action from someone else) and can be pursued less expensively but very very slowly through opportunity cards--you'll still need considerable resources, though, as there are mandatory sacrifices. But since the endgame is rendering your character permanently unplayable, well, what difference does it make? For a discursive and far more spoiler-filled history of Seeking itself (though still not completely spoilery, as FBG politely requests not sharing the very end content), see this 14k epic by the same author.)

(Also, I wrote all my Rome trip notes on the plane back and I'm waiting to have time (hah! *cries*) to annotate the pictures I could only upload at home.)
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I have purchased Hesperidean Cider (fifth known person to buy it in-game!) and will send out sips of it on request.

details )
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There's very cool new content in your Lodgings (edit: now the "A Visit" card) and a (new) opportunity card, a conversation with the Wry Functionary; it's an exploration of how you can do conversation in this format, written by Emily Short, and it's zero-action so it's very standalone.
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My first panel of today, though second writeup because I have to turn paper scribbles into notes.

Description:

This panel celebrates some of the ways that London has been represented in games; including LARP, tabletop, point-and-click and videogames. We also explore some of the darker aspects of seeing London with a player's eye.

Kate Nepveu, Jonathan Green, Frances Hardinge, Christi Scarborough (m)

Fallen London is basically the only game I play these days (though I did bump into someone last night randomly from my NetHack days!), so this was a panel I was very consciously intending to keep my mouth shut for most of. And the other panelists were excellent and all was well. (Those of you who really like Frances Hardinge's books, you'll be pleased to know she's very smart and interesting in person.)

I have more notes than usual for a panel I'm on, because I was scribbling to keep myself busy while listening for something I could genuinely contribute to. I'm going to re-order things a bit to make them make more sense in a static report.

Victorian London, supernatural elephants, and more )

I did not get to mention the gender selection text for Fallen London, which I will quote here because I love it:

May we ask whether you're a lady or a gentleman?

* A lady
* A gentleman
* My dear sir, there are individuals roaming the streets of Fallen London at this very moment with the faces of squid! Squid! Do you ask them their gender? And yet you waste our time asking me trifling and impertinent questions about mine? It is my own business, sir, and I bid you good day.

(That is about 85% of the reason I play as an individual of mysterious and indistinct gender, honestly. The spinoff, Sunless Sea, doesn't even ask you for gender, just how you want to be addressed.)
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Want a Parabolan Kitten? They're the offspring of the Parabolan Panther, a backer-only reward, and can be used in both FL and SS. (FL stats are Persuasive +3, Bizarre +1; not sure about SS. Plus, cute.)

Leave me a FL username in comments; I have five now and will have more in a week (Panthers who gestate in dreams have very short pregnancies).
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1) I've reached the limit of trading non-Fate gifts for Masquing, so don't send me any. Instead, comment here, and I will send you something (a Buttered Chess Piece by default, because it trades in for 2 Masquing and so is a more efficient use of actions, but if you're collecting them all, make a request) and you can send me a menace reduction offer or chess invite in return.

2) Here is a list of what you can spend Masquing on. Note that the more expensive ones are not significant improvements, stat-wise, over the less expensive ones, and should be regarded principally as role-playing choices.

3) Speaking of which, I want the Monster-Hunting Academic because she's awesome. So I'm willing to trade for at least 30 Fate and up to 80 Fate (I could trade in last year's Luxuriantly Coiffed Sorrow-Spider, which I don't use, but I'd be willing to keep it in case it eventually unlocks something or you really need something; also, the Pirate Poet and the Ghostly Presence would be kind of cool just because). Those can be anything, since I'm going to trade them I don't care what. Just ask first in case I forget to update this post.

(Separately, I'd like a Hamper of Heart-Cuts, because apparently you can feed them to the Rose-bearing Maggot.)

The Feast lasts for two weeks, so there's no rush on this.

4) I'm still poking at the additional content in the Feast of the Rose card itself, but in case you haven't noticed, it has at least four different sets of options that appear at different times.
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It's that time in Fallen London. And it's a snow delay day, so, gifts!

ETA 2: see next rock.

superseded )
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Besides the content and larger action bank mentioned in this blog post, there are currently calling cards making the rounds (Lodgings / Attend to matters of society and scandal), the full import of which is not yet clear; but leave me your username and I'll send you a calling card so we can be acquainted and boost each other's qualities if so desired.

