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Jun. 7th, 2014

FATE and the Duelist

So, continuing on my rewatch of Utena, I can't help think FATE (particularly the quick version FATE Accelerated Edition) would make a great game system for a game like Utena, because Utena's duels make no sense in terms of actual skill, but perfect sense in terms of psychological or ideological battles that happen to involve swords and roses.

Basically FATE allows for 'skills' that either are real skills for realistic games, or are more like FATE Accelerated's approaches: (careful, clever, flashy, forceful, quick, and sneaky). Both systems also have 'Aspects' which are general traits that can either help or hurt you. For instance, 'Issues with a Sibling' is an important trait to your character, your opponent can use it to her advantage provided it's known about IC and there's a justification as to how that can hinder you in this circumstance. Or you can explain how that makes you better able to fight this duel for a bonus to the roll. So, overall you can ending up with a conflict that's really about the presence/absence of miracles or reclaiming one's sense of self after a devastating blow than 'who is better at swords?'.

(You can put those 'skills are skills' rules back into place and have a GM that doesn't use things like the weird symbolic secret forest dueling arena and end up with a game where a duel really only answers 'who is better at swords'.)

(Of course, now I'm thinking of the descriptions I've read of WoW's Sidereal Exalted where some character abilities involve weaponizing concepts, so you could literally turn 'belief in miracles' into a weapon.)

Jun. 8th, 2011

Inspiration from Terrible/Disappointing Ideas

So, I've blogged about this before: I get ideas from seeing things that either are ideas executed badly, or are ideas that the author just takes in a different direction than I would. When I read Matched, I noted that I was a bit disappointed that the cover copy was basically 'Girl grows up in society where people are paired via computer. Girl gets paired with Boy1 as her ideal match. Girl starts falling for Boy2, who may also be her ideal match.' The overall plot is pretty much 'utopic city with seedy underbelly covered up' + romance, when I discovered I'd rather read about the ramifications of the Match system. For that matter, when I read Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms series at first I wanted to read about Elena and Co. dismantling the Tradition, a sort of Law of Nature that pushes things into story patterns and lends magical power when these patterns are followed, rather than the romance plots + using the Tradition to ensure happy endings without any of the awful stories coming true.

Now, both were not bad books, but not what I wanted. )

Apr. 30th, 2011

Kinda Peeved at Myself

I haven't been around much, and it's annoying me. I need to catch up on the RPGs I'm in. Maybe quit playing so many facebook games.

Jan. 31st, 2011

It Feels like Wednesday...

Don't ask me why, but it does. Maybe because tonight I have two pieces of art to finish before I'm allowing myself to sign on to RPGs and such*. So I'll probably be on Skype for company.

Also, for my doll-collecting/customizing friends: I learned today that trying to take off the lipstick on a Lagoona Monster High doll requires care or you end up staining a lot of the face vinyl with a slight pink tinge. (It doesn't look that bad, since it ended up mostly in the cheek/nose/chin area where a (red-blooded) person might be a bit pinker anyway, but worth noting.)

* Except SLT. Why can't I quit you?

Jan. 20th, 2011

Jamjars (not the kind with jam inside)

So, done some thinky meta on roleplaying games. I don't know where to post this, since [livejournal.com profile] roleplayers comes off as devoted a lot more towards tabletop RPGs (run online or in real life), rather than freeform collaborative writing ones. So it gets dumped here until I decide what to do with it.

Read more... )

Dec. 18th, 2010

I get art...

So, I decided to review the amount of art (of original characters) I've gotten as gifts and trades this year. Which should be over, unless I get any surprise gifts for Christmas.

Long Table is Long... )

Jul. 22nd, 2010

Random RPG stuff

So, one of the few journal-games I'm in, [livejournal.com profile] kannagara_rpg is doing a Fourth-Wall Event over the weekend. The in-game presence is that for one IC day, the head god is away from his chair, and every other god is using it as the excuse to flood the world with people. The OOG idea is for original characters, characters from media (and alternate universe versions of same) and actual people* to play with the premise of the game.

In other words, a lot like CFUD does every day of the week -- though I suppose CFUD was limited to characters in game and actual people. No one's yet tried to flood that with Edward Elrics.

Since neither of my characters have a cast, I kind of want to promote this for fun. In hopes of luring people there. Which got me thinking about RPG casts.

Tangent! Tangents are fun! )

(Debating about whether or not I can round up the [info]sabra_la_tau & [info]the_nexus_rpg folks. Downside is it means making/digging up old LJ games. OTOH, most of the Nexus folks moved from LJ and SLT is kind of a subset of CFUD players.)