Edit: sorry, I hit the cap on calling cards; if you can't accept one I sent you, maybe send to the people in comments here?

(Also, those of you familiar with Seeking Mr Eaten's Name, someone actually sent him a calling card, the results of which are kind of amazing already (with more to come).)

link blogging

Friday, October 18th, 2013 06:58 pm
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1.

Back when the news that Ben Affleck was going to play Batman broke, I said elsewhere,

The thing is, I don't really care about casting for Batman because Batman is fundamentally a boring character. All he is, is a vehicle for manpain and an opportunity for more interesting people to aggregate around him. (Usually people who deserve a better protagonist.)

Superman's boring too. So there.

*drops mic, walks offstage*

And I stand by that. But [livejournal.com profile] glvalentine's Strange Horizons column Ten Worlds About Ben Affleck's Batman is still awesome with awesomesauce on top. (Why aren't we in world #5?)

2.

Know anyone starting law school or thinking about it? Recommend to them A Student's Guide to Law School, freshly-published and written by a co-worker and one of the smarter people and better attorneys I know (and I know a lot of smart people and good attorneys).

3-4.

A writer at the A.V. Club is dismayed to revisit the first Xanth book (because it may not be obvious if you're not familiar with Piers Anthony's work: trigger warning for discussions of pedophilia):

Here’s how this article was supposed to go down: As a kid, I lived in Florida. Back then I loved the books of Piers Anthony . . . . For this installment of Memory Wipe, I was going to reread A Spell For Chameleon . . . . Then, in poignant prose, I would revisit the magic of my own Floridian childhood, even though that childhood was actually pretty fucked up, but maybe not quite as fucked up as it seemed at the time. The big takeaway: Thanks, Piers Anthony, for the swell book, not mention giving me a tidy epiphany about how fantasy, geography, and nostalgia overlap in the hazy mists of reminiscence.

Instead, this happened: I reread A Spell For Chameleon, and during those excruciating hours all I could think about was what a sad, misogynistic piece of shit it is.

It seems like realizing the awfulness of Piers Anthony is a rite of passage among people who read SFF when young, so I offer it to you all for the sympathetic wince/cathartic rant factor.

Also because of this:

Ultimately, Anthony is the worst kind of misogynist: one who defends his offensive views by saying, in essence, how could he possibly hate women if he’s drooling over them all the time?

I'm not convinced that that's the "worst" kind, but it is a particularly infuriating kind, and it strikes me as relevant to sexual harassment. And that is on my mind because of recent revelations of sexual harassment by Bora Zivkovic, a very prominent man in the science blogging community (context). The most recent report (with links back to others) is by Kathleen Raven. Among other things, this prompted a massive Twitter conversation of people sharing personal tales of self-doubt caused by even much milder forms of harassment (on Storify, or try #ripplesofdoubt if you hate Storify for long things the way I do). Difficult stuff, but worth reading if consistent with your well-being.

(To be clear: Bora is not, at present, using this defense, though I am morally certain that someone somewhere has offered it on his behalf. Reading these links in the same day merely made an association that seemed a useful transition.)

5.

Fallen London players, follow this link for a tiny gift from a Rubbery Man (one not generally available since 2010, can you believe this game has been around that long?), and check out your Lodgings for some seasonal content.

6.

I think about unfollowing Elementary's writers on Twitter every Thursday, when they live-tweet the show that I don't have time to watch. But it doesn't seem worth the effort, and they do things like last week's "feud" with the writers of Sleepy Hollow, which was adorable and hilarious. And then this afternoon they started in with the knock-knock jokes and I gave up and followed @sleepywriters too just so I didn't miss anything . . .

(I have not seen Sleepy Hollow; I appreciate the comparisons everyone's making between it and Elementary regarding the dynamics of the lead pairs, but I've given up trying to watch anything but Elementary and Face Off, and I'm also a little dubious about the mythological elements that [livejournal.com profile] abigail_n points out. As for SHIELD and Korra, I'm letting those scroll off the DVR, and if someone tells me they get to be worth watching, I will pick them up from that point.)

7.