* Hence 'fourth-wall'.
** Though part of that was that I have problems writing for Lafiel when she's not in space, and I didn't do enough work to get her out of the military officer stranded on an alien world mindset. I didn't have nearly as many problems with Harry Dresden, or when there was only Zelgadis and Xellos from Slayers.

Jul. 6th, 2010

They See Me Trolling, They Hating...

When I was out visiting [info]uncreativity and Cassie with [livejournal.com profile] lasafara, the topic turned to roleplaying. Perhaps not surprising, since UC and Lasa are both RP buddies of mine. And UC mentioned how she couldn't find a roleplaying game she liked with rules she could have fun in. Her great nemesis? PBs.

For those of you who don't do journal-based freeform roleplaying, a 'PB' is short for a Played By. Basically, take an actor or musician or model and say 'this is what my character looks like'. Since games using a journal/community format have icons, it helps when you can add back in the dimension of 'facial expression' as you type -- if you are happy, you use an icon of your PB smiling, and so on. A lot of people playing book characters, or original characters*, will pick up a PB to serve as their 'face'.

But some multi-fandom games use it as a way of (inadvertently) setting what kinds of characters can play. For example, a game made [livejournal.com profile] bad_rpers_suck because it required icons from the source, to the point where the mod said 'if you can't do this, the character is too minor to play' -- so any character who wasn't from a visual media (or one with a visual adaption) was SOL.

Many other games require a PB for any character not from a live-action TV or movie series -- so book, comic book, video game and animation characters. To preserve aesthetic harmony or something. So, rather than use the millions of perfectly good Excel icons she had, UC would have to find a fair-haired Japanese girl that looked like Excel and could pull off a lot of the crazy expressions Excel does.

What I didn't mention to her is that when I see these things, I have the urge to fire up Photoshop and go looking for public-domain photos. I'm not talking 'tint a pigtailed Japanese girl's hair pink to play Chibi-usa**'. I'm talking 'find photos of frogs, salamanders and catfish and photoshop them on actor-wearing-armor's head to play Frog from Chrono Trigger'. It's not that I don't (or can't) play normal humans, but it strikes me as a bias that needs to be exposed***. Or I resent being told that Spock (or, hell, Jar Jar Binks or the dragon from Eragon) could be played, but Zelgadis Gryewords or Mog couldn't.

Or I'm just a closet troll.

(It does make me want to get together a group of people playing unlikely photo-realistic characters. Pet monsters, fantasy critters more complicated than elves, aliens... I'll even do all the Photoshopping...)

* And who can't draw. Most of my originals either get my drawings or a mix of drawing and PB icons.
** I don't think I'd play Chibi-usa anyway -- my Sailor Moon is rusty, and I preferred other characters. But she is probably the most famous pink-haired character in anime.
*** Granted, a lot of these games have the assumption that you all can pass as normal humans. Which is all right, I guess, but not for me. I like it when I'm playing Tailmon and make new characters go 'talking cat...'

Apr. 4th, 2010

As-I-Read Review: The Dresden Files RPG (Vol1, Chapters 1-3)

(I need a gaming icon, besides my default.)

So, I finally preordered my copy of the Dresden Files RPG Sourcebook. Or books, since it ended up coming out as two, rather hefty, books. (Seriously, I probably got about the same size as my D&D 4th edition boxset -- and I might have to throw in my Eberron or FR Players' Guide -- and costs more.) The books themselves aren't out yet, but pre-orders get a special preview PDF that contains all of the content (minus a special story by Jim Butcher, and probably editing/layout.art stuff that's still being worked on). (Evil Hat, the company that does this, normally offers a deal where if you buy their books in print, you get the PDF for free, which I appreciate.)

Probably should cut this )

Feb. 1st, 2010


I'm hoping this is just hormones, but I've felt on the edge of tears for the last couple of days. It's about the right time of month to be PMS, and that combined with the effing cold weather is not a happy combination. I need to dig out my DDR pad and get some exercise in.

It also killed my urge to write, which is a shame since I just got a reasonably long fic idea for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days -- if I finish it, I'll have to post it on Amnesty Day at the end of the month. Also killed my urge to roleplay, so if people wonder where my replies are, that's it.

That and my shoulder is starting to hurt again, which worries me since I stopped PT last week when it stopped hurting. It seems to me that when tendon pain stops, it's a good sign that stuff has healed. To have it start up again makes me think there might be deeper problems. I'll start doing the exercises my therapist assigned me again, and hope that helps bring the pain down.