A Dark Room is a really neat minimalist web game about discovery and exploration. I hesitate to say too much about it because of those themes, but it's not too long or demanding and has a definite end, and the minimalism works very well for it. (You should run it in a browser tab that can stay open while you're away from your computer.)

ETA: now some spoilers in comments.

ETA 2013-08: apparently there are some content differences in the iOS app which sound very much not my thing.

8.

‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Mother of George,’ and the aesthetic politics of filming black skin, a fascinating article at the Washington Post about the racism embedded in the very "technology and grammar of cinema and photography."

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Because I occasionally get email about this, a canonical, public reference to the question about that Fate-locked Carnival option can be found toward the bottom of this interview.

copied and pasted in case of link rot )

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I have an extra.

Umm, say, by this time tomorrow, picked by random number generator.

Also: Feast of the Exceptional Rose! Is anyone playing who would like non-Fate gifts, or would like to trade Fate gifts?

ETA: okay, from now on I'm going to return non-fate gifts with the same thing, just to make keeping track easier; please comment before sending Fate gifts so as to avoid duplicates and suchlike, and letting me know what you want in return.

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The folks on the forum have turned up a genuine Easter Egg of a location, The Mind of a Long-Dead God )

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Short version: I really like the most recent content added to Seeking Mr Eaten's Name in Fallen London, but it is a storyline with very, very narrow appeal.

context, for the curious, and some recent developments )

my Seeking )

SPOILERS for St Arthur's and St Beau's Candles )

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Do any of you have Watchful 30 and are not yet Seeking Mr Eaten's Name? [Edit: with an account that's linked to Twitter or FB, even if you now log in with an email address?] I'd like to send an invite to such a person—it will increase your Nightmares (of course I'd be happy to help you reduce them) and give you Seeking Mr Eaten's Name, which I believe you can thereafter ignore if you don't actually want to pursue it, or you can use cards to remove it at a cost. Of course if you're not actually playing any more, it doesn't matter . . .

(We are promised Bad Things will happen in the quest, but heck, it's a game and I'm curious, and I need to recruit other people to the madness to progress.)

Let me know what your Twitter handle or game name is. Thanks.

Edit: reports are that I shall need to send such invites to multiple (more) people, so feel free to keep commenting.

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I discovered these two userscripts a while ago and keep forgetting to mention them. They both make my playing far more enjoyable.

The first automatically generates outfits that maximize each stat, and then lets you equip those outfits or one saved one of your choosing from the "Story" tab. It also displays the total sellable value of your stuff in various configurations, but it's the wardrobe management that got me to install it, and it saves me so much tedious clicking.

The second displays the prerequisites for storylets in text, saving you from having to mouse over the little icons to see what you don't have or what you're going to be giving up to play a story.

Enjoy!

miscellany

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 10:52 pm
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  • I have a Starveling Cat in Echo Bazaar now! Thank you again, [personal profile] yhlee. I can't express how much this amuses me. Anyone who's playing that I don't already know, leave your username in comments and I'll follow you under my game account.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (recorded off cable, half-watched while stitching) is not a very good movie. Granted, it wasn't a very good book. But I wouldn't have thought it possible to make the action sequences of the ending so boring on-screen.
  • Reinventing the stitching wheel, part 25 in a series: linen turns out to not be a good fabric for blackwork.
  • My car needs major repairs for the second time this year. I will not have put enough money into it to equal the payments I would have made on a new car this year, but I'm worried that I'm on the downward slide (it's a 2003 Prius with almost 94K miles). And I'm sad that I no longer love it. Any suggestions for feeling happy with one's older car again?
  • The problem with Horton Hatches the Egg is that Horton is a Mary Sue, specifically the kind where the virtue of the protagonist is demonstrated by piling absurd pain and indignity on top of absurd pain and indignity. (Like an early Mercedes Lackey novel, or an SGA post-"Trinity" fic, except that Horton hasn't blown up a solar system.)
  • I haven't done a SteelyKid post in ages, so those of you who don't follow Chad's blog won't have seen this recent picture. I have to point it out because it is so characteristic: open book, bare feet (she will not wear socks if she has a choice about it), random item of clothing she saw and insisted on wearing, stuffed animals, and big grin. That's our toddler.

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